This inventive photographer wanted to amuse his kids, so he built a camera for his tonsils

August 18, 2014 | No comments

Photographer Justin Quinnell‘s take on pinhole photography is more than a little out of the ordinary.

First, he built his own camera…using tinfoil and a film cartridge. “I originally invented the camera for its indestructibility,” he says, “throwing it off buildings and things like that.”

But then things got interesting.

It was after a few months of using it this way I for some reason pushed it into my mouth. Three years of degree-level photographic theory rushed through my brain and mouthy imagery evolved.

That’s right, he takes pictures out of the back of his mouth. Basically, he gave his tonsils a camera…

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What’s the point, you ask?

He enjoys the challenge, since to get just the right exposure sometimes means standing still with his awkwardly placed camera for up to a minute. But more than that, the father-of-two considers his work a success if it can make kids laugh. I think you’ll agree that, by that standard, this is photography at its best…

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How one man’s $100,000 prank on the police landed him in court…obviously

August 17, 2014 | 3 comments

If you can afford a Maserati, you can also afford to diminish the value of your Maserati by painting it any way you choose. And if the paint job you choose is a silly prank that lands you in court, you’ll probably still be fine. Which is good for at least one anonymous Massachusetts man, because that’s exactly what is happening to him.

He recently turned his $100,000 car into a Transformer, but police in the town of Braintree didn’t find his stunt very funny…unsurprisingly.

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50 Shades of WHAT? This is the creepiest video you’ll enjoy hating today

August 13, 2014 | No comments

In case you’re in the mood to have one of your children’s favorite movies cast in a whole new and disconcerting light, the official trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey becomes even more disturbing when you replace all the footage with carefully culled clips of Hans, Anna, and Elsa…

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The most committed McDonald’s customer EVER. This is insane…

August 7, 2014 | 2 comments

A reader sent us this video with the following explanation:

My wife and I decided to visit Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA, on our vacation. When we got to the top of the offramp, we saw this man, completely strapped to a motorized gurney, going down the sidewalk. He went to the first intersection, crossed the street to McDonalds, and ordered his food through the drive-thru window. I would love to know his story, but whatever it is, he must LOVE McDonalds!

Barnes and Noble held a “Frozen” event…and *these* are the costumes they used?

August 6, 2014 | 23 comments

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This summer Barnes and Noble is trying to drum up their dying business by inviting people into their stores to “Get Pop-Cultured.” These events are a “nationwide celebration of popular entertainment.”

As you can imagine, one of the most popular events of this campaign so far has been their meet-and-greet with characters from Frozen. Stores all over the country hosted “Frozen Friday” last weekend, where kids could come and “cool off with Olaf” as well as see Elsa and Anna.

All of this could have been a win-win situation for Barnes and Noble as well as the families who participated…if the bookstore had thought to have a budget for this highly promoted event. Instead they put it all on the backs of employees…

One employee explained

This was a nationwide event which means that every store has to host one. The company sends a few things and then suggests “optional” enhancements which the district manager can choose to reimburse or not. Ours didn’t, and the event unfortunately is rated not by the fun people have or how many people, but by the sales bump it creates.

We knew we were going to have 100+ people and I didn’t want to have this terribly embarrassing event so I handmade 100 snowflakes, table signs, a costume, and wigs and we printed out and assembled tiaras and reindeer antlers for the children.

At many stores kids had to wait upwards of two hours for what Barnes and Noble had told them would be an exciting evening of meeting Olaf, Elsa, and Anna. But because they didn’t provide costumes, let alone actors, employees and volunteers did the best they could putting on an event I’m sure most of them would have much rather avoided.

So good for the B&N employees making the most of a lame situation. Maybe their employer will try harder next time…

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(This post has been updated for clarity.)

Hidden camera catches Walmart and Target employees lying to customer on the phone

August 6, 2014 | 3 comments

When you call a store to ask if they have a particular item in stock, you expect them to actually check. That’s not asking too much, is it? Well, maybe so.

Recently, Jack Vale called Walmart and Target to see if they had various products in stock…while a cohort was inside the store filming the employee to see if they actually looked for the items in question.