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Bentley's $200k+ release

Why Not Flaunt Your Wealth With Practical 66-Pound, $256k Book?

Culturally, we all recognize the significance of a flashy status symbol—even if we don’t exactly understand the point. These ostentatious displays of wealth are so important to some that they might be willing to get stranded in a Hunger Games battle for damp mattresses and untoasted cheese sandwiches. Others opt for Insta-worthy gold rolling papers (though these, of course, are just as tragically destined to go up in Fyre). There’s a difference between a splurge and a status symbol: an expensive skincare product is usually for self-pampering, not for bragging about. (Let’s take a moment to imagine: “check out my new pore-smoothing cream! Could you STILL hide the Crown Jewels in my pores, or do you think just a mood ring would fit?”) A status symbol is for the world to see—more specifically, for the world to see that you, not-so-humble-you, can afford a $185 paperclip. So, good luck carrying your 66-pound Bentley heritage book.

 

What $200k+ looks like, apparently

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Bentley, the luxury car manufacturer, has entitled its beast of a centenary release 100 Carat, a tasteful allusion to the 100 carats of diamonds that adorn the cover. Technically, the amount of diamonds you get is flexible based upon your price range: the Centenary Edition for $3.8k; the Mulliner Edition for $16k; and, of course, the Rich Bitch Edition for the aforementioned price.

So, what do you actually get when you purchase one of these books, besides the lingering dread that nothing, not even this, will be able to fill the emptiness inside? Besides diamonds. The 100-Carat Edition, of which only seven copies exist, gets you 100 carats of diamonds that you can’t wear as jewelry. The Mulliner Edition gets you fifty-six hand painted watercolors and rubber from the tires of a winning racecar. The Centenary Edition, of course, gets you the privilege of owning a four-thousand-dollar book.

Most people would agree that the purpose of a book, if not to document a historic or artistic period, is to inspire considerable thought and deep emotional responses. In that manner, this book has succeeded where many ambitious literary works have failed. Considering Bentley’s release, we’re left with a number of probing questions: who are these people? What do they do for a living besides (probably) yelling at waitstaff and spending $500 on a Saint Laurent white tee-shirt? And why purchase something too heavy to even properly take up a seat on public transit during rush hour—isn’t that what Louis Vuitton bags are for?

 

 

 

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Here’s the Weirdest, Most Disturbing Harry Potter Merch Online

If you’ve spent any time in fandom spaces on the Internet, you’ll know how weird things can get. And you’ll also know this terrifying truth: things can always get weirder. These five pieces of Harry Potter merchandise might make you want to Ravenclaw your eyes out… or maybe you’ll want to throw in some galleons to have them as your own.

 

1. Underwear

 

Harry Potter themed underwear reading "Chamber of Secrets"

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Once the Internet figured out ‘Chamber of Secrets’ made a great euphemism for any number of orifices (okay, really two in particular) the onslaught began. And once people figured out you could slyther in said chamber… it was all over. Maybe this Harry Potter underwear will help you LITERALLY keep it in your pants. If you think this pun somehow isn’t sexy enough for your own personal needs, there’s always the underrated “whorecrux.” (But all jokes aside, you can buy that online as well.)

 

2. Cigarette case

 

Marauder's Map themed cigarette case

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It must be pretty stressful at Hogwarts knowing that your school is full of trolls, giant serpents, and honestly, some pretty rude teachers. Fortunately, the wiz-kids can kick back with some… cigarettes? While it’s true that the books were set in the 90s—before smoking was banned on international flights—it’s pretty unlikely that you’d be able to sneak a smoke at Hogwarts with all the paintings watching. This particular cigarette case features a Marauder’s Map interior, presumably to remind young witches and wizards that they’re Up To No Good. It’s the magical equivalent of the Surgeon General’s warning.

