January 2012 - Posts
It's a well-known stereotype that women hate football. It's just not true. Women everywhere adore football every bit as much as men.
What's lesser known is that there are camels who love football. Yep. Camels.
Princess, who calls the New Jersey Popcorn Park Zoo her home, has picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. She is 14-6 in this year's regular season picks, and she has a lifetime record of 88-51. She's picked the New York Giants to win this year's contest, despite Vegas odds favoring New England.
But Princess doesn't base her picks on stats or even on the cuteness or ferocity of the team's mascot. No, it's all about the graham crackers. Zoo general manager John Bergmann writes the names of the two teams down on graham crackers, and then holds the two crackers in his hands. Whichever hand Princess chooses is her pick for the win.
So it's not about who's got the better team. It's about which hand smells tastier.
Princess was once the personal pet of heiress Doris Duke, who was the only child of tobacco and electric tycoon James Buchanan Duke. Doris raised Princess and her sister, Babe, from babies, and spoiled them rotten. After Duke died in 1993, the animals remained and were cared for on her estate.
But when Babe died, Princess' caretaker decided to retire, leaving Princess homeless. The estate offered her to the zoo, which specializes in abandoned and abused animals. She's been living there and watching football ever since.
We'll soon see if Princess is right about this year's pick. Maybe she'll make an appearance during the halftime show – it could only improve the quality.
People have long had a fascination with the paranormal. We're fascinated by what we can't see or touch, and we want to make contact with the unknown to understand it better – or perhaps we just want to know what's "beyond."
Whatever the reason, our society is filled with attempts to contact the "other side," wherever that is. The string of paranormal activity movies is endless, there's a palm reader on every street corner and there are television shows out the wazoo dedicated to the unexplained.
But never before has a person blamed a ghost for domestic abuse. Until now.
A Wisconsin man was arrested recently for punching his wife. The woman told police that he husband attempted to strangle her and struck her in the face as she tried to call 911.
When police arrived at the scene, the man told police his wife had fallen repeatedly and that was what had caused her injuries. However, when pressed by officers, he changed his story to something much more plausible – "a ghost did it."
When a ghost expert was contacted, he said it was highly unlikely that a ghost would make someone do something like this. His theory? It was a demon possession.
We don't buy either theory. The guy has a history of spousal abuse, and it's very likely he did it this time – and not under the influence….of ghosts, anyway.
Schools catching cheaters with Web service
More than 150 schools in the U.S. now use an online cheat-checking service. The services run student assignments through a massive database, which will detect whether a student plagiarized material from Internet sources or other students.
'Cupid' expected to make full recovery
Apparently, cats land on their feet, no matter what – even if you shoot them with an arrow.
A stray orange tabby in Houston, Texas earned the nickname Cupid because he survived a piercing shoulder wound, which ran from shoulder to shoulder. The 2-year-old feline had residents chasing him for three days before he was finally caught and taken to a local vet.
The vet X-rayed the feline and found no internal organs were harmed, and Cupid underwent surgery. The vet who treated him, however, said a shot like this wasn't an accident – someone meant to shoot him. The person didn't mean, however, for Cupid to survive. He's expected to make a full recovery.
Flaming tampons attack on car
A woman was arrested in Pennsylvania after she attempted to blow up a vehicle outside of a bar by using flaming feminine hygiene products. The tampons were soaked in gas and had been used to attempt to ignite the gas tank.
The woman and a male accomplice knew the owner of the car, and the woman was, according to her Facebook profile, "out for some revenge."
There's a new app in town for Facebook – and it'll come in handy if your days are numbered.
"If I Die" is an app specifically designed to give users a chance to write their final status update in advance. Here's how it works: You install the app, and then choose three of your Facebook friends to be trustees to verify your death when it happens. You then record a video or status update that will be published after you die.
Once your trustees have confirmed your death, your message or video can be published. You can even schedule the release of your "announcement."
The app was designed by Willook, an Israeli startup. The creators of the app say you can leave a final farewell, finally tell that deep, dart secret, or speak the last snarky comment to someone you dislike. No one will be able to see your message until you're gone.
The site has a Facebook page, and within a few days after the page was created, it had thousands of "likes."
Here are some of our final post suggestions…
• Why didn't I spend more time doing the mambo?
• The pizza's better in heaven.
• Can somebody DVR American Idol for me?
• S**t happens.
• Thought I'd stepped on the brake.
• Found Waldo.
• I see dead people.
• I was an atheist. Now I'm all dressed up and I have nowhere to go.
• I knew this would happen.
• Doing my part for Mother Earth.
• I shopped, I bought; now in debt, I rot.
• Well, I made an ash of myself.
If you're looking for information today, you won't find it at Wikipedia. And don't look for the usual Google doodle when you use that search engine – it's blacked out.
Why? The sites, along with many others, are protesting two bills currently before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). If passed, the bills would censor the Web and impose what many feel are harmful regulations on American business.
The Senate will vote on these bills January 24. If passed, the U.S. government would have the power to order the blocking of any site it chose online. Search engines could forced, if the bills are passed, to delete entire websites from their search results.
The thing is, neither of these bills, as currently written, would work; they won't shut down pirate sites. The people behind these sites will simply change their addresses and continue criminal activity, all while those who abide by the law are suffering because of it.
