Having dutifully paid my child support, I have mixed emotions about this.

A court in Padua has ruled in favour of a divorced father who pays alimony to his ex-wife in the form of pizza, Il Gazzettino reported.

He was ordered to pay €300 in child support for the couple’s daughter each month as part of the divorce settlement, and the professional pizza chef chose to make the payments in the form of delicious pizza – something his ex-wife was not happy about.

According to the rest of the story, one factor affecting the judge’s ruling was that the man does not make enough money to pay the full cash amount.

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14 May 2016 · Comments Off on Honesty among Thieves · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

More stuff you can’t make up.

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30 April 2016 · Comments Off on And Now for Something Completely Different · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

I found this to have a kind of weird fascination, or fascinating weirdness, or something.

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28 April 2016 · Comments Off on People of the Book · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Culture Warriors

No, no, no. That other book.

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10 April 2016 · Comments Off on “A Three Hour Tour” · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Life imitates art Gilligan’s Island.

Officials say three men who had been missing for three days were rescued Thursday from a deserted Pacific island after a U.S. Navy plane spotted a gigantic “help” spelled out with palm leaves.

U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said Saturday that the men were reported missing Tuesday by their families after they failed to show up at the island of Weno.

Follow the link for the picture. It’s a peach.

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21 March 2016 · Comments Off on Empty Suit · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

No, not one of the usual empty suits–an empty lawsuit.

This is trolling of the highest order.

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06 March 2016 · Comments Off on Gird Your Grid for the Big One · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Geek Stuff

Image from Hitchcock's The Birds

The tin-foil hat brigade gets all upset about mythical dangers such as EMP.

Meanwhile, the birds got this.

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04 March 2016 · Comments Off on Dreams in the WitchHouse · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Politics of Hate

As I was driving home from dinner with my friend, who had an engagement, I was passed by an SUV (SVU might be more like it) with the word, “T-R-U-M-P,” on its rear window in luminous tape.

That sight would have given H. P. Lovecraft himself the willies.

Afterthought:

My other thought was, “There goes a racist.”

By the company they keep shall ye know them.

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17 February 2016 · Comments Off on Not All It Krakened Up To Be · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Science 2.0 explores the origin of the legend of the Kraken.

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13 February 2016 · Comments Off on Hum or Humbug? · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

This is very strange.

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06 February 2016 · Comments Off on Creeping Crazy · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Warning: Language.

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02 February 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Tag. You’re it.

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29 January 2016 · Comments Off on That “E” Stands for “Exploding” · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Heh.

A young man from Cologne has suffered severe wounds including the loss of several teeth after the e-cigarette he was smoking exploded in his mouth.

(snip)

Police reported on Thursday that they believe he was there to buy an new battery and an evaporator head for his own e-cigarette.

He then tried the two new parts in his device in the shop. But as soon as he inhaled on the device, it exploded, burning and wounding his face and knocking several teeth out of his mouth.

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20 January 2016 · Comments Off on “Attack of the Giant Goldfish” · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

“Lake effect” takes on a new meaning:

Giant goldfish are becoming a problem in Minnesota lakes, and wildlife officials are warning fish owners who no longer want to care for their pets not to flush them down the toilet or dispose of them in lakes, ponds or waterways.

Piscatorial pictures at the link.

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18 January 2016 · Comments Off on There’s an App for That · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Let the snaring economy automate your life. (Warning: In questionable taste.)

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18 January 2016 · Comments Off on An Arresting Tribute · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Life imitates art and gets punished for it.

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05 January 2016 · Comments Off on And Now for Something Completely Different · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe, Culture Warriors

Via The Bob and Chez Show.

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31 December 2015 · Comments Off on Fangs for the Memories · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Daniel Ruth notes that Florida is kind of maybe sort of thinking about considering regulating venomous reptiles. The whole article is a gem and joy which also applies to topics other than snakes in locales other than Florida. Here’s a snippet:

Even Brian Yablonski, the FWC (which somewhat unaccountably seems to stand for “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission”–ed.) chairman, admitted to the Panama City News Herald that he was at a loss to understand why anyone would want to own a venomous snake, adding: “With freedom comes responsibility, and somehow with the responsibility side, the wheels have fallen off a little bit.”

Isn’t that precious? It’s rather doubtful the Founding Fathers ever considered inserting the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of cottonmouth moccasins” into the Declaration of Independence.

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29 December 2015 · Comments Off on Good Fences Make Good Neighbors . . . · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

. . . unless the fences are bamboo.

I once knew a fellow who bought a house with a stand of bamboo in the back yard. He grew to hate the stuff.

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28 December 2015 · Comments Off on “Sinks of Iniquity” · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Frederick Neuman tries to figure out what goes on ladies’ rooms to give Donald Trump a case of the wobbling willies. A bit:

The last time I had a serious discussion about what went on in the ladies (girls’) room I was eight or nine years old.

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