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Wednesday
Aug152012

Shoplifter Busted for Stuffing Widescreen TV in Dress

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A 31-year-old woman was arrested in Norway late last week for walking out of an electronics store with a 42-inch TV between her legs.

The Daily Mail
reports the woman and her boyfriend were both arrested as she was observed hobbling to a bus stop after secreting the $3,000 TV under her skirt.

The brazen-but-not-too-bright crime has earned the unidentified suspect the moniker "thunder thighs" by a Norwegian radio station, and has sparked dares of other women attempting the same feat -- though cops say no copycat crimes have been reported.  

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May122011

The Pakistani Military's ‘Cronkite Moment?’

Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan) -- The raid by American Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, has left an increasing number of Pakistanis angry with the country’s leadership. Now, one of the nation’s top broadcasters – a typically pro-military primetime news anchor – has denounced the army and declared his country the epicenter of terrorism.

Television news anchors in Pakistan are regarded as “secular mullahs,” as the UK’s Guardian put it, preachers who dominate primetime in a country where there are almost no options for entertainment. Though nearly all of them are on a similar political page – whether for ideological reasons or because they are pressured – few broadcasters have been as pro-military as Kamran Khan, who hosts a self-titled show on the country’s most popular channel. But Khan, a dependably pro-army broadcaster, decided recently that enough is simply enough.

“It’s important for this nation not to buy into the conspiracy theories about Americans, Israelis, and Indians,” Khan said. “The nation should know that 3,900 Pakistanis have been killed in 225 suicide attacks -- which have spared neither mosques nor schools -- and not a single suicide bomber was Indian, nor American, nor even Israeli. All of them were Pakistanis, and Muslims.

“We need to accept the bitter pill: in almost all the terrorist attacks across the world, either Pakistanis have been used or the planning was done on Pakistani soil. Pakistan is seen as a heaven for militants… If the world perceives our dear country as the largest sanctuary of terrorists, their reasons are solid... If we want to save our dear country, if we want to raise it even to the standard of Bangladesh -- never mind India -- and if you want to develop it like the Islamic countries of southeast Asia, all of this must change... It’s now or never.”

Khan has since backtracked a bit, but his diatribe is making the rounds on social websites like YouTube and Twitter. Some have gone as far as to suggest that the clip may be the Pakistani military’s “Walter Cronkite moment,” akin to when the United States’ most popular television anchor declared in 1968 that Vietnam was unwinnable -- after which Lyndon Johnson said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov262010

Will Royal Wedding Be Broadcast in 3-D?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal nuptials already seem poised to live up to the promised moniker "wedding of the century," with 3-D viewing purported to be part of the experience.

According to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, some broadcasters are considering plans to make their coverage of the April 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey available in 3-D, either in venues such as theaters and bars or at home, for viewers who have 3-D television.

Sky, the BBC and Virgin are said to be in joint discussions, The Daily Mail reported, quoting Jana Bennett, the director of BBC Vision as confirming early meetings had taken place with other broadcasters.

It would be a far cry from the televised 1981 wedding ceremony between William's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, which was watched by tens of millions across the globe.

The couple announced their engagement Nov. 16, several weeks after William proposed during the couple's trip to Africa.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct212010

Smell-O-Vision: Have Japanese Found Sweet Smell of Success?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- What if you could actually smell that chicken frying, or that cake baking on your favorite TV cooking show?  Or, what if you could actually smell that dead body discovered after a three-week search on your favorite TV crime show?

It's called Smell-O-Vision.  The ability to smell the fragrances and odors associated with what we are watching on the tube or movie screen.  It has been the dream of inventors for decades, but no one has ever quite perfected the technique.

Now a couple of researchers at Keio University in Tokyo think they have figured out how to do it.  They took regular home computer printers and replaced the ink with various scented liquids.  They then forced the scents through the inkjets and came up with hints of multiple aromas, like grapefruit, lavender, cinnamon and others.

Past efforts to stimulate our sense of smell while watching television or a movie didn't actually, well, stink.  However, they weren't all that successful, either.  During the '60s, scented sachets were attached to movie seats to enhance the ambience. But, apparently, it took too long to get the smell out of the theater when the movie was over.  Experimenters tried everything from spritzing perfume over an audience to placing cotton soaked in some scent in front of a blowing fan.

The Keio University researchers have a lot more work to do before their version of "Smell-O-Vision" is perfected.  But if their work holds up, perhaps one day what the actors on the tube say they smell, you might smell.  Combined with the increasing popularity of 3-D TV, that would bring TV watching to a whole new level, perhaps bordering on sensory overload.

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