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This place will really curl your hair

Going to one South Tyneside hairdresser could be a hair-raising experience in more ways than one. Staff and customers at Jazz in South Shields have had their hair stand on end numerous times – not because of a beauty treatment, but because of what staff suspect is a ghost.

The spooky goings-on started as soon as salon owner Sheena Carmichael moved into the shop in Frederick Street, Laygate, 11 years ago.

She said, “Strange things have always been happening in here, right from the very beginning. We’d often hear footsteps, along with whistling and knocking sounds. At first, we just thought we were hearing things, but now we definitely think we have a friendly ghost.”

via Our Strange World.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | ghost | Comments Off on This place will really curl your hair

Ginger haired Yetis?

After ten sightings [near the remote Russian mining town of Tashtagol, Russia] within recent weeks, worried locals [have asked] officials to launch an expedition to find a mysterious creature.

[Believed to be a] family of Yetis [the animals are] being tracked by hunters after reports that the creatures are living in a mountain cave complex. The animals are said to be more than 6-ft tall with ginger-black hair and leave large, distinctive footprints that include toe marks.

…Galina Pustogacheva, spokesman for the town, said: “There have been reports over the years about these creatures, but the number has increased dramatically. We have had more than 10 sightings in recent weeks.”

More at  Our Strange World.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Ginger haired Yetis?

Drat those budget cuts! (Thanks, Katherine)

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February 19, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, motorcycle | Comments Off on Drat those budget cuts! (Thanks, Katherine)

Sorry, no refunds

A Montenegrin man survived a suicide bid after buying a coffin from a funeral director, climbing in and trying to shoot himself.

Milo Bogisic, 52, paid cash for the coffin and asked puzzled staff to wait while he wrote out his own obituary. Then he jumped into the casket, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger before the shocked undertakers could stop him.

But amazed medics in Podgorica managed to save him when the bullet passed straight through his chin and nose missing his brain, say police.

More at  Bizarre suicide bid fails.

And he didn’t get a refund on his slightly used coffin either.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Sorry, no refunds

The ultimate narcissism

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A Japanese toy company is offering to make tailor-made robot Mini-Mes for its customers. Robotics firm Little Island claim they can create a tiny likeness of anyone – even replicating the sound of their voice.

Customers place their £1,500 order and simply submit a photo of the person they’d like their new toy to resemble.

via Mini-Me robots.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Art?, Robots | , | Comments Off on The ultimate narcissism

Has your marijuana been tasting odd lately?

A Canadian truck driver transporting cattle was arrested Tuesday as he attempted to enter the United States after an inspection of his freight uncovered several million dollars worth of marijuana.

Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained the driver, Edwin Roy Fuller, 39, of Langley, British Columbia, at the Sumas crossing after discovering 1,746 pounds of high-grade marijuana also known as “B.C. Bud.”

…According to a news release, “officers scraped off the natural byproduct of cows and endured the associated odors to unbolt false panels which concealed hundreds of plastic bags of marijuana beneath.”

Officers needed 69 large boxes to repackage the marijuana for transport…

via Customs agents find ‘B.C. Bud’ under cow manure.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | animals, Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Has your marijuana been tasting odd lately?

Note: In Train vs Pickup, Train always wins

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Alcohol likely played a factor in a Sunday evening train and truck crash that severed an Ortonville man’s pickup truck in half.

Christopher Mark LaLone, 46, walked away with only minor injuries and the 20 passengers and engineer aboard the Amtrak train weren’t hurt.

“He is lucky to be alive,” said Lapeer County Undersheriff Bob Rapson, of LaLone.

LaLone was inside his truck on the tracks at the Elba Road crossing when the Amtrak three-car and two-locomotive train crashed into the vehicle about 9:48 p.m.

“The normal speed for passenger trains in that area is 65 mph,” said Canadian National Railway spokesperson Patrick Waldron.

More at  The County Press.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Note: In Train vs Pickup, Train always wins

Better than bread crumbs. Birds don’t eat candy wrappers.

Five Palm Bay [Florida] teens were arrested on burglary-related charges after police followed a trail of candy wrappers from the crime scene back to the house of one of teens.

More at  Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | cops, Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Better than bread crumbs. Birds don’t eat candy wrappers.