Someone has got some explaining to do.
A giant U.S. surveillance blimp came untethered today around noon and is now floating 16,000 feet over Pennsylvania. Oh, and two F-16s have been deployed to monitor the situation.
JLENS blimp has broken free of its tether and is now over Pennsylvania at 16,000 feet. Two fighter jets are monitoring: NORAD spokesman— Matthew Hay Brown (@matthewhaybrown) October 28, 2015
The blimp is part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Netted Sensor System (JLENS), a radar system used to pick up aerial threats.
But now it has become a threat itself to the good people of Pennsylvania, who are being advised to call 911 if they spot the monstrosity.
And because people on the Internet are horrible, they made some dumb jokes about the blimp.
should've seen it coming when the blimp befriended a young boy pic.twitter.com/fYgRW4BZDC— Daric Snyder (@daricsnyder) October 28, 2015
Pennsylvanians if you see this blimp floating above you don't worry it's just unmoored and will be shot down soon pic.twitter.com/ghrZby3vPF— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) October 28, 2015
"They're never gonna let me near that blimp again." pic.twitter.com/3Y1qHwwDx4— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 28, 2015
Blimp 2K15, where are you?
Always wait for the boat to actually stop moving before you get off, or terrible things can happen.
Exhibit A: This guy.
As the ferry nears land, he scurries off the ramp and ends up taking a tumble into the sand.
Fortunately, someone quickly comes to his rescue and pulls him out just before the ramp slams down on his back.
Just when you think robots are about to take over the world, they go and do something like this.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge was held this past weekend, with numerous teams “vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.”
Turns out they had a few disasters of their own as well.
IEEE Spectrum created a compilation of robot falls from the first day of the finals, and while this is pretty funny to watch in itself, one YouTuber took it a step further and mashed it up with some WWE commentary turning it into Internet gold.
“As much as nobody wanted to see a robot fall, everybody wanted to see a robot fall,” wrote IEEE Spectrum on their blog.
The course involved the competing robots trying to open doors, turn valves, drive cars and climb over rubble.
Team KAIST from South Korea took home the top prize with the fastest time, and here’s their robot, DRC-Hubo, stepping up to victory. It was built with wheels on its knees to help protect it from taking a tumble.
“These robots are big and made of lots of metal and you might assume people seeing them would be filled with fear and anxiety,” said DRC organizer Gill Pratt. “But we heard groans of sympathy when those robots fell. And what did people do every time a robot scored a point? They cheered!”
Meanwhile, nothing can stop the beasts from Boston Dynamics, so while these falls are funny, the threat is still very real.
A flaw in Apple’s iOS is allowing pranksters to remotely shut down other people’s phones.
Some iPhone users on Reddit recently discovered that sending a certain string of text to someone will force the recipient’s device to crash and reboot.
The issue apparently lies in the way the iPhone handles notifications and unicode.
Here’s an explanation from The Guardian:
When the text message is displayed by a banner alert or notification on the lockscreen, the system attempts to abbreviate the text with an ellipsis. If the ellipsis is placed in the middle of a set of non-Latin script characters, including Arabic, Marathi and Chinese, it causes the system to crash and the phone to reboot.
You can watch the error in action in the demo video above.
It reportedly only works if the other person does not already have their text thread open at the time, and you can prevent it from happening to you by turning off banner notifications and text previews (Here’s a visual of the settings on Imgur).
And if you can’t access your messages after the glitch, you can also apparently send a new message to the thread using Siri or Notes, and when it opens just delete the malicious text.
Of course the best way to prevent this from happening is by not being a troll and sending the text to anyone in the first place.
Apple apparently knows this is a problem and is hopefully working on a fix ASAP.
A black and white American flag t-shirt spotted at a Pacific Sunwear in Alabama this weekend has a lot of people seeing red.
Rachel Zawacki-Kuss uploaded the above photo to Facebook on Saturday, with a message saying that she would never be shopping at the store again.
