Posts Tagged ‘Odd’

California Assemblyman Suggests Legal Marijuana to Help State Income

2009, Feb 26th

Marijuana FieldSacramento, CA — A California state lawmaker says he has a plan to help get the Golden State out of debt.

He wants to legalize pot for people 21 and over, tax it and use the tax money to help raise billions of dollars.

State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says, “I think here in California we understand $14 billion is something that can’t be blown off. The state deserves to have a piece of it.”

That’s why San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is introducing legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana. He’s not talking about medical marijuana; he’s talking about pot used socially just like beer and wine.

Betty Yee of the State Board of Economics says, “The revenue impact of this proposal will generate over $1.3 billion.”

$990 million would come from a $50 per ounce levy, $350 million from sales tax revenue.

Marijuana is California’s top cash crop, according to federal government statistics valued at $14 billion in 2006.

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Topless Cafe in Maine Gives Neighbors the Jitters

2009, Feb 26th

Vassalboro, Maine — Cup size has more than one meaning at a new central Maine coffeehouse.

Servers are topless at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, which opened its doors Monday on a busy road in Vassalboro. A sign outside says, “Over 18 only.” Another says, “No cameras, no touching, cash only.”

On Tuesday, two men sipped coffee at a booth while three topless waitresses and a bare-chested waiter stood nearby. Topless waitress Susie Wiley said men, women and couples have stopped by.

The coffee shop raised the ire of dozens of residents when it went before the town planning board last month. Town officials said the coffee shop met the letter of the law.

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Blow-Up Crime

2009, Feb 17th

Blowup DollCape Coral, FL — A 51-year-old Florida man was arrested after he was found making out with blowup sex dolls in a grocery store parking lot.

Families say they witnessed a very private act in a public parking lot along Santa Barbara Boulevard.

“It’s just crazy you know and I’m with my daughter and she couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” said witness Arthur Castro.

The blowup dolls had female body parts and witnesses say 51-year-old George Bartusek was touching them very inappropriately.

“As I walk by I saw this guy with two blowup dolls – kissing them and bouncing them and trying to get people’s attention,” said a witness who wanted to remain anonymous.

A customer that saw what was happening inside the car ran inside the store to get a manager while another customer called Cape Coral police.

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Man Waiting for Tools Gets Brick of Marijuana

2009, Feb 17th

Brick of PotDenton, Texas — A man in Denton, Texas who was expecting a shipment of tools instead received a 30-pound brick of marijuana that police say is worth more than $10,000.

Officer Ryan Grelle says the man opened the box Monday night, realized it contained drugs and contacted police.

The package from the Pharr area was handled by UPS in McAllen on Jan. 6. and apparently was intended for a Dallas address.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports no such address exists in Dallas, so the package wound up 40 miles to the northwest at the similar address in Denton.

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The Booty Call

2009, Feb 17th

Baby CenterSacramento, CA — It’s a booty call that comes via text message. It’s from a California company in the baby-making business. It’s using technology to help get couples in the bedroom.

Nancy Evars is on the go.

“I’m never at home,” says Evars. “I’m always going to car pool, I work part time.”

Nancy and her husband want to have a 4th child, but are so busy that they sometimes forget when to try.

“I don’t really quite have time to be thinking about this all of the time like I was when I was pregnant the first times,” said Evars.

That’s where Baby Center’s Booty Caller comes in. You heard me right, Booty Caller. The phone application sends texts to women when they are likely to be ovulating.

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Michigan City Bans Being Annoying in Public

2009, Feb 17th

Brighton, MI — Ticking someone off could get you a ticket in one Michigan city. The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public ”by word of mouth, sign or motions.”

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the measure is modeled on a similar ordinance in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

A city attorney says there could be situations where the measure would violate freedom of speech, but that those cases will be reviewed by the city.

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Woman Places Ad to Find Wife for Son

2009, Feb 17th

NewspaperTampa, FL — The mother of a 37-year-old Tampa man is so desperate to find him a wife that she paid $500 to put an ad in The Tampa Tribune.

Claudia, who didn’t want to give her last name for privacy reasons, says it’s sad that such a “good boy” is alone. The ad, which ran Nov. 30, says Jason is gainfully employed, kind and handsome. She’s hoping to find at least a few good candidates before Christmas.

Jason says he’s fine with his mother’s idea, figuring anything is worth a shot. He’s been looking for Mrs. Right since his 2003 divorce.

The University of South Florida graduate works as a software marketing manager. He also volunteers with teens with Down syndrome.

Responses for the ad were directed to a P.O. Box in Virginia, where the mother-in-law hopeful lives.

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Russian Businessman Trademarks ;-) Emoticon

2009, Feb 17th

Moscow — How much would you pay for a ;-)?

