Super Bowl Robbery Still a Mystery One Year Later: Over $150,000 was stolen from the winners of a Super Bowl betting crew last year. The co-owner of Mike’s Place was stabbed by one of two masked thieves who ran off with the collective winnings. Ouch!
Bank Manager Foiled Stealing From the Elderly: A branch manager of a bank stole thousands of dollars from an 86-year-old man, apparently hoping the individual would not notice the missing funds. He used a combination of credit and ATM cards to do so.
New Nigerian Scam Targets Dateless Australians: The latest victim, a woman named Patricia, lost nearly $10,000 when she fell for a man over the course of six months. When he left for Nigeria, supposedly to secure land, he claimed to have been mugged and requested she send him money. She got off lucky, though, according to authorities who say the typical scam of this kind ends up costing someone $35,000 dollars.
Well, it had to happen eventually: the seemingly mighty Church of Scientology finally upset the wrong people and those people have responded in force. Here’s a breakdown of the latest news in the war between Scientology and hackers:
A hacking group calling itself “Anonymous” has posted a chilling video on the internet, announcing that it plans to “dismantle” the Church of Scientology.
Wired.com reports that Anonymous has flooded Scientology servers with a distributed denial of service attack, is choking the Church’s phone lines with prank calls and sending looped faxes of solid black pages.
“Over the years, we have been watching you — your campaigns, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye,” a synthesized voice on the video tells “leaders of Scientology”.-= Anonymous
And from Gawker Media:
Tom Cruise has personally, PERSONALLY, been pwned. This weekend, an anonymous Internet group (named Anonymous
Christmas Power Tools = New Years Hospitalizations: Wellington – Christmas gifts of things like power tools to New Zealanders, who are dedicated do-it-yourself home handymen, lead thousands of them to hospital, a newspaper reported on Friday. The Accident Compensation Corporation received about 10,000 claims for DIY injuries last year, of which about 2,000 were classified as moderate to serious, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Pig + Space Heater = House Fire ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A man’s effort to keep his pig warm during Wednesday night’s freeze ended up starting a fire that caused about $50,000 in damages to his St. Johns County home. Firefighters were called about 10:20 p.m. when a home on Frances Avenue caught on fire. They later learned the homeowner brought his pig onto the porch and put out a space heater to keep it warm.
Unlikely= Not Impossible: It is a tale some would say smells a bit fishy, but Kristy Brittain swears it is true. Last Friday she was kneeboarding behind a boat off Slopen Main on the Tasman Peninsula, east of Hobart, when she was tossed from her board in rough conditions. In the fall she lost a nose stud from a piercing she had done only a week before Christmas. Miss Brittain, 25, of Magra, never expected to see the tiny stud again. Enter a hungry flathead.
To close out the week here are some wonderful oddities you might have missed surfing the interwebs. Take the image above to start with. There are a lot of creative Advent Calenders out there with things much more interesting than candy, but a digital version? Better yet: it is interactive! Each day you can open up a new random game. Neat stuff.
Ever want to know the juicy stuff about this strange upcoming holiday, the things they don’t teach you as a kid? Here are some of the strange origins of Christmas in pagan rituals and other odd happenings. Perhaps you’re just sick of the holiday and its really bizarre trees altogether, and tired of hearing the 15 worst Christmas songs of all time or worrying if you’re going to get one of these frighteningly Christian White House holiday cards. Still stuck for presents? How about this alternative geeky electronics gift guide. Finally, SeeHere has collected a fantastic series of more than 120 holiday themed links as well as a few humorous, bizarre and offbeat images.