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  1. Science

    Real-Life Bionic Man on Display in Washington DC

    The "Bionic Man" is a 6 foot tall robot outfitted with all of the top technology available in prosthetic organs, and he's the star of the Smithsonian Channel's documentary The Incredible Bionic Man. After a brief stint at New York Comic Con, he'll be on hand at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 17.

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  2. Weird

    Most Boring Vigilante Group Ever Paints Illegal Crosswalks on Busy Tacoma Street

    A street in Downtown Tacoma, Washington has seen a recent spike in traffic accidents, and apparently the city hasn't done much to quell the concerns of locals in that area. Enter a group that calls itself "Citizens for a Safer Tacoma," who have taken it upon themselves to spray-paint their own crosswalks to keep pedestrians safe from cars. Naturally, city officials frowns upon this sort of behavior and have promised to prosecute anyone caught making these "rogue crosswalks," but that's a small price to pay for some literal street justice. Batman would be so proud.

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  3. Weird

    Washington Rancher Mixes Marijuana in With Pig Food to Redefine Haute Cuisine

    As a not-born-but-bred Washingtonian transplanted to the East Coast, there are plenty of things I miss about home. Considering that things like "common sense drug laws" and "delicious, locally sourced food" both rank very high on that list, the following story pretty much sums up why I love my home state, where rancher and butcher William von Schneidau is now raising "pot pigs" -- swine fed on marijuana plants as a part of their daily diet.

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  4. Weird

    Man Gets 18 Months in Prison for Home Invasion With Semen-Filled Squirt Gun

    In news that will no doubt make you shake your head in sorrow over the general state of affairs in the world today, a Bellingham, Washington man has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail after burglarizing a home and spraying a man staying on the couch there with a squirt gun filled with semen. Yup. You read that right.

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  5. Weird

    Bikini Coffee Stand Owner Arrested After 16-Year-Old Employee Puts on Sex Show for Undercover Cops

    The owners of several drive-through bikini coffee stands in Washington State have been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after baristas at the stands -- including one 16-year-old-girl -- were found giving "sexy shows" to patrons for tips. Unfortunately for Bill Dwayne Wheeler Jr. and his as yet unnamed partner, undercover police were among those getting the goods, which reportedly included glimpses of the girls "private areas." And while serving coffee while wearing a bikini may be legal in Washington, serving it wearing pretty much anything less than that is definitely not. It's a thin line, yes, but an important one.

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  6. Weird

    Incestuous, Meth Smoking Washington Couple Arrested on Charges of Being Worst People Ever

    A woman and her boyfriend -- who is also her half-brother, for those of you working to fill out your "Degenerates on the Internet" bingo card at home -- were arrested in Lake Stevens, Washington earlier this month for smoking meth in their car. The official charge, though, was child endangerment, because of course the woman's 11 month old baby was  with them in the frigid, out of gas, meth smoke-filled car. As if you even needed to ask.

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  7. Weird

    Washington Man Threatens To Shoot Up Schools If Gun Rights Are Restricted, Gets Arrested

    In stunningly clear object lesson on "Things Not To Do, EVER," World's Least Classy Total Idiot candidate Korry Martinson has turned himself into police who had been searching for him all weekend. Just hours after Friday's horrific shooting in Connecticut, Martinson, 19, allegedly put up a Facebook post thanking the shooter for his actions and threatening to "go shoot up every school in a 100 mile radius" if he felt that the tragedy affected his rights as a gun owner. Now, KOMO News is reporting that Martinson, who was at best drastically overestimating the popular sense of humor level over Friday's shooting, has been arrested on charges of felony harassment for the threat. You can see a screenshot of the alleged post below, but if you're among the many folks who are still kind of reeling from this one, be advised: it makes for exceedingly unpleasant reading.

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  8. Weird

    Man Sentenced For Fatally Stabbing Parrot With Fork, Whiskey Unsurprisingly Involved

    Richard J. Atkinson, a 63-year-old man from Everett, Washington, has been sentenced to six months in jail for stabbing his (now ex-) girlfriend's parrot to death with a serving fork  while in the throes of what his lawyer described as a blacked-out rage fueled by mixing whiskey and anti-anxiety medication. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Everett -- the Florida of Washington state -- no word in that sentence should come as any great shock.

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  9. Science

    Republicans and Democrats Agree On Manhattan Project National Park, Manage Not to Vote It Into Existence

    We've told you before about legislation in Congress that would make the laboratories that housed the Manhattan Project into a national park, commemorating probably the greatest gathering of scientific minds in the history of time and both the scientific progress (atomic energy) and sickening horror (the atomic bomb) that resulted from it. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act finally came up for a vote in the halls of Congress last night, and a majority of our great nation's elected represntatives -- 237 grown adults -- agreed that it should be a thing that exists, which, given the state of our political system today, of course means that the bill failed. Confused? We've got your explanation after the jump.

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  10. Tech

    Washington to Offer Voter Registration Via Facebook

    Ah Democracy! Isn't it grand that we live in a nation where you can vote with your gum? You can even vote from orbit! But now, Washington State is moving toward the next great innovation in the way we elect our leaders: Allowing voters to register on Facebook. The application is scheduled to launch as early as next week.

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  11. Weird

    Salmon Take to the Streets [Video]

    It's been a rough few days in the Pacific Northwest, as these salmon attempting to cross the flooded Skokomish Valley Road in Washington state. High wind and heavy rains apparently washed the fish out of their home in a nearby river, and they seem pretty determined to get back there. It's common knowledge that salmon will swim upstream and past incredible obstacles to mate, but it's good to see that they're applying that same determination toward their self preservation as well.

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  12. Tech

    Facebook Starts a PAC, is Looking For Some More “Friends”

    As part of a plan to get more involved in politics, Facebook created a political action committee it will be using to support politicians that might be able to help it get by in a world where social media is becoming increasingly important but also increasingly complicated. The PAC was incorporated on Monday right around the time that the domains Fbpac.org and Fbpac.us were registered. For the moment Facebook is remaining tight-lipped about the whole deal. One makes a PAC in order to support political campaigns, so Facebook is clearly planning on doing that but they've yet to say anything about who they might have their eyes on.

    Facebook has been stepping up its Washington presence for years, so it's really not all that surprising they've incorporated a PAC. Back in 2007, Facebook hired its first Washington-based employee, now it has about a dozen, including four lobbyists. With all the patent-trolling going on and rising questions about software patents, in addition to increasing concern about net neutrality and online privacy, it's no wonder Facebook wants to have a foothold in Washington. It'll be interesting to see how they decide to go about this.

    (via New York Times)

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  13. Entertainment

    Revealed: The Schedule for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity

    Our pals at Mediaite have gotten ahold of the schedule for The Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart‘s much-anticipated rally in Washington, D.C. this coming weekend. (At least one Geekosystem editor will be there; please say hello.) On the docket: Performances by The Roots and Sheryl Crow, the incredibly promising-sounding “Sanity and Fear Awards,” and [...]

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  14. Tech

    Driving Between Canada and Oregon? Take the Electric Highway

    With the mainstreaming of electric cars on the horizon, the Washington state government has decided to embrace the technology and make the roads just a little bit more welcoming for electric-car drivers. A $1.32 million grant has been provided for the creation of the nation's first electric-friendly highly.

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