In the immortal words of Limp Bizkit: “Give me something to break.”
Because you know, somedays you just don’t wake up, and that’s why Moscow resident Alexei Barinskiy started a business that let’s you break stuff.
For a fee, Barinskiy will allow you to enter Debosh (“Debauch” in English), a service that allows customers to enter a space where they can break whatever they want for as low as $140.
Fans of the cult Adult Swim series Delocated surely remember this from that episode where Jon develops a business, “Rage Cage,” which is “way more relaxing than yoga.” Barinskiy does not cite this as an influence, which is a shame.
Developed when Barinskiy had the common problem of hating his co-worker and having a lot of junk to give away, he rented out an industrial space and turned it into a garage sale for charity. But what to do with the leftover stuff?
Barinskiy decided to let people just destroy it. For $140, Barinskiy will fill up a room with junk and let people destroy it. You can even customize the design of the room.
“The cost depends on how elaborately the room is designed,” writes The Washington Post. “A popular choice is a replica of the office where the customers work.”
The Washington Post even reports that Barinskiy even built a room specifically so the reporter could take out some frustration over the presidential election.
It was a replica of a polling place, complete with a ballot box and red-white-and-blue posters marked with slogans used by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. With Moscow so interested in the election result that the Obama administration accused the Kremlin of meddling in the vote, Russians were bombarded with often-skewed coverage of the campaign by the state-run media.
“We enjoyed the American election,” Barinskiy said as he and an employee, Alan Tigiev, lifted their sledgehammers menacingly. “Maybe too much.”
We all did.
We here at The Daily What LOOOVE a good conspiracy theory.
Today's fun features oft-hated political commentator, hero of the working class, and millionaire, Michael Moore, theorizing that the Donald was never an actual candidate for President, but was annoyed he wasn't being paid enough by NBC officials for his hit NBS TV shows, "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice," so he ran for office as a stunt to get better ratings and demand a higher paycheck.
According to Moore, Trump "cannot and WILL NOT suffer through being officially and legally declared a loser—LOSER!—on the night of November 8."
Moore continues that Trump "would rather invite the Clintons and the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter L branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night."
So what do you think? Think Trump's in it for the money? Rumor has it he may drop out soon, so maybe he thinks he's got a giant TV paycheck coming?
North Carolina has become infamous for passing a bill in March that blocks measures to protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. This has caused many famous musicians, like Bruce Springsteen, to cancel their concerts. Paypal has even canceled an expansion of the company that was supposed to open in North Carolina. Now, people in the state of North Carolina can't even look at porn.
That's right, a popular website for sexy media called XHamster has blocked all computers from North Carolina. Instead of seeing... whatever it is they were searching for, they'll see a blank screen. Eventually, they plan to replace that blank screen with a petition to repeal the law.
A recent Sherlock special dropped on January 1st, and kind of set the show's kingdom of subscribers ablaze in widespread fits of puzzled fascination, when policeman Philip Anderson somewhat contemptuously calls Sherlock a psychopath.
Hold the phone, what now? Quick on his feet as ever, Sherlock responded:
"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research"
"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research"
The folks at Business Insider acted quick on this unanticipated vaguely alarming revelation and asked James Fallon, a neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine who specializes in studying psychopaths. Fallon then passed along the question to his close associate, Michael Felong, a doctor who specializes in internal medicine out of Temecula, California, who claims a great interest in Sherlock Holmes to boot. Well the word coming from these guys is that the character of Sherlock, as penned by Doyle, is indeed a psychopath.
Though he's a man who has a god-like intellect, unparalleled brilliance, Sherlock Holmes also continually displays a complete and utter lack of emotion for other people's feelings; and in spite of this, he tends to win over the affection of those around him (Dr. Watson being a prime example), which portrays charismatic psychopathic traits.
When Martin Shkreli isn't busy jacking up the price of a life-saving cancer and AIDS drug by 5,000 percent or being an idiot on Twitter, the disgraced pharmaceutical CEO is neck deep in sweet Karma.
San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced they will sell the same exact drug Shkreli's company Turing Pharmaceuticals does, but for only $1 a pill.
Shkreli charges $750 a pill.
"We are looking at all of these cases where the sole-source generic companies are jacking the price way up," Mark Baum, Chief Executive at Imprimis, told the AP.
"There'll be many more of these."
Meanwhile, Shkreli decided to start a spat with CNBC on Twitter.
CNBC primetime viewership: 226,000. lol. 90% are muted TVs in hedge fund offices.— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 22, 2015
Martin Shkreli, the poor man's Donald Trump.
Some of the big names in air travel are getting a little scared of 22-year old kid from New York.
Aktarer Zaman launched a new travel site called Skiplagged.com in 2013, which offers cheaper tickets using a simple strategy that is often overlooked.
His site takes advantage of "hidden city" ticketing, in which you buy a one-way ticket somewhere else with a layover in your destination city.
The prices can occasionally be much cheaper than if you only looked for direct flights, but you can't check any bags or they will end up in the wrong city.
Before Skiplagged, you would have to guess and check various destinations to see which flights had layovers in the city you intended to travel.
Experts are saying the trick isn't necessarily illegal, but it could definitely hurt the airline business.
Orbitz and United Airlines are both suing Zaman for "unfair competition" and want $75,000 in lost revenue.
"This has to do with market competition," Zaman said in a recent AMA on Reddit. "I.e. Airlines want to offer City A to City C, but can only do that with multiple flights. Consumers are less inclined towards multiple flights unless it offers them savings."
The founder has set up a crowdfunding site to collect money for the legal fees, and he's almost reached his goal of $15k.
His message on the site reads:
Skiplagged's sole purpose has always been to help you become savvy travelers. We have been doing that by exposing pricing inefficiencies for air travel, among other things. Unfortunately, we have been doing too good of a job so United Airlines and Orbitz recently teamed up with a lawsuit to get in the way. Everything Skiplagged has done and continues to do is legal, but the only way to effectively prove this is with lawyers. Please show your support for Skiplagged by donating towards this campaign to help fund our legal team.
The site was having trouble loading on Tuesday due to an overload of traffic, according to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
That's right, a cat cafe (that's a cafe filled with cats) is coming to the City by the Bay later this year. Founders David Braginsky and Courtney Hatt, who have dubbed the cafe "KitTea" describe their business as "part 'gourmet tea house' and hart 'cat and human oasis.'"
The goal of KitTea is to not only provide homeless cats with a place to call home, but to also bring humans and cats together in purrfect harmony. Here's how the cafe is described to work:
Patrons will partake of all the enjoyment and therapy that cats provide, while enjoying healthy blends of exotic teas that are ecologically sourced from around the world. Our cats will enjoy a high-quality, elegant home constructed expressly for their pleasure.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, is on the express lane to liquidation after a union strike that began last week had crippled its production and delivery lines. It's no secret that the American bakery manufacturer has been in financial decline; the company initially filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy back in 2004, which lasted for five years before resurfacing as a private company in 2009, only to declare bankruptcy again earlier this year in January 2012. According to Hostess' spokesperson, all of its business operations have been suspended in 33 plants across the country and most of its 18,500 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the liquidation. Today's news has already prompted a mourning period on the Internet with various tributes to Hostess, including this "Ode to Hostess" mashup by YouTuber Meldude10.
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