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Man fed up with nagging wife hides in forest for 10 years
Posted October 16, 2017, 03:42 by Mave in News
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Man fed up with nagging wife hides in forest for 10 years

A gardener got so fed up with his wife's nagging he ran away from home and lived in the woods for ten years.

Malcolm Applegate, 62, was married to his wife for three years before upping sticks after the relationship reached breaking point.

He then made his way from Birmingham, where they lived, to London - making half the three-week journey on foot after his bike was stolen, the MailOnline reported.

Malcolm said: "I was married to her for three years, but unfortunately it got too much.

"First of all I met her in Eastbourne and I married her in Birmingham.

"For three years it was alright, we got on with one another and the gardening got too much for her.

"She said, 'Why don't we have more time together?' I said, 'How can I? I have been recommended to people'.

"I just upped and left, I got fed up with her because we used to get so many arguments.
'It took me three weeks to get back to London.

"I didn't lock my bike up in Oxford and someone helped themselves to it, so I had to walk back from Oxford."

He secretly left his family home when increased working hours angered his wife, but the gardener has now told how he emerged from hiding.

After leaving, Malcolm camped in "thick woodland" near Kingston, south west London, while working on gardens at a community centre for the elderly.

He said: "There were three of us camping.

"They were just camping around with me because at the time I was working in the centre and we used to go there for a wash and a shower.

"No one knew we were there. It's not well known - nobody would go in there."

Malcolm had also lost contact with his sister during the ten years he spent sleeping rough - and she feared he was dead before they were reunited when he found a new home.

He said: "It had been a decade years since I'd last seen her, and in that time she had been to all of the Salvation Army hostels in the south trying to find me.

"I think she assumed I was dead.

"I wrote her a letter once I was settled in Greenwich and she phoned me up, in floods of tears.

"We now have a great relationship again."

Source and more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11933358
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Escaped inmates arrested at downtown escape room
Posted October 09, 2017, 02:31 by Mave in News
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Escaped inmates arrested at downtown escape room

 Nearly 24 hours after their escape from the Edmonton Institution for Women, two escaped inmates were taken back into custody by police – at an escape room.

Kelsie Laine Mast, 23, and Samantha Faye Toope, 20, jumped the fence at the Edmonton Institution for Women, in the area of 11151 178 Street, Monday at about 8:40 p.m.

Police released their names and pictures to get help from the public tracking them down.



 They were finally caught Tuesday night, before 8:30 p.m. – the pair ended up at SideQuests Adventures, a local escape room business in the downtown core.

Co-owners Rebecca and Jonathan Liaw were inside when they met the two fugitives – for Rebecca, there was nothing unusual about the exchange.

“We had two ladies come down the stairs inquiring as to what we did and what an escape room was all about, that’s a pretty typical question, so we talked to them for a couple of minutes explaining escape rooms,” she said.

Source and more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/escaped-inmates-arrested-at-downtown-escape-room-1.3619456
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Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news
Posted October 04, 2017, 04:26 by Mave in News
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Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news

4chan was, for some reason, counted among Google News’ “authoritative” sources.



Google News took the unusual step of confirming its use of the imageboard site 4chan as a news source on Monday. The admission followed Google News' propagation of an incorrect name as a potential shooter in the tragic Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night.

A reporter from tech-news site The Outline posted the full text of an e-mail he received from an unnamed Google representative. Reporter William Turton said that he had not discussed any "attribution terms" before receiving Google's e-mail, which confirmed that the Google News service was bombed into automatically reposting a false shooter's name.

The incorrect shooter's name, which Ars Technica will not repost to reduce any further robo-aggregated hits, began appearing on 4chan's "pol" board, which is infamous for pushing intentionally inflammatory content. The name appeared on the board when its members began looking through people connected to names that had been mentioned by Las Vegas investigators. One of those people—a sibling of a person of interest who was later cleared by Vegas police of wrongdoing—had social-media attachments to left-leaning subjects such as MoveOn.org and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. Both 4chan and right-wing misinformation sites like Gateway Pundit began spreading the false name as a suspect while calling the person a "far-left loon." (GP's article has since been removed, but a Google Cache of it still exists.)

Google News' statement claims that these false reports landed on the service's "Top Stories" feed due to a burst of activity for a name that had never received many search attempts. "When the fresh 4chan story broke, it triggered Top Stories, which unfortunately led to this inaccurate result," the statement reads.

Source and more: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/google-admits-citing-4chan-to-spread-fake-vegas-shooter-news/
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Japan man nabbed for trying to steal car ... with cops inside
Posted September 26, 2017, 07:31 by Mave in News
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Japan man nabbed for trying to steal car ... with cops inside



TOKYO: A would-be car thief in Japan has been nabbed after he tried to steal a vehicle - with several police officers inside.

Ushio Sato, 23, was caught red-handed trying to make off with the unmarked police car in his failed pre-dawn heist on Monday (Sep 25), said a police spokeswoman in the central city of Numazu.

She declined to give more details.

Japanese media reports said the luckless Sato did not notice there were officers inside the unlocked vehicle, which was at a local parking lot.

