BURGLARS IN AUSTRALIA USE CROCODILES

BURGLARS IN AUSTRALIA USE CROCODILES

A group of four burglars stole some computers and office supplies from the Taminmin College in Humpty Doo, Australia.  They used some crocodiles in their entry to the office by throwing them through the window to gain access.  They must have known that they would be recorded during this caper because they were shirtless and had masks on their heads.  […]

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Here come the killer robots

If you think drone warfare has created some tricky moral dilemmas, said Robert H. Latiff and Patrick J. McCloskey, just wait until we start sending robotic soldiers into battle. Early prototypes of robots that can hunt down and destroy enemies with ferocious firepower are in development, and “what now seems like the stuff of Hollywood fantasy is moving toward realization.” […]

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Mississippi Abolishes Slavery – 148 Years Late

Jackson, Miss. Belated ratification: Mississippi officially ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery—148 years late. The approval came after University of Mississippi medical professor Dr. Ranjan Batra watched the Oscar-nominated film Lincoln, and began looking into whether the state had ever endorsed the end of slavery. Batra discovered that by December 1865 the measure had been ratified by the three fourths […]

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Cheating in school: Why it’s on the rise

Have we raised “a generation of cheaters?” asked Robert Kolker in New York magazine. That’s the question people are asking after a series of major cheating scandals involving some of the nation’s top schools and colleges. New York City’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School this month suspended 12 students, and threatened to suspend 50 more, for allegedly sharing test answers via […]

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Tanned & Banned

■    Having been banned from every tanning salon in New Jersey, Patricia Krentcil — dubbed “a tanorexic” by the tabloids—plans to move to Britain to continue tanning. Krentcil, 44, says that since salons started turning her away she is having “to spend hours covering myself in tanning lotion to get the color I want.” She says that even though she’s […]

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Tax Office Overrun By Chickens

EUGENE, Ore A man who was upset with his local state revenue office released a flock of chickens inside the agency’s office. Police ­responded to the scene to find that Louis J. Adler, 66, released seven chickens in the office lobby. The police officer, accompanied by an animal welfare officer rounded up the chickens and took them to a local […]

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VR Headsets For Chickens

■ An Iowa State University professor has developed a virtual reality headset for chickens that will fool factory-farmed hens into thinking they’re free-range. The gadget uses a special headset that lets caged chickens pad around a virtual farmyard, pecking at virtual bugs. “I did a lot of work to get the technology right,” said inventor Austin Stewart. He admits that […]

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Makes on a plane

■ A flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s service dog repeatedly pooped in the aisle. The dog,Truffles, lost control of his bowels an hour into the flight, and the stench caused passengers to vomit. “That is the worst blowout I have ever smelled,” said one traveler. When flight attendants ran […]

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