Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Odd news stories that tickled my fancy


Hi and welcome to your Wednesday fix of Shapeshifter Seductions! I’m Rebecca Gillan, a writer of fantasy romance, and this is where I share with you proof that fantasy is alive and well in the real world! Today, I offer you a goat on the run while teasing cops on his Face Book page. I have a cool story about zombies in the workforce helping to make the next generation of cars safer. A weather witch in Pheonix causes a major accident when a spell goes awry. And last but not least, a heart-warming story of a monkey adopting an abandoned kitten!

The last couple weeks have been busy as heck! Between kids going back to school, the day job and writing, I'm juggling like crazy! I am also now doing a blog the first Friday of the month over at Whipped Cream’s guest blog page, so that was two blogs to write this week. Phew, I sure hope things slow down a bit pretty soon. I blinked twice and missed most of August!

So on to the news!

There’s not much that irritates police more than copy-cats. When the copy-cat is a goat they can’t seem to apprehend, it only makes things worse. In Mexico, Illinois, there is a now famous goat on the run and taunting the police by posting his whereabouts on his FB page. This trend, first made famous by the Face Book Bandit, also know as the Barefoot Bandit, is becoming a real problem for authorities the world over. Let’s all hope the Mexico goat doesn’t get a flea in his ear to steel an airplane next.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38903664/?Gt1=43001


The story broke last week that there are zombies working in the auto industry. Of course, the news out-lets claimed they were cadavers, but really. When was the last time you saw a cadaver that was able to test drive a car? Think about it. If they can animate crash test dummies, why not reanimate real humans? Seems to me it would be easier than making magical constructs out of non-organic matter. We’d have to ask a necromancer to be certain, but it seems logical to me.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38868527/ns/technology_and_science-innovation/


There was a 69 car pile-up in Phoenix this past Sunday after a freak downpour hit without warning. I admit, I do feel a Beavis and Butthead like urge to giggle about the 69 in broad daylight, but I will try to restrain myself. While summer monsoons in Phoenix aren’t unheard of, I had to wonder about it. In this day and age of Doppler radar, sudden storms don’t come from nowhere without warning. My guess? A weather witch. It’s hot. It’s dry. And her a/c just went out for the third time this week. While whipping up a cooling system to chill her living room, she accidentally grabs the rain maker rather than the big chill. Hey, it could happen!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38899630/ns/us_news-life/?GT1=43001


Everyone from Bradgalina to Sandra Bullock is adopting these days. Apparently monkeys are breaking into the trend now, too! What else is a single male monkey to do when the urge to have young ones hits? You read that right folks. A male macaque adopted an abandoned kitten in Indonesia. And just like Bradgalina, there was a photog following the new father around making life for him and his little one difficult.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38862604/?beginSlide=1&GT1=43001

That'll about wrap it up for today. See you next week!


Rebecca

RebeccaLGillan.com

8 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

Oh, Rebecca, those are too good, especially the goat. Of course, if I was an over-heated witch, I might resort to that spell, too. It's always too cool when animals of different species care for one another.

And I love the bear-man pic!

Serena Shay said...

Love the odd news, Rebecca. Especially the freak storm! That definitely has to be the work of a weather witch...A hot and bothered weather witch looking for that special one on the hwy of lust! ;) Let's hear it for the 69 giggle, Bevis and Butthead style...heh, heh

Rebecca Murray said...

Seriously. That bear looks like one of those kids in Amsterdam who hang out in public parks getting stoned! I don’t know if it’s a fake or real, but it’s a cool one either way.

Pat C. said...

No, Yogi! Don't jump!

The weather witch couldn't just go out and buy a fan? Or maybe the Pothead Bears were paying a visit and nobody wanted to get up off the couch.

I'd be more concerned about the zombies wanting insurance coverage. Or a union.

Huh huh. You said "69". Huh huh huh huh huh huh.

Rebecca Murray said...

Pat- for the same reason the first line of the directions for anything you fix on a car is "shut off the engine."

Savanna Kougar said...

Unless you're pouring water in an over-heated engine. At least, in my day, you have to keep the engine running or you'll ruin it.

Rebecca Murray said...

Updat: Someone caught the goat. Not the cops, though. Some guy with a horse chased him down and lasso'd him. Apparently the goat is still "posting" on his Face Book page, so they must have him in minimum security lock-up...

Rebecca Murray said...

Ah! It worked here. I guess Yahoo Groups either didn't like my code or the group is set up to disallow it. Sixes one way, half dozen the other...