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Title: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 08, 2008, 10:00:27 AM
I thought it might be fun to share weird or bizarre news articles we come across.

Today's article is called "Scientists Turn Tequila Into Diamonds."

http://science.slashdot.org/science/08/11/07/2016240.shtml

Or, as RVR would call it, "Scientists Waste Tequila." ;)

What weird, interesting, or kooky articles have you come across?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 08, 2008, 10:09:21 AM
Heh heh.  Cool!

There was an article by the BBC a little while back about self-healing rubber:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7254939.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7254939.stm)

No accidental births in the future! ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 12, 2008, 03:19:17 PM
Have the prices of HDTVs been kept artificially high as a result of price fixing by LCD manufacturers? Apparently!

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/11/12/215212.shtml
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on November 12, 2008, 03:25:19 PM
I liked this comment

Quote
... I'd expect this kind of BS from Sharp and LG but not from Chunghwa Picture Tubes.

Actually I wonder how much this will effect the cost of not only TVs but other devices that use LCDs
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on November 13, 2008, 02:16:58 AM

Note to self, don't inject cooking oil into your face...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3439638/Cosmetic-surgery-addict-injected-cooking-oil-into-her-own-face.html


Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 13, 2008, 06:38:34 AM
Good thing she's not a smoker. Imagine sticking a fuse in that face and lighting it up? ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on November 13, 2008, 12:24:49 PM
"Scientists Turn Tequila Into Diamonds."

Or, as RVR would call it, "Scientists Waste Tequila."

This cracked me up.  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 13, 2008, 01:51:26 PM
Have the prices of HDTVs been kept artificially high as a result of price fixing by LCD manufacturers? Apparently!

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/11/12/215212.shtml
Son of a b......
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 22, 2008, 10:27:08 PM
New "empathetic" robot displays emotions, offers to "kill all humans."

http://www.youtube.com/v/2oUQfz0RD2U&hl=en&fs=1

Source page: http://www.deviceguru.com/lab-adds-emotions-to-robotic-head/
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 23, 2008, 06:28:54 AM
University of Bristol? That's 5 minutes away from me! *resists the urge to tool up for robot armageddon*

He has a good point about Gloucester and Weston though, those places can happily be wiped out.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on November 23, 2008, 06:56:12 AM
He sort of looks like Junkyard's evil cybernetic English cousin.

You just knew he'd be a Toryboy though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 25, 2008, 10:52:56 AM
Here's another weird one: a new material that is impervious to water. I can think of a lot more interesting uses for it than the example they came up wtih in the article...

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/11/25/1432256.shtml
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2008, 10:58:14 AM
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Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles.

(http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn16126/dn16126-2_300.jpg)

Awesome!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 25, 2008, 11:07:19 AM
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Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles.

(http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn16126/dn16126-2_300.jpg)

Awesome!
Didn't read the article but.....how do you wash it?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2008, 11:08:57 AM
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Experiments also showed that the new coating is durable. Unlike some water-resistant coatings, it remains more-or-less intact when the fabric is rubbed vigorously, although it didn't survive an everyday washing machine cycle.

For Steven Bell, director of the Innovative Molecular Materials Group at Queen's University Belfast, it is this durability that represents the really exciting aspect of this work.

"Although the textiles did show some degradation in the mechanical abrasion tests, their performance was very impressive," he says. "The era of self-cleaning clothes may be closer than we think."

Not quite there yet... :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 25, 2008, 12:20:59 PM
Didn't read the article but.....how do you wash it?

With acid... duh! :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 25, 2008, 12:23:38 PM
Quote
Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles.

(http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn16126/dn16126-2_300.jpg)

Awesome!
Didn't read the article but.....how do you wash it?
dry clean it?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 25, 2008, 12:27:01 PM
Actually, dry cleaning isn't dry. It's also a liquid, but it's a chemical bath instead of water with detergent.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on November 26, 2008, 07:04:43 AM
Today's topic for discussion: Ethical Killing Machines.

http://hardware.slashdot.org/hardware/08/11/25/1920224.shtml

I, for one, would like to welcome our new robotic overlords with open arms. Please don't kill me. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 14, 2008, 05:12:24 PM
Student in dorm finds his stolen xbox using the controller the thief left behind (http://kotaku.com/5109641/wireless-controller-helps-recover-stolen-360).
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on December 14, 2008, 06:42:51 PM
hahah, that's kind of awesome. :)

(btw - only 30 feet of range? what a gyp! if you can't play your console from so far away you can't make out the characters on screen, where's the fun? ;))
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on December 17, 2008, 05:59:10 AM
New Jersey supermarket denies Adolf Hitler a birthday cake. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_fe_st/odd_hitler_cake;_ylt=AjN4ZL_eZZK6yJmpmXlPdGADW7oF)

It's one batshit crazy thing to name your kid Adolf Hitler (and Aryan Nation), but it's a whole other level when the father is "surprised by all the controversy the dispute had generated."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on December 17, 2008, 06:10:11 AM
Will you make a cake for my son? His name is &%*$ your Mother in the &#@ O'Reily. WHAT? YOU WON'T?? WHY NOT???
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 17, 2008, 06:13:43 AM
BLALSRGHHBHGHBAHBGBHAHHBHABHBABABBAFREESPEECH!!!1

I hope this kid grows up to murder his parents for the torment this name will put him through.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on December 18, 2008, 06:32:45 AM
Kid took a foot to the head... in the womb
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/18297954/detail.html#-
4:08
http://www.youtube.com/v/zoA8oBVpf4U&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 22, 2008, 10:17:11 AM
This isn't so much "weird news" as it is "really stupid news"

I just saw a report on an airport television about a study claiming that heavy metal may be detrimental to your health. Banging your head, according to the study, causes the loss of brain cells and could even lead to a concussion.

I imagine this report played during a concert. As it begins, the music stops, people stop moving, their chains stop swinging in the air and hang limp by their sides, a large sweaty man removes his leg from the smaller man beneath him and helps him stand up, and the singer spits out the head of the dove he had been chewing on.  There is a collective gasp as brain damage is mentioned. The lead singer gurgles "dear god" as blood bubbles and rolls down his chin.  The report ends, instruments fall to the ground with a crash, and every one orderly starts to file out the door.     
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: gammer on December 22, 2008, 11:55:38 AM
Did Early Global Warming Divert A New Glacial Age?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217190433.htm
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 28, 2008, 12:32:36 PM
Pennsylvania man shot for talking during a movie:

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081228/Movie.Noise.Shooting/

Quote
PHILADELPHIA — A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night shot the father of the family in the arm, police said.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, faces six charges that include attempted murder and aggravated assault. He remained in custody Saturday.

Police said Cialella told the man's family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man's son. The victim, whom television reports identified as Woffard Lomax, told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Cialella carrying the weapon, a .380-caliber handgun, in his waistband, police said.

Had this man been using a taser or something, I think I'd be on his side.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on January 01, 2009, 07:52:32 PM

A 38-kilogramme beaver's loose in the land of basehart...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081231/ts_afp/britainanimalsoffbeat_081231065506


Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 01, 2009, 07:56:46 PM
Ah, Devon's a hundred miles away.  Makes me wonder what exactly you were searching for on the internet to come up with this story though, RAD.  ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on January 01, 2009, 08:57:36 PM
Did Early Global Warming Divert A New Glacial Age?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217190433.htm

Science Daily is a quack site so it's full of weird news.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 07, 2009, 05:26:23 PM
Man Stuck Upside Down in Ski-Lift without Pants

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7816336.stm

And the man who snapped the picture was fired:

http://deadspin.com/5125163/hero-photographer-canned-by-fussy-ski-resort
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on January 07, 2009, 08:47:06 PM
Damn. Take a picture of ONE guy dangling pantsless from a chairlift, and they fire you. What's the world coming to?

A world where you can't take a picture of a man dangerously suspended from a ski lift sans pants?

I hope the photographers learns something that a lot of people don't know: even what you do off-duty can get you fired from your job, particularly if its still at the location you work at.  ... Or at least do it in such a way as to never be caught.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on January 07, 2009, 09:01:23 PM
The actual problem was that of exclusivity of services, I believe.  He took a picture on the resort and sold it to someone else.

So a bar could fire their bouncer if he punches a dude out at another bar?

Or am I just thinking about Super-villains?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 08, 2009, 06:27:23 AM
It's a classic love story.  Boy meets girl.  Boy falls in love with girl.  Boy marries girl.  Boy gives girl his kidney to save her life.  Boy and girl have falling out.  Boy asks for his goddamn kidney back as part of the divorce settlement. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/07/kidney-divorce-new-york)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on January 08, 2009, 12:09:15 PM
Well, fair is fair. She should make getting her figure back from having his 3 kids part of the settlement then. I'm sure all the plastic surgery it would take to return her body to pre-childbearing status would equal the cost of the kidney.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 08, 2009, 03:07:38 PM
Well, fair is fair. She should make getting her figure back from having his 3 kids part of the settlement then. I'm sure all the plastic surgery it would take to return her body to pre-childbearing status would equal the cost of the kidney.

Except of course for the fact that having one less kidney will shorten your life, whereas having a fat ass from pregnancy is self-reversable and non-life-threatening. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 08, 2009, 03:12:49 PM
Well, fair is fair. She should make getting her figure back from having his 3 kids part of the settlement then. I'm sure all the plastic surgery it would take to return her body to pre-childbearing status would equal the cost of the kidney.

Except of course for the fact that having one less kidney will shorten your life, whereas having a fat ass from pregnancy is self-reversable and non-life-threatening. :)

Pbbt.  Details.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on January 08, 2009, 03:16:45 PM
The guy's a doctor and yet he doesn't know about the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984?  Sorry sir, but an organ is non-refundable.

EDIT:  The site is one of those "you have to sign in to browse... and you have to be a doctor" kind of sites.  Here is the google search for the lazy: http://www.google.com/search?q=laws+against+buying+and+selling+organs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

first link
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 08, 2009, 03:51:02 PM
Remember, donors... a kidney is for life, not just for Christmas. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 08, 2009, 03:54:12 PM
Remember, donors... a kidney is for life, not just for Christmas. ;)

Same work for hearts?  I don't like the heart I got for my birthday, and I was hoping I could return it for a more stylish model.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on January 09, 2009, 05:43:43 AM
There's a special on this one at the moment:

(http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FIB/5U56/FGLDOGAL/FIB5U56FGLDOGAL.MEDIUM.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on January 09, 2009, 06:49:11 AM
Personally, I could use "da noive"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dim of the Yard on January 09, 2009, 07:52:56 AM
There's a special on this one at the moment:

(http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FIB/5U56/FGLDOGAL/FIB5U56FGLDOGAL.MEDIUM.jpg)

K-Mart Blue Light Special?   :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 09, 2009, 09:27:17 AM
Scientists hear mystery boom from space (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28548425/)

So what is it?  I think it's an alien race firing a laser beam at earth, finally putting us out of our misery  ;D.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 09, 2009, 10:12:36 AM
If that were the case, it'd have already hit us.

Quiet you!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rattrap007 on January 09, 2009, 10:15:32 AM
maybe a warp drive blew up... That or Picard defeated the Borg again...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 09, 2009, 10:29:33 AM
Picard defeated the Borg again...
My Hero :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 09, 2009, 05:06:29 PM
God farted.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 10, 2009, 06:11:19 AM
Andre Thomas, Texas Death Row Inmate, Pulls Out Eye, Eats it
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/09/andre-thomas-texas-death-_n_156765.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/09/andre-thomas-texas-death-_n_156765.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 10, 2009, 06:32:00 AM
If ya gotta go, make sure they'll remember you, I guess. :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on January 10, 2009, 10:25:59 PM
So, just how bat-shit insane do you have to be to be ruled incompetent in Texas?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 11, 2009, 05:29:02 AM
He did have to rip out both eyes in the end before they believed he was insane.  One eye just wasn't enough.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 11, 2009, 06:17:27 AM
Of course, in Texas they'll execute you even if you're insane, so he'll probably end up back in the chair eventually anyway. Some of my favourite comedians have some choice words to say about Texas and the death penalty.

"In Texas, we have the death penalty. And we USE it."

"Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty. We're installing an express lane."

"They should just put a sign at the border that says: Welcome to Texas... don't fuck up."

:D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 11, 2009, 09:53:14 AM
Both, I believe.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 11, 2009, 04:36:21 PM
Can we really trust that Bush was elected in Texas?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 13, 2009, 06:39:29 PM
D'OH! I'm in Trouble.. :speechless:

Quote
Women Can Smell a Man's Sexual Intentions
Tuesday, January 13, 2009


It's not hard to tell when a guy is "happy to see you."

The twinkle in his eye, his swagger, that sexy smile — all are clear signs he's in the mood.

And, at least subconsciously, a woman can also tell by the scent of his sweat, according to new research.

Scientists have long debated whether humans, like animals, use chemical signals called pheromones to communicate sexual interest to potential mates.

Problem is, the effects of pheromones are thought to be subconscious — meaning that if we do communicate using them, we sure don't know it.

It's also hard to know what these pheromones might be and how we sense them, so researchers understand little about them.

But if human pheromones are going to be anywhere, they're going to be in sweat, right?

Denise Chen, a psychologist at Rice University in Houston, and her colleagues devised an experiment to compare how women respond to different forms of male sweat — sweat produced in everyday situations versus that produced when a man is turned on.

The researchers speculated that if humans do produce and respond to sweat pheromones, then a woman should respond to a guy's sexual sweat differently than she does to his normal sweat.

Chen and her colleagues asked 20 heterosexual guys to stop wearing deodorant and scented products for a few days.

Then they told the men to put small pads in their armpits as they watched pornographic videos and became aroused. (The researchers confirmed, using electrodes, that the images did the job.)

Later, the guys were asked to exchange those pads for fresh pads to collect the sweat they produced when they weren't aroused.

Then the researchers recruited 19 brave women to smell the men's pads while undergoing brain scans.

The investigators used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a technique that reveals the brain regions a person is using at any given time — even if their brain activity is subconscious.

Sure enough, the women's brains responded very differently depending on which sweat they sniffed. (And no, none of them passed out.)

The sexual sweat, but not the normal sweat, activated the right orbitofrontal cortex and the right fusiform cortex, brain areas that help us recognize emotions and perceive things, respectively.

Both regions are in the right hemisphere, which is generally involved in smell, social response, and emotion.

The findings bolster the idea that humans do communicate via subconscious chemical signals, notes Chen in her study, which was published in the Dec. 31 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Our sexual intentions, in other words, may be a lot clearer than we ever intended them to be.

That crush you have on your co-worker? She may already know — at least subconsciously.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 13, 2009, 06:47:34 PM
That's great if you're interested in finding out if that totally sweaty guy you know is interested in you.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 14, 2009, 02:52:36 AM
That's great if you're interested in finding out if that totally sweaty guy you know is interested in you.

Yeah, if women can't smell pheromones through your deodorant, then this study is only good for a few people.........you know who you are "non-deodorant wearing bastards".
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 14, 2009, 06:07:40 AM
Although it may explain WHY women find those obnoxious, sweaty Frenchman so mystifyingly attractive...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 14, 2009, 06:19:46 AM
Imrahil, you evil, magnificent bastard genius.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 17, 2009, 07:55:59 AM
I guess this qualifies as weird news.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

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Casey Affleck will track the musical career of Joaquin Phoenix behind the lens of a camera.

Affleck is directing a documentary feature on Phoenix, his friend and fellow actor who last spring decided to swap the thespian business for a musical one.

Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a rapper, with an album to be produced by Sean Combs. He is scheduled to make his first public performance Friday at a Las Vegas club, which will officially kick off Affleck's shoot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ChrisHanel on January 17, 2009, 09:01:02 AM
Where can I put down money that he comes out and says "Hello, everyone, I'm Johnny Cash"?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 17, 2009, 09:31:19 AM
I guess this qualifies as weird news.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

Quote
Casey Affleck will track the musical career of Joaquin Phoenix behind the lens of a camera.

Affleck is directing a documentary feature on Phoenix, his friend and fellow actor who last spring decided to swap the thespian business for a musical one.

Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a rapper, with an album to be produced by Sean Combs. He is scheduled to make his first public performance Friday at a Las Vegas club, which will officially kick off Affleck's shoot.
"Show business kids making movies of themselves.
You know they don't give a fuck about anybody else..."


Doesn't anyone listen to Steely Dan anymore?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MrTorso on January 19, 2009, 02:49:58 PM
I guess this qualifies as weird news.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

Quote
Casey Affleck will track the musical career of Joaquin Phoenix behind the lens of a camera.

Affleck is directing a documentary feature on Phoenix, his friend and fellow actor who last spring decided to swap the thespian business for a musical one.

Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a rapper, with an album to be produced by Sean Combs. He is scheduled to make his first public performance Friday at a Las Vegas club, which will officially kick off Affleck's shoot.

Here is a clip too:

http://www.youtube.com/v/zrclRelKUno
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 19, 2009, 04:53:37 PM
It's either some weird joke that he's playing, or Joaquin has finally tipped from "eccentric" to "crazy".
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MrTorso on January 19, 2009, 05:08:46 PM
He looks like he is trying to become Zach Galifianakis

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/joaquin_phoenix_5234619.jpg)

(http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/zach1.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 19, 2009, 07:31:58 PM

Here is a clip too:

Oh, ok, so he's joking.  Huh....that's really....something.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on January 22, 2009, 10:48:49 AM
Flying cars are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 22, 2009, 10:56:00 AM
Flying car are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Damn.. 500 miles is not far enough for a flight to Mexico :grr:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 22, 2009, 11:16:11 AM
Flying car are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Damn.. 500 miles is not far enough for a flight to Mexico :grr:

So land and refuel at a gas station.
the way they drive in Mexico?? I don't wanna land till I reach my final destination, and even then it would be risky :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 22, 2009, 01:02:35 PM
Flying car are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Damn.. 500 miles is not far enough for a flight to Mexico :grr:

So land and refuel at a gas station.
the way they drive in Mexico?? I don't wanna land till I reach my final destination, and even then it would be risky :speechless:

Yeah, you can't just land at the gas station.  Unless they sell unleaded at the airport.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 22, 2009, 01:04:36 PM
Flying car are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Damn.. 500 miles is not far enough for a flight to Mexico :grr:

So land and refuel at a gas station.
the way they drive in Mexico?? I don't wanna land till I reach my final destination, and even then it would be risky :speechless:

Yeah, you can't just land at the gas station.  Unless they sell unleaded at the airport.
Yeah! Thanks RVR... er.. BTA.. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?! :angry:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 22, 2009, 02:40:55 PM
Flying car are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.
Damn.. 500 miles is not far enough for a flight to Mexico :grr:

So land and refuel at a gas station.
the way they drive in Mexico?? I don't wanna land till I reach my final destination, and even then it would be risky :speechless:

Yeah, you can't just land at the gas station.  Unless they sell unleaded at the airport.
Yeah! Thanks RVR... er.. BTA.. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?! :angry:

:D

I've seen 7 or 8 different companies over the last couple of years put up news articles and videos about their pending flying cars. Should be interesting to see which one ends up being the first one that actually gets to the non-millionaire, non-custom-ordered market.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 22, 2009, 08:17:52 PM
I like this thread.  It enables me to post this little thing without having to start a whole new one:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7845771.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7845771.stm)

Quote
Mother guilty over smoking boy, 3

A three-year-old boy lit a cigarette butt and smoked it in front of his mother, Merthyr Crown Court has heard.  The incident was filmed on a mobile and passed to social services by a friend of the boy's mother Kelly Marie Pocock.  The friend earlier spotted him smoking a cigarette and said it looked like he had been "smoking for many years". 

The judge said it was an appalling case and Pocock, 24, from Merthyr Vale, was sentenced to 40 weeks suspended for two years after admitting child cruelty.  But Judge John Curran said he did not jail Pocock because of her "considerable efforts" since the incident.  Prosecutor Jonathan Rees told the court Pocock's friend Natasha Dudley filmed the events after visiting her home just after Christmas 2007.

You know what tickles me the most about that story, this quote:
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"...said it looked like he had been smoking for many years."

The boy's 3 years old, and unless his mother was doing some very weird things with cigarettes while she was pregnant, I'm betting he hadn't actually done it that long.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 22, 2009, 09:40:55 PM
Wow... that's fucked up. I can only imagine what kind of damage even a few dozen cigarettes would do to such a small pair of lungs.

Like you said, I'm sure he hasn't been doing it for very long, but holy christ, what the fuck was she thinking?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on January 23, 2009, 06:26:24 AM
Some days, I wish I could be a pioneering scientist.  And some days, I think it's not that far out of reach:
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Researchers believe they have solved the puzzle of three seemingly different fish, one all males, one all females and one all juveniles. They're the same fish.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/sci_fish_mystery;_ylt=AgG6H_7R8Z1lB1iqFn0lECADW7oF (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/sci_fish_mystery;_ylt=AgG6H_7R8Z1lB1iqFn0lECADW7oF)

I particularly liked these two gender-related quotes:
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...[The male's] jaw fuses and they develop a vestigial gut...
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...the females cope by developing a large mouth...

Yes... they're taken outta context... but it's still half-true.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on January 23, 2009, 06:33:44 AM
Oh my god that would me there was some sort of , hmm let me think of a term for it:

I suppose it's related to the sex of the individuals so the first part would be "Sexual".

Now we need to describe the fact that there are two shapes, so "di" and "morphic" would seem the right elements to use, and since we're descrinbing a quality we'd need to phrase it, oh I don't know, thus "Dimorphism"

Put it together we get

Sexual Dimorphism

Cool I've come up with a new concept, I must write a paper for Nature!!!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on January 23, 2009, 06:41:53 AM
Flying cars are finally here! (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html)

Bout damn time.

Now that's something I'd love to have. If I could convince my wife, anyway. She's kinda afraid of heights. Now where did I leave that extra $200K I had lying around?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on January 23, 2009, 11:08:23 AM
What. The. Fuck.  From Gothamist:

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At at a time when any decent baker should have been selling racially harmonious black and white cookies by the truckload, one Greenwich Village bakery popular with celebrities and shows like Sex and the City has outraged neighbors by selling a "Drunken Negro Face" cookie in, um, "honor" of President Obama. [Video below.] A shocked customer tells My Fox NY that Ted Kefalinos, proprietor of Lafayette French Pastry, asked her, "Would you like some drunken negro heads to go with your coffee? They're in honor of our new president. He's following in the same path of Abraham Lincoln; he will get his."

Later, her friend stopped by the bakery and said Kefalinos corrected her about the name of the cookies—they're actually drunken "N-word" cookies. She says the backwards baker then repeated the dark suggestion that, like Lincoln, President Obama "will get what's coming to him." Go Secret Service, go!

And it gets worse when Fox's Arnold Diaz goes into the store with a camera and microphone to confront Kefalinos, who suddenly makes Joe the Plumber look like a Rhodes scholar. "I called them Drunken Negro Heads. What's the problem with that?" Kefalinos asks the newscaster with a smirk. "On Inauguration Day I thought it would be cool to change the name to Obama Heads. I just changed it for the day." We suppose Burning Cross Bananas Foster was too complicated to mass-produce.

Kefalinos denies intimating that Obama would be assassinated, and insists that the cookie is "not unflattering. I think it's a fun face... And anyone who says anything else should be ashamed of themselves." Besides, nobody got upset about the "Dead Geese Bread" he sold after the recent Hudson River plane crash. (We're NOT making that up.) Also, Kefalinos insists he can't be racist because, for one thing, "my brother-in-law, he's Cuban." Below, behold the breathtaking train wreck of racist ignorance.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshh0LHi87pv9SGdL0GI
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on January 23, 2009, 11:12:37 AM
Oh my god, I love how the tit doesn't realize the offense he's causing.

"I made dead geese cookies!"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on January 23, 2009, 11:18:10 AM
I sense a bakery closing....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on January 23, 2009, 11:26:49 AM
I sense a bakery closing....

Or becoming a hit franchise.  Ya never know with those fickle customers.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 23, 2009, 05:14:16 PM
Wow.  What an idiot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: anais.jude on January 23, 2009, 05:40:16 PM
I don't get the dead geese bread. Is it against Geese?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on January 23, 2009, 06:06:04 PM
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Newspaper claims suspect transformed into a goat

   LAGOS, Nigeria – One of Nigeria's biggest daily newspapers reported that police implicated a goat in an attempted automobile theft. In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.

The paper quoted police spokesman Tunde Mohammed as saying that while one suspect escaped, the other transformed into a goat as he was about to be apprehended.

The newspaper reported that police paraded the goat before journalists, and published a picture of the animal.

Police in the state couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Belief in black magic is widespread in Nigeria, particularly in far-flung rural areas
.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 23, 2009, 06:09:11 PM
I transform into goats all the time.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 23, 2009, 06:13:30 PM
I transform into goats all the time.
Good thing you don't transform into a Donkey :-X
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on January 23, 2009, 09:13:02 PM
Why goats? Why not a T-Rex or a rhino or something cool?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on January 23, 2009, 09:28:39 PM
I generally transform into a shrew.  It's murder on my heart, but it does make it easy to slip away undetected.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on January 23, 2009, 09:34:05 PM
I don't get the dead geese bread. Is it against Geese?


I don't know if you're being serious, but it is in poor taste (not as offensive as the cookies) because Canada geese cause flight 1459 to crash into the Hudson.  SInce everyone survived, I don't think the dead geese are really that insensitive, but it does show that fellows particular sense of humor and decorum.  Most people were congratulating the captain and talking about how fortunate everyone is, this guy is making twisted jokes about it.

On the other hand, it looked disgusting too. I wouldn't eat it.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 05:04:51 AM
Someone in your family suffering from Alzheimers? There may be an answer... POT!!

http://media.www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2009/01/27/Campus/Marijuana.Could.Prevent.Alzheimers-3598061.shtml

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A puff a day might keep Alzheimer's away, according to marijuana research by professor Gary Wenk and associate professor Yannic Marchalant of the Ohio State Department of Psychology. Wenk's studies show that a low dosage in the morning of a certain canavanoid, a component in marijuana, reversed memory loss in older rats' brains. In his study, an experimental group of old rats received a dosage, and a control group of rats did not. The old rats that received the drugs performed better on memory tests, and the drug slowed and prevented brain cell death.

This news comes hot on the heels of another recent study that showed positive effects from drinking coffee daily. Just think... all those years people said coffee and smoke was part of a healthy breakfast, they may have actually been right! ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 28, 2009, 05:14:44 AM
I smoke weed and transform into less forgetful goats all the time.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2009, 05:34:28 AM
I smoke weed and transform into less forgetful goats all the time.
That's probably helpful while delivering the mail too :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 06:40:48 AM
I smoke weed and transform into less forgetful goats all the time.

Your transformation is nearly complete. You're practically indistinguishable from the other real RVR at this point. ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2009, 06:42:06 AM
I smoke weed and transform into less forgetful goats all the time.

Your transformation is nearly complete. You're practically indistinguishable from the other real RVR at this point. ;D
What the .... HEY! >:(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 06:43:47 AM
What? I fixed my mistake. :P

It's all you, BTA! Um, I mean... *runs*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2009, 06:49:24 AM
What? I fixed my mistake. :P

It's all you, BTA! Um, I mean... *runs*
*Ren Voice* YYOOOOOUUU!!!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 28, 2009, 07:40:48 AM
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Newspaper claims suspect transformed into a goat

   LAGOS, Nigeria – One of Nigeria's biggest daily newspapers reported that police implicated a goat in an attempted automobile theft. In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.

The paper quoted police spokesman Tunde Mohammed as saying that while one suspect escaped, the other transformed into a goat as he was about to be apprehended.

The newspaper reported that police paraded the goat before journalists, and published a picture of the animal.

Police in the state couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Belief in black magic is widespread in Nigeria, particularly in far-flung rural areas
.
I hope they go easy on him, he's just a kid.  :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2009, 08:19:23 AM
 :D :D
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 28, 2009, 10:38:24 AM
Looks like Joaquin Phoenix isn't crazy... He's just a douche:

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Joaquin Phoenix's rap career is all part of an elaborate hoax, according to the eccentric movie star's closest pals. The two-time Oscar nominee recently announced he was turning his back on acting to follow his musical dreams, and he followed up the shock news with a zany three-song debut as a rapper at a Las Vegas nightclub.

During his performance on 16 January, which was captured on film by his actor brother-in-law Casey Affleck, Phoenix appeared to have a public meltdown before falling off the stage.

But pals insist the Walk The Line star knows exactly what he's doing - and his performance was all part of an "art project".

One close friend tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "He said, 'It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it.'

"It's an art project for him. He's going full out. He probably has told his reps that he's quit acting. Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 28, 2009, 11:08:58 AM
He was good in Walk the Line, but Reese Witherspoon was better.  Those sorts of movies lend themselves to good performances though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 28, 2009, 11:39:32 AM
Family dog cloned after cancer for $155,000 (http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/41228/113/).

I totally agree with the "opinion" section at the bottom of the article.  This is so completely selfish, they should have just adopted another dog and donated the rest of the money to a dog shelter or something.  What assholes.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2009, 11:53:11 AM
Yeah Ann mentioned it, not seriously but because it was connected to the situation, immediately following Dolly's passing, but wow physical resemblance isn't personality and that's the very definition of frivolous spending.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 30, 2009, 02:05:32 PM
Hacked Construction Signs Warn of Zombie Attack in Austin (http://i.gizmodo.com/5141800/hacked-construction-signs-warn-of-zombie-attack-in-austin)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 30, 2009, 02:11:43 PM
Hacked Construction Signs Warn of Zombie Attack in Austin (http://i.gizmodo.com/5141800/hacked-construction-signs-warn-of-zombie-attack-in-austin)
Saw this yesterday :D :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 30, 2009, 06:09:17 PM
(http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/01/roadsignsaustin.jpg)

 :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on January 30, 2009, 06:58:42 PM
It also further convinces me that Austin is a place I want to live.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 30, 2009, 08:40:53 PM
All this does is reduce preparedness for when the real zombie attack happens.

Yep.  You can only "cry zombie" a few times before people stop believing you. 

I wonder how many drivers were scared of the sign? :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on January 31, 2009, 03:54:07 PM

Man, where was Johnny Rico when I needed him?

http://www.youtube.com/v/2FgFbFKLF8A&hl=en&fs=1


*shakes fists*

 :D

That was so surreal.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on January 31, 2009, 05:57:24 PM
Why, The F*CK, is THIS Even News ???

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John the Toilet Shot, Laid to Rest
Saturday, January 31, 2009 

CENTERVILLE, Utah —  John, a porcelain commode gunned down in an accidental shooting at a fast food restaurant's bathroom, has died. His age was not immediately known.

The toilet was shattered by a bullet Jan. 12 when a man's gun fell from its holster as he was pulling up his pants, police said. Police do not plan to file criminal charges in connection with the incident.

Christian Martinez, manager of the Carl's Jr. where John was gunned down, held a memorial service Friday at the restaurant. He gave away bottles of John's favorite toilet cleaner, Kaboom Bowl Blaster, to the eatery's first 50 patrons.

A Bountiful flower shop provided a large floral arrangement.

"In all my years, I can say without a doubt that I have never delivered for a toilet," said deliveryman Doug Graham, "but I thought it was the funniest thing I've ever heard. I got a kick out of it."

Remnants of John hit and cut the gun owner's arm, but he was not seriously injured.

Police blamed John's death on the gun and style of holster the man was using.

"He was survived by the men's urinal and wash sink," said Martinez. "He left us way too soon."

 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 10:56:04 AM
The 'Joaquin-Rapper' news story keeps going.  Talking to the Associated Press during publicity for his last film, he was asked about his recent career change and this was his reply:

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“I don’t know where that comes from,” Phoenix said. “If it comes from people that I’ve had a falling out with, that are (ticked) off at me?”

The video shows Phoenix, in a long, scraggly beard, rapping nearly inaudibly and ends with him losing his footing and falling off the stage. It was an inauspicious start, but Phoenix was adamant that his hip-hop career is real.

“There’s not a hoax,” Phoenix said. “Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention.”

So the swing-o-meter moves back from "douche" to "crazy" once again!

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 04, 2009, 01:06:52 PM
Japanese police seek Mii in hit-and-run probe (http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/japanese-police-seek-mii-in-hit-and-run-probe/1285385)

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Have you seen this man? His bespectacled and vacant-expressioned face is wanted in Japan in connection with a hit-and-run accident, but for some reason the local police saw fit to print a "Wanted" poster with a mugshot that looks suspiciously -- make that exactly -- like it was created using the Nintendo Wii's Mii channel.

(http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/ga/buzz/feature/vg17/miiface.jpg)
The Mii In Question

No, we don't have any more information about his crime, but if our time spent playing Mario Kart is anything to go by, the culprit's probably in trouble for reckless use of red shells and banana skins.

As to how is it that the police don't have a photo of the man, but have a picture of his Mii, your guess is as good as ours. Perhaps the mugshot-sketcher called in sick that day, and a creative (and tech-savvy) cop used the break-room Wii to put together an alternative.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 01:12:38 PM
A hit-and-run? Isn't that a miisdemeanour?

Thank you and Good Night!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2009, 01:25:25 PM
:rimshot:

Meanwhile, in Colorado:

Man robs 7-11s with Klingon Sword (http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11625687)


Ronin! You gots some 'splaining to do!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 05, 2009, 08:39:18 AM
From FoxNews:
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South Korean Woman Fails Driving Test 771 Times
Thursday, February 05, 2009 


SEOUL, South Korea  —  A woman in South Korea who has taken the written exam required for a driver's license nearly every day since 2005 has failed again — but is hoping attempt No. 772 will be the charm.

The aspiring driver took her first test in April 2005, according to Choi Young-chul, an official at the North Jeolla Province driver's license agency in Jeonju, 150 miles south of Seoul.

She has taken the test a record 771 times, most recently on Monday, but has yet to pass. She said she plans to take the test again but did not say when, he said Thursday.

The 68-year-old has spent $3,000 on fees for the test, he said. Applicants must score at least 60 on the written exam before they can get behind the wheel for a driving test. Choi says she's scored as high as 50.

"I feel sorry every time I see Cha fail. When she passes, I'll make a memorial tablet myself and give it to her," Park Jung-seok, a traffic police officer at the agency, told the Korea Times newspaper.

No other details about her identity were released other than her family name, Cha.

She Does NOT Need to be on the road IF she Actually Passes!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 05, 2009, 08:42:48 AM
And This:
 
From FoxNews
Quote
Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd
Thursday, February 05, 2009 

Feb. 4: Bill Gates opens a jar of mosquitoes at TED2009.
Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.

"Malaria is spread by mosquitoes," Gates said while opening a jar onstage at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference — a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.

"I brought some. Here I'll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected."

First reported on social networking site Twitter, Facebook's Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin blogged, "Bill Gates just released mosquitos into the audience at TED."

Gates then waited a minute or so before assuring the audience the freed insects were malaria-free.

The unusual presentation on malaria prevention was confirmed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's media office. A spokesman said the insects released were not carrying malaria.

Gates retired as head of Microsoft last year to focus more on his foundation. One of its key projects is ending malaria and it has spent millions on fighting the disease.

The philanthropist has been pushing to reduce malaria deaths through the nonprofit. In September, Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would provide $168.7 million to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to help develop a vaccine for the deadly disease
I think Bill Gates has gone Bonkers now.. ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 05, 2009, 08:45:43 AM
So he's a bout as good at being a philanthropist as he is at making operating systems.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on February 05, 2009, 08:47:17 AM
Actually, a lot of people are talking about it so it was genius :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 05, 2009, 08:49:32 AM
So he's a bout as good at being a philanthropist as he is at making operating systems.
True That!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 05, 2009, 08:52:24 AM
Okay... Gotta come up with 3 bad jokes corresponding to those news stories...

Scientists in Colombia have unearthed the remains of a true prehistoric monster believed to be the biggest snake ever to have lived on Earth.

Clearly they'd never seen a John Holmes movie!

 :rimshot:

South Korean Woman Fails Driving Test 771 Times.

Maybe Kelsey Grammer should stop being her instructor!

 :rimshot:

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd

Another Microsoft release plagued by bugs!

 :rimshot:

...

Kill me now.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 05, 2009, 08:53:45 AM
 :D :D :D

OH... YOU'RE TOO MUCH!! :D :D :D :deadhorse:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 05, 2009, 06:06:07 PM
So he's a bout as good at being a philanthropist as he is at making operating systems.

He's actually quite a good philanthropist, though that's probably more Melinda than it is Bill. Still, his Foundation does lots of good stuff in developing countries.
He needs to get back to work on those $100 computers then >:(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on February 08, 2009, 04:35:13 PM
Here's something weird, I think it qualifies as news:
Disney Brands Eggs
http://jezebel.com/5146148/disney-eggs-theyre-eggs-by-disney

Watch the video.  Weird.  It reminds me of an SNL commercial.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 08, 2009, 06:01:33 PM
I'd say that qualifies.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 09, 2009, 10:13:38 AM
If Donald Duck can have his Orange Juice, Disney can have Eggs. :^)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 09, 2009, 10:15:49 AM
I loved getting Donald Duck Orange Juice as a kid.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2009, 12:53:06 PM
Here's something Interesting.. :o

From FoxNews:
Quote
Arizona Rancher Who Stopped Illegal Immigrants at Border Now Fighting $32 Million Lawsuit
Monday, February 09, 2009 


An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals — seeking $32 million in damages — who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Times reported Monday.

The rancher, Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home, the newspaper reported.

The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.

Attorneys for the immigrants — five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States — have accused Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.

His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally, the newspaper reports.

Despite his noble ways protecting the country, You Can't Hold People Captive! ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 09, 2009, 12:56:36 PM
I dunno...I say put the guy on the payroll.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on February 09, 2009, 12:57:48 PM
He's the hero we deserve, not the hero we need.

The Dark Hick
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on February 09, 2009, 02:02:00 PM
In a more reality based version:
"The jury deliberated just three hours on Nov. 22 before ruling against Barnett for threatening two Mexican-American hunters and three young children with an assault rifle and insulting them with racial epithets...

On Oct. 30, 2004, Ronald Morales and his father, Arturo, were deer hunting with Ronald's two daughters, who were 11 and 9 at the time, and another 11-year-old girl. All members of the family are Mexican-Americans born in the United States.

Barnett spotted the family's pickup truck through binoculars and radioed his brother, Donald, asking him to investigate. Ronald Morales and one of his daughters were still out hunting when Donald Barnett made contact with others in the party at their truck, informed them they were on Barnett property and asked them to leave.

By the time Ronald Morales and his daughter returned to the truck, Roger Barnett had arrived and was, by all accounts, livid.  According to witness testimony, Roger Barnett erupted in flurry of profanities and racial epithets, calling the two men and three young girls dirty, ignorant Mexicans. When Ronald Morales asked, "What is your name, sir?" Roger Barnett marched over to his truck, and pulled out an AR-15 assault rifle.

"He said, 'My f---ing name is Roger Barnett. If you don't get off my property, I'm gonna shoot you and shoot you and shoot you,' " Morales testified.
"When I heard the bullet chamber I knew then that we were really in trouble. All he had to do was pull that trigger and spray us."

According to a psychiatrist who testified at the trial, all three children suffer from chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the encounter. The lawsuit sought punitive damages for negligence, false imprisonment and emotional distress. "
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 09, 2009, 03:42:57 PM
So, a) they were trespassing ( = bad), but b) Rambo needs to have his guns taken away or something.

Nice spin though, FoxNews.

Dude, can't you read?   He "waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property ...."   He clearly is America's greatest hero.

I guess if he had shot them, Fox News would have reported "Illegal aliens smuggle hunters bullets"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on February 09, 2009, 03:56:50 PM
Quote from: Imrahil
Nice spin though, FoxNews.

Those articles are about two separate events.

And RVR... you're absolutely allowed to detain criminals until law enforcement can arrive.

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 09, 2009, 04:00:22 PM

And RVR... you're absolutely allowed to detain criminals until law enforcement can arrive.

-Rude

CRAP, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TOLD HIM THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

His reign of terror in the mid-south region is about to begin. :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on February 09, 2009, 04:02:15 PM
...

Ah, crap... this is going to be like when Gomer Pyle found out he can make a citizen's arrest.

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2009, 04:09:39 PM
Quote from: Imrahil
Nice spin though, FoxNews.

Those articles are about two separate events.

And RVR... you're absolutely allowed to detain criminals until law enforcement can arrive.

-Rude
Well, civilians aren't supposed to take the law into their own hands.. That's what law enforcment personel are there for..

Civilians are suppoosed to 'call in' illegal activity. Not violate their civil rights in any way, that's against the law, and that's what this lawsuit's about..
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on February 09, 2009, 04:11:33 PM
...

Citizens have the right to detain a criminal until law enforcement can arrive and take that criminal into custody.

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2009, 04:16:58 PM
...

Citizens have the right to detain a criminal until law enforcement can arrive and take that criminal into custody.

-Rude
Not like this..

Per the article:
Quote
holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
That's illegal. And if it's proven he did this, he's looking at some serious jail time..
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on February 09, 2009, 04:30:18 PM
...

None of the actions referred to in that quote are illegal. I think the key words there are "threatening to" and "saying he would." Refering to their temporary and legal detention as "holding them captive" is a spurious claim.

Basically, the guy seems a little unhinged after dealing with illegals trespassing and trashing his property since 1989. I don't imagine that politely asking them to stay put while you turn them over to the authorities would work very well, ya' know? Anyway, i understand that you're a little partial to those with "questionable status," as you like to say, but it really doesn't look like this guy did anything illegal. Being a crazy racist asshole isn't a crime, yet. But we'll see how the case turns out...

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 09, 2009, 04:33:25 PM
...

None of the actions referred to in that quote are illegal. I think the key words there are "threatening to" and "saying he would." Refering to their temporary and legal detention as "holding them captive" is a spurious claim.

Basically, the guy seems a little unhinged after dealing with illegals trespassing and trashing his property since 1989. I don't imagine that politely asking them to stay put while you turn them over to the authorities would work very well, ya' know? Anyway, i understand that you're a little partial to those with "questionable status," as you like to say, but it really doesn't look like this guy did anything illegal. Being a crazy racist asshole isn't a crime, yet. But we'll see how the case turns out...

-Rude
Fair enough..
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on February 09, 2009, 05:29:24 PM
I'm wondering if he's got any signs or warnings around his property (in both English and Spanish, of course) about shooting/capturing any trespassers. That's what I would do if I were in his situation. Not that it would prevent any lawsuits, but it might help his case if his "victims" were warned ahead of time and trespassed anyway. He could put huge lights on the signs too, so they couldn't make up any stories about not seeing them.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 09, 2009, 05:46:07 PM
I think it probably depends upon the city and state.  Heck, in Houston a guy called 911 said someone was breaking into their neighbors house, said he was going to go shoot them, he did shoot them, and he did not go to jail.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on February 09, 2009, 06:01:02 PM
I wonder if he warned them first. To me, it should be about being warned first. At least give anyone trespassing or breaking in or whatever proper warning that you've got a gun and if they move a muscle, you're going to shoot them. It's an honor thing. Give them at least a chance to cooperate first before you blow their brains out.

Of course, it could just be Pak's hippie ways rubbing off on me too. There was a time when I didn't believe in warnings.  >:D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 09, 2009, 06:04:41 PM
If i were to have such a problem around my property maybe I'd have a few of these signs placed around the edge and translated versions as well.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/b5983fef.gif)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on February 10, 2009, 12:42:20 AM
I'm pretty sure they probably knew they weren't even supposed to be in the country...I know, they were going for a walk and somehow accidentally crossed the border and who knew they weren't supposed to do that.

Maybe they saw a taco bell commercial that said "make a run for the border" and thought it was legal now.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 10, 2009, 04:43:24 AM
But the article said they were Mexican-Americans born in the USA.  They are US Citizens.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 10, 2009, 04:46:17 AM
But the article said they were Mexican-Americans born in the USA.  They are US Citizens.
Which means, you can deliver their mail, 'Legally'! :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 10, 2009, 04:47:48 AM
You don't have to be a US Citizen to receive mail.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 10, 2009, 04:48:33 AM
You don't have to be a US Citizen to receive mail.
I know. I'm just say'n.. ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 10, 2009, 04:50:19 AM
You don't have to be a US Citizen to receive mail.
I know. I'm just say'n.. ;D

I don't get what your just say'n though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 10, 2009, 04:52:30 AM
You don't have to be a US Citizen to receive mail.
I know. I'm just say'n.. ;D

I don't get what your just say'n though.
I don't either, but I got a laugh out of it! :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 10, 2009, 05:05:16 AM
Ok then, I'm a go Levittown.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 10, 2009, 11:53:11 AM
Police find 22 dogs in station wagon with owner (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_DOGS_IN_CAR?SITE=MIDTF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

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POTTSBORO, Texas (AP) -- North Texas authorities seized 22 dogs found crammed inside a station wagon with their owner. The owner locked the car doors and refused to come out when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs early Monday, said SPCA spokeswoman Maura Davies.

Two puppies and 20 dogs were taken to a shelter until a judge decides who gets custody, the SPCA said. A hearing on the custody of the animals is set for Feb. 16 in Denison.

The dogs were in the car along with a pot of water, blankets and waste.

But what makes this especially weird for me is that all the dogs look like Jemmy:

(http://hosted.ap.org/photos/1/12bf8d92-82ed-4472-a2e9-c189b2bf6dc3-big.jpg)

I don't think the woman wanted to put them in the car, I think they used their diabolical papillion minds to bend her to their will.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 10, 2009, 12:01:05 PM
Police find 22 dogs in station wagon with owner (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_DOGS_IN_CAR?SITE=MIDTF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

Quote
POTTSBORO, Texas (AP) -- North Texas authorities seized 22 dogs found crammed inside a station wagon with their owner. The owner locked the car doors and refused to come out when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs early Monday, said SPCA spokeswoman Maura Davies.

Two puppies and 20 dogs were taken to a shelter until a judge decides who gets custody, the SPCA said. A hearing on the custody of the animals is set for Feb. 16 in Denison.

The dogs were in the car along with a pot of water, blankets and waste.

But what makes this especially weird for me is that all the dogs look like Jemmy:

(http://hosted.ap.org/photos/1/12bf8d92-82ed-4472-a2e9-c189b2bf6dc3-big.jpg)

I don't think the woman wanted to put them in the car, I think they used their diabolical papillion minds to bend her to their will.

They were probably on their way to rob a bank. 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 10, 2009, 12:13:03 PM
Either that or the gold reserves at Fort Knox.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 10, 2009, 12:31:22 PM
I think the producers of the "Amazing Doberman Gang" picked the right breed of dog for their movie after all.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 07:13:41 AM
Giant horse to tower over UK countryside (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/10/giant.horse.britain/index.html?eref=rss_world)

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A sculpture of a giant white horse taller than the Statue of Liberty is set to tower over the countryside as part of an unusual scheme to help revive the fortunes of a depressed region of England.

The 50-meter high horse will dominate the landscape around Ebbsfleet.

The 50-meter equine artwork was Tuesday announced as the winner of a competition to design a landmark to dominate the skyline of the Ebbsfleet Valley, set to be a new stop on the Eurostar London-to-Paris rail link.

Designed by artist Mark Wallinger -- whose previous work has included dressing in a bear suit and wandering around a gallery in Berlin -- the £2 million ($3 million) horse will be one of the largest artworks in the UK.

(http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/europe/02/10/giant.horse.britain/art.horse.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/-nEEMN7GUtY&hl=en&fs=1

I like it more than The Angel of the North (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_the_North), though I also quite like that one.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 11, 2009, 11:59:44 AM
I think that looks pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 11, 2009, 12:09:49 PM
I would have liked it more if it had been a HUGE statue of a pony.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 12:13:23 PM
Yeah, and like the artist said, it's a pretty key image for public art works in England.

Incidentally I found this vid while looking for vids about the final design:

http://www.youtube.com/v/fnKQPBZXiJU&hl=en&fs=1

White Horses are really important as symbols go :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 11, 2009, 12:15:35 PM
It should have a HUGE naked lady riding side-saddle on it.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 12:18:48 PM
It'd need to be a bit further north (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry#Famous_Coventrians) for that. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 11, 2009, 12:42:06 PM
It should have a HUGE naked lady riding side-saddle on it.
So not a Catherine the Great statue then.

*A horrible horrible joke if anyone knows what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 11, 2009, 12:43:55 PM
I hope that don't make it completely realistic.

I really don't think we need a penis on a statue that big any where in the world.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 12:46:16 PM
It should have a HUGE naked lady riding side-saddle on it.
So not a Catherine the Great statue then.

*A horrible horrible joke if anyone knows what I'm talking about.

Somewhere Catherine is cackling filthily (she'd have much preferred the mythic version of her demise to the factual one)

I hope that don't make it completely realistic.

