He’s no Dark Knight.
The self-proclaimed superhero “Menganno,” an ex-cop who’s roamed the streets of Buenos Aires since 2010, is under investigation for firing an assault weapon at muggers he says ambushed him and his wife. Apparently Menganno isn’t so good at following the rules himself: the Buenos Aires Herald reports that the blue-armored crime-fighter doesn’t have a license for the weapon he used to fire off 14 rounds.
No one was hurt, but the real police were not impressed.
“He could have killed somebody, an innocent bystander. He is irresponsible,” said one official in comments carried by Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
Menganno, roughly “Joe Blow” in Spanish, has become a minor celebrity in his hometown by riding around on a motorcycle, attending soccer matches and participating in charity events, all in fully-costumed splendor. Menganno’s Facebook page has more than 38,000 likes and shows him posing with similarly outfitted children at his “School of Superheroes.”
“My goal is for all of us to be better and show more solidarity. Injustice makes me sick,” he said in 2010. But as Sky News reports, there aren’t many verifiable stories of Oscar Leffose, the man behind the mask, actually fighting crime since he retired from the police force in 1996. Some even see him as as a “joke figure,” not a real vigilante, according to the British news outlet.
Don’t worry, folks. Latitude News and Marvel Comics have already secured the rights to “Joe Blow: Blue Justice.”
Professional soccer player kicks ball boy
Now, to be fair, the ball “boy” was 17 years old. And, yes, he was cheating by lying down on the ball instead of giving it back to Chelsea’s young midfielder Eden Hazard as the clock ran down in their away match against Swansea City. But still, Eden. Have some class. You can watch Hazard deliver a swift kick of retribution to Charlie Morgan’s rib cage in the clip below:
Hazard’s behavior was over the line, but tactics like Morgan’s have become the new norm in professional soccer, writes Daniel Taylor in the Guardian. Ball boys are now expected to help their team out in any way, fair or foul.
“You tell the people who are instructing the ballboys that if you are winning, don’t give the ball back quickly,” the former player and coach Glenn Hoddle confessed during television analysis of the incident. “That’s your home advantage, in a way.”
Hazard was ejected from the game, and the cantankerous Belgian will face a three-match suspension at the very least. Until his return, Britain’s beleaguered ball boys can breathe a little easier with their jobs, well, hazardless. And you shouldn’t feel too bad for Morgan. The Belfast Telegraph reports that he’s the son of a millionaire who owns a quarter of the team and “enjoys a lifestyle most professional footballers would envy.”
I’d trade a kick in the ribs for that.
Cold as cold can be
A man in Siberia ran more than four miles after falling off a moving train in Siberia. Four miles? Nothing too weird about that. Here’s the catch. The temperature outside was NEGATIVE 40 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. They say Siberia is lovely in the winter. The Moscow News reports:
A resident of Bratsk, 42, went to the bathroom for a cigarette, but instead of returning to the carriage, he opened the wrong door and fell outside.
The passenger did not despair and set off running after the train in extremely freezing temperatures. He kept chasing the train wearing a t-shirt, sweats and slippers for seven kilometers, the regional transport police department announced.
He never caught up with the train, but reached the nearest station, Richard Sorge (named after a Soviet spy in World War II), where the manager provided first aid and some clothes for the hapless traveller.
Here’s another question: Is it customary in Russia to smoke cigarettes in the bathroom? Or was the man trying to pull a fast one on the conductors? Here’s hoping a brisk jog in Arctic weather was enough to cure him of his habit.