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  • Fire department called after robot vacuum “attacks” sleeping owner

    02/09/2015 12:56:27 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    geek.com ^ | 02/06/15 | Matthew Humphries
    One day the robots may rebel against humans, taking control of the world and turning us into a relatively green source of energy. But today is not that day, even if one such robot did “attack” its owner in South Korea.
  • What ever happened to the good old Sunday Evening ZOTS?

    11/23/2014 8:13:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 141 replies
    don't zot me bro | Nov. 23, 2014 | Vanity
    As a relative n00b, I remember when I first signed up on FR and being careful not to post anything at first for fear of ***SOB*** FReeper ridicule, that most every Sunday evening, some DUer or other troll would post some stupid, provocative thread just to piss FReepers off.The retaliation by FReepers was immediate and relentless. The troll was soundly over-powered by logic and facts that completely destroyed their point.The Viking kitties emerged and the trolls were soundly zotted into oblivion.Anyhoo, I haven't seen a good, Sunday evening ZOT in awhile. Do you have any favorite ZOTS that you remember?
  • Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens& they could attack Earth

    11/22/2014 12:08:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 128 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 18:15 EST, 21 November 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan for
    If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day. Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today. Back in 2011 the...
  • Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

    10/31/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 32 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10-31-2014 | Author not shown
    More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.
  • Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe

    10/17/2014 7:23:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 135 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was not clear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories.“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people...
  • Pentagon watchdog to review plagiarism probe of Sen. John Walsh

    07/30/2014 2:54:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    CNN political ticker ^ | 7-30-14 | CNN staff
    The Defense Department’s inspector general will review the academic investigation of plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh. The Montana Democrat is accused of not properly attributing certain material in a paper to complete his master's degree at the Army War College. Carol Kerr, the school’s spokeswoman, said it would launch an Academic Review Board to look into the matter. The results and any recommendations will be forwarded to the Defense Department IG for its “consideration.” The New York Times first reported last week that a review of a 2007 final paper suggests the decorated Iraq war veteran “appropriated at least...
  • Higgs boson scientists: The universe should have collapsed

    06/23/2014 10:58:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | 6-24-2014 | Ryan Johnson
    Last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson was thought to answer a number of questions regarding how particles derive their mass. Now, however, it seems the discovery of the elusive particle is raising more questions than answers. Physicists at King’s College in London now say they have recreated conditions for the Big Bang now with the information from the discovery of the Higgs boson, and they report that the universe should have expanded too quickly and collapsed.
  • See yet another Obama scandal is once again the GOP's fault not Obama's.

    06/03/2014 9:27:13 PM PDT · by ctpsb · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/03/2014 | James Oliphant
    "...If they truly fear the unchecked growth of presidential power, then their best option is to come to the table and force compromise. It's the one sure way to keep Obama from going cowboy (or, in their minds, tyrant)."
  • Sheriff Wants Your Prayers; Target of Warrant Could Be Charged For Injuries to Toddler

    06/02/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by Altariel · 93 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    CNN has updates on the story of the Georgia SWAT team that threw a flash bang while executing a no-knock warrant that severely burned a nineteen-month-old baby. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says the deputies involved are "devastated" and that they've been called "baby killers" and received threats. "All I can say is pray for the baby, his family and for us," the sheriff told CNN. Terrell has insisted his officers and those of the local police department did nothing wrong and blamed the target of the warrant (not found at the house that was invaded) on the attack on...
  • Healthcare.gov crashes on day of deadline for enrollment under Affordable Care Act

    03/31/2014 4:26:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 48 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Debbie M. Lord
    Healthcare.gov, the troubled website set up to help Americans choose and enroll in a health care policy, crashed early Monday morning, on the final day to begin the process to apply for health insurance. According to a CNBC story, the website crashed around 3:20 a.m. (ET) Monday. It was  still down as of 7:40 a.m.Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- commonly called Obamacare -- before facing a fine.According to the White House, more than 6 million people have signed up since the enrollment period began on Oct. 1. According to...
  • Fort Worth SWAT Standoff: Who Pays For The Damage On Permian Lane?

