Archive for June, 2007


Friday, June 15, 2007


Woman jailed for testicle attack

‘A woman who ripped off her ex-boyfriend’s testicle with her bare hands has been sent to prison.

Amanda Monti, 24, flew into a rage when Geoffrey Jones, 37, rejected her advances at the end of a house party, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

She pulled off his left testicle and tried to swallow it, before spitting it out. A friend handed it back to Mr Jones saying: “That’s yours.”

Monti admitted wounding and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Sentencing Monti, Judge Charles James said it was “a very serious injury” and that Monti was not acting in self defence.’

Followup to Ex rips off man’s testicle.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Free Hugs in Second Life

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Knock to open

‘A friend of mine happened to live in a students’ flat where such a thing happened: the landlord basically made them cram a bunch of stuff, which usually was in the main hallway, into a room that was too small for it, while in the same flat three rooms were completely empty, but locked. Luckily, the guy could lockpick his way into a room, but he asked me for a way to be able to re-lock it without the key and without anything suspicious being visible from the outside.

After some brainstorming, we came up with a James Bond-worthy concept: knock on the door in a certain fashion, and the door’ll open automatically. The idea was perfect: no need to drill holes, sneaky enough so the landlord wouldn’t accidentally trigger it, easy enough to remember.’



‘Gekisen is a game with limitless posibilities and strategic depth that will challenge your mental and decision making skills.’

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Same-sex kiss gets teens kicked off bus

‘Two American teenage girls were ordered off a city bus in Portland, Oregon, by the driver who called them “sickos” because they exchanged a kiss.

The girls, aged 14, said they were kicked off the TriMet bus on Monday after they exchanged a kiss as they travelled home from school.

After another passenger complained, the driver called them “sickos” and told them to “knock it off”, US media reported.

One of the girls told television station KTVZ that her friend was upset by the driver so she gave her a hug.

The driver then ordered them off the bus.’

Navy Boats Collide At Full Speed

It looks like one of the boats was trying to show off and go for a splash through the wake of another.

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passive-aggressive notes

‘for the purposes of this project, we’re using a pretty broad (and to some extent, arbitrary) definition of “passive-aggressive” that roughly correlates with how the term is popularly used. (most people don’t go diving for the dsm IV when someone describes his or her roommate as “so passive-aggressive” — or “so antisocial” or “so sadistic” or “so schizo,” for that matter.)

truly, some of the notes found here aren’t really passive-aggressive even by our generous standards. some are really more aggressive in tone, and some of them are more passive — polite, even – but they all share a common sense of frustration that’s been channeled into written form rather than a direct confrontation.’


Reporter Confronts Man in Panty Raid

‘A Philadelphia reporter is fighting back against a man who made her private life — including her underwear drawer — public. [..]

Comedian Danny Ozark then snuck away and rifled through Cahn’s underwear drawer and later talked about the experience on a Philadelphia radio station. [..]

“After telling our viewers to stand up for themselves and fight back, I didn’t think I could just sit around without calling out the guy who rummaged through my underwear drawer,” said Cahn.

So Cahn and a camera crew went to the apartment Ozark shares with his father, Arthur Goldman.

Goldman let them in, and apologized for his son’s actions.

“That was in bad taste. I feel bad about that,” Goldman told them.’

Bay Area teen seriously injured faking fall for a photo

‘A 17-year-old Livermore boy was seriously injured Monday night in Mt. Diablo State Park when he tried to fake a fall for a camera and then actually fell 75 feet onto rocks, a park ranger said Tuesday.

The teenager was on Sentinel Rock, a vertical formation near Rock City popular for its views, when he moved outside the handrail, lost his footing and fell into a crevice and became wedged between rocks, San Ramon Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Mike Brown said.

Friends of the boy, who is hospitalized with multiple traumatic injuries, told rescuers he had been trying to stage a photo of a fake fall for a MySpace Web site when he slipped and fell for real, said Dan Stefanisko, supervising ranger at Mt. Diablo State Park.’


Teen Dials Wrong Number, is Arrested on Drug Charges

‘A 14-year-old boy was arrested after dialing a wrong number and offering to sell drugs to the person on the other end — who happened to be a police detective.

After the call, Gulfport detective Matt Parks arranged to meet the teen in the parking lot of a school to buy an ounce of marijuana and some crack cocaine, a police report said. When the boy showed up, he was arrested on charges of possession of 18 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school. [..]

Parks’ phone number is unlisted, and there were no similar phone numbers found in the boy’s cell phone, police said. Detectives said the boy, whose name was not released, likely dialed a random number to try to drum up new business.’


Stop Whoring Around, Paris

Steve Schirripa from the Sopranos has some advice for Paris Hilton.

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Plants can tell who’s who

‘Telling apart relatives from strangers is crucial in many animal species, helping them to share precious resources or avoid inbreeding. Now it seems that plants can perform the same trick.

Plants have already been shown to compete with others — of their own kind or of another species — when sharing space. For example, they sometimes choose to invest more energy in sprouting roots when they have nearby competition for water and nutrients.

