Universally hated “pharma bro” Martin Shrkeli is at it again. His infamy began with an incident of pharmaceutical price gouging, but he has not lost his charm: getting on the wrong side of Wu-Tang Clan by buying a collection of never-before-heard tracks, disrespecting Taylor Swift, stating a plan to bail out rapper Bobby Shmurda from jail, and maintaining an utterly heinous Twitter feed (enough to be called a “spoiled brat” by Donald Trump himself). After all of this, however, he might finally be getting his just desserts. On Thursday, the 32 year old entrepreneur was arrested by the FBI on fraud charges involving his former hedge fund and pharmaceutical company. Karma can be tough, Martin.
On Wednesday, after jurors failed to reach an agreement, Baltimore judge declared a mistrial in the case officer William G. Porter, the first of six officers charged with assault and reckless endangerment that led to the death of Freddie Gray. The trial continues to draw immediate and national attention as well as protests and activism for justice.
We all know and love the classic Elf on the Shelf toy during the holiday season, don’t we? Well, even if you don’t, who could pass up the opportunity to replace a cute stuffed toy with a grown man in a onesie sitting on your mantle. That’s exactly what a Boston area man is offering for your next holiday party with his Craigslist ad that reads, “I will come to your holiday party dressed as the Elf on the Shelf and sit in any location you assign me while I stare emptily at your guests for the duration of the event.” Sounds like a Fiver account if I ever heard one.
In other news, the day we’d all been waiting for has come. Beginning as early as December 16 in some places, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been opening in theaters across the globe. For some, this is the cinematic event of a lifetime, and festivities and reviews are rolling in. We don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to see it, but for those who have - we hope it was everything you dreamed it would be!
Do you live in an area prone to earthquakes? Looks like you could use one of these quick response earthquake-proof beds. According to some recently emerged video concepts, someone has designed a bed in which the mattress and its inhabitants are folded down into a big steel box at any sign of disaster. This could be an issue if you’ve ever been afraid of being buried alive.
It seems like there is a relatively large margin of error with this earthquake coffin, we still have quite a few questions.
If you’re scrambling to think of last minute Christmas gifts, a nice pair of socks is always a classic option. This year, however, you’ve got an especially exciting range of sock options. First on the list we have Netflix’s new DIY smart socks. These bad boys feature an accelerometer that can detect when you’ve fallen asleep and kindly pause your show for you. The only downside is you have to make the socks yourself, so gather your knitting needles and programming knowledge. On the other hand, if you’re looking to conserve energy and for a gift that’s very...unique, check out these urine-powered socks that can transform bacteria and microbes into enough electrical power to send a text message. So regardless, feet are in this holiday season.