Archive for the ‘Strange News Items’ Category

William Tell Day

November 18, 2007

We have an oxymoron today. It is William Tell Day–today in 1307, William Tell shot an apple off the head of his son. The actual legend is quite interesting.

However, November is also Child Safety and Protection Month.

Please don’t shoot an apple off your child’s head this month. If you need to do it, please wait until Child Safety and Protection Month is over.


Need a Hobby?

November 7, 2007

You might want to consider Jackie Bibby’s.  The “Texas Snake Man” spent 45 minutes in a bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes.  Jackie’s website states that he is a professional in chemical dependency. It doesn’t mention what he is a professional in, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a serious professional-style user. When asked why he does it, he said, “I do it for the attention.  I like being on television.”  I wonder if we will be seeing him on television again, a la Steve Irwin.

National Deviled Egg Day

November 2, 2007

I read that today is National Deviled Egg Day. No one knows why. I think a more appropriate day for National Deviled Egg Day would be the day after Easter. A way to process the decorated eggs left by the Easter Bunny.

While we are celebrating the day, a quick instruction. You shouldn’t hard boil your eggs, but hard cook them. To hard cook an egg, place the eggs in a pan, cover with water, bring just to a boil, cover, and remove from the heat. After about 18 to 20 minutes, you will have hard cooked eggs.

And if you want to see a cool way to peel your hard cooked egg, click here and check this out.

Which Way to Go

September 28, 2007

Every get confused as to which way to go? This red slider turtle (more accurately, “these red slider turtles”–they are conjoined twins) will have that problem.

A Better Mousetrap–Square Watermelons

September 27, 2007


Normal watermelons roll around in the refrigerator. These will stay put, thanks to some Japanese growers who place the watermelons in a cube while they are growing on the vine.

How to Tell When You Have Too Much Money

September 24, 2007

It is the moment you order a $14,500 ‘The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence’ dessert.  Or maybe it is when you are anywhere near a place that offers a $14,500 dessert.

Be Very Careful Out There

September 18, 2007

Reuters September 14, 2007 at 2:06 PM EDT

CARACAS — A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy.

Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding. They quickly sought to stitch up the incision on his face.

“I woke up because the pain was unbearable,” Mr. Camejo said, according to a report on Friday in leading local newspaper El Universal.

His grieving wife turned up at the morgue to identify her husband’s body only to find him moved into a corridor — and alive.

Reuters could not immediately reach hospital officials to confirm the events. But Mr. Camejo showed the newspaper his facial scar and a document ordering the autopsy.


I think I will just stick with chocolate. Have you ever heard of chocolate being recalled because of E. Coli, salmonella, or other nasty bugs?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A division of Dole Food Co said on Monday it was recalling some bagged salads sold in the United States and Canada because a sample at a Canadian grocery store was found to contain E. coli.

Dole Fresh Vegetables said it has not received any reports that anyone has become sick from eating the products. The recall covers “Dole Hearts Delight” salads sold with a “best if used by” date of September 19.

In recent months, Dole has stepped up its testing and tracking of produce to prevent outbreaks of E. coli such as the one linked to bagged spinach last year that sickened hundreds and killed three.

Several other high-profile food safety scares in the last year have aggravated concerns among consumers and federal health regulators, including an E. coli outbreak linked to Yum! Brands Inc’s Taco Bell restaurants in the U.S. Northeast and a salmonella contamination of Peter Pan peanut butter made by ConAgra Foods Inc that sickened 425 people.

Just last month, California produce grower Metz Fresh LLC said it recalled fresh spinach in grocery stores and food service packages after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom)


Do you think God has a message for this church?

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Two lightning strikes on the same day didn’t topple the steeple of the 117-year-old Newman United Methodist Church but they exposed something that might have. They blew out the siding and exposed dry rot that might have brought the steeple down.

Scott Stegall of Stewart Restoration Services said most of the steeple will have to be replaced because of the dry rot.

Repairs began last week and should be done in October.

One of the beams was so soft you could poke a finger through it, said Charlene Burgess, the church administrative assistant.

