Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 2/5/2011

Better late than never, here is the...

Saturday Nut Special!

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

I have watched language deteriorate throughout my lifetime. The use of words that once were rare and shocking is now all too common. And, it seems, the younger the person, the more "raw" the language. It is sad, and I would like it very much to see such language moderated at least back to a pre-1980 level. However, I think hitting a high school student with $637 in fines for cussing in school is a bit... much.

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, and countless thousands of Americans will flop down on the couch to watch the game. In many many houses, between that couch and the television will sit a table loaded with large flat cardboard boxes full of the most perfect food ever created; pizza! One Chicago-area man has taken it upon himself to see that, even while posted in war zones far from their families, many American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines will be able to enjoy the Super Bowl over a slice a pizza, too. Huah!

Winter weather has gripped our nation. Cries of "Snowpocalypse" and "Iceagiddon" echo through the land. And yet, in the front yard of a home in Ohio, a man with a bunch of string and a garden hose used the recent cold weather to make something that, if not quite beautiful, is certainly fun and unique; a 25-foot-high ice sculpture!

We know, from Genesis 3 (Genesis 3:16 (NET)- To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you."), that there will always be tensions between husbands and wives as we make our way through this fallen world. These are things we should strive to rise above as we learn to live in harmony with each other. Alas, An immigration officer in the UK put his wife on a terrorist watch list while she was out of the country, thus preventing her from flying home... for 3 YEARS!!! Finally, he got found out, and was fired. The article doesn't say if she ever made it back to England...

"Do you expect me to talk?" -- "No, I expect you to die, Mr. Bond!" It's like something out of a movie, an individual hangs from a wire, over hundreds of hungry alligators and crocodiles. Is it a drug gang punishing an informant? A terrorist group trying to get information out of a source? Nope, not a terrorist; it's a tourist at Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida. Now, I'm wondering how long it will be before somebody realizes that dangling tasty tourists over hungry reptiles just might not really be the best of ideas?

I've only ever used valet parking once, and I recall feeling just a little nervous as I handed over the keys... and it wasn't even my car. Now, if I'd had seen this article first, I don't know if I could have done it! Now, understand, 240 km/h is about 150 mph, and that ain't slow! Just remember this the next time you hand your car keys to that smiling young man in the bright red blazer outside your favorite restaurant!

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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