Now, Susan Dudley and Amanda File of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, have shown that plants grown alongside unrelated neighbours are more competitive than those growing with their siblings — ploughing more energy into growing roots when their neighbours don’t share their genetic stock.’


Louisiana town banning saggy pants

‘It soon will be a crime in this Cajun-country town to let the waistband of your pants sag too low in public.

Mayor Carol Broussard has said he will sign an ordinance the town council approved this week setting penalties of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for being caught in pants that show undergarments or certain parts of the body.

Broussard said he has nothing against saggy pants but thinks people who wear them should use discretion. “It’s gotten way out of hand out here,” he said. [..]

Broussard’s advice for people who like their pants to hang low: “Just wear it properly. Cover your vital parts. I mean, if you expose your private parts, you’ll get a fine. If you walk up and your pants drop, you get a fine. They’re better off taking the pants off and just wearing a dress.”‘

Teen Scares Off Burglar With Samurai Sword

‘A teenager with a brown belt in karate used a samurai sword to scare off a burglar who was after his PlayStation 3 video game console.

Last Friday afternoon, Damian Fernandez and his 15-year-old sister, Deanne Fernandez, were home alone at their northwest Miami-Dade County home while their parents were at work when they heard knocking on the front door. Moments later, two men were prying the front door unlocked, prompting Deanne to hide in her closet. [..]

“Once I saw him take off running back, I jumped off my (bunk) bed and I grabbed my sword … and I just waited for him,” he said.

Damian said he lunged at him with his samurai sword, striking him in the chest.

“He freaked out,” Damian said.

The burglar ran out of the house with Damian chasing him down the road. When police arrived, a K-9 officer located the burglar hiding behind a neighbor’s palm tree. The second burglar got away.’


Phone Salesman Amazes Audience

This is from the Britain’s Got Talent TV show. Good job.

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Teen’s Public Punishment: “I’m Stupid”

‘A 16-year-old Sacramento boy spent nearly eight hours on a busy intersection Tuesday holding a sign that read, in part, “I’m stupid.”

On Sunday night, Dominiq Drye, 16, came home from hanging out with some friends. His mother, Christine Drye, said she knew immediately something was wrong. “His eyes were red and glossy,” said Drye. “I knew something wasn’t right.”

Dominiq eventually admitted he had smoked some marijuana. His mother said this wasn’t the first time. “I’ve tried taking things, I’ve tried other punishment. It’s not working,” she said.

So Drye decided to try something different, something extreme. [..]’

Dump Truck Found in Alabama Wave Pool

‘Decatur police are trying to determine how a one-ton municipal dump truck wound up at the bottom of the Point Mallard Park’s wave pool.

Police said they suspect a maintenance worker could have been responsible for submerging the vehicle in the 8-foot-deep pool at the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center. A wrecker service was called in to haul it out of the water.

Officers noticed several garbage bags floating in the water about 5 a.m. Sunday and had to move close to make out the shadowy object at the bottom. They said a gate was open and there were two sets of tire tracks, one leading up a ramp to the wave pool, the other appearing to match a white pickup parked nearby.

Police said an empty beer can, an unidentified vial and a pair of blue swim trunks also were found. The truck could have been driven into the pool as early as 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.’

Weapon fragment found in whale reveals it was more than a century old

‘A 45-tonne bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt – more than a century ago.

Embedded deep under its blubber was a 13-centimetre arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale’s age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.

“No other finding has been this precise,” said John Bockstoce, an adjunct curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

Calculating a whale’s age can be difficult, and is usually gauged by amino acids in the eye lenses. It is rare to find one that has lived more than a century, but experts say the oldest were close to 200 years old.’


Proof Bush’s Watch Was Not Stolen In Albania

Camera footage from a different angle shows Bush taking the watch off himself.

Far less amusing than someone stealing it from his arm.

Followup to White House ends mystery over Bush’s watch.

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China Threatens War Escalation Over Bush Handshake

‘In an astounding development that has completely failed to register any attention amongst mainstream U.S. media, China promised to escalate preparations for war in advance of a potential conflict, after President Bush shook hands with a Taiwanese government official yesterday.

Bush shook hands and met with Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Joseph Wu, on Tuesday, during a commemoration for victims of Communism in Washington DC.

In a headline story that aired at 10pm Shanghai time Wednesday night on the Hong Kong based PHTV news channel, Chinese government leaders threatened to plan new war games and heighten military readiness in anticipation of any attempt by the U.S. to defend Taiwan should a Chinese invasion occur, or simply if Taiwan declares its independence.’

Burglary suspect calls mom for ride home from crime scene

‘A 25-year-old Hilton Head Island man is accused of breaking into an apartment and then calling his mom for a ride home from the crime scene.

An alert neighbor heard someone scurrying around in an upstairs apartment at Cordillo Courts, 104 Cordillo Parkway, and followed the pair all the way to New Orleans Road, where a deputy caught up to them, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s report.