Source and more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-man-nabbed-for-trying-to-steal-car-with-cops-inside-9251698?cid=fbcna
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New ransomware scam asks for nude pics to unlock files
Posted September 25, 2017, 07:32 by Mave in News
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New ransomware scam asks for nude pics to unlock files



A few months ago, two ransomware scams made news for asking users to play video games in order to get their files back. One of them asked users to play Japanese game while the second one asked users to play “click me” game.

Now, a similar but a perverted kind of ransomware attack has hit the road that does not ask users for a ransom in Bitcoin but to submit their nude pictures, and in return, they might get their files back. Yes, you read that right.

Dubbed nRansomware, the ransomware was identified by a security researcher MalwareHunterTeam who shared the screenshot of the ransom note asking users for their private pictures. The note also displayed a brief message explaining how a victim can send their pictures to the cybercriminal behind this scam.

The note is powered by a theme song of popular HBO TV series  Curb Your Enthusiasm and images of Thomas the Tank Engine character.



Source and more: https://www.hackread.com/new-ransomware-scam-asks-nude-pics-unlock-files/
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Australia sends out same-sex marriage survey with barcode 'bumsex'
Posted September 25, 2017, 07:30 by Mave in News
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Australia sends out same-sex marriage survey with barcode 'bumsex'

An oversight by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has led to a same-sex marriage survey being sent out with the word "bumsex" printed in a barcode.

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

Each survey features its own unique computer generated barcode. Some of the letters beneath these barcodes have inadvetantly spelled rude wods - including "bumsex".



Source and more: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/09/australia-sends-out-same-sex-marriage-survey-with-barcode-bumsex.html

There's only a 1 in 272 million chance of "bumsex" appearing in that random string.
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Saudi Arabia accidentally prints textbook showing Yoda sitting next to the king
Posted September 25, 2017, 07:28 by Mave in News
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Saudi Arabia accidentally prints textbook showing Yoda sitting next to the king





The founding of the United Nations was a historic moment that saw leaders from across the planet join together to commit to a more peaceful world.

But most historians don’t remember the Jedi master Yoda being among them.

The Saudi government is scrambling to withdraw a history textbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to the little green Star Wars character.

The picture was supposed to illustrate a section on the King’s rule but somehow the book’s editors used a version that showed Yoda perched next to the monarch as he signed the UN charter.

“The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error,” said Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi education minister.

“The ministry has began printing a corrected copy of the decision and withdrawing the previous versions, and has formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take appropriate action.”

Source and more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/22/saudi-arabia-accidentally-prints-textbook-showing-yoda-sitting/

"Appropriate action" RIP
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Police in Nova Scotia release photo of man given too much change by store clerk
Posted September 11, 2017, 06:53 by Mave in News
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Police in Nova Scotia release photo of man given too much change by store clerk

Police in Nova Scotia are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who they say left a store after getting too much change back.

The RCMP say around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man walked into a restaurant on Highway 330 in the community of Barrington Passage, and purchased something using what is described only as a large bill.

“The male became agitated causing the clerk to become confused, resulting in him being given a much larger amount of change back,” a police statement says.

Police don’t say how much incorrect change was given, but say they would like to speak to the individual involved.

Source and more: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/09/07/police-in-nova-scotia-release-photo-of-man-given-too-much-change-by-store-clerk.html
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Man stops for Chick-fil-A nuggets while wife is in labor
Posted September 01, 2017, 06:45 by Mave in News
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Man stops for Chick-fil-A nuggets while wife is in labor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina father-to-be whose wife was in labor made a pit stop at Chick-fil-A on the way to the hospital Monday morning and grabbed a pack of his favorite chicken nuggets.



Wess and Lacey Cope were on their way to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte around 8:30 a.m. when they took a little detour, the Charlotte Observer reports.

“She was relaxed, and I was starving,” Wess told the Observer. “If you want Chick-fil-A to move fast, tell them your wife’s in labor. They did.”

Thankfully, the couple made it to the hospital and Finn Sullivan Cope was born by C-section at 4:02 p.m.

Source and more: http://fox13now.com/2017/08/24/man-stops-for-chick-fil-a-nuggets-while-wife-is-in-labor/
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Berlin school installs anti-prostitute fence
Posted August 23, 2017, 07:39 by Mave in News
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Berlin school installs anti-prostitute fence

A construction boom is pushing sex workers into the sidestreets and onto the doorsteps of schools. One school is fed up with its premises being invaded by unscrupulous characters.



A Berlin school finished building a 1.8-meter (5-feet-11-inch) fence to keep street prostitutes out of its campus, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Französisches Gymnasium highschool lies on a sidestreet of the German capital's notorious Kurfürstenstraße. The street is a relatively major thoroughfare through Berlin's inner west, but is also the center of the city's street prostitution scene.

Prostitutes can be seen soliciting clients at all hours of the day there. A build-up of discarded condoms and syringes, as well as excrement, were evidence that the school grounds were being used in unsavory ways.

"There were always complaints about unscrupulous characters including prostitutes walking shamelessly and illegally into school grounds even during the day," the district school inspector Carsten Spallek told the daily Berliner Zeitung.

Source and more: http://www.dw.com/en/berlin-school-installs-anti-prostitute-fence/a-40194796

.. or maybe Berlin just loves Walls.
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