R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles,Fahrenheit 451,Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.

In case you were wondering, I was inspired to use Salamander as my online handle over 20 years ago, and it is in reference to the fire truck and symbol used by Guy Montag and the other firemen in Fahrenheit 451.

El Kabong!

Rabid mountain lion in attack mode no match for Chino Valley man and his frying pan

The first time I had a clear shot I just swung the pan and hit him right on the head,” Arnold said. “It was like a cartoon – he just kind of stopped and I hit him again. He got stiff and fell over.

He Played Too Much Angry Birds

“A Colorado man who shot a woman in the head after mistaking her red Mohawk hairdo for a bird has been placed on probation, authorities say.”

“Rockwell, who was banned from owning a gun for a 1995 attempted burglary conviction, told police he had gone outside with his .22-caliber rifle Oct. 5 to shoot a bird that had been harassing his cats. He shot once at what he thought was a red bird on a hilltop about 90 feet away, then heard a woman moaning in pain. He discovered a 23-year-old woman with a head wound.”

Shooter says he mistook woman for bird

Unclear on the Concept

59-year-old man attempts to rob store with a bullet. 

The cashier told officers the man approached her register softly mumbling. She asked him several times if she could help. The man finally spoke loud of enough for her to hear that he wanted money and “this was a robbery,” according to the police report.

It was then the man pulled the bullet out of his jacket pocket.

Officers noted the strong odor of alcohol coming from the man.

You don’t say?

What Caliber for Giant Grasshopper?

World’s biggest insect found – it’s so big it eats carrots

Refusing to be a Victim

Eighty-three-year-old Betty Romano has a simple message for the bad guys: “Nobody better mess with me.”

She was home on the phone when she saw a man approach her front door, ring the doorbell, knock and then leave. Minutes later, she watched him begin prying at her back door with a crowbar.

She said she’ll be taking new precautions against would-be burglars. “I’ve got something in mind. But I don’t want it published,” she said.

Heh, Smith & Wesson or Colt?

American Airlines “Loses” Israeli PM’s Bodyguard’s Glocks

Glocks in Israeli PM’s bodyguard’s luggage on American Airlines flight have been lost stolen.

A bag belonging to agents travelling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mistakenly put on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, not to Washington.

Alarmingly the bag contained four 9mm Glock handguns, which are now missing.

By the time the luggage was located and recovered, the guns had disappeared, and are presumed to have been stolen.

US Airline ‘Loses Netanyahu Bodyguard Guns’

Backpackper Shoots, Kills Grizzly in Alaska Park

 A backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun…

The man fired nine rounds from his .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at the animal, which then stopped and walked into the brush.

They found the dead bear 100 feet away.

.45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol. Was this a typo? Did they mean .45 Colt, or was it really .45 ACP?

Backpackper shoots, kills grizzly in Alaska park

Happy 70th Birthday, Chuck!

Chuck Norris is 70 today.

Here are a few real facts about the actor/martial arts expert in honor of his big day.

1. Chuck Norris’ real name? That would be Carlos Ray Norris. He was born in Ryan, Oklahoma.

2. Chuck got his nickname after he joined the Air Force and was sent to South Korea. There, he began training in the martial arts.  

3. Norris founded his own school of martial art called Chun Kuk Do (“The Universal Way”). Primarily known for its kicking techniques, it mixes elements from various styles.

4. Norris was Steve McQueen‘s karate instructor. McQueen encouraged him to go into acting.

5. Norris’ first acting gig was in a 1969 James Bond spoof starring Dean Martin called The Wrecking Crew. It also featured actress Sharon Tate in one of her last roles before she was murdered.

6. One of Norris’ most famous scenes has to be this fight with Bruce Lee in 1972’s Way of the Dragon. (How awesome is the cat?)

7. There really is a such thing as “Chuck Norris Action Jeans.” Sexy.

8. Norris’ CBS series, Walker, Texas Ranger, ran for 203 episodes. One of its creators was Paul Haggis, who went on to win the Academy Award for Crash.

9. Norris has written several books, including one called Black Belt Patriotism, a novel called The Justice Riders and a self-help guide called The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems.

10. Chuck Norris is politically conservative and a devout Christian. He writes a weekly column for the website WorldNetDaily. (He also appears on ads for Total Gym equipment.)

via USA Today

Let’s Do This!

Another Toyota Prius goes Leroy Jenkins.

LEEROOOOOOOY JEEENKIIIIIINSSS!!!

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