Hey, if Sarah Brightman can buy a ticket to the International Space Station - I think it's fair to say there is nothing I can do here that is going to be too far out.......
Aliens at Area 51: What do you say we stick with the Brits for the first story. On the list of far out, dumb stunts that people do just to see what will happen, this would be number one. In order behind it would be: (2) flying an airplane into the protected airspace around the White House, (3) carrying a gun through a TSA checkpoint, (4) attending an Al Qaeda training camp in Somalia, and (5) going into the drug business with "The Knife" from Columbia. Let me guess - these folks really didn't think the sensor network around a place like Area 51 was actually going to work. See that rock over there? Surprise, it's not a rock (and it's solar powered)! Story below:
Moment BBC Film Crew was Held at Gunpoint After Trying to Sneak Into Nevada's Area 51 Military Base with UFO Conspiracy Theorists (DailyMail, October 11, 2012)
Cows Text Farmer When Ready: Close your browser and walk away from your computer if anyone below the age of 18 is in the room. Title says it all:
Swiss Cows Send Texts to Announce They’re in Heat (New York Times, October 1, 2012)
What Did I Tell Ya - Kids Rebel in San Antonio: As long as we are on the topic of juveniles, what do you say we check out how things are going in San Antonio schools, where in the name of school funding, students are required to carry ID's with RFID tags. Looks like a few folks are headed to the principal's office for noncompliance. More below:
Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID, Can't Vote For Homecoming (Huffington Post, October 8, 2012)
Attention Facebook Stalkers: For all you obsessive compulsive, obsessive compulsive, obsessive compulsive folks out there, beware. Facebook knows who you are, knows who you are:
Facebook Is Now Recording Everyone You Stalk (Gizmodo, September 21, 2012)
When Pigs Fly: This story is as far out as they come. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently apologized for the poor quality of an Apple product and then encouraged customers to consider purchasing a replacement product from its competitors. I wonder when the oinkers are going to be flying south for the winter? Details below:
Apple CEO Apologizes for Error-Ridden New Map App (AP, September 28, 2012)
DHS Huh?: The individual who will most likely end up being responsible for protecting the nation's cyber infrastructure recently offered an interesting confession about her technical prowess (or her Washington D.C. street smarts, depending on what you would like to believe) - she doesn't use email. Smoke signals anyone?