The Daily Wrap: August 21st

Break.com Staff by Break.com Staff on Aug. 21, 2013

Welcome to Humpday everyone, here’s all the news that’s fit to print.  Or at least all we’re going to print.

Don’t Hassel the Hoff

Cumberland Farms stores are run by advertising geniuses.  As such, they printed up 600 signs featuring David Hasselhoff drinking iced coffee, failing at singing and other assorted Hasselhoffian things full of kitsch value.  All 600 signs were stolen last year.  This year they printed 1200 and the same thing started happening, people are stealing the signs like it’s their job. 

Last night at 1 am, one clerk had had enough.  As he watched a would-be thief loading the Hoff into an SUV he leapt into action, sprinting after the vehicle.  He was then promptly struck and dragged by the SUV before falling to the side on his head.  No word on an arrest but the story reads like maybe this dude actually committed a hit and run and made off with the Hoff, potentially at the expense of someone else’s life.  Harsh.

 

 

North Korea is Hell on Earth

We make fun of North Korea because the tiny tyrants that have historically run the country seem to be comically inept at doing anything beyond their own borders to intimidate anyone at all, but it’s worth remembering some people are stuck within those borders and what’s funny to us is a nightmare they have to endure because it’s either that or die.  Nowhere is this more clear than at the current UN hearings being held in South Korea about what goes on up North.

Former prisoners of the North have detailed excruciating torture, public executions are a daily routine and the depths to which the authority in that country sinks are probably worse than you could guess.  Survivors have been sharing stories of guards removing fingers for the crime of dropping things and  a mother forced to drown her own baby in a bowl of water.

 

 

Don’t Buy Bulletproof Backpacks

After some of the last school shootings (how sad is it you can lump them together because it happens that often?) someone out there decided they could make a buck off of misery and paranoia by marketing bulletproof school supplies to worried parents, because where would we be without opportunistic scumbags who pretend to be helping others?

As it turns out, safety experts don’t recommend bulletproof backpacks for your kids because they’re a little bit useless.  For instance, most kids take off their backpacks and leave them in the hall during school hours.  Plus you only wear them on your back, which leaves a good portion of the rest of you exposed.

Experts recommend drilling students on safety procedures, how to quickly and efficiently get away from danger, having well trained staff who know what to do in a crisis and other such plans would be far more effective, but hey, at $100 a piece, security companies aren’t going to tell you to not buy their backpack inserts.

 

Tesla Motors Makes Super Cars

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, must fall asleep on a giant pile of money every night with a big smile on his face and he’s earned it.  After years of critics calling Tesla a terrible idea and many still refusing to allow the sale of their electric cars on car lots, the cars, which are being sold pretty much faster than the company can make them, are now crushing safety tests as well.  The Tesla Model S is basically the safest car in the world.  It received not only a 5 star rating on every safety test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car actually destroyed some of the machines used to conduct the tests. 

In one test designed to see what force is needed to crush the roof of a car, the machine itself was unable to exert enough pressure on the Model S to determine when the roof would cave in.  After 4 gs, the machine itself broke, which means you could stack 4 more of the same car on top of the Model S and it still wouldn’t be crushed.  What this means for the scrap yard industry and crushing future junked Teslas is unknown.

 

Detroit: Dogtown

Remember Detroit?  Used to be a city in Michigan.  Now it’s a relic of days gone by that is apparently completely overrun with stray dogs.  And to become newsworthy for being overrun by stray dogs, you need to appreciate how many dogs that must be.  In this case, estimates are around 50,000.  50,000 dogs are roaming through Detroit and in some places are so aggressive that the Post Office has suspended mail delivery because it’s unsafe for postal workers to be there. 

The best part about this story, which is actually pretty sad when you think about it since it means thousands of people just abandoned their pets when times got tough in the city, is that it’s not all packs of wolf-like hounds and pitbulls loose in town.  It’s all kinds of dogs.   Roving packs of poodles and Chihuahuas, pugs and Papillion’s.  They’re out there.  Loose.

14 comments
KCjoker
KCjoker User

Detroit killed by the liberals...and thanks to Obama coming to us all.

Geepa53
Geepa53 UserTop Commenter

"Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff!"  Norm MacDonald, SNL (when it was funny).

WillyKillaKrakka
WillyKillaKrakka User

If you own a dog or cat and just abandon it, you are a heartless scumbag POS. 

ceprn
ceprn User

Shoot the dogs..  Make Detroit safer.

passmore428
passmore428

"most kids take off their backpacks and leave them in the hall during school hours" - Where the hell do they do this at? Theft must be a problem there...And on a second note, backpacks are as big as a cops bullet proof vest, does that make those useless too? 

reploidx
reploidx User

I must go to Detroit and save all those puppies!

jbart321
jbart321 User

My daughter goes to school in a full Kevlar suit.  Head to toe.

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

do a drive by chocolate 'treat' delivery.. that will solve it

vold
vold User

@ceprn Don't shoot the dogs, shoot the people who live there. Either that or wall the entire city off and turn it into the first prison city.

vold
vold User

@passmore428 Its unfortunate, but in most schools they wouldn't allow the back packs anyway. Most of them only allow mesh or clear back packs since they are see thru, this way no kid can have concealed weapons. Plus at the schools in my area, they require that all students leave their back packs in the lockers and carry their books and supplies.

 Its been like that at my nephews middle and high school for last 3 years. Don't know about elementary schools in the area. 

passmore428
passmore428

@reploidx Then kill all the wastes of space in Detroit who buy dogs and cant afford them. 

passmore428
passmore428

@KKTPP They tried that but all the homeless were wrestling the "treats" away from the dogs leading to more homeless.