Wednesday, February 15, 2017

United pilot removed from plane after bizarre rant to passengers

A pilot had to be removed from her airliner after ranting on to stunned passengers about her divorce and President Donald Trump over the plane’s intercom. Dressed in casual clothes, the United Airlines pilot stood up in front of fliers and began rambling about her split from her partner. Speaking through the intercom phone, she said: “Sorry I’m late, the reason I’m late is I’m going through a divorce.” But she then bizarrely switched subjects and said: “Look, I don’t care if you voted for Trump or Clinton, they’re both a@@holes.” The whole episode left some passengers weeping as some passengers are thought to have left the plane during the rant. (The Sun)


Naked Burglary Suspect Wanted Sesame Seeds For His Burger

A Florida man accused of burglarizing his neighbor’s home while naked allegedly gave police an excuse that can only be described as “seedy.” He said he was looking for sesame seeds for his burger. Martin Henderson, 48, of Largo, Florida, was arrested back on January 5th after he allegedly broke into his neighbor’s home using a butter knife on the door. Police said he was naked during the robbery. The home owner was asleep with his girlfriend when he heard a commotion in their kitchen. He thought it was a woman who intruded because the person had long hair, a pot belly, and was all nude. So he asked, ‘How did you get in my house? Who are you?” That’s when the intruder grabbed him by the neck and pushed him towards the door. The homeowner said, “You’re lucky I don’t knock you out.” He said, “I don’t think you can.” So that’s when the homeowner hit him, not once, but twice before calling 911. The responding officers arrested Henderson. Henderson allegedly told police he had been smoking synthetic marijuana before going for his bizarre search for sesame seeds. Henderson faces charges of burglary and possession of a burglary tool. Jail records show he is in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,150 bond. (Huffington Post)


Family writes brutally honest obituary for Galveston man

The family of a 75-year-old Galveston man took off the gloves and delivered a brutal, yet honest obituary. Leslie Ray Charping died last month after a battle with cancer. “At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting combined with mental illness and a complete commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive,” the obituary stated. The family went on to describe Charping as a person who lacked ambition and motivation. “With Leslie’s passing he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend. Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all,” the obituary read. And no, the family did not hold a funeral service. (ABC 13 TV)


Chinese Farmer Spends 16 Years Studying Law So He Could Sue Chemical Company That Polluted His Land

A 60-year-old Chinese farmer with only three years of school under his belt has dedicated the last 16 years of his life to teaching himself law, hoping to bring down a state-owned chemical company that has been polluting his village and affecting his livelihood. In 2001, his village and the surrounding farmland were flooded with toxic waste. It was the eve of the Lunar New Year, and Wang and his neighbors were playing cards and making dumplings, when they notice that the house they were in was being flooded with waste water from the nearby Qihua Group, a state-owned enterprise. He wrote a letter to the Land Resources Bureau of Qiqihar, complaining about the pollution, but during his dealings with officials, he was repeatedly asked to provide evidence that his village and the land he and his neighbors survived off of had indeed been contaminated. The easiest thing to do would have been to hire a lawyer, but he and his neighbors could barely afford to put food on the table, so professional legal council was definitely not an option. But he would not give up so easily and teaching himself law was a financial challenge because he couldn’t afford to buy the books he needed. So he spent every day reading law books at the local book store, and copying important information from them, by hand. He used a dictionary to make sense of the technical terms he didn’t understand to the point where he knew what evidence would be required in court. He shared that information with his neighbors and would offer the shopkeeper bags of corn for letting him read the books in the shop. The trial against Qihua Group began in 2015, but it was apparently worth the long wait, as all the villagers have recently won the first court case as a judge ordered the chemical company to pay 820,000 yuan ($120,000) in compensation to the residents. They also have to get rid of all the liquid and solid waste they have dumped in the surrounding area over the last 16 years. (Oddity Central)


