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Police say armed chimp on the lam ignored warning. (Thanks, Bill)

Star-Telegram.com: via Technudge

A 140-pound chimpanzee escaped from a research center by jumping more than 15 feet, snatched a tranquilizer dart gun from an animal worker and threatened police by flailing its arms before an officer shot and killed the animal last month, according to a new report.

Officials said the University of Texas police officer who shot Tony shouted he was going to shoot before firing at the 17-year-old chimpanzee.

…Tony’s escape was one of three at the center since November. Another 17-year-old.


He warned the chimp? In “Chimpanzee”?

April 7, 2008 Posted by | animals, Dumb cops | 1 Comment

Belgian courts are tough! They even jail dead men.

Dead man jailed

A Belgian judge has sentenced a dead man to eight months in prison and a £430 fine. Joey Van den Broeck, 21, had been charged with assaulting his girlfriend and resisting arrest. But he subsequently died in hospital in Antwerp after a road crash in Merksem, reports GVA.

A spokesman for Antwerp court said: “Unfortunately, he had been summoned to appear in court shortly before for beating up his girlfriend. When he didn’t show up, the case went ahead without him. We didn’t know about his death or the case would have expired.”

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Crime, Strange | Comments Off on Belgian courts are tough! They even jail dead men.

Rock throwing aliens

‘targeted by aliens’

A Bosnian man whose home has been hit an incredible five times by meteorites believes he is being targeted by aliens. Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that all the rocks Radivoje Lajic has handed over were meteorites.

They are now investigating local magnetic fields to try and work out what makes the property so attractive to the heavenly bodies.

But Mr Lajic, who has had a steel girder reinforced roof put on the house he owns in the northern village of Gornja Lamovite, has an alternative explanation.

He said: “I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials. I don’t know what I have done to annoy them but there is no other explanation that makes sense. The chance of being hit by a meteorite is so small that getting hit five times has to be deliberate.”

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Scary, Strange | Comments Off on Rock throwing aliens

Attention Aussies: Save your butts


Artist Adrian Avenell needs 200,000 two-tone cigarette butts to make a sculpture and he wants smokers to help him.

“I’ve estimated if I can get 50 40-a-day smokers to save their butts for me I could get what I need in about six months,” Mr Avenell of Devonport in Tasmania said. “I’m asking smokers to save their butts and post them to me, then I’ll reimburse them their costs.”

Although a smoker himself, Mr Avenell says his 10-cigarette a day habit would never provide enough butts for the 4.5m-long, 1.8m-wide sculpture he is planning.

The sculpture will feature a pavement covered with cigarette butts, a coffin and the Grim Reaper.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Art?, Strange | Comments Off on Attention Aussies: Save your butts

“Belly button ring stuck in nose”… What??

The Daily Telegraph

A young woman caught her belly button ring in her nostril this morning after falling from her bed. The distressed 22-year-old called NSW Ambulance at 4am begging for assistance from paramedics.

She told triple zero operators she had fallen out of bed and her belly button piercing had jammed up her nose in the fall.

Ambulance officers rushed to Warwick Farm to assist the woman but she was not taken to hospital.


Wish I had a picture.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on “Belly button ring stuck in nose”… What??

Want to go for a swim?

A mysterious sea creature up to 7 feet long, with 10 arms, a sharp beak and a ravenous appetite, has invaded ocean waters off Northern California. Packs of fierce Humboldt Squid attack nearly everything they see, from fish to scuba divers.

(This video is a little over 10 minutes long. Lots more at KQED.org)

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.kqed.org posted with vodpod

April 7, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Want to go for a swim?