Doofus Of The Day #135

Today’s Doofus is from Germany. Police have banned a woman driver’s car from the road – for being too untidy. The Vauxhall Astra was so full of junk, magazines, old clothes and even bits of furniture that they could barely see the driver at it roared down a motorway in Dusseldorf, Germany. The driver – who has not been named by police – has been banned from taking the car on the road again until it has passed a tidiness test. Police said the car was so full of junk the woman’s face was pressed up against the windscreen as

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LIFE photo archive now online

I’m very happy to see at least part of the photo archives of LIFE magazine being made available online by Google. These photographs are an historical treasure-trove, and should be invaluable to writers, scholars and students. I don’t think all of them are yet available, but what there is has already caught my interest. They range from the 1860’s to the 1970’s. A few selections (click to enlarge): Officers of USS Kearsage, off Cherbourg, France,in June 1864, prior to their fight with the CSS Alabama A barge containing sections of the Statue of Liberty is offloadedat Bedloe’s Island dock in

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A smelly solution to smuggling – not!

I was amused to read that drug smugglers in Peru have turned to a new technique in an (unsuccessful) attempt to outsmart the law. Traffickers hid 2.8 tonnes of cocaine in thousands of pounds of smelly bird droppings, Peruvian police said on Monday after uncovering the latest ruse to conceal drug shipments. Cocaine exporters in Peru, the world’s No. 2 producer after neighboring Colombia, counted on the stench of the dung, which is sold as a high-end organic fertilizer, tricking dogs trained to find drugs at ports of entry. Guano, as the dung is known in Spanish, is rich in

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Be grateful to our nurses

I have two sisters in the nursing profession, and have some exposure to emergency medicine through my involvement with St. John Ambulance in South Africa during my teens and twenties (although not at the level of paramedic/EMT in the USA). I’ve always known that nursing could be not only a thankless profession, but also an extremely distasteful one on occasion. This is borne out by a thread on Allnurses.com, which asks: “What is your most gross, yucky, disgusting nursing horror story?” It’s already 134 pages long, so you can imagine that there are a great many really nasty stories in

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Doofus Of The Day #134

Let’s see now. Your boss says to you: “We’re going to blow up the containment dam and let out the water. I want you to get us good video of the explosion for our training films.” OK. So, you think to yourself . . . where should I put the camera? Here’s a hint. NOT THERE!!! I hope he (or she) wasn’t standing behind it at the time . . . Peter

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Now that’s an achievement!

I’m astonished to read of a young man who’s accomplished something I’m sure most of his contemporaries would have regarded as impossible. A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It’s an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls “an almost unheard-of feat.” Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge — for bugling — in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank of Eagle Scout. He said he took about five years to earn his first 62

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From the ‘Not A Good Idea’ department . . .

. . . we have this story of corporate re-branding gone awry. It seems that earlier this year, Turkey’s World Focus Airlines decided to rename itself. It wanted a more global image, something that would appeal to the international traveler. It came up with the name ‘AnkAir’ (which, being Turkish, I presume is a contraction of ‘Ankara Airways’ or something like that). So far, so good. It also came up with a new logo, apparently intended to look like the spreading wings of a bird, but which somewhat resembled the letter ‘W’. Also so far, so good. Unfortunately, it then

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A Christmas gift idea that’s coming back . . .

. . . although whether or not that’s a good idea, I’m not sure! You’ll remember that before Christmas, I posted about Burger King’s launch of a body spray that smelt like its burgers. Some commenters actually tried to buy the stuff, but found that it was sold out. (Would you believe that the $3.99 spray cans have been selling for up to $150 on eBay???) Well, there’s good news . . . I think. New stocks will shortly be arriving, according to this Reuters report. So, if you missed it the first time, and you want to smell like

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Soapbox racing fun

The fifth annual Hoar Cross Downhill Soapbox Competition took place in England today, with all concerned seeming to enjoy themselves enormously. This competition is organized by the MAD Club, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. From their Web site: The MAD Club (Meynell Arms Drinkers) is a much deliberated and vaguely appropriate name for a group of Hoar Cross guys who, upon organising a regular pint in their beloved local The Meynell Ingram Arms in the village of Hoar Cross, decided to put together a number of annual events for both fun and the worthy cause of raising a

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Doofus Of The Day #133

I don’t know, I just don’t know . . . I suppose all of us were young and foolish once, particularly with our first vehicles. We’d try to show off to our friends, ‘drifting’ them across empty parking lots or dusty tracks. However, there’s a cardinal rule when doing so in the presence of other vehicles. Make sure you know where the other guy is!!! Peter

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