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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +12 +2

    Internet chat system IRC turns thirty

    IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was born at the Department of Information Processing Science of the University of Oulu 30 years ago. Jarkko Oikarinen developed the internet chat system back in 1988 in addition to his summer job. Today, people are still using IRC. Computer Science student Atte Jauhiainen uses IRC every day. Mostly he chats about everyday topics and occurrences, like lunch dates and news of the day.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by rawlings
    +11 +2

    Man leaves £5 on ambulance windscreen to thank paramedics for blocking drive

    A refreshingly positive thank you note was left on an ambulance this week – and people are seriously loving it. The note, which was left on a vehicle in Wales, had £5 attached and saw a homeowner praising paramedics instead of attacking them. Twitter user Dewi Lloyd tweeted the note, saying: ‘Heart warming note left on one of the Flintshire Ambulances #Welshambulance’...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +2 +1

    Russian TV Show Devoted To Vladimir Putin Claims He Intimidates Bears

    You gotta be Putin us on! A new TV series being aired on Russian state television suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin is such a macho dude than even bears know better than to cross him. The series, titled “Russia, Kremlin, Putin,” films U.S. President Donald Trump’s pal at work and at play, according to EuroNews.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +11 +1

    Glowing Rocks Dubbed 'Yooperlites' Discovered In Michigan

    "These things are a blast to find," Superior Township resident Erik Rintamaki told WWJNewsradio.com. He offers guided walking tours to search for the special rocks, which glow when exposed to UV light due to the presence of the fluorescent mineral Sodalite. "I've been a rock picker all my life. I got it from my dad, who got it from his dad," said the 43-year-old, who has a side business as an agate dealer.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by robmonk
    +10 +1

    Homeless teen Fred Barley bikes 6 hours to get to college, sleeps in tent

    At just 19 years old, Fred Barley has proven he knows what he wants out of life and he’ll do anything to make it happen. Officers found the teen sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside a local college. Instead of giving him a ticket for trespassing, the officers listened to his story – and that’s where this amazing story begins.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +26 +8

    For kids getting busted for running lemonade stands without permits, these guys are here to help

    Summertime and sunny skies can only mean one thing for the nation's youngest business owners: lemonade stands. It's a hallmark tradition of American childhood. But in recent years, kids selling this cool drink are getting heat for not having proper permits. Now a company known for its lemonade mix is stepping in to keep these sidewalk shops running. Country Time Lemonade is creating a team to help pay fines and permits for kids nationwide who want to run their own lemonade stands. And in the spirit of the drink's name, they're calling their initiative Legal-Ade.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +4

    Japan's World Cup octopus killed and 'sent to market'

    An octopus, who correctly predicted all of Japan's World Cup results, has been killed and turned into sashimi. The mollusc, named Rabio, was hailed as psychic after an experiment in a paddling pool. But Kimio Abe, the fisherman who caught Rabio, felt he'd make more money selling it for food than from its clairvoyance.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by robmonk
    +24 +4

    Judge jails defendant for failing to unlock phones

    It started out as a civil rights battle in a Tampa courtroom, and now a cell phone password might be a defendant’s key to freedom. A judge threw William Montanez behind bars for failing to unlock his phones Thursday, which wasn’t how Montanez or his attorney expected their day in court to end. "Basically, my client has been denied his liberty today without due process," said attorney Patrick Leduc. To understand how Montanez got here, we go back to June 21. Montanez was on the road when suddenly he got pulled over for not properly yielding.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +3

    Man helps family get service dog

    A happy ending for a Clinton boy, who was in a need of a service dog. In a couple weeks, the boy diagnosed with cerebral palsy will have a dog to call his own. Five-year-old Joseph Kinney is a happy little boy especially when he's around his friend Lucy. His mother says he's always got a smile on his face. “Unless, he's hungry,” said Sharon Prater, his mother. Joseph hasn't always had an easy life.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Maternitus
    +13 +3

    Ringtone replaces Swiss church bells

    A ringtone temporarily replaces the sound of bells as renovation work at a Lucerne church takes place.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by 8mm
    +14 +4

    If the first men on the moon had become stranded, President Nixon would have given this speech 

    White House speechwriter Bill Safire penned the address "In event of moon disaster" on July 18, 1969 – 49 years ago Wednesday. The address was for President Richard Nixon to read in the event from the astronauts of Apollo 11 became stranded on the Moon. From Apollo 11's three man crew, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went down to the surface of the moon while Michael Collins remained behind. Armstrong and Aldrin might have been able to return to the mission's lunar orbiter, where Collins was waiting.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +10 +3

    Toblerone to revert to original shape

    Makers of the Swiss chocolate bar, Toblerone, are to scrap its latest incarnation which saw wide gaps between its distinctive triangular chunks. That version was introduced in 2016 to reduce its weight but drew criticism, with some likening it to a bike rack. US-based Mondelez International said the new shape had not been a "perfect long-term answer" for its customers. Now it plans to increase the current size from 150g to 200g and revert to making it in its traditional shape.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ticktack
    +11 +4

