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Serving on a sub? You can still smoke. You just have to step outside to do it.

The (US) Navy will ban smoking on all submarines as of December 31, bad news indeed for sailors who spend months at a time onboard the ships.

According to officials, studies have shown a high health risk due to the amount of second hand smoke on subs, thus the decision has been made to phase out the nasty habit.

via  dBTechno.

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April 10, 2010 Posted by | boat | , | Comments Off on Serving on a sub? You can still smoke. You just have to step outside to do it.

19-year-old cat still “burning bright”

Postmen are refusing to deliver letters to a house because they are terrified of one of the residents – an elderly cat.

Ageing Tiger, who bears a striking resemblance to Postman Pat’s pet, is terrorising delivery men in Leeds to such an extent that they are now refusing to go anywhere near his cat flap

Royal Mail say the 19-year-old black and white cat, who spends most of his day napping, has attacked three postmen in the past few weeks.

More via  CAT named Tiger | Mail Online

Had a neighbor once who had a cat that would climb onto the porch roof  and drop on the mailman, biting and scratching. Big old tom named Sergeant.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | animals, cats | Comments Off on 19-year-old cat still “burning bright”

Talk about a wrong turn…

Police arrested a 44-year-old Port Orchard (Washington) man for DUI Monday night after he reportedly drove his truck right onto a track where officers were conducting emergency vehicle training, according to documents filed in Kitsap County District Court.

via Kitsap Sun.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Talk about a wrong turn…

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and…no.Wait. I’ll just think. That’ll do it!

An airline passenger had to be restrained by flight stewards after he threatened to bring down the plane with the power of his mind.

An Australian reporter on the flight said passengers sitting near the man believed he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, and had religious delusions.

Stewards on the Qantas flight from Sydney to Singapore handcuffed the man’s arms and legs about five hours into the 7½-hour flight, reports ABC.

Police in Singapore police boarded the flight and arrested the man after passengers disembarked. He is being held for questioning.

More via Ananova – Man’s threat to bring jet down with his mind.

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on I’ll huff and I’ll puff and…no.Wait. I’ll just think. That’ll do it!

Look, Ma! I even got to have my picture taken!

When a police officer is giving you a courtesy ride home after an accident it is best not to pop open a beer in the back seat of the patrol car… unless you want your picture taken , of course.

More at the Smoking Gun

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Look, Ma! I even got to have my picture taken!

Driving under the influence of crisps. (That’s potato chips, Yank.)

A packet of crisps is the most dangerous food to eat while driving.It heads the top 10 foods and drinks which cause motorists to take their eyes off the road closely followed by chocolate and fizzy pop.

via  mirror.co.uk.

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off on Driving under the influence of crisps. (That’s potato chips, Yank.)

If it doesn’t move, paint it

Teenage engineering students have come up with a brainwave to solve the pothole problem that’s been giving motorists the hump.Pothole plan /EuropicsCash-strapped local authorities throughout Europe have simply abandoned pothole repairs because they’ve run out of cash.Now students Domenico Diego and Cristina Corradini have persuaded Italian road safety experts to adopt their plan to simply paint all the potholes bright yellow.

via Ananova – Students ‘solve’ Europe’s pothole crisis.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on If it doesn’t move, paint it

Monkey Police? To improve their image?

A Thai police force has begun taking a monkey dressed in officer’s uniform on patrol each day to help improve relations with Muslim separatists.

Other forces are said to be considering enlisting a monkey to improve their image

More via  Sky News.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | animals, cops | , | Comments Off on Monkey Police? To improve their image?

And you thought fashion designers didn’t like women (continued)

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April 4, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on And you thought fashion designers didn’t like women (continued)

Crime tip: When fleeing police try not to jump into a prison yard

Police say a motorist fleeing officers in Cleveland abandoned his car and jumped a fence — landing in what turned out to be a prison yard.

More via Yahoo! News.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Crime tip: When fleeing police try not to jump into a prison yard

They are hoping the bidding will keep going, and going, and going and…

Just in time for Easter weekend a Dallas auction house announced that one of four Energizer Bunnies featured prominently in the battery-maker’s commercials will go up for sale in Beverly Hills.This particular Mr. Bunny is expected to fetch at least $20,000 at the Signature Entertainment Auction April 10; opening bids start at $10,000.

The 25-inch drum-banging toy was one of two most used for Energizer’s television commercials prior to its “retirement” in 2000, according to Heritage Auction Galleries. The consignor is said to be a “well-known Los Angeles collector.”

More via  Los Angeles News – LA Daily.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff | , | Comments Off on They are hoping the bidding will keep going, and going, and going and…

Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

A woman has praised ‘miracle’ doctors after she was brought back from the dead 114 times in thirty hours as her heart repeatedly stopped. Ann Mintram said she went through ‘total hell’ as medics battled to save her life with electric shocks.

The 55-year-old ended up with scorch marks on her body from the shocks as doctors at two hospitals repeatedly resuscitated her lifeless body for more than a day and a night. Ann Mintram’Miracle’: Ann Mintram’s heart stopped 114 times over 30 hours but doctors never gave up.

A year on she keeps a mini-defibrillator close by her in case of relapse…(and) she has thanked the dedicated medical teams who refused to give up on her. Mrs Mintram, from Waunfawr near Caernarfon in North Wales, was struck down by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – in which the heart stops for no known reason – after a collapse at home while watching television.

More via  Mail Online.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

Maybe a dog’s life isn’t so bad after all

A Californian dog lover has built a [ $20,000 ] mansion with its own garden and picket fence for her pampered pooches.

Modelled on owner Tammy Kassis’s own home, it boasts a television, vaulted ceilings and air conditioning plus wallpaper and hand-made curtains.

Her three dogs, Darla, Chelsea and Coco Puff, even have their own designer doggy beds if they don’t fancy the lawn.

Tammy, 47, said: “My dogs are my life.”

via Ananova – In the (luxury) dog house

Umm, right.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off on Maybe a dog’s life isn’t so bad after all

$150K salamander crossing…your tax dollars at work

Future generations of salamanders in one Vermont town are going to be getting some help crossing the road.

The Monkton Conservation Commission says it has won a $150,000 state grant to install one or two culverts under a stretch of road to protect salamanders, other amphibians, reptiles and small mammals crossing between a swampy area and the uplands.

via  U.S. news- msnbc.com.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on $150K salamander crossing…your tax dollars at work

What do you mean “It’s snowing”???


It is snowing in North Central Washington, and in the Cascade Mountains to the west of us (where the above picture was taken in Stevens Pass by a DOT camera) , and has been for the past two hours now—wet nasty stuff that is just now beginning to stick to the grass. Supposedly we will be getting an inch or two here but the 4061 foot  Stevens Pass, 60 miles west of us, is due for one to two feet of new snow. Just over a month ago (February 28th) I posted the below picture which I took in the front yard:

Just think what it might be like if it wasn’t for global warming.

Photo credit: Me, WSDOT

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Global warming, Strange | , | Comments Off on What do you mean “It’s snowing”???

Probably keeps it next to the fruitcake

A Lincolnshire grandmother has the world’s oldest hot cross bun – baked on Good Friday in 1821. Nancy Titman, 91, was given the 189-year-old bun when her mum died and amazingly it shows no traces of mould, reports the Daily Telegraph.Nancy Titman and her hot cross bun /RexThe bun, made the same year Napoleon died, George IV was crowned king and poet John Keats passed away, has been in her family for generations.

More via Ananova – The world’s oldest hot cross bun.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Holidays | , | Comments Off on Probably keeps it next to the fruitcake