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It’s all right ma, I’m only bombing

No young man likes to be embarrassed in front of his mother, especially in the delicate matter of sex.

But this story is beyond belief:

Madin Azad Amin was stopped by officials on Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said.

When officers asked him to identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.

He later told officials he’d lied about the item because his mother was nearby and he didn’t want her to hear that it was part of a penis pump, Scaduto said.

He’s been charged with felony disorderly conduct, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. (AP)

It’s a good thing he didn’t say it was hair gel.


  1. #1 Ana
    August 31, 2006

    Lesson: First Always question children and adolescents alone, away from family members, friends. Do it in a completely non-threatening way. There is always time to do more or different later.

    Unexpected situation, alright. Weird.

  2. #2 G in INdiana
    August 31, 2006

    My husband is an airline pilot for an US carrier and he had an amusingly ironic story to tell regarding air crew members in regards to the hair gel plot. It seemed that initially airline crew personel were not allowed to carry on the things they needed for their over night stays in hotels along their respective routes. They had to dump shampoo, shaving cream, and toothpaste.
    The kicker to this story is that a pilot could carry a gun on board but not shampoo. Go freaking figure! I wonder if they can have penis pumps… guess I’ll have to ask my husband.

  3. #3 traumatized
    August 31, 2006

    Lesson: Second Kids, leave your penis pumps at home!

  4. #4 GaudiaRay
    August 31, 2006

    No photo enhancements for this article?
    For educational purposes only, so that those of us who’ve never seen such an apparatus may independently judge for ourselves if this appears to be shaped in the form of a grenade. Education, reveres, education… the goal of your blog.

    Student.. returning to seat and awaiting further enlightenment.

  5. #5 M. Randolph Kruger
    August 31, 2006

    At what point in time can we bring it up again?

  6. #6 Charles Roten
    August 31, 2006

    I suppose a charge of Felony Disorderly Conduct wounded Madin’s pride considerably less than the spanking he really deserved.

    Reminds me of the scene (in “Every Which Way But Loose”?) where the Black Widow biker gang gets stopped by a couple of highway patrolmen, after being humiliated, yet again, by Clint Eastwood’s character Philo Beddow.

    The leader is absolutely beside himself with fury, that the cops won’t give the gang the tickets their outraged sense of dignity demands.

    I really don’t miss not being a teen-ager anymore. LOL.

  7. #7 trina
    August 31, 2006

    Yahoo news says the man is 29 year old.

  8. #8 Charles Roten
    September 1, 2006

    trina –

    I missed the Yahoo story, though I’m willing to believe it.

    But if you’ve spent much quality time on American highways, not to mention watching American politics or American television, you know as well as I do that there is no fundamental disconnect between developmental adolescence and a chronological age of 29 years.

    Or, come to think about it, 39, 49, or 59 years.

  9. #9 Ana
    September 1, 2006

    My aged relative, a respectable very elderly gent, recently travelled from the US to EU with a huge hunting knife in his carry on luggage. This was all wrapped up, a gift for someone else he stuck into his bag without question. However, he was pissed as all hell, because he had bought a diminutive (credit card size) manucure set for his girlfriend and the minuscule fold-out scissors as well as the tiny nail file were confiscated.

    When the recipient of the gift unwrapped it in front of him, after arrival, he nearly had a fit.

    These security measures are dangerous. He has a weak heart!

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