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Irony—Fire station goes up in flames

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A fire chief has told of his embarrassment after a station without a smoke alarm went up in flames. The building and a fire engine were destroyed in the blaze at Arundel Fire Station in West Sussex. Neil Odin, southern area commander for West Sussex fire service said it showed it could happen to anyone.

“Unfortunately, we had severe damage to our fire station, which is embarrassing,” he told the BBC.

He said a brand new building would need a smoke alarm. But he added: “Automatic smoke detection wouldn’t have made any difference.”

Nobody was injured in the fire which was tackled by 30 firefighters in six fire engines from neighbouring towns.

…none of [the firefighters] were in the building at the time.

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October 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Irony—Fire station goes up in flames

Girl’s brawl—Video at eleven

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Police were called in Bulgaria after a mass fight broke out between 23 teenage girls over a handsome male student. The girls, aged between 15 and 18, used brass knuckles, chains and beer bottles to fight over the lad whose name was not revealed.

The girls, from the Bulgarian capital Sofia, agreed to fight it out and skipped school to meet up in a local playground in the Gorublyane district of the city. Several girls suffered minor injuries and dozens of passers-by reportedly witnessed the incident.

But the alarm wasn’t raised until after the fight when a father of one of the injured girls called the police.

October 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Girl’s brawl—Video at eleven

You want us to mow the roof? It’ll cost ya’.

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Bosses of an acclaimed new government building with a grass roof were shocked to find it will cost £5,000 to have it cut. The £13million Scottish Natural Heritage HQ, praised for its eco-friendly credentials, includes a roof garden, reports then Daily Record.

But health and safety regulations mean scaffolding and other safety measures must be installed when people are working above ground. It’s believed one scaffolding firm tendered an estimate in the region of £5000.

October 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on You want us to mow the roof? It’ll cost ya’.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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A Romanian man is in trouble after he locked his allegedly unfaithful wife in the chicken coop for a week. The 70-year-old woman from Cotu Vames village in Suceava county managed to get out only after some neighbours called the police. They said they were alerted by the strange noises coming from the coop at night.

The 72-year-old husband is now being investigated for false imprisonment and beatings. He said: “I knew she was cheating on me and I locked her there in the coop so she wouldn’t be tempted to do bad things.”

October 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on You can’t make this stuff up.

Sacrilege! There will be rioting in the streets

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guinness.jpg Guinness is to go from its traditional black colour to red. The new type of Guinness will be made from lightly roasted barley. According to The Sun, it will go on trial at pubs in the UK over the next few months.

Spokeswoman Katrina Ward said: “We can confirm we are currently working on an innovation called Guinness Red. It is a new variant of Guinness, lightly roasted for a rich red colour.”

Guinness is the fourth most popular beer in UK pubs.


Remember New Coke? 

October 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sacrilege! There will be rioting in the streets

Driving test comes to crashing halt

Yahoo! News
A young woman’s goal of getting her driver’s license crashed this week — right into the license branch. The 20-year-old woman was pulling into a parking spot outside the license branch when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bucy said.

The car jumped a small curb and went into the building about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, tearing out a large glass window and damaging a door and low brick wall.

Neither the driver nor the examiner, who weren’t identified, were injured.

October 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Maths theory bags lotto jackpot

NEWS.com.au
Most of us believe winning lotto is down to the luck of the draw. But a syndicate of university professors and tutors in Britain thought it could also be related to the principles of mathematical probability. And their theory was spectacularly vindicated this week when they matched all six numbers and scooped the $13 million lotto jackpot.

The syndicate, made up of 17 staff members at Bradford University and College, bagged the big prize by using two boxes, 49 pieces of paper and a large amount of brainpower.

But it was far from an overnight success.

More at NEWS.com.au

October 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maths theory bags lotto jackpot

Man walks in 260kg shoes. Why? Shrug.

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A Chinese man reportedly walked 27 steps in a pair of iron shoes weighing more than a quarter of a tonne. Nai, 47, from Quanzhou in Fujian Province, covered about a metre in the 260kg shoes, reports China Daily quoting Southeast Morning Post.

The newspaper says it took four young men to lift just one of the shoes.

Nai, a security guard, is now hoping to be allowed to perform kung fu wearing the iron shoes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

October 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Man walks in 260kg shoes. Why? Shrug.

Mmmmmm—pork fat!

ClickOnDetroit.com

How does a nice slab of pork fat sound? Salo is a Ukrainian delicacy. And now a slim 51-year-old man, Volodymr Stryhaniv, is the salo king. He managed to down more than 2 pounds of the stuff at Ukraine’s biggest-ever salo festival. After 20 minutes of wolfing down pork fat, the winner said he could eat another pound of the stuff.

Salo is often eaten with a shot of vodka and garlic bread. But some restaurants are now offering chocolate-covered pork fat.

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Maybe several shots of vodka before you eat the fat would help.

October 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mmmmmm—pork fat!

Redneck delight: a cow with a steering wheel

Reuters via Yahoo! News
A Chilean taxi driver has come up with a new way to fight assaults: make your vehicle so conspicuous that nobody would dare try to rob you.

After being robbed several times, Juan Geraldo upholstered and covered every square inch of his car’s interior with black and white spotted cowhides, including the steering wheel and ceiling. He then decorated the interior with stuffed toy cows, and added a horn that moos.

The visual effect is even more impressive at night, when the black and white taxi interior is set off from floor to ceiling by a flood of neon light.

“The effect was immediate. They haven’t robbed me since,” said Geraldo, who said the special effects also brought in more clientele and allowed him to expand his cab fleet from one car to nine.

October 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Redneck delight: a cow with a steering wheel

Achtung! You will turn to the right NOW!!

