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I didn’t know Renaults were that hot.

A Romanian driver was stunned to receive a speeding ticket – for driving his 15-year-old Renault at 310mph. Driver Toader Moise, 62, was told he had clocked up the incredible speed in the narrow, bendy streets of the mountain city of Sinaia.

The car, which had a maximum speed of 110mph when it was brand new, is up for sale but Mr Moise is now considering upping the price.

via 310mph

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October 23, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | , , | Comments Off on I didn’t know Renaults were that hot.

It was the base model lorry

Traffic police in China pulled over a man who was driving the chassis of a lorry down a motorway.

The ‘lorry’ had no driver’s cab, bodywork or even lights – and to make matters worse it was carrying another chassis on top of the first.

Ananova

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Cars, People | | Comments Off on It was the base model lorry

Crime tip: When spraying graffiti be sure a cop isn’t right behind you

Jay Anthony was spray-painting graffiti on a downtown wall Tuesday afternoon when Officer Chris Kiberd pulled up in a cruiser behind him, leading to Anthony’s arrest, say police.

via seacoastonline

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In the middle of the afternoon? Isn’t that the sunny part of the day?

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Crime tip: When spraying graffiti be sure a cop isn’t right behind you

Watch that first step!

In February of 2007 this sinkhole opened in Guatamala City, probably due to a ruptured stormwater drain line. Three people were killed.

via  Wikinews

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Scary | , | Comments Off on Watch that first step!

Dripping sewage all the way?

Artists in Denmark have teamed up with US scientists to create a walking house built on six hydraulic legs. They say it would make the ultimate home for beating floods or neighbours from hell, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The 10ft high home is solar and wind powered and can stroll at walking pace across all terrains. It has a living room, kitchen, toilet, bed, wood stove and mainframe computer which controls the legs.

The pod is set to take its maiden stroll around rural Cambridgeshire at the Wysing Arts Centre in Bourn. It was built by art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark, in conjunction with engineers at MIT in Massachusetts, USA.

via Walking house

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Dripping sewage all the way?

Triangles

A newly-released UFO photo is being hailed as one of the most important pieces of evidence of alien life.

A photograph of a “flying saucer” captured in the Black Country has been hailed as one of the most important pieces of evidence of alien life.

It follows the newly released Ministry of Defence UFO files which contain everything from calm accounts by professional pilots to unhinged rants about the extraterrestrial menace. The image causing excitement among UFO boffins was captured by a visitor to Dudley Castle and is the latest in a string of sightings in the region.

More at Our Strange World

October 21, 2008 Posted by | UFO | , | 2 Comments

Looking for honey, Grace?

A silly filly had to be rescued in the US after getting her head stuck in a hole in a tree.

Neighbour Jason Harschbarger heard her dismayed whinnying across the fields in Pullman, West Virginia, and came to her rescue.

Gracie was left with a dislocated jaw and a few cuts and scrapes from her ordeal, reports the Daily Mail.

Ananova – Silly filly has a mare

October 21, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | , | Comments Off on Looking for honey, Grace?

This voter is a real dead fish. No, honestly, she really is a dead fish.

A goldfish in Chicago has been mailed voter registration materials by a not-for-profit group called the “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” project.

Oh, and did I mention that the goldfish is dead?

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off on This voter is a real dead fish. No, honestly, she really is a dead fish.

Crime Tip: When robbing a store the idea is to take their money…not leave yours.

A knife-wielding man who attempted to rob a Boulder [Colorado] gas station last week ended up walking out of the convenience store $2 poorer, according to the Colorado Daily newspaper.

Boulder Police told the newspaper the man put $2 on the counter at the Grizzly Gas on Arapahoe Avenue Friday night to buy a Snickers bar. When the clerk took the cash, the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded the money in the cash register.

Authorities said the clerk slammed the drawer shut, backed away and called 911. The suspect reportedly leaned over the counter and tried punching the buttons on the register, but got nothing and walked out.

via KMGH Denver

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime Tip: When robbing a store the idea is to take their money…not leave yours.

Kind of small for a Yeti footprint

A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints [in Kathmandu] they believe were made by the legendary yeti said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet.

“The footprints were about 20 centimetres eight inches long and looked like a human’s,” Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan, told AFP in Kathmandu on Monday.

Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape, tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades.

via  ‘yeti footprints’ in Nepal

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kind of small for a Yeti footprint

UFO skeedadles

A former Top Gun told yesterday how he was ordered to shoot down a massive UFO — over Norwich.

RAF controllers told US pilot Milton Torres to lock on and launch all 24 of his rockets over the city. But as he came within seconds of firing at the alien intruder — the size of an aircraft carrier on his radar — it vanished…

The amazing close encounter is revealed in secret Ministry of Defence X-Files which are declassified today.

