Monday, August 28, 2006


Mom parties at bar after her baby's funeral

From her barstool, Anissa Francis and the 30 or so other patrons at Jug's Hitching Post had just finished watching news accounts Monday night of her friend being charged with shaking her 6-month-old daughter to death, when someone started up the jukebox and Eddie Money's "Shakin' " blared out.

"It was weird. Everyone was just in awe," Jug's owner Jason Jug said Friday, noting that the song was played by another customer who didn't know what had happened.

On Thursday night, just hours after her baby's funeral, Francis, 21, was back at Jug's in rural Kohlsville, singing karaoke until near closing time, Jug said.

"She was singing a bunch of songs. Not love songs, or sad songs. Like party songs," Jug said. Craig C. Tolonen, 22, was charged Aug. 21 in Washington County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide for violently shaking Serenitee Halbert, Francis' daughter, and then throwing her on a couch the morning of Aug. 18, causing injuries that led to her death Aug. 19 at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

Washington County Social Services has taken the child from Francis and placed him with a foster family, officials say. According to a criminal complaint, Francis, Weiss and Tolonen had been drinking the night of Aug. 17 and into early Aug. 18. Tolonen told investigators he was hung over at the time the baby was shaken.

"I was in shock. I was just bewildered. I didn't understand how she could be hanging out in bars," the employee said. "I didn't try to talk to her because I try to stay away from that crowd."

"She was socializing, moving from table to table," Faulds said. On Thursday, Francis was at the bar until near closing time drinking mixed drinks, said Jug, who said he left the establishment at about 1 a.m., with Francis still there.

A funeral for the child was held earlier that evening, at 7 p.m., at Phillip Funeral Home in West Bend. "She came up to me and said, 'Jason, you're acting different toward me.' "Well, you're in here," Jug said he told her. Article here.

That’s right grandma, ‘pop’ that collar!

Why are sewer/manhole covers round?

The question of why manhole covers are typically round, at least in the U.S., was made notorious by Microsoft, and Tony Martinez when they began asking it as a job-interview question.[2] Originally meant as a psychological assessment of how one approaches a question with more than one "right" answer, the problem exerts a strange fascination on people, who seek to find alternate explanations, from the pragmatic and satirical to the philosophical. One practical answer being, "Manhole covers are round because manholes are round."[2]
Reasons for the shape include: A round manhole cover cannot fall through its circular opening, whereas a square manhole cover may fall in if it were inserted diagonally in the aperture (A Reuleaux triangle or other curve of constant width would also serve this purpose, but round covers are much easier to manufacture.) Round tubes are the strongest and most material-efficient shape against the compression of the earth around them. The bearing surfaces of manhole frames and covers are machined to assure flatness and prevent them from becoming dislodged by traffic. Round castings are much easier to machine using horizontal boring mills. Also, circular covers do not need to be aligned to put them back. Finally, a round manhole cover can be more easily moved by being rolled. via

Good luck on the landing

Mom holds alcohol, sex, drug parties for teens

A 46-year-old Lexington woman was arrested Wednesday after providing teenagers with alcohol and drugs, including birth control pills, during parties she hosted at her home, Lexington County deputies said.

Patricia Louise Hartwell has been throwing the parties for White Knoll High School students, encouraging them to drink and have sex, for nearly two years, Sheriff James Metts said.

The parties took place at Hartwell's apartment about 200 yards from the school, Metts said. Deputies started investigating Hartwell earlier this month after a mother complained her 15-year-old daughter got drunk and had sex while staying overnight at Hartwell's apartment, Metts said.

Hartwell was charged with six counts of transferring beer to a minor, five counts of transferring liquor to a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Metts said. She also has a record that includes driving under the influence and public disorderly conduct charges, sheriff's Maj. John Allard said. Article here.

This video is of a REAL girl fight, holy sh*t

Baby is born inside of car after dad gets lost

Newborn Fabio Miranda of Miami will have quite a birthday story to tell about how his dad helped his mom give birth to him in their car in rush-hour traffic -- and about how dad got lost on the way to the hospital.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic had delayed the trip of the parents-to-be to the hospital, and Fabio's father said he was so nervous he made a wrong turn about a mile away.

He said his wife said, "Stop, stop, stop. There's no more time." So he pulled the car off the road while his wife phoned 911.

A dispatcher told the father how to use his shoelaces to tie off the umbilical cord. Fabio Miranda was born more than a week early and weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces. The Miami Herald said both mom and baby were taken to a hospital in good condition. Article here.

