A very pretty young speech therapist was getting absolutely nowhere with her Stammer’s Action Group.She had tried every technique in the book, but still they stammered and stuttered.
Finally, totally exasperated, she said: "If any of you can tell me where you were born, without stuttering, I will have wild and passionate sex with you until your muscles ache and your eyes water."
The Englishman immediately piped up: "B-b-b-b-b-b-b-irmingham", he said.
"That's no use, Trevor" said the speech therapist, "Who's next?"
The Scotsman raised his hand and blurted out: "G-g-g-g-g-g-gl-lasgow".
“That's no better either, Hamish. Now, how about you, Paddy?”
The Irishman took a deep breath, counted to 5 and eventually blurted out: “ London ".
“Brilliant, Paddy!” said the speech therapist and immediately set about living up to her promise. After 15 minutes of exceptionally steamy sex, the couple paused for breath and Paddy said:
Wi-Fi Doctor Turns Up on Fox & Friends
May 22, 2015
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, you know, as sure as I called it, I'm telling you, remember the story we had yesterday on the Wi-Fi? A supposed doctor -- he's a doctor of environmental science -- has released his results from surveys or research or whatever that 5% of the population is susceptible to Wi-Fi sickness. And if you were here yesterday I spent a little bit of time on this 'cause I saw it was a lead item on Drudge, and I said, "I know what that means. Here we go."
A totally manufactured new illness to create panic and crisis about technology, about progress, about advancing Wi-Fi sickness, Wi-Fi waves. And the only reason anybody would fall for that is if they have a large degree of ignorance about all of the different frequency waves that we are being bombarded with every day.
Well, just as I called it, that guy was on Fox & Friends today. I knew it. He's gonna be a lot of places besides Fox & Friends in coming months, coming days. He's behind this fearmongering. He was on Fox & Friends and they took him seriously. Oh, it was deadly serious. Oh, and it was, thank God, doctor, you have discovered this. This could help a lot of people. They just totally fell for it.
And Fox & Friends are my friends. They're gonna get mad at me for ripping them, but I'm not gonna name 'em. I'm just gonna tell you that it's -- I don't even really blame 'em. It's the way this stuff happens. It's no different than those clowns at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a couple of anorexic, near skeletal human beings with a fax machine and a logo.
They start sending you faxes that coconut oil will kill you, that all the MSG in Chinese food will kill you, and they become accepted experts on everything you eat or drink. And they're nothing but a bunch of miserable, angry, malcontent, anorexic leftists who are not content to be freaks on their own.
They want everybody else to join them in their freakiness. And like everything else on the left they want to take what they are, define it as normal, and make everybody conform. They're just not content. "Okay, if you don't like coconut oil, don't eat it, leave me alone."
"Oh, no, I'm not leaving you alone, pal. You're gonna stop eating it since I've stopped eating it. I know better than you do. You don't know for yourself. I'm gonna fix you. I'm gonna save you."
And the media just jumped right in it, and whatever that idiotic group says is gospel. Now, here comes the Wi-Fi sickness guy, and it's all starting again, same thing. There are more scientists that claim this is bunk. There's one guy out there talking about Wi-Fi wave sickness and a bunch of other scientists correctly identify it as a psychological, pseudopsychological, neuropsychological, whatever, problem. And it affects 5% of the population. Why, that means we've gotta have the other 95% stop doing what they're doing. And there it was.
So it's got legitimacy now. Fox & Friends treated it seriously. "Thank you, doctor, thank you for saving us," blah, blah, blah. We put together a little PSA. We want to get in on this. It's clear what you have to do in situations like this. Here is our contribution.
(playing of spoof)
RUSH: See, anybody can get in this game. Now we've upped the ante. You can cancel out Wi-Fi poisoning by having a gluten-free diet. That's our contribution to this. And notice how we cleverly portray Wi-Fi sickness. Google searches and e-mails going through your body. The next thing that's gonna happen with Wi-Fi sickness, since that's what it is, I mean, Wi-Fi is carrying digital data, somebody is gonna wake up in the middle of the night claiming to have just received the nuclear launch codes that have been transmitted via Wi-Fi or some such thing as that. And the incidence of Wi-Fi sickness is gonna be noted as getting worse.
Now there are people able to translate the data within their brains, that's how powerful these waves are. And, meanwhile, the 95% unaffected by it or the 99%, are just gonna sit by, idly by, and let all this stuff happen. Just like they have with the Center for Science in the Public Interest on food and how they've sat idly by and let the cars they love come under assault and attack. So you mark my words.
