Category Archives: mixed bag

Six Figure Water Bill

Imagine opening your water bill to see a six-figure charge on the paper. It happened to a man in Buckeye, AZ

Jerry Bryant, who owns a home near Sun Valley Parkway and the Interstate 10, says the City of Buckeye is asking him to pay nearly $441,000. He says he got the bill while no one was staying in the home.

Over the last several months, dozens of Buckeye residents have complained of mysterious spikes in their water bills, but this one is the highest so far. The bill claims he used over 26 million gallons last month.  “I may have to look for somebody to run my new marina out there. I only own an acre and a half and 26 million gallons of water, there’s got to be a lake down there someplace,” said Bryant.

The city’s mayor faces a recall effort because of a series of huge water bills to even more residents. Most of those are between $600 and $1,200.
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Bryant’s bill comes after another high one the previous month, over $3,000. He had the property checked out at the time and found no leaks. Admitting an error, the city replaced his meter and gave him a refund. Then he got this bill. He says he couldn’t believe it when he opened the envelope.

“Since I had just had triple bypass surgery, I was afraid I might have a heart attack. I never received a bill of any kind with so many numbers on it,” said Bryant.

He says he called the City of Buckeye last Monday and says so far he has not received a callback.

Yoda VS Your Pet

A California pet owner captured video of his two French bulldogs facing off against their new nemesis — a mechanical toy Yoda.

Stefan Moore posted a pair of videos to YouTube showing French bulldogs Tubbs and Crockett encountering the mechanical Star Wars toy, which speaks in Yoda’s voice and moves its body as if it were in a lightsaber battle.
Video Here

This story got my interest so I checked on more Yoda VS animals. The first battle was Yoda VS puppies, so I found a battle between Yoda and a full grown bulldog.
Yoda VS Roscoe the bulldog

Yoda Training Cats

Stop For Food During Police Chase

Authorities say a man in Phoenix didn’t go to jail hungry after making a stop at a fast food restaurant as he led Arizona police on a car chase.


Police tried to arrest the man for an outstanding warrant Wednesday night and then kept tabs on him with a helicopter as he drove through parts of Phoenix and two suburbs, including his stop at an In-N-Out Burger to get food.

News video showed the truck at the fast food restaurant but no police in the immediate area.

The man then drove into a neighborhood and dashed in a backyard, where officers took him into custody.

Jail records show that the 35-year-old Joshua Adkins was booked on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment.

Cops Mistaken For Strippers

Cops were mistaken for strippers in Germany when they arrived at a party tent in the southwestern town of Bendorf after a birthday party got a bit too loud.

They were cheered by the ladies who thought they were strippers dressed as cops. Several attempts to explain to the “approximately 10 tipsy women” that the officers were genuine law enforcement “were completely unsuccessful,” police added.

Revelers posed for pictures with the officers and female party-goers asked for hugs with the men in uniform. But the two professionals needed something for their police report — routine procedure — and asked for the birthday girl’s phone number.

“This boosted the amusement of the ladies sky high,” police said in a statement. It added that the women eventually turned down the music once they spotted the police vehicle outside the tent and realized the officers were not there to dance.

Moral of the story: When you see a cop don’t automatically assume he will strip for you.

Cop Stripper Page

Swallowing Knives Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

You may be wondering if swallowing knives can be hazardous to your health. A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra stated. “We were so nervous… a small mistake could have taken the patient’s life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it.”

doctorMalhotra said it took his team about two days to form a diagnosis and surgery plan. The five-hour operation took place in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, a Sikh holy city in the state. Malhotra said they found foldable knives, which when fully extended were about seven inches long.
 “He [the patient] says he swallowed some knives folded, and some unfolded. When we took out the knives — some were found folded, some were open, and some had even started rusting and were broken,” Malhotra said. The patient, a 42-year-old father of two, said he’s feeling much better. “I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life,” he said.

 “I don’t know why I used to swallow knives,” the patient said. “I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted … how people get addicted to alcohol and other things, my situation was similar.” Malhotra believes the patient has a very rare mental disorder that most likely has not been published in any international medical journal. The patient won’t be discharged until he’s cleared by psychiatrists.

This proves swallowing knives is dangerous to your physical and mental health. You are welcome for this scientific information.

Breast Walk Protest

Dozens of bra wearing men and women have staged a breast walk protest in Hong Kong after a woman was jailed for assaulting a senior policeman with her breast. Ng Lai-ying, 30, had accused Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po of touching her breast during a protest in March.

