Friday’s Odds and Ends

Today, I’m over at The Blood Red Pencil where the topic is the differences between the way men and women talk. Hop on over if you have a moment.

A high-rent area of Dallas, Highland Park, is banning the use of artificial grass. “Plastic grass is not in keeping with the quality of design we want to have in our town,” says a city council member.

Sure, let’s stymie a home-owner’s attempt to save some water. It’s not like Texas has not been in a drought for three years.

Where’s Tweetie?  Police in Florida are still looking for two people they say stole more than 500 canaries from the home of an 87-year-old Florida man back in May.  The birds, valued at $30 each, were then sold to at least three pet shops.

That gives new meaning to the word Tweet.

Speaking of new words, did you know that F-bomb is now included in a mainstream dictionary?  The term “F-bomb” surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but just this past Tuesday was included for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach. For more on how words get added to the dictionary, as well as how the f-bomb qualified, here is the full story.

You’ve got to love this one. Representative Ralph Hall of Rockwall TX – the oldest member of congress at age 89, is going skydiving next May. “Sometimes you have to do crazy things,” he says.

Way to go, Ralph.

Not so smart were the three men in Las Vegas who tried to ride a mattress down a flood channel in Henderson after heavy rains on Wednesday. A police helicopter caught up with them and ordered the riders out of the dangerous, fast-moving water.

What were they thinking? Oh, right. Probably not thinking was the problem.

Then there  was the man in Montana who was charged by a cow. The construction worker was helping police corral a runaway cow when the animal charged at him “like a bull at a rodeo,” tossing him into the air before continuing its rampage through the streets of Montana’s largest city. Story and pictures HERE

Just for fun. This came from the comic strip, One Big Happy. Ruthie walks into the kitchen to announce, “Boys are mean and stinky.”

To which her mother responds, “Now Ruthie that’s a generalization. Not all boys are mean and stinky. In fact, some are just the opposite.”

Ruthie makes a new announcement,  “Boys are stinky and mean.”

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