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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ridiculous News: August 27, 2009

The past few days have resulted in some crazy stories.
Here are a few:

Microsoft in web photo racism row

The original picture as it appeared in the US (top) and the
altered version (bottom) that was displayed on the Polish website

"Software giant Microsoft has apologised for editing a photo to change a black man's head to that of a white man."

"The picture, showing employees sitting around a desk, appeared unaltered on the firm's US website.

But on the website of its Polish business unit the black man's head was replaced with a white face, although the colour of his hands was unchanged."

"Bloggers have had a field day with the story, with some suggesting Microsoft was attempting to please all markets by having a man with both a white face and a black hand.

"The white head and black hand actually symbolise interracial harmony. It is supposed to show that a person can be white and black, old and young at the same time," said one blogger on the Photoshop Disasters blog."


Woman Awarded $2 Million After Dentist Pulls 13 Teeth

(Getty Images)

"A South Carolina woman has won a $2 million jury verdict against a dental clinic that mistakenly pulled 13 teeth. The State reported that 28-year-old Elizabeth Smith wanted three teeth pulled when she went to the Sexton Dental Clinic in Florence in 2006. Her lawsuit said a dentist at the clinic pulled all 16 of her upper teeth."

How do you accidentally remove ALL of a person's upper teeth?!


Online Angel Answers Woman's Plea For Help

The article starts off alright...

"When a chimney collapsed on Lucille Kimball, she was able to send a lifesaving message for help on a gaming Web site. Her message reached a woman in Tulsa, Okla., whose reaction may have saved Kimball's life."

But then....

"She said she couldn't reach her phone but was close enough to her computer.

"I play a lot of canasta on Pogo.com," she said.

She said she went into the chat room of the online card game.

"I typed in, 'Help me' several times. 'Help me. I need help,'" Kimball said.

She said nobody responded for two hours until a woman nicknamed "Sleepless In Tulsa Oklahoma" came into the chatroom.

Let me reiterate what was just said.
She posted on a canasta chat room and then waited two hours for help.
First, why did she only post on that site? Second, why did she wait two hours?!

$100 says she was playing canasta while she waited for a reply...


US deficit to soar towards $1.6tn

"The US budget deficit will soar to almost $1.6 trillion (£978bn) this year, the highest on record, both the White House and Congress have warned."

Dollar bills
The US government has spent heavily
on attempts to ease the recession

Well, yes, it's ridiculous that the debt is so high.
But read that last part again.
The White House and Congress are warning us?
Tell me again, who passed bailouts and stimulus bills worth billions of dollars?


Comedian Sued Over Mother-in-Law Jokes

Sunda Croonquist
Image from video (KTLA-TV)

"Veteran comedian Sunda Croonquist has had a lot of success with her "mother-in-law" jokes, but her mother-in-law isn't laughing.

In fact, she's suing the comic for making her the butt of too many jokes.

The lawsuit was filed by Ruth Zafrin, her daughter, Shelley Edelman, and Shelley's husband, Neil.

They're accusing Croonquist of spreading false, defamatory and racist lies with her in-law jokes that have become a staple of her routine in nightclubs and on television channels like Comedy Central.

Croonquist knows all too well about culture clashes -- she's half-black, half-Swedish, grew up Roman Catholic and married into a Jewish family."

They're calling her 'racist'?

"She says it should be obvious to her in-laws that she's not anti-Jewish since she converted to Judaism before she met her husband and keeps a kosher house.

Attorney Gary L. Bostwick, an expert in First Amendment law who isn't involved in the case, said suing a comedian is often difficult because courts tend to rule that it should be obvious they are joking."

To the American people: Please stop wasting all our taxpayer money, forcing the judicial system to even look at these cases...


Indian arrested over 'six wives'

"Police in the Indian city of Mumbai say they have arrested a man for forgery and polygamy after he married at least six women over the past two years."

Six women in three years?!

"Tushar Waghmare, an engineer with Air India, allegedly kept all his wives in the dark about their counterparts.

He was arrested after his sixth wife went to the police when she discovered he was married to someone else."

Pretty impressive. The guy must be a stud right?


Tushar Waghmare



And not quite recent, but still ridiculous:

New Jersey Homeowner Calls Cops on Bob Dylan

Photo: Bob Dylan arrested
Long Branch, N.J., police officer Kristie Buble, left, says she
encountered Bob Dylan wandering around the streets of Long Branch.

"Bob Dylan was detained by police in Long Branch, N.J. last month, when a young officer failed to recognize him, police said. The officer proceeded to go to earnest lengths to ensure the hooded, disheveled, rain-soaked music legend was, in fact, who he said he was."

"When Dylan wandered into the yard of a home that had a "For Sale" sign on it, the home's occupants became spooked by his appearance and called police with a report of an "eccentric-looking old man" in their yard, Long Branch Police said. One of the occupants even went so far as to follow Dylan as he continued on down the street."

""We got a call for a suspicious person,'' Buble said. "It was pouring rain outside, and I was right around the corner so I responded. By that time he was walking down the street. I asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood and he said he was looking at a house for sale."

"I asked him what his name was and he said, 'Bob Dylan,' Buble said. "Now, I've seen pictures of Bob Dylan from a long time ago and he didn't look like Bob Dylan to me at all. He was wearing black sweatpants tucked into black rain boots, and two raincoats with the hood pulled down over his head.""

"So I said, 'OK Bob, what are you doing in Long Branch?' He said he was touring the country with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. So now I'm really a little fishy about his story. I did not know what to believe or where he was coming from, or even who he was.""

"She asked for identification, but Dylan said he had none. She asked where he was staying and he said his tour buses were parked at some big hotel on the ocean. Buble said she assumed that to be the nearby Ocean Place Conference Resort."

"Following her police training, Buble said she indulged him.

"OK Bob, why don't you get in the car and we'll drive to the hotel and go verify this?' " she said she told him. "I put him in the back of the car. To be honest with you, I didn't really believe this was Bob Dylan. It never crossed my mind that this could really be him.""

"Her sergeant met her at the hotel parking lot.

"I got out of my car and said, "Sarg, this guy says he's Bob Dylan,'" Buble said. "He opened the car door, looked in, and said, 'That's not Bob Dylan.'""

"Eventually, the police were shown Dylan's passport, which Buble said she looked at, saw the legend's name, and rather sheepishly handed it back to Dylan's manager."

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