There is an alternative – the OPEN Act. To read it or to participate, go online at http://keepthewebopen.com/.
In the market for a child? Look no further than Facebook.
Saudi Arabian man Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry posted an advertisement on Facebook to sell his son for $20 million. Apparently, he didn't want to live in poverty. He turned to trafficking, which is illegal in Saudi Arabia, when the government shut down his debt collection business. He tried to apply for welfare, but he is older than 35, which is too old to collect benefits in that country.
The ad has been removed from Facebook, as it apparently violates the social media site's content policy.
Guess that means you will have to contact the guy directly if you want to buy his kid. Oh wait…you can't. He's in jail, charged with child trafficking.
Okay. So those who perpetrate theft aren't always the brightest bulb in the batch. In fact, there are plenty of dumb criminals websites that can attest to this. The news is full of stories about criminals who get caught in the act because they're so dumb. But here's a story that really gave us a chuckle.
A woman in Salt Lake City, Utah robbed her neighbor's home, using the key she had been given by her neighbors when she had previously done some house-sitting for them. The neighbors found that thousands in cash was missing from their home.
After viewing video tape from a home security camera, they discovered what looked like a woman dressed as a man taking money from the box that had held the cash.
Once police were contacted, they searched the woman's home, and found a suit and beanie matching what was worn by the person in the video, as well as a fake mustache.
So…here's the thing: This woman actually thought that a fake black mustache and a beanie, paired with a suit, would be her ticket to lots of cash? Really? Her inner dialogue must have been pretty funny during the planning stages.
"Okay. So I've got the suit, and I've added the beanie, but it still looks like me. I'm missing something…wait! I know! A black mustache. That's it! A black mustache and NO ONE will be able to tell it's me. I'm a genius!"
On a related note, why were this "special" lady's neighbors keeping thousands of dollars in a box in their home? Geez.
We're not sure whether we are surprised or disgusted.
An Illinois man claimed he gagged on a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew, and he has now filed a suit against the manufacturer of the soft drink.
But here's the kink in the story: Mountain Dew's makers said there is no way this could have happened, because the mouse would have turned into a "jelly-like substance" before the can of soda even reached the vending machine.
We have decided we are both surprised and disgusted – not that the mouse would be dissolved into any substance that quickly, but that the company behind the soft drink, Pepsi, would so readily admit it. The soft drink giant is not, however, commenting on the lawsuit.
And to think, people drink this stuff every day. Sheesh.
Well, it's now clear who will win the Republican presidential nomination. Forget Iowa – what could push Ron Paul over the top is his support base. The Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
Yep. That's right. They're Pimpin' for Paul at the famous brothel.
Forget that Mitt Romney has been projected to be the winner of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus. Yeah, Romney edged out Sen. Rick Santorum by just eight votes. But Romney still didn't get 25 percent of the vote.
Heading into the 2012 election season, polls show Romney has a slim lead over Rep. Ron Paul, who placed third in the polls behind Santorum.
Nevada's leading ladies of the night will back Paul for the second time in his bid for the White House. Club owner Dennis Hof said they're backing Paul because he is "more about state's rights."
That's not saying much. Hof and his bunnies almost picked Newt Gingrich, because "he's a cheater and we like cheaters," Hof said.
The girls, Hof said, won't be supporting Obama this time, although the majority of them did last election. This is because, he said, the president signed a bill allowing for human consumption of wild horses.
Whew. For a minute there, we didn't think the bunnies had any standards.
It's pretty cold where we sit today, and it's likely the same story wherever you are. It's January, and with that comes colder temperatures.
But January also brings weirdness, and today's story of bizarre stuff centers on Nederland, Colo., where a local woman has preserved a cold weather event that brings the town of Nederland together – Frozen Dead Guy Days.
Amanda McDonald has organized the even for four years now, and bought the event from the local chamber this year to preserve and protect its more, um, unique qualities. The event celebrates the 1994 discovery of Grandpa Bredo Morstoel's cryogenically frozen corpse.
Held each year in early March, the event features a hearse parade, a coffin race, a frozen salmon toss, frozen turkey bowling, a frozen T-shirt contest, polar plunges and brain freeze contests. There's even ice break dancing and snowy beach volleyball. All around, it looks to be a great family-friendly event. That is, if your idea of family fun is dressing up to look dead and playing in freezing cold weather.
We wondered who the heck Grandpa is and why was he frozen. So we looked it up. Grandpa died from a heart condition in 1989 – he had lived a good, long life in Norway, fishing, skiing and hiking, and was the director of parks and recreation for Norway's Baerum County for more than 30 years.
But when he died, he was packed in dry ice and prepared for international travel. He was then placed in liquid nitrogen for almost four years in Oakland, Calif., and was moved to Colorado in 1993 to stay with his daughter. He took up residence in a shed near his grandson's home.
The funny part is that there is a law in Nederland that states that it's illegal to store a frozen human or animal in your home. But Grandpa was grandfathered into this law so that he could remain cared for by his family, which gathers volunteers each year to pack Grandpa in 1,600 pounds of dry ice to keep him at -60 F.
Town officials were looking for a way to draw tourists to Nederland and, being lovers of things both bizarre and wonderful, settled on the now popular festival built around Grandpa.
We're betting Grandpa has a big smile on his face – frozen, of course.