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More Things to Worry About

Cliché Come to Life: Charming New York art dealer Mark Zaplin said it's not his fault if those nuns he bought the $2.2M painting from for $450,000 don't have any business sense. [Ed.: Wait, what's the cliché here? Oh, yeah, I forgot: Zaplin's doomed, according to two dozen or so horror movies.] New York Post

Life Is Too Long: (1) John Allwood, 29, broke his own world record by smashing 47 watermelons over his head at the Chinchilla Melon Festival in Australia. (2) So far, 18,000 have signed up to watch, over the 'net, the first-ever live birth of an elephant. Australian Broadcasting Corp. News /// Agence France-Presse via Yahoo

Undignified Death: A 28-yr-old man was run over on Miami's Palmetto Expressway in the middle of the night after he fell off an over-the-highway sign he was tagging. (Upstate, in Fort Walton Beach, a 25-yr-old man didn't quite cross over . . yet, anyway . . in his try, but he did get arrested for trespass because apparently he had to use his neighbor's garage to gas himself.) WPLG-TV (Miami) /// Northwest Florida Daily News

Recurring Themes: (1) A high official at OSHA ($150k/yr) has been on paid leave for nearly 19 months with utterly no work to do after a spit-spat with his boss. (2) An Arkansas insurance company is the latest to deny an employee's worker compensation claim because the employee, on the job but in violation of the rules, was badly injured when he went to help a female customer who was getting beaten up. Washington Post /// KLRT-TV (Little Rock)
     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Feb 23, 2009

Cliché Come to Life I'd normally scream caveat emptor (the nuns should understand a little Latin) but the Catholic church owns enough art that the nuns had ample access to experts.

Watermelons What's one got to do with the other? Some Aussie's using his head (finally). And 18k people want to see something rare that, I'd bet, less than 0.01% of the population of the world has seen.

Darwin Award Nominees We'd like to extend cudos to the tagger for a well deserved entry but we'll have to pass on the dude who imposed himself on his neighbor.

Recurring Themes Once again cudos go to the 1st contestant for being able to do the most harm to the parent company with the least amount of effort.

And why would anyone, in their right mind, go to anyone's assistance whilst on the job even if that job was insurance and the individual was a customer? Tisk, tisk.
BTW, read this story and vote. Very interesting.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/23/09 at 09:18 AM
nuns- first i thought shame on the chisler, but as expat pointed out i can't believe anybody chisled the church out of art work.

life is too long- again expat i concur, one is an idiot with a hard head, the other is a rare oppertunity to see something fascinating.

death- natural selection at work again. the other one makes me wonder what would have happened if there was a sign on the garage that said 'TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT'

osha/workers comp- who didn't already know that both entities were filled to overflowing with assholes? i hope #1 gets his job back and somebody responsible for this looses their's. #2 should get his bills paid and a judgement of punitive damages for the bs they have pulled. expat you are right, they make it awfully hard to do the right thing in this world.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/23/09 at 05:55 PM
lol stumpy joe!
mcdonalds will sit silently to see how much press this gets. then if they feel it's costing them too much they'll come out with 'oh it was the heartless insurance company. of course we expect our emplyees to stop disturbances in our resturants. now that we have been made aware of this unfortunate situation we will see to it this brave young man is taken care of.' but on the other hand the situation doesn't get enough press to cause a public relations stir they will sit back and lrt the insurance company save them all that money. it's the 'pinto gas tank' attitude. ford would have had to spend $5 a car to move the gas tanks foreward and greatly reduce the risk of explosions on rear impact. but they calculated that the lawsuits resulting from deaths caused by not making the change would cost them less, so they did nothing. from what i read about this they were right too, it did cost less money in the end to pay the families of the people killed than it would have to move the gas tanks. i guess they won and the dead people and their families lost. very sad.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/23/09 at 09:33 PM
Not all taggers are cockroaches. Many posses great talents as artists. How they choose to express themselves is definitely a nuisance and illegal, but really cool to see.

When I worked for an office supply store, we were instructed that if someone shoplifts, the moment they set foot on the parking lot, they are no longer our responsibility. That may be the way their looking at it. No good deed goes unpunished. Bastards.
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/24/09 at 12:43 AM
the altercation was inside the resturant, he was making the asshole leave. that's how he ended up outside. at least that's what the story said love. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/24/09 at 05:30 AM
...why would nuns need a $450,000 dollar painting anyway?

i don't know canaduck, but that's nothing compared to all the priceless artwork that is owned by and resides in the vatican.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/24/09 at 05:39 PM
"How they choose to express themselves is definitely a nuisance and illegal"

Did you miss that part of it Stumpy? 😉

Don't think I condone their actions, but I don't think they should be put to death for their crimes. You get caught tagging, here's a roller and some paint. You're now in charge of erasing all the graffiti on these 9 square blocks.

And sadly the cool looking stuff is few and far between the annoying trash.
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/24/09 at 11:00 PM
maybe he should be grumpy joe 😡
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/25/09 at 12:05 AM
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