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2023-05-22 12:48:19 author:sh419

Hilarious Amazon fail is too good to even get mad about

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Buying something on the internet comes with a little bit of risk. For the most party, things go smoothly, but when you get burned from a phony sale, hopefully it will come with a little bit of comedic relief.

In the past few years there's been a wave of hilariously flawed purchases from big online retailers like Amazon, the most common probably being teeny version of real products. However, this pillow case may take the cake for funniest shopping scam.

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Instead of receiving this dinosaur-shaped pillow, someone apparently received a pillow case printed with with the stock image of a child sleeping on the dinosaur-shaped pillow. The picture first appeared on Reddit(opens in a new tab), and to be fair, the item is described as a "pillow case" and not a pillow.

While we were unable to find the original listing, there are a few similar listings using the same image(opens in a new tab), but they are all out of stock, possibly because Amazon has cracked down on the scam.

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While sure, someone could have printed this up for fake internet points, it seems like a lot of work and money just for some trolling. Additionally, Amazon dealing with ripoff artists is a common problem(opens in a new tab), and one that appears to be getting worse with no great solution.

Make sure you read the reviews before you buy something. That's what they're there for.

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    Everything else is trash.

  • National guardsmen who made viral dinosaur video face serious punishment


    National guardsmen who made viral dinosaur video face serious punishment

    Sometimes, there is room for levity in life, but a few members of the Tennessee Air National Guard found out the hard way that a reenlistment ceremony is not one of those times.

    SEE ALSO: Watch Boeing refuel a huge military tanker mid-flight

    Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard have been punished after a video they made of a reenlistment ceremony, in which one person is wearing a dinosaur puppet, went viral last weekend.

    While those outside the service may shrug at the above video and chalk it up to some guardsmen having a little fun, those within the military are furious, deriding the video for what they say is making a mockery of a solemn event.

    The officer wearing the puppet, Master Sgt. Robin Brown, was participating in an official reenlistment ceremony, Tennessee National Guard public affairs spokesman William Jones told multiple(opens in a new tab) outlets(opens in a new tab).

    Why she was wearing the puppet isn't clear; some reports(opens in a new tab) say that she was wearing it for her children when they viewed the video later. Jones told the Washington Post(opens in a new tab) he wasn't sure why she wore it.

    Reached by phone, a spokesperson at the Tennessee National Guard public affairs office declined to comment as to why she was wearing the puppet.

    Still, the video was met with fury by leadership. Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen Scott Rice posted a statement on Facebook in which he said, reacting to the outcry over the video, "I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion."

    And, on Wednesday, the punishment came down, via a Facebook post by MG Terry M. Haston, the Adjutant General-Tennessee. In his statement, Haston said:

    I am absolutely embarrassed that a senior officer and a senior NCO took such liberties with a time-honored military tradition. The Tennessee National Guard holds the Oath of Enlistment in the highest esteem because that oath signifies every service member’s commitment to defend our state, nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. Not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated.

    As for punishment, Sgt. Brown was "removed from her full-time position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office and other administrative actions are underway."

    The unidentified colonel administering the ceremony was demoted a level to lieutenant colonel and "immediately retired." A third unidentified Senior NCO (non-commissioned officer), the one filming the ceremony, was "removed from his position as a unit First Sergeant and has received an official reprimand." However, Haston notes he will remain with the Guard.

  • Now you can see how much COVID is showing up in your citys poop

    Now you can see how much COVID is showing up in your citys poop

    A city's sewage holds a treasure trove of information about its citizens. And now, what all that waste shows about COVID-19 is available for the whole internet to see.


    On Friday, the CDC announced the launch of a new COVID data portal. The wastewater surveillance map(Opens in a new tab) shows how COVID levels in a population's refuse change over time in the 232 sites where that data is collected. The CDC says that data can indicate whether COVID levels are going up or down in sewage, which has been proven to correlate(Opens in a new tab) with an area's overall COVID levels.

