ITEM: Just because Blogger's being stupid again, I'll start by mentioning that I had to reload my home page FIVE TIMES before it stopped telling me "You're not following any blogs." What a selfish pig I am! BTW, I did complain about it on a message board. They didn't like it when I translated their reply as, "Just grin and bear it." Wah. Wah.
ITEM: My thoughts are with those who are going through
tropical storm Winter Storm Juno. We had a bit of it Sunday- albeit our end of it rapidly declined from "3 to 5 inches" to "1 to 2 inches" to "less than an inch, but with some really nasty winds." With the micro-flakes we were getting, it snowed most of the day and it looked like we were going to get just what they said the last time...
|After nearly 7 hours of constant snowing, grass wasn't even covered at 4 PM...|
But right about the time it was supposed to stop, it kicked it in the butt and we ended up with just about three inches...
In other words, just a typical winter in Indiana.
ITEM: From the Tim Taylor file of home remodelling:
(NEWSER) – Picture this: You've just stepped out of your New York home for a bit to run errands. You return to find the home completely demolished ... by your own husband. That's what happened to Diane Andryshak on Monday, News 12 reports. Her husband, James Rhein, 48, rented a bulldozer while she was out and tore the Middletown house down, along with everything inside it; as the Times Herald-Record notes, the only thing that wasn't razed is part of the front steps. He says the 840-square-foot house was falling apart and needed to come down, NBC New York reports, but his wife had no idea of his plans. When she got home, says a neighbor, "She was in the middle of the road screaming, her house, what happened to her house?" Andryshak, who is the legal owner of the house, says they were doing repairs on it and weren't staying there at the time, but she has no idea why her husband of nine years decided it had to come down.
Of course, he didn't bother to take anything out; the debris included " all his wife's clothes and medications, appliances, etc., a neighbor tells CBS New York—and is facing a felony criminal mischief charge. He says he attempted to get a permit for the demolition but couldn't since the relevant office was closed Monday—a federal holiday. He also says he tried to call his wife before starting the project, but she didn't answer. " And once again, the cart finishes a few furlongs ahead of the horse.
ITEM: Speaking of disasters, there was a collision the other day in Phoenix featuring a bus, a dump truck... and a flasher:
Shortly after the Monday afternoon crash in central Phoenix a man ran out from behind a nearby row of bushes and flashed everyone gathered in the area before running away, according to passengers at the scene.
The flasher seized the opportunity that arose after the bus was leaving a stop in the area at about 1 p.m. Monday, according to passengers and eye witnesses.
Apparently the assembled audience included the disembarking bus passengers, the nearby construction workers, and the usual slew of rubberneckers, all of which got a little more than they were expecting.
ITEM: The only (non-perverted) sex-themed item of the show today, a story worthy of Walt Disney:
Zookeepers in Israel have uncovered evidence of a porcupine love affair between a captive female and a wild male, it's been reported.
Dorit the porcupine has been living at the Ramat Gan Safari Park in Israel for eight years, since being orphaned as a baby. Unable to survive in the wild, she lives alongside three eagle owls, but it seems she is also getting some porcupine affection by night, the Haaretz website reports. Staff were baffled when they found porcupine droppings outside her enclosure, and after a spiky creature was spotted on the other side of the wire, they feared the worst, thinking Dorit had made a break for freedom. A night-time camera proved otherwise. "The mystery was solved," the zoo says in a statement. "Dorit had a secret lover."
The camera footage showed a large male porcupine visiting Dorit each night for a few hours of one-on-one time, separated only by the enclosure's bars. Staff are surprised by his consistent interest because it isn't mating season, and they don't know how he gets into the safari park. "If he's hiding inside the park, he's doing it very efficiently," spokeswoman Sagit Horowitz tells Haaretz. The discovery has left them with a dilemma over whether to let the pair unite. In the meantime, the droppings keep piling up, suggesting that Dorit's male suitor hasn't lost interest yet.
I'm guessing Dorit and her beau know a security guard who likes to sleep on the job, or has an in with the zoo's rhinos*. What is it with Israeli zoos, anyway?
(*If you haven't read last week's MWN, shame on you! You are now officially behind.)
ITEM: Other than in reply to a comment asking my opinion here on the subject, I have stayed away from Deflategate- the mysterious losing of air by footballs in the recent Patriots/Colts playoff game. Because I think the whole thing is retarded. And to add proof to my thesis, here comes Bill Nye the Science Guy. You see, Pats' coach Bill Belichick theorized that the rubbing done to the balls to rough up the skin prior to the game combined with the colder temps outside the locker room to make the air pressure drop. Along comes Bill:
But what does science say about this? Well, Bill Nye the Science Guy appeared on Good Morning America this morning. His verdict on Belichick's was: "Pfffft." As Deadspin reports, Nye offered: "I'm not too worried about coach Belichick competing with me. What he said doesn't make any sense." Nye insisted that only an inflation needle could change the ball's pressure in some radical way. He also added: "I cannot help but say -- go Seahawks."
Science is not universally standing behind Nye, however. The boffins at HeadSmart Labs, who develop testing devices to aid in reducing sports concussions, did their own experiment. They tested a temperature difference of 75 degrees and the game time on the field 51 degrees. They also wet the 12 brand new footballs to simulate real game time conditions on the day in question.
The moisture, these scientists argue, would increase the volume of the ball and decrease the pressure.
Let me give you another example. My tires in the cold we have been enduring have chosen to drop below the car's "check tire pressure" threshold. They might start out the morning say, 24, 24, 23, and 22 psi- but amazingly, within one mile, with no air injection tooling required, they suddenly are at 28, 27, 24, and 24. Friction causes heat, which raises air pressure- and that pressure goes back down when the object cools. So, yes, Belichick, while not honest, and certainly not the best of friends to Tom Brady after blaming it all on him, did make sense. It isn't a wonder that Nye lost his debate against creationist Ken Ham. He could probably lose a debate with canned ham.
|At least it's swift...|
ITEM: When the headline reads "Naked Violinist Sues Police, " You know it's gotta be kinda funny...
PORTLAND, Ore. – A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police.
The Oregonian reports that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He named the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau as defendants in a lawsuit filed last week, and he's seeking $1.1 million in damages.
Police showed up after receiving complaints about the demonstration, during which the man played violin, meditated and quoted former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They said they arrested him for indecent exposure and carried him to a patrol car when he refused to walk.
Mglej claims jail deputies cut his wrists by jerking on his handcuffs and called him names when he cried from the pain and for his service dog.
He has a hearing on the indecent exposure charge next month.
Okay, I have a lot to say here...
...Mglej and Ahmanutjob... separated at birth?
2- With a name like Mglej, I think he's going to have a hard time proving that "calling him names" wasn't "trying to pronounce the unpronounceable".
3- Let's see if we can guess which of Ahmanutjob's quotes Matt was using. Here are some choice possibilities:
-"I do hope that all nations can live in complete security and welfare."
-"Nuclear energy is the scientific achievement of the Iranian nation."
- "They (the Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews."
- "It is obvious that the African countries must be plundered of their wealth and resources. The major powers and despots are behind the development of these diseases (like HIV) so they could then sell their drugs and medical equipment to the poor countries."
- "I'm not anti-Jew. Jews are respected by everyone, like all human beings, and I respect them very much."
- “We will convert the entire world to Islam with our logic. We are confident that the Islamic logic, culture, and discourse can prove their superiority in all fields over all schools of thought and theories.”
And one more knee-slapper:
- "We thank God that our enemies are idiots. " Ba dum-DUM!
ITEM: A very un-funny story was about the fall of the New England Compounding Center, a prescription drug manufacturer whose negligence led to a score of deaths via tainted meningitis medicine. What was somewhat amusing though, was that, in spite of the boss's admonitions to the workers making up fake names for patients to defraud the government- do not use names that may sound fake or celebrity- the workers failed miserably. Here are just a few examples of the "patients" that NECC was billing medicare over:
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Chris Rock, and ALL the Baldwins;
Fat Albert, Ned Flanders, Chester Cheeto, Stuart Little, and Hugh Jass;
L.L. Bean, Filet O'Fish, Coco Puff, Tony Tiger;
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Betty Ford;
Calvin Klein, Harry Potter, Donald Trump, Jennifer Lopez, and Bob Barker;
And my very favorites, Mike Marker and Carol Sharpie.
In fact, the list I saw had 30 celebrities, two super-heroes (Silver Surfer and Wonder Woman), 12 misspelled celebrities (such as Cyndi Lopler) 4 companies or agencies, 7 cartoon or TV characters (including the misspelled Al Bundie), one sandwich, and two NASCAR drivers (Dale Jr. and Jimmie Johnson). Not too conspicuous...
ITEM: A couple of notes from the good old spam file:
One was a missive from a Amanda Novak, with the familiar story- I'm dying from fill-in-the-blank, and I'm donating my money to a stranger. But, there was a bit of a twist:
I have decided to donate my money to you. I am also donating my body after i am gone for research.
They never want to donate BEFORE they're dying... just saying.
Also, I had a spam comment the other day I would have sworn was typed by my daughter (God love her, English ain't her best subject):
Guess what I aam doing riight now!I'm consumong
doughnut iin the middle of the evening and searching via your posts :D
Well, you go ahead and consumong that doughnut. I won't stop you!
I do have one question for spellcheck, though. You squiggle-line all the spelling mistakes on the spam comment BUT for "consumong"... but the time I type it, I get a squiggle. What gives?