Saturday, August 31, 2013

Things the World May or May Not Need

I'm late getting to my "odd things in the news" blog this week.  I would gladly blame the current  heat wave stagnating over the Midwest that is withering my garden and burning off my brains cells, but more the more likely culprit is poor time management on my part.  So...lets talk about a few things that are being reported that may or may not be a positive addition to our planet....and we all know that we were sooooo very close to having it perfected.

What are you looking at?????
A Cat With More Hair

Yes, the Guiness people have added yet another record-breaking addition to their lists.  Colonel Meow, a two-year-old Himalayan-Persian kitty who hails from Los Angeles, was crowned cat with the longest fur.  (Quite a beauty. Looks really friendly, don't you think?)

The Colonel was measured by three independent veterinarians and the Colonel's fur -- taken on average from 10 hairs -- stretched an impressive 22.87 cm.

"We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognized in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level," said the Colonel's person, Anne Marie Avey.

Avey says his colossal coat requires brushing twice or three times a week, and fur still gets all over everything in the house. (Bet that goes well.)

"His fur is so epic -- it takes two of us to properly brush him," Avey and co-owner Eric Rosario said in a statement. “Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us!  I feel like I’m always vacuuming!"

 Nothing says welcome like cat hair.

Drive-In Sex Boxes

"What's that/" I hear you asking.  Basically they are little wooden structures where people can pull in to discreetly meet up with prostitutes. 

Doesn't this just scream romance?
This week the first of the sex houses opened to a very modest audience. There were, in fact, more press than prostitutes. That might explain why the first car that pulled in quickly looked around and made a hasty retreat.

The second car, a family vehicle driven by a man in sunglasses under cloudy evening skies, broke down and needed jump starting in front of a host of photographers, snickering into their cameras.

Zurich authorities had said they expected a modest start to the country's first so-called "sex boxes", a row of drive-in wooden garages on a looping track where clients in cars can visit prostitutes, shielded from prying eyes and security cameras.

With an estimated annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Swiss francs ($3.79 billion), prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, with sex workers in Zurich required to have a special permit, health insurance and pay tax.

The number of prostitutes in the Alpine nation has risen sharply over the last decade, due to the decriminalization of procuring and passive solicitation of sex alongside agreements between Switzerland and the European Union on free movement of people.

The sex boxes, which echo similar drive-in systems in the Netherlands and Germany, are being touted as a way to get large numbers of prostitutes and their clients off Switzerland's otherwise pristine streets.

Don't they have motels in Switzerland?  

A Twisted Robin Hood

The 36-year-old Bellingham, Wash. man was arrested on Tuesday morning after he allegedly fired an arrow -- wrapped with a package of marijuana -- at the second-floor recreation area of Whatcom County Jail. Police say he intended to gift the weed to inmates, but Jordan claims he was hunting squirrels, according to
The Bellingham Herald.

A civilian employee with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office allegedly spotted Jordan getting out of his Ford pickup at about 8:40 a.m. on the south side of the jail. He witnessed Jordan firing the weed-laced arrow at a mesh screen near the top of the second floor, and called the sheriff's office.

He reportedly shot too high, and his arrow landed on the roof, the Associated Press reports. Sheriff Bill Elfo said that at the right angle, he may have succeeded.

Still, "He had no explanation as to why squirrel hunting requires attaching marijuana to an arrow," Elfo told the Herald.

The baggie on the arrow contained a few grams of weed and an unknown substance, the New York Daily News reports.

Officials obtained a search warrant and forced their way into Jordan's home after he wouldn't let them in. Earlier this month, he served a 20-day jail sentence for two counts of assault and one of resisting arrest. He was rebooked Tuesday evening on suspicion of introducing contraband to a corrections facility, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement.

His current cell is on the first floor, the Herald notes.

I wonder what they listed on his paperwork as his occupation?  Green grocer or delivery man???

 Loose Screws

North Charleston police on Wednesday caught a couple having sex in a shed at a Home Depot store, a report states.

Police charged Shaun Bowden, 31, of Saw Palm Drive in Ladson, with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, according to the report. The woman who was found with him, Emily
Craig, 20, of Spoleto Lane in North Charleston, is charged with disorderly conduct and providing false information, police said.

Officers were called to the Home Depot on Northwoods Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. after people at the store reported seeing a man and woman walk into a display shed, close the door behind them.

The couple was still inside the shed when officers arrived. (I am sensing there is about to be cop-tus interruptus)

The woman appeared disheveled and partially clothed, police said. Her dress was untied at the top and hanging around her waist, according to the report.

The shirtless man who was with her was caught with his pants down at his knees and his genitals exposed, police said.

Police questioned the couple and determined that they were having sex in the shed. (they had to ask questions? The exposed genitals kind of gave it away didn't it?)

Police said the name and birthday that Craig gave to officers didn’t match the identification found in her purse.

Bowden and Craig were arrested and held at the Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing, jail records show.

How would you like to have to explain to friends and family "WHY" you got arrested on that one?


Debra She Who Seeks said...

That whole ugly Home Depot shed incident only happened because there was no nearby Swiss drive-in sex box. Wake up, people!

Cheryl P. said... is bad that you and I are starting to think the same thoughts??? I was tempted to put that as my comment. Seems that a lot of folks have no constraint as far as sex goes.

Cheryl P. said... is bad that you and I are starting to think the same
thoughts??? I was tempted to put that as my comment. Seems that a lot
of folks have no constraint as far as sex goes.

VapidVixen said...

The world has gone insane. The end.

Cheryl P. said...

I think you nailed it Vapid Vixen. Insane sums it up.

babs (beetle) said...

With sex so readily available now, I wonder why prostitution is on the increase. I suppose it's the 'no ties' issue. Then there's sex in a shed ha ha!

Agent 54 said...

That cat looks like and angry dust mop.

No, I said I wanted an X-Box not a Sex-Box. Now, what am I gonna do with that?

Creative criminals do amazing things. Like 3 to 5 in the County Jail.

No, I said I want to see a tool shed, not I want to see your tool in the shed.

Wendy said...

Here I thought I was hallucinating, thinking that was Friday, but it couldn't be- no Cheryl. It's okay. You can blame it on the heat. I did try to send you some rain, but gosh, we didn't even two days worth, although it ended with a wonderful thunderstorm and raining down as if an opened-up faucet ( I am trying to make you drool with envy). I read about the Sex-Box. Figured maybe it was a gimmick as, obviously, plain old sex in a hotel is boring. It is sort-of like the homeless being housed in boxed cars in my town. Hey- maybe they should have tried that? Surely that must be a cheaper concept. I mean, how much space does one really need? Great line with the Home Depot story 'interruptus'. Once again, it seems to convey that for some couples, plain old sex at home, in privacy, just does not do it for some people. Maybe the guy needed to have the thrill/threat of being caught in order to get his 'tool' in functional order. Hum, was it in functional order?Was that in the press release? It's okay, we don't need to look it up! We've had plenty enough of that kind of stuff from last week's news. (Truly). Well, at least we can give that couple one kind thought- they did close the door.

Jo-Anne said...

Ok what can I say the sex box idea is one of those ideas that sounded like a good idea when one was drunk and have sex with a prostitute in an alley late one night.

The cat properly thinks it would love a shampoo and cut during the hot months of they year and doesn't get why it's person doesn't get the hint with the dropping of hair everywhere.

Maybe Robin Hood should has tried sending his marijuana arrow when no one was watching, doing it in front of people was just stupid............but then I bet he had smoked some of it before the bright idea came to him.

As for sex in a shed...........well he properly thought it was a sex box and he didn't have his car with

lisleman said...

Hopefully Ms. Avey received a big sign from Guinness World Records to place in her front yard so that visitors will forewarned.

Mc Hookers - interesting - imagine a busy day where they ask you to wait in a special spot for your order.

cop-tus interruptus - there is a possibility that one of them read about the Mc Hooker's drive-in sex shed and thought the display shed was the next best thing.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

Squirrels were being incarcerated in that Washington jail? That's why he was shooting there? Really?

Riot Kitty said...

Did they have to ask questions indeed! "Um, what are you doing? Counting sheep?" And perhaps Robinhood was trying to make a squirrel stoned? People are so fucking weird.

Cheryl P. said...

You make a great point. I would think that even the "no ties" would be readily available without prostitutes. You can even get a quicky at the Home Depot if you are into that sort of thing.

Cheryl P. said...

Great description, he does look like an angry dust mop.

I don't know why anyone would be interested in the sex boxes. They look pretty much like an oversized outhouse.

Creative criminals and DUMB criminals do 3-5.

Great use of a pun...clever. You should write captions for me. I often struggle to figure captions for my pics.

Cheryl P. said...

Yes, I am the loosest of terms. I am seriously thinking of moving my 2nd post of the week to Sat. on a regular basis. Soooo, don't you go hallucinating about Sat. being Friday.

I am drooling over the much beloved rain you are getting up there. Thank goodness for my drool as it is only one of two sources of moisture my garden is getting. (The other being my sweat resulting from the 100 degree temp WITH HUMIDITY that is hanging around to annoy me.)

I like your idea about box car sex boxes. That seems like it would be more secure and they could roll them around if need be. Plus the customers waiting for their turn would write/read the graffiti. Wendy, I think the Swiss need to hire you to help them over there with their "vision". They really need someone who can think outside the BOX.

I don't know if there was mention in the police report as to the state of the exposed "man parts" but I will not be looking it up. Sometimes it's just best not to know. AND .... I can't imagine why people aren't happy in their own snug little beds and seek out these odd places to have sex. Aren't there interesting people in the world...and by that I mean strange.

BTW..I love your capacity to find good in all things. You are so nice to give the Home Depot sexpots points for closing the door. Really, you are such a sweety.

Cheryl P. said...

I didn't get the sex box idea as being a way to keep the streets pristine. Unless prior to the sex boxes the people over there just had sex in the streets. Whole think is weird.

If Colonel Meow got a haircut he would get kicked out of the Guiness book but I am sure your right...he would feel so much better.

Oh yeah...Robin Hoodlum was high when he tried that stunt.

Maybe the guy at Home Depot was also high or drunk or something when he invited his lady into the shed. Surely, he wasn't thinking clearly.

Cheryl P. said...

The sign is a good idea. What is the benefit of putting up with a excessive amount of cat hair without a reward of some kind. My cats grace me with cat hair and I have nothing to show for it. (except hair on my black slacks.)

Oh, that visual of waiting on your order at the sex box is too funny. If I had the time I would do a graphic for that.

I am sure we can agree that the guy at Home Depot wasn't thinking with his brain. Am I right or am I right???

As I don't have time before I need to leave the house this morning, I will give you a picture of the award for Colonel Meow.

lisleman said...

guy at Home Depot - yeah another example of a man's two heads problem. But what explains the woman's willingness?
Nice sign.

meleahrebeccah said...

Um…. Colonel Meow kinda scares me. Seriously.

And - WTF? Sex Boxes. Like, really? How about no.

Well, if the weed laced arrow didn't miss - that would have been kind of clever!

"Police questioned the couple and determined that they were having sex in the shed. (they had to ask questions? The exposed genitals kind of gave it away didn't it?)"


Cheryl P. said...

Who knows what was going on in her mind? Nothing good, I suspect. Really, wouldn't you think the minute the talk shifted to "let's go into this shed and.... " she would of said NO.

Cheryl P. said...

The cops weren't buying the squirrel story either. I can't attest to the fact if there are or aren't squirrels in Washington jails but I think we can agree there are some nuts.

Cheryl P. said...

I wonder if the shed sexters would of been lost on the idea of questions being rhetorical?

Out of all the excuses that the pot archer could of come up with...he comes up with squirrel hunting.

Riot Kitty, I am thinking maybe you and I should design a line of T-Shirts. The first one can be " People are fucking weird". I think it would sell.

Cheryl P. said...

Agree...that looks like one nasty tempered cat.

I just don't get why anyone would be that desperate. Seems there would have to be hookers that work in a more comfortable environment. Maybe it's reflected in the price. You know like the dollar menu at McDonalds.

I bet those cops had a good laugh back at the station.

meleahrebeccah said...

" Seems there would have to be hookers that work in a more comfortable environment."

Or like you said, whatever happened to HOTEL rooms?!!

Nicky said...

You know, I always end up feeling so much better about my life after I read your weekend wrap-ups. Thank you for that. :-)

Wendy said...

Oh, what a great visual- McHookers- maybe you'll need to take a number. Do they have special section if you only want the 'quickie"? I tell you, these things make the mind run crazy with naughty puns!
Maybe they thought that this was Home Depot unadvertised special?

Wendy said...

Maybe next time (ah hum) one of them will just run quickly into the store to get one of those Keep Out signs to put on the door, just to make the message clear. Of course, then they'd be thinking and that would clearly ruin the 'moment'. We are all having so much fun with this one Cheryl, Your posts so lighten up our days

Cheryl P. said...

I feel the same way. I read all these weird reports of idiocy and it bolsters any delusions I have that I may be normal.

Cheryl P. said...

Which also, brings up the the sex shack now on the clearance rack? Does one get a discounted price on a shed that has been part of a illicit sex act.

lisleman said...

new meaning to "display items"

Cheryl P. said...

Oh my....we certainly wouldn't want this couple to ruin the 'moment' of having quick sex at a hardware store in a metal shed. Putting up a sign would just ruin the romance of it all.

Wendy, do you think we have been short-changed in the romance department???? (I am working on the assumption you haven't had this particular experience.)

lisleman said...

a sign indicating the waiting time would be useful.

Cheryl P. said... are not helping anyone with performance anxiety.

lisleman said...

Ha Ha - I don't think the pros in this business care much about their client's performance. It's just time and money. As a good singer once sang "what's love got to do with it?". I think in this case you could say "what's performance got to do with it?"

Wendy said...


Wendy said...

OhCheryl, but how are the going to advertise it? " A uniquely designed shed made for those 'special' tools?

Cheryl P. said...

I concede...You are right.... the ladies working on the clock, probably don't care.

Cheryl P. said...

While I have doubts that the tool involved was special...yes, it could be advertised with an ad something like: "Slightly used multipurpose shed...great for storing hoes and tools."

Dexter Klemperer said...

In the end it all made sense: the tool shed couple couldn't afford to go to Switzerland to try out the sex box, so they did the next best thing and/or they were hoping to get arrested knowing that kind hearted archers provide marijuana to the county jail. And well, just the fact there is a cat named "Colonel Meow" is enough to warrant a story.

Cheryl P. said...

It's so heartwarming that all things can be explained in a way that makes sense. It just shows that the universe is in sync...well except for the cat hair. That might not flow with the rest of the story.