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9:03 // 6 months ago
November 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 3, 2013

Germany will now allow parents of children showing traits of both sexes to refrain from picking a gender at birth, a move which public health advocates say will reduce pressure on parents regarding getting sex-assignment surgery for their children immediately after birth. Intersex advocates suggest the move is a starting point towards acceptance.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is sorry he got “hammered” on the job.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he’ll keep blocking Obama’s executive branch nominees until he gets his way on Benghazi.

Signs it’s never too early to start shopping: Wal-Mart already has holiday deals on its website.

Because there’s a study on everything, here’s a study on how texting affects love lives. Hooray.

19:40 // 9 months ago
November 13, 2012
Six reasons you should never eat Papa John’s pizza
1) The pizza is terrible. 2) The guy above wants to raise prices and cut worker hours as a result of Obamacare. 3) They mass-text-spammed people in the middle of the night, leading to a $250 million class-action lawsuit. 4) “Papa John” Schnatter owns this house. 5) They don’t have lava cakes. 6) Namesake competitor Jimmy John’s is bringing back sprouts soon, and they deliver, too. (EDIT: Though, as it turns out, #2 applies to Jimmy John as well.)

Six reasons you should never eat Papa John’s pizza

1) The pizza is terrible. 2) The guy above wants to raise prices and cut worker hours as a result of Obamacare. 3) They mass-text-spammed people in the middle of the night, leading to a $250 million class-action lawsuit. 4) “Papa John” Schnatter owns this house. 5) They don’t have lava cakes. 6) Namesake competitor Jimmy John’s is bringing back sprouts soon, and they deliver, too. (EDIT: Though, as it turns out, #2 applies to Jimmy John as well.)

22:57 // 1 year ago
September 23, 2012
nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise
(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)
Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.
But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.
Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise

(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)

Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.

But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.

Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

(via nbcnews)

10:53 // 1 year ago
February 29, 2012

Autocorrect mishap causes schools to go on lockdown

  • plan Over in Gainesville, Georgia, someone—unidentified in the report—accidentally sent a text message to the wrong number. The texter intended to write “gunna be at West Hall today.” Perfectly innocuous, right?
  • failThe phone’s overzealous autocorrect feature changed the text to “gunman be at West Hall today.” The recipient reported the text to police, and two West Hall schools were subsequently put on lockdown. source

» One question: Who uses “gunna” as shorthand for “going to?” We thought “gonna” was the standard abbreviation. But all jokes aside, we’re glad this was all just a technological snafu, and not an actual threat.

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17:14 // 2 years ago
February 27, 2012
20:32 // 2 years ago
November 24, 2010
The Virginia Tech campus shootings in 2007 are a tragic, real-life reminder of the technological limitations that 911 is now saddled with. Some students and witnesses tried to text 911 during that emergency and as we know, those messages never went through and were never received by local 911 dispatchers.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski • Evoking the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting to explain why 911 needs a texting function. 911, a system around in its current form since 1968. And it’s one that hasn’t kept up with the fast pace of technology, either with mobile phones (which are now the primary source of 911 calls) or broadband technology: “Many 911 call centers don’t even have broadband, and some are in communities where broadband isn’t even available,” Genachowski said. “That is unacceptable.” All this stuff is on the list for things to improve thanks to the stimulus plan, by the way. source (viafollow)
0:13 // 3 years ago
November 9, 2010

Protip to teenagers: Text a lot and you’ll get high, drunk and laid

  • cause Teenagers like to text each other a lot, and some of them send over 120 a day (five an hour). Us old people won’t understand the reasoning behind this.
  • effect Those teens are more likely to take drugs, drink alcohol and have sex. Translation: They get invited to all the good parties because they text so much. source
22:07 // 3 years ago