News for 07/20/2007

What a strange world we live in! Lets’ learn more about it… by doing the news!

  • A British teenager bought a PS2 game console off eBay. It came in the “post” a few days later. The game console and all the cables and controllers were there… but not the two games promised by the eBay seller. Instead of the games, the boy found £44,000 (around $90,000) stuffed into the box! The boy and his parents turned the money over to his local police department while the matter is being investigated.
  • A new report by the Carmel Group states that DVR ownership in the United States will surge past 50% of all households by the year 2010. I remember thinking about DVR market saturation a few years ago, and back then I thought that it’d take years for DVRs to get to that point. What happened? Cable companies quickly found out that DVRs are a profitable item. The report states that as recently as 2001, 9 out of 10 cable companies weren’t interested in DVR products; that statistic has almost flip-flopped: nowadays, only 1 out of 10 cable companies (mostly smaller companies) don’t offer DVR service.
  • As of August 4th, 2007, cigarette lighters will be allowed back on airplanes. What’s interesting about this is the “story behind the story” – apparently TSA never wanted to ban lighters in the first place, since it forced screeners to search for mundane things in people’s bags… instead of actual, you know, bombs. Congress disagreed, and forced TSA to add them to their “prohibited items” list. However, pretty much everyone in the security biz has finally admitted that banning lighters was simply “security theatre” and not a genuine safety measure.

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Ouch! Tooth embedded in head!

How’s this for an “owwwie”? Australian rugby player Ben Czislowski collided with an opponent back in April, getting a gash in the head. He left the match and his head was quickly stitched up. But then Czislowski, who plays for the Brisbane team Wynnumm, started getting headaches. He soon felt lethargic and got a bad eye infection.

Last week, Czislowski decided that he just couldn’t take it any more, so he went to his doctor… who found a tooth of Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin embedded in Czislowski’s skull! Given how filthy with bacteria most mouths are, it’s a wonder that Czislowski didn’t get gangrene or some other serious infection! As it stands though, Czislowski had the tooth removed and is doing fine.

Read all about it on Yahoo! News here.


Hot off the presses:

In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time titlist Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing triumph. Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes — a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

Hell yeah! USA! USA! USA! USA!

Read all about it here, and have a safe and happy July 4th!

MORE NEWS: Goldman Family Buys OJs Book, Gives It Funny New Title

And of course, as soon as I finish with the news, something hilarious comes over the wire:

The Goldman family (as in “Ron Goldman”, the guy that O.J. Simpson killed) has purchased the rights to O.J. Simpson’s book If I Did It and plans to sell the book as a means of partially fulfilling the financial terms of the family’s successful $33 million “wrongful death” suit against Simpson. Even better, the family plans to change the name the book from If I Did It to Confessions of a Double Murderer!

Read all about it here!

News for 07/03/07

Hey hey everybody! It’s the day before Independence Day… so let’s do THE NEWS!

(In)famous Russian music site has finally shut down… don’t cry too much though, because they’ve already launched a replacement site: In fact, were it not for the new site’s radically different color scheme, you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference between the two sites. Why shut down one site, only to open an exact duplicate on the same day? Your guess is as good as mine. At least they didn’t sell out completely – unlike, say Fergie. The erstwhile member of the Black Eyed Peas has completely sold out to Candie’s (the shoe\clothing company). Sources say that the company will pay Fergie $4 million to “to promote their clothing line in her songs”. I guess something like this was inevitable – hell, Fergie’s already promoted Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi for free, so why not get some coin for dropping Candie’s name in her music? Still, I can’t help but find the whole thing distasteful. Actual product placements in music? What’s the world coming to?

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News and Updates for 06/21/2007

First of all, allow me to introduce my newest website: If you’re in the Charlotte area and are having computer problems, give us a call at 704-800-1573 and we’ll get you fixed up!

So – what’s going on in the world? A five acre lake in Chile has simply disappeared! Park rangers at the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park found no problem with the lake in March, but by late May the lake had disappeared entirely, leaving only a few large chunks of ice that used to float on the water. Scientists are puzzled – the obvious cause for something like this would be cracks opening up on the lake floor, which would cause the water to drain into the ground below. However, no cracks have been found yet and no seismographic activity was recorded in the area between the last known spotting of the lake and the draining. Weird!

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