Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ted Cruz, Naked and Locked Out in the Snow

The Slot
5 February 2016

Ellie Shechet

[M]ultiple classmates who asked for anonymity recounted Cruz participating in the “Nude Olympics,” a (now defunct) Princeton tradition in which members of the sophomore class got drunk and ran around campus sans clothing during the first snow of the year. According to several classmates, none of whom were firsthand witnesses, Cruz was said to have run the wrong way and was later seen naked and banging against the window of a locked dorm in an attempt to gain entrance.

Numerous as the secondhand accounts were, we were unable to confirm the nude-lockout incident. However, we did establish that the following spring, Cruz, who was a member of the Campus Safety Committee, appeared in at least five separate issues of the Daily Princetonian as a staunch opponent of the concept of locked entryways.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dog Owners Suspicious of Sawdust Piles

Daily Echo [UK]
27 January 2016

POLICE are investigating reports of homes in Christchurch being marked with sawdust which residents are linking to an alleged attempt to steal dogs.

A Facebook post shared by numerous people on social media describes how an un-named person living in Purewell was cold-called by a charity fundraiser from the good cause, Anthony Nolan, last Tuesday evening.

The next day they found a small pile of sawdust outside their home and alleged that their neighbours had also been targeted.

The post continues by saying: "Having spoken to our neighbours, it appears that the sawdust piles were arranged as either a circle or an arrow.

"We think that it could be a dog napping operation as all the houses with circles outside have dogs. We think that the arrow means that the occupier answered but doesn't appear to have dogs." […]

Daily Echo
2 February 2016

[…] In a post on the Dorset Alerts community messaging system, PCSO Dan Byrne wrote: "While on patrol recently I spoke to members of a Ferndown-based running club as I noticed two of them in running gear depositing small piles of flour and sawdust at intermittent points.

"They explained that they were marking out the route for a running event taking place in the evening and they use these materials due to the fact that they stand out in the dark and when damp do not blow away easily.

"There is a possibility that other running clubs operate in a similar manner, whether its leaving piles, drawing circles or arrows etcetera."

PCSO Dan Byrne went on to say that there is no 'definitive information stating that all these types of marking belong to either running clubs or organised crime gangs' but he wanted to raise awareness of the alternative use for the material. […]

KFC Wins Mutant Chicken Lawsuit

Straits Times
3 February 2016

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A Shanghai court has fined three local tech firms for helping spread rumours about Yum Brands' KFC fast food chain that included doctored photos of deformed chickens and allegations that the birds had six wings and eight legs.

In a statement on its official microblog, the Xuhui District People's Court said Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication, Taiyuan Zero Point Technology and Shanxi Weilukuang Technology had "damaged KFC's reputation" and "caused it economic losses" by permitting the allegations to be posted on their social messaging accounts.

The companies were ordered to make an official apology and fined a combined 600,000 yuan (S$130,000), an amount that fell far short of the 1.5 million yuan Yum had asked each company to pay in damages. […]