A Little Friday File Fun (03/27)

March 27, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

Well, here’s a thousand to get you started…


– – – In Todmorden, West Yorks, UK , Robert Jones, 43, was driving his BMW here – – – trying to find his friend’s house – – – aided by his car’s satellite navigation system – – – even when it began taking him up a steep, rocky footpath – – – and only, finally, realizing that something might be amiss when his BMW hit a fence – – – just inches from a 100-foot drop – – – you can see the result at http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2009/Mar/Week4/15248655.jpg

There are things you really don't want to immortalize on camera.

If you can't view the above video, try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOvqF4ZPDNM  

You'll want to get up close to your screen for the full effect...

If you can't view the above video, try   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuXO_lbPeS0

With Opening Day just around the corner, it seems appropriate to remember the short, but storied legacy of Sidd Finch, who had a short, but storied career with the New York Mets.  

But what was Mr. Finch's claim to "fame?"

Answer :   Hayden "Sidd" (short for Siddhartha) Finch was a rookie baseball pitcher in training with the New York Mets - notable for the fact that while he had never played baseball before, he could throw a truly fastball - 168 mph, far above the record of a "mere" 103 mph, according to an article in the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated.

He was also make-believe - an April Fool's hoax by author George Plimpton.   

You can read "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/magazine/09/26/plimpton.finch/