Monday, December 29, 2008

Woman Celebrates Wrong Birthday for 99 years

Most of us reach an age where we tend to ignore our birthdays and try to forget them when possible. But by the time you reach your100th birthday, you'll probably be telling everyone which is your special day. Elsie Aslett certainly was. The only problem is, Elsie had the date wrong.

For 99 years Elsie celebrated her birthday on December 14th. However, when her family asked the Queen for a birthday telegram, records revealed that she had really been born on December 18th in 1908.

Apparently Elsie's mother just got the date wrong, having eight kids will do that to you. So Elsie grew up thinking her birthday was four days earlier than her real one, thereby aging faster than she had to.

A friend of mine once made a mistake and thought she had turned 49 when she was only 48. When the next year rolled around, she was depressed to think about turning 50 and all that half-century mark means. What a wonderful surprise she had when she realized she had been 48 all year and was only turning 49, able to put off the 50th birthday for another 12 months.

If there's one person in life you should be able to trust, it's your mother. However, if you find she told you the wrong birthday, at least hope it goes in your favor. Wouldn't it be nice to find out you're really a lot younger than you thought?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Big Move

Rollo has been away from the blog for a few days due to a move. That's right, Rollo has some new digs and he's pretty happy about it.

You know, the old place wasn't bad but the landlord was just a little too close for comfort. He had his house situated so that even though it was on the next street, his yard bordered mine and he watched the house like a hawk. You'd think that having the landlord on hand for any little problem would be a handy thing, but it was the little things he worried and fretted over that could drive you crazy.

So anyway, here I am in a new place with an absentee landlord and loving it. Imagine, having a friend park his car in your driveway without the landlord calling up to find out who is visiting you!
Seriously, Rollo is too old for a nanny.

A lot of interesting and important things have been going on in my absence and trust me, I am going to catch you up on them. Some really crazy things have been going on as well, and those I like even better. So stay tuned.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Ultimate Hunter Package

It's not too late to get that outdoorsman on your list exactly what he wants for Christmas with the Nikon Hunting Christmas Promotion. You know he's been asking Santa for NikonProGear and his wishes will be fulfilled with this Ultimate Hunter Package that will increase his long-range shooting skills. It even comes with an instructional DVD.

In addition, there are great prices on a wide range of Nikon riflescopes and binoculars. You may even qualify for a gift card between $25 and $50 with your purchase of Nikon binoculars. It's the ultimate gift for that hunter who's no longer so hard to shop for.

Anti-Social Networking

I don't check my page on my social networking site often, and most people on my friends list know this and don't expect much. In my case, it's more like "anti-social" networking. I have about 60 notifications that I haven't bothered to look at but this morning, one caught my eye.

I got a challenge to take a test that determines your "actual age" based on your answers regarding lifestyle, diet and habits. I have taken these before and my results have been less than stellar. Rather than promising me that I am much younger than my chronological age would indicate, it pretty much says "are you kidding? you should have been dead long ago".

After reviewing the test, an evil thought crept into my mind. It doesn't take long for evil thoughts to do that, usually. What if I took the test and answered all the questions the "right" way, the way that proclaims my interest in fitness, health and clean living? Imagine my friend's surprise when it is revealed that I am a shining example of youthful vigor and will live to be 150.

Let's face it, when we take these internet quizzes we all realize that they are made up by strange little people just like us, and have no scientific value. So why do we approach these tests with such seriousness and answer the questions with considered truth?

I have decided that from now on I will accept every quiz challenge sent to me, and I will lie on every single one of them. My results will probably cause some to be afraid and others to delete me from their friends list. In fact, one day I may not have any unanswered notifications and requests at all.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Curious George Bush Video

In January, we will say goodbye to President George W. Bush, our country's leader for the last 8 years.

It's become the fashion in the last few years to poke fun at Bush's verbal slips, the way he pronounces nuclear (nukular) and to blame every ill of our society and economy on the policies of his administration. The attitude towards his presidency is summed up well in these george bush cartoons. Watch the video, Goodbye Curious George to get a real glimpse of the prevailing attitude towards our current president.

Now I am not one who thinks that Bush is stupid, or that he has irrevocably damaged our country. The war in Iraq is now very unpopular - wars tend to become unpopular after a few years. Despite the fact that an email claiming Bush had the lowest IQ of all presidents for the past 50 years was proven to be a hoax, the rumors of his lack intelligence persist.

I didn't find the video to be particularly funny, and I especially object to any president being portrayed as a monkey. But the freedom to be irreverent is an important part of our rights to freedom of speech, and perhaps irreverence is our way of bringing the important people down to the level of everyman. A president can be everyman, after all.

It's also important to consider that this is how George Bush is viewed by most of the media and so many Americans. My question is, will he always be seen in this light? Do our assessments of the accomplishments of a president change over time and with the writing of history? I think that one day George Bush will garner the admiration we now give Ronald Reagan, who was once as villified by the press as George Bush is today. Watch the video and judge for yourself.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thoughts on the Tragedy at Wal-Mart

This year's Christmas shopping season has had a shadow cast over it. A dark shadow of anger, violence and selfishness - the opposites of what the season is supposed to represent. There have been a couple of shootings - one in a mall, another in a Toys R Us store.
But the defining tragedy of this season is the death of Jdimytai Damour.

The 34 year old Damour was working maintenance and stock overnight at a Wal-Mart in the Vally Stream Mall on Long Island, NY. Black Friday deals had lured thousands of customers who lined up outside the store, eagerly awaiting their chances of being one of the lucky few to seize a bargain item. When Damour started to open the doors, the crowd had grown too eager and impatient, and stampeded through the doors, breaking them down and knocking Damour to the floor.

The crowd proceeded regardless, trampling and stepping over the dying man. They rushed past and knocked down other employees who tried to come to his aid. They shopped around the paramedics who tried to save his life. They became angry and refused to leave when it was announced the store would close due to the death.

We can blame commercialism or we can blame retailers that entice shoppers with limited items at special savings. We can point to a lack of security, or the foolhardiness of setting one man to open the doors to such a mob.

We will try to find someone or something to blame, but the truth is that people just like you and me, your neighbors and friends, were responsible for this tragedy. Commercialism isn't thrust upon us, we make a choice. The crowd bursting into the store on Friday made a choice, they decided that a bargain was worth more than a human life.

But had you asked any member of that crown beforehand if they would kill someone to get a low price on a plasma TV, the answer probably would have been "no". So what happened?

Simply, the human life that was discarded belonged to each and every shopper. Each of those responsible, each person who stepped over the stricken employee, each shopper who continued past the scene after the fact to complete their shopping, each and every one of them gave up their human lives and assumed the herd instinct of animals in their stampede.

If anything brings home the need for all that Christmas represents, it's this realization.

Friday, November 21, 2008

System Error Codes Library

Have you ever wondered what those error code messages you often get with your PC mean? Is it safe to ignore them or should you do something to fix the error? Many times, the error code is alerting you that some program or application is encountering difficulty. But how can you fix it, if you don't even know what is wrong?