    SEE ALSO: These robots aren't crappy. But they do handle your crap.

    If a person has contracted COVID-19, it's common for the virus's RNA to show up in that person's waste — the CDC says this occurs in 40-80 percent of infected people. This viral "shedding" can happen before a person even starts showing actual symptoms. So the CDC and its municipal partners have realized that monitoring wastewater is a useful way of forecasting COVID trends.

    The CDC has been monitoring this data since the beginning of the pandemic. But it has expanded the effort, called the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS)(Opens in a new tab), in more sites around the country. And now the federal agency has moved to make the data available to the public. 

    SEE ALSO: What if you could test for COVID using your smartphone camera? New research suggests it's possible.

    "What started as a grassroots effort by academic researchers and wastewater utilities has quickly become a nationwide surveillance system with more than 34,000 samples collected representing approximately 53 million Americans," Dr. Amy Kirby, the NWSS program lead, said in a press briefing(Opens in a new tab) Thursday.

    On the map, you can zoom in to municipalities all over the country to see how their COVID levels in poo are changing. The bluer an area's dot, the more COVID is decreasing. A red dot means that area's sewage is more COVID-y. The proof is in the poop!

  • Trump tweeted a bizarre 2020 hype video set to music from The Dark Knight Rises

    Trump tweeted a bizarre 2020 hype video set to music from The Dark Knight Rises


    UPDATE: April 10, 2019, 8:10 a.m. EDT Updated to note that Twitter took down the video posted by Donald Trump following a copyright complaint.

    Donald Trump is seeking re-election in 2020, and in case you had any doubts he tweeted a painfully bizarre hype video to confirm.

    The two-minute-long video displays the words "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote proved them all wrong."

    It's also set to music from (Opens in a new tab)The Dark Knight Rises(Opens in a new tab)? OK!

    The video features dramatic music and clips from Trump's time in office, along with footage of Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Kim Jong-un, and more. Why? Unclear!

    SEE ALSO: Trump administration wants to build a wall around Burning Man


    It's unclear if someone from Trump's team created the hype trailer themselves, or if the president simply saw it online somewhere and decided to share, which he has been known to do before. But either way, he seems extremely fond of the video and has already pinned it to his profile. We've reached out to the White House for clarification on this.

    The supercut includes footage of everything from Trump shaking hands and walking, to his rallies, related news clips, and even screenshots of Fox News articles.

    The video ends with the words, "Trump The Great Victory" and then a big old "2020" takes over the screen to let everyone know he's not planning on abandoning his place in the White House without taking part in another election.

    Needless to say, people were confused and are dying to know how Hans Zimmer feels.

    Twitter ended up taking the video down shortly after it was posted because of a copyright complaint by Warner Bros.

    Is literally anyone on this planet ready for another election?


  • 9 great time management apps for students

    9 great time management apps for students

    Whether they’re juggling the responsibilities of schoolwork, soccer practice and drum lessons or simply keeping track of their virtual learning assignments without the benefit of a teacher’s watchful eye, kids have a lot on their plates.


    A simple physical agenda with a calendar might work for some. But, if they already have a phone in hand at all times, an app with reminders and notifications may get more attention. And if the phone is part of their time management problem, as they spend hours on TikTok or playing Minecraft, a productivity app may be an answer to their woes or yours.

    Here are some expert-recommended time management apps for students.

    To-Do List Apps: TickTick, iStudiez Pro, ToDoist, Streaks

    When is the math test? What’s the due date for that English paper? And is that club meeting on Tuesday or Thursday? These apps will keep a student on top of it all.

    For virtual to-do lists, Ashley Morris(Opens in a new tab), a former teacher and longtime math tutor who often recommends apps to her students, suggests TickTick, iStudiez Pro and Todoist. They all look similar, she said. She especially likes the ability to color-code subjects, so it’s easy for students to scan and find out what should take priority.

