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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I have to give a big tip-o-the-hat to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for his year-end roundup of the strange and weird news in Florida.  I wanted to do one of these weird news posts for awhile and especially in Florida. Mr. Pittman has made that very easy to do.  I have to wonder if the tRump Clan being there contributes to any of the strange news in the Sunshine State.  At the least it cannot hurt.  So let’s take a look at a few of the choice strange things that happened in 2017 in Florida.

As Pittman says, some of these things became almost instant classics:

“Man accidentally shoots self in road rage incident,” and “Possum breaks into liquor store, gets skunky drunk” and “Polk City woman arrested for DUI on a horse.”

Of the ones above I have to wonder how the horse felt about the inebriated rider. Could the woman have ridden the horse any worse than Roy Moore did?

I seem to recall something similar to this happening in a drag queen contest but that one involved ripping wigs off of heads:

A woman in a bikini contest in Stuart was busted for bashing a competitor in the head with her high-heeled shoe (neither won Miss Congeniality).

We’ve probably all seen some videos from The Villages retirement community in Florida.  It’s big and the residents love them some golf carts.  Apparently they like some meth also.

When a SWAT team raided a home in the retirement mega-community of The Villages, police found more than just the meth lab they’d expected. They also discovered it was a chop shop for stolen golf carts.

And apparently these aren’t your run-of-the-mill golf carts but some seriously customized ones, so you can see why there might be a chop shop there:

Some of these weird news items just made me want to go “Huh?”

In December, a Lawtey woman who was charged with stealing statues, figurines and even concrete benches from a cemetery was dubbed “the Gravesite Grinch.”

I’m wondering if this woman was having a themed Thanksgiving dinner:

In November, a woman was charged with shoplifting while dressed as a turkey.

Apparently this guy had seen the warnings about not watching the eclipse without wearing some sort of eye protection

In August, a fleeing car thief got caught when he stopped at a hardware store in Kissimmee to buy a welder’s mask so he could watch the solar eclipse.

Sex and/or variations on that theme played a part in some of the more entertaining news bits from Florida:

A man who was stealing a trailer in Cooper City stopped long enough to have sex with his accomplice.

In Sarasota, a tennis match had to be halted because of the noise from a couple’s amorous exploits.

In Fort Walton Beach, a woman told police that she attacked her husband only because he threw her sex toys at her.

And then there were the ones involving critters of various and sundry types:

A Clearwater Beach man risked eviction from his condo because of his devotion to his emotional support squirrel.

An Englewood family heard a noise in their attic and soon learned the source was a 6-foot boa constrictor — and that the snake had apparently been living there for more than two years.

My favorite with the animal stories was this one:

A Lee County woman, 71, was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while she was working in her garden. She fought the gator off by stabbing it in the nose with her garden shears.

That’s a lady who takes her gardening seriously.

And then there were the ones involving weapons of many types:

A Micanopy school was placed on lockdown when a man threatened parents in the car line with a gun and a dead possum.

A Lehigh Acres man was asleep in a chair when his dog barked, startling him, so that he jumped up and knocked a .25-caliber pistol off an end table, and when it hit the floor it shot him in the thigh.

A Plantation police officer giving a gun safety lesson to schoolchildren warned them that his Taser was not a toy, then accidentally Tasered a 10-year-old.

A Jacksonville man sat down on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, and it shot him in the penis.

A Vero Beach woman attacked a police officer with an electric toothbrush.

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In keeping with the odd/strange (stupid?) news, I saw one clip of this and it reminded me of how many times people ignore both speed limits and warnings about this bridge which has very low clearance.  The bridge is in Durham North Carolina and it is amazing how many drivers ignore flashing lights, big, huge yellow signs and other things that seem to shout out:  HEY BIG TRUCK!  DON’T TRY DRIVING UNDERNEATH THIS.  IT WON’T END WELL.

This Penske truck appears to pop a wheelie when it’s introduced to the bridge.

This one involves an All My Sons professional (?) moving truck.  Apparently the sons are Eric and Don Jr.

There are lots more of these videos at youtube.  Just put 11 foot 8 in the search box and you’ll find them.

Okay, that’s it for today.  Open thread of course.





Fredster still has not felt like the muses have come around so once again let’s take a look at some of the odd, funny or strange things I’ve found out there on the internet.

Ways in which Amtrak should not emulate the Japanese

This one is kind of old but I had it in the bookmarks for strange/odd news.

So this “super-express train” was barrelling down the tracks the way those Japanese (and German and French and probably Italian) fast trains travel.  (Wish we had some of those)  And anyway a passenger on the train notices that a snake is wrapped around the armrest of a passenger seat (occupied) in front of him!

The train’s operator, JR Tokai, or Central Japan Railway Co., said the passenger sitting in the reserved seat was unaware that the snake was wrapped around his armrest for about 50 minutes until the person behind him saw it and notified a conductor.

Railway spokesman Atsuo Utano said the train crew made an announcement asking if anyone had lost a pet snake and informing passengers of an unscheduled stop, but nobody came forward.

The super-express train made a stop at Hamamatsu station about 25 minutes later, and railway police removed the snake and the train departed in about one minute, Utano said.

He said the train arrived in Hiroshima, its destination, on time.

Now…the snake was on that armrest for 50 minutes before another passenger noticed it? Then, the train people asked if someone had lost their snake?  And then finally, after another 25 minutes they stopped. people.  I would have been looking for that damned emergency rope thing you see on trains in the movies and yanking on it like crazy.  I have a rule about these things:  ∅ snakes on the train.

I could probably die happy too in this case

It’s actually a variation on a theme we’ve seen before.  But still, maybe I won’t even have to die for this to happen.

Corlis Gilchrist, 92, must have been a staunch Democrat.  And we know how staunch Democrats felt after last November, right?

Mr. Gilchrist’s obituary included this :

he was “a proud union member and took great pride in his work with Armstrong Tire, retiring after more than 40 years of service

And so his family did this for him:

…died peacefully this month after family members falsely told him the process to impeach President Donald Trump had begun “so that he could rest in peace.”

I would have lied to him too and secretly hope that it does happen…very soon.  And apparently some people were sooo worried back in November they decided on an early checkout:

Last year, a woman’s obituary published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch said Mary Anne Noland, 68, of Richmond, Virginia, decided to “pass” instead of vote in the November election.

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God,” the obituary read. Her husband said it was meant as a joke as a means for her family to continue her sense of humor.

Truth in advertising or delusions of grandeur?

Okay folks, I had to really think about adding this one, but it’s so preposterous I had to include it.

So once again in Florida (always in Florida!) a man is on trial for murder for choking his girlfriend to death.  But Richard Patterson has an explanation of how said choking occurred.  His defense attorney also wants Patterson to provide a visual to the jury.

Not Patterson

Richard Henry Patterson, 65, has admitted he choked his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, to death on Oct. 28, 2015, but claims it happened accidentally during oral sex, The Sun Sentinel reported.

He’s now seeking a judge’s permission to show the jury his penis — to prove her death was a mistake.

Patterson’s attorney, Ken Padowitz, said his client’s member figures prominently in his “rough sex” defense, which hinges on the argument that Marquinez died accidentally, while engaging in consensual sexual activity.

Padowitz has enlisted expert witness and former Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Wright to testify that Marquinez’s death “is consistent with being accidentally sexually asphyxiated during oral sex,” the motion said.

He insists that a viewing of Patterson’s penis is integral to the jury understanding Wright’s argument.

Now I’m all in favor of a defendant using any means they can to put on a defense but…really?  Wouldn’t it be interesting if, instead of a large Bockwurst, Patterson had more of a vienna sausage and a large ego?  Oh and by the way I hope they convict the bastard.

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A couple of humorous You Tube Clips

This guy has been doing convenience story inventory for waay too long.

Yes it’s true – watch out for lightening.

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Okay that’s all I have Widdershins.  Take the conversation in any direction you wish.  And also, a Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there!



wacko criminal lineup

Good Saturday to you Widdershins.  Once again it’s time for some of the strange, odd or funny things I’ve found while surfing on the internets.  This episode will be somewhat short due to the fact that I spent a lot of the afternoon and early evening on a couple of Louisiana political blogs discussing the upcoming races there.  All of the typing there has gotten my arms and fingers a bit pooped.

When you’re just too tired to burgle

This burglar either had a busy night or he was just plain pooped…who knows.  However, while he was attempting a burglary at a home in Nokomis Fl,  he was either already tired from a busy night of burgling or else the bed just looked too damned good to pass up a snooze.  Either way he laid down and then was off to slumber land, bag of stolen goodies in his arm.  So anyway, when the cleaning woman arrived in the morning, that’s exactly where she found him and she called the police.  The police arrived and even when they were photographing him, he never moved.  He was arrested, charged with burglary and booked into the jail.


You know, there’s a reason those banks put a limit on this

And no, I don’t mean your local FDIC-backed Chase, Bank of America or other financial bank.  I mean a sperm bank.

