Friday, August 18, 2017
Good morning, readers.
Today’s theme is crime and criminals.
Some risque language included.
From The Readers Digest at:
Some true stories . . .
You’re a dumb criminal if …
… You believe flattery will get you anywhere.
Adan Juarez Ramirez had it all figured out—he could be a cop without having to take the boring test. But he was arrested in Grapevine, Texas, after pulling over a driver in his pickup truck, outfitted with flashing lights. He even had an ID badge, which he’d made by blacking out a restaurant gift card and etching in the word "POLICE." However, he’d kept the restaurant’s logo, a jalapeño pepper surrounded by the words "Chipotle Mexican Grill."
… You leave IOUs.
Graham Price of South Wales ripped off the bank where he worked, but he wasn’t completely duplicitous. He left a note in the safe: "Borrowed, seven million pounds"—signed "Graham Price."
… You vastly overrate your powers of persuasion.
Marlon Moore of Miami filed a fraudulent tax return, and the IRS promptly sent him a $10,000 refund. So figuring, Why not try my luck again?, he sent in three more tax returns. But even the IRS raised an eyebrow at cutting him a check for the total amount of the refunds: more than $14 trillion. Moore pleaded guilty to cashing the $10,000 check.
… You think presidents need a promotion.
James Rhyne of Memphis was charged with forgery after he handed a waitress a $100 bill. The waitress knew something was funny with the money: Instead of the portly visage of Ben Franklin, it was the star of the $5 bill, Abe Lincoln, who was staring back at her.
… You leave a paper trail.
Hickory, North Carolina, cops were able to solve in record time the mystery of the two cash registers purloined from the Captain’s Galley restaurant. Their big break came when they discovered a trail of white register tape. They followed it 50 yards to an apartment, where, they say, Donny Guy was cracking the registers open.
… You love too much.
Maybe Stephfon Bennett should try online dating. After he and two accomplices allegedly mugged a couple in Columbus, Ohio, police say he found the woman’s ID in her purse, then showed up at her door with a simple proposal: How about a date? Since a girl likes to play hard to get, she called the cops, who arrested Bennett outside her home.
… You skimp on travel expenses.
Twelve Middle Eastern immigrants forgot the first rule of sneaking into a country: Don’t call attention to yourself. En route to England from Germany, they snuck a ride in the back of a man’s truck. They stayed mum throughout their trip, even as they crossed the Channel into England. But once they hit Dover, they celebrated their arrival with songs and whoops. Not for long, though. The startled driver headed to a police station, where the 12 were apprehended.
… You’re not picky about your office location.
Christopher Oxley of Everett, Washington, was arrested for conducting a drug deal over the phone—in the bathroom of the Everett Police Department.
… You’re convinced the laws of physics don’t apply to you.
Clive Halford thinks big! The British career criminal stole a truck and loaded it with 18 pallets of stolen nickel and copper worth around £150,000 (about $250,000). Yes, the haul was huge—too huge. Cops arrested Halford after the truck’s suspension collapsed under the weight. Earlier, Halford had stolen a car, overloaded it, and broken its suspension too.
… You text and rob.
Nicholas Greenly dropped his cell phone near where an 84-year-old woman had her purse snatched in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Cops suspected that he might be involved in the crime when they read the phone’s last outgoing text message: "I am ready to grab some old lady’s purse."
… You play both roles in a game of cops and robbers.
Being a key suspect in a robbery wasn’t going to stop Romeo Montillano from realizing his dream of becoming a Chula Vista, California, police officer. Unfortunately for Montillano, his would-be colleagues put the kibosh on his plans, arresting him when he showed up to take the entrance exam. As he was led away, Montillano had one question: Could he take the test later? His request was denied.
… You make every day Take Your Child to Work Day.
Callie Rough of Middletown, Ohio, was picked up for shoplifting from a Dollar General store with her two young children in tow. Among the booty was a book, 101 Ways to Be a Great Mom.
… You take the holidays too seriously.
Robert E. Dendy of upstate New York presented the local police station with a Christmas wreath. Since the officers were well acquainted with Dendy, they did some snooping and arrested him for stealing the wreath from a store down the block.
… You let your supply of antismoking patches run out.
An Indiana state trooper stopped a car for a traffic violation. When a passenger, Honesty Knight, asked if she could smoke, the officer said yes. She proceeded, police say, to light up a joint.
… You air your neighbor’s dirty laundry.
As she walked around her neighbor’s yard sale in Severn, Maryland, the woman couldn’t help admiring the items. The Oriental rug, the luggage, the shoes—they were exactly her style. And why not? They were hers, as was everything else on display. David Perticone says somebody sold him the stuff. But cops think Perticone did the deed himself.
… You can’t let go of your friends.
Two New Zealand prisoners had the brilliant idea of fleeing the courthouse while tethered together by handcuffs. They might have escaped had a light pole not gotten between them. Like a pair of click-clacks, they slammed into each other and were arrested trying to get back to their feet.
… You neglect to look up local hotels on your GPS.
Mitchell Deslatte walked into a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hotel and asked the clerk for a room. Only, the clerk wasn’t a clerk—he was a state trooper. And the hotel was actually a state trooper station. That’s when Deslatte was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
… You don’t know when to write off a loss.
