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18 Nov 22:40

Google satellite photo shows a murder scene, says victim's father

by Russell Brandom

An aerial photo from the "satellite" view of Google Maps may show the body of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, murdered in Richmond, California in 2009. Kevin's father Jose says he recognizes the body as his son, and plans to petition Google to have the photo removed. The scene in the aerial photo is consistent with a crime scene, showing a single body laying by the tracks, a police car, and a group of figures, possibly detectives, observing the body from a distance. According to The Smoking Gun, there's further reason to believe Barrera is correct, as reports list his sons body as discovered along the same Union-Pacific tracks shown in the image.

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18 Nov 20:50

Free Diver From Brooklyn Dies Trying To Set American Record

by Tom Ley

Free Diver From Brooklyn Dies Trying To Set American Record

Nicholas Mevoli, a 32-year-old free diver from Brooklyn, N.Y., died over the weekend while trying to complete a 72-meter dive in the Bahamas.



18 Nov 18:03

Robotic deer continue snaring poachers

by Aaron Souppouris

For many years, robotic wildlife has been used as a honeytrap, catching poachers for violating hunting rules. In the latest case, a man was arrested after shooting a mechanical deer from a Florida road. He faces a $2,500 fine and a year in prison for dual infractions: hunting out of season and discharging a firearm from the roadway.

As Vice reports, using mechanical animals in this way has been an extremely successful tactic for law enforcement. The animals can be remotely controlled to move their tail, ears, or head, adding to the realism, and can take as many as 1,000 shots before requiring replacement. In a Vice video, Custom Robotic Wildlife, a company that produces such decoys, explains how and why they're so effective.

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18 Nov 18:00

NFL and MLB request Supreme Court ruling against Aereo, threaten move to cable

by Jacob Kastrenakes

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia.

The NFL and MLB are pushing for the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Aereo, the service that allows viewers to stream privately broadcast television feeds online. In an amicus brief, the leagues argue that Aereo is designed solely to avoid paying copyright holders for retransmission fees. Those lost fees, they write, could force all copyright holders to move to paid cable networks like ESPN or TNT, "where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization."

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18 Nov 16:28

Levi's coupon: 30% off sitewide, stacks w/ sale + free shipping

Levi's cuts 30% off sitewide via coupon code "TICKTOCK30". Plus, it stacks with items in its sale section. Even better, all orders qualify for free shipping. Although we saw 40% off last week, it's still a strong discount and yields several price lows. Some exclusions apply. Deal ends November 20. A couple best bets, with prices after coupon:
  • Levi's Men's 504 Regular Straight Jeans in Modern Grey (pictured) for $27.23
  • Levi's Women's 501 Jeans in Sun Bleach for $27.93
18 Nov 16:27

Koolatron Coca-Cola Personal Mini Fridge for $30 + pickup at Home Depot

Home Depot offers the Koolatron Coca-Cola Personal Mini Fridge, model no. KWC-4, for $29.88. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. (Amazon charges the same with free shipping.) That's tied with our mention from last week, although that included free shipping, and the lowest total price we could find by $20. It holds up to six 12-oz. cans and features a silent thermoelectric cooling system.
18 Nov 15:58

Rob Ryan Is Hopping Mad

by Sean Newell
18 Nov 15:57

Gawker School Teacher Pleads Guilty To Feeding Students Semen-Laced Cookies | Gizmodo The Complex R

by Jessica Smith on io9, shared by Tim Marchman to Deadspin
18 Nov 15:56

Ahmad Brooks Says His Flag For Hitting Drew Brees Was "Bullshit"

by Barry Petchesky

Ahmad Brooks Says His Flag For Hitting Drew Brees Was "Bullshit"

With the Saints driving, down three, with just over three minutes left, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. "It was almost like Christmas early," Willis said. Well, Christmas was canceled. Officials called Brooks for a personal foul, which swung the game. Brooks was, understandably, pissed.



