Friday, September 22, 2006

People do the darndest things . . .

I hear the most interesting news stories from the NPR show, "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me" including this story:

Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies come across a bizarre encounter at La Purisima Mission in Lompoc. Around midnight they found a 69-year-old Huntington beach man naked and covered in oats. Deputies say the man had covered himself in olive oil, rolled around in oats and allowed the horses at the mission to lick him clean. He apparently told deputies this has always been a fantasy of his and drove up from the Los Angeles area to play it out. Alfred Thomas Steven was cited and released for trespassing, animal cruelty and sexually assaulting an animal.

You can see the entire sheriff's report at The Smoking Gun.

I'm trying to figure out what the key element of the man's fantasy was here -- was he mostly into being licked by horses, and the oats were just the vehicle (with olive oil to make them stick properly), or was it the whole experience of being oiled, oated, and horse-licked? Hard to say, really, as the human mind is very inventive.

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