It’s a crazy world we live in

So there have been some weird reports of things going on lately.  I don’t understand how this kind of stuff gets more air time than the TWO WARS that we are currently participating in, but hey I don’t write the news I just convey the wacko stuff to the general public.

One note: I think I can oh so easily go overboard.  So here’s my new self-imposed rule: No more than ten news items at a time.  So here we go!  Wacko news items and then a few interesting articles that I found recently as well.

  • You know anytime I see anything with the Muppets I have to pass it along.  So here is the obligatory posting. Did you ever wonder where your favorite characters come from? This article reveals it all.  Who knew that Animal was based on Keith Moon.  Well, maybe.  Then again, who cares.  They’re just so much fun.  Here‘s another video of Sam the Eagle trying to be patriotic with backup support.  Watching Animal say na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na-na-na-na cracked me up.
  • Wal-Mart is taking over America.  Well, all but the southeastern part of Oregon.  Here is video proof.
  • We are all inundated with emails from friends and coworkers that perpetuates the glurge.  Stories about perfume sellers approaching women in parking lots, how dialing 511 on your phone doesn’t work/does work, depending on the location, miscellany about political persona, and then the stuff that seems truly fantastical.  As a word of advice, go to snopes.com–the folks over there do a great job at researching all this stuff and letting you know what’s true what’s not.  Which is why this one surprised me.  We all know that China has some weird practices–the food, the culture, etc.  So what could be wrong with simple hairbands?? Well, for starters, instead of using an elastic band for the core the manufacturer used condoms.  Here’s the kicker: there is evidently some sort of discussion as to if it uses used condoms, which could possible spread STDs, or if they are manufacturer rejects that were never used for their intended purpose.  Kinda gross, gotta say.  I use all sorts of things in my hair, but condoms are something that I’ve never considered.  Can’t even begin to imagine the grossness and amount of shampoo necessary if they are lubricated ones, at that.
  • Italy must pay over $150,000 (US) in damages to Danilo Giuffrida for discrimination.  Evidently when he was taking his military physical he said he was gay.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.  They passed the info over to the transportation ministry who said he had to retake his drivers test or possibly have it withdrawn due to “sexual identity disturbance”.  Uh, okay.  Whatever.  So Danilo took the test.  Passed the test.  And then only had it renewed for one year instead of the customary ten.  I mean, come on!  I have several gay friends, and not one of them has problems driving as a result of their sexual orientation.  I have wondered if I should question the sexuality of one person in particular as he is very prone to wearing flannel and we make fun of him, but that is nothing.  This story is absolutely absurd.
  • Speaking of the word “Gay”, here‘s an example of an autocorrect feature gone wrong.  Tyson Gay is one of the fastest men on earth right now.  But the Christian based American Family Association has a system that automatically changes the word “Gay” to “Homosexual”.  So, bless, his heart, the article headline read that “Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials,” and the story began, “Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.”  To quote John Ryan, “It was later fixed. The Enola Gay, the Gay Nineties and Zorro the Gay Blade could not be reached for comment.”
  • Can’t resist:  “Two bits, four bits, six bits a peso!  All those for Zorro, stand up and say so!”  Hee.  Love that movie!
  • First Russia drops cement on its citizens.  Now concert goers in Moscow are experiencing blindness.  Evidently an outdoor party that had a laser made the msitake of getting alaser that was much too powerful and burned the retinas of its attendees.  Maybe my wish of visiting this place should be accompanied with body armor?
  • So I talk a lot.  People know this.  I have never reached the point that this German woman attained.  Evidently while visiting a friend she talked for 30 hours non-stop, and after repeated attempts to get her to leave and/or to shut up, the friend called the police to come and take her away.  This, of course, was after she had called the paramedics who, after examining the chatterbox, determined that there was nothing physically wrong with her so they wouldn’t remove her from the premises.
  • Two Icelandic septagenarians that had once been fast friends but fell out over money were separated by police after they reconnected at a local store–and tried to run each other over with their motorized scooters.  One was arrested, the other was just warned.  It’s a new sport for the senior olympics–bumper scooters!

That’s all for tonight, I’ll have some more for tomorrow!!!

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