Not Saussure

February 21, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 10:46 pm

Guy in Wisconsin is sitting in his apartment watching a porn DVD. His neighbour, James Van Iveren, is alone in the apartment downstairs when he hears screams coming from the apartment upstairs. Fearing that a rape may be in progress and having no phone with which to summon assistance, he grabs an old cavalry sword he has about the place (a family heirloom) and goes to help the lady…

“Now I feel stupid,” Van Iveren said.

Via Boing Boing



  1. I can’t say I really blame van Iveren for doing what he did, though he may have overreacted somewhat. I hope he pays for the damage to the door, though.

    Comment by rainmanlite — February 22, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Must have been some violent porn!

    Comment by cityunslicker — February 22, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

  3. ‘Must have been some violent porn!’ …

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. I wonder if that’s why the guy who was watching it is insisting that Van Iveren’s behaviour was more dramatic than VI’s account of it!??


    Comment by Queen Minx — February 22, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

  4. I’m not sure what he means by having the sword extended but not waving it at anyone — sounds a bit of a nice distinction, particularly if you’re the chap who’s just had his door knocked in and finds the sword ‘extended’ at you.

    Sounds to me like the sort of thing we’d probably get down to a guilty plea, on a basis, to criminal damage to the door over here, though, come to think of it, if he wanted to fight it he could probably argue defence of another — since he genuinely believed there was a woman being raped there, he’d need to pursuade the jury he used reasonable force under the circumstances, which he might well be able to do.

    Just as well neither of them had guns, I think.

    Comment by notsaussure — February 22, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

  5. On a related note, I just had to investigate some truly disturbing screams from next door that turned out to be one of my flatmates being put in a stress position by his girlfriend. He sounded distubingly girly…

    Comment by rainmanlite — February 23, 2007 @ 3:35 am

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