October 2011 - Posts
Lots of people look for dates on Craigslist. It's not the best place to find a companion, but we suppose it will do in a pinch.
However, it's not often that a guy has to call the cops on a woman he's picked up using the site.
Keith Gaylor, 24, panicked when his Craigslist date showed up while his girlfriend was home – and he dialed 911, claiming the date was a burglar. Gaylor had arranged for the woman to visit his home, and said his girlfriend came home unexpectedly, just before 3 a.m., when the "other woman" arrived.
Five officers responded to the call, and took the woman into custody, but she was released as soon as officers were informed of the facts.
Gaylor was issued a summons for misdemeanor false reporting to authorities.
We can all learn a couple of lessons here. First of all, don't cheat. It only leads to trouble. Second, don't ask the date you met online to meet you at home…where you live…with your current significant other. Third, don't put a woman into this type of position, ever. She will rat you out and you will pay for your actions.
Oh, yes. You will pay.
A Wyoming man was arrested in Florida after police said the man and his wife made their 9-year-old son drive because they were too drunk.
Florida Highway Patrol officers responded to the report of a crash last Saturday night in Orlando, and when they arrived, they found the boy had crashed his parents' van through a security gate.
The man was charged with neglecting a child without great harm, and was released after posting a $2,500 bond. No word on whether the mother was arrested – but it's official. They are both stupid, because drunk people do stupid things.
But why do drunk people do stupid things?
There is new research on alcohol's affect on brain activity that helps to explain this. University of Missouri researchers found that alcohol dulls the brain signal that warns people when they are making a mistake, which reduces their self control.
The study isn't the first to show that alcohol reduces this alarm signal, but it showed that alcohol doesn't reduce a person's awareness of mistakes – it reduces how much you care about the mistakes.
The study measured the brain activity of 67 participants, ages 21-35. One-third of the participants were given alcohol while the rest were given none or a placebo.
So…based on this study, we can assume that the parents of the 9-year-old boy knew they were doing something stupid, but didn't care.
Halloween is less than a week away, and if you're like most folks, you enjoy a good scare on this spookiest of holidays. If you're also up for some travel, here's a list of the top 10 most haunted homes in the United States.
1. Winchester House in San Jose, Calif. – This is probably the most bizarre home on the list. Designed by Sarah Winchester, widow of William Winchester, founder of Winchester rifles, the home's quirky nooks and crannies were given to Sarah by a medium. Winchester consulted the medium after the death of her daughter and husband, and she said the medium told her to build a house to ward off evil spirits. Afraid of the spirits and what they would do when the construction was complete, Winchester dragged the build on for 38 years, until her eat in 1922. The house features staircases and doors that lead to nowhere, secret panels, twisting and turning hallways and upside down columns.
2. Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Mass. – Andrew and Abby Borden were killed on Aug. 4, 1892, and the children's rhyme says their daughter Lizzie did it with an ax, which yielded 40 blows. Lizzie was arrested but acquitted of the crime. The home is now a bed and breakfast, and rumor has it the ghosts of the murder victims still roam the rooms of the house.
3. LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, La. – There are stories of horrific torture and abuse inflicted on slaves who worked in the house in the 1830s. Madame Delphine LaLaurie and her husband, D.r Louis LaLaurie, hosted elaborate parties and were the toast of the city's high society set. No one knew of the horrors inflicted on the slaves until a fire broke out and when help arrived, they found instruments of torture and evidence of their use. Delphine fled and was never seen again. The home reportedly has a multitude of ghosts haunting it, including several slaves and Delphine herself.
4. White House, in Washington, D.C. – The nation's home front is said to be haunted by Abigail Adams, wife of second president John Adams, along with 16th president Abraham Lincoln. Many have reported seeing Lincoln's ghost or feeling his presence. Other ghosts include Dolly Madison, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, William Henry Harrison and various British soldiers.
5. Franklin Castle in Cleveland, Ohio – This home actually looks like a haunted house, complete with turrets, a tower, balconies, gargoyles and wrought iron fixtures. The gothic-style home was built for Hannes Tiedemann in 1860, who was said to be an evil tyrant who had a hand in mysterious deaths that happened in the home from 1865 to 1895. There are reports of babies crying, footsteps and doors slamming.
6. Sprague Mansion in Cranston, R.I. – The Sprague family was an affluent one, owning Cranston Print Works, a textile mill that was the first to make calico prints and helped pioneer chemical bleaching. In 1843, the home's original owner's son, Amasa, was found shot and beaten on the road between the home and the mill. The true killer was never found, although someone was hanged for the crime. Amasa is said to haunt the home, along with "Charlie the butler."
7. Chambers Mansion in San Francisco, Calif. – The home was built in 1887 and named after its first owner, Richard Chambers, a silver mine tycoon. When he died, the home was inherited by his two nieces, who reportedly hated each other. An insane member of the Chambers family, who was kept in the attic, reportedly chased one of the nieces downstairs and killed her. Many people who have stayed there since – it is now a hotel – have reported strange occurrences during their visits.
8. Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, La. – Built in 1796, the home was left to Clark Woodruff in 1808, who lived there with his wife and three children. Woodruff reportedly had a special relationship with a slave girl named Chloe, who grew jealous of Woodruff's relationship with his wife. She baked a cake filled with poisonous oleander leaves, meant for Woodruff's wife. But two of the children also ate some of the cake and died, along with their mother. When Chloe confessed, she was hanged. The home is also reportedly built on an indian burial ground. Ghosts reportedly seen around the home include Chloe, Woodruff's wife Sarah, and the two children. The home is now a bed and breakfast.
9. Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The house was built by Frank Stranahan, who became known as the first non-native to live in the center of Fort Lauderdale. After the Great Depression, Stranahan committed suicide by strapping a large iron gate to his ankle and throwing himself in the river. His ghost is reportedly seen in the home, along with his wife's.
10. Amityville Horror House in Amityville, N.Y. – This home is not necessarily the most haunted, but it certainly is famous. It was the scene of a horrific murder in 1974, when 23-year-old Ron DeFeo Jr. killed his family with a rifle as they slept in their beds. The home was purchased in 1975 by the Lutz family, but they left 28 days later after witnessing slime oozing down walls, strange odors, moving furniture, swarms of flies and slamming doors. The home and its story was the basis of the movie "The Amityville Horror," which was based on the book "The Amityville Horror: A True Story." The story was later found to be more fiction than fact. DeFeo's lawyer said that he and the Lutzes created the story over many bottles of wine. The home has passed through several owners since then, and no one has reported anything scary, except visitors who come "gawking."
WikiLeaks may be weeks away from financial collapse, according to reports today.
The site published classified data and exposed the inner workings of international diplomacy, but apparently restrictions placed by American financial companies will be its undoing, unless the company finds a way out.
"If WikiLeaks does not find a way to remove this blockade, we will simply not be able to continue by the turn of the new year," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange went on to say the group will attempt to raise funds – about $3.5 million is needed to keep the organization intact until 2013.
Most will remember WikiLeaks for its disclosure of footage of two Reuters journalists who were killed by a U.S. military strike in Baghdad, which was unveiled in April 2010. In the months following that leak, WikiLeaks published nearly half a million secret military documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
U.S. officials were, no surprise, upset at the revelations, and claimed they put lives at risk. Not long after, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Western Union stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks. These restrictions cut off, according to Assange, 95 percent of the money his organization could have received.
You can help keep WikiLeaks alive. The organization is holding a series of auctions, and among the items for sale is a luncheon with Assange and the laptop computer he used to organize the U.S. cables release.
Firefighters in New Jersey are outraged. And they have every right to be so.
The firefighters were told they couldn't wear pink T-shirts for *** Cancer Awareness Month while they're on the job. The members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue unit received permission to wear the shirts as part of an October awareness campaign. The shirts were purchased to benefit the Susan G. Koman for the Cure foundation.
