This 'Hot Dog Water' Costs $37.99 For The Craziest Reason

Years ago, when Limp Bizkit was a thing for a lot of people, Fred Durst and company decided to name one of their albums “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.”

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The album cover is fairly awful and a bit disgusting. I’m not sure what’s going on with the “chocolate starfish” in that picture, but I have a few ideas, and I’m not really interested in pursuing them any further.

Now I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the band didn’t include “hot dog flavored water” in the title of their album in an attempt to entice prospective CD buyers by invoking a sense of deliciousness. I’m fairly sure repulsion is exactly what they were going for.

So imagine the surprise many people felt when they learned that Hot Dog Water is now being sold at the annual Car Free Day festival in Vancouver, Canada. And it’s $ 37.99 a bottle. In case you were wondering what such a ghastly-sounding and seemingly overpriced product would look like, well, here you go.

If you think your eyes are deceiving you, I assure you, they’re not. That’s literally a bottle of Voss-looking water with a hot dog floating around in it.

The best part about the Hot Dog Water is that there a bunch of health claims associated with the product that aren’t the immediate evacuation of whatever’s in your stomach through your mouth.

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“Improved brain function,” “increased vitality” and a “younger” look can all be yours if you slurp on some water with a hot dog floating around in it, apparently.

Upon seeing the stand selling the “revolutionary” new beverage, festival goers couldn’t decide whether it was an elaborate joke or an actual product designed for human consumption.

Which was really the question on everyone’s minds. There were quite a few people who thought the water was a legitimate health food product.

And some people already found potential customers for the $ 37.99 bottle of intestine-packed mystery meat juice.

When the creator of Hot Dog Water, Douglas Bevans, was questioned about the health benefits behind his creation, his response was a bit vague.

“We’ve created a recipe, having a lot of people put a lot of effort into research and a lot of people with backgrounds in science really creating the best version of Hot Dog Water that we could.”

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When asked exactly how the beverage made good on its health claims, this is what Bevans had to say to Global News.

“there’s a fair bit of it that is too science-y for me. So the protein of the Hot Dog Water helps your body uptake the water content, and the sodium and the things you’d need post-workout.” 

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However, a closer look at Bevans’ display quickly revealed that he was, indeed, not entirely serious with his product.

Bevans, a tour operator and artist, said that he came up with the idea while thinking up a way to comment on “snake oil salesmen” in the health industry.

It seems that everywhere you turn, there’s some type of suspicious-looking health craze likegem-infused water or the potentially life-threatening “Raw Water” looking to charge you premium prices in the hopes of making you believe you’ll attain perfect health nirvana.

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“It’s really sort of a commentary on product marketing, and especially sort of health-quackery product marketing,” Bevans said.

“From the responses, I think people will actually go away and reconsider some of these other $ 80 bottles of water that will come out that are ‘raw’ or ‘smart waters,’ or anything that doesn’t have any substantial scientific backing but just a lot of pretty impressive marketing.”

Even though the Hot Dog Water was a stunt, people still bought and drank it throughout the day. “They’ve been drinking it for hours. We have gone through about 60 liters of real hot dog water,” Bevans said.

Sounds like he’s well on his way to recouping the $ 1,200 he spent on branding, bottles, and labels for his art stunt. Along with the Hot Dog lip balm, breath spray, and “body fragrance.” Man, he went all in.

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This 'Hot Dog Water' Costs $37.99 For The Craziest Reason

Years ago, when Limp Bizkit was a thing for a lot of people, Fred Durst and company decided to name one of their albums “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.”

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The album cover is fairly awful and a bit disgusting. I’m not sure what’s going on with the “chocolate starfish” in that picture, but I have a few ideas, and I’m not really interested in pursuing them any further.

Now I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the band didn’t include “hot dog flavored water” in the title of their album in an attempt to entice prospective CD buyers by invoking a sense of deliciousness. I’m fairly sure repulsion is exactly what they were going for.

