I knew it was coming. This new job is draining me of most of my energy, not to mention my time. I shouldn’t complain – there are still way too many people in the world that can’t get a job these days. But, I’m sitting here yawning endlessly, determined to get at least a quick post out, and realizing how much harder this is going to be to keep up with. It’s not that I dislike the job – at least not yet. It’s only been a week. It’s that there aren’t enough hours in the day.
So, lacking anything of substance to share tonight, I chose to surf a few weird news websites. I’ve mentioned before how odd some of the news stories can be from the corner of the country I hail from – Wisconsin. I used to get my fix for these improbable stories at Odd News, but they don’t have a search feature, and that annoys me because I want to be able to search on Wisconsin, or Sheboygan – which currently has a mayor that refuses to leave office although he recently went on a drinking binge, got in a fight, and passed out in a bar in a nearby town. Tonight, I stumbled on NEWS of the WEIRD, which looks very, very promising. One search on Wisconsin, and I found so many brilliant stories it was hard to choose which one to share here. Here’s one that ties in nicely with Sheboygan’s drunken mayor, though.
“Prevailing medical authority 20 years ago warned that few humans could survive blood-alcohol readings above .40 (percent), but in recent years, drivers have rather easily survived higher numbers (curiously, many from Wisconsin, such as the man in February in Madison, Wis., with a .559). (In 2007, an Oregon driver was found unconscious, but survived, with a .72 reading.) The plethora of high numbers might indicate mistaken medical teaching, or nonstandard machine measurements — or an evolutionary hardiness in American drinkers. [Star Tribune (Minneapolis), 2-15-2011]” (copied from http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/nw110508.html)
In Wisconsin, I’d have to say I vote for “evolutionary hardiness” – how else do you expect people to keep warm in the winter?
Any great stories from your neck of the woods?