The conditions officials gave the firefighters is that they can wear the shirts inside their firehouses only, and can only wear them in public if they are covered by department-issued shirts.
Officials denying the wearing of the shirts say the shirts aren't part of the professional image they want firefighters to portray.
At Gilbert High School in Arizona, there's a group of cheerleaders who know how those firefighters feel. The 56-member squad had pink T-shirts printed that read, "Feel for lumps, Save your bumps." School officials told the girls they couldn't wear the shirts, which were deemed inappropriate.
The school has, in the past, supported *** cancer awareness, allowing students to wear pink clothing, shoes and ribbons. But Dr. J. Charles Santa Cruz, principal of the school, felt the slogan on this year's shirt was too risque.
And it doesn't end there. Schools all over the country have banned the advocacy group Keep A ***'s "I <3 Boobies" bracelets. The bracelets are supposed to be targeted at teens and college-age students to help them become more aware of the issue of *** cancer and to remind young women to be advocates for their own bodies.
While we can understand that the whole pink for boobies thing has gotten a little out of bounds, the purpose behind it all remains the same: raise awareness about and money for *** cancer research. That's the bottom line. For just one month out of the year, can't you guys let the students and firefighters point the finger at a serious disease? Who knows…the money from the shirts and bracelets may be just what the researchers need to finally find that cure.
We proudly stand and say, ladies, feel your boobies. Save the ta-tas. We <3 boobies. Love your lady bumps, girls…make sure there are no lumps.
It's *** Cancer Awareness Month, you stodgy bunch of uptight dorks. Deal with it.
Please note: Our site doesn't allow for the word "***"....so substitute boobies. Boobies is allowed but *** isn't? Whatever...self examinations save lives, ladies. Don't forget!
Well. Lindsay Lohan has done it again. And we can't say we're surprised. At all.
After squeaking by and getting probation instead of jail time, Lohan has screwed up again. And this time, she may find herself locked up in the pokey.
Lohan was assigned to serve community service hours as part of her probation in her shoplifting case at the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. She was supposed to spend four hours per visit there. She got kicked out of the program because she rarely showed up and when she did, she took off after only an hour.
She got reassigned to the Red Cross, but the total number of hours she's clocked toward her community service are, well, less than impressive. She was supposed to clock 480 hours by the end of this year.
Lohan has also missed two therapy appointments – she was assigned by the judge to attend therapy, and told that if she missed even one, it would violate her probation. The sessions she missed fell during her trip to Paris for work – so Lohan said. She insists she got clearance and called in her sessions on the phone while out of the country.
Lohan believes that she's been targeted by the probation department which is, she said, trying to make an example of her. She is set to appear next week before the same judge for a progress hearing – the same judge who told her that even one slip-up would mean jail time.
Lohan has taken to Twitter to defend herself, writing, "I am not to be made an example of anymore. I am working hard and fulfilling my obligations every single day, to the court as well as myself…please ignore the reports which have no truth to them."
Here's the deal: Lohan broke the law. Because of her celebrity status, she was given chance after chance to avoid jail time, chances the average Joe would never get. She has blown those chances time and again.
Lohan, it's time to face the music. Stop whining and making excuses, and stand up like an adult and take your medicine. You broke the law, you screwed up your probation, and now you deserve jail time. Deal with it.
It's Freaky Friday, so we dug out some recent news items we found, well, freaky. Enjoy.
• A convenience store clerk in Hudson, Fla. was in court giving testimony after being robbed. She began shaking in the witness chair and passed out. A relative of the clerk, who was in court to support the woman, came forward, took off her sneaker, and held it under the clerk's nose. She said the clerk is subject to blackouts and that the scent of her sneaker often revives the clerk.
• A Slovenian woman was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award for her work on hybrid species. She injected herself with horse blood, after months of taking shots of horse immunoglobulins. She the extracted some of her own blood to be frozen and stored for future research.
