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Posted by Boghound on December 31, 2010


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Taxi Tip

Posted by Boghound on December 30, 2010


Rider pulls knife on California cabbie, leaves tip

A California taxi passenger may have an anger problem, but he’s no Grinch.

Police in Sacramento got a report that a man pulled a knife on a cab driver during a dispute over the weekend but still made sure to pay his fare – plus tip.

The Sacramento Bee says the rider argued with the driver about his desired destination on Saturday then pulled out a folding-blade knife, prompting the driver to run away on foot.

The passenger also fled – after leaving his cab fare and a tip.

Police say the passenger has not been found.

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Agony Uncle??

Posted by Boghound on December 29, 2010

Mafia boss is mobsters’ agony uncle

In one intercepted note to a criminal associate, 32-year-old Sandro Lo Piccolo wrote: ‘My dear friend, erotic adventures, as you like to call them, are a philosophy.’

He then advised his friend on how best to please his lover, before adding: ‘I’m sorry you left her unsatisfied. They want something of steel.’

Lo Piccolo then kindly offered to stand in and pleasure the woman himself – although how he would do that from his cell was not made clear.

The don’s sex tips – dubbed the ‘Mafia Kama Sutra’ by Italian police – were found in raids on the homes of suspected gangsters in Palermo, Sicily.

Lo Piccolo boasted of his own sexual prowess in the ten pages of letters, as well as giving orders for the day-to-day business of extortion and theft. In one letter, he wrote: ‘My friend, I read that you are making love all the time. I am the only one not having sex any more – enjoy yourself and don’t forget anyone.’

Lo Piccolo was arrested three years ago along with his father Salvatore, aka il Barone – the baron. When he was led from a police station after questioning, he blew kisses to screaming women who had gathered to catch a glimpse of him.

In prison, he has received many letters from female admirers, including one from a former girlfriend, who wrote: ‘Don’t worry, I am waiting for you… I do not wear make up, I swear I will not do anything that attracts attention. ‘I have several colleagues who are chasing me but don’t worry about them

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Gasping For A Fag?

Posted by Boghound on December 28, 2010

Police ‘mistake cig break for suicide bid’

A New York man is suing police for more than £250,000 after two officers mistook his cigarette break for a suicide attempt.

Mark Moody, 40, was enjoying a cigarette on the window ledge of his apartment when a police car rolled up, reports the New York Post.

Two officers jumped out, asked him if he was planning to commit suicide and ordered him to come downstairs but Mr Moody refused, saying he was having a cigarette.

The officers then burst into the second floor apartment, grabbed him from behind, restrained and cuffed him and then carted him off to psychiatric hospital.

Mr Moody, a lawyer, says he always takes his cigarette breaks on the window ledge – which is only 12ft above the ground.

"If I was going to commit suicide, this would be a pretty dumb place to do it," he said. "If I jumped from here, I’d just sprain my ankle."

Mr Moody says he was thrown into an ambulance and taken to Beth Israel Medical Center where a psychiatrist quickly discharged him.

"I talked to him for three minutes, and he said: "Look, I’m really sorry. I apologise on behalf of the city"," he said.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said: "Police responded to a 911 call of an emotionally disturbed person at the location.

"When police arrived, they observed the male sitting on the ledge talking erratically. Police emergency service officers were called, and the person was removed to the hospital for observation."

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Posted by Boghound on December 27, 2010

‘Husband’ is a woman

An Indian woman lived with her ‘husband’ for a year before finally discovering that ‘he’ was really a ‘she’.

Minati Khatua, 26, of Rourkela, says she and her family were completely taken in by Sitakant Routray, 28.

"He had impressed everyone in my family and they willingly agreed to our marriage," she said.

As is traditional in India, Sitakant received a substantial dowry including an Indica car, gold ornaments and more than £350 in cash.

But Minati grew suspicious after the wedding when Sitakant avoided any physical contact on the pretext of a religious vow.

"I would try hard to find out and confirm his gender but failed repeatedly," she told the Calcutta Telegraph.

"However, one day I managed to force open the bathroom door when he was having a bath. My worst fears came true. He was a woman."

Inspector Jyotirmaya Hota confirmed that police were investigating the case.

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Posted by Boghound on December 24, 2010


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A Tip For Santa

Posted by Boghound on December 23, 2010

Reflective reindeer collars

Norwegian reindeer owners have a Christmas safety tip for Santa — put reflectors on the fleet-footed animals so they won’t get hit by cars.

About 2,000 reindeer have been fitted this month with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags to cut down on the car crashes that now kill 500 reindeer a year and pose a danger to motorists across Arctic Norway.

"It really works," Kristian Oevernes, the leader of the project at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, told Reuters of the project in Finnmark, where the sun does not rise in mid-winter.

A test drive on a snowmobile showed that marked reindeer were far more visible in the dark than others. Several people are injured every year in car accidents involving reindeer, and one recent accident in Finland was fatal.

"I guess so," Oevernes said, when asked if Santa might take up the safety tip.

"This is the first time it (reindeer marking) has happened on this scale."

Sami herders had tried small experiments to attach reflective tape to the animals but the glue failed in the cold. Finnish herders had also tried a reflective spray, but it reduced the fur’s ability to keep out the chill.

About 200,000 reindeer live in Norway, mostly owned by Sami indigenous people who raise them for meat, skins and antlers, according to the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.

If the new project is successful, supporters say, reindeer owners or vehicle insurance companies might be interested in buying reflectors.

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Kiss & Yell??

Posted by Boghound on December 22, 2010

Woman bites husband’s tongue off

A Wisconsin man underwent surgery to have his tongue re-attached after his wife bit it off during a kiss, the Sheboygan Press reported.

The 79-year-old victim called police late Monday night and dispatchers sent an ambulance and officers to his home in Sheboygan, 60 miles north of Milwaukee, despite having trouble understanding what he was saying, the report said.

When officials arrived, the man and his 57-year-old wife were outside singing Christmas carols. The wife reportedly threw a coffee cup at the emergency responders.

Officers with the Sheboygan Police Department said the man’s tongue was bitten off when the woman tried to kiss him inside the couple’s home. The man was missing about half his tongue.

The man asked that his wife not be arrested, but she was taken into custody and charged with domestic violence.

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There’s No Escape!

Posted by Boghound on December 21, 2010

Driver nabbed by same cop on other side of the world

A motorist caught speeding in London two years ago moved to New Zealand only to be booked by the same police officer for again exceeding the limit, reports said.

Former London bobby Andy Flitton ticketed the man in Britain two years ago, shortly before migrating to New Zealand – then caught him again in September on a highway on the South Island, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Mr Flitton, who now works for the New Zealand traffic police, said he had forgotten about the original booking until the man approached him while he was writing out the ticket.

"He asked if I had worked in London, I said ‘yes’. He asked if I used to operate the laser gun on the A5 in North London, I said ‘yes’," Mr Flitton told the newspaper.

"And he said ‘I thought it was you, you gave me my last speeding ticket there two years ago’."

Mr Flitton said the man told him he had moved to New Zealand two weeks before his latest booking, unaware his nemesis was also in the same country.

"We must have some sort of connection," he said. "He only ever broke the law twice and both times I was the one to give him a ticket… it just shows what a small world it really is."

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Posted by Boghound on December 20, 2010

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