Chuck’s Cite-Seeing (May 23, 2012)

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Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
May 23, 2012
(datelines from May 18 or later) (links correct as of May 23)

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London: Great Art plays itself out on June 12th, when a Hayward Gallery show opens featuring 50 "invisible" works, by Warhol and others, i.e., some of the works are just, y'know, blanks with descriptions, and you're supposed to conjure up something. One was actually drawn (they say), but with invisible ink. Said a Gallery source, art is about "firing the imagination." Daily Telegraph

Weird People

Michael McShane, 55, with nearly 300 flasher-related arrests on his sheet, thought he had a solution. This last time he went carousing, he thought to wear two pairs of pants so that he'd still be unexposed if he dropped trou. However, even though he was drunk, he got 'em both down over his buttocks before he passed out. Carlisle News & Star (Carlisle, England)

"U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"

New York City: An indoor parking space on East 11th Street in Manhattan (12x23x15 feet high), with its own deed, will go on the market soon for $1m. New York Post

Fine Points of U.S. Law: The U.S. Court of Appeals (San Francisco) ruled that Minute Maid can continue to call one of its beverages "Pomegranate Blueberry" even though it's 99.5 percent apple and grape juice. Mmmm! The Law! San Francisco Chronicle

Perspective: What's it worth to two workers for an aviation company not to have a convenient restroom for an isolated runway job (i.e., gotta pee in a bucket)? A Portland, Ore., jury decided on Monday: $332,000. And then here we are in Zinder, Niger, where a New York Times dispatch describes how valuable it is for villagers to have kids because they can always skip school and walk the hours necessary to fill up their water cans for the family's next-day survival. The Oregonian /// New York Times

Funny Old World*

Johannesburg: Artist Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery showed their ballz by hanging Murray's painting of President Jacob Zuma with his junk hanging out. (Update: Goodman closed for a while as they think this through.) BBC News /// [Not Safe For Work]

Your Daily Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]:

Jerald Reiter, 55, arrested for DUI in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday night. Telltale sign alerting cops: His pals (a parrot and a zebra) were along for the ride. WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.)

Thanks to Gerald Sacks and Cindy Hildebrand, and the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors. (* stolen from Private Eye; [Chuck's editor: Stolen? You're better than that.] [Chuck: I'm not.])
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed May 23, 2012

THREE DAYS IN A ROW!!!! I feel like bursting into song!

Great Art Great art is about firing the pocket book!

Flasher 300 Practice makes perfect! (It's called muscle memory.)

Pomegranate Blueberry Would a rose by any other name...

Zuma's Junk I viewed the work and didn't notice anything that needed complaining about.

Jury Duty Just because someone is riding around with his pet zebra he just has to be drunk?

Good job, Chuck. May you have 212 more in a row.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/23/12 at 11:02 AM
Blank canvas- The Emperor's New Art??

pants- Old habits die hard. ('muscle memory' I love it!)

not free parking- Donald Trump should buy it and park a rusted out 1980 Chrysler there just to piss people off.

fruitish juice- So send the government a nickle and your taxes are paid right? What do you mean NO?

bathroom- The company fired the guy for complaining about the situation, that is why they got fined. Comparing apples and oranges with the third world reference does not make substandard working conditions here ok. Besides the guy might not just have to pee in that bucket. ICK!

Presidential junk- I agree with Expat, the man was not disrespected by the picture by a long shot.

OK, so a parrot, a zebra and a drunk get into a truck...
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/23/12 at 11:20 AM
$332,000 is not the cost of not providing the toilet, it's the cost of retaliating against employees for cooperating with OSHA - more punitive than pungent, I'm afraid.
Posted by George on 05/23/12 at 02:53 PM
Love the weirdness.
Wrote comments to Cite Seeing part 1, but hit a glitch, was denied access.
So this will be short and sweet...
Daily weirdness makes the world a better place! 😊
Posted by girlgeniusNYC on 05/24/12 at 12:18 AM
You'd think a genius (even a girl genius) could get around a little glitch. 😉

I've run into those too so I always copy my text before doing anything else.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/24/12 at 12:38 AM
A few people have mentioned they've been getting error messages when they try to leave comments. I think it has something to do with the spam-prevention software we've got running. Or maybe it's just the site's overall software showing it's age. Hard to know because it seems to happen randomly. Anyway, I've changed a few settings. Hopefully the problem will go away.
Posted by Alex on 05/24/12 at 09:37 AM
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