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Thirsty? How about a nice cold glass of camel milk

Just after dawn, they file on their own – always in groups of 12 – into metal stalls for milking. Workers attach automated pumps. The milk flows into a system of chilled pipes that empty into a sealed metal vat.

The next stop someday could be markets in Europe, and possibly beyond, under ambitious plans backed by Dubai’s ruler to expand the reach of the playfully eccentric brand name Camelicious.

via – KPTV Portland

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August 23, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Thirsty? How about a nice cold glass of camel milk

100 km traffic jam…nine days and counting

Maintenance work, wrecks and broken down cars caused a nine-day traffic jam in China that stretched for more than 100 kilometres, Chinese daily newspaper The Global Times reported. The traffic jam, on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway between Beijing and Huai’an, began on August 14 when thousands of Beijing-bound coal and fruit trucks jammed the roadway . A major cause of the congestion was maintenance work on the nearby National Expressway 110, which had suffered damage from heavy vehicles.

The roadworks work forced drivers to use the Beijing-Tibet Expressway instead. Coupled with several minor accidents and broken down cars, traffic has now been stranded on the expressway for the past nine days.

The traffic jam is expected to last for almost a month with maintenance work on the National Expressway 110 (is) not due to be finished until September 13.

via News.com.au

400 police officers have been assigned to the 100 km stretch to maintain order.

August 23, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Cars, cops | Comments Off on 100 km traffic jam…nine days and counting

Bee calm

A police officer was trapped in his patrol car for three hours – by 50,000 angry honeybees.

Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Jenkins, 31, had been called out after a lorry broke down near Raleigh, North Carolina. The lorry was pulling a trailer loaded with 60 boxes of bees and the insects had escaped, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Deputy Jenkins arrived at day break just as the bees were waking up and they swarmed him, forcing him to retreat to his car and radio for back up.

More via Policeman trapped – by angry bees | Orange UK.

August 21, 2010 Posted by | animals, cops | | Comments Off on Bee calm

Ferdinand’s revenge

Regional officials say 40 people were injured when a bull leapt into the packed grandstands of a Spanish bullring and ran amok.Video shown on Spanish media outlets Thursday shows the bull jumping 10 meters yards from the ring into the stands causing panic as he lurched through the screaming crowd, charging and tossing everything he could.

via Bull leaps into bullring stands in Spain, 40 hurt – CTV News.

August 19, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Ferdinand’s revenge

Legendary carp

Britain’s biggest freshwater fish has left the angling world in mourning after being found dead floating on the lake where it had become a legend.

The monster carp — nicknamed Two Tone due to its colouring — was believed to have weighed more than 70lb when it died.

The famous fish was the Holy Grail for UK anglers with many men devoting up to 60 hours a week hunting it and it is said to have even broken up marriages.

Two Tone, who was believed to have been at least 45 and died of old age, was only caught once or twice a year and no more than 50 times in its lifetime.

More via Legendary carp carks it aged 45 | The Sun |News.

August 18, 2010 Posted by | animals, Monsters | | Comments Off on Legendary carp

For some strange reason the cops aren’t buying this speeding excuse

It could be one of the most bizarre reasons ever offered by a speeding driver: a ghost made me do it! But that is exactly the story being put forward by superstitious motorists hitting speeds of up to 112 mph on a road north of Newcastle, New South Wales in an effort to conjure up a ghost, The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

More via Motorists Speeding To Conjure Ghost Of Dead Motorcyclist.

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers, ghost | Comments Off on For some strange reason the cops aren’t buying this speeding excuse

Truly dumb crook

A woman charged with robbing more than $11,000 from a Waukegan bank was captured less than 40 minutes later after leaving, among other clues, her personal debit card on the teller’s counter, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI.

Kimberly Ramirez not only left her debit card, she wrote her demand note — “give me what you got” — on the back of a prescription made out in her name and left it at the Consumers Credit Union, 2750 Washington St., around 12:57 p.m. Monday, according to the complaint.

When Waukegan police arrived at her apartment building at about 1:30 p.m., Ramirez was outside her unit and told police she’d locked herself out.Inside the apartment, police found almost $10,000 as well as a black hat, sunglasses and black purse identical to the ones worn by the bank robber, according to a criminal complaint.

via  Chicago Breaking News.

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Truly dumb crook

One person dies in 737 Crash. If not a miracle it’s close to one.

A Boeing 737 jetliner with 131 passengers aboard crashed as it prepared to land and broke into three pieces at a Colombian island in the Caribbean early Monday. The region’s governor said it was a miracle that only one person died.

Colombian Air Force Col. David Barrero said officials were investigating reports the plane had been hit by lightning before crashing at 1:49 a.m. (3:49 a.m. EDT; 0649 GMT) on San Andres Island, a resort area of 78,000 people about 120 miles (190 kilometers) east of the Nicaraguan coast.

via Jetliner Crashes on Colombian Island

The person who died, a 68 year old man is thought to have had a heart attack.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on One person dies in 737 Crash. If not a miracle it’s close to one.

Wi-Fi making kids sick? Not likely. Dumb parents? Likely.

A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children’s schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.

Some parents in the Barrie, Ont., area say their children are showing a host of symptoms, ranging from headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates.

