Tuesday, January 17, 2006

From Alleys to the Ridiculous -- The Latest News

From CBS News:

New Invention Removes Odor From Hog Manure: A man has received a $500,000 federal grant to mass produce his invention, a machine that removes the odor from hog manure.

Two-Year-Old Called for Jury Duty: Kaylee Reynolds had a problem when she recently received a summons to serve on a jury. She wasn't old enough to read it. [The birthdate that the county had for her was July 4, 1776, shouldn't that been some type of tip off?]

Lawmaker Aims to Lower Urination Penalties: Ken Ortmann, a St. Louis Missouri alderman who owns a local tavern wants to lower the penalties for public urination before the Feb. 25 Mardi Gras Parade. Ortmann said his bill would allow police to issue different citations for public urinators who try to be discreet than they might for those who are more open about it.
"There's a difference between going in the middle of the street, in front of God and country, and somebody who is behind a Dumpster," Ortmann said. [His bar is the Cat's Meow, let's meet at his dumpster about 7.]

From Reuters News Service

Vampire seeks governor's job: Minnesota voters, who eight years ago elected a former professional wrestler as their governor, may find a self-proclaimed vampire on the ballot for the office this year. "Politics is a cut-throat business," said Jonathan "The Impaler" Sharkey, who said he plans to announce his bid for governor Friday on the ticket of the Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party.

From NBC News

A new way to view London - from a toilet: Visitors to Britain will find a new stop on London’s site-seeing route this spring: a usable public toilet enclosed in one-way mirrored glass situated on a sidewalk near the River Thames. [Photo above. Video with story. Deeply Freudian every which way.]


stan said...

I hope they close the toilet at night, and during an eclipse, otherwise there's nothing private about it (assuming that one would need an interior light during those hours).
there might be enough ambient light coming from from street lights, passing cars, small grass fires, etc.

Ben Heller said...

Those toilets are cool Jim,

but Stan's right, how do they work at night ?
Ben -- you're the closest so you are delegated as our official representation and get yourself to London and do what needs to be done, we expect a full report (and several tins of biscuits)

The Phoenix said...

Sharkey hopes to "take a bite outta crime." <==that could be his campaign slogan

I saw that story about Ortmann wanting to ammend the urinating in public penalty. How crazy is that? Honestly, as long as no one pees on me, I'm cool. <==having some high school kid throw up on you at that event would be more likely

The one way mirror toilet thing - I would NOT be able to go. I like my toilet to be in a confined and private area. Those British people are perverts. <==you're probably right, it's London, it will be used for other purposes after dark -- Mik and Ben send your hate email directly to Phoenix

Nonsensical_Flounderings said...

I would feel too unsettled to use that bog, even though I know no one can see in.

Ben will be there, he'll stand guard for you!

You have to admit, it is a pretty thing from the outside!

christy said...

I know Ken Ortmann (The Cat's Meow is my standard hangout) and I haven't had the opportunity to ask him about this, but this seems sort of out of character for him. Although, living in Soulard, I sort of understand that public urination during Mardi Gras is a losing battle fought every year. As long as no one pees on my house or on my lanai, I'm pretty happy. I only wish that public vomiting was illegal...
if I correctly remember that long, long, long discussion on stlbloggers about sex offenders and online lists thereof, doesn't a ticket for public exposure (during Mardi Gras or any other time) get you listed as a sex offender in Missouri?????????

I never did understand the Mardis Gras connection with the Soulard area -- I thought that except for the Soulard family itself, once they subdivided their farm, all of the settlers were German (hence the need for five or six breweries in the neighborhood!!!!!)