Boot to the head

Via UPI:
A footprint imprinted onto the face of an assault victim in Salford, England, may lead to the capture of the victim's assailants, police say.

Police said Wednesday the injury to 33-year-old Johnathan Robinson's forehead clearly shows the imprint of a shoe or boot worn by one of the men who attacked the bar owner this week, The Daily Mail said.

Robinson was attacked Monday by four assailants while leaving his Golden Lion bar and robbed of nearly $3,600 of his bar's earnings. One of the assailants stomped on Robinson's face during the robbery, prompting the bar owner to lose consciousness.

After Robinson's body was discovered, he was taken to an area hospital for treatment for various injuries including a broken leg.

While police are treating the attack as an attempted homicide, Robinson says he is simply ready to put the entire incident behind him.


25 random things about me.

From Ken via Facebook:
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

(By the way I'm not expecting any of you to do this. You poor souls were the ones I decided to torture. I blame Allison and Linda for this shi.. mess...)

1) I'm an only child, and I'm spoiled rotten.
2) I've grown to be a very self-centric person. What’s in it for me?
3) I don't really like to be around people I don't already know. Makes getting to know new people a bitch, but I don't mind.
4) I enjoy watching bad 'B' movies from the Sci-Fi channel that are usually on at 3am.
5) Continuing from above, thank goodness for DVRs.
6) I watched professional wrasslin since the Championship Wrestling from Florida with Gordon Solie.
7) I suck at melee fighting, even though I've studied martial arts.
8) I used to play paper RPGs in high-school and college, even though it was frowned upon by other family members.
9) I've been in one wreck in my life, and it was do to me avoiding a cyclist.
10) I enjoy cable tv more than network tv, especially the Discovery channel.
11) I enjoy breakfast for dinner.
12) I enjoy cold pizza for breakfast. However, it has to be take-out/delivery pizza, because frozen pizzas don't re-heat as well.
13) I've planned trips around food stops.
14) I'm fat. I was born fat. I grew up fat. I stayed fat. Diet doesn't work. Exercise doesn't work. If I have to go out large, damn it, I’m gonna at least go out eating and doing what I want.
15) I hate discussing religion and politics, because no matter how good your debate and facts are, you aren't changing someone's mind once it has been made. All you are doing is expelling hot air.
16) I've paid off every car I've owned.
17) I enjoy playing MMO games for the game content, not the people. Kinda like hating people but loving gatherings.
18) I tend to quote movies I've seen..
19) One of my inherent skills is being able to analyze a person and say the things that will cut them to the core.
20) I am prepared for the impending zombie apocalypse.
21) Never smoked and have no desire to.
22) I don’t really care for professional sports. I mean I’ll watch it, but I don’t become emotionally invested.
23) I don’t practice organized religion. I prefer my time with my God to be one-on-one, not dictated by convention.
24) I don’t really enjoy my job anymore, even though I’m damn good at it.
25) I don't dance. Don't ask.


Somebody's Watching Me

Kick ass remake of Rockwell's 80's hit "Somebody's Watching Me" by Mysto & Pizzi. It is now being heard in the Geico "cash" commercials. Download the mp3 here.


A new president


Ever feel like you are just an inanimate object floating through a void of nothingness, getting pounded by debris, never moving on your own, held in the same motion or place by an invisible hand? No? Just Me? Figures. *shrug*


Hello from Mars. Pull my finger.

From Houston Chronicle:
Scientists using Earth-based telescopes have taken detailed measurements of the gas methane on Mars, a finding that supports the possibility of underground life on the Red Planet.

The concentrations found by scientists from NASA and other U.S. institutions are consistent with methane plumes produced by underground microbes on Earth.

“It might be evidence of biology below the surface,” said Michael Mumma, director of the Center for Astrobiology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and lead author of the methane study published today in the journal Science.

The new study found that concentrations of the gas varied greatly by location and season on Mars.

The largest plume found by the scientists contained about 19,000 metric tons of methane, which is comparable to the methane produced at the large hydrocarbon seep Coal Oil Point in California, where underwater bacteria produce methane by processing hydrocarbons.



RIP Ricardo Montalban

May there be much soft, corinthian leather for you in your heavenly Cordoba!


The perils of hair styling

From Metro UK:
It's a medical mystery that surgeons never got to the bottom of in a hospital casualty room - how a woman patient ended up with a can of hairspray up her backside.

Mirela Gradinaru, 37, turned up at the clinic in Arad, western Romania, in agony begging doctors to help her.

But she refused to say just how the can came to be there even after a successful, delicate operation to remove the aerosol.

Doctor Mirandolina Prisca explained: "We had X-rays done to localise the object and then we carried out the operation. The patient was fine after it."

"She was very embarrassed. She was clearly in a lot of pain, however it got there.

"This was not just a little can of deodorant, this was a massive can of hairspray," said one hospital worker.

So, there was this can of hairspray, and I tripped while hair styling, and it just went right on in. Yup, that's the story.


Gimme back my kidney, biatch!

From NY Daily News:
Richard Batista can live with his broken heart. He just can't bear his cheating wife living with his healthy kidney.

The Long Island doctor wants the one-time love of his life to pay $1.5 million for the organ he bestowed on her eight years ago in a gift meant to save her life and their foundering marriage.

Batista charged his wife, Dawnell, repaid his gesture by first sleeping with her physical therapist - and then denying him access to their three kids in an increasingly bitter divorce.

Adding to his anguish, Batista insists his decision to donate his kidney in 2001 was in part a failed effort to rescue their troubled relationship.

"My first priority was to save her life," the 49-year-old doctor said. "The second bonus was to turn our marriage around."

Successful surgery followed at a Minnesota hospital on June 28, 2001. Batista said he was looking forward to happier times with his now-healthy bride - but his hopes proved futile.

"Nothing changed," he said.

Batista insisted his cash-for-kidney claim was a direct result of his wife's behavior. He said he hasn't seen his three daughters - ages 14, 11 and 8 - in months.

"This is my last resort," Batista said. "I didn't want to be in the public eye."

Despite the animosity, Batista insisted he would donate the kidney all over again to his hopefully soon-to-be-ex. He fondly recalls a visit to her room on the day after surgery.


Asking your boss for time off to see the big game.

A veteran Florida congressman wants a break after only two days back on the job. Republican Cliff Stearns says he wants to go to a football game in Miami on Thursday.

Stearns has written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking her to move votes scheduled for Thursday evening and Friday so House members from Florida and Oklahoma can go to the Bowl Championship Series national title game between No. 2 Florida and No. 1 Oklahoma.

Pelosi's office says she won't agree to the request. Among the votes to be considered Thursday afternoon is certification of the Electoral College vote that gives Barack Obama the presidency.

Stearns didn't attend the University of Florida in Gainesville but it's in his district. The game is being played in Miami.

That congressional job getting you down? That's okay, nothing important to do there. Are you ready for some football?