Thorpe Park in Chertsey. England has a new rule for guests to follow while on the rides. Scream all you wish, just don't raise your arms. Riders are required to keep their elbows at their sides or they can be kicked off rides. Repeat offenders face expulsion from the park. Are there safety concerns causing this new rule with such strict enforcement? Actually the problem is B.O., that's right body odor. Mike Vallis, director of the park, says there have been complaints about smelly patrons raising their arms and subjecting fellow riders to their sweaty armpits.
Mr. Vallis also indicated that with high temperatures and such scary rides people sweat more, which made the rule necessary for the comfort of all the park guests. Once again an attempt to protect everyone from everything. I've got an idea, if you are that sensitive stay home and let hardier souls enjoy their day. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/08/18/BO-keeps-elbows-down-on-coasters/UPI-69831250631532/
Back in Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 26 I showed you a plant that contacts you using Twitter. I have now found one that follows the sun so it can get all the light it needs called Plantbot. It's made by the people at Play Coalition.I think this would probably creep people out when they visit your house.
From the BBC children's science show "Bang Goes The Theory...", engineer Jem Stansfield builds himself a giant vortex cannon, and tries to knock down buildings made of straw, wood and bricks...
Impressive, though I'm sure the "Big Bad Wolf" would not have had much of a problem if the third little pig had likewise left out the mortar. Mind you, one of these is just what I need to keep the neighborhood cats out of my garden!
A raid on a Kent, Great Brittan butcher shop/slaughter house saved the lives of two illegal aliens. It seems illegals were promised a safe, productive life in Great Brittan but that is not what was happening. Instead they were being murdered and their organs harvested for transplant. The freezers at the slaughter house contained human remains, but according to one policeman, little more than bones were left. Local Parrish Councilor, Des Robinson, was quoted as saying, "We always knew the sausages were something special, but not that special. It rather puts new meaning to 'full of eastern promise'. I doubt everyone will take it that well if it is proved that is what happened to the rest of the remains. http://news-ebc.co.uk/asylum2.htm
Normally I am as pro-police as anyone. But here I will present you with a couple of examples of, shall we say, over zealousness in enforcing the letter of the law. If fact one is more an example of fraudulent enforcement.
It was a hot summer day in New York, so Richard Lee decided to help his 10 year old daughter, Clementine, set up a lemonade stand at the park. In just 20 minutes they sold 10 glasses of lemonade. Then suddenly they were surrounded by parks department officers demanding rather harshly to see a permit. Of course the father and child did not have one for a kid's lemonade stand so they received a $50 ticket. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and the commissioner of the parks department, Adrian Benepe, has dismissed the ticket and stated it was a result in improper enforcement of city regulations. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/08/16/Girl-gets-50-ticket-for-lemonade-stand/UPI-38791250452055/
In Manhattan, New York Shavit Mekeiten parked in an unrestricted space at 3:30 am Thursday morning. After carefully looking for restricting signage he felt his car was finr there till Friday. Six hours later the department of transportation came by with a work order to increase the New Zealand consolate's diplomatic parking by one space. The D.O.T. workers moved the diplomatic parking only sign behind Mr. Mekeiten's car infront of it. Next a city tow truck came along and towed the car over the protests of witnesses to the sign being moved. After spending $180 for the tow, $95 for the parking ticket, and an entire day of his time to get his car back, Mr. Mekeiten is contemplating legal action. But as he points out, that will just cost him more time and money in the long run. http://www.nypost.com/seven/08102009/news/regionalnews/car_towed_after_sign_switcheroo_183787.htm
Our first bad boy is 55 year old Thomas Everett of Salisbury, Massachusetts. He started off trying to be a good guy. Feeling remorseful over a 1997 arrest in which he gave the police a hard time, he took coffee to the local police department. He even apologized for his previous bad behavior. Unfortunately, the next day, while being arrested for drunk driving he pretty much repeated the behavior. I guess the Salisbury police have free coffee to look forward to in 2021, provided Mr. Everett is still with us that is. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090814/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_wild_arrest_redux
Next we have Peter Allan Steele, 38 of Redwood,California. Mr. Steele was ringing doorbells in the nude. All 6 foot 7 inches and 250 pounds of him. He also evaded the police while driving drunk, ran into someone's house and then into the woods before being apprehended. I bet he was tired, that sounds like a full day. http://www.wftv.com/news/20378072/detail.html
Finally we have an anonymous patient of Dr. Paul Arnold of Cape Coral, Florida. Perhaps a previous patient now. The unnamed patient was upset over not receiving a prescription he requested. Dr. Arnold made the mistake of turning his back on the unhappy man. The patient attacked the doctor, biting him several times. During the attack the tip of one of the doctor's fingers was bitten off. Dr. Arnold was taken to the hospital along with the fingertip, which was recovered. I wonder if the good doc will have to take the rabies series. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/13/ap/strange/main5240591.shtml
Paul Di Filippo
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