Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Blogging on hold until after my operation :(

Well… for the fellow Across-the-Board loyalists, you might remember the ACL knee surgery I wrote about. It’s all going down tomorrow morning. [sigh]. Obviously, Across-the-Board will be on hold until -- well, the drugs wear off enough I know how to move a mouse and type on a keyboard. Who knows how long that will take :). Anyways, more than likely I’ll resume blogging next Monday. Till then – enjoy the archives, and have a great week.

One sexy costume -- Mystique from X-Men

Dude throws keg on fire, it explodes, dude dies

Police were trying to determine who tossed a beer keg into an open fire at an outdoor party early Sunday, causing an explosion that sent shards of shrapnel slicing through a crowd of partygoers, killing one.

The explosion, which could be heard miles away, killed Sean M. Caselli, 22, of New Milford. Police say seven other people were taken to New Milford and Danbury hospitals.

Caselli, who lived with his family about a mile away from where the party was being held, died after being struck by a piece of flying metal in the neck, police said.

Seven people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including burns and shrapnel wounds, police said. Over 50 people attended the party, which was an annual event, neighbors said.

"It was an unbelievable explosion," Greco told the News-Times of Danbury. "It rattled the street." Article here.

Beer bong with flaming pumpkin on? Why not?

New cosmetic surgery... eyelash transplants?

Eyelash transplant surgery wants to become the new must-have procedure for women -- and the occasional man -- convinced that beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in front of the eye itself.

Using procedures pioneered by the hair loss industry for balding men, surgeons are using "plug and sew" techniques to give women long, sweeping lashes once achieved only by glued on extensions and thick lashings of mascara.

And just like human hair -- for that is the origin -- these lashes just keep on growing. "Longer, thicker lashes are an ubiquitous sign of beauty. Eyelash transplantation does for the eyes what breast augmentation does for the figure," said Dr Alan Bauman, a leading proponent of eyelash transplants.

"This is a brand new procedure for the general public (and) it is going to explode," Bauman told Reuters during what was billed as the world's first live eyelash surgery workshop for about 40 surgeons from around the world.

Under the procedure, a small incision is made at the back of the scalp to remove 30 or 40 hair follicles which are carefully sewn one by one onto the patient's eyelids. Only light sedation and local anesthetics are used and the cost is around $3,000 an eye. Read the full article here.

Catching your mom singing on the beach, :)

She's singing "Boys 2 Men - I'll Make Love to You"

Mom breast feeds wrong baby, charged $100?

A devastated new mom was billed more than $100 for the blood test she was forced to provide after her baby was breastfed by the wrong woman in a maternity ward mix-up.

Cheltenham mum Caroline Laws said she was distraught when she learned baby Elise had been sent to the wrong mother just hours after her birth.
Ms Laws said Elise was breastfed for 15 minutes by the wrong mom before staff realised the bungle.

The Williamstown woman complained to a midwife she did not think the baby was hers before the mix-up was discovered on Sunday. The hospital is investigating. Ms Laws said she and husband Brett were stunned when a blood test invoice for just over $100 arrived at their home last month.

"I couldn't believe they had the audacity to send me the bill," she said. "I phoned them straight away to tell them there was no way I was paying and I sent it back." Ms Laws said she was so upset she left the hospital just one day after Elise's birth without making a formal complaint. Article here.

Someone explain what’s going on here?

Police Chief sends email saying everyone is fat

The city's police chief abruptly resigned after employees complained about his tough fitness talk in an e-mail entitled "Are you a Jelly Belly?"

Winter Haven Police Chief Paul Goward gave no specific reason for his immediate resignation Monday, but City Manager David Green told The Ledger of Lakeland the e-mail prodding employees to get in shape was a factor. Green said Goward did a good job in his 2 1/2 years as chief.

"If you are unfit, do yourself and everyone else a favor. See a professional about a proper diet and a fitness training program," Goward wrote in the e-mail. "We didn't hire you unfit and we don't want you working unfit. Don't mean to offend, this is just straight talk. I owe it to you."

An anonymous officer complained to city officials in a letter. "I have worked for the police department as an officer for a long time and I have never seen such a morale problem like there is and this letter from the chief of police is the icing on the cake," the letter said. " Article here.

This girl can shoot a bow 'n arrow with her feet

Toddler stuck inside plastic crane machine?

Three-year-old Robert Moore went fishing for a stuffed replica of Sponge Bob and ended up trapped in a vending machine. The toddler's adventure began with a Saturday evening shopping trip with his grandmother, Fredricka Bierdemann, and three siblings.

Bierdemann ended the trip by giving each child a dollar and telling them to have fun in a retailer's game room. A stuffed Sponge Bob in a vending machine's bin caught Robert's eye. He tried without success to fish it out with a plastic crane.
"I told him I could get it for him," his grandmother said. "He's a character. He said, 'Oh no, I can get it.'"

When she turned her back to get another dollar for a second try, Robert took off his coat and squeezed through an opening in the machine. He landed in the stuffed animal cube.

"I turned around and looked for him, and he said, 'Oma, I'm in here," Bierdemann said. "I thought I would have a heart attack." Store employees couldn't find a key to the machine, so Robert waited while the Antigo Fire Department was called.

"He was having a ball in there, hugging all the stuffed animals," Bierdemann said. "He was so good-natured, but I was shaking like a leaf." Firefighters broke one lock but then spotted two latches inside the plastic cube. They passed a screwdriver to Robert.

"He stacked up all the stuffed animals and used that screwdriver to open the latch," his grandmother said. "You should have seen him go." Eventually, Robert freed himself. But his mother, Marie Moore, and grandmother said they were lucky that he remained calm when another child might not have. He went home safe — but without a stuffed Sponge Bob. Article here.

Check out the drunk banana dude

I wonder if that's his girlfriend leaning on the car?
This picture is freakin' hilarious, notice the drink is still in his hand!

Dad pulls gun on son's football coach? WTF?

The father of a young football player pulled a gun on his son's coach because he didn't think the boy was getting enough playing time, Philadelphia police said on Monday.

Wayne Derkotch, 40, was charged with aggravated assault after getting in a fight with the coach over the amount of time the boy was getting on the field at a game for 6- and 7-year-olds on Sunday morning, said police spokesman Officer Raul Malveiro.

"There was a physical altercation about what child should play or not play and then he pulled the gun," Malveiro said. There were no injuries and Derkotch fled before being arrested after a complaint was made by the coach, whose name was not released, Malveiro said. Article here.

This doorbell has a surprise for you

Cell phones cause cancer... and infertility?

Cell phones have been linked to just about everything bad these days: tumors, eye cancer, an increased risk of car accidents and even flaming pants. And now you can likely add male-reproductive problems to that list?

Last year, a study by the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom found a possible connection between cell phone radiation and male infertility, and a new set of results presented this past Sunday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting seems to enforce that link. An observational study conducted in Cleveland and New Orleans, as well as in the Indian city of Mumbai, has found that heavy cell phone use may contribute to a reduced sperm count and less viable sperm.

The researchers for the study stressed that more in-depth studies are needed to fully understand the fertility problems connected with cell phones. For example, the exact source of the problem needs to be pinpointed: It's unclear whether the reduced sperm count is more directly linked to cell phones' radiation or to their battery heat, which has been blamed for fertility problems related to laptop use.

But whatever the source of the problem is, men might want to think twice before chatting away for hours on their mobile phones and BlackBerrys. Article here.