Friday, October 31, 2014

Free For All

It seems like the scene out of a movie, but apparently, it's real life.

According to the Washington Post,

A door malfunction on an armored vehicle sent money flying along Interstate 270 on Friday morning.

The incident, which began about 8 a.m., initially was thought by officials to involve the crash of an armored vehicle that was headed northbound on I-270 near Route 80 in Urbana.

The driver of the vehicle, which was owned by Canada-based GardaWorld, was in the far left lane of the interstate when a lock on a door of the Ford E-350 van malfunctioned. A bag of cash fell out, sending bills flying.

Drivers stopped, got out of their vehicles and started grabbing the cash, police said. So many vehicles stopped that they essentially shut down the northbound lanes of the road. No one was injured. When a fire official also stopped and turned on the emergency lights of his vehicle, drivers fled onto Route 80 with money, police said.

Something seems fishy. How do locks on armored trucks like this suddenly "malfunction?" And are you allowed to keep money that you find flying about? Do you have to declare it on your tax return?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

KC Trolling

I love myself some intelligent sports fans.

Steve Perry, a diehard SF Giants fan, had been making his presence known throughout the playoffs. And he ultimately did get the last laugh, but this is pretty good.

Steve Perry

Garth Brooks spent time with the Royals spring training back in 2004, so I guess, that's the best KC can do. But trolling Steve Perry from like 20 feet away is pretty solid.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is one of my favorite sports moments of all time. I hope tonight's game can live up to expectations.

PS - Tim McCarver totally called exactly what was going to happen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friday night comedy

David Testroet is coming to the Black River Bar & Grill on the north side of La Crosse this weekend. Want to win tickets to check him out? Head to the contest page.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oscar Tavares

I hate the St. Louis Cardinals. I really do.

But more than anything, it comes out of a deep-seeded respect for the way they run their franchise. I hate them because they're so good at what they do.

Oscar Tavares was a shining example of that.

Just 22 years old, Tavares made an impact with the Cardinals this season and was poised to be a nuisance for the Brewers and the rest of the MLB for a long time.

Tavares died Sunday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

It's an impossible situation to try to handle. First and foremost, his family having to deal with their loss, but the Cardinals' family too.

It also put the journalists at FOX in a tough spot, having to handle, verify, and relay the news during the broadcast of a World Series game. And, to use a baseball cliche, they knocked it out of the park.

Journalists are people too, as evidenced by the emotion you can see in Erin Andrews' eyes here.

Watch the video, it's worth it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bueller? Bueller?

I don't call into work all that often, as the nature of my profession (and good health! knock on wood) doesn't really allow me to, but if I were going to, I might use one of these.

According to Career Builder, here's a list of the top 10 most unbelievable excuses used this year for calling in sick.

When asked to share the most dubious excuses employees have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following real-life examples:
-Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
-Employee's plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some "tweaking" to get it just right.
-Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
-Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
-Employee woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
-Employee had a "lucky night" and didn't know where he was.
-Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn't get out.
-Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
-Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
-Employee accidentally got on a plane.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

High Life Heist


Well, kinda. 

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and started a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

"I don't mean to cry about it but I'm just trying to do the best I can and make a better life," Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

"Oh, my God. That's beautiful," he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

I'm not sure I see the upside to stealing 38,000 beers. It's not like you're gonna be able to sell them second hand, and you can't even make a dent in the supply before it goes skunky. Glad the guy got his truck back though, even though only "most" of the beers were returned.