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You can’t be too careful. Wait. Maybe you can…


A cautious German who avoided cashpoint machines for years because of fears of identity fraud finally used one – and was arrested.

Hans Mauer, 40, spent so long checking the ATM that other users called police and he was arrested – for suspected identity fraud.

Mauer, 40, had inspected the cash machine for hidden CCTV cameras, fingerprint powder on the keyboard, and signs of tampering with the screen. The final straw came when he snapped on a pair of surgical gloves so he wouldn’t leave fingerprints as he entered his pin number at the cashpoint in Muenster, Germany.


Police quickly cleared it up and released him.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off

It’s true. There really is water on Mars. Here’s proof.

Thanks, Katherine.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | 1 Comment

“…up through the ground come a bubblein’ crude…”

More at Bloomberg.com

…The rising price of oil, which hit a record $142.99 a barrel today, has sent exploration companies scurrying to squeeze additional supplies from the fields underlying Los Angeles and its celebrity-rich neighbor [Beverly Hills].


Large deposits of oil are under the Los Angeles Basin and California is already the fourth largest producer of oil in the US.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | petroleum | , | Comments Off

Want to see what Superman really looks like?

Meet Kent Lilyerd, a man who has survived a lightning strike to the back of his head, “”a man who once struggled for two hours to climb out of a hole in a frozen lake, a man who six times survived electrical shock while welding, a man who was once accidentally shot in the forehead and chest by friends while duck hunting.”

Lots more at this link.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | People, Scary, Wow! | | Comments Off

Elizabeth the First, Second, Third, Fourth…

More at Metro.co.uk

About 400 women turned up in an American town called Elizabeth on Saturday to try to set a world record for the largest gathering of people with that name.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | People | | Comments Off

Head ’em up! Move ’em out!

More at msnbc.com

When gas prices hit $4 a gallon, the staff at Dr. Keith Leonard’s dental office [Arlington, Washington} figured it was time to pony up. Since more than half of the dental assistants and office staff own horses, on Wednesday the crew saddled up and rode in to work.

“We decided that when gas got to $4 a gallon, we would all ride in,” Leonard said.

Ten riders and two bicyclists met up at Leonard’s home about four miles north of his office for the commute. City officials in Arlington, located about 50 miles north of Seattle, granted them a special permit to ride as a group.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | animals, People | , , | Comments Off

I seem to have lost touch with the world of art…


June 29, 2008 Posted by | Art? | | Comments Off

The game’s afoot a-wing, Watson!


A sharp increase in drugs and cellphones found inside a Brazilian prison mystified officials — until guards spotted some distressed pigeons struggling to stay airborne.

Inmates at the prison in Marilia, Sao Paulo state had been training carrier pigeons to smuggle in goods using cell phone sized pouches on their backs, a low-tech but ingenious way of skipping the high-tech security that visitors faced.

June 29, 2008 Posted by | animals, Crime | , , | Comments Off

The naked, but stinky, truth.

Manure thief  | Reuters

A woman trying to make “manure bombs” using stockings, slipped into a slurry tank and fled the scene naked, German police said Friday.

Two women entered a farm in the northern village of Eberholzen Wednesday evening and started to fill the stockings with manure.

“One of them slipped into the manure tank, right into the cow muck,” said a spokesman for local police. “The other one helped her out. We found their clothes in a field. One seems to have run off completely naked, the other in her underwear.”

June 27, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off

Another example: Alcohol seldom makes you smarter

Spokane, Washington, police report that a 42 year old intoxicated man attempted to prove to friends that a gun wasn’t loaded by pointing it at his face and pulling the trigger. He was wrong and is in intensive care.

June 27, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | , | Comments Off

And you thought congestion was a modern thing…

June 27, 2008 Posted by | People, traffic | , | Comments Off

Still more UFO lights in Wales (With very blurred photo)

More at The Sun |HomePage|News|UFOs

A baffled university don who spotted a UFO over the Brecon Beacons last night said: “There is no logical explanation.” Dr Simon Griffey saw lights loom over a mountain village – before they disappeared. His close encounter is the third reported in the space of just five days, following sightings by the Army and police.

Simon, a doctor of psychology at Cardiff University, said: “I’ve had loads of theories proposed by friends and neighbours but none of them add up.”

Dr Griffey, 50, and his son Jack, 23, were driving near Llangynidr Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Powys, when they spotted lights over Talybont-on-Usk. He said: “There was no noise whatsoever, it was a bit eerie. I’ve driven over this mountain for 17 years and have never seen anything like it.


There’s one of the most blurred photos of UFO’s I’ve ever seen that accompanies the article at the link.

June 27, 2008 Posted by | UFO | , | Comments Off

Surprise!! “Man forgot he was married”

More at “Man forgot he was married

An Australian man was told his marriage was invalid – because he had married 30 years earlier during a drunken bender.

The 67-year-old remembered a “nice” blonde woman he met in Arizona during shore leave from his job as an oil rig cook but says he had no idea they married.


There’s lots more at the link above.

June 26, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off

Dachshund pusher

Dachshund pushes wheelchair

A dachshund dog has become a local celebrity in China for his skills in pushing a wheelchair. Two-year-old Guai Guai runs underneath the wheelchair pushing the foot rests with his front legs.

He is so small – and fast – that many passers-by assume the wheelchair is motorised, reports Dahe Network

June 25, 2008 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off

You’ve heard of Swan Lake. How about Beer Lake?


Police in southern Germany say that 200 crates of beer spilled from delivery truck and formed a slippery beer puddle that disrupted traffic for over an hour – but caused no injuries.

Munich police say the truck was transporting the beer from the Bavarian capital to a neighboring town Monday evening when siding on the truck’s trailers broke.

Bottles crashed onto the highway flooding it with foamy wheat beer and disrupting traffic for 90 minutes.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | accident messes | , | Comments Off

Is this a “moving violation”?

Lots more at CBS News

Six Romanians have been arrested on allegations they stole mobile phones and laptops from the back of a tractor-trailer as they followed it down a German autobahn at 60 miles per hour, Dortmund police said Tuesday.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off

Your oil dollars at work

An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be “the world’s first building in motion,” an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.

The spinning floors, hung like rings around an immobile cement core, would offer residents a constantly changing view of the Persian Gulf and the city’s futuristic skyline.

More at Technology News

The architect in question “…acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn’t practiced architecture regularly in decades.” So what could possibly go wrong?

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | | Comments Off

Today in history:June 24, 1947- Arnold spots UFO’s Near Mt. Rainier

June 24, 1947

Kenneth Arnold shows a drawing of one of the objects he reported seeing on June 24, 1947. Courtesy U.S. Air Force

1947: Pilot Kenneth Arnold sights a series of unidentified flying objects near Washington’s Mt. Rainier. It’s the first widely reported UFO sighting in the United States, and, thanks to Arnold’s description of what he saw, leads the press to coin the term flying saucer.

June 24, 2008 Posted by | UFO | , | Comments Off

Crime tip: When stealing a car be sure you can drive it

More at The Huntsville Times

An alleged car thief couldn’t gear up for the getaway – literally.

According to police, Garry Michael Wilson drove a stolen BMW Z3 just two blocks Saturday night before the car’s manual transmission apparently couldn’t take any more grinding punishment.

June 23, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Dumb Crook | | Comments Off

UFO photo gallery

Judging by the response shown to a few posts about UFO’s there is a lot of interest in the subject out there. With that in mind here is a link to a gallery of UFO photos.

Link to UFO gallery


June 23, 2008 Posted by | UFO | , | Comments Off


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