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December 2011

December 5, 2011

How Norman Bates Got His Start

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"Here is my gift to mother."

"For tired businessmen; for the older boys too."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Taxidermy, Hobbies and DIY, 1930s

Sunday Drivers!

A weekend outing by Japanese sportscar entusiasts ended abruptly this Sunday, when one of the Ferraris accidentally clipped the center barrier of the Chugoku Expressway and started a series of collisions that ended up writing-off eight Ferraris, three Mercedes, a Lamborghini and a Toyota Prius.

Although 14 cars were actually involved in the accident, there were no serious injuries (those to pride and wallets don't count). The cost of the damage is estimated to be in the region of $1 million (AutoGuide.com)

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (December 5, 2011)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
December 5, 2011
(datelines November 26-December 3) (links correct as of December 5, 2011)

Attorney-Client Confidentiality in the F State, plus More Things to Worry About

★ ★ ★ ★!

"Assistance of Counsel": Lawyers are of course entitled to visit their clients locked up in the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Fla.(say, lieutenants of cartel drug dealers), and sometimes by the complexity of the case, it helps if they bring along their paralegals. According to "multiple attorneys," reported Miami New Times, the interview rooms have been "taken over" by friendly lawyers bringing "strippers" and "pole-dancers" with them as they "discuss legal strategy." Clients get shows and feel-ups. "Any lawyer can sign a form and designate a legal assistant." Miami New Times

What? You Think It Was My Fault? (1) Bicyclist-marathoner Sabine von Sengbusch, 46, filed a lawsuit in New York City against pedestrian Meghan Rohan, 28, whom she had rammed in Central Park, alleging that Rohan caused her "painful and permanent" injuries that kept her out of work (but not out of her next scheduled marathon, in which she finished 2nd). von Sengbusch was inside the bike lane, but New York law gives pedestrians the right of way, period. (2) Jesse Dimmick filed a $235,000 lawsuit in Shawnee County, Kan., against Jared and Lindsay Rowley for breaching their "contract" to help Dimmick in exchange for money. The "contract" was "agreed to" while Dimmick held the Rowleys captive in the Rowley home, following his escape and with police surrounded the house. Because the Rowleys failed to help him out, a police officer eventually shot Dimmick in the back, and that hurts, and Dimmick wants the Rowleys to pay him. (He's in prison, of course, but still . . ..) New York Post /// Capital-Journal (Topeka)

Readers' Choice: The year's nastiest downfall occurred in Arapahoe County, Colo., when Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. was charged with trading methamphetamines to male addicts in exchange for sex and was booked into the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Center, named for him after he retired as sheriff in 2002. Denver Post

Point Taken: Mark Wach's defense to charges that included aggravated domestic assault and shooting at his lawn mower and various other targets in his backyard in Palm City, Fla. (according to the police report): "He then stated that he shoots in the yard all the time and that fighting is what redneck people do." TCPalm.com (Stuart, Fla.)



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (6)
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Natural Light


One day we could depend on bio-luminescent bacteria to light our homes. The bacteria would be fed methane gas produced by household waste and emit a green glow. Its gotta be better than the 'green' light bulbs with the mercury in them.

Posted By: patty - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (8)
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December 4, 2011

December 3, 2011

Hit And Miss


Stuntman hits when he was supposed to miss.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 03, 2011 - Comments (5)
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Dumbest Breakfast Device Ever.



Original story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 03, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Chindogu, Appliances, 1920s

December 2, 2011

Banned Advert



Explanation here.

Watch it quick, before it's yanked.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 02, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Celebrities, Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Officials, Humor, Africa

Heavy Metal Violin



Let me know how long you last!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 02, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Eccentrics, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Gastric Felony


A 13 year old middle schooler in Albuquerque, New Mexico was arrested at the behest of his school for burping in gym class. The boy was taken to juvenile detention after the arrest and was summarily suspended for the remainder of the school year. The Cleveland Middle School Principal. a teacher and a city cop are named in a civil rights lawsuit filed by the boy's parents.

Posted By: patty - Fri Dec 02, 2011 - Comments (9)
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