Good Luck can mean the difference between becoming a victim of some catastrophe, or escaping a life threatening situation or serious injury.
This collection of "Lucky Break" stories from around the world shows us that even if we try to be aware of all aspects of safety and security for ourselves and our families, there are times we can still find ourselves in harm's way.
That's when an ounce of luck can make a ton of difference.
But we should always remember... ultimately we are at the mercy of fate, destiny, or God's will... call it what you will.
A popular quote says "You can trust in luck with a rabbit's foot... but remember... it didn't work for the rabbit".
Others say "You make your own luck"... or "If you go looking for trouble, you can be dead certain you'll find it".
What do you say?
$80m Diamonds for Billionaire's Daughter: ... November 12, 2015.
Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau has just bought 2 more diamonds for his 7 year-old daughter, Josephine.
One diamond (16.08 carat, pink) was purchased at Christie's for $28.5m and named "Sweet Josephine". The other, the most expensive diamond ever auctioned, was purchased at Sotheby's in Geneva (12.03 carat, large blue) for $48.5m and renamed "The Blue Moon of Josephine". These are in addition to the blue 7.03 carat diamond purchased in 2009 at Sotheby's for $9.5m and simply called "Josephine".
Looks like Josephine is off to a pretty good start. The billionaire (ranked 114th richest in the world by Forbes at $9.8billion) was convicted of bribery and corruption charges in Macau in 2012, but avoided prison because there is no extradition treaty between Macau and Hong Kong.Uploaded November 12, 2015 by Wall Street Journal:
Skier Survives 1,600 Foot Fall: ... November 5, 2015.
Veteran pro skier, Ian McIntosh, has cheated death after he tumbled 1,600 feet down a near vertical snow run.
The terrifying crash occurred during filming of a new snowboard film "Paradise Waits".Uploaded November 5, 2015 by Teton Gravity Research:
Gas Blast Destroys Motel: ... August 19, 2015.
A powerful explosion set off by a gas leak has demolished much of a motel in Bremerton, Washington around 8:25pm.
The recently renovated "Motel 6" had around 65 guests staying in 42 occupied rooms. The quick-thinking manager averted a major catastrophe by sounding the alarm... "My gut told me to and I'm glad I did because it gave us time to get everyone out."
One gas company worker was badly injured and 2 guests suffered lesser injuries... but luckily no one was killed.Uploaded on August 19, 2015 by ABC News:
Smokestack Topples on Excavator: ... November 25, 2015.
The demolition of 158 foot tall smokestack almost finished very badly for an excavator driver in Pell City, Alabama.
Two attempts to topple the 118 year-old structure with demolition charges failed to bring it down, and only opened up a large hole near its base.
The driver moved his excavator in planning to encourage the smokestack to fall away from him. Instead it fell back on top of him... all 2.6 million tons of it, crushing the cabin. Miraculously, he emerged unharmed.Uploaded on Nov 25, 2015 by ABC News:
Jets Catch Fire on Runway: ... October 29, 2015.
The left engine of a Boeing 767 burst into flames as the jet was taxiing to a runway to take off from Fort Lauderdale in Florida (en route to Venezuela).
The 29 year-old Dynamic International Airways aircraft suddenly began leaking fuel and quickly erupted into a fire-ball sending a large cloud of dense black smoke skyward.
More than a 100 passengers and crew quickly evacuated down the emergency slides. 15 people were taken to hospital with burns, one seriously. If the jet had taken off it almost certainly would have resulted in a catastrophe.
This incident comes less than 2 months after a British Airways Boeing 777-200 (with 172 passengers onboard and en route to London) also had its left engine catch fire as it prepared to take off from Las Vegas' McCarran Airport. A "catastrophic engine failure" was blamed.Uploaded October 29, 2015 by CNN:
Deutsche Bank Overpays Client $6 billion: ... October 20, 2015.
Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, has overpaid a US hedge fund client $6 billion.
A junior member of the foreign exchange sales team made the blunder while his boss was away. It seems he punched in a few zeroes too many... the dreaded "Fat Finger" strikes again?Uploaded October 20, 2015 by euronews Business:
No More Nudes for Playboy: ... October 14, 2015.
