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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Morning News: A Lot of Things Have Exploded in the Last 24 Hours and Dung Beetles are Real Smart

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

That Little Boy in Alabama Is Still Being Held Hostage: They believe he is unharmed and officials say they've been able to give him medication while being held captive.

RIP Ed Koch: The former New York mayor died early this morning. He was 88.

There Was a Suicide Bombing Near a Pakistan Mosque: At least 23 dead and 35 injured.

There Was a Suicide Bombing Outside the US Embassy in Turkey: In addition to the bomber, at least one person is dead and another is wounded.

A Truck Carrying Fireworks in China Exploded: Conflicting reports say anywhere from four to 26 people died after the explosion caused the elevated highway to collapse.

An Oil Company in Mexico City Exploded: 32 people are dead and the cause of the explosion is unknown.

In Other, Non-Super-Depressing-Exploding News: Elton, the gay dog who was abandoned for being gay, got adopted!

Good Fucking Luck, Jerk: Geraldo Rivera wants to run for Senate.

Applebee's Fired the Waitress Who Posted a Receipt on Reddit: A pastor wrote "I give God 10%, why do you get 18" on a receipt, the waitress put it on Reddit, and then the waitress got fired when the jerky pastor called and demanded the WHOLE STAFF be terminated. She sounds like a loving, caring, Godly woman.

Smart Shit Bugs!: "A species of South African dung beetle has been shown to use the Milky Way to navigate, making it the only known animal that turns to the galactic spray of stars across the night sky for direction."

OH SHUCKS: "Seafair may lose Blue Angels show to budget cuts."


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"Fireworks," yeah, right. It would take either a shitload of very well placed black powder to blow up an elevated highway, or an extraordinarily shitty elevated highway. While either or both are conceivable, it seems more likely that the Chinese state media services are papering over something more sinister.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM · Report this
Good riddance, Blue Angels. Let the door hit you on your way out!
Posted by treehugger on February 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM · Report this
hopefully somewhere better than Applebee's will give her a job.
Posted by Conrad McMasters on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
If you name anything Elton, it's going to be gay.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
I don't get all this "gay dog" stuff. Males dogs hump everything they think they can safely hump. When one humps my leg, I do not think the dog is into zoophilia (or whatever).

I guess I get that it takes the story from "who cares" to "newsworthy," but it is kind of dumb.

But have to agree with #1: when fireworks blow up unexpectedly, they cause fires and burns, not demolition-grade rending and tearing explosions. Even a gas tank explosion basically just makes fire. That truck would have had to have serious explosives in it.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM · Report this
"Losing' the Blue Angels is something the military always drags out whenever they're threatened with budget cuts.

2011 - "Blue Angels fly into age of budget woes"…

2011 - "Could the Blue Angels be Grounded -- Forever"…

2010 - "Don't Let Obama Cut The Blue Angels"…
Posted by SuperSteve on February 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM · Report this
Good Lord, that dung beetle story is not only stale (It was already on the Slog morning news last Sunday), but has been on every single news source and posted by 80% of your FB friends. Let it go...
Posted by WenWino on February 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Thomas Guy 8
Will the gay pitbull story change Dan's attitude towards the breed?
Posted by Thomas Guy on February 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Gordon Werner 9
@1 ... not true. fireworks can be real explosive ... especially in a closed space (just look for firework explosion videos on youtube) ...
Posted by Gordon Werner on February 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 10
For those that actually watch Fox instead of just trashing it, they know that Rivera often tears O'Reilly and Hannity's distorted thinking into shreds. They get VERY heated at times. If you read the linked article, Geraldo voted for Obama in November. Good for Geraldo for wanting to make a difference in the political party that that is in such a mess.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM · Report this
@1 & @5

You don't need high-order demolition explosives to collapse an overpass. There have been plenty of cases, right here in the US, where overpasses have collapsed because of regular fires caused by car crashes beneath them.

Also, firework explosions can be incredibly destructive and level whole buildings. Look up the Enschede disaster for one example.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Busy day killing for the Moslems.
Posted by Mohammad's Cartoon Face on February 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Ian Awesome 13
Fuck Ed Koch.
Posted by Ian Awesome on February 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM · Report this
Why give a waitress twice as much as you give "god"? Because the waitress has actually done something for you.
Posted by Root on February 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
@11: Fair enough, I had not thought of the possibility of a continously burning fire weakening the structure.

I do not buy the explosive force argument though, because if it was outside, the shockwave would not be focused and amplified by the enclosed space of a building, nor was there an enormous warehouse full of fireworks on that truck.

Although, without knowing the standards of Chinese overpasses, it is difficult to weigh in on their ability to withstand certain forces.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 16
How can a pastor say they give 10%?

They collect other people's 10%!
Posted by Sir Vic on February 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
south downtown 17
let's fly ed koch's corpse over lake washinton and blow it up with fireworks for seafair.
Posted by south downtown on February 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
No Blue Angels!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!! Please go the fuck away forever!!!
Posted by LiberatusQuirkus on February 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Report this
@15, there's some magical cut off between a truck filled with fireworks and a warehouse full of fireworks?
Posted by GermanSausage on February 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Ziggity 20
Thanks, @17. That's an awesome idea.
Posted by Ziggity on February 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Ziggity 21
Christ, @6. Don't know what possessed me to click on your last link because it eventually led me to this gem:…
Posted by Ziggity on February 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 22
@10 are we discussing Imaginary Unicorns again? The only time I watch Fox is when they have soccer or Zoe Deschenel is on.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 23
@17 wins.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on February 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 24
@17 I'd pay to see that. How much for the party boat?
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
zachd 25
I thought 10% was what you tipped if you thought someone had done a bad job.
Posted by zachd on February 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 26
@19: Well, it is not magical, but yes, there is a difference.

Just like there is a difference between a cup of black powder, and a barrel full of it.

See what I am saying? Explosions are about force, and more material in an enclosed space makes more force.

This is physics 101, baby.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Why does God need money?
Posted by Proteus on February 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this

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