Mafia Supports the Girl Guides?

A Girl Scout sold over 17,000 of the group’s signature cookies this year, shattering her troop’s old mark and probably setting a national record. But how did she do it, that is the question.  Her father Fabio Gunazzenti is a local mafia don and it is thought that his reputation might have had something to do with the incredibly high sales.

A neighbour was interviewed (refusing to give her name) and was quoted as saying, “I saw people, lots of people leaving that house at all hours of the night with lots of boxes of cookies.”  “Sometimes they would make two or three trips out to their cars they were taking so many boxes”.

A spokeswoman for the New York-based national organization, called the figure “amazing” but said there’s no national record on the books.  “We’re thrilled for the girls who take it to such a great level, but so far, we don’t track it at the national level,” she said.

Now I have heard of the mafia getting it’s hands into a lot of different businesses, but girl guide cookies?  Come on, what would Tony Soprano think.

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.

Toys Today are a Little GROSS!

body parts

No wonder kids today are so messed up.  I found this at my local Walmart.  The severed tongue is my favorite.  But these folks must know what they are doing because my 11 year old was very excited when he saw this and kept telling me to take a picture of it already so he could open it up.

Update:  The severed tongue is really gooey and if you throw it on the wall it sticks!!  All the items smell like paint thinner so I am guessing these will be recalled shortly because little kids will be puking and getting high.  Rush out now to get your own “Body Parts” as I am sure these will be on Ebay for $100 a bag soon!

Tattoo or Gun-Fight?

Getting a tattoo turned into a very, very painful experience, but usually it’s just the needle you have to worry about. Two men trying to trace a loaded .357-caliber Magnum as a pattern for a tattoo accidentally shot themselves.  Robert Glasser and Joey Acosta, both 22, were treated at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after the shooting Thursday evening in nearby Chaparral. Authorities said Glasser was struck in the hand when the gun accidentally went off, and Acosta was hit in the left arm. Their injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.  But sometimes the embarassment feels like it can kill you.

Find me a Toilet…

A new service promises Londoners they’ll never have to spend much time looking for a place to ‘go’, again.  Westminster City Council, which covers London’s bustling Oxford Street, the West End, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, today launched “SatLav” – a toilet-finding service for cell phone users.  It sounds like it is straight out of a Seinfeld episode but it is true.

Tourists, theatregoers, shoppers and pub patrons in London’s West End can now text the word “toilet” – and receive a text back with the address of the nearest public facility.

The system, which covers 40 public toilets, pinpoints the caller’s position by measuring the strength of the phone signal.  The texts cost about 50 cents, and most of Westminster’s toilets are free.

The council said it hopes the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 4,500 litres of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year.

Companies such as Vindigo Inc. in the U.S. offers similar cell phone searches but SatLav is being touted as the first text-based toilet-finder in Britain.  “It’s the first fully managed service that we’re aware of,” British Toilet Association director Richard Chisnell said, praising the council.

“Thank heavens for Westminster’s public toilets,” he said.  George Castanza would be very proud of this service.