Friday’s Odds and Ends

Since I resigned as Managing Editor for, I am not as connected to the news as I used to be. Part of my daily updates at the online magazine included the latest news blurbs from several sources. Now I don’t check those sources daily, and I don’t watch very much broadcast news, either. In some ways it’s nice to be disconnected, but that also means I am not finding those absurd news bits I like to comment on every Friday.

I did hear that the Federal Government is on the verge of shutting down because the elephants and the donkeys can’t agree on a budget. Apparently on the pachyderm side it is the newly elected representatives that won with Tea Party support. And here I thought they had promised to put partisan politics aside if they got into office.

I guess you can’t trust an elephant.

Doing a quick Internet search for bizarre news, I came across this from  Bizarre . A 13-year-old Norwegian boy avoided being attacked by wolves by playing a heavy metal song on his mobile phone. I knew there had to be one good use for heavy metal music.

I also found this on  The new official worlds tallest man is Sultan Kosen of Turkey. Standing at a giant 8ft 1 or 2.5 meters, Sultan Kosen is the newly crowned Guinness World Records worlds tallest man. With money he can make with special appearances, he hopes to be able to buy a car. “The first thing I want is a car I can fit into,” Sultan Kosen said. “More than that, I want to get married. It’s really difficult to find a girlfriend. They are usually scared of me.”

I’m reading The General and Monaville Texas by Joe G. Bax. So far, it is a good read and last night this line had me cracking up: “It was so quiet you could hear a mouse piss on a cotton ball.”

Too bad my husband was already asleep when I started laughing.

That’s it for me today. Did you run across any absurd or funny news stories this week?

4 thoughts on “Friday’s Odds and Ends”

  1. I try to catch the 7 a.m. national news, just so I now what’s going on. I feel disconnected when I don’t. Of course, the world keeps revolving anyway.

    I sympathize with Sultan Kosen. My son is only 6’10” and he has trouble fitting in cars.

  2. Maybe Sultan should get a “stretch” limo! LOL!

    Seriously, I find it amusing when I start laughing while reading. Hubby always gets a certain look like he’s wondering what I find funny, but he’s afraid to ask!

  3. Helen, I laughed when I read “My son is only 6’10”. Only?

    Oh, LuAnn, you made me laugh, too.

    Nick, I was not the least bit surprised when I saw the news Saturday morning. I never once expected the gov to shut down. Lots of dramatics and lots of posturing going on the keep the media busy. LOL

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