After 77 years of marriage, including a short separation a decade ago, a 99 year old Italian man, Antonio C, has finally found the excuse he’s been waiting for to divorce his wife. Recently, while going through some drawers, Antonio found letters his wife had written to a lover in the 1940s. Confronted with the letters, 96 year old Rosa confessed and apologized, but Antonio decided the divorce must proceed. Antonio appears to be the oldest person to ever file for divorce. We guess he was waiting for his grandchildren to grow up
One would think that educators running a special needs classroom would be seasoned at dealing with different behavioral issues. Recently, staff at Mercer County Intermediate School in Harrodsburg, Kentucky proved otherwise, placing 9 year
old Christopher Baker inside a duffel bag after he misbehaved in class. Baker, a 4th grader with autism, ha apparently been placed in the bag on multiple occasions. It’s hard to imagine what the other side of this story would be; how someone might attempt to justify this horrific action. Interim school superintendent Dennis Davis would not address the incidents, saying that confidentiality laws prohibit from doing so. It seems that Kentucky law does not prohibit this sort of restraint. Let’s hope that this incident leads to rectifying this bizarre situation where a student can legally be placed in a duffel bag, but the school system cannot legally discuss their actions in doing so.
Wilfredo Rodena has had a lot of quiet time to think. 22 years into a 25 year sentence for armed kidnapping he thinks he may have found a way to make “one houndred dollarys”. Rodena recently filed suit alleging his civil rights were violated by his defense attorney, “I don’t know my lawyer’s name”, who did ““not fight for me at all. He did not said one word in my behelf.” Also included in the suit were the Bronx District Attorney, and
“the stenographer is envoled to. But I don’t no her name.”
The unidentified court reporter is to blame, Rodena contends, because she refused to record testimony where Rodena’s victim said he wasn’t the kidnapper.
Instead of typing, Rodena said, “All she did was Smirk at me. And kept her fingers over the machine, and never typed one key.”
Judge Loretta Preska dismissed the case, noting that the defendants were not state actors, and that the statute of limitations had long expires. Looks like Mr. Rodena was 19 years late, and “a houndred dollarys” short.
When Dr. Fred Ravens of Reading, MA purchased the house next to his office from the family of an elderly woman, he knew the walls were filled with memories. He didn’t know that they were also filled with cash. When the crew he hired began to knock down walls, cash began flying out- $2500 in all. Dr. Ravens promptly gave the money to the family of the deceased former resident. A lovely gesture.
Tip: Throwing your half-naked mistress out the window is not an effective strategy for keeping your infidelity from being discovered.
Buenos Aires (Agencies): A woman suffered various injuries and traumas after falling from the second floor window of a building located in the Argentine province of Salta.
The injured person, identified as Yesica Tarifa, 23, was found injured and unable to move on the sidewalk. Paramedics took her to a nearby hospital where she was admitted with a fractured tibia and collar bone.
According to reports, before falling from the window the young woman was having sexual relations with Sebastián Alberto Madrazo, 27, lead singer of the folklore group Los Teuco, in an apartment in the building. Apparently when he heard his wife open the door to the apartment, and to avoid his infidelity being discovered, Madrazo grabbed the girl and threw her half naked out the window.
Argentine Police later detained the singer, who admitted that she was the girl he threw out the window due to his desperation about not being discovered by his wife, who is also a friend of the girl.
One would think it would be rather simple to count the toes on an elephant. For many years the answer has been 5. But recently John Hutchinson published a paper declaring the answer to be 6. What we learned reading How The Elephant Got Its Sixth Toe:
- Elephants have a sixth toe which is hidden and tiny
- Elephants react poorly to anaesthesia
- Elephant feet are impervious to x-rays and ultrasound at safe intensities
- John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in London has “dubious distinction of having perhaps the world’s largest collection of frozen elephant feet… He now has more than 60 stored in various freezers”
- It took Hutchinson’s team 3 years of study to discover this sixth toe
- “Gerald Weissengruber at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna says that the paper has “fundamental flaws”. He says that it is unclear if the sixth toe is a sesamoid bone at all, because it has no obvious muscles attached to it as do the panda’s thumb or a human sesamoid.”
LaDondrell Montgomery had an airtight alibi for his whereabouts during a December 13,2009 armed robbery. He was in prison for another crime. Unfortunately, neither prosecutor, nor defense attorney, nor even the defendant realized this. As a result, Montgomery was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a crime he could not have committed. Shortly after the conviction, attorney Richard Ray, representing Montgomery in several other robbery cases, discovered the error. Prosecutor and Defense Attorney joined in requesting the verdict be nullified, which the Judge agreed to.
State District Judge Mark Kent Ellis shook his head as he berated Ray and prosecutors for the oversight. “It boggles the mind that neither side knew about this during trial,” Ellis said Thursday. “Both sides in this case were spectacularly incompetent.”The judge personally apologized to Montgomery, who stood at the bench in an orange jail uniform.
Perhaps we need a checklist for attorneys on both sides that must be filled out prior to trial. “Was the defendant in prison at the time of the crime?” seems like a question that should be answered before the expense of a trial and the sentencing of an innocent man to life in prison.
Fear Factor went off the air in 2006 due to poor ratings, and for some reason or other, a cadre of fans pined for its return. The show, emblematic of much of what is lacking in modern culture, will soon make its return to NBC. The network is desperate for a hit, and Matt Kunitz, Fear Factor’s executive producer, believes he knows how to deliver. Kunitz’ philosophy can be summed up in two words: “More Cowbell!” Kunitz has decided the key to success is more.
Dunking a head in 50 gallons of cow blood? “That’s nothing,” said Matt Kunitz, an executive producer who, for the record, has never tried it. This time there would be 3,000 gallons.
“In the past we would have covered someone with 100,000 bees,” Mr. Kunitz said. “Now we’ll cover one of them in 200,000 bees. Their partner, in order to get the bees off of them, has to eat 20 live bees, then retrieve an ax to cut his partner down.”
NBC hopes that more cow blood, more bees, and more of everything, will lead to more viewers, more episodes, and more profit. If not, what are they going to do with all that cow blood?
In 1989, for a brief run,Disney uncharacteristically let its hair down. A musical review produced for Comedy Warehouse, one of the late Pleasure Island’s night clubs, called Forbidden Disney, viciously poked fun at Disney itself. According to DeScope
Michael Eisner gave Walt Disney Imagineering this assignment: “Create a show for the Comedy Warehouse. It should be funny, light, satirical; the first Disney review that pokes fun at the Disney Guest Experience. Be bold! Use this as your measure: create a show that, if someone else did it, we’d sue ‘em.”
The show, which was replaced after a brief run, referred to the Florida Theme Park as Wallet Disney World, and featured such songs a SuperFriendlyConscientiousDisneyWorldEmployee. The full script can be found here.
In what ought to be a criminal offense, Sharron Smalls, Principal of Jane Addams High School in the South Bronx stands “accused of handing students chemistry credits for cosmetology courses and geography credits for tourism classes. Teachers say the fraud may lead to more than 100 seniors not graduating from the F-rated school because they lack credits in high-level math courses.” Smalls’ actions may have a permanent negative impact on the lives of dozens of students and yet she remains in her position. In addition, Ms. Smalls stands accused of charging teachers for parking spaces, and was shown in an inappropriate photograph circulated by students grinding on a dance floor with a shirtless man while be squirted with chocolate. Despite her actions, Ms. Smalls somehow remains in her position as principal of the school, and students and staff continue to suffer. This is an outrage. The seriousness of the allegations here demand Ms. Smalls immediate removal from any position of authority. Why hasn’t the New York City Department Of Education done so?