Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lightsaber 1, Tazer 0

Oregon man arrested in light saber [sic] attack
United Press International (article excerpt) - December 16, 2011

Police in Oregon said they arrested a man accused of assaulting fellow Toys R Us customers with a toy light saber.

Portland police said officers responded to the store at 9:51 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a man attacking customers with the "Star Wars" toy, and they arrived to find the man swinging the light saber around in the parking lot and shouting incoherent statements.

An officer used a Taser on the man, but he was able to use the light saber to break one of the wires, police said. They said the man was tackled to the ground and continued to struggle while being taken into custody.

Monday, December 19, 2011

What the?

I was flipping channels the other day and noticed something disturbing. Check out the programming on the Science Channel:

Just what the hell are those nerds planning?!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Little known facts

A man named David Rice Atchison was once president of the US.
He was only president for a few minutes due to a technicality but his gravestone proudly proclaims that he was president for a day in 1849.

Frank Sinatra didn't write his signature song "My Way."
The melody is based on a French song entitled "Comme d'habitude." Paul Anka heard the song while vacationing in Paris. He bought the publishing rights and tailored the lyrics for Sinatra.

St. Patrick was not Irish.
He was born in Britannia, a Roman province that later became what we know as England. He was captured by Irish raiders when he was 16 and taken to Ireland where he was a slave for six years. He escaped but later returned to spread the Christian gospel.

The song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" is not about smoking weed.
The lyrics were originally penned as a poem in 1959 by a Cornell University student, writing about the sad end to his carefree childhood.

The expression "sweating like a pig" doesn't make sense.
Pigs have no sweat glands and can't sweat at all, which is why they attempt to lower their body temperature by wallowing in mud.

The Olympic Games used to include artistic challenges.
Cultural events ran side-by-side with athletics during both the ancient and modern Olympics. The roster of events included architecture, painting, sculpture, music and literature up through the 1948 games.

Most grown cats are lactose intolerant.
Once kittens are weaned, they no longer need milk in their diets. Cats like the taste of milk and will drink it, but it can give them stomach pain and continuous diarrhea which can endanger their health.

The "cracking" sound of a whip is due to the whip breaking the sound barrier.
A sonic boom is created when the extreme tip of the whip snaps out to its full length. That's what she said. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Duck hunt gone awry

Dog Shoots Duck Hunter From Behind
KTLA News (article excerpt) - December 1, 2011

A duck hunter is recovering from minor wounds he suffered when he was shot in the buttocks by his partner's dog over the weekend, law enforcement authorities said on Thursday.

The two hunting partners had stopped their boat in a marsh area where their duck decoys were placed to retrieve a duck they had shot, and the man laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel and stepped into the shallow water.

"The dog jumped into the boat and was stepping over the shotgun and made it discharge somehow. The guy was still walking away from the boat and he took it in the buttocks," said Box Elder County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Potter.

The stricken hunter was taken to Brigham City Hospital, where medical personnel removed 27 shotgun pellets from his backside.

I imagine that the dog looked something like this: