Thursday, November 12, 2009

Girl Sneezes Approximately 12,000 Times a Day

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be coughing and sneezing, but for a 12-year-old girl from Virginia, she can’t sit for more than a few seconds without someone saying "bless you."
It’s so bad, on a regular day Lauren Johnson can sneeze more than 12,000 times a day.
"I can't stop sneezing. It goes off about eight to nine times a minute," Lauren said.
The condition, described as "machine gun sneezing," started about two weeks ago when the sixth-grader caught a cold and ever since then she’s been miserable.
"I know this is terrible for her," Lauren’s mom, Lynn Johnson said.
Lauren hasn’t been able to go to school and has visited six different doctors since the non-stop sneezing began. Although there’s no clear diagnosis, one neurologist told the family Lauren’s condition could be "irretraceable psychogenic disorder," which could be triggered by stress, according to the report.
"There's less than 40 cases ever documented ever in the entire world," Johnson said. "Nobody really knows how to treat it, what's going to work, and even in the cases where it might have worked or turned the sneezing off for awhile, a lot of times it comes back again and then you're right back to where you started," she added.
However, there are a few hours when Lauren does not sneeze."It turns off when she sleeps," her mom said. "Only in a deep REM sleep it turns off."

Bra doubles as putting green (for balls or boobs)

A Japanese designer has created a bra that unfolds into a putting green.

