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  • Suspected burglar stuck in Huron home’s chimney dies after residents light fire

    11/29/2015 1:55:29 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 108 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | November 28, 2015 | Rory Appleton
    A man who apparently got stuck in the chimney of a Huron home during a botched burglary attempt died Saturday after the homeowners lit a fire in the fireplace, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
  • Terrified neighbours call police to 'domestic dispute' - but find man alone screaming at SPIDER

    11/28/2015 1:54:46 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 240 replies
    Mirror [UK] ^ | 26 Nov 2015 | Ruth Halkon
    Terrified neighbours phoned the police after hearing a woman screaming hysterically and a man yelling: “I’m going to kill you”. But when officers arrived at the address they discovered the flat's sole occupant had been trying to catch a SPIDER . The shamefaced man admitted he had been shouting death threats at the arachnid and had been the person behind the high pitched screaming. According to New South Wales police in Australia, they received multiple calls about the sound of crashing furniture and a man screaming: “I’m going to kill you, you're dead! Die Die!!”.
  • Florida woman falls asleep in grease dumpster (Woman swears at officers, tries to fight them)

    11/20/2015 6:51:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    WPTV ^ | November 17, 2015 | Tara Molina
    Anna Marzita Shinkle is charged with drunken disorderly conduct and resisting an officer after falling asleep at the Lani Kai Island Resort's grease dumpster just before 2 a.m. Saturday, according to an Lee County Sheriff's Office report. "The female was unresponsive and covered in grease with a shirt on and her pants down at her ankles," the report states.
  • Astronaut plays bagpipes on International Space Station

    11/13/2015 7:58:13 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 12, 2015 | Daniel Uria
    WASHINGTON, - Bagpipes made their first appearance in space, as a viral video shows an astronaut on the International Space Station using the traditional instrument to play "Amazing Grace." A video posted to Facebook shows Astronaut Kjell Lindgren playing the tune, representing the first time bagpipes have ever been played in space. Lindgren was born in Taipei, Taiwan but spent most of his life living in England. He was selected to be an astronaut in June of 2009 and has been working as an engineer on the International Space Station since July 2015.
  • Doctors find tapeworm larva in California man's brain

    11/05/2015 11:59:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | Nov 05 2015 | Ken Haddad
    A California man went to an emergency room with a terrible headache and nausea, slipped into a coma, and was told a tapeworm larva had been living in his brain when he woke up. The surgery and the aftermath have greatly impacted his life, Ortiz said. He had to drop out of school, move back home and find a temporary place for his dog. He can't drive or work. "My memory is like a work in progress," he said. "It gets better from therapy," but he has to remind himself to do his memory exercises and other daily tasks. The...
  • Judge bars warlock from harassing witch in Salem

    11/02/2015 11:31:35 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 28, 2015 | Laura Crimaldi
    SALEM — Witchcraft and jurisprudence are not exactly strangers in Salem. But even in a city that wears its ties to the 17th-century witch trials like an amulet, a courtroom duel between two self-proclaimed representatives of the occult is an unusual sight. But that’s what happened Wednesday in Salem District Court when a 75-year-old witch priestess and psychic asked a judge to stop a man who calls himself the “world’s best-known warlock” from placing vulgar phone calls to her in the middle of the night. “I can see into my own future. That’s why I’m here today,” said Lori Bruno-Sforza,...
  • We're a Culture, Not a Costume [amusing SJW whining, w/pix]

    10/31/2015 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 61 replies
    Know Your Meme ^ | ~4 years ago | Brad
    “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” is a poster ad campaign that features students of various ethnicities holding photos of people dressed in Halloween costumes that could be perceived as culturally insensitive. The campaign inspired a series of photoshop parodies depicting animals and fictional characters with photos of people wearing their respective Halloween costumes.
  • Standoff in Boulder, Colo.: Prairie dogs hold Buddhist college at bay

    10/30/2015 6:05:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 30 Oct 2015 | David Kelly
    For years, Naropa has battled some 150 persistent prairie dogs over 2.5 acres of prime real estate on its Nalanda campus. One side wants to build more classrooms, the other more tunnels. Davis recalled one of her professors asking, "I wonder what we'd do if we ever got termites?"
  • Boozy comet leaves '500 bottles of wine per second' trail in its wake

    10/26/2015 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 40 replies
    ninemsn ^ | 27/10/2015 | N/A
    A comet with the nickname Happy Hour leaves a boozy trail equivalent to "500 bottles of wine per second" in its wake as it shoots through space. Scientists studying the comet, known as Lovejoy, have found its glowing trail is made up of alcohol and sugar. A study published by a group of scientists from NASA and European agencies observed the unusual comet as it rocketed alongside the sun on January 30, NASA reports. "You have alcohol and sugar, so that can lead to a 'happy hour' name, but I would not recommend anyone drink this water," team researcher Darek...
  • Most HILARIOUS wrong answer ever on Jeopardy! Name for people on political left

    10/25/2015 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 10/24/15 | Tom Tillison
    A contestant on the popular game show Jeopardy was asked Friday to name a flower pictured that shares a disparaging name with people on the political left. Her answer proved to be incorrect, but some will argue that it was the most hilarious answer ever on a show that first aired on March 30, 1964.
  • Yo Dog, Thats Me Man Sees Photo on News Website, Shows Police And Is Promptly Arrested

    10/20/2015 9:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A Virginia man walked into Richmond Police Headquarters on Monday, held up the WTVR news app and said Yo dog, thats me. Soon after he made that statement, he was arrested. On Monday, Richmond police released photos of a man wanted in connection with a theft at a fire station. Photos released by police showed a man on a bicycle. Officers said he rode up to a South Richmond fire station, walked in through an unlocked door and stole an electronic device on October 12. At approximately 3:05 p.m., the man in the photos rode his bicycle up to Fire...
  • Who's a pretty boy then? Man cuts off his ears to look like a parrot

    10/16/2015 5:38:42 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 81 replies
    Ted Richards, 56, has already had his face and eyeballs tattooed, next he wants a surgeon to turn his nose into a beak. A man who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step further - by cutting off his ears. Ted Richards, 56, is obsessed by pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers. But the animal lover - who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue - has now had both his ears removed by a surgeon in a six hour...
  • Video: Double Murder Suspect Claims Computer Virus Made Him Do It

    10/17/2015 12:38:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WKRC ^ | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH 2015 | Joe Webb
    A double murder suspect makes a confession during a taped interview recorded by police.In a two-hour statement to Brown County investigators, Michael Wilcox admitted to killing two people and blames a virus sent over the Internet for taking control of him. Wearing a green, suicide prevention suit, Wilcox admitted to killing his girlfriend, Courtney Fowler, and friend Zach Gilkinson. The statements were taken April 2015 after Wilcox's arrest for the killings. He has since pleaded guilty to murdering Fowler as part of a plea agreement. WKRC obtained the videotaped interviews through a public records request to Brown County Prosecuting Attorney...
  • There are now 1000 professional mermaids in the US

    10/15/2015 9:29:05 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 60 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 30 September 2015 | Alex Heigl
    Being a mermaid is hard work, but someone's got to do it. According to Fast Company, about 1,000 someones are doing it, in fact. That's the number of people employed as full-time professional mermaids, per estimations and interviews gathered by the site. One of those merpeople: Rachel Smith, head mermaid at Dive Bar, a lounge in downtown Sacramento, California, where she and other women perform in a 7,500-gallon aquarium. "It's really hard," Smith explained to Fast Company. "Our legs are tied together, the fish are running into us, and it's dark. Our tails can weigh up to 35 pounds, but...
  • Robber Scalded From Hot Wok as He Tries to Raid Chinese Takeaway Van

