Archives for category: Fails

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, had a contest for urban developers. The challege: How many people can you squeeze into a city block.

Monadnock Development LLC won the challenge by proposing to cram 55 micro-apartments at 335 East 27th Street in Manhattan by September 2015.

These units range in size from 250-370 square feet, or about the size of my laundry room. Prices range from $940 to $1,870 a month. What a deal!

It gets better. These modular apartments are built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, then stacked on one another like Legos.

For your viewing pleasure, more stupid plans to stack people deep and cheap are being featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, called “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.”

At what point do people in New York decide to move elsewhere? If you’re going to live in a box, at least have a yard.

Beijing’s air pollution has finally gotten so bad, children are staying home from school…and the government is finally “admitting” their air quality sucks. 

The world’s media is praising the government’s transparency. I find this pretty funny, considering the smog is so bad it’s hard to see the city.

China’s middle class was reportedly provoked to speak out by the US Embassy providing the city’s gagging inhabitants hourly air quality information via Twitter. Look for China to return the favor in Los Angeles.

In 1879, Clark “Rattlesnake King” Stanley supposedly learned the secrets of snake oil from a Moki medicine man. Then, after successfully peddling his own concoction on the streets of Chicago, Stanley partnered with a Boston druggist and targeted a national audience. He plastered his ads across the eastern seaboard and set up production facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Before Stanley’s scam suckered the entire nation, the US government sued the Rattlesnake King in 1917 for misrepresenting his product. His famous cure all medicine turned out to be mineral oil and turpentine.

Throughout the 20th century, street hucksters like Stanley leveraged the evolving mass communication channels to reach larger audiences. Taglines replaced lies and advertisements replaced roadshows. Despite the catchy jingles and sleek logos, a con is always still a con.

Next time you are flipping through a magazine or watching a late night infomercial, remember snake oil salesmen don’t always sell snake oil.

As a rule, I typically avoid politics on Weird Twist. I had to say this, though…

Alex Jones is a shill of those he pretends to expose. The script he and Piers followed was tiresomely predictable. The anti-gun lobby failed to demonize the NRA’s leader, Wayne LaPierre, as their poster boy for angry and dangerous gun toters. 

Plan B, pull Alex Jones off the bench and let him finish the job. After this bogus tirade, the liberals no longer need to counter 2nd Amendment defenders with reason and facts–they just point to this clip and roll their eyes.

Over the past several years, I have seen a steady stream of really stupid bacon related…stuff. What gives? I decided to find out.

“Bacon mania” was birthed on the Web and centered in the US. Neither of these facts much surprised me. This phenomena has grown to encompass all things bacon, the more outlandish, the better. The products below is a mere sampling. If you don’t believe me, check out ground zero–

To where can the greasy roots of Bacon Mania be traced? Answer: The famous Atkins Diet of the 1990’s. This diet/social movement transformed how we saw bacon. It went from guilty pleasure to weight loss strategy. Finally we could have our cake (bacon) and it it too.

Arun Gupta of The Indypendent has pointed out the chain lards on bacon give it “high flavor profile” and also elicits an addictive neurochemical response.

I say whatever. Look at these images and tell me this doesn’t need to end here and now.

Bacon Bandages

Bacon Casket

Bacon Envelopes

Bacon Shaving Cream

Bacon Chocolate

Bacon Dental Floss

Bacon Personal Lube

Bacon Watch

Bacon Tie