A single malt Scotch whisky is to go on sale for £10,000 [$16,500] a bottle, its distiller has announced.
The Glenfiddich Distillery described the 50-year-old single malt as “the pinnacle of our whisky-making excellence”.
via BBC NEWS
A man lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into a swimming pool Monday morning in Aloha,[Oregon] sheriff’s deputies said.
Scott Kurico, 46, was driving through the parking lot at the Heritage 185 Apartments when he lost control, said Sgt. David Thompson in a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Kurico said he dropped his coffee cup and accidentally hit the accelerator. The pickup hit a parked car, went over a curb, crashed through a fence and then careened into a swimming pool, deputies said.
via KPTV Portland.
Police say a driver blamed a car crash [in] Connecticut on two pet baby snakes that he said escaped from his pants pockets as he was driving.
Hartford police Sgt. Christene Mertes says Angel Rolon claimed he lost control of his sports utility vehicle on Monday when the snakes slithered near the gas and brake pedals and he and a passenger tried to catch them.
No word on why he had snakes in his pocket…
A rendering truck lost its load and scattered animal parts all over the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 on Monday night. Crews said the stench was horrendous.
Troopers said no one was injured and no other cars were involved in the incident, but expected the cleanup to take several hours.
More at KOMO News: Local & Regional.
After stealing about $1,154 in liquor, two burglars decided to celebrate and got so drunk they fell asleep instead of escaping, police in Swansea, Wales, said.
Burglars Keith Cullen and Paul Wiggins stacked up the stolen booze outside the store and then went in to have a drink. Police found them asleep in the store the next morning, The Sun newspaper reported.
More at UPI.com.
Adding insult to injury the whole thing was recorded on CCTV.
A cat sparked a full-scale emergency after stepping on a phone and dialling 999.
Watson, a one-year-old Bengal, trod on the handset and then somehow hit the redial button four times.
via Cat rings 999.
According to the Daily Star Brits are reporting record numbers of UFO sightings this year…more than 230 sightings in the first half of 2009 compared to 385 for all of 2008.
via Daily Star
Cheapskate Chinese bus company bosses are fitting their vehicles with bricks on a string instead of the usual hammers to break the glass in an emergency.
Health and Safety executives in Heilongjiang Province, north-east China, ruled that passengers needed to be able to smash the windows to get out in an emergency. But the Harbin Public Transportation Company said the special safety hammers were too expensive and instead fitted their buses with regular building bricks painted bright orange and tied with a piece of string to meet the new rules.
via Daily Star
Times were certainly different back in the days of World War I. Stealth bombers, mobile communications, terrorists and satellite navigation systems were all a long way off yet.
The battles were in the trenches – and they were brutal.
Harry Patch, Britain’s last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.
Patch, who died last night (NZ time) at 111, was wounded in 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which he remembered as “mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood.”
An Alsatian has become something of a local celebrity in a Chinese city for his habit of wearing sunglasses.
Fei Fei’s owner says he bought the dog a pair of sunglasses to protect his eyes from the strong sun in Chongqing, Sichuan Province.
He wasn’t sure if the dog would take to wearing sunglasses – but to his surprise he loves them so much he won’t go out without them.
The Franklin Park Zoo (Boston) has a new addition to its giraffe clan.
A female giraffe named Jana gave birth Saturday to a healthy baby male giraffe, who came in at 164 pounds and 6 feet 4 inches tall.
The baby dropped 6 feet to the ground from his mother, who gave birth standing up, zoo officials said.
A Chinese couple have got married wearing clothes made of thousands of living bees.
Li Wenhua and Yan Hongxia are both enthusiastic beekeepers and work for the Nanhu forestry commission at Ning’an city in northern China.
Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.
Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods. They said elderly village women helped the girls drag the plows.
It will work too, if they keep it up long enough. But then so would anything else since it will rain eventually.
A bull bison at Yellowstone National Park gored a 55-year-old tourist after the man got within 10 feet of the animal in a campground. A news release from the park says the Norco, Calif., man was taking pictures of the bison when it charged him Wednesday morning.
The bison gored the man in his upper left thigh and punctured his leg. The man was taken to a park clinic and then to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson. The injury is not life-threatening, according to the park.
Let’s go over that one more time: Bison are big, fast, ill tempered, aggressive, not overly bright wild animals that out weigh you by at least a factor of ten. Yes, even the ones in Yellowstone.