Sh*t Happened 6/30/17: Buttcheek graffiti, rat lungworm, rabies, cavalier cop

Man, a lot of stuff was trying to kill us yesterday.

click to enlarge Sh*t Happened 6/30/17: Buttcheek graffiti, rat lungworm, rabies, cavalier cop

Friday nudged Saturday, and gestured subtly at Thursday.

"What the hell is he still doing here? He stinks. He's rotting."

"I know," agreed Saturday with a grimace. "Maybe if we pretend to listen to his bullshit for a few minutes, he'll go away."

So what was the Tampa Bay area in the national news for most recently? Let's see... ah, yes: St. Pete's charming triple-buttcheeked graffiti and the rise of a potentially fatal parasite that goes by the evocative name "rat lungworm." If you feel your chest swelling with pride, you should probably consult a medical professional — that might just be the rat lungworm. (Who accidentally ingests snails?)

Speaking of local color that might also kill you, Hillsborough County issued a rabies alert for an area of Tampa north of Fletcher Avenue after a local domestic cat tested positive for the disease. Stupid anti-vaxxers.

Another Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy is gone from the force; this one got fired for making an hilarious joke about almost shooting someone on social media. Thank you, stupid time-wasting websites, for doing what law-enforcement hiring standards apparently can't.

And finally, you can add "five more dollars" to the list of things you don't need in order to get a Florida concealed-carry permit, alongside common sense, impulse control and any specific, demonstrable reason to need a Florida concealed-carry permit beyond "gimme." Am I the only one who thinks the ability to walk around with a gun hidden on one's person should be more expensive than a carton of Marlboros?


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