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Woman driver charged for tailgating train—wait a minute–a train?!

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A female driver [took] a wrong turn on her way home – and ended up following a train along a railway line.
Police in Brisbane said the woman, 52, had picked up her daughter from work and was driving home about midnight on Saturday, when she took the wrong turn at a level crossing.

She allegedly drove along the track, honking her car horn at the train as she followed it for 300m before being stuck on the tracks.

Why was she honking? Did she want to pass?

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Gone to the dogs: the girl who ran with the pack

doggirl.jpgShe bounds along on all fours through long grass, panting with her tongue hanging out. When she reaches the tap she paws at the ground, drinks noisily with her jaws wide open and lets the water cascade over her head.

Up to this point, you think the young woman could be acting — but the moment she shakes her head and neck free of droplets, exactly like a dog when it emerges from a swim, you get a creepy sense that this is something beyond imitation. Then she barks.

The furious sound she makes is not like a human being pretending to be a dog. It is a proper, chilling, canine-like burst of aggression and it is coming from the mouth of a young woman dressed in T-shirt and shorts.

Lots More of this strange story.

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Oh, those wacky Aussies

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A driver stranded on a remote stretch of Australian highway Wednesday tried to summon help by playing dead in the middle of the road, a police officer said. A woman who was driving with her two children spotted the man and had to swerve to avoid hitting him, said Doug Backhouse, a detective with the Western Australia state police.

“She drove around the body — which didn’t move at all — and got to the nearest phone,” Backhouse said.

Local police arrived with an ambulance and found the man alive and well, but with car troubles.

“The best way he thought to get a vehicle to stop was to lay down in the middle of the road and pretend to be dead,” Backhouse said, adding that the man didn’t think anyone would stop if he were standing up.

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Can this be true?–Tipped by Dale

bluepeople.jpgSometime around 1820, a French orphan named Martin Fugate, carrier of an incredibly rare recessive gene for a disease known as hereditary methemoglobinemia, settled on the banks of Troublesome Creek in Eastern Kentucky and married Elizabeth Smith, carrier of the same incredibly rare recessive gene. It was a remarkable coincidence with a bizarre result: Four of the seven Fugate children were born with bright blue skin that lasted their entire lives. According to legend, and the image above, Martin Fugate himself had blue skin. The reason for this strange skin disorder was only discovered a century later when it was realized that due to an enzyme deficiency, the Fugates’ blood had a diminished oxygen-carrying capacity. Over the years, the Fugates interbred repeatedly. Blue people proliferated. Six generations later, according to a Science article published in 1982, there were still Blue Fugates roaming the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

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There’s an article on methemoglobinemia at this link.

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Makes you all warm on the inside

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snakexray.jpgKETCHUM, Idaho – It took surgery to save a 12-foot Burmese python after it swallowed an entire queen-size electric blanket — with the electrical cord and control box. The blanket must have gotten tangled up in the snakes rabbit dinner, owner Karl Beznoska said. He said he kept the blanket in the 60-pound reptiles cage for warmth.

“The prognosis is great,” veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt at St. Francis Pet Clinic in Ketchum said after Tuesdays two-hour operation on the python, named Houdini.

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Hey! Who turned me in? (DUH!)

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A young Croat who posted a photograph of himself speeding on a motorbike on the Web was tracked down and fined by the police, the Jutarnji List daily reported Tuesday.

The 28-year-old, identified only as D.M., took a photo of his speedometer showing 170 km (100 mph) on a back road in northern Croatia and then put it on the Web site of his local municipality.

Police found him three days later.

And, to add to the fun, he was riding an unregistered, illegally imported motorcycle which is also going to cost him dearly.

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Runaway circus kangaroo on the loose in Ireland

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kangaroo.jpgA kangaroo is roaming the green hills of Ireland after escaping a circus near the picturesque port of Kinsale.

“This kangaroo broke loose just before the show while they were bringing him from the cages to the arena. He decided to take a walk,” said local farmer John Walsh on whose land the 2-year-old male, named Sydney, made his break for freedom.

Circus staff launched a fruitless four-hour search following the escape Sunday.

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You don’t have to be smart to be a crook

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An armed robber who held up a string of betting shops in Croatia was arrested after he returned to one to place a bet. The 28-year-old had robbed 35 bookies in the Croatian capital Zagreb, making off with around £1,000 a time.

But he did not cover his face in any of them and when he walked into a shop in the Crnomerec district of the city, a teller recognised him immediately and called police.

A police spokesman said: “It was unbelievable. He robbed 35 different shops and then he happily walked back into one ready to spend the exact same money he’d got robbing them.”

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Ananova – Golfer’s three holes-in-one

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Stewart Sneddon hit three holes-in-one at the same hole on the same course on three consecutive Saturdays, the 147-yard par three 13th with his trusty eight iron each time

[Statisticians say he beat odds of two trillion to one.]

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The one that got away—didn’t

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seabass.gif An angler caught the same fish twice within three days – two miles out at sea. Bob Watton, 36, first hookedthe 11lb sea bass while fishing from his boat, reports the Mirror. It escaped when his line snagged on a rock – but three days later, at a similar spot off Bournemouth, he reeled in a 2ft bass.

Bob…was amazed to discover the distinctive hook and severed line from his previous effort was attached to it. He said: “It was the same fish, there’s no doubt. What are the odds of that? Of all the fish in that bit of sea this one ends up on my hook twice.

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