The Chinese township administrators hiring a blind contractor:
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese court has jailed two officials after they let a blind contractor build a bridge which collapsed during construction and injured 12 people, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. Huang Wenge, township head of Bujia in the southeastern province of Jiangxi, and colleague Xia Jianzhong were sentenced to 18 months and one year in jail, respectively, for not stopping the project, Xinhua said.Huang Wenge and Xia Jianzhong, who were in charge of road management and supervision, did not ask the contractors to provide certificates guaranteeing their proficiency,” it said, citing the court ruling.
When they knew the bridge was being built by a blind contractor, they did not stop it,” it said, adding the contractor had changed the blueprint without getting a professional to look at the design.
After the blind contractor changed the blueprint, he carried out the work only using a roughly drawn draft of the plan, which caused the bridge to collapse,” the report said.
Xinhua did not explain how the contractor was able to run the project considering his inability to see.
The township administrators obviously thought: “We should be able to get a good discount from this guy, since he obviously can’t even draw a straight line.”
The husband and wife quack surgical team in India:
NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – An India couple have been accused of trying to get their 15-year-son into the Guinness Book of World Records by allowing him to perform a caesarean operation, local newspapers reported on Thursday.
The parents, both doctors from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, screened a video recording of the operation on a 20-year-old woman to other doctors in the hope of attaining the record as the world’s youngest surgeon, newspapers reported.
Family members said the boy was only helping out in the operation, handing his father’s medical instruments. Indian medical authorities are investigating the case and could revoke the couple’s medical licenses.
The 15 year-old’s parents: “Hell if this works, we can open an outsourced surgical shop, hire a bunch of cheap kids, and we will make a bundle charging our patients full price.”
The potential tourists who would purchase seal penises:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – An Alaska man has pleaded guilty to selling more than 100 fur seal “oosiks” — or penises — to a local gift shop that intended to sell the items as an aphrodisiac. Michael Richard Zacharof, an Aleut and former tribal president from the Bering Sea village of St. Paul, pleaded guilty this week to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Federal law forbids the sale of any raw marine mammal parts unless they have been crafted into pieces of Alaska Native artwork. In Zacharof’s case, the former tribal leader sold the raw seal penises to a gift shop catering to customers from Asia. The shop then sold the items for about $100 each, according to the Justice Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Steward said seal penis bones, also known as seal sticks, are believed to have properties similar to erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra.
Zacharof faces a possible one-year prison term and a $20,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Does anyone think that if a seal had his penis cut off by a greedy Eskimo, that acquiring said penis would bring them as much good luck as it brought the seal?
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