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Penguins hit the Rio Beaches

NCBuy Weird News

A Brazilian military spokesman says the National Navy and Air Force will transport at least 100 stranded penguins to Antarctica next month. The birds were found on Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro beaches. Every year, penguins arrive from the Antarctic Circle on the Brazilian beaches. They are transported on ice blocks that melt off the shore of Brazil.

The flightless birds are washed up on Rio beaches every winter. Each time this occurs, the birds are captured and returned to local zoos. Next month, a Brazilian plane transporting equipment to an Antarctic naval base will transport the penguins to Brazil’s southernmost region.

From there, the birds will be transported on board a naval ship to their environment. The ship will drop the birds in their Antarctic habitat.

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Maybe the aliens are on a coffee break

Daily Mail

cropcircle.jpgThis summer will go down as a dismal year for strange apparitions amid the cereal. Numbers are way down and no one knows why. Those who believe the patterns are extra-terrestrial signals claim the alien messengers have despaired of planet earth and have driven their UFOs off to another galaxy.

Others claim there is a farmers’ conspiracy to destroy all circles as soon as they appear. The curious death of a well-known crop-trampling enthusiast has also been cited, as has the present heatwave.


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I don’t make them up—I just report them (Thanks, Katherine.)


A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. Mrs. Goodnest said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally he said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?” Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is” The friend said, “Well, who is she?” “That’s just Shirley Goodnest” Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy.”

“Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?”

“Well”, Timmy explained, “every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life,’so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!”

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Now they’ve gone too far! Petrol is one thing—beer is another thing entirely

The Daily Telegraph

beer.jpg Beer prices [in Australia] rise by up to 10 cents a schooner this week as inflation and rising fuel prices continue to hurt [Australian wallets]. Hit by an inflation-linked excise rise as they struggle with higher transport costs, publicans have defended the coming price rises, which also will apply to spirits, as a bid to break even.

Australian Hotels Association general manager Ian Horne said yesterday that the association’s recommended price rises, to be announced this week, would not increase pub profits. “Each venue must make its own decision,” he said.

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They’ve finally found a way to make opera tolerable


operasinger.gifA Berlin opera house is encouraging audience members to smoke cannabis joints during its latest production. The Neuköllner Opera House says it wants to enhance the psychedelic experience of Camille Saint-Saens’ drug opera The Oriental Princess.

The actors themselves will also smoke pot onstage while the audience mellow out in the stalls, reports DW-Worldl.

Artistic director Bernhard Glocksin maintains that the opera experience will be “improved with a few joints” while the opera house asserts that artistic license will protect it from drug laws.

“It’s a test to see just what we can get away with,” Glocksin said.

In Berlin, possession of anything up to 10 grams of cannabis is considered to be “for personal use” and is often overlooked. But smoking it in public places can be interpreted by law as an offence against the German constitution.

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‘Does anyone know the way?’


Bus passengers were shocked to be asked if any of them knew the way because the driver hadn’t a clue.

They laughed when a supervisor asked if any of the 30 on board could give directions, reports the Mirror. But then he added: “It will really help you as your driver is Polish, doesn’t speak much English and he doesn’t know the route.”

Travel firm Fraser Eagle was running a coach replacement service for Virgin Trains between Birmingham and Rugby because of track maintenance.

One woman volunteered to sit by the driver and give him directions throughout the 20-mile journey. Passengers gave her a round of applause when the bus arrived in time for them to make their rail connections.

Stephen Beech, 38, said: “It was lucky there were a couple of local people on the bus and one of them gave the driver directions as he clearly didn’t have a clue.”

A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “They are investigating. We would expect the driver to know the route he is supposed to drive.”


It does seem that would be one of the qualifications for a bus driver.

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Lots of Kiwis drive hearses


New Zealanders have been registering their cars as hearses to get out of paying full road tax.

It came to light when a Christchurch woman told a radio station she had paid just £19 to register her car, instead of the usual £60. She had registered it as a “non-commercial hearse” that would be used to carry dead animals.

The woman’s definition of carrying dead animals was taking frozen chickens home from the supermarket.

Other listeners then called NewstalkZB to say they had done the same.


Needless to say, this is illegal and local officials are up in arms. My take? Ingenious!

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