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15 August 2008 @ 03:14 am
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Starving puppies partially ate wheelchair-bound cancer victim after his daughter and caretaker abandoned him in his home.

5 of the world's best driveable wooden cars.

The world's wierdest vending machines.

Woman driving asks her passengers odd questions about faith, swerves car off road and deliberately hits cyclist, carjacks SUV, crashes SUV into other cars, crashes SUV into fence, then gets out and strips naked.

Spanish Olympic basketball team poses for picture for ad, all making a slit-eyed face with their fingers, causing predictable shitstorm.
Seriously, what did they think would happen?

Georgian reporter gets grazed by bullet on air. Throws on vest and keeps on reporting. Hardcore. Video.

Oil companies may drill off the coast of New Jersey, ruining beachgoers' view of sign-towing planes, medical waste washed up on shore, orange-tanned guidos, and fat guys with hair on their back. Since this involved New Jersey, where I lived for three years in art school, I had to include it.

Apple is now worth more than Google.

34,520 people are on a waiting list to buy a new all-electric Chevy Volt tomorrow, although it won't roll off the assembly line for another two years. Let's see if history repeats itself.

85 percent of flying public wants to see children in separate section of plane. I think the other 15 percent are just masochists.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to fine American Airlines $7.1 million for safety violations and intentionally flying planes that pilots said needed repairs.

Houses in Detroit are being sold for as little as one dollar.

US restrictions of imports from Europe have caused sperm banks to run dry of much-demanded Nordic semen, causing wannabe single moms to fly to Denmark to get pregnant.

Authorities in Queensland are on the hunt for a mob responsible for bashing a baby koala to death, attempting to stone a mother koala from its tree and pinning cane toads and nailing live magpies to trees.

An inflatable dog turd the size of a house blew away from a modern art exhibition in a Swiss museum before bringing down an electricity line and smashing a greenhouse window. The name of the sculpture is "Complex shit." Tragically, no pic :(

Man would rather fake being a cop from a nonexistant police department than pay for porn, apparently.
He said he was from the "age verification unit" and saying he wanted to make sure the performers weren't underage. It didn't work. If this job exists I want it.

Consumerist: United Airlines ruins family vacation to see dying relative in Hawaii, sells tickets to someone else, lies about it, gets caught lying about it, but still won't admit it to insurance company.

Even for evil airline stories, this one may shock you. How about:
* Holding $5,000 in tickets from a family for six months, then telling them the day before that the flight has been canceled;
* When confronted with the fact that the flight hasn't been canceled, telling the family that the reservation has been lost;
* Finally admitting that they've bumped the family from the flight and were lying about the cancellation and the lost reservation;
* Offering replacement seats on multiple planes and days, splitting the family up on different flights and depositing them at different islands;
* Offering to get them there 5 days into a 7 day vacation, part of which was scheduled to spend time with a family member who was dying in a hospice in Hawaii;
* Refusing to write a letter on the family's behalf so that they can collect their insurance payment on the house they rented but never used.

With one act of disregard, United destroyed the vacation, cost the family over $10,000 in house rental fees that they can't get back, and forced them to cancel the trip. The dying family member they didn't get to see passed away in early June.
Current Mood: accomplished
My lack of responsibility is entirely your faultdisorderata on August 14th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Crunchy, crunchy toast: doggo - black puppy heartcinnamontoast on August 15th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how my reply got under your comment - Sorry! ;) I dig the pic though!

Edited at 2008-08-15 12:30 pm (UTC)
My lack of responsibility is entirely your faultdisorderata on August 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
.....haha.... *stops cowering*

...I was beginning to feel like I'd been reprimanded for something, just didn't know what...
Your Momnebula1500 on August 14th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
That's funny. I did a study abroad in Denmark, and I read a travel guide thing, and the VERY first sentence in the book said something about how Danes were such a great people, and how they were "spreading their seed far and wide, as Denmark is the world's #1 exporter of frozen semen." (or similar). Funny thing to lead with.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I literally LOL'd.

denisbaldwin on August 15th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
When I lived in Detroit-- even a few years ago-- people were buying up whole blocks for $1. The deal with the city was that if you fix up the block within 5 years, they'll sell it to you for $1 and waive 5 years worth of taxes.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT WOW. And it still didn't work? D:
denisbaldwin on August 15th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Not at all. You can't sell a place like that unless you've got both big money and a big drive behind it.

For every block you could buy for a $1, it'd cost you a million to devitalize it. Then you have to keep the local residents from destroying it just out of instinct and apathy.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
That is seriously sad :(
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
So okay seriously, what happened to Detroit? How'd it go from there to here? It's so sad.
denisbaldwin on August 15th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
The quick and dirty of it:




Basically, it came down to white flight, crooked politics, the down fall of the american auto industry and general apathy on behalf of it's largest demographic.
.: Foghorn Explaingeah on August 15th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)

"The black man just never got himself together--and that’s all there is to it! I mean, look what you all did to Detroit! That USED to be a NICE town!"
deemystifieddeemystified on August 15th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
horrified by the puppy story, thanks. you find the craziest stuff! :-)
Joojewelsl85 on August 15th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
85 percent of flying public wants to see children in separate section of plane. I think the other 15 percent are just masochists.

I can totally relate.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
When I watched The Dark Knight, some stupid kid in the seat behind me nearly ruined it. Within the first minute of the movie he had already loudly asked his mom all these stupid questions. I don't think I'm ever going to the movies again, fuck that. My 20 or 24 inch iMac screen with bittorrented movies beats that bullshit.
.: Carl Headachegeah on August 15th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
I want them in the baggage section.
Joojewelsl85 on August 15th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Crunchy, crunchy toastcinnamontoast on August 15th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Poor puppies. You know I'm gonna sympathize with the puppies dude. I wish I could feel sorry for the human, but I'm having a really hard time. What's wrong with me? Damn.

It's a shame that the Chinese team didn't rip the Spanish team a new one on the basketball court. *shakes fist*

WTF with the koalas? I think Oz is trying to outdo the USA in the manufacturing of young serial killers. That's why we won't allow any of that Danish sperm into the country.

The United story is a great example of why welfare doesn't work. I'm tired of my hard earned dollars going to lazy corporations who just sit on their asses and expect the live off the checks they get from the government.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
WTF with the koalas? I think Oz is trying to outdo the USA in the manufacturing of young serial killers. That's why we won't allow any of that Danish sperm into the country.

Crunchy, crunchy toast: text - fail dogcinnamontoast on August 15th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
As children, most Serial Killers torture and kill young animals. If we allow women to propagate with Danish genes, it will thin the serial killer/criminal element that's our stock and trade.

It was a really weak joke. Never mind. *rolls eyes at self* I am made of fail today.
_53_53 on August 15th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ah right. Or maybe I just need moar coffee....
Crunchy, crunchy toast: doggo - coffee doggocinnamontoast on August 15th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Here, have some:

(big pic - wallpaper click)