Cash For Clunkers Program Expanded; Carfax Reports Help Consumers Prove Vehicle Eligibility

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“The federal government has made it easy for car buyers to help prove their current vehicle is eligible for trade-in under the Cash for Clunkers program. According to rules published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a Carfax Vehicle History Report and current registration document satisfies the proof of ownership requirement.”

Cash For Clunkers Program Expanded; Carfax Reports Help Consumers Prove Vehicle Eligibility


Style.com Fall 2009 Shopping Guide

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“Style.com, the online home of Vogue magazine, has compiled the ultimate shopping guide for Fall 2009. The season’s top trends are represented, from eighties club-kid looks to forties glamour girl styles to utterly of-the-moment lingerie detailing and draping.”

Click the link below to read more…

Style.com Fall 2009 Shopping Guide


Consumer Reports Says Don’t Let Small Car Problems Turn Into Costly Headaches Down the Road

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“A car will usually signal that something isn’t right long before it has a major failure, and according to Consumer Reports, that is the time to have it fixed. If early warning signs are ignored, small problems could lead to expensive repairs in the future or even leave you stranded on the side of the road. As people are keeping their cars longer, maintenance and repairs are becoming a more pressing concern. Nearly half of the respondents to the 2009 Consumer Reports Car Brand Perceptions Survey reported that they have delayed the purchase of a new vehicle.”

Read more by clicking the link below…

Consumer Reports Says Don’t Let Small Car Problems Turn Into Costly Headaches Down the Road


10-Passenger Motorcycle Unveiled as Wisconsin Riders Set Off on 900 Mile Trip to Sturgis

Sunday, August 2, 2009

For any bikers in Northern Virginia traveling to Sturgis this week or interested parties watching via live web cam coverage, this is a fun little story to read.  The Motorcyce features ten seats and nine Harley Davidson motors from various models. Creator Doc Hopkins will be making the trip to the 69th Annual Sturgis Rally.

10-Passenger Motorcycle Unveiled as Wisconsin Riders Set Off on 900 Mile Trip to Sturgis

Last week, the number one Harley Davidson Dealer in the world, Mr. Bruce Rossemeyer, was killed in motorcycle v. truck collision. We’ll be wishing Doc a safer journey.


Top ten wild animals that will attack pets: Special warning for Ashburn and Northern Virginia area Loudoun County pet owners and companion animal residents

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brambleton, Loudoun County Parkway residents, and Dulles Technology Corridor neighbors, read on. PR Newswire has released a report about the top ten animals likely to attack pets. With so many wooded areas nearby, by food sources growing more and more scarce sue to development, it’s likely that everyone will encounter a wild animal at some point or another — even more so at night while walking dogs in our area. As such, be careful to keep your pet leashed and close in order to prevent an accidental bite from an undesirable non-domestic animal kingdom stranger that crosses your path. Be conscientious while visiting local Virginia and Maryland beaches as well, as swimming dogs are just as likely to come across sea life that can cause injury as adult humans and children are while playing and cooling off in the water.

BREA, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Sometimes our pets go looking for a fight, but other times the fight comes to them–from land, sea, and even air. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently reviewed more than 500 laceration/bite wound claims in search of animal-inspired incidents to determine which wild animals most frequently attacked and injured companion pets in 2008. In addition to the usual suspects–snakes, coyotes and raccoons–VPI received claims for pet injuries caused by a squirrel, scorpion, javelina, porcupine, ground hog, skunk, rat, goat, beaver, woodchuck, black bear, mountain lion, hawk, rabbit, sea urchin, and jellyfish. Following are the 10 animals aside from dogs and cats that were most responsible for pet injury claims in 2008:

Top 10 Animals To Attack Pets —————————– 1. Snake ————- 2. Coyote ————- 3. Raccoon ————- 4. Squirrel ————- 5. Scorpion ————- 6. Javelina ————- 7. Porcupine ————- 8. Ground Hog ————- 9. Skunk ————- 10. Rat ————-

Wild animal attacks typically result in pet insurance claims for treatment of lacerations, bite wounds, puncture, and soft tissue trauma. Snakebites may require antivenin and scorpion stings may cause allergic reactions requiring antihistamines. Treatment protocols vary depending on the severity of the attack and costs can range from hundreds of dollars for bandages or stitches to thousands of dollars for surgery for damaged organs or broken limbs.

