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California… Land of sunshine and gas guzzling

More at  More Gas than China

Given all the news coverage about the rise of the Chinese economy, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world’s most populous country is hogging all the world’s resources, while the developed nations are fighting for scraps.

But, at least with transportation fuel, you’d be wrong. California alone uses more gasoline than any country in the world (except the US as a whole, of course). That means California’s 20 billion gallon gasoline and diesel habit is greater than China’s! (Or Russia’s. Or India’s. Or Brazil’s. Or Germany’s.)

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July 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ooops! Did we say 72 million pounds? Make that 35 pounds.

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A Sheffield shop worker was stunned to receive a demand for £72 million in rent arrears for her council house.

Mum-of-one Cathy Archer, 39, is supposed to pay £21-a-week in rent for her end-terrace house. Now she has been told by officials she actually owes just £35, reports the Sheffield Star.

…Cathy’s rent totals £1,092 annually, meaning her supposed arrears were equivalent to 65,934 years of payments.

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ooops! Did we say 72 million pounds? Make that 35 pounds.

Apparently the FBI has no sense of humor

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An unemployed trucker who claimed to be an undercover FBI agent sent to a small town to clean up its drugs problem is facing up to 105 years in jail.

Bill Jakob, 37, led armed raids, made arrests and interrogated suspects after arriving in Gerald, Missouri, armed with a gun, a fake badge, and a second-hand police car.

He even stole the name of a fictional FBI unit from the Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop in an effort to prove his credentials.

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, People | | Comments Off on Apparently the FBI has no sense of humor

Watch TV and learn…

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US police solved a mysterious death after discovering uncanny similarities to an episode of TV’s CSI.

When Thomas Hickman was found dead in a remote part of New Mexico, with a gunshot wound to the back of his head and duct tape covering his mouth, it looked like an execution-style murder.

But then police found a bunch of balloons tangled in a nearby cactus with a gun tied to the ribbons, reports the Daily Telegraph. Fans of CSI recalled a similar scenario from a 2003 episode of the series in which balloons were used to make a gun float away after a suicide and urged the police to take a look.

July 19, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Watch TV and learn…