A man from Independence Township, Michigan, is certain to become a nominee for a Darwin Award. In their own words "The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it."
The man, who has not yet been named by police, left this world on Monday after shooting himself in the head with a loaded pistol.
According to the man's girlfriend he was giving her a demonstration on gun safety - showing her that an unloaded weapon cannot fire. He pointed each of three pistols at his head and pulled the trigger. It seems his demonstration was successful the first two times however, the third pistol was still loaded and the man fired a bullet into his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The girlfriend said the man had been drinking most of the day prior to the demonstration. There were three children, ages 7, 10 and 12, in the home at the time but apparently they were not in the gun safety class.
According to the Huffington Post, incidents like this happen more often than one might think. There were similar incidents reported in 2013 and 2012 and 2009. The one in 2012 also involved a man from Michigan.
That's almost as funny as the suicide bombing instructor in Iraq who blew himself and his entire class up last week during a demonstration. But not quite. That instructor is my nominee for top honors in 2014 - at least so far.
(If you have never read the Darwin Awards and learned about the winners do yourself a favor and check out their web page. I guarantee you will find something there that will amuse you.)
In other weird news - two men in New York have been arrested for sexual misconduct. A farmer in Herkimer County, New York, said his cows seemed more restless than usual and weren't giving as much milk as they normally did. He set up a video camera to see if he could figure out the problem.
The video revealed 31 year old Reid Fontaine attempting to have sex with three different cows while Michael Jones, 35, filmed the encounters. The farmer turned the video over to police who arrested the two on misdemeanor sex charges. It seems everyone needs security cameras these days.
And finally - we knew it had to happen sooner or later. The legalization of marijuana, both recreational and/or medical, is becoming more popular with Americans. Several states have legalized it for medical use only and two, Colorado and Washington, have legalized it for recreational use.
Stores that sell marijuana have opened in the two states where it is legal. Medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in the states that have legalized it for medical purposes.
One very bright, 13 year old Girl Scout took full advantage of having a medical marijuana dispensary nearby. Danielle Lei set up a table to sell Girl Scout cookies on the sidewalk outside a San Francisco dispensary and within a mere two hours sold 117 boxes of cookies! It's the second time she has sold cookies outside a Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary. (For the record some of the dispensary employees bought cookies too.)
Dispensary employees posted about the girl and her sales tactic on Facebook. They joke about it - even making a play on "The Most Interesting Man In The World" advertising campaign. That post says “I don’t always buy Girl Scout cookies but when I do, I buy them from the genius outside the Green Cross pot dispensary.”
Selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary is a brilliant idea but Danielle may just have a bright future in sales. She set up a table outside a Safeway grocery store and sold 80 boxes in the same amount of time. When you're a good sales person with a good product you can be very successful. But when you're a good sales person selling great cookies outside a pot dispensary apparently you can be even more successful!