Well, here’s a few thousand (hundred?) words…(and one picture)
AND IF IT’S FRIDAY – – – then it must be time for – – – THE FRIDAY FILES – – – In Seattle, Washington , police officers viewed what they described as a “suspicious person” – – – a suspicious person who did nothing to dissuade that notion by running away from the police – – – but who apparently was able to evade that pursuit – – – but police caught a break – – – when they heard that the suspect was on the I-5 freeway – – – and was subsequently hit by a car in the northbound lanes near the Washington State Convention and Trade Center – – – making his apprehension by the authorities a much easier process – – –
– – – In Iowa City, Iowa , Johnathan David Gunn, 19, arrived at the Johnson County Jail to serve a three-day sentence for public intoxication – – – in an inebriated state – – – now it looks like he’ll have to do it all over again – – –
– – – In Colorado Springs, Colorado , an as-yet-unnamed man robbed a 7-Eleven store there about 2 in the morning – – – and hit another 7-Eleven about a half hour later – – – wearing a black mask, black jacket, and blue jeans – – – and armed with a “Star Trek Klingon-type sword” (a “bat’leth”, for you Trekkies – – – but then, you knew that) – – –
– – – In Macksville, Australia , an unnamed 20-year-old broke into a butcher shop and made off with a frozen chicken – – – which, along with a rock, he attempted to use to enter his next “stop” – – – a café – – – and where he managed to cut his wrist – – – necessitating a call for an ambulance – – – and police – – –
– – – In Cape Coral, Florida , George Bartusek, 51, was spotted doing some very “private” things with two inflatable companions – – – in a Publix store .parking lot – – – George was charged with breach of peace and taken to the Lee County Jail – – – his “companions” were towed away with the car – – – you can see them at http://188.8.131.52/Articles/articlefiles/25679-090204_blowupdolls.jpg
– – – In Cleveland, Ohio , an unnamed 20-year-old called 911 to report that two men with guns were watching him – – – – then hung up – – – the dispatcher called him back – – – and during that call the man asked the dispatcher to hold on – – – while he proceeded to make a drug deal – – – the dispatcher then called police – – – who spotted the man crossing a street – – – and found cra.ck coca.ine in his pants – – –
– – – In Dallas, Texas , John Lewis Johnson, 18, tried to carjack three different cars – – – and then went to carjack the car of a Dallas police sergeant – – – who had arrived to investigate the incidents – – – in his marked patrol car – – – with its emergency lights still running – – – and that made it pretty easy for police to apprehend John – – – who is now charged with four counts of robbery – – – and one count of retaliation for threatening one of the initial attempted carjacking victims if she called police – – –
– – – In Marseille, France , an unnamed 21-year-old thief broke into a building there – – – and then drilled through the wall of the building, which happened to adjoin a branch of Banque Populaire there – – – he was hoping to wind up in the room housing safe deposit boxes – – – but instead found himself in the lavatory – – – nonetheless, alarms were triggered, and he was quickly apprehended – – –
– – – And finally, in Canton, Ohio , Richard E. Gavin Jr., 22, showed up at the Stark County Sheriff’s Department – – – to register as a se.x offender – – – but he probably should have left his mari.juana stash at home – – – now he’s been charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon or drugs into a detention facility, mari.juana possession, and a driving under suspension warrant – – –
Have a GREAT weekend, folks!
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Well, here's a couple of thousand more...
- - - In Cambridgeshire, UK - - - the tree that looks like a chicken. MORE at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01289/chicken_1289562c.jpg
- - - In Plymouth, Indiana - - - Here's something you don't see every day (and presumably won't see for long) - a block of ice said to resemble the Virgin Mary. MORE at http://sbimg.sv.publicus.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SB&Date=20090205&Category=News01&ArtNo=902050223&Ref=V1&Profile=1129&MaxW=360
While it was initially reported as the second-most watched Super Bowl in history, Nielsen Media Research subsequently revised those tallies - and now says that Super Bowl XLIII was the most watched ever. More significantly, it now stands as the second-most viewed television broadcast of all time.
But which Super Bowl did it dethrone on the viewership list? And what is (still) the most-viewed television broadcast of all time?
While it was initially reported as the second-most watched Super Bowl in history, Nielsen Media Research subsequently revised those tallies (1) - and now says that Super Bowl XLIII was the most watched ever, with 98.7 million people, on average, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers triumph over the Arizona Cardinals (in earlier reports, they attributed 95.4 million viewers to that contest).
That bested Super Bowl XLII as the most watched Super Bowl, a game that benefited not only from the involvement of a team from the nation's No. 1 media market, but a contest involving the undefeated New England Patriots, and a good, close game, to boot. It drew 97.5 million, on average, according to Nielsen.
Those contests still fell short of the 106 million viewers that tuned in for " Goodbye, Farewell and Amen " - a television movie that served as the 251st and final episode of the M*A*S*H television series. It aired on CBS on Monday, February 28, 1983.
(1) Nielsen said that a more complete check of their records revealed additional viewership on some digital tier networks. The company hadn't been aware that they were showing the game.