Oldster's View

Fight Against Maturity

Paper boat


Artist Frank Boelter set sails in his lifesize paper boat as he leaves a shipyard in Lauenburg, Germany.

He constructed the 9-metre vessel from ‘Tetrapack’ and fearlessly sailed it up the Elbe, despite the fact the light material is more commonly used for packaging milk.

The 37-year-old artist came up with the idea one breakfast time, while he was sitting at his kitchen table fiddling with an empty milk carton, which he cut up and made into a scaled-down model.

August 25, 2007 Posted by | boat, Strange | Comments Off on Paper boat

Strange laws

Link to Times Online

There are some very strange laws on the books. Here’s a few examples. There’s more at the link above.

It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.

In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.

In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

August 25, 2007 Posted by | Laws | Comments Off on Strange laws

Beijing flyboys


To help Beijing present a spotless image at next year’s Olympics, a pair of farmers are trying to rid China’s capital of flies.

Guo Zhanqi and Ji Guijun have been staking out parks and public washrooms to target the flies’ breeding grounds, the state-run China Daily reported Saturday. The two have videotaped flies to better understand their prey and have offered to buy flies dead or alive at 25 U.S. cents apiece, the report said.

Their goal, the report said, is eradicating 80 per cent of Beijing’s insects before next August’s games. Ji has also submitted designs for an “ecological toilet” to replace the often filthy public latrines where insects breed, the report said.

August 25, 2007 Posted by | Strange jobs | Comments Off on Beijing flyboys

Darn those foreign slugs!

The Sun Online

A horrified camper woke up dripping in blood β€” as a vicious slug chewed his head. John Wilson thought a wasp had stung him and shrieked when he pulled the brown slimer off his brow. It had left puncture wounds as it gnawed his skin with 27,000 tiny teeth.

John, 38, said yesterday: β€œIt was like something from a horror story. Never in my worst nightmares did I dream I would find my forehead being eaten by a slug.” The lecturer, of Acton, West London, was on a fishing trip to Papercourt Lake near Esher, Surrey. Experts said it was probably a foreign slug with longer teeth.

August 25, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Darn those foreign slugs!