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Festivus: A Hilariously Unconventional Holiday

Festivus: The hilariously unconventional holiday that originated in Seinfeld, gaining popularity for its quirky traditions and anti-Christmas spirit.

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Welcome, my fellow merrymakers, to the wacky wonderland of Festivus! This offbeat holiday originated in the sitcom Seinfeld, and boy, did it strike a chord with the anti-Christmas crowd.

Picture this: it’s December 23rd, and instead of decking the halls with boughs of holly, you’re airing your grievances with Uncle Bob’s questionable fashion choices. Festivus encourages us to unleash our inner grumps, letting loose a torrent of complaints that would make even the Grinch proud.


The Story Of Festivus | Seinfeld


But wait, there’s more! Prepare for the “Feats of Strength,” where you can prove your dominance in a wrestling match against Aunt Mildred. Who knew family gatherings could double as a WWE smackdown?

Despite its fictional origins, Festivus has somehow clawed its way into reality, gaining a cult following of merry misfits. In a world of reindeer sweaters and fruitcake disasters, this holiday offers a refreshing alternative—no tree decorating, no excessive gift-giving, just pure, unadulterated weirdness.

So, this December 23rd, don your Festivus pole, gather your loved ones, and let the grievances flow like a broken faucet. Embrace the absurdity, revel in the laughter, and remember: Festivus isn’t just a holiday; it’s a state of mind. Happy Festivus, you magnificent oddballs!

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CHIPOTLE KICKS OFF PARTNERSHIP WITH TEKKEN™ 8, RETURNS WITH NEW EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES FOR THE FIGHTING GAME COMMUNITY (FGC)

After eliciting massive fanfare in 2023, Chipotle will return as the presenting partner of the 2024 Evolution Championship Series (Evo) in Las Vegas

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced its partnership with TEKKEN 8, the latest installment of the legendary fighting game franchise from Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. Chipotle will give TEKKEN 8 players the opportunity to earn in-game currency through digital entrée purchases made on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com.

Chipotle is an official partner of TEKKEN 8, the biggest fighting game release of 2024
Starting today, Chipotle will offer TEKKKEN 8 players the opportunity to earn premium in-game currency when ordering through the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com and using the promo code EWGF623 while supplies last. As a nod to the TEKKEN community, the code EWGF623 pays homage to the iconic “Electric Wind God Fist” move.

In addition to the in-game currency offer, Chipotle is launching a new digital menu item inspired by TEKKEN™ fans, featuring TEKKEN 8 as the title game for the 2024 Chipotle Challenger Series, and serving as the presenting partner of the 2024 Evolution Championship Series (Evo).

Rewarding TEKKEN Fans Through Real Food
Starting today, Chipotle will offer TEKKEN 8 players the opportunity to earn premium in-game currency when ordering through the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com and using the promo code EWGF623 while supplies last*. As a nod to the TEKKEN community, the code EWGF623 pays homage to the iconic “Electric Wind God Fist” move.

With every qualifying order placed, players will receive a code for 500 TEKKEN COINS while supplies last, allowing them to purchase various costumes and items in the official TEKKEN 8 in-game shop. Chipotle Rewards members can also redeem 250 points in the Chipotle Rewards Exchange to receive an additional code for 500 TEKKEN COINS**. Players can learn more about the TEKKEN 8 in-game currency offer by visiting: chipotle.com/TEKKEN8

Introducing: The TEKKEN 8 Battle Bowl
During the TEKKEN World Tour Finals in January, TEKKEN gave its followers on X the opportunity to vote for the ingredients that they think should be featured in the first official TEKKEN-inspired menu item at Chipotle. After more than 38,000 votes, TEKKEN fans chose the following burrito bowl order:

  • Chicken, White Rice, Black Beans, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Fajita Veggies, Cheese, and Guac.

The TEKKEN 8 Battle Bowl is available exclusively on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com for a limited time.

2024 Chipotle Challenger Series
Chipotle’s 2024 edition of its signature esports competition will be hosted in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment and feature TEKKEN 8 as its title game. The 2024 Chipotle Challenger Series will be the first-ever branded tournament on the PlayStation® Tournaments platform, and the Grand Finals event will be broadcast live on the PlayStation® esports Twitch and YouTube channels on Saturday, May 4. 

All eligible competitors in the Chipotle Challenger Series will earn free chips & guac from Chipotle. The two (2) winners of the Chipotle Challengers Series Grand Finals will receive Free Chipotle for a Year, a trip to Evo 2024 in Las Vegas, a share of $20,000 USD cash prizing, and more.

