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Influencer accuses Lisa Frank of stealing apartment design, says that’s why she’s getting evicted

Instagram influencer Amina Mucciolo (Studio Mucci or tasselfairy) is not only accusing renowned designer Lisa Frank and Hotels.com of stealing her whimsical apartment design but is also claiming they are the reason behind her eviction.

I just want to understand wheres [sic] shes coming from, and why this happened this way. I would like her to admit that she used my work, that she saw my place and wanted to do the same thing,Mucciolo said inan email to the Daily Dot.

The Lisa Frank Flat, a pop-up rental, sold out within an hour of the reservation opening on Friday via Hotels.com, USA Today reported.

Its billed to evoke 90s nostalgia with its Lisa Frank-themethe same one that decorated all your favorite school supplies as a childpermeating the apartments decor. Yet many fans are noticing similarities to Mucciolos work.

Mucciolos apartment design has been made very public. She created YouTube videos about it and Instagrammed it as far back as its inception in 2017. The apartments virality has also been the source of several articles.

Many tagged Mucciolos Instagram account in the comments section of Franks Instagram account, according to screenshots shared by Jezebel.

When the Daily Dot reviewed the same photo on Franks Instagram account Monday, there were allegations that Frank was deleting comments.

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They stole this design from tasselfairy. Every time someone post about it they erase it but you can go to her page and her YouTube and see her well-documented design, one user wrote.

In a YouTube video posted on Saturday, Mucciolo detailed the similarities between Franks space and her own, highlighting that the kitchens are especially similar.

Biggest similarity is the kitchen, Mucciolo says at the beginning of the nearly 30-minute long video. Its the same layout as our kitchen Its impossible for the similarity to not be drawn.

Her subscribers seem to agree with her.The kitchen is soo obvious!!! one commenter wrote under Franks Instagram photo.

Later in the video, Mucciolo claims her landlord is now trying to evict her because of the Frank flat. Mucciolo says she sometimes pays rent late due tomental health issues, but her landlordalways accommodated every late payment.

This last time we needed to pay late but were refused, she says.

The apartments are within the same development, and she says they want the Frank flat to be a one of its kind.

My landlord is evicting me so that they can capitalize on having my idea and recreate with Lisa Frank [and] Hotels.com and have people stay there instead of having a tenant with that kind of space, she says. And basically by them evicting me they know that theyll be the only people [with] a place that looks like this.

She also posted photos of the two apartments side-by-side on Instagram.

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Hotels.com addressed the allegation by responding to one ofMucciolos tweets.

We love that you appreciate colorful design as much we we [sic] do, but this flat was curated exclusively with Lisa Franks iconic signature prints & characters. It was custom built for the two-week pop-up room at a short-term rental unit owned by one of our partners, Hotels.com wrote in the first tweet.

Update 7:59pm CT,Oct. 14: AHotels.com spokesperson told the Daily Dot that Mucciolo was not getting evicted because of the flat.

The Hotels.com Lisa Frank Flat was inspired solely by Lisa Frank and designed in partnership with Lisa Frank using her iconic signature prints and characters, many of which were originally developed in the 80s and 90s. The flat was created for a two-week pop-up in a space that is used only as a short-term rental and no tenant was asked to move or leave for this collaboration, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Mucciolostarted a GoFundMe to raise money so that she can pay for legal defense and find a new place to live. She has raised nearly $13,000 of her $20,000 goal from over500 people in just a day.

According to the GoFundMe, Mucciolos landlord refused to accept our rent payment. We begged and pleaded to try to see if there was anything that could be done, because we didnt understand. When we tried they threatened us and they demanded that we leave immediately or they would make things very difficult for us.

She also said that the Frank flatis owned by the same people trying to evict us.

When a large company that has a huge voice uses your work and does something like that it feels like theyre trying erase what Ive done and my art, Mucciolo told the Daily Dot. Its all I really have and honestly I feel so connected to the things I create, it feels like theyre trying to erase me.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Lisa Frank and Hotels.com.

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/amina-mucciolo-lisa-frank-design/

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Muy raises $15M to grow its new cloud kitchen concept

The cloud kitchen craze has reached Latin America. Food tech startup Muy landed a fresh $15 million Series B to expand into Mexico and soon Brazil. The service is currently operative in Colombia. 

Muy is a “cloud kitchen meets Chipotle,” says one investor. The company describes itself as a virtual kitchen and smart chef system that uses AI to produce food based on forecasts of demand, which can help to reduce food waste. Muy, translated from Spanish to English as “very,” allows users to place personalized orders in one of Muy’s physical restaurants or through a mobile app. Muy’s concept also exists as 20 physical dining locations offering what it says are quick, fresh and personalized dishes. Founder Jose Calderon says Muy is serving more than 200,000 dishes per month. 

The round was led by Mexico-based investor ALLVP, with previous investor Seaya returning. The $15 million Series B brings MUY’s total funding to $20.5 million.

Calderon is no newcomer to the takeaway experience space. He previously raised $47.7 million for a Colombian online food ordering startup called Domicilios, which he exited to Delivery Hero

The explosion of delivery apps has kept options competitive for customers not only in the U.S. but across Latin America. The congested highways of São Paulo, Mexico City, Bogotá and beyond are filled with motor couriers running deliveries with Rappi, UberEATS and the like.  

Calderon notes that cloud kitchens are poised to make on-demand ordering and delivery more efficient in these high-density cities due to the long commute times that keep the growing middle class out of their homes for extended periods of 12 hours or more.

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A MUY customer orders at one of the company’s physical locations in Colombia

Alternatives like full service restaurants can be prohibitively expensive and time consuming, and traditional casual restaurants don’t meet quality standards. A large part of the market, around 40%, brings a lunch to work, says Calderon. But as disposable income increases, he predicts that more people will avoid cooking at home and will opt for faster and higher-quality options like Muy.

Cloud kitchens — the fully equipped, shared, commercial grade spaces for restaurant owners — have left U.S. investors balking. Journalists have described these virtual spaces as “ghost kitchens” and many have noted the threat they pose to independently owned restaurants. My colleague Danny Crichton wrote that “cloud kitchens are the WeWork for restaurant kitchens,” adding that suddenly sharable kitchen space will lead to bidding wars between these virtual food brands.  

This rhetoric isn’t hindering the rise of cloud kitchens and the services that support them from launching in the U.S. and down to Latin America. According to Calderon, the food service market opportunity in Latin America will reach $270 billion by 2021.

The founder also notes that the Latin America market is highly fragmented; the top 10 chains only hold around 5% of market share in comparison to countries like the U.S. where this figure reaches 24%. “Large players will consolidate and win, and small ones will face pressure,” he says. 