 

3. Dobby’s mounted head

 

Dobby's mounted head replica

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If reading about and then actually watching Dobby die wasn’t traumatizing enough, don’t worry! There’s plenty more where that came from. You too can now own a wall mount of Dobby’s presumably taxidermied head to remind you that life isn’t fair and death is inevitable.

 

4. Vibrating Nimbus 2000

 

A graphic describes how the toy broomstick was used as a sex toy

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One of the worst things about the vibrating Nimbus 2000 is that it wasn’t supposed to do the thing you’re obviously realizing it could do. The worst thing is that, unlike the other items on this list, it was official Harry Potter merchandise—and it was for kids. Mattel pulled the toy from shelves after a horrifying epiphany you can probably imagine for yourself. But you probably wouldn’t have imagined that Mattel only caught onto the truth when sex shops began selling the (adult) toy. To emphasize just how bad of a mistake this was, let’s take a look at some customer reviews:

 

Reviewers describe the vibrating Harry Potter broomstick

 

Another thrilled reviewer fails to recognize that the Harry Potter broomstick is a sex toy

 

Talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of you’re fired. The product is still available on eBay.

 

5. Common-room scented candles

 

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The candles were a sweet idea. They were a nice try. But let’s face it—the Gryffindor common room is full of sweaty middle-school boys. If it smells like anything, it’s socks and B.O… and, apparently, cigarettes. (Though, for the record, this candle does look like it smells much better than a dorm full of twelve-year-olds ever would.)

 

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Meet the Funniest New Twitter Parody Account: Bougie London Literary Woman

You all know the Twitter account Guy in Your MFA, mostly because you don’t need to be in an MFA program to know “that guy.” He loves cigarettes, whiskey, and writing complex stories misconstruing women he has met once—or, better yet, has never even spoken to. This behavior, of course, is a natural extension of his genius and comes from no deeper flaw. If you’re pretty but not pretty enough to be threatening, he might let you listen to him talk about his unpublished novel for five hours before never texting you again.

 

Guy In Your MFA@GuyInYourMFA

Just because I drink 6 glasses of whiskey alone every night doesn’t mean I’m an “alcoholic.” It means I’m an artist. Did I write anything last night? no, I passed out and vomited on my mattress but what does that matter

277 people are talking about this

 

The writer behind Guy in Your MFA, Dana Schwarz, has two published novels—and another parody Twitter account. Dystopian YA Novel depicts a grim reality in which writers can only lazily allude to poverty and racism without ever actually acknowledging what real racism and poverty look like. Also, ordinary words have capital letters to let you know they’re Significant.

 

Dystopian YA Novel@DystopianYA

I, an attractive white girl, am the person most at risk under this authoritarian regime.

1,717 people are talking about this

 

Now there’s a new literary Twitter on the scene… even if this character probably has an “old soul.” Bougie London Literary Woman made her debut in November 2018, even if she’s spent far longer strolling the nighttime London promenades, watching the lamplight run across the stone like water. Or whatever literary types do to stay inspired. The mysterious fictional woman describes herself as “a twenty-something seabird adrift on the tides of London. Can be found devouring literature, swimming wild, and scribbling.” The owners of the account are currently unknown, though the bio reassures fans: “a man is not behind this account dw.” Highlights include:

 

Bougie London Literary Woman@BougieLitWoman

Thrilled to have finally contracted this season’s cough; it plays so perfectly into my fantasy of being the glamorously consumptive daughter in a country house novel

106 people are talking about this

 

Bougie London Literary Woman@BougieLitWoman

A eureka moment in packing for my weekend away! I shall eschew all clothing to make more room in my trunk for books, and go nude but for an overcoat and a sharp brogue

38 people are talking about this

 

Bougie London Literary Woman@BougieLitWoman

Madly besotted with my silver-backed hairbrush, and I spend the dying hours of each day watching the clock ‘til I can tend to my mane with a hundred strokes before bed. I suspect I shall be unable to resist doing so by candlelight

20 people are talking about this

 

The account’s recent popularity means that the mystery women behind Bougie London Literary Woman (yes, we do know there are multiple people!) has garnered an interview with The Guardian. The Literary Women answered lighthearted questions while remaining in character: when asked “Smythson or Moleskine?” the character responded, “I buy all my stationery in Florence; English paper lacks a certain verve.”