Though animal attack claims came from all areas of the country, javelina and scorpion claims were exclusive to the state of Arizona. Javelinas, or peccaries, are feral pig-like omnivores native to the southwestern United States. They have been known to viciously attack both pets and people. For a detailed account of a javelina attack on a VPI-insured pet, visit http://press.petinsurance.com/pressroom/267.aspx.

“Whether in urban or rural areas, pet owners should be aware of the danger posed by wild animals,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “VPI’s data reveals that not all members of the animal kingdom observe backyard fences, or appreciate the curiosity of a pet that may enter their territory. Always make sure that a pet’s rabies vaccine is up to date and if you know that potentially dangerous wild animals are present, or you’re in an unfamiliar area, take extra care to keep your pet close and secure.”

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the nation’s oldest and largest pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Pet Well Care Protection for routine care is also available.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.



ODD NEWS: Michael Jackson wanted to play a transformer car in his own feature film

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In a 2004 interview with Playboy Magazine, filmmaker/actor Kevin Smith revealed the weirdest script he’s ever been asked to direct was to star Michael Jackson, honest to gosh, as a man who morphs into a car that drives around with a young boy at the wheel inside.

michael jackson in the car cars not driving passenger 2009It’s not an urban legend and the car business is not making this up. MJ apparently had a thing for cars, with his own car collection numbering more than 75. The desire Jackson expressed to play a car character where he was the driver and car of his own vehicle but relinquishes control to a young boy is riddled with symbolism.

Read on to learn more about the Michael Jackson Car Movie project and why the idea never made it to film. The proposed movie title? “Hot Rod”… seriously (and not meant disrespectfully).

FAN CLUB NOTE: New photos of Michael Jackson with Cars can be seen here through the slideshow located at the bottom of the article….

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News that is not so strange anymore: Columnist Chuck Shephard from ‘News of the Weird’ now omits these common odd storylines from his reports

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Classic humor is easy to find in everyday life, especially when it involved hearing about strange and unusual news. Odd news writer Chuck Shepard is not really odd — he just writes weird news. Taking his headlines and tidbits from various arrest reports, court records, live news feeds, and local newspapers around the globe, Shepherd has kept the fans of his column “News of the Weird” is stitches laughing over the years.

As society has progressed (or regressed) over the years [depending on your perspective], some news news stories that used to draw laughter and shock value have become so commonplace, Shepherd had to officially declare them not weird news. Compiling the list back in 2003, the off beat reporter’s column has continued to find news stories that perpetually leave our jaw’s gaping and our sense of humor in awe.

To read current “News of the Weird” stories, click this odd website link. The site features current articles and an extensive archive of past odd and unusual news reports from the last 21 years.

If you are interested in knowing what’s not so strange in the world of pop culture news any more (according to the expert and weird news pro, read on for a sample of the types of stories “News of the Weird” columnist Chuck Shephard used to report.  Thanks for keeping us in the loop all these years with the pop culture news! The Pulitzer Prize really ought to go to you… simply for all the mounds of research articles you have to read through.


by Chuck Shepherd

Copyright 2003.