Larger incumbents have already begun to dip into the cloud kitchen opportunity. Earlier this year, Amazon took a $575 million bite into Deliveroo, which opened its first shared kitchen in Paris in 2018. City Storage Systems, the holding company of CloudKitchens, was backed with a $150 million controlling stake from Uber founder and ex-CEO Travis Kalanick. 

For better or worse, delivery apps and cloud kitchens are revolutionizing the way we eat in the U.S., Asia and now in Latin America. The winners among the various global delivery apps, cloud kitchens and controlling incumbents have yet to emerge, but what we do know is that everyone needs to eat lunch.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/30/muy-raises-15m-to-grow-its-new-cloud-kitchen-concept/

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Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Is Coming Back Soon, So Mark Your Calendar

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Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Is Coming Back Soon, So Mark Your Calendar

It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for. Well, at least everyone who was bringing their own bun to create a chicken sandwich when Popeyes infamously ran out of its new menu item will be happy to hear the good news. The fried chicken creation was so popular that restaurants were unable to keep up with demand. Lucky for us, though, Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich is coming back soon, so there’s no longer a need to BYOB(un).

According to press materials from Popeyes sent to Elite Daily, the popular Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich will be returning to restaurant menus nationwide on Sunday, Nov. 3. Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich first appeared on menus nationwide on Aug. 12, but it wasn’t around for long. If you missed your chance to try it before it ran out, you will be able to buy the sandwich again upon its second release. The epic sell-out of a menu item “includes a delicious buttermilk battered and hand breaded white meat chicken fillet, served on a buttery, toasted brioche bun with two barrel cured pickles and guests’ choice of classic mayo or spicy Cajun spread.”

Apparently, even Popeyes had no idea what a hit this sandwich would be. Sales of the sandwich “dramatically surpass[ed] even the most optimistic sales forecast,” and “since then, Popeyes has been diligently working to bring the beloved sandwiches back to restaurants for good,” according to Popeyes

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Popeyes created a video for the Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich because this legendary chicken sandwich deserves to be on TV as well as on menus across the country, especially after its epic debut. The video announces like the official poster, “Y’all… The Sandwich is back. This Sunday. Yes. Sunday.” I can’t say for sure that Popeyes is trolling a rival chicken sandwich joint that’s famously closed on Sundays, but I think I see more Popeyes versus Chick-Fil-A memes coming the very near future.

The sell-out of the sandwich disappointed many of those trying to get a taste, and some were saying they could even bring their own buns, mayo, and pickles. Heck, even the official Popeyes Twitter account joined in on the laughs and offered up a Popeyes’ BYOB tweet. Thankfully, all you need to bring in is $3.99 for a tasty sandwich when it returns on Nov. 3.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on YouTube

So many people are going to be happy about the return of the Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich. But before the end of October, you might want to take advantage of Popeyes’ $5 Voodoo Tenders deal. A little twist of their classic Louisiana chicken tenders, when you stop into Popeyes and grab one of these limited-time meal deals, you will get three crispy tenders with their sweet chili voodoo sauce and green onions on top. You also get your choice of a Signature Side and a Buttermilk Biscuit.

With the long-awaited return of Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich, though, I’m waiting to see everyone’s responses on Twitter. The chicken sammie saga has been entertaining. Popeyes does claim that the sandwich is back for good this time, so hopefully you can keep your buns at home for the foreseeable future.

Read more: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/popeyes-chicken-sandwich-is-coming-back-soon-so-mark-your-calendar-19270747

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Theres Something Strange About My Frozen Halloween Costume

Now that Halloween is coming up, I’ve been visiting different stores to put together my costume. I never want to buy anything from Party City that’s already been put together because it’s not unique enough. And it’s not cheap enough.

I would rather spend weeks visiting thrift stores and dollar stores and even garage sales to make a more affordable costume that I can brag about creating myself.

This year, I’ve decided to go as a zombie version of Elsa. I bought a long, draping, blue dress that looks like it comes from the Victorian period. I sewed a floor-length shawl to the back. And I’ve splattered blood across the skirt with a giant wound in the chest, so it looks like a shard of ice has impaled me.

I also crafted a crying, beheaded snowman out of foam balls and am planning on displaying it on my front lawn. What can I say? I like scaring children. It’s the one day of the year I can get away with it. And it’s not like their parents are going to mind. After how many times they’ve had to hear on repeat, I’m sure they’ve thought about stabbing the ice queen themselves.

Even though it’s still a few weeks until Halloween, I’m pretty much ready to go. At least, I I was ready to go.

The other day, I bought a cheap bedazzling kit. I wanted to add sparkles to the sides of my dress to make the fabric sparkle like ice. But when I opened my closet to grab the dress, it wasn’t there. It wasn’t hanging in the guest closet either. It wasn’t anywhere.

I live alone. No one has a key to my apartment. I rarely have any friends over because most of my time is spent working — or planning for my favorite holiday of the year.

There was no way someone had been inside my home, no way someone had taken my dress.

Now, I might be big on horror movies, but I’m not big on ghost stories. I’m the person in the movie who would deny there’s a haunting, stubbornly stay in the cabin at the woods, and get murdered first.

That’s why it took me a few days to call up the owner of the secondhand shop where I had bought the old, Victorian looking dress. I asked about the gown he had sold me. He told me he wasn’t allowed to give out private information. But he let a few details slip.

It only took me an hour to track down the woman who owned the dress before me. Once I learned her name, I did some research on her. And found an obituary. She had died three days earlier, the day I’d noticed my dress was missing.

I went to the wake. I don’t know why. I didn’t know her. And it’s not like she would be able to give me any answers about my missing dress. But something compelled me to visit.

When I walked up to her open casket and saw her for the first time, she was wearing the blue dress. It couldn’t have been blue dress because the shawl wasn’t sewn onto the shoulders. The chest wasn’t covered in blood. But it looked identical.

I backed away, wanting to get the hell out of there, but I ran into her husband on the way out the door. I made up a fake story about knowing her from a friend of a friend. Before I left, I summoned the courage to ask him how she had passed.

He told me he wasn’t sure, he was still waiting on a report from the coroner, but he had found her bleeding out in their kitchen. Something had been impaled straight through her chest.

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Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/january-nelson/2019/10/theres-something-strange-about-my-frozen-halloween-costume

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These Spooky Stories Will Put You In The Halloween Spirit

These stories from Ask Reddit are perfect for October!

