Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • Oregon judge rules it’s OK to strip naked in protest of TSA

    John Brennan testified in court on July 18, 2012. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    An Oregon judge ruled on Wednesday that stripping naked at the airport to protest the Transportation Security Administration is a protected form of free speech. In other words, if you're protesting the TSA it's OK to show a little T&A.

    The Oregonian reports that 50-year-old John E. Brennan was acquitted of an indecent exposure charge stemming from an April 17 incident during which he took off his clothes while standing at a security checkpoint line at Portland International Airport.

    "It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do," Circuit Judge David Rees said.

    Prosecutors in the case argued that Brennan did not say to airport officials that it was a protest until after he had stripped and was told police were on their way to the scene.

    Brennan says he stripped after airport screeners asked him to submit to a pat-down inspection.

    "I also was aware of the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy," he told the court.

    However, Brennan's

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  • Zimmerman to Trayvon's parents: 'I'm sorry' Preview of Hannity's exclusive interview

    George Zimmerman told Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity that he prays for the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman shot and killed during a confrontation in February.

    "I would tell them that again, I'm sorry. My wife and I don't have any children," Zimmerman told Hannity. "I love my children even though they aren't born yet, and I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily."

    It is the first public interview Zimmerman has given since the deadly confrontation with Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman reportedly agreed to the interview because his attorney says he hopes it will result in donations to his client's defense fund.

    Zimmerman appeared alongside attorney Mark O'Mara wearing a gray suit and buttoned blue shirt. He appeared nervous at times, with sweat forming on his upper lip during the interview.

    "I hope it's the

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  • Naked Cowboy vs. Naked Indian: Times Square showdown (VIDEO)

    The famed Naked Cowboy of New York City's Times Square is facing down some unexpected competition in the form of The Naked Indian.

    Robert John Burck, aka The Naked Cowboy, has been a near-constant presence in Times Square since 1998 when he first showed up carrying an acoustic guitar and wearing only boots, underwear and a cowboy hat.

    The 41-year-old street performer has faced off against his share of rivals. He recently settled out of court with Mars, the maker of M&M'S candy, over a copyright infringement allegation. And he has even created a Naked Cowboy franchise system, where he allows other performers to operate under his brand for a fee.

    However, Burck has had less luck negotiating with a new player on the scene, The Naked Indian. In an interview with Animal TV, The Naked Indian notes that Burck has threatened to file a lawsuit against him, an action he calls "classless."

    "Cowboys been pushing Indians around for long enough," said The Naked Indian, who did not give his legal

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  • Oregon farmer buys hundreds of water beds for his cows

    At least four dairies in Oregon's Willamette Valley have bought into the "new thing" in dairy farming: buying water beds for their cows.

    "There's four or five dairies in the Willamette Valley that have them. It's really beginning to catch on around here," Kevin Krous with NW Dairy Service told KGW.

    The cow water bed trend reportedly began in Minnesota but is now starting to catch on, on the West Coast. For example, the Van Loon Dairy has purchased more than 300 such beds for their cows, at a cost of more than $100,000.

    "As the cow gets ready to lie down, water moves to the front bag where her knees will come first therefore cushion it more. Less sores, less cows being stuck. Happier cows, happier milk," said Ben Van Loon.

    DCC Waterbeds is one of the companies producing the beds "with cows specifically in mind." You can watch more videos of the cow water beds in action on DCC's site. The company says its business model has been going international and includes a recent visit from

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  • ‘Romance secretary’ plans couple’s dates, writes text messages

    "romance secretary" Brenndon Knox (Headline News)Brenndon Knox doesn't just offer dating advice. The entrepreneur is working with a 20-something New York couple, arranging their dates and even reminding them to respond to each other's text messages.

    "I manage their schedules, I come up with fun, interesting date ideas, I do some light message relay," Knox, 25, told Headline News.

    And the weirdest part? Not only does Knox's "Couples Consolidated" business remind the couple to stay in touch, he "sometimes plays middleman between the two, passing along cute messages," according to HLN.

    27-year old Bianca Caampued and 24-year-old Aaron Small had reportedly only been dating for a few weeks when they put an ad up on Craigslist seeking the dating services that Knox, then unemployed, stepped up to provide.

    "It's easy for both of them because I can harass the other without the other feeling annoying," he says.

    So, is the whole thing a gimmick? Knox acknowledges the pair is his first and only client so far. But he does hope to expand his

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  • Some Florida residents protesting ‘mutant mosquitoes’ plan

    An image from the mosquito petition site (Change.org)More than 100,000 residents in Key West have signed a petition against introducing several thousand genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida ecosystem.