Updated: August 1, 2003

The following kinds of stories were formerly weird, but they now occur with such frequency that they must be retired from circulation: 1. an old, widely-advertised phone-sex number is reassigned to a church/charity 2. suspicious package thought to be a bomb, turns out to be something stupid 3. robber leaves his ID [wallet or appointment card for probation officer or etc.] at the scene 4. peace/brotherhood conference erupts into violence 5. robber on getaway accidentally hails unmarked police car 6. political candidate dies but still wins the election 7. family thinks he’s dead, but he’s not and attends his own funeral 8. hunters shoot each other 9. funeral home owner neglects/mixes up bodies 10. “victimized” drug buyer complains to police that someone sold him weak or bogus drugs 11. some countries prohibit giving children certain names 12. in middle of an obvious drug raid, customer wanders up and asks cop if he can buy some drugs 13. shoots himself while supposedly demonstrating gun safety 14. global warming caused by animal methane 15. burglar gets stuck in vent or chimney 16. courthouse visitor/defendant inadvertently places contraband on the x-ray tables at entrance 17. burglar falls asleep during job. 18. family accidentally leaves behind a kid at a highway rest stop 19. driver’s license applicant crashes into examiner station before or during test 20. [Oops! It’s about the same as number 15] 21. overdue-library-book scofflaws actually go to jail 22. DUI tickets for “driving” a bicycle [or horse or riding lawn mower or etc.] 23. starts fire because can’t stop smoking even though hooked up to oxygen machine 24. gasoline thieves check quantity in tank by using a match or lighter to peer inside 25. older teacher/younger boy relationship 26. firefighter with an arson habit [to keep in practice or to feel wanted or etc.] 27. local election ends in tie, settled (by law) by coin flip or draw of cards 28. Japanese men committing suicide because of overwork 29. angry customer drives car right through store’s front door 30. heating-oil delivery to wrong house, resulting in flooded basement 31. postal worker hoards mail because he’s behind in delivering it 32. bank robber hails taxi or municipal bus for getaway 33. the annual student cheating riots in Bangladesh 34. criminal on the lam goes on national tv talk show and mentions that he’s wanted 35. dog steps on gun, shooting the master 36. pack of animals breaks into liquor cabinet or fermenting vat, get drunk 37. a loved one died at home, but the relative never gets around to burying him or her 38. school zero-tolerance policies for “weapons” that are purely, obviously ornamental 39. amateur videographers set up miniature cameras in restrooms 40. animal-hoarding (mostly of cats) women 41. carjackers who never learned to drive stick shift and must abandon the car 42. criminal suspect evading police, jumps in river to escape, and drowns 43. young-looking adults impersonate teenagers and return to high school 44. African nation’s rumors of people with power to make penises disappear 45. humongous abdominal cysts removed in surgery 46. unlabeled urn with loved one’s ashes mistakenly stolen or sold at yard sale 47. husband takes his wife back even though she just tried to kill him 48. judges punish young people by forcing them to listen to [classical or polka or etc.] music 49. hit-and-run driver drives on and on with body or bicycle in grille or windshield 50. criminal, cornered by police dog, bites the dog 51. burglars leave footprints in snow, directly to their homes 52. [Oops! It’s about the same as number 48] 53. video shoe-cams or smoke-detector-cams to spy on women 54. Japanese making many silent hang-up telephone calls against former lover or business partner 55. robber smashes store’s surveillance “camera,” but it’s only the lens, and it captured his face 56. inadvertently tries to cash a stolen personal check at the store [bank] where his victim works 57. accidental bombing of house by airliner’s “blue ice” 58. elderly citizen trying to convince bureaucrat that, contrary to records, he’s not really dead 59. elderly motorist makes wrong turn, gets lost for days 60. bands of criminals videotape their entire crime sprees for kicks, but makes it easy for cops 61. parents frolic while their small kids are left home alone 62. people trying to outrun police while driving slow-moving vehicles 63. combining jellyfish gene to produce another plant or animal that glows 64. imposter cop has car with flashing light, stopping motorists, accidentally stops real cop 65. parents who leave their small kids locked in hot cars while they frolic 66. inmates who advertise innocently for penpals on lonely-hearts pages on the Internet.

Copyright 2003 by Chuck Shepherd