Friday, May 31, 2013

Badgering Badgers in Bloody Britain


A trial cull of badgers in two areas of England can start on Saturday.
About 5,000 badgers will be shot in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset over a six-week period.
The government says the action is needed to help tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB), a disease that affects cattle.
But campaigners against the cull say it will have no impact on bovine TB, and could lead to local populations of badgers being wiped out.
Badgers have been useful to trial lawyers who sometimes object that opposing counsel is "badgering the witness."

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Playing With Fire

Austrian drives flaming car to fire station

May 30 2013 

VIENNA (AP) — Some Austrian firefighters didn't have to leave their station to deal with a recent alarm. The blaze came to them instead.
Fireman Roland Brandl says that colleagues were doing chores at the station in the town of Pregarten Wednesday when a car sped in with flames shooting from beneath it.
One man grabbed an extinguisher and doused the fire. No one was hurt.
The blaze was apparently caused by a cleaning cloth which was left under the hood.
State broadcaster ORF says the unidentified driver drove about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) to the station after a passer-by alerted him his car was on fire.

Zumba Instructor - Part II

Zumba instructor gets 10 months for prostitution; male business partner only 20 days.

 May 31 2013

DAVID SHARP, Associated Press
FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Alexis Wright, 30, leaves the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, Maine. Wright, a Zumba fitness...
(The Associated Press)
FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Alexis Wright, 30, leaves the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, Maine. Wright, a Zumba fitness instructor who pleaded guilty to using her Maine studio as a front for prostitution, is due to be sentenced Friday, May 31, 2013, bringing to an end a scandal featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close Friday when a Zumba fitness instructor was sentenced to 10 months in jail after telling the judge she was happy to have escaped her former life of crime.
Addressing the judge through tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out.
"In my eyes I'm free. I free from this. And I have an incredible amount of strength that I knew was in me somewhere. Now that I have the strength I want to encourage others to come forward. I want them to know that there's at least one person out there who'll believe their story, no matter how crazy it seems," she told the judge.
The 30-year-old Wright was sentenced under a plea agreement to 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. Afterward, she was led from court to begin serving her sentence.
Her attorney, Sarah Churchill, told the judge that the defendant had a difficult childhood, witnessing domestic violence and suffering sexual abuse, before she met Mark Strong, who became her eventual business partner. She said Strong used her troubled background to manipulate her.
Justice Nancy Mills extended wishes for success after the sentence was formally imposed in Superior Court.
"Based on what you have to say and what I know about you from your attorney, I know that you will succeed when you're released and that you will prevail. I wish you success," Mills said.
The single mother was accused of conspiring with Strong, an insurance business owner, to run a prostitution business in which she videotaped clients without their knowledge and kept detailed records over an 18-month period indicating she made $150,000 tax-free. She also collected more than $40,000 in public assistance.
The scandal in the seaside town of Kennebunk, known for its sea captain's mansions, beaches and New England charm, became a sensation following reports that Wright had at least 150 clients, some of them prominent. So far, those who have been charged include a former mayor, a high school hockey coach, a minister, a lawyer and a firefighter.
Wright was originally charged with 106 counts. All the counts in the plea agreement were misdemeanors, including three counts relating to welfare and tax fraud that were reduced from felonies.
Under the agreement, prosecutors will seek restitution of $57,280.54. Prosecutors say Wright cooperated with prosecutors and spared the state an expensive trial.
Her business partner, Strong, 57, of Thomaston, was convicted of 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution and was sentenced to 20 days in jail. The married father of two, who has acknowledged having an affair with Wright, was originally charged with 59 counts.
On Friday, Wright looked back at her husband, whom she married last year, before addressing the judge. She said it was "incredibly nauseating" to hear Strong speak in the media of their relationship as one of love and friendship. She said she felt relief when police raided her business.
She said she intends to make good on her vow to help others.
"It's my intention to stand up for what is right. When I'm out, I'm going to pursue helping people fight through situations that are similar to mine," she said. "I'm optimistic that something good will come out of this."
Her husband, Jayson Trowbridge, left without addressing reporters. Surprise!
In a presentencing memorandum, the defense said Strong took photos of her as a model before she became part of his private investigation firm and was manipulated into believing she would become an "operative working for the state to investigate all manner of sexual deviants."
Churchill stood by that assessment Friday, calling the situation and relationship as "incredibly complex."
Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan, however, said the state continues to believe Wright was "a willing participant" in the prostitution business. "The state believes she and Mark Strong were equal partners and that she played an active role in the operation," she said.
It came as little surprise that Wright opted to avoid standing trial by pleading guilty because evidence against her was overwhelming in Strong's trial, with jurors watching a video of her engaging in sex with a client who left $250, which she pocketed.
Prosecutors say paid sex happened in her studio, apartment and an office, where tenants complained about moaning and groaning.
Electronic evidence was plentiful because the two kept in touch via text, email and Skype, which Wright used to send a live video stream of sex acts to Strong. Videos also showed them speaking openly of ledgers, payments and scheduling.
Evidence unsealed after the trial indicated electronic exchanges in which Wright talked about the business goals: nine clients a week, 45 clients a month. They also openly discussed scheduling, insurance payments, her sexy outfits and clients' preferences. She even appeared to seek advice from Strong after encountering an unhappy client.
Business was running smoothly before it came to an abrupt end.
"I feel like this is going to be a good week," Wright wrote to Strong two days before the arrival of detectives with search warrants on Feb. 14, 2012.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Man Has Lead in Head for 15 Years

