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Well, that’s one way to mash potatoes

Yahoo! News
ROME – A woman in a town near Naples [Italy] got an unwelcome surprise when she bought a sack of potatoes at a nearby market, put them into water to peel and discovered one of them was a hand grenade apparently left over from World War II.

…alarmed [the woman] called neighbors, who in turn called police. Officers detonated the grenade in a park on Wednesday, state police said.

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Robber robbed

Yahoo! News
A [North Carolina] man charged with robbing a bank, for the second time since 2005, tried to show police the loot, but discovered he had been robbed, Fayetteville police said.

Joseph Thomas Mulkerin, 46, was arrested at a…motel Tuesday and charged with common law robbery of $2,179 from the [bank]  said [a] police spokeswoman…

He had been released from prison Jan. 11 after serving a sentence for the 2005 robbery of the same bank, in which he pleaded guilty to taking $1,098.

Mulkerin went to his motel room to show officers the money, but discovered some missing. Police later charged motel maintenance man David Mims, 49, with breaking into the room and taking some of the cash, Smith said

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Bungee cord technology??

Ananova
A New Zealand adventurer is planning to bungee jump 4,920ft from a helicopter.

A. J. Hackett, 48, who pioneered bungee jumping, will make the jump over Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this year. If successful, it will double the existing record for the worlds highest bungee jump.

“I do get a bit scared sometimes but Im still able to split the emotion from the logic,” he told ABC radio in Australia.

The venture has been enabled by breakthroughs in bungee cord technology.

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How high will the first bounce be? Assuming the cord doesn’t break. In that case, how deep will the hole be?

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Use earplugs by yon bonnie banks…

The Daily Record
A pipe band have been told to wear earplugs because they are louder than a jet engine. Noise expert Sheila Mackay told the pipers and drummers they are risking damage to their hearing for good.

The audiologist gave her warning after visiting the most northerly pipe band on the mainland as part of Healthy Highland Week. She found the skirl of the pipes when Wick Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band practised in their Caithness hall hit 108 decibels. But the snare drums were the worst offenders – reaching 122 decibels.

The roar of a jet engine averages 120 decibels.

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Haven’t I told you? Don’t mess with oldtimers.

The Daily Record
A 100 year old man fought off three teenage muggers after being surrounded at a bus stop. Buster Martin, who still works five days a week as a car washer and mechanic, was followed by the gang when he left a pub.

He said: “They pushed me against a wall and tried to take my money from me. I went mad. I was lashing out on the floor and then I stood up and was kicking them all.  I pushed one and kung-fu kicked the other one between the legs. They ran off scared after I did that and I still had all my money. They thought I was an easy target but they didn’t realise what a fighter I can be.”

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After a side trip to the hospital for treatment of a bumped head and bruised rib Mr. Martin showed up for work the next day.

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“There’s a bluebird cockatoo on my shoulder…”

Ananova
cockatoo.jpg A German man caught speeding faces losing his licence because he had a cockatoo on his shoulder. Walter Konehauser, 45, said: “She was bored at home and I wanted to take her for a ride.”

He was stopped while doing 60mph in a 30mph zone in Augsburg, Germany. He faces dangerous driving charges.

A police spokesman said: “He should have had the bird in a cage, but when he was stopped it was flying around the car, and could easily have obscured his vision, causing an accident, or caused him to miss important signs like the one telling him to slow down.”

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Thought for the day

I’m NOT short. I prefer to think there is simply more space above my head for word balloons full of devastatingly pithy witticisms.
R. Stevens,

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