Pepper Spray, Stun Guns, and Tasers… Oh My!

Self Defense Tips, Crime Stories and Product Information (Worth Protection Security Blog)

Get the Bear Necessities

If you are going to venture anywhere near bear country, you may be safer carrying a 9 oz. canister of Guard Alaska Bear Repellent or Bear Pepper Mace than you would relying on a gun. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

How about the recommendation of Thomas Smith and Stephen Herrero?

Thomas S. Smith, associate professor of wildlife science at Brigham Young University, “is highly respected among bear biologists, naturalists and educators. His one-on-one experience with bears in the field is an enormous resource to the bear management community,” said director of the Center for Wildlife Information, Chuck Bartlebaugh, who runs “Be Bear Aware” and other wildlife safety campaigns. “This new study is important information that is needed by hunters, hikers or campers to understand the value of bear spray and how it can protect both people and bears.”

Dr. Stephen Herrero is Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is recognized throughout the world as a leading authority on bear ecology, behavior, and attacks, writing several books and papers on those topics.

Smith has faithfully carried bear pepper spray while conducted fieldwork among bears for over 16 years but admits he has never had to actually deploy bear spray. Caution and wisdom are the best prevention of bear attacks, and being a bear biologist, you would expect nothing less. “I wish I had more scary stories to share, but I’ve behaved myself.”

Non-experienced, non-bear biologists don’t quite have the luxury of knowing bear behavior inside and out.

Many hikers, campers and other outdoors people have expressed concern, as well as unfounded doubt and criticism over the effectiveness of that little can of pepper spray on a ferocious bear. “Working in the bear safety arena, I even found a lot of resistance to bear spray among professionals,” says Smith. “There was no good, clean data set that demonstrated definitively that it worked, so that’s why we did this research.”

Sensing the need for some answers and reassurance, Smith and colleagues analyzed data from 20 years of bear spray incidents in Alaska, home to 150,000 bears.

From their findings, pepper spray specially designed for bears effectively halted 92% of the cases of an aggressive bear encounter, whether attacking or rummaging for food.

Only 3 individuals were injured by bears out of 175 people associated with the study, with none requiring a trip to the hospital.

“People working or recreating in bear habitat should feel confident they are safe if carrying bear spray,” says Smith.

Smith had some previous research of the effectiveness of guns in similar situations. Only 67% success. It was noted on average it takes four hits to even stop a bear, and the accuracy needed “during the terrifying split seconds of a grizzly charge is extremely difficult”. On top of the physical issues, many national parks have restrictions on bringing guns in the first place.

The research debunks some of the common misconceptions about using bear spray:

- “Bear spray doesn’t work when it’s windy.” Wind was reported to have interfered with spray accuracy in five of the 71 incidents studied, although the spray reached the bear in all cases. A wind meter was used to test the speed of the bear spray as it shot out of the canister and repeatedly averaged 70 miles per hour. Smith also noted that bears and humans can easily see each other in open, windy spaces. The surprise encounters tend to occur in wooded areas in which vegetation blocks wind.

- “The spray will also disable the person using it.” In the 71 incidents documented in the study, only 10 times did a user report minor irritation and two reported near incapacitation.

- “The can might not work.” There were no reports of spray can malfunction among the 71 studied incidents.

It is believed that one of the primary reasons bear spray works is that it gives users a reason to stand their ground. Running is the worst response to an aggressive bear, Smith says, “but it’s hard not to. Just picture the meanest dog in your neighborhood and multiply his size by ten. It’s very hard to keep your feet from running, but bear spray gives you an option. When you stop and plant your feet, that makes them stop.”

This is because even though humans are much smaller than bears, the animals still view us as risky. “Having seen bears with porcupine quills in their faces, I’m sure that most bears learn at an early age that size is not a good indicator of threat,” Smith said. “There’s always this fear of retribution that keeps them in line. They could take any person they wanted. But they don’t know that.”

It was also noted that the hissing sound and sight of the expanding pepper spray cloud are often enough to frighten away the animal. “I have data to show that if you sprayed water, they often would run,” Smith says.