German clinic: Man had pencil in head for 15 years

Published - May 29 2013 04:23AM CST
Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) — German doctors say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident.
Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a 10-centimeter (4-inch) pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.
The unnamed man said he didn't know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child.
The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered.
Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said Wednesday the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week.
                                      (Not the original pencil.)

Russian Woman Dies Twice

Newser) – There’s irony, and then there’s the story of Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, a 49-year-old Russian woman who woke up at her own funeral only to have a heart attack and die when she realized what was going on. Mukhametzyanov had been falsely declared dead after collapsing with chest pains, the Daily Mail reports. When she awoke, she was lying in a coffin, with mourners filing past and saying prayers. She screamed, and passed out again.

"Let me out of here!"

“Her eyes fluttered, and we immediately rushed her back to the hospital,” her husband says. “But she only lived for another 12 minutes in intensive care before she died again, this time for good.” The hospital says it’s investigating the incident. “I am very angry, and I want answers,” the husband says. “She wasn’t dead when they said she was and they could have saved her.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Too Bizarre to Give a Name - Baby No. 59

New born rescued from sewer pipe in China

May 28 2013 10:16AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A newborn boy is recovering in a Chinese hospital after being rescued from a sewage pipe below a squat toilet by firefighters, who sawed off an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantled it to free the trapped baby.

A tenant heard the baby's cries in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in eastern China on Saturday and notified authorities, according to the state-run news site Zhejiang News. A video of the two-hour rescue that followed was broadcast widely on Chinese news programs and websites late Monday and Tuesday.

The child — named Baby No. 59 from the number of his hospital incubator — was reported safe in a nearby hospital, and news of the rescue prompted an outpouring from strangers who came to the hospital with diapers, baby clothes, powdered milk and offers to adopt the child.
The baby weighed 2.8 kilograms (6.2 pounds) and still had his placenta attached to his body, reports said. His heart rate was low and there were grazes on his head and limbs, but he was largely unscathed, according to Zhejiang Online, the province's official news portal.

It was not immediately clear how the baby ended up in the toilet, but police said they were treating the case as an attempted homicide. The Pujiang county police bureau said on its official microblog account that the boy's mother has been located and that an investigation is ongoing, but gave no further details.
A duty officer at the Pujiang Public Security Bureau reached by phone late Tuesday said he had no information and that staffers involved in the investigation had left for the day.

On China's popular Twitter-like microblogs, some users expressed pity for the child and horror at his ordeal. Most bloggers speculated that the child had been abandoned and dumped by his parents down the toilet.
The landlord of the building in Pujiang county told Zhejiang News that it was unlikely the birth took place in the restroom because there was no evidence of blood and she was not aware of any recent pregnancies among her tenants.
The baby was stuck in an L-shaped portion of the sewage pipe with a diameter of about 10 centimeters (3 inches).

