HumptyDome Down!

Oh the snowmanity!

Metrodome roof collapses

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning, following heavy snow over the weekend.

The collapse occurred around 5 a.m. after work crews, who had been using steam and hot water to melt snow off the roof, had been pulled off for safety concerns.

Experts on the Metrodome’s roof construction are arriving in Minneapolis to assess the situation and establish a timeline for fixing it.

See also:
Snowstorm brings down Metrodome roof
Minneapolis Metrodome roof deflates after heavy snow, NFL moves Vikings vs. Giants game to Monday in Detroit
Vikings-Giants to play in Detroit Monday night
Metrodome roof collapses under snow; NFL moves Giants/Vikings game to Detroit’s Ford Field Monday
Metrodome roof collapses in Midwest blizzard
Minn. Metrodome roof collapses in Midwest blizzard
Brett Favre: Metrodome collapse gives Vikings QB time to heal
Free Football In Detroit Tomorrow (If You Can Get There)
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Just Build The Damn Stadium!

And this is hardly the first time the HumptyDome roof has collapsed either. What a joke, building an inflatable dome in the Snowbelt.

/can we haz new stadium now?

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Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs, once virtually eradicated in the United States, are making a comeback, thanks EPA!.

EPA to Blame for Bedbug Problems?

How long until we see a bedbugs horror movie on the big screen? With the nasty critters invading everything from movie theaters in Times Square to lingerie stores and hotels, there’s a damn near panic brewing over the tiny blood-suckers.

With bedbug infestations up 71 percent since 2001 at hotels and cases popping up across the country, people are starting to wonder: just how did this happen? Considering that the bugs have come back in part because of their increased resistance to available pesticides and a general cluelessness on how to effectively get rid of them because of their long absence, it’s hard to say.

But one target of the welt-covered masses is an unlikely suspect: the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems that some scientists and victims believe that after eradicating the nasty critters between World War II and the mid-1990s, bedbugs have staged a huge comeback after the Clinton-era Congress passed a major new pesticides law in 1996 that banned a number of chemicals that had been reliable bed bug killers.

Though the long-banned DDT is not a culprit – since the bugs had already developed a tolerance for that nasty chemical – the banning of such pesticides as Malathion and Propoxur may have contributed to the new wave of infestations. Now, leaders such as Ohio governor Ted Strickland are trying to get a waiver from the EPA to use the compounds to combat one of the country’s worst outbreaks in cities such as Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

See also:
Why Is an Epidemic of Blood-Sucking Bed Bugs Sweeping the Nation?
US grapples with bedbugs, misuse of pesticides
Bedbugs staging dramatic comeback in the United States
Bedbugs Bite Their Way Across the Country
Battling bedbugs
Terminix Releases List of Top 15 Cities Favored by Bedbugs
Minneapolis Makes the List of Most Bedbug-Infested Cities
Twin Cities Bed Bug Problem Reaches Motel Rooms
Bedbug

Oh boy, Minneapolis is 15th on the infestation list.

/I’m glad there’s a river between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, I hope the little blood suckers can’t swim

Boy Do We Ever

Bush billboard in north metro asks “Miss me yet?”

A billboard with a picture of former president George W. Bush and the question “Miss me yet?” is getting a lot of attention in the north metro–not only for its message but because of the mystery of who’s paying for it.

The billboard is located off northbound Interstate 35 in Wyoming. It went up about one month ago.

Schubert and Hoey Outdoor Advertising of Minneapolis owns the billboard. The company’s general manager said that a group of small business owners in the metro rented the space. She wouldn’t reveal the identities of those business owners or how much they paid.

Businesses in the area said customers are commenting on the sign.

Sara Chouinard, who works at the Nesting Grounds coffee house said, “We’ve heard from quite a few customers about it. Some people think it’s pretty amusing. And other people find it insulting.”

Wyoming Mayor Sheldon Anderson said people have contacted him about the billboard.

Anderson said, “I’ve had people willing to donate money to keep the billboard up, but again I don’t have anything personally to do with it.”

Some people who have seen the sign said they can’t tell if its message is pro-Bush, anti-President Barack Obama or something else.

See also:
George Bush is back… on Minn. billboard, anyway
Bush Billboard In Minn.: ‘Miss Me Yet?’
Bush billboard on I-35: “Miss me yet?”
The George Bush Billboard: ‘Miss Me Yet?’
‘Miss me yet’ billboard shows power of outdoor ads in Internet age
Bush “Miss Me Yet?” Billboard Appears Near Highway
George W. Bush “miss me yet?” billboard derails day for MPR’s Bob Collins
‘Miss Me Yet?’ Billboard With Photo Of Bush Is Real; Not An Internet Trick
Who’s Behind the Bush Billboard?

/a big thumbs up to whoever paid for this billboard