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Interview: Stephanie Matto on Selling Farts As NFTs After Going Viral, Making $200K Off Gas in Jars

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By Hern?n Panessi via El Planteo.

“Prrrrrrrrrrr…” Gas comes out, but this time, it’s more than an ordinary fart. No way: every fart is an opportunity. Or at least that’s what influencer Stephanie Matto thought when, some time ago, she decided to sell her farts in jars through the platform Unfiltrd. With this gig, Stephanie raised more than $200,000 and added almost 300,000 followers to her Instagram account.

“When I put them up for sale I waited anxiously to see if one or two would sell. In my mind, it was really a joke. But to my surprise… they sold out. I think that’s when I realized I was literally sitting on a gold mine,” Matto told El Planteo.

To become a flatulence powerhouse, the influencer goes on a special diet consisting mainly of protein, black beans, eggs, and yogurt. She thinks “it’s really wonderful how a different diet can produce a drastically different product.”

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A few weeks ago, however, culinary ups and downs and ambition (more farts, more money) led Matto to the E.R.: “I landed in the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack, when in fact I was having severe intestinal pain caused by gas.”

The novelty of NFT farts

These days, Stephanie turned the whole thing around and is now selling her farts in NFT format.

Wow, what? Farts in NFT format? Yes!

“I’ve always liked the concept of NFTs, as I’ve been into cryptocurrencies for a while now. After realizing the emotional and physical toll that the mass production of farts was taking on my body, it occurred to me that the next step would be to make my farts digital and sellable in the metaverse,” Matto explained.

“So here we are: we just launched the farts at www.fartjarsnft.com and I couldn’t be more proud and pleased with the art and the product,” she clarified.

Strictly speaking, the fart jars work as a collectible. She describes them as “a kind of deck of Pok?mon cards.” The fart jar market (already, shall we say, atypical) stretches the limits of her imagination and becomes a symbolic market that can end, too, with the possession of a valuable real fart.

“You coin one and, if you’re lucky, you end up with an ultra-rare edition fart jar that comes with a redeemable one! Some redeemable jars come with an actual physical fart jar or, even, a jar containing a vaginal flatus! It’s so crazy, this morning someone bought a Fart Jar NFT for 0.05 ETH (about $200) and resold it a couple of hours later at 0.2 ETH (about $1,000). So there is definitely profit potential for others looking to get into the fart market,” says Stephanie, half laughing, half confident in her gassy venture.

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Between USD 200 and USD 1,000 for a fart NFT. Not bad, right?

-You’re quite the fart entrepreneur. Previously, have you sold farts in “other formats”?

-Before launching my fart jar, I was selling fart jars in bulk to my fans on Unfiltrd, a platform I co-founded. Apart from physical fart jars and “metaphysical farts” on a blockchain, nothing else, that’s as far as my reach goes!

The fart fetish

As it is, it is common knowledge that there is a huge online fetish market for farts on the Internet, panties, lingerie, and even bathwater. “There really is an endless sea of weirdness on the Internet, but I love it! I like to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ways to make money. And that’s why I think I was so drawn to the idea of fart jars,” Stephanie said.

She continued, “NFT farts are a totally new game for me and are something meant to be enjoyed by a wide range of collectors, NFT enthusiasts, artists, and people who want to participate in this movement.”

So far, feedback from buyers has been “very positive” and comments range from novelty, charm by smell, and the twisted pleasure of owning an ethereal piece of the beautiful Matto.

-Surely this is a bit of a “conservative” question, but aren’t you ashamed to sell your own farts?

-I’m not ashamed of anything I do, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Many big companies exploit people, workers, and I’m just trying to bring laughter, farts, and joy to the world! We could all use some of that these days!

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Matto.

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WHO Recommends Glaxo, Eli Lilly Drugs for COVID-19 Treatment Amid Omicron Surge

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An expert panel at the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the use of treatments developed by Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY) and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (NYSE: GSK) / Vir Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: VIR) for COVID-19 patients.

In its guidelines published in the British Medical Journal, the panel has recommended Lilly’s baricitinib (Olumiant), a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, combined with corticosteroids for severe COVID-19 patients.
The panel also conditionally recommended sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody developed by GSK / Vir, for patients with non-severe COVID-19 at the highest risk of hospitalization.
Related:WHO Recommends IL-6 Drugs From Sanofi, Roche For Critically-Ill COVID-19 Patients.
While the global body has already approved the monoclonal antibodies casirivimab with Imdevimab from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN), it has found insufficient data to recommend one treatment over another from that class of medications.
The panel also noted that the activity of these drugs against new variants of the virus, such as Omicron remained uncertain and said it would update the guidelines once new data are available.
Price Action: GSK shares are up 0.88% at $45.46, VIR shares are down 2.87% at $36.57, and LLY stock is down 1.59% at $245.69 during the market session on the last check Friday.

