Millions of dollars being given away on Twitter: Too good to be true, right? Yes

kucz3Hey guys, I recently came across millions of dollars! RT and follow me on Twitter and I’ll give each of you a grand!

That’s the latest hoax going on around Twitter and thousands upon thousands of Twitter users are falling for it.

The hoaxsters appear to be using fake Paypal screenshots to make it look legitimate. Creating a fake Paypal screenshot is nothing new and instructions on creating your own are available all over the Internet.

Then you get a couple of friends to say you sent them $1K and – Ta-Da – you’ve got 50,000 new followers.

At least in Andrew Kucyzinski‘s case, it appears he left clues to his hoax. Continue reading

New York subway riders aren’t pleased with ‘Southern Charm’ – welcome to the club, you guys

Bravo’s new TV show ‘Southern Charm’ hasn’t even premiered yet and it’s already considered an embarrassment by many Charleston residents who are not part of the ‘small, ruling entrenched minority of very established old families in Charleston’ the show claims to portray.

If somehow you haven’t heard of it, the  most notable cast members are former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel who left office amidst a federal cocaine conviction and Cameran from 2004′s Real World San Diego (even though she’s from the other side of the state.)

Anyway, it was bad enough when the show was our private shame, but as it gets closer to its official release date – March 3 – we’re now getting a feeling for what the national backlash will be like.

Apparently the ‘Southern Charm’ ads have recently hit the New York subway and they’ve already spawned not one but two blogs and some tweets by New Yorkers who are already disgusted Continue reading

More ice than you can fit in your tea: Charleston via Instagram

Via @liquidmatrixity, click for link.

Via Mary Catherine James click for link.

I’m sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I last put together a (supposedly) weekly Instagram gallery.

As you know we had a little bit of ice a week ago that caused a bit of a mess.

I’m going to ignore the fact that no one seemed to notice the gallery’s absence and take solace in all of the great photos tagged with #postandcourier.

Another strong week with, believe it or not, quite a few ice shots you might not have seen yet, like this leaf photo from Mary Catherine James.

I put those toward the bottom of this week’s Storify so we can go back to thinking warm Continue reading

Ravalanche, Cantore’s knee and 5 other things we’ll remember about frozen Charleston 2014

It was a week we will all remember for a long time.

Here’s my list of the Top 7 most memorable events from Charleston on Ice. What would you change?

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7. It was visually stunning

When we weren’t complaining about the havoc the ice was causing on our roads and bridges we were actually enjoying the view.

The Post and Courier received more than 300 photos from readers and posted dozens more from our staff photographers.

And if you didn’t already see Matthew Ingram’s drone video on The Weather Channel, check it out below, set to music:


6. Person falls on live television

This South Carolina Department of Transportation video, which also made the rounds as a Vine, was broadcast during a live broadcast on WCBD Channel 2. That’s anchor Brad Franko reacting and making sure the person got help.


5. @MountPleasantPD provides updates via Twitter

The Mount Pleasant Police Department was the first Lowcountry law enforcement agency to use Twitter on a consistent basis and, while they’ve been doing it for years now, the account was Continue reading

Carriers deliver Post and Courier despite icy Charleston weather

Mary Beth Faller

Via Mary Beth Faller. Click for link.

A lot of Post and Courier subscribers probably didn’t expect to see a newspaper at their homes this morning after sleet and cold conspired to freeze roads overnight.

Bridges were closed. Power was out in many places.

Post and Courier management told its independent distributors the day before to deliver what they could but to use extreme caution and not take any risks. We asked our readers to please be patient as they might not get their newspaper on time, if at all.

What happened next surprised and impressed a lot of people: Newspapers were there, on-time, at homes across the Lowcountry — even in Mount Pleasant, which was basically shut off from peninsular Charleston because of the bridge closings.

Some people said The Post and Courier shouldn’t have even bothered delivering Continue reading

Charleston trick shot is a SportsCenter Top 10 hopeful

Should this video showing 12-year-old Jackson Stebbins kicking a football into a basketball net appear on SportsCenter? Proud mom Ellen Stebbins from here in the Charleston area believes so.

Stebbins said her son, a soccer player who attends Moultrie Middle School, had been practicing the shot for about an hour Saturday when she went out to check on him. He said, “I’m going to get it in the net, I’m going to get it in the net.”

He gave his mom a hug, flipped the football and made the shot. “The power of a mom’s hug,” she said.

Stebbins is asking for your support to help Jackson’s video get some air time. You can retweet it below:

As of publication the video had 6 views. How many did it have when you watched it the first time?

Icy fountains to cool rainbows – this week on Charleston Instagram

fountainWhat a long, strange week it’s been. Frigid temps, incredible sunsets, crazy clouds and, just to cap things off, a rainbow Thursday.

Combine that with the beaches and classic Charleston architecture it was a picturesque week.

Thanks everyone for participating this week.

Keep tagging your pics with #postandcourier and tell your friends.

P.S. Don’t forget to tag your food pics with #firstbitechs Continue reading

If it walks like a duck, it must be time for the weekly Charleston Instagram photo gallery

Via @el_cliente

Via @el_cliente

Lots of great stuff this week: a duck on a leash, obscure Charleston architecture and Lowcountry skies.

Speaking of skies, this week’s weekly photo assignment (in which we pick a pic to run in the newspaper every Saturday) is Lowcountry clouds. Send your best #skyporn pic to by noon Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Finally, we have a new Instagram hashtag for you foodies (I’m guessing they don’t want my Shoney’s pics). The hashtag is #firstbitechs. Food writer Hanna Raskin has the details on her blog.

Anyway, here are this week’s pics. Keep using #postandcourier Continue reading