After 40 years of flaunting naked flesh Playboy has announced the magazine will no longer expose nude women in its magazine.
Instead, it will concentrate more on deep and meaningful editorial interlaced with images of women in "suggestive poses".
Playboy's circulation has plummeted from 5.6 million in 1975 to around 800,000 copies today. Hugh Hefner (does he still lounge around all day in a bath robe?... at age 89 it's probably now more age appropriate) has admitted that digital pornography on the Internet has overtaken his pioneering efforts.Uploaded on October 21, 2015 by MercerReport:
Massive Sinkhole Swallows Pedestrians: ... August 27, 2015.
Pedestrians on a sidewalk in China were lucky to escape serious injuries when a massive sinkhole opened up underneath them.
They suddenly disappeared into the ground when the pavement gave way under them.Uploaded on August 27, 2015 by Associated Press:
Drones & Satellites Beat Wildlife Poachers: ... August 31, 2015.
Conservationists are successfully using drones and satellite technology to protect wildlife from poachers.
Sophisticated software, aerial surveillance drones, and night-vision cameras fitted with seismic and magnetic ground sensors can detect human poachers and transmit images and data back to rangers and conservationists.Uploaded May 5, 2015 by Associated Press:
Sisters Saved from Barbaric Justice in India: ... September 18, 2015.
India's Supreme Court has ordered police in Delhi to provide protection to 2 sisters (aged 23 and 15) and their family.
The sisters were to be punished because their brother (also an "untouchable") had eloped with a married woman who belonged to a higher Hindu caste.
The punishment handed out (by the all male, unelected village council) was for the sisters to be raped and then paraded naked in public with their faces blackened.
The family had fled the village and their house been ransacked. Over half a million people around the world signed a petition prepared by Amnesty International UK against the horrendous punishment proposed.Uploaded August 31, 2015 by France 24 English:
VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Exposed: ... Sept 22, 2015.
The world's largest automobile manufacturer, has become embroiled in a scandal that has rocked the world.
Anti-pollution investigators have discovered that German company VW has for years been cheating in emissions testing of its diesel engines.
Instead of complying with strict US emission tests VW installed software on diesel engines to run in a special "clean-running mode" during government testing (on a dynamometer/rollers) but to then revert to the normal, dirtier but more economical mode during every day use.
Investigators were shocked to find that engines that were supposed to be ultra-clean were in fact emitting up to 40 times more dangerous Nitrogen Oxides than the legal limit. The dodgy software sensed when a car was being tested and injected urea into the exhaust system to clean up fumes.
The World Health Organisation believes up to 500,000 die prematurely in Europe yearly due to air pollution (half of all vehicles in Europe are diesel).
VW have admitted that at least 11 million such engines were produced. VW's share price plummeted 35% in 2 days wiping up to $17 billion off the company's value; not to mention the $18 billion in penalties and lawsuits to come.Uploaded on Sept 22, 2015 by CNNMoney:
Chris Brown Hates Domestic Violence: ... September 28, 2015.
American RnB singer Chris Brown is set to be denied an entry Visa to Australia on character grounds, and has 28 days to convince the authorities why he should be granted one. The reason is his conviction of felony assault for violently attacking his former girlfriend singer Rihanna in 2010.
Meanwhile, tickets to his One Hell Of A Night Tour are still being sold.
Chris Brown's reply is: "I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence. I'm not the pink elephant in the room anymore... My life mistakes should be a wakeup call for everyone... Trying to prevent spousal abuse. The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSAs. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives".Uploaded on September 28, 2015 by SBS2Australia:
Terrorist Attack on French Train Stopped: ... July 19, 2015.
A suspected jihadi terrorist has emerged from the toilet of a crowded French train armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, 9 magazines, a pistol and a box-cutter, and opened fire.
The attacker was quickly overpowered by 2 American soldiers on leave, their friend and a British man.
Amazingly, no one was killed though two passengers were wounded. The 25-year old Moroccan man was a "person of interest" to police in at least 4 European countries and had a drug conviction in Spain.
