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Gunnery lessons not included

International Herald Tribune

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he asked for the return of his Austrian army tank from a museum because he was concerned about the upkeep and wants to offer rides on it to schoolchildren.

Schwarzenegger, a native of Austria, said he plans to offer the rides to inner-city kids in the Los Angeles area as a reward for staying in school, avoiding drugs and working hard. The governor said he used to offer trips to his movie sets as an incentive to kids. But since he became governor and stopped making movies in 2003, he hasn’t had anything enticing to offer.

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Thanks to Tank Ride Watcher Geoff for this contribution.

February 29, 2008 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

He isn’t a free loader. He just wants you to give him everything

More India trek ends at Calais


A man who planned to walk from Bristol to India without any money has quit – after getting as far as Calais. Mark Boyle, 28, who set out with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging…
In his online diary at the start of his journey to Porbander, Gandhi’s birthplace, he said he was given two free dinners on his first evening away in Glastonbury. Later, he was joined in Dover by two companions, and the three managed to get to Calais.

But in one of his last entries, he wrote: “…not only did no one not speak the language, they had also seen us as just a bunch of freeloading backpackers…”

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Gee. I wonder why they took that attitude. Maybe because they are freeloaders?

February 29, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on He isn’t a free loader. He just wants you to give him everything

Billy and his kid

More at “Billy and the kid”

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A boxer dog called Billy has become an unlikely surrogate father to a kid goat at an animal centre in Devon. Big hearted Billy formed a strong bond with abandoned kid Lily at Pennywell Farm, near Buckfastleigh, where they have become a popular attraction.

As the runt of triplets, Lily was abandoned by her mother because nanny goats can usually only care for two kids at a time.

February 29, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Billy and his kid

Ghosts at play

More at “police blame ghosts”

Romanian cops have closed a vandalism investigation that left local houses in ruins by concluding ghosts were to blame.

Families living in Lilieci reported windows broken, bicycles flying through the air, objects moving on tables and candles blown out when there is no wind. When they complained they were being hounded by evil spirits to police they were laughed at.

But after officers saw the evidence with their own eyes they filed a report saying that ghosts were to blame.

February 28, 2008 Posted by | ghost | Comments Off on Ghosts at play

Has anyone seen a 200 ton bridge?

the Daily Mail

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Russian police are hunting scrap metal thieves who stole a 200-tonne metal bridge in a night-time raid.

The bridge in Khabarovsk in eastern Russia vanished overnight and was part of the only road leading to a local heating plant.

February 28, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Has anyone seen a 200 ton bridge?

Psst! Hey, Bud. C’mere. Wanna buy a faux Ferrari? Cheap?

More at fake Ferrari

Italians are used to buying bogus Gucci bags or Rolex watches to look stylish but police found a new height of craftsmanship and cunning when they broke up a ring selling fake Ferrari cars for a fraction of the real price…

Police confiscated 21 cars, 14 of which had already been sold, and seven in production in Sicilian garages.

February 28, 2008 Posted by | Crime, People, Strange | Comments Off on Psst! Hey, Bud. C’mere. Wanna buy a faux Ferrari? Cheap?

200-year-old mummy

Reuters

Exterminators looking for termites in a monastery in Brazil’s biggest city of Sao Paulo found a mummy and a skeleton believed to be at least 200 years old, the head of the monastery said on Tuesday.

“There were some mounds of termite dust and the exterminators broke into the walls to see what was in there,” Father Armenio Rodrigues Nogueira, who is in charge of the monastery, one of the city’s oldest, told Reuters. “It was a huge surprise.”

The bodies, believed to be two nuns, were found weeks ago, but officials at the Mosteiro da Luz (Monastery of Light) decided to keep them secret while the Institute for National Artistic and Historical Heritage did further research.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on 200-year-old mummy

Crime tip: Don’t rob a club filled with a biker gang

National – smh.com.au

Machete wielding masked bandits picked the wrong club to rob yesterday – 40 biker club members were meeting there.

Police said the robbers raided the Regents Park Sporting Club about 8.50pm yesterday, ordering people at the bar to lie on the floor. But the robbers failed to notice 40 members of the Southern Cross Cruiser Club, gathered in the nearby auditorium.

“The two guys burst in with machetes and started waving them around and intimidating people,” said bikie club founder “The Bear”. “They walked in to try and do a robbery and thought there’d just be people playing bingo and poker machines. But there were also 40 blokes there having a social night and it’s come unstuck for them.”

The robbers immediately fled on seeing the bikies approaching, with one smashing through a plate glass window, leaping off a five-metre balcony and running through a bowling green, and the other running behind the bar to the car park.

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They seemed to be in a hurry to leave. 

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Don’t rob a club filled with a biker gang

What? No tutus?

Policemen learn ballet

Traffic policemen in a Romanian town have started taking ballet lessons to make them more graceful. A total of 20 officers at Timisoara, in Timis county, have enrolled for classes with two professional dancers.

Dorel Cojan, head of community police in Timisoara, said: “We see this new concept as a way to make our agents look better on the streets.

“They can learn how to be agreeable and make the traffic more fluent at the same time. After all, it’s all about grace.”

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, People | Comments Off on What? No tutus?

Cyclist burns up the road…or at least his pants

Hot pants

Polish police are baffled after a cyclist was badly burned when his trousers burst into flames.

Mieczyslaw Jasinski, 55, told doctors he smelt burning and looked down to see his trousers had caught fire. He jumped off his bike and rolled on the ground trying to douse the flames but suffered second degree burns to his legs, back and stomach.

