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Friday, January 28, 2011

It's the Pits!

I'm not talking about Brad Pitts' adopted children here, nor the La Brea Tar Pits in L.A., nor Madona's hairy armpits, nor the fact that I got voted off Knucklehead's BlogOff.  (By the way, many thanks to those of you who voted for me and kept me in the competition through the second round.)

I'm talking about a lawsuit filed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Superior Court in Washington, D.C. against the House cafeteria.  It's an indication that our government is in the pits!


"The use of “the pits” to mean the worst and most unpleasant instance of something, however, has its source a bit closer to home. “Pits” in this sense is simply short for “armpits,” long considered an unpleasantly aromatic region of the human body. From originally meaning literally “stinky armpits,” the phrase broadened to describe anything that metaphorically stinks. As American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society, explained in 1965, “This is a slang abbreviation of the term armpits, … with an extension of meaning to entail the idea of body odor (’He’s got the pits’) or, more broadly, something unpleasant (’It [the party] was really the pits’)."


source: The Word Detective



In April of 2008, Rep. Kucinich purchased a sandwich from the Longworth office building cafeteria.  It turned out to be a "bad wrap."  It contained an unpitted olive on which the congressman allegedly broke a tooth amd "suffered oral damage."  Damage, apparently to the tune of $150,000.  Well, you know how these lawsuits go; "for damages, pain, suffering and lost enjoyment."  Amazingly enough, the "pain and suffering" were not severe enough to prevent him from delivering a speech on the House floor 5 days after the olive chomping incident.

Click here to see a short video of Anderson Cooper relating the details.


 I am such a dumdum!  Three years ago, I bit into a lollipop from a candy dish at my bank and broke a tooth.  The repair cost around $3000, of which my dental insurance from my employer paid half.  I could have sued my bank!  I had to make several trips to the dentist, suffer through the gagging experience of having an impression made of the broken tooth, AND I've lost my lollipop enjoyment!  I haven't dared to eat a DumDum lollipop since.  I used to be a sucker for those!  Another opportunity lost!

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26 comments:

Out of My Mind said...

Hey! I'm #1 commenter. The shock has caused me a momentary block!

I agree with you about the law suit crazy world in which we live. But, to see one of our government representatives being so greedy is not much of a surprise. He must be trying to pad his account for retirement.

Don't you just love Anderson Cooper?
kt

injaynesworld said...

I'm sorry you got eliminated from the contest because I thought your post on the clothing was really clever.

I think if you bit into the lollipop and found an olive pit which broke your tooth, you might feel differently. I mean, you don't expect to bite into a sandwich and find an olive pit. But I know what you mean. On the surface, it does seem kind of dumb for him to be suing.

She Writes said...

Pits and suckers. That's life! :)

Lorri Jeanne said...

I think you can sue for practically anything these days and the lawyers who take the cases are just as bad or worse than the person suing.

Brian Miller said...

lawsuits these days...whatever it takes to ,ake our own stupidity not our fault...

natalee said...

Awww Eva.. sorry about the contest... (That sucks!!!) hey I gave you a shout out on my blog!!! HUGS my friend...

DJan said...

Well, somebody had to be eliminated, and I guess they figured you would be able to make the best lemonade! But hey, you are well known in the blogosphere and much appreciated by your regular followers! :-)

I have bitten down on hard unexpected things in food and it really hurt, but suing, I'm just a little frog in a big pond, not likely to win.

glnroz said...

the wolves are in charge of the henhouse,,,, but your stating it was much more fun to read...

Pat said...

That Representative should be ashamed!

This country is too "sue happy"!

Sorry about the contest. The last I had looked, you were running neck and neck with cardiogirl!

EmptyNester said...

Sorry you were voted off the blog 'island'--I voted for you!

I don't like the idea of suing people--I'm funny like that. What the heck kind of dentist does he have that it costs THAT much to have a tooth fixed? What about OUR pain and suffering at the hands of our politicians? LOL

Finally read your comments about awards. Again, sorry for sending one your way.

Eva Gallant said...

Outofmymind: Yes I love Anderson Cooper...he's adorable And smart!

Jayne: But $160.000?

Glenn: Fox in charge is the truth!

Claudia said...

crazy world we live in - yes - and i wouldn't have minded a brad pitt post btw...smiles

fojoy said...

Dang - I just broke a tooth on movie theatre popcorn! I don't need money, but if I can just get Anderson Cooper to say my name...

Everyday Goddess said...

Wow, that must have been some olive pit.

;)

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

Well, they're called Dum Dums for a reason, I guess.

Nah, just kidding.

Kristina P. said...

I really think the world doesn't have enough stupid lawsuits so I can judge people.

LBDDiaries said...

Well darn! I had no idea. Way back (waaaaay baack)when granola cereal first came out, I bought some and promptly broke a tooth on a petrified something or the other. Who knew I needed to sue - I could have retired in my 20's!!

rosaria said...

Of course, more than half of any amount he receives will go to the lawyers, probably someone on his staff.

rosaria said...

Regarding contests: they are all rigged!
I bet the competition paid for its votes; did you do that? I didn't see any offer on this blog. Darn, Eva, if you are going to enter a contest you need to go with full ammunitions.

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Theresa said...

Sorry about the contest, Chica. I was sure you'd win!
We are a lawsuit-happy nation, aren't we? Sad.....

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Pastor Sharon said...

Isn't it interesting how people get "sue happy"?
I am always surprised at the people who choose to go through with this kind of lawsuit because someone accidentally left a pit in an olive?
Thank God, we don't have to take the seeds out of tomatoes before preparing a salad, huh? Just in case someone gets them stuck between a veneer and wants to sue!
People. . . hmm. . . .

Eva Gallant said...

fojoy: Anderson Cooper fan, are you?

EverydayGoddess: I agree!

Kristina: I hope the judge throws it out!

LBDDiaries: No kidding! Who knew?

Theresa: It is sad; it clogs up the courts and drives up costs on everything!

Anonymous said...

I had a good time here but will return to google now.

Sandy said...

Yeah, there are so many crazy lawsuits out there and it is terrible that our elected officials participate in perpetuating the nonsense.

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