“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.”
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.
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.
Original Article: benzinga.com
Parsons Joins LAWA in Making LAX Airport More Efficient and Sustainable
CENTREVILLE, Va., Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parsons Corporation PSN joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to celebrate the unveiling of the 1st of 44 Automated People Mover (APM) vehicles to be delivered to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The APM is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will enhance the traveler experience by making it easier to get into and out of the world’s fifth-busiest airport, reduce traffic congestion, and provide a more predictable and reliable commute to and from the airport. The APM incorporates best practices in vehicle sustainability, manufacturing, design, and construction.
“LAX is a gateway to the world, and the APM is a critical investment that will improve access to its terminals, the recently opened LAX Economy Parking Garage, and the soon to be completed Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility for millions of passengers every year,” said Catherine Cronin, senior vice president, aviation and rail transit for Parsons. “Our team of aviation experts has proudly supported capital projects at LAX for more than two decades, and we are honored to be part of the LAWA team for this true milestone in one of the largest ongoing infrastructure projects in the United States.”
Parsons has served as the Project Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) consultant and client representative for the APM since 2017. The company also developed the structure, budget, and staffing plan for the Landside Access Modernization Program; and currently supports construction management, engineering technical validation, and design document review.
The APM includes an elevated, dual lane grade-separated guideway that will connect the Central Terminal Area to the new off-site LAX Economy Parking Garage, which opened in October 2021, in addition to regional light rail and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, which are both in construction. The APM will operate 24 hours, seven days a week and will be free to the public.
“Innovation, sustainability and state-of-the-art technology are integral to our ongoing modernization,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “These automated people mover train cars will set a high standard for environmentally sustainable transportation, having shells made of recyclable materials and achieving zero emissions. We look forward to seeing the cars in action when we begin testing them in 2023.”
Parsons is a global leader in critical infrastructure excellence, contributing to the planning, design, sustainability, and management of more than 450 airports around the world. The company is continuously working to enhance the air travel experience through smart infrastructure and advanced technology that helps passengers get to their destinations safer, faster, and more efficiently.
To learn more about Parsons’ aviation expertise, visit www.parsons.com/aviation.
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Biden Tests Positive for COVID for the Second Time in 2022
President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday after several days of testing negative, marking the second time Biden tested positive for the virus this year.
White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memo to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that the president is feeling fine, but given the positive antigen test, he will reinitiate isolation procedures.
“The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” Dr. O’Connor wrote. “However, given his positive antigen test, he will reinitiate strict isolation procedures.”
Biden, who is fully vaccinated, and has received two booster shots of Pfizer Inc.’s PFE BioNTech vaccine took to Twitter Inc TWTR to alert the American people of his positive test, “I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me,” the president tweeted. “I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.”
The President tested negative for four consecutive days, but according to Dr. O’Connor, Biden is experiencing “rebound COVID positivity in a small percentage of patients treated with Paxlovid,” Pfizer’s antiviral oral pill.
Biden first tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21, Benzinga reported. He returned to the Oval Office five days later, and continued to work during his initial isolation phase.
Photo: Courtesy of National Renewable Energy Lab on flickr
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos Unite to ‘Change the Course’ of Neurological Disorder Impacting 6.5 Million Americans
It’s a well-known fact that Microsoft Corporation MSFT co-founder Bill Gates, through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working toward eliminating infectious diseases and eradicating poverty in developing and under-developed countries.
Gates took to Twitter this week to share details of another disease he is working to address.
“We’re announcing the second phase of @TheADDF’s diagnostics accelerator,” he said.
“I’m hopeful that this new phase will make advances that help change the course of Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) launched the “Diagnostics Accelerator” in 2018, with inaugural funding from Gates, Est?e Lauder Companies Inc.’s EL Leonard Lauder, Amazon, Inc. AMZN founder Jeff Bezos and the Dolby Family. The project envisage making Alzheimer’s tests affordable, as the existing ones are expensive and invasive.
“The objective is to develop reliable and affordable biomarker tests just like how cholesterol is considered an early biomarker for heart disease risk,” ADDF said on its website.
All these are critical for developing effective preventative and curative treatments for Alzheimer’s, it added. Diagnostics Accelerator has now received an additional $50 million in financial commitments from new funders, including the NFL Players Association, Eli Lilly & Company LLY, Biogen, Inc. BIIB and the Shanahan Family Foundation. This brings the total funding received since 2018 to $100 million.
Effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, a neurological disorder, have thus far eluded researchers due to the difficulty in diagnosing the condition at an early stage and administering the drug to the brain for testing.
Biogen had a very rough launch of its controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, with the CMS offering very restricted coverage for this expensive treatment.
Photo: Courtesy of National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution and OnInnovation on flickr
Original Post: benzinga.com
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