Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse

Firehouse.com Forum Rules & Guidelines

Forum Rules & Guidelines

Not Permitted or Tolerated:
• Advertising and/or links of commercial, for-profit websites, products, and/or services is not permitted. If you have a need to advertise on Firehouse.com please contact [email protected]
• Fighting/arguing
• Cyber-bullying
• Swearing
• Name-calling and/or personal attacks
• Spamming
• Typing in all CAPS
• “l33t speak” - Substituting characters for letters in an effort to represent a word or phrase. (example: M*****ive)
• Distribution of another person’s personal information, regardless of whether or not said information is public knowledge and whether or not an individual has permission to post said personal information
• Piracy advocation of any kind
• Racist, sexual, hate type defamatory, religious, political, or sexual commentary.
• Multiple forum accounts

Forum Posting Guidelines:

Posts must be on-topic, non-disruptive and relevant to the firefighting community. Post only in a mature and responsible way that contributes to the discussion at hand. Posting relevant information, helpful suggestions and/or constructive criticism is a great way to contribute to the community.

Post in the correct forum and have clear titles for your threads.

Please post in English or provide a translation.

There are moderators and admins who handle these forums with care, do not resort to self-help, instead please utilize the reporting option. Be mature and responsible for yourself and your posts. If you are offended by another member utilize the reporting option. All reported posts will be addressed and dealt with as deemed appropriate by Firehouse.com staff.

Firehouse.com Moderation Process:
Effective immediately, the following moderation process will take effect. User(s) whose posts are determined by Firehouse.com staff to be in violation of any of the rules above will EARN the following reprimand(s) in the moderation process:
1. An initial warning will be issued.
2. A Final Warning will be issued if a user is found to be in violation a second time.
3. A 3-day suspension will be issued if the user continues to break the forum rules.
4. A 45-day suspension will be issued if the user is found to be a habitual rule breaker.
5. Habitual rule breakers that have exhausted all of the above will receive a permanent life-time ban that will be strictly enforced. Reinstatement will not be allowed – there is no appeal process.

Subsequent accounts created in an effort to side-step the rules and moderation process are subject to automatic removal without notice. Firehouse.com reserves the right to expedite the reprimand process for any users as it is deemed necessary. Any user in the moderation process may be required to review and agree to by email the terms and conditions listed above before their account is re-instated (except for those that are banned).

Firehouse.com reserves the right to edit and/or remove any post or member, at any time, for any reason without notice. Firehouse.com also reserves the right to warn, suspend, and/or ban, any member, at any time, for any reason.

Firehouse.com values the active participation we have in our forums. Please ensure your posts are tasteful and tactful. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
See more
See less

Weird But True

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • January 10, 2004 -- Customers at a Burger King in suburban Detroit are getting an earful of obscenities and insults along with their meals. That's because pranksters are tapping into the same frequency as the fast-food chain's drive-through speaker.
    "You don't need a couple of Whoppers. You are too fat. Pull ahead," the pranksters told one patron, according to Troy Police Lt. Gerry Scherlinck.
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

    Comment


    • January 11, 2004 -- A Texas man's artwork has gone to the toilet -the toilet-seat lid, that is! Retired plumber Barney Smith has been creating works of art on the lids for the past 32 years. Smith, 82, has produced 677 of the fanciful seats, which now pack his Toilet Seat Art Museum in the garage of his San Antonio home. Flushed with pride, Smith said he gets about 1,000 visitors each year.

      just goes to show, one man's trash is another man's art...or something like that
      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
      343
      CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

      Charleston 9
      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
      *******************CLICK HERE*****************

      Comment


      • BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian police caught two
        rabbit poachers whose armor-plated getaway car was equipped
        with so many gadgets it could have been in a James Bond film.
        Belga news agency said Tuesday the poachers were caught
        overnight with 14 wild rabbits in the back of a car they had
        reinforced with metal plates to stop bullets.
        The car was also equipped with an automated box ready to
        spring tire traps to slow pursuers. The poachers had fitted a
        halogen lamp on the outside to blind their prey and shielded
        the car's number plates with lead sheeting to avoid
        identification.
        There was also a device to eject two old bicycles fixed on
        the back of the car as an obstacle to any vehicle in hot
        pursuit, Belga reported.
        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
        Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

        *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
        On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

        Comment


        • Secrets?

