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Today’s thought

No human thing is of serious importance.

Plato

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February 24, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Today’s thought

Squirrels in the “what-have-you” are a no-no

IOL
ground-squirrel.jpg An American Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing [in Honolulu] after pilots heard something skittering about in the wire-laden space over the cockpit. The airline blamed the emergency landing of the Tokyo-Dallas flight with 202 passengers on a stowaway squirrel.

“You do not want a varmint up in the wiring areas and what-have-you on an airplane. You don’t want anything up there,” said John Hotard, spokesperson for the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline.

He said pilots feared the animal would chew through wiring or cause other problems.

“So, as a precaution, we diverted,” Hotard said.

Once on the ground late on Friday, the Boeing 777’s human passengers were put up in hotel rooms and later re-booked on other flights.

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If you have to be stranded somewhere Honolulu sounds like a good place.

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Face like a dropped pie

The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs
The Sydney Morning Herald recently organized a contest of sorts to come up with an Australian national simile. Here’s a few of the resultant entries, the ones that resemble some of our expressions in the States. Lots more at the link.

Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick.
Busier than … a one-legged man in an ass-kicking competition.
Colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss…
Couldn’t … pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
Couldn’t sell … icecream in hell.
Face like a dropped pie.
Finer than frog’s hair.
Happy as a dog with two tails.

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He says he’s been shafted, and now he’s up a pole

Reuters via Yahoo! News
A German father of five sentenced to jail for online fraud is protesting against his conviction by occupying the top of a 22 metre (72 foot) pole.

Fred Gregor, a 45-year-old lathe operator, has been squatting in a tiny cubicle atop the converted television mast since last Saturday morning in a bid to overturn the 15-month prison sentence he is due to start serving on March 1.

“I’ve been unfairly judged”, he told Reuters from his perch in the village of Werben by telephone. “I want a new hearing.”

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$1,300 in thrift store book — pretty thrifty store

Yahoo! News
Rhiannon Barnes [Georgia] may be the luckiest 15-month-old ever. Or maybe her baby sitter is the fortunate one. While playing with a thrift store book bought earlier in the day for 25 cents, Rhiannon uncovered $1,300 in cash stuck between the pages. Her baby sitter Sheila Laughridge said she only bought the book at Rhiannon’s insistence and was surprised when the toddler found a brown paper bag full of $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s.

Laughridge took the money, which dated as far back as the 1960s, to a local bank, where she received only $300 in exchange because most of the bills were in pieces. The rest of the tattered money was sent to the U.S. treasury department.

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