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Friday
Dec162011

Who gives a shit: Have you ever had a bucket of water dumped on your head while walking down 5th ave? 

Photo via nathanworden.wordpress.com
Because it's happened to at least one FiPS reader! A Park Slope resident who wishes to remain anon recently sent us this account:

"I was walking down 5th avenue last night around 10 pm, and then water fell on me.  I thought I was going crazy, but i was wet and the ground was wet.  I looked up at the apartment but there was no sight of where/who/what.  This happened right outside of Southpaw and I asked the bouncer if he saw what happened.  He told me that this happens every once and a while. He doesn't know why, but the people up there in one of those apartments throws water on people randomly. ya. I just hope it wasn't caught on tape anywhere...b/c that would be so embarrassing! haha i should probably add that it was DEAD.  no loud noise from the street or southpaw. that added to the bizarreness..."
 
So... this ever happen to anyone else?

 

Friday
Dec162011

Commercial Shoot Invades Park Slope With Mean Sociological Experiment.

Photo via Jordanhoffman.com

Last Friday I dropped by Associated Market on 5th Ave. My mission was simple: buy toilet paper.

As the cashier checks me out, loud bells ring and colorful balloons pour from the ceiling.  A man in a sharp suit emerges holding a giant check as an eager reporter bobs a microphone in a shocked man’s face. The cameras roll. “Congratulations sir," the man in the suit says. "You’re our millionth customer! You just won $50,000.00!” 

As they whisk him away, a woman starts yelling about how the man cut her in line and she’s entitled to the winnings. They tell her to take it up with the manager and ignore her as she storms out in a fury. Her acting was poor though, so I start to think I'm in the midst of an Improv Everywhere skit. At the very least, this was a familiar scene I'd viewed on that show
What Would You Do? I ask the cashier what the deal is and she gives me an awkward smile. She can’t say anything.

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Friday
Dec162011

How To Shun Children From The Dinner Table (And Why the Kiddie Table is Dead)

Photo via yumamom.com

We’ve all heard and talked about the possibility of baby taxes in restaurants, straight banning tots from restaurants and bars altogether, and kids just being annoying in general whenever we adults are trying to eat, drink or breathe. But we’ve now hit a whole new level, and it was only a matter of time before someone brought it up: kids being banned from private dinners at home.

Since parents can be easily offended if you publicly “shun” their kids, Gourmet wrote a lovely article on how to politely ban children from adult dinner parties.

Here's an excerpt:

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Thursday
Dec152011

Park Slope Parents Steal Their Own Bike Back



Photo via NewHiker.com

The Brooklyn Paper recently reported that a Park Slope dad took matters into his own hands after his family's bike was taken from it's usual parking spot in Park Slope and relocated to somewhere in Ditmas Park. Parent turned people's militia up in here, people. Apparently the cops were called and they said they couldn't do anything unless he had a serial number and proof of purchase for the bike (who keeps that shit?). But then the 5-0 supposedly hinted that the lock didn't seem like it would be too tough to cut, with the right tool. After a short trip to the hardware store, the family rode away into the sunset, back on their trusty steed. 

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Thursday
Dec152011

Babies Today Can See Straight Through Your Bullshit

Einstein Baby

A recent study done in some lab at a testing facility somewhere on this planet proves that babies fooled into buying your bullshit once will not make that mistake a second time.

60 babies between the ages of 13-16 months were divided into two groups and paired with some grown-ups. In Group A, an adult excitedly peered into a box. When the baby did the same into their own box, they found a toy. In Group B, the babies also followed an adult's lead to gleefully peer into a box, but their boxes were empty. 

In the next round of "Mean Things to Do to Babies", the adults used their foreheads to turn on a push-light (I KNOW). Babies from Group A mimicked the adults, also turning the light on with their foreheads. Most of the babies from Group B, however, saw right through the bullshit per the previous round, and didn't follow suit.

So there you have it. You can lead a baby to water, but you can't always make it look as dumb as you. 

[Gawker, via Livescience]