On PR Newswire: Best National Parks Photos, Met Gala Fashion, Wackiest Pet Names
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
A close-up of a curious green tree frog peeking out from its marsh habitat in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in southern Texas is the grand prize winner of the 2016 Share the Experience photo contest, hosted by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and ACTIVE Network®. This winning picture captured by Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas, will be featured on the annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.This annual contest invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands. “By encouraging people to take and share photos of our national parks, we are helping them develop life-long connections to these treasured places,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation.
Atlas Distribution Co. announced May 3 the acquisition of Absolutely Anything, a GFM Film, starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, for exclusive U.S. theatrical distribution. Absolutely Anything centers on a disillusioned school teacher, Neil, who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes — a power bestowed upon him by a distant alien race. Unbeknownst to Neil, how he employs his newfound powers will dictate the fate of mankind — one wrong move and the aliens will destroy Earth. “It’s a great honor for us to have the opportunity to distribute Absolutely Anything in the United States,” said Atlas Distribution President Harmon Kaslow. “The talent in the film is exceptional, and we’re certain many Robin Williams fans are anxious to see his final performance.”
Inspired by this year’s Costume Institute exhibition “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” the H&M design team created one-of-a-kind looks that explored many of Kawakubo’s recurring themes. These included deconstruction, subverted tradition and asymmetry, mixed with the charm of bows, flowers and polka dots, with each look made especially for this exclusive evening of fashion. Attending the Costume Institute Benefit for the third year in a row, H&M was particularly pleased with this year’s theme having collaborated with Comme des Garçons for its 2008 H&M designer collection.
The votes have been tallied and the results are in – Dunkin Butterbeans nosed out Farrah Pawcett and Fiona Penny Pickles in the dog division, while Little Booty Ham Sandwich purred past Obi Wan Catnobi and Winston Purrchill in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2017. Each year Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 600,000 insured pets and put to a public vote, where Dunkin Butterbeans and Little Booty Ham Sandwich were crowned the wackiest.
The Atlanta area tops pest control leader Orkin’s list of Top 50 Mosquito Cities for the fourth year in a row. Atlanta is followed on the list by Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Twenty-one metro areas in the Southeast are included in the ranking, which is the most of any region in the U.S. “Mosquitoes are a public health threat,” said Orkin entomologist, Mark Beavers, Ph.D. “Zika virus is currently one of the most notable illnesses that can be spread by mosquitoes, and it will likely be a problem again this year, especially in areas where the type of mosquito that can carry the virus thrives.”
Taco Bell went and did it again. First, they created a taco shell made entirely of crispy, marinated white-meat chicken. Now, they’ve done the same with chips, complete with dippable Nacho Cheese Sauce, to reinvent the classic chips-and-dip duo like never before. “The world wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Naked Chicken, and neither were we,” said Marisa Thalberg, chief marketing officer at Taco Bell Corp. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we went and added our famous Nacho Cheese to expose the traditional chips and cheese combo like only Taco Bell can.”
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.