Vasillis Paleokostas, the uncatchable Greek Robin Hood, steals from the rich and generously gives to the poor. He's escaped twice from prison using an helicopter. Stole a tank to break out his brother. The police can never move fast enough to catch him. And, much like Robin Hood, he is regarded as a "socially accepted bandit and a hero."
The Greek police responded by placing an incredible bounty of 250 million drachmas on Paleokostas's head, calling the kidnappers “ruthless professionals, practising organised crime on a scale unprecedented in our country”.
But he reportedly maintained his Robin Hood routine, distributing some of the ransom among local farmers and the homeless. “He gave 100,000 drachmas to some orphan girls who needed to marry,” his father says.
In Greek villages in those days a woman couldn't get married without a dowry, and in some villages that remains true today. But, as usual, Paleokostas was handing out more cash than necessary, if his father’s claim is correct - 100,000 drachmas was a huge amount.
|"One in seven crimes in NYC involves an Apple product getting stolen."|
|"Such a situation is still science fiction — but just barely. It is also the future of crime."|
|How Crime Scene Investigations Are Really Done|
|Sued for Using the Google Play Store|
|Watch Out for Cold Calling Scammers from Online PC Care|
|“In comparison to the waste produced by every other kind of electricity production, that quantity is close to zero.”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|The Rise and Fall of Civilisations|
|“If I’m upset with Facebook, what’s the equivalent product I can go sign up for?”|
|What Computers See When They Watch a Movie|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Facebook, Twitter Users Could Face Insurance Hikes|
|“The only thing worse than assuming that carbon removal will save the day is assuming it will save the day.”|
|David Reeves' Paper Cutouts Inspired by Classic Cult Movies|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|