Get a clue: A couple of guys up to no good in Orem the other night didn't really think their crimes through.

First, they stole a car from a sales lot without checking first to see if it would fit under the cable running around the lot. They scraped the hood as they pulled it under the chain.Then, maybe assuming it was damaged beyond saving or selling, they drove it to the Orem Cemetery and set the 1988 Firebird on fire.

Police were called to the blaze at about 4 a.m. after it had been snowing for a while. To catch the crooks, they simply followed the footprints leading from the flaming car right up to a nearby residence.

There they arrested the two alleged car arsonists and a friend living with them who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

They're all in jail Monday, probably wondering what happened and why they just have all the bad luck.

Do we need to explain it?

Time stands still: Ever noticed how much longer the light seems to take to change when you've just done something stupid and you're sitting either four feet out in the intersection or crossways in the lane?

Someone should do a study to see if time really does warp in such situations.

Keeps on ticking: Despite our memo of a few weeks ago to former political candidates who haven't taken their campaign signs down, placards still abound.

Maybe it's going to take an act of nature to bring the signs down or at least cover them up for a while.

The "Dixie Thompson for Congress" sign on the west side of the Main Street freeway overpass from American Fork is disappearing under the snow.

But want to bet it'll still be there after the spring thaw?

Failed Utah County Commission candidate Tom Anderson's billboard remains near the I-15 exit to American Fork at 500 East.

It will probably take an earthquake to topple that sign.

We're ready to maintain our little vigil in this column until the county is void of all abandoned campaign signs.

Or until someone steps up to take them down.

Information age Santa Claus: Kids at Provo's Canyon Crest Elementary are into talking to the Internet Santa - the Kris Kringle of the '90s.

Instead of mailing their requests into the jolly old elf like their parents did or even faxing in their lists, they're just logging on and transmitting what they need by electronic mail.

Colleen Densley, who works with the children at the school, says it's a fun way to get kids acquainted with the information highway.

News reports we've seen say Santa has been inundated with a blitz of computer requests for toys, games, etc.

The age might change, but the desire for lots of stuff stays the same, huh?