Australia does not seem to be governed by the same sense of political correctness that exists here in America. Recently there was an uproar about a talent show in which white performers in black face and Afro wigs impersonated the Jackson Five. Now Australian horse racing officials set up a race for entertainment at a meeting planning the Victoria state annual carnival. What could be wrong with that? The Midget Cup consisted of three men, each with a midget dressed as a jockey riding piggyback, running a 50 meter course. So now there is another hue and cry about insensitivity and offensiveness. I wonder who will next be offended in the spirit of 'harmless fun' . http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091014/od_nm/us_racing_australia
A few months from now a new computer is coming out called the Spacebook which is a dual screen laptop. It's made by a company called Gscreen. It will be able to run Windows 7 (which comes out October 22nd). The price of it is expected to be under $3000.
A 22 year old German journalism student who, apparently, was not well trained in travel etiquette was injured today. Upon being kicked off of a train because he did not have a ticket he became upset. So he did the most mature thing he could think of and mooned the rail staff. But, he got too close to the closing doors allowing his pants to become caught. The young man was then dragged approximately 200 meters along the platform and on to the tracks. Fortunately a quick thinking passenger pulled the emergency brake. Cuts and bruises were the worst of the lucky guy's injuries. Then again he might not be too lucky, he's facing charges due to his actions and the delays they caused. He may also face monetary penalties. He has said he is sorry though, so hopefully he's learned something here. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091012/od_nm/us_germany_bottom
News of the Weird / Pro Edition
October 12, 2009
(mystifying and/or derisory news from October 3-10)
Politics for Keeps in the F State
In Broward County, Fla., the Republican Club held its meeting at a gun range, and one U.S. House candidate wrote the incumbent Democrat's initials on the target he was firing at. Then a Democratic former Broward official, who is also the father of the current county mayor, showed up at his daughter's home waving a gun (because he's running for office again, and his daughter had declined to endorse him). Pennsylvania has grim issues, also: Two mayors and a city councilman on November ballots aren't in danger . . but only because they're already dead. South Florida Sun-Sentinel /// Miami Herald /// Associated Press via PennLive.com
If 80-yr-olds Are Running Marathons, You're Gonna Need Some Catheters
An 81-yr-old runner in Minnesota made it to Mile 21 before his urethra totally failed him. As he lamented his condition at a race station, hating to quit but needing to get to a hospital before his bladder burst, a bystander said he just happened to have a catheter out in the car. Our man went off and self-administered, "evacuated," and finished the race. St. Paul Pioneer Press
Tattoos Are for Sissies; You Want to Show Commitment
Many of Cape Town (South Africa)'s ethnic "coloured" (mixed-race) teenagers have somehow convinced themselves that it's really cool to have their upper front teeth pulled. Identity, maybe. Community pride. (They're oppressed so it's politically incorrect to call them "idiots.") The rest of South Africa, who uncoolly retain their upper front teeth, started the rumor that coloureds do it to facilitate oral sex, so maybe they've got that going for them. Daily Telegraph (London)
All You Need to Know About Australia
Local residents, worried that visitors for the Bathurst 1000 auto race would get wasted and cause trouble, cracked down, imposing disturbingly onerous restrictions, such as a daily per-person maximum of 24 cans of beer. Reuters via Yahoo
GPS Comes of Age
Two more breakthroughs made possible by global satellite signals: (1) The cleanup of the Hanford (Wash.) nuclear reservation will go somewhat faster because now helicopters can pinpoint exact locations (among the site's 500-plus square miles) of radioactive rabbit poop that has to be scooped up from rabbits that have eaten contaminated plants. (2) Now, finally, at long last, copulators can upload the precise locations of their most recent sessions, forming a global database of . . what? Seattle Post-Intelligencer /// Daily Telegraph /// IJustMadeLove.com
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