National / International News

Why the Domino's Pizza mascot 'the Noid' vanished

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:05

In the late 1980s, the Noid was pizza's worst enemy. He made pies arrive cold, late or crushed, with cheese stuck to the top of the box – at least that's what Domino's ads would have you believe.

Domino's could "avoid the Noid," delivering hot, fresh pizzas in 30 minutes or less. The Noid ads were a huge success, spawning toys and even a video game. 

But it all came crashing down in 1989, when the Noid suffered what may be the worst PR disaster in history. Zachary Crockett has written about the Noid for Priceonomics, and he tells us the strange, sad story.

Six brand mascots potentially as strange and popular as the Noid

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Mr. Six


The mascot for Hi-C's popular "Ecto Cooler" until 2001, 17 years after the release of "Ghostbusters."

Bob the Baby

Not to be confused with the E-Trade baby, who didn't get his own show on CBS.


These guys also inspired a short-lived TV series, starring a young Nick Kroll.

The King

This plastic-faced mascot was polarizing, but popular enough to appear in several video games.

Maduro demands respect from the US

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:05
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he demanded respect from the US during an encounter with American Vice-President Joe Biden in Brazil.

30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Twenty-one other bodies were pulled from the Java Sea near Borneo. The Airbus A320 crashed Saturday with 162 passengers and crew aboard.

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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.

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VIDEO: Sinkhole B&B 'could stay closed'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:48
A bed and breakfast damaged by a sinkhole more than eight months ago could remain closed indefinitely, its owners have said.

Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests' Accuracy

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:43

Doug Williams, one of the country's most vocal critics of the polygraph test, will go on trial in January. For decades, he has helped people "beat" the test by exploiting its shaky science.

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VIDEO: Life as a young Native American

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:27
Can young Native Americans reclaim their identity?

Palestinians submit ICC documents

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:14
The Palestinians submit the documents required to join the International Criminal Court to the UN, in a move opposed by Israel and the US.

Lawro's FA Cup predictions

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:02
Mark Lawrenson takes on 1988 FA Cup finalists Dave Beasant and John Aldridge with his predictions for the third round.

College football's playoff payoff

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:01

$7.3 billion is the sum ESPN will pay for the 12-year broadcast rights for NCAA football's four major bowl games, plus the two semifinal bowls and the national championship game.

Since the playoffs draw championship interest to three games instead of just one, the moneymaking potential is huge, and many say it's only a matter of time before the bracket is expanded to eight teams or more.

"I do believe that this will be the first step in an expansion in what will likely be an eight-team playoff eventually," says Paul Swangard, director of the University of Oregon's Sports Marketing Center.

As the TV money keeps growing, program budgets and coaching salaries are increasingly on par with the pros. But the only ones who aren't seeing a payday are the players.

Uber has a rockin' New Year's Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:00

In the run-up to New Year's Eve, there was a lot of speculation about whether Uber’s surge pricing would affect ridership. That means when demand goes up so does the cost of using the car-sharing service.

Uber reports that most of the trips subject to surge pricing happened between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on what is technically New Year's Day.

More than 100,000 passengers were in an Uber at the stroke of midnight, and demand increased by 180 percent between 12:01 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to Uber.

New Yorkers took the most trips around 2 a.m. and Parisians took the most trips around 4 a.m., local time.


Is New York police's 'virtual work stoppage' a boon for critics?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:58
An apparently deliberate slowdown in arrests and ticketing by New York City police raises questions about previously overzealous law enforcement.

Something new from from something blue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:57

Making something new from something old. Marlo Fox is a denim designer at the Gap, Jeff Garza is a veteran of the war in Iraq. And he collects of odds and ends.

Together, they've built a new business called Fox Hole, and a second life of sorts for very well-loved clothes.

It all started with Jeff's dad's old Levis.


VIDEO: Gerrard's best Premier League goals

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:54
We look back at some of Steven Gerrard's best Premier League goals following news that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

VIDEO: Police probe fourth 'drug death'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:39
A suspected drugs death in Telford could be linked to a dangerous batch of ecstasy feared responsible for the deaths of three men in Suffolk.

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:27

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Things that will cost you more this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:20

It's a new year and some of the daily items we buy will see a price increase. Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from sheds light on why things will cost more this year. We are talking about items that we can't live without  like coffee, chocolate, and bacon. One of the main reasons for this increase is that demand has outstripped supply. Another issue is mother nature and drought. But it's not all doom and gloom, we will see items like gas prices on the decline. This is great news for consumers because they end up with more money in their pockets. Which could put momentum into retail sales and the stock market. Check out LoCastro's full list.

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:18
The US imposes new sanctions on North Korea in response to a major cyber-attack against Sony Pictures.

VIDEO: Hotel for the blind's last weekend

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:04
A Llandudno hotel, believed to be the last in Wales and England to cater exclusively for blind guests, will close on Monday due to a lack of business.

Huth 'gender' tweets investigated

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:52
Stoke City defender Robert Huth is being investigated by the Football Association over interactions on Twitter.