News of the Weird: Facebook's cloud got drenched

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • July 5, 2013 - 1:25 PM

The executive in charge of the electronic infrastructure of Facebook confirmed to London’s information-technology website the Register in June that when the company inaugurated its first “cloud” data-storage facility in Prineville, Ore., in 2011, the equipment was “drenched” when an actual cloud formed inside the building. Facebook had only hinted previously at a Prineville “humidity event,” according to the Register.

The tall, huge building’s cooling units use an electricity-saving system that takes air from the outside, rather than recirculated indoor air, and subjects it to various humidity levels to cool the heat coming from the aisles of computer servers. Apparently engineers had not accurately anticipated the vapor condensation of the new system, and rain guards were promptly installed.

Horror show?

In May, management at the Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City, Mo., hired a man dressed in full tactical gear and carrying guns resembling M-4 rifles and 9 mm pistols to greet patrons for the opening of the new “Iron Man” movie. Police were not pleased by the barrage of 911 callers who were fearful that the Aurora, Colo., shooting was happening all over again. Capital 8 manager Bob Wilkins said that “hundreds” of customers were entertained by the publicity stunt and that “only a few” were upset.

Pilates for elephants

Since Rozie, a pregnant Asian elephant at Albuquerque’s ABQ BioPark Zoo, stands a better chance of a healthy birth if she is strong, the “elephant manager” and staff has been putting her through twice-a-day, Pilates-type exercises, featuring leg lifts, squats and other calisthenics. Rozie is due sometime between August and November. Lest anyone worry that Rozie is being mistreated, the elephant manager noted in a May news release that her participation “is completely voluntary.”

Mouse ‘rescue’

As John Jacobson, 20, was being booked into jail in Portland, Ore., in May, police discovered a live mouse in his pocket. Jacobson, who police said tried to steal a case of beer from a store, had his father come down to the jail and take custody of the mouse.

No time like the present

Maryland state troopers caught sight of a drummer rocking out on the shoulder of Interstate 695 near Windsor Mill Road in Baltimore on May 21, at about 10:30 a.m. According to the troopers, the man had run out of gas and had decided to set up his drum kit to practice while he waited for assistance. When a utility truck arrived, supplying gasoline, the drummer packed up and resumed his travels.

Criminal minds

(1) A 38-year-old man was arrested in Wichita, Kan., in June and charged with trying to rob a Spangles restaurant by presenting a cashier with a demand note. He was arrested a short time later — and easily, because the demand for money was written on the back of a check-reorder form that contained his name and address. (2) Joseph Meacham, 39, fleeing on foot during a mid-afternoon traffic stop in Clayton, Mo., in May, ran through town so indiscriminately that when he decided to duck into a building for cover, he failed to realize it was the St. Louis County Police Headquarters. He was found curled into a ball on the floor in a dead-end hallway, and promptly arrested.

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