Friday, October 16, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Man 'wakes with penis tattoo'
A man from northern Sweden woke to discover a six-inch penis tattooed on his leg after drinking a full bottle of vodka the night before.
The last thing I remember is leaving my apartment. The 27-year-old named Joel was only told about how he gained the body art by his friends the next day.
On admiring a moustache tattoo on his friend's finger in a bar, the man was overheard by a tattoo artist who said that he would ink him on the condition that he had complete freedom over the design.
"I found out afterwards who it was. He works at a studio here. But I went along with it, he didn't exactly force me."
Earlier this year, a Belgian teenager admitted to lying about falling asleep before being tattooed with 56 stars across her face.
Apartment Complex Bans Flying the American Flag
An Oregon apartment complex is banning its residents from flying American flags, not only from their dwellings but also their vehicles.
Residents' outrage started when Jim Clausen, whose son is in the military and on his way back to Iraq, was told he couldn't fly an American flag from the back of his motorcycle.
If he didn't take the flag down, he was told he'd face eviction, the station reported.
"It floored me," Clausen told the station. "I can't believe she was saying what she was saying. It [the flag] stands for the people that can no longer stand - who died in wars. That's why I fly the flag."
Sharron White, a long-time resident, was told by management to take down the flag she's flown on her car for eight years because "someone might get offended."
"I just said to her, 'They'll just have to get over it,'" White told the station.
The ban also applies to flag stickers on cars, as well as sports flags.
Lottery Hoax Causes Riot at Ohio Coat Store
A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she'd won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.
Angry customers threw merchandise around and looted, leaving the store looking as though a hurricane had passed through it, police said.
Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree that began when she hired a stretch Hummer limousine to drop her off at a Burlington Coat Factory store, police Sgt. Lt. Michael Deakins said. Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person's merchandise up to $500, he said.
"Well, of course, people like to hear that," Deakins said. "Apparently they were in line calling relatives who were not at the store and told them to come."
People flooded the registers as cashiers began ringing up purchase after purchase, but Brown had not yet paid the bill, Deakins said. At least 500 people filled the aisles and another 1,000 were outside trying to get in, he said.
"She was telling people she won $1.5 million," Deakins said. "But it ends up she didn't win anything. She had no money to pay for anything."
About an hour later, Brown had the limousine driver take her to a bank to withdraw money, but she returned empty-handed, police Detective Steven Nace said. By then, store employees had called in two dozen police officers to handle the crowds.
'Happy splashier' driver charged
A woman is facing charges of 'careless and inconsiderate driving' after deliberately driving through a puddle at high speed to soak a group of people waiting at a bus stop. The charge carries a fine of up to £2,500.
Police began to investigate after they received complaints about a clip of the incident, which was posted on YouTube.
The clip, taken from inside the Kerry Callard's vehicle, is accompanied by her male passenger's commentary as the car travels along down Weston Hill in Plymouth.
"Here we go, ready to drench the kids..." the passenger begins.
"Puddle at the bottom of the hill coming up, kids at the bottom of the hill – come on!" he continues excitedly, as the car drives through the puddle, soaking the bystanders.
"That was brilliant! Awesome!" he shouts, laughing.
Police said 29-year-old Callard had contacted them voluntarily about the incident last Thursday and the evidence was now being reviewed.
"Although driving through standing water may be seen as a bit of fun, potentially it is very dangerous. Not only is it showing no consideration to the pedestrians who may get a soaking, but it could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle due to the force of the water snatching the wheel from the hands, or by the vehicle aquaplaning," the spokesman added.
Callard has claimed the children asked to be splashed and would not have done it otherwise.
"The fun factor is mostly gone from life these days but they were playing in puddles, like kids always have done. If the kids weren't saying 'Splash me, splash me', I certainly wouldn't have done it. I'm not a serial splasher."
1 In 7 Girls Got Pregnant At Robeson High School
It is a Chicago public school full of energy and spirit. It has about 800 girls, and 115 of them have something in common – something you might find disturbing.
All those young ladies are moms or moms-to-be at Paul Robeson High School. It's not a school for young mothers, it's a neighborhood school. And all of the pregnancies have happened, despite prevention talk.
If you want to know why, the people closest to the situation say there's no simple explanation.
Chicago Public Schools says it does not track the overall number of teen moms in the district. But Robeson Principal Gerald Morrow knows the count at his school in Englewood: 115 young ladies who are either expecting or already have had children.

Man busted with weed stuck to forehead
Police in Lebanon, Pennsylvania said they've nabbed a real pothead. They said an officer spotted 29-year-old Cesar Lopez inside a convenience store with a bag of marijuana stuck to his forehead. Investigators said Lopez was seen peering inside his baseball cap early Saturday morning in Lebanon, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. When Lopez looked up, the officer noticed a small plastic bag appearing to contain marijuana stuck to his forehead.
Police said the officer peeled the bag off Lopez's forehead and placed him under arrest. He has been charged with drug possession. Police do not know whether Lopez has an attorney.
Authorities say the sweatband of a baseball cap is a frequent hiding place for drugs.
For Ala. man, XXXXXXX marks spot for traffictickets
"Racer X's" vanity plate just does not compute in city computers - and it's helped him rack up about $19,000 in tickets in Birmingham, Ala.
Scottie Roberson bought a vanity plate with seven X's to pay homage to his racer nickname. But that causes a bit of a snafu when parking patrols put the plate into the system. Officials usually put seven X's in place of the number for cars without license plates.
Roberson said the mix-up has led him to get as many as 10 tickets in a day.
Birmingham Traffic Engineer Gregory Dawkins said the city may change the system to keep Roberson from receiving more tickets. He says "maybe we just need to leave that part blank altogether."
Texas police find woman, 45, living with corpse
A 45-year-old Big Sandy, Texas woman has been committed for mental evaluation after authorities say she lived in an apartment for a week with her dead boyfriend's body. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Big Sandy police were flagged down by a man Friday who reported a stench coming from his sister's apartment.
Once inside, police found 50-year-old William Drake dead on a couch. From the condition of the corpse, police believe he had been dead about a week.
According to police Lt. Van Burr, the woman said Drake "didn't want to leave the apartment."
Burr said Drake died of natural causes and had recently stopped his dialysis treatments. He said Drake had lived for 10 years with the woman, who had been hospitalized for mental illness before. Burr declined to reveal her name.
Big Sandy is about 100 miles east of Dallas.