Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stupid News No more sales of second-hand underwear

Ghana - Ghana plans to enforce a ban on the sale of second-hand underwear official said, citing the health risks involved in the hawking of the garments by street vendors. Youths who sell wares on the streets of the capital Accra deal in second-hand underwear that is brought in from outside the country and is cheaper than the new versions....more

Five children hidden from society in squalid home

Pennsylvania - Five children were raised hidden from society in a squalid house with no heat, electricity or running water. Authorities in York, Pennsylvania, are now asking how and why the parents of the children - ranging in age from two to 13 - managed to conceal them for so long. Police tracked down their children, who had no birth certificates, no schooling, no immunisations or evidence of medical care - nothing whatsoever to prove their existence...More

Spider Flop $65 million show an epic flop

New York - The opening pre view of Broadway’s most expensive production ever, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” was an epic flop as the $65 million show’s high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script. At various points, overhead stage wires dropped on the audience, scenery appeared on stage missing pieces — and the show’s star was even left swaying helplessly over them midair....More

Monday, November 29, 2010

Player blames God after dropping game-winning pass

USA - It wasn’t his own hands from hauling in what should have been the game-winning TD catch in the end zone. It was God. “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!!” the 24-year-old tweeted. “AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…” Johnson had a perfect pass in his hands that would have given his team an overtime victory over the heavily favored Steelers....More

Man deliberately drove his car off a boat ramp

Florida - Police say they do not know why a motorist drove his car off the Courtney Campbell Parkway and resisted efforts to pull him out of the water. “He deliberately drove his car off the boat ramp. Why he did it, I don’t know,” said Lt. Donny Peters. Three of the rescue workers swam into the water and struggled with the driver, who held onto the steering wheel as the car filled with water...More

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Woman’s account drained by most expensive pizza ever

Connecticut - Katie Boucher shows us you can get more than heartburn from a pie - you can also go broke. The Connecticut woman was mistakenly charged $2,600 for her $30 pizza, an oopsie that a clerk quickly voided but that still cost Boucher $230 in overdraft and late fees. Boucher said her bank told her it would take up to 10 days before the debit card overcharge at Amano’s Pizza in Bristol, would be refunded...More

Angry driver robs toll plaza

India - An Indian politician refused to pay a highway toll, then robbed and vandalized the toll plaza. Karim Khan, a leader of the Congress Party in Ghaziabad, near New Delhi, would not pay his fee. Toll collectors refused to let Khan proceed. The politician eventually paid up, but he returned with reinforcements and rampaged through the building, destroying furniture and stealing 8,000 rupees in cash....More

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Willie Nelson charged with pot possession

Texas - A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana. Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested....More

Stupid News Armpit Testosterone to be sold in stores

Yuck-Washington DC - An Australian company will sell the world’s first armpit testosterone lotion in American stores next year after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The lotion, created by Melbourne-based drug delivery firm Acrux, treats men with hypogonadism, a disease which produces low testosterone levels and includes symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire and performance...More

Black Friday Shoppers trampled by early-bird rush

New York - Shoppers waited out in the cold wet weather for hours. When the doors opened at 4 a.m. the Black Friday chaos turned ugly. Seconds after the doors opened, something went dangerously wrong. Crazed Black Friday shoppers began piling up on each other. “It went from controlled to a mob in less than five minutes and it just got nasty,” said a shopper...More

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stupid News Woman allowed to take trip-of-a-lifetime before jail

UK - After mowing down a policeman in an attempt to escape justice, shoplifter Saphhia Da-Silva was expected to face the full wrath of the British legal system. But instead magistrates have adjourned sentencing - so she can enjoy a pre-booked seven-week holiday to Australia. Da-Silva was spotted shoplifting at a Gap store and was followed to her car by two police community support officers. As she attempted to escape in a silver BMW, she hit PCSO Daniel Smith flinging him 5ft in the air....More

Stupid News School bans Chapstick

Stupid News North Carolina - Parents of students at a North Carolina school district are questioning a policy banning lip balm without a note from a parent or doctor. Stephanie Boyd, a parent at West View Elementary School, said she and other parents received a letter from Johnston County Schools saying lip balm and cough drops would not be allowed in schools without a note from a parent or doctor. Children may share the Chapstick and spread germs...More

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Stupid News Man Calls Cops With Complaint About Hooker

Missouri - The Missouri man, 19, dialed cops to report that he paid $60 to a pair of prostitutes to perform sexual acts for him. While the first woman showed him her chest, the second hooker took the $60 without holding up her end of the deal. The pair then jumped in their car and left. That’s when Ryan McNames made the mistake of calling cops to report that he was a larceny victim...More

Middle Finger Puts Man In Jail

California - A local man is facing charges of violating a restraining order after flipping the bird to his wife. Paul Bechtel gave the rude gesture to his soon-to-be-ex-wife Rebecca during a recent appearance in a Sacramento County family court, but although the sentiment didn’t surprise her, she said the end result did. “He went up, talked to the bailiff, turned around and flipped me off,” Rebecca said. “And was arrested.”...More

Passenger pulled off a plane for too many potty breaks

USA - For travelers this holiday season, make sure to pack light, keep a sense of humor during an intrusive pat down and, apparently, don’t drink too much water. A passenger on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Denver was pulled off a plane after other passengers said he was taking too many potty breaks. It’s unclear if this was classified as a terror alert yellow or brown, but authorities took it seriously enough to evacuate the plane....More

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Are TSA gloves spreading disease?

