The Bank of America in Tampa, Florida has a no-exceptions policy requiring a thumbprint when cashing a check. And they do mean no exceptions: the bank refused to cash a check for a man with no arms because he couldn't provide a fingerprint. "They looked at my prosthetic hands and the teller said, 'Well, obviously you can't give us a thumbprint'," [...]
WTF? If i get invited to a Windows 7 launch party, I'm finding new friends...
The ever inspiring Marbury points out that there are now 13,500 books in the library at Guantanamo Bay, serving the remaining 229 prisoners. (more…)
Yesterday was the US launch of the racing game Dirt 2, and what better way to promote virtual off-road rallies than, ya know, a Flash app that lets you tattoo some woman's breasts. The app is called "Dirty Tats." And that's not even the worst part. The obviously sex starved Codemasters who created the tattoo game know how to do creepy well, [...]
The Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret and its conservative council are reportedly embroiled in a heated dispute with its neighboring town, middle-class and Socialist-run Clichy-la-Garenne, over traffic congestion. On any given day, thousands of commuters travel between the two towns en route to the capital. (more…)
Wired explores the fascinating and increasingly important placebo effect, which appears to be getting stronger... The upshot is fewer new medicines available to ailing patients and more financial woes for the beleaguered pharmaceutical industry. Last November, a new type of gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, championed by the Michael J. Fox [...]
I just picture a black web dev sitting at his desk, looking at his assignment for an "ethnic" McDonald's site with a mix of mild offense and pitiful disbelief. He asks himself, "How offensive can I make this without using the phrase 'the negro community?'" Ugh. 365black.com
My husband and I were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park-Canada when we stopped for a timed picture of the two of us. We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intriqued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our [...]
Florida law enforcement agents have charged 48-year-old Keith R. Griffin (shown at left) with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after a detective found over a thousand such images on his computer. In his defense, Mr. Griffin told detectives "he would leave his computer on and his cat would jump on the keyboard. And when he returned [...]
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I clicked on this and while I was reading a helicopter flew overhead and landed on the army range up the road. On the plus side it was probably time to change my underwear anyway. This website is under investigation This web site belonged to a recently prosecuted criminal pharmaceuticals dealer and is being used as a tool in an [...]
Get excited, America! Because as of this fall, you'll be able to consume cheap, watered-down swill out of a box. The future of beer consumption is now! The $20, 1.5-gallon boxes of beer are designed for the paradoxical beer drinkers who prefer their beer to come from the tap but also don't care if said beer is actually good. They're currently [...]
Two DeKalb County Officers are being investigated for allegedly performing a background check on President Barack Obama. Officers Ryan White and C.M. Route have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to DeKalb County spokeswoman Sheila Edwards. Edwards said the two patrol officers have been [...]
Irwin Chusid called this promo video for fans of Insane Clown Posse and other bands of its ilk, "14 minutes of the world's worst fonts."
People who bought Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm for their Kindle were surprised to discover that it had disappeared from their devices overnight. It turns out the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic version, and Amazon caved into their demand to sneak into people's electronic libraries and take back the book at the publisher's [...]
Looks like someone should start putting up fake all-night events at random addresses in that town... "Alright boys, there's obviously forty-six raves going on all over town tonight. GEAR UP!" Riot police raided a 30th birthday barbecue because they thought the organizer, who had invited his friends via Facebook, was staging a rave. Four [...]
When we look upon the typewriter, we tend to think of it as a somewhat romantic, antiquated technology for the English major in us to write that great mystery novel we've been toying with -- not something we'd imagine anyone would still be using in a professional setting. Unfortunately for New York's boys in blue, that's exactly the situation they [...]
So then what's the point of having in-car GPS? It is already illegal to manually use a cell phone for texting or calling while driving in New Jersey. A state legislator has aimed at the next in-car distraction: GPS devices. Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Smith wants a ban on manually programming GPS devices while driving. You would need to pull [...]
A real life Final Destination. eek. An Italian woman who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic last week has been killed in a car accident. Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Bolzano-Bozen province, had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed Air France Flight 447 after turning up late [...]
Health insurers around the world collectively hold $4.5 billion worth of tobacco industry stock, according to a new study. The Consumerist has great highlights on the story, including this killer quote from the study's co-author, David Himmelstein, " the combined taxidermist and veterinarian approach: either way you get your dog back." Also: [...]
The campaign has kicked off with a web page entitled "It's better with Windows" showing adverts for Windows and suggesting it is a better choice for use with Asus' range of netbooks. Asus confirmed to vnunet.com that the campaign was legitimate, saying: "As a hardware vendor we have to provide both operation systems for our [...]