TIME Bizarre

Robbery Suspect Friends Victim on Facebook, Is Promptly Arrested

Hmm.

Washington’s Kitsap Sun reports that a 28-year-old robbery suspect was arrested after adding his victim on Facebook the next day. Here’s the Associated Press:

Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After she was struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn’t recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.

The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.

Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.

The suspect was charged with second-degree robbery. Is this peak Facebook?

TIME Bizarre

Everything’s Purple at The Purple Store

No, they don't sell anything in yellow. Or blue.

Do you like purple? How much? More than Roman emperors and magistrates? Enough to found a purple business and keep it open for a decade?

Adam Sheridan is the owner of The Purple Store in Seattle; it’s a sort of general store where every item is, well, purple. “People who like purple really like purple and in a perfect world, something fun like The Purple Store should exist,” he told MyNorthwest, which also reported that Sheridan isn’t necessarily the color’s biggest fan.

If you love purple but don’t want to make a pilgrimage to Seattle, don’t fret: Like any savvy business owner, you can find Sheridan’s store online. (The website is, of course, purple.)

TIME movies

Iconic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off House Finally Sells for $1.06M

Ferris Bueller Home Sale
Visitors tour the pavilion in the back of the modernist home in Highland Park, Ill., that was featured in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 2009. Eric Davis—Sun-Times Meida/AP

The Ben Rose house — a.k.a. Cameron's crib from the 1986 film — has been a hard sell over the years

The famous glass house of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fame just sold for $1.06 million. While the ’80s comedy classic is beloved by movie fans, prospective homeowners haven’t quite felt the same way about the building itself.

The unusual Highland Park, Ill., property’s adjustable walls, two separate units and popularity as a pop culture landmark had real estate agents going “…Anyone? Anyone?” for years — its $1.06m price tag is well below the original $2.3 million asking price from 2009. Perhaps the house’s notable architectural history — it was designed by A. James Speyer in 1953 in the style of Ludwidg Mies van der Rohe — made up for the lack of a fiery-red Ferrari in the end.

[Variety]

TIME space

You Can Now Get High-Speed Internet Access on the Moon

Cooler, in fact, than sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.

Once again, NASA has proven that lasers are one of the coolest technologies we’ve got. After three years of development, researchers from the space agency and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are set to unveil the results of their first tests using lasers to transmit information to and from the moon.

The test apparently achieved upload speeds of 19.44 megabits per second and download speeds of 622 megabits per second over the 384,633km between Earth and the moon; faster, the Optical Society said, than any conventional (read: radio) method of transmitting data between here and the blue-black infinity of space. 19.44 megabits per second is more than fast enough to stream high-definition TV, movies and video chat.

On the more scientific side of things, those speeds will allow for larger and better satellite imaging in real time. Netflix, of course, is highly scientific.

TIME Science

You Can Teach Kids to Eat Vegetables, Says Science

Even artichokes have hearts

Parents, listen up! (Conversely: Picky preschoolers beware).

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Leeds finds that young children can, in fact, learn to like vegetables. During the experiment, each of the 332 children (aged between 4 and 38 months old) was given between 5 and 10 “exposures to a novel vegetable”—i.e., fed one of three variants of artichoke puree: basic, sweetened or “added energy” (added vegetable oil).

By the end of the experiment, one in five of the children cleared their plates, while two in five had learned to like artichokes. The researchers also found that sweetening vegetables didn’t have a significant effect on how much children ate as compared to their consumption of the basic puree.

Dr. Marion Hetherington of the University of Leeds, the lead scientist on the study, told the BBC, “if you want to encourage your children to eat vegetables, make sure you start early and often.”

You can find the study in full here—should you need to whip out some scientific evidence to convince your toddler that vegetables are pretty cool.

TIME Bizarre

Guy Eats Pizza Mid-Workout

Yikes.

#PSA: When you’re hitting the gym, don’t be this guy.

Quoth the cameraman: “That man is eating pizza … and working out. This is why I hate Planet Fitness. This is why. Jesus Christ.”

Oy.

TIME Television

The Sex Factor: America’s First Reality TV/Porn Hybrid

The culture has moved on

Like pretty much every other reality TV show, The Sex Factor appears to have the ridiculous conceit, the not-so-polished acting, and the obligatory dude with a British accent; who’s to say it won’t be a success?

If that weren’t enough, the winner earns $1 million and the chance to do a scene with Belle Knox (the Duke University porn starlet).

I’ve got nothing to say, really, other than the trailer isn’t quite safe for work. But you already knew that from the title, didn’t you?

TIME viral

Spelling Bee Judge Quoted Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ In Example Sentence

The spelling bee brings all the boys to the y-a-r-d

As the remaining contestants in the National Scripps Spelling Bee dwindled down to two, the spelling bee judge announced the next word: “Milkshake.”

“Could you use it in a sentence please?” asked 14-year-0ld contestant Sriram Hathwar.

The judge responded with an unexpected answer: “Tabitha discovered that while her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard … oh boy, wrong sentence.”

Kelis came out with ‘Milkshake’ in 2003, so it’s possibly young Hathwar had no idea what the judge was talking about. He wasn’t too tripped up, though. Along with Ansun Sujoe, he went on to tie for the win of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time in half a century.

TIME Bizarre

This Is The Greatest Paper Airplane Toss of all Time

Most of us can count on our best paper airplanes to have the range of a single room at best. These soccer fans constructed one that had the range of a stadium—and the precision of a homing missile.

In an England versus Peru match, this fan managed to hit a player from the opposing team with a paper airplane flung out over the entire crowd. It must be seen to be believed.

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