Idiocy: Man Playing Real-Life ‘Frogger’ Hit by SUV

In what might be the biggest d’uh moment of the year, this bright beacon of hope for humanity didn’t seem to recall how the frogs went “splat” often before making it to the other side…

A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game “Frogger.”

Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday.

In the “Frogger” arcade game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a hazard-filled river. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends.

Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled “go” and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.

via Cops: Man playing real-life ‘Frogger’ hit by SUV – U.S. news – Weird news –


Reading and Writing in Babylon – Dominique Charpin, (trans. Jane Marie Todd)

I am looking forward to this book.  Here is the blurb:


Over 5,000 years ago, the history of humanity radically changed direction when writing was invented in Sumer, the southern part of present-day Iraq. For the next three millennia, kings, aristocrats, and slaves all made intensive use of cuneiform script to document everything from royal archives to family records.

In engaging style, Dominique Charpin shows how hundreds of thousands of clay tablets testify to the history of an ancient society that communicated broadly through letters to gods, insightful commentary, and sales receipts. He includes a number of passages, offered in translation, that allow readers an illuminating glimpse into the lives of Babylonians. Charpin’s insightful overview discusses the methods and institutions used to teach reading and writing, the process of apprenticeship, the role of archives and libraries, and various types of literature, including epistolary exchanges and legal and religious writing.

The only book of its kind, Reading and Writing in Babylon introduces Mesopotamia as the birthplace of civilization, culture, and literature while addressing the technical side of writing and arguing for a much wider spread of literacy than is generally assumed. Charpin combines an intimate knowledge of cuneiform with a certain breadth of vision that allows this book to transcend a small circle of scholars. Though it will engage a broad general audience, this book also fills a critical academic gap and is certain to become the standard reference on the topic. Reading and Writing in Babylon (9780674049680): Dominique Charpin, Jane Marie Todd: Books.

Robber Quits his Job? In this Economy?!

So much for the American work ethic… Robbery: You’re not doing it right!

FULLERTON, Calif. — Authorities are looking for a man who tried to rob a fast-food drive-thru at gunpoint while wearing a plastic bag over his head but gave up when an employee shut the window and walked away.

A man with a brown plastic bag over his head pulled up to the drive-thru window in a “small” vehicle, pointed a black handgun at an employee and demanded money, Basham said.

The employee responded by shutting the drive-through window and walking off, Basham said, and the would-be robber drove away in an unknown direction.

via Gunman with plastic-bag mask fails to rob drive-thru – Local News – Orange County, CA – Santa Ana, CA –

(Addendum: It is good that no one was hurt and this depraved person was foiled by a glass window)

Egyptian Priests’ Names in Pottery

Pretty cool!  This is precisely why, as the slant always goes, one cannot “erase history”.  It is never true that the “victors write history” because, regardless of whether or not a community disappears–like the one below–they never vanish.

Broken pieces of clay pottery have revealed the names of dozens of Egyptian priests who served at the temple of a crocodile god, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) announced.

Engraved with text dating back to the Roman period, the small potsherds have been found by Italian archaeologists on the west side of the temple dedicated to the crocodile god Soknopaios in Soknopaiou Nesos, an Egyptian village in the Fayoum oasis.

Called ostraca from the Greek word ostrakon (meaning “shell”) the inscribed pot fragments “have been very helpful in illuminating the religious practices and the prosopography of Greco-Roman Egypt,” the SCA said in a statement.

via Egyptian priests’ names preserved in pottery – Technology & science – Science – –

Aliens on a Mission to Destroy Earth in 2012? Nope.

Although, apparently, some 2012 conspiracy theorists would have you believe they were.  Thankfully, some people on the interwebs have been dissolving these rumors and setting people on the correct path (that is, the path with the most amount of supporting evidence).

If you repeat UFO fiction often enough, does it eventually get reported as fact? Yes … especially if you add in a 2012 doomsday angle and some dodgy astronomical imagery. Fortunately, an Internet truth squad finally knocked down this alien invasion.

Claims that we’re about to be visited by alien spaceships are generally a dime a dozen (or a quatloo a dozen?), but for some reason one particular urban legend about “Giant Spaceships Heading Towards Earth” kept itself alive for more than a year, mostly by metastasizing on UFO forums. From the very beginning, the reports pointed to three eerie blue-green shapes on’s archived imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey. “Trust me you will be very amazed. I WAS FOR SURE!!!!” one commenter wrote in February.

via Cosmic Log – Alien invaders vs. the truth squad.

I know that James McGrath was anticipating the arrival of the alien fleet, finally thinking he would meet some ET’s, alas it looks like he will have to wait a bit longer.  In other news, I’m still really excited about the arrival of aliens–of a Steven Spielberg variety.

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