    03/19/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    WFAA ^ | 18 March 2014 | MARIE SAAVEDRA
    FORT WORTH — What started as a murder case ended as a standoff at a two-story home on Permian Lane in Fort Worth on December 31, 2013. John St. Angelo, a contractor, had been here before, and chose it as a place to hide from Fort Worth police as they tried to track him down for the murder of his estranged wife, Suzanne Parsons. Police used tear gas and more to break into the home until St. Angelo finally gave up. All the owner of the house could do was watch. "We’re about 12 hours ahead, so I found out...
  • Methylphenidate ADHD Medications: Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Long-lasting Erections

    12/20/2013 1:25:17 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 30 replies
    FDA ^ | 12/17/2013
    ISSUE: FDA is warning that methylphenidate products, one type of stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may in rare instances cause prolonged and sometimes painful erections known as priapism. Based on a recent review of methylphenidate products, FDA updated drug labels and patient Medication Guides to include information about the rare but serious risk of priapism. If not treated right away, priapism can lead to permanent damage to the penis. Priapism can occur in males of any age and happens when blood in the penis becomes trapped, leading to an abnormally long-lasting and sometimes painful erection....
  • Obama: I'd fix HealthCare.gov myself, "but I don't write code"

    11/08/2013 12:51:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 8, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    President Obama wanted to go in himself and fix glitches that have plagued HealthCare.gov since its rollout last month, he told a crowd Friday at the Port of New Orleans, "but," he added, "I don't write code." The president couldn't ignore altogether lingering dissatisfaction with the botched health insurance exchanges, despite that the crux of the speech was intended to move back on the offensive with other aspects of his second-term agenda - specifically, job growth through investments in infrastructure and increasing U.S. exports.
  • Obama denies ‘you can keep it’ videotaped promises

    11/05/2013 5:14:54 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 193 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/5/13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” (snip)
  • Demonstrators Pray to Break Incarceration Cycle in Jail Demonstration (Afro Reports)

    10/30/2013 5:09:29 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 8 replies
    Afro ^ | 10/29/13 | Blair Adams
    As part of his drive to improve the quality of life in Baltimore, Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, led what he called a “Breaking Every Chain” demonstration around the Baltimore City Detention Center Oct. 27 before going inside the jail to pray for those incarcerated. For several blocks on a brilliant Sunday afternoon hundreds of people, many of them members of the Empowerment Temple congregation, surrounded the jail, locking arms and praying to deter criminal behavior that results in jail terms and criminal prosecution and to send a message of encouragement to jail inmates. “When the prisoners look...
  • Flying car accident in B.C. under investigation

    05/11/2013 12:07:18 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 55 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 11, 2013
    It's a good bet the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has never investigated such a bizarre air accident. On Friday, an airborne car crashed near Ellison Elementary School in Vernon, B.C., after the parachute it uses to stay afloat collapsed. The pilot and a passenger were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the RCMP told Global News. The Maverick LSA Flying Car was made in the Florida by I-TEC and is certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. On its site, I-TEC says the powered parachute's "design has been developed as an easy-to-operate – air, land, and snow craft....
  • Why Mitt Romney Deserved To Lose The Election

    11/15/2012 6:53:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/15/2012
    In an article published in 2001, Jude Wanniski, the author of The Way the World Works, noted that since 1896, only Republican presidential candidates running on “pro-growth” platforms have won. Republicans advocating “austerity” have invariably lost. With the defeat of Mitt Romney, the election of 2012 continued this pattern, with one addition. Republican presidential candidates offering clueless confusion also lose. Democracies tend to evolve two political parties, a party of economic growth and a party of income redistribution. If a credible plan for economic growth is offered, the people will vote for it, provided that it does not involve crushing...
  • The lessons of 2012 may not be what Operation Demoralize says

    11/14/2012 9:00:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 14, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Operation Demoralize, the attempt to convince you that conservatism is dead, that you live in a media cocoon, that you are incapable of learning, and that your pundits lied to you, is dominating the media. But are the quick and easy answers — just say Yes to illegal immigration, higher taxes, creeping socialism — based on the reality of why the election was lost? Someone clearly outside the supposed “conservative media complex” suggests that the reasons being peddled for the loss are not accurate, or at least not the full story. Andrew Kohut, head of the Pew Research Center, writes...
  • Romney reflects on his loss in call with campaign donors

    11/14/2012 3:40:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 71 replies
    Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was a disappointing result that neither he nor his top aides had expected, but said he believed his team ran a “superb” campaign with “no drama,” and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term. Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students...
  • Rove: The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP

    11/14/2012 3:45:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2012 | by Karl Rove
    The GOP is undergoing the type of re-examination that occurs whenever a party loses. That useful exercise should be guided by facts. Here is some of what we know. The media's postelection narrative is that Democrats won because of a demographic shift. There is some truth to that, but a more accurate description is that Democrats won in a smaller turnout by getting out more of their vote. Tactically, Republicans must rigorously re-examine their "72-hour" ground game and reverse-engineer the Democratic get-out-the-vote effort in order to copy what works. Strategically, Republicans will need to frame economic issues to better resonate...
  • Why Romney Didn't Get Enough Votes to Win

    11/14/2012 2:41:57 PM PST · by fso301 · 45 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Steven Pruzansky
    It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won. the most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering...
  • Humblegunner meets Lazamataz (caption this pic!)

    10/05/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 470 replies
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  • Democrats are running an accusation convention

    09/05/2012 2:45:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | September 5, 2012 | William J. Bennett
    There are two types of conventions for a party in power, as Newt Gingrich once said: accusation conventions and achievement conventions. Accusation conventions run against their opponents' record; achievement conventions highlight their own. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan ran an achievement convention. He rarely mentioned Jimmy Carter's record, even though it had been so poor. Instead, his campaign slogan was "Leadership that's working." He ran an uplifting campaign focused on America's turnaround and that it was "Morning in America" again. After day one of the Democratic National Convention, it seems the Democrats are running a quite different convention. Julian Castro,...
  • Bill Cosby compares Obama to Sisyphus rolling rock up the hill

    04/12/2012 7:52:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2012 | Geneva Sands
    Famed actor and comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday said people who are critical of President Obama are "acting like they have no idea what he inherited" at the White House. Cosby compared the first four years of Obama's presidency to the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the king condemned to an eternity of rolling a rock up a hill only to have it fall back down to the bottom. "I see Obama as Sisyphus in the first four years. And nobody would speak about the size of the rock, or the elevation of the hill. All you hear people talk about...
  • Frog gets smartphone game rage (funny!)

    12/24/2011 12:24:10 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-23-11
    Despite a successful run catching 'ants' on his owner's smartphone, an African bullfrog soon tires of the virtual snacks and bites down on something more substantial ... A video of a smartphone owner teasing his pet frog with the Ant Crusher game on his mobile handset has been viewed more than 2.5 million times since it was uploaded on December 18. However it may be the frog's revenge rather than its digital gaming prowess that has earned the amphibian its online following. As the ants fail to materialise in the frog's mouth, it finally takes its game rage out on...
  • Democratic Underground's website has crashed or been taken down by the Hacker Anonymous

    02/28/2011 11:27:13 AM PST · by Arcy · 85 replies
    2-28-11 | Arcy
    hahaha
  • Spilled drink in cockpit leads to hijacking alert

    01/06/2011 1:28:43 PM PST · by justlurking · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-01-06 | Mary Wisniewski
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Beware of spilling drinks while flying a plane. During a United Airlines flight to Frankfurt, Germany from Chicago this week, a cockpit crew member spilled a beverage on equipment, an airline spokesman said. It prompted a chain of events that inadvertently sent an alert that the plane was being hijacked. "During a period of light turbulence, a cockpit crew member's beverage spilled, causing issues with the airplane's communications equipment," said United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson. The beverage caused a problem with one of the aircraft's radio systems, which prompted the pilot to decide to land the plane Monday...
  • MS-NBC: Intelligence Failure a 'Conspiracy' against Obama? (Sit down before reading)

