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Chloe Ting workouts DON’T work! Gained 15 pounds—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

We’re vaxxed, relaxed, and ready to discuss hacks! We made it to our sixth episode, and thought about celebrating with a workout before realizing it was pointless. Also, one of our loyal viewers wrote in with a story about a lifehack that was actually brilliant as it was useful! After buying a stroller at a yard sale two years ago, she was able to get a brand new frame from the manufacturer. All without telling a single lie! Reach out to us via Twitter, buy us a coffee, subscribe to our YouTube channels—and let us know what the make and model of the first car you drove down in the comments.

Chloe Ting tricked Onicia into exercising

Onicia discovered Chloe Ting and has some surprising news. She has lost +15 pounds since January! Devin became upset because this forced him to do math, but they were able to (mostly) objectively discuss the pros and cons of workout regimens and their promises. The thumbnail that originally piqued Onicia’s interest promised abs in ten minutes. She decides this is a scam for good, but that hasn’t stopped her muscles from screaming in rebellion. Remember to engage your core!

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Question: Who is your fave fitness influencer. Tweet us @devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller

Lifehack: 90% discount on fancy $200 baby stroller!

One of our dedicated subscribers contacted us to tell us a pretty cool story. She bought a used stroller at a yard sale (retail value $200) for $20. It may have been about a year old at the time, and she was able to get a couple of years of use out of it. She’d been taking some vigorous pandemic walks in Chicago in the winter, so you know they were the real workout from this episode. Unfortunately, the handle broke off when she pushed the kid up a snowbank! But after contacting the manufacturer, blacking out a serial number, and sending in some pictures as proof, a brand new stroller frame was delivered!

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Question: Have you ever gotten something brand new from something you bought used?

Is that toothpaste or is that soap?

Our adventures in social media hacks continue! After discovering a video on Instagram, Onicia had to see Devin’s reaction and he did not disappoint. Someone had the bright idea of putting toothpaste into soap containers to make life easier, because squeezing a toothpaste tube is so hard? After discussing the practical ramifications of this supposed innovation, we get over our confusion and revulsion to render a judgment in our customary fashion.

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Question: Have you ever gotten confused by multiple soap containers in a person’s bathroom?

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Story Time: Burning the hotel down with an iron—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

We’re having a smoother ride than most cyclists in the Tour de France! It’s our fifth episode, and we celebrate by complaining about how our internet providers are scamming us and taking a closer look at business management “theories” that are basically common sense to any employee who’s worked a non-executive job for more than a week. We also look at some horrifying uses of a hotel room coffee pot. Tweet us your thoughts, comment on the video—and tell us how many different passwords you use for all your different accounts.

“Treat your employees like people! That’ll be $30.”

Devin’s boss bought a book, read the whole thing, and liked it so much he bought a ton more to give away to employees! If Devin had been forced to pay for it, this might have been a pyramid scheme. The whole industry of “business management books” follows the same pattern of telling people in charge to treat those below them like human beings while making no systemic changes to anything and using painful metaphors. Are bosses scamming their employees? Are these writers scamming bosses? Both?

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Question: Share the title of your NYT Bestseller business advice book. Wrong answers only.

Your internet is brought to you by…a monopoly!

The Five Families carved up New York City to prevent gang wars, and it looks like AT&T, RCN, and Comcast have done the same thing with Chicago (and probably everywhere else). Devin relates his own experiences trying to navigate moving from territory to territory to try and get more bandwidth, only to have any idea of more than one option thwarted at every turn. No wonder customer service sucks! They have no need to treat the customer right, since we can’t go anywhere else. Tell us your ISP horror stories below!

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Question: Name something that should be a monopoly but isn’t. Healthcare! But only if it’s accessible to all.

Deadly lifehacks sponsored by Tastemade

We take a look at another YouTuber, one who tries to convince us poor people can go on luxury vacations by saving money on food with disgusting “travel hacks” like cooking in a hotel coffee pot and using an iron as a skillet. It’s gross, it’s funny, but it’s also playing into a bigger scam about how people with no budget are somehow gonna magically be able to take fancy vacations if they “want it badly enough.” Minimum wage barely covers living expenses! No one should cook ramen in a coffee pot!

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