Archive for August, 2011

Sesame Street: Bert & Ernie just ‘friends’

Sesame Street denizens Bert & Ernie are just friends, according to an anonymous spokesman for the eternal children’s program, and will not be getting married.

Just pals.

Pals.

“Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” said Sesame Street on its Facebook page Thursday.

The statement was made in response to an online petition calling for Bert and Ernie to get married.

Bert and Ernie could not be reached for comment because they are not people.

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Coupon junkie busted stealing precious newspapers

An Arkansas woman’s penny-pinching ways may cost her.

Newspaper fan and former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox knew how to collect coupons.

Newspaper fan and former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox goes couponing in 1970.

“Extreme couponer” Jamie VanSicker, whose last name is not made up, failed to pay for more than 180 newspapers she grabbed from various racks, police say.

Newspapers — a daily trove of money-saving coupons and important information — are popular with “extreme couponers,” folks who dedicate a significant portion of their lives to hoarding household goods for reduced prices.

“Her defense was that she didn’t know it was a crime,” says Lt. Kevin Lewis of the Springdale Police Department.

That excuse has yet to work anywhere.

When the newspaper employees didn’t find any extra papers, they assumed all of the papers had been sold, writes a reporter for KSDK Channel 5. Thus, newspaper workers were putting even more papers in the racks.

VanSicker kept taking them — as many as 62 per night. The thefts were caught on surveillance cameras.

Police say she …

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Human blamed in Google’s ‘driverless car’ fender bender

Humans like to blame computers for their mistakes. It’s the “dog ate my homework” excuse of the digital age.

Prius smashes Prius while vegetarians watch. Just a typical day in California. (from Jalopnik)

Prius on Prius crime is a real problem in California. (from Jalopnik)

Search giant Google is turning that notion on its head, though, after its famed ‘driverless car’ was involved in a minor accident earlier this month.

Google says the car’s human occupant is to blame for the wreck, which included five cars. No injuries were reported.

“Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider.

Initially it was reported the computerized car caused the accident, but Google released a statement saying the human occupant was manually driving when he rear-ended another Prius near the company’s Mountain View, Ca., headquarters.

Various tech blogs have been on the story like LulzSec on an open port on a Pentagon computer. You can almost hear …

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Starbucks pulling plug on laptop users?

Starbucks is well-known for coffee, but laptop users love their juice — electrical juice.

After 4 days and only 3 Cafe Americanos, the Starbucks manager had a bad feeling about this guy.

After 4 days and only 3 Cafe Americanos, the Starbucks manager had a bad feeling about this guy.

Now, a rumor is floating amongst the Interwebs that New York City Starbucks locations are replacing electrical sockets with blank faceplates, effectively pulling the plug on laptop (ab)users plagued with poor battery performance.

The Seattle-based caffeine pusher did not immediately return a request for comment.

I can see the need to DC AC hogs, but I know a lot of folks, including some of my favorite reporters I never see anymore, use Starbucks as a transient office.

Starbucks Gossip provides the following jolt:

If you are one of those people who uses Starbucks as their office, sits in a store for 8+ hours a day, putting all your files on a table, using a separate chair for your laptop case/ suitcase enjoying unlimited free refills with your Starbucks card, asking for cups of water and …

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Police (Off)Beat | Bicycle cop laughs last

  • A motorist at Hartsfield-Jackson laughed at the bicycle cop who told him to “keep moving” outside the North Terminal. The driver cackled “What are you going to do? Chase me down on your bike?” before fleeing. Bikes may be slow, but nothing outruns police radio. Minutes later, he was in custody.

    You can't outrun the long leg of the law.

    You can't outrun the long leg of the law.

  • A man who led police on a chase down I-75 at speeds of up to 110 mph ditched his ride, a Dodge Avenger, behind a liquor store near Turner Field. Police combing the area were approached by a woman who pointed out a man who’d just bragged to her about outrunning police. The man told officers he’d spent the day “drinking on the corner with his buddies” but in his pocket was a key that started the Dodge. The man’s license had been suspended for failure to pay child support.
  • Collecting can be a cool hobby, unless it’s wives. A man with at least one too many married ladies in his life is now sought by Cobb police.
  • A …

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8-year-old designated driver gets dad arrested

It’s hard to find good help anymore.

Nudity was not among the list of charges, so I assume he was wearing pants.

Nudity was not among the list of charges, so I assume he was wearing pants.

Just ask Mississippi’s finest, Billy Joe Madden, 28, who let his 8-year-old son take the wheel while he tried to sleep off a few beers, according to an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Louisiana state troopers pulled the child over on I-12 as he attempted to drive from Mississippi to Dallas while dad snoozed in the passenger seat. His 4-year-old sister was in the back seat of the green Chevy pickup.

A concerned motorist called police at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and said the boy was “driving erratically,” which is easy to do when you can’t reach the gas and brake pedals while keeping your head above the dashboard.

Dad was still drunk, police said.

The kids are now with child protective services. Dad is charged with allowing a minor to drive, keeping an open container in the vehicle, driving without a seat belt, two counts of child desertion and two counts …

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