A Tattoo Artist Answers The Questions Youre Too Afraid To Ask About Your Ink

Lets get a tattoo.”

I was at lunch with a coworker. It was the Friday before a long weekend and, therefore, the best Friday of all Fridays.

I was also feeling good. The most recent story I’d filed was well-received (thanks, guys!) and I’d just gotten back from a lovely vacation with my family.In all, I was in a good headspace.

Okay, what do you want to get? she asked.

I hadn’t gotten that far yet.

No idea. I just know I want a tattoo and want itnow,” I answered.

I got my third tattoo that day, lyrics from a Russian lullaby my mother sang to me when I was younger, on my collarbone.

To me, tattoosallow my body to act like a scrapbook of all the most pivotal moments and memories of my life.

While a few brave soulsshare my why not? approach to tattoos, many others like to spend a bit more time figuring out what they want on their bodies.

Its with those people in mind that I decided to chat with Puerto Rican tattoo artist Gian Karle Cruz, who has over 6 years in the industry under his belt.

Let’s finally clear up some questions for you.

Whats the most painful part of the body to tattoo?

The first thing on anyone’s mind prior to getting a tattoo is how much it will hurt. There’s a reason the most sensitive parts of the body are the most painful.

Definitely the ribs, Cruz explains. Where youre most ticklish is where most of your nerves are. Those are going to be the most painful. The armpits, the bottom of your feet, the ribs.”

BetCara Delevingne’sMade in England foot tattoo was not fun at all.


Whats the weirdest place youve ever tattooed someone?

We’ve all seen those memes of women getting their vaginas and asses tattooed.

There’s also the guy who got a Hoover vacuumtattooed on his penis, which would be extremely hot if I didn’t think he was trying to suck my vagina out with his dong.

Cruz has seen worse, though.

A lot of people just ask for armpit tattoos, Cruz says. Ive seen people get nails tattooed, lips, eyes, inside your eyeball.”

Cue the silent screams.


When will this thing heal?

According to Unique Ink Tattoo, tattoos take anywhere from7 to 14 days to appear fully healed. It can take up to a month to be fully healed.

Cruz argues it takes even longer.

It takes about a week for the scab to fall off, Cruz explains. Totally healed? 90 days.”


Okay, but will I becovered in blood after my ink isdone?

Speaking from personal experience, yes. You will bleed, depending on the placement of your piece.

My inner-bicep tat hardly bled at all, though my shoulder tattoo made me look like I had a giant gaping wound until I washed it off.

Seriously, I went to a bar after I got my shoulder done and the bartender was almost scared to serve me.

Cruz agrees.

Some bleed, some dont, he insists. For the most part, youre not supposed to bleed a lot. If you bleed a lot, the tattoo artist is doing something wrong. Or the client has too much vitamin C in their blood.”


Will you judge me if Im hairy and need to be shaved for the tat?

As a very hairy person, this always lingers on my mind.

Apparently, it’s all in my head. Cruz insists on shaving all his clients prior to getting any work done.

Any part of your body has to be shaved,” Cruz says. “Hair has a lot of microorganisms, so we need to shave no matter what. Even if it doesnt look like that body part has hair.”

Well, that makes me feel a little better. And still hairy.


What if I had a wild drunken night and want to get a tattoo?

Most parlors have a very strict policy against drunk tattooing.

Every parlor I’ve been to made me sign a waiver claiming it would not tattoo me if I was drunk. My tattooed friends attested to this, too.

Drunk tats are harder to get than you’d expect.

Cruz reaffirms that.

When youre drunk, I dont tattoo you. Cruz says. Youre not in your senses. Youre just annoying.”


Whats the most basic of all basic tattoos?

There’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte equivalent to tattoos, and it’s precisely what you’d expect.

The infinity sign or the word hope, Cruz says with a laugh.Everybody got hope.”


All these cool kids are getting fancy vegan ink. Whats up with that?

My fancy-schmancy friends are all about vegan ink. Black tattoo ink is made with the remains of animals burned down intocharcoal, or so they tell me.

To be fair, certain aftercare products are made with lanolin, which isoil derived from sheep’s wool.

According to Cruz, it’s time to get over it.

There isnt much of a difference,” Cruz says. “Its just a way of selling you ink. Nowadays, nearly all ink is vegan because [it’s]all made of vegetable materials.”

There you go.


Whats the deal with white ink?

White ink might lookgreat on Pinterest, but it’s similar to the pastel hair trend of last year.It can only last for a short while before it looks like a faded brown blob.

White ink is great if it’s in the details and you don’t use it much,” Cruz explains. “It looks white at first, but after the sun hits it, it will turn an ugly brownish color in a couple of years.”

UV tattoos, popularized because they glow under a blacklight, may seem cool because they’re practically invisible in the daytime.The trend gained some speed after, you guessed it, being posted on social media.

Cruz isn’t impressed by the trend, interestingly.

“I don’t use it. It wasn’t made for tattooing. It was made for cat scans,” he says. “It’s just microscopic beads [that] go in the skin and they stay there…I don’t like the idea of having plastic, microscopic beads in my skin. I don’t trust it.”

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/women/tips-for-getting-a-tattoo/1351320/

Man Who Stalked Underage Dance Moms Star Sentenced To Jail

Well this isn’t a surprise.

On Tuesday, a man named Phoenix Sundown was sentenced to three years in jail for harassing an underage star on the show Dance Moms back in September of 2015.

Related: Maddie Ziegler Is DONE With Dance Moms!

For those who don’t remember, Phoenix sent the unidentified girl A LOT of creepy material including an Elvis blanket, a coffee maker, a scrapbook and handwritten letters. While no physically harmful material was found in the mailings, the sexually explicit content was emotionally scarring to the young girl in question.

As for the total of Phoenix’s crimes, he was charged with four counts of distributing harmful matter to a minor.

[Image via 10News San Diego.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2016-01-19-dance-moms-phoenix-sundown-jail-creepy-minor-harassment

DIY Flower Ball Decorations Are The Perfect Springtime Craft For Kids

I am constantly on the lookout for springtime crafts that I can makewith my nieces and nephews.

There are so many fun ideas to try with them that can put a smile on their faces and produce some adorable DIY results. We’ve tried everything from watercolor painting to red, white, and blue patriotic Mason jars.

But now I’ve found a cute craft that I absolutely can’t wait to try out with them.

In this exclusive video, you’ll see how simple it is to make flower ball decorations that will brighten up any home. All you need are a few simple supplies and a couple of eager crafters.

Just make sure they are extra careful with the pins!

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Pearl corsage pins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Flower-shaped punch

Instructions:

  1. Cut flower shapes out of scrapbook paper using a flower-shaped punch.
  2. Pin the flowers to the styrofoam ball, placing the pins directly in the middle of the flowers.
  3. Curl up the sides of the flower petals.
  4. Place on display for all to enjoy!

This decorative flower ball would look great in my front hall, greeting everyone with a little DIY springtime cheer.

Watch the video below to see just how easy these flower ball decorations are to make yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/diy-flower-ball-decorations/

25 Cheap, Fun Things To Do When You’re Stuck Inside On Cold Winter Days

1.Get your sleep on. Make up for all those sleepless nights by curling up in your bed and dream the night-or day-away. Give your mind a much needed break.

2.Catch up with friends. Abuse Skype & FaceTime if you are stuck inside the house. Maybe have group calls with your best friends. Or catch up with old friends. It is a good chance to reconnect because you will actually have enough time to talk about things.

3. Clean your closet. Give away things you no longer need. Mix & match your items. Make it look pretty.

4.Test your business skills. Make some extra cash and sell some your stuff online, see if you can bargain.

5.Take an online course. Or watch an interesting documentary. If you want to feel productive in a snowstorm, online learning is your best bet.

6.Catch up on your favorite shows or re-watch old ones. Some shows never get old. This is the best time to re-watch some of your all-time favorite shows or watch a new one. Warning: you may not be able to get off the coach until you finish the whole season.

7.Try a new recipe. Feed yourself some ideas from your favorite food channel and hop in the kitchen to try some of them. Play Master Chef with some of your family members even, if you want to make it more fun & challenging.

8.Read a good book. A book that will inspire you to go out there and kill it after the storm is over.

9.Play games. Perfect time for Pictionary, taboo or even twister if you are having a snowmagedon slumber party.

10.Take a trip down memory lane. Look at old pictures of your friends and family. Read your journal or your diary. Read old letters or birthday cards from your friends. You will be surprised at how these little things warm your heart and leave you feeling revitalized.

11.Do home exercises. Look up videos of a new workout youve been meaning to try. Zumba, insanity, yogaetc. That way you wont feel so bad about stuffing your face with all those groceries you bought.

12. Practice your bar tending skills. Make your own happy hour at home. Mix your own drinks & pour some more shots as long as you dont text your ex.

13. Cuddle.With your partner, with your friends, with your pets, or with your blanket.

14. Dance. You cant go wrong with that one. Put your favorite dancing jams and shake those hips.

15. Sing.Time to bring out that Karaoke machine. Sing along with you friends or family and make sure the neighbors dont call the cops on you.

16.Pamper yourself. Take a hot bubble bath. Try a new facial mask.

17.Shop online. When the urge kicks in, start looking at all those sales items. They know you will be shopping, and they will come for you and find you.

18.Work on your portfolio or your resume. Update your portfolio. Make your resume more appealing. If you have a blog; work on customizing it or picking a different theme. This is a good chance to sharpen your edges.

19.Have some time for yourself to relax and get out of your own head. Listen to some relaxing music and picture the life you want for yourself. Relinquish all your responsibilities and negativity for a few hours.

20.Bring your inner interior designer out. Redecorate your bedroom or your living room. Make small changes in your personal space to make it a lot more inviting.

21.Take online quizzes and personality tests. We all know thats your guilty pleasure.

22.Watch DIY tutorials and listen to self-help podcasts. They are more helpful than you think.

23.Do something cute for someone. Whether a pic collage, a scrapbook or just a nicely written message. Show someone you appreciate their warmth in this brutally cold weather.

24.If you really have to get out, have snowball fights.

25.If you cant find anythingelse to do, stalk your bae on social media.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/rania-naim/2016/01/25-cheap-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-on-cold-winter-days/

Why did Michaels pull this amazing ‘daddy’ sign from stores?

You’d think that Michaels, the hot retailer for scrapbooking moms and 5th-graders in need of poster board and paints, would be the most G-rated, vanilla place around. But it turns out that someone at the company might be down to get tied up with yarn by “daddy.”

Tumblr usermerbearediespotted a sign that looked a bit out of place in the store. Instead of gracing the aisles of Michaels, it should probably have been in someone’s BDSM chamber. Or perhaps the craft store figured that submissive bottoms might want some decor for their room.

The picture has racked up tons of notes and was largely an inside joke for Tumblr. But more recently, the sign was brought to the attention of the Michaels higher-ups.

Author Catherynne Valente also noticed the sexually-tinged sign and tweeted out a picture.

Valente didn’t @ the crafts store, but they did catch wind of it. And, unfortunately, it looks like they pulled it from their shelves. Now where will daddy-lovers get their interior design pizzazz?

This all went down in April, but with Tumblr realizing that the sign was no more, the original post has been making the rounds once again. User ahsadlerwrote: “i cant believe we kinkshamed michaels into a product recall.”

Daddy won’t be too happy about this.

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/michaels-crafts-daddy-sign/

9 Things You’ll Regret Not Doing Before Leaving Your Study Abroad City

There comes a sad time in everyone’s semester abroad when you realize it’s coming to a close. After spending the last few months taking in new cultures and customs, drinking and eating to your heart’s content, making new friends and seeing new sights, it becomes hard to fathom the idea that this lifestyle isn’t going to last forever.

