• Watch (and listen): Weather reporter breaks wind himself on air

    While a Louisville, Kentucky weather reporter on WDRB was talking about the cold air in the midwest, he seemed to be experiencing a bit of wind right there in the studio. And it's not like he was trying to cover it up. He actually paused, dramatically turned to the camera, apparently let it rip, and even enjoyed a bounce in the process. This is live TV at its finest.

    Via HuffPost

  • Anti-masker harasses librarian but she holds her own

    A fully-grown gentleman recorded himself harassing a librarian in Illinois because she asked him to wear a mask.

    "This is serious. I'm here with my daughter, we just want to use the library that we have the right to use," he whined with a shaky voice. "And you guys won't let us do this because I'm not putting a mask on."

    Throughout the video the stoic librarian calmly held her ground, repeating that she was just following the library's policy, while the anti-masker kept telling her she could "make the personal choice to say it's not a big deal."

    If only he would make that personal choice himself.

  • Sly surgeon tries to sell NFT of patient's X-ray from 2015 terrorist attack in Paris

    An orthopedic surgeon in Paris tried to get in on the NFT craze by attempting to sell an X-ray image of patient's arm with a lodged bullet in it — without her permission.

    Since the patient was a survivor of the 2015 Bataclan theater terrorist attack, where her boyfriend was killed, Dr. Emmanuel Masmejean thought he could fetch its listing price of $2,776 (2,446 euros). But his side hustle ended abruptly when investigative website Mediapart reported on it.

    Now he acknowledges it was "an error."

    From NDTV:

    The head of Paris's public hospitals, Martin Hirsch, wrote on Twitter on Saturday confirming that a criminal and professional complaint would be lodged against the surgeon for his "disgraceful" and "scandalous" decision. 

    "This act is contrary to sound professional practice, puts medical secrecy in danger, and goes against the values of AP-HP (Paris hospitals) and public service," Hirsch wrote in a message sent to staff, which he shared on Twitter. 

    Asked for comment by Mediapart, Masmejean acknowledged that the sale was "an error" and said he regretted not having sought permission from the patient. …

    According to Masmejean's description on OpenSea, the patient "had an open fracture of the left forearm with a remaining bullet of  Kalachnikov in soft tissues."

    The experienced surgeon, who is a professor of surgery and a specialist in treating arm injuries, wrote that he had personally operated on five female victims at the Bataclan.

    He told Mediapart that he had withdrawn the sale, but the image was still visible on Sunday.

  • Urine-drinking "Vaccine Police" leader says it's his right to drive without a driver's license

    Earlier this month, "Vaccine Police" captain Christopher Key told his anti-vax followers he had the antidote to Covid-19. "Drink urine!" he said. Now the Alabama gentleman, protecting his individual freedoms at any cost to others, insists he doesn't need a driver's license to drive.

    "I travel," he told the Daily Beast yesterday, insinuating that traveling was different than driving. "My car is not a car. My car is my wagon, with wagon wheels." (In reality, his car is a car plastered with cheap stickers, as seen below.)

    From Daily Beast:

    Anti-COVID-19 "Vaccine Police" leader Christopher Key, who has set out on a cross-country road trip with the end goal of conducting citizen arrests of Democratic governors, says he doesn't need a driver's license, despite operating a motor vehicle. …

    "You only drive if you are committing commerce," Key added. "The only people that need a driver's license are truck drivers, Uber drivers, FedEx drivers, but if you understand your constitutional rights, you have the 'life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.'"

    The anti-vax leader, who swears by drinking copious amounts of his own urine, added: "I am a free man living on the land." "There is no crime," he said when asked about the possibility of police pulling him over and asking for a driver's license.

    In the United States, where Key is "traveling," one must have a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle.

  • Watch: An Amazon driver is too busy to run away from the bear greeting him at the gate

    An Amazon driver in Upland, California didn't seem to notice the bear near the gate as he walked up a driveway to deliver packages. But the homeowner did. "Stop right there! There's a bear right there!" he warned the driver through a security intercom.

    A woman in the background could be heard screaming, "No! Go!"

    "Go back. Go back to your car. That's fine," the homeowner pleaded.

