News and Notes – 1/16/2008

Mean mom. An Iowa mom sold her 19-year-old son’s car after she discovered alcohol in the vehicle. The newspaper ad read as follows: “OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”

Stuck in bed. A Mexican boy glued his hand to his bed in order to avoid going back to school after Christmas vacation. When he didn’t get up in the morning, his mother found him lying in bed watching TV with his hand glued to the bed. She called the paramedics who were able to get him unstuck in time for class. “I didn’t want to go to school because vacation was so much fun,” the ten-year-old boy told the newspaper.

Never tempt a hacker. Hoping to calm people’s fears over two missing discs containing personal information for over 25 million people, British TV host Jeremy Clarkson published his own bank account numbers in the newspaper. “All you’ll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out,” he told his readers. Imagine his surprise when his account was hacked later in the week. Clarkson wrote in his column, “I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account. The bank cannot find out who did this because of the Data Protection Act and they cannot stop it from happening again. I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake.” The money taken from Clarkson’s account had been donated to charity.


  1. Barrie says:

    Gee I really didn’t think the mean mom sounded so mean. Sounded more like a loving mom trying to teach an unwise child some hard facts about life and consequences.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Barrie – I agree. Now if she had sold the car with her son still in it, that would have been mean.

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