Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 7/29/2010

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

In these tough economic times, crime is on the rise. A young man in Colorado didn't lock his car one night and, sure enough, someone got in and "drove" away. The car was found just a little ways down the hill from where it was "stolen," with the "thief" still inside. But, when police arrived, they sure didn't want to mess with him. It isn't surprising to have a bear steal your picnic basket, but to have a bear steal you car...

Many Christians are undecided about what to do with the bodies of the dead. Cremation makes some folks squeamish, and some Christians think it is disrespectful of the body that will be raised on the last day, but it is usually less expensive than a full burial. Well, for the squirrels, there is a third option: Squirrels can live on as beer bottles. Yes, that's right, beer bottles. BrewDog Brewery, in the United Kingdom, set out to make the world's strongest beer (55% alcohol.) To top off that achievement, they bottled it in some very... unique... bottles. And they sold out their entire stock in one day... at $700/bottle! (I can't even tell you how many people sent me this story this week, but nobody gets a hat tip because I had found it myself first. Everybody does get a big "Thank you!" though.)

We've discussed the advisability of posting stuff on the internet. The same advice applies to text messages and tweets and such; it just isn't a good idea. An 18-year-old boy in Glendale, Wisconsin learned the inadvisability of sending... provocative?... pictures of himself to his girlfriend when he sent them to her mother instead. In addition to it being inadvisable to do something like this, it's also pretty classless. And dangerous! This guy has no idea how lucky he is that the pictures went to her mom and not her dad!!!

You DO NOT want to steal spiders in Maryland. (I really don't know how I missed this until now.) It seems that, back in May, Chili Rose, the resident spider at the Westminster library was arach-napped. The Spidy-napper, Randy Allan Humple, age 27, was apprehended and charged. Well, the trial is complete, and the penalty for abducting a spider and holding it against its will in Maryland is 90 days, but he also gets 4 years for violating his parole on other charges. "Hey! What're you in for?..."

You never know what you're going to find at auctions. Sometimes you find a bargain, and sometimes you find hidden... "treasure?" Five years ago, then-75-year-old Gordon Clement bought a painting at a post office auction. Then, last week, he discovered 4 pounds of marijuana hidden in the picture frame. Police, who gladly confiscated the weed when Clement called them, valued the stuff at $4,800. Mr. Clement wont see any of that money. Like I said, you never know what you'll find at auctions...

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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