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It turns out a construction site portable toilet wasn’t the best place to hide from two men who think you tried to break into their truck.
Those portable toilets can be so easy to tip over when you’re inside with highly messy results.
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Ever had one of those frantic days when you can’t find your car keys when you really need to get somewhere fast? Police say that’s what happened Friday to [a would-be bank robber].
About 6 p.m. Friday, a robber passed a note to a teller at Chase Bank [in Arlington, Texas]… Grabbing money (the amount wasn’t reported), the thief ran outside just before bank employees locked all the doors, Miller said.
The robber ran toward a Dodge Dynasty parked nearby. Oops. He had left his keys in the bank.
Oh, yeah. And don’t write the “This is a robbery” note on the back of one of your own checks.
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Curiosity got the better of a cow who got its head trapped…washing machine drum.
The animal had to be freed by the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was fortunate to escape injury. The RSPCA was called to rescue the heifer from a field at Higher Fraddon, St Columb, Cornwall.
“It is one of the more unusual things we have had to rescue an animal from,” Jo Barr of the RSPCA said.
Harrods has launched a new range of ice creams with ‘traditional’ British flavours including Yorkshire pudding and Arbroath smokies. The range of 20 ice creams featuring Britain’s best-known delicacies were chosen after a survey of the country’s most popular tastes.
Other flavours include clotted cream, sausage and mash, pork pie, haggis, Cornish pasty, Cheddar cheese, Lancashire hot pot, Eccles cake and Kendal mint cake.
A Prague lawyer has been granted a pardon after trying to sell what he claimed was the Czech president’s hip joint on e-Bay.
Premysl Donat, 54, was arrested after trying to sell the joint which he claimed was given to him by doctors at the hospital where president Vaclav Klaus underwent a hip replacement operation in May.
It wasn’t really Klaus’ hip joint. Surprise, surprise!
A steam train fan has built a working miniature railway in his front garden. Eric Marshall, 68, spent three years crafting the network which features four trains plus stations, signals, bridges, houses, waterfalls and even a working a cable car.
The former printer, of Bagby, North Yorkshire, said: “I’ve always had an interest in railways, as a kid I used to go trainspotting.”
The railway attracts daily coaches of visitors and has raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support this year.
A Chinese man who swore to God that he didn’t owe money to a neighbour was hit by lightning a minute later.
The man, named Xu, made the oath in front of a crowd of neighbours in Fuqing city, reports Southeast Express. He vowed that he had never borrowed money from Mr Huang, who claimed Xu borrowed 500 yuan, the equivalent of £40, from him three years earlier.
“He borrowed 500 yuan three years ago from me for a friend’s marriage gift, but he has denied it ever since then,” said Huang, who went to Xu’s home to demand payment. “I told him that if he dared to swear to God that he didn’t owe me the money, then I would waive his debt,” said Huang.
Xu made the oath, but was suddenly struck by lightning a minute later.
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His namesake was once notorious for biting the head off a bat, but Ozzie the Staffordshire terrier felt less than bubbly when he swallowed this rubber duck.
The seven-month-old pooch was play fighting with another dog over the bath toy, but when he began losing he preferred swallowing the plastic prize to giving it up.
After a spot of surgery the duck is out and the dog is fine.
A pensioner is recovering in hospital after spending eight hours stuck upside down on a wire fence. Kenneth Bain – who is thought to be in his 80s – was crossing a stile on open land near Dornoch in the Highlands on Tuesday night when he fell. He got one leg caught on the top of the fence and was found the following morning by a farmer.
Mr Bain was said to be in a comfortable condition in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
It is the third such incident of its kind in the past two years.
This may be the most important medical research story of the year.
A team headed by Doug Melton), who works for both the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has succeeded in transforming the function of cells, simply by injecting them with new genes…
The gene therapy was performed on mice, whose usefulness as test animals is based on their similarity to human beings. Pancreas cells were induced to produce insulin after being injected with viruses containing insulin-producing genes.
The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday.
With consumer price inflation at 37 percent according to the latest central bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel ($1.28) from 1,200 riel last year.
Since the 1990s, a large ‘reptilian’ creature has been sighted occasionally on Umbungi Island in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Umbungi Island is located on the south coast of West New Britain between Kandrian and Gasmata. The creature has also been sighted on Alage Island, about 1km to the south of Ambungi Island.
Hordes of Nazi racoons are out to conquer Europe. They are just across the Channel from Britain after marching through France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark in a furry blitzkrieg.
Hitler aide Hermann Goering had the US mammals introduced to German woods in 1934 to enrich the Reich’s fauna. But numbers have soared and they are invading new territory-just like the Nazis did. Germany has more than a million racoons.
The racoons have no natural enemies in Europe and are both smart and bold, even coming into houses to steal food.
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Scientists have long known of the existence of a gargantuan fish species known as the goliath grouper – now they have discovered that it comes in two flavors.
The newly identified species will now be called the Pacific goliath grouper. It can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh nearly 1,000 pounds! It is different from its relative that is generally found in the warm waters of the Atlantic.
The two species look identical from the outside and thus could not be distinguished before the availability of relevant genetic techniques. Scientists can now deduce that the two differ in their genetic makeup.
Hollywood actress Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been blamed for 50,000 women abandoning traditional Western religion to study paganism.
The “study” was done in England and published in Women and Religion in the West. The Church of England has no comment. That’s no surprise.
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A Taiwanese fisherman shocked his family by suddenly reappearing – after being deserted on an island for 27 years.
Hu Wenhu, 58, went on a fishing trip to the Indian Ocean in 1981 and stopped at Reunion Island for a short stopover, reports Taiwan Network.
“We arrived at the island after three months at sea, and the captain told the 30 of us that the ship would sail again in 15 days,” he said. “However, when I came back 15 days later the ship had already left with the others, and I had to beg on the streets.”
With the help of the islanders, Hu learnt French at school, opened a Chinese restaurant on the island and later he even married three times.