Welcome to this weeks top 5 news stories of last week. A lot of weird stuff went on last week, but let’s start with probably the biggest story of the week.
Lance Armstrong finally confesses
So Lance Armstrong, the famed cyclist finally comes out and confesses to doping, in an ill disguised attempt to control the situation, to Oprah no less. However he made sure to point out the he’s not the only one, and cycling is riddled with doping.
I’m just waiting to see who takes him to court first: the various people he sued for libel when pointing out his drug use, the anti-doping agencies he lied too, or the DA for whatever state where he lied in court for perjury. (Source: EVERYWHERE)
Beijing’s air pollution reaches new levels of dangerous
The air pollution in Beijing reached levels that 25 times worse than what’s considered ‘safe’ in the USA. Hospitals have been treating thousands of patients for respiratory problems on a daily basis, and while all of China faces high levels of smog on a daily basis, Beijing is the focus of the government’s environmental policy. Shows, huh?(Source: NPR)
Horse meat found in supermarket beef burgers
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland found traces of horse and pork meat in 10 ‘beef burger’ products sold by Tesco, Lidl, and Aldi. While they assured us that it was contained in Ireland and would not cause harm, the damage was done. And the excuse of the day? Continental suppliers, it seems. Hmm. (Source: Mirror)
Software developer outsources his job to spend time on Reddit and Facebook
An investigation into the activities of an employee known as ‘Bob’ at an US critical infrastructure company found that he outsourced his coding duties to Chinese contractors for a fifth of his six-figure salary.
After analysing his workstation, it was found that his working day looked something like this:
9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
11:30 a.m. – Take lunch
1:00 p.m. – Ebay time
2:00-ish p.m – Facebook updates, LinkedIn
4:30 p.m. – End-of-day update e-mail to management
5:00 p.m. – Go home
If that’s what it takes to become a company’s ‘star developer’, sign me up. (Source: The Register)
Segway inventor creates a stomach pump to treat obesity
The inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen, has invented and patented a device called AspireAssist, which is designed as a ‘minimally invasive’ obesity treatment. The user has a tube inserted into their stomach that attachs to a ‘skin port’. About 20 minutes after a meal, the user would attach the tube to the AispireAssist via the skin port, and suck around about a third of the contents of their stomach into the toilet.
Are Americans really that desperate to avoid dieting? (Source[with an animation of how it works]: Cnet)
And that’s it for another week. If there’s a story you feel is worthy of being on the top 5, feel free to leave it in the comments!
Enjoy the snow
- Lance Armstrong Books Moved to Fiction Section in Australian Library (complex.com)
- The best Lance Armstrong jokes (tabloidtruths.com)
- Tampa man charged in horse meat sale (abcactionnews.com)