"In the picture-postcard community of North Vancouver, local bottle pickers have created a thriving subculture of shopping-cart racing. Murray Siple, a former snowboarder and sport film director injured in a serious car accident ten years ago, captures the thrill of a high-speed race of one of the men and compares it to extreme sports."
News of the Weird/Pro Edition
February 1, 2010 Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
(datelines January 23-January 30) (links correct as of February 1)
Proudly Insipid Meat, Plus Teen Taxidermist, Porn That Kills, and Aryan Hyperprocreation
One benefit of the "mad cow" panic of the 1990s is that the federal government banned the Scottish face-scrunching, taste-bud-numbing delicacy haggis from our shores. It's a boiled bag of sheep innards, oatmeal, suet, and pepper, and substituting beef innards just didn't work out for expatriate Scots. The Department of Agriculture announced that it would soon lift the ban. The Guardian (London)
Pastor Fred Munger Armfield, 60, of Greenwood, S.C., was arrested just after an encounter with a prostitute, and according to police, confessed. Six days later, he changed his mind and denied that any such "transaction" took place. His legal analysis is that "cash" can't be used to prove a violation of law, citing a court case that he says invalidates "Federal Reserve Notes." (Bonus: The "cash" involved in this transaction was apparently five one-dollar bills.) More from Armfield's petition: "[I am a] descendant of the original Moro-Pithecus Disoch, Kenyapithecus and Afro Pithecus, whose ancestors roamed from that point throughout the world. A living flesh and blood being with sovereign status. A femme couteur [CORRECTION: couleur] libre." (Second Bonus: The party of the second part, Melinda Robinson, is known around town as "Truck Stop.") The Index-Journal (Greenwood)
Another American original is Wolfie Blackheart, 18, of San Antonio, Tex., a self-described tail-wagging werewolf. She has Tourette's syndrome (which causes her to yip). She wears a harness and collar (because she "belongs" to someone). She happens to be an expert animal decapitator, on a career path to taxidermy. That means, though, that she's a perennial suspect any time neighborhood pets go missing. (She swears she only does roadkill.) Express-News (San Antonio)
(Update) April Gaede, the super-white mother whose teen spawn (Lynx and Lamb) made the news four years ago as the duo "Prussian Blue," singing neo-Nazi numbers [NOTW 930, 12-4-2005], is on to a new project. a no-fee matchmaking service for fertile Aryans, to increase their numbers. April said her one regret in life is "the many years that I lost in which I could have produced four to six more children with that ideal eugenic quality that [Lynx and Lamb] possess." The daughters, by the way, have apparently soured of life on the road with Mom. Southern Poverty Law Center blog
(Update) Great Moments in Schadenfreude: The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Paul Powell's death-sentence appeal in a case so legally complicated that it clearly got the best of him. Virginia prosecutors thought it was enough to qualify Powell for the needle if they proved he killed a woman and
Great Britain police are concerned about a new weapon they expect to soon see on the streets. The 'wasp knife' has a needle in the tip attached to a trigger on the handle. When the trigger is pulled a ball of compressed gas is shot into the victim where it expands and freezes the internal organs killing the them. The U. S. made weapon was meant to defend against shark and bear attacks.
Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 31, 2010 -
Someone sent the above picture to CNN, it was taken at the Orlando air marshal field office. As you can see, it's a dry erase board with a Jeopardy-like grid. Written in the squares are insulting references used by the field office managers for groups of passengers. Pickle smokers=gay men, our gang=african-americans, creatures=lesbians and so on. The TSA is investigating now that the picture has been on CNN and they have a clue. Perhaps the TSA should screen potential employees as vigorously as they screen potential fliers. First rule, bigots need not apply.
Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 31, 2010 -
The advertisers have a winning product and presentation here--right up until the moment when they tout horse and buggy racing! Would any red-blooded young lad want to race horses, when he could race cars? That's for the girls!
The Necker Nymph is a $670,000 submersible prototype that is supposed to move through the water like an airplane moves in the sky. Sir Richard Branson, billionaire owner of Virgin, is financing the development of the Nymph for use on his private island. He intends to rent it to guests for $25,000 a week, in addition to the $88,000 the guest must pay for a 7 night stay on the Necker Belle, a luxury Catamaran at the island. The Submersible, which holds the pilot and 2 passengers, is capable of diving to 130 feet for up to 2 hours. It will be delivered for service on 2/20/2010. Branson has plans to build one capable of diving to 35,000 feet at some point.
Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 30, 2010 -
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