Thursday, May 18, 2006

At least he got you a cake?

Man sues for rodent tooth in his peanuts?

A Illinois man is suing Kraft Foods, claiming he found what appeared to be a rodent tooth in a package of peanuts he bought last year.
Carl Cornett filed the lawsuit in Madison County in Belleville. He alleges he bought the Planters brand peanuts at an O'Fallon store last August and was eating a handful of them at his home when he bit into what he described as a non-human animal tooth.

The lawsuit claims Cornett became physically and mentally ill, worrying that he might have exposed himself to disease.

Northfield-based Kraft packages Planters peanuts. A spokeswoman says the company doesn't discuss pending lawsuits. Article here.

This lady takes one on the kisser

Employees surf non-work related websites

Employees who have access to the internet at work spend almost a quarter of their time online visiting news, weather and other websites that have nothing to do with their jobs, according to a new study of web surfing habits.

61 per cent of people who use the internet at work admitted to visiting non-work-related sites. Workers spent an average of 12.8 hours online each week, with 24 per cent of that time devoted to non-work sites.

The study was sponsored by Websense, an internet security group that specialises in web filtering software.

Half of more than 850 people surveyed said they would rather give up their morning coffee than their ability to access the internet for personal use, suggesting that companies that block employee access to personal sites such as web-based e-mail risk draining workforce morale.

Still, many employees said they feared that some of their personal web surfing habits could put their jobs at risk. Sixteen per cent of men and 8 per cent of women admitted to having viewed online pornograhpy at work, even though most respondents said they feared they could be fired if caught. A majority of both genders said they had accessed those sites by accident.

Map, news and weather sites were the most popular non-work sites visisted in the survey. Article here.

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Stuck on ride, upside down 60 feet in air?

Terrified thrillseekers were left dangling upside down at 60ft after a fair ride got stuck.

One woman was taken to hospital after a panic attack. She was among 17 people stranded for six minutes.

Several complained of headaches and dizziness after the £1 ride at the Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on Sunday.
The Evolution, which has rotating cages, is thought to have locked in a power blip. Passenger Chris Spragg, 27, of Letchworth, Herts, said: “We were petrified and had no information.”

Staff brought down the ride using manual controls. Pleasure Beach boss Albert Jones said: “No one was in danger.” The ride was back on yesterday. Officials are investigating. Article here.

Don’t make fun of his computer please

Apparently the Da Vinci Code movie sucks

"The Da Vinci Code," this year's most hotly anticipated flick, failed to catch fire with critics at the Cannes Film Festival last night. Most offered only lukewarm praise or shrugs of indifference.
Others laughed or jeered at parts of the nearly 2-1/2-hour thriller and dumped on star Tom Hanks' performance as well as what they called a potboiler script.

The movie, based on Dan Brown's monster best-selling novel about a coverup of secrets surrounding Christianity's roots, will have its world premiere at Cannes today. It opens here Friday.

Peter Brunette, critic for The Boston Globe, described Hanks as "a zombie" but praised co-star Ian McKellen.

"It was really disappointing. The dialogue was cheesy. The acting wasn't too bad, but the film is not as good as the book," chimed in Lina Hamchaoui, from British radio IRN.

"Nothing really works. It's not suspenseful. It's not romantic. It's certainly not fun," according to Stephen Schaefer of the Boston Herald.

The Cannes audience of critics- arguably the toughest in the world- clearly grew restless as the movie dragged on to a long sequence of anticlimactic revelations.

"I kept thinking of the Energizer Bunny, because it kept going and going and going, and not in a good way," said James Rocchi, a film critic for CBS 5 television in San Francisco.

One especially melodramatic line uttered by Hanks drew prolonged laughter and some catcalls, and the audience continued to titter for much of the film's remainder.

Some people walked out during the movie's closing minutes, and while credits rolled, there were a few whistles and hisses - but none of the scattered applause even bad movies sometimes receive at Cannes.
Still, Fox News movie reviewer Roger Friedman said the movie was mostly "enticing" and predicted McKellen nailed himself an Oscar nomination for his performance.

The Times of London also called Paul Bettany "an absolute peach" for his portrayal of the albino monk, Silas.

