I sometimes peruse the Internet looking for stupid stories.
You know the type — the ones that make you stop and say “Really?”
I have built up a few now and would like to share.
Scrabble player booted
Cheating happens pretty much in any sort of competition anymore. It doesn’t matter if it’s sports, board games, or something as simple as geocaching.
This story takes cheating to a new level, I think.
There is a national championship for Scrabble. That doesn’t surprise me as there seems to be national championships for everything. The cheating aspect, however, does shock me.
I’ve played Scrabble many times and I have no idea how you’d cheat, outside of assuring another player a word you placed is a legit word. Outside of that, how do you cheat?
Well, it seems one of the top players in the country in level three — a division that is compared to being “a great living-room player,” according to the executive director of the National Scrabble Association — cheated by hiding blank (or wild) tiles.
Another player at another table spotted the player dropping the blank tiles on the floor. The player later admitted to doing the deed.
The director also noted this is the first incident at a national tournament, but it’s been known to happen at smaller events.
Is this what society is coming to, though? To have to cheat at a national Scrabble championship. It’s one reason I stopped playing the Words with Friends app on the phone. There are apps to cheat. And when I’m playing someone who doesn’t ever use more than four or so letters for game after game and then all of a sudden is throwing out 100-point college-level words that most people wouldn’t know, something is up.
It is good to note that they tried to make a little light of it at the end when the director note there’s no steroids, yet. This is close enough.
And even more ridiculous.
Give us our XL pajamas!
I’ve never flown first class. One day, I’d like to do it just to see what it’s like.
Apparently, you get pajamas for long flights!
I realize a flight from Los Angeles to Australia isn’t a short trip. And, if you can, you’ll likely snooze for most of it. And, when in first class on Qantas, you get luxury pajamas.
Turns out the airline couldn’t find the right size for two passengers as they needed XL. Despite being offered business class pajamas, which the airline had in XL, the couple decided to instead demand to get off the flight.
Can business PJs and first-class PJs be that different?
The aircraft complied, however, and let the couple off the flight. The flight, which is a 15-hour jaunt, was delayed 30 minutes as they had to removed the couple’s luggage.
At least the humor was shared with the rest of the flight when the captain apparently told everyone why the flight was being delayed — because no XL pajamas for first class were available.
The only way this would have been better is if the airline would have found first-class bedroom wear for everyone else for the flight. That might have really made a point.
I realize I’ll likely only ever fly coach. But one thing is for sure — if I ever get into first class, I’m not jumping the plane because of pajamas.
No more Sweet Caroline at Penn State
The situation that has unfolded at Penn State isn’t a joking situation.
Jerry Sandusky is a piece of crap and I’m sure we can all agree on that. What he did is unfathomable and it’s really too bad that it happened. I have opinions as I’m sure most of you do. But I don’t want to get into all of that.
No matter what side you are on when it comes to Joe Paterno’s legacy, what Penn State has had happen to it in regard to sanctions and everything else, sometimes things get taken to a new level.
And I understand the college attempting to distance itself from everything, but now it’s decided, apparently, to can Sweet Caroline from the playlist during sporting contests.
And the reason? Because of the part in Neil Diamond’s classic that says “touching me, touching you.”
This song is played at sporting events all over. The Red Sox use it every game. I’m quite sure even the biggest opponents of everything Penn State have to be looking at this saying “are you serious?”
People, what happened there is awful. But to tip-toe around every single thing that happens is just idiotic. Get a grip.
Don’t talk about fight club
I had to add this to this edition of “Really?”
Apparently, three people at a day care in Delaware decided to have baby fight club. And, it would seem, that they didn’t understand that the first rule of fight club is not to talk about it.
Well, I guess technically they aren’t talking about it. It was filmed.
See, these three decided to let these tykes pound each other. And when one ran to one of the adults to seek protection, she pushed the little guy back and told him to punch, not pinch.
Are these three attempting to get into the gaming business where they can work with pro wrestling and boxing? Maybe they are hoping this is a pay-per-view in the making?
And check out the name of the daycare — Hands of Our Future Daycare. I guess the “hands” part is to teach them how to brawl?
This is the type of stuff you just can’t make up.
The video was apparently shot in March. Two of the people charged are seen encouraging the fighting. The third is filming.
The sad part here is that they have jobs (well, did) and there are so many people out there looking for work (me included), who would actually do a good job in all sort of things.
And this is what the world is coming to. I’ll just keep my front-row seat. And hope I don’t need to see tots taking swings at each other.
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