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Secret Techniques of the Electric Company & Party of Five:  Not Much Brighter Than the Original

I have two news oddities to present from one of my local papers. The first from The Greensburg Daily News I didn't think was so odd, I would expect the electric company to do such things to avoid displacing wildlife, but I couldn't figure out if the 'secret technique' was really an extraordinary trade secret (I would actually expect them to want to share such info so other companies could put it to use), or just a case of a lazy reporter.
The second from the same paper details five new residents of the county jail. Alas, there is only one mugshot. These five actually had uniformed police knock on their door, and they didn't answer. So the police set up a perimeter around their apartment for two hours while waiting for the search warrant. With two hours to play with, none of the suspects noticed a cop banging on the door or the perimeter placed around their apartment? And they couldn't destroy a small amount of dope and paraphernalia in the meantime?

Posted By: qualityleashdog - Wed Mar 03, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Drugs, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Stupidity, Stupid Criminals, Your Daily Jury Duty

Runaway Snowmobile

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 27, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Stupidity

Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My!

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A couple visiting a safari park in Johannesburg, South Africa got a bit closer to nature than they expected after one of the Lions, a juvenile male, calmly got hold of the rear door handle in his teeth and pulled it open. After a shocked moment, the driver gunned the engine and the vehicle took off with the lion in hot pursuit. It was finally driven off by wardens at the exit gates (Daily Mail).

Meanwhile Mr Zhu, a 61 year-old retired teacher from China’s Jiangxi province, let his curiosity get the better of him during a vistit to the circus in Nankang, and put his hand though the bars of a tiger’s cage to feel its fur. The tiger promptly bit off four of his fingers. Zhu collapsed on the spot with shock, but survived to receive 3500 yuan (about $500) in compensation. The tiger was unharmed by the incident, but felt hungry again 15 minutes later (Times of India).

Less aggressive, but equally troubling, is the giant bear that has made its home near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, described by one resident as “super smart”. The residents of Incline Village are enduring almost nightly visits from a 700 lb black bear that has already caused $70000 of damage this year. The bear has evaded the traps set for it and the patrols looking for it, and has even survived a couple of rounds from a .44 magnum, one of which reportedly bounced off its skull (Las Vegas Sun).

In other (not actually) bear news, Australian marsupial pinup the Koala is looking at a bleak future according to recent reports. The loss of eucalyptus trees through deforestation, dog attacks and car accidents are stressing the animals to such an extent that they are succumbing to usually harmless viral infections. Frank Carrick of Queensland University’s Koala Study Program said the koalas were in “diabolical trouble” and that their numbers were “declining alarmingly”. (Washington Post). The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are fewer than 100000 koalas left in the wild, maybe as few as 43000, and the mainland population could go extinct in as little as 30 years (New Scientist).

Finally, a crocodile bit of more than it could chew this week when it strayed too close to a bloat of hippopotami and their young, who promptly formed a threatening defensive ring. Startled, the crocodile attempted to escape over the backs of the angry hippos, a fatal mistake. The croc’s scaly hide was no defence against the 3000-4000 lbs of bite pressure of an adult hippo, and it was soon crushed to death in their jaws (Telegraph).

It's a far cry from the cretaceous period where, according to new fossil finds, crocodiles were the extraordinarily successful inhabitants of a swampy region that was to become the Sahara Desert. Given nicknames like "boarcroc" and "ratcroc", the fossils show a plethora of different crocodile species living alongside each other, with each adapted to different ways of life. Some, like "dogcroc" and "duckcroc" have oddly shaped braincases that suggest they may have been considerably more intelligent than their modern descendants (Times).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu Nov 19, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Death, Stupidity

No Translation Necessary

This is a short video of a nice remote control plane. Even though it's in German, I really don't think a translation is necessary.



This is always funny as long as it's happening to someone else.

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Nov 16, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Stupidity

Stranger Slaps Toddler

In a Walmart in Stone Mountain, Georgia a complete stranger goes up to the mother of a crying toddler and said, "If you don't shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you." Usually this is an empty threat made out of annoyance, but this time the threat was real. The man, 61 year old Roger Stephens, ended up slapping the little girl in the face several times. The man was later arrested for "first-degree cruelty to children", but not before telling the mother "See, I told you I would shut her up." The man later apologized, but I think that the damage has already been done. CNN

Posted By: mdb777 - Thu Sep 03, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupidity, Violence, Babies and Toddlers

Death on the Slopes

Even Homer Simpson on skiis was not this monumentally moronic.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 02, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Sports, Stupidity

Alligator Wrestling

Eddie Snyder wrestles gators from jim on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 25, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Death, Human Marvels, Regionalism, Stupidity

Counterfeit Crack

Well, now we know that not only is it illegal to sell crack, but it's also illegal to sell fake crack. A 40-year-old unemployed man, Timothy Allen Riggin, was caught selling bread as crack in Fort Pierce, FL. That's right, he was selling little pieces of bread, the stuff you eat, as crack cocaine. I kind of feel bad for the people that may have purchased it from him, but then again I don't. Apparently, he was trying to sell the fake crack to help pay his bills. He is being charged with "felony possession of counterfeit controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting without violence." Yes, there is a mugshot.

Posted By: mdb777 - Thu Jun 25, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Drugs, Stupidity

Dangerous Train Stunt

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 17, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Stupidity, Trains

The Redneck Games

Despite the French captioning and source, this video is all in English, for your Redneck Enjoyment.

Des jeux d'été très très... fins ! - FemmesPlus
Tous les ans, en Georgie (USA) se déroulent les Redneck Summer Games. Un bon gros délire pas très finaud de paysans des USA. Yeeeeeeeeeepeeeeeeeee !

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 22, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Ethnic Groupings, Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, Foreign Customs

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