Groom forgets bride at gas station

A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.

Police said Friday the couple was heading home to Berlin from France when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late Thursday to fill up their van.

The woman had been sleeping in the back but got up – unbeknownst to the man – to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned.

Only after 2 ½ hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police, who said she was patiently waiting.

I don’t care how understanding anyone in this scenario says they are – this dude deserves to never hear the end of this. Never. Ever.

Brazil’s government will ditch Microsoft Outlook, create own email

Brazil says it will develop its own in-house email system to strengthen privacy and avoid spying it blames on the United States…The country will ditch Microsoft Outlook and develop its own new, custom platform, CNET reported Monday.

Appropriate payback for Microsoft’s cooperation with NSA slimeballs.

The move comes following revelations that communications between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her key aides have been monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Rousseff condemned NSA’s spying as a breach of international law in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly last month and canceled a planned visit to Washington in protest.

I have mandated the deployment of a secure email system throughout the federal government,” Rousseff tweeted Sunday, calling it “the first step to expand privacy and inviolability of official messages.”

The new system will run on a cloud platform maintained by Brazil’s Federal Data Processing Service.

The Brazilian government is also reportedly considering laying a new underwater fiber optic cable directly to Europe to avoid routing the country’s Internet connections through the United States.

The turds in the NSA have sparked terrific experimentation in secure systems and apps around the world. Thanks to Ed Snowden and his confirmation of the illicit spying on ordinary citizens by the thugs in Congress and the White House.

The reaction from nations fighting for their independence and sovereignty is another political response to the arrogance of the United States. Our nation’s policies are an embarrassment to any American who believes in freedom and democracy.

DNA tests find living descendants of Uncle Ötzi

A team of Austrian researchers have made a discovery that would put those genealogy websites to shame: they have located several living descendants of a 5,300-year-old human mummy.

The prehistoric individual, known as Ötzi the Iceman, was originally found frozen in the Alps back in 1991, according to Steve Nolan of the Daily Mail. The so-called ice mummy suffered from the oldest case of Lyme disease recorded to date, and was also lactose intolerant and predisposed to cardiovascular disease.

Now, forensic scientist Walther Parson and colleagues from the Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University have identified 19 men who share a specific genetic mutation with Ötzi. These individuals were identified following an analysis of DNA samples from approximately 3,700 blood donors in the state of Tyrol, which is located in the western part of Austria.

“The discovery was made during a broader study into determining the origins of the people who now inhabit the Alpine regions. Along with their blood the donors were asked to provide their place of birth and family history,” said Matthew Day of The Telegraph.

To date, none of the men identified have been informed of their genetic link to Ötzi, Parson told Day. He added his research team is working with colleagues in Italy and Switzerland who are attempting to uncover the same genetic mutation in residents of those two nations…

“Painstaking research revealed what his last meals were, where he lived and that he was about 45 years old when he met his demise high on the mountain,” Day added. “The ice had also preserved his clothes and a quiver of arrows, giving scientists a unique insight into the lives and technology of people from thousands of years ago.”

Wonderful work. Modern genetic testing makes determinations possible which previous generations of researchers couldn’t begin to consider. Can’t wait for the next couple of chapters from Switzerland and Italy.

Maybe he was one of my own uncles? 🙂

Toilets explode in NYC apartment building, injuring four residents

He flushes the toilet from around the corner, now

A Brooklyn man was seriously injured by an exploding toilet in his co-op and remains so traumatized by the blown-up john that he uses a rope to flush from a safe distance outside the bathroom.

Pierre was knocked unconscious briefly and woke up covered in blood when the toilet exploded.

Michel Pierre was one of four tenants injured…at the Caton Tower development in Flatbush by powerful blasts from their bowls…

I’m afraid to flush the toilet right now,” said Pierre, 58, who was so punished by the porcelain that he needed 30 stitches to close shrapnel wounds on his head, arm and legs…

Pieces of ceramic, like bomb shrapnel, hit Pierre and shattered all over the room.

The water had been turned off that day in the 19-story building while a plumbing contractor installed a backflow prevention valve…

Pierre’s cuts were treated at Methodist Hospital. Two other injured tenants were taken to Kings County Medical Center and a fourth to Woodhull Medical Center, according to the source…

Pierre, an information technology specialist for a government agency, said he doesn’t know when he can go to the bathroom in peace again.

“I can’t stop thinking about it every time I look at the bowl,” Pierre said, who was relieved that he wasn’t sitting down during the fateful flush.