This device makes it super easy for thieves to steal your car


A creepy device that made breaking into cars look easy is back — but this time it can also start your car. 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a nonprofit insurance industry organization, posted about the “mystery device” Wednesday on their blog.

The device appears to be the same one discovered back in 2013 that gave thieves access to cars and stumped law enforcement and security experts trying to figure out how it worked. After seeing recent reports of thieves getting into cars and driving away, the NICB reopened the inquiry. Read more…

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America’s 8 most wanted household pets and barnyard animals


For far too long, fluffy pets and barnyard animals have thought they were above the law — and now they’re suffering the consequences.

Even though crime is at a historic low in the United States (despite, cough cough, inflammatory reports to the contrary), some animals have escaped the claws of justice. They thought their frighteningly adorable googly eyes and crushingly soft manes meant they could live life above the law.

That time is over.

There’s a new sheriff in town, and that sheriff is your local police officer, forced to pick up a drunk pig on their way home from work. Read more…

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In 1908, racers attempted to drive from New York to Paris in the dead of winter. It got complicated.


The racers line up at the starting point in Times Square.

Image: Library of Congress

On the frigid morning of Feb. 12, 1908, a quarter of a million people lined the streets of New York City to witness the start of a contest without precedent: a westward automobile race from New York to Paris.

Sponsored by the New York Times and the French newspaper Le Matin, the race featured six cars from four countries — three from France and one each from the United States, Germany and Italy

The planned route would take the racers across the United States, up through Canada into Alaska, over the Bering Strait (which race organizers hoped would be frozen solid in the dead of winter) to Siberia, through Russia and finally Europe and Paris. Read more…

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