Posts Tagged ‘news’

Turtle On Wheels. Vroom.

January 6, 2011

Injured female turtle walks with the aid of her ...


Meet Tzvika. Tzvika suffered a shell and spinal injury from a lawnmower, impairing the use of her rear legs. So some nice veterinarians gave her wheels. That is awesome on so many levels. I’m glad that I was able to share her with you. You’re welcome.


In The News: Oh So Wrong

October 15, 2010

Man Passes Driving Test, Then Crashes Into DMV

(Oct. 15) — Moments after passing his driving test, a Pennsylvania man mistakenly crashed his car into a department of motor vehicles building, smashing through a window and plowing into a waiting room. Four people were injured, none seriously.

The man’s license ended up being revoked before he even got it. Read the rest of the story…

At least the fellow didn’t waste a lot of time driving around endangering people before he got his license revoked. It was really quite efficient and considerate of him, I’d say.

In The News: Frozen Body Found In elevator Shaft

November 14, 2009

This is actually a fairly old story that I meant to share much, much earlier this year but just never got around to posting. It’s fascinating yet disturbing that a once-great city has degenerated so far. I find the photograph that went up with this article to be quite haunting.

updated 11:04 a.m. PT, Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009//

DETROIT – It took three calls to Detroit authorities over two days before they recovered the body of a man frozen in ice in the elevator shaft of a vacant warehouse, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Image: Dead body frozen in ice

read more…

The geeks out there might find some WoDish badness here. Remember that the real world’s plenty screwed up on its own…

Diaspora Space Combat Chapter

September 25, 2009

Allrighty, I haven’t added as much content to this recently as I’d have liked, but that’s msotly because my other projects are humming along pretty quickly and distracting me.

However, it has come to my attention that the fellows behind Diaspora (hard scifi FATE system) have made their space combat rules available for free download at their website.

If you’re interested in FATE, check out this variant. It’s pretty interesting. I’m more of a fantasy/steampunk guy right now myself, but this is still cool stuff.

In The News: Turtles and Financial SNAFUs

July 19, 2009

Turtles Invade JFK Airport

(AP) NEW YORK – A runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport was shut down briefly Wednesday (11/8/2009) morning after at least 78 turtles emerged from a nearby bay and crawled onto the tarmac… (more)

Viva turtles! This story implies that they have some trouble with the diamondback terrapins at least a few times a year in the early summer. I wonder what the cost/benefit ratio of putting in a fence would be. This article’s got one of those sentences where a single word drastically alters the meaning of the sentence if you’re paying attention: “There have been no recent reports of the strikes causing any damage to an airplane.” That makes me wonder when it did happen and under what circumstances. These turtles are around 8″ in length, so it makes me wonder how much damage they could do, though it’s clear that they have inflicted some at some point. Hmmm…

$23 Quadrillion For Smokes?

(AP) MANCHESTER, N.H. – A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars… (more)

Now that’s a rough day, having a banking error overcharge you for a purchase to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500. My favorite part of the story is, sadly, the most predictable (I saw it coming the moment I read the first paragraph): “Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.” I’ve dealt with BofA quite a bit though I’ve never personally had an account with them, but I always dread having to interact with them again for any reason – they won’t get my personal business.

Oh, The Germanity! Tractor Chase Edition.

July 9, 2009

Drunken tractor driver leads police on slow chase

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drunk German sparked a slow-speed police chase after stealing a tractor to get home from a nightclub after his girlfriend left without him, said police… (read more)

I was going to write something witty about this article, but I didn’t have time to finish this blog post back when I started it so I saved it as a draft… and whatever the witty thing was, it’s gone now. Ah well. I still find this story entertaining.

In The News: Man’s House Mistakenly Demolished

June 13, 2009

On June 10th, a Georgia man by the name of Al Byrd got a phone call from a neighbor, telling him that his family home had been demolished by a bulldozer. It turns out that the demolition company was supposed to destroy another house on the same street, but they had only used GPS coordinates to record which house was supposed to go. Now, one would think that a responsible contractor would have made a note of, you know, the address before coming in with a bulldozer and plowing through a house full of heirlooms. anyhow, here’s a CNN video on the story.  Yeah. I would anticipate we’re going to see some non-pointless litigation in the offing for once.

The full story can be found on the Times-Georgian, and I found the story and video here.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Trugman G. Madsen Dies at 82

May 31, 2009

Full Story from the Salt Lake Tribune.

I briefly met Brother Madsen back in 1998, while I was a missionary serving under President Dale B. Murphy in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. The occasion was a conference held at the Cambridge Ward building across the street from the Longfellow house. There I spoke with him for a few moments, but more memorably heard him give an address about the prophet Joseph as well as Brother Madsen’s experiences at the Jerusalem center. I have always enjoyed his writings and thoughts, and my condolences go to this good man’s family.

His words, his testimony and his passion for the gospel will be remembered.

It really is ironic that the same building where I heard him speak and where he spent so much time serving in the chuirch in earlier years is the one that burned within a week of his passing (See the Boston Globe article on the fire).

In The News: Suicide Jumper Pushed

May 23, 2009
(AP) BEIJING (May 23) – Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand — and pushed him off the ledge.
Chen fell 26 feet (8 meters) onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion laid out by authorities and survived…(to read the rest…)
Now, this might be my misanthropy speaking, but I think this is absolutely hysterical. I’d write a lengthy analysis, but I just would rather let you enjoy the mental image of a random guy shoving a suicide jumper for being a selfish, attention-seeking jerk (which is what the shoving guy basically said about suicide jumpers in general).

In The News: Photos Spark Fear of ‘Borneo Monster’

February 19, 2009

Photos Spark Fear of ‘Borneo Monster’.

See also: The Daily News Article With more Detail

Now that’s interesting.  I’m always interested in cryptids and the idea of a 100-foot snake is exceedingly cool even though I’m highly skeptical of it. Anyhow,  felt that I’d share because I love you.