17 IMAGES THAT PROVE WE LIVE IN A DYSTOPIAN HELL

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15 Ordinary Things In Your Home That Can Be Dangerous

15 Ordinary Things In Your Home That Can Be Dangerous -

If you want to take care of your health, you might want to take a closer look at the things you use in your everyday life and replace them with harmless alternatives. Or you can just stick to some simple rules to avoid the dangers. For example, rubber toys in the bathroom can collect dangerous mold, so you should get rid of them as soon as possible.

15. Sunscreen

Studies show that many sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that can disrupt the hormonal balance and even lead to tumors. Of course, this is only true for some sunscreens and only if they are used all the time, but we should still be careful.

Besides, our body needs sunlight and constant protection from the sun does more harm than good.

Solution: Choose only high-quality brands of sunscreen products and read the contents very carefully. They shouldn’t contain any carcinogens.

14. Spill-proof cups for children

Spill-proof sippy cups for kids are dangerous because some of them have parts that can’t be removed without being broken. Since there is no way to remove and clean them, mold grows inside and every time a child drinks from this cup the dangerous fungus gets inside their body.

Solution: Only buy cups with removable parts and wash them well after each use.

13. Mouthwash

Just like soap and shower gel, most mouthwashes contain triclosan. This chemical destroys the good bacteria together with the bad which can cause an allergic reaction, a hormone imbalance, and even heart problems.

Solution: Remember that mouthwash is really only necessary for people who have a tooth infection or a gum problem. Using it every day if you have no dental problems is a bad idea.

12. Blender

It’s not the blender itself that is dangerous but its rubber parts. They are rarely washed and disinfected and as a result, your blender turns into a perfect place for bacteria and mold.

Solution: Just don’t forget to wash the entire blender every time you use it.

11. Wash pouf

Wash pouf are good for the skin because they help to remove the dead skin cells. However, they are also the perfect place for bacteria, especially in a warm and wet bathroom. Many people use the same pouf for a long time without disinfecting it and don’t even know that they are hurting their skin.

Solution: As an alternative, you can buy a pouf made of natural materials which prevent bacteria from reproducing. If you really love your pouf, it’s important to buy a new one regularly (at least once a month) and disinfect it with antibacterial substances.

10. TV

Watching TV before sleep is a global tendency. But in fact, you shouldn’t do it in the evening because the information and the artificial light from the TV stimulate the function of the brain and can decrease your levels of melatonin which regulate your sleep.

It’s especially bad to watch news and horror movies before sleep. They can cause anxiety, nightmares, and even insomnia.

Solution: Get the TV out of the bedroom. And don’t use a phone or a tablet either.

9. Plastic cutting board

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Plastic is a convenient and universal material but you can’t use it for a long time. If you use it for longer than you are supposed to, microscopic pores are formed on the surface of the board where dirt and food stay and rot.

Solution: Replace plastic boards with wooden ones, just don’t forget to buy new ones regularly and use different boards for meat and vegetables. If you prefer plastic boards, choose high-quality models and change them once every several months.

8. AC filters

Of course, it’s impossible to live without an air conditioner. It makes the temperature low enough to live in. However, they are only safe before the filters inside are full of dust and dirt. After that, the filter becomes a perfect place for mold which is blown into the room together with dust.

Solution: Have your air conditioner checked regularly and don’t forget to change the filter. The AC manual should tell you how often it should be done.

7. Christmas lights

Many Christmas lights (especially the cheap ones) are made of PVC and processed plastic. They contain harmful chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system and cause memory impairment.

Solution: Pay attention to the materials the lights are made of. Buy them at good stores.

6. Artificial sweeteners

We all know eating a lot of sugar is bad for our health. This is why people often choose artificial sweeteners which are also used in the production of “healthy” food. When in fact, studies show that eating too many artificial sweeteners leads to weight gain, metabolism problems, cardiovascular diseases, and type II diabetes.

Solution: If you really like sweet foods, eat fruit instead of dessert.

5. Children’s toys

Stuffed toys are dangerous because they are perfect for bacteria and could cause staph infection. Children are more susceptible to infections and toys can cause respiratory and skin problems.

Solution: Do not forget that children’s toys also need to be washed as often as shoes and clothes.

4. Bath mats

Because the bath mat is always in a warm and wet place, it is a great place for the formation of bacteria and mold. This can cause skin irritation and respiratory diseases like asthma.

Solution: Don’t forget to wash the bath mat according to the instructions and dry it just as well as your towels after every time you use it.

3. Kitchen towels

Kitchen towels are a great breeding ground for E. coli. Your kitchen towel has 4 million bacteria for every one square centimeter. This can cause serious poisoning in both humans and animals.

Solution: Be careful when using kitchen towels because when you touch raw foods with them, you give that bacteria a place to reproduce. Don’t forget to wash the towels at high temperatures and replace them with new ones at least once every 2 months.

2. Headphones

Doctors are sure that if a person constantly listens to loud sounds, it causes substantial harm to the hearing. These issues are also connected to listening to loud music with headphones.

1. Rubber toys for the bathroom

Rubber toys that your children use may look very clean. But that’s only on the outside. Scientists have warned that dangerous microorganisms can live inside these toys because a warm and wet environment is a great place for mold and fungus. When your child plays with these in the bath, this mold can get into the water which can lead to serious eye, ear, and even stomach problems.

Just try cutting any rubber toy in half and you will see what’s inside.

 

 

 


Google Is Always Listening Live Test

Google Is Always Listening Live Test

Does Google and Facebook listen in and record conversations and audio even when they're not open?  Discover whether google listens to you microphone even when your browser is turned off to target it's advertisements better.


This Japanese Milk Ad Is Slightly Inappropriate... I Need An Adult

Something is happening to dairy ads these days, and we don't like it one bit. Case in point, this Japanese ad featuring, uh, a giant udder popping out of a flying saucer to shoot milk at a group of kids:

The ad is part of a surprisingly long line of odd dairy commercials, including that weird, creepy ad for Halo Top ice cream from earlier this year, and the deeply uncomfortable Little Baby's Ice Cream ads from 2012:

Got milk? Neither do we.


Top 10 Ways Google Does Evil

Top 10 Ways Google Does Evil

 

Google is one of the biggest forces on the Internet. When we want to look something up, we Google it. When we want a decent browser, we download Chrome. We check emails on Gmail, watch videos on YouTube, write self-promoting bull on Blogger, and read list-based websites on our Android devices. When you think about it, it’s incredible that a company whose motto is “Don’t be evil” has come to be so utterly, ruthlessly dominant.

There’s a simple reason for that. Google gave up not being evil a long time ago. Take a good, hard look at the company in 2017, and it’s clear they’ve swapped being the good guys for being utter buttheads.

10 Monopolistic Practices


In summer 2017, the European Union handed Google a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine. Their reason? Google had abused its position of EU market dominance to shut competitors out of its search listings. And you better believe Google is dominant. In places like Germany, some 97 percent of Internet searching is estimated to go via Google. In other words, the company had created a monopoly on Europe’s online spaces.[1]

The actual ins and outs of the fine are nuanced, involving how Google lists its search results. Google prioritizes Google. If people want to buy stuff, they get links to Google shops. If they want reviews, they get links to Google’s review service. Competitors like Yelp, who don’t have their own search engine, get stuck on page four of a search or later. And who bothers going all the way to page four?

The EU argued that Google was stifling competition and staying at the top of the food chain not because their products were the best but because they sneakily blocked consumers from better alternatives. In an ironic twist, Wired argues it was only thanks to the US breaking up Microsoft’s monopoly in 2000 that Google was able to build their own.

9 Crushing Negative Stories About Google


Google likes to crush negative stories about Google. In practice, this means their search results have been known to penalize anti-Google articles. (If you found this on page 37 of a search, now you know why.) We know this because it happened to Gizmodo reporter Kashmir Hill, back when she was working at Forbes. She witnessed firsthand Google’s draconian attempts to hide a critical piece.[2]

The story takes place in 2011. Google was trying to promote its Plus social network on sites like Forbes ‘s. In a meeting Hill sat in on, Google representatives described how choosing not to feature Plus’s “+1” button would cause Google to punish Forbes in search rankings. Since sites rely on search to survive, Hill understood this to be blackmail. She turned it into a story and published it. Then things got heavy.

According to Hill, Google told Forbes their search rankings would suffer if the story stayed up. Forbes caved and canned the story. Then Hill noticed the cached versions had disappeared off Google Search far faster than they normally would, almost like someone was deliberately scrubbing the Internet clean of her anti-Google story. Care to guess who Hill thought was responsible?

8 Firing Scholars It Disagrees With

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Google likes to splash its cash in important places. Washington, Brussels, and London are all drowning in seas of Google greenbacks. Plenty of this money goes to think tanks that support ideas Google agrees with, like the left-wing New America Foundation (NAF).

One of NAF’s key projects has been a thing called Open Markets. Open Markets was created to speak out against extreme concentrations of money and power as well as other stuff that goes with monopolies. A few years ago, the group started raising warning flags about Google itself. In 2017, Open Markets team leader Barry Lynn wrote a blog post praising the EU for hitting Google with its antitrust fine. Google responded by having him fired and shutting the entire Open Markets initiative down.[3]

It’s worth bearing in mind that Google does not own NAF. They’re simply one of many donors, albeit a very generous one. According to The Guardian, Eric Schmidt nonetheless acts like he owns the place. The moment Lynn’s blog post went live, Schmidt allegedly rang up NAF and tried to force them to take it down. Less than two months later, Lynn had been fired, and Open Markets was discontinued.

7 Censoring Speech


98 percent of all American mobile traffic goes through either Google or Apple. When one of those guys bans your app, you’ve got a serious problem. This is especially the case if your app was banned because Google and Apple don’t like what you’re saying.

In August 2017, Google banned social networking site Gab from its app store for “hate speech.” Gab specifically designed its platform to reflect the First Amendment. If something was protected by the US Constitution, you could say it on Gab. This led to speculation that the real reason left-wing Google censored Gab was because who was using it. Gab was conceived to be the right-wing version of Twitter.[4]

To be fair, Gab had some truly evil users, like Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer. But then Twitter has accounts by the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, and ISIS, and Google has yet to ban the Twitter app. You can see jihadist propaganda, pornography, speeches by Nazis, and images of people being decapitated on Google’s own YouTube. Yet Gab was the only platform banned for hosting extremist content.

6 Avoiding Paying Billions Of Dollars In Taxes


If Google has one overarching vision, it’s not to be a company that isn’t evil. It’s to be a company that doesn’t pay taxes. Over the past few years, several European countries have had to drag Google kicking and screaming into their treasuries, hold the company upside down, and shake it until all its misplaced millions fall out.[5]

Just this year, Google had to settle back taxes of €303 million with Italy, after the search giant funneled most of its Italian profits through Ireland (where corporate tax is lower). In May 2016, its French offices were raided in a tax probe. A month later, its Spanish offices were raided, too. Both cases are still ongoing. And then there’s Britain. In 2006, the UK launched a probe into Google’s hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes. It only ended in 2016, when Google finally agreed to pay £130 million.

Most of Google’s tax avoidance has been possible thanks to Ireland, through which it funnels about a third of its global earnings. But even in Dublin, Google makes a mockery of taxation. In 2016, it was revealed that Google only paid Ireland €42 million in taxes on €22 billion in revenue.

5 Demonetizing Harmless Channels

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Owned by Google, YouTube uses advertising revenue to kick money back to channel owners. Unfortunately, many smaller channels and sites with a video component are dependent on this income to survive. That’s unfortunate because Google has a nasty habit of removing advertisements and demonetizing channels seemingly at random.

What channels have their money-making statuses rescinded often depends on what’s in the news. For example, it’s currently impossible to make money off stuff that mentions North Korea. But things are usually less clear-cut. A media storm over right-wing extremism can result in legitimate right-wing channels being demonetized. An outcry over homophobia can lead to LGBT channels that discuss dealing with homophobia getting their income slashed.[6] This dragnet approach screws over hardworking content creators, most of whom are completely innocent in the first place.

The worst part is the blatant hypocrisy: Big channels rarely suffer. Additionally, this censorship is effectively Google deciding what kinds of things we’re allowed to say online, free speech be damned.

4 The Pharmacy Shipping Scandal


Speaking of Google and censorship, there’s at least one case in the company’s history where it probably should have blocked certain content but didn’t. Between 2003 and 2011, Google allowed Canadian drug companies to place ads on their systems that deliberately targeted American consumers. They did this despite knowing that facilitating cross-border medication sales was illegal.[7]

Drugs bought clandestinely from outside the US aren’t covered by the FDA, for obvious reasons. Nor does Canada regulate drugs shipped outside its borders. This means that the drugs Google knowingly allowed to be advertised were unregulated and potentially dangerous. The Naked Security blog claims they knew it was illegal and had known since 2003.

It took a sting by the US Attorney’s Office of Rhode Island to bring the corporation to heel. They set up a fake Canadian pharmacy company, asked to place ads targeting Americans on Google’s AdWords network, and watched as Google did absolutely nothing to stop them. Google eventually settled with the Justice Department for $500 million.

3 Illegally Acquiring And Holding British Medical Records


One of Google’s big initiatives is DeepMind, a self-teaching AI that will revolutionize the world, or possibly just kill us all. One of the things DeepMind needs to learn is insane amounts of data. In 2015, Google got some of that raw data in a highly suspect way. In partnership with London’s Royal Free trust hospital, they were given the health records of 1.6 million identifiable British patients, without those patients’ consent. When the story came to light in 2017, Britain’s information commissioner claimed the way the data was handled constituted a breach of UK law.

To be fair to Google and DeepMind, they are mainly guilty of ignorance. The real idiots are the staff at Royal Free, who gave a random company huge piles of sensitive NHS data. Google even apologized (via their DeepMind subsidiary), but only after spending months insisting it knew the laws of Britain better than the people who wrote them. In August 2017, TechCrunch wrote a damning verdict of Google’s motives and alleged the company deliberately lied about its plans to the very people whose information it was stealing.[8]

2 The Wi-Fi Sniffing Scandal


Time and again, the story with Google seems to be the company doing wrong, feigning ignorance, and then doubling down and acting like jerkbags when they get called out. The Wi-Fi sniffing scandal is no different. It was the halcyon days of 2010, and Google was pushing to develop Street View. Part of the plan was including Wi-Fi access points. So Google Street View cars were automatically set to collect Wi-Fi access point information.

That sounds harmless enough, until it turned out that Google had been hoovering up Wi-Fi data packets along with the access information (“sniffing”). Suddenly, we were living in a world where Google was clandestinely collecting enormous amounts of data on . . . well, everyone.[9]

The scandal was huge, mainly because Google lied about it and refused to cooperate with authorities. France fined Google €100,000 for noncooperation. The FTC fined them $25,000 for noncooperation. Australia called it the single biggest privacy breach in history and demanded that Google destroy the collected data. Google pretended it had, only for their lies to later emerge. The same thing happened in the UK. In the end, Google’s lies and obstruction forced the company to settle with the US for $7 million.

1 Nearly Triggering An Actual War

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In November 2010, Costa Rica and Nicaragua came to the brink of war over a Nicaraguan incursion into Costa Rican territory. The spark that nearly lit this regional conflagration was Google Maps. Google had accidentally placed the disputed border several miles into Costa Rican territory. A Nicaraguan commander had checked his position against Maps and led his troops into Costa Rica, sparking a major international incident.[10]

The story sounds funny, mainly because it didn’t end in bloodshed and a violent border war. But, as The New York Times wrote in 2013, the real worry came from Google arbitrarily weighing in via Maps on an active border dispute. Such ignorance can spark real confrontations in emotionally charged parts of the world. In other circumstances—such as on the heavily disputed China-India border, say—it could have even led to war.

