June 23rd, 2008

The Case of the Clever Hiker

Jessica Bruinsma was hiking in the Alps when she took a bad fall and got stuck on a rocky ledge.

As luck would have it, she could reach a metal cable - for a cable-car used by lumberjacks.  She took off her bra and attached it to the cable.
Rasp said the cable was only within reach because the timber transport system was out of service. When a repairman restored the line on Thursday, the cable car started moving up the mountain and Bruinsma's bra reached the worker at the base.
saved the day.

for her bra.

I would have died
on the mountainside -

lacking the proper article of dress
to signal my distress.

Too Bad The Arrows Missed

Did you happen to see that news story a while back about a newly discovered "uncontacted" Brazilian tribe? It featured a great photo of naked men, painted in red, aiming arrows at the photographer's plane.

But now it turns out... that it was a hoax. The tribe was not newly discovered. They had been known about for a century.
The photographer and the agency that released the pictures wanted to make it seem like they were members of a lost tribe in order to call attention to the dangers the logging industry may have on the group.
They wanted to "call attention",
using a bit of invention.

It generated a lot of buzz,
but was it a lie? You bet it was!