Oh, don’t mind these scissors

A clearly lonely Japanese man was arrested in Higashiyamacho, Saitama Prefecture on Sunday for cutting a woman’s pants while she slept on a train (thanks to the ads, link is Not Safe For Work). Perhaps our idea of him being a pervert was a bit hasty, as police interrogated him and got loads of information as to why he did it. According to police, Takahashi told station staff, “She was stretched out on the priority seat taking up all the space, so I got mad at her.”

The man is a 57 year old construction worker who apparently enjoys bringing scissors onto trains (nothing bad ever happens on Japanese trains). He thought he was in the clear until the victim realized her pants had been cut, and followed him off the train to report him to authorities.

Our Advice: Go to the newsstand if you get urges like these. It’ll be pretty clear the next steps that you’ll need to take.

‘This isn’t Vietnam … there are rules’

As part of our ongoing coverage of “Summer is here” — which will continue until mid-October — there’s an element we’ve forgotten: driving around.

For our high school and college readers, this is the time that you and your peers are bored and will drive around, pretending that going nowhere is “something.” For the adults, this means you’re going to a lot of stores with wedding and baby registries.

Without fail on any of these excursions, an argument will arise about the rules to calling Shotgun and Rock-Paper-Scissors (or Roshambo to non-South Park viewers). We’d normally use this as an excuse to write a How To, but someone has beaten us to it and done so throughly.

We suggest sending this link to that friend that calls Shotgun during the planning stages of your Warped Tour trip in August.

Fun Fact:
“The history of calling ‘Shotgun’ goes back to the days of covered wagons and the Wild West. On a trip across the plains, the driver of a wagon would hold the reins of his horse team and concentrate on driving. This left him and the occupants of his wagon susceptible to sneak attacks from bandits and thieves. To avoid this atrocious circumstance it became necessary for one person to sit next to the driver with a shotgun and fend off the enemy.”