Friday, April 06, 2007

Dammit, stuck in traffic again.


Patient has wrong testicle removed, whoops!

An Air Force veteran has filed a federal claim after an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one.

Benjamin Houghton, 47, was to have had his left testicle removed because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.

But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, according to medical records and the claim, which seeks $200,000 for future care and unspecified damages. He still hasn't had the other testicle removed.

"At first I thought it was a joke," Houghton told the Los Angeles Times. "Then I was shocked. I told them, 'What do I do now?'" Houghton, his wife, Monica, and their attorney, Dr. Susan Friery, said they hoped to get the VA's attention by going public with the situation. Full article here.

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This taxi is 'riding dirty' on 30" rims. Damn.

1996 Ford Crown Victoria with 30-inch MHT Dub Esinem wheels, 315/30/30 Pirelli Scorpion Zero Tires and custom lifted suspension, built for RIDES Magazine by Don Whitmire of Wheel Concepts, Staten Island, NY.

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14-year-old girl's boyfriend is actually a 30-year-old woman, WTF?

A 14-year-old girl authorities allege was sexually abused by a 30-year-old woman who posed as a teenage boy said she didn't know about the ruse but eventually suspected it.

"I kind of, like, guessed, but then every time I questioned her, she would get really mad," the girl told KOMO-TV of Seattle on Wednesday, "so I just stopped caring."

Prosecutors allege that Lorelei Corpuz posed as a 17-year-old orphan to gain the trust of the girl's family, then beat and molested her. She was charged this week with child rape and child molestation and was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Corpuz's court-appointed lawyer, Elissa Brine, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. Full article here.


...if Sanjaya wins (American Idol)

Simon says he'll quit the show.
Tell the world!
What will you do...
If Sanjaya Wins?

-Michael from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:
If Sanjaya wins, I will pack up my children's bag and send them to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch for Blanket's surprise b-day Slumber party.

-Jim from Florida:
If Sanjaya wins, I will will snort Keith Richards armpit hair.

-Mike from West Palm Beach, Florida:
If Sanjaya wins, I’ll braid my armpit hair and tie it to the ceiling fan blades, turn the speed to high and spin around my room like a giant piñata.

-Heather from Illinois:
If Sanjaya wins, the Cubs win a World Series.

-Courtney from Bridgton, Maine:
If Sanjaya wins, the Apocalypse will occur immediately after his "victory," God will appear, tell us all we've been punk'd, and all human existence will cease to be. So long long.

Read more and submit your own at

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This French AIDS advertisement is clever, and scary.

(click to enlarge)

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Dieting does not work, researchers report

"You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back," said Traci Mann, UCLA associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study. "We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people."

People on diets typically lose 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight in the first six months, the researchers found. However, at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years, and the true number may well be significantly higher, they said.

"Although the findings reported give a bleak picture of the effectiveness of diets, there are reasons why the actual effectiveness of diets is even worse," Mann said. Read the full article here.

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Photoworthy: the rock climb

These photos were taken by Simon Carter of Onsight Photo,


Baseball team asks fans to shovel stadium for game -- only one fan shows up.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had to cancel Thursday night's home opener because of all of the snow, but they have put out the call for fans with shovels to try to get the turf cleared so they can play Friday.

The team is offering free tickets for any Monday-to-Thursday game to anyone who shows up with a shovel Thursday afternoon and helps clear snow for a few hours.

By 3 p.m. Thursday, we're told one fan had showed up. Article here.


bagel sandwich + CD spindle = great container


Dude puts his foot through $300k art museum painting

A man put his foot through a $300,000 painting Wednesday afternoon at the Milwaukee Art Museum and told museum workers later that the image disturbed him.

The 22-year-old Pewaukee man started kicking "The Triumph of David" by Ottavio Vannini as it hung on the wall in the museum's Early European Gallery, said David Gordon, CEO and director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Painted in 1640, the oil painting depicts the outcome of the biblical tale of David and Goliath, with David carrying the giant Goliath's severed head, Gordon said.

"He was kicking it, aiming his blows at the head of Goliath, and then he pulled it off the wall and started kicking it," Gordon said. "It happened very quickly. We have guards constantly on patrol in the museum, and he obviously waited until the guard had passed through that gallery," Gordon said.

A museum employee and security guard tried to stop the man from kicking the painting, and eventually he quit striking it, took off his shirt and lay prone on the gallery's floor, Gordon said. Full article here.


This pen opens up like a robot -- neato huh? ;)

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Teacher puts clothespins on students to keep them quiet

A substitute teacher's tool for silencing chatty kindergartners -- clothespins -- doesn't wash with school officials.

Four boys said spring-type clothespins were placed over their upper or lower lips for talking too much in class, Amanda-Clearcreek Primary School principal Mike Johnsen wrote in a letter to parents this week.

Ruth Ann Stoneburner, a retired school nurse who had worked as a substitute for several years, confirmed to Johnsen that she had used the clothespin discipline March 26, he said.

Stoneburner will not work again in the Amanda-Clearcreek district and was being reported to the state education department, Superintendent J.B. Dick said Wednesday. Article here.

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