By now I am sure that you have read about the untimely demise of the Canadian research project known as HitchBot. Brendan Spaar was following the robot’s journey across the United States of America and was sad to learn of its fate in Philadelphia earlier this month.
In case you were wondering if the City of Brotherly Love had something against robots, radio station 93.3 WMMR is here to set the record straight. The radio station has created a robot pope named PopeBot in an effort to spread the gospel of robots to humans that may not understand them. Residents of Philadelphia will be graced with its presence this week and should be able to have all of their non-working electronics healed by “His binaryness.”
While PopeBot looks a little like HitchBot had a baby with a laundry basket and pool noodle, this effort is picking up where the previous robot left off. You can follow PopeBot’s journey on Twitter and can catch him at landmarks like Charley’s Philly Cheese Steaks restaurant and local bars.
Anyone that’s used a computer regularly has probably experienced a frustrating “oh no” moment when the computer decides to slow down, lose your data or just generally make life a lot more stressful than you’d like. While we’d all love to do something destructive to it so we’d feel better, few of us ever do. The exception to this is a man from Colorado Springs, CO named Lucas Hinch. He decided to put the computer and himself out of it’s misery.
It seems that for months Lucas Hinch had been fighting with issues with his computer. After taking it for as long as he could, Hinch took the computer into an alley and fired 8 shots from his handgun into the computer. While he might have felt better after doing this, he has now been cited by police for discharging a firearm within city limits.
It seems like it could be considered premeditated. Definitely sounds like a crime of passion. Brendan Spaar has gotten frustrated with computers in the past but never to that extent. Maybe Hinch thought he was dealing with “Hal” from 2001 Space Odyssey. Whatever the reason, Hinch will face a judge to explain his actions. Let’s hope the judge has experienced similar computer issues and will be sympathetic.
Have you ever been on a crowded flight and just wanted to plug in the headphones to chill? You know you’re stuck in a tiny seat for a couple of hours with nothing to do. A nap sounds like a good way to pass the time…until you try to recline your seat.
Recently, several flights have had to be rerouted with an unplanned stop because passengers got into fights over legroom (or lack of). Just last week there were several instances where things turned nasty when the person ahead wanted to recline their seat. On a Miami to Paris flight, the American Airlines plane had to land in Boston because a man fought with a passenger in the seat ahead who was trying to recline his seat. Luckily, Air Marshals were on the flight and restrained the man who also had grabbed the arm of the flight attendant that was trying to calm things down. The 61 year old man from Paris was arrested and faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew.
Just the day before on a Newark to Denver United Airlines flight, a man used something called a Knee Defender to prevent the person ahead from reclining their seat. The woman in the seat got into an argument with him and threw a cup of water in his face. They were seated in the Economy Plus section which is supposed to have a bit more legroom than normal economy/coach seating. the flight was diverted to Chicago and the two passengers were escorted off the plane.
The worst flight had to be the one that passengers experienced last week on a Toronto to Cuba Sunwing Airlines flight. A fighter jet had to escort the plane back to Canada after a couple of passengers got out of control. It seems that two women decided to have a party with lots of duty free alcohol in the plane’s lavatory. Then they lit a cigarette (a big no-no) which set off the smoke alarm. Brendan Spaar has flown on a lot of different planes and can tell you the lavatory is not the place to party. Clearly, the alcohol didn’t help the situation because the women then started fighting and making threats against the aircraft. The women were arrested after the plane landed in Toronto. You can be sure that a hangover is the least of their problems now.
Maybe it’s that the world is more stressed or that confining people in smaller places makes them lose their cool more easily. Whatever the reason, flying is not the way it used to be. So the next time you plan a trip think twice when booking your flight. Maybe the seat at the very back might not be so bad after all!