It seems that Zheng Gang, 23, had gone to make a, er, um, deposit at the bank.  I guess he enjoyed it so much that it was his fourth deposit of the week.

Zheng Gang, 23, was found dead in a private booth of a fertility clinic at Wuhan University after nurses noticed he was spending longer than usual producing his sample.

Two hours after he first entered the cubicle, medics broke in to find him lying unconscious on the floor.

Despite frantic efforts to resuscitate him where he lay, doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.

The tragic death – which happened in February 2012 –  only came to light after the young man’s family took the sperm bank, in Wuhan city, Hubei province, eastern China, to court saying that they were responsible for his death.

Alas, the court ruled that young Zheng was perfectly capable of making his own decisions and could make up his own mind about how frequently he wanted to make the “donations”.

So I guess you could consider the pig already marinated

A group of people were camping in the DeGrey River rest area located east of the remote Western Australian town of Port Hedland.  While they were camping, a feral pig rummaged through their camping area and made off with three 6-packs of beer!

The animal was seen stealing three six-packs of beer from campers before ransacking rubbish bags for food.
One camper reported seeing the pig guzzling the beer before getting involved in an altercation with a cow.

Now anyone who chugs 18 beers is not going to end up in good shape and I’m sure all kinds of strange behavior will ensue.

“In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans,” said the visitor, who estimated that the pig had consumed 18 beers.

“Then he went and raided all the rubbish bags. There were some other people camped right on the river and they saw him being chased around their vehicle by a cow.”

The pig was reportedly last seen resting under a tree, possibly nursing a hangover.

I’m sure there have been lots of folks who felt the same way after a night out on Bourbon Street!  LOL!

Some assorted youtubes

I cannot remember if I previously put up this one of the English Bulldog pup playing hide and seek.  If so, oops, but I’ll delete it from the list now.

In this one Jimmy Kimmel played a trick on some, shall we say “faux” fashionistas at NY Fashion Week.  The results were funny!

I have no idea why I bookmarked this youtube but here it is.

This next one is a short clip that shows a Weimaraner who just loves it when his master opens up the sun roof on the car.

Finally this last one is an old clip that’s been around for awhile but if you haven’t seen it, it’s terribly funny.

Okay folks that’s it for today and the post will remain up tomorrow also.  It’s a completely open thread so comment on whatever you desire.  I’ll be back later when the football games start.



Good Friday to you Widdershins and here’s hoping this will be a great day to kick off the weekend.  As a reminder, this post will be up all weekend and we’ll have a new one up for Monday.  So let’s take a look at some of the odd, strange or amusing things that have crossed Fredster’s computer recently (that is inbetween network outages and software upgrades!)

You knew your granny or gram-maw or nana knew what she was taking about
when she used that lard to make biscuits

I saw this on Huffington Post and the author does seem to believe that we’re missing out on something by not going back to using some lard in our cooking.

Lard — rendered pig fat — was what people used when they needed to make pastry; when dinner needed frying; and even as a quick breakfast, eaten smeared on a piece of bread. So much has changed in our recent history.  Lard is not only out of favor, it’s even considered a derogatory word.  And as Julie Thompson also says “It’s time to let go of the lard stigma and enjoy great pie crust again…”

She says that lard make the best fried chicken “Crisp like a spring morning.”  And hey, no trips to Popeyes for that crispy chicken.

She says it does not smoke at high temps so it’s perfect for frying and roasting and because the fat crystals are large they will make very flaky pie crusts.

Julie says:  “Mexican tamales just wouldn’t be the same without it.”.  Hmmm, didn’t know that and I’ve had a lot of tamales here in B’ham.  There’s a large influx of primarily Mexicans in the area and I’ve had some wonderful Mexican food here in the land of barbeque.

Lard has less saturated fat than butter.  Quelle suprise!  I did not know that.  As Ms Thomson says:

We’re not going to make any health claims about lard — because what do we Taste editors know about health? — but we can report what we’ve learned: lard has 20 percent less saturated fat than butter; it’s higher in monounsaturated fats which are said to lower LDL cholesterol; and it has none of the trans fat that shortening does. Chew on that.

Despite what you may think, it does not impart a pork flavor.

rendered lard — preferably leaf lard which surrounds the loin and kidneys. It makes everything cripsy without leaving a trace of flavor behind.

Vegetables roasted in lard come out crisper than you thought possible.
Okay, so she says. I’m still kinda lost at where I’m gonna buy this stuff.