So imagine the surprise many people felt when they learned that Hot Dog Water is now being sold at the annual Car Free Day festival in Vancouver, Canada. And it’s $ 37.99 a bottle. In case you were wondering what such a ghastly-sounding and seemingly overpriced product would look like, well, here you go.

If you think your eyes are deceiving you, I assure you, they’re not. That’s literally a bottle of Voss-looking water with a hot dog floating around in it.

The best part about the Hot Dog Water is that there a bunch of health claims associated with the product that aren’t the immediate evacuation of whatever’s in your stomach through your mouth.

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“Improved brain function,” “increased vitality” and a “younger” look can all be yours if you slurp on some water with a hot dog floating around in it, apparently.

Upon seeing the stand selling the “revolutionary” new beverage, festival goers couldn’t decide whether it was an elaborate joke or an actual product designed for human consumption.

Which was really the question on everyone’s minds. There were quite a few people who thought the water was a legitimate health food product.

And some people already found potential customers for the $ 37.99 bottle of intestine-packed mystery meat juice.

When the creator of Hot Dog Water, Douglas Bevans, was questioned about the health benefits behind his creation, his response was a bit vague.

“We’ve created a recipe, having a lot of people put a lot of effort into research and a lot of people with backgrounds in science really creating the best version of Hot Dog Water that we could.”

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When asked exactly how the beverage made good on its health claims, this is what Bevans had to say to Global News.

“there’s a fair bit of it that is too science-y for me. So the protein of the Hot Dog Water helps your body uptake the water content, and the sodium and the things you’d need post-workout.” 

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However, a closer look at Bevans’ display quickly revealed that he was, indeed, not entirely serious with his product.

Bevans, a tour operator and artist, said that he came up with the idea while thinking up a way to comment on “snake oil salesmen” in the health industry.

It seems that everywhere you turn, there’s some type of suspicious-looking health craze likegem-infused water or the potentially life-threatening “Raw Water” looking to charge you premium prices in the hopes of making you believe you’ll attain perfect health nirvana.

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“It’s really sort of a commentary on product marketing, and especially sort of health-quackery product marketing,” Bevans said.

“From the responses, I think people will actually go away and reconsider some of these other $ 80 bottles of water that will come out that are ‘raw’ or ‘smart waters,’ or anything that doesn’t have any substantial scientific backing but just a lot of pretty impressive marketing.”

Even though the Hot Dog Water was a stunt, people still bought and drank it throughout the day. “They’ve been drinking it for hours. We have gone through about 60 liters of real hot dog water,” Bevans said.

Sounds like he’s well on his way to recouping the $ 1,200 he spent on branding, bottles, and labels for his art stunt. Along with the Hot Dog lip balm, breath spray, and “body fragrance.” Man, he went all in.

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People Are Sharing Their Worst Summer Vacation Fails And Some Are Plain Horrifying

People Are Sharing Their Worst Summer Vacation Fails And Some Are Plain Horrifying

When you’re a kid, summer is everything. School’s out. The weather’s warm. All you want to do is get up as early as possible and spend all day outside sweating up a storm, chilling by the pool, and eating all sorts of sugary, iced treats.

When you’re an adult, summer is slightly less “fun” because you don’t have your folks taking care of everything for you. You have to plan the summer vacation while still going to work and staying on top of your kids to make sure they’re not destroying the house while you’re away.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, which is why you planned for a family getaway out of town so you can enjoy a new city, some new sites, new food and hopefully new and happy experiences.

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Like all good things in life, however, your summer vacation will ultimately be tested. Things will come and try to ruin your fun and it’s up to you to react to them accordingly and do whatever is possible to make sure that you and your family and friends end up having an amazing time.

Even if you manage to get a see-through bathroom.

Or if you get arrested for accidentally sleeping in a room that doesn’t belong to you.