"You're so fucking classy"

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The most surprising detail in the interview isn’t actually that surprising at all: the account gets lots of a certain kind of male attention… “which goes to show that even if you are an explicitly fictional, non-existent parody woman, you somehow still get DM slides from creepy men.” Maybe such glamorous adversities will help inspire the characters’ undoubtedly sprawling novel one day.

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Hilarious Questions People Asked NYPL Librarians

Before there was Google, where did people go for answers to their obscure, specific, and sometimes alarming questions? They went to the library.

 

Before Google gave us an easy way to search for information on basically anything without moving more than our fingers, the only way to access a comparable repository of documents was through a visit to the library. One academic says that Google has cut down on research time by 80%, simply because she does not have to make a trip to the library every time she needs more information. And the public could submit questions for librarians to find answers to.

 

A few years ago, the New York Public Library rediscovered a box of cards with these questions, spanning from the ’40s to the ’80s. A lot of them look just like the sort of question you’d enter into Google today.

 

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“Where can I get all available statistics on volume of business, money involved, etc. in the sale of cadavers?

 

Okay, I’ll give this person the benefit of the doubt – maybe they’re just curious, maybe they’re a journalist or writing a book. But the card says the question was an “inquiry at the desk”. I would have been more than a little nervous if I were the librarian at the desk that day.

 

Here are some other weird and funny questions:

 

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“Does the female human being belong to the mammal class?”

 

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“Have you ever been a mother?”

“No.”

“Well, you are a lucky girl!!!”

 

Others include:

  • “How many neurotic people in US”

  • “Why do 18th Century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?”

  • “List of famous men born prematurely”

  • “Can mice ‘throw up’?”

  • “May a funeral be held July 4?”

  • “If a poisonous snake bites itself, will it die?”

  • “Is it proper to go alone to Reno to get a divorce?”

  • “Charles Darwin’s book. Oranges & peaches.” [What they mean is On the Origin of Species.]

  • “A man wanted to know about a poem, ‘The rime of the ancient mariner,’ by Tennyson, he thinks. Anyway, it begins, ‘I must go down to the sea again.'” [NYPL notes: “Well, there’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, or there’s the poem that begins “I must go down to the seas again,” which is Sea Fever by John Masefield, or there’s plenty of good poetry by Alfred Tennyson, as well.”]

  • “‘Can you give me a reference book listing the colors of different countries?”‘…I thought reader was confused and meant colors of flags and started to direct her accordingly….But no. She wanted one identifying color for each country and finally siad, ‘If Harvard is red and Yale is blue, then what color are the United States and France?'”

  • “Do you have information about permanent people?”

  • “A book on how to grow hair on your chest?”

  • “What is Marx’s latest work? El Capitan?”

  • “Where in New York can I get an original gold nugget?”

  • “What is the difference between pig and pork?”

  • “Life cycle of an eye-brow hair.”

  • “Asked for nutritional value of human flesh”

  • “Where in New York City can I rent a beagle for hunting?”

  • “What is the name of the Fresh Water fish?”

  • “Does Decoration Day commemorate the Decoration of Independence?”

  • “When was the Battle of Armageddon fought, and who won – what was the outcome?”

  • “When did Moses first come into the public eye?”

  • “Where may I take a correspondence course in hypnotism?”

  • “Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?”

  • “Are Plato, Aristotle and Socrates one and the same person?”

  • “Where rent a guillotine?”

  • “Is it possible to keep an octopus in a private home?”

  • “Can the N.Y.P.L. recommend a good forger?”

  • “Please give me the name of a book that dramatizes bedbugs?” 

 

 

Which hilarious question is your favorite?

 

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