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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Life Imitates Trash

Posted by on August 22 at 14:02 PM

Two live diamondback rattlesnakes were released in an Arizona movie theater during a showing of the new film “Snakes on a Plane,” according to Local 6 News.

Authorities said pranksters released the young venomous rattlesnakes in a dark theater at the AMC Desert Ridge near Tatum and Loop 101 in Phoenix.

The two snakes caused a panic in the dark theater, according to the report.

“That to me is very scary,” herpetological association representative Tom Whiting said. “I would hate to be watching a movie about snakes and have a rattlesnake bite me.”

Wranglers were called to collect the snakes, the report said.

No one was injured in the incident and, so far, the culprits have not been caught.

(Thanks to reader Matt Hickey for the tip.)

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They tell you up front when you enlist in the military that the term is not just for the (usually) 4 years of active service. It is for 8 years - 4 active and 4 inactive, during which you may be called up for stuff. It's not exactly in the fine print, although, when I enlisted in the 80's, my recruiter stressed that the Individual Ready Reserve had never been called up to fight. It's not like the Marines didn't know that this was part of their enlistment agreement, so I wouldn't make comparisons to the draft. During my years on IRR, I got called up once as part of a test, which my recruiter had told me was not uncommon. I just had to go down to Ft. Lewis, verify my address and get a physical with about 200 other guys. I spent about 5 hours on post one day, and that was the extent of my IRR service.

Still, I wonder if the IRR had been called up for war a couple of times before I enlisted, if it wouldn't have given me second thoughts about military service. A short hitch was a big selling point for me.

The long deployments for the Reserves and National Guard, and now the IRR activation, are really hurting recruitment and re-enlistment, and could have effects long after we are out of Iraq. Just another way that this war has been botched.

Doh! I posted to the wrong Slog entry!

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