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Road hogs

A busy motorway had to be closed after a herd of pigs escaped and ran on to the carriageway. The M11 was closed as pigs escaped from a crashed truck and had to be rounded up, reports Sky News.

The southbound M11 towards London was shut after a lorry carrying a consignment of 82 pigs crashed.

via Ananova – Road hogs close M11.

December 30, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, animals, pigs | 1 Comment

Suit: “NYC Eatery Patron Hurt by Falling Moose Head” Some headlines can’t be improved

A Web designer says she was struck by the decor at a New York City restaurant — when it fell on her head. Raina Kumra says in a negligence lawsuit filed last week that a 150-pound stuffed moose head with 3-foot-wide antlers plummeted off a wall at the Scandinavian-themed White Slab Palace on Oct. 4 and hit her. She says she suffered a concussion and other injuries.

via Suit: NYC Eatery Patron Hurt by Falling Moose Head – ABC News.

December 30, 2009 Posted by | animals, moose | Comments Off on Suit: “NYC Eatery Patron Hurt by Falling Moose Head” Some headlines can’t be improved

Pretty cheesy crime

A thief with a sweet tooth made off with more than $40,000 worth of stolen cheesecake and a refrigerated truck on Dec. 26, police said.

via OrlandoSentinel.com

Pretty dumb theft…unless they were stealing the truck and not the cheesecake.

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | 1 Comment

Merry Christmas, all. See you after the holiday.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Merry Christmas, all. See you after the holiday.

No, Ma’am. That’s not rats on the plane. It’s sea otters.

If you fly a lot, you’re no stranger to delays. Usually, it’s weather. Sometimes, it’s mechanical. Sometimes, it seems like there’s no reason at all.But on Tuesday, a group of passengers on a Continental flight had a good – albeit unusual – reason for their delay: otters.

No joke. Sea otters.The furry critters caused an 80-minute delay for a Columbus-bound flight at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.The flight was supposed to leave at 7:55 p.m., but the otters had other plans.Passengers were told the otters were in the cargo area, and somehow they escaped their cages.

More at  khou.com | Local News.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes, animals | | Comments Off on No, Ma’am. That’s not rats on the plane. It’s sea otters.

Stick ’em up or I’ll detonate these sausages!

A Chinese robber threatened to blow up a restaurant with sausages, disguised as explosives, strapped to his body.

The 23-year-old man ate a meal at the restaurant, in Benxi, Heilongjang province, before grabbing the owner’s daughter. He put a knife to her neck and demanded cash from the till – but the restaurateur and other diners overpowered him.

They called the police – but when officers arrived the man, named He, jumped to his feet and revealed his ‘explosive’ belt.

Police managed to restrain He and took him outside to an open space – and called bomb disposal experts, reports the Huashang Morning Post.

“When [the] experts arrived, they laughed out loud as they quickly realised the explosives were actually sausages,” said a police spokesman.

…He told police he had been “inspired” by the shape of the sausages.

via Ananova – Robber relies on ‘bangers’.

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Stick ’em up or I’ll detonate these sausages!

Crime tip: When stealing a cell phone don’t give your name and address to the owner

Peter Gamblin, 24, answered [the] phone he had taken just hours before and gave… his personal details in an ”act of bravado.”

At Lincoln Crown Court Gamblin, a former England under-16 billiard champion, from Lincoln, Lincs., denied the robbery, claiming he was at his sister’s house.

But a jury took just 25 minutes to convict him.

via Mobile phone thief caught after answering call – Telegraph

What relevance the fact that he was a former billiards champion has, I’m not sure but the reporter stuck it in there.

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Crime tip: When stealing a cell phone don’t give your name and address to the owner

Atlantis Found! (Again)

A group of ‘undersea archaeologists’ have become the latest to claim they have uncovered the lost city of Atlantis.

The scientists – who have refused to identify themselves – have released a series of images taken beneath the Caribbean.

They insist the snaps show what appear to be the ruins of a city that could pre-date Egypt’s pyramids, which appeared after 2600BC.

More, with pictures at Mail Online.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Strange | | Comments Off on Atlantis Found! (Again)

The perfect Christmas gift: Divorce vouchers

A London law firm has come up with a ‘must have’ Christmas present for unhappy couples – divorce gift vouchers.

via Ananova – Law firm offers divorce vouchers for Christmas.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Strange | | Comments Off on The perfect Christmas gift: Divorce vouchers

“Billy the Kid” strikes again

A goat is behind bars in a German police cell after he was ‘arrested’ for disrupting traffic. Billy the kid was caught by cops in Bremen after it blocked traffic by standing in the middle of a road crossing.

