Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

A very different kind of graduation speech. The joy of pizza vending machines. And the Chinese replicate an entire city from another country

Most graduation speeches are pretty boring. Occasionally they are saved by soaring rhetoric or original thoughts, but 90 percent of them don’t really get you too excited.

But here’s one that’s been making the rounds of the Interwebs lately that I really liked, because it’s so jarring and different.
David McCullough Jr., a teacher at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, spoke at graduation last week and told the students, “You are not special. You are not exceptional.”

McCullough went on to tell the students how many millions of others were graduating, how many people were just like them. He takes to task parents who coddle and constantly over-praise their kids, giving them unrealistic expectations of life.

I loved it. Great to hear someone speak the truth every once in a while. Curious to hear what you all think.

**Here’s something the world definitely needs: A1 concepts is introducing the world’s first fresh vending machine pizza. In three minutes, my friends, you can have a delicious, real, non-frozen or freeze-dried pie.

It sounds too good to be true, but here’s their slick advertising video. It’s unclear if the pretty girl in the ad comes out of the vending machine with the pizza, too.

**One of the reasons China confuses me so much is because of stories like this. Apparently leaders in the world’s next superpower really, really liked a tiny town in Austria called Halstatt. It’s a quaint little village of 900 people, and until now was pretty much unknown outside of Austria.

Except now Hallstatt has been cloned. In China. Chinese officials spent a year secretly photographing the town, and now there’s an exact replica of it in Southern China.
Why? I mean, do you really need to go and steal another country’s design for a city and make it your own? (The original is above, left, the Xerox copy is on the right).

Apparently, the Chinese can knock off more than just radios and Rolexes.