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Pittsburgh's rubber ducky: from 'Sesame Street' to Smithfield Street

Written by Jacob Quinn Sanders on .

It's ridiculous, the duck. The giant, absurd duck ducking its way upriver toward Pittsburgh. 

So many people are so excited and I have no idea why. 

Maybe it's as basic as childhood. As "Sesame Street." You hear that song in your head already, don't you? Ernie, all by his lonesome, singing to his cherished bathtime friend.

Suffice it to say that song's been stuck in my general cranial area. Twitter, Facebook -- anywhere on the Pittsburgh internets, really -- are full of images of and stories about that duck. People planning to see the duck. Or who loathe the duck. Or search themselves to comprehend the duck.

And all I can think of is that song.

So here it is again for the first time, reimagined for Pittsburgh. You're welcome?

Rubber ducky, you’re the one

You give yinzers lots of fun

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

 

Rubber ducky, hi n’at

Without you our Three Rivers’re kinda flat

Rubber ducky, there ain’t nothin’ too jaggy ‘bout you

 

Every day when I

Drive ‘cross the ‘gheny and Mon

I see you smiling like the Pirates won

Big and yellow and tubby

(rub-a-dub-dubby)

 

Rubber ducky, you’re so great

We love you more than a Kennywood date

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you.

 

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Rubber ducky, you’re the one

 

You give yinzers lots of fun

 

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

 

 

 

 

 

Rubber ducky, hi n’at

 

Without you our Three Rivers’re kinda flat

 

Rubber ducky, there ain’t nothin’ jaggy ‘bout you

 

 

 

 

 

Every day when I

 

Drive ‘cross the ‘gheny and Mon

 

I see you smiling like the Pirates won

 

Big and yellow and tubby

 

(rub-a-dub-dubby)

 

 

 

 

 

Rubber ducky, you’re so great

 

We love you more than a Kennywood date

 

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

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Comprehensive website for all Pittsburgh art places goes live

Written by Mila Sanina on .

Do you work in the arts, love art and live in Pennsylvania? Are you among those who love discovering new art places and learning about familiar art destinations across the state? Then the Office of Public Art has exciting news for you! 

Today it launched a website called Pittsburgh Art Places -- and you may want to bookmark it, because the website serves as a hub of arts and culture venues.

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According to the official press release, it's a free comprehensive online resource "designed to expand visitors’ interest, pursuit and knowledge of art within our region." 

The site currently houses "information for approximately 201 art places covering a geographical region spanning the 13-county region of Western Pennsylvania."

"We are very excited about this unique project," Renee Piechocki, the director of the Office of Public Art, said. "By the end of the year we are hoping to have around 500 profiles on the site." 

This website allows artists to find exhibition and performance venues and invites users to discover and bookmark favorite art destinations. The site also welcomes venues where visitors experience the visual, literary or performing arts to create a free website profile, where they can embed multimedia content, such as photos and video, and manage the profile long-term.

The site was designed by Lava New Media out of Carnegie. The goal for Pittsburgh Art Places is to engage with the art community and the Pittsburgh community at large. The Office of Public Art hopes that the website will become a robust and widely used online destination for arts in Western Pennsylvania. 

Check it out at http://pittsburghartplaces.org/ and spread the word! 

What art destination would you like to see on the site?

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'Breaking Bad' and brand management on Twitter

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Brand management on social media can be a tricky thing. Companies don't want to be viewed as insensitive by using Twitter or Facebook to take advantage of a tragic situation, but opportunities to be part of a social media conversation can give brands great visibility. But such opportunities usually require quick action, and a smart approach.

 (Spoilers of last night's "Breaking Bad" episode, "Granite State" and the Aug. 18 episode "Buried" follow, read this post later if you haven't seen them yet).

Last night on the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad," bus bench lawyer Saul Goodman was preparing to go on the lam, after client Walter White's meth empire imploded. Saul, played by actor Bob Odenkirk, @mrbobodenkirk bemoaned his fate to Walt, (played by actor Bryan Cranston @bryancranston): "If I'm lucky, in a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha," Saul said.

Seattle-based Cinnabon rose to the challenge: 

 

 

It wasn't the first time a Saul Goodman reference inspired some social media cleverness. In the Aug. 18 episode, "Buried," when Saul tried to suggest Walt should kill his brother-in-law Hank, a DEA agent, Saul tried to speak in code, rather than advise his client to commit murder.

"Have you given any thought to 'sending him on a trip to Belize'?" he asked Walt.

Realizing what he meant, an angry Walt told Saul the idea was out of the question, and not to mention it again. "I'll send you to Belize," Walt snarled to Saul.

The Belize Tourism Board @belizevacation took what could have been a not-so-flattering reference and turned it around: They tweeted out invitations to "Breaking Bad" actors to visit the Central American country, including the actor who played Hank, Dean J. Norris @deanjnorris:

 

 What do you think are the best (and worst) examples of brand management on Twitter and other social media? And what do you think is going to happen to Walt, Jesse and the rest of the "Breaking Bad" universe? Lots of trips to Belize, perhaps... 

saul and walt

 Photo credit: AMC

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Pittsburghers line up for iPhone 5

Written by Mila Sanina on .

Hello-Hello. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have appeared in Apple stores across the country this morning. And Pittsburghers lined up in front of the Apple store to get theirs.

The PG's photographer Darrell Sapp was there too to capture the scene with his iPhone 4. Brandon Gall of Murrysville was first in line for his iPhone in front of the Apple store in Shadyside. He was looking forward to getting the gold colored iPhone. Brandon arrived Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Were you there? 

What do you think of the new iPhone 5? Will you be getting one?

 

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Celebrating PG food department!

Written by Mila Sanina on .

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The Association of Food Journalists recognized our talented colleagues in the food department for their yummy coverage. "The awards, which recognized excellence in 16 categories of food writing and editing, received 290 entries worldwide." Fifty three winners have been announced today and our folks have won in three categories.  

Our food editor and beer connoisseur Bob Batz, who by the way has a great story about the upcoming Okterbest weekend in today's Post-Gazette, won the second place in the Best Newspaper Food Coverage (below 200,000 circulation) category.

The Post-Gazette shared the first place for a best newspaper special food project with The Kansas City Star.  "This Is Pittsburgh Food" -- our occasional series from Gretchen McKay on local food traditions will satisfy any Pittsburgh reader's appetite.

And last but not least the PG's Gretchen McKay and Steve Mellon won the first place in Best Food Multimedia Presentation category. Just check out one of their superb productions, "Making Sausage" (below).

Congrats to all! And bon appétit!

Be sure to check out our Food section online and our PG Plate for all of the salivating offerings from the best in food journalism!

 

 

 

  

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