Friday, January 30, 2009

Evolution -REWIND


2008 Darwin Awards

Yes, it's that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.

Here are the glorious top 10 winners:

1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach , California , would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked. And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Sarare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief in the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, 'Yes, officer, that's her. that's the lady I stole the purse from.'

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti , Michigan , at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away. [A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage.. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yaya Who?

Yesterday we were walking down the street, when Matilda glanced at a shop window and excitedly exclaimed "Look! It's Yaya! I found Yaya!"

What she had actually seen was this:

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I have to admit it looks a lot more like my mum than the last sighting Matilda had!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Not a baby anymore

We've got some new pets! Matilda chose three of the fish, and named them Rosie, Posie and Christopher (yes, really.) I chose the other three, and she doesn't care what they are called, because they are "Mummy's." Any naming suggestions welcome. The cat likes them, what do you think?


Kid News:
Today's discussion:
Me: Matilda, are you a cute girl?
Matilda: No, I'm a clever girl.
Me: You're clever AND cute.
Matilda: No, I'm not cute.
Me: I think you are.
Matilda: No, I'm not.
Me: Why aren't you cute?
Matilda: Because it's a BOG!

Philip decided to feed his dinner to Matilda last night; he completed his performance with encouraging sounds after every spoonful, such as "Mouf!" (In your mouth!) "Mmmm... Nice!" and "Clever Boy!"
Have a look:


On other news, thanks to everyone who decided to sponsor my weightloss. I fell slightly off my goal of losing 20 lbs by Christmas, I managed to lose 19 lbs -not bad. If you want, you can use the chip-in widget to pay, or just make a donation to Reece's Rainbow and specify it's for Anna's Sponsored Weightloss. Thanks! (Peter likes pointing out that since I started the diet I have lost 2 and 3/4 Dominos -the cat affectionately known as "the Cow.")

Having our Annual Bath (No, I didn't just say that!)


Aaaah, sibling love...