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College Students Asked to Urinate in Showers to Save Water

The student-led campaign is called "Go with the Flow"

Two college students have come up with a plan that they say will save 720 million liters (about 187 million gallons) of water every year. Their radical new idea? Pee in the shower.

Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, two students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, started the Go with the Flow campaign to inspire the school’s 15,000 students to urinate during their morning showers instead of in the toilet, BBC reports.

“We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact,” Dobson told BBC. “With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.”

He admits movement has been “divisive,” igniting passions in the age-old debate about whether or not it’s socially acceptable to pee in the shower. Though a school spokesperson told BBC that the university supports Dobson and Torr, Dobson made a concession to the skeptics who want to keep the firm separation of church and state between where they pee and where they shampoo: “We would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part.”

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Restaurant Menu Has No Prices So Customers Pay What God Tells Them to Pay

"Revenues are up," says the owner

A North Carolina restaurant has announced it’s putting the business in the hands of God and letting customers pay what they want for their meals.

According to a Sept. 29 post on the Facebook page for the restaurant Just Cookin in Dallas, North Carolina:

I am putting my “FAITH” where my CASH REGISTER is.

I am letting go and letting GOD!!

No prices….No totals…..You pay what you think your meal is worth!!!

“I gave Him control of the cash register,” Dana Parris told the Gaston Gazette. “There’s been a few people who got to eat who didn’t have the money. And there’s been a lot of people who have overpaid what the normal price would be. We’ve been blessed. Revenues are up.”

This unique policy is a complete 180º from the restaurant customers who claim their faith forbids them from paying for their entire meals because the servers’ lifestyles go against their religion. Also worth noting: the “pay what you wish” concept, most often associated with museums, does exist at some eateries. Panera has been running pay-what-you-wish restaurants across the U.S. for the past four years, so the neediest people can get something to eat and even volunteer to work there as payment.

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Boy Rescued After Falling 6 Stories Down Trash Chute

A bystander in the condo building heard the boy screaming

An 8-year-old boy survived a harrowing six-story fall down a Hawaii condominium’s trash chute before being rescued by a bystander who heard his screams, officials told Reuters.

The boy was on the 8th floor of the building when he fell down the chute before he crashed onto a buildup of trash on the second floor. Dan Kaetsu, a resident in the condominium, passed an emergency hose down to the boy, who grasped the hose and walked up the walls while Kaetsu and at least one other person pulled him up.

Kaetsu said it appeared the boy was throwing out trash when he fell into the chute. He had injuries to his face and hands, but is expected to survive, a hospital spokeswoman said.


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Man Willing to Swap Detroit Home for an iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus Launch in Japan
A customer looks at the new iPhone 6 Plus at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus at the Apple store on Sept. 19, 2014 in Tokyo. Chris McGrath—Getty Images

Realtor tells local news he may want an iPhone Plus, but that's negotiable

A Detroit man who is having trouble selling his home is reportedly willing to trade it in for an iPhone 6 or a 32GB iPad, according to his realtor, FOX 2 reports.

“It’s a real listing,” realtor Larry Else tells FOX 2, as the theme to The Price Is Right plays in the background. “It sounds like he wants the premium version [iPhone 6 Plus], but I’m sure that he’s willing to negotiate.”

If prospective homeowners don’t have an iPhone 6, they can pay $3,000 for the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath — down from $5,000 when it was listed for sale in June, according to Zillow.com. The investigative news website Motor City Muckraker reports Wayne County records show the owner still owes more than $6,000 in property taxes.

Here is the full FOX 2 segment:


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Feel Good Friday: 16 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From American flag kilts to octopus helmet covers, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

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The 35 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From eating ice cream in the senate to kissing Tony Bennett, each photograph will give you an intriguing experience, as TIME shares the most outrageous images from September 2014

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NYC Mailman Allegedly Kept 40,000 Letters Instead of Delivering Them

US Postal Service Mail Delivery Ahead Of Second-Quarter Results
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) logo is seen on the side of a delivery truck in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No word on whether he was grooving to all our love letters

A Brooklyn mailman has been accused of hoarding 40,000 pieces of mail at home, in his car and in has locker, according to a federal complaint.

The mail carrier, 67-year-old Joseph Brucato, was arrested this week after his supervisor noticed undelivered mail in Brucato’s car.

A police official said that when confronted, Brucato said he didn’t deliver mail on some days for “personal reasons.” The mail carrier’s lawyer said Brucato suffered from depression.

Brucato was arraigned Wednesday and subsequently released. The United States Postal Service has suspended him without pay.

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Your Wait for Sexy Halloween Costumes Inspired by Frozen Is Finally Over


As Halloween approaches, the Frozen frenzy isn’t letting up any time soon. While cosplayers have been dressing up like the movie’s princess protagonists Elsa and Anna for months, the pop culture website Decider.com points us toward Yandy.com and Amazon.com, which are now selling Halloween costumes that make women look like sexier versions of the royals from Arendelle.

The Ice Queen costume bears Elsa’s blue dress, while letting go, if you will, of a little bit of hemline. Other bloggers think this costume, which is called both “Norwegian Maiden” and “Fearless Snow Princess” on Yandy.com, looks like Anna, in terms of the color scheme. There’s also the “Snow Queen,” and the “Funny Snowman,” which are similar to Olaf, the masochistic summer-seeking snowman voiced by Josh Gad in the movie. That costume boasts a “cheeky rear” and fingerless glovelettes with “brown faux branch arm print.”

Read the CEO of Yandy’s 2013 TIME interview to learn how the company’s costume designers come up with ideas for sexy costumes.

MORE: Meet The People at Yandy Who Design Sexy Pizza and Other Risqué Halloween Costumes

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This Exists: Colognes Inspired by Che and Hugo Chávez

Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Havana, Cuba, January 7, 1959.
Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Havana, Cuba, January 7, 1959. Joseph Scherschel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

The Che scent is "woodsy and refreshing" while the Chávez scent is "softer and fruitier," the AP reports

New in the perfume aisle: the smell of socialism.

The Associated Press reports a Cuban company Labiofam spent over a year working with the French perfumer Robertet to create two new colognes, Ernesto and Hugo, inspired by the Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and the late Venezuelan socialist president Hugo Chávez.

According to AP, the Che scent is “woodsy and refreshing” while Hugo is “softer and fruitier” with “hints of mango and papaya.”

Mario Valdes, who led the scent design team, told the AP, “We didn’t want to create propaganda, but rather pay homage to them and help their names endure.”

But creating a Che Guevara-inspired cologne is an ironic way to “pay homage” to the famous Marxist, since many report that he avoided bathing for most of his life. “Woodsy,” maybe, but “refreshing” he was not.

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Watch a Man Seduce a Giant Ear to Sell You Headphones

It's an earful, alright

Does this make you want to buy headphones?

In a series of ads for Sennheiser’s Urbanite headphones, a man with a German accent sensually bathes, massages and feeds… a giant ear.

“I looove ears,” he begins, wearing a ridiculous costume that is an oversized headphone. “I was born to pamper them,” he continues, now kneeling and giving the ear a bubble bath.

Further description of the man-on-ear pampering won’t do it justice. Watch the ad for yourself.

(h/t AdWeek)

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