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August 16, 2017 | 35 Comments » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What’s the best way to launder $5,000,000 in cash?

Buy a cash business like a nail salon, paying the majority of the true purchase price in cash to the seller with a token amount on paper. “Sales” increase steadily over a year, you sock away all the clean money thrown off by the salon, maybe 4-5K/mo. After that year, put the 50-60K as a down payment for a really shitty investment home or “flip”. Pay for all renovations in cash. Sell house for a clean profit, rinse and repeat.

Once you get tired of that, buy yourself a small commercial building. A shitty little neighborhood shopping center with vacancy problems. Hire patsies to open more cash businesses. A dry cleaner. A tanning salon. A boutique clothing store. Each of these operations now serve two purposes: cleaning a little cash each month which pays for your patsies and a little taste for you, but more importantly, they pay their above-market rent on time each month.

Now you’ve operated this for a year and have built some excellent financials on the shopping center, so you sell it as a leased investment on the commercial real estate market. What you purchased for $1m when it was throwing off no rental income you now sell for $5m as investors pare paying you for value of future cash flows. Now 1031 tax defer your profits into a like kind investment, which means your $4m profit is now down payment on a $15m office building throwing off $750K/year in crystal clean income.

The real trick is don’t take that $750K/year though (taxable as income). Pay your mortgage down early, and after 5 years you refi and take your $5m out as capital gains to minimize tax exposure. Rinse, repeat as needed.

– Caulkpunch

Disclaimer: We do not condone the illegal laudndering of money, this is for entertainment purposes only

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August 2, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What is the most excruciating way anyone has ever died?

Scaphism, otherwise known as “the boats” is possibly one of the darkest and grossest ways of ending someone’s life. Scaphism was developed by the Persians and described by the Greeks who were normally the intended victims of the procedure.

So this is how it worked: the poor person to be killed would be securely tied between two wooden canoes (or hollowed out tree trunks) with their head and legs protruding. So the trunk of their body was basically encased and sealed in a wooden box. The executioners would then force feed them milk and honey until their bowels were ready to scatter violently. More honey was then applied to any sensitive areas to attract insects. At this point they would take the suffering man to either float on a stagnant pond, or just leave him out in the sun.

The victim’s more than swift bowels would quickly fill the container he was stuck in with excrement allowing insects to breed and feed on his living flesh. Gangrene would set in as burrowing insects started to interrupt blood flow.

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July 26, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What’s it like to date a Gold Digger?

When I was in my 20’s, I had a very, very beautiful woman wind up being the biggest gold-digger I ever went out with. Once I fully realized what was happening, I ended things immediately, drove her back to her car and we never went out again.

So let’s call her… Julie. Julie was a fitness contestant/exotic dancer with a body that stopped traffic. And while she had this super, over-the-top body, she also had over-sized implants that made her look like a real-life Jessica Rabbit, hair and everything. She stopped traffic, and that’s not an expression, cars literally slowed down or stopped to watch her walk down the street. She gave me a picture of her in a bikini. I would show my friends and most of them were in disbelief that I even knew her, let alone was going out with her.

And… how exactly did we meet? At a strip club of course. I was young and more naive than most, but it turned out we had mutual friends in common and we wound up spending a couple of hours together talking. We “seemed” to hit it off and have a lot in common… or so I thought.

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A Few Answers To Historical Questions You Always Wondered About

July 18, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

On D-day, why didn’t the Allies just bomb the beach from the sea with ships before storming with people?

 If you haven’t read D-Day, by Stephen E Ambrose, I’d really recommend it if you’re interested. All quotations are from Chapter 14 of the book.