USA - Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren’t there for the safety and security of passengers - only the TSA agents. The agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions....More

Robbers steal bag of pizza dough instead of money

New York - Police in New York City say thieves held up the owners of a pizzeria and then fled with a bag of full dough - the kind that crusts are made of. Police say Salvatore LaRosa was charged with robbery after surrendering to police. LaRosa and an accomplice followed the owners of Brothers Pizzeria on Staten Island. After donning masks they pointed guns and demanded the men turn over a bag they believed held the day’s proceeds....More

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSA staff hates fat and stinky passengers

USA - Furious security staff have hit back at pat down searches in place across America, claiming that they hated dealing with obese travellers and those with personal hygiene problems. After being contacted by a travel blog, 17 staff have also expressed their disgust after the policy was put in place last month. They hated having to carry out the body searches, with one claiming that it was worse for him than the passenger....More

Serve Roadkill Instead of Turkey for Thanksgiving

USA - With turkey prices at an all-time high this year, you may want to seriously consider serving another type of meat at your Thanksgiving dinner — roadkill — since it’s fresh, fast and free. According to Midwest hunter Buck Peterson, author of “The Original Roadkill Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press) and other humorous outdoor parodies, the most efficient way to do Thanksgiving on the cheap is to serve your guests freshly hit and roasted roadkill instead of a traditional turkey...More

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stupid News Man arrested for just wanting to make a joke

Florida - The man said he just wanted to make a joke. They say the 32-year-old man made several calls to the National Aviation Academy, 6225 Ulmerton Road. He told the school there was a bomb inside and that the building was going to blow up. Authorities immediately evacuated the school. Using phone records, investigators were able to trace the origin of the threatening phone calls, and arrested John Mitchell Doherty less than 24 hours later....More

Man choked on raisins while driving a truck, passed out

Massachusetts - Oil tank repairman Richard Silvia was driving down a busy road in Falmouth, Massachusetts when he popped some raisins into his mouth. He choked and then passed out. “When he blacked out, the truck came across traffic,” said Nancy Ness, a witness. Silvia, 53, then smashed into a car, whose driver is still shaken by the accident. When the airbag deployed, it struck Silvia in the face, dislodging the raisin from his throat and reviving him...More

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grandma buys cell phone for grandson, had pornographic pictures

Michigan - A woman who bought a cell phone for her grandson was shocked to find it pre-loaded with pornographic pictures when she turned it on. Dorothy Elam says she purchased the Samsung Smartphone from T-Mobile as part of a buy one get one free deal for her 15-year-old grandson for his birthday. She says she thought the phone was brand new but when she opened it, she found it loaded with porn....More

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Family is first in nation to start camping for Black Friday

Florida - Forget just being first in line. These folks are the first in the nation to start camping out at a Best Buy store in search of Black Friday deals. The Davenport family pitched a pair of tents in front of the Best Buy at Tyrone Square in St. Pete to snag deals that were still nine days away. That made them the first people to start camping out at a Best Buy store anywhere in the country....more

Stupid News Woman warms spray paint can in oven, explodes

Stupid News Portland - A spray paint can placed in an oven for warming exploded, sending it out the partially open door and into an attic space. The woman who lived in the home had placed spray paint cans in the oven to warm them for use in cold weather, leaving the oven door slightly open. One of the cans exploded, sending it rocketing toward the ceiling. Kitchen flames had already put out by her by the time fire fighters arrived....More

Friday, November 19, 2010

Slammed the door in a courtroom, woman shackled

Florida - Never, ever slam the door to Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe’s courtroom. Marbelis Dorado learned that lesson the hard way after she punctuated her courtroom exit with a loud thud. She slammed the door so hard, the judge thought she might have broken glass. “Go get her,” Tharpe told the bailiff. So she sat with other defendants, shackled at the ankles and wrists, weeping into her hands...More

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Man says jar of fruit exploded, gets $150,000

