Archive for December, 2013

Teen father spends $750 for picture of Xbox One

Peter Clatworthy's 4-year-old son may be doomed, genetically speaking. (Image from NottinghamPost.com)

Peter Clatworthy's 4-year-old son may be doomed, genetically speaking. (Image from NottinghamPost.com)

Note: George is on vacation until Dec. 16.

Like all parents, a 19-year-old British father wanted to give his child a Christmas gift he would love and maybe the kid could enjoy too.

So he saved his shillings or whatever they call money in jolly ol’ England these days and purchased a “Special Edition” Xbox One on eBay for $750.

It was special all right.

Instead of receiving a video game console, he received a crudely printed picture of a new Xbox, reports The Nottingham Post.

Peter Clatworthy said he was “furious” after opening the packaging and finding only the picture and a message thanking him for the purchase.

Clatworthy, a college student, admits the listing clearly said the item for sale was a “picture” but he thought he’d magically receive the video game system.

“I always buy stuff on eBay and this had never happened before,” said Clatworthy, the father of a 4-year-old …

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Traffic tweeter unknowingly reports husband’s fatal crash

twitter-scancouverUPDATE: Caran Johnson has “protected” her Twitter feed so you can no longer read her tweets.

A woman who spends her days “tweeting the crazy things that happen” in Vancouver unknowingly provided live coverage of a crash that killed her husband.

KATU.com reports Caran Johnson is well known for her tweets summarizing traffic incidents in the Vancouver area.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, who tweets under the handle @ScanCouver, began typing up short updates of a two-vehicle crash.

She tweeted “i hate that section of I-205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

A bit later: “this accident sounds horrible.”

Later that afternoon she became concerned her husband had not returned from work.

At 5:17 p.m. she wrote “I’m trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he’s not answering his phone. … and he’s late.”

Just before 6 p.m. she tweeted “how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?”

At 6:50 p.m. she told …

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Study: Southerners more courteous than Yankee losers

CLICK TO ENLARGE (Image from Marchex Institute)

CLICK TO ENLARGE (Image from Marchex Institute)

If there’s one thing I learned growing up in the South it’s that Northerners are rude and “cussing” is the verbal ammunition fired by losers.

OK, that’s two things that may not even be true, but, if you put them together, you get something called “research.”

According to a new study, Southerners don’t cuss as much as Northerners.

Ohio, which has to put up with more political ads than any other state in the country, curses the most, according to a new study.

How was this determined?

The Marchex Institute, which must be akin to the Everest Institute for the NSA, used fancy computers to scan 600,000 customer service phone calls and counted how often people in different states unloaded on the poor saps that have to work in customer service.

Other foul-mouthed states in the top 5 include Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois.

Washington, whose “chillaxed” population is under the effect of legalized marijuana, dropped the bong – I mean …

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Georgia men don’t measure up in condom study

If wives have been lying and size really does matter, the state of Georgia is in big trouble.

A new “study” ranking states according to the size of male genitalia fails to mention our manly state at all.

I was exposed to this shocking lack of information by a Time.com article, which lists which states purchase the most larger-than-usual condoms.

North Dakota, which is usually busy drilling oil, is ranked first. Tiny Rhode Island is No. 2, but they are likely overcompensating for constantly being compared to small things.

Georgia, which should probably be ranked ahead of at least Alabama (No. 8), is nowhere to be seen on the list.

What does this mean? Are Georgia men simply not purchasing giant condoms? Has the legislature banned the sale of such things and I’ve not noticed? Have Georgia merchants zipped up their sales data?

Time has asked Condomania (the geniuses that left an entire state off a ’state-by-state’ list) why Georgia was shortchanged.

I’ll keep you updated.

More …

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Crash victim trapped 6 days atop dead friend

Richard Koester, featured on ABC News, survived six days without food or water. (Image from ABCnews.com)

Richard Koester, featured on ABC News, survived six days without food or water. (Image from ABCnews.com)

The holiday dedicated to thankfulness has passed, but it’s always nice to be alive.

Just ask Richard Koester.

The Colorado man survived a car crash, was trapped in the wreckage for six days without food or water and spent almost a week lying atop his dead friend.

Koester tells ABC News he is thankful he can’t recall most details of the ordeal.

“I was laying on top of him the whole six days and nights. I had no idea he was with me when I woke up,” Koester said. “He kept me a little warmer for a few extra days.”

Koester spoke to the media Monday, more than two months after the wreck that cost him both his legs and killed his friend Ronald Mohr.

Mohr was driving a pickup truck Oct. 11 when the vehicle skidded and crashed in a 30-foot ravine. A road worker spotted the wreckage Oct. 17.

Koester has had five surgeries and has trouble speaking but he says his life now has …

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Alabama kicker gets death threats after loss

Cade Foster, No. 43, asked for mulligans but was told football is not golf. (AP photo)

Cade Foster, No. 43, asked for mulligans but was told football is not golf. (AP photo)

Taking things way too seriously is an American pastime.

How else to explain why millions of us are spending billions to hoard food, ammo and survivalist gear?

People love taking sports too seriously too.

The Alabama-Auburn game ended disastrously for the Crimson Tide Saturday when Auburn returned a missed field goal for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.

It was an amazing play and an exciting game that featured four botched field goals by Alabama, who had been ranked No. 1 before the “Iron Bowl” began.

It’s fair to say Alabama kicker Cade Foster didn’t have an amazing game. The usually surefooted player missed three field goals and, with the score tied at 28, was pulled in favor of freshman kicker Adam Griffith when Alabama tried for a game-winning 57-yard field goal with the final play.

Even though Foster wasn’t responsible for the kick that backfired, he is the one that got death …

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