Isaac Talavera, Jr., 25, of 26 Forest Cove, was charged with second-degree burglary after officers found 13 pairs of socks, two cell phones, two tank tops, cigarettes, car keys, a watch and vehicle titles stolen from the apartment at 3:52 p.m., Thursday, the report stated.’


Warning issued over poison toothpaste

‘The Government has warned people to throw away two brands of Chinese-made toothpaste after it was found to contain a toxic chemical.

Chris Pearce, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, said today that two brands of toothpaste, Mr Cool and Excel, were being withdrawn from sale after being found to contain diethylene glycol (DEG).

“However, there could well be other brands that have not yet been identified,” he said.

The chemical, diethylene glycol, is used in antifreeze and as a solvent. The chemical is a central nervous system depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin.

Mr Pearce said no Australian-made toothpaste contained DEG.’

Followup to US warns over Chinese toothpaste.


When Drifting Goes Bad

Make sure your bolts are all tightened up before you go drifting. You think it’d go without saying, but nah.. 🙂

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Man Tries Escaping Cops By Dangling 23 Stories Up

‘An astonishing attempted escape from the police in the Bronx Wednesday morning left a suspect dangling from the side of a high-rise, 23 stories above the ground.

It wasn’t a typical sighting for New Yorkers walking outside or living across from the Soundview apartment tower.

“I started to think, ‘What’s wrong? Is he trying to commit suicide or something?'” said Alex Morales, who, along with his wife Patricia witnessed the suspect’s crazy antics.

But Francisco Correra Jr. wasn’t trying to kill himself. Instead he was trying to escape from police investigating an assault complaint.

“His foot was on the ledge of the window and he was hanging on a childproof bar,” Patricia Morales said.’


Confess, you’re a ‘career criminal’, police tell boy aged six

‘A boy of six was sent a letter by police urging him to confess to being a career criminal.

Peter Akers was advised to admit any unsolved crimes so he could make a “fresh start”. He was even offered treatment for drugs addiction.

The letter – sent to Peter by mistake – was one of scores of warning messages posted to repeat offenders.

It read: “We are giving the opportunity for you to come forward and notify us of any offences you have committed but have never been dealt with.”

Suggesting a confession might see Peter spared jail, it added: “We will offer all the help and support we can to assist you in making a fresh start.”

Peter, from Derby, could only recall one crime however – stealing sweets from his sister Phoebe, aged nine.’

Iran moves to execute porn stars

‘Iran’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies.

With a 148-5 vote in favor and four abstentions, lawmakers present at the Wednesday session of the 290-seat parliament approved that “producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corrupter of the world and could be sentenced to punishment as corrupter of the world.”

The term, “corrupter of the world” is taken from the Quran, the Muslims’ holy book, and ranks among the highest on the scale of an individual’s criminal offenses. Under Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, it carries a death penalty.

The “main elements” referred to in the draft include producers, directors, cameramen and actors involved in making a pornographic video.’


How To Escape From A Fart

Once again the Japanese are on the cutting edge of science related television.

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Man killed for ‘gaylord’ taunt

‘A Brisbane man bullied for wearing bright yellow thongs to a backyard barbecue stabbed the host in the face before killing one of the guests, a court has heard.

Benjamin Haydn MacRae, 28, used a paring knife to stab neighbours Ian Macdonald and James Croker after being dubbed a “gaylord” by one of the men over his choice of footwear.

Mr Macdonald later died as a result of his injuries. [..]

“Ian Macdonald had suggested on a number of occasions that Benjamin MacRae was a gaylord because of the colour of his thongs. The mood was a good one, but it deteriorated.”‘

Turbo II, Junkyard Boogaloo

‘Feast your eyes on the result of weeks of work using the various remains of over a dozen cars — from 80’s BMW’s to a 1990 Toyota Tercel — it’s the glorious Turbo II Junkyard Boogaloo boombox. For those of you who want the gearhead nitty-gritty, the full “How To” is here. For those who just want to see this baby in all of its radical goodness, below you’ll find some documentation of what the Turbo II is and does …

Ninety-two pounds of plywood and car parts joined together as an homage to the homemade car-battery boomboxes used by first-generation break dancers; if you’ve watched the video above you’ve already got the general idea of the Turbo II Junkyard Boogaloo’s features. Read on and we’ll fill you in on the details [..]’

Surgeon Amputates Boy’s Arm On Expressway

‘A surgeon amputated a 17-year-old boy’s arm on the Palmetto Expressway after a Saturday morning crash involving a cement truck, police said. Police flew the surgeon in by helicopter after the 8 a.m. wreck in the northbound lanes near South River Drive.

Police said the boy was a passenger in his father’s cement truck and the two were headed for work when his father lost control and the truck flipped on its right side.

Rescuers worked to free the boy without success after the crash, finally determining the only solution was field amputation. A surgeon from the Ryder Trauma Center was flown in and about 50 firefighters worked to get him access to the boy.’