Teen Gives Her Parents a Scare

OK, her parents were supposedly in on it but still…. a Grade 11 student shocked her classmates after she revealed she had faked a pregnancy for a school project.

During a school assembly in Toppenish, Wash., Wednesday, Gaby Rodriguez pulled a fake bulge from under her shirt, to reveal she really wasn’t six-months pregnant, reported the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

Since October, the 17-year-old Toppenish High School student lied to friends, teachers and even most of her family, to discover how teen pregnancies brew stereotypes and rumours.

Rodriguez wore baggy sweaters to conceal her faux-tummy and later, a prosthetic belly. Her supposed due date was shortly after graduation, July 27.

Only a few people, such as her mother, boyfriend and principal, knew of the A-student’s secret.

Her project, titled, “Stereotypes, rumours and statistics,” revealed things people said about her during her fake pregnancy.

Rodriguez’ best friend, Saida Cortes, read one of many quotes previously said: “Her attitude is changing, and it might be because of the baby, or she was always this annoying and I never realized it.”

Trevor Greene, school principal, said he admired her courage for conducting the social experiment.

“In essence, she gave up her senior year. She sacrificed her senior year to find out what it would be like to be a potential teen mom. I give her mother a lot of credit for backing her up on this,” Greene said.

Rodriguez will present her findings to a board of community members next month.

Smell Like a Rotting Corpse

It is that time again folks!  Get ready to plug your nose!

A giant, rotting-flesh-scented flower was expected to draw 10,000 people to a Swiss garden to watch it bloom for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The nearly two-metre Amorphophallus titanum flower opened its giant petals Friday evening at Basel Botanical Gardens in Basel, Switzerland.

It has been 75 years since a plant of this variety has bloomed in Switzerland.

The bloom of the so-called “corpse flower” – coined for its foul smell to attract insects for pollination – is expected to last just a day or two until it wilts Saturday night or Sunday.

Just 134 of the cultivated flowers, native to Indonesia, have ever bloomed worldwide.

More than 100,000 have tuned in to an online webcam to witness the rare occurrence.

How to Waste Five Grand

Want to hang our with a cabby for a week? It cost $5,000 and took nearly a week for a pair of friends to take a cab from New York City to Los Angeles.

Stops were made along the way, such as at the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, where passengers John Belitsky and Dan Wuebben won $2,000 at a casino.

The pair also made their cabbie’s day by waking Mohammed Alam up “with a shower of $100 bills,” Belitsky tweeted.

The nearly 4,000 km journey in the yellow cab was documented on Twitter and on video posted to YouTube.

They arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, six days after they hailed the cab at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Belitsky said Alam will have company for the long trip back to New York, but he doesn’t know how he and Wuebben will return.

At the end of the trip, Belitsky tweeted, “I’ve decided I’m never paying for a cab again.  I think renting a porche for the week and driving themselves would have been more fun!

No ID Required to Drink at Olive Garden

As long as you are over one year of age you should be good to go for an alcoholic beverage at the Olive Garden!

An Oregon mailman has been suspended for making an unwanted delivery.

The postman was captured on camera by a Portland homeowner as he defecated in a yard near some bushes Wednesday while on his postal route, KGW-TV reported.

Don Derfler saw the shocking act through his living room window.

“He started pulling his pants down and started defecating, and at that point I grabbed my camera and started to take pictures,” Derfler told the local news station.

He was baffled by the incident.

“This is how they respect our property?” he said. “It’s just not right, and it’s also a biohazard.”

U.S. Postal Service officials apologized to the public, and suspended the mailman without pay pending an investigation.

Crappy Mailman

From the yuck files. An Oregon mailman has been suspended for making an unwanted delivery.

The postman was captured on camera by a Portland homeowner as he defecated in a yard near some bushes Wednesday while on his postal route, KGW-TV reported.

Don Derfler saw the shocking act through his living room window.

“He started pulling his pants down and started defecating, and at that point I grabbed my camera and started to take pictures,” Derfler told the local news station.

He was baffled by the incident.

“This is how they respect our property?” he said. “It’s just not right, and it’s also a biohazard.”

U.S. Postal Service officials apologized to the public, and suspended the mailman without pay pending an investigation.  But you know the saying, “if you gotta go, you gotta go”!