A major sea search was launched for a ‘missing’ man who was found in the pub

The Wales coast guard discovered a man believed to be lost at sea in a pub after a nearly two-hour search. Holyhead Coastguard, a Criccieth lifeboat and a Caernarfon coastguard helicopter were called to search for the man who was reportedly cut off by the tide off the coast of Gwynedd near Portmeirion. “We received reports of a man sighted walking across the estuary from Portmeirion and that person was missing,” a Holyhead Coastguard spokesman said. “We sent two lifeboats from Criccieth and coastguard teams from Harlech and Criccieth as well as a helicopter.”  The “missing” man was found uninjured inside the Ship Aground pub, where he said he rescued himself. “The man was found by police at around 8 p.m. and did not realize the fuss that had been caused,” the Holyhead Coastguard spokesman said. (Wales Online)


Florida woman suing restaurant after fall from donkey statue

A Florida woman is suing a Mexican restaurant in the state’s capital after she fell off the back of a donkey statue while posing for a picture. The lawsuit, filed February 3rd in a Lean County court, alleges the woman took a fall August 31, 2015, while posing for a picture atop a popular life-sized donkey statue at El Jalisco in Tallahassee. The suit claims she suffered “significant injuries, including a fractured spine.” The plaintiff’s lawyers allege El Jalisco “permitted and encouraged” climbing on the donkey statue for pictures, and the restaurant’s managers were negligent in failing to warn patrons about the dangers involved in climbing on the piece. The suit alleges she incurred “bodily injury resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of earning, loss of the ability to earn money and aggravation of previously existing condition.” Bonn is represented by James Biggart of Morgan & Morgan, whose “For the people” slogan inspired a “For the Donkey” Facebook group aimed at defending the “poor donkey” from the litigation. It was unclear whether anyone associated with the restaurant was involved in the page. (Local 10)


More than six million monarch butterflies died in a single month in Mexico

More than six million monarch butterflies were killed in a single month in Mexico, showing an increasing need “to protect breeding, feeding, and migratory habitat,” says a rep for the World Wildlife Fund. Experts who count the butterflies that migrate from the US and Canada to Mexico each winter say the insects covered about 10 acres in Mexico last winter. This December, they covered 7.2 acres—a loss of 27%. Experts say about 6.2 million butterflies, or 7.4% of the population in Mexico at the time, were likely killed when winter storms hit in March 2016, just as the butterflies were preparing to fly north, per a release. The storms brought rain and high winds that toppled 133 acres of butterfly habitat. It was the biggest forest loss in six years. (Reuters)


Naked is normal

After one buttoned-up year, Playboy is bringing nude photographs back to its magazine. Playboy published its first non-nude issue in March 2016. That effort obviously has failed. The move comes four months after Cooper Hefner, the son of founder Hugh Hefner and an outspoken critic of the move to ban nude models, was installed as chief creative officer last October. Issues published under the no-nudes policy featured both scantily clad models and could-be naked women with strategic parts of their body covered up. But that will all change with the March/April issue now hitting newsstands. The issue trumpets the change with a cover headline: “Naked is normal.” (NY Post)


Secret Service director announces retirement

United States Secret Service director Joseph Clancy announced his retirement to the staff yesterday (2/14), according to a spokesperson. “The success of the Secret Service is achieved with great sacrifice by all of you and your families. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your dedication to our mission. You have inspired me. My hope was that I could return your gifts of inspiration with some measure of good for the Secret Service. My love for this agency has only complicated the decision further, but for personal reasons it is time. I look forward to spending time with my family,” Joseph Clancy wrote in a memo. Clancy took over as acting director of the agency in October 2014 and later was sworn in as permanent director in February 2015. He said his retirement was effective March 4th. (CNN)


It’s A Humpday Wednesday, that means it’s:

*Angelman Syndrome Day
*National Gum Drop Day
*National Hippo Day
*Random Acts of Kindness Day (Wednesday of Second Full Week) (Note: Also on September 1.)
*Remember The Maine Day
*Susan B. Anthony Day
*Westminster Dog Show (Day 1)

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