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Man beats odds to double his fun

For a Missouri man, luck comes in pairs. Against odds of 1 in 1.36 million Ernest Pullen clinched his first million-dollar win in June when he scratched off the “100 Million Dollar Blockbuster” prize on a lottery ticket.

The 57-year-old Bonne Terre, Mo man did it again this month, against even bigger odds, and doubled that prize by winning $2 million on a “Mega MONOPOLY” scratchers ticket he purchased on September 17, according to officials with the Missouri Lottery.


September 30, 2010 Posted by | cool people, games | Comments Off

You never know what you may see

I carry a shirt pocket camera with me all the time. You never know what you might see…like this dewy leaf, one of the first casualties of cooler nights.

Picture credit: Me

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

He’s a rabbit-swinging man

An Auckland man is today defending accusations that he held a rabbit by its ears and thrust it at passers-by on Queen Street, before spitting on a police officer who tried to arrest him.

Graham Paul Brown, 53, pleaded not guilty in Auckland District Court to charges of animal cruelty, assaulting police and disorderly behaviour following the incident on February 19 this year.

Security guard Mark Nixon told Judge Greg Davis that he saw Brown holding a lop-eared rabbit by the ears and thrust it at some pedestrians, prompting him to call police.

via National – 3 News.

September 27, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Did you know the UN has an “Office for Outer Space Affairs”?

Logo of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

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The United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

via News.com.au.

September 26, 2010 Posted by | UFO | Comments Off

Crime tip: Before stealing a stick shift car learn to drive one

A couple of teenagers learned just how difficult it can be to operate a stick-shift transmission Saturday morning.

Police quickly found a stolen purple Ford Explorer early Saturday when police noticed a similar-looking SUV lurching back and forth near Academy Boulevard and Platte Avenue.

via Colorado Springs Gazette, CO.

September 26, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Crime tip: Don’t stick up a pizza place while on parole and wearing a GPS tether


A parolee still wearing a GPS tether was arrested late Wednesday after police say he robbed an Ypsilanti Township pizzeria at gunpoint and fled into a heavily wooded area.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Archer said a man entered the Mr. Pizza in the 800 block of Ecorse Road at 11:05 p.m. His face was partially concealed, and he ordered the clerk to empty the cash register at gunpoint, Archer said.

Deputy John Cratsenburg was several blocks from Mr. Pizza when the call came in. He noticed a man riding a bicycle matching the description of the robber, a sheriff’s summary said. When the man saw Cratsenburg, he got off the bike and ran.

Sgt. Dave Egeler spotted the man in the area and gave chase into the wooded area, where he and other officers were able to take the man into custody, reports said.

Police recovered the handgun and the cash taken in the robbery, Archer said.


September 25, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Poke that elevator floor button with your umbrella tip

Next time you use the lift (elevator, Yank), you might want to wash your hands. A typical elevator button harbours nearly 40 times as many germs as a public toilet seat, scientists have found.

A study carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and airports found 313 ‘colony forming units’ of bacteria on every square centimetre of lift button.The equivalent surface area of toilet seat had only eight units.

Mail Online.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off

Oops! You mean we didn’t hold a mortgage on your house?


When Jason Grodensky bought his modest Fort Lauderdale home in December, he paid cash. But seven months later, he was surprised to learn that Bank of America had foreclosed on the house, even though Grodensky did not have a mortgage.

Grodensky knew nothing about the foreclosure until July, when he learned that the title to his home had been transferred to a government-backed lender. "I feel like I’m hanging in the wind and I’m scared to death," said Grodensky. "How did some attorney put through a foreclosure illegally?"

Bank of America has acknowledged the error and will correct it at its own expense, said spokeswoman Jumana Bauwens.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Nice of them to correct the “mistake” for free. Do I smell a lawsuit?

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off

Tip: When entering a poster contest about copyright be sure you haven’t violated copyright

A Taiwanese man who won a poster design competition to promote copyright protection has been stripped of his prize after he was exposed as a copycat, officials said Thursday.