Detroit - A man who says he was knocked unconscious when a lid exploded off a jar of fruit and hit him in the face was offered $150,000 to settle his lawsuit against a grocer and a fruit company. Del Monte Foods of San Francisco and Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. insist there’s no credible evidence that the jar was unsafe, but they made the offer after a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Darryl Alexander of Southfield, Mich. Alexander said the stubborn lid flew through the air and struck him in the eye after he hit it with the rubber handle of a screwdriver....More

To Kill a Mockingbird’ Play OK for School, Contains N-word

Florida - A play version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is appropriate for a Florida high school to perform, a school board ruled, following complaints from parents over repeated use of the N-word and other sensitive topics. Flagler County School Board members approved the play’s production at Flagler Palm Coast High School. The play was canceled after some parents complained about the story’s controversial subject matter....More

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Accident? Suicide pact? Twins' shooting baffles

AURORA, Colo. — Authorities are trying to determine how twin sisters from Australia were both shot in the head at a Colorado shooting range — and which sister died and which is critically injured.
The 29-year-old women sustained gunshot wounds at an outdoor shooting range at Cherry Creek State Park south of Denver on Monday. Investigators haven't been able to talk to the survivor, who is in critical but stable condition in an area hospital....More

Woman assaults boyfriend with tamales

Florida - The Florida woman was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend with a plate of tamales. Adyan Sanchez, 30, told cops that she tossed the corn-based projectiles at her boyfriend after he called her a “bitch” in front of the couple’s one-year-old son. Upon their arrival, officers found the alleged victim, Roberto Olvera, with tamale sauce all over his pants....More

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stupid News Woman tries to cut her tattoo from boyfriend’s neck

Nebraska - Following an argument with her boyfriend, a knife-wielding Nebraska woman allegedly attempted to cut off a tattoo of her name from the man’s neck. Tressa Amerson, 19, was jailed on a domestic assault charge following an altercation with Ronald Miner at his residence in Lincoln. Miner, 30, suffered minor scratches during the incident...More

Please Really,Divorce! It's Good for the Children!

When I asked my older daughter what she thought of my divorce from her father (she is 32), she said, "Do you really think I wish we had remained in that suffocating little four-person family?" But my daughter is a pro-divorce radical. Even as a teenager, when she dated boys from nuclear families, she was open about how dull their lives were compared to ours--always the same few people sitting around after dinner, no step-brothers and sisters, half-brothers and sisters, foster brothers and sisters. ...More

Monday, November 15, 2010

Garfield" creator apologizes for Veterans Day strip

Reuters - The creator of the widely syndicated comic "Garfield" has apologized for a strip that ran on Veterans Day that some critics saw as making fun of the holiday honoring those who served in the U.S. military....More

Man dead for 16 years jailed in kidnapping

Mississippi - Former Buford resident Thomas Sanders, wanted in the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl, was arrested in Mississippi — the same state where he was declared dead 16 years ago. The drifter, 53, became a suspect after investigators uncovered security footage from a Las Vegas Walmart store that showed Sanders purchasing bullets. That ammunition was consistent with the weapon used to kill Lexis Roberts, the FBI said....More

Sunday, November 14, 2010

German judge lets speeding drivers off the hook (Reuters)

Reuters - A German judge has shot to popularity after letting 42 speeding drivers off without charges in the last week because he thinks speed controls merely serve to fill the state's coffers rather than prevent accidents....More

Restaurant will keep diners in the dark, served by blind waiters

New York - At Dans le Noir? New York, blind waiters will serve French cuisine in a windowless space with no light. “It’s a sensory culinary experience,” Manager Celine Djezvedjian told the New York Daily News. “This is an experience that will allow people to discover and rediscover the food and wine they already know.” In the six years the restaurant has operated in Paris, there has not been a single accident caused by darkness, she said, and branches have opened in London and Moscow.,,,More

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dumb Criminal-Robber arrested at Alibi bar

Idaho - Police said it didn’t take them long to locate an Idaho man suspected in the robbery of a Cedars Inn — he was next door at The Alibi bar. Lewiston police said 40-year-old Donald Mosley Jr. was arrested less than 15 minutes after he walked into the hotel and demanded cash from the desk clerk. In late October, police say he called in a fake fire report from a pay phone after he was declined a cup of coffee at a Lewiston fire station....More

Man steals thousands of newspapers to hide friend’s arrest

Colorado - A man who acknowledged stealing thousands of free copies of a Colorado resort town’s two daily newspapers because his friend was named in police blotters has made a public apology. The Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times both printed an apology letter Friday from 23-year-old Mitchell Reed of Carbondale, who agreed to write the apology to avoid criminal theft charges....More

Friday, November 12, 2010

Man streams suicide live on the internet

Japan - The 24-year-old man, who has not been named, was found dead in his apartment in the city of Sendai. Police had been alerted by viewers of the Ustream web page and were able to locate the man’s apartment. By the time they arrived at 8am, however, the man was already dead. The man had announced his intention to kill himself in online chat rooms, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, after complaining for some weeks about problems he had been experiencing at work....More

Prison to install sunbeds for inmates (Reuters)

Reuters - One of Russia's most notorious prisons will soon install sunbeds to improve the health of its inmates, its head said on Tuesday....More

Teacher Fired for Sleeping, Said She Was Resting Her Eyes

Ohio - A northwestern Ohio school board is firing a longtime teacher after an investigation concluded she slept in class and repeatedly arrived late. The Sandusky Register reports students had testified class was “unruly” when Smith was late and that they played computer games when she slept. She testified a condition required her to rest her eyes...More

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Father sues district over reading about slavery

Michigan - The father of a black student has sued a Detroit-area school district claiming that his daughter was racially harassed by a fifth-grade teacher’s reading aloud from a book about slavery. The suit claims Jala Petree’s teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester’s “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road” that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations. The suit was filed by Jala’s father, Jamey Petree, and seeks more than $50,000 in damages....More

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Passengers do not have to remove turbans, if uncomfortable

Washington DC - An Indian lawmaker from Punjab said she had asked President Barack Obama to put a stop to the U.S. border practice of frisking Sikh turbans. Sikhs worldwide have long protested the American security measure as discriminatory and unnecessary. New U.S. guidelines put into effect two weeks ago no longer require air passengers to remove turbans if doing so makes them uncomfortable, the U.S. Transport Security Administration said.....More

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Schools to Report Parents Who Don’t Pay for School Lunch

Louisiana - Parents in Louisiana who can afford to pay for their children’s school lunch — and whose kids go three straight days without paying — will be reported to the state Department of Family and Children Services. The kids won’t go hungry. Under the new statute which began last week, sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Landry and passed unanimously over the summer, students who do not qualify for a free lunch and who do not have the money they need to buy one will be given — at the minimum — graham crackers and 8 ounces of milk.

Baby’s diaper poop costs couple their plane seats

Stupid News Las Vegas - According to Dan Blais, he arrived at the gate more than 20 minutes before the plane was scheduled to take off. But as he and his wife were approaching the counter, Levi, their baby, soiled himself. His wife rushed to the bathroom to deal with Levi, while at the gate, Blais told the agent what happened and said his wife would be there soon. She said, ‘I’ll give you two minutes,’ ” Blais said. He rushed to the bathroom and yelled for his wife to hurry. But when she came out, it was too late. The agent had given away her seat....More

Monday, November 8, 2010

Couple find two pythons in their home in a month

Canada - A Canadian couple say they found two Royal Pythons in their home within 30 days. Janet Wilkinson and her husband Chris Forde found a python inside their washing machine, and two weeks ago discovered a python living in their floorboards. Snake expert Tom Mason said the Royal Python hails from West Africa, and is one of the most popular snakes in the pet trade. They are harmless to humans as long as they are less than 12 feet long....More

Storm chaser TV star dead of a fatal injury at his home

Kansas - The death of storm-chaser Matt Hughes was today at the centre of intense speculation. Many fans only found out the 30-year-old presenter had passed away at the end of the last episode of the Discovery series in which he starred. Hughes, who has a wife Kenda and two sons Collin and Hunter, actually died on May 26. He was not killed in the course of chasing storms - an obsession he had pursued for 15 years - but after suffering a fatal injury at his home....More

Man accused of stealing $86 in body soap

Pennsylvania - An Erie man was jailed on felony shoplifting and other charges after failing to make a clean getaway during an unusual crime: allegedly stealing $86 worth of body soap. Police said 38-year-old Rickey Scott stole 13 containers of soap from a Rite Aide store. Police did not immediately say why Scott stole the soap or why he allegedly wanted or needed so much of it...More

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cafe awning saves baby in seven-story fall (Reuters)

Reuters - A 15-month-old baby girl survived a fall from a seventh-floor apartment in Paris almost unscathed after bouncing off a cafe awning and into the arms of a passer-by, police said on Tuesday....More

Fur flies over ruling on Hello Kitty rabbit (Reuters)

Reuters - Sanrio, the maker of Hello Kitty character goods, said on Thursday it planned to object to a Dutch court ruling that its rabbit character...More

Mountain lion seen 200 feet from school bus stop

Montana - A group of children waiting for their school bus got a shock when they spotted a mountain lion in a field just 200 feet from their stop along a rural route. The driver quickly loaded the children, who were three or four students ranging between kindergarten and eighth grade, and radioed the company, which called 911....More

Police nab suspect with dollar sign tattoo on his forehead

Newport News, Virginia - Police in Virginia said a man arrested on forgery and money laundering charges had a dollar sign tattooed on his forehead. Investigators said Elias Sedale Jones has a dollar sign tattooed in a prominent position on his forehead....More