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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a Moose?

KodiakDailyMirror.com

Alaska State Troopers see plenty of hazards, but Trooper Howard Peterson was nearly felled by a new one: falling moose.

Peterson was driving Feb. 2 on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage when something big and black fell out of the sky about 20 feet in front of his patrol car.

“Falling rock!” he thought, ready to steer clear if it bounced onto the highway. The thing didn’t roll or shatter. It turned out to be a moose that fell from cliffs next to the highway.

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February 12, 2008 Posted by | animals, moose, Strange | Comments Off on Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a Moose?

White Stag used to be sweaters

Ghost-like white stag

A mythical and ghostly creature has appeared in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands — and has been caught on camera.

The rare white stag, from the red deer species, is believed to be among just a tiny handful living in Britain, according to a conservation group.

The John Muir Trust is now keeping the stag’s location secret for fear of poachers.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on White Stag used to be sweaters

Druid grave?

Discovery News

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Historical records tell of a mystical, priestly and learned class of elite individuals called Druids among Celtic societies in Britain, but there has been no archaeological evidence of their existence. Until, perhaps, now.

A series of graves found in a gravel quarry at Stanway near Colchester, Essex, have been dated to 40-60 A.D. At least one of the burials, it appears, may have been that of a Druid, according to a report published in British Archaeology.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | archaeology | Comments Off on Druid grave?

But, Officer! I was just trying to get to my trial on time!

speeding to court

An Oregon man who was speeding through Baker County at 130 miles per hour to get to court in Portland didn’t make it on time.

Oregon State Police forced Bladimir Abarca, a 22-year-old from Tualatin, to make a detour to the Baker County Jail. Troopers stopped Abarca in his black 2000 Ford Mustang about six miles north of Baker City. He was jailed and released on bail.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Crime, Dumb Crook | 1 Comment

Only kids and dogs can hear it…

Sonic devices chase kids

England’s commissioner for children and a civil liberties group joined in on a campaign Tuesday to ban high-frequency devices intended to drive misbehaving children away from shops and other areas.

The so-called “Mosquito” device emits high-frequency noise which is audible — and annoying — to young ears, but generally not heard by people over 20.

“This device is a quick fix that does not tackle the root cause of the problem and it is indiscriminate,” English Children’s Commissioner Al Aynsley-Green said.

The campaigners claim that about 3,500 of the devices, made by a Welsh company, are in use.

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England has a Commissioner for children? 

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | 1 Comment

Shoulda used duct tape

Sticky-back yellow lines blew away

A council has been slammed for using sticky-back yellow parking lines which blew away in the wind.

The adhesive tape was put down instead of paint in preparation for eight weeks of roadworks in Kent.

But the markings, in the tiny village of Wateringbury, near Maidstone, blew away, leaving residents unsure whether they could park on their own street.

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The Kent County Council is “investigating the matter.” So what’s to investigate, guys? You screwed up.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on Shoulda used duct tape

golf tournament… in the snow

golf tournament

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A top Italian ski resort is holding a charity golf tournament at 5,250 feet. Contestants will battle it out using brightly coloured orange balls on a specially-built nine hole course.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on golf tournament… in the snow

How not to cut an 11,000 volt cable…

BBC NEWS

A ‘thief’ who tried to cut power lines on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire was lucky to be alive, an electricity distributor said.

Central Networks said the person would at least have had severe hand burns.

Engineers found a hacksaw embedded in a live 11,000 voltage cable with a lit blowtorch nearby after being called to Creswell late on Saturday night.

A total of 795 customers were cut off, but power was restored after an hour-and-a-half.

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No sign of the would-be thief.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on How not to cut an 11,000 volt cable…