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Turnip bomb



A raw turnip was at the root of a bomb scare that last for hours at a law office.

An employee at Haller & Colvin Attorneys at Law called 911 Thursday after opening a U.S. Postal Service box and finding a suspicious gift bag inside, police said. Officers then called the city’s bomb unit, which brought in a robot to carry the package outside to a parking lot. X-rays showed no signs of an explosive, but bomb technicians decided to detonate the package with a water cannon just to be safe, police spokesman Michael Joyner said.

After that, they opened the box and found the turnip, wrapped in lettuce-green tissue paper inside a sandwich bag.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | 1 Comment

Philosophy, slightly modified. (Thanks, Katherine.)


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“Suspension” or “suspenders”?

droopy pants law

The Florida Senate wants public school students to pull up their pants. Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that could mean suspensions for students with droopy britches…

Florida could join several southern U.S. towns and cities that have passed “saggy pants” laws aimed at outlawing what some teenagers consider a fashion statement — wearing pants half way down their buttocks, exposing flesh or underwear.

Supporters say schools sometimes don’t properly police dress codes and parents are often “under aware” of what their kids are wearing to school.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

“I’ll take this one.”

bed store

A German pensioner had to be rescued after she fell asleep while trying out a sofa bed at a Slumberland store.

Gertrude Muller, 72, called emergency services when she finally woke up in the store in the town of Luebz to find it closed.

A police spokesman said: “It appears the bed was in a corner of the showroom and she was overlooked by staff as she lay there sleeping quietly. She had come in to test the sofa out and she said the last thing she remembers before falling asleep was thinking how lovely and comfortable it was…”

March 14, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on “I’ll take this one.”

Bear convicted of stealing honey, fined $3500


A Macedonian court convicted a bear of theft and damage for stealing honey from a beekeeper who fought off the attacks with thumping “turbo-folk” music.

“I tried to distract the bear with lights and music because I heard bears are afraid of that,” Zoran Kiseloski told top-selling daily Dnevnik after the year-long case of the bear vs. the beekeeper ended in the beekeeper’s favour. “So I bought a generator, lit up the area and put on songs of (Serbian ‘turbo-folk’ star) Ceca.”

The bear stayed away for a few weeks, but came back when the generator ran out of power and the music fell silent, Kiseloski said, adding, “it attacked the beehives again.”

A court in the city of Bitola found the bear guilty, and since it had no owner and belonged to a protected species, ordered the state to pay the 140,000 denars ($3,500) damage it caused to the hives.

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Up, Up and Awaaay in my %^&$$%!! balloon!

More at Reuters

It is the one moment every man wants to get right — and which London floor-fitter Lefkos Hajji could hardly have got more wrong. The luckless 28 year-old’s dreams of giving his sweetheart, Leanne, 26, the ultimate proposal have literally vanished into thin air.

Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question.

But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring — and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend — sailing away over the rooftops.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | 1 Comment

Happy Pi Day — March 14



March 14, 2008 Posted by | Holidays | Comments Off on Happy Pi Day — March 14