Unfortunately a lot of the old nintendo systems don't work anymore, but thanks to people modding players for them we can still enjoy them. The weirdest mod I have found is the Super Nintoaster created by http://www.stupidfingers.com. This would be good to have as long as you don't mix it up with a real toaster and accidentally burn your favourite SNES game.
News of the Weird / Pro Edition
July 20, 2009 (news from July 11-18)
The Law Gives It to Frank Hatley Up the Wazoo
He was finally released from jail Wednesday, so at least he has that going for him. He'd been there a year, for falling short in paying off a dumb child-support order. He's not the daddy. He conscientiously made payments for 13 years after he and the momma split, sometimes at great hardship since he was homeless. In 2000, a court said he could stop paying, but it didn't cover the amount he was behind on. Given all the genuine deadbeat fathers still roaming free and rutting, Georgia chose to tighten the screws on Hatley, tossing him in jail last year. So Hatley earnestly paid thousands of dollars that he really didn't have, over 13 yrs, for the child of a ho who couldn't keep track of her inseminators. CNN
The Incarceration Would've Been Interesting
In Canterbury Magistrates Court, former prison guard Gavin Paslow, 39, was sentenced to community service for ripping off the gov't on £3,500 ($5.7k) in benefit claims, which he used for body modifications to become . . the Diablo Defender. If he had gone to prison, he'd already be in trouble as a former guard, but then sooner or later, some inmate with the middle name Wayne would have noticed Gavin's two forehead-implanted horns and his surgically forked tongue. The Sun[Photo? Of course!]
We're Not Weird; You Are!
The St. Paul Pioneer-Press, located in America's ground zero for "New Age," reported the growing discontent of establishment New-Agers for fringe New-Agers. Who belongs? Pagans? Chiropractors? Channelers? Organic farmers? Pet psychics? One NA spiritual center owner: "I have customers who completely believe in fairies [but] will laugh at you if you believe in Bigfoot." (But we're told that "fairies" is not politically correct; it's "nature divas.") [NOTE: I'm told that the reporter probably heard "Nature Deva" and not "nature diva."] On the other hand, at least New-Agers don't have the baggage of believing in virgin birth, turning water into wine, and rising from the dead (much less celebrating it with bunny rabbits). Pioneer Press
Fine Points of the Law (Special "Boomers into Cardiac Arrest" Edition)
Several states [Yr Editor is too lazy to research] have "filial" statutes that track the common law that required adult kids to be responsible for the debts of their parents. A Philadelphia Inquirer columnist reports that several lawyers in Pennsylvania are pushing that state's law to the limit, on behalf of nursing homes and hospitals (but beyond that . . who knows?). And ya can't get out of paying by pointing out that your father deserted you years ago, or that your mom is a lunatic shopper who never took your advice about anything. Philadelphia Inquirer
The Closest America Can Come to This Is the "Inalienable Right" to the "Pursuit of Happiness"
Britain's Nat'l Health Service of Sheffield has released an official wellness-type brochure for students (y'know, fruit and vegetables, exercise, that kind of stuff), that proclaims, and I quote, "[A]n orgasm a day keeps the doctor away." One of the authors reasoned that if we expect kids to delay having intercourse, we oughta give 'em an alternative. Daily Telegraph
Al Nassma a United Arab Emirates company will soon be exporting a different kind of chocolate in places all over the world. Camel's milk chocolate is manufactured in Dubai. The company has a farm there with 3,000 camels and an on site store selling the chocolate. They also supply some luxury hotels and airlines with the exotic treat. The company has plans to open new Arab markets starting with Saudi Arabia soon. Then they intend to expand to Europe, Japan, and the United States. Al Nassma was established in October of 2008 and hopes to eventually manufacture and sell 100 tons of camel's milk chocolate a year. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090721/od_nm/us_chocolate_camel_odd
This story is from Father's Day, but too good to pass up.
They say once a Marine always a Marine, and this story sure adds credence to that idea. Chris Everhart, an ex-Marine, was camping with his three sons in Georgia over Father's Day weekend. While cleaning up after dinner one evening they heard a crash. A three hundred pound bear lumbered into their campsite. Chris went for his jeep to grab pots and pans to frighten the bear. He didn't have the chance to get there as his 6 year old son, Logan, tried to scare the bear himself. The bear was not intimidated and advanced on the boy. Kyle, an older brother, started throwing rocks to fend off the animal. Seeing the children threatened Chris reacted. He picked up a log and threw it at the bear, striking it in the head. The bear colapsed dead. How's that for Dad of the Year? http://digg.com/d1xEHZ
Years ago cars had lighters in them, now you can have one in your phone. It's called the SB6309 Lighter Phone. It uses the cell phone's battery to light your cigarettes. I don't smoke but if you do, you can buy one here:
Ladies and gentlemen, due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to take the day off (well . . and the day after this). News of the Weird / Pro Edition for July 20 will be posted Wednesday morning, July 22 (but will still be the post that is based on the news from July 11-18).
From North Dakota. Mark Neary's car was robbed Wednesday. The concerned thief left him a note detailing what was taken and encouraging Mark to lock his car in the future. Apparently the robber also thought Mark's taste in music was 'awesome'. In the long run Mark was actually lucky, it seems the keys were in the car too. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090718/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_thief_s_advice
From New Jersey. A homeowner got a most unusual visit Wednesday. Craig Fletcher,35, stopped by to apologise for burglarizing the home on June 29th. Craig did not actually take anything with him during the robbery as the homeowner arrived and chased him causing Craig to drop the bag of loot. He was none the less arrested for that burglary and another in the neighborhood. http://news.aol.com/article/burglar-apologizes-is-arrested/576064
From Utah. The SnowShack, a sno cone stand, was robbed Wednesday. The armed man apologised to the 16 year old running the stand. He said he owed his brother $80 and had to commit the robbery to pay it back. The girl handed over the money and the apologetic man ran away. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weird-news/story/1146682.html
Must have been something about Wednesday. Wednesday's thief is full of woe I guess.
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