In my ongoing series – Crazy Stories About Women – you’ll find there is no shortage of content. But, hopefully, each one will provide some insight into how women are doing in our crazy society – text for help, argue diagnoses, marry what they please, and even learn the art of setting wild things free.
Not too long ago, any one of these things would have gotten a woman stoned, arrested or burned at the stake. For those who are comfortable in their crazy, they can thrive. Today, a woman can call the police, file a report that her ex-husband kidnapped her, performed an exorcism on her and he is arrested! She is not led away to the looney bin. At least we can do this in America.
Now, let’s try to get positions on those boards and become elected officials so we can write good legislation for our children. Above all, let’s make human trafficking punishable by death. Crazy idea? I didn’t think so. Enjoy the stories and have a great weekend.
What’s the craziest part to a story that starts, “A California woman whose ex-husband and son are accused of kidnapping her to perform an exorcism says they made her drink oil and told her she had three devils inside her.”
It’s not the fact that it was written by an Associated Press reporter, but that is crazy. It’s not even the part of the story where the reporter thinks it’s necessary to note, “It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys.” I think the craziest part of this story is that it was posted on FoxNews.com and not one person tweeted it. Definitely the one thing about this whole story I would not have predicted.
What’s worse, renewing your vow with a ferris wheel that you’ve named Bruce or standing in line for four days to get the next generation iPhone? Apparently, CNET‘s Chris Matyszczyk thinks there might be some benefits to a woman’s choice of pledging her love to an inanimate object, “However, I have never really considered what it would be like to have an exclusive relationship with something that doesn’t talk back, breathe, snore, or tell me to put on a tie.”
Sure, it sounds good now, but the maintenance cost could bankrupt you! Still, I think some women might understand the lure Bruce’s lights offer over the alternative flesh and blood. Bruce has a good steady job and a place to live. His sparkle will someday fade, but he will forever be faithful.
I have to wonder about the Irish Independent on this story. Is the headline so horrible that it’s actually clever? It just seems like whoever wrote it took all of 90 seconds to come up with it. You can tell how people use social media by how this was shared: Facebook is used for friends and colleagues; Twitter is a free-for-all, totally social; Google + is all business, and in no way is someone sharing this story in their circle knowing that each time it shows up , their face/avatar is juxtaposed right next to it indicating that THIS story was a keeper.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about Irish law, but my guess is that a Medical Council inquiry is private, and any details of an inquiry are confidential. No? Yes?
This sad tale opens with a medical diagnosis of herpes by Dr. Ekky. Patient A tells Dr. Iman Ekky, she’s mistaken, she is monogamous. Patient A is horrified, claims it’s impossible. I’m just spit-balling here, but I’m guessing that Patient A’s husband had a very uncomfortable evening after the diagnosis, maybe things got loud and the neighbors heard the ruckus. The paper reports that “Upon seeking a second opinion two days later, the woman found out she did not have herpes but instead was suffering from a blocked gland, known as a Bartholin’s cyst.” [side note: The Republic of Ireland has socialized healthcare so a second opinion would take at least 11 years unless you pay for a private doctor].
At which time the husband of Patient A filed a Fitness to Practise inquiry with the Medical Council and (presumably) alerted the Independent to publicly clear his name. Now everyone knows he doesn’t have herpes. Was that the goal?
Seriously, Look Over Here
Last story – let’s call it – “Why is a baby alligator more important than an abused child?” or “Hey, look over here!”
On November 1st, a security guard at Chicago O’Hare’s airport was called to investigate a suspicious visitor loitering around the escalator at Terminal 3. It was determined to be a baby alligator. Back up was called and it was captured and given to the Chicago Herpetological Society and expected to live out his or her day “for a new life at a luxurious reptile park.”
The incident was the first-of-its-kind and was national news. The cold-blooded gator required security back up, a broom and a dustpan in order to secure it and the hunt is on to determine who brought it into airport.
According to CNN, a plan was hatched to find the culprit, “The Chicago Transit Authority and police devised a plan to find out. Transit officials said they used a photo posted on social media that showed a woman holding a small alligator on one of its train on November 1 to help jump start their investigation. They scoured images from the system’s 3,600 cameras and was able to track the woman’s trip. “
At 1:17 a.m., cameras captured the woman on a train holding the alligator and showing it to passengers, transit officials say. An hour later, the same woman was seen leaving the train at an airport station. About 30 minutes later, the woman was captured at “the turnstiles of the O’Hare rail station, this time without the reptile in view,” transit officials said.
Do you know one of the biggest tragedies that Chicago O’Hare International Airport is known for? Human Trafficking. According to the Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project:
In 2003, a New York Times identified Chicago as a national hub for human trafficking. Chicago’s airports, including one of the world’s largest airports, the O’Hare International Airport, and the major crossings of large interstates make entry for traffickers and victims much more accessible. These victims are then dispersed from this major Midwest location to neighboring states, cities, and towns. Not to mention that with the percentage of foreign-born individuals at 21.1%, trafficking victims could look like any number of immigrants in the city. However, it’s important to note that trafficking victims can be both non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizens. In addition, Chicago as a vibrant tourist attraction keeps demand high as people travel in and out of the city.
I wonder if the security guards saw anything else in the images from the airport’s 3,600 cameras?