Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Wife won't serve him meat for dinner, so this dude kills himself?
A jobless alcoholic burned himself to death after his wife refused to serve him meat for dinner, Indian police said Sunday.
Sixty-year-old Mithailal Ram Sanjivan doused his body with an inflammable liquid and set himself ablaze outside his one-room house in Ahmedabad, the main city of western Gujarat state.
Irritated by this, Sanjivan locked her in the house before setting himself on fire outside.
Wow, uh- he really wanted beef for dinner huh? Article here.
Talking to people on the phone naked?
Up to a third of telephone users in Britain make calls in the nude, with men more prone to do it without clothes than women, a survey revealed on Thursday.
The results were based on a survey of 1,500 telephone users.
The research also showed that people were so busy that one in 10 people admitted to wandering off and leaving the caller talking to themselves.
Can’t say that I’d ever done either. Huh. Man, people in Britain sure can be weird. Article here.
Scarlett Johansson is the hottest woman
Scarlett Johansson is the hottest women in the world according to a recent list, "100 Sexiest Women in the World," (a poll of readers by FHM magazine). The 21-year-old actress, star of "Match Point" and "Lost in Translation," said it's a huge compliment.
"It's remarkable how Scarlett Johansson has caught the attention of our readers," said Scott Gramling, the magazine's U.S. editor in chief, in a statement. "Her sultry voice and striking beauty certainly have a lot to do with that, but so does the confidence she exudes."
"She seems to be one of those women who would be equally at ease on the red carpet as she would just hanging out with the guys." The magazine's May issue goes on sale April 4.
Honey, I think I may have hit a pot-hole
From street level, the vehicle was barely visible inside the 12-foot-wide hole Monday morning. It came to rest atop a gas main, which was capped off by KeySpan Corp., and workers were able to remove the SUV by the early afternoon, said Andrew Troisi, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management.
The driver of the SUV escaped without serious injuries but was taken to a hospital for treatment of shock.
Guy spends his Spring Break at Wal-Mart
Skyler Bartels spent his Spring Break living at Wal-Mart for three days. Really living there. Eating, sleeping, checking out the DVDs, never leaving. The plan was to spend his entire spring break there. Under the radar.
Some kids go to Cancun. Skyler Bartels, a Drake University sophomore from Harvard, Neb., went to the garden and patio department.
This was part sociology experiment, part school project. Bartels is a writing major. Maybe he'd put it all down on paper and pick up an independent study credit, or even sell it to somebody someday. Maybe he'd move on to another Wal-Mart and produce a documentary, like the guy who ate nothing but McDonald's for a month.
Bartels got the idea from a commercial. Was it true what those happy, shiny people were telling him: "Always low prices. Always"? Could the biggest, most successful discount store in the world really meet his every need? Twenty-four hours a day? That's what the TV spots were telling him. "That was the goal," he said. "To buy everything I needed at Wal-Mart."
On Sunday, his girlfriend dropped him off at the front door and drove away. The game was on. He didn't tell Wal-Mart what he was doing, and it's probably a good thing.
"We weren't aware of this," said corporate spokeswoman Sharon Weber, "but it's not something we condone. We're a retailer, not a hotel." A Drake law professor gave Bartels some advice: The store is private property. If they ask you to leave, go quickly and quietly.
Bartels walked into the big box wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. He had his cell phone in case of emergency, his heart medicine, his bank card, two forms of identification, and nothing else.
He spent the first afternoon watching "Chicken Little," the animated Disney film. He watched it all. Deleted scenes, interviews, outtakes. Everything. "They had it on a continuous loop the whole time I was there," he said. "I'd pass through the department and say, 'Oh, it's about halfway through' or, 'I like this part. I think I'll watch it again.' "
"I got to the point," he said, "where I was adept at falling asleep on the toilet seat, which sounds kind of weird." The best place for dozing was lawn and garden, where the lights weren't so bright. Nobody worked there between 2 and 4 a.m. Bartels found a lawn chair, kicked back and wondered how life could be better.
Life would be perfect, he discovered, without the worker who showed up before dawn to stock plants. Bartels hopped up and pretended to be looking for home patio furniture. That 1 to 4 a.m. shift was the daily low point. Subway was closed. Bartels was often the only Wal-Mart shopper, which made it harder to blend into the cosmetics and sporting goods.
