6:15 A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.
Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus, Ohio, featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad.
His effort on Kickstarter in early July to buy potato salad ingredients took on a life of its own and attracted worldwide attention as the amount grew. The 31-year-old eventually raised $55,492.
The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors have donated supplies for Brown and volunteers to whip up 300 pounds of potato salad for the event.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Brown partnered with the Columbus Foundation to start an endowment that will aid area charities that fight hunger and homelessness. The account, started with $20,000 in post-campaign corporate donations, will grow after proceeds from PotatoStock are added.
"His fund will have potential way after this potato salad is forgotten," said Lisa Jolley, the foundation's director of donors and development.
Brown has been wooed by chefs, a literary agent and admirers seeking selfies and hugs.
"You never know what's going to take off," said Justin Kazmark, a spokesman for Kickstarter, whose projects reach their goals 44 percent of the time. "This was just the Internet being the Internet."
Brown said the effort was never really about potato salad.
"I think it says something about how you can spread an idea now," Brown said.
6:45 Offbeat Holidays you can celebrate/commemorate in October.
We all know about Breast Cancer Awareness Month but did you know it's Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Given that it's been very much in the news as of late, I thought I'd mention it. If you know someone who is involved in a dangerous situation, please pass this along to them. Here's a link for more info: http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php
Now for the offbeat holidays:
Here are a few of my faves from the list, but check the link for the full list:
OCTOBER 1ST: NATIONAL HOMEMADE COOKIES DAY
OCTOBER 4TH: NATIONAL TACO DAY
- OCTOBER 15TH: GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY
OCTOBER 18TH: NATIONAL NO BEARD DAY
OCTOBER 19TH: EVALUATE YOUR LIFE DAY
- OCTOBER 24TH: NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY
OCTOBER 30TH: MISCHIEF NIGHT
7:15 Makers Of Caffeinated Underwear Pay Up To FTC, Consumers
We know what caffeine does for your energy level, but did you really think adding caffeine to your undergarments would produce weight loss results? No, we didn't believe it either. And now the revelation that said undergarments did not result in weight loss has resulted in a $1.5 million settlement between Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc. and Wacoal America, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission.
In addition to the monetary penalty, consumerist.com reports the companies are prohibited from making future "false and unsubstantiated claims" about their shapewear, in addition to shelling out more than $1.5 million in consumer refunds.
False claims made by the companies included that the so-called slimming undergarments would "eliminate or substantially reduce cellulite; reduce the wearer's hip measurements by up to two inches and their thigh measurements by one inch; and reduce thigh and hip measurements 'without any effort," as well as "destroy fat cells, resulting in substantial slimming."