Jim Sautner of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada modified a sedan into a convertible capable of carrying his 1,600 pound pet bison Bailey to the local bar, where Bailey likes to drink beer and get on the dance floor. Although all Canadians have a pet bison (FACT), not many take their bison for a drive and buy it beer. We believe you are already aware of the bearing this has on the validity of your argument.
A group of celebrities signed off Twitter on December 1st, World AIDS Day, to raise money for Alicia Keys’s charity Keep A Child Alive. The celebrities, including Keys, Lady Gaga, Usher, and Justin Timberlake, agreed to return to Twitter after their fans had donated a million dollars. After six days of glorious silence, they were only half-way to their goal, and at least one of the celebs *cough* Usher *cough* broke their Twitter silence early. Luckily, they convinced billionaire Stewart Rahr to donate the final $500,000 so they could return to Twitter. Anybody notice?
Meanwhile in the Czech Republic, cut-outs of models wearing miniskirts and traffic cop uniform shirts were installed at busy intersections. The eye-catching cut-outs were intended to slow down traffic and prevent accidents. Instead, police have complained that the distracting models have doubled accident rates. Petr Lederer, who drove his car off the road while looking at a cut-out, complained to the Czech Republic’s Interior Ministry, saying “The cut outs are distracting. I mean, mini-skirts? In this weather?” Nice try, Lederer, but we’re not buying that you were only concerned with her catching a cold.
- Bailey the Bison likes car rides, dance floors, and beer. (via HuffPo, video at CNN)
- Celebrities abandoning Twitter to raise money for charity is shockingly not a great fundraising model. (Mashable)
- Traffic safety: you’re doing it wrong, Czech Republic. (Arbroath)
- Banner picture taken by Mike Bridge.
- At a children’s cancer charity fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin sang “Blueberry Hill”. In Russia, thrill finds you. (video at TDW)
- Mark Zuckerberg pledges to give away at least half of his wealth by age 65, joining with the other wealthy people on Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge list. (WSJ)
- Gawker Media was hacked, and the hackers have sent internal screenshots and some commenters’ passwords to TNW as proof. If you have an account at any Gawker sites (Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, etc), Gawker has requested you change your passwords. If you’re using the same password at another site, change that too. Hide yo’ kids. Hide yo’ wife.
- The New York Times, Office Depot, and Eastman Kodak are dropping off the S&P 500. Netflix, F5 Networks, and Newfield Exploration have gained enough market cap to be added to the S&P 500. Yes, Netflix is now one of the 500 biggest public companies, because who wants to leave their house to rent Johnny Mnemonic? (Bloomberg)
- Here’s a chart comparing Netflix subscription numbers to other subscription movie services. At this pace, Netflix may soon overtake HBO, the current top service by number of subscriptions. (SAI)
- Twitter grew by 100 million new accounts this year, so they put together this interactive graphic on notable people who’ve joined Twitter in 2010. So if you’ve ever wanted to see The Dalai Lama, Russell Crowe, Kanye West, a Jonas brother, and Cher all in the same graphic, here ya go.