Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hard To Swallow

Here are a couple of strange news stories I have gathered in recent weeks.

Swallowed pen still works 25 years later

The gist of this story is a woman was poking at her sore tonsils with a felt tip marker when she lsot her balance and fell, swallowing the pen in the process. Doctors spotted it in a recent when she was having some unrelated trouble. They decided to remove the pen and despite having spent all that time in her gut the think still had usable ink and could write. I've written a few gut wrneching stories but this tale trumps me by a long shot.

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Officials at the Bennett Martin Library in Lincoln have removed and destroyed about 150 books after someone urinated on the biographies bookshelf.
The Lincoln Journal Star says Monday that officials don't know when it happened, why it happened or who did it, but the smell left no question. A police report puts the loss at $3,900.
Tammy Teasley of Lincoln City Libraries says she was removing older, outdated books from circulation on Nov. 28 when she detected the odor on the shelves on the second floor in a corner of the building.

Teasley says the person was likely intoxicated and found a secluded spot in the library. She says the remaining books on those shelves will be moved elsewhere.

What kind of fiend pisses on books? Especially biographies. And who gets drunk and goes to library?

12 comments:

David said...

I wish the article had explained why she was poking at her tonsils with a pen.

Old Kitty said...

I think I'd worry more if the person who pissed in the library wasn't pissed when he or she pissed! LOL! Cos that's just vindictive! But boooo to this person who defiled the library! This person should pay for the damage they cost!

Now as for that woman with the pen.. weird! Take care
x

Cloudia said...

I have seen homeless urinating on cement just a foot away from grass. . . people REALLY don't connect with anything beyond their own internal world do they?!
Write from your gut - LOL-

Hey Tex!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Re the urination story -- jeez, everyone's a critic! Maybe he was making a comment on the people whose bios were on the shelf.

No?

Melissa Marsh said...

Since I literally work right across the street from that library, I can tell you exactly why this happened - it is a haven for the homeless people of Lincoln. It's the downtown branch and they have to have a cop on duty in case they get rowdy (which I have been witness to).

Charles Gramlich said...

I saw that about the pen. I wonder why the pens I put into my pen holder don't work after a month.

Damon said...

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the walking man said...

You've never been to Detroit have you Travis? I think everyone left here has pissed on Kwame Kilpatrick's biography. But he's your problem now that he is in Texas, I hear he's angling for a job with rick Perry.

Rick said...

These are severly weird stories, Travis. And a bit demented, too!

Miriam Forster said...

Wow. Just..wow.

Some *&%^^%# put a firecracker in our local library dropbox on the Fourth of July. Damage a whole bunch of books and put the dropbox out of business for a month. I think people who prank libraries should be fed to crocodiles.

Then there's this: http://www.ktvb.com/home/Boise-woman-to-stand-trial-in-library-condiment-vandalism-104371164.html

I was living in Boise at the time. It was very surreal.

Miriam Forster said...

Wow. Just..wow.

Some *&%^^%# put a firecracker in our local library dropbox on the Fourth of July. Damage a whole bunch of books and put the dropbox out of business for a month. I think people who prank libraries should be fed to crocodiles.

Then there's this: http://www.ktvb.com/home/Boise-woman-to-stand-trial-in-library-condiment-vandalism-104371164.html

I was living in Boise at the time. It was very surreal.

Eric said...

The pen story doesn't surprise me but the library story honestly did. As you say, who the heck goes to the library when they're drinking? And since most libraries close long before last call, you'd think they wouldn't be able to get in there anyway. Go figure.