    10/13/2015 11:53:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Mirror ^ | 8 OCT 2015 | LOUIE SMITH
    Mark Leadbeatter was jailed for four years after his bungled grab for cash left him doused in boiling oil, causing severe facial burnsA thief was left with severe facial burns from a hot wok when he tried to rob a Chinese takeaway. Mark Leadbeatter, 53, was doused in boiling oil while trying to raid an Oriental food van. The hapless robber, who suffered burns to his face and neck, has now been jailed for four years. In a report of the incident PCSO Julie Green said: He demanded money from the three females working on the van. He was given...
  • Report: Playboy Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos (Yes, you read that right)

    10/12/2015 9:36:18 PM PDT · by dayglored · 146 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 13, 2015 | Reuters News Service
    Founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 89, who in his trademark silk pajamas has embodied the Playboy lifestyle, agreed last month with a suggestion by top editor Cory Jones to stop publishing images of naked women, the Times said. At a time when every teenage boy has an Internet connected phone and the web is rife with pornography, the magazine has opted to continue featuring women in provocative poses, just not completely nude, the Times said. "You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," Flanders was quoted as saying in the Times. "And so it's just passe...
  • NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis

    10/09/2015 1:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | October 8, 2015 | Nellie Andreeva
    Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate. Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC. Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governors race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein of The Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend a black male Republican and discovers that with...
  • Marina Man Arrested for Armed Robbery, Reveals His Own Identity (Used Medical Pot Card to Rob Pot)

    10/07/2015 10:19:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KSBW ^ | Oct 06, 2015
    On Monday night, Ricardo Antonio Lopez-Campos, 27, of Marina, robbed a medical marijuana vendor and ordered some cannabis. Unfortunately for the robber, the vendor required that the purchaser show a copy of his identification and medical marijuana certification to them before agreeing to the transaction. Lopez-Campos then complied with the request and sent his own identification to the victim. Then, he proceeded with the armed robbery and took marijuana from the victim. Officers were able to quickly identify Lopez-Campos and were able to locate him within a very short time. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail. The stolen...
  • "The R'lyeh Connection" (Filk parody of "The Rainbow Connection") - VANITY

    10/05/2015 11:50:37 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 10/5/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Yes, I parodied a beloved musical classic as a hymn to everyone's favorite eldritch abomination. No, I have no soul. I write and record my music under the stage name of Hopalong Ginsberg. (Make your own Ruth Bader Ginsburg joke if you absolutely must.) For a free MP3 download of "The R'lyeh Connection," click either here or here.
  • Is It Better to Adopt a Rubio Staffer, a Kitten, or a Water Buffalo?

    09/30/2015 3:02:04 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 29, 2015 | Ben Ellman
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently added Adopt a Staffer for the Day as an option in the campaign store. It costs you $250, and in return you'll be mentioned on Twitter and get an update from the impoverished Young Republican taker who'd better be cute! (No, this is not welfare, since they have to work!) How does it compare to other selfless adoptions you might try out?-snip-You can adopt a kitten from the ASPCA for about half the price of a Rubio staffer.Apparently you can adopt an entire herd of manatees, Floridas most famous aquatic residents, for the...
  • Man starts gas station blaze trying to kill spider with lighter

    09/29/2015 9:24:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 99 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | September 30, 2015 | Taryn Asher
    CENTER LINE, Mich. - A man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter causing a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump.
  • City Employee Gets in Trouble Again for Talking Like a Robot

    09/29/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 29, 2015 | Jen Kirby
    The saga of this city worker is a gift that keeps on giving: Despite receiving a 20-day suspension last year for mimicking a robot while answering IT calls to the Department of Health's help desk, employee Ronald Dillon is about to be disciplined once again for talking to customers like a droid. Dillon will likely be put on 30-day unpaid leave after he overrode supervisors' orders to stop impersonating a machine, which the judge who presided over Dillon's hearing described as "a slow, stilted and monotonous voice." Dillon was also censured for not responding to customer-service requests and purposefully misdirecting...
  • Swedish Man Sues in Elk Murder Mystery

    09/26/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    A man from southern Sweden, who was accused of murdering his wife, is suing for damages after it was established that his wife was killed by an elk.The man, a resident of Loftahammer in southern Sweden, is now demanding 621,000 kronor compensation for being falsely accused of murder. His lawyers are critical of the way in which prosecutors and the police handled the investigation after the 63-year-old woman was found seriously injured near the shore of a lake outside of Loftahammar in northeast Smland in September 2008. According to the man, investigators were too quick to assume that he had...
  • Naked jogging couple leaves 1-year-old alone on beach

    09/23/2015 6:09:46 AM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | Sep 23, 2015 | Jeremy Gray
    A 1-year-old girl was left alone on a Louisiana beach as her parents jogged -- while naked -- three to four miles away, according to news reports. Cody and Monique Bourgeois were arrested on charges of child desertion and obscenity two hours after the child was found, KATC TV reports. The baby was turned over to her paternal grandmother, Johnson said. Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson told KPLC TV drug abuse is suspected and child protective services has been called to investigate.
  • Cats versus Zombies, its a thing now (VIDEO)

    09/21/2015 3:19:39 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 9/16/15 | Chris Eger
    With the zombie genre seemingly incapable of staying dead, we give you a Russian short film telling the story of two cats who elect to save their little buddy from the walking dead.Sure, ever since Bela Lugosi uttered those lines in nearly-forgotten zombie film in the 1930s, these shambling creatures have been put through the ringer and are still going strong.And this two-minute film has everything:-Dual wielding? Check. -Domestic short hair cats rocking subguns? Check. -A Venture Brothers-quality Wilhelm scream thrown in the background? Check. -Explosive Mix Tape? Check (in Dolby). -A zombie in a trilby getting smoked? YES! Bring...
  • I took 35 Viagra after a two-day benderEXCLUSIVE: ...and had a hard time in hospital

    09/20/2015 3:34:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 78 replies
    The Sun ^ | 2015-09-13 | CAROL COOPER
    I took 35 Viagra after a two-day bender EXCLUSIVE: ...and had a hard time in hospital DOZY Daniel Medforth ended up in hospital after necking 35 Viagra in an hour, giving him a five-day erection. [....] An overdose can cause chest pain, nausea, a racing pulse, and fainting from low blood pressure. It can even lead to loss of consciousness, brain haemorrhage and death.
  • Spurned Wife Bites Off Love Rival's Finger

    09/18/2015 3:49:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | hursday, September 17, 2015
    Doctors says theyre unable to re-attach the partAn Italian woman who discovered her husband was cheating bit off his mistress's finger in a street brawl which Naples police described as fairly routine, albeit unusually violent. The revenge attack came when the wife of a businessman in the southern Italian city found out her husband was having an affair with one of her relatives. When the women bumped into each other while out shopping in the crime-heavy Spanish Quarter of Naples, a scrap broke out in the narrow streets, despite efforts from passers-by to separate them.
  • Firm Pushes Weiner Out

    09/16/2015 5:29:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/16/15 | Brent Scher
    Anthony Weiners gig as a member of the advisory board at public relations firm MWW has come to an end after just two months, according to the New York Post.The firm, run by major Democratic fundraiser Michael Kempner, hired Weiner in July as a public policy expert.It was reported earlier this week that the Weiner hire had consequences and that the firm lost clients that didnt want to be associated with the disgraced congressman.Weiners exit is being framed by the firm as a resignation, according to the Posts report. According to an internal memo from MWW chief Michael Kempner, Weiner...
  • Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots

    09/15/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    They are yet to hit the shelves, but activists are already campaigning against the sale of so-called sex robots, which may be "harmful and contribute to inequalities in society." Several companies are developing robots that can be used as sexual substitutes for humans, leading to the launch of the "Campaign against sex robots" on Tuesday to highlight the potential dangers.
  • Prostitutes Pose for Escort-Site Ad in Atlanta Fire Station

    09/14/2015 6:07:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/14/15 | Chris Queen
    The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is dealing with a controversy that has generated a different kind of heat. An ad on an escort website has recently surfaced featuring different women posing suggestively on equipment at an Atlanta fire station.In one photo, one woman poses suggestively on a fire truck, while in another, the same woman dons a firefighters vest. In others, various scantily clad women don fire helmets and other rescue gear. Insignia clearly indicates that the photos took place inside Atlanta Fire Station 2.The fire department has responded to the ads, according to Fox 5: The Atlanta Fire Rescue...
  • SOME NEVER LEARN: Intruder Dies Robbing Same House Where He Was Shot Last Time

