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BBC gets wrong Guy on air

Posted by Luminus on May 24, 2006

This was something that happened way back on the 8th of May and I didn't get around to putting this post up till now.

BBC was supposed to have a live interview with Guy Kewney, a British IT Journalist, about the Apple Computer vs Apple Corps legal case. A producer went to fetch him from the reception area and mistakenly ended up with Guy Goma, a Congolese economics graduate who was waiting in a different reception area for a job interview.

Goma has since become some sort of mini-celebrity appearing on television interviews all over the place.

Apparently, his new found fame has also landed him in new found trouble. According to The Washington Times, Goma is an illegal immigrant, having overstayed his tourist Visa and may be deported.

Check out a Video clip of the interview here.

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Friend left as deposit at gas station

Posted by Luminus on May 19, 2006

A German woman left her friend as a deposit at a gas station because she did not have enough cash to pay for her petrol, police said Wednesday.

"She didn"t have enough money to pay the bill, so her friend stayed behind as a human deposit while she went to withdraw cash," said a spokesman for police in the southern town of Muenchberg. "Unfortunately, the woman did not return."

Two hours after the 20-year-old driver left, the gas station called the police, who interrogated the stranded "deposit" before releasing her. Police are investigating the driver on suspicion of fraud.

Talk about warped. What kind of person does that to a friend, and the person who stood herself as deposit must either be very stupid or very trusting. Doesn"t that really hurt. I can imagine a million and one things to do to someone that plays me like that. Jeez.

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9 Faces – Find ’em

Posted by Luminus on February 13, 2006

There are 9 faces in this picture. Let’s see if you can spot them all. Drop a comment and let me know how many you found. Read the rest of this entry »

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Passenger bites man, jumps from moving plane

Posted by Luminus on January 24, 2006

vert.rigby.evac.jpgAn airline passenger bit a fellow traveler Monday, then jumped out of a jetliner as it was moving to take off, authorities said. He was later subdued with a stun gun.

Troy Rigby, 28, was taken to a hospital from the Fort Lauderdale airport, the Broward County sheriff’s office said. It was unclear whether he was injured.

Paul Sigler suffered minor injuries from the bite. (Watch emergency workers treat the suspected biter — 3:28)

The Continental Airlines flight had been delayed for about 30 minutes, and as the Boeing 737 began to taxi, the man started yelling to get off, the sheriff’s office said.

He ran to the front of the plane and banged on windows and the cockpit door, authorities said. As passengers and crew members tried to restrain him, he bit a passenger.

When the pilot depressurized the cabin, the man opened a door, jumped to the tarmac and ran toward the terminal. Deputies said they zapped him with a stun gun after he resisted arrest.

Rigby will be charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, battery, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, in addition to an outstanding warrant for marijuana possession, the sheriff’s office said.

The plane, set to fly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Newark, New Jersey, was carrying 116 passengers and five crew members. It was rescheduled for later Monday, a Continental spokesman said.

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Sex change saves prostitute from caning

Posted by Luminus on January 23, 2006

A Thai prostitute escaped caning for drug dealing in Singapore after a doctor established that the accused, who was identified in a passport as a man, had undergone a sex change, the Straits Times reported on Friday.Singapore’s drug laws, which include the death penalty for possession of certain amounts of drugs, provide for different punishments for males and females.

While male offenders can be punished with up to 15 strokes of the rattan cane for drug-related offences, female offenders are exempt from caning.

The Straits Times said Mongkon Pusuwan’s fate had been uncertain for weeks while the court waited for a medical report, which ultimately confirmed that the 37-year-old was a woman following a sex change operation undergone 10 years ago.

The Thai national was arrested close to the city-state’s upscale Orchard Road shopping district last December and charged with trafficking 1.52 grammes of cocaine and 2.5 grammes of ketamine.

Can you beat that. What a country to live in if you’re a criminal. So 15 Strokes of cane is supposed to be punishment for such a heinous crime, Lord have mercy. What exactly is that supposed to teach you.

I know for a fact that if that was the punishment for drug trafficking in Nigeria, practically everybody would be doing it seeing as most high school kids have learnt to be impervious to caning since about age 12.

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New Computers For Old Guns

Posted by Luminus on January 23, 2006

Mexicans are being invited to exchange their weapons for computers under a quirky new idea to curb rampant crime in Mexico City.Authorities in one of the city’s 16 districts are offering a new computer, out of 150 donated by a charitable foundation, for each gun handed in.

“People often have a gun at home, which could perhaps be for self-defense, but sadly it becomes a family tragedy when it is not used properly ” Guadalupe Lopez, local government head for the central district of Alvaro Obregon, told Reuters.

Shootings are a daily occurrence in Mexico City, a sprawling megalopolis of 18 million people where muggings, carjackings and kidnappings are common.

The computers-for-guns program, which echoes past schemes in other city districts that offered groceries for guns, will target some of the district’s most crime-hit areas, although collectors’ items are also turning up.

“This used to be my father’s. He died and left it to us, but we don’t have any use for it,” said Emilia Reyes, arriving with her young son to drop off an old-fashioned wooden dueling pistol. “It’s better for him to have a computer in the house than a gun.”

Maybe if we try this sort of thing in the Niger-Delta, we can get Asari Dokubo and his peeps to lay down their arms, though we may just make them take up another form of terrorism – Yahoo! Yahoo!, for those that know what I mean.

