Monday, April 24, 2006
Wife stabbed by husband, his romantic surprise?
A man blindfolded his wife and told her he had a romantic surprise for her before stabbing her in the stomach, a court has been told.
The court heard Jabbar had arrived home early and told his wife Shabana Nisha that he had an early birthday present for her. Prosecutor David Meredith told the court that he took her into their bedroom, laid her on the bed, tied her hands with a scarf and blindfolded her with another one and then put the romantic 1994 chart-topping hit, I Swear, by the band All-4-One, on the CD player.
Mr. Meredith said he then kissed her on the forehead and sang the last verse of the song to her, before he jumped on her and stabbed her in the stomach. Shabana, now aged 26, struggled with him and managed to hit him over the head with a perfume bottle before running out into the street and getting help from a passing postman.
Mr. Meredith said the motive for the attack appeared to be the unravelling of a web of lies that Jabbar had told his wife - particularly because they were due to leave for a holiday in Fiji which he couldn't pay for.
"The event is inexplicable other than as an attempt to hide his lies and thereby avoid disappointing his wife," Mr Meredith said. The couple have since separated and Shabana lives in fear of her husband at a secret address.
Saiyad Jabbar, 27, of Regents Park on Brisbane's southside, pleaded guilty today in the Brisbane District Court to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on October 4, 2004.
Whoa, seriously? The thing that creeps me out is that he sang the last verse of the song- and then stabbed her. Can you even imagine… creepy McCreeperson if you ask me. Full article here.
World Record for typing numbers in words
After 16 years at the typewriter, Les Stewart from Mudjimba (Australia) is a millionaire. On 25 November 1998, he reached his goal of typing all numbers from one to one million - in words (not numbers) on his manual machine. A regular entrant in the record books since he started his marathon task in 1982 as therapy following an accident and serious illness. Seven manual typewriters, 1000 ink ribbons, 19,890 pages, 16 years and seven months later, he finished with the lines nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine, one million.
Uh… sounds like a big waste of time to me. Article here.
Man mistakenly has sex with roommate?
A man who claims he mistakenly had sex with "the wrong woman" after entering a dark bedroom at the home of a Sydney magazine editor was yesterday committed to stand trial for rape.
Paul John Chappell, 31, was invited back to the editor's Bondi flat after they met during a night out. The pair went to bed and Chappell later got up to use the bathroom. But Chappell claims he mistakenly returned to the wrong bedroom, where the editor's 23-year-old roommate was asleep. He got into bed with the roommate and initiated sex, allegedly believing she was the other woman.
The roommate participated because she thought it was her own boyfriend who had come to bed after falling asleep in the loungeroom.
When she turned on the light, the "hysterical" woman saw Chappell in her bed and realised her boyfriend was still asleep on the couch.
Chappell intends to plead not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent.
In her statement to police, the magazine editor said Chappell was "pretty drunk" when they arrived home and they went to her bed but she refused to have sex. "He got up and went to the toilet," she said.
"After what seemed like five minutes I assumed he had passed out on the lounge or something, so I rolled over and went to sleep. The next thing I remember was (my roommate) running into my room quite hysterical."
Magistrate Margaret Quinn committed Chappell to stand trial but said it "may well be a difficult case for the prosecution" to prove. A date for Chappell's trial will be set next week.
Uh... holy crap. What a story. Awesome. Article here.
Sewage spews from toilet 4 inches of crap
The house is worth about $101,000, but it may cost the city of Charlotte, N.C., more than that to clean it up.
Homeowner Meg McCormick said it sounded like an elephant belching and looked like a small oil well had been struck.
There was a grease clog in a sewer line near her house, and workers used a high-pressure hose to blast it open. It blew all the black gook back into McCormick's house, creating a geyser of sewage spraying from her toilet bowl.
The eruption lasted 55 minutes, leaving 4 inches of sludge in the house. City officials said they'll gut, repair, and clean up the house.
Ewwww... gross. Her house probably smells awful. Article here.
Air Force One and the internet video hoax
A startling Internet video that shows someone spraying graffiti on President Bush's jet looked so authentic that the Air Force wasn't immediately certain whether the plane had been targeted.
It was all a hoax. No one actually sprayed the slogan "Still Free" on the cowling of Air Force One.
The pranksters responsible for the grainy, two-minute Web video — employed by a New York fashion company — revealed Friday how they pulled it off: a rented 747 in California painted to look almost exactly like Air Force One.
"I wanted to do something culturally significant, wanted to create a real pop-culture moment," said Marc Ecko of Marc Ecko Enterprises. "It's this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that could really never happen: this five-dollar can of paint putting a pimple on this Goliath."
The video shows hooded graffiti artists climbing barbed-wire fences and sneaking past guards with dogs to approach the jumbo jet. They spray-paint a slogan associated with free expression.
After the video began circulating on the Web on Tuesday, the Air Force checked to see whether the plane had been vandalized.
