I’ve never been in trouble with the law – other than receiving a few speeding tickets. After watching all the cop dramas and prison exposés on television, it’s a wonder anybody would commit a crime anymore. Sure, you have a few errant “bad cops,” but most police officers are good guys (and gals).
I happened upon the LEGO Police minifigs set the other day – and I couldn’t pass it up. While I seem to have an overwhelming abundance of LEGO City minifigures, picking up four additional ones didn’t hurt. Indeed, I am quite satisfied in having paid less than ten bucks for ’em. That’s a steal! Of course, I’m not suggesting that you should steal LEGO for yourself. That’d be a crime – almost as much as it would be a crime for you to ignore the value here.
Inside, you’ll find a couple of criminals – with faces covered in painted stubble. Are they stealing money directly from an ATM? Are they hacking into the machine using their l337 skills? That’s completely up to you. You’re also welcome to swap their heads with those from the friendly forces, too – it’s LEGO, after all. If you’d rather err on the side of perfection, you can use the comic printed in the back portion of the assembly instructions to guide you.
If you ask me, the smirking cop knows something the robbers don’t. What? Maybe the dog knows:
I’m also a bit jealous that the ATV-riding policeman is looking too cool for the room (with his silvery shades and all). Actually, I’m not sure if that’s really a LEGO ATV or some other kind of four-wheeler. Our police sure don’t ride those here in Seattle! Or, maybe they do and I just haven’t done anything wrong so as to warrant the dispatch? I’m not about to find out.
This new tshirt may not make you taller, but it will make you bulletproof. According to scientists from South Carolina, Switzerland and China, a shirt that cost you five bucks can be turned into body armor. The scientists have created soft and flexible form of boron carbide, which is the same compound that is used to protect tanks.
Boron carbide is the third hardest material on Earth. Heavy plates of boron carbide protect soldiers and police in their vests – and on their tanks. Cotton is soft, breathable and inexpensive. Combining the two is sheer genius – even if it wasn’t an easy process. The team bought a package of plain white shirts from the local Wal-Mart and cut them up into strips. They dipped the shirt strips into a solution of boron. An hour later, they baked them in an oven at over 1,000 degrees Celsius for about sixty minutes. The high heat stripped away everything that wasn’t carbon or boron. This combined the two elements into boron carbide.
The resulting fabric is lighter, stronger, tougher and stiffer than the original cotton, but it is still flexible – unlike normal boron carbide armor plates. The new bulletproof T-shirt can also block other hazards such as ultraviolet light from the sun and neutrons emitted by decaying radioactive materials.
If this research continues to be successful, we may one day see new types of protective clothing for police officers. It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that the material could replace the normal metal on the outside of cars and airplanes. This would create lighter and more fuel-efficient methods of transportation. The sky truly is the limit with this research, and I hope to see it progress significantly.
What other uses can you think of for this material? For that matter, when was the last time you came up with a truly unique idea of any sort? Instead of focusing so much on the here and now, let your mind wander to the future once in a while. Imagine the ways in which you could make someone’s life easier, safer or better. You never know what your brain can come up with unless you let it.
Acey612 writes: “My day job is as a police officer for the city where I live. We are a smaller town, but since we are 10min from the beach, we have a lot of traffic. I normally lead my department in citations per month, but I wanted to provide viewers with the top 10 ways to get OUT of a ticket.”
Don’t Argue. If you feel you are innocent, don’t argue your point with the officer. Maybe you are innocent, who knows? But even if you are, that’s what COURT is for. Arguing with the officer on the side of the road won’t do anything to help you, and if you make the officer mad, he/she will probably find something else to write you for.
Honesty. In a perfect world, no one would break the law. However, if you are driving with a suspended license, no license, no insurance, ect. and the officer asks you about it… Don’t lie. There are many offenses that you can be written a ticket for, or go to jail over. This is left up to the discretion of the officer, and if someone is honest to me, I try to give them as many breaks as I can.
Don’t flirt. Contrary to popular belief, flirting will not get you out of a ticket. I have had girls AND guys try this. It’s insulting, and most officers will give you a ticket when you try it. (Also bear in mind that 90% of all traffic stops are on digital video AND audio, don’t embarrass yourself.)
No Excuses. Even if you have a valid excuse, don’t offer one. Just follow the officer’s commands and provide the needed documentation. We normally respect people who don’t try to obviously get out of a ticket by using excuses. I have heard all of them. FYI, if you say you were in a hurry because your uncle is in the hospital, we will call the hospital to verify your story. If you’re lying, it don’t look good.
Obey the Law. Alright, you knew this one was coming. I have given you some good tips, but none of them are fail safe. A lot of discretion is left to police officers on whether you are cited or not. Each officer is different, and may have a different policy on things than I do. Since getting, or not getting a ticket relies on your behavior, as well as the officer that stopped you, the only PROVEN way to get out of a ticket is to obey the law. Don’t speed, and wear you seatbelt. No one likes being pulled over, but believe it or not, traffic laws are enforced for your safety. I have worked many wrecks that were caused just because someone wasn’t obeying a simple traffic law. The bottom line is, we are here to help you, and keep you safe.
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