Man sneezes out bullet after being shot

Sneeze bullet quoteDarco Sangermano, 28, was hit by a stray bullet in front of his shocked girlfriend as they celebrated New Year’s Eve and he was immediately rushed to hospital.

While there and amazingly still conscious, laborer Darco sneezed out the .22 caliber bullet and told doctors that, apart from a strong headache, he felt no other pain.

The bullet entered the right side of his head, went through the muscle, broke the temporal bone, passed behind his eye through the socket, hit a bone in his nose and then lodged in his nostril before being sneezed out.

The incident happened in the southern city of Naples, which has a reputation for lively end-of-year celebrations involving revelers firing live ammunition.

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iReggie: The President’s Body Man

Obama and iReggieThe President of the United States, is, at the end of the day, a person — with everyday things to do, just like anyone else.  But you never see him carrying anything more than, perhaps, a small portfolio, running the tiny errands which make up our everyday lives. 

As you’d expect, the President has a personal servant who worries about those things.  That person is called a “body man.”  President Obama’s?  A man named Reggie Love, pictured right, playing basketball with the President.  Mr. Love’s job is to be the President’s walking, talking answer to life’s little needs.  (As President Obama told the New York Times, when asked if he had an iPad: “I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place.”)

A thankless job, perhaps, and also mostly an invisible one.  Getting the job?  How to do so is anyone’s guess.  Other than the obvious close, personal relationship with the President, the backgrounds of recent body men is seemingly random.  Mr. Love is a former college basketball and football player who won a national title at Duke (basketball) but failed to find a roster spot on an NFL roster, instead applied for and landed an internship with then-Senator Obama in 2006.  President George W. Bush’s body man from 2002-2006, Blake Gottesman, was a former boyfriend of the President’s daughter Jenna.  Bush met Gottesman when the former was Governor of Texas and began as a deputy aide for White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card in 2000, but rose up the hierarchy before President Bush’s first term was out.

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Vat Da Hell?

Ole’s car was hit by a truck in an accident. In court, the trucking company’s lawyer was questioning Ole.
 
‘Didn’t you say, sir, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine, ?’ asked the lawyer.
 
Ole responded, ‘Vell, I’ll tell you vat happened. I had yust loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into DA…..’
 
‘I didn’t ask for any details’, the lawyer interrupted. ‘Just answer the question. Did you not say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?
 
Ole said, ‘Vell, I had yust got Bessie into DA trailer and I vas driving down DA road… ..
 
 The lawyer interrupted again and said, ‘Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.’
 
By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Ole’s answer and said to the lawyer, ‘I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule, Bessie’.
 
Ole thanked the Judge and proceeded. ‘Vell, as I vas saying, I had yust loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into DA trailer and
vas driving her down DA highvay ven dis huge semi-truck and trailer ran DA stop sign and smacked my truck right in DA side. I vas trown into one ditch and Bessie vas trown into DA other. I vas hurting real bad and didn’t vant to move. However, I could hear Bessie moaning and groaning.
 
I knew she was in terrible shape yust by her groans’. ‘Shortly after DA accident DA Highway Patrolman, he came to DA scene.. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he vent over to her’..
 
‘After he looked at her and saw her fatal condition he took out his gun and shot her right ‘tween DA eyes.
 
Den DA Patrolman, he came across DA road, gun still smoking, looked at me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’
 
‘Now vat DA hell vould YOU say?

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Half a boat is better than none

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The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking. French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look as if it is sinking.  The 6.5m (21ft) yacht was cut in half with a new keel and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully functional.   He describes it as “the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object.”

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Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe, getting plenty of offers of assistance from unwitting good Samaritans, who would presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.
The designer and artist designed and built the floating installation in 2007.  He named his creation Love Love.

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