Because we’re constantly thinking about what to do next and are juggling so many different requests in our heads simultaneously during a vacation, it’s easy to let a few things go unnoticed.

Flying can get a big expensive, so packing into a huge old station wagon that’s prone to overheating is an American family tradition.

This next story is why you should always bring a spare…of anything that’s vital.

And maybe check your surroundings before you relieve yourself.

One wisecrack could definitely ruin the whole family trip, so choose your words wisely.

Just another reason why I hate camping.

This woman’s thread is another compelling argument against camping.

Make sure you always secure your camper.

Maybe don’t mistake Disney characters as pinatas.

If you’re afraid of flying or can’t afford a fancy trip to Europe, just go there on a stick.

Nothing like a broken face to ruin a perfectly nice vacation.

Trash bags are not a good substitute for luggage.

Hurtling down sand dunes is never fun.

Old school camera problems.

Contrary to what you thought as a little kid, scary things were happening outside the closet, not inside.

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Burger King Accused Of Sexism For Weird Pregnancy And World Cup Promotion

Futbol is not as wildly popular in the U.S. as is it is in most other countries, but we still know it’s the World Cup. We have united on our little planet to watch men kick a ball across an enormous field into giant nets, and it feels great. 

It’s also a great advertising opportunity. Everyone is being held captive in front of their TVs, reading about the World Cup online, and probably ordering a lot of take out. Brands are super hyped up about it, and that excitement led to a real lapse in judgement at Burger King. Burger King in Russia, to be specific. 

The Associated Press reports that BK was running an ad that stated they’d give free burgers to women who got “the best football genes” in order to “ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.” With a picture of a pregnant woman to accompany it. You know what that means.

How reasonable—somehow find a World Cup athlete, seduce him, and carry his baby to term, then birth and raise it. 

And in exchange, you get free burgers! It’s unclear if the kid gets to eat free, too.

Actually, The Moscow Times says the prize was greater than free meat. They were also offering 3 million rubles, which adds up to about $ 47,000. So, one year’s salary for a lifetime of regret.

Are you surprised to read that people were upset by the ad? It got pulled on Tuesday, and Burger King offered an apology.

“We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online,” adding that the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

It’s been suggested that the ad was sort of a joke; according to CNN, before the games began, Russian lawmaker Tamara Pletnyova advised World Cup lovers to “avoid sex with foreign fans” so they wouldn’t end up giving birth to “unhappy” mixed-race babies. Yikes. 

“These children then suffer and have suffered even from Soviet times,” she said. “You know this perfectly well. It’s fine if they’re one race, but not if they’re from a different race. I’m not a nationalist, but still. I know the children suffer, then they get abandoned and that’s it, they stay with their mom here.”

People are actually not that surprised. As you can tell from their government representatives, there’s not a lot Russian people won’t say. They’re almost as bad as the U.S. Also, last year, Burger King got in trouble for allegedly mocking an underage rape victim, who is well-known in the country for sharing her experience on a popular Russian evening talk show. 

The victim was mocked online as a meme, when she showed with her thumb and forefinger the amount she had drunk the night of her assault.

Burger King then used the meme in an ad to indicate how long their burger promotion would last. Blech.

Activists for women’s issues have said that the whole campaign reflects Russian attitudes towards women. There have been frequent protests about media representation of women, especially around the World Cup, which tends to gear its advertising towards men despite the multitude of women soccer fans.

The BBC spoke with women’s rights activist Alyona Popova about the general culture between men and women.

“If men are shouting from every corner that a woman is just a body, and find excuses to justify sexual harassment, and blame victims of domestic abuse for what happened, then women start thinking that this is the norm,” she said.

She added, “We should fight for a new image for women in the media. Instead, they use every opportunity to promote the wrong image.”

Not that Russia is the only country in the world struggling with sexism. Much like the World Cup, this seems to be an issue that brings everyone together. You can tell by the resigned attitude towards this story:

But it’s also kind of messed up to retract it?

