Friday, 28 August 2009

Gift horses

It might be time to rethink that old proverb "Never look a gift horse in the mouth". Or that seems to be the theme of today's Odd News.

So here, for your entertainment and edification, are three reasons why you might just want to have a look at that horse mouth after all.

#1. Because if you don't, it might bite you. Floridian police use stimulus money as a lure to catch criminals. They say it's a lot safer to draw the criminals to them rather than go after them in their homes.

#2. Because it might be a Trojan horse. Several state governors received unexpected laptops they didn't actually order. After the first shipment, they suspected a mistake. After the second, they called in law enforcement. None of the laptops were ever actually turned on. Turns out they were ordered with bogus accounts. It will be interesting to find out what kind of Greeks were hiding in there.

Fake moon rock#3. It might not even be a horse at all. Dutch officials are dismayed to discover their treasured moon rock is just a piece of petrified wood. So did the US ambassador know it was a scam when he gave the "moon rock" to the Dutch prime minister? Looks like somebody is going to have to pull out all their diplomatic skills to explain this one.


Ed said...

#2 - Seems an expensive way to deliver malware!

#3 - No doubt the faked-moon-landing conspiracy crowd is having a field day with this one.

Janet Ursel said...

It does seem expensive, doesn't it? They must have thought the delivery system was superior. Malware can be tricky to install through all the protections nowadays.

I hadn't thought of the conspiracy nuts jumping on that last one, but you're probably right. What I want to know is, who did the swap? And why?

Gary said...

Moon rocks and laptops... I'm sure there's a Bob Dylan tune in there somewhere! :-)

Janet Ursel said...

I'll phone him up and let him know. ;o)


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