Monday, September 01, 2014

A land of confusion

Little fella and cat pursue laser pointer

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Meanwhile in Bang Phli, Thailand

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Man fleeing police following hit-and-run incident stopped to play with cats

Candace Noonan was getting her son ready for school at their home in Boca Raton, Florida, when a complete stranger walked up and opened the back sliding door. “I said, ’Excuse me, can I help you?’” Noonan said. “He said, 'Oh, I’m so sorry. Next door, I’m mowing the lawn. Do you mind if I have a glass of water?'"

Thinking the man was a landscaper, Noonan obliged and went to get the man a bottle of water. Noonan was unaware that authorities said the man, who was identified as Daniel Pinedo Velapatino, 21, was running from police after leading officers on a wild chase, smashing into cars and a police cruiser. When Noonan came back with a bottle of water, she said Velapatino had entered the house and was lying on the living room floor, playing with her cats.

“It was odd, very odd,” Noonan said. “He was stroking my cat. It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped.” Noonan’s husband started questioning Velapatino, and the stranger fled out the back door. ”We saw cop cars driving around the front of our house, and that’s when we sort of put two and two together,” Noonan said. Police gave chase, and Velapatino tried to get away by jumping in a canal, but a police boat captured him.

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Investigators said Velapatino had been up all night taking drugs at a friend’s place. He is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash from a friend’s wallet, crashing a Lexus into a number of cars, including a police cruiser and a fire hydrant before he fled on foot. Investigators said Velapatino told them he needed the money because he owed his mother $2,000.

Widow claims husband died on flight due to his hairy chest

A man flying from Los Angeles to Albuquerque died of a heart attack. His wife thinks his hairy chest had something to do with his death, however.

Caroline and Jack Jordan were on the Southwest Airlines flight when the heart attack occurred. Passengers performed CPR, but he didn't survive the attack. His wife said a defibrillator was on board but wasn't used because of her husband's hairy chest.

"The flight attendant that had been right up there with us said because his chest is too hairy," she said. A doctor said reacting to an emergency quickly can be the difference between life and death, and chest hair is rarely a factor with a defibrillator not working.

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Staff at the Heart Institute say there are razors and scissors included with the devices to shave hair and cut clothing and jewellery. Caroline Jordan said for her husband, it was too late. A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said the airline is looking into the incident.

Firefighters returned to finish mowing lawn of man who'd suffered heart attack

For the firefighters and EMTs of Station 4 in Baytown, Texas, it was another normal assignment: rushing to a 911 call to help save someone's life. But to the family and neighbours of John McCormick it was it was beyond normal. It helped restore a bit of their faith in humanity and the kindness of strangers. McCormick, 65, had a history of heart problems - a quadruple bypass more than a decade ago and other lingering health issues.

On Tuesday afternoon he suffered a heart attack while mowing the yard of his Baytown home. He went inside his house and collapsed where his family called for help. Engine 4, Medic 4, and Medic 2 responded. EMT's performed CPR and got a pulse again. And per standard operating procedure, the crew of Engine 4 followed the ambulance to the hospital. But when they left the hospital to drive back to Station 4, engine driver Luke Bednarek had an idea. Why not go back to the McCormick home and finish mowing his yard for him.

"We're all fighting over who can push the mower first," said Station 4 Lt. J.D. Giles. "I just happened to get off the truck first and grabbed the lawnmower first. We were all fighting over it," said firefighter Blake Steffenauer. They took turns behind John McCormick's lawn mower. They finished the backyard too, locked the garage, put the padlock key in the mailbox, and Giles left a handwritten note to Patsy McCormick that said in part "we felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard, so we did." And they didn't think it was that big a deal.

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"No not at all. Just something to help someone out in the worst time of their life," said Giles. "They already got stuff they've got going on that's more important," added Steffenauer. "Yard work shouldn't be something they'd have to finish up. So we were happy to come back and take care of that." But it was a letter, and a gesture, that made a daughter weep. "It just showed me that there's still compassion," said McCormick's daughter Jeana Blackford. "That people still do random acts of kindness every day for people that they don't know." However, this story does not have a happy ending. John McCormick died two days later.