    But, as everyone knows, Amazon drivers are on a very tight schedule and don't have the luxury for time-outs. So he calmly takes just a moment to face the bear with a tall stance, arms reaching for the sky. The bear gets the message and backs off, while the busy driver carries on without any further fuss.

  • A large fire in New Jersey burned a business that sells fire extinguishers

    Firefighters in New Jersey battled a fire at Firematic, a business that specializes in fire extinguishers. The fire safety company, on the first floor of a two-story building, "sells, designs, manufactures, and services firefighting equipment," according to their website. But they do not put out their own fires.

    Fortunately, firefighters were able to evacuate tenants who lived in apartments on the second floor, and nobody was badly inured. But the entire building, including Firematic, was heavily damaged.

    From NorthJersey.com:

    The fire displaced four residents living in the second-story apartments, but none were injured, said Garfield Assistant Fire Chief E.J. Morano. He said a police officer was hurt after slipping and falling. Crews responded to the call shortly after 5 a.m., Morano said. 

    The business on the first floor of the building is Firematic & Safety Equipment, a fire protection business that has been in operation since 1949, according to its website. Its services include fire extinguisher recharging, sprinkler inspections and fire safety consulting.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • A cruise ship full of passengers changes course to avoid a lawsuit

    A cruise ship went on the lam to avoid an arrest warrant, taking all of its passengers with it.

    The Crystal Symphony ship from Crystal Cruises was headed for Miami, its final stop, when it learned that a lawsuit had been filed against it for unpaid fuel bills. Rather than pay up, the ship did an about-face and hightailed it to Bimini, Bahamas, where it is still docked.

    Many of the ship's passengers caught a ferry back to Fort Lauderdale, rather than Miami, which was "uncomfortable due to inclement weather," according to AP. Other passengers went to local airports and caught a flight back to the U.S.

    From CNN:

    The saga began Wednesday, when Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a lawsuit in a South Florida federal court against Crystal Cruises, alleging it owed unpaid fuel bills totaling more than $4.6 million — of which $1.2 million is for Crystal Symphony specifically.

    On Thursday, a US judge issued an arrest warrant ahead of the ship's scheduled Saturday arrival in Miami, meaning the ship would be seized by a US Marshal and court-appointed custodian. …

    "This end to the cruise was not the conclusion to our guests' vacation we originally planned for," the cruise line said in a statement.

  • Michael Flynn's ad promotes "Take Action" event in Texas with gunshots and bullet holes

    In a rootin' tootin' Lauren Boebert-style ad that hearkens back to the Wild West days, disgraced general Michael Flynn promotes a "Take Action Tour" with gunshots and bullet holes.

    The hokey, disjointed promo starts off in the style of an old scratchy western cartoon that says, "It's time to take a stand." This is followed by the sound of gunfire and images of bullet holes, along with swinging saloon doors, a lone tumbleweed, grazing cattle … and then an out-of-character Flynn sporting an Adidas tracksuit. "I see the battlefield unfold in front of me today …" he says. It's about as poorly produced as a MyPillow ad.

    The rinky-dink event, which takes place this weekend in Texas, pushes for greater "Border Law Enforcement," "Biblical Citizenship," and "Election Integrity from a Biblical Worldview," according to a post on Gab. 

  • Watch Trump ask Mar-a-Lago diners to clap for him in cringe-worthy video

    When one-term, twice-impeached, ex-president Donald Trump needs a confidence boost, he steps out from the shadows of his Mar-a-Lago restaurant and simply asks diners to give him a round of applause. And like a live sit-com audience, the star-struck diners clap on demand, earning themselves a lackluster thumbs up. Here's the routine, posted on Twitter by PatriotTakes:

  • Texas Walmart shopper tries to buy a baby boy from his mother for $500,000

    A Texas Walmart shopper found just what she was looking for while waiting in the check-out line — a blonde, blue-eyed baby. When she offered his mother $250,000 to purchase the one-year-old boy, the mother said no. So the woman screamed, saying she really wanted him, and upped her offer to $500,000. But the stubborn mother wouldn't give in.

    From MSN:

    The police, after reviewing footage from Walmart, said the video appeared to confirm the mother's story, according to outlet.