1. Sometimes, in the house we presently live in, someone/something climbs into bed with me and pulls in close. And it’s not my husband, the only other human occupant of the house, nor is it the dog or cat. First time it kind of freaked me out, not so much since. Whatever it may be, it seems harmless.

2. Was a producer in a cheap music studio. Had on headphones and was running the board while the talent was in the other room recording vocal tracks. He finishes, I rewind the tape, play back, and hear a bloodcurdling scream coming into my ears. I switch off the tape and talk into the mic to the talent, “Did you hear that?” “No, what?” I rewind the tape and play again and it’s the normal expected music. Never happened again.

3. When I was 11 years old, I was in my home alone in my childhood house in the middle of the day (dad was out, mom was outside) and I saw a full body, all black shadow silhouette of a man wearing a top hat (like Abe Lincoln’s, but not as tall) walk across the hallway wall. The house was built in 1900 so I chalked it up to it being an old house but semi-recently I learned this is a fairly common phenomenon called The Hat Man, mostly seen by young girls and women, associated with domestic abuse and negative “energy” in the home.

Weird things happened in that house often. Objects would suddenly fly across the room, untouched.

Another crazy one: my bedroom in particular was super creepy. I wouldn’t sleep in it, and my dad (who was the biggest skeptic) would tease me and tell me ghosts weren’t real. One night he told me he would sleep in there alone and prove to me it wasn’t scary. The next morning I woke up to him sleeping on the couch and an array of Jesus portraits and holy crosses on the walls of my bedroom. I asked him what happened and he refused to tell me. But he became a big believer in ghosts after that. A total 180.

He didn’t tell me what happened until many years after we moved out of the house. He woke up in the middle of the night to what felt like one of our cats crawling up his leg, only to find no cat. Next the blanket was slowly pulled off the bed from one of the corners at the end and dropped onto the floor. He noped the fuck out of there. I always suspected this may have been an episode of sleep paralysis. But other creepy things happened in that room/house while we were wide awake as well.

After we moved out, my parents sold the house to a single woman. A few months later, the woman called up my mom and asked if we had a problem with it being haunted. The woman said she had set up her bedroom in my old bedroom but found it so creepy, she was sleeping in her guest bedroom instead.

I am not spiritual and I consider myself generally skeptical but some of these things were unexplainable and it was validating that it wasn’t only me who experienced them.

4. A LOT of things. The most amazing was a full body, clear as day apparition of a little girl walking into my parents’ room through the closed door. The thing that creeps me out is the fact that it didn’t. My family has experienced a little girl spirit in this house since before I was born. It had been quite a few years since anyone experienced her (usually disembodied voice as well as pulling sheets or clothes), and when I saw her, it was just a, “Oh, there she is. That’s nice.”

5. I worked for a morgue bagging and tagging dead people and bringing them back to the mortuaries. One night I brought in a body and put it in the freezer. While I was signing the sheet listing the body and the items I brought in, the radio in the other room turned on randomly. This was at Queen of heaven a very Christian mortuary. So it started playing gospel music. This was at 3 a.m. and no one else was around so I have no idea how that radio turned on but I booked it out of there real quick.

6. Between the ages of 5 and 7, I’d occasionally see shadows walking across my bedroom wall at night. Imagine someone making shadow animals but instead its these things that seem human-shaped but something is off about them.

The room my brother and I slept in was always darker than the rest of the place because the streetlights where blocked by an angle and a thick hedge outside of the window. However, I’d still see these things because they would always be outlined in a faint glowing yellow or blue light.

The yellow ones ignored me like they were just passing through. The blue ones liked to fuck with me, though. Usually they’d turn their head towards me and gave off this feeling of menace or travel around the walls towards me laying in my bed as if they were coming for me. They’d move in this eerie way that looked like someone slowing progressing a film frame by frame.

The night when they did get me was last night I ever saw any of them. I never noticed if they had facial feature prior to one extending it’s head from the wall above me and then contorting so it could lean over to grin in my face. It’s looked like a child’s drawing of a monster face but every line of its features had the same blue glow that outlined its body. I didn’t scream I just ran. I ran to my father sleeping in the living room and he basically told me to fuck off. With no other option, I snuck into my grandmothers room and hid in her closet among the mothballed blankets and sheets until morning.

7. I’m a firm believer in “bad energy” because of the summer I spent at my grandma’s house.

My brother and I loved our grandparents and had no notion that there was anything wrong with them. We thought they loved us even more than our own parents. However, I could never shake the uneasy feeling I always had in that house. I just chalked it up to being away from home and in a new place.

One summer, the feeling of dread became more intense. The best way I could describe it was that the house was somehow placed in a surreal nightmare, it didn’t feel real and I could swear there was this heavy sort of “darkness” looming over us at all times. I’d constantly look behind me because I was certain someone was there. I couldn’t take showers and lost sleep that whole time.

And somehow my grandparents didn’t seem normal to me anymore. They were the sweetest and still very loving but in the weirdest way seemed so sinister.

I later found out that my grandmother practiced santeria, used a ouji board to call upon the dead and would routinely curse people she didn’t like. More than that, my mom finally told me that her parents abused her her whole life and that grandpa was a horrible drunk.

8. So anyone who rides horses regularly will know being the last one at the barn SUCKS So I was the last person, so I had to shut off the lights. I had to take my horse back to the barn but where he was kept was not in the main barn. so I shut off the lights and started walking down the path to the other barn. I didn’t have my phone on me so I just used the moonlight

mind you, this horse is BOMBPROOF, he never spooks

I’m walking down a path when he suddenly stops and throws his head back and rears. he has whites in his eyes. I look at what he could possibly be spooking at (I assumed it was an oddly placed shadow) but I couldn’t see much

except eyes

I saw human eyes in the shadows

I’m about to scream when my vision goes blank for a second and I come to. I’m still standing and my horse has calmed down. I shake it off and continue to the barn and put him away with no problem

9. I used to work for a cleaning company and one of the places they had me go to was a restaurant/church. It was surrounded by a graveyard… though to be fair I live 5 minutes away from that graveyard walking. Most of the time I’m cleaning in the very early morning, we’re talking around 4am-7am, I’m cleaning all by my self and no one who works there comes in until 9am. For the first three months it was fine and I wasn’t feeling spooked or anything though one day in early august I’m just going downstairs to put some supplies away when I’m hit with this sudden and intense feeling of danger as if something was telling me I wasn’t welcomed there. It took every fiber of my being to not abandon my supplies and get the hell out of there. I completed my work but I was very close to tears the whole time since the unexplained fear just wouldn’t leave until I was out of that building. From that point on I would get random attacks of fear and eventually I started seeing a shadowy figure that would cause the motion detecting doors to open and close randomly and turn on the stereo in the kitchen at random hours for random intervals. I was able to find a better job and peace out as quick as I could only training my replacement for one day and refused to step foot in that place again.