Court granted man divorce over wife's excessive demands for sex

A man, who sought separation from his wife alleging that she was aggressive and autocratic with an insatiable appetite for sex, has been granted a divorce by a family court in Mumbai, India. "Due to respondent's (wife's) non-appearance before the court, the petitioner's (husband's) evidence remains unchallenged on record. Hence this court has no option but to accept his evidence as it is and he is entitled to a decree of divorce as prayed," Principal Judge of family court, Laxmi Rao ruled in a recent order.

The husband had approached the family court in January, saying that his wife was "adamant, aggressive, stubborn and autocratic" and would pick up quarrels for no reason. The man, in his petition told the court that she was showing an "excessive and insatiable desire for sex" and harassed him since their marriage in April 2012. He also alleged that she administered him medicines and also forced him to consume liquor. The husband alleged that she used to force him into having unnatural sex and whenever he tried to resist it, she would abuse him following which he had to succumb to her pressure and persistent demands.

He told the court that he worked in three shifts leaving him very tired, and even then he was compelled to satisfy her 'lust'. The woman even went to the extent of threatening him that if her demands were not fulfilled, she would go to another man, without caring for his emotions and feelings, the court was told. In December 2012, the man had to be hospitalised for a stomach ache during which she chose to go her sister's place, only to return after two weeks, the petition said. Though doctors advised him to stay away from any physical relationship for a while, the wife kept up with her sexual demands, even as his health deteriorated for lack of rest, the petition submitted.

Further he said that in October 2013 he was operated for appendicitis and after discharge his wife insisted that they stay with her sister and even there, she forced him into having intercourse. According to him, his wife refused to visit a psychiatrist and threatened him against revealing anything to anybody. In the petition, he said that it was intolerable for him to bear any more atrocities and that he also apprehended danger to his life and limb. He said his wife has made his life horrible with her "cruel behaviour" and her "excessive prank for sex" has made it difficult for him to live together with her under one roof. Judge Rao allowed the petition and dissolved the marriage.

Exclusive school investigated by police over 'turkey slapping' incident

The Kings School in Parramatta, Australia, is the subject of a police investigation after allegations of indecent and physical assault were made by a group of boarding students.

Police confirmed that detectives from the child abuse squad are investigating assault allegations made by students against other students at a school in Sydney's north-west. "Given those alleged to be involved are juveniles it would be inappropriate for police to provide any further detail at this point in time," a statement from the police media unit said.

It is understood that the allegations centre around indecent and unwanted sexual contact, which include the act of "turkey slapping", where a male rubs his genitals on another's face. The headmaster of the private boys' school, Dr Tim Hawkes, confirmed that police were investigating the allegations made by students.

"The school has been made aware of an allegations and is co-operating with the police over this matter," Dr Hawkes said. In accordance with mandatory reporting requirements, all schools are required to report to authorities any incidents where a child may be at risk.

Funeral horse pulling hearse died mid-procession

A grieving family were further distressed when a horse pulling a relative’s hearse dropped dead mid-procession. Police and a fire crew were called at around 1.40pm on Wednesday to Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, east London, following reports that the animal had fallen sick.

The firefighters from Hornchurch station left shortly later after realising they could not save the horse and officers called the RSPCA for assistance. The road was closed for nearly two hours while the organisers, Harold Wood Funeral Services, of Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, arranged for the horse to be taken away. Andy White, 46, from Dorset, said: “It was horrible. It was my wife’s grandad’s funeral and it upset us all.”

The procession continued by car and despite the incident, Mr White described the company as “fantastic”. Ronnie, the deceased horse, was a middle-aged white carriage horse and was believed to be in good health, funeral director Carol Lawrence said. She said: “We are extremely sad to report the sudden death of Ronnie, a 14-year-old horse in service on the funeral in our care.

“There was no indication of any poor health and he was regularly seen by vets.” The director assured that there was no delay and the coffin was transferred from the horse-drawn cart and put in to a regular hearse that was part of the procession. She added: “The bereaved family are very sympathetic and we have been in touch with them.” Ronnie later received a private burial in a field in the Essex countryside in the stables he lived in.

House currently inhabited by well fed pig for sale

A small detached house in Britannia Road, Ipswich, seemingly occupied by a portly pig, has gone on the market.

In an advert posted at Rightmove by estate agent Connells, one photograph clearly showed the large animal snoozing in the corner of a room.

The photo was mysteriously removed on Sunday afternoon. The house, which is described as "unique" is on the market for £120,000 and used to be a meeting hall.