There are specific conditions and problems associated with the various error codes, and knowing what that particular code means is vital to correcting the situation. The difficulty is that there are about 16,000 different error codes, so it's impossible to know them all at a glance.

To find what causes a specific Windows system error code, one good source to consult is PC Here you can look up the error code and get a thorough explanation of what causes it and how to correct it. Want to know about error code 1728? The Error-Library will give you quick information as well as tips on fixing the problem.

There's other useful information here at Uniblue PC Library. You can also look up ports by number and find out their exact functions as well as more general descriptions and definitions. The information is well-organized and easily accessed, making this site very user friendly.

Are You Younger Than You Look?

According to a story in The Telegraph, scientist are studying DNA for biomarkers which will tell them a person's real physical age.

They aren't looking for chronological age, or even your "real age" based on your lifestyle, but the physiological age contained in your genes.

Scientists want to find out why some people seem more sprightly and younger as they get older while others seem to age more rapidly.

The applications of this research should they be successful? That's hard to imagine, unless one is into social engineering. Perhaps we will allow only those people with younger DNA ages to reproduce, thus lengthening the life expectancy of the whole human race.

Or maybe it could be a useful fact in your online dating profile. "I'm 35, but my DNA profile says my physiological age is only 27". It would certainly make it easier for someone looking specifically for a younger woman or an older woman. Especially if the older woman and the younger one were the same person.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Operation Mojo - Chat with Nat and Alex

Unless you've been living on another planet, you've heard of the Naked Brothers Band. If you have a teenager, you probably know the faces of Nat and Alex Wolff every bit as well as your own kids from the posters on your child's bedroom walls. I know my teen has sung "I don't want to go to school" to me a thousand times.

Well, whether you're a parent of a fan or a fan yourself, you'll be excited to know that the Naked Brothers Band have a new movie premiering on Nickelodeon this Saturday, November 22, 2008. It's called Operation Mojo.


But just as exciting is the chance to tune into live chat with Nat and Alex Wolff of the Naked Brothers Band as part of the premiere of the new movie. Every fan will want to get in on this live chat.

In Operation Mojo Nat loses his Mojo and his confidence when he fears losing Rosalina. Alex takes Nat into the woods on a trek to boost his self-esteem and reclaim his mojo. There are three great new songs and a lot of fun.

Nat and Alex both star in the TeenNick television series, The Naked Brothers Band. Operation Mojo is their 6th television movie. Be sure to tune in for the movie and the live chat with Nat and Alex.


When Global Socks Slump

I was surfing through the news sites this morning when I was taken by the headline "Global Socks Slump". I had to shake my head and read it again, because I wasn't sure whether I had read it right or not. Sure enough, when I clicked through to the article I found that the headline was supposed to be "Global Stocks Slump" and it was only the oversight of some editor that left the all-important letter out of that word.

But I got to thinking about slumping socks. Choosing socks can be a very dodgy business. When they are hanging on a rack in the store, you can't be sure whether they will stay up or slump, once you have purchased them for wear.

If you've ever had socks that slump, you know the problem. They slide down your calves and gather in folds at your ankle. Particularly slinky socks will often slide a bit, step by step, into your shoes. The result is a day that is neither productive nor comfortable as your attention is constantly distracted and drawn to the state of your socks. You spend the day trying to surreptitiously reach down and yank them up, to avoid those embarrassing elephant ankles.

So, as disheartening as the news about global stocks is, I am still grateful that there isn't a slumping of global socks. Imagine the leaders of the world trying to govern, conduct business, hammer out trade treaties and combat global warming, all while trying to pull their socks up...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Finding a Body Shop

You've been in an accident - well, it happens to all of us at some time. Whether it's a fender bender or there's some serious damage to your vehicle, you know you'll spend time on accident reports and insurance paperwork, but what about the repairs? Do you know which body shops in your area are highly rated? When you need to find reputable collision repair experts you can get reliable information on all the best body shops in your area in one place. The recommendations are based on real customer surveys and testimonials. Just plug in your zip code and find out which body shops in your area meet the high quality work standard and customer satisfaction of

Man Mails himself out of Prison

Sometimes life imitates art as in this story from Germany, about a prisoner who used the tactics used in so many films to make his prison break.

And the "Great Escape" award goes to Hans Lang, 42, who staged a truly creative escape from the German prison where he was doing time for drug dealing. He mailed himself out of prison.

Lang hid in the laundry room and when it was empty, he wrapped himself in sheets, put himself in an extra large FedEx box and left the prison in the back of a van. When the driver made a stop, Lang got out of the box, picked the lock on the van and made his escape into the woods.

It's the stuff of Hollywood films and spy novels but the scheme worked. Lang is still on the lam and has not yet been found and marked "return to sender".

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Street Artist to Give Away $2m of Art Work

If you live in London, this could be your week to pick up some expensive artwork by a famous artist - for free.

Adam Neate, well-known street artist whose paintings often sell for over $80,000, will be leaving 1000 pieces of his art work all over the city. They will be free for the taking for whoever finds them.
Neate is staging the giveaway to celebrate the roots of street art, and to demonstrate the true meaning of street art - that it's free for everyone to enjoy.

Each piece will be signed so the finders will know that they have stumbled across the genuine article. The pieces will be left at famous landmarks but also in less conspicuous places.

Workers will beging distributing the paintings before dawn on Friday , and will continue from the outskirts to the inner city until all the pieces are set out. So if you are in London on Friday, keep your eyes open.

The Art of Wall Decor

Sometimes, when you first move into a place, you spend some time enjoying those plain white and naked walls. That was my feeling when I first moved into this apartment, it felt nice and bare. It doesn't take long however, to realize that this cold and minimalist environment isn't really a comfortable one for you or your guests. But how do you decorate if you don't know anything about it?

Haven't you visited someone who, through carefully selected wall art decor makes their home seem more inviting, more comfortable and engaging through art that keeps your visual interest? That is all you have to do, just extend your personal vision.

There are many ways to set about decorating your walls in a way that expresses your taste and your style. A few well-chosen canvas oil paintings can highlight your color scheme and create a feeling of continuity and a flow in the decor.

If you are more adventurous and modern, you might choose some metal wall art, or sculpture. Why not go against the expectations and choose canvas wall art in contrasting colors, or vibrant patterns that will immediately catch the eye?

If you're looking for wall art but aren't sure just what you want, try a site like Wall Decor and Home They have art of every description and you can browse until you find the art that exactly suits your walls and you. The prices are very reasonable for quality art works as well, and the selection is very good.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering our Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, the day when we remember those men who fought bravely to preserve our freedoms. If you know a veteran, today is a great day to say a special "thank you" to him or her.
We salute the men who went off to foreign lands to fight for those principles that this nation was founded upon and to defeat tyranny. We say a special prayer for those who never returned, and for their families.