10. I don’t remember this happening but my mom told me when I was small I used to talk to an imaginary friend in the corner of the bathroom. I apparently also gave them a name. Sure imaginary friends are creepy but most children have them. What’s creepy though, is a few years later when my younger brother was able to talk, he stood in that EXACT corner and had a conversation with an imaginary friend he called “butterfly boy” it might be a coincidence, not sure. I’m happy I have no recollection of this.

11. Back in 2011 we moved into a new home. I actually had a couple of experiences since living there. The first account was a couple of months after we moved in. Every day after school I would go into my room and I noticed my TV was unplugged it was one of those thick glass big plastic rear box ones. I assumed it was just the cat running around and pulling it out. This happened literally everyday I was at school. One night I wake up in the middle of the night with just a tiny amount of moonlight illuminating my room and I saw this red headed lady in a pink floral night gown smiling at me standing next to my TV, I passed it off as just my mom. I woke up the next morning to my TV unplugged and the socket melted and burnt.

Never seen her again and never had my TV unplugged after.

Fast forward a couple years.

I came home from school, my mom and I were binging desperate housewives and she fell asleep.

I had a little remote control Mario Kart car specifically donkey Kong. They haven’t been used for about 7years if not longer, the controllers didn’t have batteries neither did the cart itself.

While I was watching the show, one of them just went full throttle in a box that it was in for about 10 seconds. I walked over to it and seen it was switched off and shouldn’t have been working. I woke my mom up and set it on the floor, we were watching it and then it drove into the wall. We were the only ones in the house and there was no reason the car should have been moving in the first place.

She had multiple experiences with toys being turned on and stuff after that I didn’t. She believed it was a ghostly child or 2. I didn’t experience anything after.

She has also had many creepier stories that my siblings can vouch for, like a cowboy looking man gurgling and coughing in the bathroom at night who she thought was my brother.

12. Lived in a old house in college and our roommate who did Wicca told us our house was haunted and described and named the ghost. My mom believed she saw ghosts too so I called her and asked. Not only did she say yes but she called the ghost by the same name. She had only met my roommate once and did t line her so it’s not like they could have done this together. A week prior I thought I saw a man staring at me in the doorway. The Wicca roommate was constantly standing there in the middle of the night because her cat liked me better than her and would sleep with me and my dog at night and she would get jealous and try to get the cat to come back with her while I was sleeping. I allowed my denial to assume it was her even though she was short and wide set and the person I saw was tall and skinny. Once I heard their stories I freaked out. That next week I started noticing the dog and the cat would walk around air or stop and back up when there was nothing there. The Friday after I was at home alone doing dishes and somehow the guard covering the garbage disposal was gone and a fork fell in. I had just finished reaching in to retrieve the fork when the garbage disposal turned on and off by itself. I moved as soon as possible.

13. Ooh not me but my fiance went to Fallsvale Elementary, and he told me a few stories. Like how children would show up at recess to play, then seem to disappear, and once when he went to the bathroom and there was loud banging on the stall door even though there was no one in there. My favorite is when he and his friends visited this old lady every day after school for nearly a year. She was always nice to them, and her house was always kept very clean and tidy. One day, when they were on their way to her house after school, a man stopped them and asked where they were heading, and when they told him, he said that lady was his grandma. She died in a house fire a decade earlier. My now fiance and his friends went to her house anyway, and found all the furniture old and covered in dust and cobwebs.

14. So, when I was 7 my mom lived up a small hill in a trailer than was right in front of the woods, with my grandparents’ house at the bottom of the hill about 100 yards away.

One night it started raining really badly and my grandmother got really nervous and started telling my grandfather that he needed to go get me and my mother out of the trailer. He, of course, kept saying she was over reacting and there was no way in hell he was going out in that rain.

After about 30 minutes of my grandmother begging, their phone started ringing. He answered and it was my Mom saying she needed him to come get me because the trailer was shaking.

My grandpa went up the 100 yards to the trailer and knocked on the door. My mom answered and was surprised to see him.

Grandpa: I’m here to get ya.

Mom: What do you mean?

Grandpa: You called me to come get ya so I’m here.

Mom: … My phone got turned off last week. Remember?

Grandpa paused and sputtered then said Grandma was freaking out and to just grab me and come to their house for the night.

We we’re halfway down the hill when lightning struck the woods and a large tree came crashing down through the roof of my bedroom. It would have killed me. My grandpa insists to this day it was my mother’s voice on the phone.

15. It happened a lot when I was a very small kid like 5 – 10, and I hardly remember any of this but, my mom would always tell me I used to talk to an imaginary friend called Pearl. Like I would full on converse and my mom would tell me I always whined that Pearl was muttering to herself and wouldn’t talk to me.

My mom said she asked me one time when I was 7 what pearl looked like and I said, “She looks like a flower person!” When I said this my mom told me she was relieved that it “Wasn’t no white family demon shit” bc she didn’t want a literal demon in her house. Turns out a florist died there a year before we moved in there.

16. When I was about 13, I slept over at my friend’s house. I slept on the floor facing the doorway, which was left open. At around 3 am, I woke up and swear I saw a ghastly apparition of a sobbing woman in a wedding dress floating down the hallway towards me, disappearing just before she reached the doorway. I eventually got back to sleep and chalked it up to a weird dream. A few days later, this same friend casually mentions seeing the same ghost or spirit or whatever. I had never told him about my experience. I slept at his house innumerable times over the next few years, but never in that same room, and I never saw her again.

17. Had dream that I got into a car accident. Woke up super disoriented, I literally had to tell myself that it did not happen and that my car was fine.

About a week later on my way home from school I got into the exact accident I had in my dream.

This alone is creeps me out, but right before the accident there was a voice in my head that was telling me to go straight instead of turning right, which is my normal route. After turning right I got into the accident.

18. Night shift in a hospital.

Went to the toilet, both cubicles empty, sat down to do the business and someone started crying in the next cubicle, bolted out of there, the other toilet was empty.

Different night, soon after I started working on this particular ward. Sat at the bottom of the ward so me and another nurse could get a good view of everyone. Without looking up from her notes she said “footsteps are back again.”

I said, “What footsteps?” She just said to listen.

Heard footsteps come from the top of the ward to where we were, then go back to the top end. She didn’t even flinch, just said, “You get used to it.”

There were some other issues with that particular unit, eventually a priest came to bless it, and crashed his car on the way home. It has been decommissioned now.

