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News, but not the serious kind

Well, there’s your problem right there, Mister!

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We have a video report about the Thai government deciding not to buy any more of these expensive bomb detectors because they say the the things only work 20 per cent of the time.

detector 1 280“Great news, men! We’re passing out your new bomb detectors, and I’m happy to announce that 20 of you 100 guys will get to go home to your families tonight!”

See, when you put it like that, you can understand why the Thai folks might be cheesed-off.

Our video shows the soldiers walking around using a gizmo that looks like it’s straight out of “Ghostbusters,” so I got curious about the GT200. I went to the company’s Website to learn more, and here is their explanation:

I used to be a burglar, but I got laid off….

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It’s a very sad day for crime. It turns out an influx of cheap electronic goods from Asia has prompted burglars to turn to other crimes such as robberies and muggings, since their once honorable profession doesn’t pay anymore.

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“Gradually, the prices of such goods has fallen so low as to they almost have no resale value. If you can buy a DVD player for 19.99 pounds, it’s simply not worth stealing,” one expert is quoted as saying.

Jeez officer, just THROW your gun at the target!

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Welcome back to another installment of our regular feature, “Stuff Maybe we Should have Explained in the Caption, but Didn’t.” We are told these officers are holding targets during a demonstration to demand “more resources to combat violence…”

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Resources? What kind of resources?

BELGIUM-POLICE/Better training? It looks like not a single one of them seems to be able to hit a target. I say fire ‘em all and hire cops who can hit something!

What year is this again?

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Welcome back to another installment of our occasional feature, What Year is this Again?

NETHERLANDS/Quick quiz: The Dutch Parliament banned human sex with animals in…

a) 1622

b) 1623

c) 1624

d) 2010

Yeah, I know 1622 SEEMS like it should be the answer, but it’s really 2010.

Go on, stab me! I double-dare you!

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soccer vest 260Ever wonder what a conversation between total dumbasses sounds like? Let’s listen in….

“Hey Earl! I know we’re planning on going to the World Cup in June, but I heard they have 50 murders a day down there in South Africa….”

I love what you’ve done to your hair

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Okay fashion show staff, we’re still looking for ways to save money on these shows, and we think we’ve found a good way to curb the soaring cost of hair stylists.

BRAZIL/There is a group of folks who will work cheap, they are eager to learn and they have lots of time on their hands.

Gramps was a big fat poopy-head!

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RUSSIA/ You have to respect people who defend the proud name of their ancestors. It’s all too easy to take cheap shots at folks who are no longer around to defend themselves. So, hats off to Yevgeny Dzhugashvili for suing a radio station for negative comments about his grandfather, who was, let’s see  just a minute here, Josef Stalin….Wait a second. Did I read that right?

RUSSIA/Well I’ll be damned, that’s what he’s doing. It seems it’s the second libel action Dzhugashvili has taken against the media for unkind remarks about the late dictator, blamed for killing millions in gulags, mass executions, famines, etc.
Yikes. If  this guy succeeds, what next? A class action on behalf of the descendants of Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot and Idi Amin, against anybody who ever bad-mouthed those guys?
I’m sorry, Mrs. Impaler… I must advise you and the little Impalers that it could take some time to restore Great-Grandpa Vlad’s good name, but we’ll get there….

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The aslphalt jungle: driveways in the news!

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Hey Blog Guy, speaking of news photography, when a big story breaks, you know what I’m a real sucker for?

POLANSKI/I have a pretty good idea. After all, we’re all human, aren’t we? I’m guessing you can’t resist a good driveway shot.

But one of those guys IS the pope, right?

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Blog Guy, I was stunned by the attack on Pope Benedict by a woman at the start of his Christmas Eve mass. Can you explain exactly what happened?

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Yes. Through detailed scientific computer analysis of individual video frame grabs, you can see every detail. One of the clergy turned into a hideous, hollow-eyed goat’s head, then there was a flash of red, and then two men in chef’s hats ran in.

A very special holiday time at the blog

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Blog Guy, do you have anything special coming up in your blog for the holidays?

Do I!

Do you?

Yes, that’s what I meant by “Do I! “

CHINA/

Traditionally the end of the year is a time of lists and recognition, and I’m starting off tomorrow with the closely-watched Goofiest Photos of the Year announcement.

Then comes the Top Ten Blog Items of the Year as measured by reader page views, followed by my personal list of favorite posts for the year. And of course the annual Oddly Enough Blog staff photo, some thank-yous, etc.