A bad meal can be an upsetting thing indeed. But unless it was laced with rusty nails and dead vermin, you'd probably refrain from calling the police, right? You wouldn't dial 999 if, for example, you were served a dish you simply didn't like. That would be a terrible waste of the emergency services' time and effort. Unfortunately, one young lad recently found himself so disgusted by what his mum served up to him, he called the police . So what was the offending dish? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was salad. Unbeknown to his mum, the 12-year-old boy from Nova Scotia, Canada called the police not once but TWICE. And they even responded. "Dislike for salad results in 911 call. Prior to 10 pm on Tuesday evening, RCMP responded to a 911 call from a 12-year-old who stated their guardian made a salad that they did not like," the police wrote on Facebook . "Before police arrived, the child called 911 again to ask when the RCMP would be arriving and once again expressed their dislike of the … [Read more...] about Mortified mum has police visit her
Funny 911 calls
Two weeks ago Friday, I kicked off what was planned to be a badass drive from Austin to Los Angeles, delivering my friend’s Porsche 964 to him. I’ve driven from Austin to LA a few times, even in another Porsche, back when I had a 997. I drive across Texas once a year, as I have a habit of buggering off to Marfa to do very little in a cool, artsy town. Itt should have been easy. I didn’t get out of Texas before things went terribly wrong. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance The 964 recently had a major service done, and I borrowed it a couple weeks earlier to make sure it was squared away. Other than needing an A/C recharge, the car ran perfectly. It has a few tasteful upgrades, making it quicker and grippier than your ‘90 911 C4. It also has a new Blaupunkt head unit with bluetooth and a USB line in, so I could jam out plenty of tunes for the next 1,400 miles. As a recovering project management consultant, I threw together quick numbers for fuel … [Read more...] about My Porsche 964 Road Trip Went Very South In West Texas
Editor’s note: The following is an unedited transcript from the 2018 Code Conference. It may have spelling or grammatical errors that will be corrected at a later date. Kara Swisher: The next person I’m going to bring out, we have two more great interviews and I just want to say, I got this T-shirt, I do a podcast called ‘Recode Decode’ and at the beginning of it, I, it’s an amazing experience to do a podcast because the fans are astonishing. I get stopped a lot by fans who love podcasts, I think it’s cause you’re in their ear and they think they know you, which they don’t. And it’s really interesting, so this, Peter came in here and his son spent two weekends making a T-shirt. At the beginning of the show I say “I’m Kara Swisher, you may know me as” and I make a joke. A joke around things. And this kid spent, Aiden, made a T-shirt of all my “you may know me as”. And gave it to me and printed it, … [Read more...] about Full video and transcript: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Code 2018
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Animalia by Lindsey Bever May 21 at 2:35 PM Email the author A pig was taken into police custody after it was accused of stalking a human, who was so perplexed by his four-legged pursuer that he called 911 to report it. “Yes,” police said, “a pig.” The unusual case unfolded Saturday morning when a man called 911 and said that he was being followed on his way home from an Amtrak station … [Read more...] about ‘He was being followed by a pig and didn’t know what to do.’ So he called 911.
It’s once again time to annihilate—I mean evaluate all the fun TV pilots that were on display at the Upfront presentations last week. It’s the time when networks get to preview their brightest and dumbest television pilots for media and advertisers and, thanks to the internet, we get to see and pan them as well. The 2018 pilot lineup (for the fall and winter season) makes it clear that the Trump era of television is upon us. We’ve got shows targeted to *buzzword buzzword* *middle American working class families*, as well as shows about the power of religion, the usual medical and cop dramas, and lots of laugh tracks, which I still can’t believe are back. I am here, as I am every year, to prematurely judge these programs based solely on a brief two-minute trailer, and to help you decide which shows might be worth your time. Let us proceed. (All plot “premise” summaries are pulled from the networks’ official sites and/or YouTube pages.) … [Read more...] about A Guide to All the Best, Worst, Dumbest and Most Middle American 2018 TV Pilots
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Marwa Eltagouri by Marwa Eltagouri Email the author May 8 at 8:08 PM Email the author (iStock) They checked out of their Airbnb rental. They loaded their suitcases into the car. Then they found themselves surrounded by police. Moments before, a neighbor had watched the three black women carry their luggage out of the Rialto, Calif., house. She didn’t recognize the guests as homeowners, so she called the police about a possible residential burglary in progress, police said. Police responded as they typically would to a report of an in-progress burglary, sending six police officers and a … [Read more...] about A woman called 911 about burglars at her neighbor’s house. They were black Airbnb guests.
The first time I had a weed brownie, I ate way too much. Someone told me to just have half, and, like the idiot novice I was, I stuffed the entire thing in my mouth. It kicked in an hour or so later, when I found myself running through a Brooklyn park thinking I was being chased by evil fairies. Then, I went home, considered calling 911, made my roommate babysit me instead, spilled water in my bed and spent the whole night dreaming I was on a boat. I was fine in the morning. Weed is wonderful in the right doses, but too much can amplify your anxiety, make you feel paranoid, and all-around freak you out. The good news is, it’s mostly in your head: no one’s ever died of a cannabis overdose, and medically, you can’t. As the National Cancer Institute points out, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” Cannabis … [Read more...] about What to Do If You Get Too High
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Root’ s Sunday series highlighting the best in black fiction writers: It’s Lit! Each week we’ll feature a new story across all genres—from Afrofuturism to those stories that will bring a tear to your eye. Want to submit your short story? We’re looking for well-crafted works of fiction of no more than 10,000 words. Simply fill out this Google document and we’ll contact you if your story is chosen. And yes, if it is picked, you’ll receive a payment for it! I like to tell folks I don’t have a story I guess I should breathe a sigh of relief. I am crossing the threshold of the loony bin back into the real world for the second time. Some stories start from the middle. All I can manage is a barely audible, “What now?” OK, rewind time: I have to call the psychiatric ward the loony bin. Insensitive? Maybe. Do I care? Naw. I have to keep things light for my own good. I continue walking … [Read more...] about Champion
Usher is separating from wife Grace Miguel after two years of marriage. The couple, who have been together for a total of 10 years, announced their separation in a joint statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday. “After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple,” the statement read. “We remain deeply connected, loving friends who will continue supporting each other through the next phases of our lives. The enormous amount of love and respect that we have for each other will only increase as we move forward.” Usher and Miguel, who is the singer’s manager, have reportedly been living apart for the last two months. Last summer, a woman filed a $20 million lawsuit against Usher, claiming he exposed her to the herpes simplex 2 virus, with which Usher has been diagnosed. Several other people later alleged the singer exposed them to the virus without first disclosing his STI status, as is required by law in some states. The initial … [Read more...] about Usher and Wife Grace Miguel Are Separating
Originally published in the May 2001 issue of GQ. Reprinted here with the author's permission. His annotations appear throughout the story (click on the asterisk and wait a moment for his comment to appear). Illustration by Sam Woolley. One by one, day by day, they'd glide to the witness stand, this procession of improbable women, a spangled harem of them, drifting into the courtroom and out again, leaving the scent of their perfume and the shadow of their glitter and the echo of their cool. Week in, week out, they never stopped coming. That was the extraordinary thing. How many there were. The final count stopped short of thirty—that was the number of photographs of women Rae was said to keep in a box at home—but there were more than enough of them to make each and every morning worth my springing out of bed for, worth walking down to the courthouse for, worth getting frisked at the doorway for: in the hope that a new one might illuminate the somber courtroom with its … [Read more...] about Rae Carruth, The Women Who Loved Him, And The One He Wanted Dead