A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.

Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, said Thursday he doesn’t plan on tracking down individual users following the decision by the federal patent agency.

“I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations, companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder,” he said in comments to NTV.

Companies will be sent legal warnings if they use the symbol without his permission, he said.

“Legal use will be possible after buying an annual license from us,” he was quoted by Kommersant as saying. “It won’t cost that much — tens of thousands of dollars.”

He also said since other similar emoticons — :-) or ;) or :) — resemble the one he has trademarked, use of those symbols could also fall under his ownership.

Other Russian Internet entrepreneurs reacted to the effort predictably —

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“Make Some Extra Cash! Drug Use and Criminal Record OK”

2009, Feb 17th

SnitchAlbuquerque, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks for “people who hang out with crooks” to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: “Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK.”

Capt. Joe Hudson says police received more than 30 responses in two days. He says one tip was a “big one” but won’t elaborate.

An informant whose tip helps officers arrest a drug dealer could earn $50. A tip about a murder suspect could bring up to $700.

It’s not the first time the department has run ads. In a program 10 years ago, police received so many calls they turned the phones off.

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Playboy Playmates on Snowboards Spur Protests

2009, Feb 17th

pb-snowboards1Breckenridge, CO — At the Mountain Wave Snowboard shop in Breckenridge, owner John George has gotten used to controversy in snowboarding over the years.

“They tend to push some buttons,” said George.

The latest line of Burton snowboards he carries is no different. They’re called Love boards and they are decorated with former Playboy playmates posing provocatively, but coming just short of showing everything.

“They’re in a black board case and so if someone comes in and wants to take a look at them, here you go,” said George.

Inside the store, the boards are stored high up and in black bags away from prying eyes, but on the slopes anyone can them, which is causing some controversy.

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Teen Gets Jail Time for Putting Grandma in Gangster Rap Video

2009, Feb 17th

West Palm Beach, FL — A Florida teenager was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to elder abuse charges for coaxing his senile grandmother into a “gangster rap” video.

Michael Alfinez, age 18, made no comments in entering the guilty plea Tuesday. His family has said the case was blown out of proportion.

Alfinez’s 85-year-old grandmother can be seen in the video holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot “all the pigs.”

Alfinez was arrested in April after authorities seized the tape in a routine traffic stop, which also included footage of him and others shooting a pistol around town.

Alfinez also pleaded guilty to charges of firing out of a moving vehicle and into a building.

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Police Arrest Michigan Man For Car Wash Vacuum Sex

2009, Feb 17th

Thomas Township, Mich. — Police say a Michigan man has been arrested after “receiving sexual favors from a vacuum” at a car wash.

The Saginaw News reports the 29-year-old Swan Creek Township man was arrested Thursday in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

Police Sgt. Gary Breidinger says a resident called to report suspicious activity at the car wash about 6:45 a.m. An officer approached on foot and caught the man in the act.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t immediately released, is being held in the Saginaw County Jail.

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Mom Who Joins Cheerleading Squad Pleads Insanity

2009, Feb 17th

Green Bay, WI — A 33-year-old woman accused of stealing her daughter’s identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wendy Brown faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in a Wisconsin high school as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown’s mother.

According to a federal complaint, Brown attended one day of classes, practiced with the cheerleading squad and went to a party at the coach’s house.

Brown also faces theft and forgery charges from an unrelated case, where she is accused of collecting money for an apartment she didn’t have authority to rent.

She could face up to nearly 13 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

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Man Offered Marijuana for McDonald’s Meal

2009, Feb 17th

onebillionstoned.gifVero Beach, FL — A McDonald’s cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.

Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

A Sheriff’s report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald’s or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana.

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Phone Book Typo Leads Customers To Phone Sex Line

2008, Apr 12th

WATERVILLE – A Postal Service spokesman said he wasn’t aware of any complaints from the public.

People calling the U.S. Postal Service using a toll-free number listed in a rural Maine phone book instead are connected to a sex line.

The incorrect number was published in the latest Somerset County-Moose River Valley edition of the EZ to Use Big Book. Instead of a postal employee, callers are routed to a sexually explicit recording.

According to Edward Kruger, general manager of the EZ to Use Big Book, a typo is to blame. He said about 20,000 phone books were printed with the error.

The phone books are produced by Pennsylvania-based Ogden Directories Inc., which publishes 73 phone directories in eight states.

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College Class Takes Field Trip To Vegas Brothel

2008, Apr 12th

chickenranch Pahrump, Nev. — Nicki Amouri hands her camera to a friend, throws her arm over another and smiles wide as she leans in for a shot with the monument her class came to visit.

It’s a typical field trip memento — except that Amouri is in a brothel. The monument is a fluffy, queen-sized bed in a Western-themed party room reserved for VIPs and big spenders.

Amouri was one of a dozen Randolph College students who toured the Chicken Ranch, a legal bordello in the desert 60 miles outside Las Vegas. Thursday’s class trip, which included seminars from the working girls, capped a course on American consumption and “the ideas that consume us.”

“I think it’s fascinating, this is fun for me,” said Amouri, a junior at the private liberal arts school in Lynchburg, Va., that until last year admitted only women. “Not many people get to do this.”

Academic and media inquiries are daily occurrences at many of Nevada’s 27 legal brothels. Some shy away from the scrutiny, others, like the Chicken Ranch, welcome the publicity.

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Collagen Hits The G-Spot

2008, Apr 12th

A collagen injection which is designed to enhance women’s pleasure around the G-spot is being launched in the UK.

The G-Shot, which is given under local anaesthetic and takes about half an hour, is being hailed as the latest lunchtime procedure.

A specially designed speculum is used to help direct the injection into the G-spot, with effects lasting around four months.

The £800 jab temporarily enlarges the G-spot to the size of a 10p in width and a quarter of an inch in height.

This makes the G-spot easier to locate and highly sensitive, which it is claimed could enhance sexual aousal and gratification.

The UK Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Centre in London’s Harley Street says it is the first in the UK to offer the jab.

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Oakland School Teaches How To Grow Pot

2008, Apr 12th

Another one for the masses ;POakland, Calif. – You know you’re in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye.

Welcome to Oaksterdam University, a new trade school where “higher education” takes on a whole new meaning.

The school prepares people for jobs in California’s thriving medical marijuana industry.

For $200 and the cost of two required textbooks, students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government.

The only prerequisite for the course is a Politics/Legal Issues 101 class.

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Vacuum Screamer

2008, Mar 29th

Vacuum ScreamerA US mother-of-three has invented a sex toy that connects to a vacuum cleaner to give an orgasm in just ten seconds.

The gadget, called Vortex Vibrations, works by concentrating the air flow to create a rapid and gentle vibration, reports the Sun.

Inventor Joanne Drysdale claims it can give multiple, back-to-back orgasms lasting up to a minute a time – and it does not even touch the skin.

The 49-year-old former toolmaker was cleaning her carpets when she came up with the idea for Vortex, which sells for £35 through lovehoney.co.uk.

She saw how a piece of rubber that had got caught in the nozzle was gently resonating in the air flow. She also felt a soft stimulation to her fingertips as she tried to remove the rubber.

At the time Joanne, from Utah, had not had sex for 15 years following her divorce.

She said: “In my attempts to alleviate frustration, I began to think what I could do. I noticed how the rubber moved in the top of the vacuum.

“After several hours, I came up with the prototype. The first time I tried it I reached an orgasm within 10 seconds.

“That was when I knew I was on to something that could potentially bring pleasure to all women.”

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Secret Stasi Pornographic Films Found

2008, Mar 29th

Grainy pornographic films made for officers of the People’s Army of former Communist East Germany have surfaced in the Stasi files in Berlin.

Movies with titles like Glass Dreams, Private Werner’s Big Surprise and F***ing for the Fatherland were made by a secret unit set up within a barracks of the army in Biesdorf in East Berlin.

While the west fretted about the Cold War turning hot, soldiers based at Biesdorf were measured all over to see if they were well-enough endowed to play in the blue movies that mimicked those of the west in both style and substance.

Officially, to the overlords of the politburo, pornography was a disease of capitalism that held no place in the socialist paradise behind the Berlin Wall.

Unofficially, 160 officers and men beavered away with 16mm cameras to produce pornographic movies that were shown to top brass of the army in East Germany and for visiting generals from other Warsaw Pact nations.

According to the Stasi files, an “amateur film circle” was set up in Biesdorf in 1982 to make the films.

Dietmar Schuertze, 57, who now works as a media spokesman for the modern-day Bundeswehr, was back then both a sound assistant and actor in the parade ground productions.

“They were made, essentially, in secret but nothing got done in that man’s army without the approval of the brass,” he said. “They were made for their consumption anyway.”

From a small nucleus of 12 privates, officers and civilian staff, the Biesdorf blue movie factory grew to 160 people, churning out short pornographic movies – short in both running time and imaginative plots .

But what they lacked in artistic taste they made up for in explicit action, according to Stasi file workers who have seen some of them. “Officers held garden parties with the movies where they came along out of lust or simple curiosity,” added Schuertze.

The women in the films were mostly locals supplementing meagre wages or rations by performing in them.

Some of the less shocking segments of the movies were shown on MDR TV on Wednesday night in Germany.

“I didn’t recognise myself,” said one soldier “Neither did my wife, thank God.”

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