Monday, December 17, 2007

E's pining for the Fjords

Ahh, yes, He's Alive, Alive! It reminds me of one of my favorite Monty Python routines:

C: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) 'ELLO POLLY!!!!!
Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!

(Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)

C: Now that's what I call a dead parrot.
O: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!

O: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.

C: look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

O: Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.
C: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?

O: The Norwegian Blue prefers kippin' on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, squire? Lovely plumage

Crash victim thought dead wasn't
Brian Chasnoff and Vianna Davila: Express-News

An investigator with the Bexar County medical examiner's office made a surprising discovery early Sunday upon arriving at the scene of a traffic collision to examine a body.

The person wasn't dead.

"On arrival, the medical examiner's investigator noted the victim appeared to be breathing and was trapped in the vehicle," a statement issued by the medical examiner's office said. "EMS was called to the scene and took charge of the victim."

Officials on Sunday guarded details of the incident. A video taken for KSAT-TV shows a victim at the scene draped in a yellow sheet — a typical procedure when someone is killed.