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According to a new survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital and Kelton Research, an astounding 93 percent of C-suite executives surveyed grew up with a pet and 78 percent partially attribute their career success to owning a pet as a child. Turns out, the path to career success doesn’t just run through Wharton, but starts with a childhood filled with puppies, kittens, bunnies and hamsters. There’s more, too: Nearly one quarter (24 percent) say that their childhood pet taught them more valuable lessons than their first internship. If you’re looking for inspiration, a whopping 77 percent of C-suite executives said they came up with a business idea while walking a pet (guessing dogs, not gerbils). Basically, don’t be surprised if you see a CEO trying to get dog hair off their custom designer suit. (client)Fast Company 11/15/18
Uber introduced a new rewards program called Uber Pro, through which the company will start rewarding highly-rated drivers with increased pay and free college tuition. In its “180 days of change” efforts following last year’s scandals and lawsuits, the new program offers cash back on fuel purchases, discounts on vehicle maintenance, free 24/7 roadside assistance, faster airport pickups, free dent repair and even free online classes at Arizona State University. To start, Uber Pro is now available for all drivers in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and Phoenix and half of the drivers in Denver, New Jersey, Orlando and Tampa.The Verge 11/1/18
Krazy Glue has challenged Hafthor Bjornsson, The World’s Strongest Man, to a weightlifting competition that will take place on Dec. 5 in New York City. Fans are encouraged to send in ideas of items that weigh at least 500 pounds to be suspended from a barbell using only Krazy Glue, which can reportedly hold up to 1,000 pounds. Krazy Glue created a website for fans to RSVP to the event in NYC and will be streaming it live on Facebook at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 5. Sure to be a great show!The Drum 11/21/18
In Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, visitors can find dogs and their handlers strolling around the airport for them to pet and interact with should they choose to do so. After positive reactions to a test of the program, the airport and the Companion Animal Adoption Centres of Quebec have permanently put the “pet squad” program in place. The program is meant to relieve stress among passengers in a cost-effective manner, unlike other options such as massages and movie theaters.The Travel 11/16/18
Lego is one of the most popular brands in the world, known and loved by children and nostalgic adults alike, but few grown-ups buy Legos for themselves. The Danish company aimed to change that with a new type of construction toy that is half Lego, half coloring book. Lego Forma is designed to de-stress adults and get their creative juices flowing. The sets are selling for $46 each on Indiegogo (with a $66 market price). The base set comes with a Koi fish skin, but other models will be available, as well.Fast Company 11/20/18
Funko Inc. released an exclusive themed Golden Girls Cereal that is available exclusively at Target. The cereal box has Funko style figures of the Golden Girls and comes in two flavors. The cereal was so popular that it sold out and consumers are tweeting at Target to help them find more product. The Golden Girls cereal’s popularity has even led people to auction off the $8 box of cereal for up to $100 on eBay.Grub Street 10/27/18
Beauty brand Milk Makeup just announced an unexpected collaboration with hip-hop powerhouse Wu-Tang Clan, inspired by the groups’ shared NYC roots. The Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup collaboration consists of eight luxe lip colors in varying shades to channel consumers’ inner “Wu Warrior” and a 24K gold-plated Wu-Tang emblem mirror. The campaign for the collection features Teyana Taylor in a Kung Fu-inspired visual.HelloGiggles 11/1/18
As part of its Recipe Gift Exchange, Jimmy Dean is gifting fans with their choice of Jimmy Dean-ified gifts this holiday season – including a sausage-scented wrapping paper. Starting Nov. 12 and running through Dec. 20 (or while supplies last), the Jimmy Dean Gift Exchange website will be live. Anyone who cooks a Jimmy Dean recipe using JD's signature seasoned sausage can take a picture and submit it to the site. Then, consumers get to choose which free gift they want, including sausage-scented wrapping paper, a festive holiday apron with a sketch of Jimmy Dean's face, a glass sausage ornament or Jimmy Dean's holiday Christmas album on vinyl. One surprise winner will receive a diamond-studded gold belt buckle handcrafted by a custom belt maker and jeweler in Texas, where Jimmy Dean was born.Adweek 11/8/18