As if things couldn’t get worse for Paula Deen. It has been months since the world discovered that she allegedly used a racial slur decades ago and it would appear that she weathered the storm that the politically correct police sent her way. Now Brendan Spaar has discovered that she has a new public relations nightmare to deal with. According to the National Enquirer (the same magazine that accused Benny Hinn of having an affair when he wasn’t even married), Paula was allegedly seeking comfort with another man while waiting out the racial PR nightmare she was going through. Is Paula having marriage problems? Is Paula even still married? Only time will tell.
This is a story that turned sadness into a happy ending. You see, Carol and Willie Fowler’s daughter Tamara was all set to marry the love of her life. Unfortunately, the wedding was called off just 40 days before they she was set to wed. The parents had a great idea though, they decided to let 200 of the area’s homeless feast on the 4 course meal that had been planned for the wedding guests. Elizabeth Omilami from the Hosea Feed the Hungry, an Atlanta GA area organization, arranged for the meals to go to a great cause. She said that children make up 70 percent of Atlanta Georgia’s homeless to this truly turned tragedy into a blessing.
If you are a fan of forgotten toys then there’s a new one to add to your list to rush out and get before they’re gone. The company Maxfield and Oberton have announced that they will no longer make a toy called BuckyBalls due to all of the legal battles that they are facing over the toy which is very popular among IT cube dwellers. BuckyBalls are small, pebble sized, magnets that you can string together to make all sorts of shapes. The problem with them is that some people are bringing the BuckyBalls home and leaving them out for their babies and toddlers to pick up and swallow. When multiple magnetic balls pass through a child’s digestive system, they tend to stick together and tear the delicate tissue. It’s a horrible situation that could be avoided by better parenting. Brendan Spaar doesn’t believe that companies should be liable for stupid people.
a new survey of more than 1,700 doctors, who reported at least 480 toy magnet ingestions in the past decade, with 204 occurring in the past year.
If you leave magnets out for your child to swallow, it is YOUR fault, not the maker of the magnet. Maxfield and Oberton have changed the labeling on the packages, stopped selling BuckyBalls in toystores frequented by children and have even launched an awareness website. This hasn’t done a bit of good and has actually made the problem worse!
“The numbers have skyrocketed post-labeling,” said Dr. Mark Gilger, a pediatric gastroenterologist who helped author the study. “There’s just many examples of people ignoring the labels, or people who haven’t paid attention to them bringing them to their home inadvertently.”
Let’s stop suing McDonald’s because their coffee is too hot or Winnebago because you thought cruise control meant auto pilot (ok that last one may be an urban legend). Because some stupid parents fail to take ownership of their actions, a fun toy is no longer being made. Sure they are saying let’s make the magnets safer but at the end of the day, these are magnets that are easily swallowed. If you don’t want your infant child to swallow them then you should not leave them out.
If you have ever bought a new car then you are probably guilty of haggling. Hank Hill is the only person that Brendan Spaar knows of who gladly pays sticker price for every car that he buys (and not a penny more!). Well Danny Sawyer from Virginia recently bought a Chevy SUV. When he got it home, he decided he didn’t like the color and wanted to swap it out for a blue one. I had no idea you could do this but the sales manager obliged and the man went home with a new blue SUV. End of story right? Not exactly.
Turns out the blue model is about $5,000 more expensive than the black one the man had originally purchased. Why? Maybe blue paint is more expensive. In any case, Danny signed a new contract to buy the blue SUV for $34,000. A few days later the sales manager realized the mistake he had made as the blue model should have sold for $39,000. The dealership repeatedly tried calling Mr. Sawyer to get the extra five thousand dollars but of course he wasn’t going to pay them. Who would? That lead to the dealership reporting the SUV stolen and having Danny arrested by sherrif deputies, booked into jail, and released on bond. The charges were later dropped because he had actually purchased the SUV! This is a prime example of shooting first and asking questions later.
Danny Sawyer, who was wrongfully arrested, is now suing the dealership for $2.2 million (440 times the $5,000 mistake!). The dealership has admitted all along that they made a mistake so Danny will soon be able to buy any car that he wants. I bet he won’t be buying a Chevy.