There are some things that can be done which really shouldn't. But if the advertising company can talk Sony into losing a couple of pieces of equipment, what's the harm? Here's the hook -- buy one of these Sony TV's and get a PS3 -- FREE, FREE, FREE!! They are giving away 25,000 PS3's. Sorry, only available in Australia!!
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Brother and sister Daniel and Tevyn East were traveling close to the Nevada\Utah border at 1a.m. on October 12 when they struck a coyote. As they were going 75 mph they felt there was no use stopping, because surely the animal was killed. The pair continued to their destination in north San Juan. Two fuel stops, 600 miles and 8 hours later when they checked the car for damage they found a live coyote trapped behind the fender. Wildlife officials were called and the animal was eventually freed. The coyote only had scrapes on one paw and actually escaped from where it was being held pending release into the wild, effectively releasing itself. The pictures are interesting and make me wonder just how the animal ended up where it was unharmed. Opinions? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1223087/Pictured-The-coyote-hit-car-75mph-embedded-fender-dragged-600-miles--SURVIVED.html
Duct tape, so versatile that it is used for everything from restraining someone to fixing a rusty bumper, has yet another new use. A 22 year old Norwegian man used duct tape, stockings and boxes to conceal 14 royal pythons and 10 albino geckos on his person in order smuggle them into his country. That's right, he had 24 live reptiles hidden under his clothes. The snakes, which are the smallest of the python family and non-venomous, were in stockings taped to his stomach. The geckos were in boxes taped to his thighs. After all that effort to put all those animals on his body, he got caught because customs found a tarantula in his baggage and searched him. But he saved a bunch of money on his car insurance. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/10/26/international/i081844D06.DTL
News of the Weird / Pro Edition
October 26, 2009 (news from October 17-24)
Ow Ow Owwwww!
"You know any sport has gone off the rails when you have to remove body parts to do it." The New York Times reported that about one in 10 ultramarathoners (the 100-milers) has permanently removed his toenails, which some consider "useless appendages, remnants of claws from evolutionary times," anyway. They're "dead weight." But mainly, shoes give them fits. New York Times
Tex-Ass Justice (New!)
It turns out that at least six different Dallas cops (and their supervisors) wrote up at least 39 citations of drivers in the past three years for the "offense" of "driving while not speaking English." Seriously. The Chief went nuts when he found out. Dallas Morning News
Playing Their Hole Card
Two gay men from Bangladesh have been turned down now three times for asylum by Australian immigration officials who think the guys are faking gayness (and thus faking a fear of being oppressed if forced to return to Bangladesh). It's put-up-or-shut-up time. The men have now offered to prove their orientation once and for all, right there on the floor of the immigration office. Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
Your Weekly Lesson in Multiculturalism
According to Mr. Scott Zirus, 25, an Aussie visiting Texas, or rather, now visiting a jail cell near San Antonio, he's a "Shadoran" and thus has a special sexuality called "neltia (r'neltia for male and l'neltia for female)," he has written, and "neltia" "is unique because it has no boundries [sic]. You are open to love from any age, race, or gender." This may cause some trouble in Texas [Plus . . if the cops don't understand his Aussie accent, he won't be able to drive, either.] Ninemsn.com (Sydney)
The same armored car company that built cars for Tsar Nicholas, Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky are now offering the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition armored car with whale penis leather seats. This SUV also comes with gold plated bulletproof windows, a tungsten exhaust, diamond and ruby encrusted gauges, a external Kevlar coating and three bottles of the most expensive vodka made (RussoBaltique). The asking price for this dorky SUV comes in at a whopping 1.6 million dollars. It's set to be showcased at next years Top Marques show in Monaco. Sydney Morning Herald/Dartz
In Japan, Microsoft and Burger King decided to celebrate the release of Windows 7 with a seven patty high burger. For only 777 yen (about $9) you can purchase this five inch tall, 2500 calorie burger. Daily Mail
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