Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A Pennsylvania cat lover got a smelly surprise when a neighbor's cat turned out to be a frightened skunk. Not only did the skunk spray the woman, but it ran into her Mount Carmel home. It took about several hours for emergency services officials to get the putrid pest out of the house.
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Two grammar-conscious vigilantes fighting against typos everywhere defaced a 6-decade-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park. But when it comes to marking up historic signs, the law says that good grammar is a bad defense. The two were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year.
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A Capital of the World
Adolf Hitler's grand plans for world domination didn't stop with the extinction of the Jews. If the Nazi leader had had his way, it would have included transforming Berlin into the "capital of the world." Historians, after combing three vast tunnels opened recently under central Berlin, detailed Hitler's plans for a super city, dubbed "Germania." The city would have come complete with a vast underground network that would have included roads and a rail system. Above the surface, were plans for a series of huge buildings that would have rivaled the architecture of cities like Paris and Rome.
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Not Just Hanging Around
The morning commute got a little hairy after a slippery wild simian monkey showed up at a Tokyo train station. A standoff between police and the monkey developed at the Shibuya Station when about 30 cops, some with nets, chased the animal as commuters snapped photos with their cell phones. The monkey escaped and is currently still at large.
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He wanted to be known as a stand-up guy, even in death. To fulfill his last wish, the body of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina, who was found dead underneath a bridge in Puerto Rico, was propped upright in the living room of his mother's San Juan home. A local funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the body standing upright for his three-day wake.
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A German candy story took the meaning of a sugar high to a whole new level when it was discovered that the shop's treats were laced with hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana. Police nabbed the 23-year-old owner of the shop and shuttered the place, leaving some to get their sugar fix elsewhere.
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An elderly woman fell down a baggage chute after placing herself, rather than her bags, on the baggage belt. The woman, preparing to depart from Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport for Germany, misunderstood instructions and lied down on the belt and was swept off to the baggage handling center. There is a silver lining though: She managed to catch her flight.
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An Imperial Splash
It was loss of face -- and then some -- when a Western man decided to go skinny dipping in a moat ringing Japan's Imperial Palace. The man attracted a huge crowd in a busy Tokyo business district, and also the ire of two policemen who had to chase him in row boat and deflect the rocks and water the skinny dipper threw their way.
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A Wee Home Remedy
Who knew infant urine worked as an anti-inflammatory? World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko evidently swears by it. The Ukrainian boxer didn’t pull any punches about the way he soothes his fists after a big fight when he admitted wrapping his hands with his 3-year-old's urine-infused diapers to reduce swelling. He says he got the idea from his grandmother.
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Bozo in the Buff — all year long!
Multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter. But 16 graduates from the San Francisco's Clown Conservatory, looking to raise money for the disease, have managed get in some giggles by letting it all hang out.
The group unveiled its 2009 naked clown calendar, which features the jolly jokesters posing in nothing but their birthday suits.
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The note handed to a Fifth Third Bank teller Friday was clear enough (despite some language errors): "Be Quick Be Quit. Give your cash or I'll shoot."What was even clearer to FBI investigators examining the note was that they were not dealing with a criminal mastermind. The alleged robber, identified Monday as Thomas Infante, 40, of Cary, had written it on the back of his own pay stub, which helpfully provided the FBI with his name and home address."It's fairly unusual that we see something that specifically stupid," said FBI spokesman Ross Rice. "But overall, we see a lot of strange bank robberies."
His demand note, written inside the bank on a torn half of his pay stub, matched up with the other half, which was found outside the bank doors. The pieced-together stub showed Infante was paid $165.99 by Jewel Food Stores on Oct. 23, according to the FBI.
Infante was arrested at his Cary home and allegedly confessed to investigators, according to the FBI affidavit.
Georgia Sex Offenders Must Hand Over Internet Passwords
A law is set to take effect in Georgia Thursday that requires sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses.
Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders. But the state is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.
conviction on sex offenses but was never in Utah's court or prison system.
No one in Georgia has challenged the law yet. But critics say it threatens the privacy of sex offenders and places an additional burden on law enforcement officials.
State Sen. Cecil Staton, who wrote the bill, says the measure is designed to keep the Internet safe for children. Authorities could use the passwords and other information to make sure offenders aren't stalking children online or chatting with them about off-limits topics.