Passers-by spotted him lying at the side of the road in Koroszczyn, still smoking from the tattered remains of his trousers and groaning in pain.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Cyclist burns up the road…or at least his pants

Along came a spider…

Say it with spiders

Thousands of Mothers’ Day {in the UK] flowers had to be destroyed after florists discovered they were infested with spiders. The roses and carnations were being prepared for Sunday when shocked shop assistants realised they were crawling with spiders and infested with eggs.

A waste disposal firm was called in to take the blooms away, reports Sky News

“When the van driver arrived at our waste depot with the flowers, he looked terrified,” said Biffa waste firm manager David Graham. He said: “I’ve never seen a driver so keen to unload. We employ some big burly fellas but none of them were keen to go near this consignment.”

Experts say the spiders were common British house spiders and were completely harmless but still not the sort of surprise mums would have expected on Mothers’ Day.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Along came a spider…

A Happy Birthday, indeed…

More at Reuters

A British man celebrated his 60th birthday in unexpected style at the weekend when a 50 pence $1 bet on the horses turned him into an instant millionaire.

Fred Craggs, from Yorkshire in northern England, was not even aware of his win when he walked into a branch of the William Hill betting agency to see how he had done with his accumulator bet. When he was informed of his good fortune he was said to have turned rather pale and muttered that he had better go home to tell his wife.

His coup was selecting eight winners running at various courses around the country — starting with one called “Isnt That Lucky” and finishing with “A Dream Come True” — at odds of 2,000,000 to one.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on A Happy Birthday, indeed…

A dumb crook, but a romantic

Romeo robber

A romantic robber who fell in love with the woman cashier at a post office he robbed was caught after he went back to ask her for a date.

Bruno Perez, 31, forced Lucia Marcelo, 21, to hand over the money at gun point at the post office in Genoa – but could not get her out of his head. So the next day he bought a large bunch of flowers with some of the money and returned to the scene of the crime to apologise – and ask her for a date.

But his lady love kept him talking while she activated a silent alarm connected to the police station – and he was arrested minutes later.

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on A dumb crook, but a romantic

U.N. Conference solves famine issue…eat bugs

Insect-Eating for Everyone

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Once again a UN conference has come up with a brilliant plan to solve the pressing problem of famine: just eat bugs.

“A Japanese scientist proposed bug farms on spacecraft to feed astronauts, noting that it would be more practical than raising cows or pigs. Australian, Dutch and American researchers said more restaurants are serving the critters in their countries.The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 1,400 species of insects and worms are eaten in almost 90 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Researchers at the conference detailed how crickets and silk worms are eaten in Thailand, grubs and grasshoppers in Africa and ants in South America.

“In certain places with certain cultures with a certain level of acceptance, then insects can very well be seen as part of the solution” to hunger, said Patrick Durst, a Bangkok-based senior forestry officer at the FAO.

The challenge, experts said, is organizing unregulated, small bug food operations in many countries so they can supplement the food that aid agencies provide. The infrastructure to raise, transport and market bugs is almost nonexistent in most countries.”

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Why do we continue to fund these clowns?

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on U.N. Conference solves famine issue…eat bugs

Try to tell your insurer how your tortoise set the house on fire…

The Sun

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A couple returned home to find their house had been set on fire by their tortoise [Fred] …Emma, 30, and partner Paul Butler, 45, left Fred – a female – in a tank under a heat lamp to keep her warm enough to stay alive [during the Winter].

But Fred piled her dry straw under the lamp and it caught alight, spreading flames through the house.Emma – who also has a dog and two baby tortoises – said: “We were out shopping when we got a call from the fire brigade saying that our tortoise had set the house on fire. Luckily our neighbour had heard the smoke alarm go off and called the fire brigade.”

February 25, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | Comments Off on Try to tell your insurer how your tortoise set the house on fire…

So…how do you get on? Getting off is real easy, I bet

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February 24, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on So…how do you get on? Getting off is real easy, I bet

Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.

More at Yahoo! News

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Giving stroke patients a caffeine-alcohol mixture in concert with a clot-busting drug was safe and led to better recovery, new research shows.

One of the researchers has a patent on the mixture, called caffeinol, but lead author Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, a neurovascular fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, noted that, “this could easily be put together by pharmacists, it’s easy to deliver and well-tolerated.”

The group has U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to use caffeinol in studies and is hoping approval for “common consumption” will follow.

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.

File under “Strange Jobs”

Scoop On Poop

dungman.jpg When scientists around the world think of dung, they think of Jim Mead. Mead, a researcher at Northern Arizona University, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on animal dung, and he’s got the poop to prove it.

“You have got to laugh at this bizarre resource,” says Mead, director of NAU’s Laboratory of Quaternary Paleontology. “Although I don’t think anyone is keeping track, I suspect we have the largest comparative animal dung collection in the world. If someone needs to identify dung, they send it to me.”

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Strange jobs | Comments Off on File under “Strange Jobs”

Global Warming

Here’s another “Inconvenient Truth” : The snowpack in the Cascade Mountain range in Washington State is twice the normal amount. Must be due to all that global warming that Big Al has been preaching.

February 23, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on Global Warming

Seatbelt stupidity can be hazardous to your health

Dominion Post

Ivan Segedin’s subterfuge killed him when he was in a head-on car crash while wearing a fake seatbelt, a coroner says.

“Ultimately Mr Segedin’s actions in driving without a seatbelt have cost him his life in an accident that he may well have survived had he worn one,” coroner Carla na Nagara said yesterday.

Mr Segedin died in a crash on July 22 last year near Okato, in Taranaki, from multiple injuries when his car crossed the road and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, the coroner said. Mr Segedin, 39, refused to wear a seatbelt and had been fined for not wearing one 32 times since February 2003.

February 23, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Dumb drivers | 1 Comment