Blog Posts by Christina Ng

  • Benetton ‘Unhate’ Ad Campaign Features World Leaders Kissing

    World leaders are shown kissing in Benettons Unhate ad campaign promoting tolerance. The digitally manipulated images, U.S. President Barack Obama and China's President Hu Jintao in this one, are part of a new campaign by Benetton Group, known for their controversial ads. (Photo credit: Fabrica)World leaders are shown kissing in Benettons Unhate ad campaign promoting tolerance. The digitally manipulated images, U.S. President Barack Obama and China's President Hu Jintao in this one, are part of a new campaign by Benetton Group, known for their controversial ads. (Photo credit: Fabrica)
    At first, the images are shocking. President Obama planting a kiss on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s lips. German Chancellor Angela Merkel smooches French President Nicolas Sarkozy, her nation’s economic rival.

    These images aren’t the latest political scandal. They’re a new ad campaign from Italian clothing company United Colors of Benetton called “Unhate.”

    The images are digitally manipulated but they send a pointed message. The newly unveiled UNHATE Foundation seeks to promote a culture of tolerance and combat hatred around the world, the company said in a news release.

    Click here to see all the images.

    The campaign was launched today in Paris.

    “Unhate is a message that invites us to consider that hate and love are not as far away from each other as we think,” the campaign’s website said. “Actually, the two opposing sentiments are often in a delicate and unstable balance. Our campaign promotes a shift in the balance: don’t hate, Unhate.”

    The website features photos of people holding large

    Read More »from Benetton ‘Unhate’ Ad Campaign Features World Leaders Kissing
  • Colorado Woman Spots Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals it Back

                                     A Colorado woman took matters into her own hands when her bike was stolen from outside of a Boulder sports bar. She tracked down her stolen bike on Craigslist, pretended to be an interested buyer and stole back her own bike.

    Kathryn Lucas, 25, parked her bike outside of a bar where she went to watch a University of Colorado football game on the night of Oct. 4, according to ABC News’ Denver affiliate KMGH.

    When she left the bar to head home, she discovered that her black Trek 1.2 road bike was missing. After filing a police report, she and her roommate began searching Craigslist to see if the thief was trying to sell the bike.

    Sure enough, Lucas found a posting with a photo of her bike.  She immediately recognized her bike’s red handle-bar tape and her water bottle holder.

    Lucas responded to the Craigslist ad, pretending to be an interested buyer. Minutes later, a person using the name “Lance Robinson” responded with his phone number and

    Read More »from Colorado Woman Spots Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals it Back
  • Forever 21 Criticized for ‘Oriental Girl Necklace’


    Forever 21 has the Internet buzzing with an “Oriental Girl Necklace” that some shoppers are calling offensive for its stereotypical depiction of an Asian woman and the use of the outdated term “Oriental.”

    The charm is of a white-faced girl with her black hair styled in two buns over her ears. It is on sale for $1.50 on the Forever 21 website.

    There is debate, however, in the online world about whether the item is offensive or racist. Many of those who believe it is offensive comment that the issue is with the word “Oriental,” which is often regarded as a derogatory word when referring to people.

    “Apparently, Forever 21 thinks that people want to wear outdated, cultural stereotypes as necklaces, and that it’s okay to sell them,” wrote Dhani Mau of style website “Fashionista.”

    Others think the criticism is an over-reaction and say the charms aren’t offensive.

    One commenter wrote, “People need to grow thicker skin, get a sense of humor and stop yelling racism

    Read More »from Forever 21 Criticized for ‘Oriental Girl Necklace’
  • New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters

    “Penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming oil on their feathers while preening.

    A yarn store in New Zealand is making an unusual request that is pulling at the heart-strings of the world—they are asking people to sew knit sweaters for penguins affected by the country’s oil spill.

    The “penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming oil on their feathers while preening.

    The yarn store is called Skeinz and is located in Napier, New Zealand. They posted the request along with instructions and patterns on their website and have already received a “deluge” of jumpers.

    “It’s really precious and overwhelming,” the store posted on its blog along with photos of piles of penguin sweaters.

    On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

    More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill, including birds from the country’s

    Read More »from New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters
  • What Is America's Luckiest City?

    San Diego topped Men's Health magazine's list of America's Luckiest Cities. (Photo credit: David Olsen/Getty Images)

    How do you measure luck? Men’s Health magazine came up with its own criteria that it used to rank the 100 luckiest cities in America.

    The ranking was based on positive factors such as lottery wins and numbers of holes-in-one and negative factors such as people struck by lightning and injuries from random falling objects.

    So which city came out on top? Based on the magazine’s luck assessment, San Diego is the luckiest city in America. Baltimore and Phoenix followed in second and third.

    San Diego is known for its miles of beaches, boardwalks and marinas. And now, it is America’s luckiest city.

    Men’s Health deputy editor Matt Marion told ABCNews.com that when the staff brainstorms for monthly columns it tries to focus on issues that are important in readers’ lives, which are often fairly obvious.

    But for this month, they chose luck as something important

    Read More »from What Is America's Luckiest City?
  • Preschool Escapee Makes Solo Trek Home

    Alfie Aldridge, 3, is shown in this Oct. 11, 2011 photo, in the Surbiton section of London

    An intrepid toddler in England took matters into his own hands when he decided on his first day of class that preschool was  not for him.

    Samantha Aldridge, 27, dropped her 3-year-old son, Alfie, off at the Knoll Mead Primary School in Surrey on a recent Monday morning for his first day of nursery school and then headed home, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. The school called her 40 minutes later to let her know that her son was doing just fine.

    So when her doorbell rang less than two hours later, she was shocked to see little Alfie standing in the doorway.

    “When I opened the door and saw Alfie standing there, I didn’t know what to think,” Aldridge told the Daily Mail. “A wave of emotion came over me.”

    To make the 10-minute trek home, Alfie  walked out of  his school building, scaled a 3-foot wall and crossed a busy street.

    “Thankfully, I was home to answer the door,” Aldridge said. “It makes me feel sick to think of what could have happened. It’s a terrible thing

    Read More »from Preschool Escapee Makes Solo Trek Home

Pagination

(16 Stories)