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Fancy Working Out In A Gym Pod That Looks Like The Basement From ‘You’?

"Who runs this gym??? Joe Goldberg????"

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, fitness centres are beginning to reopen much to the delight of gym bunnies and gym junkies around the world. In order to stay COVID-safe, many gyms have invested in extra social distancing measures and leaning services – however, no one is taking those precautions quite as seriously as these California gym pods.

Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo, California has ensured gym members feel safe during their workout routines by installing clear plastic pods around the facility.

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Speaking to CNN, owner Peet Sapsin said the gym initially considered mandatory masks for all members. “We tested it out on Zoom, though, and could tell that people couldn’t breathe. We felt really bad for them. Our clients are like our family. We were thinking, how do we want our family to feel?”

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Instead, Sapsin and his wife planned and built a prototype of the pods made of shower curtains and PVC pipes. Apparently, the whole project cost him less than $400.

“We sent the prototype to our clients, and they were very excited, and felt more comfortable knowing there was a clear wall between one person and the next,” he said. “Everything you need is inside your pod – bench, mat, dumbbells. There is also a disinfecting spray in there, so that after, everyone can clean up after themselves.”

It’s an incredibly innovative idea, but social media users can’t help but notice the similarities between Sapsin’s plastic gym pods and the book store basement cell in the Netflix series You.

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You’ve got to admit, these hygienic health pods do have a similar eerie vibe to Joe Goldberg’s secret dungeon. 

The pods also have people wondering, what happens if you work up a good sweat? Will the pod get fogged up? 

The good news is, COVID-19 can’t be contracted via sweat so the pods appear safe, in theory. But would you be keen to replicate a scene from You during your morning workout?

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Yep, Your Fave Childhood Breakie Cereal Is Being Accused Of Racism

"We do not tolerate discrimination."

The Black Lives Matter protests have taken a stance against racism and police brutality, but they’ve also encouraged the world to stop and critically analyse undercurrents of racism in everyday life. One former MP has taken that one step further by accusing everyone’s favourite childhood breakfast cereal Coco Pops of being racist.

According to multiple reports, former Labour politician Fiona Onasanya has written to Kellogg’s via email and social media asking for answers about the popular chocolate-flavoured cereal.

“@KelloggsUK, as you are yet to reply to my email – Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CP’s are brown and chocolate flavoured),” she tweeted. “So I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys representing the brand and Coco Pops have a monkey.”

Kellogg’s eventually responded to Onasanya, explaining via Daily Mail UK, “the monkey mascot that appears on both white and milk chocolate Coco Pops, was created in the 1980s to highlight the playful personality of the brand.”

Kellogg’s also noted that they feature “a range of characters” on their cereal boxes, “Including tigers, giraffes, crocodiles, elves and a narwhal.”

“We do not tolerate discrimination and believe that people of all races, genders, backgrounds, sexual orientation, religions, capabilities and beliefs should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect,” the brand added.

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A number of Twitter users also responded to Onansanya’s Coco Pops query with theories of their own. 

One wrote, “the cacao tree from which cocoa beans and hence cocoa powder is derived is native to the Amazon Basin where there are monkeys.” 

Others pointed out the fact that the monkey is also featured on the white chocolate Coco Pops packaging, and that the “three white boys” on the Rice Krispies boxes are actually elves. 

It’s not the first time food products have come under fire for racist undertones. This week, there was a call for Australian cheese brand Coon and Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing company to be renamed. 

The Black Lives Matter protests are empowering people to speak out against racist acts, however, in the case of Coco Pops – the packaging design appears to be a harmless marketing decision.

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Pack Your Bags, This COVID-Free Italian Town Is Selling Homes For Under $2

There's one (small) catch.

After months of being stuck indoors, the grass is starting to look much greener outside the four walls around us. However, packing up and moving homes can be expensive – unless you’re moving to this Italian town. 

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According to News.com.au, Cinquefrondi – located in the southern region of Calabria – is selling houses for approximately $1.80 AUD. The only catch is, prospective owners will also have to cough up about $415 AUD in annual insurance until the property has been renovated. And if buyers don’t complete renovations within three years, they could be slammed with a $33,000 AUD fine.

Okay, so it’s not as simple as finding a gold coin lying around and flying to Italy. However, there is another major silver lining. Cinquefrondi’s mayor Michele Conia says the community hasn’t had any reported cases of COVID-19. 

Speaking to CNN, Conia said it’s all part of ‘Operation Beauty’, a mission to help recover degraded parts of town and find new owners of many of its abandoned houses.

“Too many people have fled from here over the decades, leaving behind empty houses. We can’t succumb to resignation,” Conia said. “We rise between the refreshing hills and two warm seas, a pristine river runs nearby, and the beaches are just 15 minutes away by car.”

“But a whole district of my town lies abandoned, with empty houses that are also unstable and risky,” he said. “We’re just asking for some kind of certainty once a new buyer commits to the project.”

It’s not the first time Italy has offered homes for less than a Maccas cheeseburger. News.com.au reports that earlier this year, the Italian town of Bisaccia had put 90 buildings on the market for just $1.40 – and the same goes for Mussomeli in southern Sicily. 

It’s really no surprise Italy is trying to boost its housing market. Over the weekend, the country reported 44 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing Italy’s COVID-19 death toll to 34,345. Reuters reports that’s the fourth highest in the world after those of the US, Britain and Brazil.

If you were thinking of investing in a fixer-upper home, why not embrace a much-needed seachange and score yourself a reno project overseas – this Italian town will be thanking you for it.

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