Monday, January 29, 2007

Yeah, uh... this looks totally safe.

[dumbass] dude gives finger to sheriff, crashes car

Police said they arrested a South Charleston man for driving under the influence after he flipped his middle finger at Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford and then crashed his car.

Glenn Harold Vickers, 53, was arrested Thursday night. Rutherford said that while he was trying to merge with traffic, he noticed Vickers' 1997 Mercury station wagon weaving over into his lane.

Rutherford said he merged and then he headed down the straight stretch of the interstate. Vickers' car fell behind Rutherford's unmarked black Jeep Laredo.
Vickers then allegedly began to tailgate Rutherford's Jeep, Rutherford said.

"I thought he was going to ram me," the sheriff said this morning. "He'd come right on my bumper, then he would just back off."

Rutherford said that after Vickers crowded his Jeep's bumper three times, he radioed police headquarters to see if there were any other officers in the area.
By this point, Rutherford's car and Vickers' car were approaching the Montrose Avenue interchange.

Rutherford said Vickers took the exit and as he did, he extended his middle finger toward the sheriff. Vickers then crashed the right side of his station wagon along the exit's guardrail, Rutherford said.

"He was looking directly at me, giving me the finger and just ran into the guardrail," Rutherford said. "There's no question in my mind he was not paying attention."

After crashing, Vickers continued to travel down Montrose Avenue, Rutherford said. Sheriff's deputies arrived after Vickers parked his car at the Microtel Inn on Second Avenue. Rutherford said Vickers failed a field sobriety test and declined to take a Breathalyzer test. He was then taken into police custody.

Rutherford said he's not sure why Vickers made the obscene gesture. The sheriff said he had never met Vickers before. "When he was stopped and I introduced myself, you could tell he was surprised," Rutherford said. "It was like all the air was taken out of him." Article here.

Clever 'shoe wheel' is a great way to store shoes

A few years ago, upon moving into a new apartment in Hong Kong, Torro--a former manufacturing engineer for McDonnell Douglas--got tired of having no storage alternative but to pile up his family's shoes in the corner of their spare bedroom. Seeking a better way to organize their shoes, he came up with a brilliant idea to design a storage system that would simply make their life easier. This creative challenge fostered a four-year passion to develop The Shoe Wheel.

Buy one here for $65.

Hockey dude hit hard = broken rib + collapsed lung

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep:

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing.

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen. Source.

Dude, I feel like we’re just going in circles…

Nine salvaged bikes were reassembled into a carousel formation. The bike is modular and can be dismantled and reassembled. It is normally left in public places where it can attract a variety of riders.

Some of the craziests laws in America...

*A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.

*Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

*In Wichita, KS at the intersection of Douglas and Broadway, all motorists are required to stop at the intersection, exit their vehicles, and fire three shotgun rounds, before continuing on their way.

*It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

*Florida prohibits topless walking or running within a 150 foot zone between the beach and the street.

*Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

*If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

*Tampa Bay: It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M.

Read more here.

Drunk dude puts firework in cupboard = explosion!

Yeah kid, your haircut looks great.

Church hosts 'porn and pancakes' discussion

It's not your typical church breakfast. An event billed as "Porn and Pancakes" is being hosted by a church in rural upstate New York.

The breakfast discussion on the pornography industry in America is planned next month at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in the town of Ontario, about ten miles east of Rochester.

Organizers told a Rochester TV station that the event on February 10th will be an honest discussion about pornography and its impact on society. The discussion will be led by Triple-X Church, a group of youth ministers who travel the country talking about porn and the porn industry.

The pastor of the Wayne County church and churches from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse have asked about hosting "Porn and Pancakes" events. Article here.

High school kids impersinate 'OK go' treadmill video

Grandbury High School version
original 'OK Go' version

Policeman forces girl to do 'topless' jumping jacks?

A teenager who sued the city after claiming a police officer forced her to do jumping jacks while topless has reached a $35,000 settlement, officials said.

The City Council unanimously approved the settlement Thursday, City Manager Tom Bonfield said. Officer Shawn Patrick Shields found the girl, then 16, and a 19-year-old man together in a parked car in April 2003. Shields ordered the two teens out of the car, then told them he could arrest them for lewd and lascivious behavior, authorities said.

The girl told investigators that Shields told her to perform five topless jumping jacks, which she said she did as he shone his flashlight on her. Both teenagers passed polygraph tests.

Shields was later fired and pleaded no contest to extortion. He was placed on probation for two years in December 2003 and ordered to write a letter of apology to the girl. Article here.