FEBRUARY 22 2012 13:09h

Watercooler Stories


BBC weatherman utters vulgarity

LONDON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A BBC weatherman in Britain has become an Internet star after inadvertently uttering a vulgarity during a weather report.

Alex Deakin, 37, has received more than 111,000 views for a video on YouTube depicting him saying a four-letter word beginning with "c" before correcting himself and saying "sunshine," The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Deakin uttered the vulgar term during a Saturday broadcast of the BBC World weather forecast.

Some viewers have suggested Deakin may have started to say the word "countryside" before correcting to "sunshine," The Telegraph said.


Hell Hole may be closed to campers

WALHALLA, S.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Forest Service said a South Carolina camp site known as Hell Hole may be closed to camping due to unsanitary conditions.

Sumter National Forest rangers said the camp site, near the Chauga River, has become unsanitary due to trash and human waste left behind by campers, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C., reported Tuesday.

"It's disgusting, much less ain't sanitary, get in our water system," neighbor Beatrice Bush said of the area's waste.

The Forest Service said it is seeking public input at its Web site and phone number 864-638-9568 before making a decision.


Passport problem strands family in Dallas

DENVER, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Denver family bound for a vacation in Belize said they wound up stranded in Dallas when officials refused to accept one of their passports.

Kyle Gosnell said he was traveling to Belize during the weekend for a planned weeklong getaway with his wife Dana and their young son Kyle Jr., and their passports were all thoroughly checked before leaving Denver International Airport, KDVR-TV, Denver, reported Tuesday.

However, Gosnell said an American Airlines official studied his passport while they were changing planes in Dallas and told him the document would not be accepted because it was "mutilated." He said his passport has a small crease on the back cover and is overall worn.

The family said they are confused as to why the passport was accepted in Denver and rejected in Dallas.

"There was no protocol," Dana Gosnell said. "They don't have the same system of rules for the Denver airport that they do for the Dallas airport."


Cheater's Web site lawsuit tossed out

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A New York judge tossed out a lawyer's lawsuit against two former lovers who branded him "scum" on a Web site.

New York Federal Judge Harold Baer tossed out Matthew Couloute's lawsuit against Stacey Blitsch and Amanda Ryncarz, which alleged the women posted about him on LiarsCheatersRUs.com in early 2011 in a "malicious" attempt to destroy his career, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Baer said in his Friday ruling Couloute did not demonstrate any harm to his professional life from the posted comments and the statements do not count as defamatory because they are "clearly hyperbolic."

"Lied and cheated his entire way through his 40 years of life," one of the posts on the Web site read.

Ryncarz told the New York Post the ruling was "not only a victory for myself, but for women across the country who are currently suffering the same type of injustices."

Couloute said he plans to appeal.

"The suit was never about cheating ... but about what you can print on the Internet and the harm it causes to people's lives," he said.