    09/14/2015 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 78 replies
    Concealed Nation ^ | 9/11/15 | James England
    DAYTON, OHIO Dayton Police Department arrived on the scene to find a 22-year-old man had been shot and killed by a 43-year-old female homeowner in the early hours of Wednesday morning.What was shaping up to be just another great tale of home owners defending themselves took a turn for the strange when WHIO began to uncover the checkered history of the robber. Apparently, in 2013, DeBrandon Jurrod Dickerson, 22, of Detroit, had broken into this exact same residence. He was a teenager back then and he had attempted the home invasion with the assistance of another teenager. The female...
  • Colonoscope helps Thai police recover stolen 6-carat diamond

    09/13/2015 5:51:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/15
    The good news for the Chinese visitor to Bangkok was that a doctor had successfully removed a foreign object from her large intestine that could have damaged her digestive system. The bad news: It was a 10 million baht ($278,000) diamond the woman was accused of stealing from a jewelry fair, adding a piece of rock-hard evidence to the case against her. Police Col. Mana Tienmaungpak said Sunday that authorities got to the bottom of the theft when a doctor wielding a colonoscope and the medical equivalent of pliers pulled the 6-carat gemstone from the large intestine of the woman...
  • Wisconsin man shot roommate as cat played with gun's laser

    09/13/2015 9:11:23 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 74 replies
    twincities.com ^ | 09.13 .15 | unknown
    An Onalaska man who accidentally shot his roommate while teasing a cat with the laser sight of his gun has been fined $50 after pleading guilty to a weapons crime. Vaughn Rothering, 22, will pay a total of $591 including court costs and will be eligible to have the felony conviction expunged.
  • Bridge-jumping, Car-stealing Woman Was Hella Drunk, Say Court Docs

    09/11/2015 4:41:44 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 33 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 09/11/2015 | Aaron Cole
    An alleged prostitute who jumped off the Bay Bridge to avoid arrest in August was hella drunk from splitting a fifth of Hennessy, according arrest affidavits reported by the Contra Costa Times. According to the report, 25-year-old Erlynn Kay Sanchez-Edwards was arrested in Oakland after police searched for the woman for nearly a month after they say she crashed a car she had stolen, then jumped off the Bay Bridge to icy water nearly 70 feet below, swam and hitched a ride with a truck driver. Sanchez-Edwards was charged with three misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving, evading a police officer...
  • Man charged with urinating on passengers on flight from Anchorage

    09/11/2015 5:19:07 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 65 replies
    Alasja Dispatch News ^ | |September 11, 2015 | Megan Edge
    An Oregon man was jailed and is facing charges after Port of Portland police say he urinated on several passengers on an early morning JetBlue flight from Anchorage to Portland International Airport Friday. According to CBS news affiliate KOIN6, police say Jeff D. Rubin, 27, had been asleep for most of the flight, which left Stevens International Airport in Anchorage around 12 a.m. About 30 minutes before landing in Portland, he stood up and began urinating between the crack in the seat in front of him and onto other passengers.
  • Woman with pistol in vagina charged with unlawful carry

    09/09/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 126 replies
    WFAA ^ | September 8, 2015 | Josh Davis
    WACO, Texas Officers searching a woman after a traffic stop found a fully-loaded pistol in her vagina, Waco police said. Just before 11 p.m. Monday, officers stopped a 1998 Toyota Land Rover at 15th and Blair in north Waco for a traffic violation. During the stop, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Gabriel Garcia, 30, was allegedly had 2.7 grams of methamphetamine under his driver's seat. A further search of the car allegedly uncovered another 29.5 grams of meth and weighing scales in the purse of the female passenger, Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31. Because the traffic stop occurred...
  • Calgary woman charged in assault with a vomit bag