          Cyprus army embarrassed over plans found in dump
          NICOSIA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Red-faced army bosses in Cyprus
          came under fire over the weekend after secret ground plans of
          military installations were found in a garbage dump.
          Authorities launched an inquiry into how the documents came
          to be discarded at a landfill, only to be found last Friday by
          a curious truck driver who alerted TV stations.
          Local media said the papers contain details ranging from
          technical specifications for weapons launch sites to the
          thickness of walls at sentry posts along the island's tensely
          guarded cease-fire line.
          Defense Minister Koullis Mavronicolas tried to play down
          the incident, saying the documents "are not important."
          But President Tassos Papadopoulos said, "It's regrettable
          if it's true."
          Cyprus has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974.

          REUTERS
          Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
          Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

          *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
          On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

          Comment


          • New Briefs for New year

            SINGAPORE (AP) - Women in Singapore are buying their husbands
            special Chinese New Year briefs, hoping to bring them good fortune
            and increase their sexual potency.
            Women are also buying themselves "Funky Monkey" panties
            specially designed for the year of the monkey, featuring smiling
            cartoon primates. The Lunar New Year begins on Jan. 22 and is
            celebrated by the Chinese diaspora around the globe.
            But the most popular style is bright red briefs for men
            featuring Chinese characters for wealth and prosperity, said
            Jeannette Cheong, owner of the underwear store ButtOn Trendy
            Undies.
            Cheong said she has sold more than a thousand pairs of the
            festive undergarments, priced at 5.90 Singapore dollars (US$3.50),
            since Christmas.
            "The Year of the Monkey is definitely more marketable than the
            other zodiac signs," Cheong said. "Because the cartoon designs
            for women's underwear are cuter and more appealing."
            The items are most popular with middle-aged women who tell
            Cheong they want to spice up their love lives, she said.
            She said she has also received bulk orders from companies
            looking for Chinese New Year gifts for their staff.
            More unusual buyers of the lucky underwear include gray-haired
            men shopping for themselves and "mamasans" - local slang for
            women who arranges sexual liaisons - looking for "corporate
            gifts" for their clients, Cheong said.

            (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
            Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
            Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

            *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
            On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

            Comment


            • Invasion of the Monkeys

              KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Monkeys have invaded the Indian Embassy
              in Nepal's capial, forcing diplomats to seek help from animal
              specialists, the embassy said Wednesday.
              About three dozen monkeys have attacked embassy officials,
              defecated in offices, and destroyed equipment, embassy spokesman
              Sanjay Verma said.
              "We have sought help from experts and hope to get rid of the
              problem soon," Verma said.
              Experts from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife
              Conservation and from a zoo were called in to capture the monkeys.
              The embassy plans to pay 25,000 rupees (US$350) for the task, Verma
              said.
              The embassy previously had caught some of the monkeys and took
              them out of Katmandu.
              "But somehow they managed to find their way back," Verma said.
              New Delhi has its own monkey problems. The animals are known to
              ransack files, screech at visitors and bang on office windows in
              India's Parliament complex.

              (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
              Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
              Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

              *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
              On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

              Comment


              • Bigger IS better!

                Knife-wielding 90-yr old sends NZ intruder packing
                WELLINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A 90-year old New Zealand
                man grabbed a carving knife from his kitchen and chased away a
                masked intruder who had threatened his wife with a butter
                knife.
                The intruder waved the flimsy weapon at David Saulbrey's
                wife when she tried to ring the police to report Tuesday's
                break-in at their home in Lower Hutt, near Wellington, the
                Dominion-Post newspaper reported.
                Saulbrey, who failed to hear the hapless intruder's demand
                for money because he was not wearing his hearing aid, then beat
                the burglar in a search for a more threatening weapon.
                "Once I got the carving knife I said: 'Now you bastard,
                you're for it.' With that he threw his knife at me and took off
                out the door," Saulbrey told the newspaper.
                "I was that bloody wild I would have stuck (the knife) in
                his Adam's apple," he said.
                New Zealand police said they did not recommend confronting
                an armed intruder but praised Saulbrey's bravery.
                "He's a tough old bugger. You wouldn't think he was 90,
                that's for sure," Detective Scott Cooper was quoted as saying.

                Reut21:50 01-13-04
                Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                Comment


                • Socks Docked

                  White socks taboo at Dutch finance ministry
                  AMSTERDAM, Jan 13 (Reuters) - White socks have been declared
                  indecent by the Dutch Finance Ministry.
                  A ministry official on Tuesday confirmed a recent internal
                  publication that proclaimed white sports socks "transgress the
                  limits of decent dress behaviour" for ministry employees.
                  The officials were also expected to wear dark blue or grey
                  suits in order to convey "reliability and professionalism."
                  "People are expected to dress in accordance with their
                  function," said a spokeswoman, stressing there were no strict
                  controls.

                  Reut06:31 01-13-04
                  Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                  Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                  *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                  On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                  Comment


                  • Driving you Nuts?

