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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In the News: June 17, 2009

Well, have I got some news for you!

Belgian girl's tattoo 'nightmare'
Somehow this girl got 56 star tattoos etched in her when she only wanted three.
Apparently she slept through the procedure and awoke to find half her face covered.

Sorry, but aren't tattoos supposed to be a little painful? How could you sleep through that?
Of course, this sounds ridiculous and think it's obviously her fault.
So did I, but then I saw the man who performed the 'operation':

There is no way I would let that man come near my face. He did that knowingly to himself. There's no telling what he'd do to a stranger!
(Links: BBC/IOL)


Mexico cocaine 'hidden in sharks'

Trust me it sounds way cooler than it actually is...
Apparently some drug dealers hid a bunch of drugs in some frozen shark carcasses.

Navy officers stand guard by a container full of frozen sharks packed with more than a ton of cocaine
The Mexican Navy says X-ray
machines helped uncover the haul

When I saw the headline I envisioned a secret operation breeding and training sharks to carry drugs across the ocean to seaports far North in the US and Canada. No such luck.


Dive-bombing bird attacks pedestrians

"An aggressive blackbird has been terrorising and entertaining San Francisco's financial district.

In behaviour reminiscent of Hitchcock's thriller The Birds, the blackbird has been defending its nearby nest in a tactic called "mobbing", according to experts.

Nobody has been hurt in the attacks and the bird has built up a following of people gathering to watch the daily dive-bombings."

Follow the link for a video!


Man found dead mouse in malt loaf

"A man got the shock of his life when he opened a loaf of bread and found a whole mouse inside.

A defence lawyer told the court that the presence of the mouse was a shock to the company. He suggested it might have been put in the tin to "sabotage" the baker who has been in business for 60 years and has never had any complaints.

The judge was shown pictures of the mouse in the loaf. The court heard that tins in which the bread is baked were oiled the night before they were filled with dough.

Some time between the tins being sprayed and being filled, the mouse got into the tin, a prosecuting lawyer said.

The mouse was found embedded in a malt loaf

How else do you think they boost the protein content?


Survey: More than half can't find heart on body diagram

Now this is a little sad...

"Overall, people knew less basic anatomy than the researchers expected -- even those patients being treated for a specific condition involving that organ. Participants generally answered half the questions correctly, including 46.5 percent who knew which drawing represented their heart. In all, 31.4 percent correctly identified the lungs, 38.4 percent the stomach, 41.8 percent the thyroid, and 42.5 percent the kidneys."

"The intestines and bladder were the most easily identified, with 85.9 percent and 80.7 percent, respectively, answering the question correctly."


Mug shot shows Spector minus wig

The man is a musical genius, but he's still an absolute nutcase.

"Spector, 69, was sentenced last month to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003.

Over the course of two trials the "Wall of Sound" pioneer turned heads with his flamboyant hairpieces - forbidden in US prisons unless medically necessary."

With hair...

Phil Spector in a variety of wigs
Spector's two trials saw him don a number of different hairpieces

Without hair...

Phil Spector's prison mug shot

Something tells me he is not having a good time in there...


And I saved the best for last:

US man 'posed as his dead mother'

"A New York man has been arrested for impersonating his dead mother in order to claim $115,000 (£70,500) in social security benefits and rent subsidies."

Thomas Prusik-Parkin, allegedly depicted on left disguised as his dead mother, with alleged accomplice Mhilton Rimolo (picture: Kings County District Attorney's office)
Mr Prusik-Parkin is allegedly shown
here (left) impersonating his mother

"Using a walking stick, heavy make-up and fake ID, and accompanied by a man posing as Mrs Prusik's nephew, Mr Prusik-Parkin would, according to prosecutors, collect benefit checks, visit banks and even appear in court.

When Mrs Prusik died, Mr Prusik-Parkin is accused of giving her funeral director a false social security number and date of birth so that her death would not show up in government records."

You gotta hand it to him, it takes a whole lot of balls to dress up and act like your elderly mother...

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