18 Nov 06:20

300 Hefty 13-Gallon Cinch Saks for $24 + free shipping, 400 for $27 (updated)

Staples offers the Hefty Cinch Sak Unscented Odor Block Drawstring 13-Gallon Trash Bags 100-Pack in White for $9.99. Better yet, add three to your cart (300 bags total) and the price falls to $23.97. With free shipping, that's $0.08 per bag and the lowest total price we could find for this quantity elsewhere by $18.

Update: Even better, as a reader pointed out, add four to your cart for $31.96 and apply coupon code "11518" to drop them to $26.96. With free shipping, that's $0.07 per bag and another very low price.
18 Nov 04:31

Bike/Car Collision Caught On Film. Crazy First-Person View

by Stephen Regenold

“Bike crash NYC” is the title of a short YouTube video uploaded today. See the whole scene in chilling point-of-view footage here:

18 Nov 04:27

21 Fun and Geeky Science Facts That Might Surprise You

A lack of sleep not only increases tiredness and irritability, but it cause you to get fat. Yes, after being deprived of one night's rest, group study participants went on to purchase food that was higher in calories and weighed almost a fifth more than their normal shop. That's not all, scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden found that poor or no sleep resulted in raised levels of a hormone that is linked to boosting hunger. Continue reading for more fun and geeky science facts that might surprise you.

18 Nov 04:24

German Man Claims to Be Real-Life Magneto, Uses Telekinesis to Manipulate Metal

German psychic Miroslaw Magola claims to be the real-life Magneto, using telepathic powers to manipulate metal objects Here's what he has to say: "I found out I could train myself to manipulate lifeless objects as I studied for my degree in the early '90s. I have since spent years perfecting the technique and exploring further into human magnetism." Continue reading for a video and more information.

18 Nov 04:24

14 Interesting and Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier

Maintaining a sense of happiness these days can be tough, especially with Monday just around the corner (for some of us), but researchers note that making small changes can shift our attitudes significantly and help us find hope and happiness. According to a December 2008 study of social networks and using data collected from the Framingham heart study, U.S. researchers found that people are more likely to be happy if they are surrounded by other people who reported being hopeful, optimistic and content with themselves. Continue reading for more interesting and scientifically proven ways to being a happier person.

18 Nov 04:17

Kansas Snaps Big 12 Losing Streak; Fans Toss Goalpost Into Lake

by Samer Kalaf

The Kansas Jayhawks had lost 27 straight conference games before beating West Virginia 31-19 yesterday. After the win, fans took down a goalpost and chucked it into a lake. The video's best part is the guy proudly holding the small piece of goalpost. So content with himself.



18 Nov 04:17

Will Muschamp Left Bloodied After Scuffle With A Chalkboard

by Sean Newell

Will Muschamp Left Bloodied After Scuffle With A Chalkboard

Florida lost to South Carolina 19-14 Saturday night, but it wasn't for a lack of halftime fire-up violence from coach Will Muschamp. "'I hit a chalkboard,' he said after the game. 'Dumb.'"



18 Nov 04:16

Flag Rips In Buffalo During National Anthem

by Sean Newell

Flag Rips In Buffalo During National Anthem

That's it Bills, get out. You're officially Toronto's problem now.



18 Nov 04:13

CBS Broadcast Shows Fan Falling From Upper Deck At Ralph Wilson Stadium

by Timothy Burke

Two people were hurt when a man fell from the third deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium during today's Jets-Bills game, and CBS's camera caught the incident while most viewers were away at commercial.



17 Nov 18:51

'Breaking Bad' Alternate Ending Is a Dream Come True

by Christine Erickson

Heisenberg and the rest of the Breaking Bad crew may be gone, but that didn't stop actors Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek from making all of our dreams come true.

In the days leading up to its series finale, online fans jokingly created alternate endings for the acclaimed AMC television drama, including one in which Hal — Cranston's character from sitcom Malcolm in the Middle — had dreamed up the entire thing

Fortunately for us, Cranston got the joke, and made it happen IRL with Kaczmarek, who played his TV wife on Malcom in the Middle. Enjoy Read more...

