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The skinny: 'Zombies ahead,' warns electronic road sign in South Carolina

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'Zombies ahead' warning taunts South Carolina

Drivers near the South Carolina-North Carolina state line have been warned to be on the lookout for zombies, hunters and tanks. The Herald of Rock Hill reported that one of the electronic signs, which normally flash messages about construction or crashes, read "Zombies Ahead" on Sunday. Another flashed "Watch for Hunters" while a third read "Be alert for Tanks." The signs are on Highway 160 near Fort Mill, S.C. Ken Wilson with the state's Transportation Department says a key is needed to get into the control box for the signs. A code is needed to change the wording. So far, there have been no reports of the undead or tanks. Hackers pulled similar pranks in 2009, using road signs to warn of zombies in Collinsville, Ill., and Austin, Texas.

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His beef with Taco Bell escalates

A San Antonio, Texas, Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired an air gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself in a hotel room. San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides said officers used tear gas Sunday night to force the man from the hotel room after a three-hour standoff. The man was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder. Authorities have not released his name. Brian Tillerson, a manager at the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant, told the San Antonio Express-News that the man was angry the Beefy Crunch Burrito had gone from 99 cents to $1.49 each.

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Two screwdrivers power this trike

A group of German engineers have created a trike powered solely by two portable 18V Bosch electric screwdrivers. The EX was created by former University of Fine Arts Hamburg students Sebastian Auray, Nils Ferber, Ruben Faber and Ludolf von Oldershausen. They say they used a "skeleton with its organs" as inspiration for the design for the 44-pound vehicle that can reach speeds of nearly 20 mph. It is driven in a headlong position with the driver controlling the vehicle with brake and gas handles and by tilting the back wheel with his body. "It's definitely not the best vehicle for long distances but is a lot of fun to drive,'' Ferber said.

Compiled from Times wires and other news sources.

The skinny: 'Zombies ahead,' warns electronic road sign in South Carolina 03/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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