A Little Friday File Fun (01/18)

January 18, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

Well, here’s a couple of thousand…

If clowns creep you out – you’re not alone.   A poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children’s wards, subsequently reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between four and 16 surveyed disliked the use of clowns – and even older children found them scary.   You may, in fact, want to check out a game called “Die Clowns Die” at http://www.fun-motion.com/physics-games/i-hate-clowns/  

– – – In Tampa, Florida , an unnamed man has discovered what he claims is an image of Jesus Christ on the cross – – – and what may be angels praying at his feet – – – in a rock slab – – – he’s selling it on eBay – – – you can see what he’s “selling” at http://www.isolditgulfcoast.com/

Say you’re stuck on an interminably long conference call – – – what can you do?   You can check out a new service aptly

called “SorryGottaGo.”   They’ve got more than 700 background noises that can legitimize any quick exit.  MORE at http://www.sorrygottago.com/

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished your cell phone would ring? Maybe you wanted to look extra important or popular on that hot date. Or maybe you just needed an excuse to escape from an unpleasant meeting.   With “The Popularity Dialer”, you can choose to have your phone called at a particular time (or several times). At the elected time, your phone will be dialed and you will hear a prerecorded message that’s one half of a conversation – making it easier to fake it on your end.  MORE at http://popularitydialer.com/

Here's one of those moments you won't ever want …or be able…to forget….a truly unique "interpretation" of Elton John's "Rocket Man."

And here's a couple of thousand more...

- - - In Kokomo, Indiana , Derrick Kosch, 25, walked into the Village Pantry here with a gun in his hand and larceny on his mind - - - he demanded cash and cigarettes from the clerk at the counter - - - while she was fulfilling his "request", Derrick went to put his gun in his belt - - - when it went off - - - traveling through a particularly delicate part of his anatomy - - - and then into the bottom part of his leg - - - he managed to escape - - - but shortly after the robbery, dispatchers got a call from someone in a home - - - located several blocks away from the store - - - about a man who was shot - - - you can watch Derrick "in action" at http://www.theindychannel.com/news/15051234/detail.html

- - - And finally, in Doncaster, South Yorks, UK , an unnamed 31-year-old male went online and ordered a display mannequin from Displaysense (a firm that makes sales displays for retail outlets) - - -   then - apparently - choosing to use the store display mannequin for a purpose for which it was NOT designed - - - and finding himself stuck in a hole that was not designed for the purpose to which he had applied himself - - - and then having to extricate himself via some heavy duty scissors - - - and then, not being content with that, he called the firm to demand a refund - - - who, it is said, "politely refused" - - - but who, it is now reported, is contemplating adding a product warning to prevent a future "incident" - - - MORE at http://www.displaysense.co.uk/mannequins-busts-and-torso-displays/display-busts