Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
- The Sideshow19 hrs ago
A reasonable person may expect a Starbucks gift card with $400 on it to sell for, well, $400, perhaps even a bit less. However, when it comes to limited edition Starbucks cards, conventional thinking doesn't always apply.
Currently up for auction on eBay is a Limited Edition Starbucks 2013 Rose Metal Gold Card with $400 on it. According to the auction's description, only 1,000 of the cards were produced.
Want to own it? It'll cost you a lot more than a decaf latte. As of press time, the high bid was $1,675 with a little more than 20 hours to go before the gavel bangs.
- Yahoo News21 hrs ago
Saying JeeYoung Lee's artwork is unique is an incredible understatement. Lee, a recent graduate of Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, shoots photographs of sets she created that were inspired by "her heart, her memory or her dreams." The results are as beautiful as they are bizarre and well worth a look.
Lee's work is currently on display at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France. Fortunately you don't need to book a flight to see her work. Photography critic Choi Bong-lim says, "The chances are high that Lee Jee-young will stand as one of the most significant artists in Korean art history."
One of her works, "My Chemical Romance," inspired Bong-Iim to write, "The pattern of caution and warning with black diagonal lines against yellow is repeated, obsessive-compulsively, over the floor, walls and pipe lines; and the extreme density of the pipes and steam rising from where pipes break indicates the set of a huge machine room and yet it evokes a scene from a sci-fi or an action movie Bruce Willis might have starred in." Check that one out below.
- Yahoo News22 hrs ago
A 3-year-old boy with a terminal disease had a simple wish — to see snow. His mother, with some help from friends and volunteers, made it happen in spectacular fashion.
Mason Williams was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, the Daily Mail reports. He requires an operation but is not yet well enough to undergo it. He is also unable to speak due to a chromosomal disorder, according to the report.
Seeking to grant one of Mason's wishes, mom Melodie, who lives with her son in the parish of Rowley Rigis in England, set out to transform her front garden into a snowy dreamland. One problem: There was no snow. With the help of local businesses, Melodie fixed that by bringing in 105 gallons of snow to surprise her son.
Melodie told the Daily Mail, "I just had to do something now in case he's not alive next time it snows. If I didn't do it now, and something happens to him, I'd never forgive myself for not making the most of the time we had."
From the looks on Mason's face, he was very pleased with his mom's handiwork.
- The Sideshow1 day ago
Here's something to help restore your faith in humanity. The Nervous Dog Coffee Shop is holding a food drive to help benefit a man who allegedly stole money from the baristas' tip jar.
News of the coffee shop's good deed was reported by WKYC in Ohio. Apparently a man (still unidentified) was caught on camera pilfering money from the employees' tip jar. But instead of going after him with the help of the police, the coffee shop workers decided to give the guy a helping hand.
Manager Scott Moses told WKYC, "He stuck his hand straight into the tip jar and took out as much as he could get and walked out like nothing happened."
But rather than automatiaclly think the guy is a heartless jerk, Moses said, "we assume that if he was desperate enough to steal tips, he's probably in desperate times."
Both coffee shop locations are taking food donations for the alleged thief and will give them to him if he comes forward, no questions asked, according to WKYC.
- Yahoo News1 day ago
Is there any way to stop Big Brother? The National Security Agency (NSA) tracks the locations of hundreds of millions of cellphones every day, according to a report from the Washington Post. Americans traveling abroad are among those tracked via a program called CO-TRAVELER.
From the Washington Post:
What's an average person with a cellphone and a desire for a small measure of privacy to do? Can steps be taken to keep the NSA from keeping tabs on the location of a person's cellphone? Yahoo News tapped several experts in the field of cyber security to help answer the question.
- The Sideshow2 days ago
Attention, Amazon.com finance department: The good folks at MusicBrainz sent you guys a cake to celebrate the third anniversary of you not paying your bill.
We first spotted the story over at Boing Boing, which reports that "MetaBrainz is a charity that oversees MusicBrainz, a free/open music metadata service" that acts as a free encyclopedia for music of all genres.
Apparently, three years ago, Amazon.com hired MusicBrainz for a roughly $20,000 project involving a live data feed. Unfortunately, invoice #144 never got paid.
- The Sideshow3 days ago
A 56-year-old grandmother drove from Kentucky to New Jersey several times in order to fight a $56 traffic ticket over her so-called "Liberty Van."
Good news for the woman: She won.
Lynda Farley, whose van is emblazoned with flags, flowers, bumper stickers and political signs that say things like "Outdoor smoke bans are idiotic" and "Vote Marxists Out," was cited in New Jersey in September 2012 for driving a vehicle with an obstructed view. Specifically, the trooper told her the string of flowers bordering the front windshield of her 2004 Nissan Quest minivan obstructed her view of the road, according to the Express-Times.
Farley didn't agree. She fought the ticket tooth and nail, going so far as to drive her Liberty Van from Kentucky to New Jersey several times to protest the fine. All told, she drove over 5,000 miles and 100 hours during the course of the fight.
On Wednesday, Judge Ann Bartlett overturned the ticket, despite expressing concern about the vehicle's safety.
- Yahoo News3 days ago
Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, which means it is now socially acceptable to decorate homes for the holidays. Many are content to string up a few lights or stick a plastic snowman on the coffee table. Fortunately, Trish Garrett is not one of them.
In a series of photos posted on Imgur, Garrett's son Nick illustrated his mom's extremely elaborate Christmas village and how it took over an entire room in their home.
Yahoo News spoke via email to Trish Garrett about her "labor of love." She said there are approximately 80 homes and buildings, hundreds of trees, as well as figurines, fencing, light poles and more.
How long does it take to create? Garrett joked that this year it took her "approximately 60 hours and four bottles of wine." First she rearranges the furniture so she'll have enough table area to build on. "Then we start taking the boxes out of the attic, unpack and then I start to organize all the houses on tables, group all the little figurines, trees, roads, etc... and each evening through the wee hours of the morning for several days the creative process takes place."
- Yahoo News3 days ago
Who has the final say when it comes to frequent flier membership privileges? Are airlines the judge, jury and executioner? Or do program members have some rights?
The Supreme Court addressed those questions Tuesday in a case that may have far-reaching implications for commercial air travelers, NPR reports.
The case was brought by Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg, who claims his frequent flier membership with Northwest Airlines was terminated in 2007 because he complained too often to the airline about its services.
NPR reports that Northwest claimed Ginsberg called their frequent flier number two dozen times over a seven-month period to register complaints. He said he never asked for anything in return. The airline said he sought compensation.
Ginsberg told NPR, "I did exactly what they asked you to do. If you have a negative experience, they want you to give them feedback."
- The Sideshow4 days ago
A group of 2,000 dead mice equipped with cardboard parachutes have been airdropped over a United States Air Force base in Guam in order to poison brown tree snakes.
It may sound like the plot to an animated movie starring the vocal talents of Gilbert Godfried, but we assure you this is actually happening.
NBC News reports that the dead mice were pumped full of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The hope is that the snakes, which are invasive to the area and cause harm to exotic native birds and the island's power grid, will be drawn to the toxic rodents, eat them, and then croak. Other animals face minimal risk, reports the Air Force Times.
Dan Vice, the Agriculture Department's assistant supervisory wildlife biologist for Guam, told KUAM that the mice are dropped in a time sequence from low-flying helicopters. Each rodent is strung up to a tiny parachute made of cardboard and tissue paper.
Via NBC News: