Heart Test Time: If you watch this video of six-year-old Lily being surprised with a birthday trip to Disneyland and don’t well up with vicarious joy, you lack one.
RIP: Steve Jobs, co-founder and former-CEO of Apple Inc., passed away today at the age of 56.
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. His failing health forced him to resign his role as Apples CEO earlier this year, as he felt he could no longer meet my duties and expectations.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being, Apple said in a statement. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Apple is asking anyone who wishes to share their thoughts, memories, and condolences to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14th was recently designated Steve Jobs Day by Apple fans.
Breaking Arrested Development News of the Day: Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz, at the New Yorker Festival cast reunion, just announced plans to bring back the critically acclaimed TV series for one more season ahead of the long-anticipated Arrested Development movie.
The New York Times Dave Itzkoff reports that the new season will be composed of 9-10 where are they now episodes, providing context for the film.
Japanese company New CosmoPower has created a bright yellow pod, called the Noah Disaster Shelter, that can protect up to four adults in case of an earthquake or tsunami.
The $3,900 Noah pod is sturdy and water-resistant, and its bright color makes it easy for rescue workers to spot. It’s not fire-resistant, though, which could prove to be a problem in an earthquake.
A moose that got stuck inside a swimming pool in Manchester, New Hampshire, had to be rescued by several local firefighters and wildlife officials.
“I didn’t get trained on how to do this, that’s for sure,” Jack Pushee of New Hampshire Fish and Game told WMUR. “There’s a first for everything.”
Moose tend to venture into unfamiliar territory during rutting seasons, according to officials.
The moose was a bit dazed, a little confused, but ultimately managed to make its way back into the woods without biting a single sister.
Stubs doesn’t let a small thing like a tree stand between him and fetching his stick.
Mondays suck — so here’s slo-mo footage of a guy getting hit in the face with a water balloon that doesn’t explode.
Passive-Aggressive Note of the Day: Borders locked up the last of its brick-and-mortar bookstores last Sunday. The above list of gripes — reportedly posted at one of many out-of-business outlets — claims to speak for all Borders employees.
A transcript follows, courtesy of EW’s Shelf Life:
- We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.
- It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
- Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer … if you like him, fine, but facts are facts.
- We greatly dislike the phrase “Quick question.” It’s never true. And everyone seems to have one.
- Your summer reading list was our summer reading NIGHTMARE. Also, it’s called summer reading, not three days before school starts reading.
- It’s true that we lean to the left and think Glenn Beck is an idiot.
- We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.
- Most of the time when you returned books you read them already — and we were onto you.
- Limit One Coupon did not mean one for every member of your family — this angered us. Also, we did know what coupons were out.
- It never bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We’d rather you do if you’re putting up a stink.
- “I was just here last week and saw this book there” meant nothing to us. The store changed once a week.
- When you walked in and immediately said, “I’m looking for a book,” what you really meant to say is, “I would like you to find me a book.” You never looked. It’s fine, it’s our job — but let’s be correct about what’s really happening here.
- If you don’t know the author, title, or genre, but you do know the color of the cover, we don’t either. How it was our fault that we couldn’t find it we’ll never understand.
- We were never a daycare. Letting your children run free and destroy our section destroyed a piece of our souls.
- Oprah was not the “final say” on what is awesome. We really didn’t care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really.
- When you returned your SAT books, we knew you used them. We thought it wasn’t fair — seeing that we are not a library.
“Crumbs left over from an Oreo package should never go to waste,” say Miami Ad School students Michael Malz, Jacob Gale, Kelly Saucier, and Michael Grosso. “Oreo Crumb Case is a ‘tea bag’ enclosure for Oreo crumbs that will infuse your milk with Oreo flavor. After all, Oreo is milk’s favorite cookie.”
It’s… it’s beautiful.
This Looks Legit of the Day: An Original carte de visite, c. 1870, “showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage [sic].”
eBay seller jack_mord says: “Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so.”
I was under the impression that this was already a well-known fact.
An 8-year-old boy with autism missing for over a day has been found thanks to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and “No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne.
Rescuers used a couple of Joshua Robb’s favorite songs — the one by Ozzy and “Good Time” by Alan Jackson” — to lure him out of woods near his Twin Peaks elementary school.
He reportedly walked up to the search party and said “thank you, you saved me.”
Joshua’s parents, who face child abuse charges for allegedly tying him to a pole, recently lost their home to foreclosure. Joshua had been placed under the protective care of a teacher; it is believed he ran away to find his parents.
Hilarious police reports.
Opening this month at the Fuji-Q Highlandamusement park near Mount Fuji, the Takabisha roller coaster boasts the world’s steepest freefall: A gut-melting 121 degrees capable of inducing g-force levels equivalent to those experienced by fighter pilots.
The 141-foot, 62mph drop is merely the cherry that tops a 2-mile-long roller coaster cake filled with seven major twists and turns.
See the Takabisha in action after the jump: