Who wouldn't enjoy finding this beneath the tree on Christmas day?
Shit Box is a lightweight portable cardboard toilet, made specifically for outdoor use. The box pops up from a convenient 14 inch flat pack to a rigid, reusable, comfortable toilet. Each box comes with ten degradable poo bags.
What famous sixteenth-century scientist does this passage describe? Answer is in extended (and in the comments).
_________ relates in one of his autobiographies (he wrote three) that he was completely impotent from the age of twenty-one until his marriage at the age of thirty-one; but that after he wed, the union resulted in three children, two boys and a girl...
_________ also suffered from an amazing array of physical problems and ailments, including: stuttering; chronic hoarseness; nasal discharge; heart palpitations; hemorrhoids; indigestion; malaria; gout; chronic itching; hernia; colic; insomnia; dysentery; and a malignant growth on his left nipple. He also had some truly odd physical problems. He wrote that "in 1536 I was overtaken with an extraordinary discharge of urine; and although for nearly forty years I have been afflicted with this trouble, giving from sixty to a hundred ounces a day, I live well."
and the Morning Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Monday
Britain's local councils out of control (1) Lambeth Council (south London) will spend £90k to hire "reflexologists" to deal with unruly adolescents, via such treatment as foot massages. (2) And, by the way, Bournemouth Council issued an edict banning the word "via" (and 18 other Latin terms) because they're too "elitist" and might make people feel bad if they didn't understand them. (3) And a East Cambridge District Council jackbooter closed down a tavern's gentle, half-hour poetry-reading session because the pub had only a "music" license, not a "spoken word" license. Daily Mail///Daily Mail///Daily Telegraph Comments 'british_councils'
She murdered her husband but still might inherit his $1.2m estate
Connecticut law (apparently like other states') has an absolute bar to inheritance only if ya killed the bequeather by 1st or 2nd degree murder. So, theoretically, if you kill a spouse merely by "manslaughter," you're still eligible to cash in, with the decision left up to a probate judge. (The judge might be disinclined to allow this one, seein' as how her methodology was to douse her Mr. Right with gasoline and set him on fire.) Stamford Advocate Comments 'murderer_inherits'
Your Daily Loser
Merle Sorenson, 48, said he drove his Hummer into the Columbia River near Quincy, Wash., because he wanted to see just how far he could get from shore while still being able to back up and get out OK. (Bonus reason: Also, he wanted to clean his tires.) Associated Press via News Tribune (Tacoma) Comments 'merle_sorenson'
Your Daily Jury Duty [no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
Was there domestic violence (a death threat, a beating) between Louise Deeringer, 56, and Guy Dugas, 49, over the whereabouts of Louise's false teeth? Tampa Tribune Comments 'deeringer_dugas'
More Things to Worry About on Monday
Can't Possibly Be True: An Austin, Tex., mother tossed her kid out into traffic because mom thought the girl was a "slut." (Bonus: The kid's four years old.) American-Statesman
Britain's worst fighter hung up his gloves after 300 bouts (with 44 wins, including the last one, on Saturday). Wall Street Journal
Shanghai police busted a gambling ring based on cricket matches (no, not the wicket stuff, cricket crickets) and captured the most notorious, um, cricket whisperer, who could coax even the most reluctant ones to brawl. Agence France-Presse via Herald Sun (Melbourne)
A New Jersey middle-schooler was sent home for causing trouble just by showing up on Halloween dress-up day as, er, Jesus Christ. WCBS-TV (New York City)
The child-protection agency in West Australia state is spending A$500k (US$340k) a year on 24/7 care of a particularly risky 14-yr-old, to keep him out of trouble. The Australian
Comments on More Things to Worry About on Monday? Comments 'worry_081103'
and the Afternoon Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Friday
Leicester University researchers learned by brain probes that when you recognize a celebrity or landmark, it means that there's a specific cell up there for each ID, like, you may have a "Jennifer Aniston cell," or, I guess, a "Carrot Top cell." Daily Mail
Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who's been suspected of cutting corners on all sorts of things for years, was arrested on federal bribery-type charges, caught on video (the prosecutor says) stuffing a $1k payout into her bra. Boston Herald
Your house cat chasing its tail in circles? Break out the Prozac. Dogs and cats do the same OCD things that humans do. MSNBC
A cop directing traffic at an all-day rock concert in a Dallas suburb had his truck stolen at the scene, but fortunately the redneck's escape route took him right past the traffic-director. Dallas Morning News[with guilt-confirming mugshot]
If you're rich and have a horrible phobia (such as of being buried alive), you can address the fear creatively, like building yourself a crypt with food, fresh air, water, and a TV so that if they do make a mistake, you'll survive. Wall Street Journal
Undignified Deaths: A 54-yr-old, longtime "aquaholic" OD'd with a garden faucet (Newbury, England), and an armed robbery suspect accidentally crashed his getaway bicycle, fatally rupturing an artery (Fresno, Calif.). Daily Mail///KSEE-TV (Fresno)
Today's Newsrangers: Sandy Pearlman, Mark Neunder, Bill Wheeler, Candy Clouston, Sam Gaines, Kurt Knochel, Tom Barker, Brendan Brady, Scott Langill, Ken Berkun (and lots 'n' lots who sent in the cop-directing-traffic story) Comments on the Afternoon Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Friday? Comments 'cycle_081031'