Monday, February 11, 2008

Today in Extraordinarily Odd


Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day in a move that reminds us why we like heavily religious governments. I guess it’s not entirely religious governments that end up acting like irrational spoilt brats who aren’t used to sharing toys, I mean look at China in preparation for the Beijing Olympics. I just find it astonishing that a Government could possibly consider that taking away roses will halt or slow the interaction of men and women. In reality, Saudi Arabia probably has one of the most vibrant or at least intense, secret underground nightlife and sex cultures in the world almost entirely because of government bans on things like flowers and inter-gendered talking that is frequented by the actual freakish weirdos who insist on laws that ban flowers. Although, as we know, flowers are a major stimulant of sin so maybe it’s understandable. I just reconsidered. Yes, Saudi Arabia is on the right track. [source]

Armed robbers stole four important paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and C├ęzanne from a museum in Zurich, the Swiss authorities announced Monday, in what they said might have been the largest art theft in Europe. The loot is worth 163 million dollars. What absolute geniuses those thieves are. No one will be looking for these specific 4 paintings now so it should be really easy for them to offload them and really make bank. Although, I’ve got to say, of all the thief stories recently these guys seem to be the most adept at actually completing the task. That leads me to believe that this is essentially Oceans Eleven happening in real life; gosh, every week a new film happens in real life. Culture is so complex. [source]


A British expatriate named Frederick Boyle has been found guilty of murdering his wife in Australia and hiding her body in a barrel for 23 years. This is the third story in a week or two that involves an English person living in close proximity to a dead body for years and years at a time and having essentially no problem with it. Are we to now assume that, along with bad teeth, really strong cheese and TV licenses that the English enjoy the company of the dead and must at all times have a dead body with them? It seems both reasonable and prudent to just accept that as law – no questions asked. [source]

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