Thursday, January 25, 2007

Caption this...

Here's an interesting way to play the drums...

Boy's scream kills 443 chickens? WTF?

Hundreds of chickens have been found dead in east China -- and a court has ruled that the cause of death was the screaming of a four-year-old boy who in turn had been scared by a barking dog, state media reported on Wednesday.

The bizarre sequence events began when the boy arrived at a village home in the eastern province of Jiangsu in the summer with his father who was delivering bottles of gas, the Nanjing Morning Post reported.

A villager was quoted as saying the little boy bent over the henhouse window, screaming for a long time, after being scared by the dog.


A court ruled the boy's screaming was "the only unexpected abnormal sound" and that 443 chickens trampled each other to death in fear. The boy's father was ordered to pay 1,800 yuan ($230) in compensation to the owner of the chickens. Article here.

snow + stuck car + friend's pickup truck = bad

This is one sweet glass-bottom-boat!

Some crazy good 'ping pong' dudes, rockin' out

Air-powered pogo stick... the next 'Segway' fad?

Aboard Brian Spencer's turbocharged pogo stick, humans can now bounce over cars, hop onto walls and perform other acrobatics normally reserved for a guy in tights and a cape.

"This stick is absolutely crazy," said Daniel Brown of xpogo.com, a website devoted to stunt pogo-stick jumping.

The jackhammer-sized contraption sprang to life about five years ago. While attending a family gathering in Orange County, Spencer overheard his cousin fantasizing about a gravity-defying pogo stick.

Intrigued, Spencer recruited his dad, a retired aerospace engineer, to start tinkering. The result was a Frankenstein hodgepodge of BMX bike foot pedals, PVC piping and other spare parts — powered by compressed air instead of a metal spring.
But when Spencer, who lives in Mission Viejo, took the prototype to an extreme-sports event outside the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he found the world wasn't quite ready for his $300 pogo stick.

Investors didn't want to back such a pricey toy so soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he said. Spencer shelved the idea and resumed life as a down-to-earth pharmaceutical executive.

But after lining up some investors, the Spencers decided to try again. Working part time out of a home garage, they began assembling their Vurtego sticks by hand.

Today, armed with a world record for highest pogo stick hop — 6 feet — Vurtego sells through such retailers as Costco.com and claims such celebrity customers as Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, actor Jake Gyllenhaal and cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The company has sold about 5,000 pogo sticks since debuting last January, Brian Spencer said. Vurtego's boing toy is "by far the most maneuverable" super stick on the market, said Xpogo.com's Brown, although he noted that some competitors offer a smoother bounce.

Now, at national gatherings like Pogopalooza, they perform highflying acrobatic stunts with such nicknames as the one-foot soul grab and the ice-pick stall. However, the future of amped-up pogo sticks is uncertain. The high-tech toy could catch on like snowboards — or fizzle into a passing fad.

"We don't know where it's going," Brian Spencer said. But Vurtego is already plotting the next generation of pogo device, a stick equipped with a "gearshift" that lets riders adjust the air pressure as they hop. Article here.
Or buy one from costco.com here.

Just for fun... girl punches drunk guy in the face.

Artwork… using dust from a car windshield.

Dude wins slots jackpot, casino gives him food comps instead?

A casino is dealing with some unwanted publicity after it accidentally told a retiree he won $102,000, then offered him two free meals instead.

Wilkinson was feeding 50 cents a pull into a slot machine on Monday when message board attached to the machine lit up. Wilkinson told NBC 10 he saw an ad in a local newspaper that there would be big jackot every day for casino-card holders.

He then said a message flashed across a screen saying, "Power Player jackpot, Steve Wilkinson, congratulations you have just won $102,000."

Wilkinson said the message flashed across two or three more times. "Then it went down on the machine itself. It said, 'Pay The Patron 408,000 quarters,'" Wilkinson said. Wilkinson said he then pressed a button for the attendant.

"She came over, patted me on the back, and (the message) flashed across the screen again," Wilkinson said. "She said, 'congratulations, you're the big jackpot winner.' Then another girl came over and did the same thing." Wilkinson said a third woman came over, got on a walkie-talkie and said the head of the casino would come by with a check for him.

"About a half hour after the initial hit, they came over and said, 'we were running a test on the system and it never should have come out on the floor, and we're sorry,'" Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson then requested to speak with someone else, and then a manager came out to offer him two food comps at the buffet instead of the $102,000 jackpot, he said.

Wilkinson said he didn't appreciate the way he thought the casino handled the situation and let him think for 30 minutes that he hit the jackpot. Philadelphia Park spokesman Andrew Becker confirmed that Wilkinson had received the message on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Wilkinson's name appeared in the message because he was using a casino-issued players card to track his bets.

"It was just an error in the communication system -- an unfortunate one, I might add," Becker said. He noted that all machines carry a disclaimer telling players that machine malfunctions void all pays and plays. But he acknowledged that the mistake appears to have been in the casino's computerized in-house communications system, not in the machine.

Wilkinson, who said he had visited the casino about 15 times, has filed a complaint with Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Article here.

Newscaster Melanie, can't hear sh*t :)

Dog slides down a hill on his back...

Dude punches a baby? WTF?

A 25-year-old man in Mims, Fla., is accused of beating a baby and another young child with his closed fists and threatening to sexually molest the wives of the officers arresting him, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

Darrel Ray Kessinger, of 13 Evergreen Place, was arrested late Saturday and charged with burglary with battery, child abuse, resisting an officer, corruption by threat and resisting without violence, reports show.

Police reports show the incident began about 1:48 a.m. Saturday when Kessinger got involved with an altercation with another man. Witnesses told deputies that Kessinger turned and struck a 3-year-old child and a nine-month-old baby -- with closed fists, Florida Today reported. A woman put the children in a white Ford Tempo and attempted to leave when Kessinger ran after toward the vehicle, reports show.

Deputies said he punched out one of the car windows, causing both children to receive glass cuts, and tried to drag the woman out of the vehicle before she rode off. Deputies arrived and chased Kessinger, reports show. Kessinger fought back, threatening the deputies and asking where they lived so he could go to their homes and sexually molest their wives, reports show. Article here.