Friday, November 17, 2006

The Aviator ;)

UCLA 'taser' scandal, caught on videotape


An Iranian-American student at UCLA was tasered on Tuesday by campus police for failing to provide proper identification during a random security check at the school library.

The shocking incident was caught on videotape and has created quite quite a controversy in the Westwood campus.

Police
tasered the student even after he was handcuffed and posed no threat to anyone. According to a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal in 2001, a charge of three to five seconds can result in immobilization for five to 15 minutes, which would mean that Tabatabainejad could have been physically unable to stand when the officers demanded that he do so. Read the article from the UCLA school paper.

It's a 'book bag', clever huh?

How to regain control of a 'spooked' camel:

Camel's are remarkable animals are intelligent and strong, and they possess incredible endurance. Here's what to do if they become spooked and run out of control:

1. Stay calm. The camel will eventually stop. In fact, a runaway camel will usually regain its composure and slow down pretty quickly. Until it does, you need to keep your wits about you.

2. Hang on to the reins. Because camels are cud-chewing animals (they are constantly chewing), their reins are usually attached to a peg inserted into the nose, as opposed to being attached to a bit in the mouth, as is the case with horses. Thus, unlike with a horse, you can’t try to steer an out-of-control camel by pulling hard on the reins. A hard pull will break the reins or, worse, tear the peg out of the camel’s nose, which will cause it to panic even more. While you don’t want to pull on the reins too much, you do want to make sure to keep hold of them so you can steer the camel once it slows down.

3. Consider a quick dismount. If the camel is just starting to pick up speed and won’t respond to commands to stop, consider sliding off. This is especially useful if you have lost the reins. Kick out of the stirrups and attempt to hit the ground running, bending your knees slightly as you land.

4. Hang on. The camel will eventually stop. Your goal is to hold on until it does. Press yourself to the camel to lower your center of gravity, grip the camel between your legs, and hold the horn of the saddle.

5. Get off the camel once you have it under control. Once the wild ride is over, have the camel sit. Dismount and continue to hold the reins. Source.

Two 'little guys' fight, funny? or just sad?

Dentist hires workers to stand in line for PS3

The frenzy for the latest piece of video game hardware reached a new high in Columbus, as a man hired workers to stand in line at Wal-Mart stores to purchase PlayStation 3 consoles.

"This is the only way I can get what I want," said Murray Newlin, a Columbus dentist. Newlin wanted to buy 15 of the consoles as Christmas gifts for grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was prepared to buy available units from Columbus and Phenix City Wal-Mart stores, as well as Auburn and Opelika, using a crew of 60 workers he cycled through in eight-hour shifts, according to one of the temps he hired.

Midday Wednesday, Newlin abandoned his bold strategy, after other potential PlayStation customers got wind of his plan and began complaining -- to him, the store managers and the employment agency he used.
The next-generation PlayStation goes on sale at midnight tonight. Demand is expected to far exceed the new unit's supply, as with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox 360 in 2005 and the Sony predecessor, the PlayStation2, released in the year 2000.

Newlin checked with store managers to make sure he wasn't violating their policy before sending his work force to the stores. But he backed out, saying, "It's not worth the brouhaha it's causing. "I don't feel like I've done one thing wrong," Newlin said, "but there's plenty of other Christmas gifts I can get the kids." Article here.

"Office Space" edited to be a 'scary movie'

Dude catches 116 grapes in mouth, new record

An American man caught 116 tossed grapes in his mouth in three minutes in what he hopes will become a new Guinness World Record, his publicity team said Thursday.

Steve "the Grape Guy" Spalding, 44, of Dallas, Texas also set a personal record for endurance grape catching, using his mouth to catch 1,203 grapes thrown from a distance of 15 feet over half an hour, according to publicist Deanna Brown.
No Guinness World Records officials were present at Spalding's grape-gobbling attempt, carried out Thursday in Australia overlooking Sydney's iconic Opera House. But Brown said observers had filmed Spalding's attempt and would be submitting forms to Guinness officials in the hopes of creating a new record for speed grape-catching — the most grapes caught in the mouth over three minutes. Article here.