Wednesday, July 29, 2015


…It’s Wednesday, peaceful and beautiful out on the lake where there isn’t a solitary boat anywhere to be seen.

…Today I am going to court and writing poetry.  How’s that for a mixed bag?
…Speaking of mixed bags, there’s a lot of strange stuff that goes on around the world.
See for yourself:


It's a story that's getting a lot of buzz.
A bomb squad blew up a briefcase and other suspicious items in a Pittsburgh man's car Monday after he robbed a bank, police said.
With a sex toy. Specifically, a vibrator.
Aaron Stein, 35, faces a preliminary hearing June 25 in Allegheny County Magisterial District Court on nine felony counts including aggravated assault, robbery, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and the unusual charge of possessing a facsimile weapon of mass destruction, according to court documents.
That last one would be the vibrator.
Stein was arrested after a PNC Bank in the Pittsburgh suburb of Crafton was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Monday. Crafton Police Chief Mark Sumpter told NBC station WPXI of Pittsburgh that Stein "stated he had a bomb, showed the teller wires hanging out from his shirt and demanded cash."
The robber drove off in a white Toyota, which was pulled over on a ramp to northbound Interstate 79 by Robinson Township police, Sumpter said.
Officers found money in a garbage bag, and beneath the front passenger seat, they found the device Stein is accused of having used in the bank robbery — "a makeshift box he made out of a box, black tape, vibrator and cellphone," Sumpter said.
A bomb squad dog checked the device and a briefcase that officers found in the car. Both were detonated as a precaution, police said.


A squirrel has become an online sensation after it was reportedly "detained" when a woman called police to complain it was stalking her.
The panicked woman was unable to shake the rodent in the western German city of Bottrop, so turned to the authorities in desperation on Wednesday, police told Reuters.
North-Rhine Westphalia police took in the squirrel and found it was suffering exhaustion.
Officers were helping the animal recover by feeding it pieces of apple and honey tea. A video uploaded to the police force's Facebook page showing the animal being fed had been watched 400,000 times by Friday morning.
The animal will be transferred to a local animal shelter once it has recovered, according to Reuters.


MAINZ, Germany - Flour worms, crickets and migratory grasshoppers could soon be on menus in Switzerland.
The Alpine country's government is in the final stages of passing a new law which would introduce the "delicacies" as officially permitted food. Until now, insects have not been recognized in Europe as edible food products.
"Following a request in parliament by the environmental Greens party, we are evaluating whether these three insects can be incorporated in our revised law," Michael Beer, deputy director at Switzerland's federal food safety and veterinary office (BLV), told NBC News.
The political party is advocating reduced meat consumption for Swiss society.
"Insects are climate friendly and are a good protein source," said Urs Scheuss, a spokesman for the Greens in Bern.
Scheuss' party even held an insect-tasting session in parliament to support its case.


The owners of a Bay Area nudist resort have been charged with stealing water during the state's historic drought.
Seventy-seven-year old Glyn Stout and his wife 53-year-old Lori Kay Stout, co-owners of Lupin Lodge, were charged Friday with felony conspiracy to commit trespassing for the purpose of injuring a property right. Officials say they repeatedly diverted water from a section of a local creek that they did not own, according to a statement from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office.
Employees are also facing charges. If convicted, all four could face up to three years in county jail.
The resort's owners have said they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire. They were not immediately available for comment Friday.

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