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Tip for bankers: Lock the door

‘closed’ bank

A five-year-old boy pushed a bank door and it opened – 19 hours after it was supposedly locked up for the weekend.

Oliver Pettigrew wandered into the HSBC branch in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, as his dad used a cash machine outside. Dad Daniel, 50, told the The Sun: “Oliver vanished and then appeared again. He said, ‘Dad, the bank is open’. At first I thought he was joking – but it was.”

Daniel and Oliver called police after walking right up to the vault of the deserted bank on Saturday. The bank had closed for the weekend at 4.30pm on Friday.

February 7, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Tip for bankers: Lock the door

Ghost picture? You judge.

There’s more at this link. Bear in mind that this is the Daily Mail and they just might be pulling your leg.


Grandmother Anne Lambert was stunned when she captured what looks like the ghost of Henry VIII on her mobile phone while staying at a Tudor manor house.

The 54-year-old was spending the night at Samlesbury Hall, when she heard some ghostly noises.

The nail technician, from Clayton Brook, Lancs, was alone in a dark room when she sensed something and quickly pulled out her mobile phone and started taking photographs.


But it was only when she got home the following day and looked at the images that Anne realised she may have captured a ghostly figure resembling the Tudor monarch on camera.

Recalling the late night tour of the 14th century manor house, near Preston, Anne said: “I was upstairs near the Priest Room.

“There were two people in the room, then they left, and all the hairs on the back of my neck started to stand on end.

“I thought, there’s something there. I was taking different photos around the room. It was pitch darkness. I was on my own. I thought, if there’s something there it will come up on the film.

“I didn’t find out until the day after. I said to my son, ‘that’s a ghost on there isn’t it?’ and he said, ‘it looks like it’.

“Then I said, hey, it looks like Henry VIII.”


February 7, 2008 Posted by | ghost, Strange | 2 Comments

This solar eclipse is for the birds…Penguins, that is


On Feb. 7 the sun will undergo an eclipse that few will see. It will be an annular eclipse, a “penny on nickel” effect in which the moon will be too small to completely cover the disk of the sun.

The result will be the sun mimicking a blazing ring of fire — hence the term “annular,” derived from the Latin anularis which means “ring.” It will certainly be an unusual and spectacular sight, but only a very few people (and perhaps some penguins) will see it.

The region of visibility, if you haven’t already guessed, is Antarctica, the only continent in the world with no permanent or indigenous human inhabitants.

February 7, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy | Comments Off on This solar eclipse is for the birds…Penguins, that is

…and the blind shall see…


It took almost 50 years, but slowly, slowly David Stewart went blind.

A former long-time executive at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, D.C., Stewart has a hereditary disease, retinitis pigmentosa, which affects the rods and cones in his eyes. In his 20s, his vision narrowed. By the time he hit 80, he was almost totally blind.

But then he discovered that sometimes blindness comes with a bonus.

One day while listening to a book on tape — 1776 by David McCullough — he heard how American sailors helped George Washington sneak cannons and horses across the Hudson River to escape the British.

As Stewart mused about those sailors, very strangely, one of them appeared in his head — not a dreamy fantasy, but a vivid, highly detailed, very real-like hallucination.

“He had on a cap, a blue cap with a polished black beak and he had a pipe in his mouth.” The sailor gazed right at Stewart. Then he winked. Stewart was amazed.


There’s lots more at this link including audio. Apparently this is not an unusual happening.

February 7, 2008 Posted by | Medical, People | Comments Off on …and the blind shall see…