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WTF happened at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas?

It was supposed to be a weekend of bliss, booze and bops. Instead, it was chaos.

Organizers of the much-hyped Fyre music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel, the Associated Press reports.

Fyre Festival organizers announced the cancellation of what they previously billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" concert along the lines of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.

The scene didn't look so good:

People had already begun arriving in the Exuma islands for the first of two weekends that was to include performances by Blink-182 and others.

The event's website put it differently: "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests."

They said they were working to arrange charter flights to Miami for people who had already arrived in Exuma and said inbound flights had been canceled.

Fyre Festival, produced by a partnership that includes rapper Ja Rule, had promised "culinary delights and luxury" over this weekend and the second one in May. Organizers had relied on models and other minor celebrities to heavily promote the festival as a glitzy destination event. It was unclear from the website if the second weekend would also be canceled.

William N. Finley IV was live tweeting the entire bungle:

The Bahamas tourism ministry had expected it to be one of the largest such events ever held in the island chain east of Florida.

But attendees complained bitterly about disorganization, a lack of accommodations and inadequate food in social media posts.

And they were furious (and some furiously funny).

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that's one way to send a message

Pittsburghers pissed about homeless camps pitch tents outside mayor's house

Several North Side residents who are irate over a homeless encampment in their neighborhood pitched two tents Thursday night next to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's Point Breeze home.

Peduto, 52, who is running for re-election, called the stunt a "new low in Pittsburgh politics."

Peduto on Friday morning said the North Side encampment has been there for years. He said the city has worked with social service agencies in an attempt to move the homeless into housing.

"It never became an issue until two weeks before the (May 16) election," he said. "Darlene Harris is using it on the campaign trail as a wedge, dividing issue of people in Pittsburgh."

Read more from the Tribune-Review.

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cultural recognition

Some dude has named plants after Ahnuld & Danny

So, "Twins" might not be the height of sophisticated culture.

Right? Even with lines like, "Thank you for the cookies. I look forward to tossing them."

But now an Australian scientist has given the film a bit of a cultural boost by naming a genus of Australian pea flowers, Daviesia schwarzenegger and devito, after the two leading actors in the film.

(That would be Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, of course.)

The 1988 comedy follows the laugh-filled notion that Schwarzenegger and DeVito were part of an embryo split to craft the perfect child. However, Ahnuld's character ended up with all the good stuff (strength, intelligence) and DeVito got the scraps.

And that's basically the idea with these plants: The Daviesia schwarzenegger is larger and more robust, and the Daviesia devito is smaller and weaker.

Australian National University Professor Mike Crisp has identified 131 sub-species of plants in the Davesia genus — these are but two of them. They're found in southeast Australia, and they are in trouble.

"Both species are at risk of extinction, because they appear to be confined to tiny remnant patches of bushland in a region that is largely cleared for wheat farming," Crisp said in a statement.

"These plants are ecologically important members of the communities of plants in which they grow. They're nitrogen fixers, playing an important role in the Mallee region where the top soil is very denuded and the nutrients are depleted. It's essential to have nitrogen fixers to replace those nutrients."

Here's hoping they'll be back.

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scary as sh*t

The streetlamp that will haunt your dreams

A Massachusetts city known for celebrating the occult is drawing attention after its mayor snapped a photo that appears to show a scowling face trapped in a streetlamp.

Many on social media say it looks like a man's face, with a furrowed brow and parted lips. Some say they're spooked. Others say it should be no surprise in Salem.

The city of 43,000 residents was home to the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, which led to the executions of 20 people.

Salem's attractions include a witch museum, witchcraft shops and a Halloween party that claims to be America's biggest.

The photo was taken outside a courthouse.

— Associated Press

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Gonna be a while

Well, your morning commute could be worse

You thought the Route 28 backup was awful. Imagine encountering something like this on your way in ...

Q13 Fox out of Seattle reports a large tree fell on two cars Wednesday in Fife, Wash.

The Washington State Patrol said one driver was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries. She's was listed in serious condition.

Her red Toyota Prius was totaled.

The driver of the second car hit was uninjured, police said.

Three lanes of traffic were blocked for about an hour, leading to a 10-mile backup.

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Napercise, MF'ers

Sleep workout is what we've been looking for

Finally, a class that if you sleep through it, you'll pass.

A fitness outfit in England, David Lloyd Clubs, is launching Napercise, a 45-minute workout that consists of nothing but climbing into a bed and going to sleep.

And just like that, we're gym members.

The 40 Winks Workout is "designed to help reinvigorate the mind, body, and even burn the odd calorie."

Instead of spin bikes, guests will walk into a room full of single beds (yeah, we know ... but we're here to sleep, remember?).

(David Lloyd Clubs)

The uptempo beats are swapped out with atmospheric sounds. They're also dropping the room temp to a level that "promotes calorie burning during sleep" (whatever the hell that would be).

The program is being tested for the first time this weekend. If all goes well, the club will roll it out to its other clubs around the UK.

It was developed with sleep expert Kathryn Pinkham.

"Sleep is a lot more important than people realize," she says. "We tend to focus on the short-term effects such as being tired or lacking concentration, but it is also essential for our long-term physical and mental well-being, too."

(David Lloyd Clubs)

David Lloyd Clubs polled its members and found that, among parents, 86% admitted to suffering from fatigue, with 26% regularly getting less than five hours of sleep a night.

"When we are sleep-deprived, we lack the energy to exercise regularly," Pinkham says, "and also the mental clarity to make good decisions about the food we eat, which could negatively impact our physical health in the long-run."

Wanna fly across the pond and try it out? Then www.davidlloyd.co.uk/napercise.

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no butthurt here

Charmin drops off Butt load of TP in Ohio

When life gives you a last name like "Butt," you best make the most of it.

Michigan tight end Jake Butt has been doesn't mind people having fun with his last name. The folks at Procter & Gamble sure are.

The parent company of Charmin toilet paper delivered a truckload of the squeezably soft product to him in his hometown of Pickerington, Ohio, on Wednesday.

And, of course, they brought a dump truck.

The nature of the relationship between P&G and Butt is unclear. A request for comment was emailed to P&G.

The gesture surely was a nod to Butt's last name, which elicits snickers wherever he goes. But he doesn't seem to give a shit.

"I love it so much," he told ESPN last August. "I think that's one of my greatest traits. It has really allowed me to grow my platform and build my brand."

He better.

Butt has made a name for himself as a football player for being a two-time Big Ten tight end of the year. He's one of the top players at his position available for the NFL draft, which starts Thursday.

On Tuesday, Charmin tweeted , "Have you seen the #CharminDumpTruck driving through? We've got a special destination for a butt-load of TP"

On Wednesday, a Columbus radio station, 97.1 The Fan, tweeted a picture of the load of toilet paper being dropped on a lawn with Butt standing nearby.

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Rehab, anyone?

Teddy bear had 750 bags of heroin in him

Always suspect the bear.

A prosecutor in Massachusetts says 750 bags of heroin were found stuffed inside a teddy bear in a child's bedroom during a drug raid.

Imagine how that bear must have been feeling.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the drugs were found Wednesday in a Springfield apartment.

Gulluni says 22-year-old Joshua Santiago was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Police say they also seized cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun with a defaced serial number and ammunition from the apartment.

It was not immediately clear if Santiago has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

No comment from the bear.

— Associated Press

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