The Widdershins


Posted on: October 19, 2013


Frost on a fence

Good afternoon Widdershins.  I hope this is turning out to be a wonderful Saturday for you.

Yes that’s supposed to be frost on a fence post and in the grass.  Let’s face it:  how do you get a good shot of that?  By this time next week we should have our first frost according to the wx guys and I believe one day we’re not supposed to get out of the upper 50s.  Of course with weather it’s all subject to change so who knows!  After the week we’ve had with all of the high drama concerning the government shutdown and the potential default on the debt, let’s take a look at some of the lighter things I found on the internets.  I’ve got a couple of good videos that I think you’ll enjoy.  Remember, it’s light Saturday – no heavy lifting required.

People do the darnedest things…

And when it comes to doing naughty things with their naughty bits (sigh) it seems it’s the guys who are the ones getting caught in some embarrassing, and possibly medically dangerous situations.

It appears that folks are doing this with such frequency (and doing it badly?) that they are being forced to contact 911, the fire department or whomever to receive assistance from the results of their, shall we say, hijinks.  I am more than certain that our dear chatblu could tell us a tale or two from the e.r.  One of the consequences of having to call in the fire dept, paramedics or whomever to rescue you from your own bad practices is that it ties up valuable resources that could be used for, oh , that fire down the street perhaps, or the two car accident where the jaws of life are needed for that instead of for extricating you from some foreign object or vice versa.

These types of calls got so bad in one London Fire District that they started a public “shaming” of folks who made such calls.  NBC News wanted to know if there are that many similar calls in the U.S. but “the kinky topic is so taboo in America some top U.S. emergency workers won’t discuss the behavior. ”

Except in Los Angeles.

“L.A. Fire Department medical director Dr. Marc Eckstein acknowledges that 911 operators do receive a small number of sexually bizarre rescue pleas and do dispatch ambulances, including instances in which they must assist men with heavy steel rings lodged around their private parts.”

In some of those scattered cases, Eckstein said, the firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians use bolt cutters or, when necessary, the blazing torch of a plasma cutter to burn the rings off of the men’s penises.

“They have to be careful because the plasma cutters cause a lot of heat and sparks,” Eckstein said, adding he could not provide statistics on the number of such calls.

A spokesman for the NYFD simply said: “I don’t have any statistics to that kind of claim or inquiry in New York City,”  Similarly a spokesperson for the National Association of EMS Physicians just said:  ““I’m just not sure where to go with this.”  Indeed.  However, no such hesitancy on the part of the London Fire Brigade.  The brigade started a campaign called “Fifty Shades of Red” after the novel Fifty Shades of Grey.  The believe the novel has, ahem, “inspired” some folks and they have the stats to back it up.

The brigade reports that it responded to 416 stuck-body-part calls in 2010-11, another 441 in 2011-12 and 453 in 2012-13. Among those emergency requests for assistance, 79 people were wearing handcuffs they could not remove.

To help fuel the agency’s gentle request to just stop doing these things, the brigade has added a dose of public shaming, often taking to Twitter to share some of these ambulance requests from people who have become oddly entangled.

 In their campaign to “shame folks” they’ve used twitter, as in this case:

A woman rang to get help for her husband, who was locked in a titanium chastity belt. Keep those keys handy! #fiftyshadesofred #nonemergency

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) October 11, 2013

Third Officer, Dave Brown, said:

“Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out could be prevented with a little common sense. I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up. I’m sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them.

And then there was the one that David Letterman had to do a Top Ten List on (you can go there to watch the video):

Top tip from us today: don’t put your penis in a toaster. Read our most unusual incidents here:

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 29, 2013

Enough of that silliness.  I have some of my own youtubes to add.

This is a bear at the Animal Ark in Reno NV who plays one mean game of tetherball.

This next one is a collection of kittehs who love to steal their dog buddies’ beds.  And naturally the dogs go along with it, but sometimes not gracefully.

These next two vids are of an encounter between a guy on a dirt bike and a ram in New Zealand.  It would seem that this is not his first encounter with it.  The video runs around two and half minutes.

Next, the guy and a friend of his decide to strap a GoPro camera on the ram and take a look at things from the ram’s perspective!

After those, I’m not so sure there might not have been a big pot of mutton stew made.  😉

Okay Widdershins, I’ll be around however there will be several good footballs games going on that I’ll be checking on.  My Tigers do not play until 6:00 pm CDT.

Allons les Tigres!


17 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

That was a stunner chat and I hate that CBS decided to cut away with seconds left on the clock!! 👿

No, not a stunner at all. Most of our skilled players are out, and we lost 2 more this game. Our defense is basically freshman. When Ray Drew was ejected for that bizarre “targeting” call, there went our most experienced defensive player. Vandy just earned its once per decade “signature win”.and we are likely out of the top 25.

Well I said stunner because Ga was trying to get the winning score on that last drive. I’m just furious with CBS for that switch! What on earth did they think was going to happen with A&M and Auburn in the first minute or so? I don’t even know who the Ga player was that was on the ground at the end.

Hey Annie: Good luck to USC. Whip the Irish!

@4: Chris Conely. Our last remaining receiver with any game experience. It’s his knee. If the Right Rev Mark knows any healing prayers, now is the time.

Any further post-game info on his condition? Saw Manziel go down in the A&M/Auburn game with rt shldr.

Ole Miss/LSU just kicked off. Hope the defense shows up like they did last week.

Nothing as of yet. Richt usually makes no comments until the next day at his press conference.

Oh lord, Ole Miss 10 LSU zip. I may have to start consuming alcohol in mass quantities.

My God we are getting our @sses handed to us by Ole Miss. 😯

Phew! Two touchdowns for LSU, now Ole Miss 17/LSU 14.

Maybe it’s the lunar eclipse

chat@12: nah, Ole Miss has very often been a spoiler for us. Doesn’t help that the defense is not playing well and the guys are doing that finger pointing back and forth. Grrrr…

Phew! Ole Miss was getting ready to score again and we got a sack. Then on the f.g. attempt it was blocked. Oy!!

Gawd, FL State is creaming Clemson!


Ole Miss got a field goal, 27-24, 2 secs. left.

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