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Fyre Festival Fraudster Billy McFarland Is Self-Publishing His Memoir From Prison

As reported by New York Magazine, Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival infamy is self-publishing his memoir, the creatively-spelled Promythus: God of Fyre, from prison, where he is currently serving six years for fraud.

The book will cover McFarland’s life from 2011 up to when he was visited by the FBI in the days after the festival mess. It will tell the “raw” story, which he feels was not accurately represented in either Netflix or Hulu’s documentaries, despite not having seen them.

This information comes from Josh Raab, a freelance editor who was contacted by McFarland’s girlfriend, Anastasia Eremenko, about editing the book. McFarland handwrites the pages, which will be about 800 in total once he’s done, and mails them to Eremenko for her to type.

Raab eventually turned down the project, but before he declined, he was connected with Brandon Rubinshtein, a publicist who also represents Dennis Rodman. Rubinshtein had a list of name-dropping stories that would be included in the memoir, including “actors, models, musicians, people who are only famous because their parents are, and cameos from members of the Trump administration.”

Now, Billy McFarland has set his sights on self-publishing Promythus: God of Fyre via Amazon. Raab said the planned release date was the end of April, but at time of writing the book is still unreleased.

For the full story, head over to New York Magazine.

This LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander Set Lets Fans Build & Code Three Iconic Robots

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LEGO is celebrating Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) today with the announcement of a new robotics coding kit, called LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander. It allows fans to build, code, and play with three iconic droids from the franchise: R2-D2, Gonk, and an Imperial Mouse.

The Droid Commander set includes a color and distance sensor, interactive motor, a Bluetooth Move Hub, and 1,177 pieces. Each droid has its own personality, skills, and Star Wars sounds and music. The droids range in height from 5-7 inches. The LEGO BOOST Star Wars app is free, and it allows the creator to solve over 40 missions by inserting the Bluetooth Move Hub into their droid of choice.

Retailing for $199.99, the Droid Commander set will be available globally on September 1.

Matthew Boling Runs Fastest High School 100m Dash Ever at 9.98s

 

On Saturday April 27, 2019, Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling clocked the fastest 100m dash (under any condition) in high school history at a blistering 9.98 seconds. Astonishingly this is Boling’s first year running the 100m in competition.

According to the Washington Post, he was the first American high school student to break the 10-second mark in six years, but his time will not be a national record because it was aided by wind measuring 4.2 meters per second. The legal limit for wind in track and field is plus-2.0 meters per second.

If you go back to the 2016 Olympics, Boling’s time would have placed seventh in the 100-meter final.

 

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Timelapse of a Street Cat Chilling on a Sidewalk in Istanbul

 

In the capital city of Turkey, hundreds of thousands of stray cats (neither feral nor tame), live amongst the people of Istanbul. According to a 2017 article in The Economist:

 

Turkey is not unique among predominately Muslim countries for honouring its cats, which are considered ritually clean animals in Islam. In the hadith, the collected sayings and actions of Muhammad, there are numerous examples of the Prophet’s fondness for cats. By one account, Muhammad cut off his sleeve when he had to rise for prayers so as to not disturb a feline that had curled up on his robe for a nap. In another tale, the pet cat of Abu Hurayrah (literally “father of the kitten”) saved Muhammad from an attack by a deadly serpent. Muhammad purportedly blessed the cat in gratitude, giving cats the ability to always land on their feet. Cats were considered guardians in other respects for the Islamic world: they defended libraries from destruction by mice and may have helped protect city populations from rat-borne plagues.

 

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Wintergatan’s Ambitiously Awesome Musical Marble Machine Continues to Evolve

 

Wintergatan (featured previously) has just completed the conveyor belt for their continually evolving musical masterpiece, Marble Machine X. The handmade music box powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and more using a hand crank and thousands of marbles.

Words don’t do Marble Machine X justice, it’s something you just have to watch. If you’re interested in learning about the build process and seeing the project come to fruition, be sure to follow their channel on YouTube for weekly updates!

 

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Breaking: You Can Finally Spend a Night Inside a Giant Potato

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After 7 years on the road, travelling on the back of a semi across 48 states, Idaho’s famous Big Potato has been put out to pasture on 400 acres of good ol’ Idaho farmland just south of downtown Boise.

Recycled from the Idaho Potato Commission’s “Big Idaho Potato Tour”, this 6-ton potato has been retrofitted into a hotel by Kristie Wolfe.

The hotel also features a retrofitted silo with a full bathroom, soaking tub, and fireplace! For information and booking check out the Big Idaho Potato Hotel on Airbnb

 

 

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A Giant Chandelier in the Forest Made From Tiny Rainwater Catchers

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RESERVOIR (Ascesa) is an amazing installation by artist John Grade. The artwork was installed in 2018 at the Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Borgo Valsugana, Trento, Italy.

On his website’s project page, John adds:

Reservoir is made up of five thousand individually heat-formed, clear droplets framed in steam-bent wood. The delicate droplets are attached to a pair of clear filament nets that are supported by tree trunks above. As rainwater or snow accumulates in the droplets, the position and shape of the nets lower and change. As collected water evaporates, the sculpture rises back to its original configuration.
 
Sheathed springs below pulleys limit vertical range of motion so the sculpture remains at least ten feet above the ground. Even a very light rain creates enough downward movement to be comprehended visually by viewers below. When dry, the sculpture weighs 70 pounds. When filled by a heavy rainfall, the sculpture can exceed 800 pounds.

 

For more information along with some additional process and installation photos, visit John Grade Studio.

[via Colossal]

 

 

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Japanese Farmer Grows His Own Rice For His Lone Curry Vending Machine

 

In Japan, vending machines generally sell beverages and simple, readymade provisions. But fresh curry over rice?

Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine. The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm.

In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.

 

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Watching This Ape Use Instagram Is Completely Surreal

 

A surreal clip of an ape using a smartphone has been making the rounds online after appearing on reddit last week.

The short clip raises more questions than it answers. What is he thinking as he scrolls? Why does he select to view the images and videos he does? What is going on?! Seriously, I have so many questions.

Original clip by Kody Antle, also embedded below.

 

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Sugriva loves browsing @instagram

A post shared by Kody Antle (@kodyantle) on Apr 27, 2019 at 1:22pm PDT

 

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