The video shows rescuers sawing off a section of the pipe along a ceiling that apparently was just below the restroom. The rescuers then rushed that section of pipe to a hospital, where firefighters and medics alternately used pliers and saws to rip apart the pipe and free the baby.  (See photo below)

Despites the offers to adopt Baby No. 59, a doctor at the hospital said the boy would be handed over to social services if his parents did not claim him, Zhejiang News said.

In China, reports of babies being abandoned are common and fuel public anger against a strict one-child policy that imposes huge fines on parents who violate the rules. The policy has been blamed as a factor causing parents to abandon unwanted children, though they are usually baby girls whose parents want sons due to a traditional preference for male heirs.

Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013

Mixed martial arts fighter Ray Elbe met his match outside the ring when his girlfriend "broke" his penis with an especially exuberant bounce.  Ray's girlfriend bounced too high and crushed Elbe's penis on the downstroke.  With blood spurting everywhere, Elbe was rushed to a hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery following extensive rehabilitation.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Woman Caught Double Dipping With Lover's Son

Man Sets Up Cameras In House To Find Ghosts, Instead Catches Girlfriend Having Sex With Son

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May 22, 2013

An Australian man who set up cameras in his house to catch paranormal activity got another scare, when he instead caught his 28-year-old girlfriend having sex with his 16-year-old son…on camera, according to the Mercury News.
After initially confronting his girlfriend about the October 2012 incident, she reportedly downplayed it.
However, the son would end up confessing to sex with her three times in the days before the recorded encounter.
After the Father notified police, though, the woman admitted to the affair, which apparently included hotel room encounters. The woman has been charged with five counts of sex with a minor.
According to the woman, she began having sex with her lover’s son after talking about driving lessons with him.
The Mercury News reports:
Crown Prosecutor Jackie Hartnett told the court in October last year the woman had gone to her stepson’s room to discuss his driving lessons.
Although the pair had previously had a strained relationship, tickling led to kissing and then to intercourse, the prosecutor said.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she thought the legal age of consent in Australia was 16 (it’s actually 17). She had been dating the boy’s father for the past 11 years and has a younger child with him.
She plead guilty at the Supreme Court of Tasmania Monday and will be sentenced next week. No word yet on whether the Father whooped his son’s-double dollar signs —  that’s a video we’d love to see!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Running For Cocaine in the Buff

  CRESTVIEW – A 21-year-old man who told officers he loved cocaine and needed more cocaine was arrested after he was caught running naked through an apartment complex.

On Feb. 24 the Crestview Police Department received numerous reports from Bel-Aire Apartments about a man running naked and yelling through the complex. At one point he tried to get into a car of a woman and her young child.

When lawmen arrived the man, now wearing pajama pants, leaped onto the hood of the patrol car and wouldn’t get down until ordered. He lay down on the grass nearby, where he made several comments about loving cocaine and needing more cocaine.

Then, he got up and tried to run away. When the officer ordered him to stop, he ran back toward the officer and dove head-first in a slide to the officer. The officer tried to handcuff him but he got away. The officer gave chase.

The man was Tased but when the charge ended, he tried to run away and received a second jolt from the Taser. At that point the man took off his pajama pants and was naked again.

“Statements from the defendant were not possible as he would only state he loved cocaine and needed more cocaine,” the officer wrote in the arrest report.

The man was charged with resisting an officer without violence. His court date is March 26.

Check Your Garage For Old Apples

Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000

May 25 2013 
BERLIN (AP) — An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers — a functioning 1976 model — has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000).
German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage.
Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world. Breker already sold one last year for 492,000 euros.
It says the computer bears Wozniak's signature. An old business transaction letter from the late Jobs also was included.
The Apple 1, which was sold for $666 in 1976, consisted of only the circuit board. A case, a keyboard and a screen had to be bought separately.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thongs Are Acceptable Riding Apparel

Police: 'Thong Cape Scooter Man' not breaking law

May 24 2013 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who wears thong underwear and a cape while riding his scooter through Wisconsin's capital city may be a strange sight. But police say he isn't breaking any laws.
Earlier this month, staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Madison called authorities after the man rode by in his unmentionables while students were walking to a bus.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin State Journal ( ) that a sergeant had a chat with the person police call Thong Cape Scooter Man. He admitted he used poor judgment in going past the school but said he did it unintentionally.
The city attorney told police the man broke no laws.