                    German woman causes parking lot chaos
                    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German woman caused about $130,000
                    damage when an attempt to back out of her spot in a parking
                    garage ended with her car flipped over on its roof and four
                    other vehicles damaged, police said Monday.
                    Police said the woman reversed sharply out of her spot on
                    the upper level of a multistory parking garage in the
                    southwestern town of Kirchen, wrecking a parked Nissan and
                    damaging a Mitsubishi next to it, police said.
                    She then accelerated forward, speeding through her original
                    parking place and over a low protective wall -- pitching her
                    Audi some 20 feet down to a lower level of the lot.
                    The car crashed onto a Renault, hit a Citroen and finally
                    came to rest on its roof.
                    Police said the woman was treated in a hospital but that
                    her injuries were not life threatening. "A blood test was taken
                    after suspicions she was under medication," a spokesman said.
                    REUTERS

                    Reut09:39 01-12-04
                    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                    Comment


                    • January 15, 2004 -- A West Virginia firefighter torched his mom's mobile home - because he was upset over how messy it was, cops say.
                      William Feimster, 25, of Martinsburg, complained that the home "was very sloppy and he didn't like it," said Berkeley County Sheriff's Sgt. Russell Shackelford.

                      In another odd twist, Feimster went with his ladder company to put the blaze out after neighbors called it in.
                      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                      343
                      CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                      *******************CLICK HERE*****************

                      Comment


                      • Chill out Bro'

                        SPOKANE, Washington (AP) - Three men who went streaking through
                        a restaurant were chilled and chagrined when they spotted a thief
                        drive off in their getaway car, their clothes inside.
                        Naked in the minus 7 degree Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit)
                        weather, the three young men huddled behind cars in a parking lot
                        until police arrived.
                        "I don't think they were hiding. I think they were just
                        concealing themselves," police spokesman Dick Cottam said.
                        The three entered the restaurant before daybreak Wednesday,
                        wearing only shoes and hats. They left their car running so they
                        could make a quick escape.
                        But the streakers watched through the windows as a man who had
                        been eating inside the restaurant drove off in their car.
                        No charges were brought against the streakers.
                        "I think it was just three kids who decided to fool around,"
                        Cottam said. He added: "We always tell people to not leave their
                        car running."

                        (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                        Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                        *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                        On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                        Comment


                        • Internal Investigation

                          Suspected German drug smuggler foiled by call of nature
                          BERLIN (Reuters) - The untimely bowel movements of a man
                          arrested with marijuana at an airport yielded German police an
                          unexpected haul of 54 condoms containing cocaine, authorities
                          said Thursday.
                          "It's pretty silly to get caught carrying hard drugs
                          because you've got a tiny amount of marijuana on you," said a
                          spokeswoman for prison authorities in Berlin.
                          After police discovered the 2 grams (0.076 ounce) of
                          marijuana, a check revealed an outstanding international arrest
                          warrant for the 51-year-old man for drug-related offenses.
                          They were unaware he was carrying 2.2 pounds of cocaine,
                          estimated at $150,400), authorities said.
                          "The man had the condoms in his stomach and after a certain
                          period of time his bowels passed them out again. I don't know
                          why he didn't flush them down the toilet, perhaps he needed to
                          keep them," the spokeswoman said.
                          The man hid the excreted condoms in his clothes, where jail
                          authorities later found them, authorities said.
                          REUTERS
                          Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                          Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                          *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                          On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                          Comment


                          • January 16, 2004 --A deranged woman tore off her shirt and bra aboard a jet in Australia and screamed at passengers that she had a vision they were all going to die in a 9/11-style tragedy.Passengers were still stunned after the ordeal on the Virgin Blue flight from Hobart to Melbourne. "Everyone was pretty freaked out," one flier said. "[When] we landed, the whole plane applauded."
                            The 23-year-old woman was released into the custody of her parents.
                            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                            343
                            CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                            Charleston 9
                            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                            *******************CLICK HERE*****************