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16 Nov 23:39

Some PlayStation 4 Owners Reporting Defective Consoles

by Adario Strange

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been widely praised by reviewers as a significant step up from its predecessor, but some early consumers are reporting major problems with the console

Most of the reports are popping up as reviews on Amazon, as well as on Sony’s own support forum. Many of the users describe a pulsing blue light and the inability to get the console to send video to their televisions

As of this writing, the PlayStation 4 had 373 one-star reviews on Amazon, versus 630 five-star reviews, with very few opinions in between

One Amazon reviewer named Julian Woodrum from California posted a report that echoes the experiences of several other users: Read more...

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16 Nov 23:38

Watch An Oklahoma Idiot On The Field Get Leveled By State Trooper

by Timothy Burke

Watch An Oklahoma Idiot On The Field Get Leveled By State Trooper

"Take it off!"



16 Nov 23:36

Miracle TD Catch Ties UCF Up With Temple

by Timothy Burke

Miracle TD Catch Ties UCF Up With Temple

J.J. Worton hauled in this pass with a minute left to tie things up with Temple in what might be the best catch of the season.



16 Nov 23:35

I Can't Stop Looking At This Absolutely Vicious Free Kick

by Sean Newell

I Can't Stop Looking At This Absolutely Vicious Free Kick

This is just filthy. Uruguay's Edinson Cavani freezes the entire nation of Jordan on this marvelous free kick. Uruguay won the first leg of its World Cup qualifying playoff with Jordan 5-0, but this is the only goal anyone ever needs.



16 Nov 23:33

Video Shows Incredible 3D-Printed Iron Man Helmet That Opens and Closes by Nodding Your Head

Iron Man fanatic Ryan Brooks, who calls himself "the real Tony Stark," has recreated a fully-functional helmet that Tony Stark would be proud of, with a 3D-printer. He used an Arduino Pro Mini and an Adafruit accelerometer to rig the helmet's faceplate to open and close based on which way the wearer nods. Continue reading for a video and more information.

16 Nov 23:32

20 Cool Companies with Perks That Geeks Would Love

Photo credit: The Meta

What you're looking at above isn't a theme park or movie set, but rather the inside of one of Google's many offices worldwide. Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, is referred to as "the Googleplex", a play on words on the number googolplex and the headquarters itself being a complex of buildings. The lobby is decorated with a piano, lava lamps, old server clusters, and a projection of search queries on the wall. The hallways are full of exercise balls and bicycles. Continue reading for more.

16 Nov 20:28

20 Batkid Instagram Photos That Will Make You Whole Again

by Sam Laird

The hero known as Batkid spent Friday restoring peace and order to the people of San Francisco — also known as Gotham City for the day— and smiles to people all across the Internet

If you're just getting up to speed, "Batkid" is a five-year-old boy named Miles who's currently battling leukemia. His biggest wish? To be Batman for a day. So the San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation set about making that happen. But they got more than they bargained for when more than 10,000 strangers volunteered to help bring Miles one magical day

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16 Nov 20:23

High School Running Back Is A 400-Pound Wrecking Ball

by Sean Newell

Meet Tony Picard. He is enormous.



15 Nov 21:50

NASA Animation Shows What Mars Looked Like Billions of Years Ago

by Neha Prakash

A new animation by NASA Goddard's Conceptual Image Lab shows that four billion years ago, Mars may have looked much more similar to Earth than the barren, desert-like Mars we know today.

The animation is based on previous NASA findings of mineral presence and patterns inside craters that suggests there was once water flowing on our solar system neighbor

"Billions of years ago, when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water — a critical ingredient for life," NASA explained in the video's YouTube description Read more...

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15 Nov 21:50

Batkid Begins: Saves 'Gotham,' Captivates Internet

by Chris Taylor

The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles

Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham's greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers

Result: cheering crowds comparable in size to the ones that gathered when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Read more...

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15 Nov 21:49

'Harry Potter' Actors: Then and Now

by Connor Finnegan

Saturday marks the 12-year anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As the enormous success of the Harry Potter series continued to grow around the world, previously unknown child actors like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson quickly became household names.

For those of us who grew up with the Harry Potter franchise, it's easy to forget just how young the stars of the films were when they brought Hogwarts to life in 2001. Their bright-eyed expressions would fade to cynicism over years of dances, detentions and Death Eaters.

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