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Indian train pulls a wrong way Corrigan, travels 980km wrong way

More than a thousand furious rail passengers stormed a station office after they noticed the train they were on had gone 980km (588 miles) in the WRONG direction.

As the packed service pulled into the Indian city of Warangal people on board went berserk as they realised they were five hours away from where they should have been and no staff on board had noticed.

More via Mail Online

September 29, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Well, an axe murderer knows how to use an axe.

Thomas McCulloch, who killed three people with an axe in 1976, has been permitted trips out of prison in Scotland to complete a course involving cutting down trees and shrubs.

via Metro.co.uk.

September 25, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Going to the store? Leave your snake at home, please.

A man in Dundee was asked to leave his local supermarket when he showed up with his pet snake draped around his neck. Hard to understand why. After all the snake, a boa constrictor, was only six feet long.

via Man banned from his local Asda after taking pet snake on shopping trip – The Daily Record.

September 6, 2011 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

A bad haircut is not a police emergency, sir.

A man in Drammen, Norway, was so upset about what he thought was a bad haircut that he called the police after the salon manager said it was too late to do anything about it. The police, however. declined to mediate. Seems they thought they had more important things to do.

Apparently the salon couldn’t glue the hair back on.


via Bad hair day : Views and News from Norway.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

You might say they have a rocky relationship.

A small-town mayor is under police investigation after finally giving his wife a nice, big rock.

Make that his ex-wife. And the rock was a 20 tonne boulder, not a ring.

Dany Larivière, the mayor of Saint-Théodore-d’Acton, east of Montreal, told a French news station that he had dropped the boulder off on his ex-wife’s lawn early Sunday morning. The rock is spray-painted “Happy Birthday, Isa XX” and topped with a big pink bow.

“I had to do something so she’d leave me alone,” he told TVA Monday morning. “That’s the biggest rock she’ll ever get in her life.”

via 20-tonne boulder- thestar.com.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Maybe Hitler would have lost the silly mustache…

As wartime plots go, it stood as much chance of success as Captain Blackadder’s attempt to avoid battle by sticking two pencils up his nose, putting underpants on his head and claiming to be from the planet Wibble.

With no end to the Second World War in sight, British spies came up with a plan to lace Adolf Hitler’s food with female sex hormones to curb his aggressive impulses.

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August 15, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Hitler | Comments Off

Cannonball cure. Maybe six prunes would be better?

via Ladies! Cannonball cure for constipation – Boing Boing.

July 30, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Women’s trousers illegal in Paris for 200 years

Women in Paris may soon be legally allowed to wear trousers after a female French senator called for a 200-year old ban technically still in place to be lifted.

The bizarre ban was first introduced in late 1799 by Paris’ police chief, and stipulated than any woman wishing to “dress like a man” must seek special permission from police and provide medical justification for showing their legs.

via  Telegraph.

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

The sound of one hand clapping

The crackdown in Belarus grew more indiscriminate this week. Among the 400 arrested: a one-armed man charged with taking part in the clapping protests and mute person accused of shouting antigovernment slogans.

via CSMonitor.com.

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Ring them bells! No. Wait. Don’t ring them bells.

A group of professional bell ringers was locked up in a British church tower by a fed up senior citizen.

The team had travelled from the south of England to the northern English village of Sharow to practice a three-hour peal, but the man – believed to be a local resident in his 70s or 80s – took offense to the noise, The York Press reported today.

He confronted the group in the belfry of St. John the Evangelist Church and threatened to damage their cars before lodging the door to the tower shut with a piece of wood.

The bell ringers were trapped inside the tower for half an hour, until a member of the church heard banging from the trap door.

via News.com.au.

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

TSA: You can’t have a bottle of water but whips are OK

The San Francisco Chronicle recently got confirmation from TSA officials that there are more items specifically allowed in carry-on luggage than you’d expect. Among them are whips, chains, handcuffs, vibrators, and other personal “toys” that don’t exceed certain measurements—in other words, they’re OK to go as long they don’t become “club-like.” Everything else seems to fall under the “Tools” category, which allows items under seven inches in length.

via San Francisco Chronicle: Carry-On Luggage

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

You want fries with that McWedding?

Slated to begin sometime in January, the upcoming McWeddings will first appear for a test period at three major McDonald’s branches. They’ll be offered in packages starting at HK$1000 $129, which is a major savings from the typical HK$10,000 or $1,300 price of a Hong Kong wedding.

Included with the reservation is a personalized menu, decorations, McDonald’s-themed gifts, a special apple-pie wedding cake, and a lone fry in place of the traditional cherry a couple shares prior to kissing.

via Ultra-Cheap McWeddings.

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | 2 Comments

Tiger escape drill, step 1: Dress a man in a Tigger suit

If some of the staff who captured the beast don’t seem to be taking the safety drill at Chengdu Zoo seriously, then they can be forgiven.

For if you look very, very closely at these images, you’ll notice it isn’t a real tiger at all. Instead of letting a real big cat loose, managers thought it might be wiser to practise with a costumed escaper.

via  Metro.co.uk.

June 4, 2011 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

What? No jam?? And you call that art??

A Dutch museum-goer got into a sticky situation when he waded into a carpet of creamy peanut butter not realising it was a modern art installation.

The hapless visitor somehow failed to spot the 14m expanse of edible goo at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, Algemeen Dagblad reported overnight.

Bemused tourists watched as the man sank into the 1100 litres of peanut butter – enough to fill more than 2000 regular-sized jars. He has been asked to pay for the damage after leaving a trail of footprints.

via News.com.au

Are they kidding or just deluded? Fourteen square meters of peanut buter on the floor is “art?”

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

White collar teeth crime

An unusual crime has police searching for a suspect.

A surveillance camera at a Kroger in Greenwood caught a man stealing $700 worth of teeth whitener.

via  Weird news – msnbc.com.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Crime, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

File under Dubious Ideas…bicycle wine rack

Wine Rack

April 30, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Zombies, ghost and witches, oh my!

Investigating 3,300 reports of UFOs, ghosts, witches, zombies and vampires has cost the Welsh Dyfed-Powys Police force £500,000 over a five year period.

via BBC News

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

What happens when a taxidermist has never seen a lion

You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts.

via The Lion on Gripsholm’s Slott.

April 11, 2011 Posted by | animals, Creepy, Dumb Stuff | 2 Comments

Feeding ant killer to a kid that ate ants is not generally accepted practice

Do not store chemicals in soft drink bottles, do not leave nicotine chewing gum near children, and do not give your child ant-killer if they have just eaten ants.

These are some of the tips from the Dunedin-based National Poisons Centre, which receives about 35,000 calls, and thousands more internet inquiries, each year.

But ant-killer?

“Yes,” said office manager Lucy Shieffelbien. Staff once received a call from a mother who was so concerned about “ants jiggling inside” her child, she fed them ant-killer.

via Otago Daily Times Online News

March 30, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Let’s just check that site plan one more time, OK?

Bullets from a nearby gun range could doom a controversial hotel and office tower project planned on west of the Sawgrass Expressway.

A ballistics study ordered by the city concludes that bullets fired from the gun range could hit the Everglades Corporate Park with “potentially lethal velocity.”

via  South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

March 14, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off


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