It's not stealing- it's gathering different things from the internet and putting it together for us to view. Keep up the good work. I visit every day.
As a New Year arrives, here are 10 wacky laws that remain on the books across the country:
1. In Billings, Mont., it is illegal for anyone to sell, harbor or give away rats as pets or toys for any purpose other than to feed snakes or birds of prey. Scientists, however, can keep lab rats.
2. Using profanity is against the law on playgrounds and in public parks in Columbia, Md.
3. The last Sunday in June each year is Log Cabin Day in Michigan.
4. In Michigan, it is legal to kill a dog for attacking chickens, livestock or people, but you can't snuff the pooch in a high altitude decompression chamber or by electrocution.
5. In West Virginia, anyone who taunts someone who decides not to participate in a duel or who declines to accept a challenge is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to $100.
6. In Kentucky it is illegal to sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits that have been dyed or colored. It is also illegal to dye or color baby chicks, ducklings, fowl or rabbits. And unless they are at least two months old, the aforementioned animals must be sold in batches of six.
7. At shooting ranges in Massachusetts, it is illegal to shoot at targets depicting a human -- whether as a figure, effigy or a silhouette -- unless you're a public safety officer performing official duties.
8. In Alabama it is against the law to alter the natural appearance of the teeth of a horse or mule to make the animal appear younger than it actually is.
9. In Alabama anyone performing a marriage rite is entitled to a fee of $2 per marriage.
10. In Alabama it is against the law to exploit a bear by promoting, engaging in or being employed at a bear wrestling match, or by subjecting a bear to surgical alteration of any kind, including, but not limited to, declawing, tooth removal and severing tendons.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The singer called her recent album 'E=MC2', but rather than reference the famous equation, she declared the tile stood for "emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two".
Mathematician Dr David Leslie said that he was upset that the singer had had "misread the algebra".
"The 'two' in the equation means C squared, not MC multiplied by two," he explained. "The correct reading of the equation is E=MCC, so perhaps Mariah's re-interpretation should have been 'emancipation equals Mariah Carey Carey'?"
Text Messages a Colossal Rip-Off?
Wireless carriers charge up to 20 cents per message, but what does the service actually cost providers? Virtually nothing
In the past few years, people seem to be forgoing the conventional phone conversation to punching in short text messages on tiny keypads, all while mobile phone carriers have cashed in lucratively.
Sensing a potential rip-off, Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl, the chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, began to take a closer look at the doubling of prices American carriers were charging customers.
"Text messaging files are very small," the senator said, "as the size of text messages are generally limited to 160 characters per message, and therefore cost carriers very little to transmit."
Text messages aren't just tiny, they're also free riders tucked into control channels, or space reserved for operation of the wireless network. The channel uses space whether or not a text message is inserted. This explains why a message has limited character space.
Driver in hot water after loader falls through ice
A Minnesota snowplow operator is in hot water with his boss after driving a $200,000 loader into a frozen river.
Mike Raymond was clearing snow from county parking lots early Monday when he decided to also clear off a boat ramp on the frozen Red Lake River in Crookston. Raymond says he wanted to make it easier for people who pull fish houses on trailers onto the river. He so happens to have a fish house on the river himself — but told the Grand Forks Herald that’s not why he wanted to clear the area.
The John Deere 544 loader slid down the cement ramp, through the ice to the river bottom. Emergency workers quickly helped Raymond out, but it took hours to retrieve the loader. Raymond’s boss says he will be disciplined.
Monday, December 29, 2008
A Wilkes-Barre, Pa. family did not realize they had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.
Stanley Carter surrendered Friday after police took a dog to search the home in Plains Township, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. He was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
"When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers," homeowner Stacy Ferrance said. "From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes."
Wrong man arrested in 'same name' bungle
Police arrested and detained an innocent man on the weekend because he had the same name as a wanted suspect.
Richard, 21, whose last name cannot be used for legal reasons, said he was detained at the police station in Darwin's Mitchell St on Saturday because of a "communication bungle".
Police confirmed the wrong man had been arrested and the incident would be investigated.
The arrest occurred when an officer in an unmarked police car pulled the university student over for a random breath-test on East Point Rd about 9pm.
