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Turns out that Russian tanks are vodka powered…the drivers anyway

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A Russian tank crashed through a villager’s house after the crew stopped to buy more vodka at a nearby shop. Footage from a mobile phone camera showed the tank hitting a corner of the house and a laughing, and apparently drunk, driver awkwardly trying to clamber aboard with two bottles of vodka.

“Get him out of the tank,” screamed a woman in the village in the Urals.

The army promised Friday to pay compensation and said the tank must have been broken and fallen behind a column heading to a test site for exercises. Earlier it said the vehicle slid on melting ice.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on Turns out that Russian tanks are vodka powered…the drivers anyway

No extra charge for the dead rat

Patient smells a rat


A Hertfordshire teenager refused a knee operation – after surgeons told him there could be a dead rat in the operating theatre.

Andrew Cowper, 19, walked out after a consultant apologised for the stench and assured him staff were trying to find the corpse. The teenager, who had waited 11 months for the knee op, told The Sun: “He said the smell didn’t represent a health risk but I was appalled.

“I asked him, ‘If you were me would you have the operation?’ He looked at me and said ‘no’, so I decided there and then I wasn’t going to go ahead. If there was one dead rat there could have been others rotting nearby.”

The dead rat was found later in the roof of another part of the hospital, away from the operating theatres.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on No extra charge for the dead rat

Never rush into marriage…

Slow burner

A 101-year-old Italian man is to marry his 98-year-old girlfriend after a courtship of more than half a century. Retired gynaecologist Giuseppe Rebaudi is to marry long time girlfriend Silvie Basain, who he started seeing in 1952, next month.

French-born Silvie said: “We just need to get a certificate from the French embassy that I have not been married before and am single.”

She said her only worry was that they might be rushing things: “We have only been together for 50 years – that may be a bit quick but then again you are only young once.”

March 7, 2008 Posted by | People | 1 Comment