No niceness these days?
"A man who captured a short video of his eight-year-old neighbour tossing around swear words and posted it online says he never thought it would land him in handcuffs," Associated Press reports. "Josh Eastman said [last week]that he still was taken aback that the boy's family chose to call the police to get the clip removed from YouTube. He said he was shocked by his arrest. 'If they didn't like the video they could have just asked me nicely to take it off, and I would have taken it off,' Eastman said. 'They didn't have to go call the police and have me arrested for it.' " The 34-year-old Connecticut man was charged with impairing the morals of a child.
Speaking of morals
According to a survey of Generation Y users of the dating website Candobetter.com:
- 64 per cent of women polled would release a sex tape if it would help advance their careers.
- 45 per cent of women polled would sleep with their professor to pass a college class.
- 36 per cent would blackmail a co-worker or a boss to get ahead.
"Here's where we have to be killjoys," the website Asylum.com says, "and remind you that even though those numbers are based on a large sample set of 2,800 people, we can only be sure they are representative of members of the dating site that conducted the survey."
"If you're getting up in years, and the basic activities of daily living have become something of a struggle, doing volunteer work is probably the last thing on your mind," Tom Jacobs writes for Miller-McCune magazine. "But new research suggests there's an excellent reason to make the effort. You may actually live longer. That's the conclusion of a study just published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, which examined death rates of a representative sample of American seniors. It found difficulties with basic daily activities, including those caused by decreased mobility or upper-arm strength, 'are associated with an increased risk of dying only among participants who almost never or never volunteered.' The study adds to the mounting evidence linking volunteering with health, well-being and longevity, and suggests this association may be particularly significant toward the end of life."
Hang on, my dress is ringing
"A little black dress that doubles up as a mobile phone is to be launched in Britain" next year, The Daily Telegraph reports. "The garment, branded the M-Dress, lets wearers make and receive calls by slipping their SIM card under the label, allowing them to keep their usual numbers. Gesture recognition software allows users to pick up a call by raising their hand to their ear, and end a conversation by letting it fall to their side."
Burning up the course
" 'Fire!' was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California," Associated Press reports. "The golfer at the Shady Canyon golf course in Irvine landed a shot in the rough Saturday. On his next swing, his club snagged a rock, causing a spark that lit the rough ablaze and eventually attracted 150 firefighters to the scene. Fire officials say the fire burned through the rough, into vegetation next to the course and over two dry, brushy hillsides."
Death and mushrooms
"A bountiful Italian mushroom season has turned deadly, claiming the lives of at least 18 people in recent weeks. According to Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, mushroom seekers have been so relentless in their pursuit of their favourite fungi, they have been abandoning safety procedures - donning camouflage and hunting in darkness in an effort to scout remote, highly coveted troves, Reuters reported. … Eighteen people have died in just a 10-day period. Many of them had forgone proper footwear, clothing and equipment and died after steep falls down Alpine slopes."
- "A San Diego man born without arms is on a campaign to throw the first pitch of a game at every Major League Baseball stadium in the country," Fox5sandiego.com reports. "Tom Willis is well on the way to accomplishing his goal. Over the past couple of seasons, he has thrown from the pitcher's mound at multiple ballparks around the United States. … Developing the ability to pitch a baseball with his feet took lots of practice. When throwing in front of the thousands of baseball fans, he has to stay focused. 'I maintain eye contact with the catcher's mitt, reach back and explode,' Willis said."
- "A Chinese man who had both arms amputated after a childhood accident has become an expert pianist," Orange News U.K. reports. "Liu Wei, who removes one sock to play the piano with his toes, rocketed to stardom on China's Got Talent, reports Associated Press. … The 23-year-old was only 10 when he lost his arms after getting electrified playing hide-and-seek. Since then he's become adept at using his feet for all manner of tasks, including surfing the Web, eating, dressing and brushing his teeth."
Thought du jour
"The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything."