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Misfit News 1-31-13

Anyone can flip on the TV or radio or sort through their social networking feeds to find a multitude of boring news stories. However, sometimes it’s a little more challenging to find the odd bits of more interesting news to consume.

That said, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to take a break from the norm. I’ve decided to (try to) compile a list of interesting misfit news stories each week and provide them right here.

My first story pick is from September 15, 2011. The headline from Offbeat News reads:

Shopper arrested with live lobsters in shorts


If this kind of headline doesn’t immediately get your attention, this blog probably isn’t for you. Because you must be a really boring person.

If it does inerest you, welcome! And here’s the story according to the Huffington Post:

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. — A man in southern Mississippi is accused of trying to walk out of a D’Iberville grocery store without paying for food items he’d stuffed into his cargo shorts including live lobsters.

Police Chief Wayne Payne says 35-year-old Nathan Mark Hardy was arrested Saturday after allegedly being caught stuffing food into his cargo shorts – two bags of jumbo shrimp, a pork loin and two live lobsters.

Payne says Hardy, of Biloxi, tried to escape by throwing the pork loin at employees at the local Winn Dixie but fell while running away. He was arrested at the scene.

The shoplifting charge is a misdemeanor, but Hardy remained jailed Wednesday in the Harrison County jail with no bond pending a hearing on a probation violation.

You see? That is just good, clean entertainment right there. A misdemeanor charge for stuffing his shorts with live seafood. What’s not to like about this story?


Next up, we have a headline (1-23-13) from

Wait, what does that even mean? Here’s the story by NBC Staff Writer Jeff Black:

An apparent attempt to rob a Papa John’s pizza restaurant in Montana’s capital went awry when the would-be robber — who was wearing a black hoodie with a red bandana covering his face — started to cry.

According to the Helena Independent Record, a man entered the restaurant just after midnight Monday and gave the cashier a note demanding money. As the employee started to hand it over, the man broke down and confessed he was doing the deed for his wife and child.

“The clerk talked to him for a while,” Helena Police Chief Troy McGee told the Independent Record, and determined that some free pizza, wings, and soda – to go – are what he really needed.

McGee told the Independent Record that a large knife fell out of the man’s pocket while he was waiting for his food to cook. Once the food was in hand, the man left on foot.

“The clerk handled it well,” McGee told NBC News. “You have to put yourself in his shoes in this situation. No one was hurt.”

Police were still seeking to talk to the man, described as 5-foot-9 with a slender build, though they were not sure if charges would be brought against him, McGee said. “We’d sure hate to see him do something like this again,” McGee said.

A manager at the Papa John’s pizzeria declined to comment to NBC News.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” said Merisa Sanders, director of marketing for Mountain View Pizza, which owns the local franchise. “We’re pleased no one was hurt.”

I have to say, I enjoy reading a story like that once in awhile. It certainly beats being totally bombarded by news about killing, government and celebrities. Don’t get me wrong; I am working to become a media professional and I believe hard news is a vital part of the industry, as well as an important part of keeping citizens informed and aware of what is going on in the world around them. I’m simply suggessting that a nice change of scenery now and again could do us all some good.

So until next time… This has been Misfit News. Thanks for joining me. Radiator.


She can Sing

Wow! Did you hear Beyonce’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s inauguration? It was beautiful!

But wait… I hear she may have lip-synched it! Or maybe she sang over the pre-recorded version. There are all kinds of speculation floating around about it, but so far, no comment from the singer herself.

Here’s my take on it:

IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. Beyonce can sing; we all know that. Whether she sang the song before or during the inauguration, the fact of the matter is, she sang it. And she rocked it.

For all those with sour attitudes about the possibility that it was a lip-synched performance, I offer a different perspective.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that Beyonce was to sing the song live, a cappella. Let’s say during her performance, her voice cracked or wrongly wavered during the song. Would you truly have a better attitude than you do now? Or would you be disappointed that she botched a note? I’m sorry, but it’s hard for me to believe that the naysayers would be any more positive about the situation, were the tables turned.

So, regardless, it was a beautiful performance, whatever that term may entail. Maybe she’s brushing up on her acting!

Am I the only one that thinks it’s quite laughable that people are upset about this?

1. I watched the performance, and I could not tell whether or not she was truly singing the version we heard. The fact that no one is certain if she did it or not proves that she’s a great performer, one way or another. If she was acting, so be it.

2. It is highly common for singers to have pre-recorded tracks at the ready for events and special circumstances. I hate to break it to you, but much of the entertainment available to us is highly choreographed and meticulously planned and rehearsed so we have fewer imperfections to gripe about.

3. Did you enjoy Beyonce’s music/voice before this uproar?

If so, then shut up. Why should your opinion change because of something like this? You know she’s good, so just leave it at that.

If not, then shut up. You’re probably just jealous anyway. Why don’t you get out there in the cold in front of thousands (millions, billions?) of people and sing in honor of the country and the president. I DARE you to give a better performance than she did.

See the video for yourself.

The fact is, she can sing.

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