A Little Friday File Fun (12/31)

January 2, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

Well, here’s a couple of thousand worth…

– – – In Hertfordshire, UK , Neil Sandbach was snapping some pictures to include in some Wedding Stationery he was preparing for a couple due to host their wedding at a farm here – – – but when Neil opened up the photo on his computer he was surprised – – – and not a little spooked – – – when he noticed a blurry white figure – – – that he was certain wasn’t visible when the photo was taken – – – could it be a ghost?   MORE at as there was nobody else around.

Neil explains, “a week or so later, just before the actual wedding, and without mentioning the photograph, the couple getting married asked the staff at the venue if anyone had ever seen something ‘spooky’. Their faces went white as they described what they had seen on various occasions: the ghost of a young boy dressed in white night clothes, appearing close to the main barn”.



– – – In Baile Herculane, Romania , the ghost of a tall woman in a long white dress reportedly watches the hallways and staircases of the Decebal hotel – – – the hotel has been closed for renovations for five years, but people who have ventured inside claim to have seen – and photographed – the ghost.  MORE at http://www.ananova.com/images/web/1462058.jpg

Excerpts from a Dog's Daily Diary......

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...

Day 983 of my captivity...

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good litt le hunter' I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...

And here's another thousand...

- - - In Portland, Oregon , an as-yet-unnamed masked man strolled into the Washman Carwash there - - - pulled a gun from underneath his sweatshirt and demanded money - - - his attempted robbery was, however, placed in jeopardy - - - when he dropped his gun - - - and it fell apart - - - encouraged, the cashier proceeded to turn the 2,000 psi pressure washer on the thief - -- who, notwithstanding those travails has, for the moment anyway, made a "clean" getaway - - - you can see the incident unfold at http://www.kgw.com/video/index.html?nvid=317185&shu=1

- - - In Madison, Wisconsin , the Government Accountability Board has a Web site for campaign finance information - - - that features a picture of the Capitol in Madison - - - next to a beautiful skyline - - - of Minneapolis, Minnesota - - - the board is paying Connecticut-based PCC Technology Group about $1 million to develop the site - - - and PCC says the Minneapolis skyline is being used as a placeholder while it searches for a copyright-free image of Madison's skyline - - - you can see it online at http://media.jsonline.com/images/SKYLINE-cropped-.jpg - - - or at http://cfis.wi.gov

TRIVIAL PURSUITS .   You don't have to watch (or even like) football to recall the infamous scene in the "Peanuts" cartoon series where Lucy pulls the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he goes to kick it.  

However, Lucy wasn't the one holding the football the first time Charlie Brown tried to kick it.   Do you know who was?

It was Violet , who was the first major new character to join the original Peanuts cast (after Patty - though not Peppermint Patty, she came later), Charlie Brown, Shermy and Snoopy).   

Violet debuted on February 7, 1951, and pulled the football away on November 14, 1951 (though she was worried about Charlie Brown kicking her hand, not making him fall on his backside as Lucy would later).  

As you can see from the cartoon below: