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In India, flying footwear is the new hunger strike.In the latest in a string of four shoe-hurling incidents during the month-long elections
underway across India, a 21-year-old computer science student took aim at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a sparsely attended
rally Sunday in the western city of Ahmedabad.
The shoe, of a yet-to-be-disclosed brand, landed 20 feet from the Oxford-educated economist, who appeared not to notice
"Joota: The ultimate nonviolent weapon," a front-page headline in the Mumbai Mirror tabloid read Monday, using the Hindi word
for shoe. An editorial cartoon in the paper showed shoes being handed back to hurlers on silk pillows with a new wristwatch inside,
"to get around the Election Commission's code against bribing voters," the caption
read. In India, New Delhi journalist Jarnail Singh kicked off the "shoe bite," as the
gesture is known here, when he threw a shoe at the home minister during a news
conference this month in the capital. He said he was frustrated by the minister's
reply to a question about riots in 1984 in which hundreds of Sikhs were killed.
The ultimate nonviolent weapon
Singh instantly became a national celebrity and was flooded with marriage
proposals, boxes of sweets and even money. But he politely refused
everything, saying that his shoe-throwing was a "nonprofit exercise."
The only problem is that actually hitting a politician has proved difficult:
Shoes are apparently inefficient projectiles.
Even so, some elected officials are taking precautions. In Gujarat state,
Chief Minister Narendra Modi has started putting up volleyball nets
around the stage at his rallies to make sure a shoe doesn't hit him.
|Washington man caught in HOV lane with unbuckled dummy
BELLEVUE, Wash. – You forgot to buckle up, dummy! A commuter who put a
homemade dummy in the passenger seat to sneak into the car pool lane was caught
Wednesday near Seattle. But it wasn't because a cop realized the passenger was
fake. Instead, the State Patrol trooper noticed the dangling belt buckle on the
passenger side and suspected a seat belt violation.
Patrol spokeswoman Christina Martin told The
Herald of Everett that the driver acknowledged trying
to beat traffic by using the HOV lane.
He created his passenger by draping a rain jacket
over plastic piping, topping it off with a Halloween
mask of Gandalf, the "Lord of the Rings" wizard, a
beard and a baseball cap.
The trooper issued a $124 ticket and confiscated
|Son's messy room leads to dad's 911 call
28-year-old threw plate of food, made fist when told to clean up
BEDFORD, Ohio - An Ohio man who argued with his grown
son over a messy bedroom says he overreacted when he
Andrew Mizsak called authorities Thursday after his 28-year-
old son — who's a school board member in the Cleveland
suburb of Bedford — threw a plate of food across the kitchen
table and made a fist at him when told to clean his room.
The son, also named Andrew, lives in a room in his parents'
The father declined to press charges and told police he
doesn't want to ruin his son's political career.
The son, who also works as a political consultant, says he's
lucky to be living in the house rent free. He also promises to
keep his room clean.
IN PRISON..........you spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell.
AT WORK............you spend the majority of your time in an 8X8 cubicle.
IN PRISON.........you get three meals a day.
AT WORK...........you get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.
IN PRISON..........you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK............you get more work for good behavior.
IN PRISON..........the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK............you must often carry a security card and open all the
doors for yourself.
IN PRISON..........you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK...........you could get fired for watching TV and playing games.
IN PRISON.........you get your own toilet.
AT WORK..........you have to share the toilet with some people who pee on
IN PRISON..........they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK............you aren't even supposed to speak to your family.
IN PRISON.........all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work
AT WORK.........you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they
deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.
IN PRISON..........you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get
AT WORK ...........you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go
IN PRISON ..........you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK...........they are called managers.
Prison vs. Work
Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer.