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Man with head stuck in a bin freed by firefighters in Aberdeen | Metro.co.uk

The 52-year-old, known locally as Tam, was wedged in the plastic bin in Castlegate public square for over 15 minutes on Sunday evening before being cut free.

Firefighters used an electric saw to cut around the top of the litter bin before the man was taken to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated for facial injuries.

An onlooker in the square called 999 to report the incident as pictures of the episode began circulating on the internet.

‘He couldn’t move at all – his head was really stuck in the bin tight and he was shouting for help,’ one witness told the Daily Mail.

‘The fire brigade came pretty quick and took the top off the bin, but it took at least 15 minutes and the guy was in a bit of a panic by the sound of it.’

A Grampian Police spokesman said: ‘We are unsure what he was looking for or what he had lost – and whether he found it.

‘We can also confirm that there were no criminal charges resulting from the incident.’

via Man with head stuck in a bin freed by firefighters in Aberdeen | Metro.co.uk.

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Car smashes into couple’s upstairs bedroom in Epsom, Surrey, as they sleep | Metro.co.uk

A couple had a rude awakening after an out-of-control car ‘flew 80ft through the air’ and into their upstairs bedroom as they slept.

The homeowners were asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning when the silver coloured Lexus took flight, completely destroying one side of the property in Epsom, Surrey.

Police said the vehicle mounted a parked Audi before hitting the side of the house, causing ‘considerable damage’ to the pair’s master bedroom.

One shocked neighbour explained how the car sounded like ‘a plane falling out of the sky’ when it crashed into the house.

The driver of the car and two passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the crash which also caused damage to five cars, a post box and a fence.

A police spokesman said: ‘We are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with the first floor of a house in Epsom in the early hours.

‘Part of the house has been destroyed following the incident, which took place around 3am in Bridge Road.

‘It is believed that the car, a silver Lexus, came round a bend on the approach to the address, mounting the front of an Audi parked outside before colliding with the side of the house.

‘Considerable damage was caused to the master bedroom, where the occupants were asleep at the time, and the en-suite bathroom. However, all occupants of the house escaped uninjured.’

A structural engineer was also called to the property to examine whether it is safe enough to re-enter.

‘It sounded like what I would imagine a plane coming out of the sky would,’ explained one neighbour.

‘I think it flew about 80ft before it came to a rest in the side of the house.

‘The family inside were so incredibly lucky to escape without a scratch.

‘It actually went into the couple’s bedroom and their two children were asleep next door.’

While another added: ‘Bridge Road is on a very tight junction and it looks to me that the driver may have been speeding and taken the corner too quickly.’

Car smashes into couple’s upstairs bedroom in Epsom, Surrey, as they sleep | Metro.co.uk.

Comedian Calls Out Progressive Insurance for Defending His Sister’s Killer; Progressive Responds in Heartless Robot Fashion

Comedian Calls Out Progressive Insurance for Defending His Sister’s Killer; Progressive Responds in Heartless Robot Fashion

Louis Peitzman

With a title as provocative as “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court,” comedian Matt Fisher’s Tumblr post was bound to get attention.

And that’s a good thing: Fisher details the kind of bureaucratic insurance company nightmare that sounds too awful to be real.

In June of 2010, his sister Katie was killed in a car accident. She had a green light and the other driver ran the red — fault was clear. The other driver’s insurance company settled with Katie’s estate immediately, but because the driver was underinsured, the payment was not much. Based on the Progressive policy Katie had purchased, Progressive was required to pay the difference.

At which point we learned the first surprising thing about Progressive: Carrying Progressive insurance and getting into an accident does not entitle you to the value of your insurance policy. It just pisses off Progressive’s lawyers. Here I address you, Prospective Progressive Insurance Customer: someday when you have your accident, I promise that there will be enough wiggle room for Progressive’s bottomless stack of in-house attorneys to make a court case out of it and to hammer at that court case until you or your surviving loved ones run out of money.

Progressive refused to pay, which meant Katie’s parents had to pursue legal action. But in Maryland, you can’t sue an insurance company for denying compensation. The parents’ next move was to sue the other driver — something they did not want to do — just so they could establish his negligence and force Progressive to pay Katie’s policy.

That’s when things took a turn for the “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.”

At the trial, the guy who killed my sister was defended by Progressive’s legal team.

If you are insured by Progressive, and they owe you money, they will defend your killer in court in order to not pay you your policy.

Incidentally, the other driver was found to be negligent, which means Progressive will be forced to pay at some vague point in the future. That’s after putting the Fisher family through a tremendous amount of emotional and financial strain.

OK, insurance companies are evil. This is, sadly, nothing new. But Matt Fisher’s documentation of such an extreme case got the internet’s attention — his post was reblogged, tweeted, and shared, until Progressive was finally forced to respond.

They did an impressively crappy job of it.

Here is the automated response tweeted from Progressive’s account:

This is a tragic case, and our sympathies go out to Mr. Fisher and his family for the pain they’ve had to endure. We fully investigated this claim and relevant background, and feel we properly handled the claim within our contractual obligations. Again, this is a tragic situation, and we’re sorry for everything Mr. Fisher and his family have gone through.

