Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Getting a Leg Up

Recently eaten: roast beef, mayo, lettuce & tomato
Recent annoyance: lost smartrip card

It's the kind of thing that you hope will never happen to you or someone you know. An old man throws his fake legs at you. Now, I'm no medical professional, and I don't know any double amputees, but it just seems like bad form to do something like that, and quite unhygienic. It's like putting all your eggs in one basket. Maybe the legs won't make it far enough to hit your target. If you have two normal arms, it's not like you can pull those off for more ammunition. Really, if you're going to throw fake legs, just throw one and end it. You might need that other one for the getaway.

Arrested for throwing legs
"An Oregon man hurled both of his prosthetic legs at a police officer, striking him with one, after his son was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said today.

The incident began when the policeman stopped a vehicle going the wrong way on a highway in southern Oregon.

The officer at first detained only the driver, Adam Kackstetter, 26, after he became aggressive. But then his father, Joel Kackstetter, 53, a passenger in the vehicle, grew hostile, a police spokesman said.

The senior Kackstetter charged at the arresting officer several times before the policeman knocked him to the ground, according to the police report.

"Passenger removed a prosthetic leg and threw it at trooper, hitting trooper in chest. Passenger removed second leg, threw it at trooper but missed," the report said.

The father and son face multiple charges including assault on a public safety officer.

"It got to be quite a dangerous situation. I think the officer used a lot of discretion and restraint in the amount of force that he used in this situation," said Ed Caleb, Klamath County district attorney."

Whatever you do, don't call for the nurse
"A Japanese nurse who tried to relieve her work stress by tearing off patients' nails was sentenced Monday to three years and eight months in prison.

The 32-year-old Japanese woman, who worked at a hospital in the ancient capital of Kyoto, tore off the fingernails and toenails of six female patients in September and October 2004. The patients were all immobile after strokes or other illnesses.

The Kyoto District Court said the woman had committed the cruel acts to relieve stress she was under from extra work forced on her by her supervisors."

Note to self: don't ask for the sponge bath when hospitalized.

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