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April 8, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Cars | 4 Comments

Smashing toilet break, mate

Toilet break

A tourist had a lucky escape in Austria when a 47-stone (about 650 pounds) boulder landed on a toilet seconds after he finished using it.

Austrian holidaymaker Josef Heller, 47, said: “I had just washed my hands – and as I walked out the door there was an explosion behind me and the whole house shook. When I looked back I realised a massive boulder had landed on the toilet – smashing it to bits. There was water and debris everywhere.”

The giant rock fell from a cliff overhanging the guest house in St. Gilgen in Austria and police have cordoned off the area amid fears more huge rocks could fall.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off on Smashing toilet break, mate

Push me, Pull you tandem bike

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A Taiwanese inventor has created a face-to-face tandem, and is in negotiations with factories to have it mass-produced.

Chen Yugang, the director of a creation centre at Far East University in Tainan city, took a year to build the bike, reports local TV station TVBS.

“On a traditional two-person bicycle, the rider in the rear seat can only see the back of the one in front. So I started wondering how I could get them sitting face-to-face,” he said.

His new bicycle can be ridden face-to-face, conventionally or even back-to-back as the seats rotate and the gears can be set to move the bike in either direction.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Bikes, cool stuff | 1 Comment

Concrete Elelphant?

Southern Illinois’ Homepage

The concrete elephant that was reported missing in Murphysboro on Monday was recovered in a Carbondale apartment complex.

Carbondale Police contacted Murphysboro Police at 9:30 p.m. Monday to report the finding.

…Due to the size, the elephant was transported back to the Murphysboro Police Department by Express Towing.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | animals, Crime | Comments Off on Concrete Elelphant?

“Panzer parking. Violators will be totaled.”

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Will Foster never has too much trouble getting a parking spot for his second vehicle. After all, who’s going to argue with a guy driving a half-scale Panzer tank complete with a working air cannon?

“I took it home, driving it around in this white picket fence neighborhood, and one of the neighbors called the cops on us,” said Foster, a Kettering University student who began building the tank from scratch nearly two years ago.

“(Police) came and they just told us to head back home, but they were also laughing at it because they had never seen anything like that before.”

That’s an understatement.

Roughly the size of a small car, Foster’s tank can reach speeds of around 20 mph with its three-cylinder diesel engine. Just like the real thing, the tank runs on treads and has a 360-degree cannon powered by compressed air from a scuba tank.

Its camouflaged plywood exterior has become a curious fixture at Foster’s Theta Xi fraternity house, where it is often parked next to a shed with a sign that reads “Panzer parking. Violators will be totaled.”

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Fun stuff | Comments Off on “Panzer parking. Violators will be totaled.”