His lawyer will plead it was all a mistake... that his homeless client found the bag of weapons and mobile phone in a suitcase in a park... and had only attempted a robbery to feed himself.Uploaded August 22, 2015 by ABC News:
Cecil the Lion's Killer Sorry: ... July 28, 2015.
American Walter Palmer (from Minnesota) is suffering a huge backlash for killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. The dentist paid $65,000 for the privilege.
The iconic lion (which was collared with a tracking device) was lured from the Hwange National Park with a dead animal carcass attached to the front bull-bar of a truck. It was only wounded with an arrow, then tracked and hunted down before being shot dead some 40 hours later.
The Minnesota dentist (who is something of a legend among bow hunters on websites, magazines and social media) is facing extradition back to Zimbabwe.
Now, a second American bow hunter is also accused of recently killing a lion near the same park without proper approval. Dr Jan Seski, a Pennsylvania oncologist, is also well known on social websites for bow hunters. Some entries describe how his arrows penetrate organs and split bones... "The arrow was shot quartering into the elephant, penetrated a rib and one lung, lacerated the heart and liver, and was recovered in the gut. The elephant went a short distance and died".Uploaded July 28, 2015 by The National:
Ebola Vaccine a "Game Changer": ... July 31, 2015.
The World Health Organization has announced that a new vaccine developed against the deadly Ebola virus may be a "game changer".
Experts say the results are "remarkable" and the vaccine looks to be up to 100% effective so far (but may fall back to somewhere around 75-100%).
The deadly virus which causes a horrible death was first identified 40 years ago.Uploaded on July 31, 2015 by CNN:
$4.5 Million in Sunken Treasure Found: ... August 20, 2015.
Treasure hunters have found over $4.5 million of sunken gold bullion in shallow water off a Florida beach.
The hall included over 350 Spanish gold coins, including 9 very rare Royal Escudos valued around $500,000 each.
The treasure was from a Spanish fleet of 12 galleons returning to Spain from Havana, Cuba in 1715 which was struck by a hurricane.
Eleven of the galleons were tossed onto reefs and sank; around 1,000 people died while some 1,500 made it to shore.
Two months earlier other divers found $1 million of coins in the same area. It is estimated the galleons were carrying up to $400 million of bullion in today's money, and that less than half has been recovered.Uploaded on August 20, 2015 by NTDTV:
Champion Surfer Survives Shark Attack: ... July 19, 2015.
Australia's 3-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning has had a miraculous escape from an attacking shark during a surfing competition at South Africa's Jeffreys Bay.
The badly shaken surfer quickly scrambled out the water onto a rescuing jet ski, later saying... "It just kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming... I just saw fins. I didn't see any teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me... I punched it in the back. I saw the whole thing thrashing round but I was getting dragged under by my leg rope... I'm happy to not compete ever again."Uploaded July 19, 2015 by FOX Sports:
Escort Kills Suspected Serial Killer: ... July 27, 2015.
A West Virginia escort, who advertises online, got more than she bargained for when a new client came calling.
The man pulled out a gun and started choking her. In the ensuing scuffle the woman managed to grab his gun and shoot her attacker dead.
Police were amazed when they searched the 45 year-old deceased's car to find axes, machetes, knives, a sledgehammer, plastic garbage bags, bleach, a shovel, bullet proof vests, and 4 sets of hand cuffs.
Police believe he may have been responsible for up to 9 serial killings across 3 states (Nevada, Oregon, and Illinois). All women who were murdered or disappeared were escorts who often advertised online. Several dismembered bodies have been found near Las Vegas where the man once lived.Uploaded July 27, 2015 by CNN:
DNA Brings Killer to Justice After 35 Years: ... July 30, 2015.
A 68 year-old Australian man has been arrested over a series of killings and bombings carried out 30-35 years ago.
The attacks were carried out in revenge over a bitter marital split and child custody dispute.
The suspect stands accused of 4 murders; shooting his sleeping brother-in-law dead; shooting dead a judge when he answered his front door bell; killing another judge's wife with a bomb left at her front door; and bombing a Jehovah's Witness hall (where his wife and sister-in-law worshipped) killing the minister and injuring 57 others. Other bombings blew apart two judges houses and the Family Law Courts.
