Feet on the dashboard = pelvis in pieces

I’ve seen many passengers in cars, light trucks or SUV’s – almost always women in my experience – put their feet up on top of the dashboard, lean back in their seats, and drive along like that.  I’ve always regarded it as extremely dangerous, because in the event of an accident, they won’t be able to stop their bodies from sliding forward, underneath their seatbelt.  Also, the airbags may slam their feet and legs into other parts of the vehicle, inflicting injury. A recent accident in England produced this horrifying X-ray. Metro UK reports: Police have released a picture showing the

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Men are dipping their WHAT into WHAT???

Now and again one comes across something so egregiously stupid that one can’t quite grasp it for a moment.  One sits, reading the words or watching the video, and thinking, “This absolutely cannot – can’t possibly – be true!”  Sadly, all too often it is.  (Follow the links below at your own risk!) A groundbreaking 2013 study of how mice can taste with their testicles has resurfaced online. And now social media bozos are testing the theory, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by dipping their genitals in soy sauce for the latest bizarre TikTok trend. The study was apparently rediscovered

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“I’ll take ‘Unlikely Movie Titles’ for $100, Alex”

I was doing some shopping on Amazon.com the other night.  To my utter astonishment, one of my search terms returned not only goods for sale, but also a short movie titled “Kung Fu Wizard of Jesus vs. Undead Robot Nazi Werewolves“.  A screen capture illustrating it looks like this: What’s more, it’s billed as a comedy!  I haven’t watched it, because my belief in Christ is an obstacle to making him an irreligious figure of fun.  Nevertheless, the title brings in so many tropes and story elements that it boggles the mind.  There’s even another film in the series titled

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A chemical reaction leads to a very big bang

Back in September, the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland experienced a massive explosion in Ulsan, South Korea.  This clip was taken by the dashcam video of a vehicle parked rather too close to the big bang. An initial investigation has revealed it was caused by a chemical reaction. According to the MAIB’s interim report, released today, the explosion occurred due to the sudden build-up of pressure in the Stolt Groenland’s number 9 cargo tank containing styrene monomer, a highly flammable chemical used in the making of plastics, paints and synthetic rubber. The resulting explosions and fireball could be seen and heard for miles, and passed very close to

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Ewwwww!

An antiques expert in England has learned (the hard way) not to jump in where angels fear to taste. Glass specialist Andy McConnell inspected a sealed bottle from the 19th century on the BBC show [Antiques Roadshow], and decided to sample its mystery contents in front of an expectant audience. . . . Mr McConnell used a syringe to transfer a sample from the bottle to a tumbler, and sipped at the mystery beverage. “It’s very brown,” he told the audience at the time.  “I think it’s port. It’s port or red wine, or it’s full of rusty old nails and that’s

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Chicago’s quality of life, by the numbers

I note that according to HeyJackass (which Second City Cop calls “the ONLY trusted source for actual crime numbers” – and do read the comments there, too), Chicago has passed another grim milestone for 2019. Five-hundred-plus homicides in a year . . . The latest mass shooting in Chicago says a great deal about why the numbers are so high.  Note that the gathering concerned was to honor – HONOR!!! – the memory of a thug and criminal who tried to carjack a vehicle, and was shot in the attempt.  Congratulations to the shooter, and thank you for removing a menace from the streets of Chicago.

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There’s something fishy going on here

I had no idea that the United States was the largest producer of farmed Caspian-Sea-origin beluga caviar in the world!  The New York Post reports: Caviar prices are plummeting — but if you want the best price, you might want to find a dealer. . . . Even if you don’t have a special connection, caviar is becoming more accessible than ever. Wholesale prices in the US have plunged more than 50 percent since 2012, from $850,000 per ton to $350,000 per ton last year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. At the same time, US caviar consumption is

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The Zimmerman lawsuit: watch this case very carefully

It’s been widely reported that George Zimmerman is suing the family of the late Trayvon Martin, and others, for what most news media are calling “engineering false testimony“, or words to that effect.  However, I’ve seen no mainstream news articles that actually spell out what that “false testimony” is claimed to be. If true, Zimmerman’s allegations are explosive.  From the text of his filing in court (courtesy of a link at Gun Free Zone – text in bold, underlined print is my emphasis): Plaintiff George Zimmerman (“Zimmerman”) brings this action against Sybrina Fulton (“Fulton”), Rachel Jeantel (“Jeantel”), Brittany Diamond Eugene (“Eugene”), Tracy Martin (“Tracy Martin”), Benjamin Crump

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How can you fight a war when you’re not allowed to repair your own weapons?

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read this report in the New York Times.  I’ve been aware of the problem from a civilian perspective, but I hadn’t realized that the military procurement bureaucracy hadn’t been able to avoid it, either. A few years ago, I was standing in a South Korean field, knee deep in mud, incredulously asking one of my maintenance Marines to tell me again why he couldn’t fix a broken generator. We needed the generator to support training with the United States Army and South Korean military, and I was generally unaccustomed to hearing anyone in the

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