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Ooops! Try again. (Thanks, Naomi.)

When officials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign, they thought the reply was what they needed. Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council said in Welsh: “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated”. So that was what went up under the English version which barred lorries from a road near a supermarket.

via BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Odd signs | Comments Off

We do get a little dusty…


May 28, 2010 Posted by | Odd signs | | Comments Off

I can’t hear you. Wait while I take the celery out of my ear.


May 28, 2010 Posted by | Odd signs | Comments Off

Bicycles aren’t the best getaway vehicles. Especially if you run into a police car.

A man robbed an Anchorage bank and escaped on a bicycle but didn’t get far, police said Thursday.

The suspect crashed his bike into a patrol car, slid across the hood and took off running but was detained half a block away five minutes after the robbery, Anchorage Police Lt. Dave Parker said.

More via  Yahoo! News.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off

Building gone…ATM intact. Sounds like the Apple Dumpling Gang.

Would-be robbers in Germany had to flee empty handed after blowing up everything in a bank except for where the money was, police said on Wednesday.

Photos in German media showed a scene of devastation in the northeastern village of Malliss, with the bank reduced to a pile of rubble and its roof completely obliterated. Amid the wreckage, only the cash machine could be seen intact.

More at  Yahoo! News.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

But I like bagpipes. Must mean I’m not a rat.

Tour bosses have come up with a way of frightening off rats on their trips round the historic drains of the Austrian capital Vienna – bagpipes.The Third Man tours – which walk the sewers made famous in Orson Welles’ cult film – were closed down after health and safety chiefs said the risk of rat bites was too great.Now they’re back on after organisers proved how the squeal of Scottish bagpipes from a kilted piper send the rats scurrying for cover.

via Quirky News | Orange UK.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off

Well, there’s your problem. There’s a peanut stuck in that tooth.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off

Crime tip: Don’t take a picture of yourself with the loot

A photo on a suspect’s cell phone showing him holding a large amount of cash led to the arrest today of a man charged in last Friday’s robbery of the Platinum Bank on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland…

“When detectives searched the Chrysler Concorde (that he was driving) and Mitchell’s cell phone, they located… a photo of Mitchell holding a large amount of cash,” the sheriff’s office said.

He was charged with three counts Armed Robbery, one count Possession Marijuana With Intent to Sell, one count Distribution of Marijuana Within 200 Feet of a School, one count Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, two counts Resisting Arrest, one count Possession of Burglary Tools, two counts Burglary of a Structure, one count Attempted Burglary, one count Burglary of Dwelling, one count Grand Theft, one count Petit Theft, one count Criminal Mischief, and 1 count of driving without a valid license.

via  WTSP.com 10 Connects

A whole criminal career in one arrest. That must be some kind of record.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Breast implants, iPods, and robot monkeys

A pair of breast implants and a stuffed seagull are among the astonishing haul of lost property found on buses (in the UK). Drivers also discovered a robotic talking monkey and tailor’s dummy head, complete with wig.

They were just some of the items that went unclaimed after being left on Lothian Buses’ 600-strong fleet.

More lost items at  The Daily Record

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Strange | | Comments Off

That Jacuzzi leak? Found it!

The elephant – nicknamed ‘Troublesome’ – is well known to rangers at the reserve for her inquisitive nature.

But no-one realised she was behind the ‘leak’ at the Jacuzzi-style hot tub outside one of the £400-a-night lodges.

via  Mail Online.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off

Crime tip: Tattooed lips may be cool and tough but they give you away

A Colorado burglar has been arrested after being identified by his distinctive facial tattoo.

The tattoo on the upper lip of 20-year-old Anthony Brandon Gonzales led to his arrest last week in connection with a break-in at the home of an Elvis impersonator in Pueblo County.

A witness told police that one of the invaders had “East Side” tattooed on his upper lip.

via Quirky News | Orange UK.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Dumb Stuff, tattoo, Uncategorized | Comments Off

5 gallon paint cans have lids for a reason

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Druids hired to reduce Austrian road accidents (Thanks, Geoff.)

For the past two years Austrian motorway bosses have been hiring a team of druids to build miniature Stonehenge monnuments at the sites of repeated accidents to restore the “terrestrial energy” which the Druids claim has been messed up by cell phone antennas on cars.  The scheme is apparently working so well that a full time team of Druids has been hired to take the program nationwide.

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Druids hired to cut road accidents.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Strange, Strange jobs | | Comments Off

Crime tip: Telephone number sequence is important

A man trying to complete a drug deal was arrested by Wenatchee, WA, police after he dialed 911 instead of room 119. When officers arrived to check on his welfare they discovered an outstanding arrest warrant as well as a quantity of drugs.

via HeraldNet: Northwest Briefly

Additional crime tip: Police will arrive to check on a 911 call even if you hang up.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Everybody’s a critic

Photo credit: Me

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Fun stuff | Comments Off

Another reason not to park by a fire hydrant


May 21, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers | Comments Off

Open and shut case


May 21, 2010 Posted by | Odd signs | Comments Off

Montauk Monster: Part two

Locals in a small Canadian town have been stumped by the appearance of a bizarre creature, which was dragged from a lake. The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous ‘Montauk monster’.

The creature was discovered by two nurses in the town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib in Ontario, Canada, while out on a walk with their dog. The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous ‘Montauk monster’When the dog began sniffing in the lake, the two women started investigating, before the dog pulled the dead animal out.

More via  Beast found in Ontario | Mail Online.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | animals, Monsters | | Comments Off

Crime tip: A safe is heavy. Nice picture by the way.

A burglar broke into (a) Quiznos restaurant (in Silverdale, WA) early Tuesday, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports.The owner discovered a back door had been pried open and a safe was missing when he came into work Tuesday morning.

A security video showed a suspect, wearing gloves, finding the safe at about 1:30 a.m. He returned at 3:30 a.m. with a dolly and carried it out of the store, reports said. But he didn’t get far with it. It was found about 50 feet away, damaged but not broken into, deputies said.

via CK Quiznos Burglar Doesn’t Get Far With Safe » Kitsap Sun.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

“While strolling through the park one day…”

United Kingdom – The father of two was walking thought Kelsey Park in Beckenham, Kent, when he spotted the phantom appear behind a park bench.

The 46-year-old said he was walking pet pooch Harry in the park this week when the spook – a woman wearing Victorian-style dress – suddenly materialized.

He said that Harry came to an abrupt standstill the moment the spirit appeared and refused to budge.

“It was really spooky,” he said.

via Our Strange World.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | ghost | | Comments Off


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