Theranos, a nine-billion-dollar company, was known for its blood-testing equipment which looked like something out of Star Trek. Their machines, called Edisons, could take a drop of blood from your finger and test for hundreds of diseases and health problems within hours (like Thomas Edison, apparently). Its pharmaceutical wonder spread like wildfire, attracting countless businesses, such as Walgreens and Safeway, who were willing to set up testing centers so that shopping for groceries and finding out whether or not you have gonorrhea can be done in one convenient trip.
CEO Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford at 19 to found Theranos and accumulate a personal net worth of $4 billion, which is the kind of success story that gets you a lot of fawning PR write-ups. And while most journalists treated her claims that she was inventing the future with about as much scrutiny as they’d treat a toddler claiming they like ice cream, The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou decided to investigate.
To cut a long con short, Theranos’ technology, which was never peer-reviewed, simply didn’t work the ways Holmes continually claimed. Between dozens of articles by Carreyrou and an investigation by the FDA, it was determined that an Edison diagnosed your blood about as accurately as spilling it on some bird bones and consulting an augur, mainly because a pinprick’s worth of blood isn’t enough to get accurate results. Medical labs don’t drain entire vials out of you to feed secret hospital basement trolls.
And Edison test results weren’t just unreliable; they were potentially life-threatening.
METO of MEJIBRAY’s visits to Like an Edison Tokyo store, Jishuban Club, Closet Child Shinjuku store, little HEARTS. Shinjuku store, Brand X Ikebukuro store and Closet Child Ikebukuro store on Feb. 16th, 2017.
I was tagged by @garciiaflynn to list my top otps. Is it only five? lol. I have so many more than five. Let me see what happens. In no particular order.
1. Garcia Flynn/Lucy Preston (Timeless)
Garcy. Newie but goodie! Oh, these two, I swear. So much chemistry and such unique possibility I began shipping it the very first time I saw the trailer. No lie. By now I have written literally thousands of words of meta and conclusions on why I love them, and if I start here, it will quickly go that way again. I’ll just hit the high notes. They meet and Flynn already has pre-established fondness for her because he’s read her journal from the future saying they’re going to work together. And from there it’s just a roller coaster of emotions on Lucy’s journey to understanding and helping this sad, sad man who is not evil.
2. Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams (Hawaii Five-0)
McDanno. Proof that I can have a healthy ship between two people who love and support each other. lol. I can do it! I just usually choose not to. Steve and Danny’s relationship. It’s been such a good thing since the Pilot, and sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps me watching H50. What’s more beautiful than two people who would go (and literally have gone) to the ends of the world for each other? They regularly say, “I love you.” They genuinely want the other to be happy. They’re best friends who fight like an old married couple. It’s perfect. I love them. And I want it to be canon. It practically is already.
3. Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham (Hannibal)
Hannigram. Proof that, for the good of humanity, some people should have never met. But I’ll buy tickets to the disaster. One of the most unhealthy relationships it has ever been my pleasure to watch unfold. Mutual murder attempts, friendship, gaslighting, sensual hand bandaging, a deep understanding of each other that no one else can come close to, cannibalism, this ship has it all! I love unhealthy relationships, especially one so codependent.
4. Guy of Gisborne/Marian of Knighton (Robin Hood)
Poisoned my water supply, burned my crops, and delivered a plague unto my house. 9/10. Highkey ruined my life for a very long time. I don’t think anything can come close to the agony these two gave me on a regular basis. (Like please don’t come close. My heart can’t take it. Flynn/Lucy is trying to get close. Back off.) Always painful all the time. Always frustrating. Guy needed a relationship like the one he had with Marian so we could see that other, kinder side of him. He really loved her. But he screwed it up at every turn. Why… Why are you so horrible? Why? Like… why?
5. Tony Stark/Loki (The Avengers)
FrostIron! Because why the eff not? That is just hours of guaranteed fun right there. They are both so sarcastic and witty. They have an amazing repartee. Their scene in The Avengers remains my absolute favorite to this day. And because of how their characters act, there’s such a wide array of ways to ship them. You can go funny. You can go angsty. Everything is possible and everything is in character.
I tag @uglybusiness, @wellwhataboutme, @amandapanda10, @batwynn, @i-gwarth Do it if you want. Just throwin’ out the first names that came to mind. I’ve made so many new friends in the Timeless fandom, but you guys need to talk to me more so I can remember your usernames. I’m bad with names. OTL