    01/08/2010 10:12:30 AM PST · by SE Mom · 86 replies · 2,979+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8 January 2010 | William Tate
    ...MS-NBC spent much of its Monday prime-time promoting the spurious contention that intelligence agencies may have deliberately allowed the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing to proceed in order to make Obama look bad. This contemptible idea was floated during the "Countdown" comedy hour when The Sportscaster reported "Breaking News" that White House sources believe the intelligence community's failure to stop the plot "might have been intentional and not accidental." Further, "the information was in some way deliberately withheld from some higher or broader authority to make someone look bad," leaving little doubt that the victim of this new, vast right-wing...
  • Shooting suspect 'radicalized' in jail

    06/05/2009 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 1,151+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jon Gambrell
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. | The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center begged for FBI agents to free him from a Yemeni jail where he was "radicalized" by Islamic terrorists, his lawyer told Associated Press on Thursday. Lawyer Jim Hensley described Abdulhakim Muhammad as an impressionable youth driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country. But teachings by "hardened" terrorists in Yemen and experiences with Afghan child refugees who were missing limbs drove him to become someone his parents didn't recognize, Mr. Hensley said. "Here comes the FBI, who may be able to...
  • Obama’s Unofficial Slogan: ‘No, You’re Wrong.’ - Whatever happened to his ‘pang of shame’?

    06/11/2008 12:56:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 216+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 11, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    June 11, 2008, 6:00 a.m. Obama’s Unofficial Slogan: ‘No, You’re Wrong.’Whatever happened to his ‘pang of shame’? By Jim Geraghty As Barack Obama’s campaign becomes defined by a series of embarrassments — his assessment of what small-town residents cling to, a mentor who believes the government created HIV, a friend of 20 years who takes to the pulpit and demands whites give up 401(k) accounts to atone for their ancestor’s racist sins, a wife who pledges to take away some people’s pie and give it to others, an associate who expresses no regret over planting a bomb in a...
  • America to Blame for Illegal Aliens Turning to Crime, Latino Advocate Says

    01/10/2007 2:58:13 PM PST · by nuconvert · 83 replies · 1,779+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 10, 2007
    <p>Americans are to blame for some illegal immigrants becoming serial crooks because "they're picking up those bad habits of cheating, of drinking and drugs," according to an official of a prominent Latino advocacy organization.</p> <p>Jesse Diaz of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) made the claim on Monday during an interview on Dallas talk radio station KRLD, and then repeated them on Tuesday to WFAA-TV.</p>
  • Dell Laptop Explodes At Japanese Conference (ka-BOOM caught on film)

    06/22/2006 6:57:59 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 210 replies · 5,797+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | 21 June 2006 | Inquirer Newsdesk
    Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference INQ reader's amazing snaps By INQUIRER newsdesk: Wednesday 21 June 2006, 13:22 AN INQUIRER READER attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident. Gaston, our astonished reader reports: "The d*** [edit mine] thing was on fire and produced several explosions for more than five minutes". Should you witness such an event, his advice is, "Don't try anything courageous/stupid, stay away, away, away!" "For the record, this is a Dell machine," notes Gaston. "It is only...
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy to Hold News Conference at 3 P.M. 5/05/06 (Live Thread)

    05/05/2006 10:50:14 AM PDT · by kristinn · 701 replies · 19,672+ views
    Friday, May 5, 2006 | Kristinn
    CNN reports Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C. to discuss his recent traffic incident on Capitol Hill.
  • Repairman Finds Human Skeleton Under House

    01/07/2006 4:40:35 PM PST · by wjersey · 40 replies · 1,503+ views
    KYW (Philadelphia) (AP) ^ | 1/7/2006 | AP staff
    TRENTON A repairman fixing a heating duct under a house discovered a clothed human skeleton and police on Saturday said they still were trying to figure out the person’s identity. “It looked like the guy crawled up in there,” said police spokesman Peter Page. “I don’t know if he was a homeless person or a previous tenant or what.” The body was discovered Friday by handyman Richard Woods in a crawl space under the kitchen of the house. “I’ve never seen anything like that before and I don’t want to again,” Woods said. “I got out of there as fast...
  • Jury orders Ford to pay $61 million to teen's family in SUV crash

    11/16/2005 7:56:18 PM PST · by quantim · 40 replies · 1,494+ views
    AP/mlive ^ | 11/16/2005, 10:09 p.m. ET | JENNIFER KAY
    MIAMI (AP) — A jury has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay more than $61 million to the family of a 17-year-old boy killed in a roll-over accident when his friend fell asleep while driving an Explorer.Ford was liable in the accident because it sold a vehicle with poor handling and stability, the jury said Tuesday.The company planned to appeal, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.The family of Lance Crossman Hall claimed Ford knew the Explorer was prone to roll-overs and failed to warn consumers about the vehicle's defects.Ford blamed defective Firestone tires for the Explorer's handling and stability problems, and the...
  • Dimensional Door - Freeople Thread 25

    10/19/2005 8:42:55 PM PDT · by Mo1 · 6,160 replies · 32,381+ views
    Today | Me
  • PLANET-DISSOLVING DUST CLOUD IS HEADED TOWARD EARTH!

    09/20/2005 5:25:47 AM PDT · by vannrox · 191 replies · 7,953+ views
    Weekly World News, via Yahoo ^ | Monday September 12 - 2005 | MIKE FOSTER
    PLANET-DISSOLVING DUST CLOUD IS HEADED TOWARD EARTH!Monday September 12, 2005 By MIKE FOSTER CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Scared-stiff astronomers have detected a mysterious mass they've dubbed a "chaos cloud" that dissolves everything in its path, including comets, asteroids, planets and entire stars -- and it's headed directly toward Earth! Discovered April 6 by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the swirling, 10 million-mile- wide cosmic dust cloud has been likened to an "acid nebula" and is hurtling toward us at close to the speed of light -- making its estimated time of arrival 9:15 a.m. EDT on June 1, 2014. "The good news...
  • Dimensional Door - Freeople Thread 24

    08/27/2005 3:37:59 AM PDT · by Mo1 · 7,228 replies · 39,024+ views
    Today | Me
  • BTK killer giving an "Oscars" caliber thank you speech on live TV (Vanity)

    08/18/2005 12:13:03 PM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 284 replies · 6,677+ views
    Fox News
    What the heck is wrong with the news media and the audience that laps this stuff up? We have become voyeurs...
  • Potential Republican Crack-Up

    07/31/2005 1:19:25 PM PDT · by KMB · 6,267 replies · 28,439+ views
    For the past 20 years, there's been a discussion in political circles and the media about the "fault lines" in the Republican party over the hot-button social issues such as the death penalty, abortion, affirmative action and gay rights. The presumption has always been that these issues would ultimately cause a rift between conservatives and moderates that would split the Republican coalition. The pundits and the MSM have been expecting and predicting this split for as long as I've been watching politics and they've been puzzled by the fact that it has never occurred. I believe that the reason that...
  • Family of dead boy hires attorney (BARF Alert!)

