The Widdershins


Posted on: August 31, 2013


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.

travelocity gnomeSome new residents have taken up homes in a Kansas city, and they’re not paying rent.

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!

This is an open thread.


23 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

Hmmm…. An increase in snake venom milkers could reduce the unemployment rate……

Fredster, that video is a commentary on not only nature, but human nature. It’s like watching “Psycho” and waiting for the shower scene. You can hear the police and the sirens, but people keep lingering, wanting to look.

Mary Luke@2: How true!!! Of course we have the advantage of seeing that video with hindsight but the folks there know about tsunamis and I’m sure they were being given warnings of all types. What was amazing to me was the scene across the canal where the one fire starts and then as the video goes on the fires multiply until they have the night sky lit up.

Oh boy…Johnny Football just entered the 2nd half of the Aggie game.
Of course them playing Rice is not that big a deal.

chat said: An increase in snake venom milkers could reduce the unemployment rate……

But would it decrease the cost of the antivenom?

Obama seeking lawmakers’ approval for Syria strike

Good. Make them own it.

Back in the 70s when my bro was in his early teens, he used to catch rattlers, and one of our neighbors was a prof at UCLA and he would buy them off bro for $10 each. He said that they (UCLA scientists) wanted the venom.

I watched that video. It was horrifying. Those poor people. Nice little stories, Fredster!

Laker says to ask what you think of some guy named Johnnie Manzel? (I assume thats something to do with football?)

The UN inspectors are done in Syria and have left. They will supposedly have a report ready soon.

@socal: Johnnie Manzel is the quarterback at Texas A&M and they joined the SEC last year. He was kind of unknown last year and the Aggies were able to win a lot of games with him. He wont the Heisman Trophy last year. What do I think about him? Well he comes from a very wealthy Texas family (oil money) and he’s spoiled rotten. As a player, i think the other teams now know about him and those who will have to play the Aggies have studied him to hopefully be able to find his weaknesses as a quarterback. Whether other teams (like Bama and LSU) will be able to stop him is a different question. I believe after this season he’lll go to the NFL.

socal@7: I wonder what they sold the venom for back then? 😆

It was a research lab, so I think they were experimenting in making anti-venom, what worked best, etc.

My impression is that Laker doesn’t like him either. Oh, USC won Hawaii for their opener. Did you see that about Tebow?

socal@12: I won’t deny Manzel’s talent as a q.b. but I guess it’s his character. Here’s a piece from the NY Times I read. it’s from last year, but it did not lead me to look favorably on the guy.

Congrats on the Trojans! Right now I’m watching the Ducks slay Nicholls State (La.) 52-3. Nicholls is a Div. I school but they are in the Southland Conf. Nowhere near being able to play the Ducks.

I refuse to watch the Bama/Va. Tech game. 👿

i think Tebow needs to learn to play another position or just give up on NFL football.

Make that 59-3. 😯

@13: Bama’s O is doing Jack. 75% of their score is courtesy of VT faux pas. Beamer looks like he is fixing to have a stroke.

chat@16: Must be that ingrown toenail that McCarron has. 😉

I’m entirely neutral on Johnny Football (neither like nor dislike) but I can’t wait till the Aggies play Bama, at College Station.

Good luck to your dawgs tonight!

Those cats look hungry chat.

Hubbie just said the same thing, about the Aggies playing Bama. Re: the Ducks. Laker says they always give the great teams the easy teams to play in the beginning of the season.

We’re going to see Marshall Tucker tonite.

socal@19: Yeah they always have one of those “little sisters of the poor” type teams.

Have fun tonight! Be careful on the road.

laker just said your team got screwed, then he said they called them back out from halftime and they got a field goal?

socal@22: It had something to do with a player losing a helmet (I think) and the refs saying it was halftime and then adding 5 seconds back on the clock. However, just before, LSU had called a timeout and went back to the line and got hit with a delay of game. Coming out of a timeout? Huh? However, after almost losing they rallied back and won.

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