They bombarded the crap out of the beaches. Several veteran soldiers have said the opening naval barrage on D day was one of the loudest things they had ever heard. One of the Allied airborne troopers tells it this way. “The Barrage coming in was quite terrific. You could feel the whole ground shaking toward the coast. Soon they lifted the barrage farther inland. They sounded so big, and being poor bloody infantry, we had never been under naval fire before and these damn great shells came sailing over, such a size that you automatically ducked, even in the pillbox, as one went over, and my radio operator was standing next to me, very perturbed about his, and finally he said, ‘blimey, sir, they’re firing jeeps’”

A total of 68 destroyers participated in the bombardment of the 5 beaches. Ambrose summarizes the reason why the success didn’t work in the following way. “In short, a tremendous tonnage of shells hit the beaches and batteries. The results, for the most part, were terribly disappointing. As anyone who has visited the normandy beaches will attest, this was not because of inaccurate fire, but rather the result of German skill in fortification building… They [the batteries] took many direct hits, dozens in some cases, but even the 14-inch shells failed to penetrate. The shells made pock marks, the knocked away some concrete, they exposed the steel reinforcing rods, but they did not penetrate.” However “Many of the German gunners inside were rendered deaf or knocked out by concussion” from being inside a concrete bunker.

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July 12, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What’s it like to have Schizophrenia?

Let me run you through a day in the life of my personal brand of schizophrenia:

7:00 am: Wake up and lay in bed for awhile. Although I live alone, I hear footsteps throughout my apartment. I start wondering whether someone broke in during the night, so I get up to check the lock. Not only is the dead bolt still latched, but the chain is also still in tact; however, the footsteps are still in the kitchen, and I have to check the door and whole apartment at least three more times be sure I’m alone.

7:30 am: I’m taking a nice hot bath, but, as the water is running, I hear a conversation happening just outside the door. I know no one is there because I’ve checked the door, but I can’t help but hear a few people debating about the use of leather vs. cloth seats in cars. I dip my head under the water and try to ignore what’s not there.

8:00 am: Is there something crawling on my leg? When I look down to inspect, there’s nothing. This will happen at least once every half hour throughout the day, so I won’t continue mentioning it.

9:00 am: I’m eating breakfast, and I taste metal when I’m eating my toast, so much so that I can’t finish my food.

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July 5, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

How is World War II taught in German Schools?

When you grow up here and you are still rather young, you get the sense that you (as in Germans) fucked up in the past and its a lingering feeling but you are too young to understand or make sense of it.

As in you might wave to someone with your right arm and hold it up to long and someone scolds you for it or a parent quickly tells you to lower your arm and they try to tell you why.

In short Every german Student has at least 5+ years of history that is either directly or indirectly about WW2 and it’s effects on the world we live in today.

I can only speak of my personal experience which to make this easier to understand was 4 years in the Grundschule, followed by 6 years on the Realschule and topped of by 2 years on the FOS. (currently studying but there is no real impact)

Of these 12 Years i had History lessons starting at 6th grade officially. Something you quickly learn is that the education system at least where i was, had a very heavy focus on WW2 and the DDR (google Berlin Wall if in doubt).

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June 28, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

Why do women love reading romance novels?

Reading a general fiction book is like a five course meal with dessert afterward. A romance novel is like a tub of ice-cream eaten when no one’s looking.

All women do not love reading romance novels but most do. I do. For me , it is a form of entertainment and escapism. It may be stereotypical and hackneyed but it is comfort food. 
Romance novels are centered around the same few themes that (writers and publishers believe) women enjoy.

1. The Comfort Fact – Romance novels rarely, if ever make one think. Reading a thriller puts me into high-alert mode and reading literature makes me think, question and even underline at times .But reading a romance novel is a bit like eating potato chips while watching your favourite show. Yes, it’s unhealthy, it’s unrealistic as a source of genuine nutrition for the body , but a part of you loves it and cannot resist it. Once you’ve had some, it stirs cravings that you have doing guilty pleasure reading more often.

2. The Main (i.e. Male) Aspect – Real men are often duds. Even when they are very attractive, they are taken or they simply don’t know how to talk to women. If they know how to talk, they have control issues. If they don’t have control issues, they have annoying mothers or too much work at office. You get the picture? I am not saying that men should be perfect but it’s so interesting to see how heroes in romance novels always have time – to be at the beck and call of the heroine, to rescue her, to talk to her, to suitably annoy her and advise her. Romance novels are completely make -believe . The important thing about men in these books is not that they are always gorgeous or rich but they do know exactly what to say and what to do. A quality which men in real life lack. 

