Man Who Crashed Truck Claimed Zombies Were After Him
A man who allegedly crashed a stolen truck on Interstate 15 in California told police he was being chased by zombies. 19-year-old Jerimiah Hartline was a passenger in a semi but during a stop at a weigh station in Rainbow on Saturday (April 6th), he took off with the truck. While driving through Temecula he collided with a Toyota Tacoma which ended up hitting two other vehicles. Authorities said Hartline went on to hit two other cars and lost control of the semi, flipping it and blocking all the northbound lanes. A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said Hartline then climbed into a random van and demanded a ride. The driver pulled the 19-year-old out of his van and held him until police arrived. The spokesman said Hartline told police he jumped into the van because “zombies were chasing him and he had to get out of here.” No news yet on whether the young man was on drugs, but police are seeking hit-and-run and vehicle theft charges against him. (Examiner.com)
Cicadas Back This Year
The large, winged bugs that are only seen once every 17-years are set to start appearing over the East Coast sometime in the next month. Experts say the bug outbreak is expected to start in the Carolinas in April or early May, and to work its way up to Washington, Philadelphia and New York by early May. The timing depends on the weather, as the bugs live underground where they’ve matured for the past 17 years, and will rise up once the temperature hits 64-degrees Fahrenheit. The big bugs are mostly harmless to plants and humans, but they are known for the 90-decibel buzz they produce. Scientists expect social media to make this cicada emergence the easiest to follow. The bugs even have their own Facebook page. (NBC)
Pop Up Hotels A New Trend
Several companies are emerging with pop-up hotel offerings. One company called Shelter Co. offers fully-furnished, canvas luxury shelters that are 15-feet wide in diameter with a double bed and fully stocked kitchen. Amenities can include anything from area rugs to leather chairs. Shelter Co. and similar hoteliers have created these pop-up accomodations to provie unique experiences for their guest, sometimes in conjunction with special outdoor events. Guests seem drawn to the temporary shelters because of their novelty, and exclusivity. (NBC)
Study: Social Media is Making Us Ruder
There’s yet another study out saying that social media is making us ruder, with the research from corporate training advisers VitalSmarts finding that nearly 80 percent of 3,000 people surveyed said that people are becoming increasingly rude online. But even though they realize it, these same people say they are doing it themselves too, for example, by insulting others in comment sections or getting into arguments on Facebook. The survey also found that two in five people said they’d cut off contact with a friend due to an online argument, and one in five said they try to avoid former friends in real life who they’ve had an altercation with online. VitalSmarts co-chairman Joseph Grenny said that one explanation for this is that there’s a lack of peer pressure online that makes people feel like they can get away with being rude.
Progressive’s Tracking Device Could Help You Get Cheaper Car Insurance
Progressive has launched a new “Rate Suckers” ad campaign to promote an electronic device that tracks how safely you drive to possibly get you cheaper car insurance. The in-car device, called the Snapshot, sends information back to Progressive over a six month period about driving speed, how many miles are driven, what time of day the car is used, and if the driver is making sudden stops. Progressive crunches the numbers, and permanent discounts are given to people who drive safely. According to the company, more than one million people use Snapshot.
Disgraced Ex-Rep. Weiner May Run for NYC Mayor — What the Polls Show
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner is confirming what had already been rumored — that he’s considering trying to make a political comeback by running for mayor of New York City. The New York Democrat, who resigned two years amid the scandal in which the married lawmaker sent racy photos of himself to women over Twitter, told the New York Times Magazine that while he is considering getting into the mayoral race, he isn’t committed, saying, “I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office. It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.” Are New Yorkers ready to forgive him? Weiner’s political committee has done polling on the matter, with pollster David Binder telling the Times Magazine of the results: “There was this sense of, ‘Yeah, he made a mistake. Let’s give him a second chance. But there are conditions on that, and there are a couple of things we’re going to want to know: What have you been doing since this incident occurred? Did you learn anything from this mistake? How did you deal with it?’ They want to know that they’ve put it behind them.”