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Mowgli Children

What is with Russia and all their feral children?

Russian police have taken into care a 5-year-old girl who has been shut up in a flat in the company of cats and dogs for her entire life, police said on Wednesday.

The girl, who lived in the Eastern Siberian city of Chita, could not speak Russian and acted like an dog when police took her into care.

"For five years, the girl was 'brought up' by several dogs and cats and had never been outside," a police statement said.


Such children have usually built strong ties with the animals with whom they lived and find the transition to normal human contact extremely traumatic.


By min | May 27, 2009, 2:18 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Verizon Could Use a Little Customer Service Training

A 62-year-old Carrollton area man was found unconscious and unresponsive Thursday morning during an intense search overnight by Carroll County sheriff deputies, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and the patrol's airplane.
Williams said he attempted to use the man's cell phone signal to locate him, but the man was behind on his phone bill and the Verizon operator refused to connect the signal unless the sheriff's department agreed to pay the overdue bill. After some disagreement, Williams agreed to pay $20 on the phone bill in order to find the man. But deputies discovered the man just as Williams was preparing to make arrangements for the payment.


I'm sure Verizon will manage to weather this patch of bad PR just fine. They'll prolly blame it on the operator, fire them, and consider it done. Afterall, it's not like the guy died or anything.

By min | May 22, 2009, 1:54 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

This is Why You Need to Get Your Eight Hours In

Late-night noise from spinning wind turbines on an outlying island of Taiwan may have killed 400 goats over the past three years by depriving them of sleep, an agricultural inspection official said on Thursday.

After the eight turbines were installed in the notoriously windy Penghu archipelago in the Taiwan Strait, a neighbouring farmer reported that his goats had started dying, Council of Agriculture inspection official Lu Ming-tseng said.


By min | May 21, 2009, 3:52 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Fnord Thought You Might Be Interested In Seeing These

Can't imagine why....

The original Walkman

Apparently, they don't have bathrooms at car shows. This kid's social life is doomed.

By min | May 21, 2009, 2:29 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

This is How Most People Feel About Their Jobs

A man who left jury duty after lunch because he was "extremely bored" will be back at the courthouse Tuesday to be arraigned on a charge of contempt of court. A police report said officers found the 25-year-old man near his home earlier this month and asked why he skipped out. He said he was bored, and "just couldn't take it" anymore.

[emphasis mine]


If it weren't for the health care benefits...

By min | May 20, 2009, 10:22 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Guard Your Pee Pees, Gentlemen

From the file of "Things That Shouldn't Actually Happen in Real Life":

A Taiwanese man became a sitting target for a snake, which bit his penis as he sat on the toilet at his rural home, local media reported on Monday.
Snakes regularly enter rural homes in Taiwan and other sub-tropical regions of Asia.


By min | May 18, 2009, 1:46 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link


By fnord12 | May 14, 2009, 10:24 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

WWOOF Vacations

This is kinda kewl if you get an assignment that doesn't require too many hours of actual work, like the Tuscany Wine and Olives one, and you don't have to camp.

The concept of a "WWOOFing holiday" is simple, very cheap and 100% above board: volunteers enjoy free food and accommodation at organic projects throughout the world in return for a number of hours' unpaid work per day.
f you want to combine your WWOOFing with a spot of Atlantic surfing or kayaking in a freshwater lagoon, head to Monte da Cunca in the south-western Algarve...WWOOFers work in the organic kitchen garden, build biodegradable straw-bale houses, decorate tourist apartments and look after the goats, donkey and horse.
Work on this family-run farm near Riparbella is limited to a civilised four hours per day. The land was converted to organic in 1981 and has welcomed WWOOFers since 1997. You can expect to tend the vineyards and olive groves as well as clearing land and cutting grass. Meals are mainly vegetarian and partially organic and there is room for two volunteers.

Ofc, i would prolly hate the communal thing, being me and all. But learning how to do stuff like build houses or grow real food - it might almost make up for it. Almost.

By min | May 8, 2009, 2:37 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Happy Mother's Day

Mom Sourcing

By min | May 8, 2009, 11:16 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Friday Morning Panda Porn

I wish i could embed it, but the Guardian doesn't offer that option.

Look at them! They're just laying there on their backs eating.

By min | May 8, 2009, 9:05 AM | Cute Things & Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

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