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Tanked Episode 284 for Jan. 21, 2014

- Them Crazy Germans

Would YOU ever sled down 97 yards of frozen track wearing nothing but undies and snow boots?

A bunch of crazy Germans would. Next month, the German town of Braunlage will host the fifth annual Naked Sledding World Championship, and they're actively looking for this year's crop of clothes-free competitors.

To apply, you must be willing to strip down for a grueling, semi-naked race on a toboggan. You'll be laying on your stomach and propelling forward with your hands (don't worry-- gloves are one of the few articles of clothing allowed) before a crowd of about 25,000 people. In the past, the top(less) male and female sledders each received about $1,000 in prize money.

Organizers of the last Naked Sled chose only 30 participants from a pool of roughly 5,000 applications. Apparently those who "look good naked" tend to get picked, and stipulations are a bit strict: historically, contestants were chosen only from Germany, Austria or Norway, and Brits are forming their first team this year.

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Jelly Belly announces draft beer, chocolate Tabasco flavors



Candy company Jelly Belly announced new draft beer

and chocolate-covered Tabasco flavored candy beans

at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.


Time magazine reported the company,

which manufactures its famous jelly beans in Fairfield,

Calif., announced its new newest flavors during the Sunday

through Tuesday Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.


The draft beer flavor, which does not actually contain any alcohol,

is based on the taste of a German Hefeweizen ale,

while the chocolate-covered Tabasco flavor is based on

the Tabasco jelly bean first manufactured by Jelly Belly last year. reported its representatives at the show were

able to sample the draft beer beans, and the website said the

candy does actually taste like beer. The website said samples

of the chocolate-covered Tabasco flavor were not available.


Sony Says They're Looking Into Save-Erasing PS4 Error

Sony says they're investigating a glitch that seems to be deleting save files on PlayStation 4s, although it's unclear just how widespread the error is.

The "ce-34878-0" bug, which players have been reporting on the European PlayStation forums for the past couple of months, appears to be one of the really bad ones—players are saying it erases their save-files for various PS4 games including Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV.

Sony's looking into it. "We are aware of the cases and we appreciate your patience while we investigate," a Sony representative told Eurogamer.



'Pregnant Sims Can No Longer Brawl' And Other Amazing Sims Patch Notes


If you are not yet familiar with the world of Sims patch notes, please allow us to make your day.

Over the past few years, EA's ridiculous simulation game has been chock full of ridiculous bugs, and rather than ruin them by paraphrasing, I've rounded up the best ones right here, all taken verbatim from actual Sims updates.

Kotaku for the full list



  • Babies will no longer be born to single parents.

  • Reduced the urge for neat Sims to put away fire pits.

  • "Become Enemies with Child" wish no longer appears.

  • Prevented a case where toddlers were allowed to escape a lot and wander freely.

    -     Sims can no longer "Try for Baby" with the Grim Reaper.

    -     Fish are no longer duplicated in the fridge when moving homes

  • Dead relatives will no longer appear alive in your Sims' family trees while traveling to Egypt, China, or France.

  • Fire Engines will now maintain all functionality after Sims drive them in Egypt, China, or France.

  • Sims will no longer receive a wish to "Skinny Dip" with Mummies.

  • Pregnant Sims can no longer "Brawl.

  • Toddlers can no longer get fleas.10

  • An issue has been fixed that caused Unicorns to lose their special powers when using the Make All Happy cheat.15

  • Sims who are on fire will no longer be forced to attend graduation before they can put themselves out.

  • The Murphy Bed has been made less lethal.20

  • Mermaid Children can now take showers.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Time Traveler to catch on fire and not be able to be put out.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause a teen to be trapped in a child's body when travelling to the future at the exact moment of a birthday.22

*To me it seems as though the broken version of sims might be the best game ever created.


Gamestop robber called ahead to have items set aside


NASHVILLE, Jan. 21 (UPI) --

Nashville police said a man who stole an Xbox One system

and games from a Gamestop store called ahead to make

sure the items would be ready to go.


Investigators said surveillance video from outside the

Gamestop store in Nashville's Madison neighborhood shows

the man arrive in the parking lot in a Nissan Versa

around 10 a.m. Wednesday and circle the parking lot for more

than an hour before pulling in close to the store, WSMV-TV,

Nashville, reported Tuesday.


Police said the man then called the store from the

parking lot and said he needed the $499.99 Xbox One

system and about $200 worth of kid-friendly games as a gift.

He asked employees to have the items ready for him to

pick up on his way to work.


The man, who was wearing a blue mask over his face

, then entered the store, displayed a black semi-automatic

handgun to the clerk and took the bag containing the items

he ordered as well as about $600 from the cash register.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s

wearing all blue clothing.




I never got around to picking my nomination winners


Oscar Snubs?


Actor: Robert Redford and Tom Hanks. Those are the big two.


Superman vs. Batman bumped back a year.

The powers that be are saying it is so they can really refine the story and make is solid.

Most others believe that Superman 2 won’t be Superman 2. They believe it will be Justice League. With so many casting rumors for Aquaman, Flash and even Martian Man Hunter. So all we get are more rumors for an additional year.


Matthew McConaughey Wins SAG Award 2014 - Acceptance Speech. High as a kite.

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Drunk woman drove vehicle missing tire into jail lot


GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) --


Police said a woman arrested on a drunken driving

charge allegedly drove her freshly crashed vehicle,

which was missing a tire, into a Florida jail parking lot.


The Gainesville Police Department said Brielle Irene Watkins,

33, pulled her silver Ford Escape into the Alachua County

Jail parking lot and jail staff noticed the vehicle had what appeared

to be fresh crash damage to its right side and was completely

missing its right rear tire, the Gainesville Sun reported Tuesday.


Jail workers contacted police, who determined Watkins was showing

signs of impairment. She was arrested after failing a field sobriety

test and police measured her blood alcohol content at .222 and .215,

nearly three times the legal limit in Florida, the newspaper said.

Watkins was charged with driving under the influence and was being

held Monday afternoon at the same jail she drove up to.

The police report did not say how Watkins' car was damaged or

whether she knew she was driving onto jail property.


Indiana police chief accidentally shoots self in gun store


CONNERSVILLE, Ind., Jan. 21 (UPI) --


An Indiana police chief running for county sheriff said

it was "pure carelessness" that led to him shooting himself

in the leg while shopping at a gun store.


Connersville Police Chief David Counceller, who is running for

Fayette County sheriff, said he had his 40-caliber out of its

holster Saturday to compare it to a newer model Glock at

Wulf's Gun Shop and the gun accidentally discharged a round

while he was returning it to the holster, the Richmond (Ind.)

Palladium-Item reported Tuesday.


"It got tangled in my clothing," Counceller said. "I was wearing

a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt [the gun] go in the holster

and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused

it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor."


Counceller said he was able to drive himself to

Fayette Regional Health System, where he was treated for a flesh

wound to the upper portion of his right thigh.

"It is an entrance and exit wound," Counceller said. "I'm really lucky.

It doesn't even hurt. I'd have been at work [Monday] if it wasn't

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I'll be back at work on Tuesday."

The chief said the incident highlights his own need for safety and care.

"I need to pay more attention," Counceller said. "I know what the

dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part."


Counceller, who is seeking the Republican nomination for

Fayette County Sheriff in the upcoming May primary, joked about

how the incident could raise publicity for his campaign.

"If anyone says this could never happen to them, they're mistaken,

" Counceller said. "You have to keep your guard up at all times.

Some candidates are out there doing things for kids to try to get elected.

Me, I shoot myself. What a way to get publicity."


New Jersey man is on the run after stabbing brother over last can of Pepsi


Jan. 21 (UPI) --

Two brothers in New Jersey left a crime scene

"covered in blood” after a violent fight about

the last can of Pepsi.


A Jersey City man is on the run after

allegedly stabbing his brother multiple times following

an argument that occurred during the NFC Championship

game on Sunday.


Michael Charles had been drinking alcohol for a few hours

when he went to grab the last can of Pepsi from the refrigerator.

His brother asked him not to. Already upset because the

San Francisco 49ers were losing, Charles allegedly responded

“go [expletive] yourself" and then hit the victim in the head with a pipe.


The 50-year-old victim fought back and stabbed Charles

in the arm but was also stabbed several times in the chest

with a small knife. He was treated by paramedics at the scene

and sent to the Jersey City Medical Center.

Charles has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,

possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession

of a weapon.


Man shoots himself during road rage incident in Florida

Jan. 21 (UPI) --

Florida police are investigating a Monday incident on

Interstate-4 in which a motorist shot himself in the leg

during an alleged fit of road rage.


Richard Coles pulled his white BMW sedan off the highway

near College Park and Florida Hospital during the incident.

He got off the highway after another driver pulled out a gun

for reasons unknown.


Feeling threatened, Coles, 36, pulled out a firearm of his own and

shot himself in the leg. "He was taken to local hospital where he

has declined to prosecute and no longer wishes to speak with

investigators," said sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson.

There are not many details about the incident that provoked the

shooting at this time. Coles was treated at the hospital for

non-life-threatening injuries.