|6:20 ABC Sports
Every country has their own unique set of rules and regulations, and some of them are downright odd. In fact, in some countries you may be breaking a law and not even know it. But some laws make you simply question who on earth felt something was such an issue that we need to write a law to to ban it. And, well, some of those are pretty ridiculous.
In England it is actually illegal to wear a suit of armor in the House of Parliament, because, you know everyone has an extra one lying around for the visit.
Also in England it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas, although that law is pretty much broken by all Brits every year. We think that should be against the law every day.
In Iceland, it is illegal for land developers to encroach on the traditional homes of elves. Yes, we said elves.
In the European Union circus animals must have a passport in order to travel, although mice can travel together as a group on one passport.
The state of Mato Grosso in Brazil has a law that sets aside land in the town of Barra do Garcas for an airport for aliens.
In another area in Brazil, horses and donkeys must wear diapers.
In Victoria, Australia women are not allowed to wear pink hot pants on Sundays.
And in Thailand, it is illegal not to wear underwear. So much for having no panty lines.
Source: The New York Post
Friday Flashback from the 90's
MACARENA LOS DEL RIO 1996
6th Avenue Heartache - Wallflowers; If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow; Key West Intermezzo - John Mellencamp
Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center and is headed to the Mir space station, where American astronaut Shannon Lucid has spent a record-breaking six months in orbit. No doubt, she’s ready to leave and this is great news for her.
The O.J. Simpson civil trial opens.
Found in his Montana cabin – a journal from Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski that ties him directly to the trail of 16 bombings.
In San Francisco – Reform Party candidate Ross Perot blasts the two-party political system as a corrupt, self-serving institution that cannot stand the heat of examination by his campaign or independent-minded voters.
Top movies – September 15, 1996
Fly Away Home
Rich Man’s Wife
A Time to Kill
The Spitfire Grill
It used to be, you got the flu and that was it…you just had to wait out the “achy, sniffly, sweaty sheet” storm. But,soon that’ll be a thing of the past thanks to science.
Peramivir, administered once as an intramuscular shot, could be safe and effective at alleviating most flu symptoms, including fevers -- if taken within 48 hours of contracting the dreaded flu bug -- according to Dr. Rich Whitley of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who led the research on the new drug.
‘Cause the flu is no joke! Approximately 36,000 people die and 200,000 are hospitalized because of the flu every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Good news is that Whitley's study of 427 adults with flu symptoms found that a single dose of Peramivir significantly reduced flu symptoms within 22 hours and reduced fever within 24 hours, compared to Tamiflu and Relenza that require two doses per day for five days to do the same thing.
Bad news is that your, “Sorry, I won’t be back to work for at least a week because I have the flu” excuse might soon be history.
If approved, Peramivir would be the first single-dose flu treatment in the United States. It’s already been green lit in Korea and Japan since 2010, but has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. And here’s the thing…with all the weird stuff they find out about drugs after the fact…are you sure you want to jump on the “new thing” bandwagon?
Pets are cherished members of many American families, but apparently not as cherished as smartphones in some households.
When researchers asked 2,673 American adults what they would save first if their house was on fire -- aside from family members or other people -- 31 percent gave their smartphones a higher priority than family pets and cash.
Of those people who would save their smartphone first above all else, 65 percent said they would do so because there was “too much on their phone to lose.”
Another 12 percent admitted they would go for their smartphone first because it would be the closest thing at hand. The participants were able to choose from a list of possible answers.
The study was conducted by vouchercloud.net.
Here are the top ten items people would save in a fire:
1. Smartphone – 31 percent
2. Pet(s) – 18 percent
3. Cash – 13 percent
4. Jewelry – 11 percent
5. Tablet device -10 percent
6. Wallet/purse/handbag – 5 percent
7. Photos – 4 percent
8. Laptop – 3 percent
9. Desktop computer – 3 percent
10. Keepsakes – 1 percent
| 7:30 Tim's News You Can't Use
There aren’t too many bad things about going on vacation, although packing can be a bit stressful. With all the extra fees charged by airlines, who needs another one for a suitcase that is too heavy.
Well, those problems could be a thing of the past thanks to a new suitcase that actually weighs itself. A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise 95,000 Australian dollars to get the TUL suitcase off the ground. The piece of luggage features a built-in scale that will actually weigh the contents for you, removing the need for you to ever put it on a bathroom scale again.
"Simply close the lid of the designated suitcase, and without having to entirely enclose the zips, the press of a single button will let you know the weight of your luggage," reads the kickstarter page. It also comes with a cover and a lock that satisfies TSA requirements. So far about $14,000 has been raised, with two weeks more to go.
