Underwear as an economic indicator?

It seems China is using a new benchmark for economic progress. Sales of boxers and briefs are surging in Liaoning Province, according to The Global Times, a fervently nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party, bringing a bit of good news to a down-and-out part of China’s rust belt that epitomizes many of the country’s economic problems. Cheered by the prospect of a brighter future, the article argued, Liaoning men are upgrading a part of their wardrobe that most of their friends and family will never see. In highlighting such an unorthodox economic indicator, The Global Times is harking back to a

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That’s telling him!

A wannabe carjacker got the fright of his life in Midlothian, Texas when his intended victim objected. He was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot, waiting for his wife to finish shopping, when a man and woman approached his car. Police identified the suspects as 21-year-old Caleb Michael Jefferson and 17-year-old Niyah Williams. The man asked the victim, “What’s up?” Caught off guard, the victim thought he might know the man, who entered the vehicle and sat beside the driver. A woman got in, too, sitting directly behind the driver. By then, the victim realized he didn’t know the

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About that emotional support longhorn . . .

In my first post this morning, I mentioned that the owner of Dreadnaught Industries in Texas had registered a longhorn steer as an emotional support animal. The gentleman was kind enough to comment on that post, and sent me more details of Tiny, his highly original ESA.  He e-mailed: Pictures of the card, and Tiny’s initial reaction TO the card, attached. (Click the images for a larger view.) If you ever wandered down here to Brownwood to, say, shoot Abomination (or any of the other machine guns we keep in stock, or perhaps the neat 44 Colt/1860 Colt conversion we just picked up), you could pet him. My personal favorite

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Doofus Of The Day #1,033

Today’s award goes to People Eating Tasty Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  By overreacting in the most hysterically over-the-top way to a restaurant food promotion, they’ve ensured that a local (one-city-only) promotion has people talking about it all across the country. Popeyes, a US fast-food fried chicken franchise, recently launched a promotion at Philadelphia’s airport.  With all the fuss about fake “emotional support animals”, the local operator figured that a play on words would help sell more chicken:  so they started selling an “emotional support chicken meal”.  Click the images for a larger view. PETA promptly lost its collective marbles. 

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Clearly a fun guy

A classic example of a feetishist, I’d say! A man in China who reportedly sniffed his dirty socks each day learned the hard way that his habit is apparently a health danger. The man, identified only as Peng … reportedly developed a habit of sniffing his socks each day after work. But this unusual custom allegedly landed him in the hospital after the Zhangzhou resident complained of chest pains, tightness in his chest and a cough. Initially, doctors at Zhangzhou’s 909 Hospital suspected that Peng, 37, had pneumonia. But when his symptoms persisted, doctors re-questioned the man and he eventually admitted he

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Sissified?

Stephan Pastis takes on the National Football League. Click the image to be taken to a full-size version at the comic’s Web page. I think he has a point.  When I arrived in this country, more than two decades ago, I can still remember getting the distinct impression that American football was a license to fold, spindle and mutilate everyone except the man with the ball!  No longer . . . Peter

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