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An unpleasant online ad for a house is a surprise hit | Mashable

When trying to sell something, you’d put your best foot forward to seal yourself a deal.

Not for home owner Kobie Hughes, who struggled to get interest for her home in the Australian city of Perth with a straight-laced ad. So she decided to do the opposite and make the place sound abhorrent.

While it might appear to be a typical suburban two bedroom home, Hughes has pitched it as a “Financial Black Hole for Rent” on classifieds website Gumtree.

Sign up and you won’t be dealing with landlords, she like prefers the term “Earth Guardians.” It’s an effort to “try and remarket Medina to hippies.”

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So you think you can fake your own death? | Elizabeth Greenwood | Pulse | LinkedIn

Faking your death—both as a concept and as an act people attempt with surprising frequency — first occurred to me over dinner with a friend at a cheap Vietnamese restaurant. I had just enrolled in a graduate program, and had taken out a brand new batch of student loans to heap upon a hefty debt from college.

As I bitched about the financial mess I’d gotten myself into, and how I feared I might never get out of it, I fantasized about finding a sun-bleached country with a rickety government and no extradition policy and just slipping through the cracks, disappearing without a trace.

“Or you could fake your own death,” my friend offered.

That conversation sent me on a years-long quest tracking down people who have faked their own deaths and interviewing experts in the art of disappearance. Along the way I picked up a few Dos and Don’ts. Whatever your motive and wherever you plant your umbrella, here are some considerations for planning your untimely demise.

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More Than 13,000 People Are on the Waitlist for This Tiny Pop-up London Restaurant Where You Can Eat Naked | Entrepreneur

More than 13,000  people have signed up to eat at a pop-up eatery in London set to open in June, and the the wait list keeps growing. The restaurant, called The Bunyadi, will serve grilled meats and vegan alternatives on handmade clay plates with edible cutlery by candlelight. Cell phones are not allowed. It’s all very caveman-like.

The goal of the restaurant is to harken back to pre-modern times, giving overstimulated, overwhelmed citizens of our hyper-technological, fast-paced world a chance to reconnect with their more animalistic roots.

Also, clothing is optional.

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A Lamborghini driving into floodwaters just taught us all an important lesson | Mashable

LamborghiniWhen I found this video of someone driving their Lamborghini through floodwaters in San Diego, I assumed it would go poorly. Even as the video began to play, I was already saying aloud to myself, “You’re doing it wrong.”

Turns out, though, I was the one who was wrong. That’s because that Lamborghini Huracan drove through the water like a boss (or like a Jeep — you choose).

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Corporate Innovation Theatre | CB Insights

Many corporations strive to stay on top of innovation by creating buzzwordy accelerator programs. The goal is to support and learn from startups.

But here’s the problem: if you’re a giant, slow-moving company not known for being particularly innovative, the startups attracted to your accelerator are going to be second or third tier.

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British man attempts to avoid parking ticket by leaving cheekiest note | Mashable

LONDON — Getting angry with traffic wardens might not always be the best approach — sometimes, it pays to charm them instead.

One chancer in Liverpool recently went for this approach when he was unable to move his car in time due to having had “a Christmas pint with the lads.”

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Reports of people dressed as clowns raise concerns in Waukesha | Jsonline

CaptureReports of people dressed as clowns in Waukesha near Carroll University in recent weeks have left some uneasy.

Earlier this month, police got a report of person dressed as a clown in the area of E. Main St. and N. Hartwell Ave., which is near Carroll University. Officials confirmed the person was a 15-year-old boy who is developmentally delayed.

Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the teen likes to watch the reactions people have when he’s dressed as a clown. Police have been in communication with the teen and his family.

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Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour | The Guardian

Members of Reddit group 4chan superimpose duck heads on to images of Isis fighters, setting off craze that has spread to Twitter and Facebook

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World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games | ProPublica

rt_worldofwarcraft_630x420_131114Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played by millions of people across the globe, according to newly disclosed classified documents.

Fearing that terrorist or criminal networks could use the games to communicate secretly, move money or plot attacks, the documents show, intelligence operatives have entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves, gnomes and supermodels.

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Stupid Management Tricks – The Vanishing Fourth Floor | Los Angeles Times

When They Hit the Ceiling, These Execs Just Move to the Next Floor

June 21, 1999|ROY RIVENBURG
Quadrophobia Bureau: We’ve heard of buildings where the elevators don’t list a 13th floor. Now there seems to be a jinx on the fourth floor, as well. At the corporate headquarters of Hunt-Wesson Foods in Fullerton, for example, the entire fourth floor mysteriously vanished over Memorial Day weekend.

Apparently, company bigwigs decided that changing the number of the floor–which houses all the executive suites–would stop employees from referring to management as “the fourth floor” (as in “You won’t believe what the fourth floor did today” or “Naturally, the layoffs don’t affect the fourth floor”).

So presto, they turned it into the fifth floor. The elevators now stop at 1, 2, 3 and . . . 5, all room numbers on the floor no longer begin with a “4” and corporate directories were reprinted to eliminate any trace of the number that dare not speak its name.

We wanted to ask Hunt-Wesson if it also plans to refer to the Fourth of July as July 5, but we were told that the company’s lone spokeswoman was on the road (perhaps in her new five-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle) and unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, employees have begun referring to management as “the fifth floor,” and the Beatles are now known as the Fab Five.

Lydia was a contractor of Hunt Wesson when this occurred.  She and her friend ran to the renumbered building.  ‘GTFO’, said Lydia’s friend as they read the numbers in the elevator: ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, 5′.  – Ed