Facebook: Making Wishes Come True!
In Phoenix, Arizona, Amy McClenathan found out the hard way that Facebook indeed has the power to make wishes come true. A single sentence posted as a status update changed her life forever. She said, “It was a very small sentence, but it was one of the most powerful sentences I’ve ever typed in my life.” It seems Amy was having a rough day near the one year anniversary of her mother’s death and was simply not in the mood to be at work. So she posted, “I wish I could get fired some days, it would be easier to be at home than to have to go through this.” Her supervisor at work saw the post and granted Amy’s wish. She was fired the following day. It gets worse. Amy says she has since been blacklisted from her industry due to all the negative publicity she’s received and has been unable to get full time work since her firing. Her advice to you: “Don’t put it on social media. It never goes away and it can ruin your life!” (Arizona Family)
Georgia Sued For Blocking “GAYGUY” Vanity Plate!
An Atlanta man is suing the state of Georgia after his application for a vanity license plate that he said described his sexual orientation was denied. All three of 30-year-old James Cyrus Gilbert’s proposed license plates were turned down including 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR and GAYGUY. Georgia offers drivers the opportunity to purchase “prestige license plates” for their cars for an extra $35 fee but prohibits any tag that “may adversely affect public safety or is offensive, profane, or defamatory in nature.” All three phrases requested by Gilbert are on the state’s “bad tag” list, said the lawsuit, which claims Georgia has violated his First Amendment right to free speech. Gilbert said, “I am a gay man. I am a taxpayer. I pay my bills just like everyone else. If I want to have ‘GAYGUY’ or ‘GAYPOWER’ on my license plate, I should be able to do that.” Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens won’t comment but Mr. Gilbert’s attorney, Cynthia Counts, is more than happy to. She said, “You could understand curse words [being banned], but there’s just no rational reason for this.” (Ananova)
German Soldiers Growing Breasts?
An alarming new military report published in the journal German Medical Science finds that dozens of male soldiers in the Wachbataillon unit are suddenly growing breasts! Doctors say it’s because of the intricate rifle drills they perform which are stimulating their male mammary glands. The director of plastic surgery at the military hospital in Berlin, Professor Bjorn Krapohl, said it’s likely the repeated slapping of the soldiers’ rifles on the left side of their chests during drills stimulates the glands to produce hormones, which creates the one-sided-boob effect. At least 35 soldiers have been stricken with the condition, called one-sided gynecomastia, which has prompted German military officials to consider changing the way in which the battalion performs drills. (Huffington Post)
Your Tail Can’t Hide Your True Feelings!
Call it the mood ring of modern times. Japanese inventor Shota Ishiwatari has created “Tailly,” a robotic tail to be worn by humans that reacts with the wearer’s heart rate and wags rapidly when the wearer becomes excited– pretty much just like a dog. When the wearer has a normal heartbeat the tail just hangs there. But Ishiwatari needs an investor. He’s currently seeking $100,000 in funding for the technological tail after a failed drive on Kickstarter. He insists the Tailly is not a mere toy, a fashion accessory or a gadget but has real world applications like helping couples who have trouble expressing their true feelings. And as nutty as this all seems, Tailly is not the only robotic tail currently in development. The company behind Tailly is also working on “Shippo,” a robotic tail that uses brainwaves instead of heartbeats. (Huffington Post)
Why Am I Still Awake?
In a bizarre and tragic incident in Kansas City, 93-year-old Harry Irwin has been charged with killing his 95-year-old wife by stabbing her to death. He tried to kill himself as well but was unsuccessful. Detectives say Irwin had apparently slit his wrists and plunged a knife into his chest. While his wife Grace Irwin was pronounced dead at the scene, Harry was raced to the hospital and allegedly told paramedics, “Yes, I killed her then killed myself. Why am I awake?” A daughter of the couple found Grace Irwin bleeding on a bed and Harry Irwin laying still in a recliner with knife in his hand. Irwin said he tried to stab himself in the heart but he must have aimed too low and hit a rib. By way of explanation he said his wife was arguing and screaming at him all night and that he couldn’t take it anymore. (Sky News)
Worst. Parents. Period!
A Steubenville, Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three young children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and with only a square cut in the top for air. Prosecutors say the children, ages 5, 6 and 8, were crammed into the boxes as punishment on June 16 at the family home while the parents went to the grocery store and left two uncles at home with them. A friend of the family arrived at the house, got the children out of the boxes and contacted police. Their father, James Taylor, pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment and one count of unlawful restraint. He’ll spend a year in jail. His wife, Samantha Taylor, the children’s stepmother, pleaded guilty to the same charges and likely will serve two years of probation. The two uncles pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and were sentenced to a year of probation. Prosecutors said they helped put the children in the boxes, with one of them cutting the air holes. Authorities said the children were in the boxes for about 15 to 30 minutes, with square holes cut out of the lids to expose the top part of their faces. While this was apparently the first time for the box punishments, prosecutors said it was part of a cycle of abuse by the parents that included having weights dropped on their feet. The children are now living with relatives and reportedly doing well. (Yahoo News)
Saddest Birthday Ever!
Not everybody has a happy birthday. Authorities in St. Petersburg, Florida say Oscar Jenkins was celebrating his 76th birthday all alone when he had to be rescued from his apartment after a pan of macaroni and cheese caught fire on his stove. Apparently Jenkins fell asleep on his recliner with the mac and cheese still cooking on the stove. Jerome Williams was visiting his mother in the apartment next door when he smelled smoke and heard an alarm. Williams says he found Jenkins’ apartment filled with smoke and drenched with water from the sprinkler system. He took Jenkins next door as rescue crews arrived. Happy Birthday Mr. Jenkins. Here’s hoping number 77 is a little nicer. (Florida 10News)
Match Never Said Anything About Him Wanting To Stab Me!
In Las Vegas, a Match.com hook-up almost cost Mary Kay Beckman her life. As a result, Beckman is suing the romance website for $10 million, alleging they don’t do enough to keep violent offenders off its site after she met a man who attempted to kill her. Beckman told reporters, “He broke into my garage. When the police arrested him, he said he wasn’t there to hurt me. He was there to kill me. His intent was to kill me that night.” Beckman had been using Match.com for two months when she met Wade Ridley. After just eight days, Beckman ended the relationship, causing Ridley to turn violent. Later, in 2011, Ridley stabbed her 10 times with a butcher knife and stomped on her head when the knife broke. The 50-year-old real estate agent and mother of two said the attack left her hospitalized for months. She endured three head surgeries and a seizure. While she was in the hospital, Beckman said Ridley killed an Arizona woman he met on the same website. Now Beckman is pushing for a disclaimer on Match.com that says “One in five are part of an attempted murder or one in five are killed!” Match.com characterized Beckman’s statement as “absurd.” In their own statement the website said: “The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is. And while that doesn’t make what happened in this case any less awful, this is about a sick, twisted individual with no prior criminal record, not an entire community of men and women looking to meet each other.” (FOX News)
This article was written by CARL LAMAR