Here’s one similar in nature to that Uzbekistan report carried here last week [Backstage, 8-18-2006] of one guy suffocating in a manure pit, then six more guys die, seriatim, as they dive in to rescue him. Today’s would be the report from Hawaii that, first, two kids were killed when their car ran off the road, and then, 19 hours later, four of their friends gathered at the site in remembrance when another car smashed into them, killing one and putting the others in critical condition. And, then . . ..?
In April, Yr Editor mentioned the 32-yr-old New Zealander who drives up a storm though missing his arms (uses one leg for the gas, one to steer) [NOTW 951, 4-30-2006], but now comes Michael Wiley down here near Weird Central, who drives and drives and drives (mostly recklessly) despite almost constant license revocation, with said revocation due mainly to the fact that he is missing not only his arms, but half of one leg. Reported the St. Petersburg Times:
He guides the key into the ignition with his mouth. Turns it with his toes. Shifts with his knee. Bites the headlight switch. Jams his stump of a left arm into the steering wheel and whips it around.The backstory is that he had a really gruesome accident at age 13, and now, 26 yrs later, driving is still the chief tactic in his strategy of denial. What would you do to get that license back, the Times asked him. "I’d give my right leg." [Update: One day, one mother-lovin' day, after the story appeared, he was arrested again.]
Chutzpah: Former mayor Philip Giordano of Waterbury, Conn., now serving 37 yrs for schtupping children, filed a claim with the city for $61k in accrued vacation- and sick-pay. (And anyway, elected officials don’t ever get those things) . . . . . Verizon said there is absolutely no connection between (a) the federal gov’t’s dropping of a $1.25/$2.83 fee on DSL service and (b) Verizon’s immediate decision to impose its own $1.20/$2.70 fee on DSL service.
Your Daily [Islamic] Devotion: Clerics in India have ruled that a "taraq taraq taraq" divorce shout, even if the husband is drunk at the time, is binding and that, even though he has changed his mind now, the ex-wife must have an interim, minimum-one-day marriage before she can go back to this father of her 3 children (and the interim man must be at least 70 yrs old).
Reminder: Only Mon-Wed-Fri posts in August; back on schedule in September.
Below The Fold
Prepare for yet another invasion of Mexicans, as super-religious parents, grossed out by explicit new school sex ed textbooks, flee to America, where school boards can shield their kids from that grossness . . . . . Most colleges that field football teams aspire to athletic greatness, but a few apparently do it just to be seltzer-squirted by major-conference teams for the $600k-and-up game fees . . . . . Bryant Weiford, 20, smashed through the front of a Kmart in Hampton, Va., exited, and calmly began shopping (well, trying on women’s shoes), even though it was the middle of the night . . . . . An AP report from Bismarck, N.D., sez Terry Morris and Renee Biwer tied the knot, with Terry’s hen ("Henrietta") the maid of honor (and traveling companion on their honeymoon) . . . . . Tough love in Guelph [Ontario]: 60 days in jail for a teenager who tried to slap two boys with his packwood but missing---not even helicoptering! Attempted helicoptering!. . . . . Best headlines: "Psycho Killer Raccoons Terrorize Olympia [Wash.]" and "Man Sees Virgin Mary in Drip Pan"