Airplane Ride in the Toilet?

A New York man who says he was denied a seat on a five-hour jetBlue flight and was instead told to “hang out” in the plane’s bathroom has sued the airline for $2 million, saying he suffered “extreme humiliation.”  The man, Gokhan Mutlu arrived to check in for a jetBlue flight from San Diego to New York and was told the flight was full, according to the lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court.

But Mutlu was allowed to board after a jetBlue flight attendant agreed to give up her seat and travel in an airline employee “jump seat.” It was not clear in the lawsuit whether the flight attendant was working. However 90 minutes into the flight, the pilot told Mutlu the flight attendant was uncomfortable and he would have to give up his seat and “hang out” in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight, the lawsuit said.

The pilot “became angry at his reluctance to comply” and said Mutlu “should be grateful for being onboard,” the lawsuit said. When Mutlu volunteered to sit in the “jump seat,” he was told it was reserved for airline personnel. At one point, the airplane experienced turbulence and Mutlu sat on the toilet seat without a seat belt, causing him “tremendous fear,” the lawsuit said.

JetBlue was not immediately available for comment. At least if the fear caused him to ‘shit himself’ he was in the right place.  Seriously though, why would jetBlue not try and settle this by giving him free airfare or something.  The story is an embarrassment to the company.

1,840 Crazy Nude Folks Walk into a Staduim

crazy nude imageSounds like the start of a bad joke, but it is the most recent work by New York photographer Spencer Tunick which attracted over 1,800 people, wearing their birthday suits in Austria’s Happel Stadium on Sunday. The stadium will host seven of the Euro 2008 soccer championship matches being staged by Austria and Switzerland, including the June 29 final.

As you can imagine it is not easy to give advice and take control of so many people at once, but using a bull-horn helps!  Tunick’s instructions to his subjects: “Stay very still, don’t move.”

Tunick has made a name for himself with his works featuring hundreds of naked people at unusual venues. He described Sunday’s shooting on his website as combining “the spirit of sports, the grand sweeping waves of stadium architecture and the abstract relation of the human form to modern structures.  See I knew there was an easy way to see naked chicks!

4 Hairs for $17,000!

It probably is not even really George Washington’s hair – but it still sold for $17,000.  Four strands reportedly clipped from the first president were sold at auction Friday night to a Richmond man who declined to give his name. Colorado resident Christa Allen said her father, a Philadelphia lawyer, had given her the hair, which was pressed under glass in a locket and accompanied by a watch.

Allen told potential buyers that the hair had been handed down since it was clipped from Washington’s head. The Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pa., inspected Allen’s evidence and gave her its backing.

Jamie Bates, owner of Thompson & Riley, which auctioned the hair, had hoped it would bring at least $75,000.  “I’ve never sold George Washington’s hair before; I don’t know,” Bates said before the auction.  The hair is believed to have been snipped from Washington when he was briefly disinterred in 1837.  I wonder if they can do a DNA test on it?

Playing with toys pays off

Playing with toys really paid off for Ian Culhane, he won $10,000 for designing a seven-foot-tall toy roller-coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old.  Ian’s creation was on display at the Toys “R” Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K’NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa.

The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was four, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.  Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller-coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.  Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won.

A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees selected semifinalists based on the creativity, uniqueness and detail of the projects. It had to be made exclusively from K’NEX parts.  An online vote determined 10 winners and Joel Glickman, an inventor with the toy company, chose Ian as the grand prize winner. The nine others each won $1,000 savings bonds.

In New York for the first time, Ian, his 14-year-old sister and their parents stayed at a hotel he called “pretty fancy for us. We always stay at a Motel 6.”  While he was disappointed he couldn’t spend any of the prize money, his father, a hydrogeologist, gave him $100 to spend at a toy store.

What will he buy?   Beer and wings?  No more toys of course!

Cat vs. Peanut Butter Jar

Tabitha Cain fed feral cat she calls Wild Oats for several years, but now she’s thinking the cat’s name should be Survivor.  That’s because she says the cat survived for 19 days with a peanut butter jar stuck on its head.  “We tried to get her, but being the type of cat you can’t catch, she kept running and hiding,” said Doretha Cain, Tabitha’s mother.

The family saw the cat several times with the jar on its head and tried in vain to catch it. But after not seeing the cat for a week, the Cains feared the worst.  “I thought she was going to die with that jar on her head,” said Tabitha Cain, 25.

They found the once chubby cat Wednesday, too thin and weak to flee. They caught her with a fishing net and used some oil to get the jar off her head.  They gave her water and treated her wounds and Friday she began to eat again.  “I’ve heard of cats having nine lives but I think this one has 19 because she survived 19 days,” Doretha Cain said.

Memphis veterinarian Gerald Blackburn said he’s heard similar stories of pets getting trapped for days or even weeks at a time and surviving. Blackburn said the cat may have lived off of its excess fat.  I am not sure I believe this one because I don’t see how the cat could have recieved liquids?