The Sad Reason Why Most Disney Characters Do Not Have Mothers

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(PCM) Like us, I’m sure that many of you were left pondering just why it appears that so many Disney characters are lacking a mother figure or that the mother figures are often tragically killed within the beginning of the film. For the first time, that answer has been revealed and it is an incredibly tragic story.

Recently, “Maleficent” executive producer Don Hahn spoke with Glamour Magazine and revealed two stories that are rarely spoken about, but certainly shed light on the motherless child theme that we see in so many classic Disney tales.

Hahn says “One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and Disney films are about growing up. They’re about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility. Simba ran away from home but had to come back. In shorthand, it’s much quicker to have characters grow up when you bump off their parents. Bambi’s mother gets killed, so he has to grow up. Belle only has a father, but he gets lost, so she has to step into that position. It’s a story shorthand.”

The second reason is where things definitely take on a more tragic turn as it is revealed that Walt Disney himself, felt responsible for his own mother’s death after he purchased his parents a home in 1940. Hahn revealed “He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick and went to the hospital, but his mother died.”

Hahn went on to say that Disney never spoke about his mother’s death, nor did anyone else, “because he personally felt responsible because he had become so successful that he said, ‘Let me buy you a house.’ It’s every kid’s dream to buy their parents a house and just through a strange freak of nature — through no fault of his own — the studio workers didn’t know what they were doing. “There’s a theory, and I’m not a psychologist, but he was really haunted by that. That idea that he really contributed to his mom’s death was really tragic.”

Such a sad, sad story, but it definitely makes a lot of sense and certainly sheds some light on why we see so many of Disney’s characters lacking their maternal role models.

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Coca Cola Has Finally Brought Back Surge!

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(PCM) Finally succumbing to internet demand, Coca-Cola has finally brought back the caffeine-fueled citrus soda of the 90’s “Surge”! If you grew up as part of that generation than most surely know what “Surge” is all about and just way consumers would be begging for its’ re”surge”nce!

The soda is now brought back into production and being sold exclusively through Amazon.com. Orders came flying in almost immediately and the first batch of “Surge” on Amazon is already completely sold-out.

“Surge” was originally created as Norwegian competitor for Mountain Dew and simply called “Urge”. It was also playfully referred to as “MDK” or Mountain Dew Killer as an inside joke at Coca-Cola. It was first introduced to the mainstream in 1996 and was a huge hit with the young adult demographic. As the demographic grew up so did their interest in “Surge” and it was eventually taken off the market in 2002.

However, there will still many fans of “Surge” that were incredibly sad to see their favorite soda gone forever, so they launched several online campaigns urging Coca-Cola to bring it back. Coca-Cola credits the Facebook page “Surge Movement” as being one of the main driving forces behind the relaunch of the product.

At this time, Coca-Colas says that “Surge” will only be back for a limited time, but if cases continue to sell-out on Amazon, we can’t see them taking it away anytime soon!

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Urban Outfitters Apologizes For Selling Bloody Looking Vintage Kent University Sweatshirt

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(PCM) Once again clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has found themselves in a bit of hot water when people discovered that they were selling what appeared to be a bloody “vintage” Kent University sweatshirt on their website.

After an outpouring of backlash the company has now taken down the product and apologize to anyone it may have offended. They are claiming that it was a simple misunderstanding and it was never their intention to allude to the tragic events that occurred at Kent State University in 1970.

Urban Outfitters went on to say that they are saddened that the item was perceived as that and that it was a one-of-kind item that was part of their sun-faded vintage collection. They claim that the faded pink color and red spots that resembled blood was just part of the dying process. They claim that there is no blood on the shirt nor had the item been altered in anyway.

A spokesperson for the company said that the item will not be sold and that the company’s public relations department has been in touch with Kent State. The item has since been removed from the website.

Kent State had the following comments about the incident: May 4, 1970, was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever.We take great offense to a company using our pain for the publicity and profit. This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

Personally, we are not buying Urban Outfitters insincere apology and definitely feel they were trying to make money and headlines off of the tragedy that took place. Anyone with half a brain at the company would have been able to look at that item before it was posted and realize it was probably not a good idea.

We want to hear from you. Was Urban Outfitters apology sincere and was it only an honest mistake?

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Burger King Unleashes The Most Metal Burger In The World!

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(PCM) At least that is first thing that comes to mind when hearing about the news that Burger King is releasing an all black burger. It features a black bun, black pepper meat patty and black cheese, however it will only be available in Japan.

The burger is named the Kuro Burger and if you are curious about just how they managed to make the all black burger edible, we learned that both the bun and the cheese are made with bamboo charcoal, a staple in Japanese cuisine and the meat itself is darkened using an onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink, which is commonly used for cooking, food color, and flavoring.

There will be two versions of the Kuro available for a limited time, the Pearl and the Diamond. The Pearl will be the all black burger with ingredients previously mentioned and The Diamond will include lettuce, tomato and onion which add a bit of color, but doesn’t that kind of ruin the overall aesthetic.

Again the Burger King Kuro sandwich is only offered in Japan and for a limited time and we are left wondering why Japan always gets all the cool stuff!  Rock on with your metal selves Burger King and bring this to the States!

Would you try it?

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Punkin Chunkin Announces A Two-Year Deal!

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(PCM) It has just been announced by the Dover International Speedway that a two-year agreement has been reached for them to become the new host site for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event, an annual contest that will be held Oct. 24‐26, 2014 on the Speedway grounds.

This year will mark the 28th year for the event! Punkin Chunkin has been held each year in Delaware since 1986, and sees teams from around the world compete in the sport of hurling a pumpkin solely by mechanical means for distance. Some devices used include slingshots, catapults, air cannons and more. The non‐profit event gives out scholarships to students each year.

Punkin Chunkin will take place on the same grounds the Speedway uses to host the Firefly Music Festival. For the seventh consecutive year, Science Channel will be on hand capturing every moment of the high‐stakes, unbelievable engineering and autumnal absurdity of Punkin Chunkin. In what has become a Thanksgiving Week tradition all of the high‐flying Punkin Chunkin action will world premiere on Science Channel Saturday, November 29 from 8‐10 PM ET/PT.

The Dover International Speedway is the ideal location to host Punkin Chunkin for the first time. It is located centrally in the state and features incredibly easy access off of State Route 1.

The organizers of the annual event claim that they had scouted over 50 locations inside and outside Delaware before decided that the Dover International Speedway was the ideal home for the event. The amount of available space was a huge plus as some of the air cannons used to fire off the pumpkins can shoot them nearly a mile away!

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