"I changed my car horn from a honk to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now."
A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas , walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, "You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."
The cowboy replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona , the other is in Colorado . When we all left our home in Texas , we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."
The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
"Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking."
"Hasn't affected my brothers though."
Crash on interstate caused by trucker pulling his tooth
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth.
The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa. The crash report states: "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof."
The tractor-trailer veered off I-20 into a ditch late Sunday and smashed into a tree. The crash shut down a stretch of interstate for about 11 hours until a single lane reopened Monday morning.
Authorities say the 57-year-old driver wasn't seriously hurt. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1Lq0gjx) the Highway Patrol redacted the driver's name from its copy of the crash report released to reporters.
Hoax ad has people microwaving their new iPhones
An Internet hoax convinced some people their new iPhone 6 could be charged in the microwave.
Now pictures of burnt phones and exploding microwaves are showing up on social media.
People will believe anything, click on the link above
Student expelled for casting a spell
An Oklahoma high school suspended a 15-year-old student after accusing her of casting a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick, lawyers for the student said on Friday.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on behalf of student Brandi Blackbear, charging that the assistant principal of Union Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, suspended her for 15 days last December for supposedly casting a spell.
The suit also charged the Tulsa-area Union Public Schools with repeatedly violating Blackbear's civil rights by seizing notebooks she used to write horror stories and barring her from drawing or wearing signs of the pagan religion Wicca.
"It's hard for me to believe that in the year 2000 I am walking into court to defend my daughter against charges of witchcraft brought by her own school," said Timothy Blackbear, Brandi's father.
Joann Bell, executive director of the ACLU's Oklahoma chapter, said the "outlandish accusations" had made Blackbear's life at school unbearable.
"I, for one, would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell," Bell said.
A lawyer for the school district declined to comment.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, alleges that Blackbear was summoned to the office of assistant principal Charlie Bushyhead last December after a teacher fell ill, and was questioned about her interest in Wicca.
According to the lawsuit, Brandi Blackbear had read a library book about Wicca beliefs and, under aggressive interrogation by Bushyhead, said she might be a Wiccan. In fact, Blackbear is a Roman Catholic, according to the newspaper Tulsa World.
"The interview culminated with Defendant Bushyhead accusing Plaintiff, Brandi Blackbear, of casting spells causing (a teacher at the school) ... to be sick and to be hospitalized," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit stated that because of the "unknown cause" of the teacher's illness, Bushyhead advised the 15-year-old girl "that she was an immediate threat to the school and summarily suspended her for what he arbitrarily determined to be a disruption of the education process."
NM driver drove drunk while having sex
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.
The Albuquerque Journal reports 25-year-old Luis Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque.
Police say Briones' female passenger was found naked outside the SUV after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head.
Authorities allege Briones tried to drive away after the crash and leave his passenger behind, but a witness grabbed his keys from the ignition. He also allegedly tried to hide from responding officers behind a cactus.
Briones is charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving and evading police.
No attorney was listed for him.
Great stuff... I never heard of any interference like that. TY!
Birds try to intervene between two fighting cats
Man buys toy poodles, discovers they’re actually ferrets on steroids
An Argentine man who thought he bought a pair of poodles at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires brought them home to the vet only to be told they were actually ferrets on steroids, reports the Daily Mail.
The man, a retiree from Catamarca, purchased the animals at La Salada, Argentina's largest bazaar.
The veterinarian informed him the ferrets "had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle," the paper says, translating a report from a local Argentine TV station. He paid $150 per poodle.
Another woman interviewed by the station said she was tricked into thinking she had purchased a chihuahua at the same market.
It's unclear what the duped pet owners did with their faux poodles. But if you're thinking about buying a poodle at an Argentine market, the Daily Mail has a handy guide on how to tell whether the pooch you're purchasing is actually a ferret:
• Ferrets typically have brown, white or mixed fur and are around 51 cm in length—which includes a 13 cm tail.
• They weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
• When happy, ferrets may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance—which is characterized by a series of hops and frenzied attempts to bump into things.
• This is often accompanied by a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset, ferrets make a hissing noise.
• Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and are around 25 cm tall and weigh around nine pounds.
• If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show as a toy poodle.
• Toy poodles have been known to live as long as 20 years.
• Toy poodles are described as sweet, cheerful, perky and lively, and they love to be around people.
Punxsutawney Phil 'indicted' over spring forecast
CINCINNATI (AP) — Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might want to go back into hibernation.
Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" of the furry rodent, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his western Pennsylvania lair on Feb. 2.
"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," Mike Gmoser, the prosecutor in southwestern Ohio's Butler County, wrote in an official-looking indictment.
Gmoser wrote that Punxsutawney Phil is charged with misrepresentation of spring, which constitutes a felony "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio."
The penalty Phil faces? Gmoser says — tongue firmly in cheek — is death.
Punxsutawney Phil does not have a listed phone number.
Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney club that organizes Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight any extradition attempt by Ohio authorities.
Deeley defended his fur-bearing associate and said the death penalty was "very harsh" given the nature of the allegations.
"We'll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap," Deeley said.
The vitriolic backlash on social media to Phil's dead-wrong prognostication has not gone unnoticed in and around Gobbler's Knob, Deeley said, and special security precautions were in place.
"Right next to where Phil stays is the police station," he said. "They've been notified and they said they will keep watching their monitors."
Winter has been dragging on in the Buckeye State and surrounding areas, with daily high temperatures this week hovering in the mid-30s and no end in sight for about 10 days, said Don Hughes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.
A storm moving into the region Sunday could bring between 4 and 8 inches of snow, he said.
"It's taking too long," Hughes said, adding that he's hearing plenty of complaints from colleagues and neighbors about the late spring. "Most people I've talked to say they've had enough. They want spring. They're looking for colors and sunshine and Easter lilies."
The frigid temperatures and snow might be particularly hard to swallow after last spring, when the U.S. saw the warmest March in recorded history. Highs in the Cincinnati area, for instance, were well into the 80s.
Hughes said this spring isn't nearly the coldest on record but that the area is about 5 degrees below normal.
Gmoser's indictment made no mention of a possible co-conspirator in the false prediction of early spring, Ohio's own forecasting groundhog, Buckeye Chuck.
Chuck also failed to see his shadow when he emerged from his burrow on Feb. 2 in Marion in north-central Ohio.
Applebee’s waitress asks patron for ID, gets own stolen driver’s license in return
Imagine you're a waitress, out with friends on a night off, when you lose your wallet. Cash, credit cards, driver's license—all gone. Your bank later informs you that checks are being issued in your name.
It's a pain, but you carry on. Two weeks later, you're at work when four people walk in and sit in your section. They start ordering drinks. You ask to see their IDs. A woman in the group hands a driver's license to you. You look down, and it's yours.
That is precisely what police in Colorado say happened to Brianna Priddy, a server at a Lakewood Applebee's.
Priddy, though, didn't panic.
"I handed it back to her and said, 'Sure, I'll be right back with your margarita,'" she told Denver's NBC affiliate.
Priddy called the police, and tried to act normal while waiting for them to arrive.
"I put on my server smile and tried to take care of them, but I was shaking like crazy," she said.
[Related: Applebee’s fires waitress who posted receipt from pastor]
When police arrived, the woman, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of theft, identity theft and criminal impersonation. Police also found narcotics in her possession.
"Dumb criminal," Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis told Denver's 9NEWS. "That's the first thing that comes to mind."
Even dumber: the suspect is 26, Davis said.
Watch a local television interview with Priddy below:
Hot coffee stops robbery at Dunkin Donuts
(NBC NEWS) -- When a man tried to rob a Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts on Saturday night, an employee acted quickly and stopped him with the closest weapon available -- hot coffee.
The attempted robbery happened at a West Haven store at 11:06 p.m., when a man pulled up to the drive-through and asked the clerk for change for a $100 bill, according to Sgt. David Tammaro, of the West Haven Police Department.
When the clerk refused to make the change, the man said this was a robbery and tried to climb through the drive-through window, police said.
That is when the clerk threw hot coffee in man's face, police said.
The man fled the area in a newer model white Ford Explorer without stealing anything, according to a news release from police.
Want to get paid $100,000 to take a "working holiday"?
(ABC NEWS) -- Want to get paid $100,000 to take a "working holiday" Down Under? Then does Australia ever have a deal for you!
Tourism Australia today announced a competition called "Best Jobs In The World," in which six winners will each get a six-month job. The positions range from park ranger to lifestyle photographer, wildlife caretaker to Outback adventurer. Each job comes with a salary package worth $100,000 Australian ($101,000 USD) including living costs.