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ST Imaging’s ViewScan 4 Microfilm Scanner Wins 2022 Platinum Modern Library Award

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Northbrook, IL, Jan. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For an eighth straight year, ST Imaging’s ViewScan 4 microfilm scanner has been recognized for a Platinum Modern Library Awards (MLAs) from LibraryWorks. ST Imaging, a Digital Check brand, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of digital microfilm viewer/scanners, and the only microfilm scanner manufacturer to have continuously received the Platinum MLA for all eight years.

“We are thrilled to be recognized again as a leading microfilm scanner in the library market by librarians,” says Matt Anderson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ST Imaging. “We are dedicated to continue to develop and enhance the user experience of the ViewScan 4 and PerfectView software.”

When designing the ViewScan 4 and PerfectView software, we received direct feedback from the industry on how to implement those features and how to make them easy to use. The result is a simplified, color-coded, streamlined user experience that makes working with microfilm fast and fun. While older reader/printers and other microfilm scanners can be difficult to use, the ViewScan makes loading and scanning film quick, fun, and easy. The ViewScan also allows users to share their discoveries like never before.

At ST Imaging, we understand that most customers are not experts in the field of digital image capture. Our system describes our camera size as we expect most of our customers to understand it, as you would for a cellphone or digital camera. The ViewScan 4 is equipped with a native 18-megapixel image sensor. That means there are 18 million pixels capturing the focused light providing an image instantly to the monitor. Competitive scanners may use a different definition for their camera. Be sure you have accurate information of the image sensor on the camera in your microfilm scanner and if you have any doubt, request a side-by-side comparison.

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager said, “It’s great to see ST Imaging and their ViewScan 4 be recognized year after year as a leading microfilm scanner in the library market.”

The MLAs were created to recognize top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products were submitted by companies, collected by LibraryWorks which distributes them to their database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers who have had experience with these products in their facilities were permitted to judge the products, resulting in a truly unbiased score.

About ST Imaging

ST Imaging is a leading worldwide manufacturer and distributor of micrographic equipment and other collection scanning solutions. Founded in 1989, the company was acquired in 1999 by Digital Check Corp. In 2004, ST Imaging introduced the revolutionary ST200 digital film scanner, changing the way library customers view film.

The company’s flagship product, the ViewScan film scanner set the standard for making film scanning easy and assessable to the public. ViewScan systems incorporate the latest technology to improve viewing, scanning, editing, and sharing of microfilm within libraries, schools, government, business, and other collections.

The ST Imaging headquarters and manufacturing are in Meridian, ID. Scanners are available through a worldwide network of authorized resellers and are supported by ST Imaging’s comprehensive fulfillment, training, support, warranty, and repair services.

About LibraryWorks

LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor.

About the Modern Library Awards program

The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a program designed to recognize elite products and services in the library market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.

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Vermont Lawmakers File Drug Decriminalization Bill, Here’s What’s in It

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It seems that Vermont is on its way to decriminalizing all drugs, as the state’s Democratic and Progressive lawmakers filed a new bill this week to decriminalize their possession.

Reps. Logan Nicoll (D) and Selene Colburn (P) introduced the legislation, which is seen as a harm reduction tool that can also help address racial disparities in enforcement, Marijuana Moment reported.

What’s In The New Bill?

The measure would make possession and distribution of personal-use amounts of currently illicit drugs punishable by a $50 fine – without a threat of a prison sentence or being subject to a substance use screening and health service.

In addition, if the amount of the drug in question is under a “benchmark personal use” threshold – previously set by a new Drug Use Standards Advisory Board – people would face a civil penalty once the bill amends the state statute on drug possession and distribution.

According to the new policy, the board would include “experts in the fields of general and behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, and drug user communities.”

Moreover, criminal penalties for sharing small amounts of currently illicit drugs without compensation would be removed.

So far, nearly one-third of the Vermont House, or 40 initial cosponsors, support the proposal.

Colburn told Marijuana Moment in an interview this week that the goal is to streamline the process of legalization in a way that lawmakers in other states have, citing Maine as an example.

The legislator said that she’s been “talking with a lot of frontline folks, a lot of people with lived experience, and the vast majority of those folks will share that justice system involvement has been a hurdle and a barrier in their recovery, or even just their access to life-saving medication or to harm reduction tools.”

Colburn added that in their discussions, she and her colleagues are trying to be clear that the vast majority of people who are drug users are not struggling with substance use disorder. “So this is definitely a civil liberties issue as well. But for folks who [do have substance misuse disorders], the impacts of criminalization have caused, and continue to cause, so much harm.”

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