The Wall - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Top Irritating Phrases

Everyday we hear them, tired words and catch phrases that make us mad enough to explode, literally. Literally is one of them, especially when used incorrectly as in that sentence. Oxford University has compiled a top ten list of phrases and words that irritate.

The phrase "at the end of the day" tops the Oxford University list while a separate list compiled by the UK newspaper, the Telegraph, puts "literally" in the top spot for most irritating, overused word or phrase.

The lists are pretty good and you can find them here. I couldn't agree more on people who say "shouldn't of" instead of "shouldn't have". But I can think of other words and phrases that irritate me as much or more than the ones on either list. For instance "on the same page" is a very tired, overused phrase in any office setting.

Feel free to comment and leave the word or phrase that makes you cringe everytime you hear it. No one will tell you that you "shouldn't of" done it.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Galco Holsters

When Richard Gallagher founded "The Original Jackass Leather Company" in 1969, he didn't know that one day his Jackass shoulder holster would be made famous by Don Johnson in the classic "Miami Vice" television series. Today, Galco holsters are used everywhere by law enforcement agencies, the military and civilians. Galco, as the company is now known, still makes the highest quality holsters from premium leather, ballistic nylon and horsehide. For quality workmanship and superior design, there's no better value than a Galco holster.

Mom Given Wrong Baby - Had a Girl, Got a Boy

Everyone's heard stories of babies mixed up at hospitals and the heartbreak of parents who find out months and years later that the baby they brought home was not, in fact, their own child. But in one case, the mistake was caught very quickly, making the baby exchange much easier.

Cristina Zahariuc,35, gave birth to her third child, a girl, in a Romanian hospital. when it was time to leave, she gave the hospital staff the clothes she brought to take the baby home in and the baby was soon dressed and returned to her.

But Cristina was in for a little shock the first time she had to change a wet diaper. For under the frilly pink clothing she discovered that the baby she brought home from the hospital had a penis.

Calls made by Cristina and her husband to the hospital were hung up on, as the staff thought it was a prank. However, Cristina was soon able to prove to the hospital that she had given birth to a girl and yet was sent home with a baby boy.

An investigation is underway to find out which staff screwed up in the releasing of the wrong child. The hospital claims it probably happened because of the similarities in the names of the two mothers. They did not say if staff would need to undergo special gender identification training. I think it may be needed if they didn't notice they were dressing a boy in the girls' clothing given them by the mother.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Nikon ATB Binoculars Gift Card

Looking at the calendar and worrying about the dwindling number of days till Christmas? Well, if you know an avid outdoorsman, hunter or sportsman, I can tell you about one gift that will be an instant hit. Buy him Nikon ATB Binoculars and get a Promotional Gift Card for other great Nikon gear. The gift card is up to a $50 value on Nikon's quality outdoor wear, optics and other gear. The Nikon ATB Promotion runs through December 31, 2008. Just choose the binoculars you want at and after you make your purchase, fill out the rebate form to get your gift card for cool gear. Don't miss out on the great gear and great savings.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Woman buys foreclosed home - returns it to the owner

I am not one usually for finding the good news, I am more interested in the strange and quirky news that shows the infinite eccentricities and foibles of humans. But this is one story I couldn't pass up, it's just too good.

Tracy Orr was just another victim of the slow economy, a woman who had suffered through job loss and then the loss of her home through foreclosure. She suffered through the auction where they would sell off her foreclosed home to strangers, and she cried.

But Tracy's story has a happy ending, because a good Samaritan who listened to her story, bought her house at auction and then in a gesture of humanity hardly ever seen anymore, gave it back to her.

Marilyn Mock purchased Tracy's house at that auction and has told Tracy she can live there, and instead of making payments to the bank, Tracy will make payments to her.

Maybe what the country needs isn't another politician with a bailout or another complicated tax program. Maybe what this country needs are more people like Marilyn Mock, more random acts of kindness and charity.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Help with MDF files

There's a lot of information on the net to help you with computer questions, but there's one place where you can get information on so many tech subjects that it's the kind of resource you'll find yourself returning to over and over again. has just the type of format I like and I think you'll like it too. It's full of easy-to-understand explanations of technical terms, covering a multitude of computer topics that users will find helpful. In today's market, computer knowledge can be the key to success.

Recently I was looking for information and tech help on .mdf files and an mdf file reader. MDF files are used as image copies of DVDs or CDs. The process was clearly and exhaustively covered and most importantly, I got the technological help I was seeking. I also spent some time looking around the site and picked up a few other important bits of computer knowledge that I tucked away for future reference.

Whether you're looking for information on file extensions or how to use MagicISO to create MDF files, you will find what you need to know at

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Against God

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit against God because the Almighty was never served court papers.

The lawsuit was brought by Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers, who filed the suit in response to several efforts by the Nebraska legislature to try to curb the glut of frivolous lawsuits that clog the judicial system.

Chambers believes that anyone has the sue anyone else. He sued God to get an injunction to prevent God from committing what he terms are acts of violence, such as earthquakes and tornadoes.

In throwing out the case, the judge stated that not only is there no evidence that God had been served, he also opined that effective service on God could never be accomplished.

Chambers argued that since God is omnipresent, he would be aware of the proceedings. Chambers plans to appeal.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Write Your Own Reviews at Talk Reviews

Ever wonder what makes a website popular or which sites are the Top Websites on the net? There are lots of ways to rate a website - Alexa, Google's page rank, etc. In the end, what really matters is what the visitors think, visitors like you.

Now there's a place where you can get all the information you need on a website as well as useful reviews from other visitors. Read reviews of websites from all over the globe or share your opinion with others and Write a Website Review. Find out what others have to say about your site, at Talk

Bigfoot for sale on eBay

There's more than one way to make money off a hoax. First you announce that you have found a Bigfoot body and then when it is discovered to be nothing more than a gorilla costume with some animal entrails stuffed into it, you sell it on eBay.

That's right. The hoaxsters, Rick Dyer and Matt Whitton will sell you the fake Bigfoot body for the right price. If you remember, Dyer and Whitton said they were out hunting when they came across the body of a Bigfoot and were going to reveal it all to the world, to finally prove that Bigfoot exists.

They had the "body" in a freezer but when it thawed out, the hoax was quickly discovered and they were discredited, as well as out a lot of money they probably hoped to get paid for exclusive interviews.

You have to hand it to them for finding another way of making a buck out of what is essentially a huge lie. The current bid for the Bigfoot body is $55,000. I guess it proves what PT Barnum always said "there's a sucker born every minute".

Friday, October 10, 2008

Find Area Codes

With 372 area codes in the US and more coming in expansion, it isn't easy to recognize where that last phone call came from. You might not even recognize area codes from your local area, as more codes are assigned to cell phones and other devices using phone lines. But you can Locate Area Codes quickly on this website that gives you all the area codes for each state and even lets you look up phone numbers, so you never have to wonder about a missed phone call again.

Should Candidates Wear Lie Detectors?

