May 22, 2015

Your Town:  A Story of America



Don't be a "tearer-downer," always causing a "rumpus!"

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 22, 2015 - Comments (0)
Category: PSA's, Civic Duties, 1940's

May 21, 2015

Transportation of Avocados

Browsing through the municipal code of La Mesa, CA (it's a suburb of San Diego and also happens to be the fine town that I call home), I came across this unusual law:

Every person who transports a commercial quantity of avocados shall cause a statement of ownership to be prepared and retained in his personal possession at all times while transporting said avocados...
"Commercial quantity of avocados" shall mean any quantity of avocados in excess of forty (40) pounds exclusive of the container...
Any peace officer, upon probable cause to believe a person is transporting a commercial quantity of avocados, may stop such person and inspect such avocados, whereupon, the statement of ownership described in Section 10.70.030 shall be presented to said peace officer upon request.
Any peace officer, upon reasonable belief that a person is not in legal possession of a commercial quantity of avocados, may seize such avocados without warrant. Upon seizure the peace officer shall take custody of the avocados and turn the same over to the custody of the Chief of Police.

Obviously we take avocados seriously out here. I wonder if the same rule applies to guacamole.

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Posted By: Alex - Thu May 21, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Government, Regulations

Judy the Dog:  Only Canine POW of WWII

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Judy the dog survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend (see sidebar).

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 21, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: War, Dogs, 1940's, South Pacific

May 20, 2015

Anty Gin

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We have explored the idea of eating insects here on WU. Well, how about drinking them? Anty Gin is gin infused with the essence of wood ants. So, wood alcohol bad, wood ant alcohol good(?).

Posted By: patty - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Insects, Alcohol

Tax Per Mile

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Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.
Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both.
What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Government, Regulations, Law, Motor Vehicles, Cars, More Things To Worry About

Air Jordan Review

One of the unwritten rules of weird news is that if you're trying to be weird, then you're not really weird. Instead, you're a comedian. And I suspect that this reviewer of Air Jordans is probably trying to be weird. Then again, maybe he really is a slightly awkward super-fan of Air Jordans. This is one of three videos he's posted to YouTube.


Posted By: Alex - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Video, Shoes

Hippie Wisdom from Donald Sutherland and Rod McKuen





Mad Men is over. But you can still savor that era with lots of videos such as these two.

Is that the actress's real voice?

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Movies, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's

Hamster Tartare

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Teacher, a different one, in South Korea became upset with the kids mistreating hamsters in the classroom. He decided to teach them a lesson about the sanctity of life. So he ate a live hamster in front of them. To think some people are horrified by stories of how kids used to swallow goldfish.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Can't Possibly Be True, Not Clear On The Concept, Eating

Sex Ed.

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Teacher arranged for middle school students to use a storage room for sex. At least he bought condoms for them.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Children, Can't Possibly Be True, Sex

May 19, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus, May 19, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus
May 19, 2015 (Part 2) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]

Best Protests: (1) After Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University announced it was building a popular new “landmark mosque,” dissenters at Dokuz Eylul University began circulating petitions for a Buddhist temple--and, more urgently, a Jedi temple “to bring balance to the Force.” (2) After recent submarine sightings off Sweden (suspected Russian), leading some Swedes to demand more vigilance, the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society suggested repelling the Rooskie subs with a sonar system called “The Singing Sailor” sending the message, “Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944,” which would surely tighten Russian sphincters. United Press International /// The Local (Stockholm)

Multitasker: A 33-yr-old driver was arrested near Orlando, drunk, with four unbelted kids in the car, while breastfeeding the youngest (2 months old). (Bonus: expired license plate!) WKMG-TV (Orlando)

The Legend of F State Judge John “Jay” Hurley Continues: His Fort Lauderdale courtroom is the Radio City Music Hall of justice, where the show never stops (as News of the Weird has documented). May 13, 2015: Veteran perp David Riffle makes his latest appearance. Riffle: How you doin, asshole? Hurley: I’m doin’ fine. How are you, sir? Riffle: You are now going to hell . . for the glory of God . . Amen. Hurley: $100 bond. Next. WPLG-TV (Miami)

Suspicions Confirmed: Oh, no--Prince Charles may not be blessed with gravitas. A series of secret letters he sent to the Prime Minister in 2004 and 2005 were finally released after a long freedom-of-information fight with London’s The Guardian. Did Charles privately excoriate Mr. Blair for cooperating on the invasion of Iraq? Well, no. Britain must do more, Charles wrote, to save the albatross by protecting their food supply. And so forth. Washington Post

In the Internet’s Low-Rent District Last Week: (1) Kim Anami began the European part of her current world tour; she draws in the crowds by showcasing weights attached to her hoo-hah; (2) The American Edward Smith, 62, calls attention to himself by humping cars, like this Porsche--as they are his only love interests; (3) Leonard Delaney, who writes Kindle books fiction under a pseudonym, specializes in hardcore porn stories about iWatch and Tetris fans; (4) Somehow, the F State is not weird enough for some websites so they make up stuff so . . no, if you read about a guy who tried to cash a check for $388bn at a Bank of America in Jacksonville, well, no. Metro (London) /// Daily Mirror (London) /// Daily Mirror (London) /// Inquisitr News (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Posted By: Chuck - Tue May 19, 2015 - Comments (3)
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