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Fake funeral home advertises with ‘text and drive’ billboards [via The Miami Herald]

Bar Promotes “Ask for Angela” to Get Out of an Unsafe Situation

Bars in Lincolnshire, England recently ran a campaign that has since received worldwide attention in which patrons who felt they were in an unsafe situation (such as on a first date where they had concerns about the person they have just met) could go up to the bar counter and “ask for Angela.”  This would be the bar tender’s signal to call them a cab or otherwise discretely help them.

‘Ask for Angela’ campaign gets global attention [via BBC]

Pranksters Admit to Changing Hollywood Sign

Pranksters have apparently admitted to changing the Hollywood sign over the New Year’s weekend, though whether they will be charged with a crime remains to be seen.

Artist Zach Fernandez, who calls himself “Jesus Hands,” told Vice that he and his “creative partner/former wife, Sarah Fern,” were responsible for the prank. Dressed in camouflage, Fernandez used a rope to swing around the letters, he said, and used clamps to clip sheets of fabric and photographs to them. The entire act took about two hours, he told Vice.

The couple said the prank was an homage to Daniel Finegood, a Cal State Northridge student who pulled off the same act on New Year’s Day in 1976.

Authorities had previously said whoever was responsible would not be charged with vandalism since the sign was not damaged, but instead could potentially face a charge of trespassing, a misdemeanor offense.

Case of ‘Hollyweed’ prankster will be presented to prosecutors, police say [via L.A. Times] and These Guys Claim They’re Responsible for the ‘Hollyweed’ Sign

Indonesian IT Worker Arrested After Hacking Roadside Billboard to Show Porn, Because He Was Bored Sitting in Traffic

A bored 24 year old IT worker in Indonesia was allegedly bored sitting in Jakarta’s afternoon  rush hour traffic and decided to hack into a roadside electronic billboard after noticing the billboard showed its login credentials.  Apparently, he also hacked into a porn website (as Internet porn is banned in the conservative country) and made it so the billboard played Japanese porno “Watch Tokyo Hot” to the surprise and amusement of passing motorists.  But taken seriously as it was, authorities subsequently tracked the IT analyst down at his workplace and arrested him, and he could face up to six years in jail.  Hit the jump for a relatively tame video of the incident. Continue reading Indonesian IT Worker Arrested After Hacking Roadside Billboard to Show Porn, Because He Was Bored Sitting in Traffic

Former NYPD Cop Opens Cop-Themed Bar

Stephen Barounis, 50, a retired NYPD detective, is planning to soon open The 46th Street Station House, a new police station themed bar near Times Square – complete with a squad car and holding cell. An old-fashioned police call boxwill house the bar’s telephone, and a vintage 1960s era police car will be inside the bar on display, and the walls will be lined with celebrity mugshots of stars like Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and others.



Former NYPD cop is opening a police-themed bar near Times Square [via New York Daily News]

Amazon’s Drug Dealer Scale

AWS-100 ScaleCritics say that Amazon.com has unintentionally created a drug dealer guide as part of its normal user experience. When you go to buy the AWS-100 scale, as with any other product on the site, you are also presented with a list of related products that users have also bought. Unfortunately, it seems like this scale is a favorite amongst drug dealers, if you scan through the related items that users also purchased:

  • Many “spice” grinders
  • Pipe screens
  • A rolling paper and tray bundle
  • Bulk pure caffeine powder (perhaps to cut heroin?)
  • Baggies
  • More baggies
  • Skull baggies
  • Pot-leaf baggies
  • An encapsulation machine and gelatin capsules
  • A scientific spatula
  • A diamond tester (?!)
  • “Air Tight Odorless Medical Jar Herb Stash Medicine Container”
  • Digital caliper
  • Tweezer and snifter set for “miners and prospectors”
  • A tool for cleaning a gun part
  • A safe in the form of a Dr. Pepper can
  • Potassium Metabisulfite (for decontamination?)
  • A drug testing kit (“this kit contains the same reagent chemicals as found in Justice Department test kits”)
  • A really powerful magnet
  • “TAP DAT ASH” ashtray
  • Beta alanine powder (maybe for bodybuilders?)
  • An actual drug called kratom (big in Thailand, apparently)

Amazon clearly did not set out to create such a field-tested kit for starting an illicit business. But looking at the list of items, it sure seems like they’ve created a group of products by looking at the purchasing habits of people who may not be recording all of their incomes on W-2s and 1099s. Not everyone who buys one of these scales is a drug dealer, but… it sure seems popular among a demographic in need of baggies.

The (Unintentional) Amazon Guide to Dealing Drugs [via The Atlantic]

Anti-Theft Briefcase from the 1960s

In this clip from 1961, John Fisher, an English inventor and personal protection entrepreneur demonstrates his anti-theft briefcase. In the video, a thief attempts to make off with the “Arrestor” only to find an unpleasant surprise: the anti-theft briefcase deters theft by crushing the thief’s hand and explosively extending enormous poles that make a quick escape difficult.