                            Comment


                            • Strange BREW...look what's inside of you

                              JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - SARS fears have stopped the Chinese
                              from eating civet cats. But that hasn't turned off others from
                              sipping the strangest of brews - one they insist is made from
                              coffee beans eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the
                              weasel-like animals.
                              The story goes like this: Civets live in the foliage of
                              plantations across Southeast Asia. These fussy foragers pick the
                              best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system
                              break down the flesh of the fruit before the animals expel the
                              bean.
                              Workers collect beans from the plantation floor, wash away the
                              dung and roast them to produce a unique drink that devotees might
                              say is good to the last dropping.
                              Skeptics, though, dismiss it all as a weird and unverifiable
                              marketing gimmick.
                              Still in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, the owner of three
                              fashionable cafes, Agus Susanto, sells what he claims is a mix of
                              regular beans and those that have passed through civets. The blend
                              and the cafes are both called "Kopi Luwak" - in English: "Civet
                              Coffee."
                              "Our coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma,"
                              Susanto said by telephone from his factory in central Java.
                              In Vietnam, now the world's second-largest regular coffee
                              grower, a blend supposedly containing some civet beans is produced
                              by the Trung Nguyen company under the "Weasel Coffee" brand.
                              In the Philippines, the Old Manila Coffee House used to sell a
                              civet brew, but supplies have dwindled over the years, said Ellen
                              Tuason, its finance officer.
                              "Some of our guests said it was an aphrodisiac. It has a strong
                              coffee smell, but different. There is a distinct odor and flavor,"
                              she said.
                              The beans are also marketed internationally. Several US-Internet
                              based coffee traders claim to offer them for up to $150 a pound,
                              ($325 a kilogram) making among the world's most expensive
                              beverages.
                              However, many in Asia's coffee trade doubt whether the beans are
                              truly produced in significant quantities, if at all.
                              "There are maybe a few bags here, a few bags there, but mostly
                              its just a myth," said Victor Mah, a Singaporean who has been
                              selling coffee from Southeast Asia for more than 25 years.
                              Others just won't swallow the claims.
                              "I think it's a big scam," said Mark Hanusz, who spent eight
                              months traveling Indonesia researching his book about coffee called
                              "A Cup of Java."
                              In the past few weeks, authorities in southern China have
                              exterminated thousands of civet cats on fears that they carry and
                              spread the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus.
                              The World Health Organization also sees a potential relationship
                              between the furry black and white animals and the disease that
                              killed 774 people worldwide last year.
                              If that link is confirmed, consumer interest in civet coffee
                              could plummet.
                              But in Jakarta, Susanto isn't worried. He expects to keep
                              selling what he claims is 100 metric tons (110 tons) of civet
                              coffee a month.
                              "There are many different kinds of civets in this world. The
                              Indonesian ones are different from those in China," he said.
                              Henry Harmon, an American from Boston, Massachusetts who owns a
                              chain of coffee shops in Indonesia, said he thinks the drink is for
                              real, though he has no plans to introduce it in his stores.
                              "It has a nice romantic - well semi-romantic - twist to it, but
                              I'd be worried about product liability lawsuits," Harmon said.
                              ----
                              On the Net:
                              www.thecoffeecritic.com
                              www.mountanosbros.com

                              (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                              Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                              Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                              *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                              On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                              Comment


                              • Is that a potato in your pants.....?

                                RPT-Toronto relief workers hand homeless a hot potato
                                (Fixes typo in headline)
                                TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - In the face of flesh-freezing
                                temperatures, Toronto's homeless community now has an
                                alternative to crowded shelters -- a hot, cooked potato in a
                                sock.
                                The Potato Tikun Olan Program is the brainchild of Iris
                                Halbert, a student at the University of Toronto. It is
                                organized by Ve'ahavta, the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and
                                Relief Committee, which is combing the city in a van, handing
                                out boiled potatoes in socks to those out in the cold.
                                "We've done a thermal test to see how long they keep warm,"
                                Darrel Borden, director of homeless initiatives for Ve'ahavta,
                                told Reuters. "They keep a sleeping bag warm for about five
                                hours and a pocket for three."
                                An average of 15 homeless people die every year in Toronto
                                from exposure to frigid temperatures. This winter, a cold snap
                                with wind chill temperatures as low as -40 Celsius (-40
                                Fahrenheit) has already claimed one life.
                                Halbert, who studies the politics of development, said she
                                got the idea from a book she read as a teenager about Eastern
                                European peasants.
                                "During the cold season they would put potatoes in their
                                pants to keep them warm as they went about their daily chores,"
                                she said.
                                About a month ago she approached Borden and the idea grew.
                                Since Wednesday, they have distributed over 180 potatoes, which
                                provide fuel as well as warmth.
                                "As they cool off people can eat them and get fiber, and
                                potassium and other nutrients," he said.
                                Halbert and Borden have been conducting a vigorous local
                                media campaign and hope from now on to bring warm, edible
                                assistance to Toronto's streets every year.
                                "Simple solutions to complex problems, it's what we need,"
                                said Halbert.

                                Reut16:38 01-16-04
                                Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                                Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                                *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                                On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

                                Comment

                                300x600 Ad Unit (In-View)

                                Collapse

                                Upper 300x250

                                Collapse

                                Taboola

                                Collapse

                                Leader

                                Collapse
                                Working...
                                X