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From the department of “no shit, Sherlock” comes this headline today:

“APNewsBreak: Mark McGwire admits using steroids”

From the AP:

NEW YORK – Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998. McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. During a 20-minute telephone interview shortly afterward, his voice repeatedly cracked.

“It’s very emotional, it’s telling family members, friends and coaches, you know, it’s former teammates to try to get ahold of, you know, that I’m coming clean and being honest,” he said. “It’s the first time they’ve ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody.”

McGwire said he also used human growth hormone, and he didn’t know if his use of performance-enhancing drugs contributed to some of the injuries that led to his retirement, at age 38, in 2001.

Airline Security Theater

There is an old statistics joke about terrorism: The odds that a terrorist bomb is on your flight are very low. How do you ensure there isn’t one? Bring your own bomb – the odds that there are TWO bombs on a plane is nearly impossible!

Except in Slovakia.

From the AP:

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – A failed airport security test ended up with a Slovak man unwittingly carrying hidden explosives in his luggage on a flight to Dublin, Slovak officials admitted Wednesday — a mistake that enraged Irish authorities and shocked aviation experts worldwide.

While the Slovaks blamed the incident on “a silly and unprofessional mistake,” Irish officials and security experts said it was foolish for the Slovaks to hide actual bomb parts in the luggage of innocent passengers under any circumstances.

The passenger himself was detained by Irish police for several hours before being let go without charge Tuesday.

The Irish were also angry that it took the Slovaks three days to tell them about the Saturday mistake and that the pilot of the airplane decided to fly to Dublin anyway even after being told that an explosive was in his aircraft’s checked luggage.

The attempt to remedy the situation was equally absurd:

Still, details emerging from the failed exercise heightened concerns that basic precautions were not taken, with the ministry saying that when Slovak authorities realized their error and told the pilot of the Danube Wings flight, he still decided to take off with the explosives on board.

The Slovaks say authorities at Poprad-Tatry Airport informed their Dublin airport counterparts during the flight that the explosive was onboard. The Dublin Airport Authority and airport police, however, said the information was sent to a private baggage company, not to them.

Cannonball!

Cannonball!

From the AP:

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A Pennsylvania history buff who recreates firearms from old wars accidentally fired a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of his neighbor’s home. William Maser, 54, fired a cannonball Wednesday evening outside his home in Georges Township that ricocheted and hit a house 400 yards away. The cannonball, about two inches in diameter, smashed through a window and a wall before landing in a closet. Authorities said nobody was hurt.

From the AP:

JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress she said had almost $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites on Wednesday.
The woman told The Associated Press that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present on Monday — and threw out the old one.
The next day, she said, she remembered that she had hidden her life savings inside the old mattress. “I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened,” said the Tel Aviv woman, who asked not to be identified.

JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress she said had almost $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites on Wednesday.

The woman told The Associated Press that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present on Monday — and threw out the old one.

The next day, she said, she remembered that she had hidden her life savings inside the old mattress. “I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened,” said the Tel Aviv woman, who asked not to be identified.

It’s too real…

swineflu

winnie-the-pooh

I’ve already espoused one reason to love Australia.  But now comes the story of Carlton Daught beer’s contest involving 1 plane, 1 car, 1 target and 1 old man.  Too awesome for words.  You can read the whole story, otherwise, just enjoy the video.

Marijuana Pepsi Jackson

First there was Tula Does The Hula From Hawaii.  Then there was Weather’By Dot Com Chanel Fourcast.  Now I would like to introduce you to Marijuana Pepsi Jackson.  The story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Freakonomics Blog).

Rodenator

I don’t advocate cruelty to animals but there is something kind of awesome about what’s going on in Spokane.  Something that speaks to the 12-year-old boy in me.  Something that reminds me of my old VHS copy of Caddy Shack.  That something?

The Rodenator Pro

From the AP (via KATU.com)

The Finch Arboretum is being overrun by ground squirrels, and Spokane Parks and Recreation is bringing in some special artillery.

The agency is using a special machine called the Rodenator Pro to detonate some of the estimated 100 to 150 squirrels tearing up the grounds.

The Rodenator Pro pumps propane and oxygen into the tunnels of squirrels, then sends an electric spark that causes an explosion. The shock waves kill the squirrels and collapse their tunnels – but in a humane way, the agency said.

Spokanimal, which is the local animal shelter and Humane Society chapter, was caught by surprise by Monday’s announcement.

“You’re kidding,” Director Gail Mackie said when she learned the news.

You’re kidding?  Or more likely: “You’re shitting me…”