Casual Friday is a collection of odd, strange or weird news stories from the week along with some jokes, tweets, and other assorted funnies.
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Jeff Smith of Lebanon, Ore., was trying to pull a stump out of his garden last Monday when his muddy boot slipped off the clutch. The tractor flipped, and the steering wheel pinned his chest to the ground.
The daughters, 16-year-old Hannah and 14-year-old Haylee, heard him screaming and ran to help. They reportedly lifted the tractor enough to free his torso and give him room to breathe.
Smith was treated at the hospital for a broken wrist and other injuries. Hannah said she called her mother before the ambulance ride. The mother thought it was an April Fool’s joke.
Since the ordeal, neighbors have finished tilling the garden, and the family has nicknamed the tractor Satan.
French President Francois Hollande was given the gift of a camel in appreciation for helping repel Islamist rebels.
Hollande was presented with the camel when he visited Mali in February.
The president joked at the time about using the camel to get around traffic-jammed Paris. But he chose in the end to leave it with a family in the town on the edge of the Sahara desert.Unfortunately, the camel was killed and eaten by the family he left it with in Timbuktu, an official in Mali said.
A local government official in northern Mali said on Tuesday a replacement would be sent to France.
"As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel," said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
“It stands to reason that if a gun in the home is dangerous, and the best way to confront guns is with guns, then purchasing a second gun is the best way to protect yourself from your first gun,” said NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre. “It’s like buying catastrophic health insurance, in that it has ‘catastrophe’ written all over it.”~Snip
“If someone wants to shoot themselves with a gun, that’s very difficult to stop, particularly if they have a 9mm, which by the way is a great choice for that, ” LaPierre said. “But if I have a second gun, and I make it clear that I will shoot myself if I shoot myself, then I’m going to think twice about shooting myself.”
“The truth is, most people, faced with a gun, will back down,” he added.
Once upon a time, physicians had a duty to give patients advice based on scientific evidence. Which, boring. Now Kansas doctors will be responsible for telling patients scary stories, like the entirely fictional one about how abortion leads to breast cancer.~ Comedy Central's Indecision
I'm worried that we'll have to go to war with North Korea and Dick Cheney will be too old to enjoy the profits.— Dave Sherrill (@thedavesherrill) April 8, 2013
A few candidates are eyeing the position of NYC mayor. They use the 8th grade speech. "I'd let you drink soda and eat candy ALL DAY!"— Barbara Holm (@barbara_holm) April 8, 2013
Forecast for New York this week:spring, fall, fall, spring, summer.— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) April 11, 2013
North Korea claims weapons of mass destruction. Somewhere GW Bush and Condi Rice are trying to connect it to Iraq.— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) April 11, 2013