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Crime tip: Gasoline and lighters don’t mix

A Crawford County man who police say burned himself while trying to steal gasoline was charged today in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted theft and negligent handling of burning materials.

According to the criminal complaint, Austin J. Heckman, 23, of Wauzeka, was traveling with a woman in Mukwonago area on Sept. 27 and needed gasoline.

Heckman decided to siphon gasoline from a van parked in an apartment complex but he could not tell if his gas can was getting full, the complaint says.

He then used a cigarette lighter to check the can, resulting in an explosion that set the gas can caught fire, the complaint says.

via JSOnline

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Gasoline and lighters don’t mix

Pardon??

Sign on an automatic paper towel dispenser:

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Strange | | Comments Off on Pardon??

Taronga Zoo has a new resident

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Lucky by name, lucky by nature – that’s the case for Taronga Zoo’s newest nursery edition, Monifa the pygmy hippo.

Born three weeks ago and unable to stand or feed herself, the piglet-sized hippo would have died within days, but for the intervention of dedicated zoo staff.

Hippo keepers Renae Zammit and Tracy Roberts have been living round-the clock with the 3.8kg infant.

The pair spent a fortnight sleeping with and hand-feeding Monifa – who’s name means “I am lucky” in Nigerian.

The infant has now moved into her own pen and is ready to follow the footsteps of her father Timmy, the last pygmy hippo born at Taronga 23 years ago.

via The Australian

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I knew mushrooms must be good for something…

If the violin sounds good, it might be the mushrooms.

A Swiss researcher announced Thursday that treating maple wood with a certain mushroom improves its sound quality.

Speaking at a conference in Basel, Switzerland, Francis Schwarze said his maple violin, a replica of a 1698 instrument made by the Italian master Antonio Stradivari, has a sound comparable to the elusive timbre of a Stradivarius, according to a report from Agence France-Press.

Schwarze, of the Zurich-based Federal Materials, Science and Technology Institute, treated the wood with Xylaria longipes, a mushroom that grows on the bark of trees. The mushroom nibbles lightly on the wood, reducing its density and intensifying the sound, he said.

via Mushrooms

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on I knew mushrooms must be good for something…