That seems a fair summing up of Google in a nutshell. As we’ve seen above, the company sometimes crosses lines where real harm can be caused and then later claims ignorance. The worry with Google isn’t that they’re a truly evil company that wants to enslave us all; it’s that they’re an Internet superpower incapable of self-reflection or admitting when they’re wrong. When this hubris causes them to stray into the realms of privacy, patient data, pharmaceuticals, censorship, or border markings, that lack of self-awareness can wind up causing as much harm as real, intentional evil.

 


The Internet Thinks Kendall Jenner's New Adidas Ad Is Her Pepsi Commercial All Over Again

The Internet Thinks Kendall Jenner's New Adidas Ad Is Her Pepsi Commercial All Over Again

You'd think that after the shit storm that was Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial, the model would be a little more careful before agreeing to star in her next commercial. Evidently, that's not the case.

Adidas' latest ad series, called Adidas Originals, is a series of short videos released on the brand's Instagram. As pointed out by Teen Vogue, the comments sections on the videos featuring Jenner have been blowing up, with many criticizing Adidas for casting a model as opposed to an actual athlete.

 

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Each video places its subject (Jenner being the subject in two of the videos) in various futuristic contraptions while wearing Adidas gear. Jenner and some of the other subjects also recite the following lyrics from Frank Sinatra's "My Way" during the videos: "I did what I had to do. I faced it all and I stood tall. I did it my way."

Some people left comments criticizing Adidas for hiring Kendall Jenner as opposed to an athlete

Some believe that the hate Jenner is receiving is misdirected, when it's really Adidas who is at fault

A few criticized the lyrics Jenner recites in the ad, arguing that she has not actually faced that many obstacles, as the words suggest.

Plenty of others stepped in to defend both Jenner and Adidas. After all, Adidas is technically a sportswear brand, a.k.a. both a sports and fashion brand

May this be a lesson to Kendall Jenner: Next time you get an offer to star in an ad, think about it very carefully.


Augmented Reality For Filmmaking Made A Huge Leap With A Cheesy Car Ad

Augmented Reality For Filmmaking Made A Huge Leap With A Cheesy Car Ad

Anybody​ who's watched a behind-the-scenes feature for a post-Matrix blockbuster has probably seen this scenario: actors and actresses on a green screen, talking to a tennis ball on a stick or to a person in a tracker-studded leotard. What the director sees behind the monitor on-set isn't much better. Soon that might not be the case.

Last year we highlighted this video introducing the "Blackbird," a creation of The Mill. The Mill's a prominent SFX and post-production house, and the Blackbird alone is cool tech — it can serve as a physical stand-in for a car, letting car ad makers put the appropriate photo-real render over the Blackbird's chassis in post. This cheesy new Chevrolet ad depicting a race between a human and a self-driving sports car uses the Blackbird, but it's got more than one trick up its sleeve:

One bigger, fresher secret behind this ad is that the directors were actually able to visualize the CGI cars over the Blackbird as they filmed. The Mill could pull this off thanks to augmented reality tracking and real time rendering. The final film was made using Unreal, a video game engine that powers titles like Gears of War 4, to do the effects. This means that the final product isn't a static film — at the ad's Game Developer's Conference premiere, you could change the color and model of the car in real time, while the video played.

Real time effects could be huge for interactive media, giving fine-grain control over what's on-screen to viewers. Cooler still is the freedom granted to filmmakers doing effects-heavy films — shots that previously would have been painstakingly story-boarded or assembled entirely in post-production could be improvised on in real life thanks to augmented reality visualizations.


Mattress Company Airs Offensive 9/11 Commercial

Mattress Company Airs Offensive 9/11 Commercial

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the lack of self awareness is amazing.  Maybe they know exactly what they are doing to get viral marketing... or maybe they're just idiots.  Probably just idiots.


14 Clever Designs Guaranteed To Impress

14 Clever Designs Guaranteed To Impress

Ingenuity at it's finest.

