Archive for the ‘urban legends’ Category

Boo! No Trick or Treat for Sex Offenders.

October 29, 2010

Boo! No Trick or Treat for Sex Offenders

Lights out for registered sex offenders this weekend. They’re forbidden from displaying Halloween decorations, keeping the porch light on, or handing out candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters.

Police in Maryland, California, Texas, Long IslandLouisiana,  Georgia,  Indiana, and elsewhere will spend Halloween night ignoring the riotous hordes of drunks careening down streets and sidewalks, the gangs of teenage arsonists, and other seasonal threats in order to babysit former offenders. Of course, it’s worth it if it keeps our children out of danger.

But it doesn’t. Why? Because there is no evidence of a threat.

 A comprehensive study released last year shows that when it comes to nonfamilial sex crimes against children, Halloween is just another day. “These findings raise questions about the wisdom of diverting law enforcement resources to attend to a problem that does not appear to exist,” conclude the researchers.

The real Halloween threat to kids? Getting hit by cars.



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Urban Legend in your Driveway? Almost.

November 3, 2008

Urband Legend in your Driveway -- Almost

You know the story: Some guy in the 1930s invented a carburetor that gets 200 miles to the gallon, but the oil companies and auto makers bought up the patent so they could supress it. We heard it on the radio from the late Jean Shepard, and you may have read it in one of Jan Harold Brunvand’s books, but millions have heard it from a friend of a friend of the guy who was sold the prototype test car by mistake, only they wouldn’t let him keep it. Man, they just won’t give the little guy a break!

Until now. Or soon, anyway.

You want a car that runs on air? You got it!