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May 2009

May 6, 2009

Midwest Crime Round Up

Out of Work Teachers Sell Meth; South Bend, Ind: Twin sisters and out of work school teachers, Maria and Michelle Stancati, have plead guilty to dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school. Indy Star

Ex-Public Defender Busted in Child Sex Internet Sting;
Marion County, Ind: Ryan W. Snyder, former Marion County Public Defender, was caught in an internet sex sting in February 2008. He has been sentenced to two years in prison. Indy Star

Three Arrested in BB Gun Home Invasion;
Wauwatosa, Wisc: Three high school students were arrested in a home invasion after demanding $1,200 at gunpoint. The suspect with the weapon brandished what looked like a handgun, but was really a BB gun. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Teen Declines Sex for Money, Utilities Shut Off;
Chicago, Ill: A West Side teen was solicited for sex for money by her landlord. When she turned him down, he shut off the gas and electric. He now faces charges for interfering with a public utility. Chicago Breaking News

Driver Painting Nails Kills Motorcyclist;
Lake Zurich, Ill: According the News Sun Sun Times News Group, Laura Hunt of Morris IL, “told police that she was painting her fingernails and did not notice the light was red.” According to one Officer her vehicle knocked the victim "a couple hundred feet." Sun Times News Group

Posted By: chris_cantwell - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Addictions, Crime, Death, Drugs, Law, Weapons

Pierced Glasses

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If I were to ever get a piercing I would definitely consider getting this done. A piercing that actually has a function. Apparently, each lens is attached to a piercing in the bridge on the nose by magnets and I hope those magnets are strong enough, so you don't accidentally knock them off all the time.

http://www.piercedglasses.com/

Posted By: mdb777 - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Body, Body Modifications

Lobster Vasectomy

If you are going to shoplift lobster, hiding them in your pants is not such a good idea. A 24 year old Bristol, England man found this out first hand. He grabbed two lobsters from their tank, put them down his drawers and ran out the supermarket door. At which point the lobsters grabbed him and EMTs had to use pliers to get them loose from his family jewels. After a hospital stay he's healing and will get use of his favorite body part back. But alas, will now be permenetly shooting blanks. Sad for him but good news for the gene pool!

Posted By: patty - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (5)
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What Were They Thinking? #1

Hi there! I'm Salamander Sam, and you may remember me from such comment sections as Follies of the Mad Men #33 and Follies of the Mad Men #31. As you may know from my comments, I like vintage technology, and so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Google Books obtained the rights to every issue of Popular Science ever made. The good news for you is that you don't need to waste countless hours searching through the archives for hilarious articles, because I was already doing that anyways! This will be the first entry in my "What Were They Thinking" series, which will probably be the first of many series devoted to the weirdness that once was. And, like the Top Ten List, I will start out with the best example:

One of Popular Science's longest running segment was called "I'd Like To See Them Make...", in which readers suggested ideas for new products. Many were quite brilliant, but there were some which can only be enjoyed with the benefit of hindsight...

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(from the January 1956 issue of Popular Science)

Special Bonus Product:

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(from the April 1953 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Products, 1950s, Goofs and Screw-ups, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Baby-Dropping Ritual

Muslims in western India have been dropping babies off the roof of a fifteen-meter-high temple for five-hundred years, and none of the babies have been hurt yet, though they look a bit dazed after landing. So the organizers of the event figure, why stop now? In fact, they claim that dropping the babies off the temple helps the kids grow up strong. Reuters has more details.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Babies, Ceremonies, Religion

Wednesday’s Weird Offerings

Dream Job Winner
Ben Southall, 34 bested over 34,000 applicants to get the dream job. For the next six months he will be kicking back and writing a promotional blog about life on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. His pay..a paltry $111,000.

Smoke or Be Fined
Gong'an county government in Hubei province China requires it's staff to smoke and smoke and smoke some more. The idea is to raise tax monies and help local cigarette brands compete with other Chinese brands.

LA to London Flight Diverted When Passenger Attempts to Bite Attendant
A combination of booze and prescription drugs had Russian-born artist, actress and author incoherent and raising a ruckus, forcing the United Airline flight to land in Bangor Maine to be rid Galina Rusanova.

Cop wins doughnut eating title
Sgt. Howard Sawyers consumed 17 doughnuts in 3 minutes

Mail Carrier Delivers More than Mail
Michele Rene Crabill charged with possessing and selling drugs. She was allegedly in possession of 7.57 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, prescription drugs and other incriminating evidence.

Florida Classroom Aide Surfing Net..Students Getting it On
Thomas McCoy, an educational support employee was apparently too busy reading ESPN online to notice that two of his charges were much too involved with each other.

Posted By: hickory_johnson - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (9)
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I’m My Own Grandpa

This is a 1987 cover of the 1947 original.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Family, Humor, Music, 1940s

Transcendent Man

The Singularity: an indeterminate post-human future. Hooey, or prophecy? Perhaps the new movie Transcendent Man debuting at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, will explain it all for us.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Documentaries, Technology, Computers, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Birds in his pants

It's definitely a recurring theme in weird news since an example of it was included in my "name that list, #15" (things people smuggle by stuffing down their pants). However, I've never seen a picture of it before. But the Smoking Gun has obtained a photo of a California man, Sony Dong, who was caught trying to illegally smuggle 14 live Asian songbirds into the country by hiding them beneath his pants.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Crime

Chocoholics Need to Suck It Up

Finally chocoholics, oft blamed for inhaling their chocolate, can indulge in the real experience.

An expat Chicago boy has invented the first chocolate inhalers that offer a 1 calore burst of chocolate per puff. Le Whif will soon (according to the stories) be available in the U.S..

Posted By: Expat47 - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (7)
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