    09/09/2015 11:55:31 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 9, 2015
    Chucking a barf bag at a taxi driver has landed a Calgary woman in trouble with police. According to cops, a taxi picked the woman up on Aug. 23 in the area of 1 St. and 4 Ave. S.E. It was around 3:20 a.m. The woman upchucked inside the cab en route to a home in Sandstone. The driver offered the woman a bag, which she used. Police say the vomiting continued on the exterior of the cab when they reached her destination. When the driver requested a clean-up fee city council last year approved a $100 levy to...
  • Kansas State apologizes for phallic marching band formation

    09/08/2015 10:52:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 80 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 8, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MANHATTAN, Kan., - Kansas State University apologized for a marching band routine that some complained looked like male genitalia assaulting the University of Kansas mascot. University officials said the formation during halftime of Saturday's season opener against South Dakota was supposed to depict the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek engaged in battle with the University of Kansas Jayhawk, but some social media users complained the Enterprise shape looked more like a set of male genitals. "We apologize for anyone offended by our halftime performance depicting the starship enterprise and the Jayhawk mascot," a message on the marching band's official Twitter...
  • Texans offer governor novel alternatives to lethal injection

    09/06/2015 4:44:06 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 86 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 04 September 2015 | BRANDI GRISSOM
    AUSTIN With lethal injection drugs in short supply nationwide, one Texan offered Gov. Greg Abbott what he called a straightforward, low-cost, pain-free alternative to execute murderers in Texas. After administering a strong sedative, he wrote in an email, just drain blood until they have bled to death. Other letter writers suggested carbon monoxide poisoning as a painless approach maybe even more humane than lethal injection. A firing squad could save the state money, wrote one man from a Houston suburb. -snip- The most popular suggestion, perhaps not surprisingly in gun-loving Texas, was the firing squad. Peter Sabino of...
  • Fowl Play: Chicken, Goose Slow Down Bay Area Freeway Commutes

    09/02/2015 10:07:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Lisa Fernandez
    First there were reports of chickens on the Bay Bridge near the toll plaza Wednesday morning just as the early morning commute kicked off. Then, about 7:30 a.m., a goose was seen meandering on U.S. Highway 101 at Alum Rock Avenue in San Jose. Cars slowed and swerved to avoid hitting the fowl on the freeway. A California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle rode behind the goose, urging the bird to waddle back to the side of the road and into some bushes. Initial reports surfaced that the goose was a duck, but Twitter users were quick to correct...
  • Heres what it takes to be the perfect poop donor

    09/01/2015 10:26:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-1-2015 | Rachel Feltman
    You can earn $13,000 a year by donating your poop. A few months back, we wrote about OpenBiome, a company that provides therapeutic fecal matter. In case you missed that post, here's the general idea: For people with a devastating (and sometimes fatal) infection called C. difficile, a fecal matter transplant (FMT) can be a real life-saver. By putting healthy fecal matter into the patient (by way of oral tablets or colonoscopy), doctors can effectively seed their guts with the healthy bacteria they need to fight off the infection. For people who've failed to thrive on traditional treatments like antibiotics,...
  • Bra Stops Bullet in Hunting Mishap Miracle

    08/29/2015 10:53:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    A woman in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported on Friday because her bra somehow stopped the bullet. The 41-year-old tourist from North Rhine-Westphalia was on a bike ride with her husband when the incident happened. The pair were crossing a field near the town of Gadebusch when they unknowingly entered the path of a boar hunt. Suddenly, the woman felt a pain in her chest. Looking down, she saw that she had been hit by a rebounded shot but the underwire of her bra had deflected the blow. The woman...
  • Police: Woman Wanted Daughter's Homeless Boyfriend Killed (Over Lice)

    08/27/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | Monday, August 24, 2015 | Patricio Balona
    A New Smyrna Beach woman wanted the homeless man her daughter was dating killed because the daughter's children came home with lice, police said. Pamela Vanorsdale, 50, was charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder after police said she tried to hire her former son-in-law to pop the proposed victim, Dylan Loveless, 22, in the head and chest, New Smyrna Beach police said. Vanorsdale is out of jail on $25,000 bail, court records show. New Smyrna Beach police learned of the murder-for-hire plot after the ex-son-in-law, Daniel Dionne, 33, of Daytona Beach, approached a Daytona Beach police detective, reports show....
  • FDNY rescues 910-pound woman through apartment window

