There’s now a Masturbation Station in New York City for men to relieve some stress during the workday.
The company said 100 men used the booth on its first day.
On Tuesday, Hot Octopuss erected what it called a “GuyFi” booth on 28th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City, where men could, in theory, go to “relieve stress.”
The company simply put a cloth over a phone booth in what amounted to a marketing gimmick. Inside was a chair and a laptop.
Hot Octopuss was inspired by a Time Out survey, which concluded that 39% of the New York men it questioned admitted to masturbating while at work. A more expansive Glamour survey of 1,000 men in 2012 suggested 31% of its readers have done so.
Hot Octopuss created the booth so men can “take this habit out of the office and into a more suitable environment designed to give the busy Manhattan man the privacy, and the high-speed Internet connection, he deserves.”
“We may be insinuating that these booths could be used in whichever way anyone would like to ‘self soothe,’” a representative tells Mashable, “but the brand is not actively encouraging people to masturbate in public as that is an illegal offense.”
The company claims approximately 100 men used the booth on its inaugural day.
Steven Crowder makes a deep dive, pardon the imagery, into the world of the social justice warrior mentality, and the transgender world when he discusses the moral ambiguity of the transgender 52-year-old guy who has “transitioned” into a 6-year-old girl. Who plows snow.
Yeah that’s just frickin’ weird. Crowder makes a lot of good points in the video, which excerpts a lot of scenes of the transgender dude talking about their “transition.”
Crowder says he is “clearly somebody who is mentally disturbed,” and then goes on to cite some stats supporting his position. It’s worth a watch.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has ordered a taxpayer-funded school district in the suburbs of Chicago to allow a male transgender student who dresses like a girl and otherwise identifies as female to use the girls locker room and shower on school premises.
The feds delivered the edict against Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill. on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Department of Education has given the school district one month to let the student use the girls locker room. If the district does not capitulate, it risks losing federal funding.
The Department of Education’s civil rights division made its Title IX ruling after a two-year investigation using a “preponderance of evidence” standard.
President Barack Obama’s Department of Education – which manifestly is not vested with judicial powers – has taken to applying Title IX, a comprehensive 1972 federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, to transgender cases.
The unidentified high school student at the center of the ruling currently is listed as a girl in school files, uses girls’ restrooms and plays on girls’ sports teams.
That’s not enough, though. The student wants to be treated like a female in every respect by the school district that enrolls more than 12,000 students.
Showering in a different place is “blatant discrimination,” John Knight, director of the LGBT and AIDS Project at ACLU of Illinois, told the Tribune.
The ACLU of Illinois is representing the student.
“It’s one thing to say to all the girls, ‘You can choose if you want some extra privacy,’ but it’s another thing to say, ‘You, and you alone, must use them.’ That sends a pretty strong signal to her that she’s not accepted and the district does not see her as girl,” Knight also told the Chicago newspaper.
On Monday, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights agreed.
“Student A has not only received an unequal opportunity to benefit from the District’s educational program, but has also experienced an ongoing sense of isolation and ostracism throughout her high school enrollment at the school,” the letter from the Office for Civil Rights proclaims.
School officials had worked out a plan under which the student could use a separate locker room and shower facility so that girls using the primary girls’ locker room and shower would not feel uncomfortable. The goal was to balance rights – to accommodate the student while, at the same time, “to protect the privacy rights of all students when changing clothes or showering before or after physical education and after-school activities,” according to a recent school district press release obtained by the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper.
“We are very hopeful that we are going to be able to work to find a solution before this gets to the matter of funding,” Township district superintendent Daniel Cates told the Herald in the days leading up to Monday’s proclamation. “If we were to implement OCR’s unilateral mandate of unconditional access, we believe it sacrifices both student privacy and overrides the will of our local board of education.”
In a recent statement, Cates stressed the rights of every other female in the school district.
“The students in our schools are teenagers, not adults, and one’s gender is not the same as one’s anatomy,” Cates explained. “Boys and girls are in separate locker rooms – where there are open changing areas and open shower facilities – for a reason.”
In a statement obtained by the Tribune, the transgender student said he is elated with the ruling from Washington.
“This decision makes me extremely happy – because of what it means for me, personally, and for countless others,” he said. “The district’s policy stigmatized me, often making me feel like I was not a ‘normal person.’”
Catherine Lhamon, the Obama-appointed assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education, also issued a statement about the male transgender student.
“Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room,” Lhamon said, according to The New York Times.
A passenger on a Portland, Oregon-bound JetBlue flight is accused of urinating on fellow travelers, seats and luggage.
Jeff D. Rubin, 27, slept through most of the three-hour flight originating from Anchorage, Alaska, according to a Port of Portland police report.
About 30 minutes before landing “he stood up and began urinating through the crack of the seat onto the passengers seated in front of him,” the report stated.
“At some point Jeff Rubin lost his balance causing him to fall backwards and urinate upwards which got on the passengers and seats next to him as well as some other passenger’s personal belongings,” police said.
When police boarded Flight 47 in Portland, Rubin was slumped in his seat and sleeping, officials said.
Rubin, of Gresham, Oregon, faces two misdemeanor charges: criminal mischief and offensive littering.
He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, where urinals are readily available in all cells.
He was released on his own recognizance.
It was not clear Friday whether he had an attorney.
CNN left a message at what’s believed to be his residence.
Cell phone video captured an eerie scene at a Victorian Era cemetery on Chicago’s North Side earlier this month: a clown breaking into a cemetery and then waving very, very slowly to passers-by.
Julia Graham and her husband spotted a strange figure in shiny pants scaling a 7-foot-tall fence at Rosehill Cemetery around 10 p.m. while they were driving by one evening, CBS Chicago reports. At that point, the cemetery had been locked up for the evening. Her husband snapped a photo.
“When we get closer, we realize it’s a clown, which is super weird,” she says.
The couple realized it was a clown staring right at them and waving. They pulled out a cell phone to capture the bizarre scene. Rosehill Cemetery didn’t offer comment to CBS on the clown, but said it hasn’t noticed any vandalism in the cemetery since it heard the report.
Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable Chicagoans, including retailers Richard Warren Sears, Aaron Montgomery Ward, John Shedd of the Shedd Aquarium, and Vice President under Calvin Coolidge Charles Dawes.
That’s because the graves of legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse, Oscar Mayer, ad exec Leo Burnett, Shedd Aquarium founder John Shedd and two retail giants – Richard Warren Sears and Aaron Montgomery Ward – sit yards away from a planned nature preserve. The 20-acre wooded site neighboring Rosehill Cemetery on the North Side will open to the public next summer.
Clowns have been creepy since basically forever, but clowns doing bizarre things have been going super #viral in the last year. Last October, a clown (or clowns) carrying balloons in California’s Central Valley blew up on Instagram and achieved urban legend status just in time for Halloween. Last summer clowns popped up in a cemetery in New York during daylight hours as well. Graham hadn’t heard about these clowns but she thought such stunts disrespected the dead.
“I just think it’s creepy and wrong,” Graham says.
Here’s the newscast that contains the cell phone video from Graham:
Someone’s clowning around in Green-Wood Cemetery.
A prankster dressed as a scary clown, holding a fistful of pink balloons, spent last Wednesday hoofing it through the historic Brooklyn graveyard before mysteriously vanishing over a hillside.
“I was just walking through the cemetery, and I saw this really creepy clown,” said Matt, who didn’t want his last name used. “I did a double take.”
The red-wigged, ghoulish jester – who wore a polka-dot jumpsuit with multicolored shoes – circled a mausoleum on the west end of the sprawling cemetery before wandering off among the aging headstones.
The bizarre scene, first reported by South Slope News, was captured in a pair of YouTube videos posted by a user named Bruno Leo.
“What the fuck was that?” the cameraman says as he follows the clown around the corner of the mausoleum. “Oh, my God.”
Creepy clowns have become a popular prank in recent months.
A dead ringer for horror author Stephen King’s character Pennywise terrorized a small English town for weeks late last year until a local reporter unmasked him as a 22-year-old filmmaker.
A Staten Island production company pulled a similar stunt in March, sending a silent Bozo into the borough to drum up publicity for an upcoming movie.
Regardless of who is behind the new graveyard gagman, officials at the hallowed grounds aren’t laughing.
“Green-Wood staff has no information about this individual and has not seen him nor have any lot owners or visitors reported a sighting,” cemetery president Richard Moylan said in a statement. “When and if he is spotted, he will be immediately escorted from the premises.”
So far, no one has come forward to claim credit for the buffoonery.
Both the clown and Matt were surprised to see each other, said the witness, who works nearby.
“I was, like, totally freaked out,” Matt said.