Chipotle Challenger Series prizing is subject to eligibility and additional terms and conditions. Players can learn more about the 2024 Chipotle Challenger Series at https://playst.cc/chipotle-challenger-series

Evolution Championship Series (Evo) 2024 Presented By Chipotle
For the second consecutive year, Chipotle will serve as a presenting sponsor of the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) in Las Vegas. Building upon its success in 2023, Chipotle will have an on-site Community Lounge at the event and will fuel early bracket runs by providing free entrée cards to pool winners. The brand will also introduce “Chipotle Extra Match” segments during the live broadcast, reducing downtime for viewers and providing coverage opportunities for players who would not otherwise be featured on-broadcast.

“The amazing reception we received from the Fighting Game Community in 2023, notably Evo attendees cheering for our ads when they aired during the competition, has inspired us to double down on our investment in FGC,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Brand Officer at Chipotle. “Gaming is a force shaping culture, so it’s imperative that we show up in the right way for this passionate community by providing real value and access to exclusive experiences.”

*AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Beginning on 4/8/24, up to the first 20,000 people who purchase a regular-priced entrée item through the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com using the promo code “EWGF623” at digital checkout will receive one (1) code (“Code”) redeemable for 500 TEKKEN Coins in TEKKEN 8. Codes are only redeemable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Promotion ends the earlier of 8/31/24 or when all Codes have been claimed. The Code will be delivered to the email address used to place the order and can be redeemed at chipotle-t8.com. Code is one-time use. Codes cannot be auctioned, bartered, or sold. You must have a valid copy of TEKKEN 8 and internet access to use the 500 TEKKEN Coins benefit. Not valid on orders in store or via third party delivery or ordering platforms. Limit: one (1) Code per transaction. U.S. only. 13+. Codes must be redeemed by 10/31/24. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited. Use of Coins subject to TEKKEN 8’s terms and conditions. Chipotle, Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the offer, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the offer, the processing of orders, the functionality of the Chipotle apps or websites, or in any offer-related materials. This offer is in no way administered, executed, or produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. or its affiliates. Chipotle reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time.

**From 4/8/2024 – 8/31/2024 or while supplies of up to 4,000 codes last, Chipotle Rewards members can redeem 250 Chipotle Rewards points in the Rewards Exchange to receive one (1) unique code (“Code”) redeemable for 500 TEKKEN Coins in TEKKEN 8. Codes are only redeemable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Code will be delivered to the email address associated with your Chipotle Rewards account and can be redeemed at chipotle-t8.com. You must have a valid copy of TEKKEN 8 and internet access to use the 500 TEKKEN Coins benefit. Must redeem by: 10/31/24. Subject to Chipotle Rewards terms and conditions. Limit: one (1) reward redemption per member. U.S. only. 13+. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited. Use of Coins subject to TEKKEN 8’s terms and conditions. Chipotle, Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the offer, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the offer, the processing of orders, the functionality of the Chipotle apps or websites, or in any offer-related materials. This offer is in no way administered, executed, or produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. or its affiliates. Chipotle reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time.

About Chipotle
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is cultivating a better world by serving responsibly sourced, classically-cooked, real food with wholesome ingredients without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Chipotle had over 3,400 restaurants as of December 31, 2023, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany and is the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants in North America and Europe. Chipotle is ranked on the Fortune 500 and is recognized on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies 2024 list and Time Magazine’s Most Influential Companies. With over 115,000 employees passionate about providing a great guest experience, Chipotle is a longtime leader and innovator in the food industry. Chipotle is committed to making its food more accessible to everyone while continuing to be a brand with a demonstrated purpose as it leads the way in digital, technology and sustainable business practices. For more information or to place an order online, visit WWW.CHIPOTLE.COM.

About Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., part of the Bandai Namco Group, is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for major video game consoles, PC, online, and mobile platforms. The company is known for creating many of the industry’s beloved classic franchises such as PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®, and publishing the critically acclaimed DARK SOULS™ series and the blockbuster title ELDEN RING™. Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is also the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime-based video games including GUNDAM™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL™, and ONE PIECE®. Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com

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SPACEMOB Expands Reach Into Sports Programming, Live Events

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — SPACEMOB, the global media company focused on distributing streaming content and FAST channels, is gearing up for an exhilarating year of sports entertainment. With an eye on the future, SPACEMOB is poised to revolutionize the streaming landscape with its pioneering approach to sports programming.

In the coming year, SPACEMOB will have an array of groundbreaking sports entertainment initiatives, including exclusive partnerships and live events. As the convergence of streaming and sports continues, SPACEMOB is at the forefront of this dynamic shift.

Recent projections indicate a significant rise in the number of US viewers streaming sports events, with estimates surpassing 90 million by 2025. This substantial increase underscores the growing demand for accessible and engaging sports content in the digital age.