The Sun |News|UFOs

October 20, 2008 Posted by | UFO | Comments Off on UFO skeedadles

How not to disguise yourself for a robbery

This man, who is being sought in a Wisconsin bank robbery, demonstrates how not to go about disguising yourself before committing a robbery.

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on How not to disguise yourself for a robbery

Meet Rupert the Muntjac deer

This tiny, one pound Muntjac deer was delivered by C-section three weeks early after his mother was hit by a car. Vets were unable to save her but Rupert here is doing fine.

via  Mail Online

October 20, 2008 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Meet Rupert the Muntjac deer

Pssst! Hey, buddy! Wanna buy an embassy?

A German fraudster has been arrested in Rome after trying to sell the US embassy building there – a palace on the Via Veneto…

Italian media reported that not only was he offering the US embassy for sale, he also claimed to have sole rights to sell the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The Local

October 19, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , , | Comments Off on Pssst! Hey, buddy! Wanna buy an embassy?

Mmmmm! Donuts!


…there are a number of theories as to where doughnuts came from. One thing we know for sure is that the doughnut was born from the age-old desire to avoid waste. Since we’ve been making bread, the question has always been what to do with the multitude of leftover dough scraps. Cooks in Holland and Germany began dropping their extra dough into boiling oil, creating fry-cakes. The Dutch took it a step further, shaping the fried bits into decorative knots dough knots, a clear precursor to the term we use today and rolling them in sugar afterward. Thus was born the delicious doughnut. Apparently, the Puritans discovered the confection during their time in Holland and brought it along with them to the New World.

themaineedge.com

October 19, 2008 Posted by | Food, Fun stuff | , | 1 Comment

If you’re looking for Joe’s ghost, you’re too late.

A hundred years and a thousand storytellers have blurred the legend of the Maco Light, but most versions go like this:

Joe Baldwin, a brakeman, was traveling on the last car of an Atlantic Coast Line train when it suddenly became uncoupled from its train. Joe realized that another train, following close behind, would collide with his car. He ran to the back of the car, wildly swinging his lantern to get the attention of the engineer, to no avail. His head was severed in the crash, but his spirit hung around.

Joe, the story goes, walked the tracks looking for his head, railroad lantern in hand, night after night…

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people claim to have seen the Maco Light, a ghostly, shining orb that hovered over the tracks of the old Atlantic Coast Line railroad…

Folks agree, basically, on just one point: If Joe Baldwin ever was out there with his ghostly lantern, he doesn’t walk there any more.

“The railroad tore up the tracks there, back in the ‘70s, and it hasn’t been seen since,“ said Stanley Waldrip, president of the Cape Fear Paranormal Investigations Group, an association of volunteer ghost hunters.

via Our Strange World

October 19, 2008 Posted by | ghost, Strange | , , | Comments Off on If you’re looking for Joe’s ghost, you’re too late.

Anyone seen my beach?

Police in Jamaica are investigating the suspected theft of hundreds of tons of sand from a beach on the island’s north coast.

It was discovered in July that 500 truck-loads had been removed outside a planned resort at Coral Spring beach. Detectives say people in the tourism sector could be suspects, because a good beach is seen as a valuable asset to hotels on the Caribbean island.

BBC: theft of beach

October 19, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Anyone seen my beach?

I thought you looked familiar

Two friends who have known each other for 30 years were amazed to find out they are sisters.

Deborah Day was adopted at two months old, separating her from big sister Marilyn Morris, reports The Sun. They met again as teenagers working in a supermarket and became friends but had no idea they were related.

They lost touch again but the truth came out when oldest sister Sally Griffiths launched a search for her lost family.

via Ananova – Friends didn’t know they were sisters

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on I thought you looked familiar

Slip Sliding Along

A nine-year-old Cheshire schoolgirl has broken the world record for having the most snails on her face at once. Tiana Walton allowed 25 of the slimy creatures to cover her eyes, nose and mouth – beating the previous record of 15 held by Australian Liam Kenny.

Before her record breaking attempt, now in the Guinness Book of World Records, Tiana’s previous personal best was just nine.

She had just one minute to put the snails on her face and then had to tip her head forward for 10 seconds. Any snails that fell off during that period were not counted.

Via snail trail

October 17, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Slip Sliding Along

Guess that makes it illegal

In June, officers received a tip about drug activity at the USA Motel on Dixie Highway. Police dogs searched the room and found marijuana packaged for sale, scales and cash.

Police arrested 19-year-old Gregory Griggs and charged him with trafficking marijuana. When arrested Griggs was wearing a T-shirt that read “It’s not ILLEGAL unless you get CAUGHT”.

Kentucky Enquirer

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Guess that makes it illegal