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Now who’s going to clean up the mess?

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An early-morning German bank customer had a bit of a shock when he found a horse already in line at the automatic teller machine in front of him. It seems the horse’s owner, identified only as Wolfgang H., had a bit too much to drink the night before and decided to sleep it off inside the bank’s heated foyer, police said Tuesday.

The 40-year-old machinist told Bild newspaper he had had “a few beers” with a friend in Wiesenburg, southwest of Berlin, and decided to hit the hay in the bank on his way home. “It was late, it was already dark and cold,” he was quoted as saying.

Confronted with the lack of a hitching-post, he brought the 6-year-old horse, named Sammy, in along with him. When a customer came across the horse and sleeping rider in the bank at 4:15 a.m. Monday, he called police, who then came and woke the owner up and sent him on his way.

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Oh. And the horse left a deposit too.

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Gold bar “touched”

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Three masked men have stolen a massive block of gold bullion on display in a museum in Japan.

The gold bar, valued at $1.71m…weighed about 220 pounds (100kg) and was kept in an open safe. The museum, in the central city of Takayama, said the gold was not protected by sensors as they wanted visitors to be able to touch it.

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So, these three guys touched it, then picked it up and then carried it to a waiting car and drove off. 

April 24, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

“Performance artist” proves his point about mental illness

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The eye of the tiger, or perhaps more importantly the teeth, are a little too close for comfort. But Arnd Drossel appears to have at least baffled the beasts, if not tamed them, with his spherical steel enclosure.

The German performance artist turned the conventions of the zoo on their head by putting himself inside a cage and allowing the big cats to view him as a curiosity. His stunt was one stop on a 220-mile roll through the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia to raise money for, and awareness about, psychiatric patients.

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Looks like he qualifies as a spokesman for psychiatric patients alright.

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Dark Lord Balloon

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If only…

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”

Western Union internal memo, 1876.

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Perhaps a few more hours of instruction would be good

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His Royal Beautifulness

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He drools. His teeth stick out. His hobbies include begging and attacking noisy appliances. And now, he is a beauty contest winner. Three-year-old Riggs won the “Beautiful Bulldog” contest Monday, beating a 50-dog field that included the likes of Sir Grizwald Snorzalot, Napoleon Underbite and Crazy Legs Da Moose.

The contest is held annually to draw attention to the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious track and field events. The relays will attract nearly 8,000 athletes for the 98th running this year.

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There’s a lot of old timers in the Miami area. Here’s one example

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Officials said ancient human remains from an extinct American Indian tribe have been unearthed near a downtown Miami condominium construction site.According to the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, fragmented bones belonging to five or six members of the extinct Tequesta tribe or its ancestors were found in recent weeks at the Brickell Avenue site.

Officials said the fragments were surrounded by pottery shards, animal bones and an arrowhead, most of which appear to be 2,000 to 3,500 years old.

April 23, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on There’s a lot of old timers in the Miami area. Here’s one example

Inspector Cleauso?

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…Rachel and Jon Palmer were stunned when the cop knocked on their door and told them they were suspected of stealing [a missing shuttlecock], reports The Sun.The drama started when two 13-year-old girls lost the shuttlecock while playing in their garden in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

They asked neighbour Rachel, 25, to look for it and she searched her own garden without success.

She said: “I told them if I stumbled across it I’d throw it over the fence to them. Later on they came back and asked Jon if it was in the garden. He had another look and he couldn’t find it either. But at 8pm that night a police officer knocked on the door, which woke up the children.”

Rachel added: “When I saw a policeman standing there I was terrified something awful had happened. When he told me he was investigating a missing shuttlecock I thought Jeremy Beadle would jump out from behind him. He said he’d been told I was refusing to give back a shuttlecock. I couldn’t believe what he was saying. He was quite off-hand. In the end Jon asked him to leave and he did.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: “We did receive a call in relation to this incident but no formal complaint was made. The officer in question has been spoken to.”

April 23, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inspector Cleauso?

