Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brazilian Tattoo Artist Punishes Thief with Humiliating Forehead Tattoo

A tattoo artist from the Brazilian state of Sao Paolo, was recently arrested and charged with torture, after punishing a young man who tried to steal his bicycle by tattooing “I am a thief and a loser” on his forehead. A disturbing video of an alleged would-be thief sporting a “sou ladrão e vacilão” tattoo on his forehead has been doing the rounds on Brazilian social media since Friday. In it, two men ask the 17-year-old terrified boy to tell them what he wants to have tattooed on his forehead, and then force the answer out of him – “thief”. After the humiliating tattoo is completed, they again force him to say why he had received the bizarre “artwork”, and he admits that he had tried to steal a bicycle from outside of the owners home when he was caught by a neighbor. Together they decided that the young would-be thief needed to be taught a lesson. The boy’s family recognized him and went straight to the police with the video. They said that he was a drug user and had disappeared from the family home on May 31st. They hadn’t heard from him since and were very concerned, especially after seeing the sick footage online. The boy hadn’t yet been found, but a man who claims to have known him ever since he was a boy, started a crowdfunding campaign to have the tattoo removed and pay for psychological treatment for the victim. “All the money will go to the grandmother of the victim, who is responsible for him,” the page states. The monetary goal has already been met. (Daily Mail)


Philadelphia hospital separates conjoined 10-month-old twins

A team successfully separated 10-month-old conjoined twins during an 11-hour surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said Tuesday (6/13). The hospital said sisters Erin and Abby Delaney, of North Carolina, are recovering in the intensive care unit after their procedure. The surgery was carefully orchestrated, down to marking monitors and equipment with green or purple tape, one color assigned to each girl. “Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” Dr. Jesse Taylor, the plastic surgeon who helped lead the multidisciplinary team of about 30 people. It marked the 23rd time the hospital has separated conjoined twins over the past 60 years and the first involving children joined at the top of their heads, the least common type of conjoined twins. That condition is known as craniopagus. Their shared blood vessels and a protective membrane around their brains were carefully separated before the team split into two groups to perform reconstruction involving each patient. The girls were born 10 weeks prematurely in late July by cesarean section. The hospital said they are now in separate beds for the first time in their lives. Additional surgery is considered likely. The girls are expected to return home later this year. (Fox News)


Kansas man who robbed bank to escape wife gets home-confinement sentence

A Kansas man who robbed a bank last September and told police that he was hoping to get caught so he would get prison time to escape his wife, was sentenced Tuesday (6/13) to six months of home confinement after pleading guilty. Lawrence John Ripple took the guilty plea in January. He told the judge on that he had heart surgery that left him depressed when he committed the bank robbery. His public defender told the court that ripple had lived a law-abiding life and was in a stable relationship with his wife. He has four step children. Ripple handed a note to a bank teller in Kansas City, demanding cash and warning he had a gun. Ripple took the money — $2,924– and went to sit in the lobby where he told a guard he was the “guy he was looking for.” Officers arrived quickly. An FBI agent wrote in the affidavit that Ripple had earlier been arguing with his wife. He told investigators he wrote the note in front of his wife, telling her he would “rather be in jail than at home.” (Kansas City Star)


British academic says using these words to describe female students is sexist

Calling a student a “genius” is a form of discrimination, according to one history lecturer at the University of Cambridge in England. Lucy Delap, an academic specializing in British history at the high-profile institution, warned examiners against using descriptors like “genius,” “flair,” and “brilliance” when assessing students’ work because such terms are historically associated with men and, therefore, can be offensive. She said “Some of those words, in particular genius, have a very long intellectual history where it has long been associated with qualities culturally assumed to be male. Some women are fine with that, but others might find it hard to see themselves in those categories.” She noted that such language carries “assumptions of gender inequality.” (The Independent)


Woman sits on hood of moving car on Houston highway

A baffled Houston driver captured video of a bizarre scene on the highway — a woman casually riding on the hood of a moving car. The man said he was driving near the Pinemont exit on Highway 290 when he noticed the unusual passenger on a neighboring vehicle. The video shows a woman sitting on the hood of a white sedan as it travels down the highway. The driver did not offer any further details of the incident. The California Highway Patrol opened up an investigation earlier this year when a driver recorded a man climbing on the outside of a pickup truck traveling at a high speed on the 15 Freeway in Corona. CHP investigators said the man could face a seat belt infraction and both he and the driver could face an unlawful riding infraction. It was unclear whether police were aware of the incident in the Houston video. (ABC 13 News)


The Family That Brawls Together, Stays Together

A late night / early morning melee at a Waffle House in Pennsylvania led to the arrest of five female relatives, according to police. The brawl Sunday (6/11) at the restaurant in Lancaster pitted members of one family against three other women. In addition to hair pulling and haymakers, some of the suspects threw utensils and other items snatched off tables. Mannheim Township police collared the quintet of brawlers for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. (Smoking Gun)


Poisonous snake bites man, man bites wife so they could die together

A sleeping man in India was bitten by a lethally venomous snake. When he awoke realized that he was going to die he bit into his wife’s arm in an attempt to spread the venom so they could die together. The man did end up dying but his wife was saved by doctors because there was still time to treat her. Needless to say, his last wish wasn’t fulfilled. (India Today)


Thirsty Thursday Brings Us:

*Career Nurse Assistants Day 
*Dump The Pump Day  (Third Thursday)
*Global Wind Day 
*Magna Carta Day 
*Native American Citizenship Day 
*Nature Photography Day 
*National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers  
*Recess At Work Day  (Third Thursday)
*World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 
*Worldwide Day of Giving 

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