Quick Links: Gnomes and Gropers

Yet Another Traveling Gnome
Back in the Spring Allen Snyder's gnome disappeared from his garden. Now he's learned that it's been attending Pittsburgh Steelers' games. Next stop an airplane to somewhere far away. Submitted by Big Gary who notes: "Predicatable, but I thought you'd want to keep your gnome section up-to-date."

Pretends to be mentally ill to get a grope
This is pathetic. William Mucklow has been accused of pretending to be mentally ill so that he can hire nurses to take care of him. He then grabs their breasts as they try to do their job. A pretty elaborate strategy to get a grope.

Jigsaw Prodigy
3-year-old "Mikey" Lorhan can put together "300- to 500-piece puzzles in less than 30 minutes or less -- and sometimes with the pieces flipped over, working blind." If this is real, he evidently has some kind of savant abilities.

image Man Shows Back of Head For Obituary
Jim Schinneller's death notice in the Sunday paper included a photo of the back of his head. Why? Because "He liked to buck the system. He enjoyed showing people how absurd life was." This would be an even better idea for a high-school yearbook photo, if you could get away with it.

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Posted on Wed Sep 20, 2006



The kid doing the puzzles? Yeah. That is from (and was on the front page) of my local newspaper on Tuesday. Ask me why I didn't submit it and I'll tell you I have no idea.

Apparently the story's gotten national and/or international attention? I can't imagine Alex subscribes to the Coeur d'Alene Press. 😉
Posted by Tah  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  12:18 AM
Three cheers for Jim Schinneller.
Posted by Don  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  12:22 PM
From the time my youngest daughter could pick up the pieces, she loved working on puzzles. At three or so she could put together a new 50 piece puzzle very quickly. The most disconcerting part was when she picked a piece up, she usually placed it. It became apparent she was primarily looking at the shape of the piece.

In the past few years (she's now ten), one of her favorite computer cames has been Roller Coaster Tycoon, which is another exercise in spacial perception.

Based on this, the puzzle story seems quite reasonable, though probably slightly exagerated.
Posted by Joe  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  01:11 PM
Posted by Craig  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  05:05 AM
Mr. Mucklow (good name) has seemingly tried to build a defense against sexual harassment charges. Being mentally ill, he is covered under Americans with Disabilities Act; and if he is only pretending to be mentally ill, that must be a disability also. Beats trying to claim that commiting sexual harrassment is an addiction.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  05:23 PM
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