You have to go back home to real life, filled with internships, classes that aren’t pass-fail and open container laws. So, when it hits you that you’re reaching the end of your program and you start to panic, follow these tips to make sure you make the most of your time:

1. Make your bucket list.

Chances are, you’ve done a ton in your city so far, but there are definitely things you’ve missed. Look up museums, parks, restaurants and underrated sites, and put them in a Word document. Include anything and everything, and see how much you can cross off the list before you leave.

If you’re stuck, just look up your city onGoogle. You’ll be amazed by how much you didn’t know you haven’t seen.I ended up crossingeverywhere off my list, which not only helps me remember all the places I visited, but it will also make writing those abroad bibles for future abroad students a lot easier.


2. Seeall the sights (again).

Upon arrival inyour city, you definitely checked out all of the main tourist sites, took your photos and moved on. At the end of your trip, use a few days to go revisit them.

You’ve been immersed in the city for three months now, and you know much more than you did originally. You’ll be able to appreciate them in a different way, so go enjoy them one more time before you head home.


3. Eat out, and eat everything.

It’s easy to fall into a rut and cook your own meals while abroad, especially sinceit saves money. But almost everyone I’ve talked to who has gone abroad before me has said their biggest regret is not eating out more.

Put more restaurants on your bucket list, and eat at as many new ones as possible. My friends and I started trying one new restaurant per week, and it has made all the difference. Use these opportunities to try dishes you might not have before, as well as to enjoy some of your city’s favorites.


4. Learn to cook traditional dishes.

A huge part of another country’s culture is its food. Studying in Rome, there are four pasta dishes that are considered specialties. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to want to eat when I’m back home.Learning how to make at least one of these signature dishes is really important, not only so I can enjoy it in the future, but also so I can understand a deeper part of the Roman culture through actually cooking it myself.

So, find a recipe online, and learn to make one of your city’s favorite dishes. Bonus points if you have native friends from the city who can teach you one of their families’ recipes.


5. Hit the bars.

Along the same lines of the restaurant tip, make sure you try any nightclubs and bars you haven’t hit yet. It’s important to go to your favorites again before you leave, but chances are, you’ve been traveling to other countries on a lot of your weekends. Asa result, you’ve been tending to stick to the same places while you’re home.

You want to make sure you experience all of the nightlife your city has to offer, so it’s not a bad idea to try some new places. Don’t just go to the American bars. There’ll be plenty of those when you get home.


6. Buy gifts and souvenirs.

If you’ve been slacking on gifts for your family and friends, now’s the time. Get shopping. On the other hand, if there was anything you’ve been meaning to get for yourself as a memento of your city, you should also make that a priority. If you see something you like, you might as well buy it. You don’t know if or when you’ll make it back there before you leave.


7. Write things down, and get organized.

We all say we’re going to keep a journal while abroad, but things get hectic and you fall behind. If you find yourself on a long train ride or with some extra free time, try to write down as much as you can. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.If you were planning on making a scrapbook when you got home, now is also the time to start organizing all your tickets and bus passes.


8. Explore nearby areas.

With only a short time left, it’s important to stay in your city. I wouldn’t recommend planning any trips out of the area for your last weekends. However, chances are, there are some cool spots nearby you could check out. Grab some friends, find some nearby beaches or gardens or go on a hike.


9. Say yes.

Before you know it, you’re going to be on a long plane ride home. You can sleep then. Take advantage of every experience you can, and say yes as much as possible. Roommates are going out to dinner? Say yes. Someone wants to go hang out and grab a drink? Say yes. Don’t just sit in your room. Go out and see things.

Spend your last few weeks taking photos, taking risks and making memories. Enjoy the time you have left with your new friends, and take in as much of your city as you can. As clichd as it sounds, you need to be making your moments count, instead of counting the moments you have left.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/regret-study-abroad-city/1481326/

8 Fun Things To Look Forward To On Your First Mother’s Day As A New Mom

Once you have your first baby, your world is changed forever. You’ve brought a new life into the world, and the needs of your child are now more important than your own.

The journey you’re about to make will last a lifetime, and you now have a special day set aside just for you. Mother’s Day was established in 1914 to commemorate the millions of special women just like you: the ones who make sacrifices to ensure that their children have the best lives possible.

There are many exciting things you have to look forward to as a first-time mother.So, here’s what it’s like to celebrate your first Mother’s Day as a new mom:

1. You have the day to yourself.

Let’s face it: With motherhood comes hours of hard work and dedication. As your first Mother’s Day approaches, you may be looking forward to having a day to yourself.

This often involves being pampered at the spa, getting manicures and pedicures or simply taking some time to relax and enjoy the fact thatyou’re able to reward yourself with a bottle of wine.


2. You get to capture these special moments.

Time flies when you’re having fun. Before long, your little bundle of joy will be all grown up and ready to face the world.

This makes photo gifts all the more special. They take on a variety of creative and unique forms.

It doesn’t matter whetheryour loved ones make a scrapbook, create a standard photo album or make photo mugs, photo mouse pads or professional framed family photos. They capture these moments, and they help you remember the old times for many years to come.


3. You get mom’s night out.

As a new mom, you likely take as many moments as you can to peek in on your new addition with pride. However, on Mother’s Day, it’s OK to hire a babysitter and finally take the night off.

Whether you go out with your significant other to enjoy some Mother’s Day wine or go dancing with a few of your best girlfriends, the attention will be on you. Some of the exciting things that may be in store for you include the following:

  • Dinner at a nice restaurant
  • Dancing
  • Watching a new movie at the theater
  • A nice, long bubble bath

4. It’s dad’s turn.

New mothers have to wear numerous hats. From changing diapers to preparing bottles, the tasks can seem endless.

However, one of the best Mother’s Day gifts a new dad can provide is switching roles and walking a mile in your busy shoes. This leaves you to do whatever you please.

You may even receive a dinner that’s been prepared especially for you.


5. You finally getto sleep through the night.

This is a common, early Mother’s Day gift that new moms everywhere appreciate. It’s no secret that getting a full, restful night’s sleep with a new baby in the house can prove difficult.

