THIS IS PROGRESS? WILDEST BUSINESS IDEA OF THE WEEK!
The great thing about America -- and the most frightening -- is that any idea can be turned into a business.
But nothing may top the new shop in San Diego which charges money to let you... smash things. Sarah's Smash Shack offers you the opportunity to annihilate everything from dishes ($45 for 15 plates in 15 minutes), to framed photos of your ex ($10), to stemware (check out the $12 "Medieval--DEMOLISH THIS HUGE FREAKIN' GOBLET, GO FOR IT" the website screams).
Teenagers 15 and over are allowed to smash if accompanied by a parent. A family affair! Each smashing room has an MP3 hookup to help you get motivated. Owner Sarah Lavely tells FlashNews that most people "want to rock out to heavy metal or angry girl music, not listen to Kenny G."
But the Smash Shack isn't all about anger. Tomorrow it's hosting a charity fundraiser: "Three plates for 93 cents." Destroy things AND do good. Now that's America.
ONE ART INVESTMENT THAT HASN'T AGED WELL
Buy a Picasso and watch your investment practically print money. Not so, perhaps, if you buy a Koutny.
About a decade ago someone stole a sculpture by artist Robert Koutny, which depicts an airplane stuck in a cowpie. Why steal Munch's "The Scream" when a Koutny "Airplane in S***" can be had? In another bit of reporting by FlashNews, it turns out the sculpture ended up in the possession of one Heather Marks' brother, and they stored it all these years at their grandfather's farm.
"We weren't doing anything exciting with the cowpie," Marks says. "We didn't dress it up or anything. It just sat there as a conversation piece."
Dress it up? What would you dress it up with? Lace? Marks says she eventually decided to return the plane-in-poop sculpture to the artist, though she "hopes it isn't worth anything" or she'll regret her good deed. Don't worry, Heather Marks; sleep well.
ONE ARTIST GETS THE JOKE
Planes in cowpies...dung splattered on the Virgin Mary...as the debate rages over how low art can go, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has been mocking art's toilet fixation for some time. Check out his "Cloaca."
One website describes a cloaca as a huge machine "that takes us through the distillery process of the human digestion system," using a Mr. Clean mascot (missing his lower half) to imply "that this excrement is clean since it is not going through a real organic human body."
FINALLY, I'M SPEECHLESS
Someone forwarded this YouTube clip to me. Freddie Mac , Motown style. I don't know what to say.
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