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Kid stumbles and punches hole in $1.5M painting

A 12-year old boy in Taiwan, who shall now and forever be known as “The Tripper,” lost his footing at a gallery exhibit and steadied himself by punching his fist through a $1.5 million dollar painting. The fiasco was caught on video, and while the painting might be worth over a million dollars, the kid’s reaction is priceless.
The boy and his mother were attending “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan. Upon approaching artist Paolo Porpora’s 17th-century painting “Flowers,” the Tripper caught his feet on a rope. And also, he is 12. As seen in the video, the Tripper tried to brace himself by absentmindedly grabbing onto the nearest surface (a 350-year-old masterpiece) and stuck his hand through it.

Upon realizing his gaffe, The Tripper froze (like a 17th-century statue) and stoically looked around to see if anyone had noticed. As there were 200 or so people attending the exhibit of prominent artists from the Italian Renaissance period up to the 20th century, someone noticed.

The painting will be restored in Taiwan before being sent back to Italy. The boy’s family won’t be charged for any of the cost of restoration. And the Tripper’s mom will never drag him to a museum again.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 03:56 PM (19 replies)

Unhappy diners leave waitress a ‘Lol’ instead of a tip on $112 bill

Jess Jones was waiting tables at D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar on Aug. 17 when a table of eight decided to skip the tip and instead wrote “Lol” and “1 hour for food” on the receipt.

Jones depends on tips to help pay her tuition at Rutgers University as she makes a server’s wage of $2.50 an hour plus tips. It’s customary to leave a 15 to 20 percent tip on a restaurant bill, which means she should have received at least $17.

Stunned by the loss of tip wages on a large bill, Jones took to social media and expressed her frustration on Facebook and shared an image of the receipt (with the patrons’ personal information blurred):

Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people. I would have preferred a $0 tip than a “LOL” tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal. I’ve worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers.

The Ashbury Park Press covered the incident and the story is sparking an online conversation over how diners should respond when they feel service is subpar. If the wait for food drags on but the waitstaff has no control over the kitchen, is it fair to skip the tip? Press readers don’t agree.

Woman Sees Donald Trump In Her Vegan Butter

Jan Castellano was getting ready to have some breakfast when she almost lost her lunch. She opened a tub of Earth Balance Organic Spread with plans to put the vegan butter on her toast -- only to see what she claims is the image of Donald Trump looking right back at her.

It wasn't necessarily appetizing, but it was entertaining.

"This was pretty much before I had coffee, so I was easily amused," Castellano, 63, told The Huffington Post. "I needed to put on my glasses to make sure it was him."

Castellano, of Wildwood, Missouri, says she wasn't thrilled to see The Donald, mainly because "he is everywhere these days."

She thought about saving the Trump-enhanced spread and sell it on eBay "so I could donate the money to Hillary Clinton."

But short-term hunger won out over long-term wealth.

"It was the only butter I had, so I had to make the sacrifice," she explained.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 11:33 AM (8 replies)

What does a world without full time work look like - Youngstown Ohio

Thompson wrote The Atlantic's July/August cover story called "A World Without Work."

Related: The jobs that are most threatened by technology

He went to Youngstown, Ohio, a once-thriving steel town that has already experienced what Thompson calls "the end of work."

Jobs there disappeared after the steel industry collapsed thanks in part to globalization and technology.

With few full-time work opportunities left, residents of Youngstown have made do by cobbling together a series of smaller part-time jobs, Thompson said: t-shirt designer, bartender, mechanic, poet, urban farmer.

People in Youngstown don't ask "What do you do?" at a party, he noted. They ask, "What can you do?"

"If this is a glimpse of the future and the pillar of work that was there collapses for more of us, will it be replaced with just despondency or will it be replaced with something like resiliency?" Thompson said.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:58 PM (5 replies)

You won't believe how naughty these 31 kids are

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:48 PM (1 replies)

Bloomingdale's Accidently Gives Away $25,000 Store Credit - trying to get guy who spent it to return

The major retailer had a major promotional mishap this weekend when select customers participating in the brand's "loyallist" program were sent emails indicating that their loyalty points were available as equivalent dollar amounts. Yup—meaning that if you had 10,000 points racked up, instead of a smaller gift amount, you were given $10,000 big ones.

