A busy intersection in the German city of Kassel turned into a lake of frozen beer when some 1,600 bottles smashed after poorly secured crates flew off a delivery truck, police said.
The truck, carrying 12 tonnes of freshly brewed beer, lost most of its load on a sharp left-hand turn at the bottom of a hill, according to Kassel police inspector Wolfgang Jungnitsch.
Nearly 80 crates carrying about 800 litres flew off the truck, most of the bottles smashed, and their contents quickly froze in the chilly temperature of about minus 4 degrees Celsius, he said.
All that chocolate might actually help finish the bumper Christmas crossword over the seasonal period. According to Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway, chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance.
The team from Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Norway examined the relation between cognitive performance and the intake of three common foodstuffs that contain flavonoids chocolate, wine, and tea in 2,031 older people aged between 70 and 74.
Participants filled in information about their habitual food intake and underwent a battery of cognitive tests.Those who consumed chocolate, wine, or tea had significantly better mean test scores and lower prevalence of poor cognitive performance than those who did not. The team reported their findings in the Journal of Nutrition.
Scientists say they have yet to definitively determine what is causing the town of Maupin, Ore., to endure an earthquake every other day.
Oregon State University research associate Jochen Braunmiller said during the last two years, more than 360 earthquakes have occurred in the general vicinity of Maupin for elusive reasons, The Portland Oregonian said.
The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences researcher said while one theory focuses on water level shifts miles underground, scientists are at a loss to offer predictions regarding the quakes.
Authorities say a Cary [Illinois] man escaped a Chicago bank heist Friday with nearly $400 cash. But he also left something behind: A pay stub listing his name and address.
Now Thomas Infante, 40, is facing a federal bank robbery charge alleging he held up the Fifth Third Bank at 4071 W. Lawrence Ave. by handing over a note implying he had a weapon and threatening harm if his demands were not met.
…After receiving $397 cash, the robber fled, leaving behind the note which had been written on the back of a pay stub that had been torn in half. Investigators later discovered the other half of the pay stub, listing Infante’s name and Cary address, just outside the bank’s front doors “apparently discarded by Infante as he was fleeing,” the FBI said.
via Daily Herald
Footballer David Pratt has written his name in the record books for the wrong reasons after getting the world’s fastest-ever red card.
The 21-year-old striker for non-league Chippenham was sent off after three seconds for a lunge at Bashley’s Christopher Knowles, 22, reports The Sun.
Bashley boss Steve Riley said: “It was a potential leg-breaker.”
via three seconds.
A holiday gift arrived early at the Roger Williams Park Zoo [Providence, RI] last week. It was delivered neither by Santa nor by stork, but by a Masai giraffe named Sukari.
…So the announcement might read: Sukari, 15, and Griffin, 19, are the parents of Baby -?-, born about 6:30 p.m., Dec. 22, 2008, weighing 90 to 95 pounds and measuring 5 feet 6 inches.
He’s Kurt Eberling, Sr. the inventor of Spaghetti-O’s who died March 10, 2008.
Bucharest attempted a new world record Saturday with a 392-metre (1,286-foot) smoked sausage that took two weeks to prepare and weighs a hefty 150 kilogrammes (330 pounds). Skip related content
About 20 people worked on the giant wors, commissioned by the city of Bucharest and presented Saturday during local holiday festivities, Realitatea TV television reported.
Participants in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Fall and Spring Litter sweeps removed more than 4.4 million pounds of litter from North Carolina roadways in 2008.
…More than 297,000 bags filled with litter were collected.
More at CITIZEN-TIMES.com
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says it is holding an emerald estimated to be worth as much as $370 million while the stone’s owner is determined.
A department spokesman said the 850-pound gem will be in safekeeping until a federal judge determines who rightfully owns it.
The “Bahia Emerald” was reported stolen in September from a secured vault in South El Monte, Calif.
CNN reported the emerald has been at the center of a dispute between a California man who claimed ownership, a company with which he contracted to sell it and a potential buyer.
…they prove that there is probably no bottom to the slime hole they live in.
Like something straight out of a bad made-for-TV movie, the RIAA has handed down its most recent hard-earned lesson about file sharing (and a possible $8,000 fine) to Ciara Sauro, a 19-year-old girl who suffers from pancreatitis and severe depression, has mounting medical bills and whose mother brings in just $8.25 an hour.
In the midst of her weekly required hospitalizations (because of her condition and her need for an islet cell transplant), she apparently shared a whopping 10 songs with other people over the internet. Shockingly, Sauro wasn’t able to make it in to court to defend herself, and as such, the judge entered a default judgment against her for close to $8,000.
Unlike most Americans, Sauro actually adamently denies that she was the perpetrator of the file-sharing crime, and is (obviously) outraged that she may have to pay such a hefty fine for something she didn’t do.
More here: The Tripwire.
There is a Shire horse in England by the name of Duke that stands six feet seven inches at the shoulder, which is a world record for his breed, and since he is just five years old, he’s still got about two years to grow.
More at Horse Refuge.
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Accuweather has published an interesting summary of some of the weather in the early months of 2008 at this link.
Talk of a white Christmas – snowfall on Thursday gave Spokane, Washington, a record for the month of December. As of 4 p.m. Laurie Nisbet of the National Weather Service says Spokane had received 46.2 inches this [in December] . The old record of 42.7 inches was set in 1996.
The latest dump was more than 8 inches from a snowstorm that began last night. More snow is in the forecast for Spokane into Monday with heavy accumulations possible Sunday night.
via The Olympian
Snowfall record keeping began in Spokane in 1880.
Police in Germany banned a woman driver’s car from the road – for being too untidy.
The Vauxhall Astra was so full of junk, magazines, old clothes and even bits of furniture that they could barely see the driver at it roared down a motorway near Dusseldorf.
The driver – who has not been named by police – has been banned from taking the car on the road again until it has passed a tidiness test.
A Sacramento family had its own Christmas miracle after doctors performed emergency surgery to save twins when they thought the mother was dying of a heart attack.
Theresa Fuavai-Fatu’s heart stopped while she was at Mercy General Hospital in early November after complaining of having trouble breathing.
The 40-year-old mother was just 29-weeks pregnant and was not due until late January.
Without a pulse, she underwent an emergency Caesarean section, with doctors delivering a boy and a girl. As the obstetrician was closing the incision, the mother suddenly regained her pulse and opened her eyes.
A massive 160 meter long and 24 meter high Santa Claus has been sculpted out of ice in China’s northern city of Harbin.
The sculpture is said to be the largest ice Santa in the world, complete with beard and hat.
via Weird Asia News.
Eartha Kitt, who purred and pounced her way across Broadway stages, recording studios and movie and television screens in a show-business career that lasted more than six decades, died on Thursday. She was 81 and lived in Connecticut.
More at International Herald Tribune.