Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
- The Sideshow14 hrs 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 BoingBoing, which reports that "MetaBrainz is a charity that oversees MusicBrainz, a free/open music metadata service" that acts as a free encyclopedia of music of all genres.
Apparently, three years ago Amazon.com hired MusicBrainz for a project of some kind. Details are scant – Yahoo News has reached out for comment – and everything we know about the outstanding bill comes from the cake's frosting. Whether due to a technical snafu or a disagreement over the amount, invoice #144 never got paid.
- The Sideshow21 hrs 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 News1 day 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 News1 day 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 Sideshow1 day 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.
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- The Sideshow1 day ago
Everything's bigger in Texas, even the gingerbread houses.
The good people from Guinness World Records certified that a gingerbread house created in Bryan, Texas, by the Traditions Club of Texas A&M is the world's largest at 39,201.8 cubic feet.
The previous record was set by a house constructed at Minnesota's Mall of America that measured about 36,000 cubic feet. Amateurs!
The new king of all edible homes was certified by Philip Robertson, adjudicator with Guinness World Records, on Saturday night. Robertson gave the creators credit for building the home outdoors amid the elements.
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- Yahoo News7 days ago
Before George Harrison died in 2001, the rock icon and former member of the Beatles reportedly saw that his sister, Louise, was given a $2,000 per month pension ― a small sum given his more than $300 million fortune.
In an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Louise Harrison claims that pension ended after her brother died. Now 82, Harrison still works to support herself. However, she isn't upset about the arrangement.
She told the Daily Mail, "I was never concerned about the termination of the pension, I have found a way to make a living."
She currently manages a Beatles tribute band called the "Liverpool Legends," who frequently perform at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
"I don't have any blame for anyone and I was brought up as a Harrison and to be self-reliant," she told the Daily Mail.
- Yahoo News7 days ago
Jack MacDonald wasn't a flashy man. He clipped coupons. His sweaters had holes. He used his senior citizen bus pass for discounts.
But what MacDonald lacked in flash, he more than made up for in generosity. The Seattle Times reports that MacDonald, who passed away in September at 98, left a fortune worth $187.6 million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.
- The Sideshow7 days ago
Impressed with your roommate, the self-professed master of beer pong? Fool, thou shall not worship false idols! For he or she will surely cower in the presence of the great Slade Manning.
Manning created a nearly three-minute video which compiles dozens of trick shots done with pingpong balls. It took Manning three years to create, according to the clip's description. That's dedication, folks.
Manning told Yahoo News that he can't even estimate the number of times it took to make each shot. "I just leave the camera going for one-two hours at a time and cut the misses out when I finally make it. Most shots take around 2-5 hours so that could be anywhere from 500 to 5,000 tries."
The trick at the 0:18 mark was, according to Manning, the hardest shot to make. "I went out trying for a few hours at a time for about 15 different days over several months until I finally made it. I didn't really have any skill or control, so it was just a matter of hitting balls over and over until one finally happened to go the right distance and direction."
- The Sideshow8 days ago
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