Talking Points: Fake plane crash, dropping cable TV, Tolkien's real ring of power

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What was so odd about the plane accident in Yucaipa, Calif?

It wasn't real. As an April Fools' Day joke a Billy Cheesman Jr. used a forklift to arrange a small aircraft on the fence that runs in front of his equipment rental business, as if it had nosedived there. He also strung yellow caution tape around to make it resemble a crash scene. The plane was a the two-seat experimental plane he hadn't known what to do with. Cheesman notified the county sheriff's office before he set up the prank at Redlands Yucaipa Rentals.

What new trend poses a threat to cable TV?

People are dropping cable in favor of Internet-based movies and television, a shift that has siphoned 3.74 million customers away from pay-TV since 2008, according to a new report. The number of people canceling service last year was equal to 1.1 percent of pay-TV accounts, estimated Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group Ltd. The pace of defections, along with younger viewers who never sign up, is slowing growth in pay television subscriptions.

Is the ring in J.R.R. Tolkien's book 'The Hobbit' real?

Though "The Hobbit" is fiction Tolkein may have been inspired by a real fourth century ring found in a field near a historic Roman town in southern England in 1785. The gold ring is inscribed in Latin, "Senicianus live well in God" and is believed to be linked to a curse tablet found separately at the site of a Roman temple in Gloucestershire, western England dedicated to a god named Nodens. The tablet says a man called Silvianus had lost a ring, and it asks the god Nodens to place a curse of ill health on Senicianus until he returned it to the temple. Tolkien, who was an Anglo-Saxon professor at Oxford University, worked on the etymology of the name Nodens in 1929 and visited the temple several times.

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