UPDATE: A Drone Flies in Brooklyn? Pilot Reports Unmanned Aircraft Sighting

Categories: Drones, WTF!

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Okay, the pilot definitely didn't see anything like this predator drone, but this pic does make things more dramatic.
Cue the heavy drums and eerie science-fiction score. It looks like drones have already made their way to New York City skies, according to a CNN report.

The pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet heading in to John F. Kennedy Airport for landing yesterday afternoon reported sighting a small unmanned aircraft flying near JKF, according to the report.* The report indicates that the drone came within a few hundred feet of the jet, but luckily didn't interfere with its landing.

It makes it a little less spooky that the aircraft wasn't one of those large fixed-winged drones that the U.S. uses to execute bombing strikes in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Bath Salts: Are They Ruining Utica?

This weekend brought news of three batshit bath salts incidents in Utica, New York, continuing a seeming spree of designer drug-fueled rampages in the small town. Seven such reports were issued in the last two weeks.

And just within the past several days, cops responded to calls in which a woman was running naked -- and screaming -- through traffic, a man who thought he was having a heart attack, and a man on a roof, according to media reports.

This comes after news surfaced last week that a Utica woman, high on bath salts, tried to eat a cop.

We wanted to know why, and whether bath salts were a new, bizarro trend. Sgt. Steve Hauk, of the Utica Police Department, talked with us a bit about what's up.

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Huffington Post Will Publish Your Undergrad Thesis and Probably Won't Pay You

Maybe the aggregation turbine is broken?

Looks like HuffPo, the "internet newspaper," might soon become a term paper mill.

Huffington Post College tweeted late last night: "Want to publish your senior thesis on the Huffington Post? Email rharrington [at] huffingtonpost [dot] com for more details."

(H/T @mylestanzer, a former Voice intern who sometimes contributes to RS).

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Pilates Ate a Breast Implant

This is reason #137 that we don't quite trust Pilates. (Yes, we know, some swear by it, but when we work out, we want to do more than make those weird little flappy motions with our hands, and "make a corset with our ribs," not to mention, there's the distinct sense that we're doing it all wrong.) In any case, a 59-year-old woman who'd had breast cancer and a bilateral mastectomy, and had gone on to get breast implants, was in a Pilates class. She was doing the "Valsalva maneuver," which involves "moderately forceful attempted exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one's mouth and pinching one's nose shut."

Suddenly, she reported, her "body swallowed one of the implants." WTF? But, really, it happened, it's all in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Man 'Nearly Pops' After Air Hose Gets Stuck in His Butt

Violet Beauregarde suffered from a similar problem.
Oh man. Here is a terrible, awful, shocking, horrifying tale that, unless you are stronger and better than us (probably) might sort of make you chuckle in a Beavis/Butthead sort of way, but only in the midst of being horrified, and wondering if this could possibly be real. This is also the tale of the unluckiest guy in New Zealand, a truck driver named Steve McCormack who somehow managed to get an air hose "lodged in his buttocks" after slipping and falling on the rigging between his truck and the trailer. What happened next is something.

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Rat King Kisses Pet Rat Again, Still Gross

The guy who put a rat in his mouth on the subway is back! A Redditor's mom spotted him in Times Square working the freak-show circuit and spoke with him for a little bit. Apparently the "rat king" has been raising Draco, Henry, and Lucky from their birth. He even calls them his "babies." According to the video's description, "They are colored with food dye and have all of their necessary shots!" The pink one's our favorite.

10 Inches of Snow Possible on April Fool's Day

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"L" is for WHAT THE FUCK?
Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. (ETC.)

Via NBC New York, "the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Passaic, Union, Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey from late Thursday night until 8 p.m. Friday. The watch also applies to southwest Connecticut and New York's lower Hudson Valley."

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Wisconsin Bill Stripping Union Rights Passes in Assembly; Lady Gaga Gets Target to Give to Gay Groups

• The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a Republican bill that would remove collective bargaining rights from most public workers -- a/k/a, take away union rights. The bill now has to pass the state Senate. Watch the incredible reaction on the floor of the Assembly as the vote passes. [CNN]

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Man Slapped for Farting at Party Stabs Friends

We're going to keep this short, but it deserves a mention, because, well...just read. The New York Post reports that a 21-year-old man in Connecticut went to a party on Saturday where he, it seems, "was farting throughout the evening." A woman at the party had had enough and slapped him. The alleged farter, named Marc Higgins, became so angry/humiliated/what the fuck was wrong with him? (it's just gas!) that he went and got "a butcher knife, another knife, and a BB gun," then stabbed one friend fatally, injuring three others. WTF. W.T.F.!? Don't do this. Please. Everybody farts. If it happens at a party, politely excuse yourself, or simply blame it on someone else. That's First Grade 101, dude.