Apperently not till the bill is paid, even in an emergency. A 62 year old Caroll County, Ohio man was missing after leaving home upset and with several bottles of pills. During the overnight search involving the State Highway Patrol, Carroll County Sheriff Department, 2 k-9 units, several area fire departments and 100 volunteers Verizon Wireless was asked to turn on his phone to help locate him. The operator refused to do so until the Sheriff agreed to pay $20 of the man's past due bill. The man was found by searchers just before payment arrangements were made. He was nonresponsive and had to be transported to the hospital. Find the full story at- http://www.obscurestore.com/
For those of you who are not already aware, May 25 is Towel Day, a celebration of the life and literature of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
If you want to see some pictures of froods in the know, they have their own group on Flickr
Your Daily Loser(s) - You might think you need to have some brains to get into college, but apparently not always. Three 18 year-old Salem State College students wandered into the local police station to report an accident. They were advised that they needed to wait for an officer on patrol to come by and take their statements. So, they decided to hang out in the parking lot... and have a few drinks to pass the time. The Story.
Jury Duty - Someone needs to explain to these guys that you don't literally have to break into Show Business. The Goffney twins of South Jersey have had a few run-ins with the law, and are now accused of more than 30 rooftop breakins. But their main goal is to make it big in the gay porn industry. The Story.
A man in rual Nantou County Tiawan was bitten by a rat snake last Monday. Not that unusual, except that he was sitting on the toilet at the time. And the snake was in the toilet. They say two heads are better than one, but not this time, as the snake bit him on the penis. At least it wasn't a poisonous snake. Story here- http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090511/od_nm/us_snake_odd
It seems matchmaking flights aren't just for gays anymore. Air New Zealand is offering a 'Lonely Hearts' flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, NZ this fall. The flight, which is to take place on October 13, is for single Americans looking to meet single kiwis for romance. There will be theme food and drinks, as well as games and other entertainment. Sounds like fun! See the story at- http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20090515/959/tod-air-new-zealand-eyeing-world-s-first.html.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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