The world's tallest man

Xi Shun (China, b. 1951), measured 7 ft 8.95 in (2 m 36.1 cm) as a result of six measurements taken on January 15, 2005, at Chifeng City Hospital, Inner Mongolia, China.
Beating the previous holder Radhouane Charbib (Tunisia) by just 2 mm (0.07 in), Xi Shun claims that his height was normal for his age until he was 16. As a comparison, his father stood at 5 ft 10.8 in (1.8 m) and his mother was 5 ft 2.8 in (1.6 m) tall.
In his late teens, he experienced a growth spurt that, while not normal, was seemingly without any cause. Doctors who examined him in 2005 discovered no evidence of gigantism or acromegaly, and could not explain why he grew so tall so fast (it took him just seven years to reach his record height).
Following a career in the Army – he was recruited for his basketball skills – he returned to Inner Mongolia and works as a herdsman. He also hires himself out for publicity stunts for a local restaurant and tailor. via

Whatever you do, don't marry a career woman

In a controversial article on by Michael Noer, the writer breaks it down to unmarried men: "Whatever you do, don't marry a career woman."

Why? "To put it bluntly, the more successful she is, the more likely she is to grow dissatisfied with you," Noer said. "A word of advice -- marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career."

This isn't a conclusion that would make all men happy, given that men are often attracted to women who have similar aspirations. Noer cited studies in various journals that say the professional woman is a woman who has a college degree, works at least 35 hours a week and therefore earns more than $30,000 a year. He said she's more likely to get divorced and cheat on her husband with co-workers. She will be either angry about having kids or angry about not having kids, Noer said.

Noer argued that marriage is hardest when both partners work outside the home, and that research shows divorce is more likely the more hours a woman works.

Conversely, the same is not true of a man's workload. Many are calling the article outrageous. The response online was quick, and in most cases, brutal. Hundreds of postings popped up in online chat rooms.

"I can't even imagine what would make someone say that. It's a throwback to the '70s, '60s or '50s and it's mindboggling," said one woman. One blog called it "blood-boilingly misogynistic." removed the article, later reposting it, accompanied by another article, from a happily married female Forbes writer who's worked for more than 20 years.

But for many, the damage was already done. "This article highlights the epitome of male insecurity," another woman said. "I guess there are still men out there who want their women to just sit and look pretty. How prehistoric and irresponsible of Forbes to perpetuate this ideal." Article here.

summertime = great ideas with beer

Dude, my plasma TV stand exploded? WTF?

Taken from the AV Science Forum:

"Last fall I purchased an Avedeco HR420 TV stand for my bedroom. This stand runs about $1000, so it is definately not cheap. One of the reasons I chose this stand was that the top shelf had a "stated" capacity of 250lbs. Since I was putting my Panasonic 50PX500U Plasma on it, I wanted to make sure it was solid. Since the Panny was only 114lbs, I figured I had plenty of support for it.
All was fine for many months, and then, just last month, I happened to be sitting in the next room, when I heard a tremendous crash. I thought that a plane had hit my house, and I ran into my bedroom to see what happened.

The top shelf of the Avdeco stand EXPLODED sending shards of glass to every corner of my bedroom. Fortunately for me, I wasn't sleeping at the time, or I would have been hit by flying glass. Amazingly, my plasma tv, fell straight down, and was resting precariously on the next two shelves. Read the full forum here.

Kids are just starting younger and younger

School mistakes kid's big burrito for weapon?

A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.

Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.

The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapeños and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry," school Principal Diana Russell said. State police, Clovis police and the Curry County Sheriff's Department arrived at the school shortly after 8:30 a.m. They searched the premises and determined there was no immediate danger. Article here.

Drunk Puff Daddy talks about Proactive?

Dude, your Hummer sucks, check this out

It can stop a bullet from an AK-47, shrug off a roadside bomb, and it makes a Hummer look like a chick car. The $200,000 (U.S.) Gurkha is coming to a road near you — thanks to a King City-based company that is finding itself in demand because of the global war on terror.
"They are pretty awesome machines," says William Whyte, owner of Armet Armored Vehicles Inc., the company that builds the Gurkha. The Gurkha can go more than 150 kilometres per hour — plenty fast for a military vehicle — and is the highest level of protection you can get next to sitting in a tank, Whyte says. It certainly looks fierce enough.

Whyte says the first 40 have been built this year for delivery to the Canadian and the American military in the Middle East. The first civilian delivery is for a "well-known personality" in California that will take place next month, Whyte says. The customer, who is a friend of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, intends to use it as daily transport, Whyte says. "It's a very California mentality to have the biggest and the best." Article here.