    Over 13,000 people chip in to save historic French chateau

    The Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers has had many owners since its construction in the 13th century. Now more so than ever. Over 13,000 strangers have recently banded together to save the fairytale home—which features turrets, towers, and a sizable moat—from decay and destruction. A crowdfunding campaign running on the French site Dartagnans has raised more than €1.1 million ($1.3 million) to date for the structure’s preservation, with every contributor becoming a part owner of the historic home.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +29 +6

    Why Public Libraries Are Amazing

    If you wanted a single article to demonstrate why millennials object to the prevailing “neoliberal” economic ideology, it would be this piece in Forbes: “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money.” In it, economics professor Panos Mourdoukoutas argues that libraries have outlived their usefulness, and that their function should be privatized.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by baron778
    +25 +3

    This idyllic beach was filled with Aussie backpackers. Now it’s unrecognisable

    GANGSTERS shooting up bars. Broken dusty streets. A casino on every corner. Unlimited booze, drugs and prostitution. No, it’s not the Wild West. It’s Sihanoukville, or Snooky, a port city on Cambodia’s coast popular with backpackers in the 1990s thanks to its long empty beaches and chilled-out vibe — a quirky alternative to the tourist haunts in neighbouring Thailand.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +2

    McDonald's worker with Down syndrome celebrates 30 YEARS in the job

    A McDonald's worker with Down syndrome has been delighting customers at his local McDonald's for the past 30 years. Russell O'Grady, 48, first donned the fast food restaurant's uniform in 1986 when he was just 18-years-old. Now, 30 years later, he is a local hero at Northmead McDonald's, in Sydney's west. His father, Geoff O'Grady, told Daily Mail Australia his son had become 'the best-known person in Northmead' since he started working at McDonald's.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +2

    Juul built an e-cigarette empire. Its popularity with teens threatens its future

    A phone beeps. Someone's vaping in the bathroom again. Detectors scan Plainedge High School's most popular girls' and boys' bathroom for chemical changes in the air that signal someone's vaping. When it senses a change, it alerts administrators. The Massapequa, New York district decided to install the detectors to help control a surge in students using e-cigarettes.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +10 +2

    Fly ruins German domino world record attempt

    An errant fly ruined a world record domino attempt in Germany on Friday. Participants at a domino event in the town of Nidda, near Frankfurt, were attempting to beat the record for the most mini-dominoes to fall in one go. But a fly landed on one of the tiny dominoes triggering the chain reaction before they had completed the set-up.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by bradd
    +14 +2

    Two elderly men escaped their nursing home to attend the world's biggest metal festival

    Two elderly men had to be picked up by police after sneaking out of their nursing home to attend the world's biggest metal music festival, according to German media reports. Wacken Open Air, which takes place in the northern German town of Wacken, took place over the weekend of 2-4 August. According to public radio broadcast NDR, nursing staff contacted police after they noticed that two of the home's residents were missing.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +14 +3

    Don't move! Tourists freeze as elephants grab a drink from swimming pool

    A casual chill by the pool for a couple of tourists in South Africa's Kruger National Park became an unexpected up-close moment with nature. The pair were filmed frozen to their sunbeds as three wild elephants popped by for a drink from the swimming pool. Another couple made the recording and told Newsflare it was one of the "most amusing sights we have seen in a long time".

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +7 +2

    Now even YouPorn has banned Alex Jones, but he’s still on Twitter

    Streaming adult video site YouPorn, announced today that it has banned Alex Jones from its platform, following actions against the conspiracy-monger by tech companies including Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify—but notably, not Twitter. Before you go “wtf,” there were indeed (non-porn) videos...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +12 +2

    Alex Jones Is Shirtlessly Screaming Into the Void on Popular Social Network Google+

    Anti-government conspiracy theorist turned pro-Trump mouthpiece Alex Jones found his hard-won followings on the web’s biggest platforms stripped away this week. In this day and age, there’s just nowhere left online for a red-blooded patriot to speak his mind. Nowhere, it seems, except for Google+. The frequently shirtless Truth Crusader best known for repeatedly and publicly slandering the survivors of several mass shootings continues post his rantings...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +21 +3

    A teen wanted to auction off a pig for a cancer charity. Buyers kept returning it so he could sell it over and over.