3. Other issues that women deal with – Most contemporary romance novels are chick-lit. There are bosses to contend with, angry parents to appease, friends to go shopping with, ladies night outs, pimples to pick, body hair to remove. A lot of women enjoy reading romance novels because they speak to them.
 Imagine, you lead a monotonous life full of paper-work, you have colleagues who gossip incessantly. You are pretty but not pretty enough. Your parents want you to marry.You have a little tummy you can’t get rid of, Your friends , though they support you have lives of their own. Sounds like your life , right?
Now imagine, you run into a very cute guy while having an embarrassing moment, he turns out to be your boss. He’s snarky to you but nice too. Your heart flutters a bit. Isn’t that what romance novels are for? A little thrill in the mundaneness of everyday life?

4. Plots and Variety – I have read hundreds of romance novels. Though people criticise them for being a corny, sappy bunch of sameness, there are a lot of romance novels  with diverse , thrilling and different plots.
There are romance novels that deal with espionage, murder, regency england, heiresses, royalty, sports (SEP’s NFL series is my favourite), courtrooms, schools, colleges, workplaces. For every kind of woman there is, there is a romance novel that would appease to her at least in terms  of lot and setting , if not in the romance at least.

5. Sex – In my school, when boys snigger over porn clips, girls were busy with books like Forever by Judy Blume which had as much sex as the porn clip would but would also have plot, build-up and deal with issues like contraception. No romance novel today is without a few sex scenes. My first romance novel was a Mills & Boon (written by Betty Neels) about a Doctor in a small village. That had one kissing scene. Now, I can’t find one book that tame. Women are ready to atleast talk about sex quite openly, many find porn distasteful and romance novels add a bit of spice to life. A bit of illicit reading is fun, just like stealing liquor from your dad’s cabinet.

6. Good Writing – Regardless of what people say, many romance novelists are fantastic authors. They are humorous, witty, easy to read. If you could find a bunch of authors who led you to a make-believe , exciting world with hot men , romance, sex while writing elegantly, why would you not want to keep reading them?

7. Love – A lot of romance readers are in love with the idea of love. That keeps them hooked. 

If you think about it , every book has a little bit of love and romance, which readers look forward to or are engaged by, romance writers just expand on it. They have a very large demand to do so. Where there is demand, supply will come.

Personally, I don’t think you should read a lot of romance novels if you build unrealistic expectations in relationships. There is no Prince Charming. And I draw the line at three fictional boyfriends. 

– Ayushi Mona

 

 

 

How is Disney’s marketing strategy is so successful?

I am a Florida escapee who used to work for The Rat, so I’ve been all up and down and around the nasty underbelly of the Disney thing. I’m not anti-Disney. I’m just saying that because they think of it as a kids thing, as you seem to do, they absolutely miss the fact that Disney has been cultivating itself as a lifestyle brand for almost a CENTURY.

Disney is absolutely a total lifestyle choice for those who are willing to be caught up in it. What they sell is “magic”. How many parents do you know that sit their toddlers or infant children down in front of Disney movies EVERY DAY? I want you to know that that sort of infinite-rewatch Disney experience has been carefully curated since the origin of VHS back in the early 80s. The argument can be made that the “Hero’s Journey LITE” Disney story has been the primary means of teaching American and other children how life works for decades.

I think it should be equally telling that Disney has purchased Marvel and the Star Wars franchise. If it is a narrative universe that can be used to structure the lives of its children viewers, and therefore can be a lifestyle choice that makes Disney money, it is EXACTLY the kind of intellectual property they want. How many superfans do you know? Adults who collect figurines, who watch superhero movies over and over, who play the games, etc, etc, etc?

