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New Jersey Town Demands Daily Fee From Homeowner With Massive Christmas Lights Display

Bah Humbug? This New Jersey Town is suffering from an excess of holiday cheer.

The Christmas spirit hasn’t quite spread to the town of Old Bridge, New Jersey yet this season. The town is threatening to shut down the extravagant light display at the home of Thomas and Kris Apruzzi if they do not pay $2,000 per night for security.

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Payless Shoes Tries Unique Marketing Campaign Through Pop-Up Store

Was this marketing prank brilliant or a bust?

Discount shoe retailer, Payless Shoesource, tricked high-class shoppers during the first weekend of December. By opening the fake luxury store, Palessi, fashionistas were willing to spend hundreds of dollars on shoes that cost as little as $20 in some cases.

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First Time Hang Glider Hangs On By His Fingertips Through Potentially Fatal Error

Vacations are the perfect times to try new things you’re unable to do at home. Like, last year, 8.3 million people tried snorkeling in the United States, which isn’t exactly readily available in, say, Oklahoma.

One man, on the first day of his Switzerland vacation with his wife was trying hang gliding for the first time and something went terribly wrong. Fear is an odd thing. We mentioned snorkeling and many people are terrified of the ocean depths. Last year, 127.6 million people went to the dentist and a vast percentage of them are terrified of that. Fear of heights is quite common and our hang gliding hero is about the bravest person to stare death in the face from hundreds of feet off the ground.

His name is Chris Gursky and while getting set up to go tandem hang gliding along with a professional, the instructor forgot to attach Gursky’s safety harness to the hang glider. Gursky, a literal first timer, doesn’t notice this. That is, until they jump off the cliff and he quickly grabs onto the instructor before they plummet, gliding hundreds of feet off the ground.

These tourist hang gliding companies have cameras attached to the gliders and you can watch all two minutes and fourteen seconds of Gursky hanging on for his life as the pilot maneuvered an emergency landing. Those, we can imagine, were the longest two minutes of his life. Perhaps both of their lives.

“I ended up holding on the bar with the left hand and the lower part of his leg with the right when we were nearing the ground. I looked down to see my feet hit first, which ripped me off at about 45 mph as it was a hot landing and I was under the landing gear,” Gursky said.

He made the footage into a video cleverly titled Swiss Mishap, in which he makes fairly humorous commentary considering the circumstances. From the impact of landing, he tore a bicep and broke his wrist, which needed surgery, complete with a titanium plate being inserted. A much more desirable outcome than others we’d rather not think about.

The nausea-inducing video is more than enough for us. Gursky is in good spirits and says he’ll absolutely try hang gliding again. What’s more? He bears the instructor no ill will and is impressed with how he handled an emergency situation. Personally, we’re impressed with how calm Gursky is through all of this because we’re getting sweaty palms just thinking about it.

Worried About Your Personal Injury Trial? Hire a Professional Attorney

No one wants to have to go through a complicated trial, no matter the reason. Legal proceedings can be incredibly intimidating, especially if you’re unsure of how they all work. Additionally, with the added financial stress involved and potential career problems, these legal situations can feel overwhelming fast. 

That’s why it’s so imperative to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Without a qualified legal professional representing you, you are at risk of making all kinds of legal and financial mistakes, causing some serious problems. Personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the trial and offer assistance every step of the way.

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Calling Fowl On Five Geese Who’ve Terrorized An Australian Family’s Farm

Nature is a beautiful, powerful thing. The scale at which nature exists, from the smallest cells to the highest peaks, we live among things that deserve a fair amount of awe. Hardwood trees take twenty or more years to fully mature, then continue to spread to the sky for hundreds of years after. Animals come in more shapes and sizes than we can fathom, yet more are discovered and born daily.

One nature loving Australian woman named Leslie Du Preez lives on her farm in rural Queensland, Australia. She found that some animals, though cute, lack manners and generally agreeable demeanors. Unfortunately for her, she found this out after adopting five geese and bringing them to her farm.

It was shortly after she welcomed them to her home that they became, shall we say, unruly. At first, she let them get acquainted with the farm and the other animals roaming around. That’s when the chaos began.

“They terrorized our poor sheep, they made little kids cry. The roosters got pecked and the peacock’s tail feathers got pulled out by them. There was no peaceful free-ranging and having a good time. It was mayhem,” she reported.

The tranquility of her farm had been torn asunder by the honking and pecking bills of these geese. She knew it was time to find them a new home. So, she set to making a Facebook post to sell these geese but filled it half-serious, half-tongue-in-cheek witticisms that come to be expected of Aussie banter and the post went viral.

She calls two of the five geese “arseholes” and jests about them tearing tires off moving cars, making grown men scream, and emotionally scarring young children.

“Don’t be fooled by their cute little beady eyes. They stare deep into your soul and know all your fears…Asking $50 and a bottle of scotch for recovery purposes,” she added at the end of the post.

The post went viral around Australia and fortunately for her, her farm, and the irritable geese, they’ve been relocated to another farm where they appear to be completely fine and are peacefully enjoying life. Du Preez said with jesting ire that they had betrayed her. In the end, she’s happy they have a new home and was glad the story of her farm and the arsehole geese caused some smiles around the world.

Old Man Sues Government To Change His Age To Up His Tinder Game

As we get older, certain things become a little more important. Bodies get a little less resilient than they were in college. Now we’re thinking about things like if we’ve had our 2.5 cups of fruit and veggies today instead of devouring pizza and wings at three in the morning without consequence. Yep, we’re getting older and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Or is there?

One guy in the Netherlands definitely thinks so. Emile Ratelband is a media personality who’s been in the midst of a controversial stunt that has grabbed a fair amount of attention. He filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government to have his age changed from 69 to 49. More specifically, he wants his legal birthday changed from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.

Talk about a late-life crisis. Where he’s drawing the most controversy isn’t specifically the act of having his age changed, it’s that he’s compared it flippantly to being transgender. His nonchalant attitude has been widely regarded as transphobic.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he asked.

Drawing the ire of the transgender community, they say he’s comparing the transitioning process and the associated psycho-social and biological processes to his inability to get Tinder dates with younger women. Which he kind of is.

“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position,” he said.

Veritably brushing off being transgender as a feeling, Radelband isn’t backing down from his absurd stunt. If attention is what he’s looking for, he’s certainly got a lot of it now. Ironically enough, all those women who aren’t swiping right on Tinder because of his age are going to know it anyway because the story is viral. Also, gramps, if you pay for Tinder you can hide your age. Or a gym membership costs an average of $58 every month. Go lift or something. Either option is cheaper than your legal fees, not to mention the brazen immaturity of this stunt.

A verdict on the court ruling is expected in the next month or so. He even offered to give up his pension if legally allowed to change his age. We’ll see what happens. One thing is certain: regardless of what age you feel, look, or want to be, maturity isn’t guaranteed.