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25,000 pairs of underpants?

BBC NEWS

Police are asking for anyone who sees a cargo of stolen underpants for sale to get in touch.

Twenty pallets containing about 25,000 pairs of pants were taken from a Polish lorry driver on Cosford Lane in Rugby, Warwickshire last month.

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August 31, 2007 Posted by | Crime | Comments Off on 25,000 pairs of underpants?

Apparently it’s not just the crooks who are dumb

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Two Pennsylvania men were jailed last week, one for selling marijuana and the other for making a false police report that he was roughed up by the seller. Turns out the seller had no marijuana to sell so he substituted broccoli which he made no attempt to disguise. The buyer bought the undisguised broccoli for $500 then phoned police to report the drug deal gone bad.

August 31, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook | 2 Comments

Got a friend that is hard to buy for …

Got a friend that is hard to buy for because they already have “everything”? Here’s something I bet they don’t have: a diamond encrusted cast of an 18th century skull.


The work of artist Damien Hirst, it sold recently for $100 million. The skull is encrusted with 8601 diamonds, including a substantial pink diamond in the center of the forehead which, all by itself, is worth over $8 million.

Oh, by the way. The teeth are the real thing.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Got a friend that is hard to buy for …

Irony — up close and personal

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Lightning struck the National Weather Service building [in White Lake Township, Michigan] last night, ripping down radar equipment before arcing back into the air.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Irony — up close and personal

People in Salt Lake just aren’t very observant, I guess

More at Salt Lake Tribune

Police are investigating the death of a Draper [Utah] man whose body sat in a car parked next to a gas pump at a busy Sandy service station for almost 10 hours before he was noticed.

The 28-year-old was found in his Lexus just after midnight Sunday by staff at the Tesoro station…Sgt. Victor Quezada said. Surveillance tape shows he arrived about 2 p.m. Saturday. The station was open for business the entire time.

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He was found by an “attendant”. Just what was he “attending” to?

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on People in Salt Lake just aren’t very observant, I guess

Crackers with a real bite?

Reuters via Yahoo! NewsA Japanese fan club for wasps has added the insects to rice crackers, saying the result adds a waspish scent to the traditional fare.The jibachi senbei, or digger wasp rice crackers, are made in Omachi town 200 km (120 miles) northwest of Tokyo and have five or six black digger wasps each, clearly visible to the naked eye.”Young people see the bugs and refuse to eat the senbei,” said Torao Kayatsu, the president of the Omachi digger wasp lovers club, who has been handing out sample crackers around town. “But seniors, they love them. We even have an order from a nursing home.”Along with the waspish scent, Kayatsu said the crackers were slightly more oily than the soy-sauce flavoured traditional ones.”It’s hard to explain,” he said. “You really just have to taste it yourself.”………………..Thanks but I’ll take your word for it.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Food | Comments Off on Crackers with a real bite?

Crime tip: Check the loot before you toss it away

NEWS.com.auA thief stole a briefcase and threw it away without noticing it contained €10,000 ($16,697) in cash, German authorities said today.”I think they’ll be annoyed when they find out,” said a spokesman for police in the western city of Duesseldorf.The case’s owner, a 57-year-old Iranian businessman, had reported it missing as he prepared to board a flight in Duesseldorf airport. A policewoman later found it – ransacked, but still containing the two cash-filled envelopes.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Check the loot before you toss it away

Chinese couple up in the air, literally

LinkTwo high-rise Chinese window cleaners got married dangling in the air on their work platforms.Jiang Dezhang, 27, and 26-year-old Tie Guangju both sat on wooden boards supported by ropes and pulleys.Jiang Dezhang and his bride Tie Guangju at their high altitude wedding /Ext“Our wedding was both romantic and like our daily work”, said husband Jiang.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Chinese couple up in the air, literally

Crime Tip: Change your shirt if you get spaghetti on it

Ananovaspaghetti_carbonara.jpgA German hit and run driver who caused an accident while tucking into a spaghetti carbonara was caught out hours later by the stains on his shirt. Police found bits of the takeaway meal in the car owned by Jens Martin, 28, which had ploughed into two other parked cars in Goerwihl in south-east Germany.Officers who turned up at his house just hours after the crash found he still had stains from the meal on his shirt and even had a piece of spaghetti in his hair.A police spokesman said: “He tried to claim the car had been stolen but the food matched up. It appears he had been eating it in the car at the time of the accident.”

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Food | Comments Off on Crime Tip: Change your shirt if you get spaghetti on it

All the nutty politicians aren’t in the US

Water ?Regulars at a London park have been left bemused by the construction of a fountain with no water.The replica was built to replace the original Victorian water feature in Peckham Rye Park in South London using a £2 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. But Council officials explained that the pink granite fake copy was not intended to be plugged into the water supply, reports the Daily Mirror.Southwark’s environment chief Lisa Rajan insisted: “The re-creation was never intended as a working fountain. It was designed as a monument to what was originally there in Victorian times, as required by the Heritage Lottery Fund.”But park user Neil Slattery: “I think they’ve missed the point – isn’t the main feature of a fountain supposed to be water? Who on earth would go to all the trouble of putting in a fountain then not having water come out? It absolutely beggars belief – what a waste of money.”

