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August 22, 2012

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Is nothing sacred?

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Bryan and Jordan Silverman are creators of toilet tissue printed with ads, and sometimes with coupon codes that can be read by cellphones. The Journal-News says in a story Sunday that the brothers expect their product to appear this fall in the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library.

Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Silverman came up with the idea for Star Toilet Paper in 2010. His 18-year-old brother tells the newspaper that he was initially skeptical but came to see it as advertising to 'a really captive audience.'

The brothers from Rye Brook have entered their concept in a contest run by Entrepreneur magazine.

TME If they call the TP discount codes 'poopons,' we're totally in.

Beckham's briefs

NEW YORK - David Beckham, sporting designer underwear, is making appearances around New York City - in the form of 10-foot-tall metallic statues, that is.

The massive sculptures have gone up as part of a promotion for the soccer player's new underwear line for H&M.

The Daily News says three of the larger-than-life statues have been placed inside H&M's midtown-Manhattan store. There's also one in Central Park and another at the South Street Seaport.

There are also two statues in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

They'll remain on display until Aug. 31.

TME Dang foreigners, coming over here and taking our giant statue underwear promotion jobs.

Fourteenth time's the charm?

FARGO, N.D. - The arrest of a West Fargo man on his 14th drunken driving charge has spurred talk among some North Dakota lawmakers about how to toughen state laws against DUI.

Kevin Tegtmeier pleaded not guilty on Thursday. He was arrested last month, and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25 percent. Tegtmeier is being held in the Cass County jail on $15,000 bond.

North Dakota's toughest penalty against repeat drunken driving offenders is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A person who's convicted five times in seven years is eligible for the penalty.

Fargo state Sen. Tim Mathern says he'll be introducing legislation to require DUI offenders to have different license plates and a notation on their driver's licenses.

TME If at first you don't succeed, get wasted and drive home.

Free fruit frenzy

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Owners of a western Colorado orchard say they've soured on the idea of peach giveaways after a slew of pickers descended on their property and wreaked havoc.

The Daily Sentinel reports orchard owners Don and Marilyn Schanaman couldn't sell their first peach crop because the fruit was too small, so they offered it for free to those willing to pick it.

The peaches were gone within days, but people kept coming, even though the Schanamans posted signs saying the orchard was closed and trespassing was prohibited.

The couple says people still knocked on their door, one person threw rocks, and others drove into the orchard, hitting a tree and breaking pipes. Some helped themselves to apples that hadn't been offered, while others took from a neighbor's orchard too.

Marilyn Schanaman says she and her husband won't be giving away peaches again.

TME Millions of peaches, peaches for me/Millions of peaches, peaches for free.

The butt of the joke

SPARKS, Nev. - Authorities in Sparks are considering criminal charges against a 56-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the buttocks inside a movie theater.

Police say the man told them his gun hit the floor beneath his seat and discharged at the Century 14 cinema about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. No one else was hurt.

Sgt. Pat Dyer says the unidentified man immediately got up, apologized to those around him and left the theater for the hospital. He says about 30 patrons were watching 'The Bourne Legacy' at the time but only five reported hearing the shot and no one panicked.

The man had a permit to carry a concealed weapon but Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams says he could be charged with illegal discharge of a firearm in a public place.

TME All kidding aside, the dude is clearly a crack shot.

Meanwhile, in Vermont

BARTON, Vt. - Police in the Vermont town of Barton say burglars didn't steal any books when they broke into the town library, but they rearranged the furniture.

Vermont State Police say the furniture was stacked in the center of the library floor in a pyramid about 20 feet high. Other furniture was stacked on top of bookshelves sometime between Monday night and Tuesday midmorning.

The only thing missing was a date stamp used to check out books.

Police say nothing appeared to have been broken or vandalized and there was no sign of a forced entry.

TME Lock up your furniture! The folks at HGTV have gone rogue!

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