    The Christian Post reports that the 5,000 to 10,000 modified male insects are designed by British company Oxitec to die off more quickly. The hope is that when they reproduce with the local mosquito population, it would eventually reduce the rates of dengue fever.

    However, Mila de Mier says that the long-term effects of the so-called "mutant mosquitoes" are unknown and launched an online petition that she plans to deliver to Gov. Rick Scott and other officials once it reaches 150,000 signatures.

    "There are more questions than answers and we need more testing to be done," de Mier writes on the petition site, claiming that dengue fever has been absent from Key West since 2010.

    Although dengue fever has unpleasant symptoms, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says it is not considered a deadly disease. Its effects are commonly

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  • Woman uses story of cheating former husband to sell house

    Elle Zober describes herself as "scorned" and "slightly bitter." And the recently divorced Oregon woman hopes those feelings of resentment will help her sell a house.

    Local Fox affiliate KPTV reports that the For Sale sign in Zober's front yard reads, "Husband left us for a 22-year-old. House for sale by scorned, slightly bitter, newly single owner."

    Zober even created a website for the house titled Great Family Home.

    However, Zober is practicing some discretion in screening potential buyers; as the sign points out, "Adulterers need not apply."

    But anyone is free to buy a $5 fridge magnet version of the sign, via the site's merchandising section.

    As the sign notes, Zober says she and her former husband split after he allegedly left her and their two children for a younger woman.

    Nonetheless, her ex-husband gave her permission to disclose the information in the For Sale sign, as Zober explains on the site: "Here's the deal—the sign and this entire site was made with my ex-husband's

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  • 6-foot lizard on the loose in Colorado

    A 6-foot monitor lizard, similar to the one pictured here, is on the loose in Colorado. (Arvin C. Diesmos/National Museum of the Philippines)It sounds more like a viral marketing campaign for the new "Spider-Man" movie. But a sheriff in Colorado Springs, Colo., has warned residents that an aggressive, 6-foot lizard is on the loose.

    Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger described the reptile as a 25-pound Nile monitor lizard named Dino that escaped from his owner's yard, with his mesh leash still attached.

    The Sheriff's Office sent out what's known as a reverse 911, in which it warned about 400 homes in the Woodland Park area that a "possibly aggressive animal" was wandering the streets.

    "We have a 6-foot reptile out and about," Ensminger said. "If it gets hungry enough, we don't know what it will do."

    And the sheriff sounded somewhat less than heroic in his approach to bringing Dino in. "I'm not going after it," Ensminger said. "I don't do reptiles."

    Dino's owner, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Greg, told local station KKTV that the lizard is not aggressive. But he also admitted that it's not the first

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  • Utah man’s confessional obituary owns up to life of pranks

    Val Patterson with his wife, Mary Jane (Starks Funeral Parlor)Val Patterson said his life motto was "Anything for a laugh." And after the 59-year-old died of throat cancer last week, he owned up to a few humorous events from his life.

    Patterson's obituary in The Salt Lake Tribune begins like many others, with a loving tribute to his wife, Mary Jane, and recollections of a life lived in full. But then things get more interesting, as Patterson notes, "Now that I have gone to my reward, I have confessions and things I should now say."

    First up, the former engineer admits he never earned the advanced degree from the University of Utah that gained him entrance to his chosen professional career:

    "What happened was that the day I went to pay off my college student loan at the U of U, the girl working there put my receipt into the wrong stack, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail. I didn't even graduate, I only had about 3 years of college credit. In fact, I never did even learn what the letters 'PhD' even stood for."

    [Related: Man prints

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  • 21-pound lobster caught off coast of Cape Cod; fate uncertain

    Elise Costa holds the 21-pound-lobster (Elise Costa/WBZ)It's not the largest lobster on record, but a giant 21-pound lobster caught off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., has claws nearly a foot long.

    "I had its tail on my shoulder and I had each claw in one of my hands, and it was as long as my arms and as big as my torso, " said Elise Costa, restaurant manager of Capt'n Elmer's, to WBZ NewsRadio. "It's giant."

    Back in February, a 27-pound-lobster was caught off the coast of Maine, setting the record for the largest known lobster in the state's history. Elaine Jones, education director for the state's Department of Marine Resources told Reuters that its claws were big enough to snap a man's arm. "All the weight is in the claws," Jones said. "It would break your arm."

    Maine state law prohibits fisherman from keeping lobsters longer than five inches. So, the 40-inch behemoth, described as roughly being the size of a 3-year-old human baby, was returned safely to the ocean waters.

    According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest lobster

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