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“C’mon everybody! It’s a MIRACLE!”—or maybe not.

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johnpaul2.jpgPeople who flocked to drink at a ‘miracle fountain’ from a statue of Pope John Paul ll have been told it’s just a council water pipe.

Locals in Pope John Paul II’s hometown of Wadowice, Poland, believed a miracle had happened when water began spouting from the base of the statue. Word soon spread across the country with pilgrims travelling from all over to the tiny town to fill up bottles with the liquid.

But their belief in what they thought was a “Godly experience” was shattered by town mayor Eva Filipiak [when she said] the local council had installed a pipe beneath the statue, reported daily Dziennik.

“We didn’t mean anything by it, it was just supposed to make the statue look prettier,” said Filipiak.

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Internet parking ticket scam

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Drivers in Belgium are buying used parking tickets on the internet to get out of paying fines. The scheme was set up by the Continental Computer Company in Antwerp which allows drivers slapped with a fine for not buying a parking ticket to buy a used one at an online exchange for just £5.

The motorists then present the second-hand tickets to the local council as proof they did buy one, claiming the ticket inspectors simply did not see it.

Company boss Marc Van de Vyver said there was nothing wrong with what they were doing.

He said: “We’re not doing anything illegal. Our website is simply a meeting place for collectors of parking tickets, just like there are websites for people who want to exchange stamps.”

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Uh huh. Right.

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How to tell if your garden is about to turn into a volcano

New Scientist News

Want to know where a rumbling volcano is likely to split at the seams? Look for the tallest and greenest plants.

Vigorous plant growth on the flanks of a volcano like that at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, can indicate where magma is most likely to spurt out. Satellite images reveal that shrubs and trees grow taller and greener along stripes where the volcano eventually ruptures.

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What smells like pot and dryer sheets? Well—pot and dryer sheets

San Bernardino County Sun


The driver of a Ford Aerostar appeared lost, perhaps confused.

“He was making U-turns looking for I don’t know what,” said Rialto police Sgt. Andrew Karol. Officers with the Multiple Enforcement Team were on their way back from Fontana [California] on Tuesday after completing some investigations when they spotted the van on Valley Boulevard west of Hemlock Avenue.

weed-plants.jpgThe driver seemed directionless and at one point almost struck a center divider, Karol said. Rialto police Sgt. Randy DeAnda and Officer Aaron Vigil decided to make a traffic stop and question the nervous driver, later identified as Jerald Thompson, 36.

“You could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the van,” Karol said. “That’s when he said, ‘You don’t have to look any further. It’s full of marijuana.’ ”

The van was carrying 857 pounds of marijuana packed with green plastic wrap into huge bricks. Those bricks were tightly jammed into packing boxes with foam popcorn, glue and scented dryer sheets, Karol said. Karol guessed the sheets were an attempt to disguise the marijuana’s pungent odor.

“Instead it smelled like marijuana and dryer sheets,” Karol said.

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How to start a home based business—or something like that

WBAY-TV


Officials in Springfield, Vermont have denied a liquor license for a man who wanted to run a bar out of his “home.” Home, it turns out, is the state prison.

Paul Murphy applied to the town for both a first- and second-class liquor license. When town officials checked the home address on the application, they realized it was the address for the Southern State Correctional Facility.

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