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McDonald’s Surprised The Two Kids That Pranked Them With $25,000 Checks

Not too long ago, two Houston college students gained notoriety after they created a fake McDonald’s poster and hung it on the wall of a nearby location’s dining area. The kicker was that no one noticed for nearly two months.

Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo covertly created a McDonald’s poster, starring themselves, and secretly hung it up in the lobby of a Houston McDonald’s they frequent. The poster hung there, unnoticed, for about 51 days.

The two were recently guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show,  and talked about what happened to them after their prank went viral. They said McDonald’s removed the photo (for renovation purposes) but planned to auction it off and give the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Houston charity.

Ellen then revealed that because of their pure intentions behind the poster, wanting more Asian Americans to get recognition in fast food marketing, McDonald’s will feature the two students in an upcoming campaign, complete with a $25,000 check for each of them.

You can check out exactly how it goes down in the clip here. Needless to say, the two kids who thought they would get in trouble for their stunt were genuinely stunned.

It just goes to show that if you prank McDonald’s well enough, you could get a fat check.

 

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Students Pull Off Fake McDonald’s Ad Prank That Goes Viral

When I visit a McDonald’s, I usually don’t pay too much attention to the decor around the lobby of the restaurant. Pretty sure most people don’t either. Therein lies the magic of this viral Mcdonald’s poster “prank.”

Jevh Maravilla, a student at the University of Houston, created a fake poster with his friend Christian Toledo to hang on the wall of a local McDonald’s. What they didn’t expect, however, was that the poster would hang there unnoticed for 51 days.

In the behind-the-scenes video below, Maravilla reveals that they created the poster as a way to represent Asian-Americans in McDonald’s advertisements. The idea came as they noticed there were no Asians depicted in the store’s decorative images.

The process to hang the poster on the wall was pretty elaborate — from a campus photoshoot to editing realistic looking fries into the image. Maravilla even went out and bought a McDonald’s uniform so he could masquerade as an employee of the fast food chain while his friends hung the poster up.

For nearly two months, no one in the store took down the poster.

A noble goal behind a pretty hilarious prank. I wonder if the McDonald’s will just end up keeping this on their wall?

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Chinese Students Are Earning $3,000 A Week Selling Australian Baby Formula To China Over WeChat

Chinese international students living in Australia have been making a killing in re-selling baby formula and other Australian health products to buyers back in their home country.

Earning thousands of dollars per week, these budding entrepreneurs have discovered the lucrative business of distributing popular Australian products such as a2 Platinum Formula and Bellamy’s Organic for customers in China.

According to Business Insider, a growing number of Chinese students are turning themselves into online wholesalers simply by setting up online shops via WeChat, a social media platform similar to Facebook where they find and grow their markets. A unique feature the platform has over Facebook is its ability to connect the user’s bank account, allowing for easy money transfers without having to open up a separate banking app.

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Sydney-based Carol Lin, who began her online reselling business last year, earns between $2,000 to $3,000 per week selling baby formula and Blackmores vitamins through the platform. Considering regular university students in Australia earn $23 per hour, Lin has indeed struck gold.

Before heading to Australia, the 25-year-old ELS student had already studied the market and discovered how lucrative selling Australian health products to China was through online shops.

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Like many others like her, Lin has tapped into China’s huge demand of high quality and authentic health products created by the rampant local distribution of fake brands and counterfeit products.

You WeChat and tell me what you want. Then I have to write it down, for example if a customer buys five things, but all five things aren’t available at the same place,” Lin said, explaining her process. “For example, it could be from the supermarket, Chemist Warehouse. I need to go to a lot of differences places to buy everything and then afterwards, I have to send the stock and pack it up.”

Her clients consist mainly of parents of her friends back home. With the help of some buzz generated by word-of-mouth recommendations of her regular customers, she was able to grow her clientele.

Lin, who considers her venture as a success, usually spends her money buying designer goods.

It depends on each person’s preferences,” said Lin. “Some people will save but some people will go shopping. We both go shopping because our family backgrounds are already quite good.”

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International student Maggie Ma, found herself in the same business after she brought some Australian health products to China during a family visit. With relatives asking for more products each visit, she realized the potential for turning it into a business of her own.