Reuters vis Yahoo! News
A German motorist followed the command “Turn right now!” from his navigation system and crashed into a small toilet hut by the side of the road — about 30 yards before the crossing he was meant to take.

The overly obedient 53-year-old from Freiburg drove his sport utility vehicle off the road into a building site, up a stairway and into the small toilet shack, police in the eastern town of Rudolstadt said Sunday.

It caused 2,000 euros ($2,500) worth of damage to the stairway, 100 euros damage to his car, and he was also fined 35 euros.

October 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Achtung! You will turn to the right NOW!!

Crime Tip: Be sure the bank you rob isn’t empty

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A gang of Romanian robbers broke into a bank’s headquarters in a daring overnight raid – only to find it empty. The three criminals expected to hit the jackpot with their raid on the Nova Bank in Constanta city centre.

But they did not know that the bank was relocating to new premises and the building was empty.

October 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crime Tip: Be sure the bank you rob isn’t empty

Ananova – Pumpkin grows up 7ft conifer

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A Cambridgeshire pensioner was shocked to find a huge pumpkin growing at the top of her 7ft conifer tree. June Hammersley, 77, of Milton, found the 36lb pumpkin growing up a tree in her garden, reports the Mirror.

The pumpkin had trained itself up the nearby tree trunk.

October 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ananova – Pumpkin grows up 7ft conifer

Ticket for deaf and blind man—I think I’ve seen this guy in Seattle.

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A deaf and blind man who doesn’t drive has received a £60 speeding ticket. Police say a speed camera clocked Martyn Styles doing 36mph in a 30mph zone in Hull, reports the Mirror. Martyn said: “They say they’ve got evidence against me. Well, let’s see the picture of me with my white stick and my guide dog driving that car.”

Martyn’s lives with his wife Dawn and son Chris who are also both deaf. Dawn sometimes drives their Renault Scenic Privilege, which is registered in Martyn’s name, short distances from home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. But on the day of the offence, the couple were 180 miles away having lunch at Chris’s school.

Dawn said: “We can’t believe it. My husband can’t drive. Only I drive. It was the same kind of car as ours and the same registration number but it wasn’t our car. It couldn’t have been. There’s no way we were in Hull – we don’t even know where Humberside is.”

The couple fear their number plate has been cloned. The police are now investigating further after the couple complained.

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ticket for deaf and blind man—I think I’ve seen this guy in Seattle.

Aussies told to stop singing in the shower

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Australians have been told to stop singing in the shower in an attempt to save electricity and water. Power supplier Energy Australia says exercising the vocal cords in the bathroom adds an extra 9.08 minutes to a shower.

Singing, daydreaming, shaving, and other “nonessential activities” in the shower are adding to the average family’s power bills and also contributing to global warming, it says.

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You have to wonder what a “nonessential activity” in the shower is. Well, maybe not.

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aussies told to stop singing in the shower

Well, back to work!

Reuters vis Yahoo! News
A man freed from jail in Belgium last Friday allegedly committed eight robberies before being arrested the next day, the national Belga news agency reported.

The unidentified man was carrying stolen jewels when he was arrested in Jambes, on the outskirts of the southeastern city of Namur, the agency reported on Sunday. The agency gave no other details on the arrest or what he was imprisoned for earlier.

Police confirmed an arrest.

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Well, back to work!

Family Tree?

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panda.jpg Giant pandas play in a tree at the Wolong Giant Panda Protection Center in Wolong of Chinas Sichuan province…. The number of pandas born in captivity this year in China had reached a record 25 by September, up from 19 in 2005.

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Family Tree?

Scientist Sets Backpack Down, Finds Dinosaur

LiveScience.com
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It sounds like an exaggeration, but apparently you can’t set a backpack down in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument without finding a dinosaur. That’s exactly what led a scientist to the discovery of a skull of a horned dinosaur that roamed the area 80 million years ago.

The find by paleontologists Jim Kirkland and Don DeBlieux was announced Friday at a conference of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists in Ontario, Canada. DeBlieux discovered the fossil in 2002 while he was part of a Utah Geological Survey team conducting an inventory of paleontological resources in the national monument. He was taking a photo of another site when he made the find.

“I stopped and put my backpack down on a sandstone ledge and saw bone,” DeBlieux said in a statement. The protruding fossil turned out to be most of the skull of a ceratopsid, a smaller and older relative of Triceratops.

October 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Scientist Sets Backpack Down, Finds Dinosaur

Perhaps crime isn’t his forte

PerthNow
A robber wielding an ornamental sword returned to the service station he had allegedly just held up when he realised he had left his haul behind, police say. The 20-year-old man approached an attendant at a service station in South Perth about 1.30am today and allegedly demanded money and cigarettes. The attendant took money from the till and packets of cigarettes and placed them in a bag.

The offender fled on foot across the Canning Highway before realising he had left the bag in the service station. Police say he returned to find the door locked and pleaded with the attendant to let him back in for his booty. The attendant refused so the offender fled again.

Police caught up with him several streets away, allegedly still wielding his sword.

October 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Perhaps crime isn’t his forte

Goodwill painting fetches $165,000

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Yahoo! News
A painting dropped off at Goodwill [in Portland, OR] by an anonymous donor sold for $165,002 Thursday during an auction on the organization’s Web site.

Bidding on the painting, a 1923 watercolor by the American impressionist Frank Weston Benson, started at $10 on Oct. 12. The bidding soared after the painting was authenticated by the owner of a Portland gallery. The name of the winning bidder has not been revealed.

Dale Emanuel, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette, said that the nonprofit gets a lot of valuable donations, but that it’s unknown whether the person who dropped off the painting knew its worth.

“We get donations that have come through the generations of a family, and as it goes from one person to the next the true value may not be understood,” she said. “I’ve seen that many, many times.”

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Goodwill painting fetches $165,000