In the off-year state legislature elections in Virginia and New Jersey, women are running for office in record-breaking numbers.Read More
Female Cop Being Punished For Her Dominatrix Past? Gross. Sensationalized Reporting of It? Also Gross.
Being a professional dominatrix is completely and totally 100% legal (though laws regulating it vary from state to state). This is an important fact to remember as we look at the case of New Jersey sheriff’s officer, Kristen Hyman. **CW: Brief description of consensual BDSM activity**Read More
We always knew Anakin was full of hot air.
Yesterday, we showed you hardcore fans who created a rice paddy in the image of Star Wars. Now, some equally hardcore fans are taking their love of Darth Vader and Yoda to the skies as part of the 36th Annual Festival of Ballooning in New Jersey. And yes, they apparently have Lucasfilm's blessing! What's more, if you can't make it to NJ, they may be coming to your town!Read More
God needed another 2,000 pound camel angel.
Sports fans everywhere might not realize that for the past twenty years, the success of their favorite football teams was dependent on the will and predictions of an unlikely source: a 2,000 pound camel named Princess.Read More
Glen lives in New Jersey, so guess what Glen's been doing today?
Today New Jersey has allowed six casinos and their online partners to launch online casinos. The catch is you have to be in New Jersey to play. Senior Editor Glen Tickle lives in the great Garden State and has taken it upon himself to spend the morning gambling. You know... for journalism.Read More
What gives, America?
Guys, when you were a kid, what did you call the night before Halloween? Don't look up at the headline to guess the answer we're looking for. Just tell us. Did it not have a name that you can recall? Then congratulations, you probably live anywhere in the country but New Jersey. Good for you.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Welp, we're boned.
Sure, we all made jokes when the Pacu, an exotic fish species with an unusual (and apparently false) reputation for biting at people's junk, was found in a Denmark River recently. But now one has been discovered in Passaic, New Jersey, just 15 miles outside of New York. We don't think it's funny anymore. Everybody stop laughing.Read More
Jersey strong! And easily distracted!
Everybody knows you shouldn't text while you're driving. But what if you text while somebody else is driving? According to an appeals court in New Jersey, if you text somebody and they get in a car accident, it's legally your fault. You know, because you're not going to be putting enough blame on yourself if your friend gets in a car crash over a dumb text you send.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Operation Swill catches 29 bars selling fraudulent liquor, and 13 of them are T.G.I. Friday's locations.
It's a fairly common practice for unscrupulous bar owners to fill bottles of expensive, top shelf booze with the cheap stuff to raise their profit margins. As if that practice isn't unpleasant enough, 29 New Jersey bars and restaurants -- almost half of them T.G.I Friday's locations -- just got busted for filling bottles of pricey booze with cheaper alternatives including dirty water and rubbing alcohol.Read More
Holy Rusted Metal Batman!
Gas stations don't tend to feature prominently here on Geekosystem, but when they do the stories tend to be pretty epic. Over this past weekend, gas stations suddenly got even more interesting when three stations in New Jersey were mistakenly refilled with jet fuel, and they then passed said jet fuel on to the cars that refueled at them. It's unclear how many automobiles were affected by the mix-up, but none of them were suddenly capable of breaking the sound barrier, so there goes that dream.Read More
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a press conference today about the news that Hostess was closing, and that it meant the world was ending because there would be no more Twinkies, but he refused to talk about the delicious, spongy, and radiation repellent treat. He refused to talk about it by saying "Twinkies" four times in less than a minute.Read More
One of the potentially unforeseen consequences of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath might see New Jersey boozers left without their favorite beverage. Fedway Associates Inc., the exclusive distributor in the state for fine liquors like Cristal and Svedka vodka, had their warehouse in south Kearny, New Jersey left in shambles thanks to 10-foot tidal surges from the horrendous weather. They don't expect to be back in full operation until December, so folks might be out of luck when it comes to their particular brands.Read More
Hurricane Sandy's left a mess in its path across the East Coast. Much of the public transit system in New York and New Jersey, for example, is still cobbling itself back together. Even so, the show must go on, and the election will still be happening as planned this coming Tuesday. Given the difficulties that voters might find in reaching their polling location, New Jersey has announced that folks will be able to vote by email or fax this year. Cue the cries of electronic tampering.Read More
Always be sure to log out when you're done using a public computer, but especially if you're using a public computer in New Jersey. Why? A New Jersey court recently ruled that if you do leave yourself logged into a computer, you are giving "tacit authorization" to anyone who'd like to have a look around; according to the court, taking a peek is totally okay.Read More
Yesterday, Verizon Wireless users in New Jersey's Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties got a terrifying text message that the coming global superpocalypse was not only coming, but had arrived. The message, completely devoid of context, urged recipents to "Take Shelter Now" and purported to be a direct order from the "U.S. Govern[ment]." Of course, the text left a lot of questions unanswered, like "what's going on?" and "why is there such a specific end time?" and people naturally started freaking out. Fortunately, the police were able to send out a message explaining that there was not, in fact, a civil emergency.Read More
Attention students of Morris County, New Jersey: Those 'D's on your report card just aren't going to cut it anymore. On a meeting Monday night, the School Board approved the decision to eliminate the D grade, making anything below a C- a failing grade.
There has been some serious disagreement about the issue. While everyone supports putting measures in place to ensure that kids succeed and actually grasp their material instead of skating by, not everyone thinks this is the right way to go about it:Read More