    08/22/2015 2:23:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | Kevin Fasick and Aaron Feis
    The woman, 70, was hoisted in a large yellow net by FDNY paramedics from her Fifth Avenue home and rushed to St. Lukes Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. Firemen came down and measured the elevator door, the building doorman said. She would not have been able to get out of the door.
  • Animal rights activist beaten with duck in Spain

    08/20/2015 8:33:26 AM PDT · by plain talk · 68 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2015 | Yahoo News
    An animal rights activist was beaten with a duck by a Spanish woman defending one of the country's most bizarre and controversial festival traditions. The man was whacked with the bird while he filmed the annual "duck chase" in the Catalonian seaside town of Roses, where every August ducks are thrown into the Mediterranean and then caught and brought back to the shore by swimmers. "Continue, continue. Continue to abuse, I am filming you. A little bit of empathy for the animals. They also have a life, like your children or your family," the man who was filming can be...
  • Family Photographs Kids with 'Beach Buoy' That Was Actually aBomb - World News

    08/19/2015 11:21:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    ABC News Radio ^ | 8-19-2015
    (LONDON) -- A family beach outing turned terrifying last week when what was thought to be a washed-up buoy turned out to be an active bomb. "My children took their boogie boards down and we were going out to the sea," Kelly Gravell of Burry Port, Wales, said. "We saw a large object on the beach, so we thought wed have a little look." "We get things washed up all the time, so we thought it was a buoy. We never thought for one second it was a bomb," she continued. Gravell told ABC News she, her husband, and two...
  • Straight tTippin': Saudi Fatwa Permits the Use of Hallucinogenic Drugs During Sex with Ugly Wives

    08/19/2015 8:27:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Albawaba.com ^ | August 14th, 2015 | Habib Toumi
    Straight trippin': Saudi fatwa permits the use of hallucinogenic drugs during sex with ugly wives Saudi social media users have poured scorn on a fatwa that allowed young men married to ugly women to take drugs before intimate relations in order to have the delusion they are as beautiful as houris. The fatwa said that hallucinogenic drugs can be taken for 30 minutes during sexual intercourse and only by men who are less than 40 years old. The drugs can be used only in the evening, it added. This is the ideal men who are unfortunately married with ugly-looking wives...
  • Hamas arrests dolphin accused of being an Israeli spy

    08/19/2015 7:16:25 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Jeva Lange
    ANIMAL ESPIONAGE Hamas arrests dolphin accused of being an Israeli spy Israel is so often accused of animal espionage that an entire "Israel-related animal conspiracy theories" Wikipedia page exists.
  • Escaped tiger recaptured in old Detroit factory

    08/18/2015 6:10:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DETROIT, - Police in Detroit confirmed a tiger was on the loose in a disused plant on the east side of the city and it has now been recaptured. Detroit police said the tiger escaped from a British film crew Monday while they were shooting footage inside the old Packard Plant and the crew was unable to recapture the big cat. Representatives of the plant's owners said the film crew had permission to shoot inside the building, but not to bring wild animals. They said the crew brought the tiger along with a bobcat and a wolf without informing officials....
  • Bar fight breaks out at fundraiser to cover costs of funeral of man killed breaking up a bar fight

    08/18/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 27 replies
    24News.ca ^ | August 17, 2015
    At a fundraiser to help cover the funeral costs of a friend who died trying to stop a fight outside a Saskatoon bar, a group of young men ended up embroiled in a fight that led to two of them facing assault charges. It was a sad set of circumstances that concluded in Saskatoon provincial court on Thursday, with Christopher Godlien pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. The second accused, Robbie Watier, previously pleaded guilty to assault in relation to the same incident. They were at Tequila Nightclub on the night of March 8, 2014, at a fundraiser for...