Friday, September 16, 2011

Around the Water Cooler 9/16/2011

Another Friday has come and we have some more weird news stories that you might have missed.  Just in case, here are a few of the lesser reported news items.

We Have A Winner

I am sure you will be relieved to know that there is a new "winner" of the Longest Fingernails in the World competition.  Surely, you would like to shake the hand of Chris "the Duchess" Walton who has nailed the title for having 10 feet 2 inches of nails on her left hand and 9 foot 7 inches of nails on her right hand.
The Las Vegas woman is helping kick off the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records which will go on sale later this month.  It took 18 years for the Duchess to achieve this prestigious distinction.
The Duchess says she does her own nails and makeup as well as her own household chores.  She is currently working on a singing career.

OK, tell me I am the only one that has questions??? Makeup??? How does she put on makeup without poking an eye out?  AND the obvious question is just too personal but does she do that....???

Ring a Ding from a Ding a Ling

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch prosecutors are charging a 42-year-old woman with stalking after she allegedly called her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year. The 62-year-old victim from The Hague filed a police complaint in August due to the persistent phone calls. Police arrested the suspected stalker Monday, seizing several cell phones and computers from her home in Rotterdam. Hague prosecution spokeswoman Nicolette Stoel said Thursday the woman argued to judges at a preliminary hearing she had a relationship with the man and the number of calls she placed to him wasn't excessive. The man denied they had a relationship. The court ordered her not to contact him again. Simple math shows that if one were to make 65,000 a year, you would have had to place 1,250 a week or 178 calls each day. That breaks down to about one phone call every eight minutes — and this doesn't take in to account time to sleep, eat or take necessary breaks.  That is one serious multi-tasker.

I wondered if she called him to ask if he thought that the verdict was fair and what exactly constitutes "contact"?  I, also found it funny that in court she claimed 62,000 times wasn't excessive.  Does that mean she crossed the line on  just 3000ish calls

You Snooze, You Lose

Wichita police say a burglar's decision to take a nap busted him inside a couple's home late Saturday afternoon.
Goldilocks could probably relate to a man arrested over the weekend in southeast Wichita. Police say a 35-year-old homeless man broke into a house on Saturday afternoon and began collecting items he planned to steal. While he was there, however, he found the opportunity for a hot shower and a nap in a nice bed too much to resist.
He was still asleep when the couple that lives at the house in the 1500 block of East Wassall  returned home about 5 p.m. on Saturday, Lt. Steve Kenney said.  The couple found the intruder in the bedroom frantically trying to pull on clothes owned by the husband. They called 911, and officers found the burglar hiding in a closet.
The man was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Moral of the story:  Burglars out there...listen up...finish your work then take a nap when you get home. 

The Cat Came Back

 The Cat Came Back isn't just a children's song evidently.  Willow, the Calico cat escaped out of Colorado home 5 years ago. But thanks to a microchip that was implanted when she was a kitten, Willow will be reunited in Boulder, Colo., with her owners, the Squires, who had long ago given up hope. 

  Willow was found on East 20th Street by a man who took her to a shelter, and Julie Bank, executive director of Animal Care, said the microchip led to the Squires family. When Jamie Squire received the call she couldn't believe that Willow was alive and well.  How Willow traveled more than 1800 miles is still a mystery.  The cat seems to be well cared for and has a sweet temperament according to the animal care facility. Animal Care and the Squires were trying to arrange for transportation back to Colorado. In the interim, Willow may stay with a foster family in New York.

Perhaps, Willow went to New York to seek fame and fortune...or perhaps she heard about  other "Cats" having made it big on Broadway.


