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Has your cigarette been tasting different lately? Maybe it’s the rabbit poo.

More than £1 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes filled with rabbit droppings instead of tobacco have been confiscated by customs officials in Spain.

The fake cigarettes – due to be sold on the black market as famous brands – were discovered after British holidaymakers in the Canary Islands smelled a rat whenever they lit up.

via Ananova – Customs officers seize rabbit poo cigs.

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November 13, 2009 Posted by | Big stink, Dumb buyers, Strange | Comments Off on Has your cigarette been tasting different lately? Maybe it’s the rabbit poo.

Along came a Spider ‘smuggler’?

A British man has been arrested at Rio de Janeiro airport for attempting to smuggle at least 1,000 live spiders out of Brazil in his luggage.

The pet shop owner was arrested on Wednesday after security X-rays detected the spiders in two suitcases.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Spider ‘smuggler’ arrested in Rio.

 

November 13, 2009 Posted by | animals, Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Along came a Spider ‘smuggler’?

Crime tip: A moped isn’t a good place to have a meth lab. Oh. And get that headlight fixed.

An Auburn [Indiana] man was arrested Monday after police found a mobile meth lab on his moped, police said.

via  The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind..

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Crime tip: A moped isn’t a good place to have a meth lab. Oh. And get that headlight fixed.

Hmmm. Food for thought. (Thanks, Alan)

Having Inner Strength

If you can start the day without caffeine

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment

If you can conquer tension without medical help

If you can relax without adult beverages

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs

Then you are probably the family dog

November 12, 2009 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Hmmm. Food for thought. (Thanks, Alan)

Caterpillar 797 Pics

I’ve had some doubting comment about the size of the broken truck pictured at this post. The size is correct. I’ve watched this truck in action at the copper mines just west of Salt Lake City, Utah, and they are unbelievable even when you see them. Here’s a description of the truck and there is more information at the link in the bottom left of this post.

The Caterpillar 797 was the largest truck of its kind in the world from 2000 till 2001. Its powered by a 24 cylinder V24 quad-turbo diesel engine that produces an amazing 3,400 horsepower. The truck stands at 23 feet tall and 47.5 feet long. The 797 is a whopping 30 feet wide. With the box raised the truck stands almost 50 feet tall.

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Eight onboard computers monitor oil pressure, transmission torque, engine performance and tire temperature. The tires on the Cat 797 were especially designed for this machine made by Micheline. They stand 13 feet tall & each tire costs roughly 30,000 dollars. The 797 has an 850 gallon fuel tank or an optional 1800 gallon fuel tank. The truck itself sells for 3.4 million dollars.

via Caterpillar 797 Pics.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | accident messes | | Comments Off on Caterpillar 797 Pics

Well, there’s your problem, camel. You’ve got sand under your tongue.

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November 11, 2009 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Well, there’s your problem, camel. You’ve got sand under your tongue.

Safety tip: Alligators really don’t look much like a dog.

A Florida man searching for his dog thought he saw it under his car. Nope. It was an alligator which bit both his hands when he reached for it. No word on whether the dog was in the alligator.

via Man reaches for dog, gets bitten by alligator | abcactionnews.com.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Safety tip: Alligators really don’t look much like a dog.

Not exactly Moriarity, but then most crooks aren’t.

bad one

A Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, man was arrested for bank robbery Monday at the address he conveniently supplied the cops when he left his wallet on a teller’s counter when he made his getaway.

Did I mention that the “gun” in his pocket was actually a “blackened banana?”  I’m not quite sure what “blackened” means. If it was that ripe I hope he didn’t squeeze it too hard.

via Is that a banana in your pocket … — themorningcall.com.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Not exactly Moriarity, but then most crooks aren’t.