Over the past few years, the fusion of major sports and streaming platforms has become increasingly prevalent. Notable examples include:

  • NFL Thursday Night games on Amazon Prime
  • WWE Raw migrating to Netflix
  • MLS games on AppleTV

In addition to the streaming platforms zeroing in on live sports, advertisers are keen on the opportunity as well, with The Trade Desk’s 2024 CTV Report declaring ‘this is the year of streaming live sports’ and citing that forty-nine percent of advertisers plan to increase their budget for programmatic live sports in 2024.

SPACEMOB is embracing the trends and has formed exclusive partnerships with two esteemed sports entertainment brands The Harlem Globetrotters and Monster Jam. Additionally, SPACEMOB has secured exclusive distribution partnerships for FAST Channels featuring professional pickleball on PickleTV, classic wrestling from the Savoldi wrestling archive and Ultimate Classic Wrestling, and Major Arena Soccer League action.

Moreover, SPACEMOB is ramping up its live sports programming, offering viewers an unparalleled experience with events like Tuesday Night Pickleball, a variety of MASL season matches, and live broadcasts from Globetrotters and Monster Jam events throughout the year.

Since 2020, SPACEMOB has witnessed an extraordinary trajectory in streaming. It boasts five active channels, three in development and more than 2,500 titles of TV programming that collectively had viewership reaching nearly 1.5 billion minutes in 2023. The implications of these partnerships are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of sports entertainment in streaming and offer fans unprecedented access to their favorite sports and events.

About SPACEMOB
SPACEMOB is a global media company – built in the age of streaming-with a focus on creating original content, distribution, and FAST channel development. For inquiries, please contact: Danielle Bourassa Head of Distribution and Partnerships danielle@space-mob.com

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Angeline Pompei Releases Vocabulary Word Search Book for Portuguese Speakers

New ‘Learn English Fast’ bilingual book engages Portuguese-speaking adults through activity-based methods.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (Newswire.com) – Language-learning innovator Angeline Pompei is pleased to announce a new ESL book in her Learn English Fast® series, a Portuguese edition featuring vocabulary word searches for Portuguese speakers. The line-by-line translation book, one line in English and the next in Portuguese, allows adults to learn English vocabulary through word search activities. 

Angeline Pompei is the creator behind the Learn English Fast® brand, continuing her goal to release new books with instructional materials designed uniquely for adult learners. The new Portuguese book underscores her comprehensive approach to infusing English learning into everyday leisure activities. Pompei’s first book in the series is a songbook encouraging people to embrace learning English through music. 

The vocabulary word search book helps transform the way Portuguese-speaking adults learn English. Guided by Pompei’s pedagogical method, the book makes learning English an engaging and fun activity rather than a tedious task. A learner develops spelling skills when searching for words and memory retention by repetitively spelling the words, audibly or internally.  

“I created Learn English Fast® to share what worked for me, and my books allow me to share it with the other-speaking world more easily than ever,” said Angeline Pompei. “Now, native Portuguese speakers can use my new book as an effective way to learn English.” 

The Learn English Fast® Portuguese edition incorporates learning English through practical interaction in a way that integrates someone’s leisure time, making the process less daunting for adult learners who find it challenging to learn a language. Through its uniquely crafted resources, the series of books offers a transformational change to the traditional way of learning English, reflecting Angeline Pompei’s foundational principle of crafting interactive and fun learning experiences.  

“A person can have more opportunities for a job by learning English,” she said. “Anyone with a business can sell products online and offer services to people in other countries. Learning English helps people change their and their family’s future. That is a big reason I created Learn English Fast®, to help people have better lives.”  

Angeline Pompei’s complete bilingual book series is now already available in English/SpanishEnglish/FrenchEnglish/Polish, English/Italian, and English/Portuguese.   

To learn more about Learn English Fast®, visit Angeline Pompei’s website at https://learnenglishfast.com.  

About Angeline 
Angeline Pompei is a recording artist, entrepreneur, and adult language learner with a degree in aerospace engineering and a TELF certification to teach English internationally as a second language. Founder and CEO of Angeline Authentic, she created the Learn English Fast® system for people to learn English as a second language. Learn English Fast® comprises Angeline Pompei’s unique series of line-by-line bilingual books for learning languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish. She is also an artist with an album, “Verbiage,” that teaches grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugation through music. Her songbook that goes along with her album, “Verbiage,” is also available for German and Japanese speakers. 

Angeline Pompei, an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in skincare and skincare marketing, is most proud of her skincare books, which include her 3D anti-aging formula to maintain youthful skin. A multi-faceted individual, she uses all her experience to teach adults English through interest-based learning, bilingual materials, and music. All Learn English Fast® resources are available on Amazon, and her music is on major streaming platforms. Her songbook is available on Amazon and in a free PDF on her website. 

Source: Angeline Authentic

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