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29 Aug 2011 22:51


U.S.: Wisconsin patients possibly exposed to blood-borne diseases

  • 2,345 patients were possibly exposed to HIV source
  • » One Wisconsin nurse didn’t alternate between insulin pens when giving diabetes test demonstrations. She changed needles, but not the insulin pen; as a result, blood could have remained on the pen between patients. Now a clinic’s trying to clean up a scary mess caused by a nurse who didn’t know proper procedure. Yikes.

01 Feb 2011 22:23


U.S.: Can anyone make out the United States on this map?

  • We think this is the United States. It looks like it has the outline of the U.S. But for some reason, there’s all this weird white stuff on top of it clouding out most of the details. Can anyone figure out what’s going on here? (thanks identitymisplaced) source

01 Feb 2011 10:26


U.S.: Mother Nature hates Americans: Chicago gets snowy, NYC gets icy

  • number of feet of snow expected in the Chicago area this week
  • 0.3˝number of inches of ice –  ICE! – expected in NYC this week
  • 3,897 number of flights that have been cancelled so far source

12 Dec 2010 21:11


Tech: Hackers: Gawker used very outdated form of password encryption

  • yeah … Gawker staffer Scott Kidder claimed that users’ passwords should be safe from hacking. “Passwords are encrypted anyway,” he says, “so stealing passwords isn’t even possible.”
  • … but A document from the hackers in their bittorrent explains that the passwords used a very outdated form of encryption that only protected the first eight characters. Yikes. Freaking yikes. source

29 Oct 2010 15:44


U.S.: Freakout Friday: All planes from Yemen scare Americans

  • Scared of your own shadow yet? Today might be the day to start freaking out. Whew … a lot has happened since our last post. First of all, above is the suspicious device that CNN managed to get photos of as an exclusive. It apparently had some sort of weird powder on it. Next up, the U.S. is keeping an eye on a Emirates Air flight from Yemen that’s supposed to be landing in NYC any minute now. (Update: Just landed. No word on what’s up yet.) While they have no proof that the plane might have some blowy-uppy stuff on it, now is not the time to take chances. Finally, Chicago synogagues have been warned to keep an eye out for crazy crap on their doorsteps, because we don’t want people to get hurt or anything. Holy crap. Hope this doesn’t get any worse or we’re gonna have to get rid of the “Freakout Friday” slogan. source

23 Sep 2010 10:28


Biz: Similac recall: The makers blame it on a bug problem

  • 5 million cans of formula recalled; moms everywhere freak out source

19 Sep 2010 10:16


U.S.: Cultlike group’s disappearance has Southern California on edge

  • We do not think this is a hoax. We don’t know that this is a potential suicide, but we know that it’s real and we’re going to find them.
  • Palmdale, Calif. sheriff’s spokesperson Steve Whitmore • On the fate of at least 13 alleged cult members who disappeared last night. Evidence, including letters, seems to suggest that they planned a mass suicide. Police are still looking for those involved, including eight children. The alleged cult leader, Reyna Marisol Chicas, 32, used to spend hours at at time at a local church, but her group had broken off. Fingers crossed. source

21 Aug 2010 21:55


U.S., World: This dot on this map represents a guy in the middle of nowhere

Poor guy’s been isolated in the Brazilian Amazon for at least 15 years, possibly an uncontacted member of a decaying tribe. Which is kinda awesome. source

18 Aug 2010 23:58


U.S.: Scariest number of the night: Hint, it involves a ton of eggs

  • 380 million freaking eggs recalled over salmonella fears source
  • » And for the math-adverse: That breaks down to 31.6 million cartons, cartons that include these brands: Albertsons, Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma, Lund, Kemps, Pacific Coast, Lucerne, Mountain Dairy, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Lund and Dutch Farms. Now is not the time to start your Atkins diet.

23 Jul 2010 11:23