September 19, 2013
Russian Shot In Quarrel Over Kant’s
Moscow (AP) An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of ``Critique of Pure Reason,’’ devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other.
A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two men in their 20s were discussing Kant as they stood in line to buy beer at a small store on Sunday.
The discussion deteriorated into a fistfight and one participant pulled out a small nonlethal pistol and fired repeatedly.
The victim was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. Neither person was identified.
It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence. One of Kant’s most remembered quotes is “To be is to do.”
Massachusetts Senators Warned About Candy-Eating Mice
Boston (AP) Massachusetts senators are being urged to end their practice of keeping candy in their desks after mice searching for the treats also chewed the senators’ microphone wires.
Senate President Therese Murray made the plea Thursday during a formal session.
The discovery was made during an upgrade of the camera system in the Senate to allow for better webcasting. Workers found that some of the senators’ microphone wires had been chewed by mice.
Senators and Massachusetts representatives have traditionally kept treats in their desks for long sessions. Murray said if senators want to continue to do so, the treats should be properly sealed.
The Statehouse, built more than 200 years ago, has long been home to mice, and the animals can occasionally be seen scampering about, including in the press gallery.
US Woman’s Last Name Too Long For Driver’s License
Honolulu (AP) A U.S. woman’s last name is so long that she can’t get a driver’s license with her correct name. Janice ``Lokelani’’ Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is fighting to make it happen.
The documents only have room for 35 characters, so Hawaii County instead issued her driver’s license and her state ID with the last letter of her name chopped off.
And it omitted her first name.
The 54-year-old wrote her mayor and city councilwoman for help, but the county said the state of Hawaii computer system they used wouldn’t allow names longer than 35 characters.
Her name has 35 letters plus a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet, called an okina.
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele got the name when she married her Hawaiian husband in 1992.
He used only the one name, which his grandfather gave him. The name came to his grandfather in a dream that also told him he would have a grandson.
Her husband died in 2008, but he had similar problems when he was alive, she told The Associated Press.
IG Nobel Awards Honor Weird, Funny Discoveries
Cambridge, MA (AP) An experiment that proved people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive and another that showed lost dung beetles can use the Milky Way to find their way home were among the winners at this year’s Ig Nobel awards ceremony held Thursday.
This is the 23rd year for the award, sponsored by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research and given out to honor weird and humorous scientific discoveries. The winners come from all over the world.
Editor Marc Abrahams, who organized the ceremony, said the point is to make people laugh and then think.
For the first time, the winners received cash prizes - $10 trillion, but in Zimbabwe dollars. So they’ll each get about four U.S. dollars.
The winners will give short speeches Saturday at MIT. The psychology prize went to the experiment that found people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive, done by Laurent B√®gue, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra and Medhi Ourabah of France and Brad Bushman, a professor at Ohio State University who also teaches in the Netherlands.
Boston Homeless Man Turns In Money-Filled Backpack
Boston (AP) Boston police say a homeless man who found a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and traveler’s checks turned it over to authorities.
The man, whose name was not made public, found the backpack at the South Bay Mall in the city’s Dorchester (dawr-CHES’-ter) neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
He flagged down patrolling officers and handed it over.
The backpack contained $2,400 in U.S. currency, almost $40,000 in traveler’s checks, Chinese passports and other personal papers.
Meanwhile, the man who lost the backpack informed workers at the Best Buy store at the mall.
The man was taken to the police station, where he was confirmed as the rightful owner.
Maybe This Will Make Grumpy Cat Less Grumpy?
St. Louis (AP) It probably won’t affect her famous mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal.
The frown-faced Internet sensation, real name Tardar Sauce, is now the “spokescat” for a Friskies brand of cat food, Nestle Purina PetCare announced Tuesday. The St. Louis-based company didn’t release terms of the deal.
Photos of Grumpy Cat, her brown and white face in a constant scowl, have become a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, often accompanied by crabby messages such as “I don’t like days that end in Y” or “I’m listening, I just don’t care. She also is among the biggest stars of the peculiar trend of cat dominance on Web videos and postings.
That’s ‘Miss Grumpy Cat’ to you
Grumpy Cat’s own Facebook page has more than 1.3 million likes. The dour animal also has more than 111,000 Twitter followers.
In addition to the relationship with Nestle Purina, which featured Grumpy Cat in an online video game series in March, the 1 1/2-year-old mixed-breed feline has a merchandise line and reportedly has a movie deal in the works.
“She’s very busy,” Friskies spokeswoman Julie Catron said. “The first thing she’ll do for us is receive the lifetime achievement award.”
Catron isn’t kidding. The feline will receive the award Oct. 15 in New York as Friskies honors the best cat videos of the year as chosen through an online vote.
Grumpy Cat is owned by Tabatha Bundesen, who lives in Phoenix.
Drunk Attempts Train Takeover And (Wait for it...) Fails
Erie, PA (AP) An Ohio man has been cited for public drunkenness and criminal trespass for a not-so-great effort to commandeer a freight train in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Police say 28-year-old Robert Nerone Jr., of Jefferson, Ohio, somehow hopped aboard the eastbound CSX train in Ashtabula, Ohio early Wednesday and moved car to car as the train slowed to a stop in Millcreek Township.
That’s in Pennsylvania, just outside of Erie, about 120 miles north of Pittsburgh. Millcreek police Capt. Randy Faipler (FAY’-pler) tells the Erie Times-News that Nerone reached the train’s main engine and banged on the windows, telling the engineer and conductor he was commandeering the train about 3:30 a.m.
Nobody was hurt and nothing was taken from the train.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Nerone, who doesn’t have a listed phone.