John Opperman-Green robbed a Kissimmee, Florida, 7-Eleven, then called the cops to complain when he tried to hitch a ride with strangers, who, in turn, robbed him.
… You harbor grudges.
Joseph Goetz’s alleged attempt to rob a York, Pennsylvania, bank met with some snags. Cops say the first teller he tried to rob fainted and the next two insisted they had no cash in their drawers. Fed up, Goetz stormed out, threatening to write an angry letter to the bank.
… You leave a far too indelible impression.
Victims of a home robbery in Riverview, Florida, easily picked out Sean Roberts from police photos. Turns out, there aren’t too many other people with a map of Florida tattooed on their face. Still, Roberts is pleading not guilty.
… You depend on the kindness of strangers.
Christopher Wilson of Spokane left his name and phone number with clerks at a home-improvement store should anyone find something of his that he’d dropped, according to police. They did find something, and Wilson was arrested for possession of methamphetamines.
… Even your wardrobe turns against you.
When pleading guilty to a DUI charge, let your lawyer do the talking. New Zealander Keisha Lee Kubala ignored that sensible advice and instead showed up in court wearing a T-shirt that said it all: "Miss Wasted."
Some jokes . . .
A burglar breaks into an apartment. He's sure that nobody is home, but just in case he keeps all of the lights off. As he is moving around with a torch, a voice says "I can see you and so can Jesus.” The burglar freezes on the spot, shines his torch around but doesn’t see anyone.
A few minutes pass and the voice comes again, "I can see you and so can Jesus.” The burglar again pauses and shines his torch around. This time he spots a parrot in the corner. "I can see you and so can Jesus.”
"What would you know," says the burglar, "You're just a fucking parrot!"
"Yeah, I may be a fucking parrot," replies the bird, "but Jesus is a fucking Doberman."
Two men, sentenced to die in the electric chair on the same day were led down to the room in which they would meet their maker. The priest had given the last rites, the formal speech had been given by the warden, and a final prayer had been said among the participants. The Warden, turning to the first man, solemnly asked, “Son, do you have a last request?” To which the man replied, “Yes sir, I do. I love dance music. Could you please play The Macarena for me one last time?” “Certainly,” replied the warden. He turned to the other man and asked, “Well, what about you, son? What is your final request?” “Please,” said the condemned man, “kill me first.”
A prisoner at the Edmonton Max started training a large fly to do tricks. For years, for thousands of hours, he worked with the insect. It learned to walk across a miniature high wire, ride a tiny one-wheel bike, balance on a pair of stilts and sing songs from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. “When you and I get out of here,” the jailbird said to the fly. “we re going to tour the nightspots and make a fortune.” Finally the day arrived. Fly safely tucked away in his pocket, (inside its matchbox home), the ex-con made his way to a bar to celebrate. At the bar, he brought out his trick fly. On cue, it started moonwalking. “What about this fly, eh?” he said to the bartender. In one swift motion, the bartender reached for his copy of the newspaper THE EDMONTON SUN, rolled it up and squished the fly with a mighty swipe. “Glad you saw it,” muttered the bartender. “Blasted things are everywhere.”
Why do they put a suicide watch on death row prisoners? Why would you care if a man you re planning to kill anyway, kills himself? Does it spoil the fun? I also think about the death row prisoner in Texas who, on the day before his execution, managed to take a drug overdose. They rushed him to a hospital, saved his life, then brought him back to prison and killed him.
Corn Corner . . .
Bill: “Where did you get that gold watch, Joe?”
Joe: “I won it in a race.”
Bill: “How many people were in the race?”
Joe: “Three: a policeman, the owner of the watch, and me!!”
Did you hear about the nervous bank robber on his first job?
He held a pistol and told the teller “Don’t stick around, this is a fuck up.”
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Just as people throw coins into wishing wells for good luck or to make a wish, so there is also a tradition in various parts of England (and elsewhere) of hammering coins into trees for the same reasons. The tradition dates back hundreds of years, back to the days when it was believed that deities and spirits lived in trees and that offerings could be rewarded. The coins are usually knocked into felled tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune. Removing a coin, however, will bring bad luck and illness.
Some coin (and money) trivia, which I call Bytecoin . . .
Australia introduced decimal currency on February 14, 1966, which put an end to the traditional sixpence and threepence (the latter pronounced “thrippence”, the “thrip” rhyming with “skip”) into Christmas puddings for lucky finders on Christmas day after dinner, Decimal coins, being made of different metals, can’t be used in the puddings.
The Holey dollar is the name given to coins used in the early history of two British settlements: Prince Edward Island (now part of Canada) and New South Wales (now part of Australia). The middle was punched out of Spanish dollars, creating two parts: a small coin, known as a "dump" in Australia, and a "holey dollar". This coin was one of the first coins struck in Australia.
The Holey Dollar
The dollar sign is believed to have originated from old Spanish eight reale coins (the coins known to pirates as “pieces of eight”). The reverse of these coins features a pillar of Hercules with a ribbon wrapped around, looking very much like the modern $ symbol.
The word dollar comes from the European town of Joachimsthal, where silver was mined in the 1500s and then turned into coins called Joachimsthalers (pic below). Over the years, this name was shortened to ‘thaler’, and eventually became ‘dollar’.