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The Best Gifts For The Worst People You Know

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift to give to that special someone you just can't stand? Finding something to perfectly express your disdain can be harder than it seems, but fortunately, InventorSpot has put together a handy guide of terrible presents perfect for 14 types of people to help you figure it out. They've got suggestions for everyone from "your crazy nephew who isn't allowed to handle knives" (a butter cutter) to "the girl who swears you're stalking her" (a customized puzzle featuring a satellite image of her neighborhood) to "the mom who thinks letting her kid outside is just too dangerous" (an indoor marshmallow roaster).

Of course, if you don't find something perfect on that list, you can always check their previous list of terrible gifts dating from 2008, which features such classic terrible gifts as real squirrel feet earrings and a ball filled with air, so you can literally give someone the gift of "nothing."

Or you can go more traditional, and give someone that classic naughty gift—coal.

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Burger King Taunts McDonald's By Offering Free Whoppers to Scary Clowns on Halloween
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The rise of the scary clown trope, fueled by movies like It and real-life pranksters, has left McDonald’s with a bit of an image problem. The fast food chain took its mascot Ronald out of the spotlight following the clown crisis of 2016, but a new promotion from Burger King proves that suppressing the colorful mascot won’t be so easy. As Food & Wine reports, Burger King is offering free Whoppers to customers who come in dressed as scary clowns on Halloween night, an apparent jab at its competitor.

On October 31, from 7 p.m. to closing time, select Burger King locations in Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles will hand out free burgers to the first 500 guests who fit the spooky description.

A video advertising the stunt shows a diverse group of creepy clowns, but their ringleader—a familiar-looking red-headed clown dressed in red and yellow—makes it clear that the trolling is intentional.

This isn’t the first time Burger King has used Halloween as an opportunity to poke fun at the golden arches. Last year, a Burger King restaurant in Queens, New York “dressed up” as the ghost of McDonald’s. Customers interested in helping the chain with its latest prank better start planning their costumes now.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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German Police Tried to Fine Someone $1000 for Farting at Them
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In Berlin, passing gas can cost you. Quite a lot, actually, in the case of a man accused of disrespecting police officers by releasing a pair of noxious farts while being detained by the police. As CityLab reports, Berlin’s police force has recently been rocked by a scandal hinging on the two farts of one man who was asked to show his ID to police officers while partying on an evening in February 2016.

The man in question was accused of disrespecting the officers involved by aiming his flatulence at a policewoman, and was eventually slapped with a fine of 900 euros ($1066) in what local media called the "Irrer-Pups Prozess," or "Crazy Toot Trial." The errant farter was compelled to show up for court in September after refusing to pay the fine. A judge dismissed the case in less than 10 minutes.

But the smelly situation sparked a political scandal over the police resources wasted over the non-crime. It involved 18 months, 23 public officials, and 17 hours of official time—on the taxpayers’ dime. Officials estimate that those two minor toots cost taxpayers more than $100, which is chump change in terms of city budgets, but could have been used to deal with more pressing criminal issues.

[h/t CityLab]

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