I really don't think we need a penis on a statue that big any where in the world.

I think it's a mare, but you know large old chaps aren't that uncommon in British public art either (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/dorset/featured-sites/the-cerne-abbas-giant.html).

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 11, 2009, 12:50:07 PM
It should have a HUGE naked lady riding side-saddle on it.
So not a Catherine the Great statue then.

*A horrible horrible joke if anyone knows what I'm talking about.

Somewhere Catherine is cackling filthily (she'd have much preferred the mythic version of her demise to the factual one)
I know it isn't factual but it's a lot more entertaining than a stroke.

I hope that don't make it completely realistic.

I really don't think we need a penis on a statue that big any where in the world.

I think it's a mare, but you know large old chaps aren't that uncommon in British public art either (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/dorset/featured-sites/the-cerne-abbas-giant.html).


Some people just really love going out hunting.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 11, 2009, 12:54:39 PM
Good Night!

No wonder we left that country.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 12:55:43 PM
It should have a HUGE naked lady riding side-saddle on it.
So not a Catherine the Great statue then.

*A horrible horrible joke if anyone knows what I'm talking about.

Somewhere Catherine is cackling filthily (she'd have much preferred the mythic version of her demise to the factual one)
I know it isn't factual but it's a lot more entertaining than a stroke.

I know, which is why I said that, Catherine also had a terribly dirty sense of humor, she'd have dug the myth :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 11, 2009, 12:57:28 PM
Who's we....my ancestors are Danish and Prussian.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on February 12, 2009, 07:26:34 AM
Taxpayers will have to shoulder the burden of most of this mom's 14 kids. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_re_us/octuplets)

If you haven't heard the news this lady had octuplets on top of the six kids she already had. What I find intresting is the public response. Usually when these stories come up the public loves these moms and even sends the new parents gifts. But in this case people are hating her for having so many children. I don't know what the public's hypocrisy over this stems from. It's ok to love Kate(from John+Kate plus 8 )or other moms who had many children, but this woman is the devil apparently. 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:28:51 AM
If you haven't heard the news this lady had octuplets on top of the six kids she already had also from IVF.

Personally I don't find any IVF litter adorable, humans aren't sup[posed to have litters.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on February 12, 2009, 07:35:51 AM
Personally I don't think anyone should have that many children, especially in one pregnancy. But the public outcry is still intresting. Sending this woman death threats? I think that's a little too much.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:37:27 AM
Oh yes that's asinine, it's an unfortunate trait in humans to act in that way.

Look at the spEak You’re bRanes thread for a website that collects those sort of reactions.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 12, 2009, 07:39:09 AM
Personally I don't think anyone should have that many children, especially in one pregnancy. But the public outcry is still intresting. Sending this woman death threats? I think that's a little too much.

I look at these kids as potential organ donors for me some day, so the more the merrier.

She is running her own Klonus Farm.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 12, 2009, 07:40:19 AM
I don't know what the public's hypocrisy over this stems from. It's ok to love Kate(from John+Kate plus 8 )or other moms who had many children, but this woman is the devil apparently. 

In all honesty, that woman scares me. Any other guys watch that show and wonder how that poor man got himself into this mess? You see the shots of John and Kate being interviewed together and he just seems to have this "don't hit me!" look on his face.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:41:58 AM
OK what is John and Kate + Eight?

EDIT: Oh god are they the people with that cook book out telling you to make everything with Velveeta?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on February 12, 2009, 07:44:27 AM
It's a show on TLC about this couple who have eight children (six from one pregnancy). It happens to be my mother's favorite show.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:46:44 AM
Yes well I come from a family of ten (well thirteen total) children but they were born one at a time.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 12, 2009, 07:49:29 AM
Yes well I come from a family of ten (well thirteen total) children but they were born one at a time.



They have a show about a family like that, too. I think they're up to 16 or so now, though. Built their own house to keep them in and everything.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 07:50:24 AM
I think those are the Velveeta people.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on February 12, 2009, 08:42:08 AM
Yes well I come from a family of ten (well thirteen total) children but they were born one at a time.



They have a show about a family like that, too. I think they're up to 16 or so now, though. Built their own house to keep them in and everything.

18.  They're CRAZY.  The son and his fiance asked permission from the parents to hold hands.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 08:43:09 AM
Hm so they're sloppy Protestants instead of good Catholics then?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 12, 2009, 09:20:04 AM
From what little I've seen, they seem to be Pentecostal, what with the long skirts, long hair, no makeup, and overall blandness.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 09:21:23 AM
Sloppy (nonconformist) Protestants then :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on February 12, 2009, 09:34:55 AM
My best friend is from northern Minnesota and most of the people she knew in high school were the super ultra crazy brand and called themselves Christian, and when asked what denomination, they would get confused.  "...Christian."  "Yeah, but like Protestant?  Lutheran?  You know?"  "...We're Christian."  That's kind of how I look at the Duggars.

Because I never get sick of this:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 12, 2009, 09:39:38 AM
My best friend is from northern Minnesota and most of the people she knew in high school were the super ultra crazy brand and called themselves Christian, and when asked what denomination, they would get confused.  "...Christian."  "Yeah, but like Protestant?  Lutheran?  You know?"  "...We're Christian."  That's kind of how I look at the Duggars.

Because I never get sick of this:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

That little one in the middle isn't even a real kid.  That's  like a Build-A-Bear or something.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 09:45:50 AM
But wait, they're not catholic, they have nothing stopping them from not breeding. ???

The largest family I ever knew was 15 kids and the mother walked like one of those dogs with hip dysplasia.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 12, 2009, 09:55:05 AM
The largest family I ever knew was 15 kids and the mother walked like one of those dogs with hip dysplasia.  :speechless:

Ow.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on February 12, 2009, 09:55:18 AM
Because the "Christian" crazies are WAY more looney about that than the Catholics.  At least in my experience, I've never seen a Catholic have a no-touch rule until their wedding night.  That's more of an evangelical thing.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 11:56:56 AM
My best friend is from northern Minnesota and most of the people she knew in high school were the super ultra crazy brand and called themselves Christian, and when asked what denomination, they would get confused.  "...Christian."  "Yeah, but like Protestant?  Lutheran?  You know?"  "...We're Christian."  That's kind of how I look at the Duggars.

What seems really weird to you seems perfectly normal to me. This is how I grew up. I was raised in a non-denominational evangelical church, so when I was asked what religion I was it was normal for me to simply reply "Christian". Because that's what we were.

And this was right outside of Philadelphia, not in the boonies somewhere. So don't make it sound like only gap-toothed hillbillies identified themselves as such.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on February 12, 2009, 12:00:16 PM
Sorry, wurwolf, I didn't mean to make it sound that way.  I was just referring to it in the discussion of what denomination they were.  I didn't mean to make it seem like that's what made them seem like crazy hillbillies.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 12:01:29 PM
So don't make it sound like only gap-toothed hillbillies identified themselves as such.
Round heuh, wees wership Beer n' licker :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 12:07:14 PM
Sorry, wurwolf, I didn't mean to make it sound that way.  I was just referring to it in the discussion of what denomination they were.  I didn't mean to make it seem like that's what made them seem like crazy hillbillies.

No, I'm not like pissed off or anything. It's all cool. Although if you guys still want a chick fight I'll be more than happy to grease up and wrestle Courtney.

The weirdest thing is, I'm no longer part of a church or any specific denomination, but I still identify as simply a Christian. For very different reasons now. I guess if I was pressed I'd say Baptist, but that doesn't even sound right. I think I say "motherfucker" far too much to be a Baptist.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on February 12, 2009, 12:09:38 PM
Yeah, I think I just didn't explain it well.  There's a bighugegiantoctupletmomsized difference between non-denominational Christians and people who believe that all other denominations are wrong, thus making them the ONLY Christians.  That's the kind of people to which I was referring.  You know.  The nutters.

I have to respectfully request that the wrestling does not include grease because I have sensitive skin.  I have no problem with fat-free salad dressing or pudding, however.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 12:09:45 PM
Sorry, wurwolf, I didn't mean to make it sound that way.  I was just referring to it in the discussion of what denomination they were.  I didn't mean to make it seem like that's what made them seem like crazy hillbillies.

No, I'm not like pissed off or anything. It's all cool. Although if you guys still want a chick fight I'll be more than happy to grease up and wrestle Courtney.

The weirdest thing is, I'm no longer part of a church or any specific denomination, but I still identify as simply a Christian. For very different reasons now. I guess if I was pressed I'd say Baptist, but that doesn't even sound right. I think I say "motherfucker" far too much to be a Baptist.
Hey!
Isn't there like a 'Dreaded Religeon' thread round here somewhere??

We don't take kindly to religeon round here! :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 12:11:37 PM
I have to respectfully request that the wrestling does not include grease because I have sensitive skin.  I have no problem with fat-free salad dressing or pudding, however.
  :o *grab some pretzels to dip in said dressing or pudding* :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 12:15:00 PM
RVR, is this how you got your post count up so high?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 12:15:32 PM
Oh wait, I forgot to add this:  :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 12:16:21 PM
RVR, is this how you got your post count up so high?
...Maybe... ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 12:18:34 PM
RVR, is this how you got your post count up so high?

It's how he gets something else up so high.
*BOI-YOI-YOING* 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on February 12, 2009, 12:40:23 PM
Oh man, I am so tempted to make a joke at APGIL's expense.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 12, 2009, 01:04:34 PM
Speaking of Weird.. WTF is up with Joaquin Phoenix.. ???

http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/Y1xK6xz8d9Q
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 12, 2009, 01:25:48 PM
In response to the octuplets. No immediate family should ever outnumber the Wu-Tang Clan.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on February 13, 2009, 01:25:54 PM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on February 13, 2009, 02:23:52 PM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude

Happy Valentine's Day!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 13, 2009, 05:23:02 PM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude

Too small to ride those rollercoasters now.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 13, 2009, 05:24:36 PM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude

Too small to ride those rollercoasters now.

She won't need to wear the veil now though.  That'll be cooler in the summer.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 13, 2009, 05:25:26 PM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude

Too small to ride those rollercoasters now.

She won't need to wear the veil now though.  That'll be cooler in the summer.

And brazenly show off her larynx?!? The hussy!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on February 15, 2009, 08:39:15 AM
Possible 21-foot great white shark spotted in Tuggerah Lake, Australia

http://conservationreport.com/2008/07/13/sharks-possible-21-foot-great-white-shark-spotted-in-tuggerah-lake-australia/
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 15, 2009, 08:40:53 AM
Wonder if the shark is still looking for distant cousins of Roy Schieder?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 15, 2009, 10:19:54 AM
...

Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife... (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html)

-Rude

Too small to ride those rollercoasters now.

She won't need to wear the veil now though.  That'll be cooler in the summer.

And brazenly show off her larynx?!? The hussy!

Excellent teamwork, gentlemen!   :highfive:

One for each of you.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 15, 2009, 10:45:22 AM
Possible 21-foot great white shark spotted in Tuggerah Lake, Australia

http://conservationreport.com/2008/07/13/sharks-possible-21-foot-great-white-shark-spotted-in-tuggerah-lake-australia/

Hmmm. One more reason not to go swimming in Australia.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 15, 2009, 06:10:07 PM
Possible 21-foot great white shark spotted in Tuggerah Lake, Australia

http://conservationreport.com/2008/07/13/sharks-possible-21-foot-great-white-shark-spotted-in-tuggerah-lake-australia/

For the record, that's just four feet shorter than the shark in Jaws.

And as far as I'm concerned, ANY reason's a good reason not to go swimming in the ocean.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 16, 2009, 01:06:22 PM
Fireball in Texas?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/16/texas.sky.debris/index.html

UFO? Satellite? Or just someone who ate too much chili?

We were watching CNN just a few minutes ago and Rick Sanchez had "Intergalactic War?" on the chyron.  Rick Sanchez is also a douche.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 16, 2009, 01:58:18 PM
Interesting that US Strategic Command says it's not satellite debris, but the FAA says it was.

*smells conspiracy*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 17, 2009, 09:19:09 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/17/flatulence.fight/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/17/flatulence.fight/index.html)
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A Florida-based company has accused a Colorado competitor in federal court of trademark infringement and unfair business practices over the phrase "Pull My Finger."

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MrTorso on February 18, 2009, 04:14:31 PM
WORST HEADLINE EVER:

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Spoiler (click to show/hide)

LINK (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/mans-penis-injured-in-grinder-accident/2009/02/18/1234632881186.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 18, 2009, 05:23:29 PM
WORST HEADLINE EVER:

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Spoiler (click to show/hide)

LINK (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/mans-penis-injured-in-grinder-accident/2009/02/18/1234632881186.html)

I think I'm going to need an asprin just because I read that.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on February 19, 2009, 08:58:40 PM
If you've ever seen a UFO, you might have actually seen one of these spy planes. (http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4304207.html)

Pretty cool.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 20, 2009, 02:47:18 PM
Boy Killed Anally When Office Chair Explodes
http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes (http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes)
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A 14-year-old boy in China was killed when his chair exploded, sending chunks of metal into his rectum. The bleeding this caused killed him.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 20, 2009, 03:01:30 PM
Boy Killed Anally When Office Chair Explodes
http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes (http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes)
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A 14-year-old boy in China was killed when his chair exploded, sending chunks of metal into his rectum. The bleeding this caused killed him.

I hope that is a hoax.....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on February 20, 2009, 03:07:35 PM
Boy Killed Anally When Office Chair Explodes
http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes (http://i.gizmodo.com/5157354/boy-killed-anally-when-office-chair-explodes)
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A 14-year-old boy in China was killed when his chair exploded, sending chunks of metal into his rectum. The bleeding this caused killed him.
I was going to post a Top Secret! reference but being this probably happend, I won't.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 20, 2009, 03:16:19 PM
I sense a MythBusters episode.

"This episode, one cast member will DIE!.....stay tuned to find out."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 20, 2009, 03:27:53 PM
Did everyone else have the phrase "Rectum? Damn near killed 'em!" run through their head after they read the story?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 20, 2009, 03:33:37 PM
Did everyone else have the phrase "Rectum? Damn near killed 'em!" run through their head after they read the story?

No, a little boy died.   You must be an inhuman monster.



 :D




Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 20, 2009, 03:47:22 PM
What the heck was he doing on that chair to cause that much pressure in the hydraulics?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 22, 2009, 05:47:37 AM
(http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/2459/kittyswallow.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 22, 2009, 06:44:43 AM
Oof.  That's tragically hilarious.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 22, 2009, 09:19:07 AM
Good Night!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on February 22, 2009, 11:22:51 AM
I think he misunderstood the phrase "eating pussy."
:D :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on February 22, 2009, 12:21:45 PM
I think he misunderstood the phrase "eating pussy."

You can take the rest of the week off now!
 :clap:

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 23, 2009, 09:16:33 AM
I think he misunderstood the phrase "eating pussy."

So wrong and yet so right at the same time.

Bravo!  :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dankbuds on February 24, 2009, 07:17:03 AM
Nicky Hilton makes citizen's arrest at IHOP (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29354575/?gt1=43001)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn19/dankbuds00/nickyhilton.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 24, 2009, 07:21:24 AM
So man bumps against socialite at chain restaurant, socialite nose out of joint throws her negligible weight around.

Nice work Nicky  ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 24, 2009, 07:27:42 AM
So man bumps against socialite at chain restaurant, socialite nose out of joint throws her negligible weight around.

Nice work Nicky  ::)

Dude, have you seen Nicky Hilton? She has every right to be pissed. 

(http://images.askmen.com/galleries/model/nicky-hilton/pictures/nicky-hilton-picture-2.jpg)

I mean, not even as attractive as her sister? That's some harsh penalty for being rich right there.  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dankbuds on February 24, 2009, 07:28:50 AM
yeah like 10 years ago I was at a video store and some guy was all in my business so I told him to go f*#! himself and then he was like "That's it you're under arrest", thinking it was some psycho trying to make a citizen's arrest, I laughed and continued to verbally assualt him. Unfortunately for me he happened to be an off duty sheriffs deputy so once the cops did show up I got a ticket but when the court date came no one showed up so the charges were dropped.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 24, 2009, 07:30:30 AM
So man bumps against socialite at chain restaurant, socialite nose out of joint throws her negligible weight around.

Nice work Nicky  ::)

Dude, have you seen Nicky Hilton? She has every right to be pissed. 

(http://images.askmen.com/galleries/model/nicky-hilton/pictures/nicky-hilton-picture-2.jpg)

I mean, not even as attractive as her sister? That's some harsh penalty for being rich right there.  :)

Man those are some scary eyes, like they should exist without a face or something.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 24, 2009, 10:00:09 AM
So you can go to jail for shoving someone.

That's it I think we have proof that the country is now run by five year olds!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on February 24, 2009, 10:01:16 AM
Not just anyone, silly, only creature shop built debutantes!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 26, 2009, 02:57:29 AM
Why you not servin' my lemon drink?
http://www.youtube.com/v/1j6bsDZM6IY&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on February 26, 2009, 04:09:33 PM
iChange: shape-shifting car controlled by your iPhone

http://dvice.com/archives/2009/02/ichange_a_tiny.php
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on February 26, 2009, 05:20:54 PM
Why you not servin' my lemon drink?
http://www.youtube.com/v/1j6bsDZM6IY&hl=en&fs=1


I once became enraged when McDonald's ran out of ketchup packets...I just didn't have my phone on me
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on February 26, 2009, 05:24:12 PM
They told me I could use MUSTARD!!  The bastards
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Dankbuds on March 01, 2009, 05:57:16 AM
Ohio police charge Woman with BWD (breast-feeding while driving) (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-breastfeeding-driver1-2009mar01,0,3160776.story)
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KETTERING, Ohio — Police in Ohio say a woman has been charged with child endangerment after another motorist reported she was both breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a phone while driving.

Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering say the caller told them he saw the woman Thursday.

Officer Michael Burke says authorities used a licence plate number to track down 39-year-old Genine Compton.

He said the woman told officers she was breast-feeding and wouldn't let her child go hungry.

Mr. Burke said the legal concern is that Compton had a child in her lap while driving, not that she was breast-feeding in public.

He said the child was under two years old.

Police say the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanour.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 01, 2009, 08:47:12 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/rFDDDHs8Fsc&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 03, 2009, 11:33:49 AM
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Math Freaks Celebrate Square Root Day
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. —  Dust off the slide rules and recharge the calculators. Square Root Day is upon us.

The math-buffs' holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls on Tuesday — 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine).

"These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day — and poof — they're gone," said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event.

The winner gets, of course, $339 for having the biggest Square Root Day event.

Gordon's daughter even set up a Facebook page — one of a half-dozen or so dedicated to the holiday — and hundreds of people had signed up with plans to celebrate in some way.

Celebrations are as varied: Some cut root vegetables into squares, others make food in the shape of a square root symbol.

The last such day was five years ago, Feb. 2, 2004, which coincided with Groundhog Day. The next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 03, 2009, 11:36:57 AM
So the next one will be in.... 2016?  (useless at math)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 03, 2009, 11:38:04 AM
So the next one will be in.... 2016?  (useless at math)
Yep.. Last line of the quote: April 4, 2016 :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 03, 2009, 11:43:22 AM
Ah yes, 4/4/16.  Got it.  Next would be 5/5/25 then.  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on March 03, 2009, 11:47:50 AM
Why you not servin' my lemon drink?
http://www.youtube.com/v/1j6bsDZM6IY&hl=en&fs=1

And in that same vein... (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0303091mcnugget1.html)

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A McNuggets "Emergency"
Floridian called 911 three times over McDonald's chicken shortage

MARCH 3--Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, last Saturday called police to complain that a cashier--citing a McDonald's all sales are final policy--would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." Goodman noted, "I called 911 because I couldn't get a refund, and I wanted my McNuggets," according to the below Fort Pierce Police Department report. That logic, however, did not keep cops from citing Goodman for misusing the 911 system. Even after being issued a misdemeanor citation, Goodman contended, "this is an emergency, my McNuggets are an emergency." The McDonald's devotee is seen at right in a mug shot snapped after a previous encounter with police. Last month, a Florida man was arrested after he called 911 to complain about his displeasure with a Burger King combo meal.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 03, 2009, 03:23:31 PM
Wait, so 3 is the square root of 2009?  I think this logic sent that lady into her Chicken Nugget fugue state.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 03, 2009, 06:54:32 PM
2nd person cited for kitten in bong

By the Lincoln Journal Star
Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 - 03:58:51 pm CST


Authorities say a 22-year-old woman saw her boyfriend stuff her kitten into a homemade marijuana bong but did nothing to stop him.

Marissa A. Vieux, 22, and Acea Schomaker, 20, were cited on suspicion of animal cruelty. Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Schomaker shares with his grandfather at 5700 Saltillo Road on Sunday morning on a domestic disturbance call. As deputies were walking to Schomaker’s bedroom to serve him an arrest warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, Vieux allegedly tried to close the door.

When deputies went into the bedroom, they said, they saw Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, 6-by-12-inch plexiglass box, into which the cat had been stuffed.
 
Shadow was taken to the Capital Humane Society, where she was in good shape Monday.

“This cat was just dazed,” said Sgt. Andy Stebbing. “She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society.”

Deputies said Schomaker told them the 6-month-old kitten, named Shadow, had been hyper and he was trying to calm her down.

Schomaker also was jailed on the arrest warrant. He was released after paying a $400 fine.

Now he faces new charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from Sunday.

Stebbing said the animal cruelty charge could be raised to a felony if the cat dies or is found to have suffered injury.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on March 04, 2009, 06:33:27 PM
Pink dolphin appears in US lake

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4927224/Pink-dolphin-appears-in-US-lake.html

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01358/pink_dolphin_1358282c.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 04, 2009, 07:30:13 PM
2nd person cited for kitten in bong

By the Lincoln Journal Star
Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 - 03:58:51 pm CST


Authorities say a 22-year-old woman saw her boyfriend stuff her kitten into a homemade marijuana bong but did nothing to stop him.

Marissa A. Vieux, 22, and Acea Schomaker, 20, were cited on suspicion of animal cruelty. Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Schomaker shares with his grandfather at 5700 Saltillo Road on Sunday morning on a domestic disturbance call. As deputies were walking to Schomaker’s bedroom to serve him an arrest warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, Vieux allegedly tried to close the door.

When deputies went into the bedroom, they said, they saw Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, 6-by-12-inch plexiglass box, into which the cat had been stuffed.
 
Shadow was taken to the Capital Humane Society, where she was in good shape Monday.

“This cat was just dazed,” said Sgt. Andy Stebbing. “She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society.”

Deputies said Schomaker told them the 6-month-old kitten, named Shadow, had been hyper and he was trying to calm her down.

Schomaker also was jailed on the arrest warrant. He was released after paying a $400 fine.

Now he faces new charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from Sunday.

Stebbing said the animal cruelty charge could be raised to a felony if the cat dies or is found to have suffered injury.

This is just a meem, something to do with inhaling cats... and I have a feeling that fireman story about inhaling a kitten was just a part of it as well. 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 04, 2009, 07:31:57 PM
2nd person cited for kitten in bong

By the Lincoln Journal Star
Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 - 03:58:51 pm CST


Authorities say a 22-year-old woman saw her boyfriend stuff her kitten into a homemade marijuana bong but did nothing to stop him.

Marissa A. Vieux, 22, and Acea Schomaker, 20, were cited on suspicion of animal cruelty. Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Schomaker shares with his grandfather at 5700 Saltillo Road on Sunday morning on a domestic disturbance call. As deputies were walking to Schomaker’s bedroom to serve him an arrest warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, Vieux allegedly tried to close the door.

When deputies went into the bedroom, they said, they saw Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, 6-by-12-inch plexiglass box, into which the cat had been stuffed.
 
Shadow was taken to the Capital Humane Society, where she was in good shape Monday.

“This cat was just dazed,” said Sgt. Andy Stebbing. “She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society.”

Deputies said Schomaker told them the 6-month-old kitten, named Shadow, had been hyper and he was trying to calm her down.

Schomaker also was jailed on the arrest warrant. He was released after paying a $400 fine.

Now he faces new charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from Sunday.

Stebbing said the animal cruelty charge could be raised to a felony if the cat dies or is found to have suffered injury.

This is just a meem, something to do with inhaling cats... and I have a feeling that fireman story about inhaling a kitten was just a part of it as well. 

No, this happened in my home town.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 04, 2009, 07:42:15 PM
....i don't know what to say....  I'm going to go sit down... apparently I surf the Internet standing up.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 07, 2009, 09:41:57 PM
OK back to idiotic 911 calls:

http://www.youtube.com/v/RLkOddgjYuY&hl=en&fs=1&border=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 08, 2009, 11:11:58 AM
I think we're dead...time is going by really really really slow...
Eat some chocolate, and some Smores :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 09, 2009, 09:36:27 AM
Hey Catholics, here's one more reason (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/church-excommunicates-mother-of-9yearold-rape-victim-ndash-but-not-accused-rapist-14218389.html) why your church is fucked in the head. Anyone that supported the abortion has been excommunicated. If the stepfather is found guilty is the church going to excommunicate him as well?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 09, 2009, 11:25:45 AM
Hey Catholics, here's one more reason (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/church-excommunicates-mother-of-9yearold-rape-victim-ndash-but-not-accused-rapist-14218389.html) why your church is fucked in the head. Anyone that supported the abortion has been excommunicated. If the stepfather is found guilty is the church going to excommunicate him as well?
Hey!
Just cause I'm born Catholic (non practicing), doesn't mean I agree with everything they do.. 8)

Hope they don't ex-communicate me :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 09, 2009, 11:41:55 AM
Hey Catholics, here's one more reason (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/church-excommunicates-mother-of-9yearold-rape-victim-ndash-but-not-accused-rapist-14218389.html) why your church is fucked in the head. Anyone that supported the abortion has been excommunicated. If the stepfather is found guilty is the church going to excommunicate him as well?
Hey!
Just cause I'm born Catholic (non practicing), doesn't mean I agree with everything they do.. 8)

I would hope not, nor did I imply that Catholics would agree with such a decision. I'm saying the church fucked up. Now I'm sure an ex-communication is the worst thing to do to these people in their eyes and the best thing they could have done for them in my eyes. They made it a big deal and I hope a one metric shit ton of Catholics are outraged at their church over this.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 09, 2009, 11:45:10 AM
Hey Catholics, here's one more reason (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/church-excommunicates-mother-of-9yearold-rape-victim-ndash-but-not-accused-rapist-14218389.html) why your church is fucked in the head. Anyone that supported the abortion has been excommunicated. If the stepfather is found guilty is the church going to excommunicate him as well?

Yep, I am Catholic and I can't stand most of what the church is these days, right up to that closeted queen with the Hitler Youth past who currently answers to "Benedict".

Oh and this comment under the story is priceless:

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Nonsense. The Church didn't excommunicate anyone. The penalty was latae sententiae...the mother incurred it automatically for 'abetting' an abortion. She excommunicated herself.

No doubt written by a priest in a spare moment between saying mass and raping an altar server.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 09, 2009, 11:49:03 AM
Quote from: TripeHoundRedux
Yep, I am Catholic...

What exactly makes you a Catholic then?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 09, 2009, 11:51:50 AM
The fact that I have taken the sacraments of baptism and first communion and that I was married as a catholic, and until fairly recently I regularly attended Mass so I took the sacrament of Eucharist too.

I have been an altar server and a Eucharistic minister.

Definitions of faith are really only labels to tell you something about a person's background.

I am Catholic, I'm not terribly fond of those running the church right now.

Fancy asking me some questions about the catechism?  ;)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 09, 2009, 12:06:19 PM
Quote from: TripeHoundRedux
Fancy asking me some questions about the catechism?  ;)

Nope, not at all...

I was just curious why you identify as a Catholic when you have an obvious contempt for modern Catholicism. Are you interested in reforming the church, or perhaps leaving in favor of another denomination? Do you still believe in Jesus Christ?

Being raised a Catholic doesn't make you a Catholic for the rest of your life. There are choices... even if you leave organized religion all together. It's just that claiming to be a Catholic while libeling the church reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where the dentist converts to Judaism for the jokes.  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 09, 2009, 12:08:04 PM
I never found Seinfeld all that interesting so I'd not know about that episode.

How am I libeling the church pray tell? And you're wrong, I don't have a contempt for modern Catholicism, I have contempt for the church hierarchy.

Oh and do you consider somebody like Mel Gibson Catholic?

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on March 09, 2009, 05:02:51 PM
Being Catholic is sort of like being a Republican or a Democrat.  Just because you subscribe to most of their views, doesn't mean you subscribe to all of them or love all the leaders.  You can be Republican and hate what a Republican president does or you can be Republican and support stem cell research.   It's similar to the way you can be Catholic and not agree with a pope nor agree with all of their beliefs, just most. 

I know many Catholics who don't support the current pope and don't feels his ideals are in line with Catholic views.  I also know many who didn't like the last pope and think this one is a breath of fresh air.  He's man, afterall.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 09, 2009, 07:25:44 PM
Well said. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 09, 2009, 07:29:56 PM
Well said. :)

Ditto.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 09, 2009, 07:32:22 PM
Yeah, let's say I just happen to be a catholic who likes to have sex with little boys.  I'm still a catholic though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on March 09, 2009, 07:41:12 PM
Yeah, let's say I just happen to be a catholic who likes to have sex with little boys.  I'm still a catholic though.

I do know gay Catholics :)  It's generally not condoned by Catholics, but still.

[ignores obvious reference]
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 04:30:44 AM
Honestly I think I would be in the same boat as Tripe.  I was raised a Catholic.  Very devout at one time but one of the weird things about being taught by good Catholic brothers (Marists in my case), I learned that doubt and questioning go hand in hand with faith.  I absolutely abhor church heirarchy but I can't deny all the good works the church has done and is still doing.  I can abhor the way religion has been used as justification for horrible acts but I can't deny the inherent wisdom contained in some verses of the Bible.  As in any sacred text, if you sift through it long enough, there's something worth finding.

So yeah, because of the sacraments I've taken if I play by their rules I could conceivably be welcome back to the church.  I'm just not sure I want to welcome the church back into my life however.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 10, 2009, 05:35:46 AM
Yeah, let's say I just happen to be a catholic who likes to have sex with little boys.  I'm still a catholic though.

I do know gay Catholics :)  It's generally not condoned by Catholics, but still.

[ignores obvious reference]

I'm not talking about Gay Catholics.  I'm talking about how Pedophiles aren't even excommunicated from the Church.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 10, 2009, 05:40:04 AM
I absolutely abhor church heirarchy but I can't deny all the good works the church has done and is still doing.

And my confirmation name reflects that part of the church, it's that of the founder of one of the orders who, in addition to contemplative work, also were and are instrumental in education and a lot of social work.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 05:44:15 AM
I absolutely abhor church heirarchy but I can't deny all the good works the church has done and is still doing.

And my confirmation name reflects that part of the church, it's that of the founder of one of the orders who, in addition to contemplative work, also were and are instrumental in education and a lot of social work.

Ignatius?

Mine is Stephen, patron saint of my father's hometown.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 10, 2009, 05:46:57 AM
Bingo! This is the benefit of a Catholic background; shared point of reference  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on March 10, 2009, 05:47:15 AM
I absolutely abhor church heirarchy but I can't deny all the good works the church has done and is still doing.

And my confirmation name reflects that part of the church, it's that of the founder of one of the orders who, in addition to contemplative work, also were and are instrumental in education and a lot of social work.

Ignatius?

Mine is Stephen, patron saint of my father's hometown.

No it's not, it's Andrew.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 05:50:05 AM
I absolutely abhor church heirarchy but I can't deny all the good works the church has done and is still doing.

And my confirmation name reflects that part of the church, it's that of the founder of one of the orders who, in addition to contemplative work, also were and are instrumental in education and a lot of social work.

Ignatius?

Mine is Stephen, patron saint of my father's hometown.

No it's not, it's Andrew.

oh balls.  Are you sure? 

It's whoever the patron saint of the dad's hometown is.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on March 10, 2009, 05:51:53 AM
Ask your Nanay, she would know. I'm 98% sure it's Andrew.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 10, 2009, 05:54:45 AM
See you should have gone with something distinct and hard to forget, like Ignatius ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 05:59:45 AM
See you should have gone with something distinct and hard to forget, like Ignatius ;)

That's what I get for being the loyal son.   :angry:

If I had it do to all over again, I'd probably go with Aquinas or Ambrose.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 10, 2009, 06:03:07 AM
Now see Aquinas would be great.

Haven't read the Summa for ages...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 06:06:20 AM
Now see Aquinas would be great.

Haven't read the Summa for ages...

Same.  Leaves a lasting impact though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on March 10, 2009, 01:37:44 PM
More chilling then weird.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-texas-profiling_wittmar10,0,6051682.story
more chilling still.... :speechless:
http://www.examiner.com/x-2071-DC-Special-Interests-Examiner~y2009m3d9-Chuck-Norris-claims-thousands-of-right-wing-cell-groups-exist-and-will-rebel-against-US-government
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 10, 2009, 02:57:32 PM
Oh Chuck the Plumber, you so crazy.  :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on March 10, 2009, 04:46:09 PM
More chilling then weird.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-texas-profiling_wittmar10,0,6051682.story
more chilling still.... :speechless:
http://www.examiner.com/x-2071-DC-Special-Interests-Examiner~y2009m3d9-Chuck-Norris-claims-thousands-of-right-wing-cell-groups-exist-and-will-rebel-against-US-government

Well, that's um...I guess I would have....Dear God, what have we become?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 10, 2009, 06:50:13 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on March 10, 2009, 07:10:45 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on March 10, 2009, 07:14:13 PM
So if Barack Obama defeats Chuck Norris, will he then inherit the title of manliest man ever?

And why is the Firefox spell check claiming that Barack and Obama aren't real words?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 10, 2009, 07:51:32 PM
Chuck Norris turned 69 today.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on March 10, 2009, 07:56:38 PM
Chuck Norris turned 69 today.

That must be some awesome hair/beard color he's using.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 10, 2009, 07:59:18 PM
Quote from: ImOscardotcom
And why is the Firefox spell check claiming that Barack and Obama aren't real words?

Because we don't live in Africa or Ireland? I don't know...
Why doesn't the Rifftrax forum have a spellcheck anymore like, five months after the site crashed? <insert fist-shaking smiley here>

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 10, 2009, 08:02:16 PM
...

Fuck. I should really start running my horribly lame jokes past you first from now on. They really seem to send you into a tizzy, don't they?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 10, 2009, 08:27:22 PM
Quote from: Imrahil
And you -are- aware that BTA and I are different people, yes?

Um... yeah? You're aware that me and Courtney are different people too, right? <WTF?>

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 10, 2009, 08:55:36 PM
More chilling then weird.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-texas-profiling_wittmar10,0,6051682.story
more chilling still.... :speechless:
http://www.examiner.com/x-2071-DC-Special-Interests-Examiner~y2009m3d9-Chuck-Norris-claims-thousands-of-right-wing-cell-groups-exist-and-will-rebel-against-US-government

lol bruce lee is rolling over in his grave

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 11, 2009, 01:05:43 AM
Quote from: Imrahil
You addressed me as if I had sometime PREVIOUSLY not gotten one of your "jokes."  Dumbass.

Ummm... that's pretty much what just happened earlier today (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,6740.msg403296.html#msg403296). Dumbass.

But what the hell was this all about?:
Quote from: Imrahil
And you -are- aware that BTA and I are different people, yes?

Dude, seriously... that was just so far out of left field, it was weird. You have to admit that was a strange question. I mean, why specifically BTA anyway? Is he like, really well known for hating my lame jokes or something? Totally weird, man.

Anyway, just to clear things up... here is a small list of other people that i know you are not:

01. My mother
02. General Sherman
03. Kelly Clarkson
04. Screech from Saved By The Bell

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 03:51:33 AM
Incidentally, Obama's done the Irish joke himself and I'm fully expecting it to be trotted out in a few days for whatever is happening at the White House for St Patrick's Day. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on March 11, 2009, 05:08:56 AM
Quote from: Imrahil
And you -are- aware that BTA and I are different people, yes?

Um... yeah? You're aware that me and Courtney are different people too, right? <WTF?>

-Rude

You addressed me as if I had sometime PREVIOUSLY not gotten one of your "jokes."  Dumbass.
post news not whining, the both of you.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 05:17:50 AM
Quote from: Imrahil
And you -are- aware that BTA and I are different people, yes?

Um... yeah? You're aware that me and Courtney are different people too, right? <WTF?>

-Rude

You addressed me as if I had sometime PREVIOUSLY not gotten one of your "jokes."  Dumbass.
post news not whining, the both of you.

Lame jokes are encouraged though.  :)

Here's a news bit:

Quote
A man in Australia says he suffered scratched buttocks and shredded underpants wrestling a kangaroo which smashed through his bedroom window.

Beat Ettlin, his wife and daughter cowered beneath their blankets as it jumped on their bed.  But it then bounded into the room of the Ettlins' young son, who screamed, and Mr Ettlin was forced to act.  Mr Ettlin struggled to get the hopping marsupial into a headlock and drag it to the front door.  Shoved outside, wounded, it disappeared into a nearby reserve outside Canberra. 

Inside, the animal - which Mr Ettlin said was about his own height, 5 ft 9 in (175cm) - had gouged holes in the furniture and smeared blood over the walls as it bounced around the house.  "I just kept holding the covers over my head and felt the kangaroo jumping on top of us," recalled Mr Ettlin's wife, Verity Beman.  She described her husband as "a hero: a hero in Bonds undies" - referring to a brand of underwear popular in Australia.  Mr Ettlin, who is 42 and originally from Switzerland, described himself as a lucky man.  "My initial thought when I was half awake was, 'it's a lunatic ninja coming through the window'," he said. 

Kangaroos are common around the outskirts of Canberra, but only rarely invade homes, experts say.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 09:15:01 AM
What's up with the reactions to Rude's jokes, guys?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on March 11, 2009, 11:51:12 AM
You mean "jokes."

I don't get it.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 11, 2009, 11:54:06 AM
Incidentally, Obama's done the Irish joke himself and I'm fully expecting it to be trotted out in a few days for whatever is happening at the White House for St Patrick's Day. :)

(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4/robotrix/obamasirishpub.png)

You mean "jokes."

I don't get it.

Like most of Rude's jokes.   ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 11:58:34 AM
I make horrible jokes all the time and you guys don't jump down my throat for it. Lighten up, guys.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on March 11, 2009, 12:10:15 PM
What the hell Imrahil?

This board is made for lame jokes.

You've really got a stick up your ass lately.  Calling out Rude on a lame joke (especially when Rude called his own joke lame first) is, well...lame.

And calling Jewcarp smug for trying to diffuse the situation?  C'mon man....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on March 11, 2009, 12:16:28 PM
I wasn't calling him smug. I was calling RUDE smug. Jesus, read my posts before jumping down my throat.

Wow.  I misread your post.  Talk about jumping down throats.

Seriously, did someone run over your cat or something?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 12:17:25 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 12:19:05 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.

I thought all of our cycles would've aligned by now.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 11, 2009, 12:19:32 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.
AHH-HA!!
That's Weird News in of itself! :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 12:20:39 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.

I thought all of our cycles would've aligned by now.

I think we all have to be living under the same roof or all attending the same Lilith Fair show for that to happen. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 12:22:55 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.

I thought all of our cycles would've aligned by now.

I think we all have to be living under the same roof or all attending the same Lilith Fair show for that to happen. :)

Hm.  Perhaps if we all viewed a clip of Lillith Fair on Youtube?

http://www.youtube.com/v/s4s8kk2ns3k&hl=en&fs=1

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on March 11, 2009, 12:25:54 PM
*Runs to bathroom*

"Somebody have an extra absorbant one!?"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 11, 2009, 12:26:57 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.

I thought all of our cycles would've aligned by now.

I think we all have to be living under the same roof or all attending the same Lilith Fair show for that to happen. :)

Hm.  Perhaps if we all viewed a clip of Lillith Fair on Youtube?

Now THAT was uncalled for.  What did we ever do to you?

 :P

*Runs to bathroom*

"Somebody have an extra absorbant one!?"

"Got any 'shovies'?"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 12:29:06 PM
I like that song, and in no way seen my teenage self reflected in the subject of the lyrics. :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 12:30:35 PM
I'm blaming everyone's misinterpretations of how people are saying things on the full moon.

I thought all of our cycles would've aligned by now.

I think we all have to be living under the same roof or all attending the same Lilith Fair show for that to happen. :)

Hm.  Perhaps if we all viewed a clip of Lillith Fair on Youtube?

Now THAT was uncalled for.  What did we ever do to you?

 :P


Hey, I'm just looking for menstrual harmony on the board.  (also likes the song)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 11, 2009, 01:05:33 PM
I like that song, and in no way seen my teenage self reflected in the subject of the lyrics. :-[

Hey, I'm just looking for menstrual harmony on the board.  (also likes the song)

J/K    ;)

("menstrual harmony"?  talk about an oxymoron! LOL)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 01:06:29 PM
I like that song, and in no way seen my teenage self reflected in the subject of the lyrics. :-[

Hey, I'm just looking for menstrual harmony on the board.  (also likes the song)

J/K    ;)

("menstrual harmony"?  talk about an oxymoron! LOL)

My work here is done.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on March 11, 2009, 01:21:19 PM
Quote from: Imrahil
And you -are- aware that BTA and I are different people, yes?

Um... yeah? You're aware that me and Courtney are different people too, right? <WTF?>

-Rude

Bullshit we are.  That's news to me.   :P

I am here to lighten the mood with birthing cheese, so everyone calm the hell right down.  From muckflash (via Urlesque):

Quote
A pregnant woman rushed to the hospital to give birth shocked doctors and staff when it was revealed that what she had passed off as a fetus for months was in fact a large block of cheese.

Neighbors, assuming that she was in labor, took her to an emergency room where doctors uncovered a sodden and moldy mass of what they later determined to be several bricks of cheddar cheese bound together with twine.
"Beyond weird," remarked the doctor. "I don't know how one would do it, but it must take an unworldly level of self deception to even conceive of something like this."

I'm totally fine with that story being fake if it is, because it's hilarious and awesome. 

EDIT: Here's the link: http://www.muckflash.com/?p=53 (http://www.muckflash.com/?p=53)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 01:22:37 PM
The baby was exceedingly mature for its age.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on March 11, 2009, 01:23:06 PM
The baby was exceedingly mature for its age.

Oh brother.....

 :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 01:43:43 PM
I never cared for cheese aged in a cave.  :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 03:31:45 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 11, 2009, 03:38:03 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.

Preach to me!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 03:46:03 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 03:49:28 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.

I don't need to lighten up,the country is going to fall apart in the next ten years.

If you don't have the money to get out you are doomed,so enjoy the next ten years if you can.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on March 11, 2009, 03:54:17 PM
I don't know if it counts as weird news, but did anyone see this?

http://uroclub.com


Yeah, I think Bill posted it on the blog a while back.  I was a bit leery of the 'uroclub' link at first since this is the internet.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 04:03:32 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.

I don't need to lighten up,the country is going to fall apart in the next ten years.

If you don't have the money to get out you are doomed,so enjoy the next ten years if you can.
So if America went to hell in a handbasket you don't think everything outside of the US would be affected by it? I think you're giving everyone else too much credit, unfortunately most everyone else in the world is tied to whether America is a success or failure. Being a doomsayer isn't doing anyone else or yourself any favors.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 04:06:06 PM
I'm just glad I've put 100 hours into Fallout 3 and seen the Mad Max movies.  They'll prepare me for Doc's vision of the future.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 04:07:30 PM
I'm just glad I've put 100 hours into Fallout 3 and seen the Mad Max movies.  They'll prepare me for Doc's vision of the future.
I'd watch Ice Pirates too, just in case. It never hurts to prepare yourself for an attack of space herpes.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 04:09:13 PM
Yup.  Seen that too.  Cherry 2000, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Waterworld, The Postman, Solarbabies, Slipstream...  Heck I'm practically a Professor in Apocalyptic Futures.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 04:10:50 PM
and on that note I'm going to watch Deathrace 2000 tonight.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 04:12:41 PM
and on that note I'm going to watch Deathrace 2000 tonight.

I'm glad Doc's words of warning have made you realize how under-prepared you are.  Better start bottling that water!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 11, 2009, 04:23:52 PM
(http://kabonfootprint.com/busby-seo-test/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/end-is-near.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 05:08:53 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.

I don't need to lighten up,the country is going to fall apart in the next ten years.

If you don't have the money to get out you are doomed,so enjoy the next ten years if you can.
So if America went to hell in a handbasket you don't think everything outside of the US would be affected by it? I think you're giving everyone else too much credit, unfortunately most everyone else in the world is tied to whether America is a success or failure. Being a doomsayer isn't doing anyone else or yourself any favors.

The rest of the world has always been much smarter then us and they are not trying to kill each other.

They will be fine.

Only the United States is doomed.

People of the Ununited States will not talk to a person that didn't vote for their party.

They spread lies about each other just to win election and are always threatening to kill each other.

when things start to fall apart there will be a very long and bloody war.

This country is finished we own everyone else money and produce nothing of our own.

We are doomed.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 11, 2009, 05:26:47 PM
(http://kabonfootprint.com/busby-seo-test/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/end-is-near.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 06:11:35 PM
people laughed at Noah too.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 06:15:46 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.

I don't need to lighten up,the country is going to fall apart in the next ten years.

If you don't have the money to get out you are doomed,so enjoy the next ten years if you can.
So if America went to hell in a handbasket you don't think everything outside of the US would be affected by it? I think you're giving everyone else too much credit, unfortunately most everyone else in the world is tied to whether America is a success or failure. Being a doomsayer isn't doing anyone else or yourself any favors.

The rest of the world has always been much smarter then us and they are not trying to kill each other.

They will be fine.

Only the United States is doomed.

People of the Ununited States will not talk to a person that didn't vote for their party.

They spread lies about each other just to win election and are always threatening to kill each other.

when things start to fall apart there will be a very long and bloody war.

This country is finished we own everyone else money and produce nothing of our own.

We are doomed.
Fuckin' shit, man. I thought this was a Christian nation why isn't God helping us out on this one?  Apparently you can't get a job when you're Job. Maybe it's because of all teh gay sex.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 06:16:48 PM
No more so then you are.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 06:18:22 PM
To make sense of that exchange and you'll have to forgive me Dr. Who? because some people might be confused.
people laughed at Noah too.
Noah's a fictional character.
No more so than you are.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 06:21:10 PM
Like I said the united states is doomed.

if you have the money get out now,before you get caught in the mayhem.

this is going to be the greatest bloodbath the world has ever seen.

I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading one of your posts.

The real world isn't warm and fuzzy.
Lighten up, Francis.

I don't need to lighten up,the country is going to fall apart in the next ten years.

If you don't have the money to get out you are doomed,so enjoy the next ten years if you can.
So if America went to hell in a handbasket you don't think everything outside of the US would be affected by it? I think you're giving everyone else too much credit, unfortunately most everyone else in the world is tied to whether America is a success or failure. Being a doomsayer isn't doing anyone else or yourself any favors.

The rest of the world has always been much smarter then us and they are not trying to kill each other.

They will be fine.

Only the United States is doomed.

People of the Ununited States will not talk to a person that didn't vote for their party.

They spread lies about each other just to win election and are always threatening to kill each other.

when things start to fall apart there will be a very long and bloody war.

This country is finished we own everyone else money and produce nothing of our own.

We are doomed.
Fuckin' shit, man. I thought this was a Christian nation why isn't God helping us out on this one?  Apparently you can't get a job when you're Job. Maybe it's because of all teh gay sex.

We turned our backs on God a long time ago.

We have butchered our own young in numbers unheard of in human history.

If I nation doesn't want God he doesn't force himself on them.

If you stop fallowing God's laws you have no right to ask for his blessings.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 06:27:19 PM
Ok, that last comment I made was a bit over the top, so I removed it even if it is what I would believe if I thought there were a God.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 11, 2009, 06:32:26 PM
So he lets you have free will you choose to reject him and he doesn't fore himself on you and he is the dick?

What happens here on earth is a direct resault of our choices or the choices of other people.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The only way to get closer to him is if we decide to let him in our lives.

We are all in the same state and I pray that one days you will let Jesus into your life.

I didn't walk with him for a long time but lately I have started to find the path again.

I am not a person who should be teaching or preaching but I have to tell you shouldn't reject God.

In the end all that matters is how you stand with God.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 06:33:37 PM
I'm just glad I've put 100 hours into Fallout 3 and seen the Mad Max movies.  They'll prepare me for Doc's vision of the future.

Good prep, but is it enough?

http://www.youtube.com/v/VTbYUd1jUc4&hl=en&fs=1&border=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 06:34:56 PM
So he lets you have free will you choose to reject him and he doesn't fore himself on you and he is the dick?

