Another robber has taken a sticky page from the topless girls who robbed ATM customers in Paris. Laron Pearson of Kansas City is alleged to have used an unknown female accomplice to rob a service station. The accomplice showed her breasts to the clerks to distract them while Pearson pulled a gun (which he says was a BB gun) and stole either $20 (his side of the story) or $500 (the amount reported stolen). Here’s to hoping this becomes a trend, minus the gun-pulling.
In otter news, A possibly-rabid otter has bitten a third victim in (of course) Florida. A teenager in Boca Raton noticed an otter swimming in a canal in his backyard. While watching the otter, it came up on land and chased him, biting him on his left leg. The teenager was given six rabies shots and will need four more because of this otterly outrageous attack. *gets a pie in the face* He also caught the attack on his camera phone (of course). You can view the video, including some very manly screaming, at the link below.
Facebook has been granted a Notice of Allowance to move forward in its attempt to trademark the word face in certain usages. If their trademark goes through, they’ll be the only company that can use the word face for any “Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars.” Earlier this year, Facebook sued Teachbook.com for the use of the word book. This is all putting a huge damper on our plans to start a librarian-dominatrix fetish site, BookFace. Not cool, Zuckerberg.
- The government of Ireland has agreed to lower the minimum wage and cut 25,000 public sector jobs as a condition of receiving a $113 billion (€85 billion) loan package with a 5.8% interest rate from the EU and IMF. (Bloomberg)
- Around 50,000 Irish citizens marched on Saturday in protest of the budget cuts and bailout loans. (France24)
- Pictured: The Irish Daily Star didn’t mince any words about Oireachtas‘s bailout plan. The green masthead paper pictured here is the Northern Ireland edition. The Ireland edition (red masthead) carried the same headline. Ah, nice to see them agreeing on something. (VirtualEconomics and BoingBoing)
KNOW YOUR STATS
- ShopperTrak estimates in-store Black Friday sales this year increased 0.3% compared to last year, while the Wall Street Journal reports the Thursday through Sunday online and retail sales combined grew 8.7% compared to the same four-day period last year. Thanksgiving Day sales (online and in stores) were 28% higher than last year, and Amazon was the big winner, scoring the largest number of unique visitors for any retail website on Black Friday and getting 28% more visitors than last year. (SAI)
- Last Black Friday 13.6% of all shopping pageviews in the U.S. were Amazon web pages; Walmart was in second place with 11.2%. This was reversed on Thanksgiving Day of last year, with Walmart getting 15% of all shopping pageviews and Amazon garnering 12.4%. (VisualLoop)
- A computer program developed by William Tunstall-Pedoe has declared April 11, 1954 to be the most boring day of the 20th century, marked by the fewest significant deaths and births and the smallest number of major events. We will not stand by and allow the birthday of scientist Abdullah Atalar to be besmirched in this manner! (CambridgeNews)