You’re often interrupted due to midnight feedings and other duties. However, the night before Mother’s Day, you may be off the hook.

New dads understand the importance of sleep, and it’s entirely possible that he’ll take care of the things that need to get done during the evening hours. Be prepared to wake up early, however: You may be in store for some breakfast in bed.


6. Youreceiveyour first Mother’s Day card.

Before long, you’ll have celebrated many Mother’s Days. However, the first one is special. It marks your entrance into the world of motherhood, and it foreshadows the many memories you have yet to come.

Even if the card is simple, it will long serve as a reminder of the place where the whole experience started. You’ll want to be sure to store it somewhere safe.


7. You get new clothes for the new you.

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body. You’ve likely transformed your wardrobe over the course of the past nine months.

However, now that your baby has entered the world, your body is on its way to returning to its original form. This makes your first Mother’s Day a great time for you to recreate your closet.

Be prepared for the possibility of receiving a gift card to your favorite clothing store. You may even be released from your motherly duties for the remainder of the day, so that you can indulge in a much-deserved shopping spree.


8. There are many years of joy still to come.

As a new mother, you have the exciting job of raising a child ahead of you. While that job’s not an easy one, it’s a rewarding experience that can’t be compared to any other.

As you anticipate what to do on Mother’s Day, keep in mind that this is now your day.The people you spend your time caring for will shower you with love and attention.

This is your day to relax and accept the appreciation you receive for a job well done.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/fun-things-to-look-forward-to-first-mothers-day/1483988/

Hilariously Bad PSAs That Backfired Even More Hilariously

Where would we be without public health campaigns? Over the decades they’ve prevented forest fires, taken bites out of crime, and demonstrated how egg-like your brain is on drugs. Unfortunately, sometimes these campaigns are made by hilariously out-of-touch public officials who have no idea how to talk to their audience. As a result …

#6. Colorado Puts Up Human-Sized Cages To Warn Teens About Marijuana

Colorado officials were really put into a bind after the state legalized recreational marijuana and still wanted to warn young people about its risks. This would prove to be difficult, because for many years keeping kids off drugs involved outrageous scare tactics. So how do you go from “GARBAGE KIDS, YOU’LL DIE IN JAIL” to “Behave yourself, please, if it’s not too much trouble?”

Their solution was obvious. Life-sized rat cages all over Denver. The cages even included huge water bubblers, because no expense should be spared when you’re … comparing weed to being a hamster? Making a comment on tacky art? Making a fan Honey, I Shrunk The Kids film? Honestly, what the shit is with the giant gerbil cages?

“It’s like … when you think about it, despite all our rage, we’re still just rats in a cage, you know?”

Whatever the artistic message was meant to be (stoners smell like sawdust, maybe?), each cage came equipped with the same messages we’ve all come to find ridiculous. For instance, if you went inside, you could read hysterical ravings from scientists laughing at your brain damage, or see warnings of how pot can cause schizophrenia. Which isn’t entirely untrue, but smoking pot is still magnitudes safer than wandering into giant hamster cages.

The campaign cost $2 million, which may or may not be a great deal, since there isn’t a lot of consumer data on man-sized rat habitats. Marijuana activists weren’t happy about any of it. Many men and women spent years fighting against exactly this type of absurdity to make pot legal, and suddenly these giant art installations arrive, dripping with antiquated fear tactics. Teens basically laughed it off by tagging the signs and posting photos of themselves rolling joints inside the metal bars.

“We scientists built giant cages for children! And we will have the last laugh
when marijuana makes YOU the crazy ones! HA HA HA!”

Multiple participants in the program backed out when they saw the lunacy of these fear cages. School districts refused to put them on campuses, and the entire city of Boulder straight-up rejected them, presumably on the grounds that “Holy Shit, Are You Kidding Me, Denver?”

On a bizarrely similar note …

#5. An Australian Anti-Pot Sloth Becomes A Mascot For Stoners

If you picture Australia as a lawless wasteland where kangaroo boxing is the only currency, you’re very lucky. In the less exciting reality, it’s a civilized nation very much like yours, especially when it comes to pot. Which is to say the drug isn’t exactly legal there, but everyone totally smokes it.

To avoid the Marijuana Apocalypse, the government needed a way to communicate with young people … a way to convince them not to get high. Maybe some kind of mascot who could represent all the terrible side effects of pot? Running with that idea, they created Stoner Sloth. As you know, a sloth is like a monkey mixed with Wolverine that moves so slow it seems to spend its entire life snuggling. Female sloths scream into the night when they want sex, and they often shit half their body weight. So if you want young people to not be like your mascot, a sloth probably isn’t your best choice.

“We’re more or less the greatest animal. Hi, I’m Sloth.”

The Stoner Sloth ads featured stupid situations where the sloth failed at basic tasks, like passing salt, and they were immediately mocked online. At-risk youth simply were not fazed by the dangers of slurred speech and poor salt passing. Stoner Sloth was meant to be a meme-able weapon against drug use, but he was quickly adopted as a mascot for the other side.

“Pass the salt? Fuck you, I’m not like you, DAD.”

Needless to say, the intent of the $500,000 campaign was definitely not to provide the weed community with the perfect, awesome mascot. One of the campaign’s creators, the National Cannabis Prevention And Information Centre, tried to back away from it, claiming they never would have agreed to it in “its present form,” as if there’s some alternate universe where a high-as-fuck sloth is an effective tool for change.

The campaign was such a failure government officials were making fun of it. Australia’s own science agency started making stoner sloth memes and the actual premier tweeted they were weird as shit.

OK, not exactly, but “Quite something,” is premier code for “weird as shit.”

And in a twist that seems too perfect to believe, the organizers of the campaign had no idea the domain StonerSloth.com already existed. Amazingly, it led to a Colorado-based pro-marijuana site, and the owner of the site said the campaign drove a sudden surge of traffic from Australia.

