So it turns out the farewell message from T-Shirt Hell that I wrote about the other day was a big fat prank, joke, and publicity stunt, to say the least. They're not going anywhere, and just to further antagonize and demoralize their enemies, they're bringing back the worst of the worst among their humorous and/or offensive shirt designs.
These ones were previously removed from the site in response to an attempt on the site owner's life, as well as death threats leveled at other employees of the company. Now they're back, sure to raise ire with no holds barred, and it's no coincidence.
See, after the outpouring of support from loyal fans (100,000 shirts sold in three weeks during the faux goodbye), the owner realized the game is his to lose, and is actively encouraging people to come after them – people who, according to him, simply don't get the joke and violently and foolishly overreact.
As if the resurrected shirts weren't enough to stir up trouble, Megatron takes it one step further by starting a contest where people can predict the date, time, and method of his eventual murder at the hands of one of his fanatical detractors. Whoever guesses correctly (or plots accordingly) will supposedly win $50,000 and an urn with his ashes in it. Call him crazy, but the guy knows how to get attention.
As for why he pulled this bait and switch a full month and a half prior to a more appropriate target date (April Fool's Day), he called this his own sort of stimulus package, as it got "stingy Americans" to open their wallets and spend money in an economy where the smart move is to do the opposite. It certainly worked.
What now? Megatron has assured readers of the TSH newsletter that they and the site are not going anywhere, ever. They're back and bolder than ever, and will keep entertaining their fans and aggravating those who don't get it. He went so far as to say that they "wouldn't leave even if we had to resort to selling dead babies for food."
Creepy, but reassuring.