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200-year-old mummy


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.


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…