The simple answer to your question is this: Many modern adults learned what they know about life from their Disney childhood, and will do ANYTHING and spend ANYTHING to continue to be swaddled in the sterilized, perfect, “magical” Disney environment.

Do you know what it is like to work for the Rat? To work in one of those parks? Disney’s magic is actually just a form of perfection. They sell control over your environment. Every flower is perfectly in place. Every surface sterile, a cast member at every corner, carefully pointing with the WHOLE HAND, not the finger, so as not to ever cause offense.

And they KNOW it. That’s why there’s a place called Celebration. You know about that place, right?

http://gizmodo.com/celebration-florida-the-utopian-town-that-america-jus-1564479405

You’ll see a link on that Gizmodo page to a shot from The Truman Show. Disney is champing at the bit, hard-core ready to sell you EVERY BIT OF YOUR LIFE IN A DISNEY EXPERIENCE. Yes, you can get married in Cinderella’s castle. Yes, you can have costumed cast members show up to celebrate your birthday. And out of all of this, I think what it is is a comfort that these superfans get out of their ability to spend their money. They spend, and spend, and spend, and all the while, they know that they are spending money on something that is unquestionably world-class. Everyone knows Mickey Mouse. He’s more recognizable than Jesus.

And let’s not fucking forget! If your poor, benighted ass happens to live in a state that is NOT Florida, god forbid, in a place that snows, Disney has an ad campaign rooted deeper than a stage 4 brain tumor in your state to remind you of how much it SUCKS TO LIVE THERE. I moved to Pennsylvania, and people looked at me like I was fucking CRAZY to leave Florida! Then I started watching the TV, and it was just Disney ad after Disney ad. Ads showing the kids crying, snowplows, fighting couples, and then SUNNY FLORIDA AND DISNEY AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY. I was SHOCKED.

Disney has sold themselves as a status brand. If you live in fucking Minnesota, and you collected the $10,000 or so for a really good Disneyworld trip, what are you going to do, hide that as a secret? FUCK NO. You and your kids are going to get a suntan and expensive Disney shirts, and you’re going to parade your asses around Duluth or whereverthefuckever WEARING that shit so everyone else knows you escaped the frozen hellhole.

Disney owns the fucking world, basically. You’re confused by adults TODAY. Sheeeeiiiiitttt, Disney is now buying up all the superhero intellectual properties and the Star Wars shit… they are working to corner the ENTIRE childhood fantasy market. Just give it 20 years, man. Disney is a total lifestyle brand, and they are NOT content to have just 80% of the market.

I swear, travel around the country, and look at the Disney ads, then spend ONE SUMMER in Orlando, working for the fucking Rat. Visit Celebration. Get on I-Drive. See the sheer global power of this brand. Talk to the locals. You’ll get your answer, and it will shock you.

– foodnetwerk 

 

 

 

What would the world be like if Nazi Germany had never lost the war?

Having studied World War II for nearly a quarter of a century now, I find questions like this always interesting to answer and people are often surprised to learn that the world where Nazi Germany won the Second World War wouldn’t be too far off from the one we know today, at least in theory.

To better understand, take a large rock and row to the middle of a lake, then drop the rock over the side. Where the rock hits the water is a very noticeable splash and a crest, however as the wave moves farther out, it gets smaller and by the time it reaches shore it is almost non-existent. Such is the same with Nazi Germany winning World War II in 1945…by 2016, the effects of this would not be as great, compared to the world we know today..

The alternate world of 2016

In reference to the above map, take each continent.

EUROPE

The aim of Nazi Germany’s territorial expansion was the concept of Lebensraum (“Living Space”) with Hitler’s stated goal being for Nazi Europe to extend to the Ural mountains. In a world where Nazi Germany wins, Hitler’s armies have achieved this aim. The territories of the east are now “Reich Commissions” under the direct control of the Nazi government in Europe. Life in the east would be harsh for the locals who would exist under ruthless Nazi rule, racial policies, and extermination directives. Comparing this to Soviet Russia it would have been worse, but not by that much.

