Apparently Throwing Money Into Jet Engines Is Kind Of A Thing Now

Somehow, it’s happened again. Another old Chinese lady has thrown things into turmoil by throwing coins into the engines of an airplane she was about to board. And like last time, it appears to have been done for the same reason. Luck.

The 66-year-old woman surnamed Wang threw six coins at the engine of a Tianjin Airlines plane just before its departure from the Inner Mongolian capital of Hohhot to the city of Chifeng on Monday morning, apparently in an effort to pray for a safe trip.
Fortunately, the coins were noticed by a worker. When an announcement was made for the thrower of the coins to step forward, Wang remained seated. However, she was revealed as the culprit by surveillance footage.

At first the bit about her being caught out by surveillance footage struck me as odd, but then I remembered it’s a Chinese plane. Of course there would be cameras.

She was arrested and placed under administrative detention for ten days. That sounds ominous, am I wrong?

The passengers, meanwhile, made it safely to their destination after a two hour delay that unsurprisingly included a plane switch.

This happening once is nuts. It happening twice is insane. But what if I told you that this is now the seventh time that someone has done this in the past two years? Is there even a word for that?

We’ve covered the first and for now the last, so here’s a summary of the others to fill in the gaps.

This was followed several months later by a 76-year-old granny flinging coins into the engine of a Lucky Air flight from the Anhui city of Anqing to Kunming. The woman was detained but appears to have never been prosecuted.
Then, at the Anqing airport in January, a China Eastern Airlines flight was delayed when workers found two coins lying on the ground near the plane’s engine. When questioned, none of the passengers fessed up to having done the flinging.

What, no cameras?

And it seems that the old folks are setting a bad example for the youngsters.

In February, again at the Anqing airport, a 28-year-old male passenger was taken into custody after trying to chuck coins into the engine of a Lucky Air plane while boarding, believing that they would keep the flight safe from hazard.
Last month, yet another Lucky Air flight was delayed when two female passengers were spotted chucking coins off the airbridge before getting on their plane at the airport in Jinan. Both of the women were reported to be in their mid-twenties.
Finally, earlier this month, a 31-year-old man was arrested for throwing coins before boarding a Hainan Airlines flight at the Wuhan airport. He later explained to police that he was acting on advice from his mother-in-law who wanted to ensure the safety of his wife and the couple’s four-month-old daughter.

Sure. the one guy in the world who pays attention to his mother-in-law has to be this one.

And it might be time for a name change for Lucky Air. Or does that have to wait until the luck runs out and somebody actually dies?

Far be it from me to judge anyone’s culture or beliefs, but there’s not a country in the world where tossing anything at a plane is a good idea. If I’m wrong, remind me to stay away from it, especially if getting there involves flying.

The 1983 Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup Riot

These days it’s like pulling teeth to get anyone out to an Argos game, but it wasn’t always that way. A whole lot of people used to genuinely care about the team, so much so that there was a mini riot after they won the Grey Cup in 1983.

I have no memory of any of this. I was about to turn four, so was obviously far too young to appreciate it at the time. In fact, this is the first I can even recall hearing about it.

Speaking of firsts, I believe this marks the first time I’ve heard the phrase “dumping confetti on shoppers” as part of a report like this. Was that a thing people used to do? It sounds extra weird coming right after the lighting of firecrackers.

It’s also interesting to hear vague talk of what would eventually become the SkyDome all the way back then, even though it makes total sense given that it opened less than six years later. It still being hypothetical kind of gives me a new appreciation for how fast things like government and construction can move when they want to.

You may also like this post from long-time sports reporter Howard Berger that features both his memories from the time and some scans of newspaper front pages and some of his other memorabilia.

The Slow Death Of Data Overage Charges Is Finally Upon Us

It’s not completely poof bye bye see ya gone as of right now, but considering what Rogers has just announced, it seems fairly safe to start bidding one of the biggest scams going a long farewell.

The company has unveiled three new wireless data options that it’s calling Infinite. They come in 10, 20 and 50 gig monthly versions. Depending on which plan you choose, you’ll get that much data at full speed. Should you go over, rather than being strong-armed or extorted or whatever your description of choice happens to be into purchasing more, you can keep right on truckin’. You’ll be truckin’ in the relatively slow lane at a maximum speed of 256KBPS mind you, but that should still be plenty fast enough to do important things like email or banking.

The plans are currently priced at $75 for 10 gigs, $95 for 20 and $125 for the 50. And in addition to the data, you’ll also get several other useful goodies.

Every Infinite plan includes unlimited Canada-wide calling, as well as unlimited SMS and MMS messaging. In addition, Infinite plans come with call display, call waiting, group calling, enhanced voicemail, as well as 2,500 call forwarding minutes. Infinite plans also include the carrier’s Roam Like Home daily roaming package, and, last but not least, all the data included in an Infinite plan is shareable.

Rogers isn’t doing this out of selflessness, obviously. The government’s push for better competition in the industry certainly has a lot to do with it (it’s better to impose your own solution than to have one legislated upon you), but still, credit where it’s due. This is a pretty nice step toward more affordable, consumer friendly cell service. And it’s a step that could cost Rogers and the others quite a bit of money, at least until they figure out how to ding us for the giant hole in the earnings report.

No, I Am Not Going To Make Myself Sad ON Purpose Once A Year

I think somebody ought to check up on this Nick Douglas fellow and make sure he’s ok, because this is not normal. You Should Feel Sad on Your Birthday

This is a Lifehacker article explaining that we should all be sad for a while on purpose on every birthday because we can never go back and one day we’re going to run out of them or something. I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. Maybe one of you can read it and explain it to me in a way that might elicit a response other than “what the fuck?”

Everyone likes a little cry sometimes; that’s why there are sad songs and movies and books. A little elective melancholy exercises your emotions even when your actual life is going well, and it can leave you mentally and physically refreshed. Some times are particularly well-suited: rainy days, late nights, and birthdays.
The best birthday still contains one inevitable sorrow: it reminds you of the separation between past and future, the one-way nature of time, that there is no going back to the you of last year. You are growing, you are aging, you are mortal. The happier your present situation, the more you will one day lose—and in your best-case scenario, you’ll lose it all on the day that the world loses you.
That’s why every year, at some point on my birthday, I like to put on a little music, walk around or sit quietly, and feel sorry for myself. For fun. The first few years I did it, right out of college, I was broke and lonely and I really did feel sorry for myself. But I kept it up as the years got better, and I even indulged this year, while I was enjoying paternity leave with my baby daughter. And if optional sadness sounds appealing—and if you’re not worried about triggering an ongoing mental health issue—then I recommend a nice birthday cry.

It goes on like this, complete with tips on timing, mood setting and things to do and not do while you’re structuring your emotions like some kind of weird ass playdate.

Listen. I’m all about alone time, reflection and resetting. In fact, if I’m being perfectly honest, I want to be alone far more often than life allows me to be alone. Having time alone enables me to have the energy and good humour to deal with people when I’m not able to be alone. But at no time have I ever thought during those alone moments that boy, what I really need to do right now is bring myself down on purpose for no good reason. That’s the thing about being alone and having a chance to think. The mood sets itself based on whatever your current circumstances happen to be. For me personally, if I’m happy (which I basically am most of the time), I want to keep doing that. I can use my alone time to be productive or to relax with some sports or good tunes or anything else I like. If something triggers a long ago memory that I’m not sure how to feel about, I’ll sit and listen to some music or whatever sounds I can hear around me and let it swim around in my head until either I figure it out or something else replaces it. And if something is bothering me, then I’ll be sad or anxious or whatever my body and mind tell me to be in that moment. But there’s no way in hell I could ever plan any of that, nor would I want to.

And especially not on my birthday. Maybe when I’m old as the hills and all of my friends and loved ones are buried under those hills we can talk about being sad, but for now, even though I’m aging every year, my birthdays are pretty great. If anything, they’re a reminder that, even though things are not and will never be absolutely perfect and I’ll always have a few regrets, there’s not a whole lot I have to be sad about in this life. Every birthday is a reminder of how many people care about me. They’re a steady parade of messages and calls and even the odd visitor who comes bearing free lunch, laughs and well wishes. How, when faced with that, am I supposed to pretend that things are shitty? If things aren’t shitty right now, they aren’t shitty right now. Forcing myself to pretend that they are just feels unhealthy.

A Cursing, Screaming Roomba

I’ve never really thought about buying a Roomba. As much as it’s a pain in the ass, there’s still something satisfying about vacuuming your own house. Plus I know if I did get one I’d never bother pulling out furniture to clean behind it ever again, because I am a lazy man. But if ones like this were actually for sale, I would absolutely reconsider this stance.

Screaming Roombas are technology that mankind has dreamed about ever since we could look up at the stars, today I was able to bring that dream to life

Open For Business On Our Dictated Terms

It’s not every day that I can agree with business people on something, but we’re definitely on the same page here. If this shit with the Beer Store or even the terrible treatment of those poor basic income people are representative examples of how the Ford Government feels about signed contracts, why would anyone ever decide to do business in Ontario as long as they’re in charge?

The United States Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the cancellation of the Ontario government’s contract with The Beer Store.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Premier Doug Ford, Neil Herrington, the chamber of commerce’s senior vice-president for the Americas, wrote: “Our strong concern is that terminating an existing contract, and doing so without compensation — something we understand is proposed in the case of the ‘Bringing Choice and Fairness to the People Act’ — risks sending a negative signal to U.S. and other international investors about the business and investment climate in Ontario.”

The letter comes just days after the Ontario Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli expressing similar concerns.

In his letter, Herrington also wrote: “This, in turn, could undermine the constructive work you and your government have done and the case the Ford government has made that the province is open for business.”

“We thus strongly urge your government to work with all corporate stakeholders in the ‘Bringing Choice and Fairness to the People Act’ process to ensure that a resolution amenable to all parties is achieved in a manner that upholds your government’s heretofore strong commitment to making the private sector an engine of the province’s growth.”

Ok, so perhaps them and I aren’t entirely on the same page since I’m having trouble coming up with a whole lot of PC policy I’d describe as constructive, but their main point still stands.