In 2011, Hayastan Shakarian, a 75 year old woman from Georgia, the country in Eurasia and not the US state, was looking for copper to sell as scrap. She accidentally chopped the fibre optic cables and cut off Internet services to her country and the neighbour, Armenia. When caught Hayastan pleaded her innocence saying she hasn’t even heard of the Internet.
Brian Klug came across an item on Amazon.com carrying a price of $3 billion with $3.99 shipping. Out of curiosity, he ordered it from the Amazon affiliate. The order was processed but later cancelled. The reason given was "unable to complete the order". [more...]