Let’s just make it a rule that fast food brands stay out of baby-making as a first step towards gender equality.

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When This Community's New Volunteer Ambulance Was Vandalized, They Stood Up In A Big Way

When This Community's New Volunteer Ambulance Was Vandalized, They Stood Up In A Big Way

Which makes it awfully incredible whenever somebody goes out and does something amazing.

Senseless acts of kindness are heartwarming and beautiful, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that humans have an equal capacity for senselessly mean and awful acts that don’t benefit anyone – they just ruin something nice for no reason.

Like some random dirtbags who thought it would be a good idea to tag a brand new volunteer ambulance’s whip with graffiti.

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The Queensland Ambulance service in Australia does honest-to-goodness wholesome work in providing people emergency medical services and transportation.

Many people just couldn’t believe there was someone who was enough of a scumbag to do something so classless. 

Some came up with some pretty creative punishments for the crime.

The vandalism left the QAS stunned, so they reached out on Facebook to anyone with information on who was behind the spray painting.

What they got in return was an outpouring of support from people on Facebook.

Many of them offered to volunteer their time to help clean the vehicle themselves.

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Facebook users even started offering up their own solutions for clearing up spray paint.

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QAS was floored by the response of Carissa and all of the other good samaritans who saw their social media post and responded to it.

They had their own cleaning service take care of it, but it doesn’t mean that they didn’t appreciate the gesture.

QAS’ spokesman, Michael August thanked everyone for their kind words and offers to help clean the vehicle:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

The Queensland Ambulance family, especially our staff at Woodridge, would just like to say a heartfelt thanks to literally thousands of people that made contact to offer their personal help or services to clean our vehicle following the vandalism of our vehicle yesterday. From Mums, Dads, entire families, and local businesses around the area your comments, offers of support and general appreciation of what we do for the community has been simply overwhelming. For that we are truly grateful. To the local member for Woodridge Cameron Dick https://www.facebook.com/Labor4Woodridge/…/2171629376390059/ who visited the staff to chat and offer his concern we thank you. Let’s hope the perpetrator of this senseless act learns and comes to realise behaviour such as this is totally unacceptable. Most importantly, our twin stretcher unit was back on the road sparkling clean at 6 this morning serving the wonderful community.

They showed off the squeaky-clean truck in their Facebook post. Now it’s back on the road, saving people’s lives again. Without all of that nasty graffiti.

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This Mom Was Harassed At The Zoo Because Of Her Autistic Child

We are always grappling with understanding one another, but some people receive far less compassion than others. People who are neurodivergent, especially on the autism spectrum, process the world differently than the majority of people. Some autistic people are extremely high-functioning and find ways to still do well in a society that prioritizes neurotypical people’s experiences. But for some, communication and everyday activities can be very difficult. 

A mother in Canada named Ashley Wright has a 13-year-old son named Logan with autism. She told CBC Radio, “He is on the severe end of the spectrum. He has very limited verbal skills. All four areas of his brain are affected by his autism.”

Wright also has an 11-year-old named Brinlee, and the three try to do activities together that Logan can enjoy and participate in, even with those challenges.

On June 10, the three of them went to the Riverview Park and Zoo near their home in Belleville, Ontario. Wright shared a long Facebook post about their experience at the zoo. Logan was having trouble telling his mother that he needed to use the bathroom, and began to make noises that drew attention. Wright says that when these things come up in public, most people usually ignore the little family and let them work it out. But on that day, Wright says a man made the whole situation much, much worse.

She writes:

To the man at the Peterborough Zoo today who loudly yelled well glaring at us “Why do people bring kids like that out in public?” This letter is for you. Will you probably ever see it? No do i think you will actually care even if you did? Probably not. Maybe just maybe someone else will read this though and think twice about making someone feel the way you did today.

