50 shades of red:
Can you say awkward? London's fire department says more and more lovers are calling these days because they can't get out of their handcuffs. You can probably blame it on the effect of popular best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." In the last three years, fire crews have been called out 79 times on such calls. The book is also pretty popular with inmates at Guantanamo, a U.S. congressman says. Jim Moran says he was told it's requested even more often than the Quran. Really?
Cup of Joe camera:
The last thing you'd want as a weary traveler would be to try to figure out how to work some coffee machine at the airport that had no buttons, no coin slot. For the love of all things caffeinated, come on! There was such a machine in a South African airport, and the secret was it worked through facial recognition. If a person yawned ... free cup of coffee. If they scowled? Guess they were denied.
Son's final goodbyes:
NPR host Scott Simon used Twitter to share his heartbreak during his mother's final days. It began with the occasional update from the hospital ICU and ended Monday night with her final transition, and with Simon asking "When did I stop holding her hand?" The updates are carefully and artfully worded, and the response from Twitter users has been mostly positive.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.