Television viewers in Montana and Michigan were interrupted over the past two days when an emergency alert interrupted regularly scheduled programming and said: “dead bodies are rising from their graves and are attacking the living.”
Montana’s KRTV was the first news station to report being hacked by the bogus alert that flashed across the screen on Monday afternoon during an episode of the Steve Wilkos show. The KRTV station in Great Falls, Mont. released a statement on their website shortly after the alert aired to inform viewers that the emergency alert, which appeared in the style of an Amber Alert or Severe Weather Alert, was a hoax.
The release said: “Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that there was an emergency in several Montana counties. This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency. Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.”
Watch the alert below:
While in Michigan, the same alert appeared during two different television programs, once during an episode of Barney on Public TV 13 and during an episode of the Bachelor on WBUP-TV, a local ABC affiliate, according to uppermichiganssource.com.
“Tuesday morning, NMU's investigators determined how the hackers got in to the system. That entry has been closed so the problem can't happen again,” according to the report. “The information found today has been turned over to NMU Public Safety, said Eric Smith, WNMU General Manager.”
Check out the alert during the Bachelor that interrupts a passionate date between Bachelor Sean Lowe and one of his many dates.
It is reminiscent of the Orson Welles broadcast of “War of the Worlds” in 1938 that aired on CBS radio that was presented as a series of news bulletins that scared many listeners into believing that an actual alien invasion by Martians was in progress. The Halloween episode that aired on Oct. 30 was an adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel “The War of the Worlds” from 1898.
What was more believable, Orson Welles radio drama, or the television hacking earlier this week? You be the judge.
In New York City's Times Square, the land of pedestrians, a visitor can often be entertained to a piece of performance art, a mime or street musician. In California, land of the auto performance, art is also taking hold but in a different public setting. Packs of cars and motorcycles blocking interstate highways with stunts and claims of endless love - and all filmed for the YouTube generation.
In Oakland this past weekend three cars blocked Interstate 880 "drifting" in circles. Drifting is the burnout of the 21st century. A KTVU reporter called them sideshow stunts.
Sgt. Rob Barrera told the Associated Press that the California Highway Patrol is confident that someone will be prosecuted for the brazen sideshow that stopped traffic on Interstate 880 near the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Barrera declined additional comment.
YouTube poster iitreatedii was caught in traffic behind the drifters and called them "idiots" on his channel, though he did have over 230,000 advertised views as on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Sunday Jan. 27 hundreds of bikers stopped traffic in the middle of the Interstate I-10 freeway in West Covina, Los Angeles County. The six-minute video is a Unity Ride in which biker Hector Martinez proposed to Paige Hernandez in front of his friends, family and unfortunate motorists stuck behind him.
San Francisco 49ers win Superbowl in Tecmo arcade video game
The San Francisco 49ers are Super Bowl XLVII champions!
Well at least according to Tecmo Bowl, the football arcade game originally released by Tecmo in 1988.
The 8-bit game, which also made its way to the Nintendo system, has been revamped by a group called the TecmoBowlers, who posted a video on YouTube where they took the same basic design and incorporates the players who will be fighting to be crowned Super Bowl champions.
The teams play tight defense heading into the fourth quarter as the score is locked at 17-17 with the Ravens driving down the field. Joe Flacco throws an interception on third down to 49ers safety Donte Whitner.
“The 49ers pull out the win by capitalizing on Joe Flacco's costly mistakes,” the description for the game said as to why the 49ers win their sixth championship in team history.
After the interception the 49ers score on a touchdown pass from Colin Kapernick to wide receiver Michael Crabtree—Crabtree’s third of the game. The 49ers would cap the game with a touchdown run by quarterback Colin Kapernick to give the 49ers the 31-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Now for all those old school gamers who miss the techno music in the games and where the players look like blobs on the screen, check out the entire simulation below.
Spanish surfer Kepa Acero is on a quest to surf the world. In recent years, he has surfed in oceans across the globe. He traveled in January to the bottom of the world to surf the waves of Antarctica. Aboard the sailboat Pakea Bizkaia he travels from Ushuaia the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina south.
During a trip on Jan. 17, 2013, it is summer in the Antarctica but the water is still 1’ Celsius. Acero didn’t find many waves to ride but he did find icebergs and on the iceberg, penguins.
“It was so cool when you got there,” Acero said in the translated video. “At first they were very afraid of me but then they came up and played with me.”
“Having an intimate relationship with nature,” is the way he describes the experience as the penguins jump in front of his surf board. “They are so nice. For a moment they were everywhere. Coming from everyplace. In the middle of the iceberg it has been unreal! Unreal!”
To follow Kepa Acero's adventures Kepaacero.com
The petition, which gained 34,435
total signatures, asked for the White House to focus U.S. “defense
resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a
Death Star,” the petition reads.
The author of the petition even points out the potential for job creation.
focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and
weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation
in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and
more, and strengthen our national defense.”