Archive for the ‘WTF’ Category
A Minnesota man accused of stealing a newspaper delivery truck from a gas station told police he took it because he was running from zombies according to criminal charges filed this week.
Garrett Howard Hurlbut, 23, of Apple Valley was charged with stealing a motor vehicle during the September incident, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
A police report said officers found Hurlbut near the truck, several blocks away from the gas station where it was reported stolen.
Hurlbut told police he had “jumped or fell from the truck” and was “running from zombies,” the report said…
Hurlbut had a blood-alcohol level of 0.198, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for cuts on his head.
It’s beginning to feel like zombies are the standard excuse for anything. We need something new – and stupid, of course.
A Mormon bishop in Utah said he received mixed reactions from churchgoers when he arrived for services disguised as a homeless man.
David Musselman, the bishop of the Taylorsville Fourth Ward, said friend and professional makeup artist Tara Starling helped him disguise himself as a homeless man so he could go unrecognized at his church Nov. 24…
Musselman said some churchgoers were compassionate toward the apparent homeless stranger, while others were less welcoming.
One congregant told him to leave church property, he said…”Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn’t even make eye contact,” he told the Deseret News.
“I was impressed by the children. I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more,” Musselman said.
Musselman, who revealed his disguise to the congregation, said the stunt was aimed at promoting kindness and acceptance of others.
Judging a book by its cover seems to be a practice still in vogue.
An Oklahoma woman shopping at a Walmart in Tulsa, Okla., last week saw something a lot more shocking than the store’s rolled back prices.
During a trip to the women’s restroom, Beth Davis says she discovered a naked man standing in the mirror masturbating with his pants at his ankles.
“There’s a naked man in the bathroom masturbating,” she shouted, leaving the restroom. She continued yelling for help, but the man emerged before anyone heard.
After he came out of the bathroom, Davis began filming him with her cell phone. He told her that he didn’t know it was the women’s bathroom, but that answer didn’t fly with Davis.
She followed the man, identified as 37-year-old Brian Hounslow, yelling, “Someone stop him!” and “Do not let him go out that door. Stop this man!”
Hounslow ran out of the store and escaped in his car, but not before someone was able to take down his license plate number. He was arrested at his home two hours later.
“Who gets up at 8:30 in the morning and decides they’re going to go to Walmart, take off all their clothes and masturbate in the women’s bathroom?” Davis said. “It’s pretty sick … How could you think you weren’t going to get caught?“
There is a whole sub-group of crook, looney and inbred demento who wander their disturbed path through life confident in their invisibility, inviolable, untouchable.
Sometimes – if they stick to the fringes of society – no one ever notices. Sometimes – they wander out into traffic right in the middle of the freeway of life.
Something to think about while shopping for the holidaze.
In the past five years, the Food and Drug Administration has received reports implicating the smoking cessation drug Chantix in 544 suicides and 1,869 attempted suicides, according to documents obtained by Al Jazeera America.
Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2006, Chantix has been linked to an array of adverse psychiatric events, including suicidal behavior, depression, psychosis, and aggression. In 2008, senior researcher Thomas J. Moore of the Institute for Safe Medical Practice concluded that the drug was associated with more adverse effects than any other medication on the market. A concomitant health advisory released in May 2008 eventually prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ban the drug among pilots and air traffic controllers…
That said, FDA has so far been reluctant to indicate a distinct causal relationship between adverse psychiatric events and Chantix, which is distributed in the U.S. by Pfizer Inc. In a safety review released last year, the agency noted that while reports of alarming side-effects have been filed regularly, it is exceedingly difficult to determine whether these actually resulted from Chantix use…
Study limitations notwithstanding, the FDA concluded that the benefit-risk profile of Chantix was unchanged, and recommended that the drug remain on the market under its current “black-box warning” – the most serious health warning the agency issues. Some would argue that the health warning, which lists as side-effects most adverse events reported to the agency, is an adequate precautionary measure that informs patients and physicians about the drug’s psychiatric influence…
“The use of a black box warning is to help physicians identify early symptoms that so that you can prevent the adverse event from occurring,” Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University’ School of Public Health, told reporters. “In the case of Chantix, the black box warning is basically telling physicians, ‘Be careful because your patients might die taking this.’ What use is it to monitor patients for suicide? Once they commit suicide, it’s over.”
How many doctors, how many smoking cessation specialists – how many members of Congress – does Pfizer own? Is it a sufficient number to keep medication with this kind of track record on the streets?
The FDA admits studies used to justify approval may be flawed. Then, pull the stuff off the market until legitimate studies reexamine the safety of this product.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Joan Dangerfield, widow of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield, explained why she keeps a bottle of her husband’s sweat in the refrigerator.
The 60-year-old widow opend her house to THR on Nov. 22, 2013, what would have been her late husband’s 92nd birthday. While talking to reporters, Joan Dangerfield explained that the sweat collection began at a time when Rodney realized perspiration could be worth a lot of money.
“I discovered that Elvis had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money. So Rodney had a ‘eureka’ moment. He said, ‘I sweat more than anybody! My sweat has to be as good as Elvis’ sweat, right?’” she told THR.
She proceded to ordering hundreds of perfume-sample bottles and began preserving her husband’s sweat.
“My job became the ‘sweat collector,’” she explains. “I’d take a sponge and spoon and collect his sweat — about an inch at a time. I thought we could water it down but he said, ‘No, that wouldn’t be right…’ “
The operation was eventually shut down by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where Rodney performed a lot, after they said they couldn’t offer the sweat over an insurance issue. Still, Joan Dangerfield keeps it because it has sentimental value for her.
Passengers disembarking in Bala Cynwyd — Bridget Cook photo
Amtrak said it is investigating after a train headed from Philadelphia to New York ended up lost in suburban Pennsylvania.
Officials said Amtrak Train 644 departed Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Tuesday night and accidentally ended up on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority tracks…
The train traveled several miles on the wrong tracks before the mistake was noticed and it stopped at a station in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Amtrak said the 130 passengers on the train were taken back to Philadelphia where they boarded another train for New York.
“An investigation was launched and the crew has been held out of work until they can be fully debriefed and additional training can be conducted,” Steve Kulm, Amtrak’s media relations director, said in a statement.
Does the Pennsylvania state constitution allow waterboarding?
With almost no experience, newly graduated medical students enter teaching hospitals around the country every July, beginning their careers as interns. At the same time, the last year’s interns and junior residents take a step up and assume new responsibilities.
In addition to developing their nascent clinical skills, each entering class of interns must grasp the many rules and standards for operating in this “new” hospital structure.
More experienced physicians share a joke about this changing of the guard: Don’t get sick in July…
“The good news for patients is that in most cases, it’s very difficult for a physician to make a mistake that results in a patient’s death,” said Anupam Jena, HMS assistant professor of health care policy and of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and lead author of the study. “But for severely ill patients, health can be very tenuous. A small error or a very slight delay in care is potentially devastating…”
Overall, they found that patients at teaching hospitals had a lower risk of dying than at non-teaching hospitals, but in July, the risk at teaching hospitals rose to the same level that patients at non-teaching hospitals faced. For high-risk patients who came to the teaching hospitals with heart attacks, the risk of death in hospital went from 20 percent to 25 percent. They also found that among teaching hospitals, the difference between outcomes in May and July is greatest in institutions with the highest percentages of trainees.
The researchers ruled out two potential factors that they suspected may have accounted for some of that difference — the prevalence of percutaneous coronary intervention (i.e. cardiac stents) and of complications from the use of blood thinners.
Without evidence for specific procedures or protocols that could prevent increased deaths, the researchers said that their findings suggest that, especially during the early months in the training cycle, oversight should be intensively focused on high-risk cases rather than across cases overall. In July, doctors with more experience should play a greater role in the care of high-risk patients than has typically been the case.
I never ran into this dicho before. Though it has been at least 40 years since I worked in a teaching hospital. And it was one of the very best.
Still – remind self not to have a stroke or heart attack in July. Especially since the only hospital in town is known as Saint Victims.
There’s good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want to hear first?
That depends on whether you are the giver or receiver of bad news, and if the news-giver wants the receiver to act on the information, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside…It’s complicated.
The process of giving or getting bad news is difficult for most people, particularly when news-givers feel unsure about how to proceed with the conversation, psychologists Angela M. Legg and Kate Sweeny wrote…“The difficulty of delivering bad news has inspired extensive popular media articles that prescribe ‘best’ practices for giving bad news, but these prescriptions remain largely anecdotal rather than empirically based,” said Legg, who completed her Ph.D. in psychology in October, and Sweeny, assistant professor of psychology.
In a series of experiments, the psychologists found that recipients of bad news overwhelmingly want to hear that bad news first, while news-givers prefer to deliver good news first. If news-givers can put themselves in the recipient’s shoes, or if they’re pushed to consider how to make the recipient feel better, then they might be willing to give news like recipients want them to. Otherwise, a mismatch is almost inevitable.But that’s not the whole story. The researchers also determined that where good news is introduced in a conversation can influence the recipient’s decision to act or change his or her behavior…
Hiding bad news won’t be really effective if the desire is to change somebody’s behavior, such as encouraging them to get a prescription filled or lab work done, said Legg, the paper’s lead author…
“Doctors must give good and bad health news to patients, teachers must give good and bad academic news to students, and romantic partners may at times give good and bad relationship news to each other,” they wrote. “Our findings suggest that the doctors, teachers and partners in these examples might do a poor job of giving good and bad news because they forget for a moment how they want to hear the news when they are the patients, students, and spouses, respectively. News-givers attempt to delay the unpleasant experience of giving bad news by leading with good news while recipients grow anxious knowing that the bad news is yet to come. This tension can erode communication and result in poor outcomes for both news-recipients and news-givers.”
Or you can make the decision common to the media moguls who own most of the mainstream newscasts. Try to turn everything into entertainment and leave the average consumer as ignorant as they were beforehand.
An 83-year-old career criminal who says she has stolen jewelry the world over has been arrested on charges of trying to steal a $40,000 ring in California.
Doris Marie Payne, who was the subject of a documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony larceny, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
Payne “was implicated in a jewelry theft” at a jewelry store in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 21, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
She was released from prison this year after serving 2 1/2 years of a 5 1/2 year sentence for stealing an $8,900 ring from a department store in San Diego.
She told a Los Angeles Times reporter for a story published in 2008 she was in her late 20s the first time she stole a diamond and has lost count of how much jewelry she has stolen…
Payne, who was being held on $45,000 bond, is also to be the subject of a feature film…
I hope she’ll make enough from the film to retire, eh?