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Fight Against Maturity

OK, so he isn’t too bright.

The Australian
A South African man was fined by a local court …for taking time off from work and trying to cover it with a fake gynaecologist’s certificate attesting he was pregnant and needed a week off.

A magistrate’s court in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg, fined 27-year-old Charles Sibindana 1000 rand ($180) for the brazen forgery, the SAPA news agency reported. Sibindana stole a medical certificate from a health centre used by his pregnant girlfriend, but was apparently unaware that only women consulted gynaecologists.

Magistrate Bruno Van Eeden jokingly warned Sibindana “not to walk around faking sick letters from gynaecologists”.

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Wreck of Japanese wartime submarine found

More from Reuters via Yahoo News
Divers have found the wreck of a Japanese midget submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour in 1942 and brought World War Two to Australia’s biggest city, ending a 64-year mystery over its fate. The missing two-man submarine M24 was one of a trio that slipped in darkness past protective nets stretched across the harbour entrance on May 31, 1942, with a plan to attack shipping, including the American battle cruiser USS Chicago.

Two of the 46-tonne subs were sunk. But the M24 fired two torpedoes, one of which sank the converted ferry HMAS Kuttabul, killing 19 Australian sailors and two Britons before vanishing under heavy fire. The other torpedo failed to explode.

The wreck of the long-sought submarine was found by recreational divers in deep water 3 nautical miles (5.5 km) off Sydney’s north coast.

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Maybe he needs a little job counseling?

Herald Sun
Irish police have told a man dubbed Ireland’s dumbest crook to give up his disastrous criminal career before it gets the better of him. The unnamed man in his 30s has been arrested three times and each heist has brought him closer to the hereafter.

Police took the man into custody and to the hospital at the weekend after he was hit by a truck while making a getaway from a betting shop robbery, the Irish Sun newspaper reported.

He has also been plucked from a chimney where he became stuck while trying to burgle a house, and from the ceiling of a bank where he was pinned by a security device. When they arrived at the bank he was dangling by one leg and stuffing cash into his underpants.

“Go straight before you kill yourself,” the Sun quoted Dublin police as having told him.

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Bigfoot’s Cousin?

Bizarre local sightings [in Wisconsin] evoked a nationwide fascination with Big Foot.In Washington County there have been several reports of a 7-foot hairy creature with pointy ears.Steve Krueger was doing his job on Nov. 9 — removing road-side deer carcasses overnight for the Department of Natural Resources.

Krueger said he had just made a pick-up along a remote road near Holy Hill about 1:30 a.m., and he was in the cab doing some paperwork. When his parked truck started shaking, he looked in the rear view mirror and got the scare of his life.He said his flashing lights illuminated a huge hairy beast standing on its hind legs — dragging a deer off the open tailgate.”All I saw was the creature. One paw — or whatever was on it — reaching over to grab the deer. The head looked like a cross between a bear and a wolf,” said Krueger. “It had big pointy ears like a wolf. It scared the living heck out of me. I threw it into drive and off I went.”He said the creature was the color of a bear and had a snout like a bear.Krueger said he drove around in fear for about five minutes before returning to the area. He said when he arrived there was no sign of the creature or the deer.Soon after an interview on television Krueger said he was bombarded with phone calls. He said that it would be his last interview, and that if it happened again he wouldn’t report it.

After watching the interview a second man came forward to report that he had a similar experience.

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“No More Santa Claus, No More Santa Claus, right down Santa Clause Lane…”


Santa Claus is being banned from Christmas markets in Germany and Austria. (The English language translation of the name of these markets is Christ Child Market.) The movement began in Vienna and has been followed by Christmas markets across Austria and Germany. The only Santa depiction you’ll see in these markets is the one on the occasional sticker banning Santa (Weinachtsmann).

Bettina Schade, from the Frankfurter Nicholas Initiative in Germany, said: “We object to the material things, the hectic rush to buy gifts, and the ubiquity of the bearded man in the red suit that are taking away from the core meaning of Christmas. The Christian origins of Christmas, like the birth of Jesus, have receded into the background. It’s becoming more and more a festival that is reduced to simply worldly gifts and commerce.”

The lady has a point.

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