We all like tokens to remember things by. Key chains, t-shirts, shot glasses–we all have our own ways of memorializing the places we’ve been.
The same is true of moments in history, and while it may be our present the 2012 Olympics will soon pass into history leaving memories and the mementos we’ve taken with us.
Just what will those mementos be? For some it will be the familiar key chains, t-shirts, shot glasses. For one it will be a world record number of medals earned by an individual athlete. For still others it will be one of 8,000 torches, many of which are now available for purchase on eBay.
Yes that’s right, for what many are considering the inflated price of around $5,000 you can have a piece of Olympic history.
Personally, I’d say go with the t-shirt. It may not ignite (well not as its central purpose anyways), but you can carry it around with you without acquiring a snide nickname. The torch-bearer is only a cool pseudonym every couple of years–if then.
“As Costly Collectible Olympic Torches Are On Fire”: MSNBC
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s an election year. So while 2WC tries to exist entirely outside of the political arena, it sometimes requires a crusade or two. Today’s takes place not only in the political arena but on the field of commerce.
You don’t have to follow politics to know that Democrats and Republicans do not often see eye to eye. But it seems (according to a recent study of course) that they quite often disagree on more than politics.
There is a clear division in consumer habits that seems to be determined by political party affiliation (was that PC enough for you?). In other words brand loyalty obeys party lines, for a lot of products.
For instance, while the Democrats enjoy their morning Starbucks, the GOP gotta have their Dunkin’ Donuts fix. I have to side with the Dem’s on this one, it’s just better coffee.
However the Grand Old Party clearly has better taste in fast food–choosing Subway as opposed to the Democrats’ preference for Wendy’s. What can I say? I’m an Independent.
They do agree on some things though. Most notably, Coca Cola over Pepsi. It’s official, Coke must be the superior product–both parties can’t possibly be wrong. Right?
“Red and Blue Brands: How Democrats and Republicans Shop”: TIME