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.
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.
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.
Pretty dumb theft…unless they were stealing the truck and not the cheesecake.
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.
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.
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.
What relevance the fact that he was a former billiards champion has, I’m not sure but the reporter stuck it in there.
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.
A London law firm has come up with a ‘must have’ Christmas present for unhappy couples – divorce gift vouchers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…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.
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.
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.