The goat then led cops and locals on a chase across town when officers – called in by drivers – tried to catch it. It was eventually caught by police after several patrol cars had to be called in to help.

via Ananova – Billy the Kid behind bars.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on “Billy the Kid” strikes again

Sticky situation

All lanes of Interstate 24 in south Nashville are back open Friday after crews worked to remove an adhesive spilled during an early-morning crash.

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews had closed off the right two lanes of I-24 East in the Antioch area Friday morning as they put down new reflectors. Police said that at about 5 a.m., a tractor-trailer driver moved to the left as directed but moved back into the right lanes before the construction zone ended.As a result, the tractor-trailer driver slammed into the back of a TDOT truck near Old Hickory Boulevard and then pushed the vehicle into the median…

Adhesive used to lay down reflectors spilled out of the TDOT truck and onto the interstate. Crews will be working to clean the adhesive off, a job made more difficult Friday morning, they said, because of freezing temperatures.

via Nashville News Story – WSMV Nashville.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, traffic | , | Comments Off on Sticky situation

You can’t make these up: “Sprouts make turtles flatulent too”

A Norfolk aquarium has taken action to prevent flatulence from a Brussels sprout-eating turtle from triggering overflow alarms. The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre has lowered the water level in George the green turtle’s tank, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Staff at the centre give George a seasonal treat of Brussel sprouts at Christmas to provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

But turtles, like humans, are prone to heavy bouts of flatulence after eating the vegetables.

via Ananova – Sprouts make turtles flatulent too.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | animals, Strange jobs | , , | Comments Off on You can’t make these up: “Sprouts make turtles flatulent too”

High jump Winner, Bovine Division

A suspected burglary has been solved in Somerset – after a neighbour spotted a cow jumping on to a roof.

The householder, of Blagdon, thought she had been broken into after coming home to find her roof badly damaged.

She called in the police – but then a neighbour came forward with some surprising information, reports the Daily Telegraph.

William de Cothi, 17, had photographed the animal after he spotted it on the roof about six feet off the ground.

via Ananova – Cow ‘jumped 6ft onto roof’.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | animals, Strange | , | Comments Off on High jump Winner, Bovine Division

Monkeys show no respect for the Master

…Lo Wung’s taekwondo monkeys have become a regular feature outside a shopping centre in Enshi, Hubei province, where they were trained to show off their martial arts skills on each other.

But one quick-thinking monkey saw his chance when Lo slipped – and caught him with a perfect flying kung fu kick to the head. The rest then joined in the affray.

Hu Luang, 32, who caught the incident on camera, said: “I saw one punch him in the eye – he grabbed another by the ear and it responded by grabbing his nose. They were leaping and jumping all over the place – it was better than a Bruce Lee film.”

At one point the monkey trainer grabbed a staff to hit the monkeys, only to find himself facing a stick-brandishing monkey that cracked him over the head.

via Ananova – Kung fu monkeys turn tables on trainer.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Monkeys show no respect for the Master

Crime tip: When robbing a house it’s best not to stop and take a bath

A 25-year-old man suspected of breaking into an east Texas house is jailed after police found him taking a bath in the house. The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a blue-collar neighborhood of northwest Tyler. Police Sgt. Matthew Smyser said a resident called to report that a man had kicked in the front door of the house. While en route, officers were advised the resident had left the house but the intruder remained inside.

Officers entered the house to find the man had stripped and was taking a bath. After a brief struggle, the man was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail.

via News from The Associated Press

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Crime tip: When robbing a house it’s best not to stop and take a bath

There’s another kind?

My picture

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Odd signs | | Comments Off on There’s another kind?

Thought for the day

Christopher Morley

from Quotes of the Day
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Quotes | | Comments Off on Thought for the day

Sure to attract a crowd to your yard sale

Link

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Honesty, Odd signs | , | Comments Off on Sure to attract a crowd to your yard sale

In case anyone noticed and wondered…

I’ve been neglecting Oldstersview the last week and a half or so while I worked on healing up an ulcerated cornea. Coming along nicely now, thanks. That’s the third one I’ve had over the years. Not recommended. Painful.

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The other side of Mount Rushmore

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff | | 1 Comment