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Monthly Archive:: September 2010

Welcome to Armageddon – A Tour of America’s Most Toxic Town

Picher sprang up as a 20th-century boomtown—the “buckle” of the mining belt that ran through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. The earth underneath it produced most of the lead for US bullets in World Wars I and II and enough zinc to literally galvanize construction of the American suburbs. These raw materials were used to create stronger, water-resistant metal alloys, better batteries, and dietary supplements—the base materials of a modern society. Population peaked at 14,000 in 1926.

Judge Judy knocks Oprah off top spot

“Judge Judy” was daytime’s top-rated show last season — knocking “Oprah” off its perch for the first time since the 2000-2001 TV season.

For the 2009-10 season, “Judge Judy” averaged 6.5 million viewers — 600,000 more viewers, on average, than “Oprah,” according to Nielsen. The two shows go head to head at 4 p.m. here in New York (“Judy” on Ch. 2, “Oprah” on Ch. 7).

Carrier Pigeons Faster Than Internet In Rural England

Here’s a funny stunt: To show how slow Internet speeds are in the rural parts of the UK, a guy raced carrier pigeons carrying memory cards against a YouTube upload. The carrier pigeons were faster!

The organizer of the stunt, Tref Davies, released two pigeons carrying a five-minute video on memory cards from a farm in Yorkshire, England. They flew more than 120km, and by the time they reached their destination only 24% of the 300MB video had been uploaded to YouTube.

Sony: Fake PS3 Controllers May Explode!

In the most awesome consumer warning sent all century, Sony is warning gamers that counterfeit Playstation 3 controllers may explode! If you purchase and use a fake controller, Sony disavows all responsibility for mangled and burned fingers, damage done to your system, or sulfur burns on your couch.

The company says:

“SCEA advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous. It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user.”