1. Front-page news at the Post-Gazette today includes this riveting story about two guys in California who sold a “device” to try to fool drug tests – they have been brought down by a federal court in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t clear on how these dudes ended up on the radar of the Western Pennsylvania Federal District Court, until I recalled this fantastically entertaining episode from 2006 – the rubber penis in the GetGo microwave caper. That was fun, wasn’t it? If I recall correctly, I was stuck in traffic that day on the Parkway West when they thought it was an actual human body part and they were cordoning off the area and so forth. I think we should learn more about this fascinating chapter in Pittsburgh history, yes?
Part of the settlement agreement reached with the couple who committed the act involved replacement of the microwave – so anyone concerned about the McKeesport GetGo microwave still having traces of human urine or hot fake penis device needn’t worry.
Also, this was apparently a story of international interest, as this article from the UK wryly demonstrates. Okay look, if we’re worried about Pittsburgh’s image around the world, we should definitely focus less on what percentage of ‘Burghers smoke cigarettes and more on keeping our rubber penis tales under wraps.
2. Cat is in rare form today, laying down some tough love for cheaters and cheatees. Do you think the source of her secret power is in her eyeliner?
3. Good morning, Mr. Grumpy-Pants. So, Mr. Seate apparently didn’t like PittGirl. Fine, not everyone has to like everyone else. And since her archives are unavailable, I am unable to verify that she did or did not refer to Mr. Seate in conjunction with any excretory organs, but experience suggests that she probably did, and it was probably hilarious. Guess he didn’t get the joke. But what’s awesome about this column is the total lack of self-awareness. He asserts that the purpose of blogging is to “mock” real journalists like himself and that blogs are pointless. So what are we to make of this:
Several local blogs have shut down in recent months, including mine, which was as inane and self-indulgent as they come.
Thanks, Captain Pointless.