It was also reported that there were 11 incidents where bear spray was applied to objects like tents in attempt to repel curious bears. Do not attempt this, as it actually backfired and attracted bears instead. You should also discard practice spray canisters before entering the woods.

Other findings reported in the paper include:

- On average, the spray was used when the bear was about 12 feet away (Bear spray typically covers 20-30 foot range)

- 35 percent of incidents involved hikers, and 30 percent involved bear management activities

- 60 percent of the incidents occurred between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

- Nearly 70 percent of the incidents involved brown (grizzly) bears and 28 percent involved black bears. The study also reports the first two documented uses of bear spray on polar bears in Alaska.

Besides Smith and Herrero, Terry D. Debruyn of the National Park Service, and James M. Wilder of Minerals Management Service were also involved in this study. The paper also relies on an earlier publication of a decade’s worth of bear spray data by Herrero and Andrew Higgins. The research was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center. Source

So in conclusion, a study reviewing bear incidents in Alaska over a 20-year period, involving 175 people, and found that pepper spray deterred bears (including grizzly bears, black bears and polar bears) in 92% of cases. In 98% of cases, people who used bear spray were uninjured by the bear; in the remaining cases, injuries were minor. In only 7% of cases did wind interfere with accuracy, and in only 3% was the person using the pepper spray incapacitated by the spray. (Report did not state if user error was involved.)

Clearly as we have stated in the past, bear spray is a highly effective defense against aggressive bears. Nothing is 100% effective, but if the possibility of encountering a wild bear presents itself, I’d rather be safer than sorrier.

Obviously, we want to prevent criminal use of bear spray, but we must also bear in mind that this product saves lives and protects people from serious injury in the woods. Or anywhere a bear may wander.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.


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Caught on Tape and our new DVR Hidden Cameras

Video surveillance cameras inside a bar in Buffalo, New York resulted in an arrest and helped solve a theft last week. A man was charged with grand larceny and petity larceny, being accused of stealing a woman’s purse from Kelly’s Korner bar a few weeks back.

The female victim contacted the police after the bar owner allowed her to view the surveillance footage that showed a man removing her black leather purse from a bar stool.

Nothing says GUILTY like video evidence.

Speaking of surveillance cameras, we have finalized our latest line of all-in-one DVR hidden cameras. A few weeks back I posted about them, but we recently refined the design, models, and pricing.

Hidden cameras have never been so easy to use, until now. With other hidden cameras you need to hook them up to a VCR, DVD recorder or other means to record what the camera sees. With these new DVR hidden cameras, there is a built in DVR that records to a handy 8GB SD card.

You literally put the DVR hidden camera where you want it, plug it in, point in the direction you want to film and press record on the included remote control. Doesn’t get any easier.

You can either hook the DVR hidden camera up to a TV or computer monitor with the included RCA cable or remove the SD card and insert into the SD card reader on your computer or an external SD card reader you can order with your hidden camera.

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You don’t have to be a tech wizard. Don’t think for a second that you have to be an engineer, rocket scientist or have an advanced computer degree to make all this work for you. It really is that easy.

Whatever your reason for wanting the ability to keep an eye on your home or office, our surveillance equipment is simple to use and easy to install, all for around $450.

Surveillance that makes sense. Have your cameras watch when you cannot.

Get Rid of Any Doubts You May Have… Find Out For Yourself What’s Going On When You Can’t Be There!

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Lock your car doors!

Maybe I am missing something here. There are always Urban Legends floating around. Some are pretty far fetched, some sound like they could be true. But it seems there are people that tend to flip out over them.

Take this one, recently circulating out of the Omaha, Nebraska area:

“I just received this email from a credible source (family). I wanted to pass this on for all to reference as a safety precautionary.

Hi - I wanted to pass this on ASAP this morning. Nicole’s mother (Karrie) was at the post office at 84th and Center on Wed. She was in her car. An older woman came up to the car door and was speaking Spanish and was motioning for her to roll down her window. All of a sudden she grabbed the door handle and tried to open her car door. At the same time - a man appeared at the passenger side door and tried to open that. Karrie’s doors were locked THANK GOD. After the police were called and this was reported - the police told her that they are doing this all over the city. While you are being distracted on one side of your car - there will be someone else trying to get in on the passenger side. DRIVE WITH YOUR DOORS LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

STAY ALERT AND LOOK AROUND. THIS HAPPENED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT AT A VERY PUBLIC PLACE - A POST OFFICE! According to the police - this is happening several times a day in West Omaha. They also said these creeps have tried leaving notes on cars. When you stop to take the note off your windshield and read it - it gives them time to run up on you. Sorry to send this. I know it is scary - but I thought everybody should know. HEADS UP. LET EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT THIS.”

