Thursday, August 18, 2016


A little girl’s parents didn’t tell their daughter they’d bought a DeLorean. In a YouTube video uploaded by the girl’s dad we see the two of them spot the Back to the Future car on the street and then pose by it. Then dad pulls the handle — and the gull wing door opens. The daughter’s freaking out ’cause she thinks her dad will get arrested. Then he gets in. Now she’s really freaking. Then she finds out dad bought the car. (Jalopnik)



The pilot of an ultralight aircraft in Germany spent more than 12 hours stuck up a tree after rescuers were unable to reach him overnight. Attempts to bring the man down from his lofty perch 100 feet above ground had to be abandoned at nightfall because of the risk that the plane and its pilot might be dislodged and fall to the ground. The 59-year-old was eventually rescued unharmed Tuesday. (Yahoo)



A Michigan couple is suing the makers of Pokemon Go for turning their previously quiet cul-de-sac into a nightmare with people blocking the driveway and trespassing. The lawsuit alleges that the placement of Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms on or near private property constitutes a continuing invasion of use and enjoyment. The couple says that their attempts to request that Niantic remove the in-game attractions from their neighborhood via designated request forms on the company’s website were met with generic responses. (Fortune)


Priceless space artifact accidentally sold at a government auction

A priceless bag used during the first moon walk was accidentally sold at a government auction, and is now the center of a legal dispute, the AP reports. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin tucked moon rocks into the white sack they took with them during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. After discovering the bag was hawked last year, the government is now scrambling to reverse the sale. The bag is embedded with space material and is “a rare artifact, if not a national treasure,” officials say. Although a clerical error was to blame for the sale, the bag caper dates back to the case brought against Max Ary, the ex-director of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, who was convicted in 2005 of stealing and selling museum artifacts. The Apollo 11 bag was among hundreds of items found during a search of his garage. (Newser)


New report that finds drowsy drivers are much like drunk drivers but get far less attention

Drowsy driving is a common but neglected problem responsible for thousands of deaths each year in crashes that cost more than $100 billion, concludes a report by state safety advocates. Drowsy driving hasn’t received the attention of drunken or distracted driving, partly because diagnosing the problem is difficult. Many crashes involve a single car and driver, and definitive clues as to the cause are lacking. Police cited drowsy driving in at least 72,000 crashes from 2009 through 2013, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those accidents included 41,000 injuries and 800 deaths, NHTSA said.

However, the AAA Foundation analyzed crashes where vehicles were towed from the scene. It found that the role of drowsiness was unknown in half the cases and difficult to determine in others. The group estimated drowsiness causes an average 328,000 crashes per year, with 109,000 involving 6,400 fatalities. The estimated cost of drowsy crashes, including insurance, medical expenses and lost productivity totaled $109 billion last year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association’s report “Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do About It.”  (USA Today)


Dog Gone

Yep, the stereotypes are true: dog people are more outgoing, measured in terms of Facebook friends. On average, dog people have 26 more Facebook friends than cat people. Like their extroverted pets, dog people make more connections online. On the other hand, cat people get invited to more events, so they’re putting their friendships to good use! Cat people tend to be friends with other cat people and dog people with other dog people. Specifically, cat people are 2.2 times more likely to befriend other cat people when compared to randomly chosen friends from the general population. However, that does not mean they are averse to dog people: They also befriend 1.8 times as many dog-people friends as expected. So, cat people like other animal-friendly people. The corresponding ratios for dog people are elevated but not as high as for cat people: Dog people befriend 1.8 times as many dog people as random, and 1.6 times as many cat people as random.(Facebook)


This Should Make For An Interesting Day:

*Bad Poetry Day
*Birth Control Pills Day
*Mail Order Catalog Day
*National Badge Ribbon Day

*Serendipity Day

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