Twitter user @HiddenCash
Twitter user @HiddenCash

A Twitter Scavenger Hunt for Cold Hard Cash

Twitter user @HiddenCash
Twitter user @HiddenCash

It all started last Friday with a tweet. An anonymous California man—in a CNN interview he identifies himself as a real estate investor between ages 35 and 45— began hiding envelopes of cash around the Bay Area and tweeting out clues under the handle @HiddenCash. "Drops" have grown to over $100 as his following has ballooned to more than 340,000 followers on Twitter and, in the course of a week, he has moved from San Francisco to San Jose to, most recently, Los Angeles.

The social media-driven scavenger hunt, which includes pictures and clues, has become a sensation. Most drops are found in mere minutes and the winner often poses not just with the cash but also broadcasters and news reporters who rush to the scene.

In a voice-only interview with KTVU, the wealthy benefactor clarified that he often donated money to charity in a more traditional way, but that @HiddenCash is intended to “put a smile on someone’s face” and hopefully encourage them to "pay it forward." The lucky Californians have been eager to follow his advice, tweeting their plans to share it with friends, family, and coworkers.

The account has become more interactive as it's grown, asking followers to weigh in on how the money should be divided up and what other prizes they want to scavenge for.

Earlier today, the account tweeted out a link to a longer message, which addressed some issues—like the flood of emails he has received since starting the project asking for direct financial assistance—and teased the upcoming "big announcement we've mentioned previously (don't worry, you'll like this)." The note also announced a "media blackout on all interviews in any form for the next couple weeks," but quickly responded to concerns to clarify that this does not mean the project itself will go on hiatus. He mentions the cynical response some people have had only in passing and concludes:

There really is no agenda here - not political, not business, not religious - other than bringing people together in a positive way and bringing a smile to people's faces. And, in some cases, happy tears, like the teenage girl tonight who is sending the money she found to her sick grandmother in Mexico. I am so happy that my money is going to help deserving people like this.

And if you're in LA, check Twitter—the next drop could be coming any minute now.

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

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T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

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T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

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T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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Days Inn's New LED Umbrella Makes Gloomy Days Sunnier
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Taking a walk outside is a quick way to feel better—unless it's raining. If you're someone who loves sunshine and clear skies, you may use gloomy weather as an excuse to lock yourself indoors for the whole day. A new type of umbrella from Days Inn may prompt you to reconsider. The hotel chain's Days InnBrella uses built-in LED strips to provide you with a personal patch of light even on the dreariest days.

The new product takes the umbrella's timelessly practical design one step further. As the fabric keeps you dry, the interior lights each generate 4000 LUX (a unit used to measure the amount of light striking a surface). It's no replacement for bright sunlight, but its glow should hopefully give you the mood boost you need the next time you're walking in the rain.

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If you're over 18 and have a Twitter account, you're eligible to win a free Days InnBrella of your own. Just retweet this tweet from Days Inn before June 26 to enter the contest. The five winners will be selected on June 27.

Days Inn isn't the first brand to give the classic umbrella an upgrade. KAZbrella stays drip-free by closing inside-out, and Oombrella gives weather forecasts and alerts you when you leave it behind.

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