I have rounded up a few other news items, just on the outside chance you might have missed these odd,... hhhmmmm weird...let's go with stupid stories.
No, I am not still talking about the John Edward's trial or the SS guys. I am talking about the hot dog vendor in New Mexico that rammed his cart into a rival hot dog vendor in front of the Metro Court.
According to the report, the hot dog biz is very competitive in Albuquerque and the animosity boiled over on Monday. Police report that Eric Kilmer ran over the legs and feet of fellow dog dealer, Vincent Montoya. Kilmer is being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon...the weapon being his hot dog cart. This, by the way, is a felony.
|Maybe this isn't the exact likeness of the "deadly |
weapon" but I think it shows a little
more grit than a regular hot dog cart.
"See, I respect him, dude, I respect him a lot and I don't care what anyone says, dude, that's how I feel, dude," the employee said, adding that what happened was really an accident that got blown out of proportion. "Like you know I'm a family man, dude, you know, I got a little girl and I'm trying to make my money, dude, and it's just an accident that came out of proportion, dude. That's all I'm gonna say." (Really, dude? Can we use the word dude a couple more times for good measure?)
Other vendors said they are mortified about the attack, and worried about the impact on their businesses. "It just makes it scary for a vendor like myself," said Julieta Chavez, owner of a gourmet coffee cart called La Vida Mocha. "I'm out here by myself and I don't want something like that to happen to me as well. You don't want violence."
Kilmer's charge is a third degree felony. If he's convicted, he could be facing up to three years in prison.
Vendor violence, wiener wars...poor Julieta is at risk...put down your weapons, Albuquerque..or at least set the parking brakes.
Panda Poo Tea
You probably think I am making up this next story but....I AM NOT!!!
Reuters reported this week that this week An Yashi, a lecturer at Sinchuan University, is collecting excrement from pandas to make the worlds most expensive tea. Yashi is using the panda feces as a fertilizer to grow an organic green tea. (This story, leads me to think that Reuters is running out of real news.)
|Wouldn't you buy some $200.00 a cup Panda Poo|
tea from this guy?
An (An's name seems funny when used in a sentence) donned a panda suit to promote his tea and he believes that it will rake in around $36,000 per pound.
The problem with Panda Poo tea, isn't so much the fact this guy is using panda manure for growing his tea, as I suspect, we wouldn't be quite as grossed-out had he used compost (cow or horse manure). The problem is that he estimates a cup of this elixir is going to cost over $200. Really, that is some expensive SH**. He does say that you will feel warm and fuzzy after drinking it, though. Good to know you won't be pissing your money away...a wait..yes, you will.
Oh, shoot...I probably shouldn't have left the room.
I think perhaps...just maybe...that is what the instructor thought when he heard a gun shot.
A firearms safety course went awry in Bedford County, Virginia on Saturday afternoon when a participant shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun and the bullet passed through his hand and struck his wife, seated next to him, in the leg.
|Everyone who is in favor of|
gun safety, raise your hand.
The sheriff's office said Starke told deputies that he had left the room, heard a shot and returned to find the Deels had been shot.
The couple was taken by ambulance to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Let's Make a Deal
A burglar in Bremerton, Washington broke into a home Tuesday morning around 3 AM. After loading up some of the homeowners belongings, he inadvertently woke up the owner who grabbed a gun and yelled "Get out!, I have a gun!" to which the burglar replied "Yes, sir!"
Unfortunately, our hapless burglar dropped a bag on his way out that contained some papers identifying who he was. So what does a burglar do???? He calls the homeowners later in the day and offered a swap.
Yes, a swap of some of the stolen stuff for the bag he dropped. Part of the deal, however was for the homeowners not to report him to the police.
Needless to say, when he returned to the home to execute the deal, officers were there waiting and arrested him for investigation of residential burglary.
"It's very unusual," Sgt. Kevin Crane of the Bremerton Police said. "I've never seen this happen before where a burglar contacts the victim trying to make a deal to exchange things he left behind for some of the items he stole from the victims."
Crane said the burglar remained polite through the ordeal, even apologizing to the homeowners as he was being arrested.
I guess it doesn't always pay to be polite. There, also, doesn't seem to be a big payoff for being an idiot...even a gracious idiot.
So there, you have my picks for the odd news bytes of the week. If you see any funny or odd news that might be overlooked, be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.