What happens here on earth is a direct resault of our choices or the choices of other people.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The only way to get closer to him is if we decide to let him in our lives.

We are all in the same state and I pray that one days you will let Jesus into your life.

I didn't walk with him for a long time but lately I have started to find the path again.

I am not a person who should be teaching or preaching but I have to tell you shouldn't reject God.

In the end all that matters is how you stand with God.
I refuse to accept anything you present in your argument unless you make a small paper booklet with drawings stating your case.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/one%20way/bdad91d5.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 06:37:33 PM
So he lets you have free will you choose to reject him and he doesn't fore himself on you and he is the dick?

What happens here on earth is a direct resault of our choices or the choices of other people.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The only way to get closer to him is if we decide to let him in our lives.

We are all in the same state and I pray that one days you will let Jesus into your life.

I didn't walk with him for a long time but lately I have started to find the path again.

I am not a person who should be teaching or preaching but I have to tell you shouldn't reject God.

In the end all that matters is how you stand with God.

And what if that isn't the nature of God?

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 11, 2009, 06:37:42 PM
I'm just glad I've put 100 hours into Fallout 3 and seen the Mad Max movies.  They'll prepare me for Doc's vision of the future.

Good prep, but is it enough?

http://www.youtube.com/v/VTbYUd1jUc4&hl=en&fs=1&border=1

Well, that's just awesome.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2009, 06:46:25 PM
I do appreciate your concern for my spiritual well being. I lived 21 years (11 with a better concept of Christianity) of my life as a non-denominational Christian and after raising questions that couldn't be answered rationally without some point having to put my faith into a 2000 year old book that had been translated 50 different ways til sunset and interpreted by millions banking on the fact that out of all the relgions there are in the world the one I had was right and hope that if it wasn't maybe the wrathful God that I believed in would still let me into heaven if didn't get the right religion. It's silly, irrational and I'm not going to waste away my life following some God that is supposed to be all Love with no darkness in his heart but at the same time he allows for shitty things to happen to even the most devout of his followers for his selfish reasons or to teach everyone else a lesson. That's called being a dick. So for now I'm going to enjoy my life for now and not believe in a deity "just in case" that's being dishonest to myself and everyone I love.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on March 11, 2009, 07:09:06 PM
I do appreciate your concern for my spiritual well being. I lived 21 years (11 with a better concept of Christianity) of my life as a non-denominational Christian and after raising questions that couldn't be answered rationally without some point having to put my faith into a 2000 year old book that had been translated 50 different ways til sunset and interpreted by millions banking on the fact that out of all the relgions there are in the world the one I had was right and hope that if it wasn't maybe the wrathful God that I believed in would still let me into heaven if didn't get the right religion. It's silly, irrational and I'm not going to waste away my life following some God that is supposed to be all Love with no darkness in his heart but at the same time he allows for shitty things to happen to even the most devout of his followers for his selfish reasons or to teach everyone else a lesson. That's called being a dick. So for now I'm going to enjoy my life for now and not believe in a deity "just in case" that's being dishonest to myself and everyone I love.

I agree.  I'm an atheist who lives what I believe is a morally decent life.  I volunteer at animal shelters, am an avid environmentalist, and am a good friend.  I choose not to believe in God because I feel that being responsible for my own actions and decisions make me a better person rather than relying on someone else to tell me what is right and wrong. 

One of the most important aspects of my atheism is this: Because I don't believe in an afterlife I choose to live in the moment, happily and effectively.  I am open to new and interesting ideas, will push myself out my comfort zone, and am comfortable in the fact that I will one day cease to exist.  Religious friends of mine are banking that when they die they will go to a better place and all the crap of their life will be over.  In this life they are miserable. 

It seems counter-productive to me to live a life believing that it only gets better when you're dead.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 07:13:49 PM
Well I'm Catholic with an incredibly pronounced rational streak but I still think of myself as Catholic since it speaks to me on an emotional level and I like the good works the Church has been responsible for (not saying you have to have a religious belief system to do good works mind).

Mostly when it comes to religion it's a mix of emotional ties, admiration for practical good works and fondness for ritual (oh and a touch of whimsical affectation :)).

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nick on March 11, 2009, 09:43:22 PM
Wow has this thread descended into craziness fast.

First of all, if the US were to descend into chaos the rest of the world would sure as shit follow suit. Think of the world's economy as car, the US being the engine. Don't you think if the engine fell out the rest of the car would be pretty messed up too?

Second of all, just because a Democrat is in office doesn't mean the world is going to end. I don't know if that's the reason for this sudden burst of crazy doc, I'm only assuming that's the case because a lot of crazies have been going around saying the end is nigh( i.e. Glen Beck). Well I'd like to inform you the country has had Democratic presidents before and *GASP* survived! The Democrats are in power right now, but as it is with politics the people will get tired of them and the Republicans will come back into power. Remember it was only four years ago when Republicans had complete control of the government.

And on to the religion. I've never understood this modern phenomenon of Christians denouncing everyone as sinners and waiting for the apocalypse. It seems to go against Chrisitanity from my point of view. Being antagonistic and doomsaying isn't going to win anyone over. Surprisingly acting like a loon does nothing to endear you to anyone.

Of course, this could all be Doc putting on a show again, and if that's the case I'll fell like I've waisted time typing this post.  :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 11, 2009, 10:07:10 PM
naw, warrior, stating your opinion in clear and concise manner without disrespecting anyone else is not a waste of time.  and i find the thought that if i dont "walk with jesus" i am going to hell very tiresome.  like jc and i am sure a lot of other people out there, religion had very little influence on my life and i considered myself an agnostic, but as i have grown older it has meant more to me, but is still only in the background, and is only labeled christianity, even though it has a great deal of buddhism in it among other philosophies...it has been suggested to me that when my parents were my age, religion didnt have as much meaning as it does for them now, i believe that it has more to do with the fact that we are still experiencing life and (at least in the case of me) am trying to figger out what the fuck i want to really do, so there....my contribution to the derailing of this thread

and jc, for some reason, i thought you were jewish (not that it matters either way) and it wasn't because of your name, you just "look" like it (i mean that in the most non-stereotypical or racist or whatever way possible) but then i thought tripe was to, so i must be on crack ;) or am unconsciously looking for someone who is jewish to learn a little about their religion :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 11, 2009, 10:11:09 PM
oh and onion news rocks...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 12, 2009, 04:15:09 AM
but then i thought tripe was to, so i must be on crack ;) or am unconsciously looking for someone who is jewish to learn a little about their religion :P

Well if it's any consolation, I don't think you're the only one. I will sometimes wear a wide brimmed hat and that teamed with my glasses and other items of clothing does give me the air of a rabbinical student (Ann's the same, except obviously she has the air of a reformed rabbinical student :D).
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on March 12, 2009, 07:09:00 AM
but then i thought tripe was to, so i must be on crack ;) or am unconsciously looking for someone who is jewish to learn a little about their religion :P

Well if it's any consolation, I don't think you're the only one. I will sometimes wear a wide brimmed hat and that teamed with my glasses and other items of clothing does give me the air of a rabbinical student (Ann's the same, except obviously she has the air of a reformed rabbinical student :D).

If you'd like to know more about the Jewish faith you could ask me but I'll refuse to tell you about it at least three times...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mike5150 on March 13, 2009, 11:05:07 AM
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_11893799 (http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_11893799)


This really seemed to fit the bill.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on March 13, 2009, 01:04:09 PM
Never died when I owned him, that's rich
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/roman-joke-book-beard
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on March 13, 2009, 03:10:59 PM
I'm pretty sure I've heard those jokes before.  It's strange to think that some of the same jokes have been recycled for the past 1500 years.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 13, 2009, 03:27:22 PM
Never died when I owned him, that's rich
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/roman-joke-book-beard

And Carrot Top would STILL not be funny even back then.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on March 13, 2009, 05:36:22 PM

I just saw this on Countdown a few minutes ago...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29672116/

Poor cat!

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 13, 2009, 05:47:50 PM

I just saw this on Countdown a few minutes ago...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29672116/

Poor cat!

and what an idiot, lol
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on March 13, 2009, 08:30:38 PM
Never died when I owned him, that's rich
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/roman-joke-book-beard
Sweet article.  I think the last paragraph or so fails to include the "college students like to think every joke is a sex joke" variable.  I didn't think of it that way.  IMHO, the sex joke isn't as funny as a number/intelligence joke.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 14, 2009, 01:27:44 PM
Naow, Dat's haow yew git a Buck..

Quote
Man Bolts Antlers to Dead Doe, Gets $400 Fine, 10 Days in Jail
Saturday, March 14, 2009 


BURLINGTON, Vt. —  A man who bolted antlers to the head of a dead doe and posed for a photograph with the deer was fined $400 and jailed for game violations.

Marcel Fournier, 19, shot the deer the evening of Nov. 22 and used lag bolts and epoxy to attach a 10-point rack, officials said. He then checked in the kill as lawful game at Barnie's Market.

It's illegal to kill an antlerless deer, and it's also illegal to hunt at night.

The Concord resident admitted to the killing and led a game warden to the deer's remains after an anonymous caller alerted authorities. Fournier said he had "quite a time" drilling and fastening the antlers, authorities said.

Game warden David Gregory said the antlers didn't look or feel right.

"When you grabbed them, you'd feel movement," he said.

Col. David LeCours, chief warden of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the size of the antlers relative to the size of the deer seemed off.

"Something wasn't natural about them, in addition to the fact that they weren't natural," he said.

Fournier was sentenced to 10 days in jail Feb. 18 for taking a deer in a closed season. He won't qualify for a state hunting, fishing or trapping license for at least three years.

LeCours said add-on antlers are the stuff of legend, but that it's the first documented case of it in Vermont.

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Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on March 16, 2009, 06:09:22 AM
Never died when I owned him, that's rich
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/roman-joke-book-beard
Sweet article.  I think the last paragraph or so fails to include the "college students like to think every joke is a sex joke" variable.  I didn't think of it that way.  IMHO, the sex joke isn't as funny as a number/intelligence joke.

I thought it was a sex AND numbers/math joke. 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 06:38:04 AM
D'OH!
Customs Stole Me Lucky Charms!! :scared:

Quote
Feds Seize Shamrock Seeds at Dulles Airport
Monday, March 16, 2009 


CHANTILLY, Va. —  Federal agents at Dulles International Airport have seized shamrock seeds from travelers arriving from Ireland — just days before St. Patrick's Day.

Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Stephen Sapp said the agents targeted the Aer Lingus flight on Thursday and had been searching for passengers carrying prohibited meat.

He says 16 packets of shamrock seeds were found among some pork and beef. A permit is needed to import the seeds.

Both the meat and shamrock seeds were destroyed.

 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 11:18:13 AM
D'OH!
Customs Stole Me Lucky Charms!! :scared:

Quote
Feds Seize Shamrock Seeds at Dulles Airport
Monday, March 16, 2009 


CHANTILLY, Va. —  Federal agents at Dulles International Airport have seized shamrock seeds from travelers arriving from Ireland — just days before St. Patrick's Day.

Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Stephen Sapp said the agents targeted the Aer Lingus flight on Thursday and had been searching for passengers carrying prohibited meat.

He says 16 packets of shamrock seeds were found among some pork and beef. A permit is needed to import the seeds.

Both the meat and shamrock seeds were destroyed.

 
ummm, they sell shamrock here, lol and you could prob order them online anyway, lol...but that is why i didnt buy any carniverous plant seeds while i was over in the uk
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 02:03:01 PM
To me, I consider this weird news.. :o

Quote
American, 88, freed after two months in Mexican jail

U.S. man, 88, was arrested in January along with his 40-year-old grandson

Grandson was accused of seeking nude photos of teens

No word on why 88-year-old was jailed along with grandson

Family members say grandfather's health had deteriorated in jail

(CNN) -- An elderly American man has been released from a Mexican jail more than two months after the grandson he was traveling with was arrested on child pornography charges, a family member said.


Edward Chrisman, left, crosses the Mexican border back into the United States after being freed Saturday.

 Edward Chrisman, 88, and his grandson had traveled to Algodones, Mexico, for discount dental care, as a part of a growing trend known as medical tourism. Algodones is just across the border from Yuma, Arizona.

The grandson, 40-year-old Gary Chrisman Jr., remains in a Mexicali jail awaiting trial, according to his cousin, Tracy Short. Authorities accuse him of offering a woman money to take nude photos of her teenage daughters. Child pornography charges can carry a penalty of up to 12 years in prison, according to officials from the Consulate General Tijuana.

In early January, the Chrismans stopped at a convenience store in Mexico and Gary Chrisman went inside to purchase soft drinks. Edward Chrisman waited in the car, Short said.

The younger Chrisman had been taking pictures of the area that day and, while in the store, approached a woman about snapping some shots of her teenage daughters. He offered to pay them $25, they agreed, and he took a few pictures of the girls' faces.

It was at that point, the family says, that the girls' mother demanded more money from Chrisman and called local authorities alleging that Chrisman had tried taking pornographic pictures of her daughters, after he refused to ante up.

Both men were taken into custody at the time, but the police report does not say why the elder Chrisman was arrested.

The Chrisman family says the men were set up as a ploy for money. Since early January, the family says, they have paid thousands of dollars to at least three attorneys for legal representation and have reached out to numerous officials and politicians in Mexico and the United States for help.

Edward Chrisman, who lives in Arlington, Washington, but was wintering with his grandson in Yuma, Arizona, was released from jail on Saturday and crossed the border back into the United States the same day. The family says his health had been steadily deteriorating while he was behind bars.

Traveling abroad for health care is a phenomenon known as medical tourism. Many do it to save money or to get medical care not approved in the United States. Internationally recognized hospitals in Thailand and Singapore can often perform orthopedic and heart procedures at a fraction of the cost. Mexico is a popular choice for dental care.

The estimated number of Americans seeking treatment overseas annually varies widely, but starts at a half-million people.

I'll be sure Not to take any pics of Any girls younger than 18 next trip to a Mexico dentist :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on March 16, 2009, 02:04:38 PM
Who takes pictures of strangers?  Buy a magazine.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 02:16:45 PM
Who takes pictures of strangers?  Buy a magazine.
Agreed! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 02:23:27 PM
Who takes pictures of strangers?  Buy a magazine.
Agreed! :clap: :clap:

Who buys magazines? Get the internet.
Yea! That Too! ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 16, 2009, 02:25:35 PM
I'm gonna take pictures of strangers reading magazines and then post them on the internet.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 02:26:34 PM
I'm gonna take pictures of strangers reading magazines and then post them on the internet.
Better get your womans' permission first.. :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 02:44:06 PM
The more I read about Mexico, the less I want to travel there.    :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:03:08 PM
Isn't the northern half of the country basically now run by drug cartels?
Seems like it, but the southern part where I go is not too bad.. :-\

Hate to say it, but we need to Invade the country to really put an end to this
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 03:09:20 PM
aren't they invading us as we speak? ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:10:20 PM
aren't they invading us as we speak? ;)
Yeah, ain't that just a pickle?? :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 03:10:36 PM
Isn't the northern half of the country basically now run by drug cartels?
Seems like it, but the southern part where I go is not too bad.. :-\

Hate to say it, but we need to Invade the country to really put an end to this

I KNEW you were trying to become a military strong man.   My posts several months ago seem to be coming to true.

Good luck on your March campaign, El Jefe.

If you see griffin and cherokee jack, dont let them join up with you.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:13:59 PM
Isn't the northern half of the country basically now run by drug cartels?
Seems like it, but the southern part where I go is not too bad.. :-\

Hate to say it, but we need to Invade the country to really put an end to this

I KNEW you were trying to become a military strong man.   My posts several months ago seem to be coming to true.

Good luck on your March campaign, El Jefe.

If you see griffin and cherokee jack, dont let them join up with you.
I've been studying up on the War of 1848 and the board game 'Risk' for my strategy of said upcoming invasion.. 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 03:19:09 PM
Excellant, you should be all set then...... knock em dead son.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 03:20:20 PM
well, hopefully not literally...i am a pacifist after all...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on March 16, 2009, 03:21:09 PM
But would you stop with Mexico, RVR? Cause Canada's been up there for years.....just staring at us. All creepy like. Giving me the willies....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 16, 2009, 03:22:41 PM
I'm so going to Mexico if RVR conquers it.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:24:35 PM
But would you stop with Mexico, RVR? Cause Canada's been up there for years.....just staring at us. All creepy like. Giving me the willies....
I'm looking at the Maritime provinces for the Lobster income  :P

EDIT: I think Quebec should Definitly be conquered as well!

Speak English Frogs!!! :angry:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 16, 2009, 03:25:30 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing RVR on currency.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:30:31 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing RVR on currency.


as the 'Langosta Gringo'! 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 16, 2009, 03:31:03 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing RVR on currency.

And a big marble statue of the benevolent dictator doing this:

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/rvr-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on March 16, 2009, 03:33:28 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing RVR on currency.

And a big marble statue of the benevolent dictator doing this:

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/rvr-1.jpg)

 :clap: 
He's gotta be holding tequila bottles though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:33:40 PM
I like your style there Rob :clap: :clap:

You'll be my new 'Sergent at Arms' 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 03:43:24 PM
Now THIS would be a new world order I could follow.

Booze, chicken wings and football.   We SO have to get all of them on the new flag.

(http://www.blogaboutbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/belgium-beer-flag.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:44:24 PM
Ah.. Perfect! :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 03:47:10 PM
what part would i play in the new government? ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:48:36 PM
what part would i play in the new government? ;)
Animal Control..

Rabies is a Epidemic. :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 03:48:41 PM
Hell, I mean you already have a set of custom wheels named after you.   How cool is that?

And no, I did not photoshop this at all!

(http://adaptivestrategies.com/teamDynamics-rvrii.jpg)

http://wayneswheels2000.com/TeamDynamics.html (http://wayneswheels2000.com/TeamDynamics.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 03:51:28 PM
Hell, I mean you already have a set of custom wheels named after you.   How cool is that?

And no, I did not photoshop this at all!

(http://adaptivestrategies.com/teamDynamics-rvrii.jpg)

http://wayneswheels2000.com/TeamDynamics.html (http://wayneswheels2000.com/TeamDynamics.html)
Man! That's pretty Plain for a wheel bearing my name  :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 16, 2009, 04:00:27 PM
(http://adaptivestrategies.com/Pimp-Star.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 04:13:04 PM
I'm kinda leaning towards something like this..
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 04:59:59 PM
no, i think the other wheel suits you better ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 16, 2009, 06:19:30 PM
no, i think the other wheel suits you better ;)
nu-uh.. :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 16, 2009, 10:39:36 PM
no, i think the other wheel suits you better ;)
nu-uh.. :-[
uh-huh
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 04:52:54 AM
no, i think the other wheel suits you better ;)
nu-uh.. :-[
uh-huh
NUH-UH! :'(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 17, 2009, 05:00:51 AM
You two shut up back there or I'm turning this forum around!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 05:02:32 AM
You two shut up back there or I'm turning this forum around!
ok.. :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 11:12:59 AM
You two shut up back there or I'm turning this forum around!
ok.. :-[

no, i want cookies! caramel delight girl scout cookies that used to be called samoas, lol
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 11:26:50 AM
okay, yeah we only have the caramel delights available and now i want a case of both, lol
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 11:39:46 AM
okay, yeah we only have the caramel delights available and now i want a case of both, lol
O O O  :o

ME TOO! ME TOO! ME TOO! :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 17, 2009, 11:41:43 AM
Less jibber jabber, more weird news.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 17, 2009, 11:48:18 AM
Less jibber jabber, more weird news.

You got it:


Quote
A postbox in Edinburgh has been completely covered in wrapping paper, topped off with a giant red ribbon.  A Royal Mail spokeswoman said the box on McDonald Road, near to the city's Brunswick Street sorting office, may have been wrapped up as a prank.  She suggested it could have been a "romantic gesture".  The wrapping has now been removed from the letter box and it is understood that none of the mail inside had been damaged

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45574000/jpg/_45574347_untitled.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 11:57:05 AM
The Hell ???
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 12:07:00 PM
Less jibber jabber, more weird news.

we are weird, isnt that news?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 12:20:47 PM
Quote
The Orange Tree Is Texting -- Again
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 

Dr. Eran Raveh spent seven years perfecting the hammer-shaped sensor that gauges moisture levels in plants and trees.

 May I have your attention, please? This is your pachysandra calling. I'm thirsty.

As if we're not getting enough electronic stimulation already, a new device enables plants to send a text message when they need a drink.

A sensor developed by Israeli scientists sends text messages to farmers when crops need water, or to homeowners when the Ficus is thirsty. It is currently being prepped for international commercial markets.

Israel Agricultural Ministry plant physiologist Dr. Eran Raveh and his earth-scientist partner Dr. Arie Nadler spent seven years perfecting the hammer-shaped sensor that gauges moisture levels in plants and trees and sends real-time alerts to mobile phones or computers when water levels are low.

"The idea behind creating the sensor was to cut irrigation costs by up to 50 percent," Raveh told Fox News.

According to Raveh, farmers are Israel's No. 1 water consumers. The sensor helps cut water usage and avoid unnecessary and damaging over-irrigation by providing accurate water-level feedback.

"With this sensor, the level of irrigation, and primarily its timing, will be controlled by the farmers themselves," Nadler said.

According to the scientists, farmers check no fewer than 26 points in soil surrounding a plant to monitor and gauge moisture levels.

The sensor, operating on an electrical conductivity principal, continuously measures and collects water-level data via a series of metallic nails inserted into plant stems.

When water levels drop, electric activity halts, and a text message or e-mail automatically goes out to the someone who can turn on the spigot.

The notification mode works on a wireless principal similar to walkie-talkie communication. Sensors placed in an orchard or nursery are connected to a central device within a home or nerve center in a grove, and from that point, messages are transferred out to the end user's mobile phone or computer.

"What's great about our sensor is that it's highly accurate without being prohibitively expensive," Raveh explains.

At $250 for a 5,000-tree orchard — versus $12,000 for a similar high-tech probe — the Israeli scientists say price and accuracy set them apart.

Domestic consumers are eager to try out the sensor, saying it will be a welcome addition in the home.

"I would totally love this!" said TV producer Joyce Boll, who travels frequently between the Middle East, New York, South America and Europe and is a self-proclaimed "big gardener" who has had some not-so-great experiences with plants and gardens perishing while she is away from home.

"I was gone once for six weeks and came home to find out that the guy taking care of my greens didn't do such a hot job. A lot of my plants died," Boll relays. "So if I or the caretaker could get a text message when it's time for watering ... Wow. Totally great."

Major-market agriculturalists are also eyeing the gadget for future implementation. Raveh and Nadler say they have received positive nods from Delano, Calif.-based Paramount Citrus, and California vintners have also expressed interest in the model when it goes to market.

"There is certainly interest in this proposed methodology," Dr. Donald Suarez, director of the USDA Agricultural Research Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, Calif., told Fox News. "The technology in general of measuring stem flow is emerging, and it hasn't been widely adopted by farmers or growers yet."

But with the combined incentives of reduced cost and hi-tech notification systems, the Israeli scientists are looking to find mass appeal.

"I guess for people who travel, it's good. They'll certainly return to find the plants just as happy as when they left — especially if they combine the sensor alert with a timed-drip irrigation system," Raveh concluded, referring to Israeli-invented irrigation technology.
 
::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 17, 2009, 01:01:31 PM
I know this is fake news from the Onion, but I loved it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uq9pp586AE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uq9pp586AE)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 01:05:46 PM
I know this is fake news from the Onion, but I loved it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/-Uq9pp586AE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uq9pp586AE)
Fixed it for you.. 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 17, 2009, 02:01:10 PM
Quote
She suggested it could have been a "romantic gesture".

OK show of hands, anyone out there able to conceive how this

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45574000/jpg/_45574347_untitled.jpg)

might be a romantic gesture?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 17, 2009, 02:09:43 PM
Quote
She suggested it could have been a "romantic gesture".

OK show of hands, anyone out there able to conceive how this

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45574000/jpg/_45574347_untitled.jpg)

might be a romantic gesture?

Maybe to the guy in these pants?

(http://www.newchef.com/productcart/pc/catalog/m-106429.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 02:12:13 PM
Quote
She suggested it could have been a "romantic gesture".

OK show of hands, anyone out there able to conceive how this

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45574000/jpg/_45574347_untitled.jpg)

might be a romantic gesture?

Maybe to the guy in these pants?

(http://www.newchef.com/productcart/pc/catalog/m-106429.jpg)
lol, that is great

and the onion is god...now i sorta wish they made a follow up story about the crabs one...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 05:17:29 PM
i dont know what all the hubbub is about, its his establishment and if the bloody thing gets overplayed then so what, he has the right the not play a song and if he loses business, then that's his own problem...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: gbeenie on March 17, 2009, 07:33:07 PM
what part would i play in the new government? ;)
Animal Control..

Rabies is a Epidemic. :P

No no no... that's just people overreacting to the AIG thing.  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 17, 2009, 07:38:07 PM
what part would i play in the new government? ;)
Animal Control..

Rabies is a Epidemic. :P

No no no... that's just people overreacting to the AIG thing.  :)
Sounds like a Perfect Job for you in my administration - Take Full Control of AIG and put all there execs against a wall for Target Practice! >:D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: gbeenie on March 17, 2009, 07:38:47 PM
Less jibber jabber, more weird news.

(http://www.ideagrove.com/blog/uploaded_images/jibbajabba-745602.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 08:04:54 PM
lol that is a good one gbeenie
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 18, 2009, 12:01:37 PM
Ok too wierd for me to describe, I'll let Ana and Cenk do it instead:

http://www.youtube.com/v/6T56hPNsh8w&hl=en&fs=1&border=1

Ms. Cyrus was evidently under the impression that meeting people is easy.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on March 18, 2009, 01:16:46 PM
Ok too wierd for me to describe, I'll let Ana and Cenk do it instead:

http://www.youtube.com/v/6T56hPNsh8w&hl=en&fs=1&border=1

Ms. Cyrus was evidently under the impression that meeting people is easy.


"The Young Turks"?    Who the frack are they?    They did not look so young.

But I DO love Radiohead even more now.  8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on March 18, 2009, 02:47:18 PM
You mean to say, It wasn't!?!!

http://www.wftv.com/news/18959775/detail.html#-
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on March 18, 2009, 03:27:32 PM
'a series of goat rapes' WTF?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 18, 2009, 03:51:12 PM
Quote from: Imrahil
That headline was weird. I read it as "Bill Seeks" (name) "To Make Sex" (i.e., about to have sex) "With Animals" (okay) and then "Illegal" WTF?

Heh, heh... "My name is Bill, and i am traveling far from my country seeking to make illegal sex with animals. Yes?"  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 18, 2009, 04:32:00 PM
lol but a felony? really? lol
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 19, 2009, 11:12:22 AM
...

Quote from: AP

Troubled students forced to fight in cage.

Workers at a high school staged cage fights among troubled students, making them settle their differences with bare-knuckled brawls in a steel utility cage inside a boys locker room, school district documents show.

Rest of article: here (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090319/ap_on_re_us/school_cage_fights).

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 20, 2009, 09:53:37 AM
Teen In Bomb Plot Wanted To "Kill Jesus" (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/29/national/main4056750.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4056750)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on March 20, 2009, 09:59:04 AM
Teen In Bomb Plot Wanted To "Kill Jesus" (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/29/national/main4056750.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4056750)

Almost a year old, but still funny.

Whatever happened to that kid, anyway? I couldn't find any more news about him.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 20, 2009, 12:50:14 PM
He seems to have a less than accurate understanding of what being dead means.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ImOscardotcom on March 20, 2009, 12:59:12 PM
He seems to have a less than accurate understanding of what being dead means.

Or how to get into Heaven...does he not think that God heard him plot to kill his only son? That's his job!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 20, 2009, 01:05:45 PM
Teen In Bomb Plot Wanted To "Kill Jesus" (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/29/national/main4056750.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4056750)

See this is why God of War is a bad influence, ban this sick filth now!!! /daily mail] ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 08:29:15 AM
I have Got To Get Me oneuv These!! :o

Quote
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/BarStool.jpg)
Kile Wygle's bar stool, which is powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Ohio Man Charged With DUI After Crashing Motorized Bar Stool
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

AP

NEWARK, Ohio —  An Ohio man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool, authorities said.

Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, said that when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Kile Wygle, 28, was hospitalized for minor injuries. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers, police said. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.

Wygle has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

:D :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 31, 2009, 08:36:31 AM
I have Got To Get Me oneuv These!! :o

Yeah I can see a few months later in the RAAAARGH thread after you get one of these.

Quote from: RVR II
So I get home to notice that after the Missus had taken the Bar Stool out to pick up some milk at the grocery store there's a tear in the seat. She says she doesn't know what happened. I'm going to have to get the whole thing reupholstered!  :angry:  :grr: :angry:  :grr:  :gouge:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 08:45:44 AM
And what's Scary.. I Have a Riding Mower here at the house I don't use that much :scared:

It's up for sale anyway so this lil'dream will have to wait :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 08:56:17 AM
Riding mowers are themselves scary. I tipped one last summer on a hill in the parents' yard.
Agreed..

The 'necks' round here love to soop'em up.
They actually have riding mower races in the neighboring county to the south of us in their downtown every year ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on March 31, 2009, 09:02:23 AM
I have Got To Get Me oneuv These!! :o

Quote
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/BarStool.jpg)
Kile Wygle's bar stool, which is powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Ohio Man Charged With DUI After Crashing Motorized Bar Stool
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

AP

NEWARK, Ohio —  An Ohio man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool, authorities said.

Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, said that when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Kile Wygle, 28, was hospitalized for minor injuries. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers, police said. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.

Wygle has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

:D :D
So, no lower back support then?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 09:06:03 AM
Maybe that was optional for his model :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on March 31, 2009, 09:11:57 AM

Quote
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/BarStool.jpg)



Visualizing someone getting wasted and thrashing this thing up on the freeway with several cop cars chasing after very slowly just made my day.  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on March 31, 2009, 10:15:56 AM
I think that "motorized bar stool" should bring some problems to mind without having to take it any further steps.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on March 31, 2009, 02:23:07 PM

Quote
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/BarStool.jpg)



Visualizing someone getting wasted and thrashing this thing up on the freeway with several cop cars chasing after very slowly just made my day.  :D


Brings a whole new light to the "To-Go" Cup
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmazingThor on March 31, 2009, 02:24:43 PM
In these cases they should just move the guy off the highway, pat him on the back, and say "Good luck." Because if you're the guy on the barstool scooter in the highway, jail can only be a plus
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on March 31, 2009, 02:38:49 PM
...

Where's the cup holder?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 02:40:05 PM
...

Where's the cup holder?

-Rude
Probably another option not included on this particular model.. :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on March 31, 2009, 03:25:58 PM
I like the 360 degree urinal though.
:D :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 31, 2009, 04:25:56 PM
I have Got To Get Me oneuv These!! :o

Quote
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/BarStool.jpg)
Kile Wygle's bar stool, which is powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Ohio Man Charged With DUI After Crashing Motorized Bar Stool
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

AP

NEWARK, Ohio —  An Ohio man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool, authorities said.

Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, said that when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Kile Wygle, 28, was hospitalized for minor injuries. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers, police said. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.

Wygle has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

:D :D

Maybe he was inspired by this

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/Thegoodlife.jpg?t=1238541679)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2009, 05:41:25 PM
Maybe he was inspired by this
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/Thegoodlife.jpg?t=1238541679)

One of the greatest shows ever. I love Margot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 31, 2009, 07:04:54 PM
Yeah I am watching it right now.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 01, 2009, 04:20:49 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/31/netanyahu-to-obama-stop-i_n_181293.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/31/netanyahu-to-obama-stop-i_n_181293.html)

Quote
In unusually blunt language, Netanyahu said of the Iranian leadership, "You don't want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs. When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran."

...and he went on to say, "The Jewish religion is a completely sane belief system even though we are still waiting for the Messiah to arrive and already have atomic bombs."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 01, 2009, 05:38:34 AM
April first is today, watch any video on Youtube. You may have to actually visit the site for the full effect
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VcjPLtIQxo&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div&flip=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 01, 2009, 05:53:16 AM
April first is today, watch any video on Youtube. You may have to actually visit the site for the full effect
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VcjPLtIQxo&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div&flip=1
Must be on certain channels cause mine are fine.. :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 01, 2009, 05:56:07 AM
try this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntc1bFO0UKE&flip=1) embedding doesn't work for the joke.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 01, 2009, 06:13:25 AM
Maybe not news but I found this page very weird and I don't know where else to post this.

http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html (http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 03, 2009, 05:36:31 AM
UPDATE
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Well, not really an update exactly, but everybody is still up in arms about the cat-bong case.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on April 03, 2009, 07:49:58 AM
Maybe not news but I found this page very weird and I don't know where else to post this.

http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html (http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html)

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/33717/Live-And-Let-Bi/
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 03, 2009, 08:57:41 AM
Maybe not news but I found this page very weird and I don't know where else to post this.

http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html (http://www.danielcraigisnotbond.com/DanielCraigNotBondJamesBond.html)

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/33717/Live-And-Let-Bi/
A bisexual James Bond? Well that's just goddamned un-American.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 06, 2009, 04:42:10 AM
Water burns
http://www.break.com/index/flammable-tap-water.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 06, 2009, 04:45:04 AM
Water burns
http://www.break.com/index/flammable-tap-water.html
Well, it Is 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 atom of Oxygen.. Both are flammable..  :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jd75 on April 06, 2009, 07:28:40 AM
Quote
Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles.

(http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn16126/dn16126-2_300.jpg)

Awesome!
Didn't read the article but.....how do you wash it?

That has got me thinking also! If its water proof, then how do you wash it? Hmmm ..............

(http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 06, 2009, 12:37:53 PM
Water burns
http://www.break.com/index/flammable-tap-water.html
Well, it Is 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 atom of Oxygen.. Both are flammable..  :P
Here boy! here boy! see the lime wedge? see the nice lime wedge boy!? catch it!! catch it!!  :P ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on April 07, 2009, 06:55:34 AM
"Oregon Man Commits Suicide During Watchmen"

A Eugene, Oregon man shot himself to death in a movie theater while watching a late showing of Watchmen, just after midnight Monday morning.

Authorities say about 10 other customers were in Regal Cinemas watching the hit flick when a few registered complaints with the manager of a “popping”-like noise they heard about halfway through the film. The 24-year-old man was found in the rear of the auditorium with a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the man committed suicide and was dead when they arrived."

Here's the original link. (http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/694556/Oregon-Man-Commits-Suicide-During-Watchmen.html)

::braces for onslaught of tasteless jokes::
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on April 07, 2009, 07:34:32 AM
.....watching the hit flick....

Hit?   ???
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on April 15, 2009, 09:52:04 AM
On the list of stupid things celebrities say, this is pretty up there.

Quote
Hulk Hogan is sounding homicidal over the way his wife Linda dumped him, forced him out of his $18 million mansion, allegedly started spending his money at the rate of $40,000 a month and dating "some shaggy-haired pool boy 30 years her junior," Rolling Stone reports.

"I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat," he told the magazine. "You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand OJ. I get it."

He and Linda are battling it out in a Florida divorce court, where Linda's attorney claims she's entitled to use the car and that Hogan's claims against her are merely an attempt to control her love life.

(emphasis mine)  Why do these people say things? 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 15, 2009, 10:28:53 AM
On the list of stupid things celebrities say, this is pretty up there.

Quote
Hulk Hogan is sounding homicidal over the way his wife Linda dumped him, forced him out of his $18 million mansion, allegedly started spending his money at the rate of $40,000 a month and dating "some shaggy-haired pool boy 30 years her junior," Rolling Stone reports.

"I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat," he told the magazine. "You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand OJ. I get it."

He and Linda are battling it out in a Florida divorce court, where Linda's attorney claims she's entitled to use the car and that Hogan's claims against her are merely an attempt to control her love life.

(emphasis mine)  Why do these people say things? 
Homeboy tied his do-rag a little too tight that day it appears.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 15, 2009, 10:45:14 AM
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/04/state_road_crews_discovered_th.html (http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/04/state_road_crews_discovered_th.html)

"Alabama road crews discovered WWII-era weapons recovered in Bibb County"

Kinda wish I'd been there first!  ;D  Sadly, the reporter has no idea what he/she is talking about because the story is riddled with inaccuracies about weapons....and the laws regarding them....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 15, 2009, 10:52:24 AM
Holy crap, that cache is worth some serious loot. Pretty nice condition considering how old they are. I'm still wanting a m1 garand or carbine, just no cash for either. Maybe I should start going diving. I do live in Idaho.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 15, 2009, 11:00:41 AM
Holy crap, that cache is worth some serious loot. Pretty nice condition considering how old they are. I'm still wanting a m1 garand or carbine, just no cash for either. Maybe I should start going diving. I do live in Idaho.
I owned a Garand but sold it a while ago to feed my M1 Carbine habit.  :D  They're not too overpriced if you find a reputable dealer.

But, sadly, those weapons in the article are deactivated and therefore not worth as much as they would if they were whole.  An M1 Thompson SMG usually starts at about $35,000 now.  Hubby's glad he bought his back in the 1990s when they were $2000 each!  Then again, if you live in a state where you can't own full-auto weapons (Illinois & California, for example), those deacts are as close as you're gonna get!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 15, 2009, 11:03:23 AM
Quote from: Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent who tried to import rare tortoises in a box labeled "scorpions" pleaded guilty on Tuesday to animal-trafficking charges, the Justice Department said.

It turns out that scorpions also draw an extra look from federal agents.

Rene Soliz faces a maximum one-year sentence and will resign from the Border Patrol after entering his guilty plea in Texas on charges that he illegally attempted to receive 15 Tanzanian leopard tortoises, the department said.

Under an international treaty on trade in endangered species, the tortoises are considered potentially threatened and cannot be traded without an export permit.

But they are often sold as pets and carry a market value of about $50 each, Justice Department spokesman Andrew Ames said.

Soliz in 2006 contacted a leopard tortoise dealer in Tanzania and asked to buy eight of the animals as the first deal in a long-term relationship.

In April of that year, however, a U.S. Customs inspector at New York's Kennedy Airport intercepted a package bound for Soliz, the department said, citing court statements.

"The package was labeled as containing 50 live scorpions. When a U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspector opened the package, he found 14 live leopard tortoises and one dead leopard tortoise."

The shipment lacked the required export permit, and Ames said it was clearly meant for resale: "One tortoise is a pet, 15 are not."

There are three species of scorpions also subject to trade restrictions, Ames said, meaning imported scorpions often bear scrutiny from customs agents.

I feel so much safer now...*sigh*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on April 15, 2009, 11:38:00 AM
On the list of stupid things celebrities say, this is pretty up there.

Quote
Hulk Hogan is sounding homicidal over the way his wife Linda dumped him, forced him out of his $18 million mansion, allegedly started spending his money at the rate of $40,000 a month and dating "some shaggy-haired pool boy 30 years her junior," Rolling Stone reports.

"I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat," he told the magazine. "You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand OJ. I get it."

He and Linda are battling it out in a Florida divorce court, where Linda's attorney claims she's entitled to use the car and that Hogan's claims against her are merely an attempt to control her love life.

(emphasis mine)  Why do these people say things? 
Homeboy tied his do-rag a little too tight that day it appears.
Hey...if you like that?

One of Hogan's buddies...the radio slug, "Bubba The Love Sponge" was inflicted on us here in South Florida back in January.  Being a compulsive radio-station changer, I hear bits of his  so-called show.

In between endless phone calls with Hogan and his side of the divorce, this Bubba was talking about Obama's trip to Iraq. That he should have just announced that the war was over and picked a few soldiers out for a ride back on Air Force One. That a trip back on that plane would have been ten times better than First Class on a regular plane....that they could eat steaks....

And then Bubba says, "Although now Obama probably has fried chicken on that plane..."

Stupid rednecked shit-kicker.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 16, 2009, 06:59:19 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
GILLIAM, La. – A sheriff's deputy said a 54-year-old man stabbed his 63-year-old brother during an argument in their kitchen over a can of pork and beans. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said the suspect was booked Tuesday on one count of aggravated battery.

Chadwick said the brother was treated at a medical center for stab wounds in his left arm and shoulder blade.

Chadwick quoted Deputy Jairo Rivera as saying the two brothers had been drinking. Rivera said the suspect picked up a kitchen knife after his brother threw a punch at him but missed.

And...on the gross side of the Weird News:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 16, 2009, 07:00:43 AM
*gag*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on April 16, 2009, 12:08:35 PM
But, did it improve their work relationship?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Destin on April 16, 2009, 12:14:37 PM
*gag*

/Agree... I was eating Tomato soup and have been throwing up ever since hearing that.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 17, 2009, 06:13:53 AM
Quote from: AP
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – A driving instructor who police say was drunk while giving someone a driving lesson can stay out of jail but will lose his license for a year. Daniel Winsky, 53, of Salem was convicted Thursday of operating under the influence while giving a lesson from the passenger seat of a car. He was sentenced to 18 months probation but won't be a licensed driver for one year.

Winsky was not behind the wheel during the December 2007 lesson in Ipswich, but prosecutors say he was in control of the passenger side brakes in the specially-fitted car and also moved the wheel during the lesson.

Police pulled Winsky over shortly after a convenience store clerk smelled alcohol on his breath, then saw him enter the auto school's car. Winsky claimed he was not drunk during the lesson.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 17, 2009, 06:23:35 AM
Surprised the duke boys didn't show up.
http://www.youtube.com/v/JoKZbOSvVa0&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on April 17, 2009, 07:58:28 AM
Thanks for posting that.  I saw up until a little bit after they knocked the bumper off and then had to leave.  Never heard how it ended.

Or what her problem was.

Give those Scion cars credit - they're ugly but they take a beating.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: AmandaGal on April 20, 2009, 04:25:30 PM
Man grows fir tree in his lungs:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/5152953/Surgeons-find-fir-tree-growing-inside-patients-lung.html

"I thought I was hallucinating," said Mr Kamashev. "I asked my assistant to have a look: 'Come and see this – we've got a fir tree here'. He nodded in shock. I blinked three times as I was sure I was seeing things."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 21, 2009, 05:30:21 AM
What do you want to do with YOUR lottery winnings?
Quote from: Associated Press
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – You've heard of nude beaches, but how about a nude dude ranch? Tim Clements hit a $3.3 million jackpot in 2004, and wants to return to the farm life he grew up in. Clements and David Jennings, co-owner of the ranch, said the farm is secluded enough to be in the buff.

But they have two big problems — local zoning laws and a nudity ban in Hernando County.

Clements said they'll try to get the necessary paperwork, but if they can't get approval he'll close the CJ Ranch again to all but friends.

Though their Web site says clothing is optional, there is a caveat: Everyone "must wear pants and boots to ride the horses."

And in other news....
Quote from: Associated Press
AKRON, Ohio – Ohio police say a 52-year-old woman was attacked on her first day as an exotic dancer by a jealous co-worker wielding a stiletto heel.

Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards says the woman was assailed Friday night by a co-worker who didn't think the club needed more dancers. Police say one of the dancers took her stiletto and repeatedly struck the woman in the face as she walked into the basement dressing room.

The woman was treated at a hospital and received seven staples. She has declined to press charges against her assailant.

Police say the woman took the job because she needed the extra money. She has refused to talk to police about what happened.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on April 21, 2009, 06:27:16 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
AKRON, Ohio – Ohio police say a 52-year-old woman was attacked on her first day as an exotic dancer by a jealous co-worker wielding a stiletto heel.

Oh yeah, that sounds like a top shelf club.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on April 21, 2009, 06:49:43 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
AKRON, Ohio – Ohio police say a 52-year-old woman was attacked on her first day as an exotic dancer by a jealous co-worker wielding a stiletto heel.

Oh yeah, that sounds like a top shelf club.

I think the phrase "Akron, Ohion" should have been your first clue!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on April 21, 2009, 06:51:06 AM
Quote from: AP
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – A driving instructor who police say was drunk while giving someone a driving lesson can stay out of jail but will lose his license for a year. Daniel Winsky, 53, of Salem was convicted Thursday of operating under the influence while giving a lesson from the passenger seat of a car. He was sentenced to 18 months probation but won't be a licensed driver for one year.

Winsky was not behind the wheel during the December 2007 lesson in Ipswich, but prosecutors say he was in control of the passenger side brakes in the specially-fitted car and also moved the wheel during the lesson.

Police pulled Winsky over shortly after a convenience store clerk smelled alcohol on his breath, then saw him enter the auto school's car. Winsky claimed he was not drunk during the lesson.

Way back in the 50's when my mom took her driving test in New Mexico (my dad was on a temp assignment there for McDonnell Douglass) she said that the state trooper who gave her the test was drunk and passed her even though she did not do so well.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on April 21, 2009, 07:00:08 AM
Quote from: AP
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – A driving instructor who police say was drunk while giving someone a driving lesson can stay out of jail but will lose his license for a year. Daniel Winsky, 53, of Salem was convicted Thursday of operating under the influence while giving a lesson from the passenger seat of a car. He was sentenced to 18 months probation but won't be a licensed driver for one year.

Winsky was not behind the wheel during the December 2007 lesson in Ipswich, but prosecutors say he was in control of the passenger side brakes in the specially-fitted car and also moved the wheel during the lesson.

Police pulled Winsky over shortly after a convenience store clerk smelled alcohol on his breath, then saw him enter the auto school's car. Winsky claimed he was not drunk during the lesson.

Way back in the 50's when my mom took her driving test in New Mexico (my dad was on a temp assignment there for McDonnell Douglass) she said that the state trooper who gave her the test was drunk and passed her even though she did not do so well.

I had to read that like two times before I realized the dude's last name was Winsky and not Winky.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 21, 2009, 07:29:17 AM
In traffic reports....
Quote from: Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities said a sport-utility vehicle has plowed out a sixth-floor window in a Manhattan parking garage and plunged three stories onto a neighboring roof. Police said the driver has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the accident around 4 p.m. Monday. It is not immediately known what caused the accident.

Police said a man was parking the white Mercedes Benz SUV in the East 12th Street garage when the vehicle crashed through a large window. He was inside the SUV when it landed.

Officers were trying to remove the SUV from the roof.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on April 21, 2009, 09:16:02 AM
Surprised the duke boys didn't show up.
http://www.youtube.com/v/JoKZbOSvVa0&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

My favorite part is what the little hatchback car is doing on the side of the road at about 3:55 when the lady gets surrounded.  :D   You know the driver is wondering if he should go or stick around as a witness.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on April 22, 2009, 01:44:06 PM
26-year-old man with body of a two-year-old

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/world/article.html?26-year-old_man_with_body_of_a_two-year-old&in_article_id=621310&in_page_id=64
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 23, 2009, 06:26:35 AM
Quote from: Reuters
DETROIT (Reuters) – A 57-year-old Detroit woman avoided serious injury when the underwire on her bra deflected a bullet shot at her from next door, police said.

The woman, who lives on the West side of Detroit, saw a group of men breaking into a neighbor's house on Tuesday morning. When the men spotted her, one of them fired a shot at her, a police spokesman said.

The bullet struck the underwire on the woman's bra and that saved her from a more serious injury, police said.

"It did slow the bullet down," said Detroit police spokesman Phillip Cook. "She sustained injuries but they're not life threatening."

The woman, who was not identified, was treated at a nearby hospital. The suspects in the shooting drove away.

In medical news....
Quote from: Associated Press
SHAKOPEE, Minn. – A state investigative report said a surgeon performed an appendectomy on the same patient twice after he mistakenly removed a piece of fatty tissue instead the first time. The Star Tribune reported that the surgeon realized his mistake two days after the first operation after a hospital pathologist reported what was removed was "not an appendix."

The patient had been complaining of pain and fever and was ordered back for a second surgery.

The by now ruptured appendix was removed, after which the unidentified patient spent 11 days in the hospital with complications from the second surgery.

The Health Department found no evidence the hospital did anything wrong. Complaints against doctors are handled by a separate state agency. The Board of Medical Practice isn't commenting on the case.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 23, 2009, 07:29:45 AM
Quote from: AP
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – A driving instructor who police say was drunk while giving someone a driving lesson can stay out of jail but will lose his license for a year. Daniel Winsky, 53, of Salem was convicted Thursday of operating under the influence while giving a lesson from the passenger seat of a car. He was sentenced to 18 months probation but won't be a licensed driver for one year.

Winsky was not behind the wheel during the December 2007 lesson in Ipswich, but prosecutors say he was in control of the passenger side brakes in the specially-fitted car and also moved the wheel during the lesson.

Police pulled Winsky over shortly after a convenience store clerk smelled alcohol on his breath, then saw him enter the auto school's car. Winsky claimed he was not drunk during the lesson.

