First News Dump of 2010

– A South Dakota woman named Marguerite Engle tried to break the US intoxication record by passing out in her truck with a blood alcohol content of .708, which is nine times the .08 limit to operate a motor vehicle in most states. Hell, .50 is fatal for most people… but not Marguerite! And lest you think there was some kind of error with the Breathalyzer machine, the cops took a blood sample from her once they got those crazy readings, and the lab confirmed the .708 reading. Marguerite just barely missed the record – .720 – set by a woman in Oregon in 2008. Read more about it here.

– It might seem like a basically harmless prank, but the latest food trend sweeping the nation might actually be a serious felony. It seems that pranksters are adding copious amounts of baking soda to half empty ketchup bottles in restaurants, causing the condiment to explode on the next hapless diner who opens the bottle. Although no one has been injured (aside from ruined clothing), tampering with foodstuffs is a felony offense in many states. So think long and hard before pulling this prank yourself!

– The year 2009 might be remembered for many things, but it will also go down as the first year video games outsold movies in the UK. According to the latest figures, British consumers spent $2.8 billion on video games and $1.93 billion on movies (which includes all DVD\Blu-Ray sales and box office receipts).

– Have you ever seen outrageously mispriced items on Amazon and wondered what it would be like to actually order them? Brian Klug has, and when he spotted the copy of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Cells’ CD-ROM for sale at the low-low price of $2,904,980,000, he decided to order just for kicks. Amazon has already charged his credit card for shipping, but not for the CD-ROM disc itself, which is not sold by Amazon but rather a reseller, suburbanbooks. This article has the lowdown on the story, complete with humorous exchanges from Reddit.

– Google’s Street View cameras catch everything… even a man picking up hookers!