I say automated, because this was tweeted over and over again to Progressive’s critics. No variation, just the TwitLonger link. As of this writing, it has been posted 16 times.

It doesn’t help that Progressive mascot Flo’s smiling face is next to each copy-pasted tweet. Though surely unintentional, it adds insult to injury.

[Image via Twitter]

via Comedian Calls Out Progressive Insurance for Defending His Sister’s Killer; Progressive Responds in Heartless Robot Fashion.

Man accused of shoplifting ethics textbook – Probably Bad News

 

Probably Bad News: If Only He Had Read It – FAIL Nation – Just classic fails.

Sketchy product label

From the folks at Wal Mart, we have “Natural Flavor with Other Natural Flavor”, what ever that and other that might be.  And from the land of A=B because B=A, on the back you can see that a serving size is “1/24 bottle” and servings per container is “24”.  Duh, you don’t suppose?

 

The Giant Sausage PR problem – Probably Bad News: And What are You Supposed to Be? – FAIL Nation – Just classic fails

 

Probably Bad News: And What are You Supposed to Be? – FAIL Nation – Just classic fails.

New urinal allows you to play guitar while relieving yourself | Metro.co.uk

“Going to the toilet for a No.1 has been given a whole new meaning. While Jimi Hendrix played the guitar with his teeth, men can now record a riff and relieve themselves at the same time.”

Shake, rattle and roll: Guitar Pee allows men to ‘play’ riffs while relieving themselves and download the results

Guitar Pee is an adapted urinal, complete with frets, strings and amplifier.

Instructions are simple: take aim and fire at any one of the six targets to mix up a combination of pre-recorded riffs and solos for as long as you can keep going.

If, as you zip up, you think you have created a masterpiece, you can download and share it on your MPee3 player.

It means you can impress others with your musical prowess and keep pub cleaners happy with your precision. However, you will have to wait to turn your boring bathroom breaks into rock recording  sessions. Guitar Pee was made specially for Brazil’s Billboard magazine and the porcelain urinal is only touring bars in São Paulo.

Another snag is that there is, as yet, no equivalent for female rockers.

Perhaps it will not be long before more instruments are available – meaning you can ‘play’ guitar while your friends splash out the bass and drums.

Just don’t forget to wash your hands before that high-five. Visit guitarpee.com to see those creative juices flowing.

via New urinal allows you to play guitar while relieving yourself | Metro.co.uk.

Awkward Names, Cooking With Poo

 

Awkward Names, Cooking With Poo.

Baltimore Student: I Ate Housemate’s Heart, Brain – Motive unknown for Alexander Kinyua from Kenya

More evidence the Zombie Apocalypse has begun:

(NEWSER) – America’s gruesome crime wave marches on. This time, a suburban Baltimore man lost his heart and part of his brain to his cannibal college-student roomie, according to police.

 

Kinyua has been charged with first-degree murder. He was out on bail during the attack after he was charged earlier last month with savagely beating a fellow student, who survived.

via Baltimore Student: I Ate Housemate’s Heart, Brain – Motive unknown for Alexander Kinyua from Kenya.

Bieber Knocks Himself Out Slamming Into Glass Wall – Singer suffers concussion in Paris accident

So, tell me please, how am I NOT supposed to think of Forrest Gump quotes after hearing about this? “Stupid is as stupid does,” comes to mind first for instance.  And he got a freaking concussion?!?  I feel sure he’ll be on Smoking Gun presents World’s Dumbest yet, and not as a presenter.

(NEWSER) – More bad news for Justin Bieber: He knocked himself out after crashing into a glass wall in Paris. The singer walked headlong into the wall shortly before his last number at a private performance in an undisclosed highrise in the city.

via Bieber Knocks Himself Out Slamming Into Glass Wall – Singer suffers concussion in Paris accident.

They REALLY need to lay off fewer editors…

JR Raphael - Google+ - Um...

JR Raphael – Google+ – Um….

Police: Woman killed her infant, ate part of brain – USATODAY.com

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say a woman accused of beheading her 3-week-old infant son used a knife and two swords in the attack and ate some of the child’s body parts.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told reporters Monday that Otty Sanchez’s attack on her son, Scott Wesley Buchholtz-Sanchez, was “too heinous” to fully discuss.

But he says Sanchez ate part of the newborn’s brain and bit off three of his toes before stabbing herself twice.

Police say the 33-year-old Sanchez told officers who were called to her house early Sunday that she killed her son at the devil’s request.

via Police: Woman killed her infant, ate part of brain – USATODAY.com.

***Update***: in spite of this coming in today’s USAToday news email, it is actually a story from 2009, as indicated on the linked page.  I guess the folks at Gannett are going green and recycling news.

Probably Bad News: Harry Pooter – FAIL Nation – Just classic fails

 

Probably Bad News: Harry Pooter – FAIL Nation – Just classic fails.