Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Lil'bit is a Siamese cat-- not in the breeding sense but in the medical sense. Lil'bit is a cat that was born with two faces and three eyes.
In an interview with London's Daily Mail, the owner (who lives in Arizona and wants to be anonymous) said this:
"The kittens were born underneath my computer table. When I picked Lil'Bit up I suddenly spotted that he had two faces. I was so shocked that I nearly dropped him. "I called a kitten rescue service and they told me not to expect him to survive. But I didn't see why he shouldn't be given the chance to live. Everything is possible.
'I got him a heating pad and started feeding him every 15 minutes from an eye-dropper. I fed him like that for two or three months before starting him on proper cat food.
The amazing thing to watch is that one of Lil'Bit's faces can be asleep while the other one is awake. I have also seen him sneeze out of one side and not the other and blink on one side of his face but not the other.
"And when he purrs it is like he is purring in stereo."
When Lil'bit was born, he actually had four eyes, but the two in the center seem to be merging into one. A close up of Lil'bit's face can be seen by clicking here. (The picture weirds me out and I decided not to post it. :) ).
No scans have been done of the cat's head but doctors think it has two brains because each face can sleep independently.
two brains, both surly and independent.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Last week, Kevin Williams, 29, was beaten and stabbed at a shop near London. It seemed hopeless that the perpetrator would ever be found:
--The victim couldn't make an identification.
--There were no eyewitnesses.
--There were no fingerprints or DNA evidence at the scene.
--The perpetrators were wearing hooded sweatshirts.
--The closed circuit cameras did not get a shot of their faces.
But there is always a butt.
When the video was examined more closely, it showed that one of the hooded men was heavy-set and wearing low riding jeans. As he bent over to hit the victim, he showed a crescent moon. Visible on his buttocks was an unusual tattoo.
With photo enlargement and investigation, police identified the tattoo owner and arrested Aaron Williams (not related to the victim). He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
(photo: since no picture was available -- or wanted -- the above picture is of a place called "butt crack rock.")
Monday, November 26, 2007
Doctors were perplexed. So, they ordered a scan on her abdomen. The scan confirmed her fears-- she had a large mass in her stomach.
To further investigate, doctors at a Chicago hospital lowered a scope into her stomach to get a closer look. What they found was a 10 pound (4.5kg), 15 inch long (38cm)... hairball.
Doctors said it looked like a big pile of poop.
The woman, who has long black curly hair, had the habit of biting on her hair and eating it. At the time it didn't seem to be a problem, just a bad habit. Unfortunately, the hairball was blocking her stomach.
The hairball has been removed. The unnamed woman has returned home.... and isn't eating her hair anymore.
I'll bet if they wash it up they could make a dandy wig.
This post was updated on December 05 with a picture of the hairball that was removed. The picture appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It is true.
Here is the URL to verify it. (Snopes Hoax Site)
The picture is of my Scottish Terrier puppy... :)
Friday, November 23, 2007
In August, a 54-year-old Japanese motorcyclist was riding with some friends near Tokyo when he accidentally hit the center barrier of the roadway. It was a hard jolt, but did not knock him off his bike. He rode on.
After the bump, he said he felt pain but didn't notice anything was wrong until he stopped at the next intersection a mile down the road. When he came to the stop and went to put his feet down, that he noticed his right leg was entirely missing. Gone.
He was immediately taken to the hospital. One of his buddies went back to the accident site to get the leg. Unfortunately, it was too badly crushed during the impact.
the good news is that now he can use those single shoes we sometimes see along the road.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Enrique Aquilar Canchola, 42, wanted to come to the United States from Mexico. Unfortunately, he had no passport, no visa and no immigration papers. So, he devised a plan:
he would try to cross into the US at the San Ysidro, CA border crossing-- disguised as a car seat.
Undoubtedly, he thought it was a brilliant plan. It wasn't. He was spotted as soon as the customs officer opened the van. (I assume that his face and arms were covered before he was discovered... but that is still a pretty lumpy seat wearing white sneakers).
I wonder how he went to the bathroom. Never mind, I don't wanna know.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The reason? The Santas-in-training were told that a "ho" is a derogatory term for women and might be offensive to some people.
The trainer made his mandate clear "no to ho."
The idea of "no ho" didn't go over very well in Australia. Westaff, the leading supplier of Santas in Australia has said that their Santa's will be allowed to say whatever they want (ha, ho, or nothing at all).
However, Westaff is still encouraging its Santas to go light on the "ho ho hos" because it can scare some children who aren't used to hearing it.
next: we will need to ask Rudolph to remove that red-light nose.
Monday, November 19, 2007
In the Bihar Arwal district, a man showed up to his wedding drunk. In addition to being inebriated, he was behaving badly and, according to friends, wasn't in any condition to get married.
What to do? The bride's family had an interesting solution. They invited the groom's brother to take the job of being the groom/husband. He immediately accepted and was married to his brother's bride at what should have been his brother's wedding.
Madho Singh, a local police officer said, "The groom apologized for his behavior, but has been crying that word will spread and he will never get a bride again."
Hmmmm.... if he is afraid of never finding a bride, maybe he should discuss potential brides with P. Selvakumar.
In southern India, P. Selvakumar married a female named Selvi. Nothing odd about that, except that Selvi was a stray female dog (as in, a canine).
The 33-year old man believes that he has had bad luck ever since he killed two dogs 15 years ago. His astrologer told him that the only way he could be relieved of the curse was if he married a dog.
The wedding was a traditional Hindu ceremony. The bride was bathed by the groom's family and wore an orange sari. For the reception, she ate a bun.
I am feeling sorry for both brides.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
This week, 21-year-old David Theiss was arrested by Kansas City police for possession of a toad with intent of licking its body in order to get high.
The Colorado toad releases venom that is powerful enough to kill a small animal... and apparently was used many years ago as a hallucinogen. Danny Snider, who is an expert in this sort of thing said, "It is not a real smart fad, but it is coming back as one." (a masterful understatement)
--One lingering question I have is... how did Mr. Theiss get caught???
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Want to feel better about your occasional absent-mindedness?
The car sat at the pump for about an hour before a worker at the gas station finally notified police. The police were able to locate the owner and notified him that his car was still at the station.
"He just forgot about it and walked off home," said a local police officer.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
A Cats fan known only as Neville was so thrilled that his team won, that he decided to celebrate the championship by having the team emblem tattooed on his arm.
He was quite specific as to what he wanted his tattoo to look like. In fact, he gave the tattoo artist written instructions.
Right arm: Day Premiers 2007 and the Geelon Cats emblem.
Left arm: Night Premiers 2006 and the names of two of his grandchildren.
Well, that was the plan, anyhow. Unfortunately, his tattooist was from Thailand and didn't quite get it right.
It seems that he accidentally replaced the "D" on "Day" with a "G." That means that Neville's new tattoo reads "Gay Premiers 2007."
In addition, the tattooist took the instructions quite literally. So, above the tattoo on each arm, Neville has the appropriate arm specification. The right arm says "Right Arm" and the left arm says, well, you get the picture.
Neville, um, isn't happy.
The tattoo is, however, very neat and color coordinated.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Perhaps next time you want to remove a stubborn lug nut, you will want to consider an important life-lesson from a man in Washington state.
A 66-year-old Southworth man had been working for two weeks trying to repair his Lincoln Continental. He got all but one lug nut off a wheel, but just couldn't seem to get the last one. He tried and perspired. No deal.
But he was determined.
In a moment of frustration-inspired genius, the man took out his 12-gauge shot gun and decided to teach the lug nut a lesson it would never forget. From about an arm's length away, he blasted the lug nut with a full load of buckshot.