The July 11 lightning strikes broke out windows and damaged the church organ and did other damage totaling about $60,000.

The first bolt went down through the steeple and separated the siding.

The Methodist Episcopal Church, Newman United’s predecessor, was hit by lightning in 1888.

The Specials Today are “Burnt Lion’s Head, Virgin Chicken, and The Temple Explodes the Chicken Cube.”

August 31, 2007

Next August, the Beijing Olympics will begin. However, the Chinese cooks are getting ready now. According to an AP story, people visiting the Olympics will have their choice of “virgin chicken” (a young chicken dish) or “burnt lion’s head” (Chinese-style pork meatballs). Other garbled names include “The temple explodes the chicken cube” (kung pao chicken) or “steamed crap” (steamed carp). Chinese officials are working on a menu list with better translations. I’m not too sure that is a good idea. I’ve had some kung pao chicken that has felt like “the temple explodes the chicken cube.” It is really Truth in Advertising.

Apparently, there is even a term for this–Chinglish. I needed some good laughs today. Here are some of my favorites that I found on-line. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.






100-year-old Celebrates Her Birthday by Lighting Up

August 29, 2007


Winnie Langley started smoking when she was 7 years old. She celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting her 170,000 cigarette on her birthday candle. She has smoked at least 5 cigarette a day for the last 93 years. I wonder how much that habit has cost her over the years.

I get a kick out of the advice for a long life offered by centenarians. It ranges from living a good religious life to having a daily shot of whiskey.

nn_mullen_busclean_060322300w.jpg Arthur “Deke” Winston probably had the best advice. Just keep working. He decided to retire at age 100 from the Los Angeles transit system. He cleaned tolleys and buses for 75 years without ever calling in sick. He only missed one day of work–the day his wife died. And he was never late or left early.

I have a feeling that if you can live to 100, it is mostly a factor of good genetics, and nothing you do added to your life span. It’s a matter of natural selection–the strong make it through most everything—even 170,000 cigarettes.

What Were They Thinking

August 14, 2007

Ever buy something that didn’t live up to your expectations. Apparently, that’s what happened to this woman in Rochelle, Georgia.

ROCHELLE — Do drug dealers issue gift cards if their buyers aren’t satisfied with the product?

Apparently a Rochelle woman thought so when she called the local police to help “get her money back” after she was unhappy with the crack cocaine she had bought Thursday night.

Juanita Marie Jones, 53, of 957 Gordon St. called Rochelle Police late Thursday night after she purchased what she thought was a $20 piece of crack cocaine, she said.

She told officers she broke the rock into three pieces and smoked one, only to discover the rock was “fake.” She told Officer Joel Quinn and Deputy John Shedd of the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office that she wanted them to get her money back.

Jones took the officers into her kitchen and showed them the alleged “fake” rock at which time they arrested her on charges of possession of cocaine.

She was taken to the Rochelle Police Department where she is awaiting a bond hearing. Cordele Dispatch, August 14, 2007

Or how about this guy. Do you think his brain might have been just a little impaired?

Missing Nude Swimmer Found Under NY Pier


Aug 13, 5:02 PM (ET)

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) – A man who decided to go for a late night swim in the buff was found hours later by rescue crews, hiding under a pier not far from where he jumped in the water, authorities said Sunday.

Neal Mello, 37, of Brooklyn, was found around 5:30 a.m., and appeared to be in good physical condition but was “without the benefit of a swimsuit,” the Coast Guard said in a release.

“Mr. Mello’s modesty may have been harmed, but he could have done himself worse by not swallowing his pride and showing himself to rescuers when he did,” Lt. Douglas Miller said.

Mello had stripped off his clothes and went in the water around 9:20 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. When he was still gone at 10 p.m., a friend called for help, and rescuers were dispatched.

The search extended about 5 miles offshore and involved boats and a helicopter.

Mello’s clothes, wallet and cell phone were found on the shore near where he entered the water in Long Beach, a city that boasts an expanse of oceanfront within 30 miles of Manhattan.