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Take Two & Call Me In The Morning July 27, 2009

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 9:35 am
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Today’s WTF moment in the news comes out of Austria. Appearantly a man in Orlea, southern Romania ended up pretty constipated and took a unique set of steps to deal with it.
Dr Cristina Bontescu, spokeswoman for the local hospital where he turned up at the emergency unit, said: “He was a bit drunk and said he had been eating cherries that had left him badly constipated. He said he had a few drinks to dull the pain and then came up with the idea of poking a hammerhead up his backside in the hope of sorting out the constipation.

“But the hammerhead got stuck and then he came up with the idea of using a second hammerhead in order to try and get out the first – but then he lost the second one as well.”
 The doctors ended up having to surgically remove the hammer heads. It just goes to show that sometimes being anal-retentive really can be a hazzard to your health. [Heavy metal cure for constipation]

First Look At The Plot To The “Asteroids” Movie July 24, 2009

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 12:35 pm
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Around the start of this month Universal Pictures announced that they were going to be adapting Atari’s classic 1979 video game Asteroids into a full length feature film.
IGN was able to ask producer Lornezo di Bonaventura while he was in London promoting the upcoming G.I. Joe movie, and he had this to say about it:
It’s funny because people say there’s nothing in the game, but that’s not entirely right” he explained. “I was attracted to Asteroids, plain and simple, because I think what it tells you is that there’s going to be this big thing in space.”

“We’ve crafted a really strong, deep mythology for the thing. Without divulging too much about it, it’s two lead characters – two brothers – who have to go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop.”
But what of the title’s point-and-shoot gameplay? “Well you’d better have some guys in spaceships blowing stuff up” he continued “or else you haven’t honoured the fun of Asteroids.”

File Under WTF Mate

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 12:10 pm
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Ummm… yeah… Handerpants… Appearantly they have a video up on their webstie as well, but the computer I’m posting this from doesn’t want to play it.  Oh, and “Features” for the Handerpants?
  • Fits Most Hands
  • Breathable Cotton
  • Form Fitting
  • Prevents Chafing
  • Absorbs Sweat
  • Distracts Enemies
  • Non Toxic
  • Great For Jazz Hands
  • Prevents Chafing? Distracts Enemies? Great For Jazz Hands? I can understand distracting your enemies, as soon as they saw you wearing these they wouldn’t be able to stop laughing… but personally, my stock hands work pretty well on their own for the entire jazz hand bit… and I’ve never really had to worry about chafing with my hands…

    Prominent Black Professor Arrested in Own Home for Being Black July 21, 2009

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    (imported from old site)

    The Washington Post brings us a story about Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a prominent literary critic and professor at Harvard and editor-in-cheif of who was arrested in his own house after a neighbor called the police on him thinking he was his burglarizing house. Appearntly his locks had been tampered with and he ended up having to push the door in to get it to open. According to the article things just went down from there.
    Gates’s home is owned by Harvard so he picked up the phone to call the university’s real estate maintenance office. Before he could finish the conversation, a police officer was standing on his porch and asking him to come out of the house. “Instinctively, I knew I was not to step outside,” Gates said, describing the officer’s tone as threatening. Gates said the policeman, who was in his 30s and several inches taller than him, followed him into his kitchen where Gates retrieved his identification.

    “I was thinking, this is ridiculous, but I’m going to show him my ID, and this guy is going to get out of my house,” Gates said. “This guy had this whole narrative in his head. Black guy breaking and entering.”

    After handing the officer both his Harvard and Massachusetts state identification, which included his address, Gates said he began to ask the officer this question, repeatedly. “I said ‘Who are you? I want your name and badge number.’ I got angry.”

    According to Gates’s account, the officer refused to give it. The police report says, however, that the officer identified himself.

    While Gates ended up having spending four hours in the jail before he was released on bail, the charges were later dropped by the Middlesex County district attorney’s office, upon the recommendation of the city of Cambridge and the Cambridge Police Department, calling the incident “regrettable and unfortunate”