Way back in the 50's when my mom took her driving test in New Mexico (my dad was on a temp assignment there for McDonnell Douglass) she said that the state trooper who gave her the test was drunk and passed her even though she did not do so well.

I had to read that like two times before I realized the dude's last name was Winsky and not Winky.

Apparently his gay nightlife bled over into his day job . . .
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on April 23, 2009, 10:37:21 AM
26-year-old man with body of a two-year-old

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/world/article.html?26-year-old_man_with_body_of_a_two-year-old&in_article_id=621310&in_page_id=64

I wanna go drinking with that guy.  I was dissapointed they didn't say anything about his mental capcaity.  I wonder if there is any mental incapacitation along with the growth problems. Insert Benjamin Button joke here.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 23, 2009, 11:06:08 AM
Hitler paintings sold for £95,000 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/8013945.stm)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 23, 2009, 11:08:13 AM
Hitler paintings sold for £95,000 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/8013945.stm)

Ok that's it.

I have lost all faith in the human race ever being able to regain anything close to good taste.

Everything Hitler ever made should be burned.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 23, 2009, 11:15:40 AM
Hitler paintings sold for £95,000 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/8013945.stm)

Ok that's it.

I have lost all faith in the human race ever being able to regain anything close to good taste.

Everything Hitler ever made should be burned.

Hmm, I don't know about the burning. As to why someone would want those in their private collection . . . I figure they should at least be in a museum featuring the works of the mentally disturbed.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2009, 11:44:06 AM
Hitler paintings sold for £95,000 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/8013945.stm)

Ok that's it.

I have lost all faith in the human race ever being able to regain anything close to good taste.

Everything Hitler ever made should be burned.

Brilliance is like a mayfly
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on April 23, 2009, 11:53:13 AM
That's actually a pretty cool idea.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2009, 11:56:55 AM
(http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~ktv/Copyright-symbol.jpg)

Me :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 23, 2009, 11:58:02 AM
(http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~ktv/Copyright-symbol.jpg)

Me :)

Good call.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on April 23, 2009, 11:59:12 AM
...

An antiques dealer and a time-machine builder? What can't your character do!  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2009, 12:00:52 PM
You posted it on the internet. Now everyone owns it!

And now, it's gone ;)

An antiques dealer and a time-machine builder? What can't your character do!  :D

Or maybe the first came from the second :)

Incidentally, I loved that the ad before the story on the video was for Lufthansa.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 23, 2009, 01:54:48 PM
Don't bring your "purse" dogs with you shopping....
Quote from: Associated Press
HARRISON, Ark. – A Home Depot in northern Arkansas has someone new looking out for mice at the warehouse store. A great horned owl now lives in the Harrison store's garden center, looking down on surprised customers shopping for flowers and paving stones. Employees say the bird's mother flew inside of the enclosed garden center during a January ice storm and laid eggs atop a pallet of merchandise.

Over time, the mother disappeared and two baby owls poked their heads out of the nest. One fell to its death, but the other survived, its four-foot wing span blocking out the sun as he flies around the garden center.

Since the garden center is open to the sky, the owl will leave, but always comes back, employees said.

"He's kind of our pet now," garden center supervisor John Gallagher told the Harrison Daily Times.

And the owl likely will remain there. Randy Zellers, managing editor of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Arkansas Wildlife magazine, said owls are classified as raptors, which are protected under strict federal regulations.

To remove the owl, the store would have to get special licenses. Zellers said there's really no reason for anyone to try and move the owl for now.

"If he isn't bothering anything, it's perfectly fine," Zellers said.

Rusty Scarborough, the education program coordinator at Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff, said the Home Depot would be a good spot for an owl. Rodents are the predominant food source for a great horned owl and stores with garden centers stock bird seed and crop seeds — big draws for rodents.

Although the great horned owl is a fierce predator, Scarborough said this owl probably doesn't pose a threat to anyone at the store.

"They still have a fear of humans," he said.

The Home Depot Inc., based in Atlanta, is the nation's No. 1 home improvement retailer.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 23, 2009, 01:59:04 PM
And for those seeking a new "religion"....
Quote from: AFP
LONDON (AFP) – A police officer in Scotland has confessed to following the Jedi faith beloved of Star Wars film fans, respected policing analysis group Jane's reported Thursday.

Pam Fleming, a 45-year-old beat officer in Glasgow for Strathclyde Police, said that she thought all police officers "should be Jedis," when interviewed by Jane's Police Review.

"For me, it is not a joke," she said. "Being a Jedi is a way of life.

"I love the Star Wars films and the concept of being a Jedi, that the faith is not divisive."

Fleming said she knew of other Jedis in Strathclyde Police -- the force apparently has eight in total.

According to Britain's Office for National Statistics, a total of 390,000 people in England and Wales listed their religion as Jedi in the most recent census in 2001. Scotland has a reported 14,000 followers.

But it noted that this may have been largely due to an Internet campaign launched in the run-up to the census. Jedi followers are grouped under atheist.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on April 23, 2009, 02:36:57 PM
Quote from: LBeria
To remove the owl, the store would have to get special licenses.

(http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6662/beard.jpg) (http://img177.imageshack.us/my.php?image=beard.jpg)

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on April 23, 2009, 07:31:58 PM
26-year-old man with body of a two-year-old

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/world/article.html?26-year-old_man_with_body_of_a_two-year-old&in_article_id=621310&in_page_id=64

I wanna go drinking with that guy.  I was dissapointed they didn't say anything about his mental capcaity.  I wonder if there is any mental incapacitation along with the growth problems. Insert Benjamin Button joke here.

Why is this kind of weirdness only found in India these days?

Why the FRAK do his parents still dress him in baby clothes?

 :angry:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 24, 2009, 05:32:57 AM
Our first story....
Quote from: Associated Press
DENVER – A pregnant woman who was fleeing a bear when she was struck by a slow-moving car said she would honor the euthanized animal by giving her baby the middle name "Bear."

Ashley Swendsen, 26, said she thought the bear followed her more out of curiosity than malice because it kept a distance of about 10 feet Thursday morning on a hiking trail in northwestern Colorado Springs.

As she ran, she thought, "If it was going to hurt me, it already would have."

Swendsen managed to scramble up an embankment and was crossing the street when she was hit by a slow-moving car. Although she was not seriously injured, she was taken to a hospital as a precaution because she was pregnant.

Police said they're looking for the driver of the car that hit Swendsen. The driver stopped and spoke to her but left before police arrived.

Swendsen said she first spotted the bear as it was coming out of a creek.

"I didn't know what to do, so I just kept walking," she said. "I wasn't going to start sprinting."

But she started running when the bear moved toward her.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife said the chase happened in an area where bears are common. Division spokesman Michael Seraphin said the brown-colored North American black bear was tranquilized and later euthanized after Swendsen identified it.

Swendsen said she was sad to hear about the bear's death.

"Yeah, because the bear spared me, and then it had to die," she said.

Swendsen, who is about five months pregnant, said she doesn't know the sex of her baby but will give it the middle name "Bear" whether it's a boy or a girl.

In police reports....
Quote from: Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A mother was accused on Wednesday of driving a getaway minivan with her two young children inside after burglaries at two New York City homes.

Prosecutors said Erika Santana, 23, drove the van with her four-year-old and five-month-old children inside after Hugo Lantigua, 22, who is the baby's father, and Pedro Camillo, 19, broke into two houses in the borough of Queens.

Santana, Lantigua and Camillo face charges including burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, and face up to 25 years in prison.

"It is unthinkable that a mother and father would put their children in harm's way while allegedly committing these crimes. It is even more unimaginable that they would allegedly do so with a loaded handgun in their vehicle," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

And finally....
Quote from: Northwest Florida Daily News
SEACREST BEACH, Fla. – It sounds more like something out of a freak show: a one-eyed, 3-legged alligator. The gator was captured Thursday morning in Seacrest Beach by Walton County officials. The animal was less than five feet long and had somehow found its way to the beach.

A family visiting from Chicago called it the perfect day at the beach. They learned how to tell apart an alligator from a crocodile.

The rare gator was taken to a safe location and returned without harm to the wild.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on April 24, 2009, 04:54:33 PM
...

Ah, California government officials... you always seem to find new and impressive ways of being stupid:

Quote from: SF Gate
Many Contra Costa Crooks Won't Be Prosecuted (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/21/BAK9176EGO.DTL&tsp=1)

Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
...
People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either.
...
Don't even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association. "If they are submitted, they will be screened out by category by support staff and returned to your department without review by a deputy district attorney," he wrote.
...
Kochly said prosecutors will still consider charging suspects with certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, firearms offenses, vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes and assault with a deadly weapon.

Even if he's just grandstanding for more money as some sort of protest against the budget cuts, this is a stupid move. By the way... do any of you guys live in Contra Costa County and own a nice surround sound system?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 24, 2009, 04:56:51 PM
...

Ah, California government officials... you always seem to find new and impressive ways of being stupid:

Quote from: SF Gate
Many Contra Costa Crooks Won't Be Prosecuted (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/21/BAK9176EGO.DTL&tsp=1)

Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
...
People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either.
...
Don't even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association. "If they are submitted, they will be screened out by category by support staff and returned to your department without review by a deputy district attorney," he wrote.
...
Kochly said prosecutors will still consider charging suspects with certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, firearms offenses, vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes and assault with a deadly weapon.

Even if he's just grandstanding for more money as some sort of protest against the budget cuts, this is a stupid move. By the way... do any of you guys live in Contra Costa County and own a nice surround sound system?

-Rude
That prosecutor is a goddamned idiot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on April 24, 2009, 11:57:39 PM
Ninja attemps to rob dry cleaner's, fails (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Rubbish,_sword-wielding_ninja_fails_to_rob_dry_cleaner&in_article_id=630476&in_page_id=2)

Quote
A man attempted to rob a dry cleaning business while dressed as a ninja and waving a sword around, police say. The attempt was ineffectual.

According to authorities, the man walked into a convenience store in Weymouth, Massachusetts on Monday wearing a mask and with a sheathed sword on his belt. When the clerk, concerned by his ninja-like appearance, phoned the police, the man removed the mask (something a good ninja would never do) and asked if she was calling about him.

She replied that she was, and he left the store, heading instead into the nearby dry cleaner's.

There, he pointed at the register with his sword, and told the cashier to open it and give him the money. She replied that she couldn't open the drawer; faced with this insurmountable challenge to his plans, the ninja left the dry cleaner's, defeated.

Police are still searching for the ninja.

(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e276/diamondback88/palmtreeninja.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 25, 2009, 12:46:24 AM
We had someone a few years ago that robbed a 7-11  (it's down the street from me) multiple times and he (I'm assuming) was dressed as a ninja. Never got caught cause he was stealthy as hell.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jd75 on April 25, 2009, 07:37:02 AM
We had someone a few years ago that robbed a 7-11  (it's down the street from me) multiple times and he (I'm assuming) was dressed as a ninja. Never got caught cause he was stealthy as hell.

That's funny! And they never really stopped him and prevent the guy from stealing from them SEVERAL times.

(http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 25, 2009, 08:49:29 PM
Where's Jubei Kibagami when you need him?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Cibernético II on April 25, 2009, 09:09:59 PM
Note to self: move to Contra Costa County
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Chaos on April 26, 2009, 05:39:39 AM
Note to self: move to Contra Costa County

It's a trap!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 26, 2009, 12:41:55 PM
Quote
Voters in Switzerland Ban Nude Hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2009 

 AP

APPENZELL, Switzerland  —  Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps on Sunday passed legislation banning nude hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.

By a show of hands citizens of the tiny state of Appenzell Inner Rhodes voted overwhelmingly at their traditional open-air annual assembly to impose a $176 fine on violators.

Only a scattering of people on Sunday opposed the ban on the back-to-nature activity that took off last autumn when naked hikers — primarily Germans — started showing up in eastern Switzerland.

The cantonal government recommended the ban after citizens objected to encountering walkers wearing nothing but hiking boots and socks.

"The reactions of the population have shown that such appearances over a large area are perceived as thoroughly disturbing and irritating," the government said in a statement.

A similar legal move is expected in neighboring Appenzell Outer Rhodes with legislation being prepared against "this shameless behavior."

German Web sites promoting the activity describe it as "a special experience of nature, free and healthy" and said nude walking in the Alps has roots in antiquity.

The verdant Appenzell region has been regarded as a favorite, with trails the nudists regarded as off the beaten path.

The German sites also promote walks in France and in regions of Germany, where public nudity has roots going back to the 18th century through a movement that has come to be called "Free Body Culture." Nudism in more conservative areas of Switzerland is less common.

A similar legal move is expected in neighboring Appenzell Outer Rhodes. The nationalist Swiss People's Party has advised the cantonal parliament it is preparing legislation against "this shameless behavior."

 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 26, 2009, 12:55:01 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 26, 2009, 03:41:14 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 26, 2009, 04:13:48 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 26, 2009, 04:17:47 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 
Still up'er in Raleigh, NC??

Heh! well whatyaknow.. So Why the 'multiple' snappages?? 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 26, 2009, 04:26:29 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 
Still up'er in Raleigh, NC??

Heh! well whatyaknow.. So Why the 'multiple' snappages?? 8)

Still in Cackilackee. I will own up to my first snap. Snape and the unicorn just get to me, I dunno. But the last one, I won't. I just left. I really think that a snap entails some kind of angry monologue about how all of you are Hitler or something.

But you're right. What I did was weird and kinda stupid. But now I have a lot of crap to write in a book I'm working on.

Did you get all those carpenter bees?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 26, 2009, 04:50:37 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 
Still up'er in Raleigh, NC??

Heh! well whatyaknow.. So Why the 'multiple' snappages?? 8)

Still in Cackilackee. I will own up to my first snap. Snape and the unicorn just get to me, I dunno. But the last one, I won't. I just left. I really think that a snap entails some kind of angry monologue about how all of you are Hitler or something.

But you're right. What I did was weird and kinda stupid. But now I have a lot of crap to write in a book I'm working on.

Did you get all those carpenter bees?
Interesting.. :o I would say welcome back but you've been back for a while now..

I took out about 12 or 13 carpenter bees today >:D
They had already started borring into my old deck hand rails and have started scoping out the new deck already! :grr:

Those fuckers are Destructive :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 26, 2009, 04:58:11 PM
Interesting.. :o I would say welcome back but you've been back for a while now..

Too true. Thanks all the same :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 26, 2009, 06:59:14 PM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_u1ydn1cllKg/SXv97xw7dmI/AAAAAAAAAZU/0EZiAWRtczY/s400/meh_cat.jpg)

 :)

OK that was originally going to be feh but the image on the first page after doing the search horrified me (check it out: Google with safe search turned off, fifth picture on the top row, dear god).

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 27, 2009, 04:56:26 AM
I would expect more feh anyways.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on April 27, 2009, 05:40:52 AM
In "Church Notes":
Quote from: Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A church giving sermons about sex may have to find a new home. Brevard Public School District's risk-management department has threatened to boot New Hope Church out of Sherwood Elementary because of a worship series titled "Great Sex for You."

Church leaders mailed 25,000 fliers, asking residents "Is Your Sex Life A Bore?" The three-week program kicked off inside the school auditorium. Pastor Bruce Cadle had said the Christian church has been "shamefully silent" on the taboo topic.

Mark Langdorf, the director of risk management, says the mailers generated complaints, were not appropriate for elementary school children and shouldn't be used to advertise the sermon in the school.

Langdorf says the church's lease contract is under review.

International Fashion News:
Quote from: AFP
HONG KONG (AFP) – One of Hong Kong's tallest skyscrapers has refused to host an exhibition of clogs put on by a Dutch charity because of worries the clunky footwear will bring bad luck, a report said.

The Cheung Kong Center refused to give the go ahead to the show, which was organised by the Dutch consulate, because of feng shui, a diplomat told the Sunday Morning Post.

The tower's management said the wooden footwear show would cause bad luck, because the Cantonese word for shoes -- hai -- sounds similar to a sigh of exasperation, the English-language paper said.

"Cheung Kong Center rejected the exhibition because of the Chinese meaning of wooden shoes. I don't understand. It is difficult to explain as I don't know how to say shoes in Chinese," an unnamed member of staff at the consulate told the paper.

The exhibition, part of an effort to promote Dutch culture, which will raise money for Chinese children, is now being held at another tower in Hong Kong, the paper said.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system, used to enhance positive energy and good luck.

The system is still very influential in superstitious Hong Kong, and highly-paid feng shui consultants are often employed to advise on the location and design of new buildings, as well as give individuals advice on how to improve their luck.

And, finally, in "travel" news:
Quote from: AFP
LONDON (AFP) – A British pensioner on a mobility scooter took a wrong turn and ended up driving along a motorway with a 70 mile (113 kilometre) per hour speed limit, prompting a police escort home.

Police received telephone calls from concerned drivers after seeing the 89-year-old travelling along the M20 at Cheriton in Kent in southeast England.

"Kent Police received reports that a mobility scooter was travelling on the hard shoulder of the M20 on the London-bound carriageway," a spokeswoman said.

"An 89-year-old local man had taken the wrong turning and had travelled by mistake on to the M20."

The incident on Tuesday comes after a 90-year-old man on his scooter was assisted off a busy road in February.

The pensioner had taken a wrong turn onto a carriageway while out shopping near Shoreham in West Sussex in southern England.

"He said he had gone out to buy a newspaper. Somehow he must have got on to the roundabout and taken the wrong road," said a driver, who waved down the pensioner, before police arrived to help him home.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 27, 2009, 10:56:32 AM
I would expect more feh anyways.
Thanks for not answering me a long time ago when I asked where the hell you disappeared to in some random forgettable thread.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 27, 2009, 01:17:47 PM
OK that was originally going to be feh but the image on the first page after doing the search horrified me (check it out: Google with safe search turned off, fifth picture on the top row, dear god).

AHHHH!!! Damnit TRIPE!!!! Don't do that!!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 27, 2009, 01:39:33 PM
OK that was originally going to be feh but the image on the first page after doing the search horrified me (check it out: Google with safe search turned off, fifth picture on the top row, dear god).

AHHHH!!! Damnit TRIPE!!!! Don't do that!!!

Woah, Gulliver's back and this time he's a love machine.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on April 27, 2009, 02:20:13 PM
...

Quote
IBM To Pit Supercomputer Against Jeopardy! Champs. (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/140891)

It's bad enough that I can barely compete with the geniuses that parade through the Jeopardy! set every evening: Now us mortals have to face the possibility of competing against a computer loaded with trivia, as IBM preps a special supercomputer that could take on human contestants on a special edition of the popular game show.

This is the latest step from IBM in pushing computer intelligence into the world of human intelligence. The latest battleground: Quiz show Jeopardy!, where sometimes easy, sometimes obscure, sometimes tricky trivia is asked of three contestants who have to be the first to ring in in order to get a shot to answer -- and always in the form of a question.

Rest of article: here (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/140891)

GREETINGS PROFESSOR FALKEN.

HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR JEOPARDY?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 27, 2009, 02:26:57 PM
Curious game, the only way to win is to not play Ken Jennings
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on April 27, 2009, 05:38:46 PM
GREETINGS PROFESSOR FALKEN.

HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR JEOPARDY?
"Joshua, what are you doing?" --Alex Trebek


In other weird news, check this out:

Burglars tie up woman - but flee the house when they realise she's married to action hero actor Dolph Lundgren
.  Here's the full story. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1173697/Burglars-tie-woman--flee-house-realise-shes-married-action-hero-actor-Dolph-Lundgren.html?ITO=1490)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on April 27, 2009, 06:38:13 PM
I would expect more feh anyways.
Thanks for not answering me a long time ago when I asked where the hell you disappeared to in some random forgettable thread.

See what I did there? I ignored you again. heh
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 28, 2009, 03:23:43 AM
Gee, your a really good kisser-WHAT???
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7772902.stm
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 28, 2009, 08:10:23 AM
Quote
Gone With the Wind: Pet Chihuahua Blown Away
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. —  Tinker Bell has been reunited with her owners after a 70-mph gust of wind picked up the six-pound Chihuahua and tossed her out of sight.

Dorothy and Lavern Utley credit a pet psychic for guiding them on Monday to a wooded area nearly a mile from where 8-month-old Tinker Bell had been last seen. The brown long-haired dog was dirty and hungry but otherwise OK.

The Utleys, of Rochester, had set up an outdoor display Saturday at a flea market in Waterford Township, 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

Tinker Bell was standing on their platform trailer when she was swept away.

Dorothy Utley tells The Detroit News that her cherished pet "just went wild" upon seeing her.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on April 28, 2009, 08:17:00 AM
Well I'm glad the little dog is unharmed.

You know tying her up to an empty beer cooler was probably not the best method of securing the little dog.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on April 29, 2009, 11:19:09 AM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 

Well what the crap.  I knew Ebichu had to be someone who used to be someone, but I didn't know who.  This is like the end of every Scooby Doo.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 29, 2009, 11:29:57 AM
Fuck em. I'll just pay the fine.
Hey! Hold The Line!!

Are YOU the Real Action Batch or an Imposter?! :o

I took on the name Ebichu as a sort of interwebz sociology experiment. This was the first forum I've ever posted on, and I was curious to see how people would respond to an old person under a new person guise.. Also, I'm kind of a dick. So it worked out for me on multiple levels. But yes, my name is John Leiby, and I am Action Batch. 

Well what the crap.  I knew Ebichu had to be someone who used to be someone, but I didn't know who.  This is like the end of every Scooby Doo.
Yeah, but this time, HE was the Medling Kid! >:(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 29, 2009, 02:52:05 PM
THIS JUST IN ~~~~~~~~~~ My nose hairs are turning gray.   :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 29, 2009, 03:36:14 PM
Take a look at this.

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

It's not a joke,it's real :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 29, 2009, 03:49:37 PM
Here is another link related to it.

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/04/post_2.php (http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/04/post_2.php)

This is getting kind of scary.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2009, 07:03:02 PM
THIS JUST IN ~~~~~~~~~~ My nose hairs are turning gray.   :-[
That's exactly what Joe Cocker said after a night of rail after rail after rail....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 29, 2009, 08:20:04 PM
Quote
Naked Driver Charged With DUI After Emergency Room Crash
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 


BISMARCK, N.D. —  Police in North Dakota say a naked motorist has been charged with driving under the influence after crashing a pickup into a hospital emergency room. No one was hurt.

Sgt. Dwight Offerman said 47-year-old Nicholas Krush drove into the admitting area of Bismarck's St. Alexius Hospital emergency room early Wednesday.

Offerman says Krush may have overdosed on a prescription drug. He says police were told before the crash to look for a pickup driven by a man who overdosed and was heading to Bismarck for treatment.

Hospital officials say it caused more than $100,000 in damage.

A message left for a Nick Krush in Mandan wasn't returned.

 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 30, 2009, 04:58:55 AM
Take a look at this.

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

It's not a joke,it's real :o

A bunch of them are in Utah.  How hard is it to be a superhero in Utah?

One part of Watchmen has come true does that mean the rest is going to come true at some point? :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on April 30, 2009, 12:01:20 PM

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

Okay, so where are all the costumed super villians?

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on April 30, 2009, 12:36:04 PM

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

Okay, so where are all the costumed super villians?



I believe they're known as "furries."

   :clap:   :D  Nice!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on April 30, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
Quote
Tom Cruise's girlfriend in the 1980s hit "Top Gun" confirmed in an interview the longstanding rumor that she's gay.

Kelly McGillis told the Internet show Girl Rock! that she was single, and in the market for a female partner.

"Definitely a woman," she said when asked if she's looking for a man or a woman. "I'm done with the man thing. You need to move on in life."

McGillis, 51, has been married and divorced twice, and has two daughters with her second husband, Fred Tillman.

The actress said coming out as a lesbian was "an ongoing process from the time I was probably 12."

She added that "I had a lot of things happen that convinced me that God was punishing me because I was gay." McGillis was attacked and raped in her apartment in 1982 when she was a young actress working in New York.

The actress also told Girl Rock! that now that her daughters are grown, she's looking to get back into acting, but is having a hard time - because she won't dye her hair!

"Whenever I get an offer, they ask me to dye my hair," the graying star said. "And I just won't."

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on April 30, 2009, 04:22:01 PM

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

Okay, so where are all the costumed super villians?



What kind of crappy superhero name is "Shadowhare" anyway?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on April 30, 2009, 04:49:33 PM

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

Okay, so where are all the costumed super villians?

What kind of crappy superhero name is "Shadowhare" anyway?

a rabbit that almost entirely disappears at 12:00pm?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on April 30, 2009, 04:55:32 PM

http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm (http://www.worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm)

Okay, so where are all the costumed super villians?

What kind of crappy superhero name is "Shadowhare" anyway?

a rabbit that almost entirely disappears at 12:00pm?
His archnemesis? FuddNoon
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 01, 2009, 07:50:47 AM
Angle Grinder man?

What in the World?!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 01, 2009, 08:35:35 AM
Quote from: Reuters
Call her the modern day Goldfinger.

A New York woman was charged on Wednesday with stealing as much as $12 million (8.1 million pounds) in gold bullion and jewellery over a period of six years, lifting the ill-gotten booty from her employer by concealing the stash in the lining of her pocketbook.

The district attorney for New York City's borough of Queens said Teresa Tambunting, 50, was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of first-degree grand larceny and first-degree criminal possession of stolen property from Jacmel Jewelry.

"The defendant is accused of establishing a virtual mining operation ... which siphoned off millions of dollars worth of the precious metal from her employer," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

In January, an inventory audit conducted at Jacmel revealed that nearly 850 pounds (386 kg) of gold merchandise worth about $12 million was unaccounted for, Brown's statement added.

After an investigation was initiated, Tambunting returned to Jacmel a suitcase containing 66 pounds (30 kg) of gold. On February 13, an additional 448 pounds (204 kg) of gold was recovered from Tambunting's residence, the DA said.

Jack Rahmey, Jacmel's president, declined to comment.

Spot gold traded at around $890 an ounce on Thursday.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 01, 2009, 08:41:35 AM
Quote from: Reuters
Call her the modern day Goldfinger.

A New York woman was charged on Wednesday with stealing as much as $12 million (8.1 million pounds) in gold bullion and jewellery over a period of six years, lifting the ill-gotten booty from her employer by concealing the stash in the lining of her pocketbook.

The district attorney for New York City's borough of Queens said Teresa Tambunting, 50, was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of first-degree grand larceny and first-degree criminal possession of stolen property from Jacmel Jewelry.

"The defendant is accused of establishing a virtual mining operation ... which siphoned off millions of dollars worth of the precious metal from her employer," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

In January, an inventory audit conducted at Jacmel revealed that nearly 850 pounds (386 kg) of gold merchandise worth about $12 million was unaccounted for, Brown's statement added.

After an investigation was initiated, Tambunting returned to Jacmel a suitcase containing 66 pounds (30 kg) of gold. On February 13, an additional 448 pounds (204 kg) of gold was recovered from Tambunting's residence, the DA said.

Jack Rahmey, Jacmel's president, declined to comment.

Spot gold traded at around $890 an ounce on Thursday.

I probably would have stopped and left the country long before I had gotten to 12 million.........
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 01, 2009, 10:03:56 AM
Ooh. Even New Mexico has its own Superhero.

http://www.myspace.com/greenscorpion

Of course, we share him with Arizona, but I know I'll sleep a little bit better half the time. :^)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 03, 2009, 06:00:35 PM
http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BJTBSD45Jo7 (http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BJTBSD45Jo7)
Quote
Wife: Sleep-walking husband may have drowned

OSHKOSH (AP) - An Oshkosh area woman says she fears her husband may have gone sleepwalking and drowned in the Fox River.

Cherie Merkes says her 55-year-old husband, Michael Merkes, had been feeling tired and sick before he disappeared last Saturday. She says he took a prescription sleep aid Friday night, and they agreed he would go to a walk-in clinic Saturday if he did not feel better.

Instead, she woke Saturday to find him missing from their home in the town of Black Wolf. Police found his car near the Fox River about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cherie Merkes says she believes her husband drove there in his sleep and walked into the river.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and Oshkosh Police Department are still searching for him.


Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on May 03, 2009, 10:55:25 PM
Cats have mind altering parasites!!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/Story?id=2288095&page=1

Quote
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.

Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children.

...

Cat lovers need not get rid of their cats. The chances are not great that a modern cat, kept on a diet of safe cat food and not left to feed off rats, will transmit the parasite to humans. It's possible, but not likely

I knew there was something a bit off about cat people....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2009, 03:48:02 AM
Cats have mind altering parasites!!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/Story?id=2288095&page=1

Quote
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.

Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children.

...

Cat lovers need not get rid of their cats. The chances are not great that a modern cat, kept on a diet of safe cat food and not left to feed off rats, will transmit the parasite to humans. It's possible, but not likely

I knew there was something a bit off about cat people....

Yup, it has been all proven, with scientisty methods.

Save the world, adopt a dog, won't you?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2009, 06:05:02 AM
Quote
Report: Chinese Government Ordering Officials to Smoke
Monday, May 04, 2009 

Officials in China have reportedly been told to puff their way through four and a half million cigarettes a year.

Staff at local government offices in Hubei province were given the order in a move intended to set an example for the rest of the nation, according to state media.

And if they fail to smoke their way through 230,000 packs of locally-produced cigarettes, the officials could face fines.

Brands such as Huanghelou have been earmarked as part of the official quota.

"The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax," local official Chen Nianzu told the Global Times.

The measure may also be a ploy to boost sales of local cigarette brands, under pressure from competitors in neighbouring Hunan province.

Some 350 million Chinese — including more than half of all male doctors — currently smoke, with around a million dying from smoking-related diseases every year.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 04, 2009, 06:29:34 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
DALLAS – Poking through antiques stores while traveling through the Texas Panhandle, Bill Waters stumbled across a tattered old ledger book filled with formulas.

He bought it for $200, suspecting he could resell it for five times that. Turns out, his inkling about the book's value was more spot on than he knew. The Tulsa, Okla., man eventually discovered the book came from the Waco, Texas, drugstore where Dr Pepper was invented and includes a recipe titled "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters."

"I began feeling like I had a national treasure," said Waters, 59.

Dr Pepper's manufacturer says the recipe is not the secret formula for the modern day soft drink, but the 8 1/2-by-15 1/2 inch book is expected to sell between $50,000 to $75,000 when it goes up for auction at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on May 13.

"It probably has specks of the original concoction on its pages," Waters said.

Waters discovered the book, its yellowed pages stained brown on the edges, underneath a wooden medicine bottle crate in a Shamrock antiques store last summer. A couple months after buying it, he took a closer look as he prepared to sell it on eBay.

He noticed there were several sheets with letterheads hinting at its past, like a page from a prescription pad from a Waco store titled "W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store." An Internet search revealed Dr Pepper, first served in 1885, was invented at the Old Corner Drug Store in Waco by a pharmacist named Charles Alderton. Wade Morrison was a store owner.

Faded letters on the book's fraying brown cover say "Castles Formulas." John Castles was a partner of Morrison's for a time and was a druggist at that location as early as 1880, said Mary Beth Webster, collections manager at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in Waco.

As he gathered more information, Waters took a slower turn through the book's more than 360 pages, which are filled with formulas for everything from piano polish to a hair restorer to a cough syrup. He eventually spotted the "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters" formula.

"It took three or four days before I actually realized what I had there," Waters said.

The recipe written in cursive in the ledger book is hard to make out, but ingredients seem to include mandrake root, sweet flag root and syrup.

It isn't a recipe for a soft drink, says Greg Artkop, a spokesman for the Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He said it's likely instead a recipe for a bitter digestive that bears the Dr Pepper name.

He said the recipe certainly bears no resemblance to any Dr Pepper recipes the company knows of. The drink's 23-flavor blend is a closely guarded secret, only known by three Dr Pepper employees, he said.

Michael Riley, chief cataloger and historian for Heritage Auction Galleries, said they think it's an early recipe for Dr Pepper.

"We just feel like it's the earliest version of it," he said.

He hasn't, however, tested that theory by trying to mix up a batch. Neither has Waters; he's thought about it but would need to find someone to decipher all the handwriting.

Jack McKinney, executive director of the Waco museum, surmised that Alderton might have been giving customers something for their stomachs and added some Dr Pepper syrup to make it taste better.

"I don't guess there's any definitive answer. It's got to be the only one of its kind," Riley said.

McKinney said the ledger book was bound to be popular with Dr Pepper collectors because it's from the time the drink was invented.

Riley said the book was probably started around 1880 and used through the 1890s. It's not known who wrote the Dr Pepper recipe in the book, but they don't think it was the handwriting of Alderton or Morrison. Some of the formulas have Alderton's name after them.

At first, Alderton's drink inspired by the smells in the drugstore was called "a Waco." "People would come in and say, 'Shoot me a Waco,'" Riley said.

Soon renamed Dr Pepper, the drink caught on and other stores in town began selling it. Eventually, Alderton got out of the Dr Pepper business and Morrison and a man named Robert Lazenby started a bottling company in 1891.

Flipping through the pages of the ledger book takes one back to a time when drugstores were neighborhood hubs, selling everything from health remedies to beauty products mixed up by the stores' chemists. And among the formulas being mixed up in drugstores were treats for the soda fountain. A two-page spread in Waters' book has recipes for "Soda Water Syrups," including pineapple, lemon and strawberry.

"There were very few national brands," Riley said. "Their lifeblood was all their formulas."

As much antique shopping and dumpster diving that I do, it sucks I can't find something as cool as that!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2009, 07:31:19 AM
"Mandrake root"........ sounds like something a wizard would use.

Maybe you can find the Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, Kentucky Grilled Chicken recipe sometime on your visits.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on May 04, 2009, 08:54:19 AM
Ah, gotta love the man's lack of altruism. Instead of giving it to the actual Dr. Pepper museum in Waco, he's going to sell it on eBay.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2009, 04:21:40 PM
Quote
Google Gets Goats to Mow Lawn at Company Headquarters
Monday, May 04, 2009 


Last week, Google brought in a herd of goats to mow the grass on its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters rather than using lawnmowers.

The company said that it wanted to take a more "low-carbon" approach with the goats reducing the company's contribution to air and noise pollution.

The cost of hiring the 200-some goats is about the same price as mowing, but the goats were "a lot cuter to watch."

PETA responded to a TechCrunch call about the goats, saying that though they have no problem with letting goats do what they do, they do have concerns about how they were transported and whether they have enough shelter and water.

Google said that though the goats were not technically employees, "each goat is entitled to a free organic lunch."

Turns out another tech company uses goat power to mow its property. Yahoo has also employed goats to graze their grounds .

If watching goats eat grass and run around the hills of the companies headquarters is your thing, enjoy the scene captured in this 19-minute video clip .

http://qik.com/video/1604803
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2009, 05:16:41 PM
Ah yes, I am sure that all Google employees WILL get a nice free lunch after their lawn is cut

Tacos de barbacoa de cabrito

(http://southernconnecticutcommunity.com/lunchbreak/files/2009/01/cabrito_sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2009, 05:23:49 PM
MMM... Yummy!! :P

Those look A Lot like the tacos I get in Mexico at the pop-up taco stands at night :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on May 04, 2009, 06:20:00 PM
I've actually been to the Google offices in Mountain View and I would have loved to have seen that in person.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on May 04, 2009, 06:30:40 PM
Quote from: RVR II
MMM... Yummy!! :P

You're a big fan of the goat tacos, huh?

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2009, 06:32:41 PM
Quote from: RVR II
MMM... Yummy!! :P

You're a big fan of the goat tacos, huh?

-Rude
They're not that bad overall :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 04, 2009, 06:39:05 PM
Yeah Goat meat can be quite tasty.

I really can't stand lawns but since I'll probably have a small one at some point I want a couple of pygmy goats who can keep it trimmed. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2009, 06:41:40 PM
Yeah Goat meat can be quite tasty.

I really can't stand lawns but since I'll probably have a small one at some point I want a couple of pygmy goats who can keep it trimmed. :)

Cool, I will bring the tortillas and just hang out in your neighborhood.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 04, 2009, 06:43:21 PM
Not much meat on a pygmy goat (I mean obviously some hence their existence I believe but not much really).
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 04, 2009, 06:47:52 PM
If it's goat meat wouldn't that just be gyro?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 04, 2009, 06:50:28 PM
Not much meat on a pygmy goat (I mean obviously some hence their existence I believe but not much really).

(http://www.christmastreesandroos.com/nss-folder/snapshotgallery/pygmy_goat.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.mealmotivation.com/images/500/soft-flour-tortillas/soft-flour-tortillas.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.countrygrillinc.com/images/Backyard%20charcoal%20grill-%20one%20level.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.me-cancun.com/blog/img/articles/mexican-beers.jpg)

EQUALS......

RVR II and I will come up and visit you real soon.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 04, 2009, 06:57:07 PM
Well you'll want to hold on till I actually have a lawn.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 04, 2009, 07:11:35 PM
Not much meat on a pygmy goat (I mean obviously some hence their existence I believe but not much really).

(http://www.christmastreesandroos.com/nss-folder/snapshotgallery/pygmy_goat.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.mealmotivation.com/images/500/soft-flour-tortillas/soft-flour-tortillas.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.countrygrillinc.com/images/Backyard%20charcoal%20grill-%20one%20level.jpg)

PLUS

(http://www.me-cancun.com/blog/img/articles/mexican-beers.jpg)

EQUALS......

RVR II and I will come up and visit you real soon.

THAT... IS SO... AWESOME!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on May 05, 2009, 06:10:49 AM
R2D2 and his counterpart Rodney Dangerfield
http://inventorspot.com/articles/shadow_caddy_automated_golf_caddy_system_27197
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 05, 2009, 06:31:55 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
REVERE, Mass. – City councilors just outside Boston say police should be better prepared for large crowds descending on a local beach after thousands of students skipped school and headed there.

Authorities were caught off guard April 28 when as many as 4,000 teenagers playing hooky hopped on trains and descended on Revere Beach, considered the country's oldest public beach. The temperature hit a record 93 degrees that day.

Local, state and transit police say they reacted as quickly as possible. But traffic was tied up on nearby streets for much of the day.

Six people were arrested, and one injury was reported.

Council President Daniel Rizzo called Monday for coordinated police planning to avoid similar crowd and traffic problems in the future.

Quote from: Associated Press
SALZBURG, Austria – An Austrian carpenter has found a macabre way of getting into the Guinness Book of Records: Over a 30-year career, he's built 707,335 coffins.

Officials in Austria's Salzburg province say Herbert Weber has been honored for constructing more caskets than any other known carpenter.

Weber says he started making coffins in May 1978 at Moser Holzindustrie, a woodworking company in Bischofshofen.

Officials said Tuesday they plan to present the 50-year-old carpenter with a certificate from London-based Guinness World Records Ltd.

They've chosen a fitting backdrop: Weber will be feted at the International Funeral Home and Cemetery Trade Fair, which opens Saturday in Salzburg.

Quote from: AFP
MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich lost one of the yachts in his sizeable personal fleet in a game of poker, Russian newspapers reported on Monday, prompting a strong denial from the oligarch.

"The story is absolutely, completely, entirely false," Abramovich spokesman John Mann told AFP after three Russian daily newspapers published versions of the story that originated in the Italian press.

The popular daily Moskovsky Komsomelets said the oligarch lost the 500,000-dollar (333,000-pound ) yacht while playing poker in Barcelona, which he was visiting to watch Chelsea in action.

The newspaper did not provide the name of the yacht or name the source of its information.

Two other mass-cirulation Russian dailies, Izvestia and Trud, also published the story, citing the Italian newspaper La Repubblica as the source of the information.

Mann said Abramovich had not been in Barcelona for the Chelsea match and asserted that the entire story was a fabrication.

"We have instructed our lawyers to examine legal action" over publication of the story, he said.

Abramovich's yacht collection, thought to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has been dubbed "The Roman Navy" by the British press.

The Russian newspaper said his poker habit had become a sore point between him and girlfriend Daria Zhukova and that the billionaire, who made his fortune in Russia's sell-off of state assets in the 1990s, had instead turned to gambling online.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 05, 2009, 06:39:59 AM
"They've chosen a fitting backdrop: Weber will be feted at the International Funeral Home and Cemetery Trade Fair, which opens Saturday in Salzburg."

Or as they call it here, the "Emo-Fest"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 05, 2009, 07:21:06 AM
Quote
Indian Business Students Turn to Hitler for Inspiration
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 

"Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler's autobiography, is flying off the shelves at Indian book stores as business students look to Germany's former dictator for inspiration, the Telegraph reported.

Indian students see the book as a self-improvement and management strategy guide, sources told the British newspaper.

"Students are increasingly coming in asking for it and we're happy to sell it to them," Sohin Lakhani, owner of Mumbai-based Embassy books, told the Telegraph.

One Indian company, Jaico Publishing House, reprints a new edition of the book at least twice a year to keep up with the demand.

"The initial print run of 2,000 copies in 2003 sold out immediately and we knew we had a best-seller on our hands," R H Sharma, Jaico's chief editor told the newspaper. "Since then the numbers have increased every year to around 15,000 copies until last year when we sold 10,000 copies over a six-month period in our Delhi shops."

Some experts say the book's popularity stems from political reasons, and has little to do with management.

"While it could be the case that management students are buying the book, my feeling is that it has more likely influenced some of the fascist organizations operating in India and nearby," Dr. J Kuruvachira, a professor of Philosophy at Salesian College in Nagaland told the Telegraph.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 05, 2009, 10:24:25 AM
Well, the Swastiki is still alive in India, so why not the book?

But they must be the most polite fascists ever.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 10:29:45 AM
The NAZIs stole the swastika from the Hindus (well actually it was lying around in the gnereal symbol bank but it's pretty common in Hindu iconography)

There was a move a while back in France to ban the swastika due to its NAZI connotations which was stopped after the representatives of France's Hindus said "er, you might want to think about that a bit more"

The general use of the symbol also gave us this fun little artifact:

(http://www.humanwasteland.com/media/archives/capt.1051708553.hong_kong_coca_cola_swastikas_xlo102.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 05, 2009, 10:33:04 AM
I love you, robot nazi football Coca Cola Santa Pig! :^)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 10:39:09 AM
Yeah exactly, and that also put it in a good position to be adopted by Hitler and his posse of morons. The loved mixing eastern and Nordic mysticism.


It was also a symbol commonly used by the actual Aryans (i.e. Persians) who might have been the ones to bring it to India in the first place
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on May 05, 2009, 10:45:03 AM
...

(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9484/23899263.png) (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=23899263.png)

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 10:47:54 AM
Useful contribution as always ;)

Back when I was working at World Market they actually pulled a bunch of Indian incense off the shelves because it had a border of swastikas around the packet (and the mirror image of the NAZI ones mind).

You'd think a company devoted to things from around the world might be a little more informed about the use of the symbol.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 05, 2009, 10:56:10 AM
There was a move a while back in France to ban the swastika due to its NAZI connotations which was stopped after the representatives of France's Hindus said "er, you might want to think about that a bit more"
Actually, it's still illegal to ship items to France that have swastikas on them.  We have a big disclaimer on our website for those who live in France & Germany due to laws of possession/acquisition.  That's why you see a lot of cheapy toys coming out that are supposed to represent WWII German forces but have either (1) no eagle or (2) some stupid symbol to replace the swastika as if kids today wouldn't know the difference (which, sadly, they don't).

(http://www.humanwasteland.com/media/archives/capt.1051708553.hong_kong_coca_cola_swastikas_xlo102.jpg)
WANT ONE!!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 10:58:18 AM
There was a move a while back in France to ban the swastika due to its NAZI connotations which was stopped after the representatives of France's Hindus said "er, you might want to think about that a bit more"
Actually, it's still illegal to ship items to France that have swastikas on them. 

Yes, this was a ban on their use in public, like say on a Hindu temple or something like that (sort of like the ban on the Hijab they had recently).

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on May 05, 2009, 11:02:04 AM
(http://www.humanwasteland.com/media/archives/capt.1051708553.hong_kong_coca_cola_swastikas_xlo102.jpg)

What the hell is this thing and how do we get one?

Maybe it's genetic memory or somesuch, but there's something about the symbol that urks me within an instant of seeing it before the higher brain kicks in and reminds me it's harmless and that no Nazis will come out of the shadows to get me.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 11:05:57 AM
Ok here's an explanation (http://www.crazynews.net/dp/1-171.htm) of it but to avoid the annoying offee of a free Wii:

Quote
A Coca-Cola promotion in Hong Kong featuring a robot adorned with 'swastikas' has been condemned.

Rabbi Yakkov Kermaier, of Ohel Leah Synagogue, says it is probably an honest mistake, but he's called toy sets featuring the "Robocon" characters unacceptable.

One character, the robot-like "Robowaru," has two swastikas on its chest and can be bought in the UK for around 2.60 with any purchase of six bottles of Coke.

The figurines stand on small plastic pedestals with Coca-Cola logos on them.

"It's not simply a politically incorrect symbol," Rabbi Kermaier said. "It's an emblem that represents the wholesale slaughter of six million Jews."

Rabbi Kermaier acknowledged the Nazi swastika can easily be confused with Buddhist swastikas that are common in Asia. The two symbols are close to being reverse images of one another, with the arms pointing in opposite directions.

Coca-Cola says the figurines were made according to the original Robowaru design, but a spokeswoman declined any other immediate comment.

Animation International, which sells rights for Robocon and worked with Coca-Cola on the toys, says the symbols were designed by the creator and "did not have anything to do with any organisation or religion."

The exacerbating element was the choice of colour scheme really. I'm not sure the report is exactly right, I don't recall ever seeing it for sale in the UK.


Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 05, 2009, 11:11:38 AM
The swastika is only the nazi version. The indian ones don't have the same meaning.

Oh, I know that!   I was just exagerating the truth to make a funny......
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 05, 2009, 11:12:54 AM
The swastika is only the nazi version. The indian ones don't have the same meaning.

Oh, I know that!   I was just exagerating the truth to make a funny......
:D :D         ???
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 05, 2009, 01:31:21 PM
Woman bites lover's penis off in car crash
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Woman_bites_lovers_penis_off_in_car_crash&in_article_id=646575&in_page_id=2 (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Woman_bites_lovers_penis_off_in_car_crash&in_article_id=646575&in_page_id=2)

Quote
According to reports in China Press and Sin Chew Daily, the 30-year-old woman was performing oral sex on her boss in a car in a Singapore park, when the car was struck by a reversing van.

The impact caused her to bite the man's penis off.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 05, 2009, 03:48:06 PM
The swastika is only the nazi version. The indian ones don't have the same meaning.

Oh, I know that!   I was just exagerating the truth to make a funny......
:D :D         ???

Dont MAKE me sick Robowaru on you.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on May 06, 2009, 12:10:36 AM

Ninjas attacked Milwaukee!

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/44225917.html

"They were yelling 'Black Knights,'" Milwaukee Police Lt. Milan Stojkovic said.

They've to work on that stealth-thing though. 

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 06, 2009, 06:04:30 AM
Quote
Giant Spiders Invade Australian Outback Town
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 


Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy-crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as "bird-eating spiders" and can grow larger than the palm of a man's hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.

Earlier this week locals spotted an Australian tarantula wandering towards a public garden in the center of town where people often sit for lunch. They called in a pest controller, but not before using a can of insect spray to paralyze the spider.

Audy Geiszler, who runs Amalgamated Pest Control in Bowen, said that the spider was a large male with powerful long fangs and was so big that when he placed it — dead — in the palm of his hand, its legs hung over his fingers.

Geiszler said that he had been inundated with calls from worried locals reporting sightings of the giant tarantulas, which have been pushed out of their natural habitat over the past month by heavy, unseasonal rain.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on May 06, 2009, 06:16:49 AM
Quote
Giant Spiders Invade Australian Outback Town
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 


Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy-crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as "bird-eating spiders" and can grow larger than the palm of a man's hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.

Earlier this week locals spotted an Australian tarantula wandering towards a public garden in the center of town where people often sit for lunch. They called in a pest controller, but not before using a can of insect spray to paralyze the spider.

Audy Geiszler, who runs Amalgamated Pest Control in Bowen, said that the spider was a large male with powerful long fangs and was so big that when he placed it — dead — in the palm of his hand, its legs hung over his fingers.

Geiszler said that he had been inundated with calls from worried locals reporting sightings of the giant tarantulas, which have been pushed out of their natural habitat over the past month by heavy, unseasonal rain.


We've got plenty of critters hanging around my house since we live near a lake, but this . . . Man, I'm almost glad to deal with the huge roaches we get here as long as the spiders aren't proportional. With the small, insect-eating spiders we have around here, as long as they leave me alone, I'll do the same.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 06, 2009, 06:51:01 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
BERLIN – German police said an elderly man was so annoyed at hearing the same serenade over and over that he called authorities to report his neighbors — only to discover the culprit was a musical greeting card on his own windowsill. Police said Tuesday the 82-year-old from Goslar in central Germany told officers he was sick of the music, which would come at irregular intervals and at all hours.

Upon further investigation, police found the musical greeting card on his windowsill, where occasional breezes opened the card just enough to play an irritating tune.

Police said the retiree was happy to find out his neighbors weren't trying to annoy him.

Quote from: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS – A man sued the New Orleans Police Department, claiming he was harassed by an officer who threatened to arrest him for wearing a black pinstriped skirt to municipal court. Jeremy Don Kerr is asking for $1 in damages, a ruling that his rights were violated, and an order against barring access to public facilities because of gender stereotyping.

The department hasn't been served with the lawsuit and hasn't answered the claim in court.

Kerr filed the civil rights lawsuit last month. He said he finds skirts more comfortable than pants, and wears them with button-down oxfords or T-shirts.

And he said women love it.

And, more sad that weird....
Quote from: AFP
SEOUL (AFP) – A homeless South Korean unable to withdraw his life savings because he could not remember his real name has died in poverty, officials said.

The man, believed to be aged 56, died of cancer last month, leaving 128 million won (just over 100,000 dollars) in a bank account that was opened in early 1993 under the alias of Na Hae-Dong.

The account was frozen several months later when a law took effect to ban accounts held under false names, as an anti-corruption measure.

Deposits were still allowed but the account holder had to register a real name to withdraw money, something "Na" could not do.

"He didn't know what his real name was or where he was born. We tried but failed to identify him," Yoo Joon-Soo, the senior official of Yongbong district in the southwestern city of Gwangju, told AFP by phone.

The man collected scrap iron and other junk and slept on his cart under plastic sheets before moving in 2007 into a makeshift shelter made from a shipping container.

Though he could not withdraw from the account, he kept putting in savings.

"He used to say he wanted to buy a home with his savings," Yoo said.

"Last month, we applied for court approval to create his new ID and the court procedure was under way."

A local court is expected to order that the savings revert to the state, he added.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 07, 2009, 11:54:05 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
Thu May 7, 11:48 am ET
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – A diner at a T.G.I. Friday's in upstate New York says he got a little something extra with his broccoli — a severed snake head.

Jack Pendleton says he was at the restaurant in Clifton Park on Sunday when he spotted something gray mixed in with his vegetables. He realized it was a snake head the size of his thumb, with part of the spine still attached.

Pendleton says he snapped a photo with his cell phone camera and called the waiter over. He says he has no plans to sue.

A spokeswoman for the Carrollton, Texas, chain says it's investigating. It wasn't immediately known what kind of snake it was.

Pendleton and his girlfriend weren't charged for their meals.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 07, 2009, 11:58:15 AM
Porn star may challenge family-values La. senator (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_on_re_us/us_porn_star_senate)

Actually, she's a very intelligent & articulate lady....might be better than many that already are in office.... ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on May 07, 2009, 12:00:45 PM
Quote from: LBeria
He says he has no plans to sue.

Wow... i'm pleasantly surprised to learn that the entire country hasn't gone sue-crazy.

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 09, 2009, 03:44:59 PM
Quote
Oops, Wrong Address: Stolen Phones Sent to FBI
Saturday, May 09, 2009 


MONROE, La. —  If you're going to buy something with a forged cashier's check, don't misspell "cashier's" or use an FBI office as your shipping address.

Police in Monroe, La., say they arrested a 44-year-old man from Memphis, Tenn., after he did both.

He was held Friday on two counts of forgery and as a fugitive from justice in Georgia, where he is accused of a similar scheme.

The FBI called police Thursday after a Minnesota cell phone distributor called the bureau.

The company had sent 50 phones to the address for the FBI office Monroe, only to discover its $2,359.45 payment was a "cahier's check."

FBI agents saw the suspect wave down a delivery truck driver outside the bureau later Thursday, stopped the transaction and waited for police.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 09, 2009, 06:52:04 PM
Not necessarily weird news, but Interesting.. :o

Quote
Southern Vacation Town Banishes Bikers for Lewd Behavior
Saturday, May 09, 2009 


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —  In the midst of a recession and with loads of empty hotel rooms, South Carolina's vacation hot spot is hanging a "No Vacancy" sign for hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders who have come here each May.

Over the past year, officials have outlawed parking lot gatherings, loud mufflers and riding without helmets — all in an attempt to keep the bikers out.

Even with the city's new measures, motorcycle riders are expected to show up for two of the nation's largest rallies: one traditionally attended by white bikers on roaring Harleys, the other by black bikers on screaming sport cycles. But for the white biker rally that begins Friday, tourist-dependent business owners are uneasy because bookings are down a third from last year.

"At a time like this, you can't pick and choose the tourists you want. You take the ones who are going to come," said Robert Kelley, who owns three hotels and a restaurant.

The recession is only the latest wrinkle to hit the Myrtle Beach bike rallies. The fight has been brewing for years as the region's year-round population mushroomed and its tourist industry tries to change the city's image from weekends of muscle shirts and budget motel stays to khakis and top-notch golf courses.

Residents fed up with the noise and traffic that choke roads up and down the 60-mile long Grand Strand in northeast South Carolina say there is no normal life for weeks. Some shut themselves inside or leave town.

"I don't sleep for three weeks," said Birgit Darby, a 78-year-old retired magazine owner who lives a half-block from the main commercial drag through Myrtle Beach.

Darby said she has watched the rallies go from a nice seasonal diversion when she moved to the area 50 years ago from Denmark to a seemingly endless orgy of window-rattling mufflers and half-naked female biker companions. Critics complain about the visitors having sex in parking lots, women baring their breasts and innumerable contests involving wet T-shirts.

"This whole thing — it just built into a frenzy and got out of hand," Darby said. "It's really a shame."

Traffic fatalities and citations do increase during biker week, though arrest numbers for other illegal activity fluctuate each year.

The push for the local ordinances kicked into high gear after a white, 20-year-old Coastal Carolina University student was shot to death last May outside a Myrtle Beach house by two black teens during the height of the black, Memorial Day Bikefest. Arrests didn't come for nearly two weeks, and rumors started circling that the suspects were black bikers.

That it turned out the two suspects were locals — and weren't riding motorcycles — didn't slow residents who joined community groups and protested at public meetings.

In less than a year, the city raised taxes to pay for its fight and passed nearly a dozen laws, including a strengthened noise ordinance, helmet requirement and anti-loitering law aimed at making it miserable to hold any type of motorcycle party in city limits. Even parking for a few minutes to chat could be deemed illegal.

A publicity drive was launched to let people know the rallies were over: "Effective 2009, Myrtle Beach, SC will no longer host motorcycle rallies," a city-sponsored Web site read.

Critics say racism has a role in the fight, too, but the black bikers couldn't be pushed out without going after both groups.

The city has a rough history with the black festival. Three years ago, it settled a discrimination lawsuit with the NAACP after it used different traffic restrictions for the black biker rally. The civil rights organization also successfully sued several restaurants and a hotel, saying they either closed during the black biker week or operated differently.

"I do believe the underlying factor is they really want to get rid of the Memorial Day Bikefest, because it is highly attended by African-Americans," said Hakim Harrell, organizer of the black rally.

Other motorcycle supporters think the problems are overblown to help golf courses and high-end hotel owners at the expense of smaller operations that made the Grand Strand an affordable vacation.

Tom Rice, a 51-year-old tax attorney who led the anti-rally campaign, discounts the theories and points to the nudity and obscenities, saying they clash with the burgeoning mass of people who call Myrtle Beach home.

The rallies exploded in popularity in the past 15 years, peaking at about 500,000 bikers — at the same time retirees increasingly streamed into the area. The Census Bureau estimates 257,000 people lived in Horry County in 2008, an increase of more than 110,000 people since 1990.

"We don't care if tourists come on a boat, on a plane, two wheels, four wheels or no wheels," Rice said. "We aren't going to tolerate this. We don't want people who can't behave."

Occupancy rates for rental houses are down 30 percent during the first bike rally, although Memorial Day weekend bookings are running about the same, according to Coastal Carolina University's Center for Resort Tourism.

Some businesses that cater to bikers have fought back. They rented a banner plane at the Daytona Beach, Fla., rally earlier this year with the message "May is on, pass it on."

And there's been one unexpected result — white and black bikers separated by race and motorcycle style — have joined in a common cause.

"We've laughed about that, both sides," Harrell said. "They did something that we all never thought would be possible — that would be the black biking community and the white biking community coming together and being united — standing next to each other and saying we as bikers will not stand for certain things."


I've been going to Myrtle Beach off and on since the early 1980's and we've been there several times during bike week and I can say First Hand it really has gotten bad over the years..
We've even cut our vacations short a couple of times because of the crowds of bikers that were really obnoxious, and even on the road they'd cause some serious traffic backups just cause they could in masses..

I'm all for having a good time and all but taking over the entire town just makes it uncomfortable to be around for any sort of time.  :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 13, 2009, 06:21:06 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. – An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill.

Firefighters had to evacuate the AT&T building in downtown San Jose on Tuesday after the fumes led someone to call 911. A hazmat team was called in.

What crews found was an unplugged refrigerator crammed with moldy food.

Authorities say an enterprising office worker had decided to clean it out, placing the food in a conference room while using two cleaning chemicals to scrub down the mess.

The mixture of old lunches and disinfectant caused 28 people to need treatment for vomiting and nausea.

Authorities say the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment — she can't smell because of allergies.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 13, 2009, 10:10:14 AM
Authorities say the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment — she can't smell because of allergies.
[/quote]

But how does she smell?

Awful!


* ducks *
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: TeamRAD on May 13, 2009, 09:29:43 PM

They're clowning around w/ this on The Jimmy Kimmel Show right now...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/08/ilvtofu-license-plate-req_n_184856.html

Uncle Frank finally figured out the profanity!  :D

That's too bad for the vegan.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on May 14, 2009, 09:59:33 AM
GLOWING ANIMALS: Pictures of Beasts Shining for Science

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/photogalleries/glowing-animal-pictures/photo2.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Courtney on May 14, 2009, 01:06:17 PM
Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodowowowfuckingowohmygodohmygod.

Spoilered.  Read at your own painful owie risk.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on May 14, 2009, 01:15:53 PM
We've all been there. Sad really.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 14, 2009, 08:30:07 PM
Quote
Yellowstone Workers Fired for Urinating in Old Faithful
Thursday, May 14, 2009 


CHEYENNE, Wyo. —  Two seasonal Yellowstone National Park concession workers have been fired after a live webcam caught them urinating into the Old Faithful geyser.

Park spokesman Al Nash says a 23-year-old man on Tuesday was fined $750 and placed on three years of unsupervised probation for urinating, being off trail in a restricted area and taking items from the area. The man also was banned from Yellowstone for two years.

The second employee's case is pending.

The park's dispatch center was called after someone watching a webcam on the geyser saw six employees leaving the trail and walking on Old Faithful on May 4.

The geyser was not erupting at the time.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts general manager Jim McCaleb says the former concession workers were hired at the Old Faithful Inn and that such incidents were rare.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 15, 2009, 06:39:09 AM
Quote from: AFP
BEIJING (AFP) – A sex theme park in southwest China that exhibits naked human sculptures, giant genitals and boasts a sex technique workshop is stirring up howls of protest, according to state press.

"Love Land", billed as China's first-ever sex theme park, is slated to open in Chongqing municipality in October, but detractors hope the project will never see the light of day, the China Daily reported.

"We are building the park for the good of the public... to help adults enjoy a harmonious sex life," the paper quoted park manager Lu Xiaoqing as saying.

"Sex is a taboo subject in China but people really need to have more access to information about it."

Besides displays on sex history and techniques, the park boasts a giant rotating statue of the lower portion of a nearly naked woman bent over at the waist.

The announcement of the opening of the park elicited numerous comments from Internet users, with the majority of postings voicing opposition to the park.

Officials also registered their disquiet with the explicit images on offer.

"These things are too exposed," the China Daily quoted Chongqing policewoman Liu Daiwei as saying.

"I will feel uncomfortable to look at them when other people are around."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on May 15, 2009, 07:19:46 AM
Quote
Yellowstone Workers Fired for Urinating in Old Faithful
Thursday, May 14, 2009 
The geyser was not erupting at the time.

  Best part of the article.  It works on so many levels. :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2009, 07:28:55 AM
Quote
Yellowstone Workers Fired for Urinating in Old Faithful
Thursday, May 14, 2009 
The geyser was not erupting at the time.

  Best part of the article.  It works on so many levels. :D
:scared: OWWIE!!! :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 15, 2009, 11:16:53 AM
I swear, I live two towns over from Springfield:

Quote
Tasering of panther ends with a surprise

BY STEVE NEAVLING • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • May 15, 2009

Warren Police scrambled about 10 officers after a 911 caller reported seeing a black panther in a wooded area near the southern side of Bates Park.
Advertisement

"It's huge," the caller insisted.

Arriving officers decided that the piercing black eyes on the panther -- sitting inside a discarded section of cement drain pipe -- were so menacing that they quickly cordoned off the area. It was shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, and daylight was fading fast.

Fearing the large cat would lunge at officers or escape and run loose, police quickly moved into position and shot the panther with a Taser stun gun.

They got him -- right in the stuffing.

Turns out the panther was a large stuffed toy, apparently placed in the pipe as a hoax.

"There was a fear that ... it could ... endanger the community," Warren Police Commissioner Clancy Wiggum William Dwyer told the Free Press on Thursday. "We're out there to keep the community safe, by whatever means necessary."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 17, 2009, 09:44:09 AM
That is a special kind of creepy.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on May 18, 2009, 03:23:30 PM
Quote
Giant Mystery Blob Discovered Near Dawn of Time

A newly found primordial blob may represent the most massive object ever discovered in the early universe , researchers announced today.

The gas cloud, spotted from 12.9 billion light-years away, could signal the earliest stages of galaxy formation back when the universe was just 800 million years old.

"I have never heard about any [similar] objects that could be resolved at this distance," said Masami Ouchi, a researcher at the Carnegie Institution in Pasadena, Calif. "It's kind of record-breaking."

A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). An object 12.9 billion light-years away is seen as it existed 12.9 billion years ago, and the light is just now arriving.

The cloud predates similar blobs, known as Lyman-Alpha blobs, which existed when the universe was 2 billion to 3 billion years old. Researchers named their new find Himiko, after an ancient Japanese queen with an equally murky past...


http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090422/sc_space/giantmysteryblobdiscoveredneardawnoftime 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 18, 2009, 05:43:31 PM
Would it be appropriate to post a personal anecdote in this thread?  The incident is news-worthy but there have not yet been any articles written about it.  I can't think of another thread it would fit into.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 18, 2009, 05:46:39 PM
Go on...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 18, 2009, 06:07:54 PM
I'll take that as a yes.
Last Tuesday the theater where I work was robbed.  A man in a ski mask went into one of the auditoriums and robbed all of the customers in the auditorium at gun point.  Sounds scary, right?
(Sorry, but I think the story is much better if slowly revealed.)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 18, 2009, 06:12:29 PM
Go on...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 18, 2009, 06:36:33 PM
Backtrack about six months.  A former employee comes back needing a job.  He's a dumbass, but he'd already worked there and we needed people so he was in.  It should also be stated that he had been on duty during the only previous robbery at this location and handled it well.  He sucked at his job though.  He was also very annoying and given to just making crazy shit up about himself.  For the remainder of this story I will refer to him as Chunkhead (he was a High School football player who dreamed of, and planned only for making the big leagues, because that always works out.)  Chunkhead constantly complained about how crappy his life was.  Can't really fault him there since I've been known to do the same.  Anyway, along the course of his employment he buys a long-term, fellow employee's car cheap and gets himself an apartment (he'd been living at his parent's place when he was rehired).  All seems to be going okay.  But he has an insane travel time from his new apartment to the theater considering he is an entry level employee.  A few weeks ago he failed to show up for a few shifts in a row.  In an astonishing show of generosity he was not fired, just cut down in hours.  After a couple of shift he called up another employee to ask them to tell the General Manager that he quit.  And there was much rejoicing.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 18, 2009, 07:20:24 PM
Ok I think I can see where this is going, continue.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 18, 2009, 07:44:14 PM
This is like an episode of 24.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 18, 2009, 07:44:53 PM
It's not quite that boring ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 18, 2009, 07:46:31 PM
Oh yeah....dun dun...dun...dun...previously on weird news...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on May 18, 2009, 08:09:28 PM
Yeah turns out he was a ghost we know..... ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 18, 2009, 08:46:47 PM
Sorry for the delay, but I was getting a 'page not available' notice.  So onto the events of last Tuesday:
-A customer sees an old beat up Honda matching the description of the car that used to belong to the long term employee and sold to Chunkhead pull   up.  The driver exits the car and is heard to say to the passenger:  'Don't worry, I used to work here.'
-Chunkhead enters the theater and chats briefly with the girl behind the concession stand, since she obviously knows him.  He tells her that he is going to see a movie.
-Robbery occurs.
-Chunkhead is then observed jumping into his still running car (you know, the one everyone at the theater recognizes) and peeling out of the parking lot by the general manager.
-Since there is now one and only one suspect, the managers share with police the information held in his employee file.  You know, the file held right upstairs from where he pulled his brilliant heist, that includes his social security number, home address, etc.
-Chunkhead immediately  returns home, clearly realizing what he has done and begins to cover his tracks by posting on his Facebook page (the one that all of his former co-workers can see) somewhere along the lines of 'Oh shit, oh shit.  What the fuck am I going to do now?'
-A few hours later he calms down somewhat and posts (again for all of us to see) 'OK I have a plan now.  I've just got to stick to it.'
-Well, apparently his brilliant plan involved leaving his new apartment and returning to his parent's place.  You know, the address we had for him.
-Police arrive to find the getaway car parked in the front driveway, doors unlocked, and a ski-mask on the passenger seat.
-Chunkhead is in jail know.  Thanks to failing in every conceivable way at crime.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 18, 2009, 09:08:59 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention.  I work in a discount theater.  Tuesdays (the day of the robbery) are $.75.  The only people who come on Tuesday are either stingy or broke as hell.  They have no money on them.  I think he got away with somewhere around $100.  And he's now looking at at least 5 to 10.  14 counts of armed robbery and at least one count of aggravated assault.  I hope he likes other burly dudes and the color orange.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 18, 2009, 09:56:19 PM
That was great.

Thanks I needed a good laugh.

He is even dumber then the shoplifters that I have to deal with at work.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 19, 2009, 12:13:48 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention.  I work in a discount theater.  Tuesdays (the day of the robbery) are $.75.  The only people who come on Tuesday are either stingy or broke as hell.  They have no money on them.  I think he got away with somewhere around $100.  And he's now looking at at least 5 to 10.  14 counts of armed robbery and at least one count of aggravated assault.  I hope he likes other burly dudes and the color orange.

On the other hand, he's got free room and board for the next decade. Maybe he's cleverer than we think.
Free room and board, sure.  But no T.V., internet, or female contact.  He also gets food and general living conditions barely fit for a dog.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on May 19, 2009, 04:53:39 AM
Moriarty, this guy ain't.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 19, 2009, 05:56:08 AM
That's like these dingleberries who just robbed a post office in the area.  You go to a federal penitentiary for that.
A couple hundred dollars is all they would have there in cash.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 19, 2009, 07:34:48 PM
Quote
Washington House Fire Sparked by Dog's Water Bowl
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 


BELLEVUE, Wash. —  The Bellevue Fire Department says a sunny day and a dog's water bowl caused the fire that charred the back of a home.

Lt. Eric Keenan says investigators determined the glass bowl of water magnified the rays enough to start the Sunday afternoon fire on the wood deck.

There was no wiring or other possible cause.

The homeowners were away, but neighbors noticed the smoke and flames.

The family dog was rescued. Damage is estimated at $215,000.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on May 22, 2009, 08:41:14 AM
...

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/8981/boxersk.jpg) (http://img30.imageshack.us/my.php?image=boxersk.jpg)

Quote from: Reuters
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday praised an Army soldier in eastern Afghanistan who drew media attention this month after rushing to defend his post from attack while wearing pink boxer shorts and flip-flops.

In fact, Gates said he wants to meet the soldier and shake his hand the next time he visits Afghanistan.

"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage," Gates said in remarks prepared for a speech in New York.

"I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare," he said.

Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters on May 11 to join fellow platoon members at a base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province after the unit came under fire from Taliban positions.

Rest of article: here (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090522/lf_nm_life/us_afghanistan_gates_pink)

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on May 22, 2009, 08:44:20 AM
You watch now when the next brazen attack happens and one comes out with nothing but sandels and they'll label him a Roll Model ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 24, 2009, 08:44:47 AM
Old Man Lai says "get off of my bridge!" (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521379,00.html)

Quote
BEIJING —  Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand — and pushed him off the ledge.

Chen fell 26 feet onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion laid out by authorities and survived, suffering spine and elbow injuries, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

The passer-by, 66-year-old Lai Jiansheng, had been fed up with what he called Chen's "selfish activity," Xinhua said. Traffic around the Haizhu bridge in the city of Guangzhou had been backed up for five hours and police had cordoned off the area.

"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lai was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals."
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 24, 2009, 06:27:49 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  I am SO lovin' that guy!!  ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 24, 2009, 07:04:41 PM
We had a bloke like that* hold up traffic for, I think, about eight hours recently. I swear that was a time for a taser to be employed.

Plus, you know a net to catch the bugger obviously.

* though not exactly like that, he'd been chased by the cops after beating his wife so not quite the same motivations.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on May 24, 2009, 09:25:27 PM
Sounds like a job for Chinese Riggs!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on May 24, 2009, 10:00:42 PM
Wait, he planned to kill himself by jumping 26 feet?  Why did they even feel the need to place anything there to break his fall?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 26, 2009, 06:23:29 AM
Probably to make themselves feel better about it....

My mom told me about when she was in college in Minnesota a guy was running through the hospital threatening to kill himself (not the first time for this fellow) and no one really chased him because he did it all the time.  When he got into one of the upper-floor windows and threatened to jump no one really took notice.  So, he did, and landed in a huge snowbank which caught him, uninjured, and the staff casually walked outside and picked him up, dried him off, and took him back to his room.

Not quite the same as the story we're commenting on, but it sprang to mind reading this.....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 26, 2009, 06:30:22 AM
See that reminds me of this bit from Jaaaaaaaaam

http://www.youtube.com/v/1FY_z2-3dLk&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999&border=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 26, 2009, 09:52:05 AM
In this week's edition of weird news: Stupid human tricks, twins with different dads and a Cheeto Jesus. Ready?

In case of emergency, do not dial 911: In Florida, Daytona Beach police reported an unusual 911 call. Two men were minding their own business, just trying to buy $12,000 worth of drugs, when two other men jumped them, took the money and ran. The two rocket scientists who got robbed then called police to help them recover their ... drug money.

In Ohio, "concerned" father Andrew Mizsak called 911 after his son threw a plate of food and "made a fist" at him after Mr. Mizsak told him to clean his room. (For the record, Andrew Jr. is 28 years old and lives in the basement). Andrew Sr. declined to press charges because he didn't want to "ruin his son's political career," reports AP. Something tells us that his son's "career" may be hampered by more than just "dirty room" charges.

"Complicated conception": Twins are double the baby trouble, but what about twins with two different dads? That's what happened to Mia Washington of Dallas, Texas.  DNA tests confirmed that the twins are actually half brothers. Washington explained that her fiance is the father of one of the twins, while the other is the son of "somebody else that I met."

I want an oompa loompa now! In a hissy fit rivaling Veruca Salt, a Chinese woman is now an international star, thanks to her performance at a Shanghai car showroom. Her anger was piqued after her companion refused to buy her a car. Naturally, the woman got into the car and proceeded to lurch the car forward and backward a few feet (screaming the entire time, of course), until her companion defeatedly waved a credit card at the salesman. See the entire fabulous spectacle of hysteria here.

Cheesus of Nazareth: Usually, it's the Virgin Mary who appears in various food products, but this time, it was her son who appeared to a Texas couple via a bag of Cheetos. The couple may auction Cheesus off on eBay, but if the bids aren't high enough, they are "probably just gonna eat it".http://www.youtube.com/v/2_lgxlDzV98&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on May 26, 2009, 10:57:26 AM
I want an oompa loompa now! In a hissy fit rivaling Veruca Salt, a Chinese woman is now an international star, thanks to her performance at a Shanghai car showroom. Her anger was piqued after her companion refused to buy her a car. Naturally, the woman got into the car and proceeded to lurch the car forward and backward a few feet (screaming the entire time, of course), until her companion defeatedly waved a credit card at the salesman. See the entire fabulous spectacle of hysteria here.

http://www.youtube.com/v/hs-TA-yn9rE&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1
http://www.youtube.com/v/U42dtpaeKNY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 26, 2009, 11:40:02 AM
Thanks....I knew I forgot a link somewhere in the post.  ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on May 29, 2009, 04:57:09 AM
Oh no....

Quote from: Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A funeral procession for a soldier killed in Germany during World War II abruptly ended at a Kansas City, Kan., cemetery when military officers realized they had the remains of the wrong soldier.

Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, Fort Leavenworth soldiers and local police held a grand procession Wednesday to escort home what they though were the remains of Army Pvt. Henry E. "Rickey" Marquez.

Marquez was killed in November 1944, but his body remained missing until a German citizen searching for war relics found his remains and identification tags two years ago.

His brother, John Marquez, said that when the procession reached the cemetery, military officials realized his brother's remains were still in Hawaii. The remains in Kansas City belonged to another soldier.

Fort Leavenworth spokesman George Marcec told The Associated Press on Thursday that it's unclear whose remains were taken from the airport the previous day. He said that body apparently was on its way to Iowa and that Kansas City was just a stopover.

In a news release Thursday, military officials said only that "casualty assistance personnel from Fort Leavenworth incorrectly received and escorted a set of remains that had arrived at Kansas City International Airport."

Marquez's remains arrived in Kansas City on Thursday morning. The fort's garrison commander "expressed deep regrets to the Marquez family for any grief" the mix-up caused.

Base officials are investigating the "communication gaps" that caused the military to accept the wrong remains, according to the news release.

His remains were scheduled to be buried Saturday morning with full military honors.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 02, 2009, 06:01:26 AM
Overreacting?

An Oregon man spent Memorial Day in jail after dialing 911 at a McDonald's. 20-year-old Raibin Osman claimed a worker was rude to him and didn't give him an orange juice he ordered. Amid this fiasco, a McDonald's employee also called 911 to complain that Osman and the people with him were blocking the drive-thru lane and knocking on the restaurant windows. Osman was charged with improper usage of the emergency telephone number.

Usually when you attempt to give someone a high-five and miss, you call it awkward. Well, an El Paso school principal called it assault. Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was giving principals high-fives to celebrate state test scores, but when he came to elementary school principal Mary Helen Lechuga and she didn't raise her hand, he tapped her on the head instead. Lechuga, a former district administrator who was recently demoted, struck back by filing a police complaint saying she felt pain and feared what Garcia might do next.

U.S. immigration officers detained a Singaporean cancer patient for four hours when they could not detect his fingerprints – which had apparently disappeared because of a drug he was taking. The drug, capecitabine, is commonly used to treat cancers in the head and neck, breast, stomach and colorectum. The patient, a 62-year-old man, had head and neck cancer that had spread and was put on capecitabine to prevent the cancer from recurring.

Good deeds?

A convenience store clerk in Fort Smith, Ark. gave $40 from his own pocket to a robber who told him he needed money to buy insulin. According to the clerk, the robber accepted the money, thanked him and shook his hand. Police are still searching for the robber.

An 81-year-old Ohio man thought he was helping the city prepare a pothole for repair by chipping away loose material with a pickaxe. Police, however, didn't think so, and charged James Stacey with criminal damaging. Stacy said he cleared the 3-foot-wide hole because he expected a crew to patch it and wanted the patch to last longer. The public works manager replied that Stacey’s "help" actually created a greater safety hazard.

Lapdogs Chiquita the Chihuahua and Rosie the Border Terrier reportedly chased off a cougar that strayed into a small town in Oregon. The cougar had pinned down Rosie, who squealed, but Chiquita caused the big cat to flee by barking ferociously. Both dogs are said to be doing fine. The cougar, however, is probably somewhere hiding from embarrassment.

Eureka!

When installing a water system to a home in southern Peru, workers were shocked to discover a five-million-year-old sloth fossil. The 10-foot long sloth was an herbivore and lived during the Mio-Pliocene era, according to a paleontologist of Peru's Natural History. It's also about four million years older than similar ones discovered in the Americas.

A fire at an old Milwaukee public school resulted in an unusual find: an American flag left in an unused attic for more than 100 years. The flag is said to be from 1897 and has just 45 stars, representing the number of states at that time. The flag has signs of wear, including some tears, and is believed to have been in the attic for 112 years. School officials said they plan to restore and display the flag.

Worried about her parents' financial problems, an Australian student rifled through a stack of old lottery tickets to find she had won $10 million. The student received the winning ticket, which would have expired in two months, last year as a gift from her father.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 02, 2009, 06:09:39 AM
Overreacting?


Usually when you attempt to give someone a high-five and miss, you call it awkward. Well, an El Paso school principal called it assault. Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was giving principals high-fives to celebrate state test scores, but when he came to elementary school principal Mary Helen Lechuga and she didn't raise her hand, he tapped her on the head instead. Lechuga, a former district administrator who was recently demoted, struck back by filing a police complaint saying she felt pain and feared what Garcia might do next.




She needs to grow up.

I hope she loses big.

It's scary that she is some how involved with teaching kids.

If she were a man a would say she needs to grow a pair.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 05, 2009, 06:32:51 PM
http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html (http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html)
Ouch!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on June 06, 2009, 04:19:01 AM
http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html (http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html)
Ouch!

Wow, I am guess this guy did not finish grammer school.   
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on June 06, 2009, 06:29:56 AM
http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html (http://www.4029tv.com/news/19618419/detail.html)
Ouch!

Wow, I am guess this guy did not finish grammer school.   
Tired of rational thought?  Ask your nearby, toothless, trailer park dweller about Meth.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2009, 07:23:38 AM
http://cheaptrick.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=10_21036&pc=CTAM64 (http://cheaptrick.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=10_21036&pc=CTAM64)

Maybe not news but it sure is weird.

Who has an 8 track player any more?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on June 06, 2009, 07:32:55 AM
Oh you'd be surprised .. ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2009, 07:39:36 AM
http://cheaptrick.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=10_21036&pc=CTAM64 (http://cheaptrick.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=10_21036&pc=CTAM64)
Maybe not news but it sure is weird.

Who has an 8 track player any more?

More importantly, who else is still releasing on 8-track?

I think I can find a player if there are more artists doing that, you know who aren't Cheap Trick.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2009, 08:03:32 AM
But why would you want it on 8 Track.

Is there a huge outcry for music in that format?

I mean as i understand it 8 track would sometimes switch tracks in the middle of a song,who would want to go back to that?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2009, 08:04:57 AM
Because it would be a curiosity to find a newly produced 8 track by a band I'm interested in listening to, unfortunately Cheap Trick isn't one of those bands.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2009, 08:07:50 AM
I don't know I buy albums to listen to them.

Still to each his own.

In other news Watchmen will released on Betamax.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2009, 08:11:47 AM
Er yes I would be listening to it:

I think I can find a player if there are more artists doing that, you know who aren't Cheap Trick.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2009, 08:21:48 AM
Doesn't look like there are many players for sale,even on Ebay.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=8+Track+tape+player&_armrs=1&_from=R40&_mdo= (http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=8+Track+tape+player&_armrs=1&_from=R40&_mdo=)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2009, 09:29:16 AM
No, I meant amongst the various obsolete players I already own.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on June 06, 2009, 09:31:59 AM
I can see someone owning an 8-track player and keeping it in the party room of their basement for fun, but I hope no one is using this as their main music listening device.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2009, 09:34:00 AM
Well yes exactly, and given that I'm sure i have one in a box somewhere, I'd find it sort of cool to find a newly produced 8 track cassette. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 07, 2009, 09:29:31 PM
Well yes exactly, and given that I'm sure i have one in a box somewhere, I'd find it sort of cool to find a newly produced 8 track cassette. :)

well i have a record player for the same reason and if i had an eight track and tape player i would need an additional receiver cause mine is all full at the moment...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on June 08, 2009, 07:43:06 AM
Growing up, my family had about five 8-Track players and not one of them worked.  They seem to have been about the most useless things ever mass produced.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on June 08, 2009, 05:45:08 PM
His organs were "hardened by electricity"?

Sounds like something Bob Crane was probably into.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 09, 2009, 08:02:15 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
MADEIRA BEACH, Florida - A commercial fisherman reeled in a live missile in the Gulf of Mexico and kept it on his boat for 10 days, authorities in Florida said.

Police said the boat's captain, Rodney Soloman, hooked the air-to-air guided missile 50 miles off the coast of Panama City. The Air Force and Navy use the area for weapons training.

Soloman had the missile aboard his boat for 10 days before returning Monday to port in Madeira Beach, near St. Petersburg.

A bomb squad was called in from MacDill Air Force Base and dismantled the missile in an empty parking lot.

The bomb squad said the missile was very corroded from floating in saltwater for a long time. They said it was live and in a very unstable state.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on June 09, 2009, 12:52:30 PM
Ah Good! Yet another bright light bulb there..
I'll bet he was 'riding it' just to feel the power between his legs ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on June 09, 2009, 04:21:37 PM
3 critical, 3 missing after Slim Jim plant explosion

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/09/north.carolina.collapse/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/09/north.carolina.collapse/index.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 10, 2009, 06:33:12 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

The woman told Army Radio that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise on Monday and threw out the old one, only to discover that her mother had hidden her life savings inside. She was identified only as Anat, a resident of Tel Aviv.

When she went to look for the mattress it had already been taken by garbage men, she said. Subsequent searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman searching through garbage at a dump in southern Israel.

Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told the radio station that his staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared "totally desperate." He said the mattress was hard to find among the 2,500 tons of garbage arriving at the site every day.

He said he increased security at the site to keep would-be treasure hunters at bay.

For her part, Anat said it could be worse. "People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad," she said.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 10, 2009, 03:01:31 PM
Quote from: Associated Press
JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

The woman told Army Radio that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise on Monday and threw out the old one, only to discover that her mother had hidden her life savings inside. She was identified only as Anat, a resident of Tel Aviv.

When she went to look for the mattress it had already been taken by garbage men, she said. Subsequent searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman searching through garbage at a dump in southern Israel.

Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told the radio station that his staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared "totally desperate." He said the mattress was hard to find among the 2,500 tons of garbage arriving at the site every day.

He said he increased security at the site to keep would-be treasure hunters at bay.

For her part, Anat said it could be worse. "People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad," she said.

this reminds me of a small sketch in an episode of the simpsons...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 11, 2009, 06:28:49 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - When Danielle Smith and her family posed for their Christmas card photo last year, they knew they'd share it with family and friends. But the Missouri family wasn't expecting it to show up in the Czech Republic, splashed across a huge storefront advertisement.

Smith, 36, who lives in the St. Louis suburb of O'Fallon, said Wednesday that she posted the photo on her blog and some online social networking sites. It featured her, her husband Jeff and their two children.

About 10 days ago, a college friend was driving through Prague when he spotted their huge smiling faces in the window of a store specializing in European food. He snapped a few pictures and sent them to a flabbergasted Smith.

"It's a life-size picture in a grocery store window in Prague — my Christmas card photo!" she said.

Plans an apology
Mario Bertuccio, who owns the Grazie store in Prague, said the photo was from the Internet. Details were sparse, but he said he thought it was computer-generated. When told it was a real photo — of a real family — he said he started taking steps to remove it.

"We'll be happy to write an e-mail with our apology," said Bertuccio.

The Smiths and photographer Gina Kelly hadn't authorized anyone to use the pictures. Kelly said she has asked a professional photographers' organization to help figure out how her image wound up in Prague.

Smith has gotten 180,000 hits to her Web site since she recently posted the story about the well-traveled snapshot. She said the photo wasn't used in an unseemly manner, only to tell potential shoppers about the store's delivery service.

Smith said next time she posts a photo on the Internet, she's going to lower the resolution or add an electronic watermark to make it hard to reproduce.

"This story doesn't frighten me, but the potential frightens me," Smith said.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 11, 2009, 06:31:44 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - When Danielle Smith and her family posed for their Christmas card photo last year, they knew they'd share it with family and friends. But the Missouri family wasn't expecting it to show up in the Czech Republic, splashed across a huge storefront advertisement.

It's not as bad as what happened to that video Danielle's husband made of her singing Big Spender...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 16, 2009, 11:42:18 AM
and God was all like "Uh, No.".

Quote
New Mormon temple's angel struck by lightning
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/4f8e9ef1.jpg)
 SOUTH JORDAN, Utah - Mother Nature left her mark on a new Mormon temple over the weekend when a lightning strike hit the building, blackening the golden angel that tops it.

The 60,000 square-foot Oquirrh Mountain Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit Saturday during a rain storm.

Church spokeswoman Kim Farah says no structural damage resulted from the strike on the Angel Moroni. She says a crew will re-gild the 10-foot-6-inch statue soon.

Most Mormon temples are topped with a statue of the angel, who Mormons believe led church founder Joseph Smith to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon originated.

The Oquirrh temple is Utah's 13th and the 130th church temple worldwide. It will open in late August and will serve an estimated 83,000 Latter-day Saints.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: darkchashy on June 16, 2009, 02:41:51 PM
I thought they dressed awful fancy
http://www.livescience.com/animals/etc/090604-gay-penguins-rear-chick.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 20, 2009, 04:49:12 PM
I thought they dressed awful fancy
http://www.livescience.com/animals/etc/090604-gay-penguins-rear-chick.html
i thought it funny that a seal tried to mate a penguin, that was hilarious...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 26, 2009, 10:33:46 AM
Stoned wallabies make crop circles

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8118257.stm

Quote
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said.

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

Australia supplies about 50% of the world's legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers.

   
We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles. Then they crash
Lara Giddings, government official

"The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," Lara Giddings told the hearing.

"Then they crash," she added. "We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high."

Rick Rockliff, a spokesman for poppy producer Tasmanian Alkaloids, said the wallaby incursions were not very common, but other animals had also been spotted in the poppy fields acting unusually.

"There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles," he added.

Retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping also said he had seen strange behaviour from wallabies in his fields.

"They would just come and eat some poppies and they would go away," he told ABC News.

"They'd come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock."

Some people believe the mysterious circles that appear in fields in a number of countries are created by aliens. Others put them down to a human hoax.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on June 26, 2009, 12:00:51 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm)

Quote
Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal


Russia's energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria's state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture.

The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.

Analysts say the move could further strengthen Russia's role in supplying natural gas to Europe.

The agreement comes during a four-day African tour by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

As well as forming Nigaz, Russia is keen on developing a trans-African pipeline to transport Nigerian gas to Europe.

This could further reinforce Gazprom's already-strong influence over Europe's energy supplies...


So what does it mean to world energy markets to have this much natural gas controlled by Dmitry Medvedev and his Nigaz? These could, after all, be some hard Nigaz to deal with.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 26, 2009, 12:10:18 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm)

Quote
Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal


Russia's energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria's state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture.

The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.

Analysts say the move could further strengthen Russia's role in supplying natural gas to Europe.

The agreement comes during a four-day African tour by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

As well as forming Nigaz, Russia is keen on developing a trans-African pipeline to transport Nigerian gas to Europe.

This could further reinforce Gazprom's already-strong influence over Europe's energy supplies...


So what does it mean to world energy markets to have this much natural gas controlled by Dmitry Medvedev and his Nigaz? These could, after all, be some hard Nigaz to deal with.
http://www.youtube.com/v/rWOn1dFmFds&hl=en&fs=1&
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 26, 2009, 08:39:56 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8118721.stm)

Quote
Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal


Russia's energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria's state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture.

The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.

Analysts say the move could further strengthen Russia's role in supplying natural gas to Europe.

The agreement comes during a four-day African tour by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

As well as forming Nigaz, Russia is keen on developing a trans-African pipeline to transport Nigerian gas to Europe.

This could further reinforce Gazprom's already-strong influence over Europe's energy supplies...


So what does it mean to world energy markets to have this much natural gas controlled by Dmitry Medvedev and his Nigaz? These could, after all, be some hard Nigaz to deal with.

i was half expecting that the be an onion report, lol
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on June 30, 2009, 09:15:04 AM
Quote
New Brain-Wave Toy Lets You Do 'Jedi Mind Trick'
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The Force can be with anyone now.

Later this summer, anybody anywhere will have the ability to physically move stuff with their minds like characters do in "Star Wars." No joke.

A new toy that harnesses the same technology doctors use to monitor brain waves will arrive in stores in August. The toy moves when it senses a change in the user's brain-wave patterns.

"It's pretty cutting-edge," says Frank Adler, executive vice president of Uncle Milton Industries, the toy company that manufactures the "Star Wars"-branded Force Trainer. "It certainly appears to be where things are headed."

It will be if the reaction from 5-year-old "Star Wars" fanatic Ryan Mogg is any indication. Mogg tried out the Force Trainer at a recent "Star Wars" toy fair.

In less than a minute, he was controlling the rise and fall of a pingpong ball in a clear tube — with his brain waves.

"It's like what Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul do!" he said afterward with a big grin.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 30, 2009, 10:14:07 AM
Well not so much weird as freaking sweet.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 30, 2009, 10:24:44 AM
Or possibly for people with locked in syndrome. (http://inventorspot.com/articles/whats_your_mind_twittering_brain_waves_27019)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 30, 2009, 10:37:55 AM
No, that was just a segue to lead to the Twitter for locked ins story. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 30, 2009, 10:53:05 AM
Great....like I need another damned toy that makes my kid think he actually can control the world.... ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on June 30, 2009, 10:58:54 AM
But there's an special application for you; you give each of your problem children a collar to wear. Then when they piss you off you can zap them with your anger.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on June 30, 2009, 11:40:58 AM
Wow, if it can control simple up down left right, that would be very useful for this in terms of moving forward, backward, strafe left and right. Awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7Ym0tZSWGMc&hl=en&fs=1&
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 30, 2009, 12:09:29 PM
But there's an special application for you; you give each of your problem children a collar to wear. Then when they piss you off you can zap them with your anger.
GIMME!!!  GIMME NOW!!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on June 30, 2009, 12:56:33 PM
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/bk_7incher.jpg)

Quote
Critics Cringe at Ad for Burger King's Latest Sandwich
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

A print advertisement in Singapore boasts that Burger King's latest sandwich will "blow your mind away."
An advertisement for Burger King's latest sandwich leaves little to the imagination and should be discontinued due to "distasteful" and unappetizing references to oral sex, advertising experts told FOXNews.com.

The print ad for the "BK Super Seven Incher" — a limited time promotion in Singapore, a society known around the world for its strict government controls of social conduct — shows the "mind-blowing" sandwich near the open mouth of a wide-eyed, red-lipsticked woman accompanied by the suggestive tagline: "It'll blow your mind away."

"Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled," the ad continues.

Mark Duffy, a blogger and an advertising copywriter at a major New York City firm, said the advertisement is among the "worst" he's ever seen in more than 17 years of industry experience.

"I've seen a lot of sexual innuendo ads and this is about the worst, especially for something as mainstream as Burger King," Duffy told FOXNews.com. "I was a little repulsed by it. It's really misogynistic to women and it's also unappetizing."

Duffy said it appeared the woman's face in the advertisement had been retouched to make it look like a doll and that the American cheese on the sandwich seemed a little too white.

"It's outlandish," he said. "They obviously didn’t hire a top-notch food photographer."

Duffy, who called on Burger King to terminate the ad, said there's little else marketers could have left to the imagination.

"It's really distasteful on the appetite level and on the social level," Duffy said. "The ad pretty much speaks for itself. How much more do they have to spell it out for you?"

Lauren Kuziner, a spokeswoman for Burger King, said the campaign was produced by a local Singaporean agency and not by the company's U.S. advertising firm, Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

"Burger King Corp. values and respects all of its guests," Kuziner said in a statement to FOXNews.com. "This print ad is running to support a limited time promotion in the Singapore market and is not running in the U.S. or any other markets. The campaign is supported by the franchisee in Singapore and has generated positive consumer sales around this limited time product offer in that market."

Kuziner declined to identify the Singapore-based firm and did not respond to requests for comment on whether Burger King had received complaints in connection to the advertisement.

Meanwhile, Scott Purvis, president of Gallup & Robinson, a marketing and advertising research firm in New Jersey, said the print pitch went "too far" and seemed unusual for a global brand like Burger King.

"This would be the kind of ad you might see for a smaller brand trying to get itself noticed," Purvis said. "It's probably something that wouldn't see the light of day in this country."

Purvis praised Burger King for its advertising "edginess" and he said sex in ads is an effective way to get consumer attention, but he noted that advertisements on average are recalled at a 20 percent higher rate if they contain sexually explicit images or messages.

"But the problem is, the advertisements, as a group are not as persuasive as all advertising," he said. 'It stops and gets people's attention, but they generally don't go further and get any kind of motivation of interest in the product itself."

Previous marketing campaigns by Burger King have included its award-wining "Subservient Chicken" viral video, spots featuring "Whopper virgins" and most recently, an appearance by rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and SpongeBob SquarePants. Other slogans previously used by the fast food giant include "Have It Your Way" and "It Takes Two Hands to Handle a Whopper."

"They've done some good stuff in terms of helping to break out of the stereotypical type of advertising you often see, but occasionally they seem to go too far and other times they get it exactly right," Purvis said. "And that's what happens with edgy advertising — you just don't know where to draw the line."

Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at New York University and author of a forthcoming book on the marketing campaign behind the "Marlboro Man," said the ad reeked of a "certain desperation" just to make an impression.

"This is really straining to be dirty," Miller told FOXNews.com. "This is objectionable because it's outrageously exaggerating the pleasure of Burger King. It's not that good, even as food, and therefore nowhere near as gratifying as an orgasm. There's no doubt they intended a double entrendre."
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on June 30, 2009, 01:13:13 PM
It's being run in Singapore for crying out loud!!!  Who gives a crap!?!  Why should anyone care, especially if it's not being run here???  And, on a personal note, it's not THAT distasteful when you consider it's often hard to watch TV without hearing about a "chubby Santa" from Enzyte.  I was thrilled when they stopped airing the commercials discussing how "fresh" women felt, but I'm not so prudish to think this ad should be banned.

I'm just waiting to see the promo contests to see who can fit the whole thing in their mouth....(did I say that out loud??)  ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on June 30, 2009, 01:14:53 PM

I'm just waiting to see the promo contests to see who can fit the whole thing in their mouth....(did I say that out loud??)  ;)
For a sec there, I thought you typed 'porno contests'.. OOPs! My Bad :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on June 30, 2009, 02:47:57 PM
I am sure the ad folks at least considered using the phrase "hot beef injection".
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 30, 2009, 02:51:59 PM
The guy praising the advertising is named Scott Purvis... that's beef icing on the beef cake.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on June 30, 2009, 06:59:02 PM
Quote
An advertisement for Burger King's latest sandwich leaves little to the imagination and should be discontinued due to "distasteful" and unappetizing references to oral sex, advertising experts told FOXNews.com.

"advertising experts"?  Sorry but that's a stretch of a euphemism.  All the ad experts I know would love that ad.  I am guessing by "advertising experts" they mean conservative watchdogs. Well either that or feminist watchdogs. There's some strange bedfellows. The "advertising expert" they quote has a bog here:   http://copyranter.blogspot.com/    that exposes the fact that he hates anyone ever thinking about sex anywhere.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 01, 2009, 05:10:10 AM
Quote
An advertisement for Burger King's latest sandwich leaves little to the imagination and should be discontinued due to "distasteful" and unappetizing references to oral sex, advertising experts told FOXNews.com.
All the ad experts I know would love that ad. 

Yeah I think you're right about that, it's a bit tacky but it'd probably test well.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on July 01, 2009, 10:09:10 AM
Quote
New Brain-Wave Toy Lets You Do 'Jedi Mind Trick'
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The Force can be with anyone now.

Later this summer, anybody anywhere will have the ability to physically move stuff with their minds like characters do in "Star Wars." No joke.

A new toy that harnesses the same technology doctors use to monitor brain waves will arrive in stores in August. The toy moves when it senses a change in the user's brain-wave patterns.

"It's pretty cutting-edge," says Frank Adler, executive vice president of Uncle Milton Industries, the toy company that manufactures the "Star Wars"-branded Force Trainer. "It certainly appears to be where things are headed."

It will be if the reaction from 5-year-old "Star Wars" fanatic Ryan Mogg is any indication. Mogg tried out the Force Trainer at a recent "Star Wars" toy fair.