Modern-day DNA tests on a drop of old blood from a break-in at the Jehovah's Witness Hall prior to the blast have proven his presence at the crime scene.Uploaded on July 30, 2015 by 7NEWS:
Amazing Chinese Surgery Saves Hand: ... July 22, 2015.
Chinese surgeons have saved a factory worker's hand after it was severed by an industrial saw.
The final operation couldn't be carried out immediately so the man's hand was kept alive by grafting it to his leg.Uploaded on July 22, 2015 by TomoNews US:
Tank Crushes Leaner Driver's Car: ... June 2, 2015.
An 18 year-old learner driver in Lippe, Germany has had a very lucky escape when she encountered a convoy of British tanks.
Apparently she didn't realize the British tanks had "right of way" as she pulled into the path of one of the 62 ton, armour-plated military monsters.
The tank driver couldn't stop in time but managed to swerve so he only crushed the Toyota hatch's engine and not the car's occupants. The Toyota was a write-off.Uploaded June 2, 2015 by ODN:
Mid-air Parachute Rescue: ... June 20, 2015.
Two members of the British Army Red Devils stunt team had a narrow mid-air escape during the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria.
The parachute of one collapsed during a "stacking" stunt and entangled his team mate above.
The top parachutist managed to carefully maneuver the open chute down until both soldiers made a safe landing into harbour waters nearby.Uploaded June 20, 2015 by CNN:
Dad Must Support Only 1 Twin: ... May 8, 2015.
A Passaic County (USA) Court judge has ruled that a father only has to pay child support for one of the twins he fathered a couple of years ago.
DNA tests have established that the other twin isn't his, but belongs to another man.
Apparently the woman had sexual intercourse with both men in the same menstrual cycle and 2 of her eggs were fertilized separately by each man.Uploaded on May 8, 2015 by CNN:
Bulldozer Flattens House & 4 Cars: ... June 8, 2015.
A disgruntled man in Newcastle, Australia has gone on a rampage with a stolen 49-tonne bulldozer demolishing a house and flattening 4 cars.
The 48 year-old has been charged for willful damage, carrying a knife in public, endangering life, and disobeying a current 2 year AVO (a Court Order against a person causing fear of assault, harassment, stalking or intimidation).
The attack occurred at 7am sending a terrified 56 year-old woman, her nephew and 2 daughters scrambling for their lives. All escaped unharmed.
It seems the man had previously been a friend of the family and once lived with them.Uploaded on June 8, 2015 by TomoNews US:
Internet Drug Lord Jailed: ... May 29, 2015.
The 31 year-old founder of blackmarket-in-drugs website Silk Road has been jailed for life and "will never be eligible for parole".
It was alleged that Silk Road was responsible for at least 6 drug-related deaths when it used the Tor network to establish a blackmarket where drugs could be bought anonymously online. Bitcoins were also often involved to hide transactions; around $87 million in bitcoins was found on Ulbricht's computer when seized by FBI agents.
Ross Ulbricht, who grew up in Austin Texas, had to forfeit around $200 million. It was also alleged he had paid out $730,000 to have 6 people killed although no murders were carried out.Uploaded May 29, 2015 by Al Jazeera English:
Kidnapped Hong Kong Heiress Released: ... May 1, 2015.
The 29 year-old granddaughter of the founder of Bossini clothing chain has been released after a ransom payment of $3.6 million. Hong Kong police are hunting 6 suspects thought to be from a mainland Chinese gang.
Police believe the gang originally set out to burgle her house but decided to kidnap her when they found her home.
Big-ransom kidnappings are not unusual in Hong Kong where 1 in 10 of the 7 million population are millionaires.
In 1996 the son of billionaire Li Ka-suing was ransomed for $129 million, while billionaire developer Walter Kwok handed over a cool $77 million in 1997. The leader of the mainland Chinese gang responsible for both these kidnappings was caught and executed in 1998.Uploaded May 1, 2015 by CNN:
Massive Fire Dubai Skyscraper: ... Feb 20, 2015.
One of the world's tallest residential buildings, ironically named "The Torch", has caught fire in Dubai's Marina precinct.
The 86 story, 336 meter-high skyscraper ignited at 2:00am in the morning and was soon fiercely ablaze as high winds fanned the flames.
Thousands of people were evacuated from the tower and surrounding high-rises. No deaths or injuries were reported. A resident from the 59th floor said "There have been 3 fire alarms every week recently and all were false. This time... I smelt smoke. I took my wallet and ran down with my wife."
A spate of highrise fires around the globe has uncovered what may develop into a major scandal. It seems builders have been substituting approved non-flammable aluminium cladding with cheaper, non-compliant cladding from China (with a combustible plastic core) which is highly flammable.Uploaded on Feb 20, 2015 by Associated Press:
Drone Barely Misses Jetliner: ... May 30, 2015.
The US Federal Aviation Administration are investing how a drone almost collided with a Delta Shuttle America Flight coming in to land at New York City's LaGuardia Airport.
The pilot was forced to pull up 200 feet to avoid hitting the drone 3,000 feet above Prospect Park in Brooklyn. With drone traffic increasing rapidly authorities say it is not a matter of "if" but "when" a collision occurs. A drone ingested into a jetliner's engine could be catastrophic.
Drone operators are advised to fly below 400 feet and at least 5 miles from airports and jet flight paths.Uploaded on May 30, 2015 by ABC News:
Biggest Gem Heist Ever in Britain? ... April 11, 2015.
So far, the 3 thieves who cleaned out a safe-deposit-box vault in London's jewellery district over 3 nights of the Easter weekend seem to be in luck.
Not only were they lucky when an alarm went off in the building on the first night but police decided not to attend.
They're even more lucky that so far Scotland Yard's armed robbery Flying Squad seem to have no clue who carried out the daring heist.
Two weeks after the heist Scotland Yard have resorted to making an appeal to the "wives and girlfriends" of anyone who knows how to use heavy-duty drills... "We are keen to hear from wives or partners of anyone who has specialist knowledge or skills that use this sort of equipment. Were they away during the Easter bank holiday or have they been acting oddly since the burglary was carried out?"
Sherlock Holmes would not be impressed.Uploaded April 11, 2015 by ABC News:
China Tackles Water Pollution: ... March 22, 2015.
China has introduced a sophisticated video water monitoring system to 160 treatment plants across northwestern Liaoning Province.
The system will allow local environmental authorities to carry out 24-hour real-time monitoring of water quality and help pinpoint areas where environmental regulations are being broken or ignored.Uploaded Mar 22, 2015 by CCTV America:
Drones for Security, Safety & Rescue: ... March 30, 2015.
Sophisticated and relatively inexpensive drones are increasingly being used commercially for civilian private security, building surveillance, identification, fence inspection, inspection of equipment, in the detection and rescue of people, fire safety, and agricultural efficiency.Uploaded on March 30, 2015 by Civic Drone:
300 Girls Rescued from Nigerian Jihadis: ... April 28, 2015.
Nigerian troops have rescued nearly 300 women and girls from Islamic militant jihadis Boko Haram in the country's northeast Sambisa Forest.
The Islamic extremist group has carried out mass kidnappings of young women (especially christians). The women are then coerced to convert to Islam and subsequently forced to "marry" their captors, and to fight for Islam, or are used as sex slaves or human shields.Uploaded on April 28, 2015 by euronews (english):
Skydiver Survives Seizure Mid-fall: ... Mar 2, 2015.
An Australian man was very lucky to survive after suffering a seizure soon after jumping out of the plane.
The 22 year-old (who's dream of being a pilot was dashed after being diagnosed with Epilepsy) had not had a seizure for 4 years so decided to try skydiving "to have the feeling of flight... I can't fly a plane (so) I thought I'd give (skydiving) a go".
Luckily, his instructor quickly realized what had happened and managed on his second attempt to reach the unconscious man and release his parachute.Uploaded Mar 2, 2015 by The Young Turks:
Older Man Smuggles Young Wife in Suitcase: ... March 16, 2015.
A Frenchman in his 60's was detained on the Polish border after border guards found a young Russian woman (in her 30's) stuffed into his suitcase.
Turns out he was trying to smuggle his new non-EU Russian bride into Europe. They were traveling from Moscow to Nice, France. Luckily "she was alive and well and didn't require medical attention".