    TickTick(Opens in a new tab)

    TickTick, available for iOS and Android, can include multiple reminders or “annoying alerts” when something is due; clarity on what to do next; white noises for focus; and the ability to share lists, which could be great for group projects. It’s free, or you can sign up for the premium plan for $27.99 a year.

    iStudiez Pro(Opens in a new tab)

    iStudiez Pro, available for IOS, also offers a color-coded calendar for each class and activity — and, for ambitious students, a GPA tracker, among other features. It’s free with some in-app purchases.

    Todoist(Opens in a new tab)

    Todoist, available for iOS and Android, is top-rated in this category with pretty much everything a student would need, including a comprehensive list of all their tasks and the ability to keep important assignments, such as that history midterm, top of mind. It’s free, but there’s also a $3 monthly premium plan and $5 monthly business plan for teams.

    Streaks(Opens in a new tab)

    Christine Elgersma, a former teacher and senior editor of social media and learning resources for Common Sense Media(Opens in a new tab), likes Streaks, in particular, for tracking responsibilities.

    The app, available for iOS, encourages users to build habits and follows their progress over time, Elgersma said, with the goal of creating a “streak” of productivity. With it, students can make sure they’re practicing drums five times a week, turning in their weekly English homework and walking the dog daily. It’s $4.99.

    Productivity Apps: Flipd, RescueTime, Brili, Forest, and Galarm

    It’s easy for kids to get sucked into the vortex that is Instagram or YouTube. These apps ensure kids stay focused on their tasks, said Morris. She recommends Flipd and RescueTime.

    Flipd(Opens in a new tab)

    Flipd, for iOS and Android, is a productivity time tracker that discourages students from switching over to Instagram when they should be studying for that chemistry test. Through a series of social features, the app aims to help students reach goals and milestones by encouraging them to stay on task. It’s free with some in-app purchases.

    RescueTime(Opens in a new tab)

    RescueTime, for iOS and Android, shows students exactly how they spend their time on their phone, so they can find out if they need to devote less of it to messaging their friends and more of it on biology. It also can turn off social media, for example, during study periods and lets students set goals and get alerts when they spend a bit too much time on YouTube. A “lite” version is free, but it’s $78 a year with all the features. It’s also a useful Chrome extension for kids.

    Elgersma suggests Brili, Forest and Galarm for keeping kids on track with their responsibilities.

    Brili(Opens in a new tab)

    Brili, for iOS and Android, is great for younger kids, ages 6 and up, Elgersma said. The app lets parents set up a series of tasks for kids — from teeth brushing and bedroom cleaning to getting their homework done — and reward them with stars when the work is completed. Kids see all their tasks in one place and are motivated through those star rewards to complete them. It’s free to try for the first month and is $49.99 for an annual subscription.

    Forest(Opens in a new tab)

    Forest, for iOS and Android, takes a unique approach to productivity — the more a student stays focused on their work, the more virtual and real trees get planted. “The idea is you’re trying to filter out distractions,” Elgersma said. “You can block distraction-laden apps on your phone. You set all the parameters. If you don’t touch any of that stuff, if you don’t allow yourself to get distracted, there is a little virtual tree that grows. If you break your own rules, then it won’t grow.” Eventually, users can watch their own virtual forest grow because of all their good work. The app also plants real trees, based on how well users do. It’s $1.99.

    Galarm(Opens in a new tab)

    Galarm, for iOS and Android, is a social alarm that makes it easier for parents to remind their kids when something needs to get done. So, for example, when a child needs to get their math homework turned in, Galarm reminds the child that it’s time to turn in the assignment. Parents can get an alert that they should check in to ensure it got done. Over time, Elgersma said, parents can stay out of it. “The goal,” she said, “is always to get kids to self-regulate.” It’s free with in-app purchases.

    Don't forget Google or Microsoft

    Of course, the apps within a student’s Google or Microsoft Outlook account can help them manage their time with calendars and other features to collaborate and stay productive. Google Drive, for example, has an embedded scanner so assignments or notes can be stored in one place. And you can make to-do lists with Google Tasks. “If possible, stick within one system,” Morris recommends.

    It’s also important to be mindful of an app’s cost, especially when kids are the users, Elgersma said. Common Sense Media has a long list of other great time management apps for kids(Opens in a new tab). When there are in-app purchases, scroll down to see what the details are, she recommends.

    “Often it’s just a subscription,” she said. “But if it’s a whole string of $1.99 purchases, they probably are going to push that on your kid. I’d say, ‘No.’”

  • The weirdest Valentines Day tweets filling up our timelines

    The weirdest Valentines Day tweets filling up our timelines

    Happy Valentine's Day!


    Everyone's favorite Hallmark holiday is back, and performative love is in the air once again. It's in our timelines, too.

    The annual love holiday always brings out social media's various peanut galleries, but 2021 is a special case because it's our first Valentine's during the U.S. era of COVID-19. We've all been cooped up in our homes for the better part of a year, which means we've also had plenty of time to write new material instead of going out and finding love (or lust or, really, whatever you're searching for — it's all valid!).

    The result is a timeline full of corny, hilarious, ridiculous, and generally just weird tributes to love. Or to whatever thing the author happens to be thinking about in that given moment. Don't think too hard about it yourself. Valentine's Day may have its roots(Opens in a new tab) in a Christian feast day, but for most of us it's just a day of roses and chocolates and saccharine sentiments.

    Even the CIA is feeling the love. The U.S. intelligence agency made a game of the whole thing, releasing a coded phrase a couple days before Feb. 14 and then sharing the obvious-in-hindsight answer.

    (The replies(Opens in a new tab) to this one are especially entertaining. Needless to say, the expression of love from the premiere U.S. spy agency did not go over well.)

    The Sonic the Hedgehog brand Twitter got in on the fun with the most off-putting Valentine's bouquet you'll ever see.

    A Twitter account that's meant to personify the U.S. Constitution's 1st Amendment put out a little reminder about how the often-misunderstood "Freedom of Speech" does and doesn't work for U.S. citizens.

    Professional basketball's Golden State Warriors handed out a set of four player-themed cards for you to share with the Valentine(s) in your life.

    A superb deep cut for all the Star Trek fans out there.

    Pee-Wee Herman, forever a delight, kept it nice and wholesome.

    This one requires a little Star Wars inside joke knowledge. (Obi-Wan's line here is "I have the high ground." Enjoy!)

    Look, they don't always have to rhyme.

    One for my fellow ancient computer nerds.

    Kelly's not wrong. This is the sweetest Star Wars ship.

    And because it's never the wrong choice to end with an adorable red panda, here's an adorable red panda.

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  • Man redesigns iPhone home screen in the style of MS Paint, with glorious results

    Man redesigns iPhone home screen in the style of MS Paint, with glorious results

    Microsoft Paint truly is the gift that keeps on giving.


    Nowadays, with the likes of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop knocking about, Bill Gates' crowning design software jewel barely gets a look in — but that doesn't mean it's been completely consigned to the digital history books.

    On Sunday, 31-year-old indie game marketer Thomas Reisenegger decided to pay homage to it, using Apple's Shortcuts app(Opens in a new tab) to redesign the app icons on his home screen in the style of the software once dominant in computer-based illustration.

    As you can see, the results were nothing short of glorious.

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    We particularly love the little hand-drawn Snapchat ghost and the Twitter bird.

    Reisenegger told Mashable the whole process took him around 40-50 minutes, which included some time to figure out how to make custom icons and connect his Apple pencil.

    SEE ALSO: How to enable iOS 14's coolest hidden feature

    It's worth noting that the ability to customise app icons isn't strictly related to iOS 14 — in order to make it work you have to use the aforementioned Shortcuts app, which has actually been around for a while, in order to swap out the icons. But Reisenegger's inspired design still deserves credit.