Aside from health products, Ma also sells manuka honey and pawpaw cream to her customers. During one Chinese New Year, she was able to earn much more than usual as many friends and family stocked up on Aussie goods to give as gifts.

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These online entrepreneurs have the potential to make a huge amount of cash in revenue. However, as they are operating as an unregistered business, they have not been paying taxes.

Other online resellers have also expanded to other platforms such as Taobao and Alibaba. The business is doing so well that the products sold on these platforms already account for 5-10% of the total retail of Australian food and health products on the market, according to estimates by Austrade.

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Being Australia’s second largest market for medicine and other health brands, China easily spent $381 million in 2014 alone, according a report by The University of Sydney.

“China is facing a host of new health challenges, including an ageing population, changing diets, increasing prevalence of obesity and environmental problems,” George Institute for Global Health professor John Knight told Business Insider. “The demand for high quality health care is a constant, unlike the boom and bust cycles of many other industries such as the resources sector.”

So far Chinese authorities have failed to stop the practice as they are unable to regulate imported products sent by post.

Written by Ryan General || NextShark

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8 Boston College Basketball Players Just Fell Ill From Chipotle, What’s Going On?

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Chipotle’s recent health scares are getting more worrisome by the day. They JUST brought back carnitas too. It looks like students from Boston College have gotten sick after eating at Chipotle near the campus, Business Insider reports.

A college official told Business Insider that several students and student-athletes had checked into the Boston College Health Services complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms. The one thing that all the students at the health center had in common was that they had all eaten at a nearby Chipotle.

The Cleveland Circle location is only about a mile and a half away from the main campus.

Since the reports of student sickness, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been contacted and is currently working to see if there is a link between the Boston case and the national outbreak.

An email from a college physician warned students, specifically student athletes, to not eat at the Chipotle and to seek medical attention if they had already done so.

Eight basketball players from Boston College have already been confirmed sick. Two other basketball players also came forward complaining of stomach issues.

While initially believed to be an E. Coli outbreak making the rounds across the country, CNN reports that this incident appears to be a norovirus isolated to that one restaurant. However, it will take a few days for test results to give a definitive answer.

A spokesman for Chipotle told Business Insider that the location has temporarily closed down while the illnesses were investigated.

Image: Google Maps

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The #1 Takeout Food Among College Students Might Surprise You

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Back in college, we couldn’t go two days without scarfing down a slice of pizza. The relatively cheap takeout option was split between friends and classmates alike. Turns out, there’s a new popular food among the college crowd these days.

According to USA Today, the top takeout food among college students is now: Frozen Yogurt. In a recent posting of its ordering data, GrubHub listed the top ten foods ordered by college students in its database.

GrubHub, a major online food ordering company, has operations in hundreds of major U.S. cities as well as London. It’s fair to say the data is accurate.

Other foods that made the list were waffle fries, chicken souvlaki pita, chocolate chip brownies, hibachi chicken, vegetarian spring roll, sweet and sour chicken, pizza, buffalo wings and California rolls.

Why froyo owns the #1 spot is tough to say.

It is, however, awesome to see folks ordering such diverse dishes these days. Maybe in a few years, we’ll see our cake-sadilla make the list.

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Latest Korean Meme Has Schoolgirls Carrying Giant Backpacks Made of Junk Food

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The latest in WTF? news: Korean schoolgirls are walking around with giant backpacks made from chips, snack cakes, Pocky, and bottles of yogurt. Why? Who cares? I just want one of my own.

In no small feat of playground ingenuity, students in South Korea have been assembling oversized “snack packs” comprised of their favorite bags of chips, bottles of drinkable yogurt, satchels of chocolate marshmallow cakes, and bins of cheese balls, with packaged candy bars tied together as backpack straps. The reason, according to Kotaku, has something to do with girls giving the bags as birthday presents, though some are also just making them for themselves, presumably in case of a zombie apocalypse.

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With all that posterior real estate being occupied, you can’t help but wonder where these girls put all their school supplies, though you gotta love their priorities.

Picthx Kotaku