Archive for the ‘Human Interest’ Category

Scorpion tries hunting in supermarket’s fruit section

June 30, 2007

Innocent shopper Trevor Campbell got more than he bargained for when he visited the local supermarket to pick some supplies up. While searching through the bananas for a suitable bunch, he came across a scorpion lurking in the fruit section.

Trevor: “I picked up one bunch of bananas and then another and suddenly I saw something move and it was a big scorpion.”

Luckily he had the presence of mind to call a security guard. Together they got it into a plastic box, whereupon Trevor was charged with taking it to the police station. Trevor is used to encountering scorpions in Jamaica, where he is from.

– Nishant

25 year old gets back together with his ex, I give relationship advice

June 24, 2007

Prince William and Kate Middleton got back together after splitting up. Notice how this post probably became a lot more interesting when I said ‘Prince William’. It would seem dull if you just saw the title, wouldn’t it?

Ironically, at the time of posting, the top result for the google search “prince william kate middleton” is still about them breaking up.

Well, my intention in writing this wasn’t just to show that I’m not ignorant of celebrity actions. I’d actually like to offer Prince Williams some advice. Ahem.

If you broke up with Kate, there was probably something wrong in the relationship. Unless you’re sure that you’ve fixed it, you shouldn’t expect too much from this relationship. Basically, make sure you’ve fixed whatever the problem was.

Oh, I almost forgot a picture. Here’s a photo of them before they split up.

– Nishant (the relationship doctor)

The world’s ugliest dog chosen in California

June 24, 2007

This is Elwood, new holder of the World’s Ugliest Dog title. And I can see why.

Elwood is two years old, and a mix of Chinese Crested and Chihuahua. Not being a dog lover, I can’t tell you what that means specifically. But it sure seems to involve a whole lot of ugly.

– Nishant

49 inch dandelion to set new Guiness world record

June 24, 2007


Picture one of these flowers, but taller. Much taller. Much much taller. In fact, a whopping 49 inches tall, (but if you’ve read the title of this post then that number shouldn’t surprise you).

The Tripodi family, who currently live in New Hampshire, dug up this 49-inch tall giant dandelion from their pool deck after the oldest son spotted the record for ‘tallest dandelion’ currently at 39 inches. After the mother retrieved the tall plant, it was measured at 49 inches, and an application for a new world record was promptly sent to London.

Well, it’s interesting. Maybe not the most exciting piece of news, but at least it doesn’t involve any houses burning down.

– Nishant

Barbaric people burn the word ‘snitch’ into a woman’s face

June 23, 2007

A 38 year old woman in Arizona has had the word ‘snitch’ burnt into her face. Why? Because she helped the police with a domestic violence case. The brand is four to six inches long, and stretches across her cheek from her lip to her earlobe.

Now come on folks. This is the damn 21st century, we don’t go around burning words into people’s faces. Freud might say that these people were punished in kindergarten for calling names.

Apparently they never grew out of the name-calling, just took it to a whole new level. Cruel acts like this don’t give the mid-western US states a good name. ‘White trash’ indeed, as this blog says.

Another thing that bugs me is that this isn’t even ‘snitching’. The way I read it in this news article, the woman was simply co-operating with the police in an ongoing domestic violence case. And yet, some people such as this blogger are implying that the woman is to blame because she snitched. I’m sorry, but if the police asked me for my help in a domestic violence case, I’d feel bound by law to help them. And I wouldn’t expect to have words burnt into my cheeks either.

What a world.

– Nishant

Go Peru! Sex for everyone! Well, everyone above 14 years old.

June 23, 2007

Peru’s Congress has decided that the legal age of consensual sex should be lowered to 14 from 17. There were only 10 people in Congress who opposed the bill, compared to 70 who supported it. Let’s compare this to the USA, where most states hold the legal age at 16.

This bill was penned by a Centre-Left party-member – well ofcourse, I can’t imagine a right-winger lowering the age of consensual sex.

Raul Castro, a supporter of the bill, argued that this bill would simple mitigate problems that already exist. Said he, “There are young people who get pregnant but they don’t go to health centers, fearing that their partners will be arrested and charged”.

Other leading figures said that this action would only make rape ‘easier’, and allow them to claim that it was a consensual act, thereby avoiding capture. My question is, can’t a 14 year old tell whether it was consensual or not, and testify to that effect? Strange.

– Nishant

Ireland praises Canada; gets a park in Toronto with its name on it

June 22, 2007

160 years ago, a bunch of Irish people fled the Great Irish Famine. Canada welcomed them in with open arms, and it was in this second-largest country in the world that they began their new life. More than a century on, Irish president Mary McAleese visited Toronto based on this magnanimous gesture – forgive me if I consider this a slightly ‘fragile’ reason for a visit. But wait, the Irish president had other duties in Toronto – she had to open Ireland Park.

Irish President Cutting Ribbon

Photo By: Joshua Sherurcij

So let me get this straight. 160 years ago, Canada took in a bunch of Irish immigrants. After all this time, the Canadian and Irish governments decide to build a park in commemoration of this, (each country pledging $500,000 donations towards the cost). I’m sure it must be an amazing park with a price tag of $3.5 million, (the rest of the money came from fund-raisings and individual donations). To me, it seems like a bit of an expensive park to build on a whim.

Before cutting the ribbon, McAleese walked around the park and admired the various monuments adorning it, (followed by about 45 people). This includes a set of five bronze statues, shipped to Toronto at a cost of $325,000. After her walk, McAleese proceeded to give a speech to the crowd that had gathered, saying “the amazing Toronto welcome hasn’t changed in 160 years”. I have to wonder how she would know, unless she’s spoken to one of the original immigrants from 160 years ago. As Karole mentions, McAleese also thanked Canada for its economic support, which makes more sense, being more recent.

Maybe ribbon-cutting events just aren’t my thing.

– Nishant