"A small subset of Bloomingdale's Loyallist participants were accidentally issued rewards gift cards with amounts that were clearly incorrect. The company caught the mistake last week and is re-issuing replacement gift cards with correct amounts. The company is in contact with its customers and has apologized to those affected," Bloomingdale's said in a statement given to E! News.

One shopper in particular took his accidental fortune and ran with it, picking up a reported $17,000 worth of merchandise, including a Louis Vuitton bag, $10,000 diamond earrings and a $5,000 watch, according to BuzzFeed. The customer in question went to a Midtown Manhattan store to make his purchases, fearing that the huge score would fail to go through online. And while Bloomingdale's has reached out to the customer to return his merchandise (with an alleged $100 gift card reward), he's not giving up the loot that easily.

"I wish they'd offer me a real reward," he told Buzzfeed News.

Goes to show, give 'em an inch $25,000 and they'll take a mile $25,000.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:19 PM (12 replies)

tv meteorologist pregnant with twins stands up to viewers who call her "disgusting" to look at

Katie Fehlinger is carrying twin girls and still delivering the weather report for TV Station CBS3. She was stunned when she started receiving mean-spirited messages from body-shaming people who didn’t like seeing her swollen stomach on television.

One viewer called her a “sausage in a casing,” while another shared “sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting.”

Determined to bring sunshine into a stormy situation, Fehlinger took to Facebook to fight the bullies and deliver a message to boost the confidence of pregnant women everywhere.

You are beautiful.

Even during the most uncomfortable – and let’s face it, less than glamorous – symptoms of pregnancy, what women go through to bring their precious children into the world is, simply put, AMAZING and you should be lauded.

Frankly, I don’t care how “terrible” or “inappropriate” anyone thinks I look. I will gladly gain 50 pounds & suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver 2 healthy baby girls. Now it’s about more than aesthetics. I want these babies to have the best start possible. And that hopefully means my belly that “looks like it’s about to explode!” will continue to grow the next few weeks.

I say let’s raise a Shirley Temple to swollen feet, stretch marks, nausea, all the extra pounds and the dark circles! They’re badges of motherhood. And for those of you who think that’s “disgusting”, remember a woman went through the very same thing to bring YOU into the world.

In the meantime, let’s all remember the lesson Mom taught us – if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.


Fehlinger’s message has received over 78,000 likes and been shared over 5,000 times.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 02:39 PM (47 replies)

Old Dominion University frat opens welcome week with some rape suggestive banners


On Saturday, Old Dominion president John R. Broderick penned on open letter to students, condemning the banners.
"I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.
"While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 02:28 PM (15 replies)

IS blew up Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin,Unesco World Heritage site, used dynamite

Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin, Syrian officials and activists say.
Syria's head of antiquities was quoted as saying the temple was blown up on Sunday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that it happened one month ago.
IS took control of Palmyra in May, sparking fears the group might demolish the Unesco World Heritage site.

Before destruction

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 11:03 PM (8 replies)

all water, low nutrition salad foods: cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, celery. waste of resources?

There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate.

It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

Salad vegetables are pitifully low in nutrition. The biggest thing wrong with salads is lettuce, and the biggest thing wrong with lettuce is that it’s a leafy-green waste of resources.


One of the people I heard from about nutrition is organic consultant Charles Benbrook. He and colleague Donald Davis developed a nutrient quality index — a way to rate foods based on how much of 27 nutrients they contain per 100 calories. Four of the five lowest-ranking foods (by serving size) are salad ingredients: cucumbers, radishes, lettuce and celery. (The fifth is eggplant.)

Those foods’ nutritional profile can be partly explained by one simple fact: They’re almost all water. Although water figures prominently in just about every vegetable (the sweet potato, one of the least watery, is 77 percent), those four salad vegetables top the list at 95 to 97 percent water. A head of iceberg lettuce has the same water content as a bottle of Evian (1-liter size: 96 percent water, 4 percent bottle) and is only marginally more nutritious.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 12:43 PM (79 replies)
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