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Attn Good Ol’ Boys: Goodwill prefers that you not donate grenades

A device that could be a grenade was found in some clothing donated to a Goodwill location in Madison, police in Madison said.

via  Top News Stories at Officer.com.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Attn Good Ol’ Boys: Goodwill prefers that you not donate grenades

Give me all your money and you will be well…poor but well

… a psychic from Lafayette, Colorado, was arrested for fraud after telling clients their “money [was] evil” and that she’d take their cursed cash so “the money would suffer” instead. (She) made at least $290,000 using this scam.

via Colorado psychic arrested… Psuedoscience – io9.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Think about it | , | Comments Off on Give me all your money and you will be well…poor but well

“Ghost hunting is serious business”…lucrative too

…Ghostly folklore has always played a role in British history. Buildings ranging from Hampton Court – where the ghost of Catherine Howard has allegedly been seen running from room to room, pursued by guards, as she did before her execution – to the Bank of England are believed to be haunted.

But lately, ghost tours have turned into serious enterprise, with a handful of companies charging as much as 200 pounds (US $401) for paranormal adventures. ‘The British have always loved a really good ghost story – look at Dickens and M.R. James,’ says Fright Night’s founder, Martin Jeffrey. ‘This takes it one step further. Some people have attended our events 60 or 70 times.’

More via Ghost hunting is serious business.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | ghost | Comments Off on “Ghost hunting is serious business”…lucrative too

Crime tip: When stealing a hearse be sure there is no body in it

Thieves in Cleveland, Ohio, stole an undertaker’s hearse from a crematorium – with a corpse still inside. They dumped the body but left a note when they abandoned the vehicle so police could find it, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The corpse had been left in a bag on a medical trolley inside the vehicle in a locked building at the Greenfiield crematorium.

More via Quirky News | Orange UK

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Crime tip: When stealing a hearse be sure there is no body in it

First rose of Summer

Photo credit: Oldster

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Photos | | Comments Off on First rose of Summer

Pigs can’t fly but maybe they can vote in the UK

A council sent a letter to a woman’s pet pig offering the animal the chance to register to vote in the election. The letters were addressed to Blossom Grant at Pig Flats – the animal’s old sty in Uckfield, East Sussex.

The building was renovated two years ago and now houses volunteers at a local horse rescue centre, reports the Daily Telegraph. But due to a Land Registry error the pig receives several junk letters a month.

Pauline Grant, 73, Blossom’s owner, said: “I could not believe it when the letter telling Blossom to register to vote came through it was one of the strangest things I had ever seen.

More via Pig invited to vote in election | Quirky News | Orange UK.

May 15, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Bureaucrats | | Comments Off on Pigs can’t fly but maybe they can vote in the UK

UFO Wiener? Looks like a balloon to me.

Somerville (New Jersey) police were flooded with phone calls this morning after residents reported seeing a large tube-like object fluttering through the sky.

Police said they were swamped with phone calls after a flurry of callers reported to radio station NJ 101.5 that a UFO was flying above the area. Residents then began calling the Somerville Police Department to report the object.

via UFO News: The UFO Wiener

May 15, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, UFO | Comments Off on UFO Wiener? Looks like a balloon to me.

Tip: When installing a fire door it’s important not to burn down the building

A worker installing a fire-safety door sparked a massive three-alarm blaze that ripped through five stores in Stuyvesant Town yesterday.The building housing the five stores at 500 E. 14th St., across from the Stuyvesant Town complex, was gutted…

An employee of Ideal Fire Safety Systems said he was working on a fire-access door in the kitchen of Pete’s-A-Place, a pizza joint, at around 10:15 a.m. when his welding torch apparently set some grease on fire.

More via Fire door installer sparks three-alarm blaze – NYPOST.com.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Tip: When installing a fire door it’s important not to burn down the building

Three for one

Police in Alice Springs, Australia, pulled off a triple play recently when they pulled the same car over three times within a half  hour and charged the driver with DUI.

Did I mention it was three different drivers, one after the other?

via Same car, same problem: 3 drunks behind wheel – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Three for one

Please don’t wrap the Charmin

Police said they suspect they’ve captured the “toilet paper bandit.” A man who concealed his face by wrapping his head with toilet paper robbed a Lincoln convenience store last month. Police said the man was armed with a knife, but no one was hurt in the robbery.

More via Nebraska police nab alleged ‘toilet paper’ bandit – Yahoo! News

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Please don’t wrap the Charmin

Crime tip: When reporting to jail to start your sentence, leave your drugs home

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Poughkeepsie woman with felony promoting prison contraband in the first degree for possession drugs at the jail.

Deputies said on Friday, May 7, Jane Simmons, 45, of Glenwood Avenue in Poughkeepsie reported to the Ulster Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division to report for her intermittent sentence for a previous charge of petit larceny.

As she was being processed into the jail, corrections staff found her to be in possession of 18 decks of heroin and 10 Hydrocodone pills.

via Woman reporting for jail sentence has heroin, Hydrocodone pills on her.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crime tip: When reporting to jail to start your sentence, leave your drugs home

See, the thing about alligators is they have these big jaws—and teeth

An alligator wrestler was bitten by an 8-foot-long alligator and severely injured while performing Sunday at the Cotee River Seafood Festival, authorities said.

Jeff Quattrocchi, 45, an alligator handler from Kissimmee, was in the midst of a performance at 1 p.m. when the reptile chomped onto his right arm. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg by helicopter and later reported to be in stable condition. New Port Richey police Lt. Steve Kostas said Quattrocchi’s injuries are not life-threatening, but he is expected to undergo surgery.

via St. Petersburg Times

There must be a reason people wrestle alligators but I’m not sure what it is.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on See, the thing about alligators is they have these big jaws—and teeth

Three bags full—of popcorn a day. For 16 years??

A New York woman has filed a lawsuit after her 16-year popcorn habit left her with permanent lung damage, the New York Post reports.

Agnes Mercado from Queens devoured two to three bags of Act II Lite microwave popcorn a day between 1991 and September 2007. The popcorn was flavored with diacetyl, a compound that gives food a buttery taste.

Workers who packaged the popcorn for manufacturer ConAgra Foods developed “popcorn lung,” an airway obstruction that does not respond to medicine.

via News.com.au

That’s 17,520 bags of popcorn.

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | , | 2 Comments

Where’s the art? Umm, that’s it—in the image down there.

An art exhibition featuring a brush propped against a wall and pieces of wood strewn across the floor has been branded the worst in Britain. Discarded nails, a bucket and an empty laundry bag also make up the display at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery by artist Susan Collis. Art lover Graham Whitehouse, 40, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, said: “Conceptual art is one thing but this is just ridiculous.’

via ‘Britain’s worst’ art exhibition? | Quirky News | Orange UK.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Art?, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Where’s the art? Umm, that’s it—in the image down there.

It can’t be any harder than piloting a Flying Saucer, right?

An unruly passenger who banged on the cockpit door of a SkyWest flight and claimed he was a space alien was arrested after the plane made an emergency landing Sunday in Idaho Falls…

…  Pocatello TV station KPVI reported he told flight attendants he was a space alien and wanted to fly the plane.

More via  Deseret News.

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Airplanes, crazy, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on It can’t be any harder than piloting a Flying Saucer, right?