Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

Police officer charged…, Serving as ironic symbolism…, Digg…, William Gibson…, extremely eloquent…, Daughter sues mum…,  Town introduces ‘easy’…, $500 tip for pizza…, coffee corner”…,  Christian and Muslim scholars…1. Police officer charged after stealing an iPhone from a driver in a car accident. The driver traced the phone through iCloud and saw that the officer had listed the phone under his own name.

A 27-year-old police officer in Louisiana has resigned after authorities say he stole an iPhone from the scene of a drunken-driving crash. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, a police spokesman in Baton Rouge, says the phone wasn’t in the car when the driver got out of jail. Stubbs says a tracking feature showed that its name had been changed to “Jake Chustz’s iPhone,” and the driver recognized the name as that of an officer who had worked at the wreck June 2. He filed a complaint.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

2. Serving as ironic symbolism, the US Olympic team uniform is made in China.

Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming. Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many U.S. workers desperate for jobs.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

3. Digg has been sold for $500K. The end.

Digg Inc., a social-media pioneer once valued at more than $160 million, is selling for the deeply discounted price of about $500,000, three people familiar with the matter said. The buyer is New York technology development firm Betaworks, which is attempting to revive a news-sharing site that was outmaneuvered by Facebook Inc. FB -0.29% and Twitter Inc.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

4. In 1992 cyberpunk author William Gibson wrote a short poem called Agrippa (a book of the dead) that tells about memory, loss, nature and mechanism, all framed by a Kodak photo album. Once run, the program displays Gibson’s poem just once, and encrypts itself. Never to be seen again, until now.

In 1992 cyberpunk author William Gibson wrote a short poem called Agrippa (a book of the dead) that tells about memory, loss, nature and mechanism, all framed by a Kodak photo album. The poem was bundled into a Mac System 7 application and included on a 3.5” diskette in the back of a noir art book by Dennis Ashbaugh and Kevin Begos, Jr. Once run, the program displays Gibson’s poem just once, and encrypts itself. Never to be seen again, until now.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

5. An extremely eloquent and on-point response by a comedian to the issue of r*pe jokes.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the terrible (because it’s all too common) incident that happened recently at the Hollywood Laugh Factory between comedian Daniel Tosh and a female audience member who was vocal about her displeasure with Tosh defending r*pe jokes in his stand-up act. Tosh, who is known for his over-the-line comedy, both live and on-air, apologized over Twitter to the offended individual, providing some legitimacy to the claim that he went way over the line in this instance.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

6. Daughter sues mum over Facebook humiliation

The woman, who lived in Baden-Württemberg, was charged with copyright violation after she published unflattering pictures of her bikini-clad daughter on Facebook, regional broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR) said. Despite claiming not to properly understand how the social networking site worked, she gave her 24-year-old daughter a fake name and added offensive comments about her weight.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

 7. Town introduces ‘easy’ parking spots for women

The mayor of Triberg, in the south of Germany, has introduced a controversial new set of parking spots in one of his town’s publicly-owned car parks. Only female drivers can use the special parking spots, which are marked by the familiar female gender symbol and said to be ‘easier’ to park in. They are much wider than normal parking spots and better lit.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

 8. Family leaves a $500 tip for pizza to fulfill their late brother/son’s wish

The Collins family recently lost their son and brother Aaron. One of Aaron’s last wishes was that they go out for lunch as a family and leave the waiter or waitress a $500 tip. Of course, $500 is $500 and even if it’s for a sweet cause it’s hard to afford. So Aaron’s brother set up a little website to ask family and friends to chip in.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

 9. If you’re dying for one more double latte in Easley, S.C., we have just the thing: Starbucks is opening a “coffee corner” inside the Robinson Funeral home next month

Starbucks’ Alisa Martinez, the senior manager for global brand PR, has e-mailed USA TODAY’s Bruce Horovitz to clarify the news. The original headline stated “Starbucks to open inside a S.C. funeral home.” As we confirmed, this is a Foodservice account, but Starbucks is not “opening a store” inside a funeral home. Chris Robinson, the owner of the funeral home, is opening his own café called Coffee Corner that will be serving Starbucks coffee and beverages….

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012  10. Christian and Muslim scholars unite to save you from the evils of hotel p*rn

A letter penned by two notable scholars  a Christian and a Muslim  and sent to a number of different hotel industry executives has asked those hotels to remove porn*graphy from their company’s in-room movie selections. Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University and the past chairman of the conservative National Organization for Marriage, and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, a Muslim school, wrote the letter to urge hotels “to do what is right as a matter of conscience.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 14th, 2012

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