I don’t know about you, but after reading it, here are my thoughts:

Yet another reason to make sure your car doors are locked. I always do, cool.

I don’t really care if the report is 100% accurate. I read it, I didn’t fall into an uncontrollable panic, I just took the story as someone making an illustrated point to warn people to lock their car doors. Is locking your car door so bad?

Am I wrong? Is my marketing mind-set taking over my rational thinking? I just don’t see much harm in conveying this warning. Which makes more of a lasting impression, the simple statement “Don’t forget to lock your car door” or the short e-mail story above?

I think the story makes the statement more real to a reader. True or not.

Now if the story stated space aliens attempted to carjack a woman in Nebraska, I’d have to raise the BS flag…

So now this original story prompted all kinds of attention from the local media.

The local Omaha newspaper and TV station reported at least a couple reports claiming the e-mail caused unnecessary panic and was altogether UNTRUE. First Omaha police got all bent out of shape because the e-mail said carjacking only occurs “every once in a while”, not as often as the e-mail depicts. Not in their fair city!

Then after further investigation a few days later they stated the original facts “weren’t even close” to accurate.

Apparently they found a sort of similar report that happened on a Thursday, not the Wednesday mentioned in the e-mail… and the person’s name was actually spelled Carrie with a C, not Karrie with a K… perhaps the man never touched the car, but he was close by and walked away with the woman outside of the car…

Then something about Carrie with a C called 911, not the police like the e-mail said.

Give me a break.

Ok, I hate spam e-mail as much or more as the next guy, but I’m guessing it was a slow news day for all of this attention. I suppose if this story freaked out the residents of Omaha into an uncontrollable panic, there are other underlying issues of greater importance that should be looked into.

I’m sorry, did I say Omaha? I meant Miami. Just kidding Miami, don’t panic!

Just lock your car doors, where ever you live. Because I said so.

And don’t take candy from a stranger, I’d tell you a story about it, but then Memphis would fall into utter chaos.


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California Carjack Warning

An e-mail titled “A Warning from Whittier Police” (in California) has been circulating the internet recently via e-mail and blogs since late January. The text reads as follows:

“I am sending this to all of you, per the advice of the Whittier Police.

Last night on my way home from work, I was followed off the freeway without realizing it. A lot of people take the Telegraph off ramp to go home. Then I turned left on Norwalk going north.

This Van pulled up on my right side and told me that my right rear tire was going flat and that I should pull over and let him put my spare on. I was only 2 miles from home and in an industrial area where no gas stations, etc. so told him NO THANKS, and kept going slow the rest of 20 the way home. When I got home I told Richard what had happened and he checked my tire. The tire was perfectly OK. That’s when I realized what had happened and it scared me to death.

According to the Police there are allot of car jacking going on, then they rob you of everything (money, jewelry, etc) due to the economy. The best thing I could do was to let the gals at work know to be more than careful of their surroundings. It’s happening all over Southern California, not just LA or Orange Counties.

Please my friends, be very careful out there.”

Although the ruse of trying to convince a motorist that they have a flat tire (or any other serious auto problem) and need to pull over immediately has been around for awhile, the possibility for an actual account is valid. Carjacking, robbery, assault, rape or worse could happen as a result, as well as the chance you actually have a softening tire that may need repair.

Several years ago I ran the front end of my 1989 Mustang partially into a ditch. You kinda of had to be there to truly see the scenario, but when the tow truck came, the only way to pull it out was at an angle that caused my rear axel to become bent.

Besides the now bent rear axel, the car was fine. It only went far enough into the ditch for undercarriage just past the front tires to hit the ground, leaving the tires freely spinning in the air. So when it was pulled out safely, the car was drivable, with the exception that one of the back tires wobbled. Pretty bad I guess, but I couldn’t drive and see the tires at the same time.

I don’t know how many people tried to legitimately flag me down and let me know my “rear tire was about to fall off”. It wasn’t, and it took me months to get around to fixing it.

I swear I would have left it longer if I wasn’t being bothered so much by so many concerned people letting me know there was something wrong. The car was mostly fine, I just wanted people to stop honking and waving at me.

I know, my freaking axle is bent, thanks for reminding me of the ditch incident!

But I digress, back to Whittier, California. The local police can basically neither confirm or deny the intent of the van in question but did post the reply on their blog:

“The originator of this email did in fact contact the Whittier Police Department to report the above facts and a report was taken.

For clarification purposes, the Whittier Police Department did not advise the caller that “there are a lot of car jackings going on”. The Department has not received any other reports that involve these sets of circumstances, which led to a car jacking.
While there is no definite way at this time to determine the true intent of the van driver, motorists are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Whittier Police Department.”

Usually these internet rumors that get forwarded all over the internet have both some merit, and some exaggeration to them. You would tend to believe that they are well intentioned when created.

Even if the entire story was concocted from fiction, one should stop for a moment a think about the scenario. Not so far fetched, and not just in California.

The Auto Visor Pepper Spray (PS-4) contains a formula of 10% Oleoresin Capsicum with 2 million Scoville Heat Units that can immediately stop an attacker in his tracks. Additionally, the police will have no problem identifying who you sprayed with the UV marking dye contained in the pepper spray.

The Pepper Spray with the Auto Visor clip is a simple way to make sure you always have your pepper spray available for emergency protection. If someone comes up to you in your vehicle and poses a threat, you will be able to reach up, grab your pepper spray, and spray it out the cracked window at your assailant, if necessary.

Just a heads up. Be Safe, Be Prepared, Always use your head…

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Lost Cell Phone, Sleeping Bags and Drug Deals caught on 911

An 18-year-old guy from Mesa, Arizona was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a car early Tuesday morning. Nothing says guilty like leaving your cell phone behind, and then going back to the scene to ask the owner if you can get your phone back…

Apparently the Police were responding to a call from the victim, who reported that a garage door opener and money had been taken from his car. Before the police arrived, the vehicle owner noticed a man hanging out across the street from his house. The owner asked the guy what he was doing there.

So the guy admits that he broke into the car and took the garage door opener and some change. He tells the victim that he accidentally dropped his cell phone in the vehicle and wanted it back.

The owner tells the guy that he already called the police so he takes off. The Police found the guy nearby, fitting the description given by the victim.

The suspect handed over the garage door opener but told police he went to a store and spent the change he obtained from the vehicle to buy some cigarettes because he knew he was going to jail.

Good call.

Next there was a report that Police in Gainesville, Florida said a 46-year-old man armed with a screwdriver and wearing a sleeping bag as a cape tried to rob someone in a parking lot.

Apparently a man approached the intended victim early last Sunday morning and asked for money.

When the victim refused, the caped man threw off the sleeping bag and pulled the screwdriver from his pants. The victim quickly ran into a nearby store and called 911.

The suspect was arrested a few blocks away and charged with attempted armed robbery. Luckily the victim wasn’t injured or screwed out of any money…

The last winner in the news today goes to that guy in Cleveland who called 911 because he felt he was in danger. Police report the guy called 911 late Saturday night and reported that two men with guns were watching him.

The guy hangs up, mid-conversation, so the concerned dispatcher called back.

The guy answered, but asked the dispatcher to hold on a second. The dispatcher, who could still hear what was going on, listened in to the drug deal the guy was now making.

Voices can be heard on the 911 recording saying:

“What you need? A 10-pack? You need a 10-pack? All right.”

Police say “10-pack” is slang for a bundle of heroin.

The dispatcher called police, who found the guy at the location he originally gave and found cocaine in his pocket.

Not the brightest guy in Ohio. But then again, none of these guys are…

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Serial Killer Prompts Women to Stock up on Pepper Spray

Women in South Korea have been stocking up on Pepper Spray and Personal Alarms recently after an alleged serial killer was arrested. Three of South Korea’s main online shopping sites have reported that the sales of self defense products has risen between 40 and 100%.

