Jan 13
Drink like a….fish?
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drink like a fishTONAMI, Toyama — Some people are said to drink like a fish, but in a recent event here it was the fish that were getting their fill of alcohol.

The fish were the drinkers in a strange ceremony dating back to the Edo Period in which lively carp are made to consume a large dose of sake as they symbolically take on people’s calamities. After drinking the sake, the fish are released into a river.

A total of 62 people who this year were set to reach an age said to require care against calamities — 25 and 42 for men and 19 and 33 for women — took part in the Jan. 7 ceremony, praying for things such as long life and academic achievement.

During the event, which involved proceedings at a Shinto shrine, carp were captured by men wearing traditional crest-bearing garments, and a woman dressed in a kimono poured a bottle of sacred sake into the mouths of the fish before they were released into the river.

Filled up with sake, the carp at first turned belly-up on the surface of the water. But they soon recovered and swam off.

Jan 11
Woman Blows 0.72
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In what may be the most extreme drunk driving case ever, an Oregon woman was arrested last month with a .72 blood alcohol level–nine times the state’s legal limit. Terri Comer, 42, was arrested after she was discovered unconscious in her car, which sheriff’s deputies found running and in a snow bank on a highway in Klamath County at 11:30 AM on December 28. After breaking a car window, rescuers removed the comatose Comer from her Toyota and transported her to a local hospital, where a blood draw revealed the .72 BAC. She was reportedly hospitalized for a day before being released. As seen in a police photo, Comer’s vehicle came to a stop about 50 feet in front of one of those portable traffic signs reminding motorists not to drink and drive (a close-up of the sign can be seen here). Comer is pictured below in a 2006 mug shot snapped after a prior drunk driving arrest. In that case, her BAC was recorded in the relatively minor .3 range. In November, another Oregon woman, Meagan Harper, was nabbed for drunk driving with an extreme BAC. In her case, Harper’s BAC was measured at .55. Comer’s .72 edges out what TSG has previously identified as the highest BAC we’ve ever seen. That fallen record (.69) was held by Willard Ashley III, an Indiana man who was busted in October 2003.

Drunk Mug Shot

From The Smoking Gun

Jan 11
Drunk Driving Explanations: What Not To Say
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Among the strange explanations police have heard on Victorian roads:

“EVERYONE else in the car is too drunk,” one driver told an inner-city officer.

“I FEEL my drink was spiked late in the night,” said another.

“COME TO my house and we’ll show you how to drink,” said a man who blew 0.26.

ONE male driver explained he thought he was looking out for his girlfriend passenger by driving with a blood alcohol reading over 0.1. He told police: “I needed to get my girlfriend home safely.”

The rest at The Herald Sun 

Jan 10
Your Stomach As A Bouncer
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And thats when the crazy people always crash the party. Who always shows up to end the night. Tequila. And Tequila doesnt show up alone there’s always 8 or 9 of em lined up. Your stomach gets all brave “How ya doin Tequila, listen, listen, its gettin’ a little late, I let you in three weeks ago and you ruined the place”.

Jan 10
Good Timing.
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