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.
In this age of "You can't sue me because I'm suing you first!", the idea of a lawsuit against a theme park such as Sea World or Disney World is not so weird. However, the Orlando Sentinel was kind enough to prepare a website listing all of the lawsuits against all of the area's theme parks. Most of them are your basic slip-and-fall types, but some are completely off the wall. For instance, at Busch Gardens, "A woman said she concocted blood infections after a vulture at a bird show landed on her leg and clawed it." And at Epcot Center, "A woman said she suffered bleeding in her brain due to the G-forces and jerking movements on the Mission: Space ride." But I think my favorite is the woman from Wet and Wild who "said she was struck in the head and neck and injured by an umbrella that blew out of a mount in a storm."
Your Daily Loser - Andrew Wilson of Bristol is the first person to ever be convicted of getting a dog drunk. Wilson was looking after the American Bulldog when he got the bright idea to give the dog a can of Stella Artois beer. Of course the beer came after he had already forced the poor dog to drink some Vodka. The Story. I guess if you're going to make a dog drunk, you should stick with the premium alcoholic beverages.
Jury Duty - George C. Dalmas III used to work for the CIA. I say used to because he was arrested and charged with seventeen burglaries in the McLean, Virginia, area. And sure, he took money and jewelry, but police also recovered more than 1,000 pairs of women's underwear. The Story. // The Mugshot.
Don't try this at home!! I think I am more disturbed by the sand and gravel eating at the beginning of the video. Don't miss the interview with his gastroenterologist --but why no interview with the guy's dentist?
Also, I think it is time to change gastroenterologists!!
There is a need in our complex society for a device which can be placed over the mouth and into which a person may yell or scream but which muffles the sound so others are not disturbed. Such a device would even be more useful if it provided an indication of the intensity of the sound thereby providing feedback to the user.
It is a general object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which can be placed over the mouth to receive and muffle sound from the mouth. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which provides means for measuring and indicating the intensity of the sound which is muffled.
There would seem to be a prior art issue here, because I did a news search and found a story about a woman, Diane Berkowitz, who was selling a scream muffler in 1985 described as a "silver-colored sphere which opens to reveal some sort of sound-absorbent acoustic foam." Maybe because Berkowitz didn't add blinking lights to indicate the scream intensity, the Figones were able to claim their device was unique.
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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