Think about that for a second. It means that even if you were in the tiny, tiny group of people who took the ads seriously enough to seek out more information on the dangers of marijuana, you were sent to a page with the exact opposite message. There have been a lot of failed, widely ridiculed anti-drug campaigns, but this may be the first to clearly, objectively promote the use of drugs.

Or, maybe not …

#4. A ’70s Anti-Drug Movie Makes Drugs Seem Fun

While we’re on the subject of hallucinogens and mixed-up messaging, we turn to the early 1970s. The psychedelic ’60s were over, and people were starting to realize rampant mind-expanding drug abuse was a danger to America’s future. So in 1971, the National Institute Of Mental Health produced a film to warn of the dangers of LSD. It was called “Curious Alice.”

It begins with Alice, the same one from Alice In Wonderland, falling asleep while reading. She finds herself in a dream world, only less colorful and magical than the one you’re familiar with. She ends up in a gray room lined with medicine cabinets, each filled with pills and booze.

“Ugh. W-where am I? Last thing I remember was Keith Richards asking if I wanted to party.”

Some more surreal insanity happens, but as you’d expect from a bad cartoon tasked to a government agency, there’s not a lot of artistic depth. Alice eventually encounters a flask on the floor with a note that says “Drink Me.” We’re not saying she’s dumb, but it takes her only six seconds to decide, “This note makes some good points, fucking glug-glug.” She drinks the entire thing and instantly goes insane. She falls through her own mouth into a forest of neon, smiling with wonder the whole time. Whatever was in that flask was pure, amazing happiness.

“Drugs are AWESOME.”

“Seriously, anything that isn’t drugs is DEAD TO ME.”

What follows is 10 minutes of pure idiot nonsense. It’s a clumsy, low-budget adaptation of the original Alice In Wonderland story that includes a bit of anti-drug education, but it’s surrounded by so much other insanity it might as well be in Esperanto. It seems like the filmmakers’ only message is, “Using LSD will, like, turn your world into Alice In Wonderland, for real!” Among the sliver of the audience gullible enough to believe the message, half were probably scared and the rest thought it looked amazing. Both wound up with bad information. That’s what this film is: a way to make only the very stupid a bit stupider.

There isn’t even really a lesson in the film. Alice doesn’t overcome some allegory for addiction or learn any tips for dealing with a cocaine headache. She simply wakes up, brushes it off, and moves on with her life. If you take nothing else from this government-funded film about the dangers of LSD, it should be this, children: Drugs are weird and fun, and they have no consequences whatsoever.

“Cats don’t talk when you’re sober? Man, I need to go score some more ‘Drink Me’ flask.”

Not that recreational drug use is the only subject that seems to cause PSA creators to lose their goddamned minds …

#3. Flint Tells Citizens To Enjoy Safe, Wonderful, Terrific Lead

As you’re probably aware, Flint, Michigan, had a bit of a public safety crisis on its hands recently when it was discovered their tap water contained more lead than a dead gunfighter. Before it blew up into a national story, Flint tried to sweep the potential danger under the rug with a fun, informative poster on their website.

“Don’t drink bath water! YUCK! And avoid irreparable learning disabilities? ICKY!”

“Hey Flint! It Is Safe To Wash,” which is what the poster actually fucking says, shows a pair of babies soaking in the poisonous water under fun fonts describing the harmlessness of the toxic metal. It looks like a sudden ad parody in a serial killer’s manifesto, but to be fair, the poster isn’t wrong. Bathing in lead-laced water is apparently fairly safe as long as it’s at low temperatures and you avoid drinking it. Unfortunately, the babies in the ad still wonder where mommy goes when her face goes behind her hands, so it might not be the best idea to toss them in poison and hope they keep their mouth closed.

Eventually, the city took down the poster and replaced it with a more official-looking fact sheet, claiming the first one was “outdated.” Flint officials made no mention of the original poster being the work of a stranger now known as The Scrapbook Strangler, despite that obviously being true. The new sheet maintains how lead-filled bathwater is sort of safe but specifies more clearly that soaking babies in contaminated fluids shouldn’t be anyone’s Plan A. It’s a step in the right direction, Flint!

#2. An Anti-Drunk-Driving Program Warns Of Banging Undesirable Women

In a 2012 study, 1.1 percent of Tennessee drivers admitted to driving drunk as recently as a month before. It was over three times higher in Montana, which may indicate more honesty in Montana, or even less to do. The point is, if one person in Tennessee admits to driving drunk, there are probably 20 others ashamed enough to keep it to themselves. So Tennessee public safety officials set out to do something to help prevent it. Something very, very stupid.

They decided to mass-produce coasters so bars could stick a safety message right on the bottom of every drink. You’re probably thinking, “That makes sense. I’m sure it was something simple like DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE or TAKE A CAB, MURDERER.” You’re right, those would have been good. Instead, they went with …

“Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl, only to find out she’s chatty, clingy,
and your boss’ daughter.”

In 20 words, they managed to sexually objectify women, mock them for two different gender stereotypes, and include absolutely nothing about drunk driving. As any sane person could see, this was madness, so a local newspaper, The Tennessean, asked the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (the ad wizards behind the campaign, who totally crush ass, you guys) what they were thinking. The director gave a statement saying that they never intended to cause offense, and each of the coasters and fliers were designed to “reach the young male demographic.” That’s right, they made fliers too. Want to see one?

“After a few drinks the girls look hotter and the music sounds better. Just remember:
If your judgment is impaired, so is your driving.”

Does the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office really use bangability as an indicator of impairment? And if so, how do you measure that during a traffic stop? Do police officers say, “Here, look at this photo of this awful, ugly woman,” and let the suspect go if they remain flaccid? Do they give them a DUI if they get out of their car and fuck a pumpkin?

Unsurprisingly, the state apologized and discontinued the campaign, which somehow ended up costing $80,000. It’s hard to receive a lecture about judgment from an agency who thought putting these in bars was a good idea. To make matters worse, fliers with these messages were posted in the women’s bathroom in at least one of the bars, presumably to remind the unattractive, clingy girls who can’t shut up that they need to wait until all the men are drunk before they can seek out disappointing sex. Sorry, ladies. Not all drunk-driving bar fliers have happy endings.

#1. A Danish Get-Out-The-Vote Video Simply Rules Too Much

For all the craziness on this list so far, this PSA from Denmark takes the cake and all cakes forever. To gear up for their EU voting day in 2014, the Danish parliament put out a pro-voting ad that has to be seen to be believed.

In it, a character called Voteman encourages his citizens to go out and vote the only way he knows how: fists, dicks, and throwing stars. He doesn’t care if your weak little body dies getting there; Voteman will get you to the polls. The commercial opens with Voteman beheading a man for not being interested in the election process. Then he sits back and lets five women pleasure his loins. And not in a suggestive way — he is 13 inches deep in a cartoon woman’s mouth amid a sea of asses and boobs.

“I’m polling the electorate.”

That’s everything you need to know about Voteman, but the commercial still gives you his origin story. He once didn’t vote, and the world went to shit. He devoted his life to making sure it never happened again. The ocean of tits is simply a side effect of the glorious democratic process.

Changing into his leather chaps, Voteman hops on his pet dolphins to hunt non-voters.

“CIVIC DUTY BEFORE TITS AND BOOTY!”

From there, it’s just a barrage of shurikens and judo murders. It’s the only voting PSA that features nipples, flopping dong, and multiple slayings, and there’s a good chance it’s too over-the-top to be effective, but Voteman is how we want all public service announcements delivered from now until the end of time.

“Good news, non-voter. In Hell, there are no civic responsibilities.”

There’s nowhere to hide from Voteman on election day. He actually bursts into a couple’s bedroom and throws their bed out the window, certainly to their nude death.

“Election day? More like ERECTI-“
“Um, Rob …”
“Nggh … don’t interrupt. Let the joke land.”

Strangely enough, Voteman wasn’t a huge success. The campaign pretty much offended everyone imaginable. It was posted on Danish social media and quickly deleted, but enough people were upset that a spokesperson for parliament responded with the suggestion that the government “be more careful with what we put our name to.”

“The severed head is fun … but is it ‘Danish government’ fun?”

To make matters worse, the ad didn’t even do anything to actually get out the vote. In fact, despite more voters being eligible this time around, voter turnout was lower than the previous voting day, in 2009. So maybe Voteman went too far. Or maybe his message was lost in the bouncing tits and bloody heads. All we know is that if there’s ever a dispute between Voteman and apathetic disillusionment, you should be on Voteman’s side every time.

Deep inside us all — behind our political leanings, moral codes, and private biases — there is a cause so colossally stupid that we surprise ourselves with how much we care. Whether it’s toilet paper position, fedoras on men, or Oxford commas, we each harbor a preference so powerful that we can’t help but proselytize about it to the world. In the next live episode of the Cracked podcast, guest host Soren Bowie is joined by Cody Johnston, Michael Swaim, and comedian Annie Lederman to discuss the most trivial things we will argue about until the day we die. Get your tickets here!

For more times people probably should’ve just decided to spend money elsewhere, check out The 6 Most Counterproductive PSAs Of All Time and 5 Idiotic Health Campaigns That Backfired (Hilariously).

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_23782_clueless-psas-that-take-cake-and-all-cake-forever.html

8 Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Is Probably Over Getting By Now

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably going to be like me and run to Walmart on Saturday night to buy a bottle of lotion, box of chocolates and poetic card for the obligatory visit on Sunday.

But if you’re like me, then you’re just terrible. Mother’s Day is the one day of the year when we should shower our moms with love and appreciation for putting up with all our crap, hijinks and shenanigansover the years.

Here are eight ways to step it up this year and buy something mom actually wants:

1. Box Of Chocolates

Sure, she has a sweet tooth, and mostwomen arechocoholics. But, mostwomen alsolove wine. So, why not skip the candies this year and take your mom away for an afternoon at your local winery? It’ll be a great substitute for something sweet, and the two of you will make sweet memories along the way.


2. Flowers

If your mom is anything like my mom, then she will kill theflowers you bring into the house. It’s never on purpose, but she doesn’t have a green thumb. Instead of buying her something she can enjoy for three days before they start wilting on the kitchen counter, try taking her to a floral show instead. Or, buy her a group of annuals and plant them together.


3. Perfume

Sure, she loves White Diamonds by ElizabethTaylor, but she probably doesn’t like getting it for her birthday, Christmas and Mother’s Day every year. Amp up your game and treat mom to a day at the spa. Give her an hour to detox and let go of all the 25years of stress, headaches and gray hair you’ve caused her. (Sorry, Mom.)


4. Gift Cards

Nothing says, “I had no idea what to get you” more than a gift card. Instead of giving her the gift of having to pick out her gift herself, treat her to a day at the mall. The two of you can sift through her favorite stores and pick up a few shirts or mom jeans that she loves. It’ll be a fun afternoon lookingthrough sales together.


5. Books

If your mom is a bookworm, a fun way is to enjoy reading together is to go out for coffee at Barnes &Noble. Take a seat,and read books that each one of you recommend. It’ll be a lazy day of drinking lattes and sharing what you both loved about your favorite books. By doing so, you’ll also begin to learn more about one another.


6. Dinner

Try a home-cooked meal and invite her to your apartment. Let her rest for once, and have someone make her a meal that she doesn’t have to clean up after. It’ll be a nice gesture to show how drastically your relationship has changed.


7. Gift Baskets

Instead of buying her one of those pre-made gift baskets, buy a basket and fill it with things you know she’ll love, like her favorite lipstick, favorite wine or even crossword puzzles. Make something tailored to her.


8. Framed Photos

Let’s hope you grew out of cheesy macaroni frames. Instead, try tomake a scrapbook of all your favorite moments growing up as a child. Or, make a photo album of all those insignificant moments that made you who you are today. She’ll cry and be touched that you took the time out to do something so special.

