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Hey! Did that package just wiggle?

Ananova.

The German postal service will gladly handle any of your packages for you. Well, almost any of them. They emptied the post office at Kommern pretty quickly recently when they opened a package that was “wiggling” and out popped a 5 foot albino python.

A keeper from the local zoo was called and corraled the snake. The Polizei are still looking for the sender.

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July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hey! Did that package just wiggle?

Tanks, Dad!

Ananova

When your kids want ice cream, and your car is broken down, what are you going to do? If your name is Miroslav Tucek and you live in the northern Czech Republic, you just climb into the old armored personnel carrier (12 tons worth that you bought from the army) and drive it through a historic district, where only light vehicles are allowed, and buy the ice cream. There will be a slight extra charge for this though—a £300 fine tacked onto the ice cream charge.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tanks, Dad!

House boat, complete with upper deck

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July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Remember the pelican that smashed a car windshield? She still can’t fly straight.

Yahoo! News

There was good news and bad news when Crash, the California brown pelican that earned her nickname when she flew beak-first into a car windshield, was released back into the wild.

As soon as workers with the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center released Crash on Big Corona Beach on Thursday, she stumbled and fell beak-first into a pile of rocks. But after taking a few moments to gather her bearings, Crash shook her tail, bobbed in the surf and then headed for the heavens.

“She took off just fine and she was flying really well,” said Debbie McGuire, the center’s wildlife director. McGuire blamed Crash’s stumble on reporters and photographers who distracted her.

“What happened was, there were so many cameras,” she said. “She looked back and then took a step.”

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remember the pelican that smashed a car windshield? She still can’t fly straight.

Wear gloves next time you steal a parrot

Yahoo! News

An ill-tempered parrot left English police a vital clue to the thief who took the bird from a pet shop. Tristand Maidment, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a macaw named Mickey from a pet shop in Frome, southwestern England, last month.

Maidment said he couldn’t remember being bitten by the parrot, but the wound left a trail of blood, which allowed police to make a DNA match to the suspect.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wear gloves next time you steal a parrot

Vigilante Dutch nuns on bikes

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bicycles.jpgTwo Dutch nuns, wearing habits and riding bikes, chased a suspected thief through Amsterdam, police said Monday.

On Saturday evening, one of the sisters believed she recognized a man walking past their chapel in southern Amsterdam as a thief who snatched hundreds of dollars in cash from the building two weeks earlier, Amsterdam police spokesman Rob van der Veen said.

She invited him inside for a drink and asked a fellow nun to alert police. The man, apparently suspecting what was happening, fled the building and snatched a bicycle from a passer-by.

“The nuns then grabbed their bikes and gave chase. They tried to grab him, but he managed to escape into a residential neighborhood and they lost him,” Van der Veen said. Police hunted for the man in the neighborhood but could not find him.

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They should have smacked him with a ruler while they had the chance.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vigilante Dutch nuns on bikes

Don’t mess with us oldtimers. We may have a knife. A REAL knife

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gran.jpgAn 80-year-old woman re-created a scene from the film Crocodile Dundee to tackle a knife-wielding burglar.

Winifred Whelan, 80, holds the knife she used to scare off armed intruders after they broke into her house, in Walton, Liverpool. The pensioner shouted the line: ‘That’s not a knife, this is a knife’, from the film Crocodile Dundee /PA

Winifred Whelan, from Liverpool, was threatened in her home by a man brandishing a 10-inch knife.

The pensioner grabbed a larger carving knife from her kitchen before shouting: “That’s not a knife, this is a knife!”

Mrs Whelan was quoting the famous line from Crocodile Dundee when the film’s star Paul Hogan brandishes a hunting knife at a mugger.

She told a newspaper: “I said to the robber: “You call that a knife?” His was around 10 inches long and I had a carving knife measuring about 14 inches. I pointed it at his belly and said: “This is a knife!””

Two men were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in connection with the incident, which happened last September.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t mess with us oldtimers. We may have a knife. A REAL knife

This Jockey has been watching too much soccer

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A top jockey is facing a ban after head-butting his horse after it played up before a race. Paul O’Neill butted City Affair at Stratford after he was thrown before a two-mile hurdle, reports the Guardian.

Having landed on his feet, O’Neill appeared to drop his crash-helmeted forehead on to his mount’s nose.

The pair were reunited for the race and finished fourth.

Paul Struthers, a spokesman for the Horseracing Regulatory Authority, said O’Neill would face a disciplinary hearing for improper riding.

John O’Shea, who trains City Affair, said: “Paul rang me and said he was sorry for what happened. I haven’t seen it yet.

“The horse is a very, very difficult character, but I couldn’t comment on the incident until I’ve seen it.”

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on This Jockey has been watching too much soccer