Did you hear?

02/15/2014 11:00 PM

02/15/2014 4:50 PM

“Did you hear?” is a new feature in Sunday’s Money & Opinion section, featuring some of the most interesting, bizarre or just plain cool business news from the week. Take a look:


Flappy Bird no longer in flight

Have you played Flappy Bird yet?

If not, you aren’t likely to now. The Vietnamese creator of the hit mobile game – which was downloaded more than 50 million times on the App Store alone and reportedly was making $50,000 a day in advertising – removed the app from the App Store and Google Play last week.


Creator Nguyen Ha Dong, 29, told reporters it was ruining his simple life, saying he now hated the game.

Tech blogger Carter Thomas had another theory. He said the sudden popularity of Flappy Bird might have been due to use of fake accounts run by computers to create downloads and reviews. On the other hand, Thomas said he couldn’t prove his suspicion and that the success of Flappy Bird might also be explained by it being “just a wildly viral game.”

The story is odder than the game itself, which assigns players the simple, yet maddeningly difficult task of making a bird navigate a maze of pipes.

Consumer trends

Freshen up with bacon floss?

We like bacon as much as the next guy, but using it as dental floss might be where we draw the tight, waxy line.

Yet bacon dental floss is a thing, and it was offered along with bacon-flavored toothpaste last week at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino during Bacon Week. A sampling of what people were pigging out on at the Tropicana Casino and Resort festival:

•  Bacon milkshakes and ice cream sundaes
•  Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses
•  Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka
•  A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon

The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.

Melissa Ehrke, who attended the festival, had a theory on why people like chocolate and bacon products: “It’s that whole sweet and salty thing.”

So far, no theories on why anyway would use bacon dental floss.

Auto industry

Sinkhole swallows classic cars

The videos were painful to watch – especially for car enthusiasts.

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky last week, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two – a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil – were on loan from General Motors.

The other cars damaged were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

The damage – a hole about 40 feet across and 25 feet to 30 feet deep – was in an original part of the facility completed in 1994. A few feet away, other Corvettes sit undamaged and undisturbed, and the rest of the museum is slated to remain open.

The only saving grace was that the damage happened in the early morning hours and no one was hurt.

The Associated Press contributed.

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