Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday News Roundup

Such an odd mix of  weird news articles this week. My trusty sidekick and I have looked  under every rock and behind every closed door and found some stories that we thought were pretty interesting.

Let's start with some bungled crime for the week.  It wasn't a great caper on the part of the bandits but it sure makes for some great headlines. 

Sofa King stupid crooks forget to close getaway van

A pair of  "less than brilliant" thieves make a strategic error in planning their get away after loading a couple nice leather sofas into their panel van.  The duo of thieves must of needed some seating for their hideout and decided to help themselves to a couple of sofas from the Sofa King Store. 

Their crime spree was cut short as a store employee ran out to rescue the stolen furniture and in their  haste to leave the crime scene, they made the job much easier.

CCTV footage shows the men speeding off empty-handed as the store manager stands with the two sofas he's just rescued. 

What are the odds that the store would be the Sofa King Store?  That is Sofa King funny! 

Not Doing Much for Job Security

There is the great debate whether strange things are more likely to happen under a full moon.  For the 4 years I was a 911 dispatcher (when I was young and fearless) I can tell you that on the nights that had a full moon, the calls were WAY more interesting.

In my experience it was usually the criminals that came out in force on the night of a full moon not a cop calling in with a stupid problem.

Still this past week, a policeman in Worcestershire, England put his fellow policemen on alert after seeing a strange light shining over the area of Clent Hills. He contacted a sergeant that he was going to launch an investigation. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later he had to call back to the station and admit he didn't need backup.  He located the source of the light.

Oopsie...what the officer was seeing was the light from the full moon. To add to his embarrassment, the gaffe was detailed in the latest edition of a Police magazine.

There is always a good side to everything.  Now the other officers have someone to make fun of. 

 Are You Are Trying To Lose Your Job?
 A New Orleans man resigned this week after allegedly dropping a joint at work.

Jason Cantrell, a city prosecutor, dropped a joint out of his a courtroom...while he was talking to two police of those officers was a detective.According to sources talking  to the Times Picayune, the scene became comical as the two police officers looked at the joint, then at each other and proceeded to make what may be the easiest arrest that has ever taken place in the history of police work.

Mr. Cantrall was released after he was cited under a city policy for low-level marijuana cases. This was a first offense.  His wife is currently running for New Orleans City Council. 

 That is one REALLY...YES...REALLY bad day at work.

It Didn't  Go Kaboom
Nearly everyday in America, a suspicious item is found in a public building. The building is evacuated and usually it turns out to be harmless. 
It happened Wednesday in Akron, Ohio when the City Hall was evacuated after someone found what looked like a pipe bomb.

The Summit County Bomb Squad, Akron police, Akron fire crews and even the University of Akron's K-9 unit all responded and determined it wasn't a bomb. Police gave the all clear at 10 a.m. ET.
So why are we telling you about it? 

Fox station WJW-TV of Cleveland reported that the item was a 4-foot-long aluminum stick with duct tape at both ends and the word "Kaboom" written across it.

It turns out "Kaboom" is a person, not a threat. According to WAKR radio of Akron:
"It was a homemade cane owned by James 'Natural' Kaboom — that's his legal name, of North Hill. He'd forgotten it at a meeting."

Ohio state records show that Kaboom's full legal name is actually Natural Hunka Kaboom. The Akron Beacon Journal describes him as "a regular attendee at City Council meetings."

Wouldn't it be fun to have the last name KABOOM? I would be careful what I write it on, though.


chubby Chatterbox said...

Mr. Cantrell is going to get more than a snoot-full when his wife learns he's f*&ked up her campaign.

Cheryl P. said...

No doubt...Let's hope she wasn't running on a platform of keeping New Orleans Drug Free.

Jo-Anne said...

So many stupid people so little space to write about

Jo-Anne said...

Sometimes I wonder how it is that some people get such strange surnames.....

Cheryl P. said...

Jo-Anne that is the greatest line. I should make a plaque with that on it and hang it above my computer. Hahaha

Cheryl P. said...

