An Indiana teenager has died and his father is missing after the pair tried to fly around the world. 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his dad Babar were trying to set a world record for around-the-world flight, but their plane crashed in the ocean just off American Samoa. Babar is still missing.
In other plane news, nearly 50 people were killed when a Taiwanese commuter plane was trying to land in bad weather and crashed.
An Algerian flight has disappeared from radar. It was headed to Algiers but lost contact after takeoff. Emergency personnel are looking for the flight now. 116 are onboard.
The topic of executions being “cruel and unusual punishment” is in the headlines again. An Arizona inmate was given a lethal injection yesterday and it reportedly took two hours before he passed away. Some are saying he was gasping for air, other say he was just snoring. After the first hour, his lawyer filed an emergency request for a stay of execution but didn’t get a decision in time. This is once again raising the issue of new drugs used in the execution process and how humane, or cruel, they are.
Foursquare has rebranded itself with a new logo and new mission. Instead of focusing on allowing your friends to “check in” with you at the ballgame and thus blowing the lie that you told your boss about going to the dentist, they’re focusing on helping you search for nearby places. They’re trying to better compete with Yelp and Google Places.
I want to remind you that today marks the beginning of The Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin. It’s also National Tequila Day.
And a guy in the state of Washington did what every man who’s ever had a girlfriend has, at one time or another, dreamed of doing. He jumped from a moving car to avoid an argument with her. The good news is that he survived the jump and avoided the argument. The bad news was, cops saw it happen and had to sort out the mess.
And if you own a dog this news isn’t surprising to you: dogs get jealous. A new study out of UC San Diego had dog owners treat inanimate objects, like a Halloween bucket and a toy dog, like they were real (petting them, cooing to them, etc). They also gave attention to a picture book but didn’t treat it like a dog. The study found that the dogs reacted negatively when their owners were handling the bucket and toy, but not so much the book. Researchers say this proves that jealousy is a primal emotion and doesn’t need a complex brain to exist.
And a newly-released poll shows that Darth Vader is more popular than any of the 2016 presidential candidates. The websiteFiveThirtyEight.com also found that even though Jar Jar Binks is the most hated Star Wars character, he’s still way more popular than Congress. (Jar Jar had a net favorability of -8; Congress, -65.) Hillary Clinton has the highest favorability rating of all of the presidential contenders, but in Star Wars-land? She’s tied with Boba Fett, and HE froze Harrison Ford in carbonite, if you remember.
And East Baton Rouge, Louisiana has a major problem on its hands...butt dialing. 911 dispatchers are receiving somewhere between 30 to 35 butt dials an hour, up dramatically from prior years. Since the operator has to stay on the line until the caller hangs up, sometimes a half hour is wasted on a butt dial. Officials are saying all the butt dials are getting in the way of responding to real emergencies.