The mods aren't looking, so I'm selling paid sponsorships to the highest bidder. My business model takes advantage of the attention spans in today's fast-paced environment. For example, I can write whatever I want in this sentence because nobody is going to bother reading this far down the paragraph. That's how I'll smuggle in advertisements without anyone noticing. Below is a list of brands I'm currently partnered with, along with some that I'm not.

I also have standing offers from Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University, of which I'm going to accept only one. Can you guess which one I'm going to choose?

Paid partnership: Bing, Budweiser, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Ford, Jack Daniels, Porsche, Sprite, Vans "Off the Wall". No paid partnership: Google, Guinness, John Deere, Pepsi, Toyota, Johnnie Walker, Ferrari, Fanta, New Balance.

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    $\begingroup$ Flagging as "Spam: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation". Oh, wait, it does. Never mind, then. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 5:59
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    $\begingroup$ THIS mod is looking now. (And likes it. Nice puzzle!) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 0:27

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Due to the fast pace of life to-day, no-one will hear and get words of

more than one syllable.

As such, smart ad-folk know to work with firms with real salt-of-the-Earth

names like Bing, Bud, Cat, Coke, Ford, Jack, Porsche, Sprite, and Vans

and not those firms like Google, Guinness, John Deere, Pepsi, Toyota, Johnnie Walker, Ferrari, Fanta, or New Balance.

As such, you'll go with

Yale, the only one of these universities with a monosyllabic name.

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    $\begingroup$ Quite so! Well done. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ @oAlt yeah... that's the joke haha, having a really short attention span and skipping everything to read only the last paragraph. Appreciate your consideration 🙂 $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ Mmmh, Porsche is definitely a 2-syllable word in its native German. Not sure how it counts as monosyllabic in English if Google doesn't count. $\endgroup$
    – quarague
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 11:10
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    $\begingroup$ First time I read this answer, I didn't even realize the constraint you had put on your writing (outside of the spoiler blocks). Well done. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @DarrelHoffman see puzzling.stackexchange.com/users/41973/jafe?tab=profile $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 18:52

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