In less than a minute, he was controlling the rise and fall of a pingpong ball in a clear tube — with his brain waves.

"It's like what Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul do!" he said afterward with a big grin.

Leaps and bounds:
Professor Xavier's Chair

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=14238190&ch=4226722&src=news
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 01, 2009, 02:29:26 PM
that's pretty cool, but i heard about someone experimenting with this using it to control his boat a few years ago...it'd be cool for the disabled, but like voice activated computing for those unencumbered by a disability, it seems a bit ridiculously hard for everyday things... or something :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 02, 2009, 05:25:58 AM
It's not "weird" but has a twist in the middle....

Quote from: Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Wednesday that names a Missouri highway adopted for trash pickup by a neo-Nazi group after a rabbi who narrowly escaped the Nazis during World War II.

The renaming of U.S. 160 in Springfield as the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway" comes after signs were erected last year noting the Springfield Unit of the National Socialist Movement had adopted the highway under a state-sanctioned litter control program.

But the rabbi's daughter, Susannah Heschel, objects to renaming the road after her father. Heschel is a Jewish history professor at Dartmouth College who was lecturing in Germany on Wednesday about her book focusing on the Nazis. She told The Associated Press her father wouldn't feel honored to have the road named after him and she's worried some might think her father condones the Nazi's beliefs.

"My father's name can't be used as a talisman," she said. "To put up his name isn't going to somehow bring neo-Nazis to the awareness that they shouldn't be Nazis."

The rabbi was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Berlin in 1927 to study. He was arrested by the Nazis in October 1938, deported back to Poland and escaped just a few weeks before the country was invaded.

Heschel said she is offended that she wasn't consulted before it was suggested that her father's name be used for the road.

Cynthia Keeene, the leader of the Springfield neo-Nazi group, also said the state made a mistake in renaming the road against the wishes of the rabbi's family.

"We're just going out there and trying to do something for our community," Keene said. "I think renaming the highway is silly. I don't think they're proving anything except for how childish there are."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that membership in litter control programs can't be denied because of an organization's beliefs. The case arose after the Ku Klux Klan tried to adopt a section of Interstate 55 near St. Louis. The state later renamed the road after Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 02, 2009, 06:09:28 AM
Between this, Rush Limbaugh, John Ashcroft, and the idiot fringe baptist church that protests all US servicemen deaths because they view it a sign from god that he is punishing us for allowing gays to exist, I am ashamed to be from Missouri.

Thank goodness Albert Pujols makes me all warm and fuzzy.   Oh yeah, and Mark Twain too.   And White Castles......
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 02, 2009, 06:16:42 AM
Thank goodness Albert Pujols makes me all warm and fuzzy.   Oh yeah, and Mark Twain too.   And White Castles......
Not sure "warm and fuzzy" is quite the right term for how White Castle makes a person feel...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 02, 2009, 06:29:30 AM
Thank goodness Albert Pujols makes me all warm and fuzzy.   Oh yeah, and Mark Twain too.   And White Castles......
Not sure "warm and fuzzy" is quite the right term for how White Castle makes a person feel...
"The only burger that's the same goin' in as comin' out" (sign posted in the dorms at college).  Actually, I basically grew up on them.  Visited my grandmother  in StL nearly every major holiday.  We'd buy sacks of them on the way to her house and either sit and watch the Cards games (baseball or football) or Wimbledon (if it was near July 4th) while eating them.  She's the one that would sit with a cigarette in one hand, Busch beer in the other, and teach me how to keep score at Busch Stadium.  She was awesome!  On the way home, we'd buy sacks of frozen Belly Bombers for the trip home -- by the time we got there (3 hours later) they'd be ready to heat-and-eat (who knew about food safety then??).  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 02, 2009, 06:33:53 AM
Thank goodness Albert Pujols makes me all warm and fuzzy.   Oh yeah, and Mark Twain too.   And White Castles......
Not sure "warm and fuzzy" is quite the right term for how White Castle makes a person feel...
"The only burger that's the same goin' in as comin' out" (sign posted in the dorms at college).  Actually, I basically grew up on them.  Visited my grandmother  in StL nearly every major holiday.  We'd buy sacks of them on the way to her house and either sit and watch the Cards games (baseball or football) or Wimbledon (if it was near July 4th) while eating them.  She's the one that would sit with a cigarette in one hand, Busch beer in the other, and teach me how to keep score at Busch Stadium.  She was awesome!  On the way home, we'd buy sacks of frozen Belly Bombers for the trip home -- by the time we got there (3 hours later) they'd be ready to heat-and-eat (who knew about food safety then??).  :)

We used to buy the buy the sack, bring a cooler of beer and wherever you were, instant good time.

I brought back 100 of them to college after a visit to STL and the Mizzou crew ate them in about 10 minutes.   

Damn, I want one now.....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 02, 2009, 10:38:27 AM
the only thing they have at all close to them are the frozen box variety found in a supermarket...yes, white castle has very little effect on the west coast ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 02, 2009, 11:35:54 AM
Damn, I want one now.....

Have one for free (http://www.whitecastle.com/88/coupon.html)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 02, 2009, 11:36:33 AM
the only thing they have at all close to them are the frozen box variety found in a supermarket...yes, white castle has very little effect on the west coast ;)
Only 'cause the jetstream blows west to east....  ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 02, 2009, 01:38:06 PM
the only thing they have at all close to them are the frozen box variety found in a supermarket...yes, white castle has very little effect on the west coast ;)
Only 'cause the jetstream blows west to east....  ;D
Yeah, Baby! Yeeeah.. :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 02, 2009, 04:14:49 PM
This is More AWESOME than Wierd, but Hey! :highfive:

Quote
Big Mac or . . . Angus burger?
McDonald's adds higher-quality beef to its menu.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:18 AM
McDonald's (MCD) is now catering to true beef lovers. Patrons of the fast food chain now have a big burger option beyond the Quarter Pounder and Big Mac.

 

The fast food chain will start selling Angus burgers today, at about $4 each. The burgers are made with one-third of a pound of Angus beef and will be sold in all of the company's U.S. locations for the next several months.
 

"Customers are looking for great-tasting burgers at a value that only McDonald's can offer," spokeswoman Danya Proud said. "These premium burgers are a tremendous value compared to similar fast-casual and midscale offers."
 

The new burgers feature a braided sesame seed bun, a thicker tomato slice and red onion, Dan Coudreaut, executive chef for McDonald's, told Bloomberg News. Hickory-smoked bacon is also available on the burgers. McDonald's has been testing the burger in about 1,000 restaurants across the country for the past several years.

 

In 2001, McDonald's introduced the Big N' Tasty, the last burger to be added to its menu. The precursors to that burger were the McDLT and then the Big Xtra.

 

McDonald's shares were down 78 cents, or 1.3%, to $57.44 this afternoon.

 

The economic slowdown might be a hurdle for McDonald's new burger, according to one analyst. "Given the recession, it's harder to sell a premium item," Tom Forte, an analyst at Telsey Advisors, said to Bloomberg News. "It’s important that they have a menu that offers both premium and value."

 

McDonald's has thrived during the recession, as consumers turned to lower-priced fast-food instead of dining out at more expensive restaurants. The company has also focused on its expanding McCafe coffee products, which have become a competitor to Starbucks' (SBUX) coffees.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 02, 2009, 06:04:15 PM
I think Hardee's big burgers are pretty good. But i don't want to die, so I eat them about once every two years.

Hardee's/Carl Jrs. are the best....... too bad none in Houston.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 02, 2009, 06:15:21 PM
Well, I have 2 McDonalds within 2 miles of my house so I'm gonna have a problem here.. :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 02, 2009, 06:19:49 PM
Well, I have 2 McDonalds within 2 miles of my house so I'm gonna have a problem here.. :P
i got you beat...a burger king and mcdonalds both on the way to work (across a highway for me) and a carls jr and arby's just down the street...too bad no taco bell though :(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on July 04, 2009, 12:30:44 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 04, 2009, 07:33:57 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

And if a few people die, who cares?    We still make money.    China..... *shakes head*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on July 04, 2009, 08:54:21 AM
This is More AWESOME than Wierd, but Hey! :highfive:

Quote
Big Mac or . . . Angus burger?
McDonald's adds higher-quality beef to its menu.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:18 AM
McDonald's (MCD) is now catering to true beef lovers. Patrons of the fast food chain now have a big burger option beyond the Quarter Pounder and Big Mac.

 

The fast food chain will start selling Angus burgers today, at about $4 each. The burgers are made with one-third of a pound of Angus beef and will be sold in all of the company's U.S. locations for the next several months.
 

"Customers are looking for great-tasting burgers at a value that only McDonald's can offer," spokeswoman Danya Proud said. "These premium burgers are a tremendous value compared to similar fast-casual and midscale offers."
 

The new burgers feature a braided sesame seed bun, a thicker tomato slice and red onion, Dan Coudreaut, executive chef for McDonald's, told Bloomberg News. Hickory-smoked bacon is also available on the burgers. McDonald's has been testing the burger in about 1,000 restaurants across the country for the past several years.

 

In 2001, McDonald's introduced the Big N' Tasty, the last burger to be added to its menu. The precursors to that burger were the McDLT and then the Big Xtra.

 

McDonald's shares were down 78 cents, or 1.3%, to $57.44 this afternoon.

 

The economic slowdown might be a hurdle for McDonald's new burger, according to one analyst. "Given the recession, it's harder to sell a premium item," Tom Forte, an analyst at Telsey Advisors, said to Bloomberg News. "It’s important that they have a menu that offers both premium and value."

 

McDonald's has thrived during the recession, as consumers turned to lower-priced fast-food instead of dining out at more expensive restaurants. The company has also focused on its expanding McCafe coffee products, which have become a competitor to Starbucks' (SBUX) coffees.
 

Too bad I'm a vegetarian.  I can only imagine what re-hydrogenated onion parts would taste on these
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2009, 08:55:53 AM
Don't knock it till you try it!  :P ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 04, 2009, 10:25:36 AM
as far as i know, they've been having those hamburgers at my local mcdougals for a while now...could be i'm in one of the test markets...and the idea of standing room in airplanes is retarded. it's bad enough in coach for a 9 hour flight, but i cant imagine doing that for more than 30 mins or something...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2009, 11:56:31 AM
Well, I just got back from sampling McDonalds' Angus 1/3rd Pounder after waiting some 10-15 minutes for it, and ..
(The Talking Car voice..) I.. must.. say... I.. Am.. Impressed! :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 06, 2009, 05:41:08 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.
There's billions of them....I think the government figures, "So what if we lose a few?  Who will notice?"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on July 06, 2009, 08:13:03 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

I've always said I'd rather stand with a parachute than sit on one of those useless "flotation devices".  What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2009, 08:15:31 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on July 06, 2009, 11:03:16 AM
I would use the dead people as flotation devices personally If I happened to survive a plane crash like that 13 year old girl did.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 06, 2009, 11:23:50 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o

i was thinking that same thing, :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2009, 11:26:20 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o

i was thinking that same thing, :P
I'd just need one (or more) of those hottie stewardesses to bunk with me during the flight ;D :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 06, 2009, 11:31:44 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o

i was thinking that same thing, :P
I'd just need one (or more) of those hottie stewardesses to bunk with me during the flight ;D :P
and mila jovovich? :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2009, 11:45:53 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o

i was thinking that same thing, :P
I'd just need one (or more) of those hottie stewardesses to bunk with me during the flight ;D :P
and mila jovovich? :D
Ooohh Yeeaahh 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 06, 2009, 11:53:13 AM
A Chinese airline has proposed setting up a standing section on their airplanes (http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights).

Discuss.

 What about a system of bunk beds wher eyou lay out people horizontally like so much cordwood?  I'd go for that.  Really, anything is better than the tiny  leg-room free seats they give you now so I don't know how ridiculous this is.
You must've watched 5th Element recently.. :o

i was thinking that same thing, :P
I'd just need one (or more) of those hottie stewardesses to bunk with me during the flight ;D :P
and mila jovovich? :D
Ooohh Yeeaahh 8)

i should think so, i would have been worried if you hadn't ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on July 06, 2009, 12:56:25 PM
007 finally defeated... by Facebook.

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090706/tc_nm/us_britain_mi6 (http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090706/tc_nm/us_britain_mi6)


British spy chief's cover blown on Facebook
* Posted on - Mon Jul 6, 2009 8:23AM EDT

LONDON (Reuters) -

The wife of the new head of Britain's spy agency has posted pictures of her husband, family and friends on Internet networking site Facebook, details which could compromise security, a newspaper said on Sunday.

Sir John Sawers is due to take over as head of the Secret Intelligence Service in November. The SIS, popularly known as MI6, is Britain's global intelligence-gathering organization.

In what the Mail on Sunday called an "extraordinary lapse," the new spy chief's wife, Lady Shelley Sawers, posted family pictures and exposed details of where the couple live and take their holidays and who their friends and relatives are.

The details could be viewed by any of the many millions of Facebook users around the world, but were swiftly removed once authorities were alerted by the newspaper's enquiries.

"There were fears that the hugely embarrassing blunder could have compromised the safety of Sir John's family and friends," the newspaper said.

Publishing the story on its front page and the pictures on a double-page spread, the Mail on Sunday said the information "could potentially be useful to hostile foreign powers or terrorists."

It was the latest in a string of security blunders, lapses and leaks by British officials that have embarrassed the government of embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 06, 2009, 01:01:56 PM
Well I guess Bond is going to have to take out anyone who saw that page.

What an idiot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 07, 2009, 12:41:29 AM
What I love is that Facebook took down the content, but the magazine decided that it was best to publish the photos for all to see.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 07, 2009, 05:42:56 AM
What I love is that Facebook took down the content, but the magazine decided that it was best to publish the photos for all to see.

Don't tell me....Rupert Murdoch?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 07, 2009, 12:33:45 PM
kind of funny isnt it?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 08, 2009, 07:24:53 PM
What a way to go: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/08/national/main5144629.shtml
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: mearnest on July 08, 2009, 10:01:52 PM
What a way to go: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/08/national/main5144629.shtml
Ah, Death by Chocolate.  An awesome dessert, but I suppose it's not so great in it's most literal form.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 10, 2009, 08:43:42 AM
Quote
Florida Woman Shot in Leg by Bathroom Stall Neighbor
Friday, July 10, 2009 


TAMPA, Fla. —  Authorities say a bullet from a gun that was accidentally dropped injured a Tampa woman sitting in a bathroom stall.

Police say the bullet hit 53-year-old Janifer Bliss in the lower left leg. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Bliss was sitting on the toilet in a hotel bathroom when a woman in the next stall accidentally let her handgun slip out of her waist holster. The weapon discharged when it hit the ground.

Police say the gun belonged to 56-year-old Debra Monce who has a concealed weapons permit.

The case has been referred to the State Attorney's Office to determine if any charges will be filed.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on July 10, 2009, 12:14:53 PM
Quote
Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault
LOS ANGELES – Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault  that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_san_andreas_fault   
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 10, 2009, 12:18:04 PM
Quote
Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault
LOS ANGELES – Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault  that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_san_andreas_fault   
This is not weird..

This is just the sign of the next 'Big One' :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 10, 2009, 01:32:54 PM
Quote
Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault
LOS ANGELES – Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault  that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_san_andreas_fault   
This is not weird..

This is just the sign of the next 'Big One' :scared:
And now more than ever I'm THRILLED I've moved away from the NMSZ!!!**  It's WAY "overdue"!
**New Madrid (MO) Seismic Zone
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 10, 2009, 01:37:18 PM
Quote
Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault
LOS ANGELES – Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault  that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_san_andreas_fault   
This is not weird..

This is just the sign of the next 'Big One' :scared:
And now more than ever I'm THRILLED I've moved away from the NMSZ!!!**  It's WAY "overdue"!
**New Madrid (MO) Seismic Zone
As a Geology minor (History Major) in college, I'm Always keeping track of the San Andreas, New Madrid, and Charleston SC. seismic activity.. 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on July 10, 2009, 06:31:46 PM
Armadillo-like Crocodile Fossil Found in Brazil

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/bigphotos/26923726.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 10, 2009, 06:41:09 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 10, 2009, 09:53:36 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August

Now if they can get it fighting Mega Shark, then we have a winner.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 11, 2009, 10:07:31 AM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi SyFy this August

Fixed it for you  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 11, 2009, 01:40:05 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August

Das Armored Krokodil
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: iv3rdawG on July 11, 2009, 01:40:46 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August

I doubt it will be better than the classic Aztec Rex. We'll see.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 11, 2009, 03:43:41 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August

Das Armored Krokodil


 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 12, 2009, 12:51:51 PM
Concept art for the show

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/schnappydasarmoredcrocodile-1.jpg)
(by Kayla Skogh)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 12, 2009, 05:24:11 PM
Concept art for the show

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg98/jesseskogh/schnappydasarmoredcrocodile-1.jpg)
(by Kayla Skogh)
*attempts to clean soda off computer screen now*
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Jill74 on July 12, 2009, 10:56:37 PM
Crocodillo, coming to Sci-Fi this August

This is exciting!

(http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 13, 2009, 06:10:29 AM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rattrap007 on July 13, 2009, 06:24:55 AM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"

Can we just kill the teen & the family? This is a new level of stupidity...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 13, 2009, 06:45:27 AM
I FUCKING KNEW IT!!! :grr: :angry:

Quote
Swearing Makes You Feel Less Pain
Monday, July 13, 2009 

That muttered curse word that reflexively comes out when you stub your toe could actually make it easier to bear the throbbing pain, a new study suggests.

Swearing is a common response to pain, but no previous research has connected the uttering of an expletive to the actual physical experience of pain.

"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," said Richard Stephens of Keele University in England and one of the authors of the new study. "It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain."

Stephens and his fellow Keele researchers John Atkins and Andrew Kingston sought to test how swearing would affect an individual's tolerance to pain.

Because swearing often has an exaggerating effect that can overstate the severity of pain, the team thought that swearing would lessen a person's tolerance.

As it turned out, the opposite seems to be true.

The researchers enlisted 64 undergraduate volunteers and had them submerge their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.

The experiment was then repeated with the volunteer repeating a more common word that they would use to describe a table.

Contrary to what the researcher expected, the volunteers kept their hands submerged longer while repeating the swear word.

The researchers think that the increase in pain tolerance occurs because swearing triggers the body's natural "fight-or-flight" response.

Stephens and his colleagues suggest that swearing may increase aggression (seen in accelerated heart rates), which downplays weakness to appear stronger or more macho.

"Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists," Stephens said.

The results of the study are detailed in the Aug. 5 issue of the journal NeuroReport.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 13, 2009, 11:09:58 AM
WOW!! :o

Quote
Online Pranksters Cause Massive Damage to Hotels Nationwide
Monday, July 13, 2009 


Some of the $50,000 in damage wrought by a prank caller at a Holiday Inn Express in Conway, Ark. The caller convinced a hotel worker to smash the front windows and flood the hotel.

Please, sir, do not throw your toilet out the window, no matter what the stranger on the phone is telling you.

If the phone in your hotel room rings unexpectedly at 2 in the morning, you might soon become the next victim of a network of scammers who are causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage at accommodations around the country.

Often imitated and deviously duplicated, a group called PrankNET appears to be at the center of a growing trend that has harried hoteliers and restaurateurs for months and is now being investigated by the FBI.

The head of PrankNET, who goes by the online name "dex" and has been behaving badly since 2000, leads an online chat system where he and fellow merry pranksters collaborate. Members of PrankNET chat online, stream their calls live on an Internet radio show and post their greatest hits to a YouTube page, a popular breeding ground for more pranks.

During their calls they often drop the name of a security corporation or say they are phoning from a hotel's front desk to lend themselves an air of credibility — and to get their victims to do surprising things.

In February, Dex's work made headlines when he called a KFC in Manchester, N.H., and convinced workers there to douse the restaurant with fire suppression chemicals, evacuate the building and strip outside in freezing temperatures. Dex accomplished all of this by pretending to be their boss from a corporate office.

Calls recently posted to PrankNET's YouTube channel have upped the ante even further, capturing scenes where confused hotel patrons have been duped into setting off fire alarms and sprinkler systems — flooding hotels and panicking sleeping guests.

A Florida family staying in an Orlando Hilton was tricked last week into smashing windows, breaking a mirror, bashing in a wall with a lamp and tossing their mattress outside, causing about $5,000 in damage, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The caller persuaded them to do all of that in order to save themselves from a gas leak.

The sheer difficulty of tracing prank calls placed online, and the social-networking programs used by pranksters, has increased their visibility and daring. Last week, a North Carolina teenager was indicted in federal court for allegedly phoning in bomb threats to colleges and universities — and taking payments to threaten specific high schools, canceling classes for anyone who'd put $5 into his PayPal account.

Another couple was called on PrankNET recently by someone claiming to be from their hotel front desk who told them that "deadly" exotic spiders had escaped and were going to swarm their hotel room. In order to avoid that catastrophe, they had to shatter their windows with the top of their toilet tank. After a few tries, they succeeded. Crisis averted.

That post was hidden by PrankNET following a FOXNews.com inquiry, even as the administrator of its YouTube page told FOXNews.com that "copycats" were to blame for many of the pranks in the news.

Though the perpetrators in many of these cases remain unclear, PrankNET's administrator took direct credit for at least one prank:

In York, Neb., a Hampton Inn employee was tricked into setting off an alarm and then was convinced that the only way to make it stop was to break the hotel's windows. He enlisted the help of a trucker who smashed his vehicle into the front door, shattering the glass and causing more than $1,000 in damage.

The owner of PrankNET's Twitter account — believed to be Dex — claimed in a post the night of the incident, "I just pulled off the most epic prank. I had a hotel guest back his truck into the hotel front window (in the lobby), and break the window." That post, too, has been deleted.

A small community of prank callers have long enjoyed Dex's work, but some are growing concerned over his increasingly destructive ends.

"While I can't help finding Dex's calls extremely amusing, I think that they need to stop before he seriously hurts or kills someone," said Brad Carter, who runs the Web site phonelosers.com and has been following Dex's activity.

"I'm amazed that nobody has hurt themselves yet by breaking these giant plate glass windows [at hotels]. I'm amazed that he's still making all of these calls when he knows the FBI is investigating them and he's probably caused millions in damages at this point."

The FBI's field office in Knoxville, Tenn., is looking into possible revelations of Dex's identity following an incident that caused an estimated $50,000 of damage at a Holiday Inn Express in Conway, Ark. An employee there was convinced to set off the fire alarm, shatter front windows and bash off a sprinkler head, which set off the sprinkler system and flooded the hotel.

A Knoxville woman named Jericho Batsford contacted the FBI's field office in Knoxville and said she knew Dex's identity and confirming that he was responsible for the Conway call and many others, according to the Log Cabin Democrat of Arkansas.

Batsford, who could not be reached for comment, told the newspaper that she used to pull similar pranks herself. Some videos circulating online among prankNET members show someone identified as Dex, though their accuracy could not be confirmed.

Despite this string of incidents, an FBI official in Washington said the pranks do not represent a trend. "They're looking into it [the incident at motel], but it's not a widespread thing," said a bureau source. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has received just one complaint stemming from the incidents.

But cybersecurity experts say such attacks are dangerous and may be on the rise.

"It can be very serious for the people who are being attacked," said Parry Aftab, a cyber law expert. "It hasn't become a systemwide abuse ... but it will increase as more people get ideas on how to do these kinds of things."
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Henry88 on July 13, 2009, 01:14:10 PM
Quote
Searchers shovel Northwest dirt seeking giant worm

MOSCOW, Idaho – The giant Palouse earthworm has taken on mythic qualities in this vast agricultural region that stretches from eastern Washington into the Idaho panhandle — its very name evoking the fictional sandworms from "Dune" or those vicious creatures from the movie "Tremors."

The worm is said to secrete a lily-like smell when handled, spit at predators, and live in burrows 15 feet deep. There have been only a handful of sightings.

But scientists hope to change that this summer with researchers scouring the Palouse region in hopes of finding more of the giant earthworms. Conservationists also want the Obama administration to protect the worm as an endangered species, even though little research has been done on it.

The worm may be elusive, but there's no doubt it exists, said Jodi Johnson-Maynard, a University of Idaho professor who is leading the search for the worm. To prove it, she pulled out a glass tube containing the preserved remains of a fat, milky-white worm. One of Johnson-Maynard's graduate students found this specimen in 2005, and it is the only confirmed example of the species.

The worm in the tube is about 6 inches long, well short of the 3 feet that early observers of the worms in the late 1890s described. Documented collections of the species, known locally as GPE, have occurred only in 1978, 1988, 1990 and 2005.

The farmers who work the rich soil of the Palouse — 2 million acres of rolling wheat fields near the Idaho-Washington border south of Spokane — also have had little experience with the worm.

Gary Budd, who manages a grain elevator in Uniontown, said no farmer he knows has talked about seeing the worm. He compared the creature to Elvis.

"He gets spotted once in awhile too," Budd joked.

Johnson-Maynard and her team of worm hunters are working this summer at a university research farm and using three different methods to try and find a living worm.

One involves just digging a hole and sifting the soil through a strainer, looking for any worms that can be studied.

The second involves old-fashioned chemical warfare, pouring a liquid solution of vinegar and mustard onto the ground, irritating worms until they come to the surface.

The third method is new to this search, using electricity to shock worms to the surface.

"The electro shocker is pretty cool," said Joanna Blaszczak, a student at Cornell who is spending her summer working to find the worm alongside Shan Xu, a graduate student from Chengdu, China, and support scientist Karl Umiker.

The shocker can deliver up to 480 volts. That makes it dangerous to touch, and it could potentially fry a specimen.

On a recent day, Umiker drove eight 3-foot-long metal rods into the ground in a small circle and connected them to batteries. Then he flipped the switches. The only sound for several minutes was the hum of a cooling fan.

"I'm kind of bummed we haven't seen anything yet," Umiker said.

Eventually, a small rust-colored worm dug its way to the surface. It was not a GPE, but it was collected for study anyway.

The search for the giant worm is reminiscent of efforts in Louisiana, Florida and the swamps of eastern Arkansas to find the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. The large, black-and-white bird was believed to be extinct until a reported sighting five years ago stirred national experts and federal funding to launch a full-blown campaign to verify its existence. Search efforts later dwindled after biologists and volunteers were unable to find the evidence they were looking for.

The GPE was described as common in the Palouse in the 1890s, according to an 1897 article in The American Naturalist by Frank Smith. Smith's work was based on four samples sent to him by R.W. Doane of Washington State University in nearby Pullman.

Massive agricultural development soon consumed nearly all of the unique Palouse Prairie — a seemingly endless ocean of steep, silty dunes — and appeared to deal a fatal blow to the worm.

They were considered extinct when Idaho graduate student Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon in 2005 stuck a shovel into the ground to collect a soil sample and found the worm that now is in the tube in Johnson-Maynard's office.

Conservation groups quickly petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the worm as an endangered species, citing as proof the lack of sightings. But the agency said there simply was not enough scientific information to merit a listing.

Conservationists recently filed a second request, saying they had more information. They are also hoping the Obama administration will be more friendly than the Bush administration. The GPE would be the only worm protected as an endangered species.

Doug Zimmer of the Fish and Wildlife Service in Seattle said the agency isn't ready to comment on the petition.

"It's always good to see new information and good science on any species," Zimmer said.

Farmers are keeping a wary eye on the process.

"The concern is whether a listing is going to end up curtailing farming activities," said Dan Wood of the Washington State Farm Bureau. "I don't know if people plan to stop all farming for the possibility of a worm being somewhere."

Most earthworms found in the Northwest originated in Europe, arriving on plants or in soil shipped to the New World. The giant Palouse earthworm is one of the few native species, and has become quite popular with the public.

While it's tough to come by a live GPE, visitors seem happy to take a picture with a dead one. Johnson-Maynard said she has received calls from tourists who want to come to her office and be photographed with the specimen.

"A lot of people are curious about it," she said.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 13, 2009, 02:52:27 PM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"

Can we just kill the teen & the family? This is a new level of stupidity...

More people who should not be allowed to bread....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on July 13, 2009, 06:04:37 PM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"

Can we just kill the teen & the family? This is a new level of stupidity...

More people who should not be allowed to bread....

Jesus would differ with that.  Bread represents the body of Christ.  Everyone gets a taste.
(http://cnx.org/content/m14380/latest/Jesus_gave_the_people_bread.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 13, 2009, 07:13:24 PM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"

Can we just kill the teen & the family? This is a new level of stupidity...

More people who should not be allowed to bread....

Jesus would differ with that.  Bread represents the body of Christ.  Everyone gets a taste.
(http://cnx.org/content/m14380/latest/Jesus_gave_the_people_bread.jpg)

That piece of bread looks like Arseface.  Whuh duh wuh eeduh, geehuh duh buh, guh duhs uh buh eh, uh guh eh du huh duhuhuh.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 13, 2009, 08:24:29 PM
Quote from: NBCNewYork.com
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

The girl suffered a fright and some scrapes on her arms back after she dropped into the hole on Victory Boulevard.

"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.

The girl was checked out at Staten Island University Hospital and released.

Sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites or at least mark them with warning signs.

The family said they will file a lawsuit -- for what, though, is not immediately clear. Her mother, Kim Longueira, said it doesn't matter that her daughter was walking and texting, and also, the 'gross' factor that can't be ignored.

"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there"

Can we just kill the teen & the family? This is a new level of stupidity...

More people who should not be allowed to bread....

Jesus would differ with that.  Bread represents the body of Christ.  Everyone gets a taste.
(http://cnx.org/content/m14380/latest/Jesus_gave_the_people_bread.jpg)

That piece of bread looks like Arseface.  Whuh duh wuh eeduh, geehuh duh buh, guh duhs uh buh eh, uh guh eh du huh duhuhuh.

good one :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 14, 2009, 07:58:08 AM
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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 

Robotic Technology Inc.


It could be a combination of 19th-century mechanics, 21st-century technology — and a 20th-century horror movie.

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Robotic Technology Inc.'s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that's right, "EATR" — "can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable," reads the company's Web site.

That "biomass" and "other organically-based energy sources" wouldn't necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they'd be plentiful in a war zone.

EATR will be powered by the Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology of Pompano Beach, Fla., which uses an "external combustion chamber" burning up fuel to heat up water in a closed loop, generating electricity.

The advantages to the military are that the robot would be extremely flexible in fuel sources and could roam on its own for months, even years, without having to be refueled or serviced.

Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship.

In press materials, Robotic Technology presents EATR as an essentially benign artificial creature that fills its belly through "foraging," despite the obvious military purpose.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 14, 2009, 11:40:51 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/pennsylvania.pool.problems/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/pennsylvania.pool.problems/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)

Wow.  What a mess.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 14, 2009, 01:06:26 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/pennsylvania.pool.problems/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/pennsylvania.pool.problems/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)

Wow.  What a mess.

If this was published on April 1 or by the Onion, I would have thought this was a joke.   
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 14, 2009, 01:34:34 PM
What it doesn't relate in the article are the thoughts of long time club life guard James el Greco. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 14, 2009, 02:17:55 PM
Quote from: Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When Micky Mayon fled the United States, where he faced firearms charges, the alleged member of an anti-Semitic white supremacist group chose what he might have seen as a perfect hideout -- the Jewish state.

Mayon, 32, of Steelton, Pa., was arrested in Tel Aviv on Monday by an Israeli law enforcement unit that searches for illegal migrants. He had been on the run for two years.

"He was here because he thought this was the last place they would look for him," said Sabine Haddad, a spokeswoman for Israel's Interior Ministry which oversees the unit.

Mayon fled the United States after he was suspected of burning the car of a judge who had ordered he stand trial on the firearms charges, Haddad said, basing her information on details provided by Interpol.

Haddad said Israeli authorities were told by Interpol that Mayon belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group described by the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League as a racist, anti-Semitic movement.

"The search for Mayon came to a successful conclusion today with the actions in Israel," said U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan. "Locating and identifying Mayon in a foreign country sends a strong message that you can run, but you cannot hide."

Mayon was being sought by U.S. marshals on two arrest warrants. Charges included illegal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and flight to avoid apprehension.

UNDERCOVER OPERATION

Haddad said Israeli authorities received information that Mayon was in Tel Aviv and he was found in a "complex and undercover operation."

Mayon, she said, arrived in Israel as a tourist in January 2008. He was issued a one-month visa and stayed on illegally.

"U.S. marshals are on the way here to escort him back to the United States," Haddad said. "He said ... that he did not hold a job while in Israel but made some money by washing dishes and that his parents sent him money to make ends meet."

The Web site of the television show "America's Most Wanted" alleged that Mayon had attended rallies of the Aryan Brotherhood and espoused the beliefs of white power activists.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 14, 2009, 02:29:41 PM
Yeah.. Those White guys blend in Reeeal well in a country of Jews.. :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 14, 2009, 02:46:58 PM
Yeah, there used to be Neo-Nazi gangs in Israel. Fucking lunatics.
Warning: Very violent video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezXm9jkukBo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezXm9jkukBo)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 15, 2009, 06:53:16 AM
Being on board 5 different Ballistic Missile Nuclear Submarines in the past, I can't understand how this base is Still in operation ???

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North Dakota Missile Crew Members Discharged for Falling Asleep
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 


BISMARCK, N.D. —  The Air Force discharged three North Dakota ballistic missile crew members who fell asleep while holding classified launch code devices, the military announced Tuesday. Officials said the codes were outdated and remained secure at all times.

The crew members were discharged last Thursday under orders from Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, said spokeswoman Laurie Arellano. They had been barred from working around nuclear weapons and classified material since the July 12, 2008 incident, she said.

The crew members were coming off a shift at a missile alert facility about 70 miles from Minot Air Force Base when they fell asleep in a secure crew rest area, Arellano said. The crew had with them code components — classified devices that allow them to communicate with missiles. Launch codes are part of the components, which were described as large, metal boxes.

One of the three crew members notified senior officers that they had fallen asleep, Arellano said.

The lapse prompted an investigation by the 91st Missile Wing, codes experts at the 20th Air Force, U.S. Strategic Command and the National Security Agency. The probe found the launch codes were outdated and had remained secure.

"A command investigation was immediately initiated and concluded there was no actual compromise of classified information," Arellano said.

The incident was one of a series of missteps involving the Minot base, which has been under scrutiny since August 2007 when a B-52 bomber mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles flew from there to Barksdale Air Force Base, La. About 65 of the 3,700 airmen at the bomber wing were sanctioned as a result of that incident.

The investigation into the sleeping crew members concluded the codes had remained in their containers, which have combination locks that can be opened only by the crew. The containers remained with the crew at all times, and the facility is guarded by armed security forces, Arellano said.

Each of the crew members — two first lieutenants and a captain from the Minot Air Force Base's 91st Missile Wing — was given an Article 15, a punishment under military law for "dereliction of duty, unsatisfactory performance and misconduct," Arellano said.

"For an officer, an Article 15 is considered to be detrimental to their career standing," she said.

In other incidents involving the Minot base, a vehicle carrying a rocket booster for an unarmed Minuteman III ballistic missile overturned July 31, 2008, while being transported from the base to a launch facility in northwestern North Dakota. The military estimated it spent about $5.6 million to recover the rocket from a ditch.

And a court-martial is pending for a Minot officer accused of stealing a missile launch control device, allegedly because he wanted a souvenir.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on July 15, 2009, 11:04:03 PM
The Pentagon is developing a man-eating robot:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,532492,00.html?test=latestnews (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,532492,00.html?test=latestnews)

Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Wednesday, July 15, 2009


It could be a combination of 19th-century mechanics, 21st-century technology — and a 20th-century horror movie.

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Robotic Technology Inc.'s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that's right, "EATR" — "can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable," reads the company's Web site.

That "biomass" and "other organically-based energy sources" wouldn't necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they'd be plentiful in a war zone.

EATR will be powered by the Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology of Pompano Beach, Fla., which uses an "external combustion chamber" burning up fuel to heat up water in a closed loop, generating electricity.

The advantages to the military are that the robot would be extremely flexible in fuel sources and could roam on its own for months, even years, without having to be refueled or serviced.

Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship.

In press materials, Robotic Technology presents EATR as an essentially benign artificial creature that fills its belly through "foraging," despite the obvious military purpose.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2009, 03:32:24 AM
I already posted this article on the previous page.. (Reply #833) ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 16, 2009, 07:59:32 AM
This takes the cake for most depressing story I have read this year.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/16/pakistan.organ.selling/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/16/pakistan.organ.selling/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2009, 01:42:37 PM
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Chopped, Diced…juiced into Gas
July 16, 2009 
UPDATE The entre plant cost about 9 million dollars to build and after rebates from the government, the entire onion power plant will pay itself off in about 5 years or so. Also, the power isn't provided by burning the methane gas produced, instead the gas is sent to fuel cells which create heat and water and a very small amount of C)2.
You can smell Gill's Onions from the time you open the car door in their Oxnard California parking lot, thankfully this assignment didn't involve cow leftovers...just onions and I am prepared to cry.
As owner Steve Gill tells us,"Making electricity out of an onion amazes me everyday." At this facility , the largest onion processor in America, making energy out of red, white and yellow onions means peeling off an amazing extra one-point-one million dollars in savings for the company.
Steve explains, "When the onion products arrive at our facility we're converting it into high value onion products. The waste is being converted into electricity and we have virtually turned this company into a zero waste operation."
Before building the plant, Gill's Onions had to dispose of about 300,000 pounds of onion waste a day, but now the disposal is virtually zero because the onion waste is ground into juice and fermented in tanks to create methane gas which then powers their onion processing plant. The little bit of pulp left over is trucked out to California's central valley and fed to cows.
The big question, while this could mean a fantastic future for many corporations, can it help us at home. Power companies tell us that this type of power plant, which has virtually no pollution of any type, could hold the eventual answer to our energy independence. Gillian Wright from So-Cal gas says "A power plant in your backyard running on Bio-Gas… that’s a little ways off... but having part of your energy - the natural gas that supplies your house, the electricity that comes to your house - being produced by Bio-Gas that’s really close, and this is probably the first step."
From concept to completion the entire project took about four years to design and complete. As I stand here on a catwalk looking out over the onion powered plant, my eyes have not yet watered and my appetite is no wanting because we are chowing down on a fresh batch of Gill's Onion wings....thanks to batter sent in from A&W. Can someone please pass the ketchup?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2009, 03:08:43 PM
Quote
Giant Mystery Blob Moves Through Alaskan Waters
Thursday, July 16, 2009 


 North Slope Borough

It's big, it's black, it's gooey and it may be alive.

Giant blobs of thick, oily biological material are floating in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi Sea north of the Bering Strait, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

"It's certainly biological," Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer told the newspaper. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter."

No one in the North Slope towns of Barrow and Wainwright can recall ever seeing anything like it.

Jellyfish and sea birds are getting caught up in the sticky, stinky stuff, which according to one official "has hairy strands on it."

"It's definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it's some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism," added Hasenauer.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2009, 07:46:05 PM

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Weinermobile Crashes Into Wisconsin Home
Friday, July 17, 2009 


An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile crashed into the home and outdoor deck of Nick Krupp in Racine, Wis.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. —  One southern Wisconsin homeowner is probably not in love with the Oscar Mayer wiener.

The famed hot dog's Wienermobile crashed Friday into the deck and garage of a home in Mount Pleasant, about 35 miles south of Milwaukee.

Police say the driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home. It sat in the driveway as if it were stuck in the garage Friday afternoon.

No one was home and no one was injured. No citations were immediately issued.

Both the home and vehicle suffered moderate damage, which Oscar Mayer spokeswoman Sydney Lindner says insurance will cover.
 
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Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2009, 10:48:48 AM
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Kelly Hildebrandt Will Marry Kelly Hildebrandt
Monday, July 20, 2009 


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.  —  Kelly Hildebrandt will marry Kelly Hildebrandt.

This isn't a joke. An engaged Florida couple has the same first and last name.

Here's how it all started: 20-year-old Kelly Hildebrandt decided to search Facebook for other people with her name. Up popped Kelly Hildebrandt of Lubbock, Tex. For the next three months the two exchanged e-mails and then started calling each other.

Then he decided to visit, and the couple soon began dating. Eight months after Kelly Hildebrandt sent her first e-mail, he proposed. The couple plans to marry in October.

It hasn't been all smooth sailing. A trip on a cruise ship almost got canceled when the travel agent deleted one ticket from the system, thinking someone had plugged in the same information twice.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 20, 2009, 03:04:15 PM
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Kelly Hildebrandt Will Marry Kelly Hildebrandt
Monday, July 20, 2009 


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.  —  Kelly Hildebrandt will marry Kelly Hildebrandt.

This isn't a joke. An engaged Florida couple has the same first and last name.

Here's how it all started: 20-year-old Kelly Hildebrandt decided to search Facebook for other people with her name. Up popped Kelly Hildebrandt of Lubbock, Tex. For the next three months the two exchanged e-mails and then started calling each other.

Then he decided to visit, and the couple soon began dating. Eight months after Kelly Hildebrandt sent her first e-mail, he proposed. The couple plans to marry in October.

It hasn't been all smooth sailing. A trip on a cruise ship almost got canceled when the travel agent deleted one ticket from the system, thinking someone had plugged in the same information twice.
 

A friend of mine from Chicago married a woman named Kerry Wood.    Image if Kerry Wood the baseball player had met her first!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Zeether on July 20, 2009, 08:42:19 PM
http://wcco.com/local/ball.slashing.fetish.2.1093427.html (http://wcco.com/local/ball.slashing.fetish.2.1093427.html)

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DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) ?

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a man with a self-professed sexual fetish for slashing rubber balls was arrested and has appeared in court.

Police started looking for 31-year-old Christopher Bjerkness after surveillance tape allegedly showed him breaking into a fitness clinic in May and slashing exercise balls.

Duluth Police said Bjerkness was arrested after he called them from Holiday Mall to surrender and that he now faces burglary charges.

Authorities are familiar with the Bjerkness. A criminal complaint released last week says he was convicted in 2005 of breaking into a sports facility at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and slashing about 70 balls. Each ball cost between $30 and $60.

The complaint says when he pleaded guilty in that case, he admitted to slashing more than 40 other balls at two clinics.

Court documents say Bjerkness told police he slashed the rubber balls to satisfy a sexual urge. Experts said he has an unusual attraction to inflatable exercise devices.

Bjerkness appeared in court Monday morning and his bail was set at $10,000, according to the Sheriff's Office. He's scheduled to return for trial in a month.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 20, 2009, 08:43:36 PM

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/weinercrash.jpg)
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Weinermobile Crashes Into Wisconsin Home
Friday, July 17, 2009 


An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile crashed into the home and outdoor deck of Nick Krupp in Racine, Wis.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. —  One southern Wisconsin homeowner is probably not in love with the Oscar Mayer wiener.

The famed hot dog's Wienermobile crashed Friday into the deck and garage of a home in Mount Pleasant, about 35 miles south of Milwaukee.

Police say the driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home. It sat in the driveway as if it were stuck in the garage Friday afternoon.

No one was home and no one was injured. No citations were immediately issued.

Both the home and vehicle suffered moderate damage, which Oscar Mayer spokeswoman Sydney Lindner says insurance will cover.
 

Best. Photo. Ever.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2009, 09:22:50 PM
That house has a Boner.. uh huh huh th'that was cool..
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 21, 2009, 05:09:48 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)

Why would you think it was ok to wear a Nazi uniform?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on July 21, 2009, 07:28:25 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)

Why would you think it was ok to wear a Nazi uniform?

Insensitive people can be sooooo stupid.   
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 22, 2009, 05:37:27 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/21/romania.nazi.uniform.mayor/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)

Why would you think it was ok to wear a Nazi uniform?
Well....we (re-enactors) wear them during WWII tactical and public display battles (and the occasional private Halloween party).  Hubby used to do German (28th SS) until I showed him Schindler's List and then he switched to Soviet (like me) for Eastern Front events.  But this dude is just being stupid.  He's obviously ignorant of important historical information, like the laws passed against owning/wearing Nazi regalia in Romania.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 22, 2009, 05:43:39 AM
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"I checked it before I put it on but the swastika was very small and I didn't see it," he said. "I really liked the look of the uniform after seeing it in the Tom Cruise film 'Valkyrie.' I bought it from a costume hire shop in Germany."

So the Iron cross and, possibly since i can't see the detail all that well, deaths head on the hat weren't a clue?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 22, 2009, 07:09:43 AM
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"I checked it before I put it on but the swastika was very small and I didn't see it," he said. "I really liked the look of the uniform after seeing it in the Tom Cruise film 'Valkyrie.' I bought it from a costume hire shop in Germany."

So the Iron cross and, possibly since i can't see the detail all that well, deaths head on the hat weren't a clue?
Technically, the cross he's wearing could be the WWI Iron Cross medal that didn't have the swastika on it (can't see the detail of the photo) because he doesn't have the WWII Iron Cross ribbon through the button hole as they were usually worn so you didn't have to actually wear the medal itself.  There isn't a "Death's Head" in the photo because he's wearing a Wehrmacht uniform, not an SS uniform and only the 3rd SS (Totenkopf) wore it on their collar tabs or shoulderboards with any regularity (but others had it on their hats).  The breast eagle and cap eagle, however, normally have them (can't see photo details but a lot are being reproduced without it for movies and countries with these laws).  Regardless, it doesn't excuse poor judgement and bad taste.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 22, 2009, 07:15:56 AM
It is possible I wrote that post to allow you to make the subsequent one. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 22, 2009, 07:18:17 AM
It is possible I wrote that post to allow you to make the subsequent one. :)
Oh Gee.. Ya'Think?! ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 22, 2009, 07:37:06 AM
It is possible I wrote that post to allow you to make the subsequent one. :)
Oh Gee.. Ya'Think?! ::)
Nom, nom, nom....hook, line & sinker...nom, nom, nom.... ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 22, 2009, 07:38:12 AM
It is possible I wrote that post to allow you to make the subsequent one. :)
Oh Gee.. Ya'Think?! ::)
Nom, nom, nom....hook, line & sinker...nom, nom, nom.... ;D
Sounds like a bit of Couch Fishing there :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 23, 2009, 05:39:50 AM
Russian!? You commie pinko bastard!
Soviet NKVD commie pinko bastard!  ;D  We'll denounce you and the horse you rode in on for an extra 20 square feet of living space.  ;)

Actually, and I guess it's kinda "weird" news, for my anniversary my husband bought me the comprehensive guide to Soviet orders and medals.  Now I can have better information about what qualifications needed to be met to receive a certian award and the "benefits" you get for having it (additional living space, medical care, free public transportation, etc.).

And for Eastern Front events, it's either Soviet, partisan, or German -- and partisans usually get sent down the road first to find where the Germans are (when they get "shot").  So I'll play Soviet.  But Western Front events, it's GI all the way!  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 23, 2009, 08:51:33 AM
The Nazi's may have been the ultimate murderous dickheads of the 1900's, but they had some pretty slick looking uniforms.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 23, 2009, 09:15:20 AM
That's what Harry Pothead thought:

(http://bokertov.typepad.com/btb/images/prince_harry_swastika.jpg)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: therul on July 23, 2009, 09:19:47 AM
There are a lot of things people forget about the Nazi soldiers.  The are well trained, and they fought hard.  They were men, who were brainwashed by propaganda.. hmmm, like every military person I have ever known, but I digress..., and proud of their homeland, who were recruited, in tough times.  A large number of them were fighting for Germany, not the Nazi party.  They fought bravely, just like everyone else on the battle field.  And should be proud to have been a soldier in uniform.  Including Romel!
Now, what they did in the concentration camps is deplorable.  I do not love the Nazi, nor what they did, and I do think that the SS uniform is going way to far, but as for a typical soldiers uniform, I see no harm.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 23, 2009, 10:36:52 AM
Well the Nazi soldiers were a bit more hardcore. The Nazi's were part of the political party and upheld the tenets of the Nazi belief. To be in some sections of the German army you had to pledge allegiance to the beliefs of the Nazi party. I'm sure most Wermacht soldiers were just regular Joes stuck on the otherside of the battlefield and if it were any other time everybody could have had a beer together or went fishing or something.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 10:59:34 AM
And anyway, didn't Beria say her husband was SS? There's not much forgiveness in my heart for SS.
Super Sports aren't so bad :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 11:06:12 AM
Sorry--meant to say he was -playing- SS.  Big difference. :)
Ah.. yeah, Playing 'Slip n Slide' can be a bit awkward  ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 11:09:58 AM
Sorry--meant to say he was -playing- SS.  Big difference. :)
Ah.. yeah, Playing 'Slip n Slide' can be a bit awkward  ;)

You goofy bastard. :)
;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 23, 2009, 12:53:42 PM
Sorry--meant to say he was -playing- SS.  Big difference. :)
Ah.. yeah, Playing 'Slip n Slide' can be a bit awkward  ;)

You goofy bastard. :)
;D
In clarification (though I do agree with the "goofy bastard" bit  ;)), my husband used to reenact 28th SS which were Belgian volunteers (Wallonien) as part of the Waffen SS who originally followed Leon Degrelle's Rexist Party philosophy of calling for the moral renewal of Belgian society in conformity with the teachings of the Church, by forming a corporatist society, and abolishing democracy.  Most of their action took place on the Eastern Front and they were not associated with concentration camps.  (By the way, hubby is a 29-year member of the Army and Air National Guard and looking forward to retiring soon.)

