SATURDAY LIGHT FARE
Posted August 31, 2013on:
Good Saturday to you Widdershins. I hope this finds you having a great day on this long holiday weekend and if you are driving on your holiday please use a little bit of extra caution. Today starts the college football season and as my team has to play Chat’s team this season I decided a very generic picture was in order. ;-) That being said, lets look at some of the odd or humorous things that caught my eye on the internet.
Not even Obamacare could help this
A Maryland woman, Jules Weiss was driving and decided to take a little stroll and take a picture at an overlook on the George Washington Parkway. When walking back to her car, felt something bite her. She thought it was a bee sting at first until she looked down and saw two fang marks with liquid coming out of them. Jules had been bitten by a copperhead snake. Jules, by the way was a former medical technician so possibly she had an idea of what happened. And when I write “former”, that’s important because Jules’ medical insurance had just lapsed. Nevertheless, Jules went to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda Maryland and she was treated with three IV bags of antivenom over an 18 hour period. And then she got the bill. And the bill was fifty-five thousand dollars.
“It’s not a number I can really wrap my head around,” Weiss said. Health insurance would bring the cost down to a few hundred dollars, according to NBC4. But the woman’s insurance had just lapsed. Antivenom involves milking individual snakes and is a costly treatment.
The Bethesda Hospital told NBC4 it can cost as much as $40,000 to get the antivenom.
At least she has a good attitude about it.
Has anyone seen that little guy from Travelocity?
It seems there are some new residents in a park in Overland Park Kansas. And those residents would be, ah…gnomes. Little bitty gnomes in little bitty homes in trees.
Gnome homes are appearing around the bottom of trees in Overland Park, KSHB reported.
The little houses feature a door into the residence, a stick path to the home and trinkets inside. Two homes have been found so far, located past a sign that reads “Firefly Forest.”
“You know, I think it’s bringing smiles and laughter to those who are finding out about it,” said Sean Reilly, spokesperson for Overland Park. “That’s exactly what we need sometimes in our lives is a little bit of happiness, joy and truly just laughter.”
The city doesn’t know how many there are total, or who is building them, according to Yahoo.
Remember the goats at the Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill?
I wrote about the cemetery bringing in goats to chew up all of the weeds and vines in the cemetery and we had a good laugh at the idea of the “old goats” actually in Congress on the Hill. Well it seems that when you have those goats around you also have their “leftovers”, i.e. the manure and if you are saving it for fertilizer to spread around sometimes bad things can happen.
A pile of goat manure spontaneously caught fire, spreading stench and wrinkling noses through a Vermont town but causing no damage, officials said.
The odor evoked “a damp kind of burning leaves or brush fire,” Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh said.
George Redick who owns Oak Knoll Dairy with 800 goats said he was going to spread out the manure pile around the farm but the rainy season and some other things got in his way. I bet that doesn’t happen again.
Redick says the manure would typically have been spread around the farm earlier in the year, but the rainy season and other factors kept that from happening.
He said he used to think spontaneous combustion was make-believe.
“Now I’m a believer,” he said.
Here’s a feel-good story on college football players
This one doesn’t involve bar fights, smoking synthetic weed, selling autographs, or drunk driving. Nope, this one involves four football players at Division III level William Paterson University in New Jersey. There’s a neat video there which I can’t embed so you’ll have to go to the link to check it out. Now the football team at this school has not had a winning season in twenty years or so but they sure have four winners on their team.
Four football players from William Paterson University went shopping at a general store in Wayne, N.J., on Sunday afternoon. After spending several minutes trying to locate the store clerk, two of the players who needed sunglasses and batteries were captured on store security cameras leaving money at the register.
Buddy’s Small Lots store manager, Marci Lederman, was taken by their honesty.
“They picked up a few items, and they left cash on the counter and waved to the cameras,” Lederman told Yahoo News. “Who does that?”
Thomas James, Kell’E Gallimore, Jelani Bruce and Anthony Biondi do that.
“It doesn’t surprise me that they did what they did,” said Jerry Flora, the Pioneers’ head coach. “That’s the kind of kids we try and recruit in here so we can obviously deal with a lot less headaches if you know what I mean.”
As it turns out, the players had unknowingly entered a closed store. Lederman said a lock on the front door had malfunctioned and a half-lit store made it look like Buddy’s was open. Police phoned her to say an alarm had been tripped, but she found nothing amiss.
Lederman was so impressed that she called a local TV station to share the surveillance video, which helped her identify the four young men. On Tuesday, she rewarded each of them with $50 shopping sprees.
“They were just very thankful and grateful,” she said. “They’re nice kids.”
Finally, this youtube surfaced last week or before that and I meant to add it last Saturday. It’s from the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. The video lasts about 25 minutes. You hear sirens and warnings sounding and you see what looks to be a storm drainage or navigation canal. Soon you see a small rivulet of water moving in and up and then you gradually see the entire full effect of the Tsunami with collapsed houses and buildings in the canal and then the water overtopping it. Eventually it gets dark but you see a small fire staring across the canal and soon it looks like blocks of buildings are on fire. The video is truly mesmerizing.
Okay that’s it for me but do let me know in comments how your day is going. I’ll be around some but from the schedule it looks like I will have a full day of SEC football to watch!
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