Friday, September 18, 2009

This week's episode in the human comedy

More stuff you couldn't make up:
• In the air over Europe, the English language announcement on an Aer Lingus Dublin-Paris flight advises that some turbulence lies ahead. French-speaking passengers are inadvertently told to prepare for an emergency landing. Panic ensues.

• In Britain, researchers find that men tell twice as many lies as women, including "No, your bum doesn't look big in that," and "I didn't have that much to drink." Women's top 10 lies include "Oh, this isn't new, I've had it ages," and "No, I didn't throw it away ."

• In Winona, Minnesota, Lucas Charles Wilcox, 19, discovers that a knowledge of local history can be important when he allegedly shouts vulgarities at the police, and is charged under an 1887 city code banning profanity in public. It carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

• In Malaysia, a 107-year-old Malaysian woman thinks the thrill has gone for her 37-year-old husband, and she should know --- he is her 22nd mate. She thinks number 23 may be the charm.

• In Hangzhou, China, Chen Li wants to go home. The bus driver is dawdling instead of starting his shift. Chen Li takes the wheel and drives off, following the regular route, picking up and dropping off passengers until she arrives at her destination.

• In the Netherlands, Kitty-Madison not only has gender identity issues, but species confusion as well. Born a boy, he/she feels compelled to be a mermaid.

• In France, a teenager falls asleep on a railroad track after a drinking spree at a music festival. Passed out, he is unaware of, and uninjured by, the train that passes over him. In fact he flips the bird to rescuers before rolling over and going back to sleep.

• In the U.S., a Duke University study indicates that just seeing a wholesome item on the menu is good enough to satisfy diners' desire to eat healthy, and to then give themselves permission to go ahead and order the french fries.
Enjoy your weekend.

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