They believe the Wi-Fi setup in their kids’ elementary schools may be the problem.

via CBC News – Toronto – Ont. parents suspect Wi-Fi making kids sick

Let’s see now. Headache, dizziness, nausea, racing heart. Mysteriously clears on weekends. Ever heard of “I don’t want to go to school” syndrome?

August 16, 2010 Posted by | Dumb protesters, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Wi-Fi making kids sick? Not likely. Dumb parents? Likely.

A bit breezy, I would think

A motorcyclist caught the eye of a police officer in Ontario Sunday, not just because he was speeding, but because he wasn’t wearing pants or underwear.The 40-year-old Hamilton man was clad only in a T-shirt, the Hamilton Advocate reported.

via Bottomless biker arrested in Canada – UPI.com

Why, yes. Alcohol was involved.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on A bit breezy, I would think

Moooving trophy

When it comes to mooing, 10-year-old Austin Siok is an expert.

The Dyer Intermediate School fifth-grader last week won an annual mooing contest at the Wisconsin State Fair because he sounded more like a real cow than the other about 80 contest participants. And since then he hasn’t stopped mooing, said Austin’s mom, Dawn Siok, 47, of Burlington.

“He’s pretty much mooed everywhere we’ve went now,” said Siok, an administrative assistant for Kohl’s. “He mooed at the bank and he mooed at Kohls. Everyone wants to hear him moo.”

via WITH VIDEO: Local boy wins state fair mooing contest.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | animals, cool people, cool stuff, Kids | Comments Off on Moooving trophy

Another master stroke for the diminutive dictator

North Korea’s propaganda campaign has surged into the 21st century with a new Twitter account, hot on the heals of its foray into video with clips posted on YouTube.

The secretive regime has begun micro-blogging under the name @uriminzok, with a number of posts pointing its few dozen followers to anti-Seoul and anti-US statements on the country’s official website http://www.uriminzokkiri.com.South Korea blocks the site and few in North Korea have access even to a computer.

More via N.Korea uses Twitter for propaganda offensive – Yahoo! News

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, politics | | Comments Off on Another master stroke for the diminutive dictator

Six pound Florida lobster

More via South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

August 15, 2010 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Six pound Florida lobster

Want an exciting career? Try crime. Absolutely no brain required.

Two people, visiting a friend in jail, wound up in jail themselves when deputies discovered that the woman was carrying:

1. Three syringes

2. Two packets of meth

3. Marijuana

4. A handcuff key

5. Small knife

She also had outstanding felony warrants.

Her male companion was also arrested. Seems it’s illegal for a felon, which he is, to be on jail grounds. And he was carrying stolen checks.

More via KATU.com – Portland, Oregon | News.

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Want an exciting career? Try crime. Absolutely no brain required.

Chinese topple by the thousand

More than 10,000 people in northern China have set a world record for the longest chain of human dominoes.

Arranged in lines, they slowly collapsed backward onto each other in sequence from a sitting position like a line of toppling dominoes.

The 10,267 people who took part wore color-coordinated clothes that spelled out in English and Chinese the name of the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia where the record attempt was made Thursday.

via 10,000 Chinese set human domino record – Yahoo! News

There’s video at the link.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Chinese topple by the thousand

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…but not glasses

A North Dakota inmate was not afraid of making a spectacle of himself when he grabbed another suspect’s glasses and started to eat them.

Burleigh County Sheriff’s Maj. Les Witkowski says the 42-year-old inmate at the county detention center became frustrated Aug. 1 when he was not able to talk to the chaplain, so he swallowed both lenses and a piece of the metal frame.

via …man swallows other inmate’s glasses – Yahoo! News

That will show them. Or something.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…but not glasses

You think your natural gas bill stinks? This one really does.

Paying bills usually stinks, but gas bills from a utility in Washington state will include something truly odorous this month: the stench of rotten eggs.

As part of a safety campaign, Puget Sound Energy is including a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet with its billing statements to remind customers of what leaking gas smells like.

via Wash. utility adds rotten egg smell to bills – Yahoo! News.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Big stink | | Comments Off on You think your natural gas bill stinks? This one really does.

Is this the ugliest building in England?

Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are designed to be both sleek and eco-friendly. And then there’s the Strata Tower, which improves urban density and has three wind turbines. And it’s been named Britain’s ugliest new building.

The Strata Tower won that questionable honor in an annual competition held by Building Design magazine. It’s the tallest residential building in London, standing at 480 feet, so it’s good from a density standpoint as well as having wind turbines.

via Eco-friendly super-tower, “The Electric Razor,” is named ugliest new building in England.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | buildings, Great Things | Comments Off on Is this the ugliest building in England?

‘God-grilla’ looks like Texas style but it’s from the Cotswolds

The 31 year-old, spent three months welding together the bespoke steel grill, which weighs two tonnes, measures 16ft across and requires 14 bags of coal to ignite.The 11ft tall barbecue, which costs about £10,000, is so big it can cook seven whole lambs, three pigs or two cows at the same time.

via  Telegraph.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff | , | Comments Off on ‘God-grilla’ looks like Texas style but it’s from the Cotswolds

There’s never a policeman around when you need one. Oh. Wait.

Police in Eaton [Ohio] said a woman called for help because she was being arrested.

Authorities said 44-year-old Andrea Elliot was intoxicated and disorderly on Tuesday night. However, when officers tried to put her in handcuffs, she called 911 and complained about being arrested.

via  WHIO Dayton.

August 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on There’s never a policeman around when you need one. Oh. Wait.