The Week In WHAT?! These Plastic Cups Can Prevent Date Rape Jonathan Zipper

What an emotional ride this week turned out to be: from Lea Michele’s touching tribute to Cory Monteith to the pizzazz of Sam Horowitz’s chutzpah-filled Bar Mitzvah entrance dance. Not to mention the tour de force that is Oprah showing up everywhere — seriously, EVERYWHERE — to promote “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

So, in honor of lady O’s return to the big screen… it’s time for “The Week In WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!

Teaching Gun Safety Minus The Safety

Talk about proving a hotly debated point! While teaching a class on gun safety, a fully trained firearms expert accidentally shot one of his students. Ohio resident Michael Piemonte enrolled in the class seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon. After the instructor fired off a .38 caliber round during the handgun presentation, the bullet ricocheted off a desk. Then — BULLSEYE! — it landed in Piemonte’s right arm. Fortunately for Piemonte, a number of his fellow students were professional nurses. (Obviously.) In the future, Piemonte hopes to teach at an elementary school. (Obviously.) He’d eventually like to carry a concealed weapon for general safety, not classroom safety – because there’s a difference. (Obviously.)

Investor Fooled By Pitch Perfect Pranksters?

If you’ve ever had an idea for a start-up but thought it might be too outside-of-the-box to land prospective investors, then it’s time to dust off those Powerpoint skills. Two guys allegedly took an entirely fake concept for a mobile app all the way from conception to an actual pitch meeting. As they present their app, which is designed to help people cross the border into the United States, the supposedly “real investor” actively listens to their presentation and asks follow-up questions. All this despite how far the two men go to make the product sound unbelievable: “it’s not gonna be sold through iTunes.” Maybe it’s just a slow summer for some entrepreneurs? Either way, it sure sounds like there’s money to be landed out there. So, let’s consider this prank as an inspirational gesture and go get your innovation on!

Beam Them Up, Scotty – Yes, All Of Them

Looking for an unconventional yet grandiose way to send off a recently departed loved one? Well, outer space is always an option. A not-so-fake start-up called Elysium Space is taking reservations for its first ever “memorial spaceflight.” The mission, which launches next summer from Cape Canaveral, will send cremated remains into orbit for around $2,000 a pop. The remains will in fact remain in space for “several” months as friends and family track the star trek on their mobile devices ensuring their loved ones are somewhere up there.

Who Slipped A Mickey In This Drink?

Disposable drink cups are about to get all Inspector Gadget thanks to yet another clever start-up. Having experienced multiple exposures to date rape drugs first-hand, Michael Abramson decided it was time to take a stand against this hidden danger. So, he developed prototypes for plastic cups and straws that turn red when GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine enter the beverage. His company, DrinkSavvy, raised $50,000 via Indiegogo and is preparing its first official shipment of the products. Meanwhile, until you’re armed with a DrinkSavvy cup, be careful out there!

And there you have this week in “WHAT?!” Can’t wait to see what’s in store for humanity next!

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