Wonder what dinosaur skin feels like? The fossilized skin of a duck-billed dinosaur was discovered five years ago near Deming in southern New Mexico. But only in the last year did researchers suspect the 10-foot-long, two-foot-wide textured rock was not just fossilized tree bark (or perhaps a long-buried OTR tire?).
Spencer Lucas, a paleontologist at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, said the skin feels like a mountain bike tire-rough, thick and bumpy, with somewhat symmetrical clumps of little crimped-edged knobs.
Mike Brett-Surman, the Smithsonian Institution's dinosaur expert, told the Associated Press dinosaurs may have had very tough skin in order to resist most carnivorous insects. ``It brings to mind the picture of a Mesozoic mosquito with a Black and Decker drill,'' he noted.
Ouch - and then some
A Baltimore-area teen suspected of joyriding in a car got an up close and personal look at a tread pattern.
Earlier this year, a policeman pulled over the car with five youths in it because the driver looked too young. They all were handcuffed and ordered to lie on the pavement temporarily while the officer waited for backup to arrive.
Unfortunately, a while later the cop didn't realize one of the youths was still on the pavement and drove over him. Ever alert, the officer stopped his car after he felt something under the wheel and heard a scream as the car's right front tire rolled onto the boy's buttocks and thigh, the Associated Press reported. The officers at the scene lifted the car and pulled the teen free.
A police spokesman said, ``Clearly, this accident was preventable,'' so an internal affairs investigation ensued.
In Singapore, law breakers receive a swat on the butt-in Baltimore the cops may just run your butt over.
This 'n that
Trivia buffs-What else is Chattanooga famous for, besides its Choo-Choo?
Last fall the city's $1.5-million International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum opened near the site of the nation's first commercial tow truck business.
Speaking of those ``happy hookers,'' last year's top five towing company mottos, according to Towing and Recovery magazine were: ``We're on our tows;'' ``We'll give you a hand, if you give us your tows;'' ``I go where I am towed;'' ``We're pulling for you;'' and ``You maul 'em, we haul 'em.''
Don Cornelius, host of ``Soul Train,'' the dance show he launched in Chicago in 1970, has always been a salesman, according to a Washington Post story. Among jobs he held as a young man starting out in Chicago: He sold Pontiacs, insurance-and tires. Probably not all at the same time, though a package deal kind of makes sense, doesn't it?
Last fall Crayola, the crayon people, began marketing a new batch of scented crayons to replace the food-flavored ones many parents feared would entice their kids to eat rather than color with.
Among the scents that didn't make the cut: rubber tire. (Would any kid want to eat that one?.)
That decision may have disappointed a lot of proud tire dealers-especially Barry Steinberg. He's not only a savvy businessman, but the Boston Herald reported he is blessed with a keen sense of smell.
The owner of Direct Tire & Auto Service in Watertown, Mass., claims he can smell the difference, by odor alone, between a Michelin and a Goodyear. And, the story said, ``when the scent of a Toyo comes wafting'' into his office, Mr. Steinberg's ``day is made.''
``I always enjoy when they bring truckloads of those tires in,'' he dreamily confessed to the newspaper.
He'd have been in tire heaven with a box full of those rubber-scented Crayolas.
Not my kid
With apologies to Tech International. . .
We saw a tire on display in the firm's booth at the recent World Tire Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Ky., sponsored by the International Tire and Rubber Association (ITRA). It was illustrating Tech Tire Repair's new product called ``Uni-Seal Ultra Repairs,'' which was released to distributors May 1.
``It'll be the biggest thing to hit the tire repair industry since air!'' joked a Tech salesman.
But we couldn't help but compare the display tire to some hairdo's we've seen lately. What if your kid came home with spikes like that? Radical, dude.
On hiring - and lawyers
One of his serious workshop topics at the aforementioned ITRA conference was on hiring quality workers.
But Arte Maren, president of The Advisory, a management consulting firm in West Hills, Calif., gave some examples of key phrases to be wary of when you call a job candidate's past employers and hear:
``No person would be better for this job.''
Or, about the less-than industrious person-``You would be very fortunate to get this person to work for you.''
And then there's the ever popular-``I recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever.''
Of course, you're also free to use any of these on calls from other employers.
And if you haven't yet heard enough actual moronic things attorneys say in courtrooms, Mr. Maren offered these:
``I'm going to show you Exhibit 3, and ask you if you recognize that picture. Is that you?''
``And were you present when that picture was taken?''
Or: ``How was your first marriage terminated?''
``And by whose death was it terminated?''
Or: ``You say the stairs went down to the basement. And did they also go up?''
Or: ``How far pregnant are you?''
``I'll be three months pregnant Nov. 8.''
``So the approximate date of conception was Aug. 8?''
``And what were you doing at the time?''
Now, now. . .*use your imagination.
Tire repair-or a fashion statement?