Manila, Philippines – The North Carolina-based American company Krispy Kreme is in deep trouble because of its new product which recently made its debut in the Philippines. But the controversy is not about the actual product itself, but about the name given to it.
Krispy Kreme launched its version of the now popular cronut — a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, and named it Krispy Kreme Kroissant. Immediately, the governments of the Philippines and the United States protested the name because of the resulting acronym: KKK.
In the Philippines, KKK stands for Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan, a secret revolutionary society formed to fight the colonial Spanish regime in the late 1890’s. In the U.S., KKK stands for Ku Klux Klan or the “Hooded Order,” a far-right organization which advocated extremist white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-immigration expressed through terrorism.
Philippine officials said that naming the baked products after the much-respected KKK is an insult to the heroism and nationalism of the men and women who gave up their lives in order to gain independence from Spain. U.S. officials, on the other hand, said that it cannot allow an American business entity to promote the ideals of an extremist and violent organization.
Krispy Kreme has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles inquiring whether or not the company plans to rename its cronut product which, by the way, comes in chocolate, apple, cinnamon, strawberry and vanilla cream flavors.
Cupertino, California – As Apple rolled out its new iPhone 5S today, many consumers faced the dilemma of which color phone to purchase: silver, gold or space grey.
There’s good news for those who can’t decide on the iPhone color. Apple has just announced that it will soon release a limited edition of the new iPhone 5S which will incorporate all three colors, or rather, three phones in one.
Apple has partnered with the makers of the Rubix Cube to come up with a design with all three phones – silver, gold and space grey. The single unit has all three phones connected by a special mechanism that can rotate the phones and put the phone user’s favorite color of the moment at the top of the unit. The mechanism uses the same principle used in Rubix cubes whereby, with skill, one can manipulate the cube to bring one color on top.
The limited edition iPhone 5S has one downside, and that is, it is obviously heavier than the single unit. “But for the fickle-minded, it is a little price to pay to enjoy all three colors of the phone ” Apple said. Apple has not yet revealed the retail cost of the limited edition which it is calling the iPhone 5S Trio.
Chicago, Illinois – Boeing, the American multinational aerospace and defense corporation that manufactures a good chunk of the world’s passenger aircraft has announced that it will start building jets capable of transporting passengers to the future.
The announcement came just days after particle physicist Brian Cox, in a presentation at the British Science Festival, said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.
“The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is yes, you can go into the future,” the University of Manchester professor told the audience during his hour-long speech on Tuesday. “You’ve got almost total freedom of movement in the future.”
Cox detailed how time travel to the future is possible under Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Traveling hundreds, or even thousands of years into the future, could be accomplished if someone was traveling at an incredibly fast pace, close to the speed of light.
Boeing said that it is working on a prototype model aircraft that would travel at, or faster than, the speed of light. Company officials however acknowledged that the cost of building the aircraft will be enormous considering that each flight of the time-travel jet will be one way. This would mean that the cost of airfare on these jets will also be monumental since the airlines will never see their jets again after take off. “In effect, passengers will be paying not only for the opportunity to travel to the future but also for their prorated share of the total cost of the aircraft, ” Boeing said.
Boeing however sees this project as a gold mine, since airlines will constantly be ordering new aircraft for every flight to the future that they will be scheduling.