• An Iowa woman was fired by the Sheraton hotel chain and sought unemployment compensation because she said she was fired through no fault of her own. But a judge determined she didn't deserve to be paid, because she had used employment hours to pen a 300-page journal on how to avoid work. One of her entries read: "This typing thing seems to be doing the trick. It just looks like I am hard at work on something."
• The Japanese construction firm Maeda Corporation, ordered its 2,700 employees to have their hair cut to the standard, company-selected hairstyle. The women were to get a bob, while the men were to get the standard short male haircut. The reason for the corporate order? The company wanted to comply with the Japanese government's plea to reduce energy usage. Company executives figured that if their employees used less water and hair dryer time, it would help.
Since Craigslist became a "thing," there have been millions of posts. People want to sell, trade or give away so many types of things.
A woman was recently arrested in Roswell, N.M. for posting an ad on the site stating she wanted to buy some marijuana.
Anamicka Dave, 29, posted the ad saying she was new to the area and wanted to purchase a little wacky tobacky. A local officer spotted the post, and police communicated with Dave via text messages, posing as a potential seller, to lure her out. She met an officer in a parking lot to make the buy, and was placed under arrest.
This got us to thinking…what are the 10 weirdest things ever posted on Craigslist? There are so many we had a hard time choosing, but here's our top 10…
1. "We need a smart person." This post was placed by a company in New York seeking a person to "help un with our Company." Apparently to help them learn to spell.
2. "Woman to sit in my bathtub full of noodles, wearing a bathing suit." The poster offered $1, and said he/she wouldn't even be home while the woman sat there, "at your leisure." The lucky woman who answered the ad wouldn't be required to bring any sauce, however, since the poster said he/she would season the pasta after returning home.
3. "Need someone to hide Easter eggs in my apartment when I'm not home." The eggs would, apparently be supplied and are "full of candy" The poster is willing to pay for this service, and asked for serious inquiries only.
4. "Do you have a small, incontinent dog?" This poster had some small doggy diapers for sale, and said the buyer should be sure to only use them on dogs – they don't work on cats, so the poster said.
5. "Personal texting assistance" This poster claimed to receive 40-50 texts an hour, which he/she can't handle. The position is full-time, and the person hired must be with the poster at all times, wherever he/she goes, because the poster always has his/her phone in hand.
6. A very pregnant woman advertised for someone with Jedi powers to use their mind tricks to get her child to be born early.
7. Two friends were having an argument over whose penis is longer, and have even gotten their girlfriends involved in the argument. But they don't want to see each other's, um, equipment, so they're looking to hire someone to take a peek and settle the argument. They're willing to pay, but can't afford much.
8. "Free toilet, needs TLC" This poster wants to give away this item that is described as a little dirty, and "it leaked and overflowed last time it was used." There was also an issue of an action figure that the poster's son had placed in the toilet, which could explain the overflow problem. But the poster wants the figure back if you find it.
9. "Seeking adult drunk clown for 30th birthday party" Apparently, all you need to do is show up as a clown and get "drunk and stupid." You don't even have to socialize. The ad didn't specify if there's a salary for this valuable service.
10. "Clothing optional Bible study in Gloucester" This gem is offered up by a couple who say they are conservative Bible thumpers who just happen to like being social nudists as well. They believe that since God created people, He's okay with the nudity while studying the Bible.
Now that it's October and Halloween is just around the corner, there are midnight showings of one of the best Halloween movies ever – all around the country. The movie? Why, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course.
The movie is the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical stage play, The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O'Brien, who played Riff Raff in both the play and the movie. The film is famous for launching the careers of Tim Curry (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss) and Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors).
If you've been under a rock and aren't familiar, here's a brief synopsis: The story is the tale of newly-engaged Weiss and Majors, who find themselves stranded with a flat tire. They set out on foot to find somewhere to call for help, and find themselves at the castle of the not-so-good doctor. Mayhem ensues.