OK, that was a joke, but I think it’s a laudable idea on the Mexican front, firstly because it’s actually working as people are coming forward to trade and secondly because it’ll help significantly reduce the killing sprees that have become a societal norm for them.

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A great place to be a snack vendor (Sell Weed Legally)

Posted by Luminus on January 23, 2006

Marijuana growers gathered in Europe’s pot-smoking capital (Amsterdam) on Sunday for a trade show that is taking on the trappings of a major industry fair, complete with scantily clad models, glossy brochures and, of course, samples. But instead of posing next to muscle cars, the models explained the intricacies of hydroponics culture such as the “iGrow-box Intensive Irrigation System” and exhibitors showed off their bongs, grinders, rolling paper, reflective film, hemp-fabric apparel and how-to marijuana growing videos.”This gives you an uplifting high, up in the mind, not in your body,” marijuana cultivator Arjan Roskam said of his latest Cannabis Cup-winning strain, “Arjan’s Haze #1.”

Roskam, who says he has hosted celebrities such as 50 Cent and Eminem in his Amsterdam coffee shops, was selling his prize-winning plant seeds for 100 euros ($121) alongside other strains such as the “Great White Shark” and “Hawaiian Snow.”

Andre Beckers, the organiser of the International Highlife Hemp Fair, said he was expecting 15,000 to 20,000 visitors at the fair, held for the first time in Amsterdam instead of Utrecht, a smaller Dutch city to the southeast of the capital.

“This is part of the normalization process,” Beckers said. “People see this as a normal fair.”

While Dutch “coffee shops” are allowed to sell small quantities of marijuana, growing and distribution of cannabis remain illegal in the Netherlands. Police were at the fair but did not appear to be taking action against the growers.

I can see cogs turning in some of your heads, anybody considering a move to Amsterdam!!!! That’d be mighty fun if you’re a weed head

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If you think she’s cheating on you, Get a Parrot

Posted by Luminus on January 20, 2006

story.agrey.afp.jpgA computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover’s name, British media reported Tuesday.

The African grey parrot kept squawking “I love you, Gary” as his owner, Chris Taylor, sat with girlfriend Suzy Collins on the sofa of their shared flat in Leeds, northern England.

But when Taylor saw Collins’s embarrassed reaction, he realized she had been having an affair — meeting her lover in the flat whilst Ziggy looked on, the UK’s Press Association reported.

Ziggy even mimicked Collins’s voice each time she answered her telephone, calling out “Hiya Gary,” according to newspaper reports.

Call-center worker Collins, 25, admitted the four-month affair with a colleague called Gary to her boyfriend and left the flat she had shared with Taylor, 30, for a year.

Taylor said he had also been forced to part with Ziggy after the bird continued to call out Gary’s name and refused to stop squawking the phrases in his ex-girlfriend’s voice, media reports said.

“I wasn’t sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go,” he said.

“I love him to bits and I really miss having him around, but it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again.

“I still can’t believe he’s gone. I know I’ll get over Suzy, but I don’t think I’ll ever get over Ziggy.”

Taylor acquired Ziggy as a chick eight years ago and named him after the David Bowie character Ziggy Stardust.

The bird has now found a new home through the offices of a local parrot dealer. Collins, who admitted the affair, said: “I’m not proud of what I did but I’m sure Chris would be the first to admit we were having problems.

“I am surprised to hear he got rid of that bird,” she added to The Guardian newspaper. “He spent more time talking to it than he did to me.

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Blind woman recovers sight after heart attack

Posted by Luminus on January 20, 2006

A 74-year-old woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in a British hospital after suffering a heart attack and could see again.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports she told her husband: “You’ve got older.”

Doctors were at a loss to explain how Joyce Urch, who lived in a world of shadows and near darkness since 1979, had recovered her sight after the heart attack 16 months ago.

Ms Urch, who was treated at Walgrave Hospital in Coventry, where doctors spent three days battling to save her life, called it a “miracle.”

The newspaper showed the white-haired Ms Urch, bright eyed and beaming, in the arms of her husband, Eric, after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

“When I first came round I just opened my eyes and shouted ‘I can see, I can see.’ When I looked in the mirror I said ‘Oh.’ I said to Eric. ‘You’ve got older haven’t you?’ But I thought I’m old myself, my husband must be too,” she was quoted as saying.

“The first time you look in the mirror you look at yourself and think, ‘Is that really me?’ But a lot of things have changed.

“I love going out now. I can look around and see the trees and squirrels and pigeons.”

Ms Urch had been unable to see her five children properly since they were young adults and for the first time she was able to look at her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Despite suffering from glaucoma, doctors did not think this was why she went blind, but could not pinpoint the reasons.

Her husband, 77, did not at first believe his wife, but tested her with what he was wearing and found out she was right.

It’s nothing short of a miracle. If you didn’t believe that there is a God, well I dare you to explain this to me using science and then (if you can tell your head apart from your arse) break it down in lay man’s terms.

Praise the Lord somebody.

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Court says horses cannot wear diapers

Posted by Luminus on December 9, 2005

Regulations to control horse dung in the streets by forcing horse owners to tie bags under horses constituted cruelty to the animals, a Maltese court has ruled.The bags, popularly known as nappies, were ordered under 2002 regulations to stop the horses from fouling the streets, but owners never enforced them and 60 of them took the government to court.

A magistrate found the nappies to breach the Animal Welfare Act after vets explained that a horse’s tail had to be kept free to swat flies, the Malta Times reported on Thursday.

The practice of putting diapers on horses is also used in other European cities where horses pull carriages for tourists.

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