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on All the nutty politicians aren’t in the US

This woman’s a pro — not smart, but a pro

BBC NEWS | UKA 43 year old woman in Northern Ireland is serving her 31st prison sentence. The woman, who is currently imprisoned at Hydebank Wood on an assault charge, is Northern Ireland’s fourth most ‘prolific’ prisoner.New Prison Service figures show that only three other inmates, all male, have been in and out of prison more frequently.

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on This woman’s a pro — not smart, but a pro

Dog hair? Does it smell funny when it rains?

 dog hairA German woman has started a business making clothes for customers from the hair of their pet dogs. Bettina Menkhoff, 50, from Stoetze in Germany makes scarves, gloves and other clothes and sells them over the internet at http://www.jolly-fellows.de.She said: “I got the idea after I bought a pair of socks made from Bobtail-wool. I have four Beardie-Collies myself and started to yarn their hair. It only works when the hair is longer than four centimetres though.”I regularly brush my dogs and keep the hair for processing. It’s warmer than sheep wool.”

August 29, 2007 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Dog hair? Does it smell funny when it rains?

Record diamond

Record diamondMiners in South Africa claim they have unearthed the biggest diamond in the world. The giant 7,000 carat jewel is said to be the size of a coconut and worth at least £15million, reports the Daily Mirror.Weighing in at 4lbs and is more than twice the size of the previous biggest diamond – the Cullinan, discovered in 1905.

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Jewels, Wow! | Comments Off on Record diamond

Concrete wall of reactor versus F-4 Jet: and the winner is…

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August 28, 2007 Posted by | Airplanes, Pictures | 2 Comments

I can’t drive. I have no legs.

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Two [Wisconsin} men, driving the same pickup truck [at the same time], have been cited for driving drunk in central Wisconsin.

Police stopped their truck in Abbotsford, Wis. recently and found 43-year-old Harvey Miller was steering the truck. Miller has no legs.

Officers say 55-year-old Edwin Marzinske was operating the gas pedals and brake. The police report says Miller admitted he was too drunk to drive, but argued he wasn’t actually operating the truck because he couldn’t push the gas pedal. Officers disagreed…

August 28, 2007 Posted by | Dumb drivers | Comments Off on I can’t drive. I have no legs.

World’s first automated restaurant. Well, except for the Automat.

Ananova
Diners at a restaurant in the German city of Nuremberg are saving on tips because there are no waiters.

In what is being billed as the world’s first fully-automated eatery, customers at Baggers order their food by typing on a touch-screen at the table. Food is then delivered to them via a mini-railway running down from the kitchen in the roof to the dining room.

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How do you pay? They take your credit card first.

August 28, 2007 Posted by | Fun stuff | Comments Off on World’s first automated restaurant. Well, except for the Automat.

Uh Oh!

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A Chinese wife has cut her husband’s right hand off because of his internet addiction.

Jiang Ming of Chengdu city promised his wife, He Ling, that he would not go on the internet anymore and would spend more time at home to take care of their newborn son. But after a short time he started to sneak into nearby internet cafes again to have video chats with girls.

“I was on the internet, and suddenly felt a numbness in my right hand. The arrow on the screen stopped moving,” says Jiang Ming. “Then I found that my right hand was on the mouse pad, and blood was shooting out.”

August 28, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on Uh Oh!

Wedding Bells

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A famous hairy man in China calls himself King Kong and is to get married at the end of this year.

Yu Zhenghuan, 30, nicknamed himself King Kong after watching the American Movie.
Monkey Man /Lu Feng

“I feel King Kong is a true man, strong and doing everything for the woman he loves,” says Yu. “At this point, I am like him.”

August 28, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Wedding Bells

No need to rush into things

Reuters via Yahoo! News
A German left his dead mother seated in her favorite armchair at their shared home for two years because he could not face organizing a funeral, police in the southern town of Fuerstenfeldbruck said Friday.

The woman died of natural causes in the chair in July 2005 at the age of 92, a police spokesman said. A doctor called to the scene at the time gave the son a death certificate but he did not register the death.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on No need to rush into things

BEEP! BEEP!

More at Seattle PI

Honking your horn [in Washington State] could diminish something a bit more physical than the pompous ego of that guy who cut you off.

Turns out that blasting your horn at that idiot talking on his cell phone could end up costing you money — a fact that comes as a surprise to many drivers and even some police officers. According to state law, car horns are for emergencies only, and leaning on it because you’re feeling peeved is punishable by a $124 ticket.

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Washington also has an aggressive driving law and horn blowing is sometimes regarded as aggressive driving, depending on circumstances.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Laws | Comments Off on BEEP! BEEP!