Sony Invasion 

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Today is Sunday, December 21

The web cam for the Gävle Goat in Sweden is at

The 43 foot tall goat has been burned down 25 times
in the past. This year it looks like they thoroughly
plastered it with snow and ice, and like it might survive.

Have FUN!

Today's Bonehead Award goes to a
Florida Duo's Phony Heart Attack 
Scheme Foiled

Details at Boneheads

Today, in 
1945 U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, 
 of injuries from a car accident. 
More of what happened on this day in history at History
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Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people. --- Philip Guedalla (1889 - 1944) ______________________________________________________ Our college just completed a new three-story building. While walking down a hall on the second floor, I overheard two students say, "I really like the skylights on the third floor." "Me too," remarked the second student. "I don't know why they didn't just put some on the second floor too." ______________________________________________________ My violin teacher was teaching a large group class. She showed them her violin and said, "This violin was made in the early 1800s." Someone in the class raised their hand and asked, "Did they make it specially for you?" ______________________________________________________ Click through for the big picture ______________________________________________________
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______________________________________________________ An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27 Lake Wales Florida Duo's Phony Heart Attack Scheme Foiled A Florida thief last week faked a heart attack inside a Walmart so that a male accomplice could walk out of the store with a shopping cart stuffed with toys, including a motorized Barbie Power Wheel, police report. While the diversion proved initially successful, the pair was arrested yesterday on grand theft charges when they were linked to the crime via surveillance footage. According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report, Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, entered the Lake Wales Walmart together and filled a cart with $369.94 in merchandise. As seen on the below store surveillance video, the men separated after the cart was loaded. As Scott moved toward the exit with the merchandise, Dupree dropped to the floor and clutched his chest. With Dupree doing his best Fred Sanford imitation, Scott walked past his sidekick. The fake heart attack, cops noted, “appeared to be done in an attempt to create a distraction long enough for Scott to exit the store, past all points of sale, without paying for the merchandise in the cart." Dupree’s heart trouble lasted 44 seconds before he was able to get to his feet and amble out of Walmart. He met up with Scott in the parking lot and the pair drove away in an SUV. A subsequent police review of surveillance footage resulted in the identification of Dupree and Scott. Dupree is currently on felony probation for theft, while Scott is an ex-con who was released from prison last year after serving about a decade for armed robbery. Pictured in the above mug shots, Dupree (left) and Scott are being held in the Polk County jail for felony grand theft. Tech Support Pits From: Otto Re: Server Message Block Dear Webby Surely there must have been more than just routine sloppiness that let the North Koreans into the Sony network! Sony is a pretty big and smart company! I realize the US Government won't do anything about it except for some lame rethoric from the White House, but what can we really do to avoid getting hacked by North Korea? Otto Dear Otto Sony did not get knocked over by a traditional Denial-Of-Service attack by a rented Russian Botnet. They are big enough and have enough talent on staff, that they probably could have fought that. Considering that they are a mostly Windows network, they would have eventually gotten knocked over, but that was not the case. They would have most definitely noticed a DOS attack, while it was in progress. We host some Human Rights servers for the East Block, and we get attacked quite frequently by Russian botnets of 50,000 or more machines. Attacks like that are about as sneaky and subtle as a forest fire. No way to ignore those! Sony did not realize that they had been hacked, until their files and emails appeared on the Internet. It was not till a month later, that they found out that they had been cleaned out with an SMB worm, that had gotten in through sloppiness, or possibly via a bought insider, who downloaded a nifty tool bar or gadget without considering the consequences. All I can do is repeat what I had written yesterday: If you use McAfee and Malwarebytes, and use common sense when it comes to downloading utilities and games, then you will be quite safe. If they don't get in, they can't hurt you. Have FUN! DearWebby ______________________________________________________ If you can help with the cost of the Humor Letter, please donate what you can! ______________________________________________________
Daily tip from Giftwrap Use colored masking tape instead of ribbon to wrap gifts. Colored Tape Instead of Ribbons By lnygaard [93] ______________________________________________________
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______________________________________________________ Thanks to Arnie for this story: I had an offer from a large company and they offered to fly me out to the meeting on business class. During the return flight we were given gourmet brownies and cookies. Not hungry, I decided to save them for later, so I placed them in a vomit bag. After the plane landed I got up to leave and a stewardess approached me. She asked, "Sir, would you like for me to dispose of that for you?" I said, "No thanks, I'm saving it for my kids." ______________________________________________________ A stewardess approached a gentleman who was voicing his complains rather loudly. "Yes, Sir?" "I want to complain about this airline. Every time I fly, I get the same seat, I can't see the in-flight movie, and there are no window blinds, so I can't sleep." "Captain, shut up and pretend to be busy. "


Today in 
1620 The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, 
 landed at Plymouth Rock, MA. 
1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the 
 radioactive element radium. 
1913 Arthur Wynne published a new "word-cross" puzzle in the 
 "New York World" in England. The name was later changed to 
1925 Eisenstein's film "Battleship Potemkin" was first 
 shown in Moscow. 
1937 Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated 
 feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was "Snow White and the 
 Seven Dwarfs." 
1944 Horse racing was banned in the United States until 
 after the end of World War II. 
1945 U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, 
 of injuries from a car accident. 
1948 The state of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) 
 declared its independence. 
1958 Charles de Gaulle was elected to a seven-year term as 
 the first president of the Fifth Republic of France. 
1968 Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. 
 The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27. 
1971 The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed 
 U Thant as secretary-general. 
1978 Police in Des Plaines, IL, arrested John W. Gacy Jr. 
 and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy 
 was later convicted of killing. 
1988 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded 
 over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack. 
1991 Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the 
 birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 
1995 The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian 
1998 A Chinese court sentenced two dissidents to long prison 
 terms for attempting to organize an opposition party. A third 
 man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 22, 1998. 
1998 The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved. 
2001 The Islamic militant group Hamas released a statement that 
 said it was suspending suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel. 
2002 Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison 
 for a rape that he maintained that he never committed. He was 
 the 100th person in the U.S. to be released after DNA tests 
 were performed. 
2014  smiled.

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