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Tries suicide to escape persistent life insurance salesman

The present-day equivalent of this, I think, would be the feelings of desperation and rage that persistent telemarketers can cause. (Though thanks to caller ID, I just never pick up when they call, which is multiple times every day since the "do not call list" is apparently a complete farce.)

Kingsport Times - Apr 10, 1929



Insurance Agent Pesters Prospect to Near Suicide
CONCORDIA, Kans., April 10 (AP) —Hoping to rid himself of a persistent life insurance agent, Walter Cyr, a young farmer, left a goodbye note to friends and then disappeared.
For three days he was sought in the vicinity of his farm home by hundreds of men and finally was located sitting on a straw stack. When searchers approached he swallowed a small quantity of poison but experienced no ill effects because of prompt medical attention.
Cyr said he had wandered about the countryside for 72 hours, attempting to nerve himself to suicide. He asserted he knew no other way to escape attentions of the insurance man who had been "bothering" him.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 12, 2016 | Comments (12)
Category: Annoying Things, Insurance, 1920's

Bus Driver’s Revenge

Today of course he would face federal charges for kidnapping, and many, many lawsuits.

Original article here.

See clean transcription below.

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“They’re going to fire bus driver William F. Jackson today but he doesn’t care—he already quit in spectacular fashion.

"Passengers—phooey,” was his battle cry yesterday when he revolted against traffic jams, abusive drivers, supervisors and noisy children and took what someday may be known as “Jacksons’s ride.”

The Chicago Transit Authority driver was inching his bus through Loop traffic, swollen to three times its usual density by the Christmas rush, when he suddenly decided he was sick of it.

He slammed the doors shut and from then on nobody could get off.

“Passengers—phooey,” he muttered darkly.

He rolled out of the busy Loop on his regular route. But when waiting citizens pounded to get into his bus Jackson was aloof. When his angry passengers demanded to be let off he would not relent.

When a company supervisor tried to board the bus at an intersection Jackson ignored him too.

Finally he wheeled the big vehicle into one of the CTA barns, turned off the ignition, and hopped off the bus.

He headed straight for his boss, stared him straight in the eye and announced:

“I quit.”

Wounded CTA officials said, “He can’t quit just like that, but tomorrow we’ll fire him.”
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 12, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Annoying Things, Jobs and Occupations, 1950's, Bus, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Eliza Bent



Luckily for us all, Eliza Bent, having exhausted the audiences of Austin, has found new comrades and a new home in New York City for her "art."

That her new piece is titled "Toilet Fire" leaves us eager to drop everything and attend!

Parrot Problem

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Why is it always a parrot, rather than some other kind of pet bird, at the center of these disputes? A recent case in Rhode Island involved a lawsuit against a parrot taught to swear at neighbors.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Annoying Things, 1930's

Follies of the Madmen #262

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 17, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Death, Insects, 1960's, Australia

The Trouble With The Lottery

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The Illinois State Lottery is not currently paying out jackpots above $25,000 until the state budget is passed. There's not even an estimated time frame for the winners who are waiting for their payouts. As you can imagine, the winners have a problem with this.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Government, Politics

Marilyn Arsem



If you can last--or fast-forward--to the 3.5 -minute mark, this performance art piece really takes off, with the "artist" blowing some fluff into the air.

Her home page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Annoying Things, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art

Zero Tolerance Extends To Parents

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Superintendent Jay Foster of Senatobia Schools in Mississippi pressed disturbing the peace charges against parents who did not follow his directions to hold applause till the end of the graduation ceremony. Not only were the offending parents removed from the audience, missing the rest of the ceremony, but they now each face a possible $500 fine. Apparently zero tolerance now extends to parents as well.

Picture from Yahoo images
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jun 03, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Annoying Things, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Surrealism, Can't Possibly Be True

Guillermo Gómez-Peña





If only I could make it out to Santa Rosa, CA, to see Guillermo Gómez-Peña in his upcoming performance. I am sure my consciousness would be raised to Olympian levels.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 03, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Annoying Things, Ethnic Groupings, Regionalism, Performance Art

A Shiny New Conspiracy Theory

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A new nut job conspiracy theory has hatched recently. Apparently the handful of Walmart stores that were closed unexpectedly are supposedly tied to a military operation called Jade Helm. The operation has something to do with declairing martial law by summer. Or the stores have plumbing issues that require closing up to make proper repairs. You know, one or the other.

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