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Don’t mess with old Marines…Semper Fi!

San Jose Mercury News

A boy in his mid-teens learned Wednesday afternoon that it is not a good idea to try to rob a former U.S. Marine at knifepoint, even if the former Marine is 84 years old, police said today.

Santa Rosa police Sgt. Steve Bair said that’s what happened around 2 p.m. in the 1600 block of Fourth Street. The elderly man was walking with a grocery bag in each arm when the boy approached him with a large knife, Bair said.

The boy said, “Old man, give me your wallet or I’ll cut you,” Bair said. The man told the boy he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets, Bair said.

The man then put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking him to the sidewalk, Bair said. The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the boy doubled over, Bair said.

The man reported the attempted robbery to police 45 minutes later.


Had to put his groceries away first.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, People | Comments Off on Don’t mess with old Marines…Semper Fi!

Stand tall(er)

Herald Sun

For diminutive men such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, famously overshadowed by his wife Carla Bruni, a pair of stack heels used to be the only way to stand tall. But a surgeon has devised a new way of adding up to 5cm to a persons height by inserting a silicone head implant.

During a 90-minute operation, an incision is made in the side of the head and the implant squeezed in between the skull and the scalp. Dr Luis de la Cruz developed the procedure to help people who would normally be too short for jobs with a minimum height.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, medicine, People | Comments Off on Stand tall(er)

Assignment: Write 1000 words explaining “irony”.

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It seemed like an honorable goal: Draft an honor code for University of Texas at San Antonio students to follow, exhorting them not to cheat or plagiarize.

But when students threw a draft of the new honor code onto the Internet for feedback, some noticed a problem: Parts of the code appeared to have been lifted word for word from another school’s honor code, without attribution. Even the definition of plagiarism was, well, plagiarized.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Assignment: Write 1000 words explaining “irony”.