Stephen Colbert: The 69th Hottest Woman In America – [Maxim]
5 Iconic Pop Culture Moments Improvised at the Last Second – [Cracked]
At Least Four Dead as Too Many Thrill-Seekers Try to Summit Everest at Once – [Gawker]
At least four people have perished near the peak of Mount Everest this weekend, and the body count may yet rise according to unconfirmed reports from the site.
The four climbers — a German doctor, a Nepal-born Canadian citizen, a South Korean mountaineer, and a Chinese climber — died as a result of exhaustion and high-altitude sickness on their way down from the summit.
Space X Launches The First Commercial Rocket Into Space – [Wired]
The second time’s the charm for SpaceX. This morning at 3:44 a.m. EDT the company’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off of Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. After a faulty valve led to an aborted launch on Saturday, today’s successful flight marks the third of the Falcon 9 rocket, the second flight of the Dragon capsule, and the first flight for a commercial spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
After berthing with the ISS, astronauts and cosmonauts on board will spend several days unloading the more than 1,000 pounds of cargo and experiments on board the Dragon. They will then load the Dragon with more than 1,300 pounds of cargo to be returned to earth. Dragon is expected to spend about a week on station, returning with a splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California on May 31.
SAP Exec Arrested in LEGO-Thieving Bar-Code Scam – [Gizmodo]
Ah, power. You give a person too much and they will abuse it. Such is the case with Thomas Langenbach, a 47-year-old VP at Palo Alto-based software company SAP Labs, who has been arrested for the nerdiest crime in recent memory. His abuse of power: computer skill-based.
It is reported that Langenbach had been using his computer savvy to reproduce bar code stickers, the kind Target uses to price their items, which he placed over the original bar codes so he could purchase LEGO at a lower cost.
The multimillionaire software exec sold the LEGO sets on eBay, under the username TomsBrickYard. (For whatever it’s worth, he is a top-rated seller with excellent feedback.) His seller page shows 1,475 completed sales in all, with the most recent feedback left today and the earliest dating back to May 1, 2011.