I think this is the greatest idea anyone has ever come up with. Candidates in a race for a Congressional seat in Indiana have agreed to be hooked up to lie detectors during the debate.

Think about how easy that would make going to the polls. Who are you going to vote for? The guy who said all the right things but whose polygraph beeped and flashed the whole time he was smiling and promising?

Polygraphs in politics would change everything, but mostly it would guarantee that no one currently in office would ever get elected again. Instead, the little guy, the one who collects signatures, barely gets on the ballot and usually never has a chance, will become the candidate of choice. Why? Because he believes in what he says. He wants to make a change for the better, and believes he can.

Sure, a polygraph only measures whether or not you think you are telling the truth, but isn't it better to elect someone who believes in what he says, even if he's wrong, than someone who will vote for and do things he thinks are wrong just to get elected?

The debate won't include the polygraphs, even though two of the three candidates have agreed to it. The incumbent hasn't responded and his party chairman is dead set against it. He's stated there are better ways of finding out what a candidate's position is than using a lie detector.

Sure, there's better ways of knowing what someone thinks than making him tell the truth?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Nouveau Riche

Noveau Riche is no longer a label given by those with "old money" to brash upstarts and newcomers, rather it's now the goal of every low to middle income American citizen. Those who have raised their status within one generation are now more admired and envied than those who have inherited their wealth. With examples of American entrepreneurism like Bill Gates, Sam Walton and even Warren Buffet, they have seen others climb the socio-economic ladder of success and reach the status of Noveau Riche.

The goal is attainable. Every year, hard-working people start with the germ of a great idea and nurture it until it grows into success. The call of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" is answered every day by those who have the drive to succeed. Working towards the goal of helping others to start their own business and increase income is Nouveau Riche, a community that is all about educating the entrepreneur, providing support and advice. The key is taking what you love, what you have a passion for, and turning it into a business. Noveau Riche can help you realize your life's ambition and make you part of the new rich nation.

Mail Goggles

Google continues its innovation to provide users with one more invaluable service - the ability to filter out ill-conceived emails that may have been composed while the author was drunk.

Mail Goggles can be set to turn on late nights or weekends to give the inebriated a chance to re-think that gushy email to the one they love from afar or hastily written resignations from their jobs by setting up extra blocks in the form of questions.

Google will set the sender a series of math problems to solve once they click "send". Their ability to correctly solve the problems or not may give them a chance to determine whether or not they are in the right mind-set to be sending that email.

On the other hand, if you really want to call your boss a moronic monkey-puppet of corporate greed, it may be that your inability to do some simple math won't stop you.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Election Fun - Throw a Debate Party

Is the mud-slinging and name-calling of the campaign season starting to bring you down? Confused as to which candidate holds which position or why? There's no reason to struggle through this all alone. While you ponder the issues and root for your candidates, make it all a little more fun and social with a Debate party.

A debate party can be a great idea for you and your friends, no matter what your political persuasions. Make food, drinks and party favors for guests of either political party and please everyone. That's a neat trick during election season, but regardless of who wins the debate, if you use the great party ideas at, your party is sure to be the winner.

No Fly Zone - Bumblebees and Pterodactyls and Mathematics

One story in the news that really caught my eye was the new scientific theory that has rendered the pterodactyl flightless. This pre-historic bird, which weighed nearly a quarter of a ton, simply wouldn't be able to flap its wings fast enough to maintain flight, say the researchers.

The pterodactyl holds a special place in the terror hall of fame, having been the predator of choice in so many movies. But before we scrap our Jurassic Park DVDs, let's consider that at one time, science told us that bumblebees can't fly. Bumblebees were not extinct at the time that theory was proposed, and in fact, could be observed to fly on any given warm, summer day. So how did someone prove they can't fly?

The truth is that no one ever proved that bumblebees can't fly, they only proved that by using a mathematical model unknown to the bees, you can calculate size, weight and wing span which will produce a theory that these bees shouldn't be flying.

Pterodactyls didn't do math either.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Who Are You Looking For?

Have you wanted to get in touch with old friends you haven't seen in years, but because they've moved, you don't know where to look? Maybe you're looking for a childhood sweetheart, long-lost relative or someone from your past. A good place to start your search is People Locator Services. Browse the database of names or enter keywords for a search to find public records easily and quickly. Find who you're looking for.

Woman Finds Bat in Coffee

It's that time of year when warm, sunny days encourage flies and bees and other insect life to go about seeking food, but as the cooler evenings take over, they often get caught out by the cold, or find someplace warm to hide. It's the time of year when you don't leave your car windows open, because the super-warmth of the interior caused by the day's sunshine is just a perfect spot for bees escaping the rapidly cooling air.

Apparently the same holds true for bats. Except this is the prime time of year for bats to try to move into your house, rather than your car.

One strange story comes out of Iowa, where a woman found a drowned (and steamed) bat in the filter of her coffee maker. Of course, by the time she found the bat, she had already consumed her morning cuppa joe. She kept the coffee pot on a timer and only filled it up at night.

Now Rollo loves his coffee more than could be considered natural and normal, but brewing bats might be just enough to put him off his usual mug of java. This is just a heads-up to always check your filter and well, any place a bat might decide to duck into.

As for the hapless woman in Iowa, since the bat's brains were too cooked for testing, she had to undergo a series of rabies shots. Okay, that's worth avoiding.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Identify Unknown Callers

Do you keep receiving calls from the same unknown number and wonder who is calling you and why? Do you wonder if others are receiving calls from the same number or if they have any further information on the caller? Now there's a website where you can list those persistent and unidentified numbers, and even leave comments for others on your experience. When you're looking for more information and Caller Identification on a number, check here first to see if others have listed the number or commented. You can get a list of the top unidentified numbers that people are receiving calls from. helps you get answers about that unwanted phone call.

MALINTENT - Homeland Security to read minds

If you travel frequently for business or pleasure, you have become used to the delays in boarding and the strictures on what you may carry. Screenings cost some travelers precious time over innocent personal hygiene devices, cosmetics and other items that can trigger full searches. But what would you prefer - a body search or a mind search?

New technology coming from Homeland Security will read the minds of passengers rather than search their bodies for hidden devices. The new machine is called MALINTENT and it reads body clues that will signal if a passenger has something to hide.

Does it sound like a science fiction novel? In some ways, yes. It's the extreme of the Big Brother society, where not only what you do and what you say is known to the government, but now what you think. Can humans prepare themselves for that particular invasion of privacy?

Except that MALINTENT cannot read specific thoughts, rather it reads your body's vital signs and performs a micro-facial scanning that measures minute muscle movements, movements that might indicate mood and intent. They believe they will be able to spot those passengers who may be planning harm to others.

But when going through airport screenings on the brink of travel, who is feeling relaxed? How will the machine read your mood if you are having a bad day? Not to worry they say, you don't won't set off the detectors simply because you are stressed or tense or even if you sweat profusely.

Testing on the device is ongoing, and it will be interesting to see which passengers feel is more invasive - fingers in their luggage or probes into their minds.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Personal Illumination Tools

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Which came first? The Chicken or the Duck?