It’s sustainable  (sigh)  Two things I’m getting weary of hearing are “sustainable” (okay, okay we get it) and “locally sourced” when it comes to food or restaurants discussions.  “Locally sourced” = I have a patch of land behind my house and I grow stuff.

BTW, Julie still never suggested where you can buy the stuff and while I may have seen it in stores when I was a child, I cannot now recall the last time I’ve seen it anywhere.

So if there was ever a good example of the fleetingness of life…

not the mandala in the story

Well it can be found right here.  It seemed that three Tibetan monks had been working on building a mandala.  The mandala in true Buddhist tradition would be destroyed after being painstakingly created, to symbolize the fleeting nature of life.  Three monks had been working on it…and it is delicate, precise work and just about complete.  Now it seems that at the same time this was going on in the Jersey City city hall, there was also a naturalization  ceremony going on at the same time in the bldg. and a little kid got loose and before you know it, jumped into the middle of the mandala and brought it to it’s proposed end except the ceremony had not been held yet.

Wangdu said that while the monks could fix the sides of the mandala, where only tiny portions were disrupted, the middle section, which had depicted eight Buddhas but is now a swirl of colored sand, could not be salvaged.

But within an hour, while 30 residents were inside the City Council chambers across the hall becoming U.S. citizens, the monks found two tables, had them placed them over the mandala and went to work repairing the damage.

“They didn’t want to disappoint anybody,” said Lobsang Chodak, of Newark, whose sister is providing a temporary home for the monks here in Jersey City.

Chodak added that the child who damaged the mandala inadvertently taught everyone the lesson it’s supposed to impart.

“It’s so beautiful and then, next thing, it’s gone,” he said.

Lesson taught.


Sometimes it’d damned if you do or damned if you don’t

So it seems that one Dr. John Yelcick had sex with his partner or lover  David Sellers.  After that, John went to sleep.  Now when he awoke later he realized that David had died.  Now John, being a doctor knew about these things and did what you would expect a doctor to do.  He put dead David’s body in David’s car, drove it from Lancaster PA to a parking lot in York PA.  David’s body was found four days later.  Now, not only was Dr. John a doctah, but he was the chairman of the Lancaster General Hospital pathology department and I’m williing to be that olde doc John knew what would happen to poor David locked up in a car in a parking lot for four days in.  According to another article, the doc said “he ‘panicked’ because he was afraid Sellers had drugs in the home and of possible repercussions if he called 911, according to a report by York Dispatch. He also says he tried to perform CPR.”  The good doc was sentenced to 15 days in jail and pleaded guilty to the abuse of a corpse and evidence tampering for moving the body of 45-year-old David Sellers on Sept. 13.  He was also ordered to pay $4000 in funeral costs and a $2500 fine.  Sellers’s sister told Yelcick: ‘You took everything that had to do with my brother and you tossed it out,’

“My God, you’re a doctor.’  ‘You let him decompose beyond recognition,’ she added. ‘I never got to see his body or say goodbye. They had to remove his body wearing haz-mat suits.’

So you’re Brad Pitt in nola and when you look across from your balcony
to another you see Matthew McConauhey

So what are ya gonna do?  Well since you’re on your balcony having a beer, you’ll just toss one over to Matthew to enjoy on his balcony.

Oh there’s Brad!

So I wonder if Matt’s thirsty?  I’ll toss him a beer.

Did he catch the beer?

Oh hell Drew Brees is there too!  Shit I hope he doesn’t comment on my throw.  And what’s that
in Drew’s hands?  Did he get some sammiches from one of those Jimmy John’s that he owns?

Pics courtesy of Buzzfeed.

 Some assorted youtube vids

According to YouTube videographer Zain the Pain, this bug played with this piece of popcorn in exactly this way for over three hours. It’s completely insane.

What is actually happening here? Science writer Kyle Hill suggests the bug is having an existential crisis.

Here’s one of those clips of planes landing and taking off in crosswinds that you never want to see before *you* leave on a trip.  (Did I use this one before?)  Long clip

The next one is just your typical goat riding with a guy on a motor cycle in Addis ababa

This last one is Anderson Cooper’s own b’day tribute making the ridiculist .

Okay like I said, this post will be up for the weekend and will be an extremely open one.  Feel free to come by and comment on anything you wish.  Puhleeeezzeeee!

Oh and one last thing:

Let’s not forget today is the anniversary of D-Day, June 6th 1944.  Let’s take a moment to remember the folks who fought to give us our freedoms today.  Another site to check out is this one.

Normany beach          Invastion Map  To quote from the second site above:

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolph Hitler’s crack troops.


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