The film is a very tongue-in-cheek parody of the science fiction and horror films of yesteryear. It has gained a very dedicated cult following, and those lovers of the film began participating in the movie by showing up at theaters, dressed as characters from the movie, and shouting and throwing things at key points in the movie.
This year, if you are lucky enough to find a midnight showing of the film near you, make plans to go. But don't go if you don't plan to wear a costume or participate. You'll miss so much if you do. Aren't sure what to do or what to bring? Here's a guide for those of you who are Rocky Horror "virgins."
• At the beginning of the film, during the wedding scene, when the newlyweds leave the church, throw rice.
• Bring a newspaper. When Janet covers her head in the storm, you should follow suit.
• Water pistol. If you choose not to cover your head in the storm like Janet, you can use the pistol to simulate the storm, along with lots of others in the audience.
• Flashlights/lighters are not optional. During the song, "There's a Light," raise your lighter or flashlight.
• Rubber gloves will be needed during Frank's creation speech. He snaps his gloves three times during this scene. You should do so as well.
• Party noisemakers will be used at the end of the creation speech. You can celebrate along with the Transylvanians in the movie.
• Confetti will be needed as Frank and Rocky head to the bedroom. Throw it liberally and with "feeling."
• When Dr. Scott enters the lab, you should be prepared with a roll of toilet paper. As Brad cries, "Great Scott!" throw the roll into the air. Extra points if it's Scott brand TP.
• During the dinner scene, when Frank proposes a toast, be prepared with a slice of toast. Throw it into the air. Keep it unbuttered, please.
• When Frank puts on a party hat during dinner, you should do the same.
• In the song, "Planet Schmanet Janet" Frank sings "Did you hear a bell ring?" This is your cue to ring a bell.
• Frank will sing "I'm Going Home," which contains the line, "cards for sorrow, cards for pain." During that line, shower the theater with playing cards.
Rosie O'Donnell says if you build it, they will come.
The viewing audience, that is.
What O'Donnell is talking about is her new talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. But don't tune in, she says, expecting koosh balls to be shot at the camera and looking for the same old Rosie. O'Donnell says the Rosie that fans loved for six seasons on her previous talker isn't going to show up for the new show.
Even so, she says she feels like the same person. Just older. She's almost 50 now, where she was in her thirties when she did the talk show thing the first time. The difference is that back then, she was a much more gentle Rosie. This time, she's just Rosie.
O'Donnell says she is opinionated and that will shine through in her new show. She also says people will either like her….or not. And she's perfectly fine with that.
Russell Brand will be her first guest, followed by Salma Hayek, Lisa Kudrow, Gloria Estefan, Kevin Bacon and Fran Drescher.
The show debuts tonight, and it will be live, the preferred format for O'Donnell. She doesn't like repeating herself.
We don't like it either, Rosie. Just give us Rosie…pure, blunt and simple. Just like we like it.
We've heard of someone trying to sell a bridge to another person – you've heard it too. "Hey buddy…if you believe that one, I've got a bridge for sale over here!"
Well…it finally happened. Someone actually stole a bridge. Seriously. We couldn't make this one up if we tried. And since it's Freaky Friday, it's appropriate to tell you about it now.
In North Beaver Township, Pa., police are investigating the theft of the North Beaver Township bridge. The bridge is valued at about $100,000, and was stolen between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. Police believe the 50-foot by 20-foot bridge was dismantled using a cutting torch, and that the parts will be sold as scrap metal.
OK, here's our first thought: How in the world was a bridge dismantled over a period of nine days with no one noticing? Didn't anyone notice that parts of it were vanishing?
According to police reports, the bridge was located near a railroad line in a wooded area. Maybe it wasn't used that much. So…perhaps that answers that question.
But the thief or thieves had to truck out those parts…they couldn't have been small. Didn't anyone notice the guys with the big trailers carrying bridge parts come through town, whistling and trying to act casual? Seriously?