A Chinese farmer who was trying to get all his ducks in a row, found the task a bit more difficult than he imagined. One of his ducks, isn't.

Isn't a duck, that is. Or it may be a duck but somehow it's not exactly like the other ducks. For one thing, it doesn't like water.

Of course, it could be these feet that make this duck too chicken to try paddling across the pond. Or maybe he's just ducken his responsibilities.

The farmer said that he didn't notice that his new duck had chicken feet until about ten days after he bought it. The duck has become quite famous in his own little way, with people coming from all around to see him.

This is one ugly duckling that won't be turning into a swan anytime soon.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Online Chat City - New Chat Forum

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Mother Steals Daughter's ID - Becomes a Cheerleader

I've heard of people who want to live their dreams, but this woman in Wisconsin takes the cake. Her dream was to finish high school and be a cheerleader, but at 33 years old, it didn't seem likely that she would achieve it.

That is, until she decided to assume her daughter's identity. Wendy Brown told school officials she was 15, using her daughter's identity to get admitted to high school. She got to attend cheerleading practice and even a pool party at the coach's house before being found out.

No information was available on how Wendy Brown was found out but let's be real here. I don't care how great someone looks at 33, she won't look 15. I mean, at some point the pom poms get a little saggy. The daughter apparently lives with her grandmother in Nevada but it is not known if either she or her grandmother is a cheerleader.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Searching Public Records Online

Wondering where to start your public records search for deeds and mortgages, death records, birth records, professional license records, sex offender records and more? You can search online to access direct links for county public records, and it's quick and easy. Simply fill in the information on the individual whose records you are searching for and get the results from a nationwide database. It's a simple way to find the information you need anywhere in the country.

Of Tragedy and Fraud - Remembering 9/11

Today is a day that Americans will never forget. The day our security and feeling of invulnerability in our own land was shattered forever as two planes were deliberately flown into the World Trade Center twin towers, the most devastating terrorism attack ever launched against Americans on their own soil.

But while we remember those that died, the families whose lives were forever destroyed, the brave ones that worked to save those still trying to escape, we also remember the survivors. Those people who lived through the most traumatic morning of their lives, suffered the loss of co-workers and friends, and witnessed a tragedy of epic scale.

Today I was incensed to read of a woman named Tania Head who masqueraded as a WTC survivor, even heading up a survivors group. It is a despicable fraud that it is hard to imagine anyone perpetrating. Eventually it was discovered that she was never even in New York on that fateful day, she was thousands of miles away in Barcelona. You can read the story in The Daily Mail.

Sportsview - It's Fan-tastic

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But how about this idea? Instead meeting a few like-minded sports enthusiasts in your regular social networking site, how about joining a social networking site specifically for and by sports fans? is a very different kind of social networking site, aimed at the serious sports fan but providing lots of fun at the same time. Members can upload videos, create sports blogs, share pictures and even create bets to earn Sportsview dollars. Plus you can enjoy all the great videos, football videos, baseball videos, and much more.

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Life as We Don't Know It

They switched on the LHC proton accelerator and the Earth is still here. According to the scientists at CERN, it's all been an atom-smashing success so far. But since the important smashing won't occur for a month or so, we are still waiting to see.

But it appears that regardless of what happens, at least one species of life will survive, and it may not be the cockroach to our surprise. Scientists have found this interesting creature called the tardigrade, or "water bear" can survive quite nicely through incredible amounts of radiation.

They are tiny creatures, only 1.5 mm long, and apparently in times of extreme environment changes, they simply suspend life and biological function until such time that the environment seems friendly enough again.

This amazing ability causes scientists to do things like strap them to the outside of orbiting space craft, to test their mettle.

So, although possessing the ability to withstand the vacuum of space, radiation and intense temperature changes makes it incredibly likely they can survive nearly anything, they have to put up with nosy scientists watching them reproduce and shooting them into space.

Maybe it's better to be less hardy, but if one day there is a disaster that leaves only the water bear as life on this planet, the next round of evolution might be very interesting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Search for Divorce Records Online

Did you know there's a way to access public Divorce Records from anywhere in the country? You can find local public divorce records online by state or search nationwide. Searching the database is just a matter of filling in a few details and the search area you desires. will provide the documentation you require from their vast database of public divorce records recovered from country court houses nationwide. Search there, and search no more.

Sarah Palin - Action Hero?

Sarah Palin, the Republican VP Candidate, took the media by storm and Hero-Builders hopes their action figure doll of Sarah Palin will take the market by storm.

There are two versions of the 12-inch Sarah Palin action figure. One portrays her in an exective style suit befitting her office as governor of Alaska while the other plays up her less official skills. Wearing a trench coat over a white mini-skirt, the doll has a gun strapped to her toned thigh.

The makers of the doll believe the gun-toting, mini-skirt wearing version will sell the better of the two dolls.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Scientists with Proton Accelerator could end the world

According to some scientists, the end of the world is scheduled for this Wednesday - technically, four years from this Wednesday.

On Wednesday, scientists will switch on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), a giant particle accelerator that is buried 100 meters below the earth. The LHC is containted in 17 miles of underground tunnels.

Scientists hope to recreate the second after the Big Bang and discover the secrets of the universe. But some scientists are warning that they could create black holes and quasars inside the Earth that will eventually destroy it from the inside out. One has said that it will take approximately four years before we notice the effects of this experiment.

The alleged danger of the throwing of the switch has caused panic all around the world, and those involved in the project are receiving death threats.

I hadn't planned on the world ending on Wednesday. This is in fact, the second end of the world I have been through. Remember, we were all pretty sure that the world's computers were going to cause the end of civilization when Y2K arrived. So I am not sure this end of the world is going to pan out. But just in case, I am not paying any bills until Thursday.

Read more at the Daily Mail

Friday, August 29, 2008

Laptop A Day Giveaway from Charter

If you an avid internet user as I am, you know that dial up just won't cut it, you need high speed internet. Now, when you sign up for a great deal on high speed internet from Charter Communications, you not only get the speed and connectivity you crave, but a chance to win a free laptop.

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City Forecloses on Man's House for Unpaid Parking Ticket

Milwaukee is not known as the city of brotherly love, and maybe for a good reason. In an act that is anything but brotherly, the City of Milwaukee has taken possession of a man's house, in return for an unpaid parking ticket.

Peter Tubic had an unlicensed van parked in his driveway and incurred a fine of $50. Because he didn't pay the original fine, interest and penalties have driven it up to $2,600. For this the city is foreclosing on his home.

But, Tubic's lawyers say, Tubic's case is unique in that he suffers from many physical diseases and has been declared mentally and physically disabled since 2001. These problems make it difficult for Tubic to handle this kind of situation, and the fines went unpaid.

The mayor vowed to help Tubic but nothing will be known until the hearing on September 11. If the city retains ownership of the house, they will sell it and return to Tubic any monies from the sale over the amount of the fine.

