Li Chang, a 43 year old fishmonger in China, had a bad experience at work recently. He fell into a tank full of eels. The animals became frightened and started slithering around, some slipping up his pant legs. Then the unthinkable happened. An eel, that was described as being two fingers wide and as long as a man's arm, slithered up his rectum. He was initially too embarrassed to tell anyone, but when he began to feel significant pain he asked for help and was transported to the ER where the eel was removed. There was enough damage to require surgery, but he is expected to recover. That is one hell of a worker's comp claim!
Jerry Douthette and his wife Rosee have a Jack Russell terrier named Kiko . Jerry and Rosee went out and he had a good bit to drink, four or five beers and 2 large margaritas to be specific. Rosee did her wifely duty and hauled him home, where he went and laid down and fell asleep. When he awoke Kiko was on the bed with him, there was a pool of blood around his foot, and half his left great toe was gone. At the hospital Jerry found out he was a diabetic, his sugar was 560, 80 to 120 is normal. The sore he had left untreated on the partially eaten toe was so badly infected that the bone was involved necessitating the amputation of the remainder of the digit. Essentially the dog had saved Jerry because it could smell the life threatening infection. Initially Kiko was to be put down but Jerry changed his mind. Since the dog saved him the Douthettes are keeping it. After the customary quarantine to be sure rabies is not involved of course.
News of the Weird/Pro Edition You're Still Not Cynical Enough
Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
August 2, 2010
(datelines July 24-July 31) (links correct as of August 2)
Scuzzy Brits Get Do-Overs, Plus Momma's Gone, Penile Electrosurgery, and a Violent Buddhist
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It's Fabulous to Be a British Criminal: Here's how it goes down for a British pedophile child-killer: If the "justice" system says he's "paid his debt to society" for his crime, he has a right to a quiet, uneventful life, and if he's so notorious that he can't have it, the government pays for a new identity (estimated cost: £250,000) plus continuing "privacy" protection (estimated cost: £1,000,000 a year). Jon Venables "paid his debt" for killing that two-year-old boy, and then he "paid his debt" for being a serial child-porn-downloader, and he's about to become a free (and expensive to keep) man. Daily Telegraph (July 23)
Garden of Eden "Too Polluted" for Baptisms: Friends of the Earth Middle East made the charge. Apparently, Jesus was baptized just in time, before the sewage and runoff into the Jordan River got too bad. Israel Today
World-Class Optimism: Here's Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana State Police, sincerely hoping that "victims" will come forward with evidence against counterfeiters he just arrested (and he thinks the most likely victims were local drug dealers): "What we are asking today is we want all the drug dealers to call us [if you might have accepted this counterfeit money]. Trust us. Call us." WAVE-TV (Indianapolis)
Those Hardy New York Firefighters: John Giuffrida, 42, retired on a disability pension of about $75,000 a year in 2003, based on asthma and other lung ailments from cleaning up the Sept. 11th Ground Zero. Two years later, he was a regular on the mixed-martial-arts circuit. (Bonus: Still got FDNY attitude! "It's completely different," he says, (a) beating the crap out of people and (b) "running into a building that is on fire with a smoke condition and toxins in the air.") New York Post
Life Imitates a Rodney Dangerfield Joke: An unusual 1922 law in British Columbia obligates adult children to support their parents in hard times, and times are now indeed hard for Shirley Anderson, 71, and she's suing, and there'll be a hearing this week in Vancouver. Shirley and her hard-drinking old man had five kids, and one day, they moved--without telling four of them. Gone for good. On their own. The four grew up OK, if emotionally scarred, and now they're doing much better than Shirley is, but Shirley has that law going for her. PostMedia News via Montreal Gazette
Just, exactly, what's supposed to be WEIRD about this collection of photos on The Denver Post's site I've no real idea. Maybe it's that they're all in color. Or, maybe it's just that they're all from 1939 to 1943. Or, maybe it's that they show us, in stark realization, just how much advancement has been made in the last 70 years. Or could it be that most of us, living today, weren't around to experience this America? You've got to decide on your own but to do that you've got to GO VISIT the site and spend a quarter of an hour in awe of our past.
A company called Anybots is coming out with a workplace robot for the office. An employee, or the boss, can remotely control the robot from home with a laptop. Wi Fi is the only necessity for operation. The robot sends video and audio to the user and verbally communicates the users words. The CEO of Anybots uses one to work from home already. Not even safe when the boss doesn't come in anymore!
Bonus: There is a link in the story that takes you to a neat video of QB (the robot).
Link provided by danny53, thanks Dan.
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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