December 22, 2009

Welcome to Job Island

I hope you're not looking for a job -- at Job Island!!

Job Island from 5-Second Films on Vimeo.



One of a great collection of 5 second films -- check them all out at Vimeo.

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Dec 22, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Work and Vocational Training

Alcohol Is Dynamite



During this season of festive drinking, let us always remember--Sid Davis style--the power of booze.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 22, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: PSA's, Teenagers, 1950's, Alcohol

Just a Mistake

Remember the story we had a while back about the wrong house being torn down? Well this is a variation on the theme. Nilly Mauck of Las Vegas had her locks changed and all her belongings hauled away and discarded because her neighbors got foreclosed on. Yep, the mortgage company had 1157 emptied instead of 1156. When Nilly asked for $200,000 for ALL her belongings they told her nope we'll give you $5000. They, the mortgage company as well as the company contracted to empty the house, claim they do not know where her belongings were discarded. Possibly because they were 'discarded' into someone else's home? Hopefully she gets a lawyer and gets a hunk of that bail out money for her trouble.
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11710384#

Posted By: patty - Tue Dec 22, 2009 - Comments (9)
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December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas India style

Two strange things about this clip -- it is a very interesting take on Santa in India, and Nickleodeon is the producer.



A very different way to celebrate the season!!

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Dec 21, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Foreign Customs

Cool Stuff


A site called The Green Head has some really cool stuff like the above, bacon flavored popcorn! Light saber chop sticks and foot long marshmallows are among the strange items available. Not all of the products are WU worthy, but many of them are. There is also an indoor turkey fryer, which might have been useful to the WFLZ DJs Chuck told us about in his post!
http://www.thegreenhead.com/page1

Posted By: patty - Mon Dec 21, 2009 - Comments (5)
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Sausage Bomb


A 23 year old Chinese man who claimed to be depressed over a break up attempted to rob a restaurant in Benxi Heilongjang Province. After finishing a meal the young man grabbed the daughter of the proprietor and held a knife on her while demanding money from the cash drawer. Other patrons overpowered him then upon police arrival the robber showed them that he was wired with what appeared to be dynamite. When the bomb squad arrived they found that the 'dynamite' was camouflaged sausages. He said the shape of the sausages gave him the idea. I wonder what else he uses sausages for, seeing as dynamite isn't the only thing they resemble.
http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_3608231.html

Posted By: patty - Mon Dec 21, 2009 - Comments (2)
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The Season for Drunken Elves

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 21, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Holidays, Motor Vehicles, Alcohol

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (12-21-2009)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
December 21, 2009
(alarming and/or delicious news from December 12-19)

Bad Week for Justice: Two inmates who between them had spent 63 years in the slammer received "Oops, My Bad"'s from the justice system when DNA overcame obviously-shaky eyewitness ID on one and ridiculous hair-fiber "evidence" (perpetually overrated by forensic "experts") on the other. James Bain, released 35 years after a jury of Florida's finest declared it beyond any reasonable doubt that he raped a kid, said, Ehh, "Everybody had a job to do. The police needed a suspect. The prosecutor needed a conviction. The wheels turned." St. Petersburg Times [quoted in the print edition; quote missing from the archived online edition] /// Washington Post

"Old Media" / "New Media": In New Bedford, Mass., the public library imposed its maximum fine for a book that was 99 years overdue: $361.35. In Hayward, Calif., a 13-year-old girl over-data'ed during one month on her dad's cell phone, and he was billed $22,000. Boston Globe /// KTVU-TV (Oakland)

Sounds Like a Joke: U.S. surgeon Mark Weinberger, who had been on the lam for five years avoiding a flood of malpractice lawsuits, was spotted in Italy and about to be captured. However, rather than face justice, he tried to check out by stabbing himself in the throat, but as befitting an incompetent surgeon, he missed the key artery and is now in custody. The Guardian (London)

And another: The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England, has lowered the water level in its giant aquarium for Christmas because the big turtles (herbivores) are getting their annual holiday treat of brussels sprouts. Officials know from experience that if they don't lower the water level, the gas bubbles from the powerful turtle emissions will raise the level enough to trigger the emergency tank-flooding buzzers. Daily Telegraph

It's Good to Be a British Criminal (continued): Three knife-wielding home invaders burst in on businessman Munir Hussain, his ill wife, and their three children, forced them to the floor, and enconstipated them with fear, but Hussain eventually gained the upper hand, chased them away, and beat one with a pole and a cricket bat. Hussain got 2½ years' hard time. The burglar (the one who got caught) got probation. The Independent



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Dec 21, 2009 - Comments (7)
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December 20, 2009

A Lesson In Hunting Safety

A Greek man was killed while boar hunting in the town of Nemea, Chalkidiki this weekend. He was moving through the bushes dressed in dark goat skins and was mistakenly shot. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital. That's why we require hunters to wear orange vests over here.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/6850972/Man-dressed-in-animal-skin-shot-dead-during-hunt.html

Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 20, 2009 - Comments (4)
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Smokes for Xmas



And yet another perfect Xmas present: cancer sticks!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 20, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Holidays, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950's

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