He chases Hanks and co-star Audrey Tautou "across Europe with a gun in one hand, and a whip to flagellate himself in private in the other. I've rarely seen an actor have more fun," The Times reviewer said.

Well of course the movie sucks. Everyone has read the damn book… how could you possibly live up to those expectations. Freakin’ idiots. Everyone knows the movie is never as good as the book. What’d you expect. Article here.

Don't piss-off Chico the seal!

Boys beat up their mom on Mother's Day?

Instead of a gift, flowers or even a card, two Jersey City teens gave their mom a beating on Mother's Day, according to Jersey City police.

The 14-and 15-year-old brothers were arrested for simple assault Sunday after sending their mother to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment of cuts and bruises, Sgt. Edgar Martinez said.

The 31-year-old Van Horne Street mom said her sons attacked her about 11 a.m. because she refused to give them cash to buy expensive clothes, Martinez said. "They didn't even say 'Happy Mother's Day' that morning," she said sadly.

"We were sitting there watching TV and they started asking me for $100 sneakers, jeans," she said inside her apartment yesterday. "When I said no, they started cursing me, telling me they hated me. Then they 'mushed' me into that wall."

The boys then punched and kicked her, chasing her and continuing the attack even after she fled into the hallway, she said. The beating stopped when a concerned neighbor called police and the boys fled.

Later that afternoon, they came back to the apartment and tried to kick down the apartment door. Police then arrived and arrested them, taking them to the Hudson County Youth House in Secaucus.

She said police offered to release the boys and return them to her custody, but she refused to take them in, saying she has to protect her 5-year-old son from them.

"I'm too scared for my baby," she said. "They're my kids, why did they hit me? I tried to buy them nice things, Nike, Timberlands, but I'm a single mother."

She said the father of all three boys is in prison for aggravated assault for beating her, as well as drug charges.

This is awful! Article here.

Lindsay Lohan has a sweaty ugly va-j-j...

This is drunken Paris Hilton and Brandon Davis, the grandson of the late billionaire Marvin Davis, he mouths off about Lindsay Lohan. It's always semi-sorta-amusing when rich celebrities mouth off about each other. Paris Hilton acts like a 8 year-old in this video. Further proof she sucks at life.

DUI + wrong way + no license = bad news

Officers were dumbfounded when they stopped a Polish woman drunk at the wheel of a stolen car AND driving on the wrong side of a motorway AND without a license, German police said Tuesday.

"I don't think I've ever encountered such an accumulation of traffic offences," said Helmuth Klinger, a police spokesman in the western city of Wiesbaden.

"The normal combination would be to drink and then drive against the traffic, but people who steal a car tend to be a bit more discreet as rule," he added.

The 28-year-old woman was four times over the legal alcohol limit when she was stopped on the highway between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, having driven about five miles against the traffic. Article here.

This little guy’s cool looking isn’t he?

Pledges carried feces-covered rocks...?

Three frat brothers- two from Manhattan and Queens - forced a pledge at their upstate college to do sit-ups and push-ups in broken glass and urine-soaked garbage, cops have charged.
Detectives found out about the alleged hazing at Hartwick College in Oneonta about three weeks after it happened in April - when the traumatized pledge and his mother turned up at a State Police station.

The youth, who suffered cuts on his hands and arms, also complained that the Alpha Chi Rho brothers had forced him to carry rocks covered in feces for two miles.

Alpha Chi Rho, on campus since 1966, was also suspended and its member will not be able to hold functions, Borrega said. Article here.

Uhhhhhh…… WTF?

Dog rescues boy, 9, from Colorado River

A Labrador retriever rescued a 9-year-old survivor of Hurricane Katrina from a river after the boy's raft hit a log and he fell overboard.

Ryan Rambo, 9, whose family moved to this western Colorado town last year after the hurricane struck their Marrero, La., home, fell into the Roaring Fork River on Sunday, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said.

The 2-year-old Lab, named Zion, jumped in the river and swam to Ryan after he began screaming for help, said Chelsea Bennett, 13, the dog's owner.

Ryan held on to Zion as the dog swam back to the bank. The boy suffered only a scratch, said his mother, Deana Rambo.

"How ironic, isn't it?" Deana Rambo said. "We come here to get away from flood waters, and he nearly drowns in the river." Article here.