It's a reminder that although we live in a free country, we can still get caught in a web of bureaucracy and red tape. For the simple offense of overlooking a minor ticket, you could end up homeless. I won't even go into the idea of property rights and why the government shouldn't be able to tell you that you can't keep your own property on your own property without paying them a registration fee.

For Peter Tubic, the issue of property rights won't really matter, the city has taken his home.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Web Hosting Reviews

I run several blogs and sites on different topics, and when I was looking for hosting for my latest one, I found it wasn't so easy to decide which hosting plan was best. There are many options to consider and it's important to know what's included, how much downtime you can expect and overall cost.

So what's the best way to find out where to get the best web hosting? gives you a quick look at the top ten hosts with a review for each that details the benefits of each plan and full information on the cost of hosting plans. I found useful information that I could practically apply to the process of choosing a hosting company.

In addition you may find some of the articles of particular use. If you have questions on anything to do with website maintenance, you can most likely find the answer here. For example, what do you need to consider when choosing a domain name? Should you use hyphens or take a .biz instead of a .com? This article may help you decide.

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Bank Changes Customer's Disparaging Password

This story about the man who tried to express his displeasure with his bank's service through his password, just struck a chord with me.

The man used the password "Lloyds is pants" until some bank employee saw it and changed it to "No We Are Not". You'll be glad to know that the bank admitted that the employee had no right to change the password.

The problem now is that the customer, a Mr. Jetley, is having difficulty getting his passwords accepted. He's tried "Lloyds is Rubbish" and "Censorship" among other things, but the bank has nixed all his submissions.

With banks imposing incredible fees for using their services and ATMs, penalizing customers with daily fees on overdrafts and generally turning banking into a battlefield, it only seems natural for the little guy to want to strike out in at least editorial ways.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jetley struggles to find a password he can get by the censors, while the rest of us now hatch ideas for the new passwords we can use - until we get caught, that is.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Freedom Debt Relief

The crush of credit card and other unsecured debt is a heavy burden on American consumers. In the current economy, many have turned to credit cards to satisfy pressing financial obligations, only to incur more debt, more interest and an accumulating debt that seems to spiral out of control.

It seems to me that taking out a loan to cover outstanding debts is just adding to the burden. What you need to do is to lower your debt, find a way to pay it down and break the cycle. That's where Freedom Debt Relief comes in. By lowering your actual debt to up to 50% of what it is now through negotiation with creditors, and consolidating your many payments into just one, you can become debt-free in as little as 2-3 years and only pay half of what you currently owe. Best of all, you won't continue to damage your credit score with late payments.

The fees for their service are spread out over the course of your program and incorporated into your monthly payment, so there's no big surprise payments or fees. FDR will contact your creditors to negotiate the lowest balance possible and save you money.

Once you are debt-free, they can refer you to credit repair services and other financial services to restore your good credit and set your future financial path.

Bigfoot is Halloween Costume

The sad news of the week is that bigfoot isn't real, at least not the one they found in a costume shop. I must say that I, for one, am extremely disappointed.

Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the two men claiming to have found a bigfoot body, seem to have been hunting for Halloween costumes. It doesn't seem too bright to assume that you can fool people with a fake bigfoot for long, but in fact, they fooled someone long enough to make a bit of cash.

Tom Biscardi of had paid the "discoverers" of the bigfoot corpse a reported $50,000 for the exclusive rights to the story and the body. The body which was kept encased in ice in a freezer, was not available for examination by any experts except Biscardi's investigator, Steve Kulls. When the ice began to thaw, Kulls discovered that the fur was synthetic and the feet were made of rubber.

Dyer and Whitton have disappeared of course, taking the $50,000 with them presumably. Biscardi has a Halloween costume and egg on his face. Bigfoot still doesn't exist and that's the really sad part.

However, one thought did occur. If you were bigfoot, wouldn't hiding out in a bigfoot costume be the best disguise of all?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Country Music Site Makes Fans

Country music fans will soon become big fans of a website called The site is a virtual treasure trove of music, media and more. You can watch your favorite Country Music Video and discuss it or any other country music related topic with other fans on the forums. Check out news and information on today's top country music artists and vote for your favorite performers, songs, and videos. There's so much to do at this site and so much information you've been looking for, like all those Country Music Lyrics so you can sing along with your favorite songs. If you're looking for a country music resource, check it out!

A Shocking Tale

High prices for energy are making it hard for lots of people these days, but trying to circumvent the local electric company turned out to be a shocker for Lonnie Montgomery of Conway, Arkansas.

The 33 year old Montgomery hadn't paid his electric bill and service was shut off. According to authorities, Montgomery had sparked to the idea of trying to reconnect the electricity himself. He apparently had removed the plastic cover that the utility company had placed on the meter. Montgomery was found lying dead outside his home, his hand still holding one end of a set of jumper cables.

So, in case you wondered if it was possible to reconnect your own electricity without paying your bill, the answer is that it's really not such a bright idea.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Viddiction - Earn Cash for Your Videos

Video sites are becoming one of the net's most popular forms of social networking. User-created content provides a wide variety of humor, music, newsy bytes or just heartwarming videos that visitors can spend many happy hours poring over.

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Sat Nav Sends Trucks into House 15 Times

It's bad enough when you get a map and directions on the internet and go in circles for an hour because it says to take a right when it was supposed to be a left, but seems like sat-nav isn't all it's cracked up to be.

There was the bus driver whose sat-nav led him directly into a river. Even though he was driving into the water, he kept right on because his sat-nav told him that was the way to go. Now, there's the poor woman in Bodfari, North Wales, who is afraid to sit in her livingroom because truck drivers keep smashing into it, but she says it's not their fault.

All the truck drivers are just following the directions from their sat-nav, which tells them that the winding country lane on which Amanda Sandland lives is a shortcut. All in all, truckers following the sat-nav instructions have hit her house 15 times.

Taking a truck down a narrow country lane that is obviously too small for the vehicle or driving a bus into a river and keep going till you are half-submereged because some technological advice tells you to, makes you a shining example of a lack of common sense and highlights our society's new slavish dependence on technology.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Of Men and Boots

Women love to shop for shoes, they will have dozens of pairs of shoes in different colors for every occasion. Guys aren't like that, shoes are for specific purposes. Some shoes are for running or sports, some for harsh weather and some, like steel toe shoes, are simply to keep your feet and toes intact when you work jobs like construction.

A well-made and sturdy pair of boots is important for many occupations and hobbies, from construction to hunting. But whether you want outdoor boots, workboots or steel-toed boots, you don't want to waste time and money going from store to store only to find that you've ended up with an inferior product.

If you're looking for quality and convenience, try for a selection of top-name, high-quality boots and the ease of purchasing online. Save your feet a trip to the mall and protect them in quality work boots for every need.

Yeti Hairs Found ?

The shadow of the Abominable Snowman is looming large again, this time because of two hairs found in the mountains of north-east India. The strands of hair are being analyzed but have not yet been identified and are being hailed as possible proof that the Yeti really does exist.

