A Missouri driver did not appreciate the message she saw on the state issued license plate that she recently received. KTVI Fox 2 News reported that Deb Levy’s new plate read “WH0 R8X” something she was offended by and felt could be read as, “whore eight times.” It’s a message, placed below the state’s nickname the “Show Me State,” that is insulting to Deb.
In KTVI’s report the upset driver said, “I’m driving around with that plate and people go, ‘Oh there’s a [bleep]. There’s a [bleep].’” She added, “Who wants to drive around with that word on the back of your car? Would you?” Deb’s teen daughter Abigail agrees with her mother saying, “Yeah it’s probably not a good idea to drive it.”
So the Missouri mom has decided to keep the expired license plate on her car’s bumper and carry the current plate inside the car just in case a police officer stops her. Deb filed a complaint with the state and asked for a replacement but was told that she would have to pay a fee of $17. While the cost is seemingly small the Missouri driver said, “It is not about the money, but when I showed it to them they said it just said, ‘Who.’…Can you spell?” Still, some commenters on the station’s story wrote that they see no problem with the plate and also read it as, “Who R8X.”
KTVI stepped in to help Deb calling the Missouri Department of Revenue, the state’s agency that issues license plates, and was able to get officials to issue a replacement plate free of charge. Deb was grateful but said, “It took Channel 2 to make this happen and why, why should it take a news station to make something simple like this happen?”
The station also reported that the plate in question was generated based on a standard formula, meaning that there are other MO plates that would have a similar combination of letters and numbers. To which Deb said, “That’s just not right.”
(NEWSER) – Over a four-year period, a Florida man has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times, searched 100 times, and jailed 56 times, even though his most serious conviction is for having marijuana. Earl Sampson has been arrested 62 times for trespassing, nearly always at the 207 Quickstop convenience store—where he works. And he's not the only one: His fellow employees and customers at the shop are regularly stopped by police, to the consternation of owner Alex Saleh, who had security cameras installed for protection... against the cops, the Miami Herald reports.
A group of fisherman off the coast of São Paolo, Brazil, had their Nov. 15 fishing trip transformed into a rescue mission for one adorable creature of the sea. In a dramatic video uploaded to YouTube, the fishermen spot a young dolphin caught in a plastic bag. The anglers use a net to pull the calf onto their boat to help it out. After a few tries, they are finally able to free the dolphin from the plastic bag:
(NEWSER) – It's hard to fathom, but a Chicago woman has managed to get herself arrested 396 times in the last 35 years, reports NBC Chicago. This week, 52-year-old Shermain Miles got released from jail to a residential home for ex-cons, and she told the Sun-Times she is determined to avoid yet another return trip by staying away from old haunts and bad influences. "I’m really not that bad a person," she says. "It was the alcohol I was drinking that turned me into a monster."
(NEWSER) – A UK man out for a walk with his dog made a pretty crazy find last month: $100,000 in cash floating down England's Spalding River. The apparently very honest man informed police, and they're trying to find the rightful owner,Sky News reports. Some of the bank notes were damaged from being immersed in water, but a lot of them are still in good shape, officers say. A forensic investigation is underway, and the Bank of England will help. What if the owner is never located? The cash will become "the subject of a court forfeiture order," though it's not clear what that means.
(NEWSER) – Vancouver is taking the lead in getting rid of something that many people didn't realize was problematic: the lowly doorknob. The city has already replaced knobs with levers—which are much easier for elderly or people with disabilities to operate—in public buildings, and the city's building code will require all new housing to be built with door levers starting in March, reports the Vancouver Sun, which notes that changes made in the city often spread to building codes across the country. Water faucets will have to take the shape of levers, not knobs, as well.
(NEWSER) – A 30-year-old man thought he was just going to be a guest at a wedding in India last week but he ended up being the groom, the Times of India reports. The bride's family apparently fought with the original groom Monday and he walked off angrily; he didn't return as expected Tuesday and could not be found, and the wedding was scheduled for the following day. That's when the guest, a relative of the bride, offered to marry her in what the Timescalls "a kind gesture." The family was "relieved" when the wedding took place on schedule.
Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games. Can Cookieness and her friends, Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita escape from the poking monkeys and tickling winds? Find out in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. May the cookies be ever in your flavor.
Is he a mind reader? A stalker? Neither. Filmmaker Jack Vale has a friendly reminder for the masses: If you don't want strangers to know what you're doing, don't put it on the Internet.
Vale conducted a social media experiment at Huntington Beach, Calif. Checking Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, Vale tracked down people who had posted their location and activities with hashtags on social media. He then recorded their (often befuddled, sometimes outraged) reactions to being tracked down.
So, how did he do it? With a mixture of patience and fearlessness. "We would keep refreshing until we saw a photo of someone that was posted a couple of minutes ago," Vale told Yahoo News. He said there were quite a few fails, but there were also times when he would recognize where the photo was taken.
Vale explained that in cases where people uploaded only photos of their food, he could still click around their Instagram or Twitter accounts to find out what the people looked like. Armed with sufficient information, Vale would approach the unsuspecting Instagram and Facebook afficionados and begin spouting facts he'd learned just by perusing their social media profiles. Fun to watch, apparently freaky to experience.
Vale likes to be in the public eye, so he didn't change his own privacy settings as a result of the experiment. But, he noticed, several people from the clip did.
"When we contacted them later, they said, 'Yeah, you kind of creeped us out a litlte bit,'" Vale said.
The project inspired Vale to take a closer look at the social media accounts of his five children. "I'm going to be for sure taking it a little more seriously with my kids. It kind of woke me up a little bit, too," he told Yahoo News.
Explaining how he'd approach strangers without getting punched in the mouth, Vale said that he would initially act like he knew them and then say he'd been having some "intuitions" about what the person was eating for lunch, that they had a friend named Joe or something else.
Everyone in the film agreed to appear in it, but one gentlemen does look to be a bit ticked off at Vale's shenanigans.
"What was funny to us was that he said not to invade his privacy or he'd call the cops. And I'm thinking, his account wasn't set to private, it was out there for the whole world to see," Vale said. "There's really no such thing as privacy when you're using social media."