Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2359 Three Ironies

Life is filled with ironies. No more than when it encounters the law of unexpected consequences. Three things about that today for your appreciation.

The first also dovetails into the "no good deed goes unpunished" law. A certain group of bike loving folks thought it would be a good idea to install a free bike tech repair station at a central location in a downtown area. The theory being that since bicycles break down, and since breakdowns were an impediment to people wanting to bicycle commute more often, it would be a great idea to have a station where certain tools could be cabled to posts and used by anyone in need of a small repair. Cabled so they wouldn't be stolen. 

Worked pretty well. Until a certain other group of a different kind of bike loving people discovered the tools were also good for using in the dead of night to strip and chop stolen bikes. Darn those criminal entrepreneurs.

Another unexpected consequence I learned of recently involved cats with hormonal disorders brought on by cancerous nodes in their thyroids. Some vets apparently call it "pampered cat syndrome." These are often aging cats who get cancer which the vets then treat with radioactive iodine pellets. 

Scientific speculation is it's "pampered cat" related because the BPA lining expensive cat food tins may be the cause. That, and pampery folk tend to take their cats to the vet more often so the nodes gets noticed...

The last story is about the poor person whose e-cigarette exploded and set fire to his couch and subsequently the apartment in which he lived. He was treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation.

Sadly, e-cig users typically use e-cigs precisely to avoid smoke inhalation.

America, ya gotta love it. 

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