Friday 8/17

We’ve all wanted to give the fin­ger to a politi­cian – but a prison inmate in France made that a real­ity, by cut­ting off one of his dig­its and mail­ing it to the local min­is­ter of jus­tice. The pris­oner, whose name was not released, sent an enve­lope con­tain­ing a chunk of his fin­ger to the offices of Jus­tice Min­is­ter Chris­tiane Taubira, along with a let­ter ask­ing for a trans­fer to a jail nearer to his fam­ily. There’s no word about whether his plea got a thumbs up from the authorities.

A Rhode Island mar­riage pro­posal went ter­ri­bly wrong when a pilot was forced to ditch a small plane that was tow­ing a ban­ner with the big ques­tion. Boats had been search­ing the area after the man radioed his 8-year-old son just after 3pm say­ing he was going down. The Coast Guard says the pilot was found about 4pm by a good Samar­i­tan; he was not seri­ously injured. No word on whether the pro­posal was oth­er­wise a success.

A Florida man is fac­ing a prison sen­tence after a traf­fic stop revealed him to be guilty of aggra­vated hon­esty. The 26-year-old, whose name was not released, was pulled over for mak­ing a turn with­out sig­nal­ing. When the deputy reached the driver’s side win­dow, he asked if the man was trans­port­ing any con­tra­band, specif­i­cally ille­gal nar­cotics, and received a sur­pris­ing reply when the dri­ver said, “I wish I could say no.” The dopey dri­ver then told the offi­cer he could find a bag of weed and a pipe in the pickup’s cen­ter con­sole. He has to be in court later this month to face two mis­de­meanor charges.

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