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“It wasn’t immediately clear if the neighbor put voodoo on Louis.”

A West Palm Beach man was arrested on suspicion of smashing his neighbor’s window with a rock because he was upset about a supposed voodoo curse.

Police said 26-year-old Renald Louis was arrested Sunday and charged with shooting or throwing a missile into a dwelling. He was being held on $25,000 bail.

via WKMG Orlando.

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December 14, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on “It wasn’t immediately clear if the neighbor put voodoo on Louis.”

Syracuse Snow R2D2

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Thought for the day from Annette John-Hall

When you get to a certain age, a look into the mirror is less about vanity and more about quality control. A daily exercise to make sure nothing’s smeared, hanging, or on backward.

More from Annette John-Hall:Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/14/2010.

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Think about it | | Comments Off on Thought for the day from Annette John-Hall

Crime tip: Motorized shopping carts don’t make good getaway cars

An alleged food-snatcher and scooter thief was arrested on Sunday after he was seen by a Riviera Beach (Winn-Dixie) supermarket’s employees driving the pilfered motorized shopping cart with unpaid packages of meat off the property.

More via OrlandoSentinel.com

Running over kids with it isn’t cool either.

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Motorized shopping carts don’t make good getaway cars

Beware the “terrible hairy fly”

Scientists in Kenya have located one of the world’s rarest and oddest-looking flies after a long hunt for an insect dubbed the “terrible hairy fly,” experts said on Wednesday…

At about one centimeter long (a little less than a half inch) and so far found on a single 20-meter high rock, the Mormotomyia hirsuta looks more like a spider with its hairy legs, scientists said.

Unable to fly and partial to breeding in bat feces, the fly is thought to live only in the dank, bat-filled cleft of an isolated rock in the Ukazi Hills. It also has non-functional wings that resemble miniature belt-straps, and tiny eyes.

via Africa’s “terrible hairy fly” found in Kenya – Yahoo! News.

December 9, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Beware the “terrible hairy fly”

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be departing shortly as soon as we get the Cheetah onboard

Cheetah looks at me

Image via Wikipedia

As if a string of technical woes and delays wasn’t enough trouble for Qantas Airways, a recent domestic flight was briefly grounded by a cheetah.A flight from Melbourne to Adelaide on Wednesday was held up for nearly an hour by troubles handling the pallet on which the animal was being carried in a transfer between zoos.”We’re sorry for the delay, we’re having some problems loading the cheetah,” the pilot was quoted by media as telling passengers.

via Cheetah handling woes briefly ground plane – Yahoo! News.

December 9, 2010 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be departing shortly as soon as we get the Cheetah onboard

4.5 Inches of global warming hits France


Heavy snow in Paris brought buses to a halt on Wednesday, suspended flights at Charles de Gaulle airport and prompted the closure of the Eiffel Tower.Motorways in the Paris region were described as impassable as snow that had already hit other areas of France spread to the capital.

via BBC News – Eiffel Tower shut and roads blocked by Paris snowfall.

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Global warming | , | Comments Off on 4.5 Inches of global warming hits France

DECEMBER 7, 1941. Never forget.

2388 Americans killed

1178 Americans wounded

 

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on DECEMBER 7, 1941. Never forget.

I wonder if there will be a “Seconds” sale on $100 bills?

According to CNBC:

A significant production problem with new high-tech $100 bills has caused government printers to shut down production of the new notes and to quarantine more than one billion of the bills in huge vaults in Fort Worth, Texas and Washington, DC…

via  Examiner.com.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on I wonder if there will be a “Seconds” sale on $100 bills?

On the road again. I just can’t wait to get on the road again…

Researchers at the Okayama Graduate School of Medicine studied over 14,000 births in Shizuoka, Japan between 1997 and 2008 to determine if women who live near major roads are more likely to have premature births. The answer? Pregnant women who live within 200 meters of a major road have babies in under 37 weeks (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks) 15 percent of the time. Women who don’t live near a major road don’t make it to 37 weeks 10 percent of the time.

via Autoblog.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | Cars | , | Comments Off on On the road again. I just can’t wait to get on the road again…

If you are snowed in there’s worse places than a pub

To some, it might seem like a silver lining to a terrible winter storm.

Two pub patrons and five employees have been stuck inside the Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge, located in the North York Moors National Park, 185 km northeast of Manchester, England, since being snowed in Nov. 28.

via Brits trapped in pub for almost a week – World – Canoe.ca.

December 5, 2010 Posted by | Global warming | | Comments Off on If you are snowed in there’s worse places than a pub

Creepy crawly caper

A German man who allegedly shipped hundreds of live tarantulas into the United States through the mail was charged on Friday with illegally importing wildlife.

Sven Koppler, a 37-year-old German national, was arrested by federal agents late on Thursday, shortly after arriving in Los Angeles to meet an associate, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

Mrozek said the investigation into Koppler began in March, when a routine inspection turned up about 300 live tarantulas in a package mailed to Los Angeles.

More via  Reuters

December 5, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Creepy crawly caper

You think that’s a wood pile but you’re wrong. It’s a “Work of Art.”


A Canadian logger was puzzled to be told that the woodpile he was dismantling was a work of art.

Ron Fahey, 59, of Sackville, New Brunswick, had been given permission to remove a stack of logs from the grounds of Mount Alison University. So he was surprised when a local official ran over to tell him the woodpile was actually a sculpture, entitled Deadwood Sleep.

via Logger tried to cart off ‘sculpture’ | Orange UK.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Art?, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on You think that’s a wood pile but you’re wrong. It’s a “Work of Art.”

How to avoid a TSA pat down

Via The 10 Worst Ways You Could Be Traveling Home This Weekend.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to avoid a TSA pat down

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!


Denver police swung into action Wednesday afternoon closing off a 100 yard safety zone as the city faced a harrowing robot threat that shut down part of the city for more than two hours.

It all began when a citizen reported a possible deadly robot glued to a pillar on a footbridge. The eight inch tall, white plastic  terror of Denver (maybe an advance scout for a robot invasion ?) was “rendered safe” by a bomb-squad robot and examination showed that there was no public danger.

But seriously, folks, if this little guy had been packed with one of the newer, more powerful explosives, it could have done considerable damage and the police action was justified.

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Tip of the hat to Technudge.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | cops, Explosion | Comments Off on The robots are coming! The robots are coming!