19. I was working at small start up as an inter, business was slow so I was tasked with automating video recording of the security cameras when movement was detected to save on disc usage, I configured the software and left the camera pointing at my desk.

The next day I arrived at work at checked the videos, the first couple of videos where just people leaving for the day, but the I saw a video at 3am, my screen was on and my chair was spinning.

My desk was right on a floor to ceiling window right next to the garden, and that garden shared the back wall with a funeral home.

20. I used to hear a woman calling my name in my bedroom when I was a child. The house was extremely old, and could have possibly had previous deceased owners, but I never looked into it. Anyway, I could hear her voice coming from the same exact corner of the bedroom every time, and it was the corner my bed would sit in. I would also see the silhouette of a man standing in my backyard by our fence every single night. I never told anyone because the one single time I tried to tell my dad he genuinely thought something was mentally wrong with me and almost threw me in an institution.

21. My mom was driving me to school my senior year about 2 years ago (I didn’t have a license, don’t judge me). Anyways, a block before I reach the school, my mom’s phone starts ringing. She looks on her phone to see who it was and it was my grandpa WHO HAS BEEN DEAD SINCE 2015. My mom decided to answer the phone and she heard nothing on the other end. After that, my grandpa’s number proceeded to call her until after 3 days of this we decided to visit him in the cemetery. We have not received a call from him since visiting him.

22. Probably the most paranormal thing that’s ever happened to me was the time that I had a nightmare where in I was someone else living in a wooded area and there was a black bear that mauled me to death. After I woke up, I want about the day, and at some point I saw on the local news that a woman had been mauled to death by a black bear that very morning outside her home. That freaked me out and I’ll never forget it.

23. Actually a few nights ago. Every night I lock my front door both knob and the top lock. It was like any other night. Closed the door locked up and made sure it was sealed and closed all the way. I have a bathroom right at the entrance so I also open the bathroom door as a sort of last resort door stop. Well I wake up at 3 am hearing rain louder than normal. I woke up fast because I thought we had a roof leak or something because it was so loud. I go down stairs and my front door is wide open and my bathroom door is moved out of the way. Both the locks were still locked on the door. I know for a fact I closed the door all the way. So unless someone tried to break in and locked the locks after they got the door open i don’t know what it is or was.

24. My sophomore year of college I lived in a brand new dorm building on campus. It was nice, clean, all the fixtures were new and the layout wasn’t convoluted or confusing. Right near my dorm room was a series of bathrooms including a special bathroom for people with wheelchairs. It even had a shower that was three times bigger than a normal college shower and a seat built into it. There wasn’t a single handicapped person in the building that year, but needless to say that shower stall immediately became the favorite of everyone on the floor because it was nice to have a shower that wasn’t clogged with hair and that wasn’t only 2 feet wide so your naked butt would bump into freezing cold tile every time you moved.

About a month into the semester though shit started. For reasons no one (including building management) understood, the door would just lock on its own. We’d be sitting in the lounge watching tv or studying and we’d just hear an audible click as the door locked itself despite no one going in. It’d stay locked for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours all on its own. Then there were the weird noises that sounded like a screaming animal that would come out of the vent right above the shower. And the fact that the toilet would occasionally start shaking violently for no reason. Or the sink that did the same thing.

After a few months they closed the bathroom to figure out what was going on (and if it was a plumbing issue or something was wrong with the door). They gave up after three weeks and everyone just assumes that restroom is haunted now.

25. My mum and I, and some other members of the family were doing a blessing at the local cemetery for my deceased uncle and Grandfather. They died before I was born, so I never knew them, I’m not even close to my mother’s side of the family.

During this blessing, I felt something come up behind me and wrap themselves around me, just as if they were hugging me. While it didn’t feel malicious, it did freak me out that I decided to leave. It wasn’t until later I told my mum that she said that her brother used to hug people from behind, so he was probably greeting me.

Another one was that I used to hate sleeping in my bedroom as there was this sad presence in the room that scared young me. Even some nights our dogs used to sit there barking at the corner. Some time after found out from our neighbors that the previous tenant committed suicide in that room /:

Not sure if I believe in the afterlife or anything… I’m still skeptical and can’t really explain logically about what happened, could just be an active imagination.

26. A long time ago in high school I was laying on a blanket in a field on a starry night with my then crush/soon-to-be girlfriend.

We were looking up at the stars and we notice maybe three or four little stars kind of dancing around. They weren’t moving in straight lines like you’d expect a satellite to be doing. We kind of froze, watching them dance around. We were bewildered. Then they just sort of faded away.

My date became sort of freaked out so she got very close to me. I later used this closeness to start making out.

Thank you, alien bros

27. I woke up to find my grandfather sitting at the edge of my bed, smiling kindly at me (not creepy or anything like that).

My grandfather had been dead for several years at that point, but everyone said I was his favorite grandson.

28. Several years ago I was staying at my uncle’s house in a room next to their garage. My uncle and I were supposed to go fishing early the next morning. I woke up and it was pretty dark out but I saw the silhouette of a guy leaning on the wall looking at me. I assumed it was my uncle and started talking to him. “Yeah, I’m getting up let’s go,” I said. I walked right passed him to turn the lights on. Turned around and there was no one there. Wtf, “I might be dreaming,” I thought. Turned the lights back off and went back to sleep.

I didn’t think about this again for a couple months. I was over at my uncles house again for dinner when his wife says, “I gotta take uncle Bennys ashes to the mountain and spread them. He’s been here for a while.” I was like who’s uncle Benny and what are you talking about.

Apparently uncle Benny is my aunts uncle who had died several months before I went to my uncle’s house. His ashes were in the garage next to where I was sleeping. I wonder if he was looking at me thinking who the fuck is this guy.

29. I’ve had a few dreams that came true. Unfortunately never anything useful like lottery number but once in high school had a dream I was walking down the empty halls of my school except there was a woman in front of me who stopped and dipped her back backwards to where she was looking at me upside down. At the time I just thought it was weird until a couple of days later I get called to the office to pick something up. Halls are empty and then a woman rounds a corner carrying a large box. She starts to lose her grip on it so she contorts herself in the same fashion as in my dream to gain leverage. she was a small woman so she bent way back to where she was almost looking right back at me. Very weird never seen anyone do that before or since but it definitely made sense in the moment

30. My house growing up was a two-family with a pretty big basement. We lived on the top floor, and the basement was used as storage and as a laundry room.

The basement was pretty terrifying. It was super dark, all the lights were in the center of the room, so you had to go into a completely pitch black room, reach your hand up and pull on a string to turn the light on. I dont think I ever went into the basement without a weapon of some sort.

