Top Dollar News

Don’t blame us, says Splinterheads crew. Blame kid, 16!

Posted in News by Jim McMillan on August 16, 2008

After cashing in on the Montauk Monster hysteria for weeks, the makers of a low budget movie are now singing a rather different tune, reports Internet curio-blog Gotham News. The crew of the film Splinterheads were shooting in Montauk when the monster sightings first occurred and have been linking to a Gotham News report on their website ever since and even brazenly displaying a picture of the famed beastie.

Now though, they’ve decided to own up to the fact their movie has nothing to do with the monster at all and are trying to blame a 16-year-old kid!

Passengers get free rail tickets for seven years

Posted in Crime, How much???, Lawyers, News, Weird World by Jim McMillan on August 16, 2008

If you discovered a glitch in the system which let you get free train tickets on your debit card, would you own up to it? Three commuters have been arrested and charged with knowingly exploiting the problem to buy $800,000 worth of Long Island Rail Road tickets and MetroCards, many of which they resold, according to the police and prosecutors.

Not everyone who benefited from the software glitch, did so knowingly. Since 2001, hundreds of rail riders have been rewarded from a computer gremlin which allowed vending machines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to dispense free tickets on some debit card transactions.

The problem was first spotted in May, reveals the New York Times, and led to the uncovering of a series of suspicious transactions tied to a pair of debit cards issued by First Republic Bank. New Yorker Lisa Foster Jordan, 38, was arrested on May 28 and charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of tickets and MetroCards worth about $800,000.

Last week, the police arrested two more people in connection with the scheme, Foster Jordan’s husband, Cary Grant (yes really!) and Chris Clemente from Manhattan. Lawyers representing the trio say they will be pleading not guilty.

Tagged with: , , ,

Montauk Monster goes up for sale on eBay …well, sort of

Posted in News by Jim McMillan on August 14, 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water …the Montauk Monster has reappeared. Well, sort of. The people who spiced up the summer with the beastie mysteryare now apparently trying to cash in by selling their websites on eBay. As curio-blog Gotham News revealed last week, the whole story was just a silly marketing trick to promote interest in next year’s B-movie comedy Spinterheads, produced by Darren Goldberg.

Now it seems the New York-based Splinterheads team has put their three websites up for sale. So far though, they haven’t had much luck with bids ‘shooting up’ from 99 cents yesterday to $1.04 today.

That won’t change any time soon, although Gotham News says kindly: “As we feel a bit bad for them, we might dig into the Gotham News purse and get it up to $2. Or maybe not.”

Part of the problem, monster fans say, is that the Splinterheads movie appears to have nothing to do with monsters – it’s about carnies instead.

Nicky Papers, who started up her own website to investigate the mystery, was unimpressed with the development. As she correctly says, “What good is seeing a movie about a bunch of carnies if the Montauk Monster isn’t involved?”

Real Mad Men are sad men

Posted in Advertising, Business, Fashion, News, TV by Jim McMillan on August 11, 2008

The super-cool and sharp-suited executives portrayed in the critically-acclaimed television drama Mad Men are nothing like their twenty first century counterparts, you won’t be surprised to learn. In the AMC drama, the male chauvinists of Madison Avenue work hard and play hard and enjoy three-martini mid-morning lunches while they’re at it.

These days though, most of the execs have left Madison and the ones still there have yoga mats rolled up under their desks. And forget about those smart grey flannel suits. As the boss of Drogba5 tells the New York Times, “Agency people dress like well-paid teenagers.”

And at Madison Avenue’s Young & Rubicam, digital art director Andrew Stevens, adds: “I only wear a tie because I don’t have to.”

Tagged with: , , ,