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For All You Fantastic Chiropractors Who Aren't Dio

The owner of a Rogers chiropractic clinic doesn't offer drive-through services, it just seems that way. For the second time in four months -- and the third time since setting up shop -- Bob Ziegler has had a motorist drive into his clinic.

"I'm just thankful there were no patients in the waiting room," said Ziegler, owner of the Ziegler Chiropractic Clinic. "If it had happened five or 10 minutes later, there would have been patients sitting in the waiting room."

Wednesday's accident was the second this year. In both instances, the vehicles were driven by elderly women "totally embarrassed" by the accidents, Ziegler said. The women were not ticketed. Rogers Police Lt. Mike Johnson said officers have the discretion to not write tickets when cars hit buildings.

Ziegler said that when his office was in Prairie Creek in 1995 or 1996, a car ran into that clinic, too.

No injuries were reported. Ziegler said he would talk to his landlord about erecting barriers in front of the clinic to stop cars.

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By min | July 20, 2007, 12:59 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



You Know What's a Good Word?

Troika. Troika is a very good word. Say it. Isn't it a good word? It is.

troi ka [troi-kuh] -noun
  1. 1. a Russian carriage, wagon, or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses abreast.
  2. 2. a team of three horses driven abreast.
  3. 3. any group of three persons, nations, etc., acting equally in unison to exert influence, control, or the like.
[Origin: 1835-45; < Russ tróika threesome, troika, deriv. of tróe three (collective), akin to tri three]

By min | July 20, 2007, 11:35 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2)| Link



The Vegan Death we all deserve

Atrios:

I'm really trying to figure out why the fact that Dennis Kucinich is a vegan is relevant to the story of his getting food poisoning. It's an innocuous detail, but it is basically there to imply some sort of contrast or irony. I don't know why Dennis Kucinich is a vegan, but I doubt "because it'll make me less likely to get food poisoning" is especially high on the list of motivations. Poorly washed and contaminated vegetables are a common culprit in food poisoning cases, including e. coli.

For the record, I eat everything, including Panda veal.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2007, 2:22 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



The Plot Thickens

The cardboard pork buns thing -- all a lie.

Or mebbe the government is saying the reporter made it up in order to protect their already ailing food safety image. Hmmm...

However, according to Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, food safety is a problem in both developed and developing countries. But at least China's politically motivated to do something about it right now.


By min | July 19, 2007, 12:39 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



A Little Extra Something

Have you examined your life and figured out why it is you've never been accidentally shipped free money?


By min | July 18, 2007, 2:22 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



British Courts Doffing Their Wigs

It's a sad, sad thing indeed. I love those wigs.

Ending (at least for now) a long, hot debate over whether and how to modernize and simplify the elaborate standards of formal court dress, Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, decided to dispense with the wigs and with court robes entirely in all civil and family cases, and to simplify them in criminal court.

Also gone will be the especially elaborate full-bottomed wigs worn on ceremonial occasions; the smaller, cheaper and much less uncomfortable bob wigs that will still be worn in criminal trials will do. And a single, simple robe design will replace the five different sets of formal robes that judges had to maintain for different court sittings and times of year.

The white, curly horsehair wigs have been in use in court since the 1600's, when they were fashionable in society as well, and they long ago became the visible emblem of the British legal system. The Times of London reports that they remain popular with the public, and especially with defendants, who are said to favor being represented by "a proper lawyer with a wig."

Some feel that the wigs are elitist, emphasizing the distinction between solicitors and barristers. I just love them because they're British.


By min | July 18, 2007, 10:33 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Widows in India Shunned

Found this article CNN had from last week.

Ostracized by society, thousands of India's widows flock to the holy city of Vrindavan waiting to die. They are found on side streets, hunched over with walking canes, their heads shaved and their pain etched by hundreds of deep wrinkles in their faces.

These Hindu widows, the poorest of the poor, are shunned from society when their husbands die, not for religious reasons, but because of tradition -- and because they're seen as a financial drain on their families.

They cannot remarry. They must not wear jewelry. They are forced to shave their heads and typically wear white. Even their shadows are considered bad luck.

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"My son tells me: 'You have grown old. Now who is going to feed you? Go away,' " she says, her eyes filling with tears.

It's disturbing that a person could say such a thing to anyone, let alone their own mother, and simply because she outlived her husband.

In the U.S., we don't shun our widows. We shun all the old and infirm. We're a more equal opportunity sort of culture.


By min | July 11, 2007, 2:04 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Fantastic!

Shmoo alerted me to this fantastic new product.

Although, i think i still prefer my pickle juice as an ice cold, refreshing beverage rather than a frozen treat.


By min | July 10, 2007, 11:25 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Anger Management Issues

A Hong Kong woman who blinded her boyfriend in one eye in a fight six years ago has been jailed for jabbing a chopstick into his other eye, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Last November, Po Shiu-fong, 58, accused long-time boyfriend Kwok Wai-ming, 49, of having an affair, the South China Morning Post reported.

During the row, Po stabbed a plastic chopstick into his left eye, which she had already blinded six years ago when she poked it with her finger.

"Po became hysterical when she saw the wound and mopped it with a towel. The pair then went to bed," the paper said.

"The next morning they had another argument in which she grabbed a chopstick and stabbed Kwok's right eye," it said.

[--emphasis mine]

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How do you just mop up the blood and go to bed? And then it took the guy 2 more days after she stabbed him in his right eye before going to the hospital. Mebbe he couldn't find the hospital...


By min | July 5, 2007, 1:30 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



This Made My Balls Hurt

And i don't even have any.

Abigail Taylor was severely injured Friday when she sat over an open drain hole in a wading pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club.
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Taylor said as Abigail was getting out of the pool, she fell.

"She more or less blacked out, she passed out, fell face-first onto the pool decking," he said. The family thought it was a seizure.

An ambulance rushed her to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Several hours later a surgeon said Abigail was lucky to be alive.

"The suction had caused a two-inch tear in her rectum and had basically disemboweled her by pulling out her small intestines, almost all of it," said Taylor.

Her father said a search of the pool filter turned up Abigail's intestine.

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Abigail will have to be fed intravenously for the rest of her life and will have to have a colostomy bag.

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You can all thank my sister this. *shudder*


By min | July 5, 2007, 10:17 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (4)| Link



Who Says Robbing Banks is Outdated?

FBI agents worked Monday to identify burglars who burst through a bank's wall and then made off with the bank's one-ton safe. A gaping hole in the rear wall of the First Community Bank was reported at about 8 a.m. Sunday, police said. Investigators and a bank security expert said the bank's safe was missing when they entered the building Sunday morning.
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The burglars apparently stole a forklift from a construction site near the bank, then used it to hoist the safe out of the bank. Police aren't sure yet if the burglars used the forklift to ram into the bank, creating a hole, or if they used another vehicle or method to get in.

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I have to say, that's pretty impressive. A one-ton safe. That's way better than handing the teller a note.


By min | July 3, 2007, 2:10 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



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