The campaign targets travelers aged 18 and 30, but anyone of any age and from any country can apply, either through Facebook or a dedicated Best Jobs website. The application deadline is April 9, 2013 in the U.S. (April 10 in Australia). Winners will be announced in mid-June, and all six jobs start August 1.
Jane Whitehead, vice president for the Americas of Tourism Australia, tells ABC News the jobs are meant to appeal to youth travelers' sense of fun and adventure and to young job-seekers looking to add international work experience to their resumes, as a way to enhance career prospects back home.
Youth tourism, Whitehead says, already accounts for 26 percent of all international arrivals in Australia, under the country's existing "working holiday" visa program. People eligible for the visa can stay 12 months in Australia, provided they work for six months or less. Though such workers last year contributed $2.5 billion (Australian) to her nation's economy, Whitehead thinks the future contribution could be far higher.
She cites studies done by America Wave, a company that surveys Americans on their willingness to relocate overseas. Its most recent survey finds that between 2007 and 2011 the number of Americans aged 18 to 24 who want to move overseas shot from 12 percent to 40 percent.
Young Americans' interest in working in Australia Whitehead attributes in part to the strength of the nation's economy: Provided a job seeker can obtain the necessary visas, he or she may find it easier to find a temporary job as a waiter or a laborer in Australia than in the U.S. Australia right now is looking to fill 36,000 international employment positions in a variety of industries, says Whitehead.
A former Australian Tourism Commission member acknowledges not all of those are what a young traveler might consider a dream job. Don Morris was quoted in a Cairns Post story about the working holiday program as saying that young foreigners are being recruited "to do the 1001 jobs that young Aussies don't want to do." Without South Korean students to pick bananas, he said, "there'd be no fruit in the bowl at home."
The paper reports that Britain, South Korea, Ireland, France and Germany top the list of countries whose young apply for working holiday visas.
Of the six "Best Jobs" created by the new competition, the most enjoyable may be "Chief Funster" for state of New South Wales. Reads the description: "You will assist to promote events all over the state including food festivals, lifestyle, sports, cultural, entertainment and arts events. Work behind the scenes of Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and Vivid Festival, all leading up to the spectacular New Years' Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour."
Another of the six jobs-"Taste Master" for Western Australia-requires someone willing to sample and help promote that state's fresh produce, gourmet cuisine, world-class vineyards and quality micro-breweries and lobster-eateries.
Australia is not alone in offering a working holiday visa program. Travel experts say similar programs exist in at least 34 other nations-though not in the U.S. Because the U.S. does not participate, most countries that have programs exclude Americans. Exceptions include Australia.
Britain finds horsemeat in school meals, hospitals
LONDON (AP) — Tests have found horsemeat in school meals, hospital food and restaurant dishes in Britain, officials said Friday, as the scandal over adulterated meat spread beyond frozen supermarket products.
Results were coming in after U.K. food safety officials ordered supermarkets and suppliers to test all processed meals labeled as beef for traces of horsemeat.
Whitbread PLC, Britain’s largest hotel and restaurant company, said horse DNA had been found in lasagna and burgers on its menus. The company, whose outlets include Premier Inn hotels and the Brewers Fayre and Beefeater Grill restaurant chains, said it was ‘‘shocked and disappointed at this failure of the processed meat supply chain.’’
Officials also said horsemeat was present in cottage pies delivered to 47 schools in Lancashire county, northern England, and in hospital meals in Northern Ireland. David Bingham, of the health service’s Business Services Organization, said the hospital meals, from a supplier in the Republic of Ireland, had been withdrawn.
Several British supermarket chains, including Morrisons and Tesco, said Friday that tests on their products had so far been negative for horsemeat.
Duncan Campbell, a senior British food inspector, said the results would give a snapshot of the extent of the horsemeat contamination, which already has seen products pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe. But, he told the BBC, ‘‘I think there will be still more discoveries to be made.’’
‘‘The more people have looked for horsemeat, the more products have been found containing it. I don’t think we have got to the bottom of it yet,’’ he said.
The scandal, which erupted after Irish authorities found traces of horse DNA in frozen burgers last month, has grown to take in companies and countries across Europe.
NorgesGruppen, Norway’s largest grocery retailer, said Friday that horsemeat has also been confirmed in frozen lasagna sold in its stores.
The escalating crisis has raised questions about food controls in the 27-nation European Union — and highlighted how little consumers know about the complex trading operations that get food from producers to wholesalers to processers to stores and onto dinner tables.