One of the articles I read about Mr. Kaboom is that his original family surname was Kaboomski and that he had it legally changed to shorten it just to Kaboom. Given the world we live in today, it might of been better to leave it Kaboomski.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

I had to laugh at the policeman in investigating the strange light - what a complete and utter div! And as for dropping a spliff in a courtroom .... he definitely qualifies for a Darwin Award ;-)

babs (beetle) said...

I can't believe there are so many stupid crooks! I bet the store man was laughing his socks off. As for the strange light in the sky.....unbelievable!

Cheryl P. said...

I love that "utter div". Very accurate descriptor. Here I was just referring to him as a total dumbass.
Isn't that too funny about thinking about those two cops looking down at a joint, in a court room, dropped by a prosecutor that is married to a possible city council person.
Another "utter div".

Cheryl P. said...

No wonder our jails are full. There seems to be a lot of really bad crooks.
I am sure that cop was teased unmercifully.

meleahrebeccah said...

What are the odds that the store would be the Sofa King Store? That is Sofa King funny!

I am DYING laughing over that!! AhaHHAhAHahhA

Wow, that must have been some full moon to call for backup!

And it's total comedy a prosecutor dropped his joint IN FRONT of two cops!

Also, I would love to have the last name "Kaboom"

Cheryl P. said...

When I saw that story, I thought of you. (that isn't a bad thing is it?) I was wondering at the time if anyone other than you would understand WHY that is Sofa KIng funny.
Yeah, the cop and the prosecutor both SURELY felt like dumbasses.
ME TOO! What a cool last name. If I had that name...every time I introduced myself to someone I would shout out my last name. example:

meleahrebeccah said...

I love that it made you think of me!! AHahHAhHAhHAhHAhahah

abeerfortheshower said...

You know what that Sofa King video needs? It needs a lot more "Yakety Sax." Benny Hill style.

Nicky said...

Can I just say that I LOVE reporter Cheryl's shoes?! Fabulous!! :-)

Cheryl P. said...

That would be a cool addition and possibly subtitles written by you two over at A Beer for the Shower. Still the burglars are Sofa King stupid it all might be a wasted effort.

Cheryl P. said...

What's up with Disqus? I answered this and it disappeared. So I am trying it again.

The cartoon Cheryl loves hats and high heels. Unfortunately, the real me looks like crap in hats and heels kill my feet. But, I admit, that red is my color in both real life and my cartoon self.

TravelBug-Susan said...

Thanks for your comment on my comment on MothersofBrothers blog. I also enjoyed your comment over there. MOV is hilarious.

But so are you. I was curious about you after your comment so I came over here and am totally delighted. Your "SOFA KING funny" almost made me wet my pants. You see, I can't smile and I can't laugh (jaw wired shut currently: see

Anyway, I signed up to follow your blog. Between you and MOV, I should be getting my dose of fun every day. Laughter is the best medicine, right?

Thanks for your wit.


Cheryl P. said...

Thanks for visiting me over here at TAOBC. I was just over at your site to find out what happened that your mouth is wired shut. Damn that curb!! That sounds awful. You and I have some things in common. I adore cats, I love to travel,(although as of late, I haven't been doing much) and I, too think MOV is a riot. I bought her book a couple of weeks ago but still have a couple of others in front of it to finish up.

Totally, agree about needing some fun every day. I would guess that is especially true while you recuperate. I am going back over to you site to read some of your older posts. Your pictures look awesome!!!

TravelBug-Susan said...

Yes, it sounds like we have a lot in common. I'm glad I found your site. Glad you like the pics. We've been lots of places with lots more to come, including Australia!

I'll keep up with you blog.

Bodaciousboomer said...

I'd love to have the name Kaboom or Shazam. Either one works for me.

Cheryl P. said...

Hi Michelle, I totally agree! The problem with Shazam is I love the Shazam app on my phone. Then we would have Cheryl Shazam, Shazams,.... a lot, actually.