It features an open plan kitchen and lounge area, where the pig was resting, as well as a bathroom, separate toilet, entrance hall and loft bedroom.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Smile for the camera

Peacocks respond to keeper's whistle

Filmed in Guilin, China.

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Man plays Glenn Miller's In The Mood on three ukuleles

Well, two ukuleles and one bass ukulele, to be precise.

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Man claims unusual compulsion causes him to break into homes to take hot showers

An accused burglar in Kentucky said he wasn't looking to steal anything, he just wanted a hot shower.

Ryan Carpenter, 32, was caught in a Lexington home by the homeowner.

Carpenter allegedly broke into the home through a window then took a shower.

Carpenter told police he has mental problems that compels him to break into homes to take hot showers after his hot water runs out. He was charged with burglary.

Woman hospitalised after being peed on and bitten in flying fox attack

A woman in Australia's Northern Territory has been hospitalised after a freak bat attack. Debbie “Hammie” Riley, 55, had just returned to her donga near Roper River when a bat flew straight at her and latched on to her leg.

“I heard something drop on the roof and the next thing I know there was a bat just aiming for me through the sky and he just bit on to me,” Ms Riley said. “It’s wings were flapping and he peed all over me and when I looked down all I could see were its eyes. I grabbed its wing and yanked it off.”

Director of flora and fauna at the Department of Lands resources management Alaric Fisher said neither he, nor anyone in his team had heard of such an aggressive attack before. “It’s virtually unheard of. All I can think of is that it was startled and accidentally ran into her and latched on. The main issue, particularly with flying foxes, is they can potentially carry dangerous diseases.”

Ms Riley received treatment for tetanus, rabies and lyssavirus after the August 19 incident, which included painful injections directly into the wounds on her leg and fingers. “I just want people to be aware of what to do. Wash the wound for five minutes and then apply antiseptic and get medical treatment as soon as possible,” she said. “Even if it’s the tiniest bite, if it draws blood it needs attention. These disgusting things carry lyssavirus and rabies it also affects you mentally. People should be aware.”

Japanese government urges the public to be prepared and stockpile toilet paper

The Japanese government is calling on its citizens to be prepared for the worst-case scenario should a major disaster hit the quake-prone archipelago by stockpiling toilet paper. The industry ministry has launched a public awareness campaign ahead of the September 1 national Disaster Prevention Day, reminding citizens to have enough emergency supplies of food and sanitary products to survive the aftermath of a major earthquake.

"Be prepared and have no regrets," the ministry said in a statement, as it advertised a special exhibit on disaster preparedness to be held in its downtown Tokyo building. "At times of major disasters, like huge earthquake, an insufficient number of useable toilets always becomes a problem," it said, adding that a toilet paper shortage compounds the issue.

In the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and killer tsunami disaster of March 2011, Japan experienced a shortage of many things including toilet paper, as families hoarded everything from water to gasoline, emptying store shelves even in areas relatively unharmed by the natural disaster. The industry ministry has highlighted the vulnerability of Japan's toilet paper production capacity, which is 40 percent concentrated in Shizuoka prefecture, in a region where experts say a disastrous quake and tsunami could strike in the future.

The ministry is urging the public to keep enough rolls of toilet paper to last for at least one month, the period the government believes is needed for the toilet tissue market to return to normal after a major disaster. "Using Disaster Prevention Day as an opportunity, please start stockpiling toilet paper at home," the ministry said, referring to the September 1 anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which killed more than 100,000 people. The anniversary is used as a national training and awareness day to encourage people to plan ahead for disasters. Toilet paper was the object of nationwide consumer hoarding during the oil shock of 1973.

Young duck rustlers punished after being caught stealing birds from village pond

Duck rustlers in China were made to endure an unusual punishment when they were caught stealing the birds from a village pond. Locals forced the two teenage boys to kneel by the side of the road holding two of the dead ducks in their mouths.

The 14-year-old crooks then had dead birds slung round their necks by their legs as they walked through a village in southern region of Guangxi. "These teenagers have no respect for property or life so they have paid with their shame. They really needed to be taught a lesson," said village head Yong Ku.

"They are always stealing to get money for drink or cigarettes. They are delinquents who do not have any respect for anyone in the area or indeed themselves. But it is hard to look cool holding a dead duck in your mouth while you spit out feathers. Maybe this will deter them from further crime," he added.