The picture attached to this letter. Thats myself and my two children. Brinlee is 11 and Logan is 13. Logan has severe autism, global developmental delay, echolatia, and im leaning towards tourettes as well. Hes big. 6 foot 1 and about 190lbs.

The picture attached to this letter. Thats myself and my two children. Brinlee is 11 and Logan is 13. Logan has severe autism, global developmental delay, echolatia, and im leaning towards tourettes as well. Hes big. 6 foot 1 and about 190lbs.

You walked a head of us as we walked into the zoo. He was being loud. He was flapping his hands. He was jumping. But he was happy.

You kept turning back and staring at us and at first it didn’t bother me. We were at Logans favourite place. He had worked hard all week to earn this trip and I honestly just thought you were curious. Then all hell broke lose at the zoo and I realized you weren’t curious at all. After the couple hour drive to the zoo and downing lots of water I had to pee. Thankfully like many places now a days Peterborough Zoo has a coed bathroom. Do you know how hard it is when places don’t have those? 

All the dads with daughters and moms with sons. Or people supporting people with disabilities. What do we do when they can’t go in the opposite sex bathroom? anyways…. he went in with me, i was careful not to use the hand dryer(loud noises can really bother autistic people, Logan is no exception) i washed my hands dried them on my pants and out we went. We walked about ten feet and I knew something was wrong. Logan started grinding his teeth, making a really loud, growly EEEEE sound and started pinching himself. I asked him if he wanted to leave or needed a drink or to use the bathroom. But he was passed being able to answer. Could you imagine?

Knowing you needed water? or had a headache? had to use the bathroom? but not being able to voice it? I held on his arms and the 3 of us walked to the picnic area not far from the bathrooms. I noticed you and your family were stopped and staring at us again. I was getting slightly annoyed at this point but you still werent my concern, my very upset, very stressed out son was. I finally was able to get him to voice PEE and i realized we needed to make our way back to the bathroom. No big deal right? WRONG. I know you watched us. I could see it out of the corner of my eye as Logan tried to grab my hair and when he couldnt he pulled his own well still very loudly screaming EEEEEEEE.

He bit his arm. Yes there were others staring but they glanced away quickly. You started walking closer to us and my brain instantly went into thinking sir please stay away im trying to protect myself my daughter and my son I dont need another potential person getting hurt. You got about two feet away from us and very loudly yelled “WHY DO PEOPLE BRING KIDS LIKE THIS OUT IN PUBLIC? THEY RUIN SOCIETY”

Now, you have your opinion and im sure you think you are valid in what you said. But you are wrong. Logan was being loud, he was probably scary to some people and he was definetly distracting at least you and your family from what I’m sure was supposed to be a fun family outing. What you don’t realize is Logan deserves to be out in public just as much as anyone else. 

He doesn’t ruin the society. He didn’t hurt anyone. We made it to the bathroom unscathed he peed. I turned away and cried because I was relieved it went so well but I also cried because I know there will be days like this. Days where people stare. Days where people are ignorant and hurtful. Days where we thought we too would have a fun family outing and that just wasn’t how it started.

Was I asking for your help? Your opinion? Your advice? Nope. But you, a man about 6 foot 3 and easilly 250lbs watched a mom who couldve easily been hurt and scared and made a situation worse. You couldve asked me if I needed help. I wouldve politely declined since like i said the last thing i need is to have to worry about another person in this situation, but you still couldve. Or you couldve done what the majority of people do and look at us, look away and go on about your business. The man who told you to F**K oFF and leave us alone and you made a threatening motion as if you wanted to fight him. 

He came over and asked if we were ok. He told me to keep up the good work. Then he walked away and minded his own business. When we came out of the bathroom, you werent there thankfully. We walked to the camels. They are Logan’s favourite and really all he wanted to see. You were there when we got to them. You were watching us but didn’t say anything this time. I don’t know if you realized you were a real asshat. 

If you were just waiting to see if logan would act out again so you could continue your rant. I have no idea. We left not long after that and went about our day. All I can hope is that in the future if a situation like this happens again you don’t make another family feel the way you made ours feel today. I also sincerely hope your children don’t grow up feeling that kids like Logan shouldnt be out in public. Because he needs that social interaction. He deserves to get to see his camels after a good week of behaviour. He deserves to be treated just as good as anyone else.

Wright says that she was incredibly grateful to the second man who checked in on them after witnessing the abuse they received from the stranger who told them Logan was “ruining society.”

“It showed me that not everybody felt that way,” she told CBC. “Because sometimes in that circumstance more people start to stare and you kind of feel like you’re on the spot … Should we just leave the zoo? Maybe we shouldn’t be here.”

There are lot of people who think that Wright and her kids definitely deserve a day at the zoo, if that’s what they want. Her post has been shared more than 13,000 times and has thousands of supportive comments.

Sadly, some have had similar experiences with their autistic children.

Logan deserves to visit the camels, too, as do all kids.

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This Guy Perfectly Illustrates Why Boys Need Women Role Models Too

There are huge instances of sexism that most people (we hope) will recognize, like refusing to hire someone because of their gender, or insisting it’s a woman’s duty to have babies, or refusing to see a woman doctor. These are all real things that still happen in 2018! While many are suitably horrified by such blatant gender discrimination, there’s a whole bunch of other instances of sexism we’re not as quick to call out.

Illustrator Damian Alexander wrote on Twitter that he overheard a woman tell her son he couldn’t have a Wonder Woman doll, telling him it was “for girls.” The incident reminded him of a moment in his own life when he wanted to celebrate a hero who happened to be a girl: the character Matilda from Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. Since he’s an illustrator, Alexander drew out the whole story as well as his thoughts on how things like this can add up for kids and change how grown men view  women.

He explains that as a kid, he mostly related to girl characters in books, TV shows, and movies, but people treated that as strange because he’s a boy. He remembered one instance where his teacher tried to dissuade him from writing about Matilda as his classmates laughed at his choice of hero:

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But he noticed it was fine with his teacher if the girls chose boy characters as their heroes:

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It seemed like a subtle way to enforce in a boy’s mind that liking or admiring women for their strength, coolness, bravery, or whatever, was somehow bad.

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And that eventually adds up in their minds.

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And gets worse as they age.

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Alexander wants boys to be able to see women heroes as just that: heroic and awesome, just like we encourage girls to, hopefully.

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Alexander originally shared his comic on Tumblr, and it’s gone viral on twitter as well. A lot of men could remember similar incidents from when they were boys:

Though many said how grateful they are to see things changing, even just a little bit:

Let the kid have the Wonder Woman doll, lady. 

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This 'Invincible' Fingerprint Lock Has A Serious Design Flaw

Many petty thefts are crimes of opportunity. If something is left in plain sight and it’s easy to nab/steal, there’s a higher chance someone’s going to grab it versus whether or not it’s left under lock and key.

Depending on the “area” and how bold certain thieves are in certain areas, you might have to take extra precautions. Years ago I left two backpacks in the backseat of my car while I hopped on a train to NYC for a quick trip. I was gone for a total of three hours from when I boarded the train and lo and behold, when I got back to my car, my back window was smashed to bits, both of the backpacks – gone.

I was more upset that I now had a window to fix, but I should’ve known better – I did leave my car in Newark. Whenever I kept stuff in my trunk, I never had a problem because out of sight, out of mind.

Same goes for using gym lockers. I can’t count the number of times I’ve “risked it” by leaving my belongings unguarded after I lost my lock. Yes, I’m too lazy to get another one, and if someone really wanted to get at my stuff, they could just use some bolt cutters and make away with my underwear socks and discount Marshalls shoes.

