Really stupid stuff: straws and flamethrowers!

More stupid stuff than you can shake a stick at!


Say What?

I just heard on the radio that California is proposing a $1,000 fine, maybe with jail time, for waiters who bring a straw that is not asked for.

California lawmaker taking flak over plastic straw bill - ABC News-squashed

Now certainly no one wants to waste a straw. I happen to like straws and my husband does not. I appreciate a straw being brought with my drink. If I didn’t want a straw, I have a responsibility to say I don’t want a straw. To fine a poor waiter $1,000 for bringing one is beyond me.

Maybe we need a rule that everything proposed in California is ignored?

UPDATE On Straws

The California politician who proposed jail time and $1000 fine for bringing a straw to a person not asking for one in a restaurant, is getting a lot of heat. It seems everyone think it is a really stupid idea. Duh!!!

I NEED A Flamethrower!!!!!!!

Zillionare Elon Musk is selling flamethrowers for about $500@. Since Sunday he has sold $8.75M or more than 17,000!


So what if any flame can cause a huge fire in California or even New Mexico. And an Arizona company has said they have a bigger and better flamethrower. Isn’t that special – a war of flamethrowers!

This gives you an idea of what Americans think is important.

Barbe Awalt


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