On November 2, Wayne Burdick (not pictured) was aboard a cruise ship in Miami waiting to depart on a Caribbean cruise. While still docked at the port, he set up his laptop and wireless card and accessed his Slingbox device which allowed him to watch a Chicago Bears game via an Internet connection. When the game was over, Burd*ck closed his computer, embarked on the cruise and returned home to find a bill from AT&T charging him over $27,000 for the three hours of Internet usage.
Apparently, AT&T had charged Brud*ck the international rate for the access. At two cents per kilobyte, the total charge was $27,788.93 for the time spent watching the game, which breaks down to about $6,500 per Rex Grossman interception (LMAOOOOOOOO).
Burd*ck pled his case to AT&T, saying he was still at the port and not in roaming territory. After speaking with nearly a half-dozen people at the company, he managed to get the bill down to $6,000, even though he provided documentation that he was still technically in Miami at the time he used his wireless card.
Eventually, the whole matter was settled after Burd*ck contacted Team Fixer at the Chicago Sun-Times and they contacted the phone company. AT&T acknowledged its mistake, saying that Burdick’s device was picking up a signal it shouldn’t have been.
At least Burdick’s efforts were worth it. The Bears beat the Lions that afternoon, 27-23.
The only thing more painful than watching a Bears game: Paying $27,000 to watch a Bears game. -MATC
Never in American history had the vision of social mobility been more forcefully asserted than in the 1920s. And rarely had the image been so far out of keeping with reality. The Republican Party, which dominated national politics throughout the decade, extolled the twin virtues of economic competition and personal ambition, reminding Americans often that they lived, as Herbert Hoover remarked, in “a fluid classless society…unique in the world.” That rhetoric was redoubled by a booming new advertising industry which promised that consumers might vault up the ladder of social status through carefully chosen purchases (often with consumer credit, a recent invention).
And yet, the United States actually became less equal and less fluid in the 1920s, as the era’s prosperity increasingly benefited the wealthiest. By the end of the decade, the top 1% of the population received nearly a quarter of the national income, an historic peak that would not be approached again until this past decade. Indeed, the term “social mobility” was coined in 1925 by the sociologist Pitrim Sorokin, who used the phrase to identify a phenomenon in apparent decline. “The wealthy class of the United States is becoming less and less open,” Sorokin wrote, “and is tending to be transformed into a caste-like group.”
The conflict between the American myth of a classless society and the reality of the nation’s deepening caste divisions was the irony at the core of some of the greatest literary works of the 1920s, including Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”via…
Today, I woke up to find that my dog was missing. I spent about an hour searching for him when my psycho ex-girlfriend texted me his photo. She’d kidnapped him. After driving over there, she shot paintballs at my car. Now I have no dog and a colorful car. FML
“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”— WIlliam Arthur Ward (via meltinyourmouth)
Today, I’m reading in the subway sitting one leg over the other. An old lady sits down next to me. After quietly examinating me for about two stations she leans over to me and whispers in my ear: “Girl, sitting like all the time will make you end up with a crooked c**t”. I’m a man. FML
Today, I called the florist and ordered a flower arrangement for my grandma, who I was told was sick. I said I didn’t know what to get her, so just to send her something nice. I got a call from my mom calling me an inconsiderate bastard. They sent my grandma forget-me-nots. She has Alzheimers. FML