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  • Picking Up Stompies: Public Holiday edition 16/12/2013
    Posted by on Dec 16th, 2013

    2013

    Snow fell in Egypt for the first time in 112 years, but a pic of the pyramids blanketed in snow which went viral over the weekend is fake. The one on the left is the image which was retweeted tens of thousands of times since Friday. The original without the filter is the one on the right [Huffington Post]

    After 10-days of mourning, South Africa and the world said their final goodbyes to Nelson Mandela. About 5000 people attended the funeral in Qunu where the great man was laid to rest [iol]

    The fake sign language interpreter from Mandela’s memorial service faced charges of murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping in 2003. The charges were dropped because he was mentally unfit to stand trial. Thamsanqa Jantjie is employed by a company owned by the ANC’s religious and traditional affairs desk [News24]

    Google buys robot engineering company Boston Dynamics…the company behind the walking human robots and animals. Boston Dynamics also works closely with the Pentagon to develop battlefield-ready robots. Isn’t this how Skynet started? [The Verge]

    Second top cop quits Oscar Pistorius case. The head of police, who took charge of the crime scene after Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has resigned [Mail & Guardian]

    Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, said in an Italian newspaper interview on Sunday that he is not a Marxist but that even Marxists can be good people. [TimesLive]

    SABC bans Zuma booing from news broadcasts [City Press]

    Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, has died at the age of 81 [Guardian]

    SPOILER ALERT: A television tragedy has been averted and one of Family Guy’s most loved characters has been given a second shot at life. Brian is alive! [News.com.au]

    Italian Protester Charged With Sexual Assault For Kissing Riot Police [Gawker]

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