Daily Archives: January 23, 2010

Crazy British riot police, taking a tour bus through Compton, and Conan’s great revenge

Three totally unrelated, but wildly entertaining stories (to me, anyway) on this Saturday, as I try to keep calm before Sunday’s Jets-Colts game:

So I heard this on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me the other day and had to look it up, and it’s real. Apparently some guys in the British riot police, a group always known for their sense of humor, were so excited by a recent English snowfall that they decided to go sledding.

On their shields. While in uniform. They only got in a little trouble, and come on, wasn’t it worth it?

This has to be one of my all-time favorite entries under the category “Who thought this was a good idea?” I present to you the L.A. Gang Tour. Yep, for $65, you can go on a bus ride through some of the most infamous, gang-infested neighborhoods, and learn all about the history of the Crips, the Bloods, and maybe even spill some blood yourself!

My favorite part of this N.Y. Times story is this passage: “Although passengers had signed releases warning of possible dangers and Mr. Lomas said he had reached agreements with several gangs not to harass the riders,”

Well, that’s reassuring. Because if one thing we know about gang members, ONE THING, it’s that they always honor their word.

**Finally, we all know Conan O’Brien has gotten royally screwed by NBC lately, but the guy is certainly having fun on the way out. I’m not talking about his sweet, poignant farewell show last night. I’m talking about this, from a few nights before. He vowed to spend as much of NBC’s money as possible, so here’s what he came up with. If only he really was making NBC pay this much: