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(Bangor Daily News)   Maine woman uses two "bug bombs" in her basement without turning off any pilot lights. The good news is that her home is now bug free   (bangordailynews.com) divider line 54
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2012-09-06 09:09:59 AM  
What's the bad news?
 
2012-09-06 09:12:55 AM  
Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.
 
2012-09-06 09:55:39 AM  

mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.


The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.
 
2012-09-06 12:00:00 PM  
Ahhh Aroostook County. We don't make it in the news often, but when we do, it's a beautiful display of FAIL.
 
2012-09-06 12:09:44 PM  

gopher321: What's the bad news?


The bugs are now homeless
 
2012-09-06 12:23:54 PM  
Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?
 
2012-09-06 12:29:24 PM  
Uh-huh, right, "bug bombs". More likely the meth lab exploded.
 
2012-09-06 12:30:10 PM  
Anyone else read that as "Marine"?

/bug hunt
 
2012-09-06 12:30:25 PM  
Heretics on Maine
 
2012-09-06 12:30:51 PM  
Oh, Lowest Combustible Density, is there anything you can't do?
 
2012-09-06 12:30:56 PM  
Whenever I start to think there's hope for humanity, a story like this comes along.

// aren't those things completely plastered with warnings these days?

// didn't anyone pay attention in chemistry class?

// or at least, play with fire as a kid?
 
2012-09-06 12:33:03 PM  

lordargent: Whenever I start to think there's hope for humanity, a story like this comes along.

// aren't those things completely plastered with warnings these days?

// didn't anyone pay attention in chemistry class?

// or at least, play with fire as a kid?


Does insurance cover this type of incident?
/I sure do need an updated house. Perfectly willing to get some bug bombs for the kids to play with.
 
2012-09-06 12:33:03 PM  
That website has way too many of it's own toolbars.
 
2012-09-06 12:33:38 PM  
"Its". Damn it.
 
2012-09-06 12:35:35 PM  

JMel: Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?


To blow the house up you need a bunch. To cause a fire you only need one and a flame.
 
2012-09-06 12:36:05 PM  
what do planes have to do with BUG BOMBS
 
2012-09-06 12:36:16 PM  
Ludlow Maine, I'm positive that has been the setting of at least one Stephen King book (what farking square inch of that state hasn't?), but I'm damned if I can remember which.
 
2012-09-06 12:37:20 PM  

dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.


Hmm. I will guess Green Lake? Maybe Montello?
 
2012-09-06 12:37:53 PM  
Maybe she didn't have a bug problem. Maybe she was fishbowling with William Lee...
 
2012-09-06 12:38:04 PM  

mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.


It typically is done with criminal charges. While it's somewhat embarrassing to disclose the full name and address of a defendant, the disclosure is done to help clear up any confusion about who the defendant is. Believe it or not, there are people out there with identical names, and some of them don't want to be confused for alleged criminals.

As for instances like the one referred to in the article, who knows?
 
2012-09-06 12:39:35 PM  

gopher321: What's the bad news?


Myth confirmed.
 
2012-09-06 12:40:53 PM  

mama2tnt: Does insurance cover this type of incident?
/I sure do need an updated house. Perfectly willing to get some bug bombs for the kids to play with.


If the loss wasn't intentional, it's covered. The insurance company will withhold payment if local law enforcement suspects arson, until such time as a determination can be made -- basically until PD and FD say "this wasn't arson" or until the homeowner is acquitted. Upon conviction of arson, the non-payment is finalized.

/former insurance agent
//been a while, hope I remember that correctly =P
 
2012-09-06 12:41:59 PM  

Wade_Wilson: Ludlow Maine


Pet Sematary
 
2012-09-06 12:42:26 PM  
i579.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-06 12:42:56 PM  

JMel: Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?


My first thought was "didn't she see the Mythbusters?" Looks like they confirmed the danger/combustability, but didn't bother with the minimum needed for disaster. I imagine that two in close proximity to one pilot light would be enough to do it.

Citation
 
2012-09-06 12:45:37 PM  
FTA: A Ludlow woman was left homeless last week after fire destroyed her 262 White Road home.

So, it's that like a 262 Mustang or something?
 
2012-09-06 12:47:05 PM  

Witchyman: Wade_Wilson: Ludlow Maine

Pet Sematary


That's the one. One of his better books, if I recall. Freaked me out when I was twelve.
 
2012-09-06 12:47:14 PM  
As a battle-hardened veteran of two cockroach wars, I can cite experience when I say those things don't work anyway. The fire probably did more.
 
2012-09-06 12:49:21 PM  
FTFA: "We dispatched our pump tank and shuttled water from Louisiana Pacific's hydrants. We have been very fortunate to have them allow us to use their water source."

No wonder her house burned down. Stupid northerners were driving all the way to Louisiana for water!
 
2012-09-06 12:50:20 PM  
I think they only get out flying insects that's about it. Or in this case termites too
 
2012-09-06 12:52:56 PM  
They make them now where you don't have to turn off the pilot lights. Cost about 12cents more.
 
2012-09-06 12:55:39 PM  
Came for an obscure reference to the movie Explorers, leaving unsatisfied and dated myself.


/is the bug bomb in the basement?
 
2012-09-06 12:56:33 PM  
By the time firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved and unable to be saved.

Well, you can't save everyone..... especially an evil house.
 
2012-09-06 12:56:34 PM  
I'm pretty sure the rule is: First, "The Denzel," then the suudzu, then the bug bombs in an enclosed space.
 
2012-09-06 12:57:21 PM  
FTA: " A nearby chicken barn was spared and none of the animals were hurt,"

OK, I laughed at that.
 
2012-09-06 01:02:46 PM  
just use boric acid, much safer and far more effective.
 
2012-09-06 01:16:42 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: JMel: Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?

To blow the house up you need a bunch. To cause a fire you only need one and a flame.


In the case of a Section 8 (low income) house of approx 1,000 square feet here in town a couple years ago, that magic number would be six. Six bug bombs, one in each room, succeeded in blowing the house off its foundation. Didn't totally destroy the place, but it was condemned and torn down.

/gas water heater was ignition source
 
2012-09-06 01:18:34 PM  

JMel: Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?


Two bug bombs in a small basement would be about right.
 
2012-09-06 01:19:33 PM  

dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.


Eagle River?
 
2012-09-06 01:19:43 PM  

gopher321: What's the bad news?


Well let you know once after re-entry.
 
2012-09-06 01:26:07 PM  
Edgar approves this message.

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2012-09-06 01:26:12 PM  
JMel: Didn't the Mythbusters bust this? Basically needed a crap load of bombs in a small place with a significant ignition source?

IIRC, they were testing how many bug bombs it took to blow the place up.

It takes significantly fewer bug bombs to just light a place on fire.

// and it wasn't even a myth because bug bombs lighting houses on fire happens on a semi regular basis, it's one of those recurring news stories. The amazing thing here is that this lady never heard of bug bombs blowing up houses. I first heard about it 29 years ago.
 
2012-09-06 01:28:40 PM  

dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.


Nowadays there is the convenience of twitter or fb so you can be the first to know what people are wearng at the supermarket.
 
2012-09-06 01:41:28 PM  
Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets their hearing aid go and have to watch game-shows at full volume. Or when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out of your floor-to-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night. I suppose these things happen.
 
2012-09-06 01:56:16 PM  

Raptop: Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets their hearing aid go and have to watch game-shows at full volume. Or when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out of your floor-to-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night. I suppose these things happen.


Do I want to know more? Perhaps not. Perhaps the image is sufficient.
 
2012-09-06 01:56:59 PM  

Phil Ken Sebben: dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.

Hmm. I will guess Green Lake? Maybe Montello?


Nope, not northwoodsy enough.
 
2012-09-06 01:58:57 PM  

AbbeySomeone: dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.

Nowadays there is the convenience of twitter or fb so you can be the first to know what people are wearng at the supermarket.


Funny... never thought about those columns as being a "paper facebook", but, they essentially were. Actually more like someone "liking" a bunch of other peoples "posts".
 
2012-09-06 02:00:04 PM  

AgentKGB: dletter: mauricecano: Why is it small town newspapers always deem it necessary to put the address in every article about someone local? I never understood that and it usually only occurs with small publications.

The smaller the town, the more that they think that everybody knows everyone, and are basically all busy-bodies.

I grew up in a very small central Wisconsin town (approx 1,000 pop.), and the local weekly paper basically had what was essentially a "Mrs. Kravitz" column, with some old lady putting in there all the mundane things she heard about during the week..... "Mr. and Mrs. Jones had the pleasure of John and Jane Lemon over for dinner on Tuesday".... etc.

That was 25 years ago, so, I have no idea if those small towns still do those sorts of columns, but, the address thing in articles like that I think is a remnant of that.

Eagle River?


Too northwoodsy.... I was around the WI bullseye.
 
2012-09-06 02:23:02 PM  
Hell, her home is now home free.
 
2012-09-06 02:25:39 PM  
when the word bomb is used in the name for a household product I get just a little skeptical
/also at first glance when i was skimming i read "big boobs"
 
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