Sumo, Snickers and smackdowns!

A tip o’ the hat to reader D. M. for sending me this photograph of a headline in the Irish Herald. If you can read it with a straight face – and without boggling – you’ve got more self-control than I! I have to admit, I did a double-take just looking at it! Fortunately, D. M. sent a link to the article on the newspaper’s Web site, which makes it all (sort of) clear. A REVELLER at a fancy dress party in one of Dublin’s best known gay bars attacked her ex-girlfriend in a row over a novelty wrestler’s suit.

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Feedback, anyone?

I’ve asked for feedback about this blog from time to time, but no-one seems to have much to say. However, I learned today that some readers feel that I’m posting too much stuff, too many articles each day, so that they’re a bit overwhelmed. Some say they’re only coming here once a week or thereabouts, because it’s too much to take in each day. (Other readers have said they like the number of posts, and come here every day precisely because there are so many of them.) So, what do you think? Do I put up too many posts, or

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It is to laugh . . .

I enjoy cartoonists’ takes on the events of ordinary everyday life. They seem to be able to find humor in the simplest things. Giles was perhaps the doyen of them all in that regard, and I have several dozen of his cartoon annuals to make me chuckle from time to time. Anyway, a British artist (?), Fiona Banner, has created an ‘artwork’ at the Tate Gallery by suspending a Harrier jet fighter from the ceiling, in what the Daily Mail called a ‘bizarre’ exhibition. The newspaper’s cartoonist, Mac, was unable to resist the temptation. Click here to see what he

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Doofus Of The Day #367

Today’s winner is from Coventry, England. A hapless thief soon discovered he had chosen the wrong house to burgle when he came face-to-face with the owner – a 20-stone [280-pound] wrestler. Lee Christie had grabbed a laptop and was about to make his escape when Adam Kalinowski returned home. Father-of-one Adam, 37, wrestled Christie to the ground then got him in a headlock. The factory worker held on to the 6ft 2in burglar – who began to cry and begged to be released – until police arrived at the address in Coventry. Mr Kalinowski said: ‘I came home and saw

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Around the blogs

Over the past week a number of articles on other blogs caught my eye. I thought I’d share them with you for your reading pleasure (and an occasional belly-laugh!). Crucis points out the hypocrisy in imposing a moratorium on deep-water drilling for oil off the US coast, whilst simultaneously funding Brazil’s efforts to drill for oil in much deeper water off its coast. He notes that, if Brazil succeeds, we’ll not only have financed its success, but will then pay through the nose a second time to buy the oil it finds. Alan notes “a study where they watched women

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Custer’s Last Flag

I’m surprised to learn that one of the guidons carried by Custer‘s five companies of the US 7th Cavalry, who were wiped out to a man at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25th, 1876, was recovered from the battlefield the following day, and for more than a century has been held by a museum in Michigan. It’s now to be sold at auction. A Michigan TV station, WZZM13, reports: On June 25, 1876 … Gen. George Armstrong Custer, the pride of Monroe, led the 7th Cavalry into battle against the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne near the

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Two more skateboard FAILS!

Last month I wrote about a double skateboard fail. Here are two more videos that have come to my attention, both having similar results. LANGUAGE ALERT: The second video has many profanities, loudly and painfully voiced. Not safe for work at normal volume! Not very good, are they? Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #366

Today’s Doofus is from Talladega, Alabama. A tip o’ the hat to FarmDad for providing the link to the story. A Talladega man sustained burns over about 90 percent of his body after climbing a fence into an Alabama Power substation on Stephen J. White Memorial Blvd. early Friday morning. Police Chief Alan Watson said Willie Eugene Lewis scaled the fence around the substation sometime before 2 a.m. Friday. He then began climbing on some of the equipment, grabbing on with both hands. Some 44,000 volts of electricity proceeded to pass through his body, burning the clothes off his back

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