Thursday, March 09, 2006

Some Short News Stories...

-Everyone trips and falls, but one art lover in Cambridge, England, had an epic stumble late last month. The visitor at Fitzwilliam Museum reportedly fell down a flight of stairs and crashed into a display of Qing dynasty Chinese vases. The visitor was uninjured, but the priceless vases, which date from the late 17th or early 18th century, were left in pieces. "It was a most unfortunate and regrettable accident," museum director Duncan Robinson told the Reuters news service, "but we are glad that the visitor involved was able to leave the museum unharmed."

-For shame: A Florida state senator wants to use embarrassment as a tool against drunken driving. Mike Fasano proposed that license plates issued to drivers convicted of drunken driving offenses should begin with "DUI" and be pink. "Maybe it will embarrass people and keep them from drinking and driving," Mr. Fasano said. "Maybe they'll think twice." Of course, the ACLU disagrees. Larry Spalding, a legislative counsel for the group, said it opposed anything that would heap ridicule atop punishment for drunk drivers.

- New Jersey may be tired of being made fun of, but a recent campaign to spruce up the state's image with a new slogan might not be having its intended effect. While a vast majority of the slogan suggestions from New Jersey citizens have been positive, some have reflected a sarcastic flair for self-denigration. Slogans perpetuating New Jersey's image of political corruption probably won't help the state's tourism business. "New Jersey: We can always use another relative on the payroll," and "Why should death end your voting rights?" were two entries that probably won't get much consideration. Neither will one suggestion that heaped scorn on the state's environmental record: "Come to New Jersey—it's not as bad as it smells."

-At least one hunter didn't have to spend hours in a deer stand to bag a five-point buck. Wayne Goldsberry was staying at his daughter's Bentonville, Ark., home when he heard the sounds of glass breaking from a back bedroom. When he went to investigate, he discovered a five-point buck had crashed through a window and into the home. When the animal blazed past him into the master bedroom, he told his wife to call police. But instead of waiting for police, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound man eventually wrestled the deer to the ground, broke its neck, and in the struggle suffered only bruises from being kicked. Mr. Goldsberry butchered the animal and packed the venison in a freezer.

These are just a couple of interesting news stories of the past few weeks... :) Read more at World Magazine.com.

Oh, by the way, this is my 100th blog post! Next stop, 150!

9 Comments:

  • Hehe. That license plate one is funny!
    I think that's a little scary to be wrestling a deer I mean come on!!!

    Yeah, happy 100th post-day! I'm only on number 3 ^^

    By Blogger Emily, at 11:25 PM  

  • MVB,
    Good stories. :)

    I really like World Magazine. It always has good information.

    I have a question: Why do you have your astrological sign and zodiac year listed on your profile?

    Zachary

    By Blogger Wholesome Works, at 12:18 AM  

  • Oneway Purpose is now linking to you.

    Oh my, that License Plate thing amused me. :P

    By Anonymous David Boskovic, at 7:22 AM  

  • Whats with pink DUI? If they're compleately stoned anyways, they won't remember or know what it means.

    And the guy that killed the deer, he must be really strong.

    By Blogger Palm boy, at 8:43 AM  

  • Yay!! 100th blog post. Those were weird stroies...

    By Blogger Kaitlin, at 9:02 AM  

  • Well, Zachary, I still have my astrological sign and zodiac year in my profile because I don't know how to get rid of them... :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:36 AM  

  • Congratulations on your 100th post! Interesting stories, most of them are funny with a bit of the tragic in them.

    I am not absolutely sure, but I think you can take your astrological sign and zodiac year off by not listing your birth date. You might try it.

    Thank you for linking to Study.Quiet!

    By Blogger Elizabeth Ellen Moore, at 10:21 AM  

  • Happy 100th-post birthday!!

    Uh...yeah...congratulations.

    By Anonymous Aly, at 2:04 PM  

  • Good job, Elizabeth.
    That would have been my guess too.

    MVB,

    I forgot, congratulations on your 100th post

    Thank you for linking to me and you're now on my links.

    Zachary

    By Blogger Wholesome Works, at 4:03 PM  

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