Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Crowd surfing in a wheelchair? Why not? :)

Pregnant teens beat caretaker with frying pan, steal van

After three pregnant teenagers hit their group home director over the head with a frying pan and tied her up, one of them reportedly told the woman, "You're a good person. We just need to do what we need to do."

The teens stole her keys and her van.

That was Tuesday morning - the last time anyone reported seeing the girls. Police are trying to arrest them for aggravated assault and kidnapping. Spencer Moody, the owner of the group home, whose wife was assaulted by the teens, said Thursday he's worried about the girls' well-being.

"We're just hoping they're found OK," Moody said. The girls - ages 15 and 16 and from Illinois, Texas and California - are "not real far along" in their pregnancy, Moody said. He and American Fork police on Thursday released few other details about the three and would not disclose their names or photographs. Read the full article here.

Well, as long as it’s supporting a good cause...

An f’d up story about an f’d up Hollywood director

Today is a slow news day.... so instead of calling Paris a whore (rightfully) for the one billionth time, here’s a synopsis of one of the weirdest Hollywood stories you’ll ever hear, wrapped up by the great website Hollywood Interrupted. Basically the story is about the screenwriter who wrote "the Hitcher", who killed two people in a car crash, then got out and slit his own throat with a shard of glass. The story actually gets weirder after that. Hollywood Interrupted says:

In May 2000, screenwriter Eric Red was involved in a minor fender-bender on Wilshire in West Los Angeles ... (Reds Jeep Cherokee hit a car in front of him) and when the guy in the car ahead walked back to (Reds Jeep), he saw Red slumped over the wheel, but staring straight ahead, his eyes open wide. Then the car started to move. Slowly, the Jeep pushed the other car out of the intersection until it jacknifed into oncoming traffic -- his girlfriend screaming in the front seat all the while. At the last second, Red's Jeep slipped off the back bumper and his tires found traction, jumpstarting him from 15 to 50 mph in a matter of seconds, and he crashed through a bus shelter, through the plate glass windows of a pool hall, and against the giant mahogany bar 20 feet inside, killing two people who were pinned against the bar and injuring 20. Then, when everyone was trying to rock the jeep back off his victims, Red wandered off, picked up a shard of glass, and slit his throat.

That's when the weird part really began. Red went immediately into the hospital on suicide watch, stayed out of the paper, and nine months later, LAPD announced they were dropping all charges -- it turns out, due to a neurological condition which caused him to pass out at the wheel. That would have been the end of it, except that the family of one of the victims was all lawyers, and they pursued him through the courts for five years before winning a million-dollar judgment. But in a monumental bit of reporting, Cullum documents every twist and turn -- including the similarities between the accident and his own films and unproduced screenplays, and the script he wrote after the fact making fun of the whole thing. It's not a tale for the faint-hearted.

And here's a tidbit you won't find in the story: When being admitted to UCLA hospital hours after the accident, Red insisted on being registered under the name Mario Kan. Mario Kan is an anagram for "I RAN AMOK." Source.

...just read the newspaper headline.

The perfect pair.

Depressed yesterday? So was everyone else…

Did you feel depressed yesterday? You're not alone, according to a psychologist at Cardiff University, who has declared Jan. 22 Blue Monday.

Dr. Cliff Arnall said on the news Web site icWales that a mathematical formula shows how the confluence of post-Christmas fatigue, holiday bills, bad weather and failed resolutions can make people depressed.

The formula is: 1/8W+(D-d)3/8xTQMxNA.

The site said the factors are W for weather, D for debt from Christmas bills, d for monthly salary, T for time since Christmas. Q is the failure to keep a resolution or quit a bad habit, M stands for motivation and NA is the need to take action.

"The truth is a lot of people feel down at this time and a lot of people have depression as well, particularly men, and they don't want to talk about it," Arnall said. Article here.

[SNL skit] Two a**holes at an adoption agency

…so cute, it makes me wanna puke

Dude steals cell phone, repents after 21 text messages

A Chinese thief has returned a mobile phone and thousands of yuan he stole from a woman after she sent him 21 touching text messages, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Pan Aiying, a teacher in the eastern province of Shandong, had her bag containing her mobile phone, bank cards and 4,900 yuan ($630) snatched by a man riding a motorcycle as she cycled home on Friday, Xinhua said, citing the Qilu Evening News.

Pan first thought of calling the police but she decided to try to persuade the young man to return her bag. She called her lost phone with her colleague's cell phone but was disconnected. Then she began sending text messages.

"I'm Pan Aiying, a teacher from Wutou Middle School. You must be going through a difficult time. If so, I will not blame you," wrote Pan in her first text message which did not get a response.

"Keep the 4,900 yuan if you really need it, but please return the other things to me. You are still young. To err is human. Correcting your mistakes is more important than anything," Pan wrote.

She gave up hope of seeing her possessions again after sending 21 text messages without a reply. But on her way out on Sunday morning, she stumbled over a package that had been left in her courtyard only to discover it was her stolen bag. Nothing had been taken.

"Dear Pan: I'm sorry. I made a mistake. Please forgive me," a letter inside said. "You are so tolerant even though I stole from you. I'll correct my ways and be an upright person." Article here.