Friday, May 29, 2009

the perfect disguise is also recyclable

This blog has seen the stories of some pretty masterful disguises. There was the story of the guy who disguised himself...

-- as a car seat

-- as a tree

-- with drywall compound

-- with his underwear

--with a fake beard that he drew on with a Sharpie

... and others

Add this to the list:

This week, a man in Nebraska robbed a convenience store using a disguise that was beautiful in its simplicity and cheapness-- he put an empty 12-pack of Bud Lite over his head and a towel over his hand (suggesting there was a gun underneath). The still-unknown man got away with 50 bucks worth of cigarettes.

After the robbery, he dropped the box in the parking lot. It is being examined for finger prints.

Some have suggested that the towel was in honor of Towel Day (May 25), which is celebrated by fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. That theory, however, assumes that this Mastermind actually thought about what he was doing. He may have just been covering his hand because he didn't really have a gun.

(Maybe he used a beer box because he was concerned about recycling... ?)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Johnny Sue-nami" keeping his record safe.

What do The Queen of England, George W. Bush, the Eiffel Tower, Perez Hilton, Britney Sears, the Nazi party, the Roman Empire, Google, Plato, the Magna Carta, the Nordic gods, Emilo Estevez and the Guinness Book of World Records all have in common?

Answer: They have all been sued by Jonathan Lee Riches.

According to the upcoming issue of the Guinness Book of World Records, Jonathan is the record holder for being the person who has filed the most lawsuits-- over 4000 of them. The book refers to him as "Sue-per-man, "the duke of lawsuits" and "Johnny Sue-nami."

The people at Guinness should have seen it coming-- this week, Jonathan filed a lawsuit against them, seeking to stop publication of the 2010 edition. Jonathan claims that the Book of World Records has no business publishing his "legal masterpieces."

Jonathan is currently a (prisoner) resident of the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, KY where he is being incarcerated for wire fraud.

legal disclaimer: this article in no way intends to accuse Mr. Jonathan Riches of anything peculiar. I think Mr. Riches must be a great guy. I am sure that every one of his lawsuits was completely justified. Please, Mr. Riches sir, if you ever read this, don't add me to the list of 4000.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

are those potholes half-full or half-empty?

Up until a few days ago, one street in Bloxwich, West Midlands (UK) had three large potholes.

Residents were "delighted" when town workmen arrived to fix the holes. However, they were shocked when the workmen left after only fixing half of each of the potholes. They did not "half fix" them by filling them half-full in depth, but half-full in diameter.

Yes. They they left behind three potholes that were filled half-way across. Imagine drawing a circle and coloring-in half of it-- that's what they did.

Why? It seems that the potholes crossed the boundary lines between public property and the property of the local housing association. The council workers didn't want to risk a lawsuit by doing work that was not on public property.

One official explained it this way, "If we had repaired the pothole on Walsall Housing Group land we could have been liable should an incident subsequently have occurred."

That makes perfect sense (??). After all, what would happen if someone got injured on a pothole that was completely fixed?

One local resident was quoted saying: "I've never seen anything like it in my life. I don't know why they can't just get their heads together with the housing association and sort the thing out."
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Friday, May 22, 2009

one expensive test drive

Test driving a new car is usually free. This week, however, it proved to be quite an expensive venture for a 23-year-old man in Germany.

The unidentified man decided to test drive a new Audi convertible near Hanover. He put down the top, went out on the highway and brought the car up to speed.

The excitement of the test drive was interrupted by paper that started flying out of the back seat. The paper was a pile of 23,000 euros ($32,000) that the man intended to use to pay for the new car. For a short time, drivers behind the Audi were getting a shower of money.

The police stopped traffic along the roadway for a half hour while the man and police tried to recover his money. Fortunately, he was able to retrieve all but 3000 euros (around $4,000)... which was presumably taken by other drivers.

The man's expensive test-drive probably won't end there. He may also have to pay for the time that the police wasted helping in the search.

No word on how a person could be this stupid.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

more great moments in planning

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what do these have in common?

Look closely at the five pictures below. Other than the fact that they all have children and water in them, what do they have in common?

answer: Although easily mistaken for photographs, these are watercolor paintings by artist Steve Hanks. It is very difficult to achieve this intricacy and detail using watercolors (look at the ripples and shadows!), but Hanks does a more-than-masterful job. amazing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

man calls cops to stop the music

This week, an 82-year-old man in Goslar, Germany called the police to report his neighbors.

The reason? Their music. They played the same annoying song over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and... well, you get the idea.

Not only did they play the same insipid song over and over and over, they would play it at any time of the day or night.

The police investigated and found the culprit. It wasn't the neighbors after all. It was a musical greeting card that was on the man's window sill. It seems that the breeze coming in the window opened the card just enough to activate it.

(No charges were filed against the card.)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

one burrito to-go, please

If you knew that you would not get a decent meal for a long time, what food would you choose as a last meal?

Last week, police in Fort Wayne, Indiana, spotted 36-year-old Jermaine Cooper, who was wanted on several drug-related charges. Cooper realized that the police were approaching, so, he attempted an escape, leading police on a high-speed car chase that reached speeds of 90 mph.

Police were surprised when the chase came to an abrupt end. Cooper pulled into the parking lot of a Taco Bell -- so that he could get a burrito.

Cooper explained to the police that “he knew that he was going to jail for awhile and wanted to get one last burrito.”
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