June 03, 2005

LinkNews Digest [06/03/2005]

British Army Told to Wear Underpants

A notice was issued to members of the army, navy and airforce in January after tailors complained about military personnel turning up to be fitted for their parade uniforms without wearing any underpants, a spokesman said.

"Some of the contractors complained about the embarrassment that causes, not surprisingly, so instructions were issued to all three services just reminding personnel to dress appropriately and modestly," the spokesman said.

The instruction applied to both male and female members of the military, said the spokesman, noting that the tailors also likely comprised both sexes.

The comments came after The Sun newspaper, Britain's best-selling daily, revealed that the instructions were issued to sailors who kept on exposing themselves at measurings.

"Tailors will take the names of any person not wearing underwear," commander Douglas MacDonald was quoted by the newspaper as saying. (LINK)
Whether the tailors call those persons later, to see if they want to get coffee, is not mentioned.

Japanese To Put Pensioners in a Box

HUSBANDS are such a nuisance. They hog the family computer, watch TV at nerve-grating volume, clutter up every flat surface with their hobbies and mess up a room with their very presence.

Now a Japanese company thinks it has found the solution: lock up the monster in a soundproof wooden box. Yamaha has come up with MyRoom, a 2.5sqm den that can stand in the corner of the average-sized lounge and perform - albeit on a cramped scale - the functions of a study, cinema and shed.

It should come as a relief to the harried Japanese wife, as a huge number of men are due to retire next year and, from being a weekend annoyance, become round-the-clock pests.

For about $7000, presumably paid by the salaryman whose wife seeks escape from him, MyRoom has a range of options depending on its intended purpose: it can be rigged up with a desk, a surround-sound speaker system or the sort of low workbench favoured by Japan's legions of model-train, robot and calligraphy enthusiasts.

Next year heralds the start of an era that Japanese housewives have been dreading. The first wave of post-war baby-boomers turns 60 next year and a huge generation of salarymen will be retiring. (LINK)

Mom Hires Stripper for Son's 16th Birthday

An east Nashville mother said yesterday there was nothing wrong with hiring a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party.

A Davidson County grand jury felt differently, indicting her and four others on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and involving a minor in obscene acts.

"It's a bunch of bull," Anette Pharris, 34, said yesterday afternoon in an interview at her east Nashville home. "I tried to do something special for my son. It didn't harm him."

From the family's front porch, which sits on a small street off Dickerson Pike near Hart Lane, her children have witnessed prostitutes with customers, people injecting drugs, smoking crack and doing other misdeeds. A naked woman was nothing to get upset about, Pharris said.

"Age is just a number," she said. "My son is very mature."
I.Q. is also, just a number, I'm sure, but it gets worse:
The excitement might have ended that night if Anette Pharris hadn't taken photos at the celebration and then tried to have them developed at a nearby drug store. Many of the pictures were taken by Anette Pharris, police said, but once the dancer's "bottoms" came off, she retreated into the next room and her then 14-year-old son, Brandon, continued documenting the action.(LINK)

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