Tag Archive | WTFery in the News

WTFery in the News: 06-Aug-2014

Boy, 6, drives toy ATV onto NYC parkway – Just last week I posted a link to an article about a 3 year old who crashed a car into a house. Well, I think I may have just found his older brother! This 6 year old decided to take his toy car onto a real highway:

A 6-year-old boy is safe after driving his toy ATV onto a New York City highway.
Authorities say the child rode the battery-powered toy onto the Bronx River Parkway around 7 p.m. Sunday.
He was on an outing with his family in a Mount Vernon park when he disappeared. Relatives immediately notified police.
The Journal News says that Westchester County police began receiving 911 calls less than an hour later about the boy. Police say he drove on a street near the park and took a ramp onto the parkway headed northbound.

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat
– A man decides – “just for the hell of it” – to tamper with food by inserting sewing needles in raw meats. Thank God no one was hurt.

The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop ‘n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer.
FBI Special Agent Daniel Cook, in an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, wrote that Shop ‘n Save alerted him July 9 of the tampering, which dated to May of last year, when a customer first reported finding a needle in a package of ground beef. Roughly four months later, Cook wrote, a store employee found a needle sticking out of a package of pork chops. Customers later reported finding needles in everything from ground beef to roasts and steaks.

WTFery in the News: 05-Aug-2014

Utah man fired after boss complains blog post about homophones made school sound gay – An Educator/Blogger gets fired from his job after writing a blog post explaining “homophones.” The reason? Fear that the ‘school is going to be associated with homosexuality.” O_O Bwahhahahahahahahaha. No. I want to refuse to believe that anyone is that stupid. But alas, I’m sure they are.

A “social media strategist” for a Utah school serving foreign students said he was fired after his school’s owner reprimanded him for the allegedly gay connotations of a blog post concerning homophones, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported.

“People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.” the owner, Clarke Woodger, allegedly told Tim Torkildson while firing him last week.

“I’m letting you go because I can’t trust you,” Woodger allegedly said. “This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.”

Woodger also allegedly complained that he didn’t know what homophones — words that sound identical while having different meanings and spellings — were, and that it was the kind of “advanced stuff” Nomen did not teach its students. He also accused Torkildson of not being reliable enough to continue working for the school.

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WTFery in the News: 04-Aug-2014

Girl Spent 9 Years in Garage, Fed Only Bread and Water by Foster Parents in Cult – This just shows that all the foster systems need a LOT of work. A lot.

When officers removed the girl from the garage she weighed fewer than 45 pounds. Reportedly, her foster parents only fed her bread and water during her entire nine year captivity.

The girl said she had only been outside of the garage twice, and was kept in the garage with a monkey and dog. The girl claimed that whenever her foster parents would feed the animals—seemingly leftovers of their own meals—she would be physically abused if she tried to eat any. The foster parents have since been arrested and charged with abuse and slavery. The girl is recuperating in intensive care in a Buenos Aires hospital.

Think your HOA is strict? Try an Asian city – I live in an HOA community…and it’s quite annoying most of the time. I could not imagine having to deal with THIS:

Crystal Nanavati, a blogger from Boston who moved to Singapore in 2010, once got a visit from a “mosquito inspector” who wanted to check for stagnant water in her home. The inspector examined her balconies, bathrooms and planters, looking for areas ripe for mosquitoes — carriers of the deadly dengue fever. Though he didn’t find anything that warranted the standard $200 fine, he noted a vase of dying flowers from her recent wedding anniversary. “He told me to deal with the flowers that day,” says Nanavati, who lives in a 1,400-square-foot apartment in the central district near Orchard Road with her husband and children. “That the state can come in and evaluate your house, even for a public health risk, is awkward at best.”

In some of Asia’s fastest-growing and most densely populated cities, developers, building managers and municipal authorities have implemented a variety of rules and regulations to keep residential life running smoothly. That can mean strict guidelines governing everything from cooking to pet ownership to elevator use — a bewildering tangle of laws for expats and other new arrivals.

WTFery in the News: 01-Aug-2014

Mom Leaves Kids In Car To Perform Oral Sex On Boyfriend: Cops – Dear God. I have no words.

A Louisiana woman faces child desertion charges after deputies said she admitted leaving her children unattended in her parked car while she performed oral sex on her boyfriend in his car, according to KBMT.

Police were called to the scene after someone reported the kids, ages 5 and 7, alone in the car around midnight. Calcasieu Parish deputies found Princess Marks, 25, of Lake Charles, in her boyfriend’s car nearby.

Marks told deputies that she was unable to see the children or her SUV from her boyfriend’s vehicle. She was arrested and later released on $5,000.

Her children were placed in the care of other family members.

9-Year-Old’s Body Sat in Mom’s Fridge for Months – This isn’t the first time that a mother has been in trouble for keeping and illegally storing the body(s) of her deceased children – but it is the most disgusting so far. The mother of this poor child kept her body in the refrigerator.

The emaciated body of a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been found stuffed in her mom’s refrigerator. Amber Keyes, 34, discovered her daughter Ayahna Comb wasn’t breathing in January and “decided to clear out a drawer in the refrigerator and place her body in there,” a Child Protective Services rep said at a hearing yesterday, according to the Houston Chronicle. A family friend recently saw the body and alerted police, who found her 14-pound body, “in the beginning stages of decomposition,” in a search of the apartment Monday. A grim detail: The girl’s 5-year-old sister had apparently discovered the body, wrapped in blankets, earlier while searching for a snack, a child advocate caseworker said.

Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush – This is freaking hilarious! Looks like flying Australia is where it’s at.

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”.

The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane’s toilets, News Ltd reported.

WTFery in the News: 31-Jul-2014

Me, through my children’s eyes – This has to be one of the most heartwarming posts I’ve seen in a few weeks. A mother finds a photo of herself on her phone and she is disgusted and ashamed of how she looks. Then she talks to her children – not only did her son take the picture, he thought she looked beautiful and wonderful. Her daughter chimes in that she feels her mom’s picture is so nice that she could be in a postcard. LOVE this. This woman’s children helped her to see the beauty that she has instead of focusing on flaws. LOVE.
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WTFery in the News: 29-Jul-2014

Sabina Altynbekova Is Too Beautiful To Play Volleyball, Critics Say – This story just pisses me off. Sabina Altynbekova is quite adorable. There’s no denying that – but to say that she should not be allowed to live out her dreams – because of her “unbearable” attractiveness – it’s just going waaaay more than one step too far. It’s beyond the pale and it shows that women are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. 😦
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WTFery in the News: 07/24/14

Indian doctors remove 232 teeth from teenager’s mouth after he complained of toothache – And this story is what dental nightmares are made of. A young man goes to a dentist with a toothache…and ends up having to have a seven hour procedure to remove 232 teeth! *shudders*

Doctors in India were stunned to find that a teen complaining of toothache had a world record 232 fangs inside his mouth.
Ashik Gavai, 17, visited Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai after feeling pain in the right side of his mouth.
At first, medics couldn’t diagnose the issue.
But a series of tests then revealed there was an abnormal growth on the second molar on his lower right jaw.

After further investigation, doctors were shocked to find scores of tiny teeth popping out.
“These pearlies were of varying sizes, some as tiny as a grain of mustard and some the size of a marble,” said Dr Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital’s dental department, according to the India Times.
Medics at Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai spent seven hours hammering and chiseling out the teeth.
“At the final count, we had a total of 232 of them. The fact that it was coming from a single molar was very unique,” she added.

Medics spent seven hours chiseling and hammering the teeth out – one-by-one.