A fond Irish father

March 31, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint.

Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage. I got him a Guinness. He didn’t like it, so I drank it.

Then I got him a Kilkenny’s, he didn’t like that either, so I drank it.

Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn’t. I drank it.

I thought maybe he’d like whiskey better than beer so we tried a Jameson’s, nope!

In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast,Ireland’s finest. He wouldn’t even smell it. What could I do but drink it!

By the time I realized he just didn’t like to drink, I was so feckin’ sh*t-faced I could hardly push his pushchair back home.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Doctors are treating cancer with polio — and it’s working: “Doctors at Duke University are experimenting with injecting a modified version of the polio virus into cancerous tumors and are finding that it helps destroy the tumors, reports 60 Minutes. The brainchild of Dr. Matthias Gromeier, a molecular biologist at Duke Medical Center, the idea that cancerous cells could be destroyed using the virus was once dismissed. According to Dr. Henry Friedman, a neuro-oncologist and deputy director of the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, “I thought he was nuts.” “I really thought he was using a weapon that produced paralysis,” said Friedman who has been researching a cure for glioblastoma for more than 30 years. “This, to me, is the most promising therapy I have seen in my career, period.” Gromeir explained that human cancers develop protective measures to make them invisible to the immune system, but he said the polio treatment removes that shield and allows the immune system to attack.”

China doesn’t mess around with Muslims: “A man in China has been sentenced to six years in prison for ‘provoking trouble’ because he grew a beard. The 38-year-old from the Uighur minority received several warnings before attending court in Kashgar, local newspapers reported. His wife was also given a two-year sentence for wearing a veil that hid her face. In China authorities widely discourage growing a beard because they say it is linked to extremist ideals. The Uighurs vehemently dispute this claim. The unnamed man started growing facial hair in 2010 before being accused of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ by officials. A campaign dubbed ‘Project Beauty’ similarly encourages women to leave their heads bare and abandon wearing the veil – a relatively widespread practice among the Uighurs. The repression of the Uighurs has been fanning tensions in the region for more than a year. Violence increased last year and at least 200 people were killed in a series of bombings and deadly clashes with security forces. And in August authorities in Karamay city banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses.”

This cat has a map of Australia on its nose: “A little Oriental Longhair cat was the talk of the Royal Sydney Easter Show yesterday thanks to an unusual marking on her nose. “Oz”, aptly nicknamed because of the map of Australia on her face, was lapping up all the attention from kids, adults and vets alike at her first cat show yesterday. “Oz didn’t come away with any prizes on Sunday but she certainly had lots of admiration because of her markings. I was really surpsied by the reaction,” owner Deb Nugent told news.com.au. “She has had the marking since birth but because it was so tiny we didn’t notice that it looked like a map until she was a few months old.” Oz, who turns one on April 2 and whose real name is Siajavi Paiwen, is a fun, michievous, “very special” feline according to her owners. She also has a brother and sister, who sadly don’t share the same unique marking as their now famous sibling.”

Cloaking device could protect soldiers from shock waves: “A researcher at the defense company Boeing has filed a patent for a sci-fi-esque cloaking device that would protect soldiers from intense shock waves generated by explosions. The just-issued patent to Boeing envisions stopping shock waves using a veil of heated, ionized air. Such a ‘shield’ would damp the force of explosions. It doesn’t build an invisible wall of force, but rather makes shock waves bend around objects, just as some high-tech materials bend light and make things invisible. Brian J. Tillotson, a senior research fellow at Boeing, said the idea occurred to him after noticing the kinds of injuries suffered by soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

CA: Court rules Sun Worshipping Atheism “not a religion”: “”A California court ruled that atheism is not a religion based on a three-point checklist to determine ‘the sometimes subtle distinction between a religion and a secular belief system.’ Marshel Copple is the sole follower of ‘Sun Worshipping Atheism,’ a belief system the former corrections officer created that advocates sleeping at least eight hours a day, daily fresh air, frequent exercise, having a job, social interaction, and skepticism. However, his beliefs on sleep conflicted with his work as a corrections officer, which required him to be available to work eight hours of overtime if needed and up to 16 hours in the event of a prison riot, reported The National Law Review.”

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

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