Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Southwest Airlines Offering Unbelievably Low Airfares - 72-Hour Sale

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Southwest Airlines started a 72-hour sale today, and the fares are unbelievable. They're offering fares of $25, $50, $75 and $100. Here's the quick scoop from Southwest itself:
We’ve tossed out the playbook! You’ve heard of throwback jerseys, but what about throwback fares? That’s right, for 72 hours you can score some of our most incredible deals of the year for travel Dec. 2 - Dec. 16, 2009 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 10, 2010.

With fares this low, you should invent a reason to go. But remember, there’s no “OT” on this sale. So put on your game face and score a cheap trip before it’s too late!

The sale ends on October 29, 2009 at 11:59PM.

John William Lomax Charged With Death of Connecticut Football Player

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John William Lomax has been charged with the death of University of Connecticut football player, Jasper Howard. The two were involved in a fight on the Connecticut campus on October 18th. According to The New York Times:
Lomax was also charged with conspiracy to commit assault and was being held on $2 million bail. The police announced the arrest at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. They also said that two other men had been arrested and charged related to the fight. Hakim Muhammad, 20, also of Bloomfield, was charged with conspiracy to commit assault and was being held on $750,000 bail and James Todd, 21, of Hartford, faces charges for allegedly pulling the fire alarm that sent students streaming out of a dance in the student union before the fight.

Lomax’s attorney, Deron Freeman, told The Hartford Courant earlier Tuesday that his client had been arrested in the morning after he had arrived at work. Freeman said Lomax “had nothing whatsoever to do with the stabbing” and had been trying to break up the fight.
To continue reading this article, go to this page on the New York Times website.

Triboelectrification Is Halting The Space Shuttle's Launch - You Do Know What Triboelectrification Is, Right?

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Don't worry. I didn't know what it was either. What I found out is that in simple terms, it's static in the atmosphere. Specifically, here's how NASA.gov defines triboelectrification:

The skies look clear except for some high clouds, there’s no rain in the immediate forecast, so why might a rocket not launch? The answer is something called triboelectrification. While this isn’t a word you encounter every day, you might experience it if you walk across a dry carpet or brush up against a cat and then touch a metal surface: it’s static.

In the case of Ares I-X, flying through high-level clouds can generate “P-static” (P for precipitation), which can create a corona of static around the rocket that interferes with radio signals sent by or to the rocket. This would create problems when the rocket tries to transmit data down to the ground or if the Range Safety Officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station needed to send a signal to the flight termination system. Until the 45th Space Wing and observer aircraft indicate that the skies are clear, Ares I-X will wait them out.

Huh. Well, now you know what it is. Don't you feel smarter already...

VIDEO: Disney Offering Refunds For Baby Einstein Videos

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Wow! This is interesting. Parents were complaining that Disney's Baby Einstein videos weren't as educational as Disney advertised, and now Disney is refunding parents who bought the videos. I guess the next time they push "educational" videos, they better make sure they're darn educational, huh?

Friday, October 23, 2009

VIDEO: The Oakland Raiders' Trained Kickoff Pigeon

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This is pretty funny. Check out this pigeon. He waits for the kickoff and then takes off right on time.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

VIDEO: Naked Coffee Drinker Arrested In His Own Home

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Okay. I'm going to have to side with the naked coffee drinker on this one. It's 5:30am, and he goes downstairs in his own home naked and makes a pot of coffee. A woman and her seven-year old happen to be "cutting" through his front yard, and they see him and call the police. He gets arrested. I don't know about you, but I think this is stupid. The guy's in his own home, and he obviously didn't know that a woman and her child were going to be cutting through his front yard at 5:30 in the morning. I don't personally make coffee naked, but it's just the human body people. Give me a break. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The First "Adult Photo" Of Woman Held Captive For 18 Years In Backyard

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From Comcast.net:

The first photo of Jaycee Dugard since she was reunited with her family after 18 years in captivity shows a smiling woman with long, light brown hair.

Dugard, now 29, tells People magazine she's "so happy to be back with my family" after being reunited Aug. 27. People published the photo and comments from Dugard in its Wednesday issue.

Dugard is living with her mother, Terry Probyn, 50, and two daughters — Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 — fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido. Authorities say Dugard and her daughters lived in a hidden encampment of sheds and tents in Garrido's backyard.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have been charged with kidnapping and rape in Dugard's 1991 disappearance outside her South Lake Tahoe home. The Garridos have pleaded not guilty.
For more on this story, visit Comcast.net.

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