But walking around with bolt cutters does look a wee bit suspicious, especially if you’re just waltzing into a locker room. Plus, you have to go through some trouble to hide them. But a tiny screwdriver is another story. 

Now if you’re buying a fancy-shmancy padlock that has a fingerprint scanner, you’d think the thing would be extra secure, right? It probably wouldn’t pack a design flaw so obvious that anyone could take it apart in a few seconds with inconspicuous tools, yeah?

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Apparently whoever made this lock doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal to make it so that just about anyone with a knowledge of what screws are could not only take apart your lock, but put it back together after burgling your stuff and make it look like no funny business happened whatsoever.

What’s even crazier than this obviously terrible design is that the company that manufactures and sells these locks provided some baffling logic to who these locks are uncrackable for.

Posted by the Lock Picking Lawyer, a social media account that tests and reviews commercial locks that shows you how easy they are to crack. He reached out to the company to ask them about this brain-numbingly bad design flaw and got this response.

He reached out to the company to explain why he’s unable to provide a positive review of their product and makes it very clear why he can’t.

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Simple, right? 

Well, not for the company that sells the lock.

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Turns out that there are similar locks that are just as easy to break into.

But all you need to do is screw off its backplate with a go-pro and then get out your phillips head screw driver to take the bad boy apart.

For $ 100, you’d expect something a bit more secure, no?

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Then again, we are talking about crimes of opportunity here and if you just want something that’ll inconvenience someone who isn’t constantly thinking about jacking your stuff, then it might be fine.

But why pay all that money for something that isn’t as functional, secure, or affordable as other offerings on Amazon? This lock costs about half of the Tapp one, sure, it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, but it’s got a lot of good reviews.

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Plus, it’s got “Rock” in the name, and anything that is remotely related to Dwayne Johnson is awesome.

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Band Sparks Debate On Gender Pay Gap In Music Industry After Firing Their Manager

Band Sparks Debate On Gender Pay Gap In Music Industry After Firing Their Manager

A recent law in the UK stipulates that companies with more than 250 employees are required to reveal gender and wage gap data between all of its workers, and there have been some troubling findings as a result. It confirms the wage gap still exists, despite some companies faring better than others. (Sony Music UK, for example, shared a less than 5% wage gap).

Transparency is the first step in identifying which industries need to address the gaps in pay between genders, which is why many industries with murky and hush-hush compensation policies are so difficult to handle. Like music festivals.

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This inevitably leads to “unknown” bands being paid less than headlining acts, and at some festivals, nothing at all, for the chance to share a stage with a band that has a huge following. Which is a problematic payment structure to say the least, and could deter many burgeoning new acts who often lose money for a chance to pursue their art. Combine that with the staggering gender-wage gap issues in the music industry, and for artists in general, and it’s not difficult to imagine new, female musical acts losing out on a lot of potential earnings.

The payment structure of music festivals and the wage gender gap became a hotly contested issue on social media when HAIM revealed they fired their booking manager after learning they received 1/10th the amount of a male act at the same festival.

In an interview with Italian magazine, Grazia, Danielle Haim, one of the three sisters who makes up the quartet revealed a familiar struggle that many up-and-coming musicians face when playing festivals with well-known headlining acts:

“We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope you’d get played on the radio.”

“We didn’t think twice about it, but we later found out that someone was getting paid 10 times more than us. And because of that we fired our agent.”

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Festivals typically compensate bands with larger followings and a record of consistently high-volume ticket sales more money – even if the acts haven’t put out new music in a while.

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The Smashing Pumpkins were set to receive $ 1.27 million for four shows played at the 2015 Soundwave Festival in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. Soundgarden was slated to make $ 2.1 million, Slipknot, $ 1.65 million and Faith No More: $ 750,000.

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This study analyzed 600 chart-topping hits from 2012-2017. 22% of the songs were performed by female artists, 12% of them were written by women and a dismal 2% were produced by women. The music business beast, from all accounts, is heavily dominated by men.