Someone should have told him she could have comfortably sat next to him instead. The Schengen travel zone is passport free and non-EU citizen spouses are allowed entry.Uploaded Mar 16, 2015 by euronews:
Brazilian Woman's Bra Stops Bullet: ... Feb 6, 2015.
A Brazilian woman in the Amazonian city of Belem was saved by her underwire bra when it stopped a bullet that struck near her heart.
A merchant in a market, she was hit when a thief holding up a passer-by across the street opened fire.
The thankful woman said "It was a deliverance from God".Uploaded on Feb 6, 2015 by ODN:
Plane Narrowly Misses Skiers: ... Mar 12, 2015.
A plane that failed to take off from a high-altitude runway in Avoriaz, the French Alps has slid across a ski run and under a chairlift.
Luckily it missed the chairlift and most of the astonished skiers in its path, although its propellor did clip one Polish skier almost severing her hand.
A fire-fighter said "We only narrowly avoided a catastrophe".Uploaded on Mar 13, 2015 by Dania Soon:
Rock Star Child Sex Predator Jailed: ... Feb 28, 2015.
Former rock star "Gary Glitter" has been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing 3 schoolgirls.
The youngest victim was only 9 years old when she was assaulted by Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) in 1975. Glitter has a long history of pedophilia being jailed in 1999 for possession of 4,000 child pornography images, and expelled from Cambodia in 2002 after being convicted of sexually abusing two girls aged 10 and 11.
Further charges may be forthcoming. Glitter's arrest came as a result of Operation Yewtree which was launched after the UK's Jimmy Saville scandal.Uploaded Feb 5, 2015 by Sky News:
Pilot Survives Plane Crash in Ocean: ... Jan 26, 2015.
A solo pilot has ditched into the Pacific Ocean near Maui, Hawaii and survived unscathed.
The pilot radioed that he was about to run out of fuel and was advised by the Coast Guard to ditch near a cruise ship which was in the vicinity.
Lucky for the pilot he was flying a Cirrus SR-22 which was fitted with an emergency parachute. He managed a near perfect ditching considering the gale force winds (up to 30 mph) and seas up to 12 feet.Uploaded Jan 26, 2015 by 301+News:
Divers Find 2,000 Ancient Gold Coins : ... Feb 18, 2015.
Scuba divers have found 2,000 gold coins (weight 9kg... but "priceless") dating back over a thousand years off Israel's Mediterranean coast.
The coins date back to the Fatimid Caliphate which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909-1171.Uploaded on Feb 18, 2015 by AFP news agency:
Monkey to Inherit Couple's Fortune: ... Feb 16, 2015.
A wealthy, childless Indian couple have decided to leave all their assets to their 10 year-old monkey "Chunmun".
They adopted the long-tail macaque (the breed can live for up to 40 years) after it was orphaned, and consider it to be "like a son". The couple believe their pet has brought them good luck in amassing their wealth.
The husband is Hindu while his wife is Muslim. Their families didn't approve of their marriage and long ago disowned and disinherited them.Uploaded on Feb 16, 2015 by ANI:
Drug Drone Crashes near US-Mexican Border: ... Jan 22, 2015.
A drone carrying 2.7kg of methamphetamine has crashed in a shopping center car park in Tijuana, Mexico.
The plastic bags of "crystal" taped to the drone had a street value of US$48,000 but were a bit too heavy for the 6 propellor drone.
In the past drug gangs have tried tunnels, ultralights, catapults, and pneumatic cannons to move drugs across the border. "This is the way of the future" said one drug authority. Last April a drone was used to try and smuggle cell phones, marijuana and cigarettes into a South Carolina prison.Uploaded Jan 23, 2015 by CNN:
Anonymous to "Ice" ISIS on Social Media: ... Jan 14, 2015.
Anonymous, an international network of hackers and activists (or "hacktivists"), has vowed to fight against the spreading wave of ISIS propaganda in social media.
Anonymous had already taken some action to neutralize ISIS online, however the savage terrorist attack on France's magazine Charlie Hebdo has seen them vow to take down "Jihad sites" across the internet by launching "Operation Ice ISIS...why ISIS is not Islam".Uploaded Sept 21, 2014 by FRANCE 24 English:
"Taken" Too Serious says Liam Neeson : ... Jan, 2015.
Liam Neeson, the star of the "Taken" movie franchise has a New Year's resolution... Namely, to send an open letter to the families of students in a certain school in southern Texas.
Apparently, a teacher at this school wrote to Neeson a couple of years back when the first "Taken" movie hit the screens (it was set in Paris, France). It seems she had organized 60 students to go on a European school tour... problem was, after seeing the movie the parents of 40 students cancelled their excursions.
More recently the teacher wrote to Neeson again saying she was still trying to get just 20 students to go on an European excursion but was still battling parental fears. Neesom is disturbed enough that he will write to these parents assuring them "I know stuff happens in life, but... the Taken movies are fiction!"Uploaded on Oct 11, 2012 by CinemaTrailers.tv:
Artificial Intelligence not Dangerous... Yet! ... Jan 30, 2015.
Bill Gates has voiced his concerns that Artificial Intelligence might one day pose a serious threat to humans if not kept under control.
He joins futurists like Elon Musk (Tesla Motors) and physicist Stephen Hawking who warn machines could eventually outsmart financial markets and "out-invent" humans... shades of Terminator and the Matrix?Uploaded on Jan 29, 2015 by NewsyTech:
Cash Rains Down in Hong Kong: ... Dec 24, 2014.
Bystanders on one of Hong Kong's busiest roads couldn't believe their luck when money began showering down on them on Christmas eve.
An armoured van transporting HK$525 million (US$68 million) lost part of its load when a faulty latch on a rear door dumped crates of money onto the road. Drivers stopped their vehicles and onlookers rushed out onto the road in a mad scramble for the loot (almost US$5 million).
One eyewitness described seeing "bundles of HK$500 wrapped in plastic"... one woman "had an armful of (at least 10) bricks of cash... she just disappeared".
Police warned that keeping the money was "an offence of theft which is very serious". Over US$2 million is still missing.Uploaded Dec 24, 2014 by TomoNews US:
Sick Rape Plot on Craigslist: ... Dec 4, 2014.
A 53-year-old California woman has pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment charges (which carry jail term of up to 5 years).
The San Diego woman has a disabled daughter and was named local "Mother of the Year" in 2006. However, she turned into a monster when she was outbid for her "dream home" by another couple.
Some of the tactics she resorted to as payback were; stopping mail to the house; the unauthorised ordering and delivery of incontinence supplies and $1,000 worth of books; listing the property for re-sale; soliciting for missionaries to knock on the door; sending Valentine cards to women in the area in the husband's name; and posting online for everyone to come to a party there.
But worst of all... she placed an add on Craigslist posing as the woman and saying she always fantasised about a man coming to her house and raping her. "I'd love to be surprised and have a man show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me, totally taking me while I say 'No!".
One man actually tried twice. One time he couldn't get through the locked gate. The second time he was stopped because the husband appeared at the door.Uploaded April 10, 2014 by GeoBeats News:
Outrage in India over Uber Taxi Rape : ... Dec 13, 2014.
The alleged rape of a 27-year-old female finance executive in Delhi, India has sparked outrage over internet taxi service Uber.
Uber, which is disrupting taxi industries all over the world, stands accused of not exercising enough care when it comes to background checks of its drivers.
In this case the 32-year-old Indian driver had a history of violent sexual abuse and previous charges of rape at knifepoint. Locals have called him "a compulsive sex offender".
Uber has been accused of expanding too rapidly and that the proper checks are not always in place. It doesn't help when one Uber top executive has been quoted as joking it should be called "Boober" because using the service is a great way to pick up women.Uploaded on Dec 8, 2014 by BBC News:
What Would We Do Without Google? ... Dec 15, 2014.
A world without Google?... can't imagine it.Uploaded on Dec 15, 2014 by Google Australia:
The Internet Revolution, Globalization, and the Global Financial Crisis created the perfect storm... Old Business models are being destroyed and jobs are disappearing offshore at an astonishing rate. Analysts warn that "China and India are poised to out-think us and out-compete us by their sheer numbers" and that "there is no job security now".
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