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Talk about crappy apartments…

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manure_truck.jpgA block of units in East Brisbane’s Overend St was covered in liquid cow manure after a truck rolled about 7.30am, spilling 11 tonnes of the fertiliser. A police spokeswoman said the manure sprayed as high as the second storey and flooded the footpath.

Some residents were trapped inside, while others bravely tip-toed through the torrent of excrement.

The truck had apparently failed to negotiate a 90-degree bend in the street, rolling on to its side and spilling the contents of its tray. The driver was not hurt.

The spokeswoman said the street had to be closed for several hours as a special clean-up crew used a giant vacuum cleaner to suck up the manure.

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Man begs for jail to escape grandpa

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An Italian man escaped from house arrest and begged police to put him in jail because he could not bear living with his grandfather, his lawyer said. The 30-year old, who could only be identified by his initials AM, had been placed under house arrest for six months in the Sardinian town of Sassari after a scuffle with a policeman. But he escaped, and Sunday showed up at a police station in the northern city of Genoa, asking them to arrest him and put him in a cell.

“He said he could not face staying with his grandpa anymore,” defence lawyer Pietro Bogliolo said by phone. The lawyer said he did not know what the problem between the two was. “It’s probably irreconcilable differences,” he said.

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Well, yes. That seems logical. 

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Now THIS is strange

skullbody2.jpgHundreds of people have flocked to a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata to see a patient holding a piece of his own skull that fell off. Doctors say a large, dead section of 25-year-old Sambhu Roy’s skull came away on Sunday after severe burns starved it of blood.

“When he came to us late last year, his scalp was completely burnt and within months it came off exposing the skull,” Ratan Lal Bandyopadhyay, the surgeon who treated Mr Roy told Reuters today. “Later, we noticed that the part of his skull was loosening due to lack of blood supply to the affected area, which can happen in such extensive burn cases.”

The piece came off on Sunday and hundreds of people and dozens of doctors now crowd around his bed, where he lies holding the bone.

Mr Bandyopadhyay said the skull’s inner covering and the membrane that helps produce bone was miraculously unaffected, allowing fresh bone to grow.

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Mystery bunker in dunes

An elaborate underground bunker built in sand dunes on a Surf Coast beach has mystified police and intrigued locals.
The discovery of the camouflaged den, complete with trapdoor, tunnel and conveyer belt linking two rooms, stunned and frightened workers as they cleared weeds this week. The structure was supported by timber beams and built with air holes to control moisture.

Torquay Police were also shocked by the discovery and at a loss to explain how it was used and who might have built it. Theories range from a drug den to a cubby hole built by teenagers. But Torquay officer-in-charge Sgt Brian McKiterick said the possibilities for the hand-built den were endless.

“We’ve had people ask us if it could have been built during the war, but we know that’s not true. And others have suggested they saw people in the area five years ago, but we think it could have only been there six months to a year, judging by its condition,” he said.  “It’s open to anyone’s imagination. Whether it’s used for storage of stolen goods, or it could just be an elaborate cubby.”

Sgt McKiterick said foreshore workers were too frightened to enter the hidden den for fear of booby traps or what might have been inside.

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Better check your attic

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A Croation woman is in the money after taking a violin to a museum for a free evaluation only to be told shestrad.jpg had a Stradivarius on her hands. The instrument, built by the Italian master in 1725, had been in the family of Ruzica Svagusa’s husband for 60 years.

“My husband inherited it when his father passed away 10 years ago,” Mrs Svagusa said. “The old man had been a teacher and musician, but it remained unclear how he came to own the violin.”

She also asked experts at the museum in the Adriatic port city of Split to examine a score of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. In what one described as another “absolutely sensational discovery”, they found it had been signed by Puccini.

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