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When death comes calling, so does Oscar the cat.
Take a look at this article. I love cats, but if this one shows up at my door, I think I would have to kick it...
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/25/death. ... index.html
look at that wit coming from shana!
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840 cats saved from dinner death
Oh my gosh, I will think twice before eating any meat from in China. Do you think that they have a section of this on the menu? Chicken, Beef, Seafood, Cat.... BARF!
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/0 ... index.html
Not So Cuddly: Panda Attacks Zookeeper
BEIJING (AP) -- A zookeeper needed more than 100 stitches after a 2-year-old panda viciously bit and scratched him during feeding time at a zoo in northwestern China, a zoo official and a newspaper said Monday.
The zookeeper, surnamed Zhang, was hospitalized after the attack Saturday in Lanzhou, Gansu province, but his life was not in danger, said a woman surnamed Zhou, who is director of the zoo's office. The Lanzhou Morning Post said the man needed more than 100 stitches.
Zhang was feeding the panda from outside the enclosure, sticking his arms through the wire, when the panda, Lan Zai, grabbed his arms and began biting them and then scratched his legs, Zhou said in a telephone interview.
Lan Zai was transferred to the zoo on July 28 from Chengdu in southwestern China and had apparently not adjusted well to Lanzhou's drier climate. The panda had refused to eat for several days, Zhou said.
The panda also had not grown comfortable with Zhang during its weeklong stay at the zoo.
Last October, a panda cub bit off part of the thumb of an American visitor who was feeding the animal at a reserve in southwestern China. A month earlier, a drunken Chinese tourist bit a panda at the Beijing Zoo after the animal attacked him when he jumped into the enclosure and tried to hug it.
Perhaps not weird but...
Oral surgeon gets last laugh over boar-tusk prank
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... oo27m.html
By Christina Siderius
Seattle Times staff reporter
Oral surgeon Robert Woo may have pulled off the ultimate practical joke.
He stuck fake boar tusks in a patient's mouth while she was sedated, took pictures, and later, after she sued, he convinced the state Supreme Court he deserves $750,000 for being abandoned by his insurance company.
The court, ruling 5-4, said Thursday that Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. had a "duty to defend" the Auburn oral surgeon when he was sued. Inserting the boar tusks "conceivably fell within the [insurance] policy's broad definition of the practice of dentistry," wrote Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, in the majority opinion.
The ruling restored a jury verdict that had been overturned on appeal.
Justice James Johnson vigorously disagreed. In one of two dissents, he wrote, "Any reasonable person would not define his actions as a dental procedure. ... "
Rather, Johnson wrote, Woo "humiliated" his patient and the court's "decision rewards Dr. Woo's obnoxious behavior and allows him to profit handsomely. ... "
The saga of Woo, the boar tusks and the insurance company that hoped not to pay for a policyholder's attempt at comedy goes back to a pot-bellied pig named Walter.
Walter was the pet of Woo's surgical assistant and a frequent office topic. The assistant, who worked for Woo for about five years, adored Walter. But ever the jokester, Woo couldn't resist barbs about barbecuing Walter.
The assistant had asked Woo to replace two of her teeth with implants. Along with ordering the necessary partial bridges, Woo ordered a set in the shape of boar tusks.
During the procedure, Woo and his staff removed the assistant's oxygen mask, inserted the tusks and took photos, some with her eyes pried open. Woo then completed the planned dental work.
After she saw the photos, the assistant never returned to the office. Woo didn't know it at the time, but the woman had been sexually assaulted as a teen. The boar's-teeth incident triggered memories and spurred a case of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a psychologist's report in the court file.
The Seattle Times generally does not name victims of sexual assault.
The woman filed the lawsuit in 1999, with claims including battery, invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and medical negligence.
Fireman's had declined to defend Woo because his actions did not fall under "dental services," documents said.
Woo settled with the assistant for $250,000, then took Fireman's to court, claiming the company should have defended him.
In 2003, a King County Superior Court jury said Fireman's had breached its duty and it awarded Woo $750,000 in damages. He was also awarded attorney fees and reimbursement for the $250,000 he paid to settle the original lawsuit with his employee. The state Court of Appeals overturned that ruling, but left the $250,000 settlement intact.
After Thursday's ruling, Woo will wind up getting the more than $1 million initially awarded.
Woo's lawyer, Dick Kilpatrick, said his client was pleased, "but more for the principle that insurers shouldn't abandon their policy holders."
In a prepared statement, Fireman's said, "We are disappointed with the decision."
Johnson, in his dissent, said Fireman's won't be the only one to pay. "Ultimately, patients in Washington will pay for Woo's malfeasance through their doctors' higher costs and insurance premiums," Johnson wrote.
Think twice before letting your kids play on the playground.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/200 ... mbust.ktxa
This is why I HATE the ferris wheel:
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/08/1 ... eaths.html
5 family members killed in South Korean ferris wheel accident
Five family members were killed after the ferris wheel car they were riding in overturned at a South Korean amusement park, police said Monday.
South Korean firefighters rescue a student from a car of a ferris wheel at the World Carnival Busan south of Seoul on Monday, when an accident killed at least five members of the same family.
(Jo Jung-ho/Associated Press)
The five fell 20 metres from the 66-metre-high, 42-car ferris wheel at the World Carnival mobile amusement park in the southern city of Busan.
A 68-year-old woman, a seven-year-old boy and two others died at the scene, and a 28-year-old woman died later in hospital. Two other family members riding in the car when it overturned clung to handholds and survived without injury.
Jeon Un-sung, 70, who was rescued from the car, told Yonhap news agency that "the slowly moving gondola suddenly stopped and turned upside down, and family members fell in a flash" when the window behind the seats fell out of the car.
Police were still investigating late Monday.
What the hell?
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/200 ... mbust.ktxa