When it came to the comments regarding HAIM’s festival fees, many of the comments centered on whether or not the band should’ve expected to be paid as much as Muse.

Some claimed that HAIM firing their agent without revealing the name of the band they were getting paid less than doesn’t mean they were earning less because they were female, but because the other band may have been considered a “bigger” draw.

Others are saying that HAIM firing their manager for being paid less at a festival isn’t a “gender issue at all” and more of a question on which band will bring in crowds.

Some argued that HAIM’s demand for fairer pay is less about the economics of music festivals, and more about equality for hard working artists.

HAIM, formed in 2007 was nominated for a “Best New Artist” distinction in 2015 and had two top ten billboard albums with “Days are Gone” and “Something to tell you” in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The band has sold some 330,000 albums worldwide (accounting for CD sales, digital downloads). As of this writing, HAIM accounts for 1,806,293 monthly listeners and their top 10 most popular tracks were played a collective 245,293,775 times.

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Muse, formed in 1994, has 4 Grammy nominations and 2 wins for Best Rock Album for their 2016 Drones and The Resistance. They’ve sold over 20 million records and have been featured in major studio film soundtracks, most notably the Twilight films. They currently account for 6,452,400 monthly listeners on Spotify and their top 10 tracks were streamed 812,750,854 times. They also are the first band to sell-out the newly renovated Wembley Stadium, which has a 90,000 seating capacity.

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HAIM will share the stage with Muse at the end of June at Rock in Rio festival.

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This Guy Got Asked Out On A Date By A Wrong Number And It Escalated Quickly

There is a certain kind of guy who will immediately text the woman he is interested in a dick pic, and you can usually identify him because he opens the conversation with *creepy asterisks*

If you’ve never seen or encountered this style of text, it’s sort of like role playing. The speaker says everything they’re doing in asterisks, and they type out a lot of stuttering. It’s believed to have carried over from anime films, where stuttering is supposed to denote shyness or chivalry—but it basically never translates. It’s a huge red flag.

This is the story of a creepy asterisk guy named Brandon, who started one of these exact conversations with the girl he was crushing on. Except it was a wrong number. He was actually texting with a guy, Reddit user Th3GreenMan56. Thankfully, Th3GreenMan56 shared the whole conversation with us. And if you feel sorry for Brandon, remember he sent a dick pic.

You can see below that Brandon tries to be cute, but also refuses to believe he isn’t texting his fantasy girl, and also that she’d be thrilled to know what’s in his pants. Even if he wasn’t actually texting Th3GreenMan56, he’d be wrong!

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Yes.

Everyone’s favorite part of this conversation is Brandon’s weird sad no at the end.

Captain_Jaxen wrote, “The ‘no’ actually made me laugh quite a bit, like how much denial can you even have?”

Flamingo_of_lies said, “I love the denial sprinkled through the post the masses of excuses that must have ran through his head and when eventually faced with having to accept all his mistakes all he can force is a single meek broken ‘no.'”

Then there’s this chain:

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There were also a lot of questions about dick pics. Look, it’s 2018, I don’t know if we still need to keep discussing the psychology of the unsolicited dick pic. Clearly, the people who send them without asking do not care at all that the receivers don’t want them.

But folks still have questions!

“Could someone explain where this idea of showing your dick is somehow supposed to get you girls? You wouldn’t do it in real life so why pretend to be doing it all?” asked thelaughingmansghost, eventually editing to add,”Please stop replying to this comment, I’ve gotten more than enough answers.”

Here are a few of them:

Though some said they’d never understand it, even though they have a dick.

It’s too bad that our mustachioed hero had to deal with this unsolicited dick pic, but he was really taking one for the team.

Thank you to him, and also to Shannon, who did some quick thinking when she gave Brandon the wrong number. That’s a friend.

Love when girls support other girls!

But also, if you won’t ask someone for their number directly, you don’t deserve it.

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