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Salt Lake City, Utah – Bill and Joe Granhall were brothers born in Salt Lake City, UT in the late 20’s. Born exactly one year apart they never seemed to get along and personality-wise were also complete opposites. Bill was happy go lucky and a day dreamer while his brother Joe (the older brother) was always serious and studious. They became business partners in 1944, opening a printing company. The company was very successful and both men became millionaires many times over but they fought on a daily basis and hated each other. This is a bust that Bill Granhall had commissioned just days before his brothers death and it was put on display at the funeral home during his burial.
Bill delivered they eulogy and stated, “My brother Joe was a difficult person to get along with and I think it was because he was constipated his whole life”
January 6th, 2012
North Wales – December 11, 2011 – The newest scam straight from North Wales in the UK involves faux pregnant women using fake pregnant bellies to blackmail married men they had casual encounters with.
The way it work is they meet these men online through mainstream dating services. They have a one night fling and contact the ‘mark’ 6 months later after sending pregnancy pictures, they meet briefly in person and the men are encouraged to feel the belly where their baby-to-be is living. Then the women says she needs up to $35,000 for a dangerous late-term abortion or even more money so they don’t sue for child support and reveal the affair.
These artificial copies molded from real pregnant women’s bellies are made of silica gel, and are being sold on the Internet. The silica gel makes them take on a very natural quality, close to human skin texture. Some online shop owners have said that the fake bellies are highly comfortable and have a flesh color.
This ring was cracked last Thurs. after police from the North East Wales District picked up Betty Perkforde, this was her 5th arrest for prostitution and she agreed to turn in the ring leader and this pack of grifters.
We interviewed one of the arresting police officers involved in the case that did not want to be identified and he said;
“We were very impressed with the patience and organization this group of scammers exhibited”. “They had no problem siting back and waiting months to re-contact these men and then showed ruthlessness in squeezing as much money as possible out of them”. “This is a whole new twist to prostitution and blackmail”.
When their large Wrexham home was raided they police found detailed ledgers of all the money extorted. In all there was 149 victims over the course of 26 months with £5.7 million euros having changed hands. There was 10 women involved and each would get approximately £8,000 euros per victim with the balance paid to their business manager, AKA; pimp.
December 12th, 2011
Canada’s Transportation Minister was quoted as saying; “Sure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring that are just as dangerous if not more-so.” “For example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I don’t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckle”.
Toronto, Canada – December 5, 2011
For those of you not following the news over in the Great White North I will fill you in a little bit. Last year the ‘distracted driving’ law came into effect, where-as you are not able to talk on a cell phone while driving without the risk of incurring a fine of up to $500. It seems one Canadian politician wants to take it one step further!
Jim Bradlley (Ontario’s transportation minister) made this statement last Thursday after telling reporters he was proud of the new legislation he helped draft. As they walked away he mentioned his plans to make this law much more encompassing in the near future. He was quoted as saying; “Sure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring during driving that are just as dangerous if not more-so.” “For example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I don’t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckle”.
He continued, “There has been testing done that has shown that picking your nose while driving is even more dangerous than using a cell phone because of the high occurrences of physical injury while conducting this type of behavior.” ” I would like to see all types of distractions lead to a hefty fine, my advice for this particular offense would be an $850 fine.”
At least one politician finds those comments worrying. “Everyone should realize there is no place this government will not go intruding into private lives,” Conservative MPP Randy Hillier said. He went on to say, “what is next? No eating broccoli with dinner due to the possibility of passing of gas into the atmosphere thereby increasing global warming?”
Experts have questioned the effectiveness of distracted driving laws. In other jurisdictions they have not always changed drivers’ habits. After an initial reduction in New York, for example, cellphone use was reportedly back to pre-ban rates within one year.
The insurance industry says the new law is a good first step in making distracted driving socially unacceptable. In fact Bill Crespen of Walden’s Insurance says, “personally we would like to see all distractions result in large fines, whether it is picking your nose, applying make-up or talking on a cell phone – they can all potentially kill you”.
December 5th, 2011
Two trailer park residents in Dayton, Ohio are going to be battling this out in court over the next few months.
Tattoo artist, Ryan L. Fitzjerald was hit with a $100,000 lawsuit last week by his ex-girlfriend Rossie Brovent. She claims that her boyfriend was supposed to tattoo a scene from Narnia on her back but instead tattooed an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.
Apparently Ryan found out that she had cheated with a long-time friend of his and this was his way of getting even. Originally Rossie tried to have Ryan charged with assault but it turns out this crafty tattoo artist got her to sign a consent form prior to the tattoo and it said that the design was ‘at the artists discretion’, she claims; “he tricked her by drinking a bottle of cheap wine with me and doing tequila shots before I signed it and got the tattoo”. “Actually I was passed out for most of the time, and woke up to this horrible image on my back.”
November 21st, 2011
A German woman who got her breast implants with a loan from her then boyfriend now fears her assets could be re-possessed after she failed to fully reimburse him, the 20-year-old woman told Bild newspaper.
Her ex-boyfriend is demanding that she return the 4,379 euros ($5,865) he gave her to pay for her breast enlargement surgery in 2009 or he’ll call the police and get the repossessors involved, Bild reported on Wednesday.
“It’s true that Carsten signed a loan agreement shortly before the operation,” the woman named only as Anastasia is quoted saying. “The condition was that I wouldn’t have to pay him back if I stayed with him for a year.”
But the pair split shortly after she underwent the plastic surgery. The woman said she had transferred 3,000 euros into her ex-boyfriend’s account last week. I don’t blame the guy, he should at least get a partial refund.
January 6th, 2011
The coffee is highly prized for its smooth flavor and bitterless aftertaste, sometimes fetching well over $200 a pound online. Indonesia’s top Islamic body declared Tuesday that Muslims can drink civet coffee — the world’s most expensive coffee, which is extracted from the dung of civet cats.
A preacher recently suggested the beverage might not be “halal” — or religiously approved — because its provenance makes it unclean. But after a long discussion Tuesday, the influential Indonesian Ulema Council said that the coffee, known locally as Kopi Luwak, could be consumed as long as the beans were washed.
Kopi Luwak, which takes it name from the Indonesian word for civets, is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted. Civet cats are mongoose-like animals.
In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Kopi Luwak is produced in the main Java island, Sumatra and Sulawesi. It is also found under different names elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Only 1,000 pounds are said to be produced annually worldwide.
The Ulema Council has often issued fatwas, or edicts, including several controversial rulings against smoking and yoga. Its edicts are not legally binding, but many devout Muslims abide by them. I will stick to Tim Horton’s and Starbucks, thanks.
July 23rd, 2010
Are credit cards good for anything other than screwing us over? Not really. But they can be made into some pretty cool art. This guy was so fed up with Visa and MasterCard he decided to turn them into the “Zero Balance” frog…
This thing below was made by a college student, Lori Merhige, using a whole bunch of unwanted credit cards. By the looks of it, apparently American Express must be a very unwanted card!
And yet one more example of an unwanted American Express. Jared Kelley found a new use for those stupid promotional credit cards we all get in the mail. He turned an American Express Blue card into a work of art…
I guess credit cards are good for more than just screwing us over.
June 5th, 2010
– From the yucky files! A Colorado family and an Arizona nonprofit are fighting in court over who gets the head of a woman who died this month, along with a $50,000 annuity she left behind.
– Police in Georgia say a 23-year-old man grabbed a baseball bat inside of a Walmart store on Wednesday and smashed 29 flat-screen televisions. I am guessing anger management courses will be part of his sentence.
– A strip club in Ohio has raised $1,000 for Haitian earthquake relief during what was billed as “Lap dances for Haiti. Ummm, is that legal?
– Police say a man who stuffed 75 bottles of body lotion in his pants couldn’t slip away from authorities, hampered by slacks that were nearly bursting at the seams. Dry skin I guess?
March 3rd, 2010