Man Tries Killing Spiders With Blowtorch, Ends Up Setting House On Fire

Anyone with an unnatural and irrational fear of spiders (ie, everyone, so it’s pretty natural and rational, actually) has dreamt about burning them all with a flamethrower.

It’s kind of a running joke online too, about people burning their houses down after spotting a single spider in it. 

But it looks like one Tucson, Arizona man took the jokes as inspiration to do the same in his own home when he found a bunch of spiders. He grabbed a blowtorch and went to town.

Unfortunately, he learned the hard way that joking about killing spiders with a blowtorch could have really disastrous effects on one’s home. He ended up unintentionally setting his mobile home on fire.

Local news station KVOA reported that the man tried using a blowtorch get rid of the spiders and webs in his home when his home went up in flames. An elderly woman had to be carried out of the home, but she thankfully didn’t sustain any injuries.

It took the Tucscon Fire Department, who’s still investigating the cause of the fire, 23 minutes to finally quell the flames in the man’s home.

Do you think the man overreacted? Or is all fair in love and attempted attacks on spider’s lives?

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The Breaking Bad House Now Has A Fence Around It Thanks To Idiots

One of the most famous moments in Breaking Bad is when Walter White throws a pizza on the roof of his house. 

It’s a scene that is so iconic some fans have taken it upon themselves to recreate this moment and throw a pizza on the roof of the same house whenever they make a pilgrimage out to Albuquerque. However, many fans don’t know, or simply don’t care, that this is a real house with real people inside who’d rather not constantly clean up pizza off their roof. 

In fact, the fact the problem has gotten so bad that a few years ago the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, pleaded with fans to cut it out and stop bothering the elderly couple who lived there peacefully for 41 years. On the Better Call Saul Insider podcast he said, “They’re throwing pizzas on roofs and stuff like that. Let me tell you: There is nothing funny or original or cool about throwing pizzas on this lady’s roof. It is just not funny. It’s been done before. You’re not the first.”

The fans didn’t get the message and now the homeowners had to erect 6-foot fence around their property to keep future pizza tossers out. 

For the most part people are sympathizing with the homeowners. But there are is still a vocal minority who don’t understand what the big deal is and they are the exact same people who would do toss pizza given the chance. Oh, and you know what else? I think Vince Gilligan was onto something with the unoriginality of these people. 

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White House Reportedly Lacked Plans To Help Puerto Rico, According To Activist

Donald Trump’s been coming under a lot of criticism for his administration’s reaction, or lack thereof, to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. While the Trump administration claims that their aid efforts are going well, many on the island feel that it is too little too late. Many feel that Trump’s words on Puerto Rico’s debt and weak infrastructure were ill-timed:

Probably not the best time to remind the islands that they don’t have the best infrastructure and they owe people money while people are dying, you know? Singer Marc Anthony had some very blunt words for Trump’s priorities in the wake of the hurricane.

Singer-songwriter and political activist, Holly O’Reilly, alleges that she spoke with a “vetted source” about the White House’s response to Hurricane Maria and its plans to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm’s destruction. While this source has not been verified, according to what O’Reilly shares, it suggests that there really weren’t many plans to help the island in the first place.

She divulged all of her alleged findings in a series of tweets. 

What’s worse is that the number of people who’ve died due to Hurricane Maria isn’t being properly reported as of yet, which suggests that the severity of the situation in Puerto Rico is being downplayed.

People started sharing their own horror stories of what their family and friends are experiencing on the island.

Others pointed out that when aid finally did arrive, the logistics surrounding the distribution of life saving supplies were apparently a mess.

Do you think the White House showed favoritism in its disaster relief efforts between Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico?

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Chief Of Staff John Kelly Wants To Fire Omarosa From The White House

John Kelly wants to bring order to the White House.

Among the Conways and the Mooches and the Spicers, it’s easy to forget that a contestant from the first season of Celebrity Apprentice has been walking the halls of the executive branch. But no-nonsense Chief of Staff John Kelly, who may be the only disciplined person cashing checks in the President’s employ, doesn’t like Omarosa’s habit of “triggering” the President with critical news stories.

Yes, a reality star is goading a reality star President, who gets grumpy, loses track of his responsibilities, and rails at people on Twitter. Kelly has no use for “people like Omarosa” who walk into the Oval Office and wind up the chief executive.

Kelly has established a system that limits access to the President:

Kelly has been trying to limit distracting news that crosses the President’s desk:

Whether or not limiting Trump’s infotainment diet and paring down his friends list will result in more efficient governing is yet to be seen.

America voted a reality TV show into the Oval Office, and that’s what we’ve gotten so far.  

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New Yorker Cartoon Perfectly Illustrates The Hiring Cycle In Trump’s White House

The New Yorker is one of our most respected publications, and for good reason — they occasionally foretell the future.

