Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 7, 2024

  • I heard that meteorologists in San Diego issued a tornado warning earlier this week. This reminded me of a memory I had when I was an RA in college. We had just hired a new dorm director from San Diego, and I was helping him move in. A big storm hit us, and he was concerned about the gusts of wind and surprised at how violent the rain was. The meteorologists took over the television airwaves and issued a tornado warning, which made him very worried. He was transfixed on the television. The other guys and I just brushed it off, telling him not to worry because this kind of stuff happens all the time and it’s common for the rain to come down even harder. But that seemed to make him more anxious, and he went on to explain that all of this was a new experience for him, and he never thought he’d hear terminology like “vortex” being used so commonly.
  • I can’t imagine how devastating it must be to have your baby decapitated during birth. Unfortunately, the way the medical staff tried to play it off reminded me of a few scenes from Dumber and Dumber. You know it must be beyond tragic when the funeral home says it has never seen anything like it before. I almost can’t believe what I read below.
    • The newborn’s mother, Jessica Ross, 20, went into labor at Southern Regional Medical Center on July 9, 2023, and reported experiencing complications during the birthing process. According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the newborn’s parents in August, the baby’s shoulders got stuck in the vaginal canal, at which point a doctor allegedly performed a cesarean section too late and applied “excessive tension” on the baby’s head, causing it to detach from the body.The lawsuit claims the doctor did not tell the mother and father what had happened. Instead, hospital staff allegedly refused to let them hold the baby after death, the lawsuit claims. They showed the parents Treveon wrapped tightly in a blanket with his head propped on top, a statement said. It also says staff pressured the couple to cremate the remains and told them an autopsy wasn’t warranted.

      The family alleges they were not made aware of the decapitation until they received a concerning phone call from the Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home.

  • I feel sorry for this dude, though not as much as the parents mentioned in the previous bullet. He spent eight years assembling 700,000 matchsticks into a 23-foot Eiffel Tower but had Guinness reject it because he didn’t use a common brand of matches. To make it hurt even more, Guinness never came to look at it.
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