It's Not the Food that is the Problem

 A New York man is suing White Castle, claiming the booths in one of its hamburger restaurants are too small. Martin Kessman says in the federal lawsuit filed last week that he was embarrassed in 2009 when he tried squeezing his 6-foot, 290-pound frame into the seating at a White Castle in Nanuet, N.Y. He says he slammed his knee into a metal post under the table and was in pain. The lawsuit claims the restaurant could not accommodate a customer of Kessman's stature, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The suit seeks an unspecified financial judgment. Spokesman Jamie Richardson at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, says the restaurant is being replaced and that the new one will have roomier seating. According to The New York Post, Kessman said "I'm not a humongous [but] I'm a big guy. After leaving the restaurant in pain from his injuries related to the under-sized booth, he wrote multiple letters to the corporate headquarters about the inadequate seating situation and his extreme embarrassment in having to try to squeeze himself into a chair at the Rockland County location.  White Castle's response according to Kessman was a series of condescending letters and three coupons for a total of nine free hamburgers.  "But the cheese was extra". he wrote into the lawsuit. Spokesman Jamie Richardson at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, says the restaurant is being replaced and that the new one will have roomier seating.

 I can see if one is embarrassed by not being able to force one's fat self into a seat, that going global with a lawsuit is sure to shore up one's self esteem.  Maybe he should use the drive-thru and skip the cheese on those yummy little burgers.

Here is a Tip

A western Pennsylvania jewelry store owner says a man charged with burglarizing the shop called and offered to help solve the case after the owner offered a reward. Police have since charged 28-year-old Emile Pratt Jr. with burglarizing Mark Multari's Gold Mind Jewelers in Sharon, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.  Multari tells The Sharon Herald that  after he announced a reward for information pertaining to an Aug. 31 burglary, Pratt called claiming to have heard glass breaking when the alarm sounded at 2:45 a.m. and "said he would help in any way" to catch the thief. Police charged Pratt after tracing some of the 100 items stolen in the burglary to stores and pawn shops where Pratt allegedly sold them. Online court records don't list an attorney for Pratt, who remains jailed.

It is never a good idea for the criminal to offer police help in tracking down the criminal. 

Perhaps this explains why the Amsterdam guy didn't pick up his phone.  He was on the dance floor and didn't want to talk or think anymore.

The Good for the Day....  Numbers can be blocked on cell phones

 The Bad for the Day...Idiot criminals

The Weird for the day..There was another case of "excessive" phoning, this year.

In Athens, Georgia a woman, Diana Jenkins was dumped by her boyfriend, Jerome Murphy in January.  Jenkins purportedly called Murphy 65,000 times. (seems to be the magic number, heh?)  Murphy filed a report with the police and Jenkins was served with a harassment charge.

As evidence the woman's cell phone carrier released excerpts of the messages she left.  Below are just a few of the thousands.



Is there another woman?

What are you doing right now?

Are you with another woman?

I'm sorry.  Why?

Are you screening this? Why?

I can change if you tell me why!  Why?

Do you remember why you broke up with me now?

How about now?



meleahrebeccah said...

Um… those fingernails made me throw up in my mouth!

And who has the time to make 65,000 phone calls?

I am HYSTERICAL laughing at homeless robber taking a nap!

Cheryl P. said...

Aren't the fingernails really disgusting!!!

I keep thinking she must have one of those auto dialer machines. Who could keep up that pace? What a nut.

Kind of reminded me of Goldilocks and the 3 bears. Evidently, homeless guy thought the bed felt just RIGHT.

Nicky said...

Those nails are disgusting, but my question is to you. How does she do what? 'Cause see, there are a lot of things that could be difficult to manage with nails that long...and quite a few of them not rated G. And I have quite a vivid (and degenerate, I admit) imagination, so there are some things that immediately sprang to mind to when you asked that question.

65,000 phone calls. I wonder who her provider is? In any case, this makes me think of my kids and Jepeto. You know, the " How many times to I have to tell you?" line. Apparently, I have to tell them 65,000 times. Great, that means only 2 or 3 times left!!

Who'd have thought not working and stealing from people was so tiring. I suddenly have a new-found respect for those underappreciated burglars who are just trying to get by and...oh no, wait, that was just a bit of gas. Damn burritos!

I would be ecstatic if my cat would disappear for 5 years and, that's all. Just disappear for 5 years.