“Seeing the flag used that way was incredibly upsetting to me,” she wrote. “The display was in bad taste, it was disrespectful and insensitive to the sacrifices that have been made by so many service members.”
According to the U.S. Flag Code: “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”
It sells for $23.95 online and is actually part of a line of clothing in collaboration with the A$AP Mob, a hip hop collective from New York.
But her post still struck a chord with lots of people online considering that it was Memorial Day weekend, a holiday intended to pay tribute to fallen men and women in the armed forces.
It has since been removed from that specific store in light of the complaints, according to the NY Daily News.
Just a few weeks ago, Under Armour was involved in a similar controversy, in which the clothing company was forced to apologize for selling an Iwo Jima basketball t-shirt.
PacSun’s Twitter account has been promoting some other American Flag themed designs for Memorial Day as well, including various shirts, shoes, bathing suits and tank tops.
So if you aren’t a fan of the flag shirt, they offer plenty of other options to show off your patriotism like these two.
It’s unclear how he expected this standoff to end, but this man definitely got what he deserved.
Watch as guy backs his truck up towards an alligator that is just minding its own business and ends up starting a fight that he isn’t going to win.
The beast begins snapping its massive jaws at the truck to make it crystal clear that he does not want to be bothered, but the man doesn’t listen.
“Hey watch my truck!” he says in the clip.
A few seconds later, it tears his bumper clean off the back of the vehicle to put an end to the nonsense.
Gator:1, Man: 0.
Wait for it… the singing isn’t the only thing that blows.
Four friends were having the time of their lives on a little road trip singing Player’s “Baby Come Back,” when one of the tires exploded ruining everything.
Fortunately no one was hurt, but they appear to be a bit shaken up by the incident.
And despite the selfie stick disaster causing the camera to spiral out of control, they still managed to get their 15 minutes of fame on YouTube.
“We’re not posting that video,” one of the girls says at the end.
Famous last words.
An idiot spectator thought it would be fun to jump into the 2015 Giro d’Italia bike race on Sunday, and he ended up causing a huge pile-up.
In the clip, the camera shows a man riding from the sidewalk into the street, but then it pans away right as the collision takes place. What we see is the aftermath, which was later confirmed as his fault by riders who were affected by the debacle.
“If I get hold of the d*ckhead that had the brilliant idea of diving into the peloton on a fixed bike with 10km to go, causing us to crash…” tweeted Eugenio Alafaci from Trek Factory Racing.
He also complained about the collision on his Facebook page.
At least one rider quit following the crash, and others suffered minor injuries, according to Nine MSN.
We’ve seen a number of other bizarre crashes over the past few months in European races.
It’s that time of the year again, when everyone orders beautiful bouquets of flowers online for mom, and a pile of wilted weeds shows up on the doorstep instead.
And sometimes nothing at all!
There were lots of unhappy 1-800-Flowers customers this Mother’s Day complaining on social media about terrible service and deliveries that didn’t exactly live up to the pictures online.
Some flowers arrived dead, some weren’t even the same product as what was originally ordered.
Many people are posting some interesting before and after images, while others are simply expressing their outrage with nasty messages on their Facebook page.
“Once again another occasion ruined by using 1-800-flowers!” writes one Facebook commenter.
“My mom taught me that you should honor your word and keep your integrity,” writes another. “I guess that has not been taught by the founder or passed down to the company in any shape or form.”
The 1-800-Flowers customer service team is in full recovery mode, per usual, responding to the angry tweets and posts.
And this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. In fact there’s even a hashtag that has emerged for people to vent about the service: #1800FlowersFail.
This past February 1-800-Flowers also ruined Valentine’s Day, with lots of people sharing their miserable looking arrangements online.
Here are some of the latest delivery debacles from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as a few jokes.
Fox 2 Detroit’s Amy Andrews had an interesting way of describing the weather on Wednesday morning.
