Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Crazy Delaware Blue Hen Roundup - now with Baggy Pants!

Baggy Pants Blue Hen

One Wilmington council member has solved all of the issues of the city and can now move on to more frivolous activity. He is proposing a ban on the baggy pants prevalent in hip-hop culture. You know when the pants hang down so low you can see the person boxer shorts. I personally am not interested in seeing wannabe rap stars underwear but I think that wasting time outlawing such a thing ignores the million other things that a law maker might focus on. The inflammatory News Journal commenters also worry if this proposed law could be used to target certain segments of the population. Something this stupid will never be passed in Wilmington and hip-hop fans are free to look as ridiculous as they like.

Dover Houdini

A suspect wanted in Pennsylvania was caught and then escaped from police custody in Dover, Delaware. He was somehow able to free him self from handcuffs and then escape encumbered by leg shackles. This guy should go on Phenomenon and compete with other "mentalists" (not magicians I guess) in front of Uri Geller and Chriss Angel.

The blinking, the blinking.

Since all other issues of civics that should be addressed by New Castle County Council are completed they have moved on to the thorny issue of blinking time and temperature signs. The previous statute allowed electronic signs but they could only be changed every 12 hours. Time and temperature displays were exempt. Apparently some ne'er-do-wells are exploiting this loop hole to entice customers into there business with blinking displays (ooh, shiny). The new law limits changes to every 10 seconds. I can't believe that people waste time with this. The best quote:
“The blinking and flashing was creating a distraction to drivers,” Weiner said. “I don’t want Concord Pike and other roads in Brandywine Hundred to start looking like the Las Vegas Strip.”
Have no fear councilman Weiner, we should be so lucky.

Car crashes through store.

Not just into the store but 60 feet into the store. I almost drove down there to take a picture myself, but your intrepid blogger is too lazy to do the kind of reporting required here. Neither is the News Journal, their picture stinks too. Just a note - the brakes are in the middle, the accelerator is on the right.


Wawa ATM's in Delaware had fake card slots placed over the regular card slots which allowed thieves to get the card info and collect the pin numbers from unsuspecting users of the machines. A glance at the picture on the side (click for larger) shows that the devices are pretty sophisticated. I am sure that I would be fooled. has anyone out there ever seen such a thing in person? (If so check your credit report and bank accounts.) I have started pulling on the ATM card slots just to check if they are real. I am not sure my paranoia mediaction covers instances like these where they really are out to get you.

Necrotizing fasciitis - no thank you.

Student athletes in Delaware are picking up super bugs from each other and sports equipment. Some of these bugs are so virulent that they are getting necrotizing fasciitis - the flesh eating bug! If ever there was a reason for me to avoid all athletic activity and to encourage others to do so this is it. The bacteria is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The students that have gotten it have at least had their infections recognized as such and been treated, sometimes through surgery. They have scars but have kept their lives and limbs. MRSA is still relatively rare but this story also activates my paranoid wig out meter.

Friendly Blue Hen from the 30's

We don't have Unicorn Chasers to clean out our minds from scary stuff at the Crazy Blue Hen roundup, but we do have blue hens. Here is a friendly blue hen mascot from the 30's. We will have to trust that he is blue since the photo is in black and white.

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