Today's wacky web stories: Virtual genocide, Jay-Z rides the subway and the real Halloween horror!

Virtual genocide, outer-space real estate, Jay-Z rides the subway, the real Worzel Gummidge, how an FBI fugitive shook hands with the President.

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First Virtual "Genocide"

Hacker Goes on Massive WoW Killing Spree; World Survives Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities. wired.comwor

Outer-space real estate

With well-funded men and women soon to find their way into orbit, there will soon be a need for more housing outside of cramped sleeping quarters. This led the Movoto team to ask: How could we get a house into space? The more important question, however, was how much would it cost to shoot a house into space?

Jay-Z from the block

The Brooklyn-native surprised fans when he hopped on a Brooklyn-bound R train Saturday afternoon on the way to his final show at the Barclays Center.

Child’s cell phone had porn

A DeKalb County mother believed she was purchasing two new cell phones for herself and her 13-year-old daughter. But when the two got home, they found pornographic images put on the phones by someone else, according to a civil lawsuit filed in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Halloween Horror!

Starbucks fans bemoan shortage of seasonal favorite, the pumpkin latte.


It's the eight-legged discovery of the millennium! An endangered species of spider not seen in more than three decades unexpectedly reappeared in Northwest San Antonio two weeks ago. Biologists and science buffs, rejoice.

The real Worzel Gummidge

Jamie Fox has what is possibly Britain's most dead-end job: he walks up and down a field scaring away partridges and pheasants. But, as he says, it's better than nothing.

Catch me if you can

When President George W. Bush clasped hands with a supporter at a fund raising dinner, he and his Secret Service bodyguards apparently did not know that the man, according to authorities, was using a fake name and was actually wanted by the FBI for a litany of alleged crimes with a $50,000 reward for his capture.

Rolling Past a Line

When long airport security lines become too much to handle, request a wheelchair. That’s the tactic some fully 'abled' passengers are using to cut through the winding queues at airport security checkpoints. According to the 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to accommodate disabled travelers — who need not show any proof of disability — free of charge.


Why merely 'like' someone on Facebook when you can hug them too? If you feel that being Facebook friends is just not enough, you can now give someone a virtual hug, thanks to this new designer jacket.

Jedi do battle at Louvre

The Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo... Chewbacca. Home to some of the greatest works of Western art, Paris is now playing host to an exhibit light-years away from the French capital's traditional fare -- hundreds of toys from the last 35 years of the Star Wars saga.

The Island

Scientists have adopted the tiny island of Tatoosh as a global warming bellwether.