March 28, 2010
A Tennessee patrolman had cause to call for backup this week as a crazed bullldog made short work of his patrol car.
According to a report at chattanoogan.com, officers unsuccessfully tried to subdue Winston with pepper spray and a Taser.
Winston’s owner, Michael Emerling, expressed gratitude for the restraint exhibited by the police. “In other areas near here, police have shot dogs for much less,” he said.
The motor-munching mutt has been bound over to keep the peace for six months, lest he be declared a dangerous dog.
September 10, 2009
It is quicker to send data by carrier pigeon than use South Africa’s largest ISP, Reuters reports.
Winston, an 11-month old carrier pigeon, lugged a data card from the offices of Unlimited IT in Pietermaritzburg to Durban in one hour and eight minutes. Staff spent a further hour fumbling with the medium before the transfer was complete. In the meantime, a download over the backhaul of Telkom was a paltry 4% complete.
Without a hint of irony, Reuters reports that Telkom “could not immediately be reached for comment”.