When I was 10, my mom left me a note to move the clothes in the wash to the dryer. So I went to the basement, picked up a wiffleball bat and preceded into total darkness. I’ve literally been preparing to turn that light on and see some kind of monster for years.

I pull the string, take a step and look up to see a man. He was breathing heavily and looked disheveled. I completely froze. I’m literally shaking to a point that the whiffle bat is sliding out of my hand. Before I can do or say anything, I hear a gun being cocked and my father from behind me say, “If you take one step toward my son, I will blow your fucking head off.” The man standing before me, takes a few steps back, turns and runs out of the door that leads to the backyard.

Long story short. I went downstairs, at the exact same time, my dad watched from the kitchen window as two guys were being chased by the police through the backyards on my street. He saw one of the men hop the fence into my backyard and check the door to the basement. He realized after a few seconds that I was in the basement.

I still struggle to go into the basement.

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Man who hit police dog with tin of beans jailed

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Image caption William Sheen admitted arson, assaulting an emergency worker and causing unnecessary suffering to a service dog

A man who injured a police dog by throwing a tin of baked beans at its head has been jailed for six months.

William Sheen, 23, began throwing food at police officers when they tried to detain him at the George Tapps pub in Bournemouth on 21 August.

He also started a fire and barricaded himself in a kitchen storage space, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

Sheen admitted arson, assaulting an emergency worker and causing unnecessary suffering to a service dog.

The court was told he had been causing a disturbance at the pub on Old Christchurch Road when staff called the police.

Officers from Dorset Police said they found him in a dry storage area of the kitchen shouting “Let me out” before waving a metal object at them and refusing to leave.

A fire was seen coming from the store and Sheen was heard to say “Go away – this place is going to go up”.

The fire service was called to extinguish the flames and a police dog, called Gus, was also sent to the scene.

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Police dog Gus was stunned when he was hit on the head with a tin of baked beans

In a statement, Dorset Police said: “Sheen began to throw items at the officers, including bags of flour and commercial-sized tins of baked beans.

“One of the tins struck PD Gus on the head, stunning him and causing him to back away.”

Police then used a Taser to subdue Sheen and he was arrested.

Ch Insp Heather Dixey confirmed Gus and the police officers involved did not sustain any lasting injuries and are back on active duty.

She added: “This case yet against demonstrates the danger that can be faced by officers and police dogs while dealing with hostile and volatile incidents.”

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Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkeys Are Back To Make Your Thanksgiving Plans So Easy

Here’s How To Order Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey To Cut Annoying Prep Time

Do you love Thanksgiving but dread all of the cooking that comes along with it? Odds are you aren’t the only one. I think the only reason I’ve never thrown my own Friendsgiving is because I didn’t want to cook Thanksgiving dishes more than once. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re planning on a Thanksgiving dinner with your family, friends, or a combination of loved ones, you don’t need to be stressing out over a turkey. All you need to do is figure out how to order Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey, and you’ll be all set with a Thanksgiving turkey without the stress. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of a precooked, ready-to-go holiday turkey?

Popeyes created its Cajun Style Turkey with you in mind. This turkey from Popeyes is described as a delicious “hand-rubbed” turkey “infused with zesty Louisiana-style seasonings” and “precooked,” so all you need to do it purchase, heat, and serve. According to a Popeyes rep, these turkeys are set to weigh anywhere from 13 to 16 pounds when cooked, and prices will start at $39.99. These will be available at participating Popeyes locations nationwide, and if you’re trying to get prepared for the holiday, you can preordering for Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey began on Oct. 10.

Courtesy of Popeyes

Here’s how to order Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey so you can make your Thanksgiving effortless. You’ve got some options when it comes to ordering, so let’s cover the all the bases.

1. Locate a Popeyes location near you.

The first step to ordering a Cajun Style Turkey is finding out if your local Popeyes has them available. You can all or visit the location to check on whether or not it will be carrying the limited-time offering.

2. Buy a turkey as soon as possible.

It’s possible that a Popeyes near you already has Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkeys in store, according to the brand. If they do, you can purchase one right away and take it home.

3. Preorder a turkey if your location hasn’t stocked them yet.

If it is not yet available at your Popeyes, the chain suggests preordering your Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey since these tend to sell out fast. If you have a local Popeyes location selling the birds, you can call or walk in to preorder your turkey. Then, you’ll be able to pick up your turkey on a future date or schedule a specific date for pick-up. Furthermore, you don’t haveto pay upfront on the day you preorder if you would rather wait to pay when you pick up your turkey. Sounds easy enough, and it’s definitely convenient if you’re planning a Thanksgiving celebration ahead of time.

This isn’t the first Thanksgiving season that Popeyes has released its Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey for customers. It was last seen during Thanksgiving 2018, and the thankfully it’s back for another year of easy dinner prep.

The famous restaurant does a great job at creating limited-time, seasonal fare for customers. It even came back with its Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie for the first time in five years in September 2019. Of course, the turkeys have been sold at Popeyes with a lot more regularity than those pumpkin-y baked goods, but I’m still here for all the pumpkin-flavored goodness. In fact, they’ll probably pair well as a dessert.

You can preorder a Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey now to save the frustration (and avoid the kitchen as much as possible) this Thanksgiving. Precooked and ready to go sounds like the best kind of turkey to me.

Read more: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/heres-how-to-order-popeyes-cajun-style-turkey-to-cut-annoying-prep-time-19220088

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People Said Wed Fail, But My Family Clinic With Video Games And Therapy Cats Is Full Only 6 Months After Opening

Back in 2017, two of the cats I had raised from kittens had become Guinness World Record Title holders. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers was the tallest cat to ever live and Cygnus Regulus Powers had the longest tail on a cat ever (All my cats are named for stars). I had designed a diet for them that I thought was what would be ideal for a feline species. It was highly synthetic and by no means natural, but I’m all about science and evidence-based things, and I’m fairly sure it turned them both into giants.

Life was pretty great, and we were booking TV shows and charity events, as I was president of the Ferndale Cat Shelter at the time, and the cats’ fame helped us raise money to help Detroit rescue and street cats.

On Nov 12th 2017, my wife (who is also a doctor) left in the morning to go round in the hospital. I woke up about an hour later to smoke alarms and my living room ablaze. I searched for the cats and opened as many escape paths as possible until I finally passed out from smoke. Ultimately, I made it to the basement where I was rescued by first responders. The house burned to the foundation, and we lost everything, including our beloved cats Arcturus, Sirius and Cygnus.

(So this is me here on a random Tuesday with Hyperion, one of the resident therapy cats. Life is good, but it wasn’t always so.)

The tragedy completely devastated me, and it took me over a year to recover mentally and physically from it. When I was cleared to go back to work, I decided I didn’t want to live my life how I did previously. I spent my 20s studying and training to be a doctor, and it was almost all for nothing. I decided that being happy and enjoying my life was worth far more, and so I decided to start my own family practice clinic, Powers Family Medicine.

I decided to theme the practice around me and my interests, which are mostly cats and video games. I told some colleagues that I planned to launch a family practice that would have therapy cats and video game decorations and they told me I was insane and that it would be a complete failure as people want to go to a sterile, simple, professional-looking place for medical care. I decided to proceed anyway, and rented a small office space near the ruins of my old home (which is currently being rebuilt). We have been wildly successful, and are currently the #1 patient-rated family practice in our state.

The therapy cats are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva, and so people with severe cat allergies are unaffected by them. We recently had a patient who is so allergic to cats that she carries an epi-pen for it come to the office. She got to pet Polaris, and broke down into tears because she loves cats but wasn’t able to pet one for almost 30 years. The cats aren’t allowed in sterile zones, but otherwise, have free reign of the office. (They are fully vaccinated and free of zoonotic infections, and so honestly the doorknob to the office is more of a risk to you than they are)

Our clinic is special in that it welcomes truly everyone. We are friendly and cater to the LGBT population, and also have a lot of alt/kink/BDSM, commercial sex workers, polyamorous patients, HIV+ patients (which I treat and prescribe PrEP) and other people who feel like they can’t be open and honest with their doctor. We also have some middle-class families in the mix too, all are welcome and treated with respect! In short, we don’t care what anyone else thinks, just tell us the truth and we will help keep you safe and healthy.

I expected it would take years for me to develop the practice, as 5-7 years is pretty normal. We’ve now been open for 6 months, and as of today, we are completely full. We have over 1000 patients in the practice, and we’ve established a waiting list for people to get on if they want to transfer their care to us. I’m looking into expansion options and hiring some help so that we can continue to accept new patients, but for now, that has to wait.

If you’ve read this far and want to see what we’ve built, let me give you a tour!

Hi! Welcome to the tour! I’m Dr. Powers, and this is my clinic!

In the main lobby, there is a full-size custom arcade machine that pretends to be a yet unreleased title “The Drs. Powers And The Starcats”.

The cats have free rein of the office. Also, every exam room has a SNES classic in it to play while you wait!

Phoenix Arcturus Powers is the resident Savannah cat, and he works on Mondays and Thursdays. He is the half brother of Arcturus Aldebaran Powers, the tallest cat to ever live.

Phoenix basks in the rainbow sunbeams.

Exam room 1, we have special prism film on the windows which produces rainbows when it’s sunny out.

At our clinic, you check in using your initials only. You are then assigned an Amiibo (the name is printed on the bottom if you don’t know the character). Then, when it’s your turn to be called back, my MA will say “Pikachu!” and you come back to the exam room. This way, no matter who is in the lobby at the same time as you, your privacy is maximally preserved.

Phoenix likes to hang out at the nurses’ station and receive pets from patients passing by.

Phoenix is aggressively friendly, and is very demanding for pets and attention from anyone who approaches him.

Panoramic view of the lobby, we have a big screen TV out there which streams multiple streaming services and also has a SNES Classic. On this day someone had queued up Sword Art Online from Crunchyroll

Surrounding the nurses’ station are nano leaf light panels that have an animated ever-flowing rainbow pattern.

Panoramic view of the lobby

The cats tend to really like room 1 due to its warm spot near the windows.

There are many rainbows around the office.

Sometimes the therapy cats have received sufficient pets for the day, and need to take a break to their heated bed.

Behind Polaris on the counter is a question block box. Being as we didn’t need to spend any money on advertising as the clinic was instantly so popular, we instead put someone’s name in the bin when they refer a person who establishes care. Then, we draw names during the month to give away prizes like a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL.

We have a community board where patients or their families can post up whatever they like. Polaroids of the art chalkboard from every month also get posted here.

Lobby big screen

Front desk check-in. I’m really into bitcoin and have been for a very long time, so we accept it at our clinic!

We have a chalkboard where patients can draw whatever they like. It gets erased on the 1st of every month.

Coat rack.

The lobby and every exam room have multi-chargers in place for your convenience.

Another view of the main lobby.

Receptionists desk. Yes, she has a gaming desktop and razer hardware such as her chroma keyboard.

The Guinness world record certificates for my late cats, Arcturus Aldebaran Powers and Cygnus Regulus Powers

The anatomy of Mario at weigh-in.

You’re liable to run into a big cat lounging on an exam table upon entering the room!

Close shot of the anatomy of Mario from Etsy: PipperilloStudios

The back wall has x-rays of the various consoles and gaming controllers

Close up shot of one of the x-rays

Myself, my MA, and whatever resident/med student I have rotating with me for the day all use Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptops with full chroma keyboards as our work laptops.

Exam room 1

Chrono trigger shadowbox. The canisters on the shelf contain my tongue depressors and so on.

The wall in room 1

Super Metroid menu outside exam room 2

Exam room 2

Legend of Zelda shadowbox art

Similar canisters to room 1

Rupee succulent planters from Etsy: HylianWords

Exam room 3 (procedure room)

The countertop of exam room 3

More exam room 3

The kitchen

Another shot of the nano leaf setup around the nurses’ station

When you refer a patient and that person establishes care, your name goes on a blank card and into this bin. Once or twice a month I draw a name out and that person gets a gaming console. Usually a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL

Hyperion Procyon Powers enjoying the rainbow sunbeams

Phoenix works Monday and Thursday, Hyperion Tuesday, and Polaris Wednesday. On Fridays, both Hyperion and Polaris come.

Sometimes over lunch I take a little gaming break.

My wonderful receptionist Laura and my amazing medical assistant Stacy! I couldn’t have made this place without them.

Anyways, thanks for checking us out! We are currently full, and do have a waiting list for anyone who wishes to become a new patient. The list is first come first served, and so as patients move away, we get less busy, or we manage to expand and hire another provider we will pull people off the waiting list.

This post was published with the permission of Dr. William Powers

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Life in the ‘hairy underground’: the lost history of Soviet hippies

It was a subculture shaped by communism, inspired by the west and watched by the KGB. A new documentary charts the movements charismatic leaders, conflicts and future

In 1968, Aksel Lampmann was a teenager growing up in Soviet Estonia. That summer, he went to an international camp, where he met students from Czechoslovakia and began listening to the Beatles. He didnt understand the lyrics (No one spoke English back then), but loved the sound. We had no clue what they were singing about. What a strange vibration!

He learned guitar and grew his hair. By 1969, Lampmann had become a full-blown Soviet hippy. The iron curtain made a road trip to the US impossible, so he hitchhiked from his home in the Baltics to Crimea. Our lives were more colourful, more alive, he says. Other people didnt have the same encounters or emotions.

Lampmann is one of the stars of Soviet Hippies, a film by the Estonian writer and director Terje Toomistu about a lost period in Soviet history. The documentary explores a subculture that was inspired by the west yet distinctly homegrown existing in a society shaped by communism and watched over by the KGB.

In the west, nobody was arrested simply for having long hair or wearing strange clothes, Toomistu explains. The USSR, by contrast, wanted complete control of its citizens lives: how people worked, dressed, or even danced. Anyone who rejected the Homo sovieticus model could be in big trouble, including having their hair forcibly cut.

Watch a trailer for Soviet Hippies on YouTube

The Soviet hippy movement emerged in Moscow and Leningrad around 1966 and 1967, in the early years of Leonid Brezhnevs rule. The first red hippies were the sons or daughters of the privileged Soviet nomenklatura well-behaved kids from elite families. They had access to music from the capitalist world and to jeans. By the early 70s, the movement had grown sufficiently big and unruly to alarm the authorities though it probably only ever numbered a few thousand, Toomistu says. The secret police began tailing the long-haired to school. In June 1971, the hippies were given permission to demonstrate against the Vietnam war outside the US embassy in Moscow.

This was a trap. The KGB rounded up and arrested demonstrators, with the goal of wiping out hippy culture. Some demonstrators were sent to psychiatric facilities and injected with insulin; others dispatched to the army and camps near the Chinese border. The film re-creates this grim clampdown and uses surveillance photos found in KGB archives in Lithuania.

According to Lampmann, harassment by the police and KGB was common. One of my close friends ended up in prison, he says. Hippies were persecuted under criminal rather than political law. They could find themselves sharing a cell with gangsters and murderers. To avoid arrest, Lampmann always kept his documents in perfect order.

By the late 70s, the hippies had developed a counterculture, with Russian slang and a music scene. There was what Toomistu calls analogue Facebook notebooks listing names and numbers of contacts across the USSR, used by travellers seeking somewhere to crash for the night. This network is gloriously animated in the film, which features psychedelic drawings and cartoons.

Vladimir
Ideas from the world outside Vladimir Wiedemann practising yoga at home in Tallinn, Estonia, late 1970s. Photograph: Courtesy of Vladimir Wiedemann

The underground subculture connected people from different social backgrounds, the writer Vladimir Wiedemann says. It included hippies, dissidents, mystics, religious activists and human-rights campaigners. Some embraced spiritualism, others yoga and veganism. All rejected the Soviet regime and thus played a role in its eventual demise.

Wiedemann was exposed to rocknroll culture via Finnish TV and Radio Luxembourg, which he could pick up from his home in Estonia. The iron curtain wasnt that strong, he says. Now based in London, Wiedemann wrote a book on hippies, Forbidden Union, which is currently running as a play, How Estonian Hippies Brought Down the Soviet Union!, on the Moscow stage…

The film features interviews with Wiedemann and other survivors from the hairy underground, as Toomistu puts it. Most are men, still espousing hippy ideas and with beards and hair still flowing but grey. There are fewer Soviet female hippies, Toomistu says; many left the scene to have children. The movements charismatic leaders are largely dead, often from drink and drugs.

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Down with the army, say no to war Soviet Hippies. Photograph: Private Collection

These were widely available under Marxism. Forbidden from travelling physically beyond the eastern bloc, Soviet hippies instead became psychonauts, Toomistu says. They consumed weed from central Asia and the Caucasus, opium and poppy tea. Some drank Sopals, a Soviet cleaning detergent containing ether.

Toomistu grew up in post-Soviet Estonia. She was interested in the hippy scene as a teenager, and was a fan of Jim Morrison. She spent half a year in Russia as a student, and wrote a thesis about memory culture. The idea for the film came together after her own road trip in South America, she says. She is currently completing an anthropology PhD. There is little archive material on communist-era hippies, whom the Soviet press ignored, Toomistu says, erasing them from history. She retrieved a box of video footage of festivals and gatherings from a hippy who had to leave Russia in a hurry. In 2017, several of her subjects went to a hippy reunion held every year at Moscows Tsaritsyno Park, to mark the 1971 demo busted by the KGB.

The reunion is poignant. Russias war in Ukraine and its 2014 annexation of Crimea divided opinion. Some hippies support Vladimir Putin and his idea of a great spiritual Russia. Others take a more traditional pacifist view that all war is bad. The film ends with Putins police breaking up the party. It is a metaphor for state-hippy relations, now and then.

  • Soviet Hippies is being screened by Dash Caf at Rich Mix, London, on 23 October.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/23/lost-history-of-soviet-hippies-documentary-communism

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Winnow raises $12M Series B for its food waste solution for commercial kitchens

Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, is disclosing $12 million in Series B funding.

Backing the round is Ingka Group (a strategic partner to the Ikea franchisee system), Mustard Seed, Circularity Capital, D: Ax and The Ingenious Group. It follows a recent $8 million loan from The European Investment Bank (EIB), meaning that Winnow has added $20 million of capital in the last month.

Counting global clients such as Ikea and the Armani Hotel in Dubai, Winnow is on a mission to offer the hospitality industry technology to help cut down on food waste by making commercial kitchens “smarter.” Its latest Winnow Vision product automates waste tracking by using computer vision to track what food is being discarded and therefore enabling kitchens to make better inventory decisions.

Notably, the Winnow system claims to have already reached and surpassed human levels of accuracy in identifying food being thrown away. “This means for clients, over time, these systems will enable their kitchens to automatically register food waste without any human interaction. Food will be thrown in the bin and the data will be captured automatically,” says the company.

More broadly, the idea, as Winnow founder and CEO Marc Zornes likes to put it, is that what gets measured, gets managed. The startups says that kitchens using Winnow tend to see a 40-70% reduction in food waste within 6-12 months, driving food cost savings between 2-8% in total.

Citing its main costs as “hardware and service delivery for each unit deployed,” Zornes says Winnow will use the new cash injection to further improve its technology and focus on “doubling down” on product development. This will include investing in new QA engineers to enhance development, through to front-end developers to improve its reporting features.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/17/winnow-raises-12m-series-b-for-its-food-waste-solution-for-commercial-kitchens/

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