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Where Did The Week Go… Man Punches Kangaroo

Man Punches Kangaroo

The headline says it all. Grieg Tonkins was among a group of people on a boar-hunting trip on private property in New South Wales when he noticed one of the group’s dogs was in trouble.

A kangaroo had managed to grab the dog and had it in a headlock like it was Nolan Ryan fighting Robin Ventura on the baseball diamond.

In the video, Tonkins charges at the kangaroo who releases the dog. This is where it gets good. The kangaroo and Tonkins square up and the animal starts bouncing around like it’s Ali in Zaire.

They should put this on pay-per-view. | (outdoorhub.com)

But Tonkins is 6-foot-7 so he has a longer reach. After a few moments, Tonkins lands an unimpressive jab/hook/slap that hits the kangaroo right on the snout. The animal backs up a bit and is clearly dumbfounded by what just happened. It doesn’t know what to do.

This is something right out of a vintage cartoon. Where’s the kangaroo’s boxing gloves? The footage was actually shot back in June, but the video wasn’t posted to Facebook and YouTube until this past week.

Some are calling for Tonkins to be fired from his job at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo for animal cruelty.  But the zoo has no intention of doing so.

It was nothing more than a man defending his dog. The dog is fine. The kangaroo is fine and more importantly, we all have a new internet sensation.

 

Canadian Police Apologize For Threatening Drunk Drivers with Nickelback

If you’ve been watching this season of The Walking Dead, then you’ve seen Darryl being forced to listen to the same song over and over again. It’s a form of psychological abuse that has actually been used in warfare.

I would imagine that the music used in real life is something loud like death metal because it is generally perceived as being both annoying and negative. But for one police department in Canada, no music is more punishing than Nickelback.

In the initial post on Facebook, the Kensington Police Service cheekily pronounced that anyone thinking about driving while intoxicated would feel the wrath of Chad Kroeger.

“The Kensington Police Service will be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive. And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year’s driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail,” the post reads.

“Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you. So please, let’s not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don’t drink and drive and we won’t make you listen to it.”

Now this is thinking outside the box. | (gossiponthis.com)

The post garnered national attention and was even mention during Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. Everyone loved the post. Everyone except Nickelback.

A spokesman for the band contacted the police department to demand they take the threat down, according to TMZ.

The department also issued a lengthy apology to the band. Although, they didn’t seem completely contrite.

“I was accused of making light of Drinking and Driving. I was stunned by that. I, as a police officer, and as EVERY police officer before me, know too well the catastrophic devastation drinking behind the wheel can create.”

“I am sorry to Chad, Ryan, Mike and Daniel. Not as just members of Nickelback, but more importantly as fellow Canadians. I’m sorry guys because I didn’t take a moment to think of you AS just guys.”

Somewhere along the way, Nickelback became a punching bag for bad music and I’m not sure why. I have owned a Nickelback CD in my time. They’re not that bad. But I think the band is fully aware of their reputation in the business and were a little sensitive when it comes to this story.

Let the police in Canada have a little fun. The story actually makes Nickelback look even worse.

 

Man Steals Millions to Create Video Game

In 2008, Kevin Lee Co was working in the accounting department of Holt of California when he figured out how to steal increments of money from lots and lots of transactions. Apparently he’s been watching Office Space a lot. And Superman 3.

He did this from 2008 to 2015 and he managed to steal about $4.8 million in total. But what do you do with that much money? Some of his purchases were logical like NBA season tickets and new furniture. But then he decided he wanted to create something.

Maybe a new business? No, he wanted to build a video game. Called Game of War, the mobile game was similar to Clash of Clans in that it was a SIM game where the player built an army to fight.

But the 45-year-old was eventually caught and now faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines following wire fraud and money laundering charges. His app is still available and is quite successful so I guess his plan worked. But it came with a hefty price.

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