"We're looking at it, too," said Lt. Col. Bruce Alexander, a spokesman for the Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, which operates Air Force One. "It looks very real."
Alexander later confirmed that no such spray-painting had occurred.
Ecko acknowledged Friday that his company had rented a 747 cargo jet at San Bernardino's airport and covertly painted one side to look like Air Force One. Employees signed secrecy agreements and worked inside a giant hangar until the night the video was made.
Ecko declined to say how much the stunt cost. "It's not cheap," he said. "You have to be rich." Click here to watch the video. Article here.
The Word of the Day is: prestidigitation
So after watching 60 minutes last night, I took note a word a reporter used during his interview. Prestidigitation.
the word prestidigitation is defined as:
Magic or conjuring is the art of entertaining an audience by performing illusions that baffle and amaze, often by giving the impression that something impossible has been achieved, almost as if the performer had magic or supernatural powers.
This may come of as rather childish or immature, but what a cool-ass word. I’m totally going to try to work this word into any conversation as much as I possibly can. I don’t know why I’m telling you this… but I figured it’s a word that not a lot of people know- so you sound really cool when you use it (or stupid, whichever way you want to look at it).
Students expelled for porno prank in class
Some Alabama middle school students got an education all right- but it wasn't the educational film their teacher had in mind.
Three eighth-graders have been expelled from Bay Minette Middle School in Bay Minette, after showing an X-rated flick in class.
School district officials say the students slipped the DVD into a classroom player while their teacher's back was turned. The class had been watching an educational video.
Another student told the teacher what had happened.
What they didn’t mention in this article is that these three eighth-graders are now legends at their school. This has to go down in their school history as one of the greatest pranks of all-time. Sweetness. Article here.
Charlie Sheen likes watching kiddy porno?
Actress Denise Richards sought a restraining order against estranged husband Charlie Sheen in lurid papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the documents filed by Richards' attorney, she claims she caught Sheen visiting Web sites with "very young girls, who looked underage to me, with pigtails, braces, no pubic hair, performing oral sex with each other," TMZ.com reported.
In addition, Richards claimed Sheen pushed, shoved and threatened to kill her and also made threats against her parents.
She is seeking a restraining order as well as a suspension of Sheen's visits with their two children or that the visits only take place under supervision, TMZ.com said.
Sheen's publicist denied all of Richards' allegations and his attorney said he looks forward to proving to the court "he is a loving and committed father."
This is further proof Charlie Sheen is a creepy dude. Article here.
New BMW 3-Series design is sweet
God told her to keep driving during chase
The pursuit started along US 27 in Tavares when deputies tried to pull over Ashley Walters for driving with a broken taillight. The 19-year-old refused to stop, leading led deputies and highway patrol on a chase that finally ended near the Polk County line.
The Lake County Sheriff Department has a brand new form of ammunition that was used for the first time in a tactical situation. The small, red gumball-shaped round, known as a "pepper ball," is fired from a gun. Upon impact, it explodes and spreads pepper spray all over the place.
19-year old Ashley Walters is a very soft spoken young woman, at least when she talked with us, and she's also in a whole lot of trouble.
Walters was racing down US 27 at one-thirty in the morning, trying to outrun Lake County deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Steve Moss fired his rifle at the fleeing suspect. It was loaded with the powder ammunition called a 'pepper ball."
He blasted Walters' car, pepper spray exploding all over it. It turns out it did not stop her, and Walters peeled out and took off again.
After a few more miles she stopped the car, and deputies raced up and smashed their way through the windows, firing more pepper balls, and eventually using a taser to subdue her.
Finally, they pulled Walters out of the vehicle, and now she's facing felony charges for trying to outrun the law and resisting arrest. This is Walters' third trip to jail.
Walters claims she is on medication for manic depression, but the Sheriff's cannot confirm that. The reason the deputy tried to pull her over was that her tail lights were out. Walters says the reason why did she not stop was that she felt the presence of God telling her to keep driving.
Presense of god told her to keep driving? Hmmm... article here.
Eye-catching rainbow photos taken in MO
A rare February Rainbow was seen here in Northern Missouri at sunset. This rainbow was visible over much of the area and was noticed by many people. It was seen as a partial bow in some areas and completely full and even double in others depending on where the rain was falling. The photos on this page were taken at the Elam Bend Conservation Area near McFall, Missouri. Click here to see more pictures.
Family members pay 170-year-old debt
It took them nearly 170 years, but two men have paid off their great-great-great uncle's debt.
Their ancestor, Archibald Yell, told leaders of Shawneetown, Ark., that he would give them $50 if they named the town after them.
They did, and Shawneetown became Yellville. But Yell never paid.
So the Yell cousins traveled to Yellville on Thursday to settle the debt.
The mayor of Yellville was kind enough to waive interest on the debt or the Yells would have owed $803,000. Article here.