The man, identified only by his surname Wu, apologised and admitted that his winning design was copied from a work by Dutch artist Dennis Sibeijn featuring a paper plane and, ironically, titled "Truth".

MSN Malaysia News

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off

Mind if I rest my trunk for a minute?

Rico Beltrame and his sister Angela, 29, were visiting the Hluhluwe Umfolozi nature reserve in South Africa in March when the incident occured.Driving through the park in their hired blue Mark 1 Volkswagen, the pair were left speechless when a huge African elephant stopped and put its foot on their hired car.

via Elephant Incident | DeClubz – The Weird and Bizarre Blog.

September 23, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off

Serving spirits to the spirits?

Providence city officials have granted a liquor license to the owner of an east side funeral home, clearing the way for the business to open an Irish pub inside.

Mark Russell, who operates Monahan Funeral Home, plans to convert a garage attached to the funeral home into a pub, which will be called McBride’s.

via Pub Attached to Funeral Home | WPRI.com.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | beer, Strange | Comments Off

Kitten Roomba pilot


September 21, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off

Maybe the father of “The Boy With Green Hair?”

Hampshire police have been criticized for releasing the “funniest e-fit ever” – of a man with a “lettuce” on his head.

Cops issued the picture of a man they want to question over a distraction burglary in which an elderly woman had £60 stolen from her handbag at home.

But the likeness they sent out has drawn laughter from people living in Stockbridge because of the green hair given to the suspect.One resident is reported as saying: “It looks more like a bald man stood in front of an iceberg lettuce.

via  lettuce for hair From Daily Echo.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Kitten yoga


September 20, 2010 Posted by | cats | Comments Off

It’s twins…rare red pandas

Zoo staff were celebrating yesterday after these two rare RED pandas were born in a breeding program. The two red panda cubs were born to father Randy, three, and mother Mandy, six, at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

Both pandas – a boy and a girl – are from a shy species and will take many weeks before they emerge into the open.

via Delight after birth of rare red pandas | swns.com.

September 19, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off

Beginning Yoga Student: “Maybe tomorrow.”

September 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Crime tip: When playing “Fake Cop” don’t stop a real cop.

A Long Island man faces impersonation charges after police said a driver he pulled over for a traffic stop turned out to be a legitimate detective. Suffolk County Police said 35-year-old Victor Alfaro-Marquez of Selden was arrested Monday night, hours after the attempted traffic stop.Detective William Zambito was driving home from work at about 4:30 a.m. when an unmarked car with flashing lights and sirens stopped him. When Zambito told Alfaro-Marquez he was an off-duty officer, police said Alfaro-Marquez fled the scene.

via Alleged police impersonator pulls over detective EarthLink – Strange News.

September 18, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb Crook | Comments Off

One thing about predictions; they rarely actually happen

Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, Ne...

Image via Wikipedia

A newly-published 352-page book by a retired Air Force officer, Stanley A. Fulham, tentatively predicts October 13, 2010 as the date for a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities. According to the author, the aliens will neither land nor communicate on that date; they are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic.

via Tentative Worldwide UFO Display on October 13, 2010 – Yahoo! News.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | UFO | Comments Off

In case you’re wondering what to do…

…when your eyeball pops out, you chop off your finger or you knock a tooth out, these folks have some handy hints. Better take notes. You never know when you may need them.


September 17, 2010 Posted by | Strange | 1 Comment

Crime Tip: When stealing copper wire, turn the power off first

A man police believe was attempting to steal copper from a live West Virginia utility substation suffered third degree burns Thursday.

The RegisterHerald.com reported that the man was found behind the gate of an Appalachian Power Co. substation in Raleigh County.

Emergency crews say he was suffering from third-degree burns and also had a hole in his leg where they believe the electrical current exited his body.

via Man Burned While Trying to Steal Copper from Power Substation |.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off


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