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Patronising sign at train station explains why you should look up from your phone


Those youth are too damn busy checking their social media profiles, buying random crap on eBay and taking Instagram selfies on their smartphones to interact with society. Everyone except the baby boomers are screwed. SEE ALSO: A man's hunt for'girl of his dreams' in supermarket causes controversy While the rant above is incredibly trite and deserves to belong at the bottom of a Facebook comments feed, a train station in Sydney, Australia is offering up a new incentive to get your head up and out of our screens. The reward is no pain, it would seem. A rather patronising sign placed in front of a cracked piece of glass at Central Station is perfectly placed, warning commuters to "stay alert" and asking them to not be distracted by their phone.

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United assures us that that would be hard to do. "We designed the questions to be difficult to answer through your social media accounts, which is why they may seem peculiar," the statement notes. "If you're not sure, try to answer two of your own questions selected at random about a Facebook friend of yours selected at random. We played this game quite a bit during the development program and found it very difficult." But the point is not that someone is going to stumble across a photo of you eating mashed potato pizza on Facebook and compromise your account that way--the point is that someone has a 1 in 30 chance of choosing the right answer by just guessing at random and would only need 30 tries to be all but assured of success.

Mourning dog waits for 80 days in road where owner died

BBC News

A loyal dog which has waited on a busy road for more than 80 days after its owner died there has captured the hearts of online communities in China. Footage of the animal in the middle of the road in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, has been viewed 1.4 million times on the popular Sina Weibo microblog. China's Pear Video website said the dog has been seen in the road every day since its owner died on 21 August. A taxi driver said people try to help but the dog runs away. "Drivers often give the little dog bits of food, but when we get out, he goes away," he said.

Three dead, 40 hurt as Belgian passenger train hits freight, media report

The Japan Times

BRUSSELS – Belgian media are reporting that three people were killed and about 40 others were injured as a result of a train collision. According to RTBF state broadcasting, a passenger train struck a freight train late Sunday night in eastern Liege province in Hermalle-sous-Huy. Belgian media quoted the mayor of the commune of Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse, Francis Dejon, as saying the collision had been "very violent." The mayor said three people were killed and about 40 had been hurt, but added that those numbers could change. Survivors were taken to a local sports center, where they were being offered psychological counseling.