    06/29/2005 4:24:48 AM PDT · by RedRightReturn · 256 replies · 3,699+ views
    The Courier-Post ^ | June 29, 2005 | ALAN GUENTHER
  • Dimensional Door - Freeople Thread 22

    05/03/2005 8:23:05 PM PDT · by Mo1 · 6,743 replies · 40,805+ views
    Today | Me
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    02/08/2005 2:00:09 PM PST · by coffee260 · 227 replies · 9,308+ views
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  • Exploding Cell Phones a Growing Problem

    11/23/2004 11:57:40 AM PST · by Tarpaulin · 62 replies · 2,093+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | ELIZABETH WOLFE, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, ears ringing, hand gushing blood after his cell phone exploded. Safety officials have received 83 reports of cell phones exploding or catching fire in the past two years, usually because of bad batteries or chargers. Burns to the face, neck, leg and hip are among the dozens of injury reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission (news - web sites) has received. The agency is providing tips for cell phone users to avoid such accidents and has stepped up oversight of the wireless...
  • Girl says bones belong to ghost

    10/05/2004 7:48:14 PM PDT · by CurlyBill · 119 replies · 6,423+ views
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | Tuesday, 5 Oct 04 | MELANIE BENNETT
    Girl says bones belong to ghost Investigators unsure how possible human remains got inside insulation BY MELANIE BENNETT Staff Writer A Russell County fifth-grader is convinced bones found in her home last weekend belong to a mysterious friend who told her about being chopped up years ago. Investigators have few clues about how and when the bones got inside insulation under the living room floor of the mobile home on Jowers Road, near East Alabama Motor Speedway. The 10-year-old, Stephanie Ogden, and her family have lived in the home since 1998. Her great-grandparents, John and Marion Stewart, own the home....
  • Witchcraft blamed as stones rain on family

    09/14/2004 7:52:30 AM PDT · by dead · 75 replies · 1,267+ views
    NewZimbabwe.com ^ | 09/13/2004 17:09:23 | Alfonce Mbizwo
    A FAMILY in Mandava high-density suburb in Zvishavane deserted its home after stones rained from the roof, literally. Police in Zvishavane confirmed the incident, which took place on Thursday night at the Swift Cottages. “It appears to be an issue involving witchcraft,” said the Acting Officer Commanding Zvishavane District, Superintendent Raphael Mathe. “A report was made but we have sent officials to investigate the issue further because there was a letter which implicated some neighbours in matters of witchcraft,” said Supt Mathe. Neighbours said the drama started on Thursday evening when a family, who rented a house in the Swift...
  • Pup shoots man, saves litter mates

    09/09/2004 8:54:33 AM PDT · by orangelobster · 22 replies · 606+ views
    PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) -- A Florida man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger. Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist. Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies -- one in his arms and another in his...
  • Genesis space probe parachute did not open.

    09/08/2004 8:59:52 AM PDT · by evets · 320 replies · 6,531+ views
    failure!
  • Airplane's Toilet Ice Crashes Garden Party

    09/07/2004 10:32:47 AM PDT · by sully777 · 27 replies · 910+ views
    CNN/AP ^ | 9-06-04
    Airplane's Toilet Ice Crashes Garden Party GRAZ, Austria (AP) - It was an inelegant intruder on a sunny afternoon: a chunk of ice from a jetliner toilet that broke free and slammed into an Austrian family's garden. No one was injured when the ice tumbled from the sky Sunday afternoon in Graz...the fragment bore deep into the soil in the garden, where the unidentified family was enjoying a lazy summer afternoon...police said the 6-inch ice ball almost certainly came from an airliner toilet, judging from its blue color and its odor. They did not elaborate. 09/06/04 21:50
  • Jet-powered wheelchair surprise (hold muh crumpets)

    08/30/2004 1:40:49 PM PDT · by Moose4 · 70 replies · 1,433+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 August 2004 | Unattributed
    Giuseppe Cannella had a big surprise for his mother-in-law when he put a jet engine on the back of her wheelchair. Mr Cannella says the chair can now do top speeds of more than 60mph and has proved the star of a model plane championship during the Bank Holiday. A model plane enthusiast himself, Mr Cannella has been putting on shows at Barkston Heath near Grantham, Lincs. "It is just the wheelchair with the engine bolted on the back and steering on the front," he said. Holiday surprise "Originally it was a gimmick. I had a jet engine and I...