Damn! That's gonna leave a mark.
I've neglected to say anything about the Underwear Bomber (Captain Underpants, Fruit of the Boom, Sir Sizzlepants), because, frankly, I can't get past the fact that he had a BOMB IN HIS UNDERPANTS! Now, logically thinking, I know this doesn't make any damned difference in the world. Yeah, sure, most suicide bombers wear a vest or some other macho exploding garment. Richard Reid wore 'splodey shoes. And I'll guess that no matter where you choose to attach a bomb to your body, the difference in time between the nearest body part and the rest of you going splat is negligible.
But I still can't get past the fact he was wearing a bomb IN HIS UNDERPANTS!
I've got nothing substantive to add to this, but YOUCH!
British Airways has trouble getting you across a river.
I'm reminded of a puzzle about getting a family across a river.
Here are the rules:
1. The raft can carry only 2 people.
2. The father can not be left with any of the daughters unless the mother is present
3. The mother can not be left with any of the sons unless the father is present.
4. The criminal can not stay with any family member unless the guard is present.
5. Only the father, mother, and guard know how to use the raft.
Here's the story. British Airways, apparently has a policy prohibiting men from sitting next to children they don't know on flights. Mirko Fischer was recently on a flight seated in the middle seat between his pregnant wife and a 12 year old boy who had been seated on the aisle. He was asked to move and then when he refused, he was told that the flight wouldn't take off until he complied.
He's says he was humiliated because of a policy that presumes all men are pedophiles. And this isn't something new. in 2006, London Mayor Boris Johnson was asked to move away from his own children on a flight to India.
I'm pretty sure I think this policy is ludicrous. And, of course, there's no such thing as a female pedophile.
Oooh! I'm all mysterious and shit!
Remember last week when that plane from NY to Kentucky was diverted to Philadelphia because of what turned out to be an Orthodox Jewish kid wearing a "religious device"? (I love that term.) Anyway, I wanted to get all bent out of shape over how ridiculous the whole thing was, but I can't.
My first thoughts were, "Hey, hasn't anyone ever seen a guy wearing Tefillin before"? And then I had to figure..."well, probably not." Tefillin (or phylacteries), are a couple of leather boxes containing a few verses from the Torah with leather straps you wrap around your arm and around your head. (It might help is someone invented an actual English word for Tefillin or if phylacteries didn't sound so dirty...just sayin'.)
Here's some old guys putting on Tefillin:
I suppose that could look a little sinister if you've never seen it before. And you probably haven't. And now, you're all saying, "Wassup with that anyway"? Short answer. There's a verse in Deuteronomy that says something like, "And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes". I'm not entirely sure how we got from that to leather straps and boxes, but there you are. Observant Jewish men (and a lot of women in more progressive synagogues), put on Tefillin every morning for the morning prayers. (You can do this alone or in a group, but you're supposed to do it before noon).
Here's a couple more shots for the hell of it:
I haven't the first idea what Barbie in Tefillin is supposed to represent.
So, this kid probably rushed to make it to the airport in time and didn't get to Shul (synagogue), or have time to do his business before leaving home, so he decided to do his praying on the plane. If you've ever flown on any flight headed toward Israel or to a flight connecting to Israel, you've probably seen this. On the other hand, flights to Kentucky?...maybe not so much.
So, anyway, it's not like this is some secret ritual that Jews carry out in hidden places, but seeing as I don't spend a whole lot of time in synagogues these days, I can't really blame a bunch of Goyim for not being clued in.
P.S. I'll admit that the whole thing may look a little weird to the uninitiated, but I have a big WTF moment myself once a year when I see a bunch of people wandering around Manhattan with ashes all over their foreheads. Weird is a pretty equal opportunity affliction.
Lastly, I don't think this guy could afford to fly.
This guy might actually be my new hero...if he weren't a complete douchenozzle. Meet Markus...America's first legal male prostitute.
You have to read the whole interview to get the benefit of all of his glorious douchie-ness, but my favorite part is where he claims to be the Rosa Parks of...I don't really know what he's claiming to be the Rosa Parks of. Hey, he's a douche!
So, that's the stuff that I've had bouncing around in my head...and still have no earth-shatteringly deep thoughts about. But I've now done my bloggarly duty and posted about this stuff anyway.
Sue me. I'm a douche.