Gabatron Morning Briefing – 5-11-16: Nothing To Lose Your Head Over

A Virginia couple has put their family guillotine up for sale on Craigslist. It’s a perfectly functional guillotine, but unfortunately the couple is moving to a new house and won’t have room for it at their new place (guillotines are notorious space hogs). In their posting, they say it’s “the best ‘No Trespassing’ sign” you can have.

Remember hearing stories about British families shipping their kids to the country when the Germans were bombing the cities in WWII? Now some Chicago families are sending their kids out of town for the summer to avoid the violence. Is it making you consider leaving or avoid the city if you’re in the suburbs?

Dead man tell no Tales From The Red Line: A man was found dead on the Red Line early in the morning on Tuesday.

A judge has ruled Facebook users in Illinois can sue over Facebook’s facial recognition technology. Basically, the people in the lawsuit are upset because Facebook will automatically suggest who the people in your photos might be. They call it a violation of privacy.

Donald Trump says he’s whittled his list of potential running mates down to the top 5. He says they’ve all held elected office before, so unfortunately that rules out my dream ticket of Donald Trump/Flava Flav.

Good news for future Secretary of State John Bolton: Donald Trump says the new Mayor of London, who is a Muslim, might be exempt from his ban on Muslims.

Anheuser-Busch announced Tuesday that the company is replacing the Budweiser logo with “America” until the Presidential election. The uber-patriotic cans will be available May 23 through the November election and aim “to inspire drinkers to celebrate America and Budweiser’s shared values of freedom and authenticity.” Grand patriotic gesture or craven, cynical marketing ploy? ‘merica.

NASA announced that their Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the discovery of 1,284 new exoplanets. Those are planets outside of our solar system. It more than doubles the number of exoplanets that we know of. They’ve actually found 4,000 pot.

NASA’s SOFIA mission also detected atomic oxygen in the upper atmosphere on Mars. The interesting thing is the SOFIA telescope is actually mounted onto a 747 and they observe things while flying around. They do that because the atmosphere can interfere with their data.

Profiling a great American entrepreneur: A 14 year old from Alabama has created his own company making vending machines for First Aid supplies. It started out as a project for his 8th grade class He’s already rejected a $30 million buyout offer.

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