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Taco Sauce Pranksters Strike
Fifteen masked men entered an Indiana Taco Bell and returned 25,000 packets of taco sauce that, so they said, had been accumulating in the trunk of their car for the past three years. It required 40 trash bags to carry all the packets of sauce into the store. Maybe they thought that if they saved up enough packets of sauce they could win a free Liberty Bell.

Unwise Grenade Opening Technique
Reuters reports that "A Brazilian man died Tuesday when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer in a mechanical workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro." Big Gary notes: "The Darwin Awards have a new emblem."

Lonely Heart Calls Operator 37,760 Times
A Japanese man has been arrested for repeatedly calling information hundreds of times a day just to listen to the voices of the telephone operators. He called so often, 37,760 times to be exact, that it began to creep the operators out. In his defense the man said, "When I made a complaint call once, the operator dealt with it very kindly, so I wanted to hear these women's voices." This guy really needed an Imaginary Girlfriend. (Submitted by Alex from Colombia)

Fake Hearse Scam
The latest scam in New Zealand is to reduce your car registration by up to two-thirds by claiming your car is a hearse. "The scam ... came to light last in July when a woman told a radio station she justified her action by saying she carried dead chickens home from the supermarket." I assume she drove her car home slowly in honor of the frozen chickens in the back.

North Korean Defector Sells Fake Aphrodisiacs
A North Korean defector now living in South Korea has been charged with selling unlicensed aphrodisiacs. He claimed that Kim Jong Il had been a user of them. This is where the story gets a little weird: "The stimulants were sold to blind people, most of them owner of massage centers." Huh? How many blind massage center owners can there be? But this is the part I like: The police said, "Some who took the stimulants suffered from swelling." So I assume the stimulants actually worked.
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Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 11, 2006


I believe the advantage of a blind masseur is that he theoretically cannot identify you, although in reality that would just make for a much more interesting identity parade.
Posted by Ledasmom  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  01:32 PM
And I thought the idiot who tried to cut open a WWII grenade with a hacksaw was dumb. A sledgehammer takes the cake.
Posted by Face In the Dark  in  In A Tree  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  01:49 PM
Actually, until recently only blind people could legally own a massage center in South Korea. I recall seeing news about a failed suicide attempt by a blind man who was afraid of competition when the Korean government finally changed the law.
Posted by Bouli  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  05:06 PM
>>until recently only blind people could legally own a massage center in South Korea<<

Interesting. I had no idea. A google search brought up this article in The Economist about South Korea's blind masseurs:

The tradition of the blind masseur dates back almost a century to Japanese colonial rule and has been formalised in law. In the absence of a welfare system, the arrangement was designed to give blind people a protected way of earning a living. However, the courts have now ruled that restricting massage licences to the blind discriminates against sighted people who want to pursue the same trade.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  05:16 PM
25,000 packets of taco sauce! I'm.... speachless... I wonder if they were still any good to use on tacos.
Posted by Archibold  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  07:12 PM
"... The police said, "Some who took the stimulants suffered from swelling." So I assume the stimulants actually worked."

Hmm, that depends on which body part(s) was swelling, doesn't it?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Palo Duro Canyon, Texas  on  Fri Aug 11, 2006  at  07:13 PM
Archi: You're implying they were good to use on tacos to begin with...

Actually, given the ingredients involved, they might very well have been. I know ketchup (catsup, whatever) has a 'theoretically infinite' shelf life...

As for the blind masseur trying to commit suicide, that just opens up an entire *book* of tastless jokes..

... tried jumping out his bungalow window..

... walked onto a busy interstate.. during completely stalled traffic..

... dog wasnt' stupid enough to walk off the pier..
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Sat Aug 12, 2006  at  03:52 AM
There are plenty of massage joints all over China with blind guys, so maybe it's an Asian thing.
I don't know about owning them but many, many work in them.
Though of course the main idea is providing a role for the blind there is also the feeling that the blind have a unique focus on their sense of touch and therefore have the potential to be superior to a sighted person in this line of work.

Another example of sensitivity towards the blind is most new sidewalks in China have a texured route along them to help the blind feel their way along to their destination throught the soles of their feet.
Which is a simple but great idea and pretty attractive actually, makes the pavement look less boring.
Posted by Timmy Blookbugbeeker  in  China  on  Sat Aug 12, 2006  at  06:17 AM
In South Korea a full body massage will often be by a blind masseur, but the barbers are mostly young women, who offer an upper-body massage following your haircut while you're sitting up in the barber chair. It is astounding just how much a little 90-lb, 5'2" girl with the smallest hands you've ever seen really can beat the crap out of you. You'll feel like a whole new person; kindof a rubber-chicken person.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Sat Aug 12, 2006  at  11:09 AM
Trust me, ketchup and hot sauce packets do not have an infinite shelf life, especially if exposed to high temperatures as one would expect from something left in the trunk of their car. I've opened plenty of sealed, rank ketchup packets, and my parents have found bad Taco Bell hot sauce ones.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Sat Aug 12, 2006  at  12:26 PM
i would like to know types of massage
Posted by ahmed abdullah  in  egypt  on  Fri Sep 08, 2006  at  02:29 PM
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