Small Fry Baboon

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Kira, a 5-day-old baboon, is fed by an employee of the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 5, 2009. Kira’s mother refused to feed her cub and now it will be bottle fed

viaEnglish_Xinhua.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | animals, cool stuff | | Comments Off on Small Fry Baboon

Now this is a school “bus”

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Children on a remote Scottish island are to take what is believed to be the world’s shortest flight to and from school. The plane journey from Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands takes just 96 seconds, covering just over a mile, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Six teenagers will have to take the Loganair service to Westray Junior High after the local ferry service was suspended.

via Ananova – Children take ‘world’s shortest flight’ to school.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes | , | Comments Off on Now this is a school “bus”

Fingerprinting = 666? Doesn’t seem likely somehow

A Polk County [Texas] teacher is suing the state for requiring her to be fingerprinted for a background check, saying it violates her religious freedom.

According to her attorney, Scott Skelton, of Lufkin, Pam McLaurin believes the book of Revelation literally and that getting a fingerprint would bear her the mark of the beast and she would be “be tormented in burning sulfur.”

via  KTRE.com Lufkin and Nacogdoches |.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Dumb protesters, Strange | , | 1 Comment

Twins at 100 years and counting. Happy birthday, ladies!

Charlotte Eisgrou, left, and Ann Primmack, right, identical twins, are celebrating their 100th birthday this weekend with family and friends from all over the country. The twins were born weighing only about 3.5 lbs each on Dec. 24, 1909. The doctor had to use the family’s oven as an incubator.

via South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | cool people, People | , | Comments Off on Twins at 100 years and counting. Happy birthday, ladies!

Let’s just check that speed limit sign again, shall we?

Police in North Wales are having to find £18,000 to refund motorists after issuing speeding tickets for people driving more than 30mph – in a 40mph zone…

 

North Wales Police Superintendent Simon Shaw admitted that police had wrongly believed the county council had changed the speed limit to 30mph in 1993.

via Ananova – Police to fork out for speed limit gaffe.

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Dumb cops | Comments Off on Let’s just check that speed limit sign again, shall we?

You never know what you’ll find when you root around

Baffled scientists are trying to get to the root of this astonishing plant dug out of the ground by a Chinese farmer.

Root boy /Europics

The two foot tall root weighs in at a massive 12 lbs and bears an amazing resemblance to a boy in even the smallest detail.

via Ananova – Getting to the root of the matter.

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Strange | , , | 1 Comment

Ve haf vays to make you smile, ja?

A UK design student has come up with a hat that can tell if you’re smiling. Should you wipe that silly grin from your face  the hat detects it and jabs you with a sharp spike. Smile, darn you, smile!

 

More via Frown if you dare … | The Sun |News.

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Ve haf vays to make you smile, ja?

Burglar: Oh, man, that mug shot of me is terrible. Here’s a better one.

An alleged burglar wanted by Welsh authorities sent a newspaper a picture of himself because he didn’t like the mug shot it published.

via Burglar sends paper homemade ‘mug shot’ – UPI.com.

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Burglar: Oh, man, that mug shot of me is terrible. Here’s a better one.

Is this thing on?

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November 7, 2009 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on Is this thing on?

And away we go! Up to 12″ of snow in Stevens Pass, WA, by tomorrow

The picture is of one of the ski lifts in Stevens Pass (4100 feet) in central Washington State.

Stevens Pass | Mountain Cams.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Global warming, weather | , , | Comments Off on And away we go! Up to 12″ of snow in Stevens Pass, WA, by tomorrow

Proving once again that you don’t have to be smart to be a criminal

Andrew J. Burwitz, 20, of Appleton, Wis., allegedly tried to do a drive-by shooting at the home of his ex-girlfriend’s family and another random house. Police found him because he failed to roll down his car window and shattered it when he made the first shot.

More at  Minneapolis / St. Paul News – City Pages – The Blotter.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Proving once again that you don’t have to be smart to be a criminal

Pasadena has a Fork in the road

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It’s about 18 feet tall and looks like stainless steel.

The fork’s appearance a few days ago, tines firmly stuck into a little Caltrans-owned median, was a bit of a mystery at first.

“It’s a guerilla installation,” guessed Rochelle Branch, the city’s cultural affairs manager, who oversees the public art program. “I don’t know if it’s through Caltrans, but it is clever.”

via Pasadena’s Fork in the road is guerilla art installation – Pasadena Star-News.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Art for sure | , | Comments Off on Pasadena has a Fork in the road