Dead DropOur Slack is an ever-growing recycling bin of abandoned links. News, memes, photos, quotes, and brain-poisoned bacchanalia must all be wiped from our memories so we can blog tomorrow—but before we do that, we’re forwarding the best of it to you! Welcome to Dead Drop.
A Santa Monica area influencer was caught borrowing a worker’s drill to stage a photo-op outside a boarded-up shop damaged by the previous night’s looting. Toting a photographer/boyfriend, the woman hands the drill back to a worker and climbs into a Mercedes-Benz and scurries away, pronouncing “Good job, guys, BLM!”
She has been identified as Washington Examiner intern and UC Santa Barbara student Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin, and she has shut down her accounts @FactsWithFiona. But she has been forever immortalized in the feeds of New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, Ava DuVernay, and LeBron James.
She’s not the only one, it seems.
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The oldest-known animal to walk the earth may be a millipede, Reuters reports. The 425-million-year-old fossilized creature found in Scotland is a centimeter long and likely fed on decomposing plants. Crawling around eating death might feed into a lame follow-up crack about influencers, but given the previous slide, this seems unfair to the innocent millipede. It is named Kampecaris obanensis.
What do we call a man who’s lost all mortal fear of beasts and presents them for public viewing with a robust social media presence? We call that man a King, and our new ruler is Jay Brewer, who runs the Reptile Zoo, an entertainment and educational center with a “zoo-like atmosphere.”
Further investigation into this reptile drama is a must.
As Gizmodo reported, Carole Baskin is the new Tiger King, following a judge’s order yesterday that she now owns ousted Tiger King Joe Exotic’s zoo.
Axios has noticed that downloads for police scanner apps have peaked. In case you happen to be interested, here are a few links:
More evidence that the pandemic is taking a toll on both mental health and the supply chains: the U.S. is facing a pandemic-induced shortage of the antidepressant Zoloft. Bloomberg reports that, on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration added Zoloft to its drug shortage list, which shows that pharmaceutical companies have reported both increased demand and inability to obtain an active ingredient.
Have you ever seen such splendor? It’s an off-grid wireless messenger wristwatch, with a little keyboard: aka a “Doomsday Communicator.” The device uses LoRA (long-range) network protocol to broadcast messages on license-free radio frequency bands. In a comment, the creator said that they were able to transmit communication within a range of 500 meters. Support the project here because we need th