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January 5, 2008

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Man follows GPS directions onto train tracks, into dummy hall of fame

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 01:57 PM CST

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Once again proving that “people be stupid,” a Bedford Hills, New York man allowed his GPS to navigate him onto train tracks… while a train was approaching. Entering a long line of folks like Cherry Tree Guy and the Narrow Lane Invader, this mentat in question apparently followed directions to “turn right” onto a set of tracks, which he then inexplicably became stuck on. Upon noticing the speeding locomotive heading towards his car, the man jumped out of the vehicle and tried to warn the engineer by waving his arms frantically — to no avail. The train slammed into the truck at 60 MPH and pushed the vehicle more than 100-feet, damaging 250-feet of track. The man was unharmed, though we understand his ego has filed for divorce.

[Thanks, Dr. Mark]


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See Everything Your Friends And Neighbors Have Ever Bought At Sears [Evil]

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 10:58 AM CST

myhomeprofile.jpgWant to see all the major appliances and repair services that your friends and neighbors… (and anyone else who you can look up in the phone book) have ever purchased at Sears?

Want to know what your mom might have purchased for your birthday? Want to know which houses in your neighborhood have really nice expensive TVs?

Sears provides a website, where anyone can look up anyone elses’ entire purchase history at Sears—using only their name and address. This is especially convenient because these strange men keep dropping off huge lists of names and addresses on our door every year (we think they’re called “phone books”) and we never really knew what to do with them.

Apparently, all you need to do is create an account at, click “Find Sears Products” and enter a name, address and phone number.

From the CA Security Advisor Research Blog:

With their consent we have tested this technique with other individuals and have received reliable results every time. If they’d had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician.

Says Kurt, the reader who sent this tip in: “I was able to look up my entire family’s purchases. This is a scary one.”

Is Sears evil or what?

UPDATE: Rumor has it that all you really need is someone’s name and phone number.

Best Buy Employees Busted For Switching Items Inside Boxes [Crime]

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 10:19 AM CST

bestbuynight.jpgFor those of you who were wondering why you recently bought an empty box from Best Buy, look no further for your answer. Three Best Buy employees from a Bridgewater, NJ store were busted for removing items from their boxes and placing them inside the boxes of less expensive items, which they would then buy.

From the Courier News:

Charged with theft, and conspiracy to commit theft, are Michael Lombardozzi, 25, 1178 Fairfield Road, Bridgewater; Jose Caraballo, 18, 452 Front St., Dunellen, and Randy Billie, 21, of Paterson, all sales associates at the store, according to papers filed in Superior Court.

Caraballo told Bridgewater police that he received a call at home Dec. 28 from another employee to come to the store and pick up a box. Court papers state that Caraballo knew it was a box of a relatively low-priced item that was repacked and contained a higher-priced item.

Caraballo took the box to the cashier and paid the price listed for the lower-priced item, authorities said.

When he got home with the box, Caraballo opened it and found an LCD projector valued at $1,499, according to court papers.

Lombardozzi told police that on Dec. 23 he took a Mac Book Pro, valued at $2,700, and put it in a box of a lower-priced item and gave it to another employee to buy, according to court papers. The other employee then gave it back to Lombardozzi, authorities said. So when you get home and find that your “MacBook” box contains someone like Mr. Lombardozzi’s bathroom tiles, don’t be surprised when you try to return the box and “they don’t believe you.”

Best Buy employees charged with theft [Courier News] (Thanks, Ray!)

Will fans pay? Reznor opens books on ‘Net music experiment

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 10:42 AM CST

Trent Reznor produced the new Saul Williams rap record, then offered it online for 1) free or 2) five dollars. 18 percent of the downloaders paid. Success?

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Science to Government: Evolution Is a Fact, So Teach It

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 09:20 AM CST

A new report by scientific advisers to the U.S. government emphasizes the importance of teaching evolution in schools, while taking a swipe at the “unscientific” theory of intelligent design.

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