(NEWSER) – In Rocky II, the boxer pulls off a rather astounding feat: He appears, in a montage, to run from South Philadelphia to train tracks seven miles northeast, then suddenly back to South Philly before heading all the way to the Schuylkill River. All told, it's a 31-mile, or 50-kilometer, run—longer than a marathon. But that didn't stop local runners from taking on the challenge on Saturday, theWall Street Journal reports.
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(NEWSER) – Students from the University of Oregon are under investigation after a video of what some are calling a "snowmassacre" went viral. This video posted to YouTube shows students surrounding a vehicle, pelting it with snowballs, and then, wait for it ... a huge bucket of snow. The man in the video is Sherwin Simmons, a professor. When Simmons got out of the car to confront the students, the snowballs kept coming. The Oregon athletic department confirmed some of the students involved were football players and says disciplinary action is coming; police are also considering criminal charges, though Simmons says he is not pressing charges. Newsy reports:
Fletcher, 6, and Sammy, 4, are two adorable brothers who like to tackle each other, bite each other and break each other’s toys.
Jimmy Kimmel brought them in and hooked them up to a “lie detector” test to determine whether or not they deserve to be on Santa’s naughty or nice list this year.
It is too cute for words, so just watch it as Fletcher admits to biting Sammy and Sammy admits to being a “rough boy.”
(NEWSER) – Go ahead, rattle it off 10 times fast: "Pad kid poured curd pulled cold." MIT researchers doubt you can pull it off, reports the Huffington Post. That particular phrase so flummoxed test subjects in a study of speech errors that some simply stopped speaking, according to a release from the American Institute of Physics. But it wasn't all fun and games: Results may shed light on brain functions. "When things go wrong, that can tell you something about how the typical, error-free operation should go," says an MIT psychologist. In the meantime: "Pad kid poured curd pulled cold."
(NEWSER) – Here's a weird twist in the brave new world of electric cars: A driver ended up in jail on theft charges after plugging into a school's outlet without permission. The kicker: He got maybe 5 cents worth of juice for his trouble, reports 11Alive. The mess began when Kaveh Kamooneh drove to his son's middle school in Chamblee, Ga., to watch his kid play tennis. He spotted an exterior outlet and plugged in his Nissan Leaf, only to get stopped by a police officer after about 20 minutes.
(NEWSER) – News that a tugboat's cook had survived being trapped underwater for nearly three days came out six months ago. But it wasn't until this week that video emerged showing the dramatic moment when Harrison Okene's outstretched hands reached toward his rescue divers, and they realized to their astonishment that he was still alive. It was all thanks to a 4-foot pocket of air in the boat, which sank off the coast of Nigeria.
Especially when they’re worth more than $200,000.
Sure, Han Solo is used to having a price on his head. But now, instead of being pursued by the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunters, he’s the target of geeks hoping to get their hands on his famed blaster.
The resin-based blaster may appear crude and clumsy when compared to that more famous, elegant weapon from a more civilized age. But the prop gun used by Harrison Ford in the original “Star Wars” trilogy films “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” has been put up for auction – and the minimum asking price is $200,000.
The description reads as follows:
"This non-firing blaster was created for 'The Empire Strikes Back' and was also used in 'Return of the Jedi.' It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han's hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels' encounter with Imperial forces on Endor."
The auction will take place on December 21 in Calabasas Hills, Calif. And we have to wonder if the gun is being put up for sale by Ford himself. After all, the auction will also include prop items used by Ford in some of his other films, including his gun from “Blade Runner,” and a rifle carried by Ford in the latest “Indiana Jones” movie.
Based on the real-life German issue Mauser C96 handgun, the modified DL-44 blaster was crafted out of resin and made to resemble the same gun used by the Solo character in the original Star Wars film, “A New Hope.”The original has since been lost or destroyed, making this the oldest known.
Still, are there any diehard Star Wars fans out there that would hand over $200,000 for a prop from a film, even one as iconic as the original trilogy? Currently, there are a few dozen people “watching” the bid but no one has made a formal offer as of yet. We know what Solo himself would say. “Never tell me the odds.”
So here's a mystery for the holiday season: someone is leaving enormous, four- and five-figure tips on small checks at restaurants all over the country. But who, and why?
The "who" is the person or persons who goes by the pseudonym "Tips for Jesus." As for why? Well, the name seems to say it all, as does their Instagram slogan: "Doing the Lords [sic] work, one tip at a time."
"Tipsforjesus" has been active since at least September. The tips range from $500 to $10,000, and are being left at a random assortment of restaurants from Michigan to Chicago to Los Angeles. According to The Daily Dot, the tips left total more than $54,000.
The person or persons responsible is also making sure that the tips get in the right hands. When a waiter at Legends of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., complained that the $10,000 tip hadn't been given to him, "tipsforjesus" took action.
#thumbsup #godbless #tipsforjesus by @tipsforjesus
“Notre Dame is stiffing you?” tipsforjesus replied. “Hmmm, let me make sure the charges went through since they claim they did not. If they're lying to you, I can talk to AMEX about it, then you should get a lawyer, and call the local paper and ESPN. What they're doing flys in the face of what Jesus would do.” The account later posted a photo of the cleared AMEX charges.
(NEWSER) – Sitting beneath about four feet of garbage in an area of a Welsh landfill the size of a football field sits a fortune—in the form of a computer hard drive that James Howells threw out this summer while cleaning up his workspace. On it: the cryptographic "private key" he needs to access 7,500 Bitcoins. And since the digital currency hit a major milestone yesterday, with a single coin now worth more than $1,000 on the most popular exchange, that tossed hard drive is worth more than $7.5 million. Unfortunately, Howells doesn't have a firm sense of when he sent it to its resting place in the Docksway landfill near Newport, Wales, though he's been racking his brain since Friday, when he realized his error: "between June 20 and Aug. 10. Probably mid-July" is the best he can come up with.