Kang Ho-Sun was arrested in late January and has confessed to killing at least seven women since 2006. He would meet the women in karaoke bars or pick them up from isolated bus stops. Criminal Investigators have described Kang as “a typical psychopath who feels no remorse.”

The most popular self defense products being purchased include small hand-held pepper sprays and personal alarms designed to scare off such attackers.

It was also reported that many women now avoid wearing stockings, boots or skirts after they found out Kang was obsessed with such attire.

“After hearing the serial killer targeted women wearing stockings and boots, I only wear trousers,” Kim Ji-Young, a 20-year-old college student.

“I also ditched high-heels and wear sneakers so that I can run fast at times of danger.”

Even after the capture of this serial killer, women are taking extra precautions. Many female employees use late-night taxis and colleagues snap pictures of the license plate before they leave. Some women even keep in contact by cell phone until they get home safely.

Again, much like the Bakersfield, California story from yesterday, it often takes a series of unfortunate local events before the threat is a reality and people start to think about their personal safety.

Every now and then I have people trying to tell me how worthless pepper spray is. Of course these people have never actually been sprayed in the face with pepper spray either, but that doesn’t deter their criticism. Pepper spray is designed to buy you time and distract your attacker so you can run away to safety. Spray as close to the face as possible, in a back-and-forth fanning motion, and as soon as the attacker is more concerned with his melting eyes than you, run! Call the police from a safe distance and location.

Pepper spray is not like a hand gun that will shoot an attacker dead. Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool, that is both easy to use and highly effective.

Wouldn’t a firearm be more effective? Sure. You could kill someone with a firearm, but most people are not interested in killing someone and carrying a loaded handgun. Spraying them in the face with a key chain Mace and escaping is good enough.

What if you miss? Well, first off practice your aim, over and over. Buy 2 identical models, one to practice with, one to use on the street. Always keep the unit handy. If it is buried on the bottom of your purse, of course it is useless.

I could go on and on. Not all self-defense tools are one size fits all. It is all about what you are comfortable with. Some people like pepper spray, some prefer a stun gun or Taser. Whatever your flavor, pay attention to what is going on around you, and have a plan if something goes wrong.

The odds are in your favor most of the time. More often than not, you make it home safely. But you never know when something bad could happen.

Besides suggesting you carry some sort of personal protection device and practice, practice, practice how and when to use it, we have several Self Defense Tips for you, for various situations.

If you only feel like reading a few, check out the Ten Tips for Avoiding Crime. Of course we’d hope you read more of them, and some tips do overlap, but all in all, it doesn’t hurt to reread even the most common sense scenarios.

Be safe, be alert, have a plan, and be prepared.

Especially next Friday, which happens to be Friday the 13th, speaking of serial killers…


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Pepper Spray (Not) Out Of Stock

Due to recent reports of kidnappings and attacks around the Bakersfield, California area, self-defense items are flying off the shelves at the few local outlets that stock these items. Within the past couple weeks, there have been at least two reported kidnapping and one attempted abduction against women.

This trend is not uncommon after such events as personal protection is now on the minds of both men and women. Sadly, it seems to take a tragic event to remind people that the need is real to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Many of the local stores that carry Pepper Spray, Mace and other personal protection items are running out of stock because countless people have come in looking for items to better protect themselves.

“Since the attacks, we have seen Pepper Spray fly off the shelves and other self-defense modes such as Tasers and firearm sales have increased since then,” says one of the local employees.

Shana, one of those customers looking to buy self-defense items says she works at a restaurant during the late shift and is very concerned over the recent attacks.

“I have to walk out to parking lot a night time. I have had a couple strange men approach me in the parking lot. It scared me to death so I want to make sure I am protected and defend myself,” says Shana.

Besides pepper spray, people concerned about their safety and want to buy personal protection have many options. Knives, stun guns, kubotans and telescopic steel batons can be used at close proximity to your attacker. C2 Tasers shoot electric prongs up to 15 feet, giving you some distance and of course, firearms are available plus many other items.

Male customers buy items of self-defense for the women in their life as well as for themselves.

“I’m buying self-defense stuff for my sister, girlfriend and my mother. I’m looking into getting them pepper spray on the key chain. It’s easy to use and better for self-defense,” says John, who is concerned about the safety of himself and others.

The best place to purchase the widest variety of these self-defense items are online retailers, such as Worth Protection Security. We even have one of the lowest prices available for keychain pepper sprays, starting at $4.88 each.

Local outlets are typically few and far between, and usually only have a few items to choose from. Then, if there is a local incident, their meager supply runs out quickly. has plenty of pepper spray available, and even if we are short on one kind, we have plenty of other models. Way more than the local shops stocking 5 at a time.

Don’t wait for the news report.

Protect yourself now. You never know, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. How about you?

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Caution: Zombies Ahead

Electronic road signs are getting hacked in some states and are warning of zombies and raptors down the road. I hate it when the zombies mess up my commute!

Traffic safety officials aren’t amused.

One of the latest breach came during Tuesday morning’s rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., east of St. Louis. The southbound Interstate 255 displayed, “DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES.”

Similar pranks have been reported recently near Indianapolis and in Austin, Texas.

The Illinois Department of Transportation are concerned that such pranks distract drivers from legitimate hazards down the road, perhaps endangering road crews. Because zombies and raptors aren’t enough of a nuisance, now we have distracted drivers to worry about…

Tampering with official traffic control devices is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $250 fine in Illinois.

Being eaten by a zombie or raptor in rush hour traffic… Priceless.

I found some Zombie Self-Defense Tips (if you choose to ignore the roadside warnings) from How Zombies Work (HowStuffWorks).

Zombie Self-Defense

Whether featuring traditional, shambling zombies or a newer, smarter breed, most movies and games agree on how to survive a zombie attack:

1. Don’t panic.
2. Get away from the zombies. Most of the time, you can move faster than they can.
3. Gather food, water, an emergency radio, flashlights and weapons, and retreat to a secure location.
4. If possible, retreat to a shopping mall, general retail store or other location where you’ll have easy access to food and supplies.
5. Stay away from densely populated areas, where the infestation is likely to be heaviest.
6. Barricade all entrances and stay put at all costs.
7. Don’t get surrounded or backed into a corner or other enclosed space.
8. Remember that anyone bitten or killed by a zombie will become a threat to you and your party.
9. Wait patiently for rescue and make long-term preparations for your survival.

Also, avoid common mistakes like:

* Sheltering in a vehicle to which you do not have the keys
* Leaving blades, cudgels or other basic weapons out for zombies to find
* Teaching zombies how to use firearms
* Giving your only weapon to anyone who is hysterical
* Retreating to a basement or cellar without taking supplies with you
* Getting into an elevator in a building infested with zombies
* Letting personal feelings and arguments get in the way of survival

DISCLAIMER: Yes, this post is meant to be humorous. Zombie Self Defense tips are not 100% guaranteed to work against real zombies, but may prove helpful. All bets are off if you run into a pack of wild Raptors.

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Frozen Chicken Gets the Best of this Burglar

Back in October we had a silly story “Frozen Chicken, Spicy Sausage and a Can of Soda” where a guy smacked a woman in the head with a bag of frozen chicken.

Now we have a guy in Australia with another use for frozen chicken, and no we still aren’t cooking it.

First he broke into a butcher’s shop to steal a frozen chicken, then he attempted to use the frozen bird and some rocks to break into a cafe.

He got busted after he sliced his wrist open on the broken glass and was forced to call for an ambulance, Australian police said Wednesday.

There must have been a lot of blood because “He thought he was dying,” says a police spokesman.

The 20-year-old guy called the emergency 000 number (Australian for 911) to call an ambulance and was arrested shortly after being treated by responding paramedics.

Fowl play is suspected, and the man was charged with breaking-and-entering.

Perhaps next time the guy might break into a hardware store and steal a crowbar first?

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More Runaway Amphibians

Following the lead of the 10 rare turtles missing in Singapore, two snakes in San Luis Obispo, California decided to take in the sights Sunday night and stroll out of their terrarium.

This time, one big python and another freaking huge python escaped from their owner’s home and wandered away. Luckily the smaller, 12-foot python got bored and only made it under the owner’s porch before it decided to camp out.

The larger one, a 23-foot, 130-pounds of orange reticulated python, coincidentally the world’s longest snake species, was more adventurous and was found in someone’s backyard several blocks away, basking in the sun.

While the snakes were loose, Police quickly warned the residents that though domesticated, these pythons were large enough to make meals of small children or pets.

Both snakes ended up captured by Monday afternoon, and no injuries or missing pets were reported. Local authorities said the owner of the reptiles will not be cited as “There is no leash law for snakes.”


Can you imagine looking out your sliding glass door and seeing a 23-foot orange snake lounging around your backyard? Or worse yet, if you were lounging around in a chair in your backyard and the snake slithered past you?

Not sure what pepper spray or a stun gun would do to a snake that big… And I wouldn’t want to be the one to find out.

Past Python Blog entries:
Bah, It’s only a 16 foot Python. No Worries Mate. June 17, 2008

Beware: Attack Python on Duty. Feb. 28, 2008


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Perhaps they escaped and ran away?

Not quite as impressive sounding as the shark-napping from last July, but we have a report of out Singapore where about $50,000 worth of rare tortoises were allegedly stolen from a private museum.

“I opened the tortoise museum to educate the public about tortoises, yet thefts happen. Of course I feel disappointed,” says the owner, Danny Tan.

Reported as being the third theft in two years, maybe some surveillance equipment is in order?

Three endangered radiated tortoises, one of the rarest breed of turtles in the world, and seven Indian star tortoises went missing this past Saturday from the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.

Because of their endangered status, radiated tortoises are illegal to trade and Indian star tortoises are banned as pets in Singapore.

While police are investigating the turtle-napping, maybe they were not stolen after all?

Perhaps they merely escaped and ran away like those mischievous penguins Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, and Private in the DreamWorks’ Madagascar movies?

The penguins spent their days planning to escape the Central Park Zoo to head back to Antarctica. Sadly, when the penguins did make it to Antarctica, they were spoiled by the zoo and surprised to see a cold, barren land that they did not like. Next, they decided to take the ship to what they consider “paradise” - Florida. However, when they run out of fuel, they beach the ship in Madagascar with the rest of the crew.

I haven’t seen the second movie yet, so I’m not sure what antics the penguins pull next, but maybe they should look for the missing turtles in Florida?

“You didn’t see anything…”

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Super Bowl: Game, Commercials, Police Blotter

In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII last night. Highlights included one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, 100-yard interception return by James Harrison and a crucial game winning Touchdown reception by Santonio Holmes in the closing moments of the fourth quarter, both by Pittsburgh.

I was only watching the game because it was the Super Bowl, and I didn’t want to miss any cool super bowl commercials. Sadly, they didn’t seem as good this year with everyone cutting back on spending. Without the Patriots to root for, I settled on cheering for the Steelers. One of my sons sided with me and my other son, who likes red, sided with the Cardinals.

The Doritos snow globe commercial was pretty funny, and the GI Joe trailer looked awesome. I liked Jason Statham’s Audi spot and Godaddy always has good commercials, this time with Danica Patrick in the shower. Conan O’Brien’s Bud Light commercial was funny, but very disturbing at the same time, much like the SoBe ballet. Disturbing. The rest were kinda meh… maybe next year’s marketing budgets will be better.

I only watched the first 3 quarters, and started to get bored. I was thinking the Steelers pretty much wrapped it up. I effectively missed the “real action” during a spectacular last quarter when Arizona surged ahead after a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, only to have Pittsburgh comeback and win by 4 with less than a minute to go.

The Super Bowl highlight reel released by the Tampa police included 26 arrests at Raymond James Stadium, 18 ejections and 4 small planes that breached the secure air space above the field.

Local authorities said nine people were charged with selling counterfeit tickets and one person was charged with selling counterfeit NFL merchandise this past Sunday.

Two other people allegedly tried to snag tickets to the game by swiping one fan’s tickets outside the stadium, but they ended up dropping them while trying to flee from officers. These tickets were worth about $800 apiece.

They also had a driver charged with DUI, during a crash that somehow involved a police horse. The horse and its officer were not injured.


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