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Gin and Topics: A Cardboard Arcade and Texts from My Dog

By: Gini Dietrich | April 13, 2012 | 

For the first time ever, I have way more content to fill Gin and Topics than I have space.

This is a good problem to have, right? It also means I have to prioritize what you see today and what is saved for next week, based solely on my opinion.

I hope I chose correctly!

Let’s see. I have a cardboard arcade, creating drama out of nothing, the world’s biggest dog, a cat opening a freezer and eating out of it, Anderson Cooper can’t say “pussy willow,” texts from my dog, and texting guy nearly runs into a bear.

See a trend? I guess I like animal videos!

OK. I have narrowed it down. The ones mentioned above not included here will be featured next week. Now you have something to look forward to!

5. Caine’s Arcade. Have you seen this? Tracy Panko sent it to me earlier this week and then I saw it on The Today Show this morning. A nine-year-old boy built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store. I can’t explain it in words. You have to see what he does to feed tickets when you win a game and what types of experiences he gives you. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

4. A Dramatic Surprise On a Quiet Square. I was minding my own business earlier this week when Justin Brackett sent this to me. It’s a square in a town in Belgium where nothing typically happens. It’s a commercial, but it’s well worth the watch…for the surprise drama.

3. Anderson Cooper Laughs at Mention of Pussy Willow. Molli Megasko sent this to me a couple of days and all it said was, “You’re welcome.” I plagiarize her and say the same: You’re welcome.

2. Texting Guy Almost Runs Into Bear. A few people sent this to me (it’s that good), but I’ll give Christina Pappas credit because she was first. If this doesn’t make you laugh out loud, you have no sense of humor.

1. Texts from My Dog. Rusty Speidel and I had a great time over email with this one. There are some profanities so if you’re sensitive to that, don’t click. But they’re pretty funny. Things your dog would say if he/she could text.


About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Love Texts from my Dog. Made my whole day. Of course, now I’m running home to make sure all the shoes are in the closet.

    • ginidietrich

       @rideboulderco LOL!! And check your phone to be sure no one is using your data plan.

  • Anderson Cooper is 8 years old. I love it! That’s a pretty good prank by his staff, cuz there’s no way he put that “ridicu-list” together himself to get that reaction.

  • There is some great hiking not to far away from where they found that bear. Got to love the texter, do you think he got inside and did one of those double takes. “Did I just see a bear? Nah…”
    Love that TNT commercial, but Caine still gets the final nod. Love that kid.

    • ginidietrich

       @TheJackB Mr. D said if that happened to him, he’d come home and tell me he almost ran into a bear and I wouldn’t believe him until I saw it on YouTube.

  • jennimacdonald

    Oh I loved this one, definitely got me to LOL. Best part is that you embedded the videos so I didn’t need to click elsewhere. Gini you once again rock my world!

    • ginidietrich

       @jennimacdonald I always do that, you goof!

      • jennimacdonald

         @ginidietrich Dork!

        • ginidietrich

           @jennimacdonald I hear when you wear your sunglasses at work, they call you Mini Gini.

        • jennimacdonald

           @ginidietrich Yeah, yeah that was Monson. But I said these aren’t designer sunglasses they’re just prescription to keep my migraines away.  Do you wear your indoors too?

        • ginidietrich

           @jennimacdonald No, I don’t. I only wear them for some of the videos…and everyone makes fun of me.

        • jennimacdonald

           @ginidietrich That’s cause they’re jealous that they aren’t one of the cool kids like us!


    Coopers face at 1:38 is priceless.

    • ginidietrich

       @CARNIVALTWEETS Wasn’t that great?

  • StorchMurphy

    Ok Ginni. Great post for a weekend read! LOL…Caine’s Arcade is pure awesomeness!

    • ginidietrich

       @StorchMurphy There is almost nothing more funny than serious Anderson Cooper laughing at pussy willow.

  • They troll Anderson so hard on that show! Take Pussy WIllow out of context? You know Anderson Cooper is going to piss himself.

    • ginidietrich

       @etelligence Wasn’t that funny? I laughed so hard and kept rewinding it to watch him laugh over and over again.

  • Follow up to the KTLA story guy said he was reading spin sucks on his phone and disagreeing with kmueller62 regarding Facebook.

    •  @HowieSPM that was YOU????

      • ginidietrich

         @KenMueller  @HowieSPM LOL

  • HeidiMassey

    So Anderson Cooper. I love him always. But his giggles make my day every time. Almost enough to watch him with Kathy Lee Gifford or whatever that irritating woman’s name is on New Year’s Eve. I sat and giggled hysterically right along with him while watching. The greatest.
    But Caine’s Arcade? I called it on early Tuesday morning with some “punk” friends of mine. Said it was gonna go viral. And have been obsessed all week. Gonna get Nirvan, the filmmaker, to Chicago or bust. We have a social good film fest in October and he’s just gotta get here for it. Best write up of it is so worth the read:  It is a blog by the MacArthur Foundation on Digital Media and Learning. My new most favorite discovery of the week. And it’s only Monday.
    Thanks for another great G&T @ginidietrich  ! Certainly among my very favorite reading spots 🙂