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Horrible

Boy Commits Suicide After Being Bullied for Alleged Masturbation Video

Mr. Burdette. (Facebook)

This week in horrible news, a California teen has committed suicide after a video of him allegedly masturbating went viral on social media.

Matthew Burdette, 14, reportedly killed himself on November 29 — not long after a classmate secretly filmed him over the top of a bathroom stall, and shared the video on Snapchat and Vine. The video, which appeared to depict Mr. Burdette masturbating, went viral, and allegedly led other kids to bully him intensely. Now, Mr. Burdette’s parents are suing his school district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying. Read More

Kids These Days

High School Kids Earning $4K a Month Through Gaming Site ROBLOX

A screengrab from Mr. Correira's game, Paintball!. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.

Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash. Read More

Science Rules

Newly Discovered 4-Winged Dinosaur Was Like ‘a Big Turkey with a Really Long Tail’

It was basically a dinosaur version of this. (Wikimedia Commons)

If you thought cockroaches were bad, thank god you didn’t live in the days when four-winged flying reptiles roamed the Earth.

Scientists have discovered fossils in China belonging to a terrifying-looking four-winged dinosaur, the Guardian reports. Measuring 1.3 metres, or a little over four feet, the Changyuraptor yangi is the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found, and is 60 percent larger than the four-winged dino in second place (suck it loser). Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

This At-Home DNA Kit Tells You If Your Relationship Is Doomed

It's as easy as paying US$164 and spitting in a tube! (Facebook)

Want to know what the future holds for your fab new Tinder boyfriend? A Canadian company is claiming they’ve devised an at-home test that can scientifically predict whether you and your partner are destined for long-term happiness.

The Couples Kit, created by Ontario-based Instant Chemistry, has couples participate in genetic and psychological tests to determine their compatibility, the Daily Mail reports. Read More

Reddit All-Stars

Guy Pulls In $40K, Quits Day Job by Selling Shirts That Say ‘DICK BUTT’

This is one of ShirtWasCash's most popular designs. (Twitter)

Here’s yet another reason to wonder why you ever worked so hard to find a nine-to-five job.

The founder of ShirtWasCash, a site that prints T-shirts with designs submitted by creepy redditors users, announced in a recent blog post that he’s already earned $40,159 from his bizarre online company. Now, he’s quitting his day job to pursue Internet-inspired T-shirt making full-time. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

This Blow Job Machine Went Viral, But Will We Let Men Enjoy it Without Shame?

Mr. Sloan holding the Autoblow 2. (Screengrab: Vimeo)

Before the Ohio kid’s ironic potato salad captured everyone’s attention, the Internet was captivated by another wildly successful crowdfunding campaign: the electronic blow job machine known as the Autoblow 2.

When the sex device first hit Indiegogo in May, its creator, Brian Sloan, hoped to raise $45,000. By the end of the month-long funding period, the Autoblow 2 had raked in $280,247. But that wasn’t the end of the blow job machine’s popularity; when the Autoblow 2 became available for pre-order online, its website had so much traffic from horny consumers, it crashed. On top of it all, Mr. Sloan told Betabeat he was even contacted by someone who wanted to make a reality show about his life and business (he declined).

Now that the Autoblow 2′s first customers are finally getting their coveted blow job machines in the mail, let’s examine how and why the Internet got so turned on (sorry) by this particular product. Read More

Let's Go Shopping

Birchbox Opens Brick-and-Mortar Retail Store in Soho

The inside of the store. (Instagram)

You frequently see brick-and-mortar businesses start selling their wares on the interwebs, but it’s less common to see it work the other way around.

But that’s the case for Birchbox, the New York-based subscription service that sends customers monthly boxes of beauty and lifestyle products. The company — which scored $60 million in funding back in April — announced yesterday the opening of its first physical store in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, at 433 West Broadway. Read More