The Yeti, like Sasquatch (Bigfoot) is a legend amongst native peoples that only became a part of the global consciousness in the 20th century. When westerners started climbing Everest, news of the possible existence of a mysterious human-like ape or ape-like human started to be spread. Even Sir Edmund Hillary claimed to have seen footprints belonging to the Yeti.

But what if they find these hairs are just the hairs of the brown or black bear? I don't think it will matter at all. The legend of the Yeti is as important as the legend of Bigfoot or Loch Ness. They are historical beings despite never having been proven to exist. They fill an important place in pop culture. They provide mystery, and with our advancement in knowledge and technology, mystery is hard to come by. Is it any wonder that all these mysterious beings were suddenly thrust into the spotlight during the last century? The same century that saw an explosion of scientific and technological knowledge?

The paranormal, ghosts, Bigfoot, Nessie and the Abominable Snowman all offer that element of the unknown that our human minds crave. Humans for millenia passed on legends and stories by the light of a campfire, instilling fear and awe in the listeners. Today's legends are no less important, they let us sit and whisper together, express doubts, fears and our belief in something beyond our world of technology and scientific certainties.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hailstones Explode from Toilet

The weather has been pretty strange in Eisen-stadt, Austria where Martin Bierbauer lives. But he was shocked when he was driven off his toilet when hailstones shot up through the U-bend and blasted out of the bowl.

Another resident of the apartment building tried to hold back the torrent of large hailstones coming from her toilet by putting a board over the bowl and sitting on it, but the pressure behind them was too great. Bierbauer and other residents of the apartment building fled into the streets as the icy pellets continued to explode from their toilets.

Extremely warm weather followed by cold snaps and freak ice storms had left hailstones clogging the drainage pipes and caused growing pressure in the pipes. According to a council spokesman, they had to go somewhere.


Friday, July 18, 2008

World Biofuels Industry Challenges OPEC on Biofuels Future

Despite the fact that a recent Merrill Lynch analysis shows that biofuels keep the world oil prices 15 % lower than they otherwise would be, OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ) has accused the biofuels industry of being at least partly to blame for rising crude oil prices.

Answering this charge are the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), the European Bioethanol Fuel Associations, the Brazilian Sugarcane and Ethanol Industry Association (UNICA) and the US Renewable Fuels Association in their World Biofuels Industry Open Letter to OPEC.

The open letter appeared as a full page ad in the Financial Times. The goal is to try to counter the misleading information from OPEC about the future of biofuels and the effect they may have in alleviating the energy crisis.

It seems fairly logical that OPEC would fear the rise of alternative energy sources, like biofuels, that might cut into their profits. Have a look at the full letter at the link above and judge for yourself.

Police Officer Fired for Demanding Free Coffee

There are always jokes about policemen at the coffee shop, sipping coffee and eating donuts. But for one Daytona Beach police officer, his caffeine addiction led to being fired from the police force.

Seems that Lt. Major Garvin has been the recipient of a lot of free coffee at the local Starbucks, but not because the manager was overly fond of him. Employees complained that Garvin would simply cut the line and go past all the other customers waiting so that he could be served first. Apparently he came into the store several times a night, demanding free coffee. According to employees, they were told that not providing the free coffee would mean that police response times would be slower in the future.

A former manager apparently gave out coffee as freebies to police officers, but that really is no excuse. The present manager did not, and for a police officer to threaten that the police would not respond to an emergency in as rapid a time frame cannot be excused.

I applaud Police Chief Mike Chitwood's fast response in firing this guy. He's a disgrace to police officers everywhere. And I would like to thank Lt. Major Garvin for being so stupid, because the final blow for Garvin was the fact that he utterly failed the polygraph test he himself insisted on taking.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What's Your Bills IQ?

How savvy are you when it comes to your own personal finances? What factors affect your credit score the most? Can you survive bankruptcy? Do you know what to save and when? How much savings do you need for an emergency? Have you put aside enough for retirement? Is there even time?

When it comes to finances, what is your Bills IQ? Take this nifty little test and find out. Answer a few simple questions about your debt, bill-paying habits and savings and they'll tell you what your total Bills IQ is.

Not surprisingly, I got a failing grade. Now, this is not because I am completely in the dark about which financial practices are good and which aren't, but mostly because I am still working on fixing credit and debt mistakes of the past. So, I wasn't surprised to find out that I could handle my finances better than I do, but what did surprise me were my honest answers to certain questions.

I would have liked to have picked better answers but the truth is, a lot of times I make the wrong choices when it comes to debt, credit and planning for retirement. We all do, because without the right advice, we are likely to think in terms of the "now" and what's expedient. We should all strive to make better choices.

That's what Bills IQ is all about - discovering what it is that you do now that is detrimental to your financial picture and getting the help and the expert advice to start doing those things that are beneficial.

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Man Trades Son's Name for $100 Gas

When a local radio station in Florida ran a contest looking for the most interesting item to trade for $100 worth of gasoline, David Partin was listening. And it was Partin who came up with the most unusual offer they had received - the chance to name his unborn son.

When David Partin's son is born in December, he will be named "Dixon and Willoughby" Partin. The "and" is included in the first name. The child will be named for radio hosts Richard Dixon and J Willoughby. Partin wisely decided against allowed "With Radio's Alan Spector" as a middle name.

Parents giving their children weird names isn't anything new, in fact, it's something of a parlor game for celebrities who search worldwide for the oddest names they can find. I think the winner of that contest has to be Shannyn Sossamon who named her son Audio Science.

But how Partin and girlfriend Samantha Bailey will explain to little Dixon and Willoughby how his future was traded for what amounts to a couple of weeks' worth of gas is another story.

Friday, July 11, 2008

$8 Glasses a Deal says Fox

This story isn't surprising. There's a website where you can get quality frames and lenses but for some people, it will be harder to do because you might not get your optometrist's office to release your full prescription details to you. See the story at Zenni on Fox.

The good news is that at, it's possible to get a stylish and functional pair of prescription glasses for ultra-low prices - even as low as $8. Zenni has many styles and colors to choose from for the frames and as you can see by the video, the prescriptions were perfect according to the optometrist who checked them out.

Air Traffic Controller Ad in Braille

I think I am just as sensitive as the next guy and none of us want to see discrimination against anyone in terms of jobs and access, so it's great that things like ATMs have instructions in Braille and headphones even for people who are blind. I have always questioned the necessity of instructions in Braille on drive-up ATMs, because, well we certainly don't want to encourage that sort of thing - driving while blind, I mean.

By the same token, it might be unwise to be an air traffic controller if you don't have very keen vision. But that didn't stop the operators of the St. Mary's airport on the Isles of Scilly from offering the air traffic controller job application in Braille.

The Isles of Scilly off the southwestern coast of Cornwall

Airport officials are probably in the right to fear the repercussions of perceived political incorrectness in not offering the application in Braille, even though the job description states you must have 20/20 vision. There is nothing worse than being labelled "politically incorrect".