Europol, the European Union police agency, is coordinating a continent-wide fraud investigation amid allegations of an international criminal conspiracy to substitute horse for more expensive beef.
French Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon said Thursday that it appeared fraudulent meat sales over several months reached across 13 countries and 28 companies. He identified French meat wholesaler Spanghero as a major culprit.
The company denied wrongdoing.
Spanghero chief Barthelemy Aguerre told RTL radio Friday that his company in southern France did receive a lot of horsemeat along with beef in its shipments ‘‘and we didn’t touch’’ it. He did not provide details or specify whether he reported the horsemeat delivery, saying only, ‘‘I will prove my innocence.’’
Hamon said Spanghero was one company in a food production chain that started with two Romanian slaughterhouses, which say they clearly labeled their meat as horse.
The meat was then bought by a Cyprus-registered trader and sent to a warehouse in the Netherlands.
Spanghero bought the meat from the trader, then resold it to the French frozen food processor Comigel. The resulting food was marketed in Britain and other countries under the Sweden-based Findus brand as lasagna and other products containing ground beef.
Hamon said Spanghero was well aware that the meat was mislabeled when it sold it to Comigel.
But Aguerre, the Spanghero executive, said if there was a customs code indicating horsemeat, his company knew nothing about it.
The Dutch meat vendor involved, Draap, has also denied misleading anyone — though the firm’s lawyer acknowledged that Draap’s director, Jan Fasen, had a previous conviction for mislabeling horsemeat as halal meat.
‘‘Clients get what they order,’’ lawyer Rogier Hoerchner said in a statement. ‘‘Draap cannot see what is on the label of end products.’’
No one has been charged yet over the current scandal, although British police on Thursday announced the arrests of three men on suspicion of fraud at two meat plants closed down by the country’s Food Standards Agency.
Ohio Teacher Claims Discrimination Over Her Phobia of Young Children
Al Roker: 'I Pooped My Pants' at White House (Video)
This weird world leaves me speechless sometimes...
Child support claim rankles sperm donor to lesbian couple
Saints players say charter bus was egged in Atlanta
Oh, to enjoy the luxuries of chartered flights and buses.
Upscale travel is one of the many luxuries that NFL players enjoy. But the New Orleans Saints received a rude welcome to Atlanta ahead of Thursday night's game with the Falcons when their ride was egged Wednesday by airport workers.
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel was the first Saints player to tweet about it: "Wow, as we're boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!"
Tight end Jimmy Graham chimed in shortly after.
"Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers," Graham wrote on Twitter. Classy! 'RISE Up' smh."
The Saints surely must have been riled up until they remembered that someone else would clean up the mess. Back to life at the top.
Arizona woman runs down husband with car for not voting: police
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday.
Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle.
Daniel Solomon, 36, was in critical condition at a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Gilbert police spokesman Sergeant Jesse Sanger said.
Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his "lack of voter participation" in last Tuesday's presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term.
Witnesses reported the argument broke out on Saturday morning in a parking lot and escalated. Mrs Solomon then chased her husband around the lot with the car, yelling at him as he tried to hide behind a light pole, police said. He was struck after attempting to flee to a nearby street.
Obama won the national election with 332 electoral votes compared with 206 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Arizona's 11 electoral votes were won by Romney.
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Shark falls from sky onto Calif. golf course
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Golf club employees in Southern California came to the rescue when a shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.
San Juan Hills Golf Club operations director Melissa McCormack says a course marshal found the leopard shark Monday afternoon and brought it to the clubhouse. It had puncture wounds where it appeared a bird had snagged it from the Pacific Ocean, about five miles away.
They stuck the approximately 2-pound shark into fresh water before somebody remembered it came from the sea, so they got some sea salt from the kitchen and mixed it in.
Another employee rushed the shark to the ocean where McCormack says it was very still for a few seconds before twisting around and speeding off.
U.S. Postal Service asks Floridians to stop crashing into post offices
The U.S. Postal Service has taken the unusual step of releasing a set of helpful tips to help reduce the number of drivers in Florida who have been crashing their cars into post offices. This year so far, eight drivers have crashed into post offices in Central Florida alone.
Local ABC affiliate WWSB7 reports that the tips include, "Avoid distracted driving; Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling in, and backing out, of parking spaces; Visibly check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal," and "Visibly check to see if the vehicle is in Park, Reverse or Drive."
