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Sound Smart at a Party for the Week of October 14 – October 21


“I just want to start again.” —George Michael outside his home after being released from jail Monday. Michael served four weeks of his eight-week sentence for driving under the influence of drugs in July. (AP Photo/Yui Mok,PA)

A recent study by Internet security company AVG found that 81 percent of children under the age of 2 have information about themselves posted online. Research Now polled 2,200 mothers with children under 2, and found that a quarter of babies have sonogram photos posted online before they are even born, and within the first few weeks of their life, a third of children have information and photos on the Web. More than 70 percent of the mothers said the reason for this was to share with family and friends, but did show a moderate concern for privacy. The study also found 92 percent of children show up on the Internet by the time they are 2 years old.

Drugs can make people do crazy things. These things can include asking a police officer for angel dust and then biting his dog. Last week in Connecticut, Officer Scott Bloom was patrolling the area with police dog Onyx when Roderick Lewis walked toward them and yelled “I need a bag of dust.” Police say the 23-year-old then reached into Bloom’s waistband and punched him in the face when the officer told him to stop. Onyx saw this and jumped from the police car to attack Lewis. Lewis allegedly bit into the dog’s side and didn’t let go until Bloom was able to pull him off Onyx. Lewis was charged with assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals. Onyx and Officer Bloom were treated for their injuries.


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Irmgard Holm, an Arizona woman who had cataract surgery a year ago, mistook super glue for her eye drops and glued her eye shut. Holm said the eye drops and the super glue bottles are nearly identical, and she grabbed it thinking it was one of her eye medications. She knew something was wrong when she immediately got a burning sensation. Despite the fact that she tried washing it out, the quick-drying glue sealed her eye shut. Holm had to go to a hospital where doctors cut off the glue and then washed the eye out to prevent major damage. When things like this happen in sitcoms, it’s hilarious. However, we’re willing to bet Holm was not laughing during this ordeal.

This story proves there are such things as stupid questions: Selma Elmore flagged a police officer down in Ohio and asked him if there were any warrants out for her arrest. When the officer told her that she did have an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a fine as a result of a drug conviction, she ran off. Officers eventually apprehended the 44-year-old, who now faces a charge of resisting arrest.

A “Mosquito”—an acoustic buzzer that is designed to repel young people— was removed from a commercial area in downtown Washington after a civil rights group complained it was discriminatory. The buzzer emits an offensive sound that is mainly audible to people under the age of 25. It was installed by a real estate promoter in early September and was removed after the National Youth Rights Association filed a complaint it violated a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age.

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