    The auction took place on a mild Wisconsin morning. Yet, standing in front of an expectant crowd, 15-year-old Waylon Klitzman was sweating. "I was nervous," he told CNN. "I'm not that guy that talks to a lot of people. I'm not really a very good social guy." He self-consciously hoisted a sign with his hog's picture as an auctioneer shouted a gibbering flow of syllables only seasoned livestock bidders understand.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +2

    Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

    The telephone swept into Americans’ lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to start conversations by saying, “Ahoy-hoy!” AT&T tried to prevent people from saying “hello,” arguing in Telephone Engineer magazine that it was rude. But eventually, Americans learned to say “hello.” People built a culture around the phone that worked. Etiquette magazines tried to prevent women from inviting people over for dinner via telephone, then gave in.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +13 +2

    Teen 'feels like Superman' after surviving lightning strike

    A teenager from Arizona has made a miraculous recovery after being struck by a bolt of lightning which stopped his heart. Josiah Wiedman, 13, was walking home in the rain when he said he "felt this burst of heat, then everything went dark". The lightning strike knocked the boy to the ground where he hit his head and was left unconscious.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +11 +2

    German restaurant imposes 'no children allowed' dinner policy

    After growing frustrated with unruly children, a German restaurant owner decided to ban them from his eatery and offer his guests "an oasis of peace." The man says his move is actually directed at ignorant parents.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +8 +2

    Looking to Adopt a Pet? August 18 Is the Perfect Date to Do it! Here's Why

    Bringing a furry family member into your home is an important decision that everyone needs to prepared for, but once everyone is ready it will likely be one of the best decisions, too. If you are and your family are thinking about adopting a pet, the perfect day is coming: tomorrow! NBCUniversal owned television stations’ fourth annual Clear the Shelters initiative is kicking off. Clear the Shelters is a community-driven, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is dedicated to placing animal lovers with their perfect pet.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by 66bnats
    +3 +1

    Intrepid Grandma Removes 2 Pythons From Barbecue Grill

    Today, in things you have to see to believe, please peruse this viral video of a grandmother removing two very large, very resistant pythons from a barbecue grill. In a video shared to social media by Channel 7 News Brisbane, an 81-year-old grandma from Down Under who goes by the name Faye Morgan, wrangles, not just one, but two very large pythons from an outdoor grill before kindly depositing them in a large box. While there was a younger man who held open the box for Morgan, Morgan manages to grab both snakes by herself and skillfully put them in the container without any harm to her or the animals. May we all age so gracefully.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +3 +1

    Valve Is 'Very Aware of All the Jokes' People Make

    Valve talks to us about its reputation, and why they're finally in a place to make games again. It’s hard to go long on the internet without running into a ‘Half-Life 3 confirmed’ joke, the eternal meme as we collectively wait for the third installment of Valve’s legendary FPS series to materialize. And speaking to the development team of Valve’s next game, Artifact, at their office in Seattle last week, Valve clearly hasn’t missed those jokes either. “I think we're very aware of all the jokes because all of us lurk all the forums and share them around with each other,” says Jeep Barnett...

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by gottlieb
    +2 +1

    Man wins lottery 14 times with clever and legal formula - this is how he did it

    We've all imagined what we would do with all of that money if we won the lottery . Whether you'd buy a house or go on holiday, unfortunately winning that life-changing sum depends on dumb luck for the vast majority of us.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    After 24 years, Doom II’s final secret has been found!

    John Romero has just congratulated Doom guru Zero Master on discovering the last hidden secret of Doom II, some 24 years after it was released. A secret that had previously been thought impossible to actually find. Prepare to put your Doom Pedantry Hat on for this one, because the secret has been known, and considered a bug.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +2 +1

    A ‘Lord of the Rings’ Fan Makes His Dream Hobbit House

    When Jim Costigan saw the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring years ago, he was blown away by Bag End, the tucked-away hobbit home. “I thought that was the coolest house I’d ever seen,” Costigan says. “Architecturally, I thought that that house in the movie was just really well-done, that it was really original. The curvatures, everything about it was unique.”

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +38 +7

    Christians Bullied Shop Owner to Stay Closed on Sundays, But the Plan Backfired

    Earlier this month, Leona Rawlinson, the owner of a shop called Tweed Tastic on the Isle of Lewis (off the western coast of Scotland), received a strange package in the mail. It was a Bible along with a letter from Dan MacPhail, secretary of the Day One/Lord’s Day Observance Society. He had a problem with the fact that Rawlinson, unlike other business owners on the island, kept her shop open on a Sunday.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by messi
    +21 +6

    Medic born in the back of an ambulance 42 years ago spent his birthday delivering a baby girl... in the back of an ambulance

    After Daniel Helsel and his colleague were dispatched to help a woman in labor at her home Monday morning, the two firefighters joked about the coincidence of the call landing on his birthday. Wouldn’t it be funny if Helsel, who was born in the back of an ambulance, wound up delivering a baby on the way to the hospital just as he had come into the world 42 years ago?

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by hxxp
    +23 +8

    Anglers use ashes of friend as bait to reel in monster 180lbs carp in his honour

    Two anglers have honoured their late fisherman friend by turning his ashes into a bait that snared a giant 180lbs catch. Ron Hopper, 64, died from cancer before he could go on a much-anticipated fishing holiday to Thailand with friends Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale.