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The Superbowl

January 30, 2015 @ 10:18 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Seen on the 'net

Avid football fans please take note:

Winter à la xkcd

January 27, 2014 @ 16:19 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net, Weather

Saw this in my RSS reader this morning and it made me smile…

Helpful PayPal phishers

August 30, 2013 @ 14:01 By: gordon Category: General, Seen on the 'net

Every now and then I wade through the spam folders in my various email accounts to make sure nothing has been inadvertently flagged as spam. Today’s batch included a phishing message from someone telling me my PayPal account had been frozen. As you can see from this screen capture, they were very helpful in reminding me that legitimate messages from PayPal will mention the account holder’s first and last names and not start out using something like “Dear Customer” or “Customer 80372”.


Traffic lights

October 03, 2012 @ 10:55 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

xkcd is a very geeky webcomic. Apparently, the guy behind xkcd lives near a very confusing intersection…

I’m sure I’ve seen this intersection myself.

British Airways tells UK travellers “don’t fly”

June 21, 2012 @ 12:01 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net, Travelling

Usually, airlines advertise so that people will fly with them. British Airways has an ad in the UK that’s encouraging people to stay at home this summer and cheer for the home team at the Summer Olympics:

Very clever!

A tip o’ the hat to Brad at UPGRD for writing about this.

Easy come, easy go: Why you should always have car insurance

December 22, 2011 @ 10:19 By: gordon Category: In the news, Seen on the 'net

Apparently, an American chain of convenience stores called Maverik  ran a contest called “Joe Schmo to Lambo“:

Maverik is excited to team up with teamgive to raise money and awareness for the treatment and cure of rare neurological diseases by giving away a Lamborghini Murcielago!

Maverik is all about adventure, so when teamgive approached us with the idea of giving away a Lamborghini to raise money to find a cure for rare neurological diseases we jumped in with both feet.

The Lambo will be given away to one of 10 qualifiers in September 2011. Enter to qualify and you could drive home in a car that will change your life forever!

What would you do with a Lamborghini Murcielago?

Well, apparently the winner decided to give his family and friends rides in his new $380,000 car. Understandable, and I think most people would do that. I mean, just how many people win Lamborghini Mucielagos?

Unfortuantely, the last ride didn’t go so well. In the words of the owner…

“We were coming up a hill, going around a corner; and as soon as we came up the hill, we either hit some black ice or loose gravel or something, and all of a sudden we just started spinning. We ended up in a field, and I back-ended a couple of fence posts.”


Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like anyone was hurt, but the car has damage to its rear some damage to the front, a puncture in the wheel and scratches along the side. Fortunately, he was required to take out insurance before they gave him the keys, so he doesn’t have to pay for most of the repairs. I wonder what his insurance premiums are going to be when it’s repaired…

Oh, and did I mention he also won driving lessons at a road racing facility?

Christmas elves have fun with a plane at Riga airport

December 21, 2011 @ 11:30 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Seen on the 'net, Travelling

It’s nice to see that some airlines don’t mind going that extra mile to make things a little cheerier for people travelling over the holidays. airBaltic let the elves at the Riga airport have some fun with one of their planes:

A tip o’ the hat to Gadling for mentioning it a recent post.