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Probably wasn’t wearing cork soles

Evangelist preacher Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he could repeat the biblical miracle [of walking on the water]. But he drowned after walking out to sea from a beach in the capital Libreville in Gabon, west Africa.

One eyewitness said: “He told churchgoers he’d had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus. He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back.”

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Probably wasn’t wearing cork soles

A new meaning for “giving them the bird—not”

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pigeon.jpg Five people ended up in hospital in Australia after a fight over a pigeon. Four others were treated for minor injuries and all nine were spoken to by police in Melbourne.

Police were called after a fight broke out between two neighbouring families disputing the ownership of the pigeon. The fight ended with five men taken to hospital with scratches, cuts, bumps and bruises to their heads and bodies. The men were of varying ages, the eldest in his 50s or 60s, an ambulance service spokeswoman said.

A police spokeswoman said investigations were continuing and nine people were being spoken to over the incident

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on A new meaning for “giving them the bird—not”

Cop Pot shop

Ananova

A US news reporter uncovered a marijuana plantation – outside the front door of a police station.

Janna Goerdt, of the Duluth News Tribune, found 12 plants growing outside West Duluth police substation in Minnesota. She heard a rival news team talking about “something interesting” in front of the police station and decided to check it out.

Goerdt took a walk around the building and found the marijuana plants. She plucked one of the leaves and brought it back to the newspaper.

“I needed some evidence,” she said. “I didn’t know if anyone would believe me. I didn’t think it was a big deal. I just thought it was rather amusing.”

Duluth City gardner Tom Kasper was given the leaf for inspection and confirmed that it came from a marijuana plant.

West Duluth police Lt John Beyer pointed out that he, his police officers and the public use the backdoor entrance to the police station. The front door was usually locked and not used.

“The only thing I can say is somebody has a sense of humour,” Beyer said. “Now they’ll read about it in the paper and say: “Yeah, that was me”.”

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

“Enough is enough.” Indeed so.

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An Argentine pensioner is suing a garage who claim they have been fixing his car for the past six years.

Jose Orono, claims he took his Fiat 600, model 1970 to the repair shop in 2000. But a week after the car was in the shop, the owner, told Mr Orono that he would need another 2 weeks to fix the car.

Mr Orono told Terras Noticias Populares: “It needed painting and some minor mechanical work. He kept making up excuses, one time he said his aunt had died and the other that his shop had been broken into. I wanted to be patient because I know his wife and kids, but enough is enough!”

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Robotic welly wanger

wellington_boots.jpgBBC NEWS
The eccentric British sport of hurling wellington boots has been given a mechanical makeover by scientists at Aberystwyth University. More commonly known as welly wanging, experts have built a machine capable of propelling a welly up to 262ft (80m).

A team has taken an engine from a concrete mixer and a gearbox from a Citroen 2CV and devised the robotic “wanger” for a TV programme. The team’s machine is set to compete in Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge.wanger2203.jpg

Richard Shipman, who teaches artificial intelligence, Andy Shaw, a researcher in space robotics, and computer technician Ian Izett, have built the wanger using scrap metal and discarded mechanical parts.

Powered by a diesel engine, the wellingtons, up to six at a time, are fired from a two-metre diameter computer controlled disc which rotates at up to 250 times per minute.

A second computer monitors wind speed and direction and relays the information via a third computer and a radio link to a laptop where team members can monitor its progress.

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Robotic welly wanger

World’s oldest person dies at 116. Vaya con Dios, Senora.

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The world’s oldest person, a 116-year-old Ecuadorean woman who drank donkey milk for health, died on Sunday less than a month before her birthday, her relatives told local newspapers on Monday.

Maria Esther de Capovilla was declared the world’s oldest person in December by Guinness World Records, taking the title from a U.S. woman. Capovilla was born in Guayaquil in western Ecuador on September 14, 1889, the same year that Adolf Hitler was born and the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated, and lived in a ritzy neighbourhood with her daughter-in-law and son.

Her eyesight was good up to the end and she never needed glasses, they said.

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Woman crashes when teaching dog to drive

Yahoo! News
A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday. No injuries were reported although both vehicles were slightly damaged, it said.

The woman, identified only by her surname, Li, said her dog “was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive,” according to Xinhua. “She thought she would let the dog ‘have a try’ while she operated the accelerator and brake,” the report said. “They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car.”

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Woman crashes when teaching dog to drive

Not a bomb

A geocaching scavenger hunt [in Monroe, Ohio] caused the evacuation of residents and businesses Wednesday night as a bomb squad investigated a “suspicious package.”

The intersection of Main and Elm streets in Monroe was a bustle of activity while Monroe police and fire crews and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Unit responded to the Monroe Historical Society, 10 Elm St., where a resident reported at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday that suspicious-looking subjects left a package outside the building.

“Police did find a package. It was in some bushes and covered with duct tape,” said Monroe dispatcher Mike McKinney.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Unit took a digital X-ray of the cylinder, which revealed a notebook and small trinkets typically left by people on geocaching scavenger hunts.

Monroe police Chief Greg Homer said what the resident saw was the “tail end” of activity of someone in the dark leaving something in the bushes. “They didn’t see the person write their name in the notebook and leave a souvenir,” Homer said.

After determining the package was a geocaching prize, the police also signed the notebook, left a toy badge as a souvenir and put it back in place, he said.

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Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System device to hide and seek containers called geocaches—waterproof containers with a logbook and a treasure of small toys or trinkets. Participants who find the containers sign the log book, remove a souvenir and replace it with a trinket they have brought. More about geocaching here if you are interested.

August 28, 2006 Posted by | geocache | | Comments Off on Not a bomb

The Naturalist—with a website

naturalist.jpgThe Sartorialist
This guy walks around Washington Square Park wearing not much more than a pair of very tiny, ripped jean shorts. He tells anyone that will listen that he is a “Naturalist” – he rejects anything from the modern world. He then offers to give you his website address so you can learn more – website?….ok Mr. Anti-Modern

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Naturalist—with a website

Two story school bus

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August 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two story school bus

‘Bin brother’ has his eye on UK garbage cans

Guardian Unlimited

Half a million household wheelie bins have been secretly tagged with hidden electronic “bugs”, it has been reported. The tiny devices identify each bin so that records can be kept on the waste disposal habits of its owners, and up to 500,000 bins in council districts across England are thought to have already been fitted.

The move has raised fears that some local authorities may be planning to charge residents for the weight of rubbish they collect. The devices carry a unique serial number which can be scanned when the bin is tipped into a refuse lorry. Some lorries carry weighing equipment which collect how much rubbish is collected and link the information to the appropriate bin.

Areas where the devices are said to be in use include Crewe, Nantwich, Peterborough, South Norfolk, Woking and Devizes in Wiltshire.

August 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘Bin brother’ has his eye on UK garbage cans

How do you say corn in French?

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NPR
What could be a more appropriate homage to a cook than to have her likeness rendered in food? When children run through a corn maze in western Massachusetts, they are actually running through the hair and down the arms and into the pots and pans of the worlds favorite French chef, Julia Child.

August 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on How do you say corn in French?

It’s getting harder and harder for a crook to make a living

Reuters via Yahoo! News
An American man helped foil a burglary 4,589 miles away in northern England after spotting suspects raiding a shop whilst watching a webcam over the Internet, police said on Friday. The man from Dallas, Texas was using a live camera link to look at Mathew Street, an area of Liverpool synonymous with the Beatles as it is home to the famous Cavern Club where the band regularly played.

He saw intruders apparently breaking into a sports store and alerted local police.

“We did get a call from someone in Dallas who was watching on a webcam that looks into the tourist areas, of which Mathew Street is one because of all the Beatles stuff,” a Merseyside Police spokeswoman told Reuters. “He called directly through to police here.”

Officers were sent to the scene and three suspects were arrested.

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s getting harder and harder for a crook to make a living

Essex police: We are not amused.

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The Daily Mail
As protests go, it spells out the sentiments of many motorists. But police have failed to see the funny side after a saboteur started altering ‘Speed Cameras’ signs to read ‘Greed Cameras’.

At least ten are believed to have been changed using home-made stickers in Colchester, Essex, over the past two months. The suspect is believed to be someone who has recently been caught by a camera. One police officer said: ‘We are treating it as an act of vandalism. If we catch whoever is responsible, we intend to throw the book at them.’

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essex police: We are not amused.

Tram driver fined for speeding

tram.jpgAnanova
A tram driver in Melbourne has been given an on-the-spot fine after he was caught speeding. A traffic policeman with a laser radar gun clocked the tram at 35 mph in a 25 mph zone, reports the Australian.

“It’s the first time that a member has detected a speeding tram. He said it was quite unusual,” a traffic police spokeswoman said.

The officer said the tram driver was “co-operative”, the spokeswoman added. “There was no animosity,” she said.

The driver was fined the equivalent of £85 and will lose three points from his normal driver’s licence.  Yarra Trams spokesman Colin Tyrus said the driver also would be counselled by the company and would be subject to an internal disciplinary process.

“There’s no exception for tram drivers to the speed limit,” Mr Tyrus said.

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tram driver fined for speeding

Homing pigeon must have had the map upside down

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A homing pigeon got lost and ended up 5,000 miles away from her British home – on a Caribbean island. Judy changed course while flying in a 600-mile race from Bourges, northern France to Northumberland, reports the Sun. Instead she landed in St Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies.

Owner John Stewart, 69, from Hadston, feared she had been lost forever until he heard she had been found. He said: “I’m glad she’s safe and in good hands – and probably having a lovely time. But I didn’t half get a shock when I found out where she was. I’m quite jealous really. I wish I was in the Caribbean rather than in Northumberland.She’s probably sunning herself on the beach.”

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Homing pigeon must have had the map upside down

It could have been a short fishing season for this crew

Boston.com
A fishing boat brought an unusual catch into the State Fish Pier on Wednesday — a World War II-era mine.
Local public safety officials and state police safely detonated the device several hours later.

Gloucester firefighter Frank LeClerc said the 20-pound anti-ship mine was snagged from the ocean floor by a dragger net. The fire department and state police bomb squad took it to a remote location and safely blew it up at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on It could have been a short fishing season for this crew

Astrology will be just as accurate as it always has been.

Reuters via Yahoo! News
Scientists may have demoted Pluto to the rank of a “dwarf planet” on Thursday but astrologers foretell no major changes in the way they read the heavens because of the move. Russell Grant, a British astrologer and best-selling author, said Pluto’s planetary demotion was not a surprise after years of discussion and he would not change the charts he uses for his clients or millions of visitors to his Web site.

“I personally am shaken not stirred,” Grant said in a telephone interview from Britain. “It’s very interesting that Pluto’s been downgraded in a planetary sense because he could never be downgraded in a mythological sense. I will continue to use Pluto because he gives me the ability to look into people’s charts and see where they’re coming from psychologically,” he said.

Grant noted that astrologers had long used non-planets, such as Earth’s moon. He also charts several asteroids, which are inside the solar system but much smaller than planets.

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August 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Astrology will be just as accurate as it always has been.

Sigh!

At my age I’ve seen it all, heard it all, and done it all. Problem is, I can’t remember it all.

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sigh!

Gold rush, of a sort–Welsh whale vomit rush

ambergris.jpgAnanova
North Wales is facing a gold rush after whale vomit was [recently] found washed up on its beaches. Valuable ambergris – known as floating gold – has…been found at Rhos on Sea and Shell Island, reports the Daily Post….

Ambergis is used to produce perfume and can fetch more than £10 a gram. It is produced when the whale has been eating squid and their parrot-like beaks have irritated the walls of its innards.

Rarely recovered on British shores, ambergris is usually found on the coasts of the United States and Australia.

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment