Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Time for the Crazy Stories Again

Well, apparently the founding fathers forgot to include using the restroom in the Bill of Rights. In Portland, Ore., Douglas Eki and "Jason" Doctolero were awarded $332,000 for wrongful firing because they complained about being inconvenienced at work by not having an easily available toilet. Menzies Aviation had arranged for the men to use facilities at nearby businesses at their Portland International Airport site, but the men said they felt unwelcome at those places and continued to complain (and use buckets). One juror said afterward that having easy access to a toilet was a "basic human right," citing the "dignity (of) being able to go to the bathroom within 30 seconds or a minute." Said Doctolero, "Hopefully, no one will have to suffer what I went through." (Amen, brother....)

Researchers at the National University of Singapore described, in a recent issue of the journal Biology Letters, how a certain species of male tropical spider seemingly improves its chances of successful mating by castrating itself after releasing sperm. The scientists hypothesize that testes-removal makes the male nimbler and better able to trick and outflank competitor males that attempt to re-inseminate the same females. Improving their strategic mobility also enables the male to avoid being killed by the female, which is yet another hazard in the spider-mating process (one which we humans, thankfully, rarely have to worry about).

Police in Decatur, Ala., were called to a home on a report of a gunshot. They found that a 61-year-old man, who had been drinking beer to ease his toothache, had finally had enough and attempted to eliminate the tooth by shooting his jaw with a .25-caliber pistol. He was hospitalized  to treat the wounds (perhaps some psychiatric help might be in order...).

Daniel Collins Jr., 72, was charged with aggravated assault in Teaneck, N.J., in June after allegedly threatening to shoot a 47-year-old neighbor. Collins said he was reacting to the neighbor's passing gas loudly outside Collins' apartment after the two men had been discussing noise.

OK, I'll stop for now -but there are a lot more. We humans are a strange bunch. When you read these stories it makes you wonder how we got to be the dominate mammal on earth.

Live Long and Prosper...

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