    "I thought it was quite funny and I’m very glad people seem to appreciate and honour the ancient legacy of MS paint," he said. "Also, I’m of course very glad to see that it made people smile."

    It's customisation at its most rudimentary, and we love it.

  • The Speaker of the House vote is just one giant meme at this point

    The Speaker of the House vote is just one giant meme at this point

    Congress is a mess. But at least the memes are good.

    If you're not up on your political news, Republicans have thrown business in the House of Representatives to a halt with their inability to elect a Speaker. The GOP holds a slim majority in the House, which usually means the vote for a Speaker is a predetermined formality. But amid infighting, there have been six votes, and we're no closer to a consensus. A handful of rightwing holdouts don't want nominee Kevin McCarthy, which has thrown a wrench in Republicans' plans. He's nowhere near the required 218 votes to win a majority.

    Heading into Thursday there wasn't any clear indication(Opens in a new tab) a resolution was any closer. Democrats, obviously, don't have the votes to elect their nominee(Opens in a new tab), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. McCarthy doesn't appear to have the votes and isn't budging. Congress is one big shrug emoji right now.

    But the jokes about it are pretty great. There's a fair bit of schadenfreude from Democrats, especially considering McCarthy has courted the very folks(Opens in a new tab) now blocking his leadership. And the memes didn't disappoint.

    There were jokes about it being like the NFL playoffs.

    Honestly, a simple screenshot of the gridlock is funny.

    Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi probably does feel pretty good right now, if we're being honest.

    It is true, while sad, the our government basically does function off drama.

    Chief Twit Elon Musk even threw his two cents in, which, shocker, resulted in jokes.

    Seriously, the memes went on and on.

    There has been absolutely no news of any kind of breakthrough on Thursday. So...look forward to even more memes of this mess.


  • You can now wear Tumblrs identity crisis on your chest

    You can now wear Tumblrs identity crisis on your chest

    Nostalgia never truly goes out of style, but there is much to unpack in the latest collection from Mayfair Group, an ad agency turned viral Instagram brand that describes itself as "your internet hype team." The company's most recognizable product is a sweatshirt(Opens in a new tab) that says "Empathy," which it sells alongside clothing emblazoned with sayings like "It costs zero dollars to be a nice person" and "Just be fucking kind."


    A recent Instagram post announced their latest line, a play on the logo-laden celebrity culture of the early 2000s.

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    The "Boundaries are hot!" collection is, of course, a take on Paris Hilton's once-omnipresent catchphrase "That's hot!" and her proclivity for Von Dutch hats. The white "Mayfair" scrawl is a reference to Ed Hardy's hold on celebrity fashion of the era. And "Dump 'Em & Love Yourself" is a play on Britney Spears' paparazzied "Dump Him" tee.

    But the real head scratcher is the three-piece Tumblr line(Opens in a new tab): a $68 "I

    No self-respecting Tumblr girl would ever wear one of these pieces. Like ever. The line is a pretty transparent attempt to cash in on Gen Z's current revival of early '00s style and tech.

    But Tumblr apparently collaborated with Mayfair on this collection, which means that they, in a way, endorse the idea of Tumblr as a relic of the early aughts. That goes against the company's recent insistence that the brand is still very much alive, especially amongst Gen Z users. Then again, if Gen Z can find Tumblr as cool to revisit as wired headphones, maybe the platform will find itself on the precipice of a second coming.

    SEE ALSO: It's time to turn your vintage tech into a fashion statement. And more 2022 trend predictions.

    Tumblr recently dropped its own line of limited-edition merch(Opens in a new tab) to celebrate its 15-year anniversary. It reflects the cool, quirky vibrance of the artists that keep the platform alive. The two lines are compelling evidence that the platform is as confused as ever about its position in the zeitgeist. Does Tumblr want to be seen as a flourishing eden for artistic expression or as a has-been seeking to be revived?