Police say the villagers should have contacted them about the thefts. "People should not take the law into their own hands. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable regardless what the boys did. It goes back to medieval like punishments," said a police spokesman. But Ku said: "The police are useless. By the time they get here the evidence would have been long gone. We prefer our own justice."

Racing cyclists hospitalised after mistaking washing detergent for sports drink

Six cyclists in Norway were sent to hospital on Friday after drinking a soap detergent they thought was a sports drink. The makers of "Omo", a clothes washing detergent, are now considering changing their labelling after accidentally poisoning the unsuspecting riders particpating in the “Fredagsbirken” race in Rena, near Oslo . The product was available as part of a sampling campaign by Lilleborg, sponsors of the event.

All competitors were given a free sample of “Omo Aktiv & Sport”, together with their starting numbers before the race. The race was interrupted several times as six cyclists had to be sent to the emergency ward of the nearby hospital after having drunk what they believed to be a sports drink. It was in fact the detergent. Anne Gjemdal, head of information at Lilleborg, said: “We thought it was obvious from the label that it is a detergent, but considering what has happened, we will re-evaluate if the labelling is good enough. The product is labelled according to strict regulations.”

Gjemdal added: “We are deeply sorry that people have mistakenly thought "Omo" was a sports drink. We hope those affected [by the misunderstanding] are well taken care of.” Race organisers said the "Omo" samples were clearly labelled as detergents and cyclists were told not to mix the liquid with their drinking water. After the incident, they put up large posters to avoid the same mistake being made by others. Ingunn Rønningen Kleven of the “Birkebeiner” bicycle ride said:; “Since this clothes washing detergent is especially developed for training clothes, we thought it would be relevant to give it to our contestants.

“They could use it to wash their training clothes after the event.” Jo Gunnar Ellevold, head of “Birken”, said that the organisers called the Poisoning Information Centre on learning some of the contestants had drunk detergent. Ellevold said: “We were informed that it is not dangerous to one’s health to drink around a decilitre of detergent. It produces some foam and it is natural that one will experience some discomfort for a time after drinking it.” According to the user instructions, one should drink two to three glasses of water or milk, then contact a doctor if the detergent is drunk.

Man jailed for possessing Bart Simpson porn

A man who possessed cartoons showing TV character Bart Simpson performing sexual acts has been jailed at Carlisle Crown Court.

Andrew Smith, 55, was found guilty after a trial of nine charges alleging he was in possession of prohibited images of children. All of the images were drawings.

The court heard that Smith had downloaded the images and burned them to disc before it was made a crime to do this in 2010. Police had found them after searching his home in Kendal, Cumbria, for evidence related to a separate matter.

At the trial, Smith had said he had a reason for having the files as he wished to campaign for sexual relations between pre-pubescent children and adults to be legalised. However, a jury found him guilty on all counts. Smith was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

Constipated drink-driver crashed into car full of elderly people

A constipated drink-driver crashed into a car full of pensioners during a police chase after he became desperate to use the toilet, a court heard. Philip Breeze, who had drunk six pints before getting behind the wheel, led police on a chase through the Kirkstall and Horsforth areas of Leeds before the officers deemed chasing him too dangerous.

They arrested Breeze at his home later that day – where he was still two times over the limit. Breeze ploughed into the side of a vehicle in which four people in their 80s and 90s were travelling. The car hit by Breeze’s vehicle was forced on to its side and skidded along for 20 metres. Leeds Crown Court heard Breeze, 54, had been to a pub with a friend on July 27 before driving him to a railway station.

Breeze’s vehicle was spotted swerving across the road by a member of the public who contacted the police after it struck a parked car. Simon Reevell, prosecuting, said the witness dialled 999 and gave a running commentary of Breeze’s bad driving to police. Breeze drove through a junction and struck a Ford Fusion. Breeze, of Horsforth, then drove over a verge to get away from police. He was arrested three hours later and found to be twice the drink-drive limit.

Breeze pleaded guilty to drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident and dangerous driving. The court heard he had previously been jailed for drink- driving. Deborah Smithies, mitigating, said Breeze had been suffering from severe constipation for several days but suddenly felt the urge to use the lavatory while he was driving. She added: “It caused him to panic.” She said Breeze was full of remorse for what he had done. The judge said: “I take the view that there is no alternative to immediate custody.” He jailed Breeze for 24 weeks and also banned him from driving for two years.