"Wanna Go Out?"
Three men robbed a home in Columbus, Ohio Sunday night. One of them, Stephfon Bennett, was quite taken with the victim, apparently. He returned two hours later to ask her out, and she recognised him as one of the robbers. Well, at least she remembered him. Bennett was arrested in front of the home and is in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090908/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_robbery_date
What Time Is It?
While at a Wilmington, Delaware restaurant Sunday a Delaware State trooper noticed a vehicle parked close to his own. After the Chevy Blazer left the trooper found that his car was broken into and his wife's wallet was stolen. He went after the Blazer and found a 54 year old man going through the glove compartment of an SUV. The man tried to drive away, and the trooper stopped him. At which point the trooper noticed the man was wearing a very distinctive watch. A 20th anniversary Delaware State trooper watch that had been stolen from a fellow trooper two years ago. http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/09/08/3239025-del-trooper-nabs-man-wearing-colleagues-watch
Have you ever seen a bicycle-built-for-two where the riders sit side-by-side? Me neither! And the fact that this one is ridden by Walt Disney and wife Lillian makes the whole scenario even more tantalizing.
The banking system as a whole really didn't need any more bad press, but it just got some. Steve Valdez entered a Bank of America branch inTampa, Florida where he lives. He was there to cash his wife's check, as she has an account there. Bank of America requires non-account holders to provide a thumb print to cash a check. The problem is Steve was born without arms so he has prosthetic ones. The teller informed him of the requirement then stated, "Obviously you aren't going to be able to give us a thumb print." Ya think? Steve then produced two picture I.D.'s at which point he was told by the manager that he would have to open an account or bring his wife in to cash the check. The manager said it was bank policy. Steve just left the bank. Now Bank of America has apologised for the incident and stated that an alternative requirement should have been offered in such a situation. Again- ya think? Just another example of common sense not being all that common as well as the death of independent thought in this country. To quote comedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid." http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090904/oddities/us_banking_offbeat
You now never have to worry about having bacon handy after the apocalypse with Tactical Canned Bacon. The bacon, which has a shelf life of ten plus years, is being sold over at Think Geek. The nine ounce cans contains fifty four slices of highly preserved crispy pieces of bacon.
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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