Case in point: 

On Wednesday, they published this brutally satirical cartoon:

Then, in accordance with the prophesies, it came brutally true.

Within just a day or two, we learned that White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, widely seen as among Trump’s trusted inner circle, was let go following a blow up between him and the new White House Communications Director, seen below sizing Priebus up in the Oval Office.

Praise for the clairvoyant cartoon flooded the comments on Instagram.

Start the clock. We anxiously await The New Yorker’s inevitable next piece of illustrative clairvoyance.

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Justice Official Quits Due To White House Conduct

A top Justice Department official has quit, saying that she could no longer hold companies to standards that Donald Trump is not meeting.

Hui Chen, a corporate crime expert in the fraud unit of the DOJ’s criminal division, discussed her reasons for leaving in a June 25 post on LinkedIn.

“Trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome,” she said in the post. “To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic.”

She continued: “Even as I engaged in…questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts.”

Chen added: “Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct[s]. I wanted no more part in it.”

Since quitting, Chen has been vocally critical of the Trump Administration, especially on Twitter:

Many have applauded Chen for following her conscience:

Although some wish she would have stayed:

Perhaps more will follow Chen’s lead:

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The President Gets Fed Like A Teenageer In The White House And, Well, Blech

The President Gets Fed Like A Teenageer In The White House And, Well, Blech

Similar to his thoughts on environmental issues, Trump is insouciant about his diet.

The president powers up on Big Macs, KFC, Domino’s, and he washes it all down with his favorite elixir, Diet Coke. Which is interesting, since he once tweeted this:

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The president vouches for his love of fast food because the companies  maintain a high standard of hygiene. Notorious for bristling at  double-dipping partygoers, Trump has always been obsessed with a high  level of cleanliness. 

“One bad hamburger, and you can destroy  McDonald’s. One bad hamburger and you take Wendy’s and all these other  places and they’re out of business,” he told a pre-adversarial Anderson  Cooper at a CNN town-hall-style meeting early last year. 

“I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe some place that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”

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He waxed poetic about Mickey D’s. “The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff,” he praised.

But now that he has his meals served at the White House, he still insists on “clean” food.A Time‘s  report on the White House’s after hours described a scene in the dining  room. “The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he  settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table,” read the excerpt.

“With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce,” the report read.

“At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else,” the report continued. One  would be sadly mistaken to think that a teenager was present at the  table, when in fact, the needs of a 70-year-old’s palate was being  tended to. 

The report added, “The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.”

While on the campaign trail last year, he would often show his reverence for Colonel Sanders.

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It appears as if the president’s tastes haven’t evolved much since  moving into the White House. There seems to be as much junk going into  his mouth, as there is spewing forth.

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Twitter Is Not Impressed By Trump's First Easter Egg Roll In The White House

The Annual Easter Egg Roll is a White House tradition that dates back 138 years and draws some 35,000 visitors to the South Lawn each year. Today is the first Easter Egg Roll since Donald Trump became President, and this led some people to have concerns about the running of the event.

Last week, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump’s administration seemingly forgot about the annual Easter Egg Roll and didn’t put in an order for eggs for quite some time. The company that makes commemorative eggs for the event had to reach out to the President on Twitter to remind them to place their order.

So, how did it actually go? Judging by these tweets, not very well. 

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Woman With 20 Boyfriends Buys A House After She Sold All The iPhone 7s They Bought For Her

You might think you’ve got hustle, but there’s no one who has more hustle than this Chinese woman who used her boy-mongering powers for the ultimate con: buying herself a house.

A blogger wrote about her anonymous friend who, for the purposes of her post she called Xiaoli, had 20 different men wrapped around her finger. She pestered each of the men to get her the pricey gift of a brand spanking new iPhone 7.

And then sold them all to buy a house in China, which is currently a tough buyer’s market.

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“[Xiaoli] is not from a wealthy family. Her mum is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter. Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”

The story went viral on the popular Chinese site Weibo, where the “20 mobiles for a house” hashtag is trending. The blogger was amazed that Xiaoli has so many boyfriends.

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“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.”

People on the site are actually praising Xiaoli for her resourcefulness in such a tough economic marketplace. 

Other people are calling her “shameful” for leading the men on and using their generosity for her own financial gain.

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But she’s got herself her own house. And 20 dudes who each bought her an iPhone 7. So haters can hate all they want. (h/t complex)

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18 Airbnb Hosts Share The Worst Thing A Guest Has Ever Done In Their House

My friends who rent their places on Airbnb have told me some pretty horrifying stories of the worst guests they’ve ever hosted. And it seems pretty common to come across a tenant from hell, the Airbnb hosts of Reddit recently shared their own. They involve sex, used enemas and police raids. 

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