two odd news stories

The following two news briefs occurred over this past weekend. As far as I can tell, they are actually true. They sure sound like fake stories tho...

Getting knifed in the back at work by a colleague is unfortunately not an uncommon experience. For a Russian factory worker last week it was, however, not merely metaphorical--although the man's senses were so dulled by alcohol that he failed to notice the knife stuck in his back by a co-worker.

The newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda and Gazeta reported on Friday the case of Yury Lyalin, a 53-year-old electrician in the town of Vologda, north of Moscow, who was stabbed by the factory's security guard as they were having a drunken argument.

Passing out at the factory, Mr. Lyalin awoke the next morning and attempted to resume his duties, but was sent home by his boss due to his inebriated state. No one noticed the 6 inch blade stuck between his shoulders. Mr. Lyalin went home, had a bite to eat, decided to lie down for a while and was only alerted to the knife in his back when his wife woke him hours later. Mr. Lyalin was philosophical: "We got drunk together. Things happen when you drink."

The second story isn't as strangely amusing as the one above, but it does address the problem of people being overweight--an issue that I think about a lot ever since I started to tip the scales over 200 pounds.

An Italian man obliged to go commando because of his wide girth was resting easier Saturday after a court dropped obscenity charges resulting from an highly embarrassing moment at the shops.

The man, whose name and age were not disclosed by Italy's domestic ANSA news agency, was inside a supermarket reaching up to a shelf when his pants split at the seam, revealing nothing but his bare bottom.

Outraged, a couple of women shoppers nearby screamed in horror. Police soon rushed to the scene and arrested the man on suspicion of committing an obscene act in a public place.

Defending himself in a court in Gallarate, a medieval town of 50,000 in Lombardy, northern Italy, he said that due to an obesity problem, he could not find underwear in his size, ANSA reported.

Indeed, he had gone to the supermarket that very day to see if he could find something that would fit, he added.

The judge dropped the charges, ruling that the man had not committed an obscene act or not had he offended morals.


GA Girl said…
What's a 6" knife between friends?

Your 2nd story is just unpleasant to think about!
Shephard said…
I'm speechless. lol

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