Great Britain of course has fallen, but Hitler had no desire to annex this country since he felt the British people were equal to the Germans in terms of superiority. A Fascist England, led by an extremely subservient pro-Nazi government would most likely have come to power to enforce Nazi rule.

Poland as a state ceases to exist, as do the smaller countries of Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Germany’s allies Finland, Romania, and Bulgaria would survive and be rewarded with territory and “protection” as long as they remained client states to Nazi Germany. Hungary would most likely have been occupied and annexed, given that country’s lukewarm reception to the Nazis to begin with. Norway would also have remained under direct Nazi control given that country’s desirable natural resources and access to the North Sea.

Yugoslavia would be annexed by both Germany and Italy and it is likely that Greece would have been taken over by Italy as well as part of a new Italian Empire. Thus by 2016 the Balkans crisis and genocides of the modern age might not have occurred, but Nazi racial policy would have killed just as many victims.

Vichy France controls West Africa and has been allowed to continue to exist as a vassal state under Nazi control in Europe. The fate of the Low Countries and Denmark is hard to determine. Many in the Nazi government saw occupation of these countries as temporary, but Hitler wanted full annexation. The more likely outcome by 2016 is a type of confederation, possible called “Burgundia” (a name Heinrich Himmler suggested) which exists as a Nazi protectorate.

Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland as neutral countries would have remained untouched; however, the Nazi government controls the Straits of Gibraltar and strict access to the Mediterranean Sea.

THE MIDDLE EAST

At Europe’s frontiers lies Turkey untouched, having been neutral during the war. Saudi Arabia, receptive towards Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish policies and her authoritarian ways, dominates the Middle East and controls all oil in an Israeli-free world. There is no Islamic radicalism as we see today, the Iranian revolution never took place in Persia (Iran), while Iraq and Syria are controlled by the Saudis in a fundamentalist Caliphate-type government confederation with little freedom.

AFRICA

North and Central Africa have become colonies of Nazi Germany, Italy, and Vichy France. The decolonization movements of the 1960s were stamped out and local natives live under oppression. It has been speculated that the Nazis would have attempted to exterminate blacks in Africa, but racial policy classified these persons as animals rather than sub-human. Thus, more likely, would have been an apartheid-type system, in which South Africa would have been a strong ally of Nazi Germany.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

A weak Russia exists but the Soviet Union collapsed when they surrendered to Nazi Germany. Stalin and his henchmen were arrested as traitors and a second Russian Revolution took place to purge the hard-line communists who had lost the war. What exists today is a pseudo-democratic nation with questionable politics much like we see in the real world. The communist Chinese also took over just as we know today, however there was no Korean or Vietnam War as Russia never moved in to the region to establish communism.

Japan has still lost the war and exists as we know today. Atomic bombs were still dropped, the Philippines liberated, Indonesia and Malaysia restored, and American forces have a strong Pacific presence. The British empire survives in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, while some Vichy France colonies continue to exist in the South Pacific.

NORTH AMERICA

Nazi Germany in fact never intended to invade America and would have had a very hard time doing so in any event. Thus, America survives and is locked into a Cold War except with Nazi Germany instead of the Soviet Union. Canada, where the United Kingdom government relocated after the fall of Britain, is the new heart of the British Commonwealth.

Of interest is that it is highly likely that during the 1970s and 80s, after the death of Hitler and the top World War II Nazis, something very similar to de-Stalinization would have took place in Nazi Germany and perhaps brought about better relations with the US. The Nazi leaders of the 1990s may perhaps have admitted to the Holocaust as well as offered reparations for the victims. Going into the 2000s would have perhaps seen a Gorbachev-like Nazi leader, seeking better relations with the United States, and a Nazi version of perestroika.

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Very little change here from what we know, except that Nazi Germany has occupied Cuba to have a western hemisphere base of operations. South American governments, with perhaps the exception of Brazil, are receptive to the Nazis having similar authoritarian-type governments.