Richard, of Parap, said he had a nil blood alcohol reading but after the officer checked his details through the radio, he returned and arrested him.
"He said, 'Can you please step out of your car, there is a warrant out for your arrest'," Richard said. "I was surprised and I was trying to think about what I could have done."
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The world's best attention-getter!
Would-be assailants are going to pull a U-turn when they see you pull out these Blast Knuckles. Aiming is just as easy as punching, and one tap delivers a massive 950,000V payload. The unique, patented design is comfortable to hold, easy to grip and fits in almost any hand.
Forget calling an 800 number for customer service. One Bolingbrook man simply dialed 911.
Police say John A. Pighee Jr., 58, of 610 Preston Drive was unhappy with the service he received at a Bank of America branch.
So, shortly before noon Monday, he picked up his cell phone, called police and reported a robbery at the bank, 111 Lily Cache Lane, while he was there.
"As odd as it sounds, we took a bank robbery (call) from the bank robber," Lt. Ken Teppel said.
Teppel said the man had attempted withdrawing some money that the bank had a hold on. When the bank wouldn't release the funds, "he stated he was going to shut the bank down."
"He picked up his cell phone, called 911 and reported that the bank was being robbed," Teppel said. "He never relayed to the employees he was going to rob the bank, and he never showed a weapon."
After about 15 to 20 minutes of talking by phone with the branch's employees from the parking lot, police determined the bank was not, in fact, being robbed. They promptly entered the building and arrested Pighee.
He was charged with felony disorderly conduct, Teppel said.
"It was one of the most unusual calls we have received," he said.
Man attempts to go home for holidays - by fire truck
South Salt Lake police have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home - to Washington - for Christmas. South Salt Lake police Detective Gary Keller says firefighters on a medical call heard the $500,000 truck's air horn blaring and ran outside, where they found a man in the driver's seat trying to drive away. After a lengthy struggle during which the engine traveled about 50 feet, firefighters were finally able to subdue the man until police arrived. Police say the 25-year-old man told them he wanted to travel to Washington to see his mother for Christmas.
Wonder what kind of mileage does that thing get?
He must have thought since it was a fire truck he would get "FREE Fuel"
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority said 196 billboards in the London area promising better sex provoked a flood of complaints.
The agency said the 196 billboards in and around London advertising the products of the Advanced Medical Institute, which was banned from executing a similar ad campaign in its native Australia, prompted 249 complaints in only eight days, The Daily Mail reported Friday.
A spokesman for the authority said the number marked a "high volume" of complaints for a "short space of time."
The advertisement reads: "Want Longer Lasting Sex?"
The Dodge Charger -- the same Detroit muscle car the Dukes of Hazzard used to get away from the law -- is now in the hands of the colleagues of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane
The Florida Highway Patrol's got 50 of 'em -- unmarked -- ready to sneak up on the unsuspectin'.
Their ride is silver with dark tinted windows and blue-and-red lights cleverly concealed around the window edges.
"Gets 22 miles to the gallon,'' says State Trooper John Sessa. "This car's got 350-360 horsepower. Zero to 100 in a half-mile."
In this real-life drama, the dukes don't get away when they hear sirens and step on the gas.
Sessa gets to say one of his favorite lines -- "I need to see your license, registration, and proof of insurance, please" -- twice in just twenty minutes.
Them bad guys are in a heap o' trouble!
A family talking during a movie enraged a nearby viewer so badly that he shot the father in the arm.
Philadelphia police say James Joseph Cialella Jr, 29, shot the man after a brief altercation inside the Riverview Movie Theatre.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm.
Cialella was still inside the theater when police arrived. He was found with a black Kel-Tec .380 handgun on the front of his waist.
Police arrested and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated assault, violation of uniform firearms act, possession of an instrument of a crime, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
One catch, they didn't own anything they sold.
Police say when Jerry and Teresa Dyess moved out of their fully furnished rental home in March, they sold everything at a garage sale. The owner of the house filed a complaint.
The couple's names were placed on the National Crime Information Center.
When Teresa Dyess was stopped Monday on a traffic violation in Bossier City, La., she was arrested on a grand larceny warrant from Natchez. Jerry Dyess was arrested when he came to bail Teresa Dyess out.
Both were being held in the Natchez jail on $7,500 bond each pending an initial court appearance
Debra Rogoff of Irvine, California bought a box of Crackerjacks from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it — an envelope stuffed with $10,000.
Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter's find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?
"We just thought, 'This is someone's money,"' she said. "We would never feel good about spending it."
Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.
Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside. In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.
The Lake Forest woman, whose identity was not released, had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money.
Luckily for her, the box of Annie's Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10.
The Rogoffs never heard from the woman and didn't receive a reward.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan
The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.
Four blue pills. Viagra.
"Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.
The enticement worked. The officer, who described the encounter, returned four days later to an enthusiastic reception. The grinning chief offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes -- followed by a request for more pills.
Angry wife charged with biting husband's Penis
A 27-year-old Deltona woman told authorities she bit her husband's penis because she didn't want to have sex with him. Charris Bowers was arrested Saturday by a Volusia County sheriff's deputy, accused of misdemeanor battery. A judge set her free Sunday without requiring her to post bail.
According to a sheriff's office report, the Bowerses had been to a bar Friday night. Delou Bowers told authorities that when they got home, his wife began to perform oral sex on him but then began to bite his penis.
He tried to stop her, he told a deputy, but she kept at it. He then began to punch her in the head and pushed her to the floor, and she let go, according to the arrest report.
Charris Bowers gave the officer two versions of what happened. She first said she was sitting on the couch when her husband walked over and put his penis in her mouth, according to the report."She then bit it to get him away from her," the report said. She later said her husband walked over with his penis exposed, and she bit it.
Either way, the deputy saw the injury, photographed it then arrested Mrs. Bowers.
Pastor furious over you-know-what ads on church
A pastor is fuming over dozens of posters advertising penis enlargements and abortions that were plastered over the walls of a landmark church in King William’s Town.
Father Charles Lagan of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church yesterday said enough is enough and called the numbers printed on the adverts, after efforts to pull them down only encouraged the pasters to put up more.
One of the advertisers promised to send people from East London to remove them from the church wall.
But they never arrived.
A flustered Lagan said the posters, which had been a familiar sight around the town, started appearing on the church’s walls about two weeks ago.
"We pulled them down, only to have them put up again."
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Prosecutors joined Anderson's lawyers in asking for his immediate release, but severe winter storms closed the court and helped delay the necessary paperwork.
It's unclear how soon Anderson could get out of the Walla Walla state penitentiary in eastern Washington; his family in Los Angeles is eager to see him whenever he arrives.
"All the family's talking about James coming home, James coming home!" said his mother, Yuralene Spencer of Los Angeles. "Everyone is so happy, full of joy, like God gave us the best present we ever had."
Anderson actually had to fight two robbery accusations. Records from California showed he met with his probation officer in Los Angeles on April 12 _ the same day he was initially accused of robbing a payday-loan store in Washington's Pierce County. Prosecutors in Washington dropped that charge.
But they soon accused him of a different robbery _ one at a Safeway store in Tacoma four days earlier, on April 8. Two other robbery suspects fingered him. Both received significant time off their own sentences for cooperating.
Anderson again insisted he was innocent, and offered the same alibi: He could not have committed the crime because he was in California. Probation records would again prove it, he said.
The signs, which were put up by pranksters in and around Nottingham, are designed to look official.
They feature a toilet sign and include the words: "Public Urination Permitted After 7.30pm".
Nottingham City Council is now urging the public to ignore the notices as it sets about removing them.
The prank also featured a laminated note, headed with the logo of Nottingham City Council.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police said Tuesday.
Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged gunmen lined up before journalists. Soldiers wearing ski masks guarded the 23-year-old model and the suspects.
Zuniga was arrested shortly before midnight on Monday at a military checkpoint in Zapopan, just outside the colonial city of Guadalajara, said Jalisco state police director, Francisco Alejandro Solorio.
Zuniga was riding in one of two trucks, where soldiers found a large stash of weapons, including two AR-15 assault rifles, .38 specials, 9mm handguns, nine magazines, 633 cartridges and $53,300 in U.S. currency, Solorio said.
Nylon and Neon said...
What a waste of a great body. (Going to Prison)