Monday, November 30, 2009

horrible criminal sketch leads to arrest.

Earlier this year, a Bolivian taxi driver named Rafael Vargus was brutally murdered. The police didn't have many leads, so they asked for public help.

One helpful neighbor said she believed she saw the murderer. So, to be helpful, she drew a picture of the suspect. (see picture on right.... that is it)

The picture she drew looks more like a kid's doodle-drawing than a piece of police evidence. Some have noted that it looks a little like the scarecrow on Wizard of Oz. (Others note that the nose has a hint of Michael Jackson.)

There is simply no way a criminal could be apprehended by looking at that drawing. You'd think.

As horrible as the drawing is, it has led to the arrest of a suspect in the murder. Bolivian television is not allowed to show the faces of murder suspects. So, in news report, the suspect's face is hidden by this drawing. [www_ananova_com]
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a driver who doesn't understand physics.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

some good news for Thanksgiving Day

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day, all.
(see you on Monday)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

too ugly to be a criminal?

Look at the man on the right. What do you notice about him? If you saw him commit a crime, do you think you would be able to identify him in a police line-up?

The man's name is David Holyoak of Whitefield, Manchester, England. Recently, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prion for his part in a robbery.

One of the reasons that David, 33, was convicted is because of his distinctive looks. At the hearing, the trial judge told David that he is just "too ugly" for a life of crime. This is because his looks are so memorable and easy to identify.

Said one police officer, 'This man only needs to look at himself in the mirror to realise crime is not for him. With his big ears and rotund features he stands out a mile, and the officers have no trouble spotting him. He must be a total liability when he is part of a gang.

'He has already been dubbed Shrek and must be one of the ugliest robbers in the country.'

After his release from prison in 2014, Shrek should consider becoming spy or go into undercover police work. [www_metro_co_uk]

the perfect undercover agent. or not

The above post reminded me of this newspaper clipping--

Shaquille O'Neal:
international celebrity;
7ft 1-inch tall;
340 lbs;

and star of Kazaam (!)
...he blends right into the crowd.

come on back

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

items that probably won't be purchased by the rich and famous...

for those elegant evenings when you want to "entertain in style"...

that elusive masterpiece for the dining room....

made of the finest imported polyester fibers....

for your New Year's gala....

spoons, er, forks to go with your finest china...

headlines that make you wonder (part 2)

Monday, November 23, 2009

911? I need a date.

At first, we were instructed to dial "nine eleven" to report an emergency. These days, we are told to dial "nine-one-one". The reason for the change? A few bright lights reported that they could not find the "eleven" on their phone.

Some people weren't smart enough to capture the "nine-eleven" concept. Today, there are other people who can't seem to grasp the "emergency" concept, either. For example:

Last week, a teenager from Buffalo Grove, IL called 911 to ask if his parents were within their legal rights to take away his X-box. The police traced the call and arrived at the teenager's house where they informed him that he needed to obey his parents... and stop calling 911.

And then, there is the recent story of the woman who apparently felt that 911 was an emergency dating line:

link to Xbox story
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strange business partnerships

the caption reads: Clothier Ed Thomas learned about retailing from his father in Montana.
This was before father became disabled.

"the team" looks remarkably similar.

Drs. French / Fry will plug your heart and then clean it out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Michael Jackson seen in an untrasound

We have read stories of people who believe they have seen the face of Jesus on a Chee-toe, a fish stick, a Kit-Kat bar and a dental image (link). Now, something new:

This week, the image of the late Michael Jackson showed up on an ultrasound scan.

Dawn Kelley and William Hickman are expecting a child early next year. Recently, they went to Sunderland Royal hospital for a standard ultra-sound -- and were surprised to see that their unborn child looks eerily like the King of Pop. (Not the early Michael Jackson, but the later one.)

A few weeks later, a second, more powerful scan was done... and the second scan looked like Michael, too. [www_telegraph_co_uk]

In the second scan, the nose seems a bit smaller.

yeah, those oughta sell fast

hey kids! here's a fun food fact

there now, wasn't that fun?? now, eat your lunch.
and remember: apples are junk. Eat fries.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

high school students protected from the shame of good grades

Finally, after more than a year of fussing, the Minnesota Department of Administration has handed down a ruling that will protect the psychological well-being of all children.

The problem began in September 2008 when a Northfield High School teacher came up with the novel idea of encouraging his students. To do this, he wrote the names of the students who got the best test scores on the classroom blackboard.

Good idea? No. At least, not anymore.

A parent of one of the children whose name got posted complained that it was a violation of the state law protecting student's privacy. More than a year after the complaint, the MDA ruled that the parent was right and that the teacher had violated the law. To post the names of the high-scorers on the blackboard, the teacher needed to obtain written permission.

Parents of Minnesota students should be glad to know that their children are protected from criminal encouragement and unlawful congratulations. It is also good to know that students who work hard to excel can't be arbitrarily rewarded. [www_startribune_com]

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from the police blotter: strange assaults

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

innovative bench ads

Sorry! I do not have record of how I came by these. If you can point me to the original source, it would be appreciated.
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even more grocery store bargains

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Monday, November 16, 2009

cannibal gets lighter sentence because "he was hungry"

The story is so bizarre that this blog will not carry the weird(est) details.

Sergey Gavrilov, 27, has been convicted of killing his mother after an argument in which she refused to let him take her pension money to spend on alcohol. Sergey killed his mother by striking her with a brick and then spent her money on gambling and alcohol.

After spending the money, he cannibalized the frozen body of his mother over the course of a month.

Sergey was tried and convicted in a Russian court. He has been sentenced to 15 years in prison -- but his sentence was reduced somewhat because the judge noted that Sergey "was not keen to eat the meat, he just was hungry." [www_dailymail_co_uk]

very peculiar families (?)