A gov't fire and rescue service in Britain requires firefighters to use long poles to test ceiling alarms . . because stepladders are dangerous. Daily Mail
Recurring: Vero Beach is the latest F State jurisdiction to use what has become the standard state definition of the area of the ass that must be covered in public (easier to understand if you're good at geometry). TCPalm.com
Sounds Like a Joke (just like other reality-show concepts once did): Someone's Gotta Go (in production at Fox), where employees of an actual small company decide which one of them actually gets laid off. Washington Post
Americorps volunteers in Denver fan out . . to help people with that analog-to-digital TV thing. KUSA-TV
Alfonso Rizzuto walked into the post office in Kingston, Pa., on business, not realizing that right there on the wall was a wanted poster for fugitive Alfonso Rizzuto. Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre)
$9/hour entertainment charge at one of 39 Tokyo "cat cafes," where trendy or lonely people get to pet the kitties while they sip tea. GlobalPost.com
The Pentagon has been dressing pigs in body armor, strapping them into Humvees, and setting off roadside bombs to see if armor helps/hurts with brain injuries (because pigs' brains are like ours!). USA Today
[Jury Duty] Daniel Alexander, 39, charged with killing his mobile-home roommate [top photo is the victim; Alexander's underneath]. Palm Beach Post
This article analyses portrayals of Scottish female herring workers on the covers of romance novels and investigates how far these representations conform to, or subvert, the genre of romantic fiction. Covers are analysed to establish whether they accurately portray Scottish female herring workers at their labour. If romanticisation of the women's working role is evident, the ways in which this manifests itself and the possible reasons for this romanticisation are examined. Composition of images and the mise-en-scene of covers are analysed, as well as aspects concerning the narratives of the novels, and elements of herring processing work that are noticeably absent in the depictions are also considered. These elements excluded from the covers are examined through theory relating to the abject in an attempt to ascertain whether the covers potentially provide models of female empowerment for the reader.
And here are some of the romance novel covers in question.
I'll spare you the trouble of reading the article by summarizing its findings. Gutting herrings is smelly, dirty work. This is not accurately portrayed on romance covers. (Thanks to Dave Monroe!)
Apparently, among the many specialized Japanese fetishes is a fascination with "buruma," the Japanification of "bloomers". These gym shorts for females can look like panties or hotpants. But they can also look like surprisingly unsexy old-lady underwear, as seen to the right. (Well, relatively unsexy, compared to other versions.)
For a galley of buruma images, most definitely NSFW, visit this site. You will probably have to click on the button labeled TOGGLE VISIBILITY OF MATURE CONTENT.
"Florida is embarrassing itself," said a detective, describing the state's loose regulation of drug-dispensing by "pain management centers"' (as opposed to the hundreds of other things she could be referring to). South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Colorado "Focus on the Family" media narrator was charged with focusing on a 15-yr-old girl. Colorado Independent[which by the way is not the Colorado Springs Independent]
One month ago I posted a list of "things that have been found in sewers." To that list I now have to add 100 immigrants, including 24 Afghan children. They've been found living in the sewers beneath Rome. Seems they got down there by removing some manhole covers. I've watched enough horror films to know it's only a matter of time before they become cannibalistic and start pulling victims down into the sewers with them. (Thanks, Sandy!)
I wonder if anyone buys this product just because they like to hear baby sounds:
These are the authentic recordings of infants and toddlers you often read about in magazines, but can never seem to find! Finally, they are all here on one CD - laughing, cooing, gurgling and cryng! Even the dreaded temper tantrum!
Baby Sounds For Pets is the simple way to ease your furry babies into the acceptance of change and keep them in their homes. I know several couples who have happier home with their pets after using this CD.
This is such an easy way to help the animals we love get used to their changing environment! And when pets realize that they are still loved and the new family addition isn't a threat to them, they easily accept the change.
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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