Two Instances Where Intelligence Might Have Helped

It seems that, sometimes, desperate times call for, well…idiotic measures.  Jim West would undoubtedly say that stealing is a sin, so even he, in his typical, cynical self, would probably find the humor in these stories.

BERLIN — Two would-be thieves called in their own crime to police in Germany after they could not escape from a broken-down elevator over the weekend, police said in a statement.

“This sounds really dumb,” one of the thieves told police in Cologne over the elevator’s emergency phone, “But I’m afraid that we wanted to break in and the elevator has gotten stuck.”

When police arrived they found the two thieves aged 31 and 37 stuck in the elevator of an office building.

The thieves allegedly broke into the building and were attempting to reach a higher floor when the elevator became stuck, the police said.

via Trapped burglars call police for help – World news – Weird news – msnbc.com.

What could be more moronic than this, you ask?  How about the two culprits in this story:

Evanston police arrested three alleged burglars after tracking footprints in the snow leading from the burglarized house.

Officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at about 12:27 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 800 block of Hartrey Avenue, authorities said. A witness at the scene told officers that three people were seen running from the area, one carrying a television, police said.

Following the footprints in the snow, police were led to a residence in the 2200 block of Madison Place, officials said.

Additional officers arrived and set up a perimeter, authorities said. Police saw someone running through the residence, and officers entered, officials said.

During the search, officers heard noises coming from the attic, police said. Two adults and a 16-year-old followed police commands and surrendered, according to authorities.

via Police follow footprints to find alleged burglars — Evanston news, photos and events — TribLocal.com.

Crime never pays…but sometimes it helps to be smarter than mayonnaise.

Fox Shoots Hunter

Isn’t that something…

MOSCOW — A wounded fox shot its would-be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

he unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

“The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus that borders Poland.

via Fox shoots hunter who wounded it – World news – Weird news – msnbc.com.

Wobbly Earth Means Your Horoscope is Wrong

Well, for all of you who are following the stars and looking to constellations to determine your fates, you are probably unaware that you’re doing it wrong…

If you look to your horoscope for a preview of your day, look again: You’re probably following somebody else’s supposed fate.

Thanks to Earth’s wobble, astrological signs are, well, bunk. (Or even more bunk than you might expect.) Astrological signs are determined by the position of the sun relative to certain constellations on a person’s day of birth. The problem is, the positions were determined more than 2,000 years ago. Nowadays, the stars have shifted in the night sky so much that horoscope signs are nearly a month off. [Read: Why Your Horoscope for 2011 Is All Wrong ]

“Astrology tells us that the sun is in one position, whereas astronomy tells us it’s in another position,” said Joe Rao, SPACE.com’s skywatching columnist and a lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium.

The shift is caused by precession, the wobble in the Earth’s axis caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon to the Earth’s equator. Precession popped into the spotlight this week after Minnesota Planetarium Society board member Parke Kunkle told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the gap between the astrological and the astronomical view. The story spread around the Internet quickly, but it’s actually old news, Rao said.

Very old news.

“The earliest known astronomer to recognize and assess the movement of precession was Aristarchus of Samos, who lived around 280 B.C.,” Rao told LiveScience.

via Wobbly Earth means your horoscope is wrong – Technology & science – Science – LiveScience – msnbc.com.

Just saying….

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