Archive for the ‘You Gotta be Kidding’Category

Almost 70,000 chickens killed by accident

A 21-year-old drunk man killed almost 70,000 chickens on a farm in Maryland by turning off the power to their houses. Turning off the power stops their supply of food, water and clean air. Only around a hundred chickens survived.

Why?

“The theory is that he may have been in there looking for a light switch,” said Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Robinson also noted this was the first time in his almost 20-year-career he’d seen a crime like this.

Needless to say, the man is being charged with a few crimes, including animal cruelty. But I also think–he turned the power off to three chicken houses. There were around 70,000 birds in those houses. They must have been freakin’ huge, or they were in such conditions that the farmer himself should be charged with animal cruelty.

70,000 chickens found dead in Maryland (Digital Journal)

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08 2012

Weird Sea Creature in Singapore?

On STOMP, a reader was fishing on a pier when he reeled in this creature.

Credit: Singapore STOMP

It kind of looks like a few creatures stuck together. Thoughts?

STOMPer reels in ‘sea monster’ with many writhing legs at Changi Beach Club (STOMP)

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08 2012

Alligator bites arm off teen, teen saves self

Emily Sutherlin at NowPublic has put together a piece about a Florida teen who had the wherewithal to take steps to survive an alligator attack while swimming in a river. The one bit that made me raise my eyebrows is that as soon as he recovers, he wants to go back swimming in that river.

I don’t wave my arm at Fate like that.

Kaleb Langdale Loses Arm from Alligator Attack, But Not His Cool

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07 2012

Who randomly cuts a 3-year-old girl’s hair?

Two girls at a McDonald’s in Price, Utah, ages 11 and 13, befriended a three-year-old girl. They then cut her never-been-cut hair all the way up the back.

There’s more.

A judge said that the 13-year-old would get a lighter sentence if her mother would cut her hair, with the victim’s mother saying when to stop. This is one of those really weird cases all around. Read more at Digital Journal.

Girl offered lighter sentence if mom chops off hair in court (Digital Journal)

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06 2012

Lost custody because he’s fat?

Digital Journal reports on a recently divorced Canadian man who was denied custody of his children because of many factors, including that he was too fat. Of course, there’s more to the case that’s not totally being revealed in the article, and the article itself admits that. It sounds, though, that the guy is trying to get his act together for the sake of his children.

Read for yourself and tell us what you think.

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06 2012

Racist news piece on Korean broadcasting causes uproar

UPDATE: CNN iReport has posted piece on this.

Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) ran a piece on a show called “Think Different” (stealing slogans from Apple isn’t thinking different) called “The Shocking Truth About Relationships with Foreigners.”

The video presented Korean women who were in bad relationships with foreigners, people being intimate in dark clubs and some drunk foreigners talking about how Korean women are pretty. This was used with the obligatory “expert” saying that Korea needs to be more vigilant because foreigners are increasing in numbers.

Even aside from the racism, the piece itself was clumsily unprofessional. No facts were stated. One hilarious bit was when a producer called someone and said she’d heard that the person was a victim of a foreigner. When that person denied it, the voiceover replied that the victims have trouble admitting the truth.

When contacted by a staffmember at Busan Haps, an English language magazine in Korea’s large southern port city, the MBC representative claimed that their video was outsourced. They didn’t say anything about who decided to air this outsourced video.

It’s common in Korean media to outsource videos, even news pieces. MBC has had problems with a months-long strike. Was this video a side effect of the strike?

This isn’t the first time MBC has been in hot water for racism this past year. In February 2012, a skit aired that showed comedians performing in blackface. After facing international scorn, MBC gave a weak apology and promised not to let anything like that happen again.

After this video aired, it sparked controversy among Koreans and foreigners, condemning MBC for again airing racist programming. A Facebook group was started and gained over a thousand members in a couple of hours.

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05 2012

Singapore Seen’s Whine-os

Singapore Seen is a great, mostly amusing, source for citizen news and gossip. Lately, it seems to have been a trash bin for trivial public gripes about trivial public behaviors. It reminds me of the “Ladygate” public shaming that’s been going on in South Korean cyberspace lately.

Here are a few whiny headlines.

Woman’s butt crack staring back at commuter makes him uncomfortable

Woman removes shoes and eats while watching loud drama on bus

Octo-couples are at it again — this time at bus stop

How irresponsible! Kids leave spilled drinks on table at Pasir Ris McDonald’s

2 girl squeeze into one seat beside poor old auntie

Just like home: Boy sleeps on Ikea display bed with slippers on

Unhygienic: Owner parks dog in stroller near patrons’ food centre table

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05 2012

Two-headed turtle at Singapore restaurant

Oh, Singapore, here you go again. A restaurant there is getting a lot of customers because of a two-headed turtle they have. Supposedly two-headed turtles bring happiness and good luck (I guess to restaurant owners who own them).

Two-headed turtle at Tanjong Pagar restaurant a hit with customers (Singapore STOMP)

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04 2012

10-year-old gives birth

Digital Journal reports that a 10-year-old girl in Columbia became one of the youngest mothers in the world after giving birth to a healthy daughter. Read more details here.

Colombian girl, 10, gives birth (Digital Journal)

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04 2012

Ferrari driver beat up by youths caught on video

There’s no winner in this one. According to Singapore Seen, a middle-aged Ferrari driver almost hit some pedestrians at a crosswalk. The driver got out of his car and challenged a man to fight. He promptly got beaten up by a gang of youths.

Some comments from the post:

masterchief 

Well, if he dare to challenge others, he should be prepared. Furthermore, he is obstructing traffic by coming out of his car. So in short, he really deserves it.
isthissafe 

Looks more like when Umpha Lumphas go bad.
harveykid2 

The police should charge the Ferrari driver for dangerous driving and not also stopping before the zebra crossing for people to cross.
He is asking for it. He could be an AH BENG just because he drives a Ferrari.

Icelander said 

They should all be hauled up for justice but honestly, the guy in the Ferrari was asking for it.

Not only did he not stop and nearly killed someone, he had the temerity to come out of his car in such an aggressive manner instead of showing some remorse.

If you have even been in a situation where a driver didn’t stop his car while you were crossing a Zebra Crossing, which I have, let me tell you that you will be extremely pissed off too.

And from the video, it looked like if his friend didn’t intervene, that young guy would have been the one beaten half to death.

If it had been a mother with her young child, that arrogant Ferrari driver would have gotten away unpunished.

And the fact is a lot of deaths on the road have happened at Zebra Crossings.

Still, justice must be meted out to all.

Graphic video of Ferrari driver assaulted at Orchard Towers (Singapore Seen)

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03 2012