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TUESDAY, January 22, 2013

GUN SHOWMANSHIP -- Within a 48-hour period, an Indianapolis man shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the state fairgrounds.  In Medina, Ohio, a man shot himself in the arm and leg with a semi-automatic handgun he'd just bought at a gun show.  Three people were wounded at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, NC when a 12-gauge shotgun went off as its new owner was removing it from the case.  Hey, there's no need to defeat the NRA -- they'll knock themselves off one at a time.
 

FLY CATCHERS -- The Hidden Hills, CA home of Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner was the victim of "swatting" when deputies responded to an assault call there.  Swatting occurs when a SWAT team responds to a false report about a celebrity.   If an imaginary online girlfriend is also involved it's called "swatting Manti Te'o." 

 
 

BAM! POW! ZONK! --  Built originally in 1966 for $250,000, the Italian Ghia "Batmobile" used by TV icons Adam West and Burt Ward to get around Gotham City during their show's three-year run, sold at auction in Scottsdale, AZ for $4.2 million -- a hefty sum but not excessive when you consider it came with a trunk full of brand new masks, capes and tights.   

 
 

SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL -- A full-length movie surreptitiously filmed without permission at Disney theme parks using cell phones as scripts so the actors wouldn't be caught is getting raves at Sundance.  "Escape From Tomorrow" is a dark, surreal take on the Disney Dictatorship that includes shots of  Space Mountain, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Teacup Ride at parks in Orlando and Anaheim with a handheld digital Canon.  No formal response from Mouseville lawyers yet, but producer Randy Moore called police when he noticed he was being shadowed by two suspicious looking Muppets. 
 

(Contents Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved)
 

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