Your Historical Daily Loser - Edward Blaine was having a bad day. How bad was it, you ask? When he tried to rob a bank in Port Royal, Virginia, he dropped half the money on the way out, then discovered he had locked his keys inside the getaway car. That's when the angry civilians caught up to him. He tried to flee but was run down and in the struggle he managed to shoot himself in the leg. The Story.
Jury Duty - The expression on Joseph Monahan's face is priceless. He's been charged with disorderly conduct in a licensed establishment. Disorderly conduct is defined as acts that are of a nature to corrupt the public morals, or outrage the sense of public decency, etc. A licensed establishment is, for lack of a better word, a bar. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but, isn't a bar the perfect place to commit acts that could corrupt the public morals?
First, I feel I should say that I really don't plan to only post about strange Southern Hemisphere critters doing strange things. Promise.
Having said that, here's another one...
Keas are a native New Zealand parrot, apparently somewhat notorious for being smart and nosey, trying to dismantle cars, rummaging through bags etc. This one kea (I'm wondering if a drunk avian dare was involved), snuck into the luggage compartment of a tourist bus, grabbed a passport out of a bag, and flew away.
My favourite part of this story were the comments from the Scotsman who I can only inagine is now stranded in New Zealand for the rest of his life (not really):
"My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea's probably using it for fraudulent claims or something," he grumbled. "I'll never look at a kea in the same way."
I wonder if the kea is in fact part of an international identity-theft organisation. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/30/2585161.htm
For some reason all I can find for weird electronics lately is stuff to do with Nintendo.
In 1980 Japan released the AV Family Computer. In 1993 they released it again to North America as NES 2 (also known as the Top Loader). This might be where they got the idea of how the Super Nintendo would look. It also had no LED light on it so you couldn't tell if it was turned on.
Apparently blue sno-cones are poison so they've been banned at the zoo. But that begs the question about all the other colors.
Raspberry Blue looks like degreaser
Root Beer Brown looks like motor oil
Cherry & Strawberry Red looks like hydraulic fluid
Lemon Yellow looks like .... well we know what that looks like.
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