So it seems Thong Cape Scooter Man is free to ride on, with his girlfriend if he chooses

Man Pisses Away Freedom

Fugitive in LA attempted-murder case nabbed in Colo.

May 23 2013 
TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man wanted for 13 years on attempted murder charges in Los Angeles was captured in Colorado after someone called police to report he was urinating on a wall outside a KFC restaurant.

Miguel Sanchez, 59, initially gave officers a false name when he was arrested Wednesday, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. After he was fingerprinted, police discovered his identity and that he had a $2 million warrant in California.

"Kentucky Fried Chicken called and said he was peeing on the wall," said Colorado Springs police Lt. Dan Lofgren. "On the run for 13 years, and then they get caught for being stupid."

Sanchez is accused of stabbing someone multiple times after an argument in 2000, then stabbing a
second person before running away.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said the crime was classified as domestic violence, and that one victim was male and the other female. He declined to provide more details.

Prosecutors filed four felony charges against Sanchez in 2000: two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated mayhem and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
Gonzalez said LAPD officers were working on extraditing Sanchez from Colorado.

Colorado authorities want to hold the man for indecent exposure but will have to wait for the attempted murder charges in California to be prosecuted and any jail terms to be served.

In Denial?

Actress Bynes charged in NYC in bong toss

May 24 2013 

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Amanda Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment after police say she heaved a marijuana bong out of an apartment window in New York City.

She appeared in Manhattan court Friday wearing sweats and a long, disheveled blonde wig.
The incident happened at her apartment building on West 47th Street at about 7:40 p.m. Thursday.
Police say a building official called police to complain that Bynes was smoking marijuana and rolling a joint in the building's lobby.

The officers went to Bynes' apartment where they saw heavy smoke and a bong, which Bynes then threw out the window in front of officers.

Her attorney says she absolutely denies the incident.

                        Bynes L.A. mugshot

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Female Police Officer Sued for Sex Harassment of Male Officers

Missoula detective accuses female officer of groping him and 2nd male coworker

May 22, 2013 8:44 am  • 

MISSOULA — A Missoula police officer who’s suing the department’s highest-ranking woman for sexual harassment has filed new court papers saying she also grabbed another officer’s butt.
Chris Shermer, who claims Lt. Sandy Kosena groped his rear end, filed a motion last week that includes an affidavit from former Missoula Police Officer Donald M. Strine, saying that “on several occasions, Sandy Kosena would pass me by and grab my buttocks.”

Kosena acknowledges in court papers that she “smacked” Shermer’s rear, but that it was a continuation of the horseplay that began earlier in the day when Shermer flipped her off. Her attorney, Brendon Rohan of Poore, Roth & Robinson in Butte, refused comment on the new allegations.
In December, the state Human Rights Bureau ruled that the incident with Kosena and Shermer did not constitute discrimination against Shermer, and dismissed the separate case he filed with that agency.
Strine is now a justice of the peace in Sanders County, but worked at the Missoula Police Department, first as a patrolman and then a training coordinator, for 24 years. His affidavit states that Kosena grabbed his rear both while he was on patrol, and when he was leaning against a chest-high reception desk in the department.

Shermer’s suit, filed in March, said he was near the reception desk on April 30, 2012, when Kosena “grabbed him on the left buttock with her left hand, placed her pinkie finger in between Chris Shermer’s buttocks, leaned in very close to his back and then whispered a sexual innuendo in his ear.”
The innuendo, he said, “was something to the effect that she wasn’t interested in my proposal.”
In her deposition taken last month, Kosena said that was part of a “joking” exchange that began with Shermer giving her and another officer the finger in public earlier that day. She said that when they returned to the office, she saw Shermer by the reception desk “and I commented to him, neither one of us were interested, and I smacked him on the butt and went on my way. … I had no belief that it was going to be offensive to him,” she said under questioning by Cory Gangle, Shermer’s attorney.
Gangle did not return a telephone call for comment.

