Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It’s the end of an era: as of December 15, AOL’s Instant Messenger will no longer exist

In a statement from Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-acquired Yahoo, the service will be discontinued. “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,”  said the Vice President of communications product at Oath. AIM was a staple of personal computers since first launching in 1997, serving as a precursor to popular apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. However, AIM couldn’t make the seamless transition to mobile, where most users rely on instant messaging services. Users will be able to manually download any images or files on AIM before the service shuts down. However, users won’t be able to export or save their Buddy List, the group of contacts available on AIM. (USA Today)


Man High On Meth Stabbed Dog To Death Because It Put ‘A Hex On Him’

A man in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania killed his dog because the animal “put a hex on him.” The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old Joseph Elliott will serve one to two years in prison, followed by three years of probation, after pleading guilty to stabbing his dog to death and stealing a car in separate incidents earlier this year. Police then found Elliott’s dog in the bathroom with lacerations to its body. Elizabethtown police were originally called to Elliott’s apartment and found him nude in the doorway where he told them that he had consumed methamphetamine. Elliott admitted to choking the dog because it put “a hex on him.” Elliott also stole a Volkswagen Jetta from a man who lived a short distance away, and when he was caught, he gave police a false name. Elliott was also ordered to pay $265 in restitution. (Philadelphia CBS)


Florida elementary schools remove toilet paper from restrooms

At least three elementary schools in Florida removed toilet paper from their bathroom stalls because pupils were wasting it. Teachers were instead told to hand out wads of tissues to students each time they wanted to use the toilet. The Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville had been refusing to put toilet paper in the cubicles there until a group of parents complained to the local media. Half an hour after the story aired on local media, Duval County Public Schools spokesperson Laureen Ricks released a statement saying toilet paper has now been returned to the stalls. (Action News Jax)


Grandfather’s grave inscription denied for ‘inappropriate language’

A council in England declined a grandfather’s request to have a line from a poem he wrote etched on his grave stone, claiming it contained “inappropriate language.” Maurice Brown, 84, asked his grandson, Lewis Ryan to include the phrase “The little bugger did his best” on his gravestone, but when the 20-year-old sent the plans for etching his request was denied. “My grandfather was always joking, he never took anything seriously. He even joked about the amount of time he had left to live,” Ryan said. Lewis went through a stonemason who submitted the wording to the council but they didn’t like the word ‘bugger.’  It’s part of an Ilkeston dialect and it’s what people use and I explained that to the council.This is why he wanted to use the word bugger because he was proud of his Ilkeston slang heritage. He added: ‘The worst part is my grandmother, who died of a stroke in 2014 is there and the whole stone had been removed for the work to be done. ‘But now it can’t go back on until this is dealt with, at the moment just a slab sits there. I will get what he wants on there no matter what.’ But Dave Bramwell, the council’s head of green space and street scene, said: ‘We understand the sentiment here and the personal memories involved for the family. However, this is not appropriate language in what is a public cemetery.’ (Metro)


Stuck in traffic jam, woman goes out to look for bathroom, returns to find her car gone

An expressway in China was clogged with traffic as hundreds of Chinese people looked to take advantage of this year’s Golden Week holiday. Stuck in one hellish traffic jam on an expressway in Hebei’s Qing county just outside of a toll station, one woman got out of her car to answer the call of nature, when she returned, her vehicle was nowhere to be found. Expressway police helped the woman — who had left her cell phone in her car — driving her to a service station where she could call her family. Following the incident, officers reminded the public that they must always remain vigilant. It’s not clear if the car thief has yet been caught, but he couldn’t have gone far. (Shanghaiist)


Woman put glass into her food and cut her lips at restaurants to avoid paying for meals

Kaitlyn Murphy, of Delray Beach, turned herself in to the Stuart Police Department on Tuesday, admitting to putting glass in her food at restaurants and shaming them into giving her the meal for free. Over a period of 12 days last month, police said, Murphy ate at nine restaurants, and racked up more than $150 in free grub, according to the arrest affidavit. She was charged with scheme to defraud, taken to Martin County Jail and booked.  (Miami Herald)


Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper

When it comes to reinventing asphalt, the Netherlands is leaving nothing to waste. The country has undertaken a two-year pilot project to transform used toilet paper into a blacktop-strengthening agent. And it’s already paved a 1-kilometer stretch of bike path, a section of highway, and a parking lot with the TP-mixed asphalt. While asphalt is a mixture of stones, sand, and bitumen, which holds everything together,  it’s made stronger when the mixture is combined with a dose of cellulose (plant fibers), which helps the asphalt stick to stones before it fully hardens. Cellulose has the added benefit of wicking water off of roadways when it rains, making them less slippery. Recycled toilet paper is an abundant source of cellulose. The Dutch flush away roughly 180,000 tons of toilet paper each year. Wastewater treatment plants filter out the toilet paper and typically dry it, and burn it. But the geniuses behind the pilot program—KNN Cellulose and CirTec—decided to use a fancy filer system to clean, sterilize, bleach, and dry the toilet paper before using this high-quality fiber to supply the cellulose in asphalt. (Curbed)


Two-for-Tuesday offers up:

*Ada Lovelace Day  (2nd Tuesday)
*International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 
*International Newspaper Carrier Day 
*International Stage Mangement Day 
*National Angel Food Cake Day
*National Cake Decorating Day
*National Face Your Fears Day  (2nd Tuesday)
*National Handbag Day 
*Naval Academy Day 
*Squid & Cuttlefish Day 
*World Child Development Day(2nd Tuesday)
*World Day Against The Death Penalty
*World Homeless Day 

*World Mental Health Day 

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