Nearly 300 pounds and he actually said he's not humongous? I think the company should give him gift certificates for a free mirror instead of free hamburgers.

A helpful criminal. Interesting tactic. But what I really want to know is, did he get the reward?

Leah Griffith said...

I love Fridays with you;)
The fingernails grossed me out!

Anne Dickens said...

Those fingernails are bloody disgusting. How does she live like that? What makes her want them to grow that long!

And that article about the guy suing White Castle for having booths that are too small - That is just mental!!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Fingernails - gross. Yeah - too many questions about her that I just don't want to delve into. I'll get nightmares thinking about her. Love the cat story and the cat's photo - sweet. Mr. White Castle needs to take personal measurements and really think through his law suit. I hope there's a jury involved. Great post.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

BTW - I'm now following you :D

Regards, Mari

Cheryl P. said...

Oh, your comment is tooooo funny!!! I have that same kind of morbid curiosity. There are things that came into my mind about the fingernail lady that I had to quickly toss out of my brain. ICK

Hopefully, you don't need to tell Jepeto and the kids stuff any more than 35,500 or they aren't even trying to co-operate. If you do cross into the 65,000 range they probably will be contacting an attorney.

I haven't actually tried stealing for a living but surely this is just a lazy thief. How hard can it be?

I guess if you cat would leave he/she will figure it out. The cat that left Colorado has been doing fine for 5 years and ended up living in Manhattan. He is better off than a lot of people it would seem.

I figured he was more insulted that they didn't offer him a life-time supply of burgers. That is what pissed him off. I am here to tell you that had they said they were sorry but feel free to eat at our restaurants for free whenever you want...that lawsuit would disappear.

It never said in the article if they paid out the reward to the guy. Technically, he did lead them to the burglar so it should be his.

Cheryl P. said...

Thank you Leah!!! yes...truly gross. How can anyone think that looks good and you will never convince me that she can do certain things that need to be done.

Cheryl P. said...

Totally agree with you about the fingernails. Gross!!!! How can she thinks that looks anything other than disgusting.

I am curious how he doesn't see his part in the problem. Has he not looked at the chart that tells him he is morbidly obese.

Cheryl P. said...

Hi Mari Sterling Wilbur!!! How nice to see a new name here. Welcome.

I was also, totally freaked out by the fingernail lady. What would possess someone to go 18 years without cutting their fingernails? I just think that is nasty.

Mr. White Castle surely will drop that suit. There is no hiding the fact he is FAT. I think he was hoping for some "satisfaction" from the company like free food for life. Then he got mad that they only gave him 3 coupons for 9 total burgers (and without cheese, yet).

Madge said...

A least this one didn't think that growing her nails was a "talent" like the last one did.

Why didn't the guy change his number if he didn't like her calling him all the time?

Homeless dude, covers two of the seven dwarves sleepy and dopey. Poor guy (literally, whoops)

Big White Castle dude reminds me of my bro in law. 6'2" and was surprised that at 340# he was diabetic, and if he didn't lose weight the doc was putting him on insulin, do not pass go.

Cheryl P. said...

I am thinking this one thinks it looks sexy but I am thinking...not so much.

I thought the same thing. Hasn't he heard of call blocking? Seems he is pretty stupid on more than one level.

Sleepy and dopey...god you are clever..funny

Has your BIL lost some of the weight??? That is scary.

Mike said...

Ok, the nails. My mind also immediately asked "how does she.." etc. Also, with nails like that, you've got to live in a warm place. Yeah, try getting mittens on those hands.

Madge said...

He's lost 20 but has about another 70 to go. I'm pretty sure he'll get down to where he's at insulin risk then stop there and gain it back, he's pretty lazy. His fasting blood sugar was around 200.

Cheryl P. said...

Those nasty nails would get in the way of a lot of things. I wonder if she has a husband. I will bet he never says "hey, honey, I have an itch that needs scratching."

Cheryl P. said...

Yikes, a time bomb. I have a few aquaintences that have that same thing going on. I don't get why that doesn't scare them into immediate action.