When a mom in Lincoln, Nebraska, realized her three-year-old son was missing from their apartment, she called the police, and a frantic search of the neighborhood ensued. Meanwhile, at a bowling alley down the street, employees were doing a double take at a shockingly realistic stuffed toddler toy that had suddenly appeared in their claw crane machine. But wait a second…upon closer inspection, they realized that stuffed toddler toy was actually a living, breathing child that had somehow climbed into the machine and gotten stuck. The bowling alley employees flagged down the cops, who connected the dots, removed the kid from the machine, and returned him to his grateful (and very confused) mother. No one is sure how he managed to get into the machine, although we can only assume he was returning for a toy that had fallen out of the crane claw moments before it made it to the prize chute, which he felt was rightfully his (those machines are so annoying). If so, his plan worked: the bowling alley owner let the toddler take home the stuffed animal of his choice for his trouble. [Crimefeed]
Well, this is one way to approach online customer service. Earlier today, a US Airways customer tweeted a complaint about a flight delay to the company’s official Twitter account. US Airways sent back a fairly standard response (90% of airline Twitter feeds are canned apologies tweeted at irate customers), but when the customer wasn’t satisfied, whoever
is was running US Airway’s Twitter account got a little more…umm…creative. “We welcome your feedback,” they replied, and directed the customer to a link where they could file a formal complaint. Except the link didn’t lead to a customer feedback website, it led to a picture of a naked woman with a large model plane stuck in her vagina. For serious. The craziest part? US Airways left the tweet and image up for a FULL HOUR before removing it and posting this apology.
See the full image after the jump, but beware: it is VERY NSFW and will make your vagina sore just looking at it… Keep reading »
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that originated thousands of years ago to involve your mind, body, spirit soul and … horse?
That’s right, we said, horse. Watch this horse and trainer practice together on Huffington Post…
I’m sorry if, like Jessica, you find this GIF “gross and macabre,” but I just had to share it. I mean, I know there’s gotta be some weird crazy Photoshop happening, but whhhhhhaaaaaaaatttt is thissssss? Sofia Vergara taking off her Emma Watson skinsuit? I never thought I would type those words. Anyway, carry on with your day, haunted by this image forevermore. [The Clearly Dope]
Have you ever written a truly hilarious, perfectly constructed, exceedingly clever tweet, sent it out into the Twittersphere, and then felt like, “Damn, that’s it?” I mean, 10 retweets and 15 favorites is nice and all, but what if you want your tweet to have a more lasting legacy, to exist in the actual physical world, to be dug up by archeologists 200 years from now, who will surely chuckle at your adept wordplay? Enter #PermanentRetweet, a service that turns tweets into etched wood or metal decorative pieces. Username, Twitter icons, time stamp, and all. Keep reading »
It’s tough to imagine an outdoor tryst ending much worse than this: at the bottom of a well, with hypothermia setting in. Where was her partner? Read more on Newser… [Photo: Natalie from "All My Children"]
A teenage girl in Mexico is accused of fatally stabbing her best friend to death because, police suspect, the friend had posted naked selfies photos the two had taken together to Facebook. Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez (left), 16, allegedly stabbed Anel Baez (right), also 16, a total of 65 times at Baez’s home in Guamúchil. Baez had come over to patch things up following a dispute over the naked photos, and police allege that after excusing herself to go to the bathroom, Gutierrez grabbed a knife in the kitchen and began stabbing Baez. She reportedly fled the scene and was arrested three days later at Baez’s funeral. According to Notus, Gutierrez had sent a threatening tweet (from a now-deleted account) to Baez in the weeks before the attack, writing, “It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times.” Police are expected to charge Gutierrez with murder later this week. [NY Daily News; Notus]
Well, this is quite simply an appalling story. Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, was convicted of raping his then three-year-old daughter and given only probation for the crime, because, as the female Superior Court judge wrote in her decision, “Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting.”
Judge Jan Jurden suggested that Richards would benefit more from treatment rather than prison time, but while it’s not unheard of for a judge to make that call, usually it’s done when sentencing drug addicts not child rapists. Defense attorneys have also been known to argue against prison time for clients who are frail or ill, but Richards is reportedly in fine health. Listen, I’m all for prison reform and making the living conditions inside meet a certain safety standard, but last time I checked, child rapists shouldn’t get off with just probation because prison isn’t pleasant. WTF is going on here? Keep reading »
Best newspaper correction ever? I think so. The Argus, a newspaper based in the U.K., ran an interview last week with Richard Robinson, the director of the Brighton Science Festival, and solicited questions from readers. In some kind of extremely unfortunate punctuation mix-up, two craaaaaazy quotes submitted by a paranoid reader about an imminent, deadly war between humans and goats were attributed to the esteemed scientist instead. The Argus was “happy to correct this,” and I don’t blame them. Phew! The longer we can hold off the human/goat war, the better. [Gawker]