It’s all a matter of perspective

April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yesterday I was having some work done on my car at the local garage. While I was talking to Bert, the Mechanic, a woman came in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten….

We all looked at each other, and the Bert asked, ‘What is a seven-hundred-ten?’

She replied, ‘You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine. I lost it and need a new one. It had always been there.’

Bert gave the woman a piece of paper and a pen and asked her to draw what the piece looked like. She drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710.

He then took her over to another car which had the hood up and asked, ‘Is there a 710 on this car ?’ She pointed and said, ‘Of course, its right there.’

THE NEWS

Brazil: Health minister prescribes more sex: “Brazil’s health minister has a remedy for the nation’s high-blood-pressure problem: More sex. Minister Jose Temporao says adults should be exercising more to help keep their blood pressure down, and he says a good cardiovascular workout includes sex, ‘always with protection, obviously.’ Temporao also recommends dancing, a healthy diet and regular blood-pressure checks.”

TN: Jail mistakenly releases man serving life: “The convicted murderer who took a bathroom break in February just before the jury’s verdict — and wasn’t recaptured until a month later — is gone again. Dearick Stokes, who was sentenced to life in prison, was released by mistake Thursday from the Shelby County Jail, and Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. wants to know why. ‘This is totally unacceptable,’ an angry Lammey told several jail officials this morning in his courtroom. ‘Something needs to be done — like yesterday. I am concerned because we have a convicted murderer back on the streets again.’ Lammey issued a warrant for Stokes’s arrest and said he wanted the fugitive squad, the FBI and whoever else was needed to take him back into custody.”

Young drivers lack brainpower: “YOUNG drivers have underdeveloped brains that make them more impulsive and less able to properly assess risks – reasons why they are involved in so many crashes. Dr Lisa Wundersitz, from the Centre for Automotive Research, said brain development was one of three key issues behind the high number of young people injured or killed on our roads. She said research has shown that inexperience, distractions from modern technology and a cultural tendency to “take risks” were the reason for most accidents. “There is a biological element the prefrontal cortex of the brain is not fully developed until they are in their 20s,” she said. “This means their long-term planning skills, reasoning and impulse skills are all lacking.”

Computer Stress Syndrome: “Crashing machines, slow boot times, and agony dealing with technical support have Digital Age people suffering from Computer Stress Syndrome, a study available online today found. “Today’s digitally-dependent consumers are increasingly overwhelmed and upset with technical glitches and problems in their daily lives,” a communications industry think tank said in a report entitled Combating Computer Stress Syndrome. The report identified sources of peoples’ pain as “frustrating, complex computers and devices, technical failures, viral infections, and long waits to resolve support issues”. Findings were based on a survey of more than 1000 people in North America… “The reality is that numerous, persistent problems are troubling most computer users, creating unnecessary anguish and anxiety as a result,” the study found.”

Man sues store for refusing to sell him winning lottery ticket: “A 70-YEAR-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $12 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket. Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing in the US state of Indiana, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40pm official sales cutoff. Andrews, of Indianapolis, says the clerk told him the lottery terminal wasn’t working but later printed out a list of winning numbers when he asked, proving the machine was operating. “They had an obligation to issue him a ticket because he was there before 10:40,” said Bob Burkett, one of Andrews’ attorneys.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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