As any calm person might expect, the lug nut seemed unaffected by the shot but the metal wheel acted as a marvelous reflector for the buckshot. The buckshot from the gun ricocheted and "peppered" the man with gunshot from his legs to his chin.
Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said that the man was not intoxicated at the time, and fortunately, no one else was there to get hurt.
The man took severe injuries to both legs and is recovering at Tacoma General Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery. There is no word on the lug nut.
Hey Jimmy, after you fix that tire, you wanna come over here and help me get this dang splinter out?
Monday, November 12, 2007
This week, Sim Jae-duck of South Korea will move into his new home which is shaped to look just like a toilet seat.
Mr. Jae-duck is known as Mr. Toilet in his own country (and now around the world) because he is a champion for the cause of cleaner toilets. For many years, he has tried to promote cleaner public toilets in his homeland. Now, he is taking his message to the world.
His $1.1 million home, called Haewoojae (meaning a "place to solve one's worries") opens this week to coincide with the first-ever meeting of the World Toilet Association. Mr. Jae-duck hopes that his home will gain worldwide attention and start people talking about those objects that are central to our lives: the toilet.
The house/toilet/home contains 4 bathrooms each with a toilet, urinal, sink, and jacuzzi. At the center of the house is a very special showcase bathroom that can be seen from all the floors. Concerned about privacy in such a bathroom? With the touch of a button, the glass becomes opaque and classical music starts to play (presumably to mask the sounds of nature that will soon emanate from the room.)
If you would like to stay in the house, you might be able to be a guest for $50,000, which will be donated to help developing nations build better toilets.
For three of the bathrooms, there is also a built-in bedroom.
Haewoojae will also be known as Crescent Moon Inn.
In keeping with the above theme-- when you are shopping for a new toilet, be sure you get one that is flame retardant.
(when would you need this? after eating burritos and having a smoke?)
Friday, November 9, 2007
- a. a karate academy full of students
- b. a blind man waiting alone at a train station.
If you answered (a) you would be incorrect. If you answered (b) you would also be incorrect-- and both situations happened on the same day in September.
In Colombia, a man entered a martial arts studio brandishing a gun. His plan? --to rob all the students of their cash and make a quick get-away. The students apparently didn't take well to the threat and immediately performed their "arts" all over the would-be robber.
He is now recovering in the hospital.
Meanwhile, in Germany, a 17-year-old man saw an easy mark: a 33-year old blind man standing at a train station. He approached the man, threatened him and struck him in the face.
What he didn't know was that his victim was a world-class judo wrestler. The would-be victim, identified as Emil E., flipped his attacker and held him down on the ground until police arrived.
ax on wax off - pays off
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
questions: who the heck establishes the criteria for these records? (I mean, I could hold the world record for eating the most boiled eggs while sitting in a sink....) and why would anyone want to do this??
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Think of it as community service-- the German TV production company paid to hide a shallow pool and then replace everyone's cell phones, bikes, etc... just so we, the public, can watch this stuff.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
- left behind a check with their own name on it
- went to the robbery wearing their name on their hat
- left behind the items they tried to steal.
Broughton pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and will be sentenced later this month.
and why shouldn't he plead guilty? he was caught red-handed.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
One husband bought his wife candy and flowers for Valentine's Day. He allowed her to look at the flowers for an hour and eat one piece of candy... then he would bring them to his mother and sister for Valentines gifts.
One man noted that our calendars cycle so that every year is one of 14 patterns. So, he never marks his calendars. He saves them and uses post-it notes to mark the dates and then waits for a few years until that calendar pattern comes back around again.
One contributor had a neighbor who disconnected his doorbell light to "save on electricity."
Another man removes cherry stems before purchasing the cherries.... because without the stems, they weigh less at checkout.
To save the cost of dental bills, one man uses Super Glue to fix pinhole cavities, chips and cracks in his teeth. Consequently, it looks like he is constantly wearing an athletic mouth protector. It is "tobacco brown."