The news anchor was chatting with Jay Towers and Alan Longstreet about the day’s forecast, with Andrews noting how fast the week was progressing as it was already “hump day.”
“Hopefully we’ll have a dry hump day,” she said.
And the reaction of her co-anchors was priceless.
They took to Twitter later to respond to her little slip of the tongue.
Carly Fiorina has officially announced that she is running for president, and while the former Hewlett-Packard CEO has been heavily touting her tech expertise, she’s already made one big mistake online.
Her campaign failed to secure all of the big domains with her name, and one troll decided to useCarlyfiorina.org to make a statement about her leadership at HP.
“Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain,” the site reads. “So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.”
The page is then filled with 30,000 emoticons of a frowny face to illustrated the number of layoffs.
If you scroll down to the bottom there’s more text with a quote from Fiorina.
The quote if from an interview Fiorina had with Fortune back in 2005.
If you go to Carlyfiorina.com you will be redirected to her actual campaign site,Carlyforpresident.com.
Hopefully we’ll get to see a “.cat” version in the near future as well from the guy who recently parodied the New York Times.
The source code for the site has a nice “demon sheep” Easter Egg and a link to a bonus page with an animated sheep with glowing red eyes.
This is a reference to the viral demon sheep attack ad from Fiorina in 2010, which had NY Magcalling her an “Internet genius.”
Unfortunately, she isn’t living up to that name with this domain gaffe, but she is doing a Periscope Q&A!
Ted Cruz had a similar problem on day one of his candidacy, failing to gain control of TedCruz.combefore his announcement.
As a result, anyone who goes to that website by mistake will simply see text that reads” “Support President Obama. Immigration Reform Now!”
Something strange is happening in Pakistan.
Team Android has discovered a bizarre Easter egg in Google Maps that shows the Android logo peeing on the Apple logo.
To check it out yourself, just go to these coordinates, and you will be sent to Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Another piece of Google Maps graffiti was later found in the Takht Pari Forest, which you can see below.
It is believed to be the result of someone abusing Google’s Map Maker tool, and the company issued a statement to The Daily Mail.
“We’ve terminated the Android involved in this incident, and he’ll be disappearing from Google Maps shortly,” said a Google rep.
And Pascal Hartig, a Twitter engineer, also pointed out that it was a random user.
So yes, it would appear that Google Maps review process could use a little work.
Head on over to Pakistan and soak it up now before it’s gone.
Queen Elsa made an brief cameo at a boring Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to speak, when “Let It Go” started blaring from across the room.
The culprit turned out to be Republican Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas, who is apparently a closet “Frozen” fan.
“Aw, come on,” he said, turning it off while everyone in the room laughed. “Just let it go mister.”
A spokesperson later clarified to The Washington Post that the ringtone is actually for his kids. he also
“He balances it with Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk the Line,'” she said. “He changes depending on the day.”
Riiiiight. Whatever you say Roberts.
Back in February, world-famous street artist Banksy posted several new pieces in Gaza, including a giant kitten, to try to draw some attention to the region.
His public work tends to be snatched up pretty quickly by people looking to make some serious cash. They can typically be sold to collectors for hundreds of thousands of dollars. His “Mobile Lovers” piece went for more than half a million dollars last year.
One man in Gaza probably wishes he had been told that before he let an original Banksy go for a measly $175.
Rabie Dardouna, who owned the door and rubble which Banksy adorned with a piece called “Bomb Damage” (above), pawned it off to a man named Belal Khaled for just the value of the metal. His house was destroyed during an Israeli attack last year.
“I did not know that it was this valuable. I heard it can be sold for millions,” Dardouna told The Guardian. “Now I want the door back.”
Khaled claims he only purchased the door to “protect its artistic value” and isn’t looking to make money off the deal.
He added that he might one day consider displaying it in a gallery to “speak about the suffering of Gaza and the agonies of war.”