Therefore, the advertisment fotr the job states "If you require this document in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read or in an audio format, please contact the Community Relations Officer."

Remind me not to fly to the Isles of Scilly any time soon.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Airline Credit Card Reviews

If you travel frequently, whether for business or pleasure, you probably will want to have an Airline Miles Credit Card. Having one entitles you to reward points on every purchase that can be used towards future air fare, car rentals, and hotel accomodations. Not sure which card is right for you or which has the best terms and rewards? offers you a brief and informative overview of the top airline credit cards and the individual benefits of each. If you like to research before you sign an agreement, you should have a look to make sure you're getting the best deal there is.

He's a Gas, Gas, Gas!

He's a musician of a unique sort. He's the world's greatest flatulist. No not floutist, flatulist. Paul Oldfield plays his very own wind instrument making music the old-fashioned way - through his digestive system.

Oldfield, who calls himself Mr. Methane, says he discovered his unique talent while practicing yoga. He found that not only could he take in and retain air through the rear, he could expel it at will and even pop out a tune.

This talented musician can play several tunes including the classic Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss. In addition to being a star on Japanese TV, Oldfield will appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he promises to "blow audiences away".

You can learn more about Mr. Methane and his music at

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Thief Steals Van - Saves Neighborhood from car bomb

Parking his van on a busy Brooklyn street and leaving it there has turned out to be a big problem for one man.

Have you ever left your car in a parking spot too long and returned to find a ticket on your windshield? How about those meters that only let you load up enough change for one hour? Well we've all had those parking problems, but for Yung Tang, 39, a Chinese national, it took almost five months for the meter to run out.

It wasn't until a thief broke into and stole Tang's van that the trouble started. The thief noticed that the van was rigged with explosives, like a bomb. He drove the van out of the heavily populated residential area and called the police.

According to police, the bomb in the van exactly matched another case involving a Mazda MPV belonging to Tang. He had been charged in May with the attempted murder of a commercial tenant using a vehicle loaded with explosives.

The thief has not been charged - apparently he called a police officer he knew from some former trouble with the law.

No one asked why the van was allowed to remain parked on 53rd street in Brooklyn for five months without being ticketed or towed.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Molotov Cocktails, Anyone?

They say wine is good for your heart and your blood pressure, and one assumes that it is usually good for your disposition. But some angry winemakers in France have dispelled that notion with a heated protest that resulted in violence and mayhem.

About 7,000 winemakers, in protest of falling wine prices and the cost of fuel, marched through the streets of Languedoc Roussillon on Wednesday afternoon. In the process they trashed wine aisles in local stores and turned policemen out of their cars, setting fire to the police vehicles.

Consider this:

Wednesday’s march followed a similar protest in Carcassonne and also a return to action by members of militant winemaker group, CRAV, earlier this month.

Militant winemakers? Apparently so. The CRAV has committed acts of vandalism and arson already and has sent threatening letters to President Sarkozy intimating that "deaths" resulting from his inaction cannot be ruled out.

France may be famous for its wine, but I think I am going to be shopping for some nice domestic California vintage from here on in.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Of Lemons and Courage

This story is about two people of entirely different characters. One is a shining beacon of enterprise and courage, the other one a disgusting example of opportunistic greed. It could be called "How low can you go?"

A 12 year old girl who was making some summer money running a lemonade stand with friends in Terre Haute, Indiana, found herself confronted by an 18 year old man who demanded she hand over her hard-earned profits. Taking the entire $17.50, the man then ran off. Little Dominique Morefield instinctively chased after him and when he ran into a house, she called police. After 45 minutes, the man finally surrended to police and was charged with robbery.

I feel guilty if I see a lemonade stand and don't stop to buy a cup and encourage young kids who have the drive and initiative to set it up and hope for riches. How could anyone sink so low as to rob a kid of their lemonade money?

It's not advisable for obvious reasons for a 12 year old to chase a robber down the street, and luckily she came to no harm. But Dominique showed courage well beyond her years in going after the man who took what she had rightfully earned and we hope that the perpetrator gets what he deserves too.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

19 Injured Chasing A Rolling Cheese

If you're shopping for a new sport that requires no training and offers cheese as a prize, then perhaps the annual Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is the competition for you. Held at Coopers Hill in Gloucester, UK, the cheese roll attracts contenders from all over the globe.

An 8lb roll of Double Gloucester cheese is sent tumbling down a very steep, nearly vertical hill. The contenders chase the cheese down the hill (but never catch it) and the first to cross the finish line gets the cheese as a prize.

This year, due to excessive rains, the course was more slick and slippery than ever, leading to not a few injuries. In fact 19 were reported injured as a result of the tumbling and twisting. Luckily, emergency ambulances were standing by to gather up the wounded and take them to hospital.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Email Scams Abound After Disasters

There isn't any tragedy so horrific that a scammer can't make a buck on it. With the recent disasters in Myanmar and China, email scammers are having a busy season. Many people want to help but fall prey to these thieves who take their money as "contributions" but whose only charity is themselves.

Even if you're pretty savvy you might have difficulty identifying scam donation letters. They will use the logos of real charitable organizations, for instance. Some of these organizations may really have relief fund drives.

If you want to donate towards relief and humanitarian aid for the victims of these disasters, seek out the websites of the charitable organizations and do it the right and safe way.

Be wary and wise, don't respond to unsolicited emails, don't click on links in emails from unknown senders, don't open attachments and don't get scammed.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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A Free Gun with Every Car

A car dealer in Butler, MO, is making the news and a lot of new car sales with a unique offer. Buy a new car and get a free handgun.

Customers have to pass a background check, but if approved they can choose the caliber of the gun up to a $250 value.
The general manager of the dealership says he is advising customers to go for a semi-automatic because they hold more rounds.

What's surprising is that customers could opt for a $250 gasoline coupon and yet, despite rising gas prices, most are choosing the free gun.

According to the dealership’s general manager, Walter Moore, "Down here we all believe in God, guts and guns".

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Fart or Die, French Doctor Warns

Being too polite can kill you, or so says French doctor, Frédéric Saldmann. Saldmann is urging his countrymen to stop trying to squelch the natural belch, or they may develop cancer.

The production of gas is a natural part of digestion and keeping it down can lead to hiatal hernia, a condition that affects 1/3 of the French population. It can also lead to heartburn that could eventually cause cancer of the esophagus.

Dr. Saldmann is equally in favor of releasing excess gas in the other direction. His advice is simply to do the natural thing, because not to do so is unhealthy for the body.

In addition, Saldmann encourages the discarding of antiperspirants, saying that sweating is a natural function and shouldn't be impeded. He also believes that sweat may hold powerful pheromones that attract the opposite sex.

Saldmann explains all in his new book Le Grand Ménage (Spring Cleaning) as reported in The Telegraph. What isn't mentioned is whether or not Dr. Saldmann is married or invited to many parties.