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April 3rd, 2012 by in Images, Links

6 Popular Children’s Books That Teach Kids Horrible Lessons[Cracked]

Tornadoes Tear Through Dallas-Fort Worth Area – [CNN]

Tornadoes ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday, tossing tractor-trailers like toys and causing widespread damage to homes and other structures.

One tornado was spotted on the ground five miles east of downtown Dallas, the National Weather Service said. All flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were grounded and passengers and airport employees were moved into shelters as the storm system spawned multiple funnel clouds. Flights at Dallas Love Field airport were also grounded.

“There may be storms behind the storms, making damage in places that already have damage and that now is happening for Arlington, Texas,” said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Gunman Kills 7 in a Rampage at a Northern California University – [NY Times]

OAKLAND, Calif. — A former student opened fire on students and staff at a religious college here on Monday morning, killing seven people and wounding at least three more, the authorities said.

Shortly after the shootings, the suspect, identified as One L. Goh, 43, of Oakland, was taken into custody outside a Safeway grocery in Alameda, several miles from the scene of the attack. Police said he had turned himself in to a Safeway employee after driving there in a vehicle he had commandeered from one of his victims.

The Most Interesting Teenager In Silicon Valley – [Business Insider]

Sahil Lavingia is 19 years old. By age 15 he was financially independent — he created 20 apps and made more than $100,000. During his first semester at USC, Lavingia was contacted by Pinterest’s founders. He dropped out of school to become a founding member of the site.

At the peak of the Pinterest craze last August, Lavingia walked away to start his own company.  Now the teen has founded Gumroad, a site that lets users sell anything directly to their social media followers with a short url link. Lavingia raised $1.1 million in four days and investors have offered him millions more since Gumroad’s mid-February launch.

Your Expired Groupons Are Valid Again Thanks to $8.5 Million Court Ruling – [Gizmodo]

Remember that deal you purchased on Groupon—$30 for a $50 laser hair removal? It expired, and your unibrow has grown out of control. But you’re in luck. Groupon has agreed to pay an $8.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit claiming that expiration dates are illegal. Better yet, the court also ruled that you can use all those Groupons you bought that expired last year. Mulligan!

Humans Used Fire 1 Million Years Ago – [Discovery]

Scientists analyzed material from Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, a massive cavern located near the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Previous excavations there had uncovered an extensive record of human occupation.

Microscopic analysis revealed clear evidence of burning, such as plant ash and charred bone fragments. These materials were apparently burned in the cave, as opposed to being carried in there by wind or water, and were found alongside stone tools in a layer dating back about 1 million years. Surface fracturing of ironstone, the kind expected from fires, was also seen.

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