Passenger Stories from the Hudson Plane Crash

As the plane was on fire, some prayed, while others did what you were supposed to do: read the emergency instruction about how to open the door:

Some passengers screamed, others tucked their heads between their knees, and several prayed over and over: “Lord, forgive me for my sins.” But a man named Josh who was sitting in the exit row did exactly what everyone is supposed to do but few ever do: he pulled out the safety card and read the instructions on how to open the exit door.

Which do you think was more useful?

Charlie Brooker on Brand-Ross

Charlie registers his disgust:

If something as sublime and revolutionary as Python came along today, the Mail would try to kill it stone dead, and it’d rope in thousands of angry old idiots to help, all of them bravely marching to the Ofcom website to register their disgust. What a rush. Feel that pipsqueak throb of empowerment coursing through your starched and joyless veins! You’ve crushed some fun, and it feels good to be alive!

AP Fact Checks Palin’s Speech

The Associated Press does some fact checking on the attacks on Barack Obama made in Sarah Palin’s speech yesterday. It looks like the Republican’s new style of spin is just outright lying.

The Online Life of NIU Killer Stephen Kazmierczak

Waxy.org investigates the online life of Stephen Kazmierczak, the man who’s responsible for the recent NIU killings.

Colin McRae Feared Dead in Crash

Former world rally champion Colin McRae is feared dead along with three others in a helicopter crash.

I was just talking to someone who knew his co-driver and how he used to fly in McRae’s helicopter. Tragic.

Why Kissing Means More To Women

The BBC on kissing:

They use kissing as a way of assessing the recipient as a potential partner, and later to maintain intimacy and to check the status of a relationship. But men placed less importance on it, using it to increase the likelihood of sex, Evolutionary Psychology reported.

Beijing Police Pop-Up To Warn Users

The Telegraph:

The new rules […] mean that the two cartoon characters will from Saturday roll up from the bottom of the 13 biggest internet sites every 30 minutes. They will expand their presence to all city internet sites by the end of the year.

Woman Gets Owned Trying To Buy Multiple iPhones

A woman buys a guys place in line for an iPhone for $800 with the intention of buying the entire stock at the AT&T store to sell on eBay. Then she is told there is a one phone per customer limit, hilarity ensues.

Morrocan family evicted from toilet

A family in Morocco are living in a toilet:

His troubles began several years ago when his daughter was kidnapped and he had to sell everything to try to find her. She was eventually found, but he could not afford to rent the place where he had been living and the family moved into the toilet as a temporary measure. But with no help from the local government and no money to rent anywhere else they ended up staying.

And as if having to live in a toilet isn’t bad enough:

Desperate to do something about their plight, Mr Baja and his wife Khadija Makbout recently went to a local newspaper with their story. But a few days later the local authorities moved in to block up the toilet’s entrance with cement and concrete. Mr Baja, his wife and three children now find themselves barred from the only home they had.

BPI wins damages against CD-WOW

BBC:

CD-Wow says it will continue to sell cheap CDs and may appeal the ruling. “I fear what is happening is an attempt to use the combined brute force of the record industry to force the retailers and, in turn, our clients, to keep lining the pockets of the fat cat executives,” said Mr Wesslen. “It shouldn’t matter whether we are buying from an official distributor in the UK, Europe or the Far East, what is important is that we are buying legitimate products from the record companies themselves.”

EVGA bans XFX from selling offensive graphics cards

XFX has been banned from selling it’s graphics cards in boxes which contain EVGA’s logo in the saliva of a rabid dog on the front.

Scientology and me

There’s a Panaorama documentary tonight on at 8:30PM on BBC1 about the cult of Scientology. Well worth watching, as is the accompanying report worth reading.

Mars unsuitable for vegetarians

Mars is to start using animal products in it’s chocolate products, including Mars, Snickers and Malteasers.

Masterfoods said it had started using rennet from 1 May and non-affected products had a “best before date” up to 1 October. Rennet, a chemical sourced from calves’ stomachs, is used in the production of whey. It will now also be found in Bounty, Minstrels and Milky Way products, and the ice cream versions of all Masterfoods’ bars.

FeedLounge closing

A shame as it had good potential, just not enough man-power to fulfill it. Still, it’s up for sale.

Earthquake shakes parts of Kent

An earthquake with at least a magnatude of 4.3 struck Kent last night at around 8PM. Although it was said the tremours were felt as far as Essex and Sussex, I didn’t feel a thing!

Boris Yeltsin dies

The former Russian president Boris Yeltsin has died.

Tate Modern extension is approved

A fantastic glass extension for the Tate Modern gallery in central London has been approved and should be open in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Teen slang quiz

I thought I was quite down with the street slang, but my 2/10 score in this teen slang quiz begs otherwise.

Stupid Alert: arrest my son please

It seems a disproportionate amount of my Stupid Alerts are about Americans. And the next in the series doesn’t buck the trend: a South Carolina mother has had her 12-year-old son arrested for opening his Christmas presents early.

It seems people are now too stupid to parent their own children, and so now farm that responsibility off to the police or blame anyone/thing else rather than themselves. Fucking pathetic. (Via GeoffBrady on IM).

Tea “healthier” than water

Apparently tea is now good for you, but I remain sceptical.

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