Welcome to Casual Friday where we wake you up with the overlooked news stories of the week. The offbeat, strange and sometimes downright weird news items that mainstream media tends to ignore, all wrapped up with a few funnies, all designed to get your face in smiling shape for the weekend.
I thought it was just me. But according to a study published this month in the British Journal of Urology International by a University of California San Francisco urology resident named Herman Singh Bagga, an estimated 17,616 people wound up in U.S. emergency rooms between 2002 and 2012 because they caught their genitals, almost always penises, in zippers.
OK, so it’s a little funny in a Three Stooges kind of way, but a careless zip of the pants can be serious. While permanent damage is rare, Bagga said, zipper entrapment has led to surgical intervention such as undesired circumcision. A more common consequence is infection....
In case of an unfortunate zip, Bagga advised, it’s best to try to free oneself gently by backing the zipper down. If that doesn’t work, don’t struggle. Head for the ER. And don’t be too embarrassed. You’re not alone.
The state of Iowa has issued a mandate that will prohibit the Republican spokeswoman, Ann Coulter from ever stepping foot in the state.
The mandate came about as a direct result of Ann Coulter's recent statement on The View that she hates corn and that there is an ingredient in corn which causes people to uncontrollably utter the word shucks (no pun intended) at some most inopportune times.
Wallenda said he would traverse a remote section of crimson-hued canyon owned by the Navajo Nation in what will be his first major stunt since he last year became the only person to walk a wire over the brink of Niagara Falls....
"This is another one of my dreams coming true," Wallenda, 34, told Reuters in a brief telephone interview. "This is one that has been on my bucket list for some time."
Wallenda had bristled at wearing a safety tether during his Niagara Falls crossing last June. But ABC, the television network that aired the event, said it would pull the plug on the broadcast if he unhooked the harness.
The tether was never needed as Wallenda took 25 minutes to complete the walk from the United States to Canada while some 200 feet above the falls.
Political infighting continued when President Obama invited both Democrat and Republican Congressional members to join his pool with a $50 buy-in. No surprise that immediately the Republicans began demanding cuts that would make the buy-in $20 instead.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Republicans' demands threaten the entire pool with the NCAA Tournament set to begin.
"This shouldn't be as difficult as they are making it," said Carney. "The buy-in is set by the person running the pool. That's how it always has been. But they want to hold the entire pool hostage. We have no idea how many people are in the pool now or what the pay-outs will be. It's irresponsible. Other nations are looking at this debate over our tournament pool and laughing at us. It's time to do what's right and join."
Speaker of the House John Boehner said he is not willing to budge on paying only $20 to join.
"Fifty dollars to join the pool is ridiculous," said Boehner. "If everyone joins at just twenty, the pay-outs to the winners will still be sufficient, plus people will have enough money to join other pools if they want to. We don't want to be beholden to the president's pool. We want tournament pool freedom."
Facebook paid $0 corporate income tax on $1B in profits in 2012, but don't worry, Paul Ryan says we can make it up by killing Medicare— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 21, 2013
"Next up on Fox News, our panel will discuss: Why did we elect a Muslim like Obama if he can't bring peace to the Middle East?"— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) March 21, 2013
If Republican ideas were any less popular they'd be Republicans. fb.me/1qoAX8I64— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 21, 2013
Cook Report's Amy Walter: Republicans might have real shot at winning minority voters if they stop being Republicans: bit.ly/ZghK6c— billmon (@billmon1) March 21, 2013
Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he opposes gay marriage because "I’m not gay." Will he now oppose the death penalty because he's not dead?— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) March 21, 2013
Bachman:Obamacare kills! Right,guns don't kill people, affordable healthcare kills people. See why I call them the #MentalPatientParty?— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 21, 2013
Next up for Bush? Painting dogs playing poker. (But how do you get them to pose holding cards?)— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 21, 2013