The Budweiser Clydesdales are an iconic symbol of American culture. It’s one of those things that you can always identify with, whether you like the Budweiser brand or not. The commercials that they put out are always classy, well put together, and are a reminder of what the term “American” really means.
The ad in the video below gives me chills every single time I watch it. It was created as a symbol of hope for the American people. This was only aired ONE TIME, during Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, and it didn’t resurface again until 2008 when posted on YouTube.
The ad shows the Clydesdales passing the Statue of Liberty, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and finally pausing and bowing in a park overlooking the New York City skyline, without the twin World Trade Center Towers, which were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
Instant goosebumps! Whether you have already seen it or not, watch it for yourself. Enjoy it, and remember what it means to be an American. It is truly an honor! We fight together, we live together, we stand together.
On September 11, 2011, Budweiser remastered and created a new commercial using the same creative as the original. This newly remastered ad had a new message: “We’ll Never Forget”.
On September 11th, 2011, Budweiser felt that it was the right time to recreate and pay homage to this iconic commercial.
“We feel our 9/11 Clydesdales tribute ad is very special,” Paul Chibe, VP-marketing at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. “We were proud to re-air the spot on Sunday, the 10th anniversary, as a way to help raise awareness of the fundraising campaign for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The subtle changes in the ad were intended to reflect the passing of time, and the most important point, that we should never forget those lost and affected by 9/11.”
See the beautiful recreation below:
A Tractor Supply Store in Elk City, OK, was recently visited by a man in a cowboy hat, chaps and big boots. He wasn’t there to rustle up any trouble, he just saw the sign outside and thought he’d inquire.
This store allows pets indoors, so long as they’re on a leash.
The man had a pet, and it was indeed leashed. He stated it plainly.
“I’m a senior, here to buy feed for my senior horse,” the man said. “Can he come in?’”
The man’s horse was outside, waiting, until given permission.
The story was relayed to the public by Robin Morris, who posted his experience to Facebook. Morris witnessed the man ask politely, then bring his horse inside.
As the Dodo reports, the store manager obliged the man and his horse. It was much cooler inside, after all.
There are a number of companies throughout the United States that will allow pets to come in with their owners. Stores like Lowes, Macy’s, even LUSH will allow pets inside.
Watch more of this cowboy and his horse in the video below.
An elephant at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand was being forced to swim underwater, her suffering quite visible, as a trainer stands on her neck and pulls her ears.
According to the Dodo, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the horrors these animals face.
The elephants are trained to “swim” through physical and psychological abuse, experts say. Sharp bullhooks are often used by the mahouts who pose as “trainers,” though it’s clear their animals have developed an aversion to the tool.
“For the bullhook to be effective, an elephant must be taught to fear the device and learn that compliance with commands avoids a painful consequence such as being hit, stabbed or beaten,” Catherine Doyle, director of science, research and advocacy for the Performing Animal Welfare Society, told The Dodo. “As long as an elephant associates the bullhook with pain, and remains fearful of it (through repeated reminders by handlers), the mere presence of the device is menacing enough to control an elephant.”
Mahouts at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, meanwhile, maintain that their routine is nothing more than exercise.
“The show is considered exercise for the elephants. Normally they go into pools to play with water anyway,” said Khao Kheow Open Zoo director Attaporn Sriheran. “The zoo then designed another pool for the elephants to swim and at the same time allows children and visitors to learn about their behavior as well.”
But, as animal rights activists have pointed out, these animals are being conditioned to perform. The video of the elephant treading water while submerged in the pool has been shared thousands of times since it was first posted in late August, many angered at what they’ve seen.
Just as mounting pressure from public backlash has changed the course of history and business many times before, that concerning the safety and well-being of elephants is no different. Tourism and hospitality companies, including TripAdvisor, have been asked to stop promoting facilities that make money off animal cruelty.
And they’re starting to make changes.
TripAdvisor announced in 2016 that it would stop selling tickets to animal attractions, and it has, with certain exceptions for feeding programs and children’s petting zoos.
“There isn’t really a universally agreed to criteria on what’s on the right side or wrong side of the line,” James Kay, associate director of TripAdvisor, told USA Today. “We needed to say where we stood and where the line was for us.”
The same year, SeaWorld stopped breeding orcas in captivity and Ringling Brothers stopped using elephants in its circus shows.
Whether or not the backlash will have an effect on the Khao Kheow Open Zoo is yet to be seen, but there’s no doubt the world is watching.
Learn more in the video below.
Mitch and Carmen Newman decided to take their kids out to the White Rose Cafe for a bite to eat. Although it would have been amazing to just have a fun, quiet meal – that isn’t what happened.
Their son tried to climb up the wall to reach the jukebox, while their daughter walked back and forth around the booth. Customers even had to listen to the kids loudly yelling, despite the fact that Mitch and Carmen tried over and over to keep them quiet.
At the end of their meal it was finally time to pay the bill. But what the Newmans received instead from the waitress was something that left them speechless. Not only had strangers paid the entire tab, they also wrote a note on the check too. It said, “God bless from a Christian from LA. I love children, Amen.” Mitch and Carmen couldn’t believe it and quickly chased down the kind couple. Discover why they decided to do what they did in the video below. It’s certainly a story with quite the heartwarming twist!
The bride and groom began dancing to a recording of the widely popular song with their friends and family watching on. Little did they know, the couple’s family pulled off a huge surprise by inviting Anderson to sing “Better Today” live for the couple.
After a few seconds of the the romantic dance, the song started sounding off. All of a sudden, the music faded away, and the DJ said, “Uh oh, there’s something wrong with my equipment, hold on. Give me one second, let me work on it.”
Moments later, Anderson appeared from behind the tent playing his guitar. The couple completely freaked out and so did all the guests. They could not believe Anderson, who rose to stardom on the show Nashville Star, was actually singing for them at their wedding!
The happy couple was able to complete their first dance, thanks to Anderson’s live acoustic performance and it will be a moment neither of them will forget.
Watch the incredible moment below!