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.
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.
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.
Lord have mercy! This story is a real stomach turner. That is unless you’re into eating rats.
In Hawaii, a restaurant there found itself being forced to shut down if only temporarily after video of a rodent being cooked on its grill went viral on social media, according to reports.
“We are horrified a former employee would create something like this trying to destroy our reputation without regard for our 20-plus years of quality and aloha,” Teddy’s Bigger Burgers President Richard Stula told Hawaii News Now.
According to Plunkett Research, the average American woman wears a size 14 or above. But for a long time, that plus-sized customer has been largely ignored by the majority of the biggest retailers in the nation. But it looks as if a shift is starting to happen, thanks to some independent brands that continue to prove just how powerful the plus-sized market can be. Continue reading
A video of one moment of a September wedding recently went viral as it captured a battle between the wedding photographer and the stepmother of the bride. The video gained attention once photographer Ashley Easterling posted it on Oct. 3.
Lorna and Josh Gantt were exchanging vows in a candlelit barn on Sept. 8 when the small scuffle for the perfect photo began. Easterling was getting into position to snap the perfect shot of the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife when Lorna’s stepmother suddenly moved in front of Easterling to get her own photo on a smartphone. Easterling was not about to be blocked during the most important moment of the ceremony, so in a second she bodychecks the stepmother and starts snapping photos.
The typical American wedding costs about $35,329 for the bride and groom and their families. Naturally, a stepmother would want to capture the moment that all of this pocket change led up to, but a paid wedding photographer has a job to do.
Lorna had posted the video on her personal Facebook page just days after the wedding and found the moment funny, appreciating Easterling’s determination to do her job. According to a comment from Easterling on Lorna’s post, she had politely asked her stepmother to move several times. The stepmother told Easterling that she wasn’t doing her job properly and proceeded to walk in front of her shot. For her part, Easterling felt that she had to do her job no matter the obstacle.
Easterling also said that she has never before had to ask someone to move more than once. Many wrote comments on her now viral post, congratulating her for getting the stepmother out of the way. As a freelance photographer typically makes between $2,000 and $3,000 for a single-day wedding package, fellow photographers agreed that they would have done the same if they were about to miss a shot.
According to a Facebook post from Lorna on Oct. 6, relations with her stepmother have become tense since the video went viral. Lorna mentions that her relationship with her stepmother has always been rough, but the recent feedback from the video has made her stepmother very upset. The family has even received death threats from the too-impassioned. Despite this concerning backlash, Lorna didn’t appreciate her stepmother’s stubbornness during the ceremony and she continues to side with Easterling.
“I would of [sic] been even more devastated if our first kiss wasn’t captured due to someone stepping in front of the camera,” wrote Lorna in her Facebook post.
(Via WIVB) – Monique Coverson and her partner, Larissa are back home in Georgia. They returned home after a judge found them innocent.
Back in 2015, after sitting in prison without charges, the two were sentenced 20 to 25 years after a legal, tobacco-like substance was found in their Kuwait home. Coverson said the substance was none of theirs in the first place. She says she distinctly remembers hearing the loud bangs of people forcing themselves into their home.
*At the 2015 MTV/Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg appeared together in a pre-taped segment where Miley introduced her grandmother as her ‘real mammy.’ While she was sharing the term of endearment she uses for her white grandmother, her usage of the term had serious racial implications.
Mammy is a term that is inseparable from the painful past of the Black Community – the era when enslavement was legal and protected by law.
This incident started a huge backlash on Twitter in which many including Chance the Rapper shared their disappointment. He posted a picture of actress Hattie McDaniel from Gone with the Wind, in which she played the role of a slave housemaid and was called mammy.