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Potato park

potato.gif Officials in a Croatian town have started work on a new park dedicated to the humble potato. It will include potato plant flower beds, a potato themed play park for children with swings and slides shaped like potatoes, and information plaques explaining about the different varieties of potato for visitors.

The potato was chosen as the theme of the park in Belica after it was nominated by the powerful local farmers union. It beat off competition from war heroes from World War I and II, as well as the The War of Independence.

A potato monument has already been erected.

August 22, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on You want fries with that?

I hope she went out and bought a lottery ticket

Yahoo! News

Dropping something may have saved Joy Horton’s life. The 73-year-old woman was preparing some food in her western New York home on Monday morning when she dropped a spoon on the floor of her kitchen. When she bent down, her house exploded.

The explosion leveled her home in the Wayne County town of Sodus, on Lake Ontario about 25 miles east of Rochester. Horton wasn’t seriously injured. She crawled out from underneath the rubble and walked to her daughter’s home nearby to get help.

Fire officials said that because Horton was bending down when the explosion occurred, the kitchen sink and counter top helped keep debris from hitting her.

August 22, 2007 Posted by | People, Wow! | Comments Off on I hope she went out and bought a lottery ticket

Crime Tip: Don’t take your own picture for the cops.

More at Yahoo! News

A thief installed a camera on an ATM, but instead of card numbers, he ended up capturing an image of himself.

“He’s not a stupid individual to put on this type of scam, but his blunder by keeping the camera on will help us locate him and arrest him,” Sterling Heights police Lt. Michael Reese told the Detroit Free Press for a story Tuesday.

August 22, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime Tip: Don’t take your own picture for the cops.

Another wife? That’ll cost you a pig and a buffalo


A Malaysian villager who took a second wife has been ordered by a court to compensate his first wife and their children with a buffalo and a pig, an official said Wednesday.

The Native Court in Penampang district on Borneo island annulled the man’s 10-year marriage to his first wife and granted her custody of their three children Tuesday, said District Native Court Chief Innocent Makajil, who presided over the panel deciding the case.

“It is a symbolic punishment because he violated his people’s customs by marrying more than once,” Makajil said by telephone.

August 22, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Another wife? That’ll cost you a pig and a buffalo