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text_messageTwo central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a total of 217,000 messages to each other.

However, one of the two was surprised when he had a $26,000 bill.

Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through their elaborate plans for breaking some sort of record, so Andes didn’t expect such a big bill.

Andes said that his bill came in a box that cost him an additional $27.55. Andes said he “panicked” and called T-Mobile, which told the Associated Press it had credited his account and was investigating the charges.

Before beginning their attempt at this thumb sore, Andes searched for the largest monthly text message total, and found that a man named Deepak Sharma in Indian had sent 182,000 in one month.

Andes and Klinger were able to set up their phones to send multiple messages. During a February test run they found they could send 6,000 or 7,000 messages on some days, prompting the March messaging marathon.

“Most were either short phrases or one word, ‘LOL’ or ‘Hello,’ things like that, with tons and tons of repeats,” Andes told the Associated Press.

Andes sent more than 140,000 messages, and Klinger sent more than 70,000 to end the month with just a totalof just over 217,000, he said.

Read the full article, here on Yahoo.

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Electronic Arts sent out brass knuckles to promote their newest video game: Godfather II.

Electronic Arts sent out brass knuckles to promote their newest video game: Godfather II.

To promote their new game, The Godfather II, Electronic Arts mailed a set of brass knuckles to video game journalists together with other goodies including a cigar, a silk handkerchief and a book of matches in attempt to complement the game’s mafiosi theme.

 

There is only one problem.

Possession of brass knuckles is illegal in many states and can carry hefty penalties which would make the recipients of the promotional tchotchkes common criminals.

According to a Yahoo games article, “the publisher began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA declined to comment beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.”

Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if the game didn’t suck so hard too. I rented it from Blockbuster from Friday and played for maybe a couple of hours before I gave it up. Their attempt at mixing strategy and action failed miserably and totally ruined the Godfather franchise in less than one day. 

Read GameInformer’s review of Godfather II, here.

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Tuesday night, President Obama addressed Congress and the nation to rally together during these economic hardships.  Obama asked worried  Americans to pull together for recovery Tuesday night and declared reassuringly that the U.S. “will emerge stronger than before.”

According to an articleon Yahoo, Obama said, “Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

The article also said:

“The president aimed to drive home several points:

• He inherited the mess, and a quick turnaround is unlikely. Not only did the recession emerge on Bush’s watch, the Bush approach wasn’t the right one.

• He’s tackling the situation on multiple fronts. Already done: the massive stimulus plan, an overhaul of the separate $700 billion bailout for the financial sector, and a $275 billion rescue for struggling homeowners. On the way: decisions about limping U.S. automakers, a move to broadly rewrite financial industry regulations and perhaps more money aimed at propping up banks.

• Thinking short-term won’t do the trick. Focusing even amid the crisis on longer-term goals such as helping the millions without health insurance and switching the U.S. to greater dependence on alternative energy sources is crucial to the nation’s economic well-being.”

So what do you think? Will President Obama be able to pull us out of this economical ‘depression.’ What do you think of his speech if you watched it?

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According to Yahoo!, the Scion tc is the second most ticketed car.

According to Yahoo!, the Scion tc is the second most ticketed car.

I bought my Scion tc during the Summer of 2007 and since then I have been pulled over at least five times and two of those times I received tickets. Three of those times were for speeding.

I bought my Rodeo in 2002 during my senior year of high school and was not pulled over nearly as much. I also was able to drive away without getting a ticket more often as well.

I always believed that cops like to target my Scion tc, and now I have proof.

According to an article on Yahoo!, the Scion tc ranks as the number 2 most pulled over car, reasoning that the car is “popular among young people.”

The article continued, “Its sporty performance, which comes at a price that makes affording tickets easy, probably helps tempt some drivers as well.”

The number one most pulled over vehicle was the Hummer H2.

I will admit that sometimes I do deserve speeding ticket. (Going 90 in a 65 is not exactly obeying the law.)

Needless to say, I do drive more cautiously to try to avoid getting a speeding ticket. My dad is tired of paying the tickets and the increased insurance rates because of them.

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