1. This shower with built-in temperature gauges.

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2. This clever beer truck.

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3. This mailbox that looks just like their house.

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4. This unique subway entrance.

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5. This Samsung truck with a screen that shows you in front of the truck.

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6. This clever advertisement.

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7. These Mac macarons.

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8. This one-of-a-kind dresser.

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9. This super handy TP dispenser.

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10. This lamp that I wish I owned.

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11. This stroller for moms on the go.

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12. This girls hair.

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13. This bread truck.

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14. This library.

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43 Times 'You Had One Job But Failed Miserably' Was Never Truer

43 Times 'You Had One Job But Failed Miserably' Was Never Truer

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GUY WANTS TO SELL HIS VIPER ON CRAIGSLIST BUT TRIES TO TALK YOU OUT OF IT FIRST

GUY WANTS TO SELL HIS VIPER ON CRAIGSLIST BUT TRIES TO TALK YOU OUT OF IT FIRST

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The 5 Most Unnerving Anthropomorphic Food Mascots

The 5 Most Unnerving Anthropomorphic Food Mascots

Food and marketing go hand-in-hand in the good ol’ US of A, because who better to sell us our delicious garbage than a bunch of kid-friendly cartoon characters? And, of course, by some twisted variant on natural selection, only the weirdest have reached iconic status (the rest are, thankful, forgotten). Here are five of the weirdest anthropomorphic food mascots.

Lefty, the Hamburger Helper Helping Hand

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No, General Mills, a disembodied hand with a face DOESN’T make me want to consume your boxed meat-products, even if you did just change the name to "Helper" in 2013. In fact, that’s even MORE suspicious! Lefty is the kitchen equivalent of the MS Word paperclip, and I do not want, NOR DO I NEED his help, thankyouverymuch.

The Jolly Green Giant and Sprout

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If my parents can’t get me to eat vegetables, ain’t no way a giant ill-colored stranger is gonna get the job done. I mean, look, good on the Jolly Green Giant for being a single dad (if Sprout is his kid, which I hope to God he is), but maybe he should just get that skin checked out, is all I’m saying.

Twinkie the Kid

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Look, man, I don’t want any trouble. I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around a) why a spongecake has become sentient, and b) why it decided to become a cowboy. What the hell is that lasso for? I can’t imagine it’s safe for it to ride a horse, or be around any animal with a mouth and an appetite. Seems like ol' Twinkie here just asking for trouble at that point.

The Hamburglar

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I’d have thought Ronald would teach the Hamburglar to have some respect for other people's property,  but the real problem with the Hamburglar is that he's stuck in the middle. The guy needs to either rehabilitate himself and leave people to their lunches or, hell, at least graduate to better crimes. He's been dabbling in petty lunch-thievery for decades now. How much money does he have to show for that? And as anyone who's seen Super Size Me knows, not everybody can pull off a Big Mac-only diet, no matter how much pilates they do.

Little Caesar

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Caesar must be in his 50s by now, and he knows ONE word. Guy needs to crack open a dictionary and learn something new already. I mean, his namesake was royalty, for crying out loud! And now his legacy is going to be shilling everyone’s very last choice for drunken midnight meals. It’s just a good thing we made it past the Ides of March. I saw the Noid carrying around a dagger.

 

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This Hair Commercial Is Going Viral Because The Product Looks Like Something That Starts With ‘D’ And Ends In ‘ILDO’

This Hair Commercial Is Going Viral Because The Product Looks Like Something That Starts With ‘D’ And Ends In ‘ILDO’

 

The title says it all: this hair accessory looks like a giant fleshy dildo.

…the end.

What else do you want me to say? You either think it’s funny because “LOL sex hee hee hee!” or because the presenters are clearly trying to not lose their shit once they realize what they’re handling, OR you don’t think it’s funny at all because you have the sensibilities of an 80-year-old man on his death bed.

So which is it: are you a grumpy old man or a fun youth of today?


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10 Products With Similar Packaging That are Destined to Cause Chaos