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With friends like this you don’t need a lot of enemies.

Man’s ear chewed off

Two Ogden [Utah] neighbors got into a fight after a minor league baseball game that ended with one them biting off a part of the other’s ear. The two men had returned home from the Ogden Raptors baseball game late Wednesday when police said one man apparently offended the other with a comment.

Ogden Police Lt. Scott Sangberg said the offended man responded by striking the other in the face several times and then clamping down on his ear with his teeth and pulling back with enough force to rip off a part of the ear.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | , | 1 Comment

Hand me my shovel and keys. I’m going to Arkansas, Ma!

4.42-carat diamond at state park

A local diamond hunter found a 4.42-carat stone Friday after about a 30-minute search at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, a park official announced.

Dennis Tyrrell, of Murfreesboro, searches for diamonds about three or four days a week at the state park and has found several others before, Assistant Superintendent Bill Henderson said. The white diamond Tyrrell found Friday was his largest find so far.

“It is a very nice diamond because of its size,” Henderson said. “And it has what they call a silver cape on it. It’s about the size of a Chiclet gum…”

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Jewels | , | Comments Off on Hand me my shovel and keys. I’m going to Arkansas, Ma!

So who was Humpty Dumpty anyway?

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

The real Humpty Dumpty was not a person but a powerful cannon used by the Royalist forces during the English Civil War of 1642 to 1651.

Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle led the King’s men and overpowered the Parliament stronghold of Colchester early in 1648. They grimly held on while the Parliamentarians, led by Thomas Fairfax, encircled and besieged the town.

The supporters of Charles I almost won the day – all thanks to his doughtiest defender, Humpty Dumpty. In pole position, as it were, on top of the church tower of St Mary-at-the-Walls (Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall) their gunners managed to blast away the attacking Roundhead troops for 11 weeks.

Eventually, though, the top of the church tower was blown away, sending Humpty Dumpty crashing to the ground, where it buried itself in deep marshland (Humpty Dumpty had a great fall).

The king’s cavalry (the horses) and the infantry (the men) hurried to retrieve the cannon, but they couldn’t put Humpty together again – and without their weapon of mass destruction they were soon overrun by Fairfax and his soldiers.


Lots more about nursery rhymes and their original meanings at Mail Online

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Fun stuff | , | Comments Off on So who was Humpty Dumpty anyway?