Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I bet mom and dad are proud of this picture

Dude survives after walking into airplane propeller

A 50-year-old man is recovering from injuries he suffered when he walked into a small aircraft's rotating propeller blades.

The Canadian suffered non-life threatening upper-body injuries -- a dislocated right shoulder and lacerations to his right side -- in the accident and will survive what could have been a fatal mistake.

"The chances of surviving impact with a propeller on any aircraft is remote," RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Saunders said last night. "This gentleman is extremely fortunate."

Saunders said the 56-year-old pilot was taxiing his single-engine Cessna 150 from a church in the village to a hangar on his property nearby.

"They were about to cross (PR 216) and one of the men who was helping him (by stopping oncoming traffic) walked in front of the propeller," Saunders said. "He had his vehicle there and he was trying to make sure that the wing of the plane was going to clear his vehicle."

The propeller is driven by the engine in the plane's nose. Propellers, in general, spin at high speed and can sever limbs and cause fatal injuries to a person who comes in contact with the rotating blades. Article here.

What people look like when you're trippin' acid

Britney Spears has a sex tape K-Fed wants to sell

Rumor has it that Kevin Federline is going to sell a sex tape that he made with Britney Spears. One report says it is a 4 hour tape and he has already been offered $50 million to release it. The tape was made two years ago when they were in the early stages of their relationship.
The source close to Federline said: "At the time the two of them were in the honeymoon stages of the relationship and couldn't keep their hands off each other. They did nothing all day but make love and play the odd game of chess. They were insatiable and they believed they would be together forever. Britney didn't think twice about making the video at the time. She mistakenly believed that their love would last. They adored filming each other. They lived their lives in front of the cameras—even making a short-lived reality TV show of their exploits. Article here.

Not your normal keg stand

16-year-old breaks text message world record

A Singaporean student broke the Guinness World Record for the shortest time needed to type a 160-character SMS message on Sunday after whizzing through the task in less than 42 seconds in a competition.

Sixteen-year-old Ang Chuang Yang typed the SMS (short message service) message in 41.52 seconds, beating the previous record of 42.22 seconds set by American Ben Cook in July.

Try it for yourself, here is the message used for the world record: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human." Article here.

I’ve never been to war, but something's not right

Some fun Google oddities:

Open Google (http://www.google.com/), then try the following:

*Type: “worst band in the world”, see the 4th to 5th search result from the top.
Click here to try it automatically.

*Type: “answer to life the universe and everything”, see the 1st search result from the top.
Click here to try it automatically.

*Type: “french military victories” and click ‘I’m feeling lucky’, see the error screen that appears.
Click here to try it automatically.

*Type: “waffles”, see the 6th listing from the top, (it should be a fairly well known political figure).
Click here to try it automatically.

The world's most dangerous road = damn scary

"Every year it is estimated 200 to 300 people die on a stretch of road less than 50 miles long. The road from Bolivia's main city, La Paz, to a region known as the Yungas was built by Paraguayan prisoners of war back in the 1930s."

Cop crashes when turning into adult movie store

A sheriff's deputy was injured early Monday when he crashed his cruiser while turning into an adult store parking lot, according to Local 6 News.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the deputy was turning into the Premier Adult Factory Outlet on Orange Blossom Trail just after midnight when he slammed into a sport utility vehicle.

Troopers said the SUV driver did nothing wrong and that the deputy apparently just did not see the oncoming vehicle. The deputy was rushed to the hospital but was expected to survive his injuries. No one inside the SUV was seriously injured. Article here.

This cat has a cuddle buddy

Mom throws her baby into traffic? WTF?

A Roselawn, Cincinnati mother has been charged with doing the unthinkable, throwing her child into the street and oncoming traffic.

Police allege the suspect was involved in a verbal altercation with the young boy's father and that then the child allegedly became part of his mother's rage.
Police say she picked her child up and threw him out onto a busy road.

"I woke up to them arguing in the street," Jermaine Gamble, a witness, told 9News. "He was grabbing his son and she was trying to get her son back."

Just moments before, 21-year-old Rebe Cobbins' son Danontre, thought to be as young as two-years-old, had been thrown onto busy Seymour Avenue.

When 9News asked if the mother seemed to realize what she had done, Gamble responded, "She was crying, saying she was sorry and all that. But the baby's Daddy wasn't having it, he was going to take his son back."

The incident happened at 4:30 AM. It's not known how close any cars came to hitting the boy. Gamble told 9News that the boy's father quickly retrieved the child out of the street, and the boy likely didn't even realize what had happened to him.

"The kid is alright," said Gamble. "He wasn't banged up or any thing."
The boy's mother is facing one count of domestic violence and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. She was released from jail on a $5,000 bond. Article here.


Dude shaves guy's eyebrows, steals his shoes?

A makeover and a trim led to assault charges against a teenager. Dallas R. Esparza, 16, is accused of shaving off the eyebrows of Shawn Weaver while he was unconscious, police said.

Esparza also is accused of shaving off some of Weaver's hair and taking his tennis shoes, which were valued at less than $200

Alcohol may have been involved, police said. Esparza was charged with assault and fifth-degree theft. Article here.

Not much room to move on this bed

Middle-aged women are less likely to be happy

Women from the mid-30s to mid-50s are less likely overall to be very happy, and many are racked by worries about aging parents and other family members, a national survey reports today.

Money, time and health concerns loomed large in the poll by independent pollsters Pursuant Inc. of more than 1,100 women who have at least one living parent. About 20% said they were very happy, compared with 34% for the U.S. population overall in another survey by the Pew Research Center this year.

More than half of the women were concerned about an elderly relative's health. Those who had ailing relatives — usually a mother or father — were much more likely to feel depressed and to worry about having enough time for family members. They also had more trouble managing stress. About two out of three women were employed.

The bleak scenario doesn't surprise Deb Rubenstein, a social worker who counsels “sandwich generation” women, those who have children at home and aging parents, at IONA Senior Services, a social-service agency in Washington, D.C. “I've had women burst into tears in my office. They say ‘Not only is my father in the hospital, and they're calling me at work saying, “Figure out where he's going next because he's not going home,” but the school's calling to say my learning-disabled child has developed another problem.' ”

Typically, when emergencies with aging parents hit, “these women already have their plates 110% full,” she says. Women do about 70% of the caregiving for elderly relatives with chronic illness, national studies have shown.

Later marriages, later child-bearing and longer life spans are forcing more women into taking responsibility for their kids and their parents, says social demographer Janice Wassel of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The “sandwich” years don't even go away by the 60s anymore. “We've got these 60-year-olds who take care of 92-year-old parents and 16-year-old kids,” she says.

Providing elder care was linked to feeling overworked in a study of employed adults last year, but taking care of children was not, says Ellen Galinsky of the Families and Work Institute, which did the study. Article here.