(NEWSER) – The "NOT SEE" message on the vanity license plate was subtle enough to get past the DMV—but the meaning became pretty clear when San Diego school bus driver Shawn Calpito displayed it under a Nazi swastika on the back of his car. The California DMV has now canceled the plate and Calpito has been suspended from his job pending an investigation. The license plate was recently added but Calpito had apparently been driving around with the swastika on his car for months.
(NEWSER) – The pilot of a small plane off the coast of Miami radioed the control tower this afternoon with the worst kind of message: “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! His door was ajar." He was referring to a passenger in his Piper PA 46 plane who he said fell into the ocean from about 1,800 feet, reports the Miami Herald. The pilot went on to land safely at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, and the Coast Guard and others are now searching for the passenger about a mile off shore, reports CBS Miami. (The incident follows one earlier this month on the West Coast in which a helicopter passenger jumped into the ocean an apparent suicide.)
(NEWSER) – A Florida man has been arrested for apparently loving donuts as much as he loves a deal. Charles "Chuck" Barry got fired up at a local Dunkin' Donuts when employees denied him a 10% discount he'd been accustomed to getting. That's when Barry flashed a sheriff's badge and a holstered gun and said, "See, I am a cop!" the Orlando Sentinel reports. Claiming first to be a US marshal, then an air marshal, Barry—a printer, fax, and copy machine supplier—demanded he get his hands on some donuts; he didn't. He later left, only to return the very next day.
(NEWSER) – A California father and son were arrested yesterday after police say they kidnapped the father's ex-wife. But they also have another act to answer for: Police say 42-year-old Jose Farias and his 20-year-old son, Victor, kidnapped Farias' ex-wife and then forced her to undergo an exorcism. They allegedly picked up two priests, and police say the priests doused her with "sacred oil" in a religious ritual to "purify her." Newsy reports:
(NEWSER) – A neo-Nazi who wants to found an all-white enclave in North Dakota has been shown evidence of racial diversity where he least expected it: in his own DNA. Craig Cobb agreed to the test as part of the Trisha GoddardShow's "Race in America" series, but he rejected the result as "short science" and "statistical noise" when it revealed he is 14% sub-Saharan African and 86% European, theDaily Mail reports. "Sweetheart, you have a little black in you," the show's British host told Cobb, who recoiled when she attempted to fist-bump him.
(NEWSER) – Never let it be said that Pyotr Pavlensky isn't committed to his work. The 29-year-old Russian artist stripped naked and then nailed his scrotum to the cobblestone of Moscow's Red Square yesterday afternoon, just outside of the Lenin Mausoleum, the BBC reports. He sat that way for an hour and a half before police took him to the hospital. He faces up to 15 days in jail, on charges including "explicit contempt for society accompanied by swearing in public," and "humiliation," according to RT. Pavlensky called the piece "Fixation," and described it this way:
We’ve all been victims of false advertising and marketing gimmicks: costly anti-aging creams that promise to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (but never actually do); juice cleanses that claim to rid the body of toxins despite the fact that there’s no scientific evidence supporting such claims.
We are a nation obsessed with quick fixes. Desperate for a youthful glow or a dimple-free derriere, we invest our money and vanity in products we think will work like magic. When--invariably--they don’t, most of us shamefully acknowledge (at least to ourselves) that we fell for a marketing ploy and move on with our lives. But every now and then, consumers want revenge for being deceived. To wit: two women are suing lingerie brands Maidenform and Wacoal, whose lines of “anti-cellulite” shapewear they claim did not, in fact, slim their tummies, hips, thighs, rears or “shape and sculpt” their figures, as the products purport to do.
Christine Caramore and Michelle Martin, both of New York, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the lingerie companies in Brooklyn Federal Court, claiming to have been deceived by clever and false advertising. “As a result of defendants’ misrepresentations, plaintiffs and the class have suffered out-of-pocket losses, did not receive the benefit of the bargain and have been damaged,” reads the complaint. Oh, the injustice!
Indeed, it seems absurd that these women could actually win the lawsuit, walking (or waddling) away with a hefty sum of money. But it wouldn’t be the first time a clothing company has paid for misleading advertising. In 2012, Skechers coughed up $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the footwear company’s “leg-toning” Shape-up sneakers were a sham. In 2011, FTC extracted $25 million from Reebok for a similar product.
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