In his motion, Shermer said he saw the other officer downtown that day, but did not see Kosena with him. In any event, he contends, he merely scratched his bicep with his middle finger.
Kosena’s later conduct “was completely unwanted, unwelcomed and unwarranted behavior,” according to the court papers filed by Shermer, who investigates Intenet sex crimes.
Although Shermer’s motion alleges other male officers had been “assaulted” by Kosena, the only one named is Strine.

Shermer’s suit originally named other officers and the police department itself; he seeks to amend it to focus only on Kosena and the city of Missoula. No ruling has been made on that change.
However, the response, filed in March, from the police department and Chief Mark Muir to Shermer’s suit contended that Shermer’s “action of flipping his middle finger at or in the direction of defendant Kosena was effective consent to her conduct.”

The city and Kosena seek dismissal of the charges. Natasha Jones of Boone Karlberg, representing the city, said that request is pending.
Shermer seeks actual and punitive damages, as well as attorney’s fees.

Israeli Cop Attacked By Frenzied Women

May 21, 2013

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket, Or...?

A police officer called out to quiet down a women-only party in Jerusalem, Israel, was warmly welcomed when she knocked on their door. As soon as she stepped inside, one of the women “took off my shirt and untied my shoelaces,” the officer says, and then “started stroking me and called on her friends to join in.” The women stopped only when a second officer arrived and “extricated” her. After sorting things out, the officers discovered “The women had ordered a stripper dressed as a police officer,” a national police spokesman said, and assumed the officer was the call girl. No arrests were reported. (Reuters) ...But she did get several phone calls from women attending the party.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Tiger's basketball-sized, four pound hairball removed by surgeons

May 22 2013 

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn't hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself.
The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure Wednesday at a veterinary center in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 4-pound obstruction from Ty's stomach.

The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks. Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera.

Vernon Yates, whose nonprofit group regularly assists law enforcement agencies with seized animals, says he's thankful the hairball was removed and Ty is doing well.
Not the actual tiger.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Debugging Thailand

Thailand urged to explore edible insect market

May 21 2013 

BANGKOK (AP) — Researchers say Thailand is showing the world how to respond to the global food crisis: by raising bugs for eating.
The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization released a study and handbook Tuesday on what they call 'six-legged livestock' — edible bugs and worms that can help meet global food demand that is expected to grow 60 percent by 2050. The agency says they provide a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
The study was conducted in Thailand, where insects including crickets, grasshoppers and bamboo worms have long been a part of diets, especially in rural areas.
Entomologist Yupa Hanboonsong says about 200 insect species are eaten in Thailand. Cricket farming alone is already a $30 million industry there, but only a few other species have been commercially marketed.

Penis Biting: It's Becoming an Epidemic

                Florida Woman, Accused Of Biting Boyfriend's Penis After He Refused To Have Sex

Krystle Harrison, 19, of Bradenton, Fla., is accused of biting her boyfriend's penis after he refused to have sex with her on Wednesday.

The victim rebuffed Harrison's advances several times before she allegedly grabbed him and chomped on his manhood, according to a Manatee Sheriff's Office arrest report.
Harrison also allegedly slapped and spit in her boyfriend's "facial area" according to the report.
Harrison is charged with domestic battery.
Her boyfriend refused medical treatment for his injuries, the report said.

Montana Man Aims Knife in Wrong Direction

May 21,2013

Intoxicated transient stabs self in Billings

Police in Billings, Montana say an intoxicated transient stabbed himself in the chest several times in front of law enforcement officers trying to take him into custody after officers with the U.S. Marshals Service removed him from the federal courthouse.

Police Chief Rich St. John says deputies with the Marshals Service called police because they believed the man might need to go to the Community Crisis Center.

Once outside, the man waved a
knife at deputies, who drew their guns.
A police officer twice deployed a stun gun to shock the man, but the probes didn't go through his coat. St. John says the man then stabbed himself in the chest five times. He was taken to a Billings hospital.  It was not known if his wounds were life threatening.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Longest Ride

May 20, 2013
CHICAGO  — A manager of Chicago's Navy Pier rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel for more than two days, bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite.
Clinton Shepherd spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds riding Navy Pier's Ferris wheel over the weekend. Shepherd is park operations manager at Navy Pier.  It was not clear who was managing park operations over the weekend whilst Shepherd was spinning.  Nor was it clear whether Shepherd was paid during the period of his frolic on the Ferris wheel.
He calls it "a very overwhelming experience," made easier by the support of friends, family and the city of Chicago.
Guinness World Records allowed him to have one five-minute break each hour. He played hours of videogames to stay awake during the ride, and watched James Bond and Batman movies. Supporters followed him on Twitter.
The first Ferris wheel was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition.  It was nothing like the one shown here.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Eyeoch, Chinese Man Cuts Off Own Genitals With Scissors

May 19, 2013

The next time he fights with his girlfriend, he'll be less cocky.

