Backhoes Buried In A Building’s Foundation Because It’s Cheaper.

Buried backhoe.

From the ‘If you can afford it, you can consume it’ file comes the story of how construction equipment is being buried in a building’s foundation because it’s cheaper than getting a crane to lift it out.

From Gizmodo:

“So these diggers team up, usually two-per-property, and carve out a little slice of heaven underfoot, sometimes up to 75 feet into the earth (where else are you supposed to store your fleet of vintage Ferraris, eh?).

Then what? Well, these super heavy mechanical shovels are basically stuck. Cranes can be used to lift them out but that’s expensive and generally a logistical nightmare. It’s cheaper and easier to essentially do nothing, so these machines being given a burial of sand and gravel right there where they’ve finished their work.”

Sweet! You can read more about this in the New Statesman.

So the classic children’s book “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” was a Jubbling exception. With no need for an earth mover in the basement of these buildings, burying the hardware is the only illogical solution. Hopefully they let thieves part it out first. [G]


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Kittyo Cat Spy-Cam Treat Feeder Is Exactly What Your Cat Didn’t Need. [Video]

Kittyo cat cam and treat dispenserHow’s this for a slogan: Kittyo – The tech device that you and your cat don’t need. The Kittyo has met its funding goal on Kickstarter so this product, that no cat would ever be interested in, is going to be a reality.

Hooray for crowd funding and hooray for ‘kick-me-in-the-nuts’ dumbass products that shouldn’t be. [G]


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Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons For Charity In 1986 Cleveland. [Video]


YouTube: Cleveland, Ohio Balloon Launch – 1.5 Million Balloons! – 1986

Plan A was to light the Cuyahoga river on fire until the planners found out it had been done before. Ah, the dumbass 80’s. [G]


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Shark Rescue: Divers Remove Elastic Cord Around Shark’s Gills. [Video]


YouTube: Amazing shark rescue

Shark rescued by diversWhat’s awesome about this video is that these divers cared enough to rescue a grey nurse shark with a elastic cord noose around its gills. What’s amazing about this video is how the divers figured out a safe way to cut the elastic cord around the shark’s gills without harming the shark.

Fortunately, this shark didn’t suffer the same waste-induced fate as the birds on Midway Island. [Arbroath]

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Jubbling Shouldn’t Be A Crime: Starbucks Barista Eats Food Out Of The Trash. Gets Fired.

Coulson Loptmann - former Starbucks barista who ate food out of the trash.

Former Starbucks barista, Coulson Loptmann, was fired for eating food out of the trash.

A Starbucks barista, who’s on food stamps, ate some food from the trash and got fired. Here’s the story (Consumerist):

“A 21-year-old barista who worked at a downtown Seattle Starbucks claims he was fired for taking a sandwich out of the trash and eating it. He argues that since his employers were going to toss it anyway, why should he be punished for pulling it out of the garbage, especially when he hasn’t been working enough hours to pay his bills?

The former employee tells The Stranger that he hadn’t eaten all day and was on a seven-hour shift, so when a coworker threw out some breakfast sandwiches that were out of stock, he figured it’d be fine and dandy to grab one for himself.

‘She said, ‘What a waste, huh?’’ he explained. ‘And she tossed it in the garbage. I figured, it’s in plastic, it’s fine. So I reached in and grabbed it.’

It wasn’t fine, according to what he says his manager told him a week later: She’d heard of the sandwich incident and spoken to HR, and ‘they consider it stealing, and it’s against policy. So I’m sorry, but I have to terminate you.’

A Starbucks spokesman says he can’t comment on an individual employee because ‘it is a violation of our policy to consume marked-out products.’ It’s not about stealing, either he adds: ‘We do not want our partners to consume potentially spoiled products and get sick.’

So could you get fired for breaking that policy? Not usually, said the spokesman, unless it was the culmination of a ‘broader, ongoing performance issue.’

The worker insists there were no such issues, and that he doesn’t believe the policy against eating out of the trash is about his own health, and not stealing.”

What I read: a hungry Starbucks barista was fired for Jubblingly eating some good food that shouldn’t have been tossed in the trash. Probably a misunderstanding similar to what George Costanza experienced in the Seinfeld episode where he ate an eclair out of the trash.

So please Starbucks, reconsider and give this kid his job back. Jubbling isn’t a crime but the unnecessary waste of throwing out perfectly good food should be. [The Stranger and Consumerist]


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Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp: Turn Any Empty Bottle Into A Lamp.

The Satechi Touch USB-powered LED lamp lets the reuser change their lamp to match their mood and/or incorporate the empties they have lying around. Not only does the $25 Satechi Touch make a great gift but it’s also a nice way to reassign your recyclables. [Gizmodo]


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