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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #11


Thirteen news stories that are making JEN roll her eyes...

1. Oh sure, but they got a dog sitter!
A husband and wife who found a dog sitter for their new puppies, but left their 9-year-old son home to care for his younger autistic brother while they celebrated the new year in Las Vegas, were arrested Wednesday, police said.
2. Where Disco Inferno meets Ring of Fire.
The home of the late singer Johnny Cash has been purchased by another singer with a distinctive voice. Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and his wife, Linda, bought the house for an undisclosed amount, an attorney for the Cash family said Wednesday.
3. And this matters, why?
Researchers at a Missouri university have identified the largest known prime number, officials said Tuesday...The number that the team found is 9.1 million digits long. It is a Mersenne prime known as M30402457 — that's 2 to the 30,402,457th power minus 1. Mersenne primes are a special category expressed as 2 to the "p" power minus 1, in which "p" also is a prime number.
4. I'd hate to see what he would have done if they'd given him jail time!
A South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself on fire Wednesday in a courtroom where he was sentenced to a $300 fine for disturbing the peace, a court official and an emergency room physician said.
5. I'm glad she's sorting this out, but that bulimia thing wasn't really news to the rest of the world...
Lindsay Lohan, who was hospitalized in Miami this week for an asthma attack, tells Vanity Fair in an interview that she has dabbled in drugs and battled bulimia.
6. It appears that Gary Glitter's taking a page from the Michael Jackson playbook.
The disgraced former pop star Gary Glitter has paid £2,275 to the families of two Vietnamese girls he is accused of sexually assaulting after they agreed to write to the authorities asking that the case be dropped, his lawyer said yesterday.
7. Apparently George Clooney will just never have enough money.
Hollywood is planning a new sequel to adventure flick "Ocean's Eleven," with star George Clooney set to reprise his role as a charismatic thief in "Ocean's Thirteen," the entertainment press said.
8. Um, duh! They actually had to fund a study to determine this is true?
Children who see their mothers physically abused may often suffer their own emotional and behavioral problems in response, new study findings show. The study, according to the researchers, adds to evidence that witnessing violence in the home can have serious consequences for children's mental health and ability to function in daily life...They found that mothers who said they'd been seriously abused by their partner -- beaten, choked or threatened with a weapon -- generally reported more emotional and behavioral problems in their 4- to 14-year-old children.
9. No thanks, I think a bus tour is enough of a disaster on its own.
Mountains of debris, collapsing houses, a weather-ravaged stadium: It's yours for $35 a person -- $28 for kids. Gray Line New Orleans began a bus tour Wednesday of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, and demand was high enough that the company added a third tour on the first day.
10. Don't worry, we'll bring 'Enry 'Iggins in and soon they'll all sound like they're from the upper crust.
Some whale species sing in different dialects depending on where they're from, a new study shows.
11. He was just unloading all over the place!
Police in a Vancouver suburb reminded residents on Tuesday it was not a good idea to play with a loaded gun while using the bathroom, after a man accidentally shot himself. A 21-year-old North Vancouver man was facing numerous weapons charges after he shot off one of his fingers while apparently playing with a gun on New Year's Day, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
12. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Gulf Coast...
Tropical Storm Zeta finally started weakening Wednesday and was expected to turn into a tropical depression Thursday, forecasters said. Zeta developed Friday, about a month after the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended. It tied a record for the latest developing storm since record keeping began in 1851. Though Zeta appeared to be breaking down, the skimpy history of January storms makes it hard to predict, said Eric Blake, a meteorologist at the hurricane center.
13. Doesn't this officially make it a "shotgun wedding?"
Florida cops nabbed groom-to-be Lonnie Causey, 62, minutes before his wedding Friday — charging him with ignoring a judge's order prohibiting contact with the bride, according to the Orlando Sentinel. In August, French called police to tell them the man ready to pledge his love for her, in sickness and in health, had shot a gun at her head after having too much to drink.
Yep, he's quality. I think the police are doing her a favor.