A drunk man in Jilong, Taiwan reportedly used scissors to cut off his own penis and testicles during an argument with his girlfriend, according to Chinese newspaper Kwong Wah Yit Poh, as translated by The Toronto Star Online.

The 46-year-old, whose name has not been released, reportedly flushed his love muscle down the toilet before his girlfriend rushed him to the hospital. By the time he got there, he had fallen into a coma due to blood loss, according to Rocket News 24's translation of the Japanese-language website Big Globe News.

Doctors said that had the man not flushed his penis, they likely would have been able to reattach it, according to Big Globe News.

With only 1.2 inches of manhood left, the man is reportedly still able to urinate. He has reportedly emerged from his coma and is expected to recover.

Is this story too bizarre to be believed?
It's not the first time a man intentionally dismembered his member. In June 2012, a California man cut off his penis with an exacto knife.  The photos depicted above demonstrate the relative frequency of this bizarre procedure.

Blow Jobs Recommended by Calif. Doctor

California Doctor Suggests Patient Have Oral Sex With Husband To Treat Gag Reflex »

May 17, 2013

Dr. Deep Throat, I presume? J. Peter Zegarra, a California doctor, has been publicaly reprimanded by the state's medical board after he told a patient to practice oral sex on her husband. The patient had expressed concerns her gag reflex would interfere with an upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy, according to CBS affiliate KOVR. The patient, an unidentified woman, complained that the Sacramento-based colo-rectal surgeon told her to practice oral sex on her husband "twice a week" prior to the procedure ...

How About a Nice Semen Hair Rinse? A Facial?

May 19, 2013

Jared Weston Walter, 26, is accused of masturbating and ejaculating on the heads of TriMet bus passengers in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported.
Walter allegedly gave a female passenger the special protein treatment at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, and authorities believe he did the same thing to at least two other women over the past three weeks.
"At the time of those first two reports, the victims were unsure as to what had transpired, and the seriousness of the offense was not understood," wrote Sgt. Pete Simpson in a statement obtained by The Oregonian.

Walter has become known as the "TriMet barber" because in 2010, he was convicted of cutting off the hair of random bus passengers and spreading super glue on their heads. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison and two years of parole, according to KATU, and was just recently paroled.
Now he's facing charges of sex abuse, harassment, disorderly conduct, public indecency and interfering with public transportation. According to KGW, he pleaded not guilty and will return to court in June.

In 2010, Walter's mother told KATU that her son had been difficult to handle growing up, but she was unaware of him having an obsession with women's hair.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Immaculate Conception?

Birth of anteater has Conn. zoo staff puzzled

May 17 2013
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.
Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time ( ) they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun.
They feared that male, Alf, would kill another baby in the pen.
That left the mother Armani, and the young female, Alice, in the enclosure.
But little Archie was born in April anyway.
Marcella Leone, founder and director of the conservation center, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilized eggs remain dormant in the uterus for a period of time.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Funeral home offers bicycle hearse for die hard bikers

May 17 2013 
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon funeral home in Eugene offers natural burials where the ride to the person's final resting place is on the back of a three-wheeled bicycle.
Sunset Hills Cemetery and Funeral Home director Wade Lind says he got the idea from bikers and designed the pedal-powered hearse himself. It has an electric motor to give him a little help hauling the casket.
KVAL reports ( ) Lind has bicycled five bodies so far and there's a waiting list for the service. The ride and a bamboo casket that looks like a basket costs about $3,500.

Venezuela Virtually "Wiped Out"

Why Is Venezuela running out of toilet paper?

The government has announced an emergency toilet paper run for 50 million rolls
Venezuelans are scrounging around for toilet paper, some turning to discarded newspapers  and magazines.  Stores throughout the country have run out, and when they are in stock the rolls fly off the shelves.

"This is the last straw," Manuel Fagundes told The Associated Press as he hunted for toilet paper in downtown Caracas. "I'm 71 years old and this is the first time I've seen this."

The problem is so bad that the Venezuelan government says it will import 50 million rolls to help alleviate the shortage.

Why is Venezuela running low on toilet paper?

The government is blaming the media. "There is no deficiency in production, but an excessive demand generating purchases by a nervous population because of a media campaign that has been created to undermine the country," Venezuelan Minister of Commerce Alejandro Fleming said on state-run AVN News. Fleming said that importing 50 million rolls will help the country meet its average monthly usage of 125 million rolls.

Outside economists, like Johns Hopkins professor Steve Hanke, are blaming the government's economic policies:

State-controlled prices — prices that are set below market-clearing price — always result in shortages. The shortage problem will only get worse, as it did over the years in the Soviet Union. [AP]
Venezuela also has tight controls on foreign currency, which makes it hard for companies to import raw materials and equipment, slowing down production of a wide range of goods, according to the AP.
Right now, the scarcity index in Venezuela is at 21 percent — meaning that out of 100 basic goods, 21 of them aren't available on store shelves. Lines for commodities like milk, sugar, cooking oil, corn flour used to make arepas, and, yes, toilet paper, can often stretch down the block.

The flip-side of state-controlled prices, writes the BBC's Irene Caselli, is that poor Venezuelans can afford foods that they couldn't before. A kilogram of pasta costs 30 cents at government-run supermarkets. At private markets, it costs 10 times as much.

That has led to a drop in the number of Venezuelans who are undernourished, to less than 5 percent today, from 15 percent in 1999, according to the BBC.

"There are always queues, but we need to be patient," Raul Espana, a 63-year-old retiree, told the BBC. "Before, we couldn't eat a complete diet. Now we can afford everything."

Out of the sand and onto the ice

Alaska man runs onto frozen lake to avoid jail

May 16 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a young man who didn't want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.
Police spokeswoman Dani Myren says officers were sufficiently concerned about the thickness of the ice covering Cheney lake that none of them wanted to venture onto it. So a standoff ensued.

KTUU-TV reports ( ) that police negotiators and Fire Department dive teams were staging on the lakeshore when the young man finally surrendered late Thursday afternoon.
Myren says officers went to a home earlier in the afternoon to serve 19-year-old Siaosi Sila with a warrant alleging failure to comply with probation conditions. The spokeswoman says Sila saw police as he approached the home in a vehicle, bailed out and headed for the lake.
It wasn't immediately clear why he was on probation.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Man Fleeing Arrest Tries To Swim Across Columbia River

Ore. crook begs to be rescued from river

Published - May 16 2013 
IRRIGON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Eastern Oregon say a fleeing man tried to use a backstroke to get across the Columbia River but, exhausted, said he couldn't swim and pleaded with officers to retrieve him. They did.
Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack told the East Oregonian ( officers chased a stolen car Wednesday that went through two fences and a gate near Irrigon. It scraped up a steel pole that caused sparks and two brush fires.
After the car got stuck, the driver fled on foot and went into the Columbia.
Matlack says the man briefly tried to cross the river and then said he was tired and asked officers not to leave. They waded into chest-deep water to arrest him.
Deputies booked 20-year-old Zachary Lawrence Bartz on vehicle theft and other charges.

Fighting Reality

Hipster glasses banned at Brooklyn school

Jewish Orthodox school bans thick, black framed glasses to avoid ‘modernism’

May 15 2013 Hispter glasses

A Jewish Orthodox school in Brooklyn has banned students from wearing so-called “hipster” glasses.
The glasses, defined by their thick frames and solid colors, are being banned in an effort by the school to shy away from “new modernism.”

In a letter to parents, Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion wrote, “We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses. What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism.”

The letter, written in Yiddish. was obtained by the New York Post. 

The school is for grades fourth through high school – plus older rabbinical students.

“The good deed that accompanied the Jews in Egypt was that they didn’t change their names and clothes, and this same strength is still accompanying us and maintaining us in exile -- generations,” the letter reads.