And, as I said in an earlier post, after I had him watch Schindler's List with me, he decided that he couldn't do SS reenacting anymore and changed to Soviet for Eastern Front events.  He sold-off all of his uniforms, gear, and weapons for SS and now does strictly GI & Soviet (like I do).  And, yes, we get a barrage of people who mistake reenacting WWII for being a neo-Nazi -- we strongly do NOT agree with the Nazis and have been known to quickly toss-out those who act as or classify themselves as neo-Nazi from our events (without refund!).

Not that the NKVD (LBeria comes from Lavrenty Beria, leader of the NKVD) that we reenact now were much better....  To paraphrase a great line about history -- Stalin killed millions but they were his own people and we were sort of, "Help yourself!  We've been trying to kill you for ages!"  But, Hitler killed people "next door" (France, Poland, etc.).  Stupid man....after a couple of years we won't stand for that!  But it is part of world history and people do need to know what happened.  I'll never forget when my German instructor in college freaked when I brought my hubby's uniform (it was a reproduction, by the way -- can't afford the real things!) because he thought they were illegal here as they are in Germany.  And then he wanted to hear more about the history because he was never allowed to study it from 1939 to 1945 -- German schoolbooks "completely erased that time" he told me.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 12:58:32 PM
MMM.. Belgian Waffles sounds Good right about now! :P
Do they make those 'Super Syrupy' style?? :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 23, 2009, 01:03:19 PM
MMM.. Belgian Waffles sounds Good right about now! :P
Do they make those 'SS' style?? :o

You won't like the fat used in the making of them...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 23, 2009, 01:04:32 PM
MMM.. Belgian Waffles sounds Good right about now! :P
Do they make those 'SS' style?? :o

You won't like the fat used in the making of them...
As I said in another post in another thread....guys are weird....  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 01:06:17 PM
MMM.. Belgian Waffles sounds Good right about now! :P
Do they make those 'SS' style?? :o

You won't like the fat used in the making of them...
As I said in another post in another thread....guys are weird....  ;) ;D
Hey! I'm Hungry! ;D
I saw Belgian and a word that reminded me of Waffles, and I put 2 n 2 together :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 23, 2009, 01:08:19 PM
Hey! I'm Hungry! ;D

OK I'm going to be thankful that my reference sailed merely over your head there, not one of my finer moments.

Incidentally Beria, seen that episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia about Dennis and Dee's grandfather?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 01:09:49 PM
Hey! I'm Hungry! ;D

OK I'm going to be thankful that my reference sailed merely over your head there, not one of my finer moments.

??? No comprende :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 23, 2009, 01:11:30 PM
Never mind, it'd put you off your waffle based brunch.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 23, 2009, 01:11:58 PM
Yes, let's avoid that interesting SS conversation. Goofy bastards.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 23, 2009, 01:13:06 PM
Never mind, it'd put you off your waffle based brunch.
Yes, let's avoid that interesting SS conversation. Goofy bastards.
Well Fine then! 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on July 23, 2009, 01:27:41 PM
Amazon's Orwellian deletion of Kindle books
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While I was off for my birthday weekend, Amazon gave me a little present: a ready-made object lesson in the dangers of digital rights management for ebooks. Hundreds of readers who'd bought the "Works of George Orwell" found that the books had become un-books, vanishing from their Kindles. The books' owners got a credit for the $5 purchase price and a note saying Amazon had had a dispute with the books' publisher and decided to take it away.
http://boingboing.net/2009/07/20/amazons-orwellian-de.html (http://boingboing.net/2009/07/20/amazons-orwellian-de.html)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 23, 2009, 02:21:58 PM
Incidentally Beria, seen that episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia about Dennis and Dee's grandfather?
No....but I'll have to look it up.  :)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 23, 2009, 02:52:03 PM
Interesting, I always associated that name with the NKVD's "Beria," but thought it a coincidence.
Many don't know who he was.  Many more think I'm just weird for using it as my nickname on pretty much every board/site I frequent.  I'm nothing if not consistent.  ;D 

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Ever read the Harry Turtledove WW2 alternate history with the alien invasion? :)
Hubby has a copy but I've not read it yet...it's on the list, though!  ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 23, 2009, 04:04:18 PM
Incidentally Beria, seen that episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia about Dennis and Dee's grandfather?
No....but I'll have to look it up.  :)
First season, fourth or fifth episode. :)

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 24, 2009, 07:27:02 PM
Interesting, I always associated that name with the NKVD's "Beria," but thought it a coincidence.
Many don't know who he was.  Many more think I'm just weird for using it as my nickname on pretty much every board/site I frequent.  I'm nothing if not consistent.  ;D 

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Ever read the Harry Turtledove WW2 alternate history with the alien invasion? :)
Hubby has a copy but I've not read it yet...it's on the list, though!  ;)

lberia sounded familiar from somewhere, but i have no idea where...and my screen name is better  :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on July 24, 2009, 11:45:48 PM
A non-profit organization that helps the blind... by reading descriptions of porn clips to them:

http://pornfortheblind.org

The weirdest charity you'll encounter all week.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on July 25, 2009, 10:08:05 AM
A non-profit organization that helps the blind... by reading descriptions of porn clips to them:

http://pornfortheblind.org

The weirdest charity you'll encounter all week.

Wow.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 26, 2009, 05:19:25 PM
A non-profit organization that helps the blind... by reading descriptions of porn clips to them:

http://pornfortheblind.org

The weirdest charity you'll encounter all week.
As a person who has had to have books read on tape (during college before I was able to have surgery to help my eyes) I find this intriguing and disturbing at the same time.  ;D  It's a good idea, though.....like 3D porn magazines.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2009, 05:29:13 PM
Did anyone listen to any of the files?

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 26, 2009, 05:34:36 PM
Did anyone listen to any of the files?
I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate me.....

Actually, yes and it wasn't that exciting....especially when one of the gals kept giggling through the opening description....but the theory is sound.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on July 27, 2009, 01:40:00 AM
Did anyone listen to any of the files?
I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate me.....

Actually, yes and it wasn't that exciting....especially when one of the gals kept giggling through the opening description....but the theory is sound.

Now I'm thinking of downloading one and using it as my answering machine message.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2009, 05:23:00 AM
The second clip on the list is an absolute hoot, nice and matter of fact about it all. Now that's smoking hot!  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on July 27, 2009, 02:22:54 PM
I am familiar with movies for the blind where a narrator basically voices over the movie letting the blind know what is happening on screen that is important to the movie but in that case you are listening to the audio of the movie and dialogue. This site seems to avoid any sound from the video portion (probably because of legal reasons) so I just don't get it.  I guess they give you a www address so theoretically maybe you could go to that site and listen to the video while you cue up the commentary a la rifftrax...  Hey.....   >:D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 29, 2009, 03:33:03 PM
We South Carolinians ain't too bright n' the head ::)

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Police: South Carolina Man Charged With Having Sex With Horse
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 


COLUMBIA, South Carolina —  A South Carolina man was charged with having sex with a horse after the animal's owner caught the act on videotape, then staked out the stable and caught him at shotgun point, authorities said Wednesday.

But this wasn't the first time Rodell Vereen has been charged. He pleaded guilty last year to having sex with the same horse after owner Barbara Kenley found him in the same stable. Then he was sentenced to probation and placed on the state's sex offender list.

Kenley said she noticed several weeks ago that her 21-year-old horse Sugar was acting strange and getting infections. She noticed things in the barn had been moved around — dirt piled up and bales of hay stacked near the horse's stall at her Lazy B Stables in Longs, about 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.

"Police kept telling me it couldn't be the same guy," Kenley said Wednesday. "I couldn't believe that there were two guys going around doing this to the same horse."

She spent several nights at the stables, which are about 4 miles from her home, but didn't find anything. So she installed surveillance cameras, and when she reviewed the footage from July 19, she couldn't believe she was seeing the same man doing the same thing to her horse.

Kenley didn't call police because she was certain the man would come back to the stable, and she wanted to make sure he was arrested. So she staked out the barn and caught Vereen inside Monday night, chasing him to his truck and holding him with her shotgun until police came.

"He said he wasn't there to do anything, and I said, 'I know you were. I have you on tape.' And then he said he was sorry if he hurt me," Kenley said.

Vereen, 50, was first charged with trespassing, but police added a buggery charge after watching the surveillance tape.

He faces up to five years if convicted. Vereen was already on probation after pleading guilty to buggery last year and was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to stay away from the Lazy B Stables and declared a sex offender.

He remains in jail, awaiting a hearing Monday to determine if he violated his probation.

Vereen has had mental problems for several years, but seemed to get better after getting court-ordered treatment last year, said his brother, the Rev. James Vereen, who lives just down the street from his brother and the stables.

"He's done all right when he was on the medicine. I don't know if he is still taking it," said James Vereen, who added his brother has kept to himself a lot in the last few months.

Kenley pointed out that she caught Vereen in 2007, too. him then too. She stopped by her stable on Thanksgiving Day and found a man asleep in the hay by her horse, who had been locked in her stall, a mound of dirt and a stool behind her.

She said she thought about shooting Vereen both times, but didn't want to go to prison.

"Everyone around here has horses," Kenley said. "And they all said the same thing. You should have shot him."
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on July 29, 2009, 03:37:36 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 29, 2009, 03:39:00 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?
I guess.. I wouldn't know either way :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2009, 03:41:20 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?

Yep, oddly it has a different legal meaning than "sodomy" being, as it is, only one specific type of sodomy.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 29, 2009, 03:42:46 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?

Yep, oddly it has a different legal meaning than "sodomy" being, as it is, only one specific type of sodomy.
Guess it involves Bugs, cause they did mention the Horse was getting infections.. :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on July 29, 2009, 05:13:25 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?

Yep, oddly it has a different legal meaning than "sodomy" being, as it is, only one specific type of sodomy.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Spoiler is there only because some are sensitive about that type of information.  And, no, I didn't know the definition first-hand but had a friend who has tried those types of cases tell me.  ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2009, 05:34:00 PM
Is "Buggery" a legal term?

Yep, oddly it has a different legal meaning than "sodomy" being, as it is, only one specific type of sodomy.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Spoiler is there only because some are sensitive about that type of information.  And, no, I didn't know the definition first-hand but had a friend who has tried those types of cases tell me.  ;)

Bingo. :)

And to RVR's point I seem to recall the origin of the word is some corruption of a specific heretical christian sect from the tenth or eleventh century via the French and at its heart means "Bulgarian".
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 29, 2009, 05:35:07 PM
EWW!! :gouge:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2009, 05:38:20 PM
I know! South Eastern European nationality, gross!  ;)

EDIT: Geography; not one of my better subjects.  :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on July 30, 2009, 05:37:06 AM
While hard to narrow down to just one part, I think the strangest part of that story was that he was only after THAT particular horse again and again. 

"I couldn't believe that there were two guys going around doing this to the same horse."
Really? 

"...she noticed several weeks ago that her 21-year-old horse Sugar was acting strange and getting infections."
THAT part is what made me say "ewww.."
Not that there aren't plenty of other "ewww" points - like the hay stacked next to the horse? ick.

Five years? You know this guy is in for some rough times in jail though when the other inmates find out what he's there for.  I hope he gets some serious psychiatric help.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on July 31, 2009, 06:55:50 AM
Sure glad this didn't happen to us a month ago.. :o

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Mexico Shuts Cancun Beach, Alleges Sand Was Stolen

Friday, July 31, 2009

   July 30: A tourist climbs over police tape after Mexican federal environmental authorities and navy sailors closed a section of beach.

MEXICO CITY —  Surprised tourists found their little piece of Cancun beach paradise ringed by crime-scene tape and gun-toting sailors on Thursday.

Environmental enforcement officers backed by Mexican navy personnel closed off hundreds of feet of powder-white coastline in front of a hotel accused of illegally accumulating sand on its beach.

Mexico spent $19 million to replace Cancun beaches washed away by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But much of the sand pumped from the sea floor has since washed away, leading some property owners to build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely shifts sand loss to beaches below the breakwaters.

"Today we made the decision to close this stretch of ill-gotten, illegally accumulated sand," said Patricio Patron, Mexico's attorney general for environmental protection. "This hotel was telling its tourists: 'Come here, I have sand ... the other hotels don't, because I stole it."'

Patron said five people were detained in a raid for allegedly using pumps to move sand from the sea floor onto the beach in front of the Gran Caribe Real Hotel. The hotel is also suspected of illegally building a breakwater that impeded the natural flow of sand onto other hotels' beaches, he said.

An employee of the hotel's marketing office said nobody was available to comment on the allegations. Authorities said the hotel owner ignored previous orders to remove the breakwater.

A knot of angry tourists gathered around the closed beach.

Some were irked by the sight of police tape and "Closed" signs.

Maria Bachino, a travel agent from Rocha, Uruguay, said by telephone that she had booked a beachfront room in Cancun, only to find herself cut off from the clear, bathub-temperature waters that lure millions to Cancun each year.

"They promised us a beach," said Bachino. "This is very unpleasant, we feel bad. This is intimidating," she said of the armed navy personnel who participated in the raid.

Patron said he regretted any inconvenience for tourists, but said the government is planning projects to restore beaches throughout Cancun in an orderly, environmentally responsible way.

"I apologize to the tourists for this problem, but it is a question of enforcing the law," Patron said.
 
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 01, 2009, 05:28:55 AM
And lawyers wonder why people hate them....

Quote
Attorneys dispute whether severed head is enough for a murder trial
By Paula McMahon, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
7:49 PM EDT, July 31, 2009

These facts are undisputed in the slaying of Lorraine Hatzakorzian: 12 days before her severed head was found floating in a canal on the western edge of Broward County, she bought a money order at a Waldbaum's store on Long Island.

Broward prosecutors said that even though it's unclear where the 41-year-old was killed, the only part of her body that was recovered was found here and that under Florida law, that is sufficient to prosecute the two men charged here with her murder.

The defense argued that her body wasn't recovered and that it's more likely she was killed in New York. They hope Circuit Judge Michael Gates will rule that Broward prosecutors don't have legal jurisdiction to prosecute the case.

In New York, where the victim lived before vanishing in April 2007, authorities said they have even less grounds to prosecute because none of her remains were found there.

"The question is if we don't know where someone got murdered, do you get away with murder?" said Broward prosecutor David Frankel.

Robert Mackey, 41, and Paul Trucchio, 35, of New York, have been held without bail in a Broward jail on charges of second-degree murder and being an accessory to a crime after the fact.
........

Investigators had little to go on when the head was found floating along with a plastic bag in a canal at Mile Marker 35.7 along Alligator Alley on April 28, 2007. The bag was from Waldbaum's, a New York chain store.

Three months later, a witness told a detective that two of his Volusia County motel roommates, Mackey and Trucchio, had bragged about murdering a woman and dumping her body parts. The witness said he saw the men using bleach and acid to clean a truck and told police where the license plate was discarded.

Detectives then found that police had stopped Mackey and Trucchio in Daytona Shores driving the victim's truck three days after the head was found.

They also learned that Hatzakorzian's mother had reported her missing.

Using a DNA sample from the head, detectives were able to identify the victim as Hatzakorzian, of Mastic, N.Y.

They said they learned that the victim did drugs with Mackey and Trucchio and that the trio had worked together using her truck and the men's tree-trimming equipment.

Other witnesses testified that Mackey and Trucchio gave various accounts. According to prosecutors, some said the men claimed they killed her in New York and disposed of most of her remains there or en route to Florida. Other witnesses said she was killed along the way and body parts were discarded in several states, prosecutors said. Still other witnesses suggested she was killed and dumped in Florida.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on August 02, 2009, 02:32:46 PM
Not necessarily weird news... but interesting

Organic food no more nutritious than conventionally grown food
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A comprehensive review of research comparing the nutritional content of food that was organically raised with food produced with the use of synthetic pesticides has found no significant differences between the two. Conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the study is the first to bring a heated debate over the value of organic food to a rigorous conclusion. It is published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"Our review indicates there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organic over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority," said Alan Dangour of the London School's Public Health Intervention Research Unit.

Surveying 50,000 studies conducted over 50 years, the authors focused on 55 that met their standards of scientific rigor. The studies that led to the group's controversial conclusions covered a wide range of crops and livestock that are raised and marketed under organic standards. For 10 out of 13 food crops studied, the researchers found no significant differences. Where they did find differences, those were attributed to differences in fertilizer use (say, the use of nitrogen vs. phosphorus) and the ripeness level at which the crops were harvested. The authors judged the differences observed "unlikely" to "provide any health benefit" to consumers.

The study was commissioned and funded by Britain's Food Standards Agency, the governmental office that regulates food production and sales in Britain.

Estimated to have surpassed the $23-billion mark last year, sales of organic food in the United States have grown sharply in the last 20 years, fueled by consumers' concerns about pesticide exposure, damage to the environment and the nutritional value of food raised by conventional means. The study released today will likely do little to allay the first two fears. But for those who pay premiums for organic food in the belief it is richer in nutrients, the new analysis is likely to be a blow.

The authors did not address taste or freshness, an area unlikely to yield to science anytime soon
(source LA Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/07/organic-food-no-more-nutritious-than-conventionallyraised-study-finds.html) 29 July '09 )
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 02, 2009, 02:34:56 PM
About the only organic product I normally get is 1% milk.    My family all did a taste test between regular and organic and everyone, by a large margin, liked the organic better.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 02, 2009, 03:18:01 PM
Not necessarily weird news... but interesting

Organic food no more nutritious than conventionally grown food
Quote
A comprehensive review of research comparing the nutritional content of food that was organically raised with food produced with the use of synthetic pesticides has found no significant differences between the two. Conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the study is the first to bring a heated debate over the value of organic food to a rigorous conclusion. It is published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"Our review indicates there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organic over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority," said Alan Dangour of the London School's Public Health Intervention Research Unit.

Surveying 50,000 studies conducted over 50 years, the authors focused on 55 that met their standards of scientific rigor. The studies that led to the group's controversial conclusions covered a wide range of crops and livestock that are raised and marketed under organic standards. For 10 out of 13 food crops studied, the researchers found no significant differences. Where they did find differences, those were attributed to differences in fertilizer use (say, the use of nitrogen vs. phosphorus) and the ripeness level at which the crops were harvested. The authors judged the differences observed "unlikely" to "provide any health benefit" to consumers.

The study was commissioned and funded by Britain's Food Standards Agency, the governmental office that regulates food production and sales in Britain.

Estimated to have surpassed the $23-billion mark last year, sales of organic food in the United States have grown sharply in the last 20 years, fueled by consumers' concerns about pesticide exposure, damage to the environment and the nutritional value of food raised by conventional means. The study released today will likely do little to allay the first two fears. But for those who pay premiums for organic food in the belief it is richer in nutrients, the new analysis is likely to be a blow.

The authors did not address taste or freshness, an area unlikely to yield to science anytime soon
(source LA Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/07/organic-food-no-more-nutritious-than-conventionallyraised-study-finds.html) 29 July '09 )

This is a straw man argument against organic foods.  At least it admits it at the end of the article.  But proponents of organic foods aren't arguing that it's more nutritious.  These foods have been genetically modified and coated with chemicals to preserve all the nutrition and quantity possible. Though it's funny, just because something is nutritious doesn't mean it's good for you.  These cows might be the most nutritious meat in the history of the world, but if it's infested with e coli from being fed corn its hole life then it makes little difference how nutritious it is, it'll still going to kill you.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on August 02, 2009, 06:37:20 PM
It is a bit of a one sided argument... All that I can tell about the Organic mode of thinking is that this article will bring them down a notch... Their point of view isn't presented, and if it is, it isn't clear...

Luckily, I have all I need to know right here (http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/buying-food)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on August 02, 2009, 07:08:28 PM
It is a bit of a one sided argument... All that I can tell about the Organic mode of thinking is that this article will bring them down a notch... Their point of view isn't presented, and if it is, it isn't clear...

Luckily, I have all I need to know right here (http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/buying-food)

heh heh.  Here's the thing (ie: my rant)  though.  Organic producers, promoters and distributors DO either say or imply that organic food is better than conventionally grown food.  There is an, at least, implied idea that it is better FOR you, not simply better tasting.  I would hope that an actual evidence-based study would put this idea to rest but for some people it will not. 

Saying that it is better tasting is something else entirely.  That may be true, but whether people will want to pay more for carrots that taste marginally better is something I think is debatable, especially when taste is so subjective.

The environmental argument is the strongest one for organic produce, but it's not the only factor in determining environmental friendliness.  How many people are going to Whole Foods to buy organic kiwi that were produced in Central America and shipped hundreds of miles in ships, trucks etc to get to the store? Buying a pesticide-using apple from the next state is more environmentally friendly than buying that organic kiwi.  And I think that this is the part that pisses me off about the whole organic movement.  It implies something that is not true and essentially turns grocery shopping for food, something that should be a great leveler,  into a class issue.  I'd just prefer that we had stores that focused on environmental friendliness than trendy labels and certifications.
<end rant>
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 02, 2009, 09:10:51 PM
I thought the benefit of organic food was that it didn't contain all the pesticides, preservatives, and other additives that conventional food has. It has nothing to do with extra nutrition or even environmental concerns. It's just better for you not to take all those chemicals in to your body over the long run. That's how it was explained to me when I worked at Whole Foods, anyway.

And it tastes better.

It just costs twice as much (or more)  . . . which is why I don't buy organic all that much - even when I worked at Whole Foods. They pay better than your average grocery store, but not that much more.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 03, 2009, 05:19:06 AM
How many people are going to Whole Foods to buy organic kiwi that were produced in Central America and shipped hundreds of miles in ships, trucks etc to get to the store?
Not sure about Whole Foods elsewhere in the country but the ones I shop at provide most produce from either this state or from states that grow a particular fruit of vegetable (California in the case of Kiwis, MI doesn't really have the conditions to grow them all that well).

A ton of the produce I use is locally and organically grown.

But you know I don't really care what other people do with their shopping one way or the other. It's kind of like a brand thing really. I like those things you like another, it's really not an issue unless one wants to make it an issue.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 03, 2009, 07:17:11 AM
I buy it because I like those particular brands.  :-\

Nobody's forcing you to buy them.  :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 03, 2009, 08:35:58 AM
I buy it because I like those particular brands.  :-\

Nobody's forcing you to buy them.  :)

I am often forced to buy organic milk at gun point.


'Hey, I know you like the taste of the organic milk better already, but buy it or else!!!"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on August 03, 2009, 08:38:03 AM
I buy it because I like those particular brands.  :-\

Nobody's forcing you to buy them.  :)

I am often forced to buy organic milk at gun point.


'Hey, I know you like the taste of the organic milk better already, but buy it or else!!!"

My wife has other more subtle, malicious ways to force me to comply with her organic-only mandate.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 03, 2009, 09:51:46 AM
I buy it because I like those particular brands.  :-\

Nobody's forcing you to buy them.  :)

One of my wife's friends has all sorts of bizarre, paranoid delusions about just any topic you could mention. Lately it's been food, so I hear about it at mealtimes ad nauseam.  No, I'm not being forced to buy it, but I sure have to hear about it.

oh, oh, oh, please share.

I like reading about other's odd rantings and thoughts.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: stansimpson on August 03, 2009, 10:31:25 AM
I buy it because I like those particular brands.  :-\

Nobody's forcing you to buy them.  :)

One of my wife's friends has all sorts of bizarre, paranoid delusions about just any topic you could mention. Lately it's been food, so I hear about it at mealtimes ad nauseam.  No, I'm not being forced to buy it, but I sure have to hear about it.
An introduction to Snopes.com sounds in order.  Gentlemen, deploy the Urban Legend Destroyer!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 03, 2009, 10:32:30 AM
"My wife told me, 'You got cooped-up chicken.  Go get free-range chicken.'  All chickens are cooped-up chickens.  I don't remember the herds of chickens that wandered this land." -- paraphrased from Bill Engvall

Well, I have to totally agree with his argument afterwards when he explains to his wife how nasty chickens are.  I've had them and they eat EVERYTHING (poop and all) that's on the ground.  If they're in a cage you can regulate the food and the poop drops to another level.

I even had a friend (and insane person but friend nontheless) who kept chickens in her apartment because she was afraid the neighbor's dog would get them.  When it did, she took them to the vet for skin graphs and IV pain therapy (I am NOT making this up!).  She was not an "organic eater" -- just weird.

Plus, some "organic" foods are not that at all.  In Missouri, to be listed as "organic free-range turkey" the cage the turkey lives in has to have it's door open for one hour.  If the turkey stays in or goes out it doesn't make a differenct but the cage door has to be open for one complete hour and then it's "organic free-range."   ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 03, 2009, 10:38:07 AM
Cooped up chickens are chickens that have no room to even turn around in their cages.  I drive past 3 full pens of these chickens while delivering mail.  The smell is the worst kind of shit smell there is, including human.  The ammonia makes your eyes water even from the road way.  We raised hogs on our acreage, and the smell of hog shit is nothing compared to the chicken shit smell.  Just imagining that that is the kind of chicken I eat mostly makes me sick.  We had chickens that just hung out around the outside of the house, and when we slaughtered them they tasted different...it's hard to explain why.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 03, 2009, 12:05:39 PM
when we slaughtered them they tasted different...it's hard to explain why.

Well stress tend to flush the body with certain chemicals. An animal that lives most of it's life with high levels of stress will have a greater inundation of those chemicals.

C.f. Kobe beef.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 03, 2009, 12:08:55 PM
If you've never worked in a slaughterhouse or had to slaughter your own food, you'd never want to eat meat again if you see some of the conditions in today's packing plants.  Upton Sinclair's The Jungle ring a bell?

And, yes, chicken plants stink like you've never smelled before.  There are LOTS around here and a processing plant in the town where my mom lives.  But, chicken is yummy and I'm not allowed to have livestock in the city limits of my new town (and I'm NOT keeping them in my hotel bathroom, either) so I'll still eat it even though it's processed.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2009, 05:24:46 AM
Quote
Cheating Wisconsin Man Allegedly Bound, Assaulted by Scorned Lovers

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

   
WAUSAU, Wis. —  A married man who planned to rendezvous with one of his handful of lovers at an eastern Wisconsin motel instead found himself bound, blindfolded and assaulted by a group of women out for revenge, according to court documents.

Four women, including his wife, eventually showed up to humiliate the man, who ended up with his penis glued to his stomach in a bizarre plot to punish him for a lover's quadrangle gone bad, according to the documents filed in Calumet County.

Now it's the women who face punishment, perhaps six years in prison, and at least one said Monday the story has gotten twisted and she's embarrassed.

"I am disturbed. I am upset. I am having a hard time handling life; an emotional wreck," Wendy Sewell, 43, of Kaukauna, said in a telephone interview from her home. "I am ashamed."

Sewell, Therese Ziemann, 48, of Menasha, Michelle Belliveau, 43, of Neenah, and the man's wife are charged with being party to false imprisonment, a felony. Ziemann also is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.

The women are free on $200 cash bails. Investigators say all the women but Belliveau were romantically involved with the man. Online court records didn't list defense attorneys for any of the women Monday.

The Associated Press is not naming the man's wife to protect his identity as an alleged victim of sexual assault.

The women's plot for revenge unfolded last Thursday at the Lakeview Motel about 30 miles southwest of Green Bay in the tiny village of Stockbridge near the scenic shores of Lake Winnebago.

Criminal complaints filed Friday allege the man agreed to be bound with "sheer sheets" and blindfolded with a pillowcase for a "rub down" by Ziemann. She instead cut off his underwear with a scissors and summoned the others to the room with a text message.

Ziemann struck the man in the face, and used Krazy Glue to attach his penis to his stomach when the other women arrived, according to the complaints. The man told investigators he also was threatened with a gun. Ziemann told investigators she didn't have a gun but may have told the victim, "Do you know how much I want to shoot you?"

He started screaming and the women rushed off fearful that he could get loose and hurt them but allegedly took his wallet, vehicle and cell phone.

Ziemann told investigators she met the man online through Craigslist, fell in love and paid for his use of a room at the motel for the past two months. She said she gave him about $3,000. Then last Wednesday, she learned from the man's wife that he was married, had other girlfriends and was "using them for money." She expected the money to be repaid, according to the documents.

During Thursday's confrontation with the man, Ziemann told investigators Sewell asked him, "Which one do you love more?" and the man's wife made a derisive remark about him being scared.

The man got free from the bed by chewing through one of his bindings, went outside and borrowed a telephone from the motel owner to call police.

Ziemann and Belliveau are sisters and Belliveau didn't do anything wrong, Sewell said Monday. "She was just there for moral support. She wasn't even dating the guy. She stood at the door the whole time and didn't participate or nothing."

Ziemann's husband answered the telephone at their home and declined comment. There was no telephone listing for Belliveau.

The man had no telephone listing in Fond du Lac.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 04, 2009, 07:15:41 AM
Let that be a lesson.....to you!  ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 04, 2009, 08:54:24 AM
Angels Revenge!

I love the "she was just standing by the door, did not do anything".    Yeah, good luck with THAT defense.

So, these women will get, at minimum, a suspended sentence and a low grade felony on their record, and at most, time in prison.    The loser guy will be found out by his friends and humiliated for life.   And, since he sounds like a loser, probably will end up living under a bridge.

All around class!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 04, 2009, 09:28:45 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)
Wow!  I mean I have heard of some stupid lawsuits but.......Wow.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2009, 09:30:52 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)
Wow!  I mean I have heard of some stupid lawsuits but.......Wow.
Maybe I should try this with my worthless History degree I got 9 years ago :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 04, 2009, 09:35:23 AM
She has a business degree. I'm glad she's unemployed!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 04, 2009, 09:35:47 AM
So how many jokes do you think John Steward and David Letterman will get out of this suit?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jasimon1 on August 04, 2009, 10:19:04 AM
Come on guys! She had a 2.7 GPA for pete sake. Companies should be beating down her door to get to her. Maybe I should sue my alma mater for helping me get a job I hated. It's thier fault for getting me the job, right?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 04, 2009, 10:25:35 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)
Wow!  I mean I have heard of some stupid lawsuits but.......Wow.

"As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record"

Wow, she is a C student who does not skip class, HIRE HER.

Seriously, with this attitude, she will NEVER make it in the real world.   Lord.........
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 04, 2009, 10:29:55 AM
Someone needs to slap here,hard!

Last time I checked we were at 9.5% unemployment,you are not going to find a job in three months.  My last job hunt lasted 9 months.  Also how is it the school's job to find her a job,isn't that the person who wants a job's job? This is the dumbest thing I have read in a while.  What if it becomes a national trend.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 11:51:44 AM
I'm with RVRII. Where's my money for my worthless Psychology BA? Hell, I'd settle for my school loans being paid off.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 04, 2009, 12:00:54 PM
I'm with RVRII. Where's my money for my worthless Psychology BA? Hell, I'd settle for my school loans being paid off.
I'm in line with you on the loans part!!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FordPrefect on August 04, 2009, 12:14:37 PM
I'm with RVRII. Where's my money for my worthless Psychology BA? Hell, I'd settle for my school loans being paid off.
I'm in line with you on the loans part!!

You aren't the only ones who couldn't find a job with your degree. I know this won't happen anytime soon, but I wish colleges would focus on majors that will actually help students get jobs. They could at least give a lot of early warning about a degree before you get it. One of my professors didn't let us know how bad it was going to be for us to find jobs until after we'd been going after the major for three or four years. Thanks pal. I'm not going to sue anybody about it though.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 04, 2009, 12:38:29 PM
Wait you didn't do any research of your own before choosing your major.  Now granted I haven't had the money to go to collage but that seems like it would be the first thing you do before choosing a major.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2009, 12:51:03 PM

I'm with RVRII. Where's my money for my worthless Psychology BA? Hell, I'd settle for my school loans being paid off.
I'm in line with you on the loans part!!

Yeah, I'd be THRILLED If I could just get my Damn student loans paid for :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: pezdrake on August 04, 2009, 12:58:53 PM
Attention fellow sociology majors!  ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 01:11:43 PM
Attention fellow sociology majors!  ::)

Yep. Unless you want to work as a social worker or in human resources, repent from your dead end major. My major of psychology is even worse. All that does is set you up for graduate work.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 01:25:44 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 01:29:51 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2009, 01:31:51 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 01:35:44 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:

Well, that's what decent credit and a little ambition will get you. I've always been a little low on the drive meter and after having to live on credit cards while at school, my credit is shot all to hell.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 04, 2009, 01:37:59 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:

Well, that's what decent credit and a little ambition will get you. I've always been a little low on the drive meter and after having to live on credit cards while at school, my credit is shot all to hell.
Ah.. Yeah, the best GPA can be totally screwed by a bad credit report.. :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 01:40:17 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:

Well, that's what decent credit and a little ambition will get you. I've always been a little low on the drive meter and after having to live on credit cards while at school, my credit is shot all to hell.

well i'm a bit of a realist when it comes to money: no i won't make money writing until i actually publish something and then it would take  a while, so day job it is.  i also know that i dont know shit about running a small business (another one of my future possibilities) and that running it would cause me to not have time for anything else, so day job it is :P until i make a sizable beginning on either one of those possibilities. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 03:50:18 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:

Well, that's what decent credit and a little ambition will get you. I've always been a little low on the drive meter and after having to live on credit cards while at school, my credit is shot all to hell.

well i'm a bit of a realist when it comes to money: no i won't make money writing until i actually publish something and then it would take  a while, so day job it is.  i also know that i dont know shit about running a small business (another one of my future possibilities) and that running it would cause me to not have time for anything else, so day job it is :P until i make a sizable beginning on either one of those possibilities. :)

I'd love to have my own business, but horrible credit and a lack of marketable skills is a huge hinderance to that goal. I've considered getting training to be certified as a computer hardware technician, but it costs over $2,000 for three semesters of training at a nearby community college and I'd have to pay that out of my own pocket because it seems that I've tapped my limit in grants and loans for undergraduate work. So yeah, I'm kinda stuck in a rut here.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 04:29:29 PM
hey i got an english degree and had a better gpa than her and work at a grocery store, lol, she should get over it :P

Oh, I'm there with you - 3.3 GPA, 32 years old . . . stocker at Walmart.  :grr:
Gees! My GPA was worse and I run a small business :speechless:

Well, that's what decent credit and a little ambition will get you. I've always been a little low on the drive meter and after having to live on credit cards while at school, my credit is shot all to hell.

well i'm a bit of a realist when it comes to money: no i won't make money writing until i actually publish something and then it would take  a while, so day job it is.  i also know that i dont know shit about running a small business (another one of my future possibilities) and that running it would cause me to not have time for anything else, so day job it is :P until i make a sizable beginning on either one of those possibilities. :)

I'd love to have my own business, but horrible credit and a lack of marketable skills is a huge hinderance to that goal. I've considered getting training to be certified as a computer hardware technician, but it costs over $2,000 for three semesters of training at a nearby community college and I'd have to pay that out of my own pocket because it seems that I've tapped my limit in grants and loans for undergraduate work. So yeah, I'm kinda stuck in a rut here.

yep having only worked in customer service/grocery, my skills are rather limited, but i can do anything as long as it pays a fair amount.  i just need to kick myself in the ass and finish the 2nd draft of my novella.

oh and i've looked into getting another degree: an a.s. in business of some sort, but at the moment, i would far rather get out of the central valley.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 04, 2009, 06:06:26 PM
Could you work at a winery, the Central Valley has some fairly decent ones.

Oh wait Central Valley California not Chile. Never mind then.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 04, 2009, 06:12:38 PM
Could you work at a winery, the Central Valley has some fairly decent ones.

Oh wait Central Valley California not Chile. Never mind then.
There's been a lot of whining in California lately.  :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 06:50:38 PM
Could you work at a winery, the Central Valley has some fairly decent ones.

Oh wait Central Valley California not Chile. Never mind then.
There's been a lot of whining in California lately.  :rimshot:

*ignores the bad pun, trying to think of something worse :P * well i plan on moving away from CA so...

Could you work at a winery, the Central Valley has some fairly decent ones.

Oh wait Central Valley California not Chile. Never mind then.

i heard it's very cold over there in chile  :rimshot:  :P but there are some vineyards in the san janquin valley, not as many as around san francisco, but there are some...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FordPrefect on August 05, 2009, 12:25:50 PM
Wait you didn't do any research of your own before choosing your major.  Now granted I haven't had the money to go to collage but that seems like it would be the first thing you do before choosing a major.

I did perform research on my own. Heck, I wasn't even asking for a job above entry level with my degree. Unfortunately things got worse in the job market the longer I was in college.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 05, 2009, 12:34:12 PM
Well I still don't see how that is anyone at the school's fault.  I really hope this gets thrown out.  It's only been three months for crying out loud.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 05, 2009, 12:37:47 PM
Well I still don't see how that is anyone at the school's fault.  I really hope this gets thrown out.  It's only been three months for crying out loud.
If by some Crazy 'Fluke' it actually holds up and she wins, It Could spur a rush of grads demanding refunds on their tuitions and/or student loans (Including Me!) :o
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 05, 2009, 12:39:57 PM
But then a bunch of collages will either close down or get insurance.

If they get insurance the cost will go way up.  That's bad for everyone.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 05, 2009, 12:42:17 PM
But then a bunch of collages will either close down or get insurance.

If they get insurance the cost will go way up.  That's bad for everyone.
Well, tuition at our local university has gone up a few thousand dollars every year since I can remember..

I seriously don't think it'll pass anyway, but Hey! I can Dream :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FordPrefect on August 06, 2009, 12:21:21 AM
Well I still don't see how that is anyone at the school's fault.  I really hope this gets thrown out.  It's only been three months for crying out loud.

I never said it was entirely the school's fault or that the case shouldn't be thrown out. I'm just saying that there's a growing feeling of disenchantment among a lot of people in my generation when it comes to the topic of college and whether it actually helps you get a job these days. This is just one of it's consequences. If things stay the way they are, I think there might be a decrease in the number of parents and grandparents who encourage their children to attend.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 06, 2009, 01:26:42 AM
Well I still don't see how that is anyone at the school's fault.  I really hope this gets thrown out.  It's only been three months for crying out loud.

I never said it was entirely the school's fault or that the case shouldn't be thrown out. I'm just saying that there's a growing feeling of disenchantment among a lot of people in my generation when it comes to the topic of college and whether it actually helps you get a job these days. This is just one of it's consequences. If things stay the way they are, I think there might be a decrease in the number of parents and grandparents who encourage their children to attend.

I know for certain that with my nigh worthless piece of paper that cost me $30K . . . okay, it cost the government $30K and me someday . . . I'll tell my kids that if they're not absolutely sure what they want to do to go to community college first, get an Associate degree, and then if they're still not sure, leave it there and just start working. I really hope that my kids end up having a much better idea of what they want to do than I do even today, almost 6 years after my BA.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 06, 2009, 05:30:47 AM
Well I still don't see how that is anyone at the school's fault.  I really hope this gets thrown out.  It's only been three months for crying out loud.

I never said it was entirely the school's fault or that the case shouldn't be thrown out. I'm just saying that there's a growing feeling of disenchantment among a lot of people in my generation when it comes to the topic of college and whether it actually helps you get a job these days. This is just one of it's consequences. If things stay the way they are, I think there might be a decrease in the number of parents and grandparents who encourage their children to attend.

I know for certain that with my nigh worthless piece of paper that cost me $30K . . . okay, it cost the government $30K and me someday . . . I'll tell my kids that if they're not absolutely sure what they want to do to go to community college first, get an Associate degree, and then if they're still not sure, leave it there and just start working. I really hope that my kids end up having a much better idea of what they want to do than I do even today, almost 6 years after my BA.

That's what I did.  My oldest son is starting his junior year in college at a 4-year school after taking 2 years at a local community college.  He was going to get his Associate's but decided to go all the way for a BFA (just like Mom  :)) when he realized he couldn't get a job without it in the local markets.  However, I have told him to be careful and really think about what he wants to do with it since here I sit working for the government not doing anything related to my degree and while it pays well (when we have work to do) not everyone can get a job like that right out of college.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 06:15:40 AM
Man the world is just nuts.  I once went in for an interview at Dunkin Donuts and things were going fine until the manager found out I didn't have any college degrees he then told me that they don't hire anyone who has "only completed highschool".  True story.  So it always seemed to me that if I could have afforded college it would have been worth,you guys are making me rethink that.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 06:19:38 AM
Man the world is just nuts.  I once went in for an interview at Dunkin Donuts and things were going fine until the manager found out I didn't have any college degrees he then told me that they don't hire anyone who has "only completed highschool".  True story.  So it always seemed to me that if I could have afforded college it would have been worth,you guys are making me rethink that.
DUNKIN DONUTS IS LOOKIN FOR COLLEGE GRADS ONLY?!?! :scared:

Man! I had No Idea it took Rocket Scientists to play with dough and put sweet stuff on them ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 06:24:22 AM
Well that was about two years ago but it's true.  The guy told me that it looked like I had the job he then asked me what I had gone to college for I told him nothing because no one in my family has the money he then told me that.  Every word that I typed is true.  Needless to say I was shocked.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 06, 2009, 06:30:16 AM
Man the world is just nuts.  I once went in for an interview at Dunkin Donuts and things were going fine until the manager found out I didn't have any college degrees he then told me that they don't hire anyone who has "only completed highschool".  True story.  So it always seemed to me that if I could have afforded college it would have been worth,you guys are making me rethink that.
DUNKIN DONUTS IS LOOKIN FOR COLLEGE GRADS ONLY?!?! :scared:

Man! I had No Idea it took Rocket Scientists to play with dough and put sweet stuff on them ::)

I can totally see that.   Their doughnuts are perfect circles and without higher geometery, how can you expect to make the perfect doughnut, or the advanced perfect doughnut hole?

That is just totally insane.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 06:30:28 AM
Well that was about two years ago but it's true.  The guy told me that it looked like I had the job he then asked me what I had gone to college for I told him nothing because no one in my family has the money he then told me that.  Every word that I typed is true.  Needless to say I was shocked.
That's sad really..
A few months back, the local Dunkin Donut shop sold us rock-hard donuts in the drive-thru and we didn't know it till we got home.. We never went back

If those were College students/grads, this country is in a world of hurt.. Wait a minute.. WE ARE IN A WORLD OF HURT!!! :scared: :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 06, 2009, 06:34:24 AM
I made donuts for a local bakery when I was still in elementary school!  Those pumps to put in the fillings are fun!  ;D

I guess Dunkin Donuts wants you to feel overly-underachieved when you're serving coffee and pastries to people with less formal education than you have, on top of the fact that you're working in a donut shop....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jasimon1 on August 06, 2009, 06:35:12 AM
My boyfriend was recently told he needed a college degree to be a janitor.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 06:39:42 AM
My boyfriend was recently told he needed a college degree to be a janitor.
Unreal! :speechless:

I guess I'm out of the loop these days  :-[
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 06, 2009, 06:44:01 AM
My boyfriend was recently told he needed a college degree to be a janitor.

Would that be an Engineering degree?    Custodial Engineering?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 06, 2009, 07:04:30 AM
Man the world is just nuts.  I once went in for an interview at Dunkin Donuts and things were going fine until the manager found out I didn't have any college degrees he then told me that they don't hire anyone who has "only completed highschool".  True story.  So it always seemed to me that if I could have afforded college it would have been worth,you guys are making me rethink that.
DUNKIN DONUTS IS LOOKIN FOR COLLEGE GRADS ONLY?!?! :scared:

Man! I had No Idea it took Rocket Scientists to play with dough and put sweet stuff on them ::)

I don't think they meant you had to have a degree, but were at least in school. Possibly because they'd rather hire part time (what busy students usually look for), or maybe they just want to see that you are at least motivated in some way instead of just finding a job straight out of high school. I'm pretty sure that got me into my current job, and I'm only working in a grocery store.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 07:16:22 AM
How are people supposed to pay for college if they don't have a job?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 07:19:27 AM
Well see providing funds for the education of people would be socialist and therefor cannot be done ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 07:20:03 AM
How are people supposed to pay for college if they don't have a job?
Apply for Federal student loans..
Then you'll have to worry about paying the gov't back after graduation (IT'S A TRAP!!!) :speechless:

Try for the Pell Grant at least.. That's non-refundable gov't money 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 07:29:31 AM
So in other words in America it's either take on massive duet or die in a gutter?

You can't get ahead with work any more.  If you ask me there should be some sort of cap on what colleges are allowed to charge or there should be some jobs where the company isn't allowed to require college.  I mean as hard as it may be for some people to believe their are some people who have such low incomes that they can't afford to just sit around four to eight years piling up duets after highschool. Some of us need jobs when we get out.  If you ask me it's a huge scam the colleges jack up their prices and then the people who went to the colleges set it up so that every job(except the ones they give to people who sneak over the border and work for slave pay)requires a college degree and then these same people loan the money through banks and so if you are not born wealthy you will spend most of your life in duet to the people who were.  Is that how it works?  Good grief.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 07:31:39 AM
So in other words in America it's either take on massive duet or die in a gutter?

Even worse, these people will be judging whether you live or die based on your duet:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/Forum%20Furniture/americas-got-talent56.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 07:33:35 AM
It's Debt there Doc..

Life sux, I know, but try to make the best out of a bad situation..
Go check out a 2 year tech school at least an see what you could qualify for.. :-\
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 07:34:32 AM
Darn it!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on August 06, 2009, 07:50:13 AM
Well see providing funds for the education of people would be socialist and therefor cannot be done ;)

  Interestingly, NM has a state scholarship for college awarded by default to High School students who graduate with a GPA of at least 2.0 courtesy of we the tax payers. Regardless,  NM continues to rank in at the very bottom nationally when it comes to all things education-centric. Just before I moved here, it was all over the news that NM was the "dumbest" state in the union.  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 07:51:30 AM
Well see providing funds for the education of people would be socialist and therefor cannot be done ;)

  Interestingly, NM has a state scholarship for college awarded by default to High School students who graduate with a GPA of at least 2.0 courtesy of we the tax payers. Regardless,  NM continues to rank in at the very bottom nationally when it comes to all things education-centric. Just before I moved here, it was all over the news that NM was the "dumbest" state in the union.  :D

Do the scholarships only apply if you are going to school in state?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 06, 2009, 08:46:31 AM
Most states have a program that based on your GPA or ACT/SAT scores you can get a 2-4 year scholarship if you attend a state-run college.  Pell Grants got me through most of my college career when I was a poor single-parent of a disabled child.  Once I got remarried I didn't qualify anymore because of our incomes (even though mine was sketchy recipts of child support when I was home with my youngest and only my hubby worked).  The nice thing is too if you submit the FAFSA (application for Federal Aid) early enough there are often supplemental grants in some states for those with (1) great need and (2) earliest applications.  I enjoyed getting those (when I qualified).  ;D

Also, work-study is an option but you'll only make minimum wage at those jobs.  I'm TRYING and TRYING to convince my oldest son to apply for one this year.  He had one his first year of school with the college's baseball team but since he's autistic and not "sporty" like the rest of the guys they made fun of him and he quit.  I told him that he'll have to suck it up (harsh, I know, but he's got to get some "toughness" to live in the "real world") and move-on by getting another job or many won't want to hire him since he "doesn't have previous work experience."  That one has always baffled me, too....
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 09:07:18 AM
Yeah when I started looking for part time work when I was 16 a lot of people told me that they couldn't hire me because I had never worked before.  How on earth are you supposed to get your first job?  What I have is a form of autistism I know what it's like to get picked on because of that,I'll be praying for your son.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 09:22:32 AM
yeah i looked up various office jobs and such and found that most wanted at least 6months experience working in an office...how am i supposed to gain that experience if they all have that prerequisite :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 09:25:01 AM
yeah i looked up various office jobs and such and found that most wanted at least 6months experience working in an office...how am i supposed to gain that experience if they all have that prerequisite :P
You're room could be considered your office :o
That's how I claim my experience ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 09:31:55 AM
yeah i looked up various office jobs and such and found that most wanted at least 6months experience working in an office...how am i supposed to gain that experience if they all have that prerequisite :P
You're room could be considered your office :o
That's how I claim my experience ;D

it's like, i can figure out any filing system, let along use pretty much any comp program across the three main os platforms, but because i haven't actually had any experience working in one, no dice :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on August 06, 2009, 09:40:38 AM
Sprint introduces a cell phone made of corn:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/sprint-goes-green-announces-eco-friendly-reclaim-qwerty-phone
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 06, 2009, 09:43:58 AM
yeah i looked up various office jobs and such and found that most wanted at least 6months experience working in an office...how am i supposed to gain that experience if they all have that prerequisite :P
You're room could be considered your office :o
That's how I claim my experience ;D

it's like, i can figure out any filing system, let along use pretty much any comp program across the three main os platforms, but because i haven't actually had any experience working in one, no dice :P

Yeah, that's the funny thing. To get just about any job anymore, you have to have both the education and actual work experience in that exact field. Which is why I can't even get a mail clerk job around here. It seems that everyone wants you to have experience at a job that is impossible to get experience in because no one will hire you without it. Which is why I'm working at Walmart instead of an office like I was hoping for.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 09:48:31 AM
Sprint introduces a cell phone made of corn:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/sprint-goes-green-announces-eco-friendly-reclaim-qwerty-phone
That's pretty corny right there.. :rimshot:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 06, 2009, 09:58:08 AM
Sprint introduces a cell phone made of corn:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/sprint-goes-green-announces-eco-friendly-reclaim-qwerty-phone
That's pretty corny right there.. :rimshot:
I want to see Brian Blessed do the commercial.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 06, 2009, 10:10:40 AM
Sprint introduces a cell phone made of corn:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/sprint-goes-green-announces-eco-friendly-reclaim-qwerty-phone

Nice. They should introduce a fucking phone that works as a phone while they're at it. No fucking camera, or keyboard, or music player; just a fucking PHONE. 

That's just crazy talk. A phone made out of corn makes sense, but one that only accepts and send calls? That's insane!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 10:23:31 AM

I'll bet they're good enough to eat though :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 06, 2009, 10:26:23 AM
Yeah, I know. Also, I hate clamshell phones. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
I hate non-flip phones, or any kind with buttons on the front. I've made countless call out of my pocket, then had to wait for the call back to explain what happened.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 06, 2009, 10:31:43 AM
Yeah, I know. Also, I hate clamshell phones. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
I hate non-flip phones, or any kind with buttons on the front. I've made countless call out of my pocket, then had to wait for the call back to explain what happened.


Yeah, that's why I went to a slide phone on my last upgrade. I like it. No having to flip the darn thing to talk on it and no accidental pocket calls. You can actually answer the phone without sliding it out, but I usually do anyway - it's a lot easier than flipping. Don't know how many times I dropped my flip phone trying to answer it quickly.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 06, 2009, 10:46:21 AM
Yeah, I know. Also, I hate clamshell phones. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
I hate non-flip phones, or any kind with buttons on the front. I've made countless call out of my pocket, then had to wait for the call back to explain what happened.


Yeah, that's why I went to a slide phone on my last upgrade. I like it. No having to flip the darn thing to talk on it and no accidental pocket calls. You can actually answer the phone without sliding it out, but I usually do anyway - it's a lot easier than flipping. Don't know how many times I dropped my flip phone trying to answer it quickly.
I just got rid of my flip phone because it was breaking down from being flipped open and close so much (as well as me dropping it!).  I got the Matrix that slides up for dialing and over for texting.  Yeah, it's goofy but it doesn't allow "butt-dialing" as much as those with the touchscreens.

Yeah when I started looking for part time work when I was 16 a lot of people told me that they couldn't hire me because I had never worked before.  How on earth are you supposed to get your first job?  What I have is a form of autistism I know what it's like to get picked on because of that,I'll be praying for your son.

And thanks...he/I appreciate it.  He has Asperger's -- so I know where you're coming from.   ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 11:10:51 AM
has anyone ever heard of "key lock" or "key guard"? :P most phones have them and it would protect against the infamous butt dialing.  oh and i have a slider phone but would much rather have a "bar" cause my view is that the more moving parts something has, the more easily it is to break :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 06, 2009, 11:17:28 AM
has anyone ever heard of "key lock" or "key guard"? :P most phones have them and it would protect against the infamous butt dialing.  oh and i have a slider phone but would much rather have a "bar" cause my view is that the more moving parts something has, the more easily it is to break :D

mine does that automatically after a few seconds of it not being used, but all you have to do is press "OK" twice and it unlocks, and that happens far more than I would like. Stupid, stupid feature.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on August 06, 2009, 11:23:48 AM
Well see providing funds for the education of people would be socialist and therefor cannot be done ;)

  Interestingly, NM has a state scholarship for college awarded by default to High School students who graduate with a GPA of at least 2.0 courtesy of we the tax payers. Regardless,  NM continues to rank in at the very bottom nationally when it comes to all things education-centric. Just before I moved here, it was all over the news that NM was the "dumbest" state in the union.  :D

Do the scholarships only apply if you are going to school in state?

  Yes, since the funds come from NM taxpayers exclusively. It's an excellent scholarship program overall (one of the few things I'm glad my taxes pay for). I wish I could've taken advantage of it myself but, alas, I have to pay out of pocket for everything. UNM wouldn't even grant me the piddling Transfer Scholarship they usually award new students because of my NT (Non-Traditional) status. Bastards.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 11:25:34 AM
I currently have a phone that plays music but really it's more like a small mp3 player that I can, at a pinch, make calls on if I can be bothered to. Cell Phones mostly pass me by. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 11:30:45 AM
has anyone ever heard of "key lock" or "key guard"? :P most phones have them and it would protect against the infamous butt dialing.  oh and i have a slider phone but would much rather have a "bar" cause my view is that the more moving parts something has, the more easily it is to break :D

mine does that automatically after a few seconds of it not being used, but all you have to do is press "OK" twice and it unlocks, and that happens far more than I would like. Stupid, stupid feature.

mine takes two buttons to unlock (like all the other nokia's that i've had) and those two buttons are very hard to push accidentally...

I currently have a phone that plays music but really it's more like a small mp3 player that I can, at a pinch, make calls on if I can be bothered to. Cell Phones mostly pass me by. :)

another feature that i'll be looking for in a future cell phone is gps, cause after being in denver with anais, i have found it very helpful :P i would have done more exploring if i had a reliable means of returning home then trying to remember the bus route, etc. :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 12:45:23 PM
I currently have a phone that plays music but really it's more like a small mp3 player that I can, at a pinch, make calls on if I can be bothered to. Cell Phones mostly pass me by. :)
another feature that i'll be looking for in a future cell phone is gps, cause after being in denver with anais, i have found it very helpful :P i would have done more exploring if i had a reliable means of returning home then trying to remember the bus route, etc. :D

Can't stand GPS systems, I mostly find myself annoyed by the fact they don't seem to know shortcuts, plus I like to explore. :)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 06, 2009, 12:53:14 PM
Not all weird news has to be bad.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/08/05/mortgage.apple.cakes/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/08/05/mortgage.apple.cakes/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on August 06, 2009, 01:53:25 PM
A GPS system got a friend and I halfway across Pennsylvania to a concert and back once, so I appreciate them for getting me to places I've never been and don't plan on returning anyway.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 01:56:23 PM
i enjoy exploring too, but when i dont know a city well enough and have the only key (for two people) to get into an apartment building, it's nice to know how to get back to where you came from :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 06, 2009, 01:59:33 PM
We used GPS on Nuclear submarines back in the late 80's to early 90's and it was Very Accurate, andto my knowledge, All naval ships use it..

I know it works in Mexico cause I took my Garmin Nuvi down there last year , but I just didn't have the road maps; just Latitude, Longitude, and Elevation 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 06, 2009, 02:00:34 PM
My GPS never uses the phrase "turn left where the old schoolhouse used to be".
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 02:10:44 PM
i enjoy exploring too, but when i dont know a city well enough and have the only key (for two people) to get into an apartment building, it's nice to know how to get back to where you came from :D

I'm tall and wide, I never worry too much about wandering about cities. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 06, 2009, 02:13:07 PM
I switched my GPS to the British Female Voice because she didn't sound like she was yelling at me as much as the American Female Voice did.  I do the screaming in the car, not some disembodied voice who thinks they know the way better than I do!  ;)

I think GPS would do that for traveling places; without it I'd be trying to find the batcave...

Like Ozzy:
http://www.youtube.com/v/gTkgwT4sP2g&hl=en&fs=1&
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 02:21:53 PM
i enjoy exploring too, but when i dont know a city well enough and have the only key (for two people) to get into an apartment building, it's nice to know how to get back to where you came from :D

I'm tall and wide, I never worry too much about wandering about cities. ;)

it's not really that, it's more like a desire not to create more of an inconvenience for someone that is letting me lodge there rent free :P plus time has a way of making one comfortable with a city.  my home town is pretty accessible to me, plus it's a bit smaller than denver :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 06, 2009, 08:18:59 PM
I switched my GPS to the British Female Voice because she didn't sound like she was yelling at me as much as the American Female Voice did.  I do the screaming in the car, not some disembodied voice who thinks they know the way better than I do!  ;)

Now there's an idea! I would love a GPS that uses Disembaudio's voice!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 06, 2009, 08:21:14 PM
Or this one:http://www.knightridergps.com/ (http://www.knightridergps.com/)
(http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/mio-knight-rider-kitt-300-gps-device.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 06, 2009, 08:34:21 PM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 06, 2009, 10:34:30 PM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 07, 2009, 06:17:56 AM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Impersonaor. And a pretty bad one at that.
I hope this voice (http://www.examiner.com/x-9044-Exotic-Car-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Hate-listening-to-your-Nav-guide-or-GPS-TomTom-offering-Homer-Simpson-voice-to-guide-to-destination?FORM=ZZNR9) becomes available in America sometime.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 07, 2009, 06:20:31 AM
Having fun voices instead of the generic stern lady would certainly get more people to buy and use their products.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 07, 2009, 06:25:24 AM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Impersonaor. And a pretty bad one at that.
I hope this voice (http://www.examiner.com/x-9044-Exotic-Car-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Hate-listening-to-your-Nav-guide-or-GPS-TomTom-offering-Homer-Simpson-voice-to-guide-to-destination?FORM=ZZNR9) becomes available in America sometime.

I want the Eddie Izzard voice for TomTom -- "Bear left...Monkey Right"  ;D

Sadly, I have a Garmin and it won't work on it.... :'(
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 07, 2009, 06:28:06 AM
According to tom tom's website (http://www.tomtom-voices.com/shop.html) you can get a few in the US.

All of them sound like they'd be amusing for about 2 minutes tops.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 07, 2009, 06:30:48 AM
From a while ago: Scientists are working on being able to record dreams.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16267-mindreading-software-could-record-your-dreams.html

Recording a video is a bit too far-fetched for me to believe possible, but I have to wonder how far this technology can go.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 07, 2009, 06:42:37 AM
From a while ago: Scientists are working on being able to record dreams.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16267-mindreading-software-could-record-your-dreams.html

Recording a video is a bit too far-fetched for me to believe possible, but I have to wonder how far this technology can go.
I wish I could have recorded MANY of my dreams.  Once I wrote an entire opera during a dream (saw the score and everything) but forgot it when I woke up.  And there are many I can remember vividly that would be cool to show others that you just can't explain in words.

However....I mostly see the porn industry overflowing in videos if they are able to record them.... ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 07, 2009, 08:21:09 AM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Impersonaor. And a pretty bad one at that.
I hope this voice (http://www.examiner.com/x-9044-Exotic-Car-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Hate-listening-to-your-Nav-guide-or-GPS-TomTom-offering-Homer-Simpson-voice-to-guide-to-destination?FORM=ZZNR9) becomes available in America sometime.

I want the Eddie Izzard voice for TomTom -- "Bear left...Monkey Right"  ;D

Sadly, I have a Garmin and it won't work on it.... :'(
Yeah, I have a Garmin, too. Do they have any downloads for alternative voices?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 07, 2009, 08:36:43 AM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Impersonaor. And a pretty bad one at that.
I hope this voice (http://www.examiner.com/x-9044-Exotic-Car-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Hate-listening-to-your-Nav-guide-or-GPS-TomTom-offering-Homer-Simpson-voice-to-guide-to-destination?FORM=ZZNR9) becomes available in America sometime.

I want the Eddie Izzard voice for TomTom -- "Bear left...Monkey Right"  ;D

Sadly, I have a Garmin and it won't work on it.... :'(
Yeah, I have a Garmin, too. Do they have any downloads for alternative voices?
The guy who runs Team Garmin, an elf for the holidays, and Dr. Nightmare (spooky voice).....lame!!!

But the vehicles (http://www8.garmin.com/vehicles/bundles/allvehicles.html) are pretty cool -- hubby wants the "Wingman" while my youngest wants the "Chipotle Burrito."  :D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 07, 2009, 08:55:44 AM
Here's a funny joke..

"What do you get when you mix PMS with GPS? ......
A crazy bitch who will find you! " :D :D :scared:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 07, 2009, 08:59:14 AM
No shoes, no serivce??
Quote from: Associated Press
SUNSET HILLS, Mo. – Like most restaurants, the Burger King in this St. Louis suburb has a no shoes, no shirt, no service policy. And baby, do they enforce it. Too much so, the company admitted, after apologizing for restaurant workers who asked a mother to leave because her 6-month-old wasn't wearing shoes.

Jennifer Frederich, her mother and Frederich's infant daughter, Kaylin, stopped at the Burger King in Sunset Hills on Sunday. The baby was shoeless — Frederich figured tiny baby feet were immune from the rule.

But workers told the family to leave because the shoeless baby was violating a health code. In fact, shoelessness is not a health code violation in St. Louis County.

Frederich told KTVI-TV that she and her mother ate hurriedly and left before they could be kicked out. Frederich did not have a listed phone number, and The Associated Press could not reach her for comment.

Burger King released a statement Thursday indicating workers had taken the no shoes, no service policy too far.

"Our franchisee, which independently owns and operates this restaurant, apologizes for this guest's experience," the statement read. "The franchisee is retraining his restaurant team on the proper use of the 'no shoes' policy."

The franchise owner also contacted Frederich to apologize in person.

Frederich told the TV station the flap was a bit overblown, and she hoped no one would be fired. But she appreciated Burger King's apology.

Burger King, based in Miami, is the nation's second-largest hamburger chain, with 11,800 restaurants worldwide.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 07, 2009, 09:36:20 AM
my friend has a Darth Vader voice on his. We thought it would be funny if during the time between directions you just heard the breathing.

That would be great. Is it actually James Earl Jones or an impersonator? I think it'd be funny to have a Chad Vader GPS. Then it could give you the directions and then make smartass comments if you miss your turn or something.
Impersonaor. And a pretty bad one at that.
I hope this voice (http://www.examiner.com/x-9044-Exotic-Car-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Hate-listening-to-your-Nav-guide-or-GPS-TomTom-offering-Homer-Simpson-voice-to-guide-to-destination?FORM=ZZNR9) becomes available in America sometime.

I want the Eddie Izzard voice for TomTom -- "Bear left...Monkey Right"  ;D

Sadly, I have a Garmin and it won't work on it.... :'(
Yeah, I have a Garmin, too. Do they have any downloads for alternative voices?
The guy who runs Team Garmin, an elf for the holidays, and Dr. Nightmare (spooky voice).....lame!!!

But the vehicles (http://www8.garmin.com/vehicles/bundles/allvehicles.html) are pretty cool -- hubby wants the "Wingman" while my youngest wants the "Chipotle Burrito."  :D
Those are pretty cool. The one called Midnight looks like The Car.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 10, 2009, 08:31:48 AM
NOT what they meant by "concealed carry"....

Quote from: AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) – An obese prisoner in Harris County, Texas has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm after he was discovered to be hiding a 9mm pistol in between his rolls of fat, local media reported Saturday.

George Vera, who weighs around 500 pounds (225 kilograms) was originally arrested last week for selling counterfeit CDs, according to the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

A police spokesman told the Chronicle that Vera was searched three times over the course of his arrest and booking at the jail but managed to conceal the handgun with his rolls of fat until it was discovered in the shower.

Vera has been charged with possession of an illegal weapon in a correctional facility, which carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison, but is currently free on bail of 10,000 dollars.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 10, 2009, 11:58:36 AM
NOT what they meant by "concealed carry"....

Quote from: AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) – An obese prisoner in Harris County, Texas has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm after he was discovered to be hiding a 9mm pistol in between his rolls of fat, local media reported Saturday.

George Vera, who weighs around 500 pounds (225 kilograms) was originally arrested last week for selling counterfeit CDs, according to the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

A police spokesman told the Chronicle that Vera was searched three times over the course of his arrest and booking at the jail but managed to conceal the handgun with his rolls of fat until it was discovered in the shower.

Vera has been charged with possession of an illegal weapon in a correctional facility, which carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison, but is currently free on bail of 10,000 dollars.

God, I dont even want to know where he was carrying the extra clip......
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on August 12, 2009, 05:18:40 PM
...

Quote from:  New York Times
Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/books/13book.html?_r=2)

So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included...

Full article: here (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/books/13book.html?_r=2).

So a book specifically about those controversial cartoons, will not actually feature any of the controversial cartoons.Maybe i can convince Yale to publish a photography book where i simply describe the photographs.

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2009, 05:52:53 PM
Quote from:  New York Times
Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/books/13book.html?_r=2)

So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included...

Full article: here (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/books/13book.html?_r=2).

So a book specifically about those controversial cartoons, will not actually feature any of the controversial cartoons.Maybe i can convince Yale to publish a photography book where i simply describe the photographs.
-Rude

Quality!

Dear god, let's commission a few more in their place then. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 12, 2009, 06:12:07 PM
Why does South Park get a pass from Islamic "Scholars".  Snooty bastards.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 13, 2009, 06:12:17 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A 34-year-old man is in custody after authorities say he gave a teller his account number and showed her his picture ID before robbing an Anchorage bank.

The FBI says Jarell Paul Arnold of Anchorage is being held on federal bank robbery charges.

The FBI alleges Arnold walked into an Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch Friday and inquired about the balance on his account. The teller asked for his name, account number and ID.

Authorities say he complied, and then handed over a receipt with a note on the back that said he had a gun and demanded money.

The FBI says he got away with about $600. Authorities arrested Arnold on Monday. A message left after business hours Wednesday with Arnold's public defender, Michael Dieni, was not immediately returned.

Court records say Arnold was sentenced to 57 months in prison for bank robbery in 2004.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on August 13, 2009, 10:11:11 AM
...

. . .  ::) . . .

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 13, 2009, 10:42:05 AM
I want the film rights (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32377654/ns/world_news-americas/)

Quote
SAO PAULO, Brazil - In one murder after another, the Canal Livre TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.

Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 13, 2009, 11:14:01 AM
Damn. He's got the intelligence and ethics to be Alaska's governor.

I don't know.....

Did he finish those 57 months in prison?  Or did he quit halfway through?

Palin - 2012 to 2014 1/2
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on August 13, 2009, 02:08:52 PM
...

It might just be easier if Sarah Palin changed her name to Emmanuel Goldstein.  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 13, 2009, 02:12:04 PM
...

It might just be easier if Sarah Palin changed her name to Emmanuel Goldstein.  :D

-Rude

So you're saying she doesn't even really exist? Wow, McCain's choice was even more bizarre then. ;)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Rude on August 13, 2009, 02:15:27 PM
...

She may never have existed. And who knows who's actually writing her upcoming... book.  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 13, 2009, 02:18:49 PM
Indeed and the panel in Obama's room... hmm it's along that corridor, there's three digits, can't quite remember it, 106 or something, anyway it's the worst panel in the world.

Actually, since I know PSCD's last name, she might have a hand in writing The Book :)

I still hold that, despite ostensible appearances, the whole novel is just an extended gripe about how crap it was to work for the BBC. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/grin.gif)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: LBeria on August 14, 2009, 06:19:33 AM
Quote from: Associated Press
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Thou shalt not steal — especially within sight of a convent. Police in Independence, Mo., are crediting a pair of nuns with helping nab a gun-toting man suspected of burglarizing two homes Thursday morning.

Around 7 a.m., one of the women glanced out a window of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist convent and spotted a suspicious man walking through a soybean field. She and another nun headed outside to see if the man was lost or hunting illegally.

They saw the man was carrying a shotgun, boxing gloves and other items. When they began to question him, the man ran into nearby woods.

One of the nuns gave chase, wearing her ankle-length habit and flip-flops. He got away, but the 49-year-old nun was able to describe him later to police, who made an arrest.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on August 14, 2009, 06:39:44 AM
Someone should tell those Sisters that this is nun of their business.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on August 14, 2009, 08:04:08 AM
Someone should tell those Sisters that this is nun of their business.

Stealing is a bad habit though.

True, and we wouldn't want good moral values to parish.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 14, 2009, 12:31:42 PM
Must've taken a script out of Dave Chappelle's show ::)
Quote
Black Man Pleads Guilty to Posing as Obama-Hating White Supremacist on Facebook

Friday, August 14, 2009

   
NEW ORLEANS  —  An African-American man from Mississippi admits posing as a white supremacist to send a death threat across state lines by Facebook.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 20-year-old Dyron L. Hart of Poplarville pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a threat in November 2008.

Hart admitted creating a name and using a white supremacists' photo to pose as a white man who planned to kill blacks because Barack Obama had been elected president.

He originally was charged with threatening three black students at Nicholls State — where he had attended one semester — but pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count.

He sent the threats from a computer in Poplarville.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine; sentencing is Nov. 18.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 15, 2009, 09:15:10 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539761,00.html?test=latestnews

Quote

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  A Gainesville father has been arrested for hitting his daughter with a pizza slice.

The 38-year-old man was arrested early Friday on a charge of child abuse without great harm, a third-degree felony. The man's name was being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Deputy Nick Vickers says the man used racist and sexist terms when he asked his daughter to turn off her computer, and she fired back with some crude language of her own.

Vickers says the father "intentionally threw a slice of pizza at the victim, striking her in the back of the neck, against her will."

The girl, whose age was not available, called 911 and her father was arrested.

oh Fox news
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 15, 2009, 09:23:37 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539761,00.html?test=latestnews

Quote

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  A Gainesville father has been arrested for hitting his daughter with a pizza slice.

The 38-year-old man was arrested early Friday on a charge of child abuse without great harm, a third-degree felony. The man's name was being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Deputy Nick Vickers says the man used racist and sexist terms when he asked his daughter to turn off her computer, and she fired back with some crude language of her own.

Vickers says the father "intentionally threw a slice of pizza at the victim, striking her in the back of the neck, against her will."

The girl, whose age was not available, called 911 and her father was arrested.

oh Fox news

Please tell me the judge is gonna throw this out.

And who the hell throws a pizza slice at someone?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 15, 2009, 09:30:13 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539761,00.html?test=latestnews

Quote

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  A Gainesville father has been arrested for hitting his daughter with a pizza slice.

The 38-year-old man was arrested early Friday on a charge of child abuse without great harm, a third-degree felony. The man's name was being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Deputy Nick Vickers says the man used racist and sexist terms when he asked his daughter to turn off her computer, and she fired back with some crude language of her own.

Vickers says the father "intentionally threw a slice of pizza at the victim, striking her in the back of the neck, against her will."

The girl, whose age was not available, called 911 and her father was arrested.

oh Fox news

Please tell me the judge is gonna throw this out.

And who the hell throw a pizza slice at someone?

One of my friends did that while drunk at a New Years party I had. He missed and it stuck to the wall.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 15, 2009, 10:38:03 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539761,00.html?test=latestnews

Quote

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  A Gainesville father has been arrested for hitting his daughter with a pizza slice.

The 38-year-old man was arrested early Friday on a charge of child abuse without great harm, a third-degree felony. The man's name was being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Deputy Nick Vickers says the man used racist and sexist terms when he asked his daughter to turn off her computer, and she fired back with some crude language of her own.

Vickers says the father "intentionally threw a slice of pizza at the victim, striking her in the back of the neck, against her will."

The girl, whose age was not available, called 911 and her father was arrested.

oh Fox news

Please tell me the judge is gonna throw this out.

And who the hell throws a pizza slice at someone?

Maybe he was practicing for the 2009 Great Pizza Toss competion on The Food Channel.

And the girl sounds like a spoiled little shit.   She should get community service for wasting 911's time.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 15, 2009, 07:31:39 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, "Crackie" (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/08/13/2009-08-13_brooklyn_artist_delivering_candy_that_looks_just_like_crack.html)

I'd quote the article, but you really need to go to the page so you don't miss out on the picture.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Bob on August 15, 2009, 07:55:50 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, "Crackie" (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/08/13/2009-08-13_brooklyn_artist_delivering_candy_that_looks_just_like_crack.html)

I'd quote the article, but you really need to go to the page so you don't miss out on the picture.



I am afraid to ask why "Crackie" has one white arm and one black arm.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on August 16, 2009, 09:12:51 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: spaceforarent on August 16, 2009, 09:15:48 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, "Crackie" (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/08/13/2009-08-13_brooklyn_artist_delivering_candy_that_looks_just_like_crack.html)

I'd quote the article, but you really need to go to the page so you don't miss out on the picture.



I am afraid to ask why "Crackie" has one white arm and one black arm.



Because he's an artist
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 16, 2009, 09:17:53 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Destin on August 16, 2009, 09:19:01 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P

I wonder what other balls of gases are in our atmosphere and space.  :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Action Batch on August 16, 2009, 09:25:47 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P

I wonder what other balls of gases are in our atmosphere and space.  :P

And suddenly Ireland became very interested in starting their own space program.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 16, 2009, 11:11:32 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

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There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P

I wonder what other balls of gases are in our atmosphere and space.  :P

And suddenly Ireland became very interested in starting their own space program.
:clap: :clap:


Now a movie about drunk aliens invaders would be entertaining.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 17, 2009, 05:55:52 AM
Quote

UK embassies: We can't help you buy shoes


LONDON, England (CNN) -- And now a public service announcement from the British foreign office:

While it will happily get you out of a jam if you, say, lose your passport, it can't help you actually make jam.

Britons around the world have inundated the country's 261 far-flung consulates with so many inane calls with such frequency that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had to put up a statement on its Web site clarifying what situations constitute an actual emergency -- by highlighting what doesn't.

"If you have a serious problem abroad -- maybe you've been involved in an accident, have lost your passport or are a victim of crime, we can help you," said Juliet Marci, the consul in Alicante, Spain.

"But we can't tell you who is allowed to use your swimming pool, pay your taxi fares for you -- or do anything about the exchange rate."

The consulates also can't tell you how to get your unruly child to behave, pay your maxed-out credit card bills or help you figure out what ratio of fruit-to-sugar to use while making jam. All of them actual calls that consulate staffers fielded in recent years.

The foreign office collectively handles 2.1 million consular inquiries a year, and helped 35,000 British nationals abroad last year. When it asked its staff about anecdotes some of the more jaw-dropping queries, the anecdotes poured in:

-- A Briton, on vacation in Italy, called to inquire where he can find a particular brand of shoes.

-- A mother asked the consulate in Florida to help her son pack his suitcase and give him a ride to the airport because he wasn't feeling well.

-- And a British woman in a foreign country wanted the embassy to step in because she was unhappy with her breast enlargement surgery.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: therul on August 17, 2009, 07:34:27 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P

I wonder what other balls of gases are in our atmosphere and space.  :P

And suddenly Ireland became very interested in starting their own space program.
:clap: :clap:


Now a movie about drunk aliens invaders would be entertaining.
I think it was called "Heavy Metal"
or was that Spaced Invaders.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Cosmic Muse on August 17, 2009, 07:59:05 AM
Apparently 90% of all U.S. currency is laced with Cocaina according to this article posted on Yahoo:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090817/sc_livescience/mostusmoneylacedwithcocaine

I guess this is conclusive proof why money is the root of all evil and why people are so greedy. They want to get their subliminal cocaine fix from Coke laced bills.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 17, 2009, 09:25:55 AM
I don't drink myself but there are giant clouds of Beer in Space (http://www.fermentarium.com/content/view/311/55/)

Quote
There is a cloud of alcohol (ethyl alcohol - the happy juice found in beer, wine, and spirits) floating in space.  This isn't a small cloud either.  There is enough alcohol in this cloud to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer
I think NASA's shuttle program can now be extended to 'harvest' this Very Important cloud 8) :o :P

I wonder what other balls of gases are in our atmosphere and space.  :P

And suddenly Ireland became very interested in starting their own space program.
:clap: :clap:


Now a movie about drunk aliens invaders would be entertaining.
I think it was called "Heavy Metal"
or was that Spaced Invaders.
I love Spaced Invaders. Such a cheesy fun kids movie! They weren't drunk, just stupid.
What are you supposed to be? I'm a Carnivorous DUCK!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on August 18, 2009, 08:30:40 PM
Actor from Swine Flu Public Service Announcement catches Swine Flu (http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/08/actor-in-swine-flu-ad-catches-swine-flu.html).
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 19, 2009, 03:48:19 AM
Oh Joy!! :o
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Wear Your Thong to Work Day 2009 – 200,000 worldwide expected to join in great summer tradition

READER ALERT: DerekClontz.WordPress.com will pay you $20 a minute to read our weekly newscast in your bathing suit. Work from your home anywhere on earth. Read more and apply at http://derekclontz.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/read-our-news-for-cash-and-fame-derekclontz-wordpress-com-job-opportunity/

AS MANY as 200,000 eye-popping secretaries, interns and office assistants are expected to bare their bottoms in our 2nd Annual “International Wear Your Thong to Work Day” on August 19 – but get this:

The number might easily balloon to 400,000 or more total participants because, this year, men and over-30 women have been invited to join the fun, too.

College students also are welcome to jump on the bandwagon by wearing thongs to their classes.

But high school students are too young and need to dress normally unless they hold part-time jobs and get written permission from their parents and supervisors.

“It’s going to be big,” observes derekclontz.wordpress.com editor Derek Clontz, who masterminded the fun event that drew an estimated 75,000 “thongers” in 342 workplaces across the United States and globally in 2008.

“We’re looking for a massive turnout far exceeding last year’s group. Our first International Wear Your Thong to Work Day was limited to women under the age of 25, a good idea but turned out to be impossible to enforce.

“So this year we’re blowing the lid off all restrictions and flinging open the floodgates, inviting everyone to catch the derekclontz.wordpress.com wave and join the fun.

“Mature women, men of all shapes and sizes, even ‘out-of-trim’ supervisors and business owners who are up in years and past their prime – we’re willing to take all comers.

“And one of the great things about International Wear Your Thong to Work Day is that it doesn’t cost a dime to participate. All you have to do is slip into a thong that covers enough ‘real estate’ to keep you from getting arrested, grab your briefcase or lunch box and head out for work.

“To make sure you aren’t mistaken as a sex pest or a person of ill repute, we advise you to e-mail for your Official DerekClontz.WordPress.com International Wear Your Thong to Work Day ID card, emblazoned with our distinctive ‘thong logo’. On August 19, pin it to the back of your thong where it won’t be overlooked.

“This really is one of the few rites of spring and summer that you can enjoy with less effort than it takes to put on your clothes in the morning.
Barack Obama says International Thong Day will help people take their minds off their worries, sources confirm

President Barack Obama says International Thong Day "will boost the nation's morale."

“And if you‘re the least bit lonely or in the market for a new sweetie, it’s an efficient way to attract a date.”

Surprisingly to some observers, derekclontz.wordpress.com’s 1st Annual International Wear Your Thong to Work Day was well-received in all but a handful of church offices, hospital emergency rooms, and public schools that enforce strict dress codes for teachers.

There were no other reported problems anywhere in the United States or abroad, Clontz says.

In fact, a Waffle House cook in Columbia, South Carolina, actually caught the eye of a major Hollywood producer who has since placed her in supporting roles in several widely seen commercials.

“I’ll be wearing my thong,” says Clontz. “I encourage you to do the same.”

To get your FREE and OFFICIAL International Wear Your Thong to Work Day ID Card, write to us using the comment box on this page. We’ll e-mail an optimized jpeg (photograph) that you can print and wear on Thong Day.

http://derekclontz.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/wear-your-beach-thong-to-work-day-2009-hot-new-spring-tradition-continues-for-2nd-year/

http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/BAZbW3sK52U :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 19, 2009, 10:04:43 AM
strange from the same site lol :P

http://derekclontz.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/newborn-baby-girl-gives-birth-to-a-baby-boy/ (http://derekclontz.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/newborn-baby-girl-gives-birth-to-a-baby-boy/)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 21, 2009, 06:19:29 AM
Quote
Altered Sears Web Site Offers Grill to 'Cook Babies'

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A grill for "human cooking" was briefly offered by Sears Thursday afternoon. Company officials say it was the work of "someone visiting" its Web site.

The Web site for department store giant Sears offered a gruesome sales pitch Thursday — a grill that could "cook babies" and be used to roast body parts.

The goof, first reported by TMZ.com, listed any grill viewed by visitors to the company's Web site under the category of "human cooking > Grills to Cook Babies and More > Body Part Roaster." The wording apparently was the work of a mischievous customer and, when discovered, was quickly changed, but not before TMZ.com captured a screengrab.

Representatives from Sears said they were victimized by "someone visiting" the company's Web site.

"We discovered earlier today that someone visiting our site had defaced a limited number of product pages," the company said in a written statement to FOXNews.com. "It’s important for our customers to know that we have no reason to believe that any of our customer or financial data were compromised.

"We’ve already taken steps to prevent this from happening again. We sincerely apologize to any customers who may have seen this on our site."
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/babygrill.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 28, 2009, 02:18:54 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/08/28/uk.london.zoo.gorilla/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/08/28/uk.london.zoo.gorilla/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn) ;D
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on August 30, 2009, 08:28:54 PM
Finally, George Costanza is vindicated

Pee in the Shower, Save the Rainforest (in Brazil) (http://news.aol.com/article/pee-in-shower-save-rainforest/604665)

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(Aug. 5) -- It sounds a wee strange, but a leak can save lots of water. That's the message an environmental group is sending in a new ad campaign.
Spots running on several Brazilian TV stations promote urinating in the shower. In one commercial, animated characters such as King Kong, a trapeze artist, a basketball player and an alien show viewers how it's done -- usually in silhouette behind a shower curtain. There's even a momentary homage to the shower scene from 'Psycho.'
Children's voice narrate as a bouncy tune is strummed in the background. At the end, the kids shout: "Pee in the shower! Save the Atlantic rainforest!"
The ad campaign is "a way to be playful about a serious subject," according to Adriana Kfouri, a spokeswoman for SOS Mata Atlantica in Rio de Janeiro.
The group says eliminating just one toilet flush a day can save more than 1,100 gallons of water in a year.

(source) AOL News

http://www.youtube.com/v/XZ_DNc1zbxI&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 30, 2009, 08:31:51 PM
Finally, George Costanza is vindicated

Pee in the Shower, Save the Rainforest (in Brazil) (http://news.aol.com/article/pee-in-shower-save-rainforest/604665)

Quote
(Aug. 5) -- It sounds a wee strange, but a leak can save lots of water. That's the message an environmental group is sending in a new ad campaign.
Spots running on several Brazilian TV stations promote urinating in the shower. In one commercial, animated characters such as King Kong, a trapeze artist, a basketball player and an alien show viewers how it's done -- usually in silhouette behind a shower curtain. There's even a momentary homage to the shower scene from 'Psycho.'
Children's voice narrate as a bouncy tune is strummed in the background. At the end, the kids shout: "Pee in the shower! Save the Atlantic rainforest!"
The ad campaign is "a way to be playful about a serious subject," according to Adriana Kfouri, a spokeswoman for SOS Mata Atlantica in Rio de Janeiro.
The group says eliminating just one toilet flush a day can save more than 1,100 gallons of water in a year.

(source) AOL News

http://www.youtube.com/v/XZ_DNc1zbxI&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1
Nuttier than squirrel poop. The lot of them.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 30, 2009, 08:32:05 PM
Well there goes any chance I would ever go to Brazil.  Talk about sick.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: OmegaR! on August 30, 2009, 09:02:21 PM
 :D

Its not like you are at Disneyland

U.S. high-tech water future hinges on cost, politics (http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE52B04T20090312")

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anyone who has visited Disneyland recently and taken a sip from a drinking fountain there may have unknowingly sampled a taste of the future -- a small quantity of water that once flowed through a sewer.

Orange County Water District officials say that's a good thing -- the result of a successful, year-old project to purify wastewater and pump it into the ground to help restore depleted aquifers that provide most of the local water supply.

The $481 million recycling plant, the world's largest of its kind, uses microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide disinfection to treat 70 million gallons (265 million liters) of sewer water a day, enough to meet the drinking needs of 500,000 people.

Just don't call it "toilet-to-tap."

County officials prefer the term "Groundwater Replenishment System"
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 30, 2009, 09:41:08 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 30, 2009, 10:12:43 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

...why? We live in a closed ecosystem.  It's not sick at all, it's necessary (and in fact unavoidable). Relax.

quiet, dont tell him about the food we eat and how it helps filter the water that eventually seeps into the underground aquifers :P
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 31, 2009, 07:30:55 AM
And you don't what to think what worms do with all the soil food is grown in.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on August 31, 2009, 07:34:37 AM
And what about well aged venison, why does it taste so distinctive eh?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 31, 2009, 07:52:03 AM
I dunno why that image of Austin Powers accidentally sipping Fat Bastard's stool sample instead of coffee and saying "It's a bit nutty.." is stuck in my head now :speechless: :gouge:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 31, 2009, 12:34:00 PM
That water YOU are drinking right this second was once passing through my penis!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 31, 2009, 12:41:13 PM
That water YOU are drinking right this second was once passing through my penis!
With or Without Cock Rings?? :speechless:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 31, 2009, 12:56:26 PM
That water YOU are drinking right this second was once passing through my penis!
With or Without Cock Rings?? :speechless:

I don't pee with a cock ring on.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on August 31, 2009, 06:30:54 PM
 :D :D :D
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 31, 2009, 06:35:15 PM
It might have been a stapler accident, and he just wanted to look cool instead of an idiot.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 02, 2009, 09:29:46 AM
Quote
Honolulu Seeks to Fine Bus Riders With Body Odor

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

HONOLULU —  Stinky city bus riders soon could get soaked. The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would impose up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail for public transit passengers convicted of being too smelly.

The bill will be heard Thursday in committee. It would make it illegal to have "odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system."

It doesn't matter if it's body odor or offensive fumes that emanates from clothes, personal belongings or animals.

Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia co-sponsored the anti-odor bill.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it is concerned with laws that are inherently vague, which opens the door to discriminatory enforcement based on an officer's individual prejudices.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 02, 2009, 11:39:45 AM
Man slaps stranger’s crying kid (http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/man-slaps-strangers-crying-129235.html)

(http://www.ajc.com/multimedia/dynamic/00244/slapper_244633l.jpg)
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A Gwinnett County man is in custody accused of slapping a stranger’s crying toddler in a Stone Mountain Wal-Mart on Monday.

The mother of the 2-year-old child told police that both were walking in the aisles of the Rockbridge Road store when Roger Stephens, 61, approached and said “if you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you,” according to a police report.

A few moments later, in another aisle, Stephens grabbed the 2-year-old and slapped her across the face four or five times, according to the report.

Stephens then told the mom, “See, I told you I would shut her up,” according to the report.

A bystander held Stephens until store security came to assist, according to a WSB-TV report.

When police arrived, Stephens said that he slapped the child and that he apologized to the mother, according to the report.

Stephens was charged with felony cruelty to children. He had his first court appearance Tuesday and is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond, according to the Gwinnett Police Department spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

The 2-year-old victim sustained slight redness to the face, according to the report. There was no video footage in the area the incident took place, according to the report.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 02, 2009, 11:50:38 AM
Wow! ... Just Wow...  :speechless:

I'm not a big fan of crying kids but Damn Dude.. Walk to another aisle or just walk away!! ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on September 02, 2009, 12:15:09 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida.

Florida's got enough troubles of its own without adding this.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on September 02, 2009, 12:16:27 PM
Man slaps stranger’s crying kid (http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/man-slaps-strangers-crying-129235.html)

(http://www.ajc.com/multimedia/dynamic/00244/slapper_244633l.jpg)
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A Gwinnett County man is in custody accused of slapping a stranger’s crying toddler in a Stone Mountain Wal-Mart on Monday.

The mother of the 2-year-old child told police that both were walking in the aisles of the Rockbridge Road store when Roger Stephens, 61, approached and said “if you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you,” according to a police report.

A few moments later, in another aisle, Stephens grabbed the 2-year-old and slapped her across the face four or five times, according to the report.

Stephens then told the mom, “See, I told you I would shut her up,” according to the report.

A bystander held Stephens until store security came to assist, according to a WSB-TV report.

When police arrived, Stephens said that he slapped the child and that he apologized to the mother, according to the report.

Stephens was charged with felony cruelty to children. He had his first court appearance Tuesday and is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond, according to the Gwinnett Police Department spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

The 2-year-old victim sustained slight redness to the face, according to the report. There was no video footage in the area the incident took place, according to the report.

But did the kid finally shut up?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 02, 2009, 12:24:08 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida.

Florida's got enough troubles of its own without adding this.

Never been to either,they both have Disney in their names so I don't bother trying to keep them straight.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 02, 2009, 12:26:58 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida.

Florida's got enough troubles of its own without adding this.

Never been to either,they both have Disney in their names so I don't bother trying to keep them straight.
I take it you didn't bother trying in Geography class either.. ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 02, 2009, 12:38:54 PM
The 2-year-old victim sustained slight redness to the face, according to the report.

My GOD! Slight Redness!?  Burn this fucker at the stake, and then put his ashes in the electric chair!

I find it amusing.  I wouldn't do what he did, but I don't disagree with it. Fucking kids.

I wouldn't want someone else doing that to my 2-yr-old, but I sure as hell would do something if she was wailing at the top of her lungs. When it comes down to it, if your kid can't be quiet, it's time to leave.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: wurwolf on September 02, 2009, 01:10:32 PM
Amen. As the mother of two girls who were once small (now they're huge fucking giants), a well-placed pinch on the bottom or thigh worked wonders. The second they started getting out of hand out in public I'd pinch them a good one and it stopped them in their tracks. I only had to do it a few times -- after a little while I'd just make the pinch gesture with my fingers and they'd shut right up.

Corporal punishment FTW, yo.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 02, 2009, 01:23:18 PM
I bet if the guy beat the mother down in front of the kid the kid would shut up then too.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 02, 2009, 02:44:18 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida.

Florida's got enough troubles of its own without adding this.

Never been to either,they both have Disney in their names so I don't bother trying to keep them straight.
I take it you didn't bother trying in Geography class either.. ::)

No I'm ok at that I just don't kow Disneyland from Disneyworld,not sure why that would come up in school.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 02, 2009, 02:48:13 PM
That is even sicker. I'm never going Florida either.  This is all so sick.

Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida.

Florida's got enough troubles of its own without adding this.

Never been to either,they both have Disney in their names so I don't bother trying to keep them straight.
I take it you didn't bother trying in Geography class either.. ::)

No I'm ok at that I just don't kow Disneyland from Disneyworld,not sure why that would come up in school.
Well.. Lets see..

What majority do Both theme parks cater to.. School-age perhaps .. :o
And this would require knowing where Each is located should those school aged people wish to visit them someday 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 02, 2009, 02:50:04 PM
But unless Disney bought the department of education,why would that be part of school?
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 02, 2009, 02:51:56 PM
But unless Disney bought the department of education,why would that be part of school?
It's not supposed to be part of school.. It's just knowing where each is located.. :-\

Remember.. 'Knowledge is Power'
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tyrant on September 02, 2009, 03:03:51 PM
Yeah, as I said, I wouldn't do it.  But parents should realize that the rest of the world doesn't love their child.

QFT.

BTW, do kids ever get tired from crying anymore? It seems a generation of marathon screamers has been created. I observed a crying specimen recently at a Target who went on for about an hour and a half (he and his Mom kept being in the same aisle as me. When they weren't, I could still hear him throughout the store) until I left.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 02, 2009, 09:36:10 PM
Minnesota is harsh:

(http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/fail-owned-underwater-smoking-fail.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 03, 2009, 07:35:18 AM
Japan's First Lady abducted by aliens. No, really:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-have-been-abducted-by-aliens-says-japans-first-lady-1780888.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 03, 2009, 07:44:11 AM
Japan's First Lady abducted by aliens. No, really:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-have-been-abducted-by-aliens-says-japans-first-lady-1780888.html
Gees.. With that hairdo, they probably thought she was a communication's device by accident.. ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 03, 2009, 10:56:48 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090903/us_nm/us_bank_thumbprint

MIAMI (Reuters) – A bank in Florida refused to cash a check for an armless man because he could not provide a thumbprint.

"They looked at my prosthetic hands and the teller said, 'Well, obviously you can't give us a thumbprint'," Steve Valdez told CNN on Wednesday.

But he said the Bank of America Corp branch in downtown Tampa, Florida, still insisted on a thumbprint identification for him to cash a check drawn on his wife's account at the bank, even though he showed them two photo IDs.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 03, 2009, 11:09:34 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090903/us_nm/us_bank_thumbprint

MIAMI (Reuters) – A bank in Florida refused to cash a check for an armless man because he could not provide a thumbprint.

"They looked at my prosthetic hands and the teller said, 'Well, obviously you can't give us a thumbprint'," Steve Valdez told CNN on Wednesday.

But he said the Bank of America Corp branch in downtown Tampa, Florida, still insisted on a thumbprint identification for him to cash a check drawn on his wife's account at the bank, even though he showed them two photo IDs.


After knowing someone who worked at a bank and dealing with them myself, the real problem here is that the peons at banks these days are given absolutely no leeway in their procedures. They have to follow every rule in full detail or their job could be on the line. No thinking allowed.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 03, 2009, 01:31:02 PM
Col. Quaddafi wants to abolish Switzerland:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1210936/Now-Colonel-Gaddafi-wants-abolish-Switzerland-Dictator-files-bizarre-motion-U-N.html
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 03, 2009, 01:34:09 PM
Col. Quaddafi wants to abolish Switzerland:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1210936/Now-Colonel-Gaddafi-wants-abolish-Switzerland-Dictator-files-bizarre-motion-U-N.html
Yeah, and like his so-called 'Line of Death' that was yet another brilliant idea ::)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on September 03, 2009, 02:18:28 PM
Amen. As the mother of two girls who were once small (now they're huge fucking giants), a well-placed pinch on the bottom or thigh worked wonders. The second they started getting out of hand out in public I'd pinch them a good one and it stopped them in their tracks. I only had to do it a few times -- after a little while I'd just make the pinch gesture with my fingers and they'd shut right up.

Corporal punishment FTW, yo.


my mom used to pinch my pinky nail which would bring me to my knees in silent pain.  it was a fantastic move, one which I employ regularly on drunk screaming friends.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: ebeth on September 03, 2009, 02:32:51 PM
A swift kick in the balls/vag bone also works.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on September 03, 2009, 06:06:48 PM
Col. Quaddafi wants to abolish Switzerland:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1210936/Now-Colonel-Gaddafi-wants-abolish-Switzerland-Dictator-files-bizarre-motion-U-N.html

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/09/03/article-0-0641BB90000005DC-708_233x423.jpg)

He looks like he's taken advantage of that "make yourself into a cartoon" thing I see advertised on Facebook every so often.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 03, 2009, 06:10:56 PM
Would anyone notice if Switzerland vanished over night?  Sorry Switzerland.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on September 03, 2009, 06:16:05 PM
Would anyone notice if Switzerland vanished over night?  Sorry Switzerland.

I'd imagine a bunch of rather wealthy people might be a little perturbed...
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 03, 2009, 06:18:17 PM
Other then people who have their money invested in NAZI gold.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Tripe on September 03, 2009, 06:20:52 PM
Er not sure that's the majority of the account holders there.

Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 03, 2009, 06:31:06 PM
Plus, where would I get my chocolate watches?

Those do sound awesome.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 04, 2009, 06:13:31 AM
Plus, where would I get my chocolate watches?
-Sir, can you tell me what time it is?
-I sure can, it's about fucking time to eat this watch.
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Destin on September 04, 2009, 12:47:44 PM
The Onion Strikes Again.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8237558.stm
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 04, 2009, 07:23:57 PM
Are comics institutionally racist? (http://io9.com/5349421/are-american-comics-institutionally-racist).
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: Nergol on September 04, 2009, 11:30:22 PM
Microsoft patents evolution:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/21/microsoft_evolutionary_tree_patent_application

Two things that make me skeptical in one convenient place!
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: RVR II on September 05, 2009, 04:49:17 AM
Microsoft patents evolution:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/21/microsoft_evolutionary_tree_patent_application

Two things that make me skeptical in one convenient place!

You're skeptical of evolution? Seriously? As a functioning human being in the 21st century?
Yeah.. Fo Reals ???
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Evolution Rocks! 8)
Title: Re: Weird News
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on September 05, 2009, 02:48:42 PM<