That's it for today! Leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

FIONNA, you didn't leave me a link! Does anyone know where to find Fionna? Call off the bloodhounds, Fionna has been found! I tracked through comments on another 13. Why can't different blog systems get the link thing together?

1. MommaK 2. Leanne 3. Renee 4.Jeej 5. GreekGoddess 6. Krisco 7. Jennifer at Just My Little World 8. KDubs 9. Rowan 10. Nancy AKA CraZedMoM 11. Uisce 12. Veronika 13. Colleen at Musings 14. Jennifer at Happy at Home 15. Ms. Crystal 16. Colleen at Loose Leaf 17. Lori 18. SquashedToad 19. Karen 20. Audra 21. InterstellarLass 22. Texas_Ivy10 23. Bone 24. Marie 25. Kelly/Nello 26. UziCue 27. Sallwood 28. Shelli 29. Running2Ks 30. Gabrielle 31. Allison 32. Ardice 33. Fionna at Ficklechick 34. Master Enigma 35. Judy 36. Trinity13 37. busymom 38. JK 39. Lisa 40. Holly

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

I think that my title was a ploy to get more traffic or something. hee hee or I'm just slap happy being up this late.

We did laundry for my birthday...snore. But will celebrate it better tomorrow since DH will be home. Thanks for the wishes!

Your 13 was a eyerolling experience, I have to agree with you on all of those. OY!
You see, this is why I love the Internet. I don't have time to watch the news, so thank goodness I can visit sites that tell me what's going on in the world! And what a bizarre world, too.

My 13 are up!
A bus tour to see the devestation of Hurricane Katrina?! I'll pass!

Here are my 13
I'm sorry i'm stuck on number one and the one with the guy in the bathroom with the gun. People are so ignorant. Geez. Number one REALLY makes me mad!

Cheers girlie.. great 13~
I heard that about Lindsay. Poor girl. She got too skinny too fast. Everyone knew but she wasn't telling. Hope she gets the help she needs. I really like her.
wow those really DO make you roll your eyes !!! Very nice 13 Jen .. you know where mine is lol
OH Jeez. These are crazy! Did you hear the one about Barbie??
Gee...whoda thunk.
Ummm, those "parents" found a sitter for their dogs but not their kids??? What's wrong with that picture????

And people wanting to take tours of the hurricane Katrina areas? Hmm, that's kinda tacky.
Bus tours of the Katrina mess? I'll pass...*rolls eyes*
My TT are up! :)
A Bus tour to see the stadium, how silly.
Well you have been Tagged .
You can accept or not
It's the fours
That was fun and informative! I have mine up...I'm on #11 too.
Ok, I'm finally up with this. I need to find out how to add a blogroll to mine, I think. I'm awash in ignorance today.
#3 is a low blow, Jen. Math geeks everywhere are excited about this. Here's a fun math fact... the Marsenne prime falls at the 645,842,094th digit of pi which is exactly 551,126,868 digits away from where your birthday fell.

As Yoda would say, "Weird wonderful stuff, math is."
[rolling my eyes]

Geez Louise. But, at least you make it all so funny!
Haha! Love the list! Thanks for the great laughs (needed them this morning) and I definetely rolled my eyes on a few of them.

My 13 are up.
Holy cow these are nuts. Truth really is stranger than fiction. I especially like #3. Why? Because I'm from Missouri and what can I say? We're a BORED breed. *grin*

Thanks for taking the time to share these zany stories!

13 is up and running
here's mine...
Oh man! Those are some doozies! I can't believe people are making money off the devestation in N.O. If they were donating proceeds, that'd be one thing, but to profit from others' loss? Despicable.

Here's my 13 for today!
That number 1 just makes me sick! I wish the other guy would set those parents on fire!

Mine are up!
Lots of eye rolling here too when I read them.... lol My 13 is up!
OK, I'm gonna have to read these once I have time. Read: am not at work :-)

Looks interesting.