But the court had ruled against her, saying she deliberately pushed her breast against him so she could accuse him of assault. She was sentenced to three months and 15 days in prison. About 200 people joined the breast walk protest outside police headquarters in Wan Chai, either wearing exposed bras or waving them  yelling “a breast is not a weapon”.

Those protesting on Sunday said the ruling was ridiculous. Retired teacher James Hon, who noted it was his first time wearing a bra, told AFP news agency: “We have come to this rather odd method to tell the world how ridiculous it is.” “The ruling is absurd. How can breasts be a weapon?” said activist Ng Cheuk-ling, saying she feared it would deter women from taking part in political protest.

Armed Students Take Grade Book

Two boys have been arrested in Serbia after allegedly donning masks and storming their classroom to steal their teacher’s grade book.

Police said in a statement they had apprehended the Grade 7 pupils and seized a replica handgun, a knife, a balaclava cap and pair of sunglasses after the incident that happened during school hours in the Belgrade suburb of Kotez.

“It appears that a third boy agreed with the two friends that they would grab the grade book because of his poor grades,” one police officer was quoted as saying.

The pair were charged with violent behavior, jeopardizing public safety and destruction and damage of property, police said.

Hand Sewn Onto His Leg

A man had to live with his hand sewn onto his leg for a month before it was reattached to his wrist. The patient, called Zhou, lost his left hand in a work accident in the city of Xiangtan, China.

After being rushed to the  hospital, the surgeons realized they could reattach his hand, however not immediately due to the damage to the nerves and tendons in his arm. The hand needed to be kept alive by having blood run through it for a month to allow the damage to his arm to heal. That is why he had his hand sewn onto his leg.

After a month, it was reattached to his arm during a ten hour operation. Not only was the operation a success, but Zhou already has some movement back in his formerly-severed hand. Zhou will now require extensive physiotherapy to get as much movement as possible in the hand.

The hospital’s head of the hand microsurgery department, Tang Juyu, stated: ‘In normal temperatures, a severed finger should resume blood supply within 10 hours. The time is even shorter for a separated limb. If it falls short of blood for long, the tissue dies and it would be impossible to get it back.’

Robot Evolution

Long-held fears of a robotic takeover of the world, voiced in science fiction stories for decades, have gained new traction in recent months. Many tech thinkers including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Spacex founder Elon Musk and noted physicist Stephen Hawking are raising concerns about the dangers of artificial intelligence in robots.

Meanwhile, recent advances like Apple’s Siri, Google’s self-driving cars and the Deep-Q AI that has mastered dozens of Atari video games make some people believe that human-like machine intelligence is coming soon.

Some terrifying news out of Germany.  A robot grabbed a worker and crushed him to death. Volkswagen said that a 22-year-old contractor at a plant in Baunatal, near Frankfurt, was setting up a stationary robot when it grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate.

The robot is usually programmed by humans to perform discrete tasks in the assembly process, but this time, something went wrong. According to the German news agency DPA, prosecutors are still considering whether to file charges —and if they do, against whom … or what.

Deaths caused by robots are highly unusual. The first is thought to have occurred in 1979, when a worker died after being struck in the head by the arm of a one-ton production-line robot at a Ford plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, US. Two years later, a man was killed as he tried to fix a robot at a Kawasaki Heavy Industries plant in Japan.

Of course, these have all been attributed to human error, but maybe robots just have foul tempers.

Monsoon Season in Arizona

Monsoon season is here in Arizona and will stick around for a few more weeks.  For those of you who do not get to enjoy our Monsoon season, here are some pictures I downloaded from “Weather Underground”.  These were all taken earlier this month.

Monsoon raunsThis picture was taken in the west valley, which is where I live.  If you live in Kansas this probably looks like a tornado.  It is not a twister.  What you see is the rain coming down.  Whoever is in this area is getting hammered by rain in biblical amounts. And you can probably add high winds and lightning to the mix.




Phoenix dust stormThis picture of a dust storm was taken in the Phoenix area. There is no rain seen.  If it was also raining, it would literally be raining mud.  This sometimes happens.




TMonsoon sunsethis is a beautiful sunset obviously helped by waning Monsoon clouds.





As I write this post it is sunny outside. The temperature is 105 degrees and the humidity is 14 %, still a little high for the desert, but not too bad.   And no rain expected for the next few days.