"It's just me and the stockers then," he said, "and every once in a while somebody who needs a Swiffer at 2 in the morning."
He was sitting on the floor reading a magazine at 3 a.m. when a man, shivering from the cold, walked in, bought an atlas and left. "You'd see a lot of people reading," Bartels said. "Cosmopolitan was a huge favorite. But nobody ever checked the magazine section. I never saw anybody stocking books or magazines."
By Tuesday morning, not even halfway through the great experiment, the store was on to him. "I noticed the greeters pointing at me," he said. "Somebody got on the intercom and announced a meeting of the department managers. One of the shift managers came up to me and asked, very politely, if I needed anything. I could have told him where everything was."
His debit account was frozen. He was exhausted and paranoid. Game over. His med-student brother picked him up and took him away. Bartels now regrets the early exit. Bartels got to feeling so productive and beneficial, he even filled out a job application.
"I wasn't sure how to answer some of the questions," he said. " 'Where can we reach you?' That was a tough one. The electronics department?" Article here.
6/6/06, "You have been warned?"
The most memorable moment of Terica Washington's 30th birthday Monday was looking into the sky and seeing an airplane towing a black banner with words written in white: "6/6/06 You have been warned".
"It made me feel really creepy, especially in this day and age," said Washington, who works at Ocean Walk Resort. Noting that June 6 is a Tuesday, she drew the connection to Sept. 11, 2001, also a Tuesday. "I thought it might be terrorists," she said.
Emergency service agencies received several complaints about the banner. And the Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigated it -- and discovered Thursday the banner is promoting a new movie from Twentieth Century Fox. A remake of "The Omen" is scheduled to be released June 6.
Wayne Mansfield is the owner of Aviad, who owns the four planes flying the banners in local skies and Panama City, South Padre Island, Texas, and Lake Havasu, Ariz. He's surprised his signs in the skies are creating such an uproar. Article here.
Hot women have less sex w/o condoms
Young men who feel good about their looks are more likely than their peers with a less positive body image to engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study of college students shows.
The men who were most satisfied with their appearance, and the most appearance-oriented -- meaning they were highly invested in their looks and considered appearance to be important -- were also the most likely to have sex without condoms and to have sex with multiple partners, Dr. Eva S. Lefkowitz of Pennsylvania State University in University Park and colleagues report.
Among young women, in contrast, those with a more positive body image were less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, Lefkowitz and her team found.
The researchers interviewed 434 students, ranging in age from 17 to 19, during their first year of college. Fifty-nine percent reported being sexually active. Just over two-thirds of sexually active students said they didn't use condoms every time they had sex, while a little over half said they used alcohol while having sex at least some of the time.
As the researchers hypothesized, men with better body images had more lifetime sex partners and were less likely to use condoms during sex, while women who felt more positively about their looks had fewer partners and used condoms more frequently.
The findings show, Lefkowitz and her team conclude, that high self-esteem in terms of appearance may not be protective for young men, but instead may put them in danger of taking risks sexually.
So what this article is saying: if you’re a dude and you think you look good… you really want to hookup with hot chicks a lot. However, hot chicks have sex with fewer dudes and usually use condoms. Damn, I’d say that negative correlation just about sucks now doesn’t it? Read the full article here.
Go to bed married, wake up divorced
A Muslim couple in India has been told by local Islamic leaders they must separate after the husband "divorced" his wife in his sleep, the Press Trust of India reported.
Sohela Ansari told friends that her husband Aftab had uttered the word "talaq," or divorce, three times in his sleep, according to the report published in newspapers Monday.
When local Islamic leaders got to hear, they said Aftab's words constituted a divorce under an Islamic procedure known as "triple talaq." The couple, married for 11 years with three children, were told they had to split.
The religious leaders ruled that if the couple wanted to remarry they would have to wait at least 100 days. Sohela would also have to spend a night with another man and be divorced by him in turn.
The couple, who live in the eastern state of West Bengal, have refused to obey the order and the issue has been referred to a local family counseling center.
What the hell? Why'd she tell her friends? Does she get to choose who she gets the spend the night with? This is way to crazy like bananas. Article here.