Perhaps the guy down at the scrap metal yard will notice something strange. Picture this: A guy rolls up with tons of scrap metal. Where the heck would a person get that much scrap metal? We hope the scrap metal dude will be astute enough to question things.
Or maybe not. If the thieves had the audacity to steal an entire bridge, they probably have the audacity to take it to a scrap metal guy who is nearby. So, like the people of North Beaver Township, he won't notice anything weird.
After a battle with pancreatic cancer, Apple visionary and creative genius Steve Jobs has died. He was 56.
Very few people in the world haven't heard the name Steve Jobs, but here are 12 things about the man you may not know.
1. He was a devout vegetarian. He explored strange diets when he was 19, specifically those that would get rid of mucus and the need to shower.
2. His favorite foods included raw carrots.
3. When he was young, Jobs studied Zen Buddhism and considered becoming a monk.
4. Jobs once considered running for governor of California.
5. Jobs dropped out of college after one semester at Reed College in Oregon.
6. Jobs was adopted – his birth father was of Syrian heritage.
7. Jobs made a salary of $1 in 2010.
8. A disagreement in 1985 led to Jobs being stripped of his operating authority.
9. The famous Apple logo, and the name Apple, was chosen by Jobs because he admired Beatles' Apple Records. There was a legal battle over the logo, but the parties settled the dispute in 2007.
10. Jobs once survived on money he got from selling soft drink bottles and weekly free meals at a Hare Krishna temple in Oregon.
11. Although Jobs dropped out of Reed College after only one semester, he did continue to take calligraphy classes. He credits his experience in that course for the multiple fonts that appear on Mac computers.
12. Jobs is the only CEO to have read his own obituary. Bloomberg updated its stock obituary on Jobs, and it was supposed to have been only an internal document. But it was inadvertently published. Jobs took it in stride by declaring, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The obit was retracted by a very red-faced Bloomberg.
It's time to rejoice in the gloriousness that is girl power.
For the first time in the school's history, Pinckney Community High School in Pinckney, Mich. had to summon a girl from the locker room in order to crown her homecoming queen.
Brianna Amat had quite a night last Friday. Not only was she surprised to be crowned homecoming queen, but she also kicked the winning goal that allowed her team to beat rival Grand Blanc. The kick was a personal best for Amat – a 31-yarder. Couple the kick with the tiara, and you've got the phrase making national news this week…the "Kicking Queen."
Amat is a senior this year, and has played soccer since she was three. She decided last spring, after some prompting by her soccer coach, to try out for the football team as a place kicker. Amat is the first girl to make the varsity team, and beat out two She has a perfect 4.0 grade average, and has been involved in student government.
But Amat isn't resting on her, um, tiara. She's concentrating on winning acceptance to Western Michigan, her college of choice. She plans to major in business advertising. But she's not opposed to the idea of going to a different school if one offers her an athletic scholarship.
We salute you, Brianna. You've shown the world that women can do whatever they want – and all while wearing a tiara.
An 88-year-old woman in Aviano, Italy would have chased off the thief who broke into her home – if it weren't for her darned artificial hip.
Rina Zorzin answered a knock on her door last Thursday, and found a man standing there who said he was the electricity meter man. He asked to see the meter, and when Zorzin refused, he took out a gun in an effort to frighten her.
But Zorzin said nothing scares her at her age anymore, so she jumped onto his back in an effort to stop him. He forced her to sit down, but she still wouldn't give in to his demands for her valuables.
While he rummaged through her home, she broke free and ran outside yelling, "Thief, dirty thief! You ought to be ashamed! Go and get a job!"
And just like that, the thief gave up and took off.
Who says shame isn't a great deterrent? It can stop a thief, as well as a child, spouse, employee and student, in their tracks.
We have to give kudos to this spunky old lady. We love her zest and her vibrant nature, and her defiant, chin-in-the-air attitude toward the idea that older folks are too frail to do most anything. She stood up for and protected what was hers, and still had time to pass down a little wisdom to a younger person obviously in need of it.
You're our hero, little Italian granny.