Thursday, June 23, 2005

Weird thing of the day 23 June 2005/16 Siwan 5765


Didn’t sleep well last night and got up late. Good thing I wrote this post up last night.

Political stuff: As usual, see Backspin for information on misconceptions and flaming pants. Also see “Japan court throws out tobacco suit, sees no definite link with cancer” for further flaming pants.

Side-note: There ought to be an award for lying, which ought to be called either the Richard Milhouse Nixon Prize or the Flaming Pants Award.

Just flat-out weird news: “Lions Rescue, Guard Beaten Ethiopian Girl”. (I cannot make this up. I keep asking myself if this is made up, I have no idea why lions would do this.)

Today’s weird thing is a story from Emily’s archive titled “Constable Outruns a Car”, which is included below. I checked and discovered that this story is an urban legend, but, still, it’s a good read. Enjoy.


Toronto Globe & Mail March 30, 2004:
In most of the Canadian Provinces, there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop in the single digits or below.
One morning in March 2004 about 3AM RCMP Constable Bill Wisen was awakened to respond to such a call of a car off the shoulder on the Trans Canada Highway outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Constable Wisen located the car still running, stuck in deep snow alongside the highway. Pulling in behind it with his emergency lights on, Constable Wisen walked to the driver's door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel and a near empty bottle of vodka in the seat. He tapped on the window and the driver woke up, seeing the rotating lights in his rear view mirror and the RCMP Constable standing next to his car. The man panicked, and he jerked the gearshift into drive and hit the gas. The car's speedometer was showing 20-30-40 then 50 KPH, but it was still stuck in the snow.
Constable Wisen, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding but still stationary car. The driver was totally freaked thinking the officer was actually keeping up with him. This went on for about 20 seconds when Constable Wisen yelled at the man ordering him to 'pull over'. The man obeyed and turned his wheel and stopped the engine. Once out of the car the drunken driver asked about the RCMPs' special training, and just how could the Constable run 50 KPH. The man, Mr. Robert Duport of Medicine Hat was arrested still believing that an RCMP Constable had outrun his car.
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