But there is one thing that may need to be changed before TUL takes over the U.S. market. The prototype only weighs clothes in kilograms, although that may be changed in the future.
BALTIMORE (AP) — On the field their teams are rivals, but off the field brothers Ma'ake (may-AH'-kay) and Chris Kemoeatu (kay-moy-AH'-too) are closer than close. Ma'ake is a former nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. He donated a kidney to brother Chris, a former offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The surgery was done at the University of Maryland Medical Center in August. The brothers are now recovering.
VADUZ, Liechtenstein, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Liechtenstein food inspection authorities said 1.4 tons of cheese stolen from a storage area were contaminated with a dangerous bacteria.
The federal food inspection office said 236 wheels of the Alp Sucka cheese were stolen from open containers where they were being stored after inspectors found them to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, bacteria that cause the potentially life-threatening infection listeriosis.
The cheese was slated to be destroyed but officials said they are concerned the cheese could be illicitly sold to people who are unaware of the health risks.
An apparently disgruntled driver in Austria rigged a manure-laced booby trap that led an unsuspecting highway cop to share the same fate as Back to the Future bully Biff Tannen.
The Austrian Independent reports 58-year-old Constable Gunther Maier was headed into a known speed trap location when he tripped a fishing line trigger, which detonated an explosive inside a bucket filled with the bovine byproduct.
The cop was reportedly covered in poop, but otherwise unharmed -- lucky, considering the force of the device, authorities say.
Despite the seemingly juvenile nature of the incident, the prankster faces criminal charges, according to police spokesman Rainer Dionisio. "What could have happened if the officer had been nearer the explosives, or if a child had set it off? It doesn't bear thinking about."
Rarely has so lame a hobby ended so dramatically: a Brit who spent years using a metal detector to unearth a huge collection of World War I and II weaponry saw some of it detonated by the cops Wednesday.
According to the Daily Mail, cops who used a pair of robots to search 48-year-old Alan Tissington's Hertfordshire home uncovered a garage full of vintage grenades, artillery shells, and other explosive items.
Bomb disposal experts safely detonated one of the explosives in a nearby field. Tissington was arrested on suspicion of stealing from a former P.O.W. camp; it's against the law to use a metal detector to salvage on protected historical sites.
At a restaurant in Richmond, California, the snark is to die for -- judging from the owners of Botto Bistro's stated goal of trying to be the worst-rated eatery in the Bay Area, according to Yelp.
The restaurant's chefs and co-owners Davide Cerretini and Michele Massimo have turned the site on its head by welcoming -- even offering discounts for -- negative reviews, in a deliberate attempt to spike their rating.
Cerretini tells SF Gate they were "tired" of what many see as the review site's "blackmailing" business owners with negative anonymous reviews in exchange for exposure. "I don't have anything against Yelp," he says. "The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious. I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not."
So, Cerretini said, instead of fearing bad reviews, they started courting them with their "Hate Us on Yelp" campaign. "The only power they have is they make you reliable to them," he says of Yelp. "So, I'm going to be one of the most unreliable restaurants."
One example was a one-star reviewer who recalled, "I used to bring my girlfriend to lunch, she was blonde and beautiful," but she ran off to Italy, he explains, "with the guy who runs the place...I still go there once a week because the food is still good...I get the special and sit in a dark corner and cry and eat."
"They refused to change their menu, even after I reminded them this was America, not Italy," another faker "fumed."
Since he announced the plans with a "help Hate Us on Yelp" campaign, the owners have seen some hilariously snarky reviews pop up -- and their bottom lines growing. "We are getting not just customers, but new friends who they like this...I think this is the best business move I have made in years," he tells the site.
In an incident which happened on September 8, but has since gone viral, a concerned motorist in Bryant, Arkansas, called the cops when she spotted a "dead tiger" on the side of a highway.
According to the Bryant Police Department Facebook page, "Subject advised that she stopped to take pictures of the animal, but was scared to approach it." In response, the department dispatched an officer -- who discovered the maneater was just a stuffed animal.
"[Officer] VanVeelen located the 'tiger' and was even nice enough to give him a ride to the PD," the department posted, along with a picture of the toy waving from the back window of a patrol car.
In Birmingham, England, authorities say a guy who got caught trying to steal a copy of a 16-hundred-dollar painting from Birmingham's Castle Fine Art Gallery by stuffing it under his hoodie.
The Mirror reports the unidentified suspect quickly found his best-laid plans for artist Nice Joll's "Never Forgotten" foiled when he realized he couldn't fit it under his shirt. Instead, surveillance camera footage shows him tucking the picture, frame and all, under his arm and trying to walk out of the museum with it.
Unsurprisingly, the suspect was stopped at the door and arrested.