The USPS says the two most common causes of such accidents are when drivers step on the gas instead of the brake pedal and when the driver accelerates thinking the vehicle is in reverse.
In June 2011, 89-year-old Phyllis Slaunwhite crashed her vehicle into a Florida post office, causing more than $250,000 in damages. Slaunwhite later told police she had blacked out and had no memory of the accident.
"It was just a big smash and everyone started shuffling toward the front of the building," local resident Frank Kubacki told the Tampa Bay Times. "There you go. Another Florida accident."
Florida is home to more than 15,000,000 drivers, nearly a third, or about 4 million, of whom are over the age of 60.
You can read a full description of the eight post office car accidents in Central Florida, via WWSB7:
9/17/2012; Punta Gorda. Customer pressed the gas instead of the brakes and ran into the
building, hitting a front pillar.
8/21/2012; Leesburg. Customer she said she was startled by something falling from the sky and accelerated into the post office lobby.
07/02/2012; Fruitland Park. Customer pulled into the wrong parking lot and was going to back out. He did not realize the vehicle was in drive and stepped on the accelerator, driving into the retail area.
6/14/2012; Lakeland MPO. Customer was sitting in vehicle talking to husband, put foot on the gas instead of the brake, ran over the curb and knocked down a light pole.
3/5/2012; Goldenrod. Customer drove vehicle into front lobby of PO. Customer
thought she was pressing brake pedal as she was parking in handicap parking spot in front of PO. Instead she pushed gas pedal and drove vehicle into one of the building's mail supports.
2/12/2012; Vero Beach-Tropic Branch. Customer failed to brake and drove vehicle
through postal lobby.
2/8/2012; Wimauma. Customer hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, hitting the
front of the Post Office. The front bumper of the car hit the brick portion of the building breaking the front glass windows.
1/3/2012; Indian Rocks Beach. Customer was leaving Post Office when foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator, sending car forward over the curb into the east wall of the Post Office. Car hit a cinder block wall, knocking down 2 sets of package lockers on the inside wall.
Great Dane from Michigan is world's tallest dog
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OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) — A Great Dane from Michigan is doggone tall.
The Guinness World Records 2013 book published Thursday recognizes Zeus of Otsego, Mich., as the world's Tallest Dog.
The 3-year-old measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder.
Standing on his hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7-foot-4 and towers over his owner, Denise Doorlag. Zeus is just an inch taller than the previous record-holder, Giant George.
Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks.
Doorlag says she had to get a van to be able to transport Zeus.
Man sets fire to home by microwaving socks, undies
LONDON — Note to self: A microwave is for leftovers, not your boxers.
British firefighters say they saved an apartment from destruction after its domestically challenged resident tried to dry his wet socks and underwear in a microwave oven.
The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service says firefighters rescued the man from his home and extinguished the kitchen blaze Monday.
The fire destroyed the appliance along with the two pairs of underwear and socks inside it, and caused smoke damage to the apartment in Weymouth, a town on England's southwest coast.
"The fire safety message here is to never put clothing of any kind in the microwave or an oven to attempt to dry them," the Dorset firefighters said in a statement.
California pain doctor duped by dog X-ray in sting
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators say a Southern California doctor saw enough from an X-ray to prescribe pain killers to an undercover cop but missed the tail showing it was an image of a dog.
Police and Los Angeles County deputies on Thursday raided the Glendora urgent care clinic of 69-year-old Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga after a two-month investigation that included three undercover deputies posing as patients.
One of the undercover deputies showed Atiga an X-ray to prove she needed pain killers. The scan of her German shepherd clearly shows the dog's tail.
The Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/Nqk2NA ) reports Atiga examined the X-ray and asked if she wanted Vicodin, oxycodone, Valium or Xanax.
Glendora police Capt. Timothy Staab says Atiga is well known among drug addicts and was considered the doctor to go to.
NJ sheriff's office creates 'Facecrook' site
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey sheriff's office has a new website that's looking for arrests instead of friends.
"Facecrook" features the names, photos and last locations of fugitives wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The site creates a map and users can send anonymous tips to help authorities apprehend those wanted on everything from failure to pay child support to committing murder.
Inspector Mickey Bradley tells The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/LeofWT ) he came up with the idea about a year ago and bought the Facecrook address for $17.
Users entering the site must agree not to use it to "intimidate or harass another." The site includes a "do not apprehend" warning to discourage people from vigilantism.