Guy saves skateboard from falling in water, ends up falling into it

On a rainy day, a girl fell off her skateboard, and the skateboard started to roll toward the water. A guy on a bike (holding an umbrella!) saved the board, but ended up going over the edge himself. It looks like it was quite a drop. I hope he's OK! https://peterfromtexas.tumblr.com/post/161772282386

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I'll just dip my bike in the water to clean it. What could go wrong?

Let me clean my bike in this shallow pond.

What's worse than a dirty bike? Not having a bike. Read the rest

Oops! United flight attendant accidentally posted cockpit door codes

The Wall Street Journal reports that human error is still a factor in potential cockpit door breaches. Read the rest

A giant crane lifting an aqueduct section tips over

On Tuesday, a crane carrying a concrete aqueduct section tipped over. The driver was able to jump out of the cab in the nick of time. The accident is followed by cries of astonished disappointment.

If you find this as sickly fascinating as I do, here are 40 minutes of crane and heavy construction fails (turn off the volume to avoid the atrocious music): Read the rest

Photographer shoots wrong couple's marriage proposal

A perfect storm of factors led to photographer Jacob Peters shooting the wrong marriage proposal at a remote romantic overlook. Read the rest

This $300,000 Air Force One photo caused a panic in 2009

Here's a great backstory on the shot of Air Force One that cost a guy his job after commissioning an unannounced low-altitude flight around lower Manhattan. Read the rest

That big Amazon S3 outage was caused by a typo, company admits

On Monday, many websites, news services, publishing platforms, and other internet-connected things that use Amazons AWS platform went dark. The cause can finally be revealed.

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Washington Post's symbolic Women's March on Washington error

While it's symbolic that Washington Post Express put the Women's March on Washington on their cover, the cover itself was symbolic for all the wrong reasons. Ouch. Read the rest

Here’s what happens when you email your teacher right after wisdom teeth surgery

College student Abby Jo Hamele shared this amazing email she sent to her philosophy TA while she was still loopy from the hydrocodone from her wisdom surgery:

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Yahoo reveals hackers took a further 1 billion accounts (phone, DoB, names, emails)

Just a few months after Yahoo disclosed a 2014 breach of 500 million user accounts, the company today revealed this was preceded by a 1 billion account breach in 2013, in which the hackers took everything: hashed passwords, names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and possibly the tools necessary to forge login cookies that would bypass password checks altogether.

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Schiaparelli lander crash site

NASA released a color image of the Schiaparelli Mars landing site that illustrates the descent speed issue quite nicely.

"Composite of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module elements seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on 1 November 2016. Both the main impact site (top) and the region with the parachute and rear heatshield (bottom left) are now captured in the central portion of the HiRISE imaging swath that is imaged through three different filters, enabling a colour image to be constructed. The front heatshield (bottom right) lies outside the central colour imaging swath."
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This fly drowned in my candle

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After New Zealand spooks misidentified pro-democracy activist, NSA spied on him for them

Tony Fullman is one of the only people that we know to have been targeted by Prism, the NSA's signature mass-surveillance tool: he's a Fijian-born expatriate with New Zealand citizenship, and had his passport seized and his name added to terrorism watchlists after the NSA helped their New Zealand counterparts spy on him, intercepting his bank statements, Facebook posts, Gmail messages, recorded phone conversations, and more. Read the rest

Teen stuck inside giant Barney dinosaur head is freed by firefighters

15-year-old Darby Risner of Trussville, Alabama, got stuck in a giant Barney dinosaur head on Sunday night, when she found the purple prop at her friend's house.

Young miss Risner told ABC News she wanted to scare her friends with it when they came downstairs, but the prank turned into something unexpected when she failed to remove herself from the dinosaur's fuzzy purple cranium.

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CIA borrowed school bus for training, left explosive material on board while bus carried kids

CIA personnel left “explosive training material” under the hood of a Loudoun County, Virginia school bus after performing training exercises using the school bus last week. That very same bus was then used to shuttle elementary and high school students to and from school on the following Monday and Tuesday with that explosive material still inside the engine compartment.

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Mirrored headboard becomes 'big magnifying glass' and burns down home carport

In what the Los Angeles Times reports was a 'freak event' at a Fresno home last Sunday, sunlight bouncing off of a mirrored headboard discarded in the back of a home magnified the sun's rays and started a fire that burned down the family carport.

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Hackers stole 101,000 taxpayers' logins/passwords from the IRS

Amazingly, this is an improvement on last year, when hackers took 300,000 taxpayers' records from the IRS. Read the rest

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