My 13 are up.
Fionna, come back! I can't find you!
I guess I should just say thanks for your fun blogs and for getting me started with this Thursday 13.
Loved your "let's split" story on my site! Thanks for the big best smile of the day yet. It was especially good considering the real life scenerio behind it.
Wow! That was something to compile!!

It's a strange, strange (but wonderful) world, huh?

Happy TT!
Love the list!
So informative... Now I don't have to read the newspaper!

Happy Thursday!
Mine are up...

Diary of the Nello
Love it!!

Here's my 13:
Great news stories. I know Gary Glitter had to pay the firing squad so they wouldn't shoot him.
I had actually missed a few of these stories. Thanks Jen, for catching me up on some of this.
You should have mentioned the story where they found the babysitter passed out and the baby crawling around with a .19 blood alcohol level. Idiots...both the babysitter and the mom who left the baby with him.

My 13 is up.
WOW! 31 comments! SWEET!

You are the busiest blog (that I've visited) today!
But, but but, I love George Clooney.

And yeah, on Lohan. Sheesh, what a role model.
Definite eye rollers there.
I am going around reading the TT lists today but there are SO many of them oy.
It is of course Friday for me anyway LOL
I'm with uisce, I hadn't had the time today to scan the news. Thanks for letting me know what's going on. My list is up! Have a good Thursday. Take-Care of yourself...
The loaded gun one was the best!

Thanks for making me laugh today!

My 13 is late but is now up at
It just goes to prove that common sence isn't so common anymore
What a great list. Those were amazing stories. As they say, truth is stranger than fiction.
Thanks for visiting my 13!
When we're in our sixties, Clooney will be starring in Oceans Twenty-Three.

Setting yourself on fire... that takes some courage!
my good, those are some crazy stories! some people really worry me, ya know? lol...

my 13
I heart George Clooney and I believe that we all are "greedy" of money, somehow - of course in many different levels :)
Okay, now I have Ring of Fire stuck in my head!

Btw, my 13 is up.
love this list!

Tour to see what the hurricane has done? LOL.
Where do you find these? They are absurdly difficult to believe. I wish most of them actually weren't true...except of course for the prime number. That one is a real load off of my mind!

my 13 =
Wow! I got all the crazy news in one spot. I did the eye roll thing too. :)

My TT is up :D
Wow! Look at the number of comments you have here! The 13s were great. So funny. I love your little tid-bits that you add. Sorry I haven't been around lately, I've been working on a proposal for my book for Nelson Publishing. I'm still not finished but should be by next week. Keep me in your is an exiting oppurtunity for me!
LOL i love your list! Thanks for all that heads up info - I haven't seen any news in like a week!

Lindsay sad. My girls love her, and she does look pretty bad lately.

My TT is obviously up - I had a crazy day yesterday so I'm catching up today. :p
Yes, those parent's were pretty smart, weren't they? When I saw that one the news, I was disgusted. But at least the kids were OK, and it didn't end in tragedy or something. Course, given that they didn't think twice about leaving their kids alone, you kinda gotta wonder what else those poor kids have gone through.

I didn't know about a dog sitter for the puppies though. Makes it even more twisted!

Great news recap on the eye rollers!
Thank you for keeping us all up to date on the craziness. Honestly, it's all really sad.
The parents who left there kids alone shouldn't be allowed to own fish let alone babies!
And I'll gladly donate $35 plus $28 NOT to take the tour.
My 13 are up.
Sad to say I just got back from a dart tournament and decided to log in and do some surfing. I love your blog. It had some very good laughs. I am doing a paper on wedding favor mint and have been downloading information for the last two hours. I don�t know how I came across your blog but I am sure glad I did. It has set me back a little because I have spent the last 2 hours reading your archives. If you don�t mind I would like to add you to my favorites so I can back again and read some more. Well I need to get back to wedding favor mint. I am almost finished with it. Great job.

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