Thursday, October 31, 2013

Everybody's Good For Something...

#1 Blogdaughter sends in a story that really drives that point home. Everyone is good for something - even if that something is to serve as a cautionary example. Or scare away pirates.

Britney Spears’ music used to fight Somali pirates
Britney Spears is being used as a secret weapon to fight Somali pirates.

The singer’s hits are being blasted out by tanker crews to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens told Metro UK.

Spears’s chart-toppers “Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time” have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay, she said.
Isn't that a kick in the teeth? After spending millions of dollars in ransom money, it turns out that all shipping companies need to do is invest a grand or so in a kickass stereo system and a few bucks on iTunes and the pirates all scatter.

I can't tell is this is a joke or a very clever ploy by Britney Spears' publicist. Perhaps this is to drum up some publicity for the once-been star. Maybe it's a clunky attempt to secure free passage on cruise ships for the fading star as her heyday rapidly grows in the rear-view mirror.

In any case, I get a major case of the giggles when I think of Somali pirates recoiling in horror at "Hit Me Baby One More Time"...

That is all.


Carteach said...

Coffee splatter alert

wolfwalker said...

Several years ago, a seaside walk and promenade in Sydney, Australia had trouble with large numbers of subadult Homo sapiens (a.k.a. "louts" or "hoons") hanging out along the promenade, driving at high speeds, and harassing legitimate walkers and shoppers. They eventually solved the problem by setting up a bunch of pink streetlights and playing Barry Manilow songs at high volume. Turned out that Manilow is a very effective hoon repellent.