The week that was (08-02-19)

Smugglers in Belgium, who locked themselves in a container to keep their shipment of cocaine safe, had to call the police to bust them out when they overheated during the heatwave.

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had to dial back the open season on invasive green iguanas when someone was accidentally shot in the leg by an over-enthusiastic iguana hunter. “This is not the wild west,” said the agency in a statement.

Arlene Kaganove of Chicago just wanted her free birthday bagel from Panera. When she clicked on her emailed reward, scammers pounced and tried to extort her into paying them off in bitcoin or they would reveal her porn-watching behavior. “They told me I have very good taste in porn so I thought that was nice,” Arlene said. Arlene is 86

The Snyder Volunteer Fire Department was in a spot of trouble when their fire truck, caught fire so they had nothing to put it out.

Seth Maddox of Geraldine, Alabama, won the Microsoft Office Specialist Powerpoint National Championship.

Chase Bank signed a five-year deal with a new advertising firm that uses computer software to write ad copy.

Japan approved research to grow human organs in rat and mouse embryos “to produce animals with organs made of human cells that can, eventually, be transplanted into people.” Not to be outdone, a Spanish researcher working with a team in China is injecting human stem cells into monkey embryos.

China’s craze for controlling society with facial recognition technology has extended to trash can monitors that make sure people are sorting recyclables correctly.

All complex systems need the occasional reboot to clear out the proverbial cobwebs. The ol’ “turn it off and turn it back on again” is the oldest trick in the book for anyone who has worked in tech support. Airbus is now using this technique as part of standard operating procedure if you own their $300 million Airbus A350.

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