    The mom waited for the woman, who was later identified as Rebecca Lanette Taylor, and another person Taylor was with to leave the store before heading to the parking lot, where she was confronted once again. …

    "Taylor began screaming at (the mom), saying if she wouldn't take $250,000 for him, then she would give her $500,000 because she wanted him and she was going to take him," the police report stated, according to the newspaper.

    The mom, who was with her 1-year-old and another child, locked her children in her car, while Taylor stood behind a black SUV parked next to it. Police said Taylor kept saying she wanted to purchase the baby before eventually leaving in the SUV.

    Police arrested the empty-handed shopper for attempting to purchase a child — "a third degree felony in Texas," according to MSN.

  • Watch: Bill Murray shows up unexpectedly at Washington Square Park with song and poetry

    Comedian Bill Murray surprised a lucky crowd at New York City's Washington Square park when he joined a cellist, violinist, and pianist to sing and read poetry. His performance included Westside Story numbers "I feel Pretty" and "America," and a reading of "Dog" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    Check out the clips below:

    Read more at HuffPost

  • Texas AG on why he supports the Big Lie: "We're done in Texas if anyone can vote"

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who's been peddling "voter fraud" and the Big Lie alongside Donald Trump since day one, is no longer pretending that there are valid reasons for making it harder for Americans to vote.

    Speaking to Steve Bannon on The War Room, Paxton (who, as a side note, just came down with Covid) had no qualms about admitting why Republicans are trying their darndest to block the vote: it's the only way Republicans can win.

    "By this November, if we don't get this changed, it's very likely we lose," he told Bannon. "We're done in Texas if anyone can vote."

    The GQP is so beyond ethics at this point, why not just tell the dirty truth? It's so much easier, after all.

  • This easily startled gentleman shouldn't try stealing from porches

    A gentleman pretending to be a snow shoveler thought it was his lucky day when nobody answered the door. He picked up a bag of delivered food that was sitting on the porch and quickly walked away. But not so fast, buddy.

    "Excuse me!" a person called out from the house intercom. And surprisingly, that's all it took for the frightened man, who was almost at the sidewalk, to quickly do an about-face and return the bag. He's obviously in the wrong line of business.

  • Watch: Ad that mocks Trump by comparing him to DeSantis more relevant today than when first aired

    The Lincoln Project is airing an ad in Palm Beach and Tallahassee that trolls Donald Trump, comparing the ol' has-been to his "bigger" and "better" rival, Governor Ron DeSantis.

    The ad starts off with a taunting female narrator that reminds Trump that DeSantis would be a nobody without him. And yet, she says, DeSantis is "making it his Republican party."

    "Everyone says he's better than you. Bigger than you. Smarter than you. Thinner than you," the voice says. "Don't take our word for it — just watch Fox."

    The ad goes on to highlight Fox's new love affair with DeSantis as they encourage the governor's presidential run in 2024. "He's on [Fox] all the time," the narrator says to Trump. "You, not so much."

    Although the spot, "Sad," first aired in September, the recent sparring between the two buffoons over vaccines and DeSantis' dreams of becoming the next GQP president makes it much more relevant today.

  • Olive Garden gets spoofed after 2-hour invasion by maskless protestors

    Maskless anti-vax protestors took over New York's Olive Garden in Times Square for two hours last week (see video at bottom of post), leading to four arrests — as well as the restaurant's updated, covidiot-friendly, Colbert-sponsored branding. Introducing the new and improved Covid Garden! Check it out:

  • Florida health official suspended for daring to tell staff their vax rate was low

    A top health official in Florida sent a frustrated email to his employees, giving them the facts about the staff's very low Covid vaccination rate. And for that he was suspended from his job.

    In the email, Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, had dared to inform his staff of 568 that only 219 employees received two vaccinations, and only 77 got the booster shot.

    "I am sorry but in the absence of reasonable and real reasons it is irresponsible not to be vaccinated," he said. "We have been at this for two years, we were the first to give vaccines to the masses, we have done more than 300,000 and we are not even at 50% — pathetic."

    State officials are now sniffing out whether or not his email was pushing employees to get vaccinated, which would be breaking Gov. Ron Santis's law that prohibits vaccine mandates.

    From HuffPost:

    The state health agency is conducting an inquiry into Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, "to determine if any laws were broken in this case," Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern said in an email.

    A measure Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last fall prohibits government agencies from implementing vaccine mandates and restricts private businesses from having vaccine requirements unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear.

    "The Department is committed to upholding all laws, including the ban on vaccine mandates for government employees and will take appropriate action once additional information is known," Redfern said in the email. He didn't offer further details. …

    Pino has led the health agency in Orange County since 2019 and has served as a leading figure in the public response to the pandemic in metro Orlando.

  • Congressman Dan Crenshaw got heckled after snapping at a girl

    Bullying is the new normal for GOP politicians. Every day there is a target — whether that be school shooting survivors, Dr. Fauci, or even their own colleagues in Congress — who gets mocked, intimidated, or even violently threatened by the leaders of the Republican-turned-Trump party.

    But last night the MAGA folk who bow down to these leaders drew a line. When Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R–TX) tried to bully a young girl at a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting in Texas last night, he got heckled (video below).

    It started when the girl took the mic to bring up a comment Crenshaw had made about Jesus on the "leadership and discipline" Jocko Podcast (see clip of his podcast comment at bottom of post).

    Quoting Crenshaw, she said, "The most important thing here is that we have important hero archetypes that we look up to. Jesus is a hero archetype, Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters too, I could name a thousand, Rosa Parks and Ronald Reagan too. End quote." The girl then said to Crenshaw, "I can't wrap my head around this."

    "I'll help you," Crenshaw snapped in a menacing tone that anyone who has been bullied will recognize. "Put a period after the word Jesus and don't question my faith."

    And the crowd immediately reacted:

    "Wow!"

    "Don't say things like that to a 10-year-old girl!"

    "Whoooa!"

    "You moron!"

    "You're talking to a kid like that!?"

    Crenshaw softened his tone but didn't back down. "Don't question my faith. You guys can ask questions about all of these things and I'll answer that but don't question my faith."

    The girl didn't back down either. "I didn't question your faith. This is what you said."

    The fully grown congressman continued to spar with the child, who stood her ground, until the crowd finally went into default mode, shouting, "Let's go Brandon!"

    Unfortunately the person shooting the video didn't know how to work a camera, flipping it sideways halfway through. But here it is anyway:

  • Watch a FedEx driver's rude but pitch-perfect drive-by package throw

    It sucks to have your packages hurled onto your porch from a delivery person who is so efficient with their time, they don't even step out of the car. But you have to admire this FedEx driver's perfect aim and velocity of the throw. Let's just hope the contents of the package were shatterproof.

  • Man awarded $9.4 million after Cracker Barrel served him a refreshing glass of harsh chemicals

    A man who was having lunch Cracker Barrel in Tennessee was served what he thought was a refreshing glass of water. But when he took a sip he immediately felt his mouth and throat burn. He'd accidentally beed served a glass of Eco-San — a corrosive chemical used to clean kitchens.

    Eight years later, it took only 30 minutes for a jury to award the man — who is still suffering with permanent injuries — $9.4 million. But rather than humbly accept the verdict, the old-timey "country store," Cracker Barrel, is none too pleased, saying, "we are obviously disappointed by and strongly disagree with the jury's award in this case," according to CNN.

    From CNN:

    Cracker Barrel said it was "disappointed" with the award.

    "While we have great respect for the legal process, we are obviously disappointed by and strongly disagree with the jury's award in this case, which involved an unfortunate and isolated incident that occurred at one of our stores eight years ago," Cracker Barrel Media Relations said in a statement emailed to CNN.

    "Although we are considering our options with respect to this verdict, we are glad this matter is behind us so we can better focus on caring for our guests and employees around the country," the statement said.

    Cronnon was having lunch at a Cracker Barrel in Marion County in April 2014 when he took a sip of what he believed to be water, "only to immediately realize that it was not ice water but was some chemical that caused a burning sensation in his mouth and esophagus," according to court documents obtained by CNN.

    It was later discovered Cronnon had been served the chemical Eco-San, which was being used as a cleaner in the kitchen area, according to court documents.

    Eco-San, described as a corrosive chemical in the lawsuit, caused permanent and serious internal physical injury to Cronnon, the complaint said.

    Cronnon is still suffering from symptoms, including injuries to his mouth and esophagus, Greer said, which have incurred and will continue to incur medical expenses.