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Knee Defender gadget gets man booted off flight

kdKnee Defender is a gadget that one can attach to the plane seat in front of you, preventing its occupant from reclining it. A man used it thus on United Flight 1462, from New Jersey to Denver, and refused to disengage it when instructed to by a flight attendant. The flight was rerouted to Chicago, and he was ejected, as was the passenger whose seat he locked, who subsequently threw a drink in his face.

A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver.

Both passengers were sitting in United's Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach.

Tired of impolite seat-recliners? Dumb as bricks? Now you too can risk a $25,000 fine with KNEE DEFENDER.

Even in large cities, we build tightly-knit communities


A study of group clustering--do your friends know each other?--shows that it does not change with city size. [via Flowing Data]

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Study: Qatar-hosted world cup to be dangerously hot for spectators

The 2022 soccer World Cup taking place in the 106° heat of the Qatari summer is already a baking examplar of FIFA's corruption; a new study suggests heat stress will make it physically dangerous even for spectators.

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Insane parking signs at California school hit 15ft tall


Decipher Culver City's parking puzzle, avoid a $73 fine! Photo: CBS Los Angeles. [via]

UK man jailed for 3 years for pirating movie

He made £1,000 bootlegging copies of Fast and Furious 6. 134 of the 984 rapists jailed in 2010 in England and Wales were given sentences of four years or less. [via]

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Timothy Leary with Aldous and Laura Huxley

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Systems secretly track where cellphone users go internationally

The U.S. and U.K. have been able to track cellphones around the world for years, but the capability is going global thanks to off-the-shelf systems sold by private contractors, writes Craig Timberg.

Teen attack on park ranger makes top cop think of police brutality, for some reason

A skateboarder attacked and repeatedly kicked a park ranger, was arrested and charged, and will face the courts for his crime. The ranger was reportedly unharmed, despite the attack's brutality. To Philadephia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, though, this isn't an example of the justice system successfully identifying and prosecuting a suspect; it isn't even an issue of the crime at hand.

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Court okays squeaky sex sling eviction

A German court ruled a landlady was within her rights to evict a man who "regularly disturbed his neighbors with 'sexual, athletic and squeaking noises' late into the night." [AP]

Christians sue Satanists

Catholic archbishop Paul Coakley has sued a satanist group over stolen wafers that represent the transubstantiated body of Christ. A promise by the satanists that their forthcoming "sacrifice" would comply with public urination laws appears not to have mollified him.

British landlord rented room "that could only be entered on all fours"

Already banned from leasing a room accessible only via a staircase with 27 inches of headroom, Yaakov Marom rented it out anyway for $700 a month, because the British economy is evidently now just a weird housing scam/deathtrap.

Poll: most Americans want to make it a crime for children to play without supervision

"A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that."

"Naked Dating" contestant suing show for showing her crotch

On the TV show "Naked Dating", young men and women date in the buff to entertain viewers. One contestant, Jessie Nizewitz, is suing the producers after it failed to blur out a scene.

Best Dune Tumblrs

Omni Reboot's Esther Kim counts ten of the best [Omni Reboot]

No-one pays attention during conference calls

A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%).