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Vice President's Motorcade Involved in Fatal Accident
Vice President Biden's motorcade was involved in a fatal crash early Wednesday that left one man dead.
Biden was not in the armored SUV or limousine that killed the pedestrian on a D.C.-area parkway. Two Secret Service employees were driving the vehicles, which had just been flown back to area from Fort Lewis, Wash., after taking the vice president to a Veterans Day event there.
The crash happened at 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday in Temple Hills, Md., according to the U.S. Park Police.
The employees driving the vehicles remained on the scene and administered first aid to the man who was hit.
The victim name wasn't immediately released.
The Park Police is investigating the accident but details are still unclear.
Topless Coffee Shop Owner Wants to Re-Open
The owner of a topless coffee shop that burned down in an arson fire wants to reopen his business in an office trailer.
Donald Crabtree told the Kennebec Journal he will go before the Vassalboro Planning Board on Tuesday seeking a new business permit. He said he hopes to reopen in a trailer and save money so he can eventually get into a newer building.
The opening of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop last February angered many residents in Vassalboro, a small town outside of Augusta.
Officials continue to investigate the fire that destroyed the shop in June was just hours after Crabtree talked with local officials about making the business more like a strip club.
Man appeals $430 billion Bon Jovi lawsuit
A Massachusetts man is pursuing a $400 billion ($430 billion) lawsuit against Bon Jovi, Time Warner and Major League Baseball, among others.
Last year, Samuel Bartley Steele filed a lawsuit against the defendants for allegedly ripping off his ode to the Boston Red Sox entitled (Man I Really) Love This Team.
According to the complaint, the song was released in October 2004 and performed by the Bart Steele Band.
Mr Steele says he handed out copies to Red Sox executives, sent copies of the song to players, performed it live on local television and sent it to MLB with the idea for a "country" song that would market baseball.
During the 2007 play-offs, Bon Jovi released a song, I Love This Town, which was used by MLB to promote baseball on Time Warner's TBS cable station.
Mr. Steele claimed that frontman Jon Bon Jovi either heard the song when he was campaigning for John Kerry in Boston in 2004 or that some executive passed it along to him.
A district judge ruled that no reasonable jury could conclude there was substantial similarity between the songs and dismissed the claim.
But Red Sox fans don't give up very easily. Mr. Steele has now taken his $US400 billion claim to an appeals court.
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BOSTON SONGWRITER FILES APPEAL IN LAWSUIT AGAINST RED SOX, MLB, TBS, BON JOVI, et al.Dispute Centers on TBS/Major League Baseball Commercial Bart Steele, a songwriter living in Chelsea, MA, has filed an appeal in his lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting, Major League Baseball, The Boston Red Sox, the rock band Bon Jovi, and other defendants. The case is Steele v. Turner Broadcasting et al, case #08-11727, and is pending in federal court in Boston. Steele argues that his song and an MLB/TBS commercial, which he believes was created using his work as a “temp track,” are similar enough to support his claim that the commercial infringes upon his copyright. “Basically, the District Court believed the defendants’ argument that this was all a bunch of coincidences,” Steele says. “But it wasn’t. It was copyright infringement, pure and simple. In 2004, I wrote my Boston Red Sox-based country baseball anthem entitled ‘Man I Really Love This Team.' “I emailed my song and also mailed the song with lyric sheets to the Red Sox and Major League Baseball several times, including in October 2004, June 2005, and June 2006. I also told them I had another version called 'Man I Really Love This Town' that could be used for any team in any town. To this day, neither the Red Sox nor Major League Baseball has denied receiving my letters, song, and lyric sheets. I never heard back from them. “Three years later, MLB’s "I Love This Town" commercial aired on TBS, with Bon Jovi providing the audio. And I started getting phone calls asking me when I had sold my song. The answer was – and is - never. “I was never asked for permission to use my work, much less paid or even given credit for it. Defendants admit, in Court documents, receiving my song in October 2004. Defendants have not denied receiving my letters informing them I had created a derivative work, which replaced “team” with “town.” “Defendants admit “access,” which is a big part of any copyright claim. It is hard to believe TBS and MLB when they say their commercial’s similarities to my song were all a series of unbelievable ‘coincidences.’Steele elaborates, “A close analysis of the MLB/TBS commercial proves that it, and the Bon Jovi audio, was derived from my work,” says Steele. “They left a pretty blatant trail of evidence behind,” “There are just too many places where the visuals match up exactly with my lyrics to be coincidence. For example, at the exact time I am singing "Yawkey Way," the video shows a Yawkey Way street sign, and Bon Jovi is singing "this street." Another obvious example, at the exact time I sing "Tigers," the video shows a Detroit Tigers player."“As for the lyrics, at the end of my song’s bridge I sing "come on and let ‘em know say here we go;" the Bon Jovi audio's bridge ends "come on now here we go again." Compare my song to the MLB commercial and see if you can find all the other 'coincidences.'“In fact, over 50% of the commercial's lyrics are identical to, or paraphrased from my song, according to a number of professional musicians and video experts. “96% of the commercial's frame-cut edits (149 of 155 video sequences) are in perfect synchronization with my song's tempo, beat, and measure. And the commercial and my song are exactly the same length, both fading out at 2:38. Steele says the Court failed to properly consider his experts’ statements, and that is a major reason why he is appealing.“I registered 3 titles as both writer & publisher with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP): 1) 'Man I Really Love This Team' 2) 'Man I Really Love This Town' and 3) 'Man I Love This Team,' and this can easily be confirmed at by title search.“Everyone tells me that this kind of thing happens all the time in the music business even though it’s illegal. The big corporations think musicians will just give up if they have to face a big law firm hired to wear them out. But I’m not giving up.“When ASCAP saw my evidence, their exact words to me were: "We find it very hard to believe this was independent creation on their (Bon Jovi's) part with the whole baseball and video thing."“ASCAP subsequently opened a “Discrepancy” case file and requested statements from me and from Bon Jovi. In fact, an ASCAP title search for “I Love This Town” returns only an ASCAP request to call the “Clearance Line” with respect to the “Discrepancy” on that title code (392590937). I replied immediately to ASCAP’s request. “Bon Jovi never replied to ASCAP’s request. “ASCAP eventually froze all royalties on Bon Jovi’s audio, "I Love This Town," from the MLB/TBS commercial. “Amazingly, Bon Jovi never questioned or challenged ASCAP’s royalty freeze. Actually, since MLBAM (MLB’s non-baseball media/marketing arm) – and not Bon Jovi – owns the copyright to the TBS/MLB commercial, including the audio, maybe it’s not that amazing.”Steele concludes, "Bon Jovi is a major client of MLBAM and has been for years. In fact, Bon Jovi, TBS, and MLB teamed up yet again just this fall to promote baseball on TBS. Please check for yourself, this is all public record."To view and listen to the MLB commercial with Steele’s song, go to www/ To view and listen to the MLB commercial with the Bon Jovi audio, go to further understanding on how this happened
Google: Fenway Sports Group+FSG+Red Sox+MLBAM+Bon Jovi
Prison inmates find drugs in fruit donated by police
Inmates at a state prison discovered some illicit produce last week while unpacking a fruit crate in the facility’s kitchen, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Prisoners working in the mess hall of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Segovia Unit found 25 pounds of marijuana nestled in a crate of bananas and other fruits Friday.
The fruit — which was donated by the Edinburg Police Department — originally came from a produce truck from which officers had seized more than a half a ton of the drug, Police Chief Quirino Muñoz said.
The inmate who found the marijuana immediately reported it to prison guards, and prisoners were strip-searched to make sure they had not taken any of the drugs.

Only in China

He nose all about brandy
Official brandy taster Liu Ge nose he's got to do something about one of the unwelcome side effects of his job.
So after 52 years of swilling up to two liters of brandy a day, he's turned to medics in the Chinese capital Beijing to reduce his massively swollen nose.
"Drinking alcohol has been just like drinking water to me. I had to drink sometimes two liters a day just to test the quality," explained Liu, now 68.
Doctors say he has been left with a condition called rhinophyma, caused by the constant expansion of blood vessels in his nose - now nearly four inches long and two inches wide.
Thats what you call having a "Snoot Full."

Hitting the nail on the head!

A henpecked husband took drastic action when his wife nailed him over his boozing.
Sozzled Lin Ma's disapproving spouse Su, 60, did his head in when he returned from a drinking binge — so he took an eight inch nail and knocked it in to his own skull.
The 66-year-old, of Yuyi, southern China, was rushed to hospital with the head wound.
Stunned medics at the Shantou Medical College were able to remove the nail which astonishingly had missed his brain by fractions of an inch.
Lin said the incident had knocked him out.
He added: "I thought life wasn't worth living so I tried to end it. I woke up with a very bad headache - worse even than the biggest hangover I've ever had."