There Is A Reason Why Gas Stations Need Your Zip Code

Yes, Gas Pumps Really Do Need Your ZIP Code (Even If Stores Usually Do Not)

Recently I wrote an article about why so many stores ask for your ZIP code at check-out. With your name and ZIP they can turn to outside data brokers to learn your address, phone number and email — even though you did not authorize them to collect this information. Many readers wrote in to say they routinely give false ZIP codes when paying for items to subvert this process. Others asked what happens when you pay for gas at the pump with a credit card and the machine requests a ZIP code.

 

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The Ten Scariest Aircraft Landings Caught On Video

The Ten Scariest Aircraft Landings Caught On Video

Next time you feel like complaining about the Wi-Fi on your flight being slow, just remember it could have been worse. Much worse.

In reality, truly terrible is when you lose both engines and your pilot who has one eye has to land a Boeing 737 on a narrow levee. Or when a missile tears off half of your wing just after takeoff. Nobody had any video cameras on hand for those landings, though.

Here are ten scariest situations that were caught on video:

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Temporarily Superhuman Daughter Lifts Jeep Off Injured Dad

Temporarily Superhuman Daughter Lifts Jeep Off Injured Dad

One of my most persistent fears when I'm working underneath a car is that it's going to fall on me somehow. I know that's rare, but accidents happen, like they did to Adam Simmons of Plymouth, Mass. Fortunately, his daughter was there to LIFT THE FREAKING JEEP OFF HIM WITH HER BARE HANDS.

Let's backtrack. According to CBS Boston, Simmons was working on the brakes of his daughter Rachael's Jeep Liberty. He had it up on a jack, but it gave out, causing the rotor — and the entire weight of the Jeep — to land on Simmons' leg, pinning him down and leaving him screaming in agony.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Flunks Small Overlap Crash Test

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Last May, the 2013 ToyotaRAV4 compact crossover was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s a misleading title, but who is to blame?

 

The vehicle earns that rating without enduring the IIHS’ latest addition to its gauntlet of crash tests. It doesn’t need to. What’s especially frustrating is the possibility that uninformed consumers might see a label that says “Top Safety Pick” and think the car is, in fact, at the top of its peers. Not so.

 

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Aston Martin Crashes Into Bugatti Veyron In Expensive Fender-Bender

Aston Martin Crashes Into Bugatti Veyron In Expensive Fender-Bender

An Aston Martin DB9 rear-ended a Bugatti Veyron in Moscow over the weekend, but there's no dashcam video of the crash. Come on Russia, we expect better from you!

I thought that if there was any one thing I could trust Russia for, it was that every single hilarious or bizarre road incident would be recorded on someone's dashcam. I mean, if a single tree falls in a Russian forest, a dashcam will record it. If a meteor falls over Russia, a dashcam will record it. If a Bugatti gets into a crash in Russia's biggest city, surely a dashcam will record it, right?

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Man Buys Motorcycle Over Wife’s Objections, Dies After Three-Mile Ride

Man Buys Motorcycle Over Wife's Objections, Dies After Three-Mile Ride

It took some forty years of convincing, but Barry Strang finally managed to persuade his wife Pam to let him buy a motorcycle.

The Casper, Wyoming, man would visit the local Harley Davidson shop every week for the last 38 years, and every week for the last 38 years his wife would put the kibosh on his dream of owning his own hog saying it was too dangerous.

"It’s on my bucket list," Pam recalled her husband telling her.

In a sad turn of events, buying that bike would indeed be the last thing Barry ever did.

 

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How To Destankify Your Car Cheaply And Without Chemicals

How To Destankify Your Car Cheaply And Without Chemicals

Sometimes you find the perfect vehicle, but the interior leaves a little bit to be desired. Mint interiors where the previous owner smoked like a chimney. Project cars that must've sat in a swamp for the past ten years. You know...the stank. Fortunately, reducing the amount of odor is fairly simple and doesn't have to involve any of those stupid little cardboard trees.

 

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Man Leads Cops On Frantic Chase After Stealing Their Own Car

Man Leads Cops On Frantic Chase After Stealing Their Own Car

Alright, before you go any further with this story, click this link and turn your speakers up real loud. It will make things that much better, I promise.

The Standard-Examiner reports that police put Graham in the back of a squad car on June 15 while searching his truck after they found him and a woman acting in a reportedly intoxicated fashion inside a fabric and craft store. (You can't make this stuff up.)

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