Monthly Archive for October, 2011

: October, 2011

Enjoy your final weekend of $1 Redbox rentals

Starting on Monday, Oct. 31, Redbox will charge $1.20 a day to rent DVDs, a price jump from their signature $1 rates. The additional costs cover debit card fees, Redbox said. “While its movie rental rivals Netflix and Blockbuster have struggled for varying reasons recently, it seemed like Redbox could be just the ticket for […]
Categories: Uncategorized

Looking back: The last October winter storm in Conn.

Flashback: October snowstorm of 1987: Winter storms in October are rare in Connecticut, but not unheard of. On Oct. 4, 1987, parts of the state were hit by a storm that left a little snow on
Categories: General

7 billion humans: which number are you?

The world’s population is about to reach 7 billion. In honor of the watermark, the BBC has put together this matrix that approximates where a person would stand if the entire world stood in a line from oldest to youngest. The program works by checking your birthday against a UN Population Division database that estimates […]
Categories: General

Haunted Connecticut

Oh Halloween, that magical time of year when Americans get to trade their everyday identities for something a little more exciting.  Jack-o-lanterns adorn the front stoop of every suburban household,
Categories: General

Connecticut lawmaker wants to move Halloween to Saturday

Democratic State Rep. Timothy Larson wants to move Halloween to the last Saturday in October. “It would be so much more safe and convenient if it happened on a Saturday,” said Larson, who represents
Categories: General

Sean Parker: The difficult life of the rich and famous

Sean Parker, former president of Facebook, expressed dissatisfaction with the billionaire lifestyle, saying in a tweet, “I have a whole new set of problems to deal with now: security, extortion attempts, kidnapping threats, death threats, etc. Life better b4?” Parker, whose other ventures include Napster and Spotify, seems to feel uncomfortable with the “1 percent” […]
Categories: Viral

Does Fairfield County have the best trick or treating?

Apparently, somebody in Canadian academia wanted to find out where the best trick or treating in the states is. This is probably because the Great White North offers cut-rate brands that can’t compete
Categories: General

Budget flight aborted as tape on window comes loose

European budget airline Ryanair made news again when pilots aborted a flight as tape around the edges of the cockpit windscreen came loose and began loudly flapping in the breeze. The Huffington Post cites British publications The Telegraph and The Sun: Anthony Neal, a passenger from Kent, told The Sun: “We were kept in the […]
Categories: General

The nation’s best fantasy baseball player is a … pig farmer?

Meet Lindy Hinkelman, the nation’s best fantasy baseball player … and a pig farmer from Greencreek, Idaho. Yeah, you might want to read that last little bit again. A pig farmer. You would think that the National Fantasy Baseball Championship would be won by the next Billy Beane or Theo Epstein — or a professor […]
Categories: General

Halloween display thrills everyone (except the neighbors)

With Halloween almost here, America’s front yards are filling up with inflatable ghosts, spray-on cobwebs, plastic graveyards and, of course, the traditional carved pumpkins. But it’s a good bet that few have the curb appeal of the Riverside, Calif., address of YouTube user KJ92508, who has turned his humble abode into a music-blaring, strobe-blasting, electric-bill-be-damned […]
Categories: General, Video, Viral