Internet 911

Teen Dies Attempting Risky Stunt for Viral Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Wikipedia)

A U.K. teen has reportedly become the first fatal victim of the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet trend designed to help fight a deadly disease.

Cameron Lancaster, 18, is believed to have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and then jumped feet-first off an 80-foot cliff into the shallow water at an abandoned quarry, the Telegraph reports. His body was found after a four-hour search. Read More

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Oncoming Train Crushes Woman Trying to Rescue Her iPad

Let it go. (Flickr)

An East Harlem woman’s failed attempt to grab her iPad should serve as the ultimate reminder to never ever try to never rescue a fallen object — no matter how pricey it might be.

The New York Post reports that Aracelis Ayuso died Saturday afternoon after her Apple device fell onto the tracks at the Union Square station and she was squashed by an oncoming Brooklyn-bound 4 train. Read More

Sad Things

Personal Science Pioneer Seth Roberts Passes Away

Seth Roberts (sethroberts.net)

Yesterday I got the most unexpected and most awful of texts.

My friend, the peerless professor and scientist Seth Roberts had died. According to his sister, who posted on his popular blog, Seth collapsed while hiking over the weekend.

The news hit me extra hard because on Wednesday Seth had submitted what was to be the first of a long awaited column here at Betabeat called “Personal Science.” And worse, I was overloaded and I put off responding. I starred the email and intended to respond today. Read More

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Facebook Is Making it Easier For People to Stalk You After You Die

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On the off chance that disaster strikes on your commute home, you might want to delete your more incriminating tagged photos. Facebook has tweaked its policies to make more of  your profile information available to the general public after you die.

Previously, when a user’s account was “memorialized” after their death, it was virtually sealed off so that only friends could view their information, a Facebook blog post says. Now, their privacy settings will be preserved so that even if their account is memorialized, other users will still be able to view whatever information they made public. Read More