ANTARCTICA AND THE MOON

Unlike the world of today, where Antarctica is off-limits to military activities, both Nazi Germany and America would most likely have established military bases there. Other Antarctica territorial claims, as we see today from Chile and New Zealand, would probably also exist.

Nazi Germany and America would both have reached the moon, but the establishment of permanent bases there would still be several decades away, even with the enhanced technology of Nazi Germany’s weapons program.

A world where a Nazi Germany exists in 2016 would certainly be different to what we know today and there would definitely have been high death tolls in the 1950s and 60s as the Nazis finished their racial programs and extermination of populations. But we also have no Korean or Vietnam war and little strife in the Middle East with Al Qaeda and ISIS non-existent. Time perhaps has a way of leveling itself out as the ripples in the pond are barely noticeable the more time passes. But, I still prefer the world we live in today.

Anthony O Hughes

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June 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What was it like to play LeBron James in High School?

I played against Lebron a handful of times when he was a Freshman, so I have a little experience in this area.

I’ll relay my thoughts about the game I remember the most.

I was 18. A senior, decent athlete, a few D3 offers, a few “preferred walk on” for some D1 schools. I was 6’3-6’4 and 180-190 pounds. He was 13-14 years old, and and near the same size as I was.. but enormous feet, long arms, but lanky. Probably weighed… 170?

I’ll try to keep it somewhat short… I could hold my own against him, only because he was very, very raw. I feel my game was as polished as it could be, while he was still just getting things figured out. We both ended the game with similar stat lines, but the X factor was just the raw explosiveness and athleticism… something you honestly can’t account for when talking about size, weight and even age.

I’m sure alot of you have played basketball, maybe even lately.. but you know that first few possessions of the game? Sizing things up.. who can move, who can shoot, how are they guarding us…. Lebron was already on a different planet in terms of just sheer velocity. He could just get off of his feet, make a cut, or grab a rebound while I’m still flat footed. He didn’t have springs in his legs.. he had trampolines. I had played against alot of tier 1 talent at that point at 5-Star and Blue Chip camps, but the odd thing is.. I knew IMMEDIATELY that this guy was something different.. and that isn’t just hindsight.

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June 14, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What Would’ve Happen If the Germans Had Captured Moscow in 1941?

One of the classic “what ifs” of the Second World War centers on how—or if—the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, code-named Operation Barbarossa, could have achieved a quick victory. Hitler certainly believed that it could. All one had to do, he insisted, was to “kick in the door” and the “whole rotten structure” of Stalin’s Communist regime would come tumbling down. In many respects Barbarossa was a stunning success. The Germans took the Soviets completely by surprise, advanced hundreds of miles in just a few weeks, killed or captured several million Soviet troops, and seized an area containing 40 percent of the USSR’s population, as well as most of its coal, iron ore, aluminum, and armaments industry. But Barbarossa failed to take its capstone objective, Moscow. What went wrong?

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June 7, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting, Answers |

What’s it like to know you are going to die soon?

How does it feel to know you are dying? That is a difficult question, because the answer can be different from day to day or even from hour to hour. The feeling, range from denial, to fear, to guilt, to anger, to sadness and to acceptance. It is the same, I suppose, as any greiving process. You can’t work your way through one set of feelings and neatly move on to the next.

It is almost like being at the beach, standing in the water on a windy day. A wave comes at you and almost knocks you off your feet. You struggle and regain your balance, just in time for the next wave to hit. Over time, the strength of the waves subside and you think your footing is a little more secure. Suddenly, out of seemingly no where another large wave hits and you almost loose your balance again.

I suppose that pretty much describes the grieving process for anything. You can be hit by wave after wave of denial or anger, what ever, each wave trying to knock you down. The emotional waves don’t hit in any particular order or strength. Gradually, these waves do lessen in strength or intensity and you come to the peacefulness of acceptance. You are still not out of the water, and at anytime a wave can suddenly come back and hit.

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