At the end of the day, all your mother wants is to be with you. So, spend the day chatting, reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company. That’s really the sweetest gift of all.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/mothers-day-gifts-over-getting/1480131/

Donald Trumps Pals Say Hillary Clinton Is a Lesbian Murderer, Bill Is a Cocaine Fiend

Donald Trump has hinted he has a lot of dirt on Hillary Clinton. But where is he getting his information from? Some of the best, worst Hillary fan fiction money can buy.”>

Hillary Clinton is a murderer and a lesbian and she buys her muumuus on Amazon.com.

Well, she has lesbian associations as well as affairs with men. Thank goodness the appeal of the muumuu crosses the gender divide, because shes really more of a bisexual.

For proof of this look no further than Chelsea Clintons face, a close inspection of which is all you need to know that shes not Bill Clintons daughter, but the product of Hillarys sexual relationship with Webb Hubbell, her old partner at the Rose Law Firm, whose indelicate features, from certain angles, are nearly identical to hers.

Speaking of old flames, Vincent Foster was Hillarys soulmate and while she probably didnt kill him, she definitely moved his body to Fort Marcy Park after he shot himself in the head with a .38 caliber pistol in the White House. Though the Clintons did hire detectives to kill Kathleen Willeys cat and leave its skull on her porch to intimidate her into silence after Bill, a cocaine fiend who trafficked the stuff into the Mena Airport in Arkansas by the ton, sexually assaulted her. His rehab stints never worked. He relied on cocaine too much for energy to globe-trot with pedophiles and impregnate prostitutes in alleyways during his morning jogs.

If it seems like Im an alternate-universe Clinton expert, youre right, but I cant take credit for the things I knowOK, heard.

Its all from the exhaustive works of longtime acquaintances of Donald Trump who, intentionally or not, have written the foundational texts for the Republican nominees case against Hillary Clinton.

Roger Stone and his co-author Robert Morrow, along with Edward Klein, have produced books that amount to a treasure trove of opposition research for Trump. In hundreds and hundreds of pages they have revealed dark, personal secrets and transcripts of private conversations Clinton has had in the intimacy of her own homewith family and friends and even with Steven Spielberg.

Is anything theyve written factual?

Doesnt matter, really, when youve already accused Ted Cruzs dad of playing hacky sack with Lee Harvey Oswald and imagined a parade of Muslims celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Hes going to use it. Its just a matter of when, Morrow told me of the book he wrote with Stone. I hope its sooner rather than later.

Political observers have generally fared poorly over the last year when making predictions about the election, but Id bet my muumuu that Trump takes the insights he gleans from the curriculum produced by Stone, Morrow, and Klein to a cable chyron near youand sometime before the July conventions. Hes already started. Last week, Trump criticized Clinton for being a nasty, mean enabler of her husbands affairsa page, literally, out of the doctrine.

Im not flattered, Morrow said of the likelihood that Trump would cite his work. Im delighted he is, because it is going to napalm Hillary Clinton. She is going to be burned at the stake in 2016 and everybody should get out their marshmallows and put them on a stick.

There are dozens of books about the Clintons, including but not limited to: sprawling biographies, shitty self-published e-books, books that cast them favorably, books that tear them down, childrens books, and even a cookbook called The I Greatly Dislike Hillary Clinton Cookbook, which includes a recipe for jerk chicken along with dishes named, Liar, Liar; Mouth on Fire Spicy Chili; Meatless Meatballs; and Garbage Bread.

But the most colorful subgenre of Clinton literature is the conspiracy scrapbook. These books tend to differ from books that merely tear them down (think Christopher Hitchenss No One Left To Lie To, 1999). The reporting is questionable, the writing is bad, and the contempt the author(s) has for the subject overshadows the story theyre trying to tell.

Since 2005, four prominent texts that fall into this category have been published by Stone, Morrow, and Klein: The Truth About Hillary (Klein, 2005); Blood Feud: The Clintons v The Obamas (Klein, 2014); Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary (Klein, 2015); and The Clintons War On Women (Stone and Morrow, 2015).

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And what an eclectic crew the three authors are.

Stone, 64, is the white-haired, body-building, fashion-obsessed, sex-club-visiting former aide to Richard Nixon with a portrait of Nixons face tattooed between his shoulderblades.

Stone was introduced to Trump in the 1970s by Roy Cohn, Sen. Joe McCarthys legal counsel, who mentored Trump politically. Stone remained in Trumps orbit over the decades, advising him informally, before joining his presidential campaign in 2015. He left in August amid staff infighting (he butted heads, in particular, with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski), but he returned to the inner circle when Trump hired Paul Manafort, whod been his partner at Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, a lobbying firm in D.C. that they started in the early 1980s.

For his first (and so far only) book about the Clintons, Stone enlisted Morrowwhose rsum has far fewer traditional bulletpoints than his ownfor help.

Morrow, 51, is a towering and disheveled presence who dresses like a math teacher whos fallen on hard times.

He lives in Austin, Texas, and serves, much to the ire of the Travis County GOP, as the chairman of the Travis County GOP. He survives on an inheritance, and when hes not rating anime porn on a scale of 1 to 10 on Twitter, he devotes his every waking moment to uncovering and perpetuating informationmost of it highly questionable, to put it politelyabout public officials.

He spent much of 2011 campaigning against Rick Perry, who he called a rampaging bisexual adulterer. He even ran an ad against him that asked, HAVE YOU HAD SEX WITH RICK PERRY? ARE YOU A STRIPPER, AN ESCORT, OR JUST A YOUNG HOTTIE IMPRESSED BY AN ARROGANT, ENTITLED GOVERNOR OF TEXAS? He provided a phone number and email address where such people could reach him to get their stories out.

Morrow, interestingly, hates Trump. Hes a Ron Paul devotee who campaignedand volunteered in Iowafor Rand Paul before switching over to support Ted Cruz. Now he likes Gary Johnson, the libertarian. But hes happy to see his work being put to use to destroy Clinton, regardless of how he feels about Trump.

Heres the key point, he said, Donald Trump didnt murder 76 innocents at Waco in 1993, and Hillary did.

He thinks Trump is awfula narcissistic, pathological, lying psychopath who says that he wants to torture the enemy and commit war crimes against their familiesbut, he reasons, the future we do not know but the past we know for certain. And the past, as Morrow understands it, is full of Clintons sins.

The parts of The Clintons War On Women that are written coherently are hard to put down. Imagine a special edition of the National Enquirer that ran several hundred pages long and focused solely on the Clintonsthats sort of what its like.

Stone and Morrow harp on what they say is Bills relentless coke habit, dazzling with tales of him snorting lines as the Arkansas attorney general and then in the governors mansion. They wink-wink for a never-ending chapter on his association with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire pedophile, but they never outright allege Bill engaged in pedophilia himself on any of his eighteen trips on Epsteins private plane, which is known as the Lolita Express. (Trump, too, knows Epsteinhe even dined at his house).

Unlike Stone and Morrow, Kleins eccentricities arent apparent on the surface. He doesnt have a Twitter account where he ranks anime boobies like Morrow and hes never posed for a photoshoot dressed up as the Joker from Batman like Stone. Without reading any of his work, you might think Klein is your average veteran reporter. Just a nice 79-year-old guy with a friendly demeanor on the phone, probably somebodys grandpa.

In conversation, hes quick to note his long history in the news business writing for and editing reputable publicationsnot to boast, he says, but just for context. He started out at the New York Daily News, moved onto Newsweek, then The New York Times, and finally The New York Times Magazine, which he edited and, his biography brags, received a Pulitzer during his reign. Hes maintained what he says is not a friendship, but a reporter-source relationship, with Trump for decades. Earlier this month, they had lunch together.

Klein started writing books in the mid-90s and, he told me, began researching Clinton around 2003. Over the last 13 years (and three Clinton books), he said, hes developed countless sourcessome of whom hes interviewed more than 70 times.

This all sounds great and credible until you read what they allegedly told him.

The beginning of Unlikeable, his most recent book, for instance, is an elaborate scene that Klein says happened one evening while she and Bill were having drinks with friends and Bill suggested she contact Steven Spielberg for advice about how to be more likable.

Klein reproduces an entire conversations worth of dialogue between the Clintons, in which Hillary is quoted as saying, I get $250,000 for a speech, and these Hollywood jackasses are going to tell me how to do it!

Later in the book, Klein writes that in the presence of several friends Hillary told Bill, I dont want to be a pantsuit-wearing globetrotter.

In Blood Feud, Klein wrote that Hillary said, verbatim, in a private conversation, Now we are going to be together on the campaign trail, and its going to be complicated. Plus, there is the dynamic that when I run for president Im going to be the boss, and Im not sure Bill will be able to handle that. He says hell be my adviser and loving husband, but Im afraid that if Im elected, hell think hes president again and Im first lady. If he starts that shit, Ill have his ass thrown out of the White House.

Unless Klein wired his sources and his sources were Bill and Hillary Clinton, none of this is likely to be even kind of true. Its possible Klein is a fabulist, or its possible he has terrible sources. Its also possible that hes a looney toon and the multiple sources hes interviewed upwards of 70 times each are all in his head.

Whos to say? If I were Ed Klein I might say I know that last thing for a fact.

I asked Klein about his reporting process.

People ask me, why do they talk to you? he said, People like to talk about their connection to people in power. Theyits something that gives them a sense of their own importance and a lot of them talk to me because they feel that theyre basically letting the world know, or through me, letting me know, that they are connected to people at the highest levels of power.

He added that, though its not always apparent, sometimes people leak information because theyre jealous of the person in power, even if they admire and serve them professionally.

Ive protected them all these years, he said of his sources. He views critical appraisals of his workhis reviews are almost universally condemnatoryas nothing more than the Clinton Slime Room, as Maureen Dowd coined it, hard at work. He does not believe critics are reviewing his books with their own critical thoughts, but with talking points distributed by Clinton and her associates.

Clinton conspiracies are, of course, as old as the Clintons political careers themselves.

In 1995, the White House counsels office produced a 332-page internal memo (PDF) called The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce. Revealed by The Wall Street Journal in 1997 and made public by the Clinton Library in 2014 (though now inexplicably removed from the website), it detailed how Clinton conspiracies made their way from well funded right wing think tanks and conservative newsletters and newspapers to the Internet, then to the British tabloids, wholl print just about anything, then to the New York tabloids, and ultimately to the the mainstream media.

After the mainstream right-of-center American media covers the story, the memo read, Congressional committees will look into the story. After Congress looks into the story, the story now has the legitimacy to be covered by the remainder of the American mainstream press as a real story.

Nowadays, the process is simpler: Trump says something and its immediately a legitimate story, because the de facto Republican nominee and leader of one of the countrys two major political parties saying something crazy is news.

Ive written extensively about the possibility that Trump is a conspiracy theorist, and I maintain thats likely. But likely, too, is the possibility that Trump is merely savvy.

It was just as voters were taking to the polls in Indianawhich had been perceived, a few days before the primary, as a competitive state for Ted Cruzthat Trump went on Fox News to ask why nobody was paying attention to a National Enquirer story alleging Cruzs dad had been with Lee Harvey Oswald just before the JFK assassination.

And just like that, the narrative in the media changed from, Can Cruz Win Indiana? to Donald Trump Connects Cruzs Dad to JFK Assassination.

Who knows if Trump believed any of it, and who cares? It worked. Cruz dropped out of the race a few hours later, making Trump, effectively, the Republican nominee.

For the general, Trump has more than just one tabloid story to knock out his opponent. Hes got an entire librarys worth of poorly written ammo.

And his three horsemen are more than willing to assist.

Donald does not ask me for my opinions on politics, Klein told me. He thinks hes doing me a big favor by letting me hang out with him, and he is, in a way Its all about Donald. Its not about me.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/13/hillary-hate-fan-fiction-feeds-trump.html