It’s a shame this needs to be done

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The Citadel will break with tradition and install locks on all cadet rooms amid concerns about safety in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.Male cadets at the state military college have no locks on their barracks doors. Female cadets can lock their doors from the inside. The tradition had evolved in keeping with the spareness of military life and with the school’s honor code, which mandates that cadets do not steal.

Now, all cadets will get keys to lock their doors from the outside by next semester. Installing the locks will cost about $125,000.

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Fore!

Plane lands at golf club
James Thornhill landed in the rough on the 10th hole at Portsmouth Country Club Saturday after his single-engine plane lost power, and played through to the 18th green before coming to a stop.Neither he, his wife nor any of the golfers on the course were injured in what assistant country club manager Susan Antequera called the “most bizarre” opening day in the Greenland club’s history.

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They don’t get much snow in Portland, Oregon

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That’s OK

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The etymology of OK was masterfully explained by the distinguished Columbia University professor Allen Walker Read in a series of articles in the journal American Speech in 1963 and 1964. The letters, not to keep you guessing, stand for “oll korrect.” They’re the result of a fad for comical abbreviations that flourished in the late 1830s and 1840s. Read buttressed his arguments with hundreds of citations from newspapers and other documents of the period.

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Read carefully before entering

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You should see the one that got away

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makoshark.jpgA 1,063-pound mako shark hooked close to [the Florida] shore in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated as a possible world fishing record. The shark was 12 feet and 6 inches long,

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Communicating with the “dead”

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An unemployed German mechanic has been told his [unemployment] money has been stopped because he’s dead.

The news came as a surprise to Wolfgang Berlt, 59, from the Saxony region, who had contacted social services to find out why his benefits had been stopped. Mr Berlt said: “My wife got a letter from social services explaining why they were not paying me. Neither of us could believe it. But they were a bit surprised at the benefits office when I rang them up and said: “Hello, I’m dead, but I’d like my benefits back please”.

April 21, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Communicating with the “dead”

Just leaned on her cane, took out her .38 and blew away his tires

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Venus Ramey has earned lots of fame in her 82 years. She was Miss America 1944 and later a candidate for Cincinnati City Council and worked to save Over-the-Rhine’s historic buildings. She performed on Broadway and in movies. Now, though, she’s in the news for another reason.

After confronting a man she said was stealing from her Kentucky farm, Ramey pulled out a gun and shot out a tire on his truck so he couldn’t leave, allowing police to arrest him and two others.

“He was probably wetting his pants,” Ramey said Thursday from her home in Waynesburg, about 140 miles south of Cincinnati.

April 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Just leaned on her cane, took out her .38 and blew away his tires

Yep, dead alligators will clog a drain every time

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Surveyors looking for the source of a clogged drain in southern Adams County found a 7-foot dead alligator. “At first they thought it was a turtle in there, but then they discovered an alligator,” Adams County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Butler said.

He said the 120-pound alligator, which had been dead for about a week, was put inside the drain after it died. The sheriff’s department and the Department of Natural Resources were looking for the owner of the reptile found Monday in Berne, about 30 miles south of Fort Wayne.

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This is creepy — so to speak

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A robot caterpillar which can crawl over a beating heart to perform vital operations has been invented by scientists. The inch-long ‘HeartLander’ is inserted with keyhole surgery, then attaches itself to the [heart] with two sucker ‘feet’, reports The Sun.

It is controlled by a joystick and can be used to inject drugs or install pacemakers – after being developed at a university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Fat chance of passing this tax

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MPs who attend too many long lunches are being targeted by a planned fat tax in Romania. But only those who put on [over 100 pounds] during their time in office would have to pay up.

Opposition Greater Romania Party MP Corneliu Bichinet put forward the plan after seeing colleagues pile on the pounds with endless free lunches. His proposal involves all politicians being weighed at the start and end of their tenure. Any that have put on more than 50kg would be judged guilty of cashing in on their position and would have to pay fines.

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