We've all heard of air mail, but Amazon.com has plans to take it to a whole new level. The e-tailer is testing delivering orders to their customers using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed during an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday.
Although the technology is at least three-to-four years away, Amazon already has a name for their delivery service that would use small, unmanned aircraft. They're calling it Prime Air. Bezos said the goal of the new delivery service is to have packages in the hands of their customers in 30 minutes or less.
A new report in London's 'Daily Mail' says that for years, the final secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles --and likely starting World War III-- was simple.
How simple? Try eight zeros, as in 00000000. That code was in effect until 1977.
Those eight zeros would have been entered in a "PAL" or "Permissive Action Link" device that was supposed to prevent any unauthorized arming or detonation of nuclear weapons.
But the Pentagon was apparently worried about the possibility of command centers or communication lines being destroyed in a real nuclear war, stopping soldiers getting the codes or authorization to launch missiles when they were actually needed.
So they set the security code for the launching weapons as eight zeros to make things as simple as possible for all parties.
Earlier this year, a boxer puppy named Duncan was born in the Seattle area with deformed back legs. There was no way to fix it, so when he was 12 weeks old, both of his back legs were amputated.
Duncan's guardians have a custom wheelchair for him, but it seems that he doesn't need it. Because in the month that's passed since his surgery, he's learned to run on just his two front legs.
Now, he runs around on his two legs, going just as fast as a dog with all four legs.
A woman named Amanda Giese adopted him. She says people protested her having his legs removed and told her she should just put him down. Instead, she went through with the surgery, and now Duncan will live a long, full life.
Amanda says, quote, "Duncan is my hero. He doesn't let his unique differences slow him down and he doesn't know he is any different."
Every neighborhood has that one house that gets a lot of attention each holiday season – the one outdoes every other house with hundreds of lights and decorations. The neighbors either appreciate the decorations ... or they complain about it.
Imagine living near the Richards family in Canberra, Australia. They just broke the Guinness World Record for the most Christmas lights on a house. Their unbelievable display contains more than half-a-million light bulbs, requiring 31 miles of wire. And their enormous electric bill sets them back about $2,000 a month.
Some of their neighbors, as you might expect, are not happy about it and have stopped talking to the Richards family.