Odd News Archive - July 2008

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July 31, 2008

Australia's PM a descendant of underwear thief: Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a descendent of a child underwear thief and a convict sent to Australia from England for stealing a bag of sugar, a new family history of the prime minister has found.

Australia's Mormon church has spent more than a year researching Rudd's family history, and presented their findings to the prime minister on Thursday....full story from Reuters UK

July 29, 2008

Monkey from Mars: A Georgia crime lab's museum oddity: Other museums might have more or flashier items to display. But only the mini-museum of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation can boast of possessing such an other-world oddity as the monkey from Mars.

The bureau's state crime lab lobby has its requisite displays on forensic science, including an illegal moonshine still and the microscopic fibers that solved the 1981-82 Atlanta child murders. But tucked away in a glass cylinder are the preserved remains of a monkey that three pranksters passed off as an alien 55 years ago in a UFO hoax that drew headlines worldwide....full story w/pic from CBS News

Police in UK hunt stolen rare shark: A rare shark was being hunted by police on Tuesday after it was stolen from the Farnborough aquarium in Hampshire.

Imported from Indonesia four years ago, the 2ft long, mottled brown, marble catshark -- Atelomycterus Macleayi -- is the female half of the only active breeding pair of its kind in Britain....full story from Reuters UK

Jet pack soars above earth's bonds: Glenn Martin, a New Zealander, has spent 27 of his 48 years developing what he calls the world's first practical jet pack. In advance of its formal unveiling Tuesday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the gigantic annual air show here, he said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 each.

Robert Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University in New York, called it "about the coolest desire left to mankind....full story w/pic from IHT

July 28, 2008

Emirates A380 passengers to shower at 43,000 feet: First-class passengers will be able to take a shower at 43,000 feet and enjoy a drink at the upstairs bar on Dubai-based airline Emirates's double-decker Airbus A380s, the airline said on Monday.

Emirates boasted at a ceremony to take delivery of the first of 58 A380s at Airbus's Hamburg plant that the plane would have two bathrooms with showers in its first-class cabins as well as a lounge for premium travellers....full story from Reuters UK

UK man blows up garage making bio-diesel: A Northamptonshire, England man destroyed his garage and badly injured himself at the weekend while attempting to make biodiesel from used cooking oil. A devastating explosion levelled the makeshift reprocessing plant on Saturday afternoon, when sparks from an electric drill being used to mix ingredients ignited explosive vapours.

"Firefighters would like to urge members of the public to take extreme caution if undertaking such chemical mixtures in their own homes," said a statement from the Oxfordshire fire brigade, quoted by the BBC....full story from The Register

Alcopop tax backfires as young turn to spirits: It was meant to reduce the amount alcohol being consumed by young people, but it seems Kevin Rudd's tax on alcopops has had the opposite effect.

New figures from the Liquor Merchants Association of Australia show Mr Rudd's 70 per cent tax hike on alcopops has resulted in the more expensive RTDs (ready-to-drink products) being left on shelves, while full-strength bottles of spirits are walking out the door....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 27, 2008

Future of Iowa nude dancing clubs hangs on answer to question: Is stripping an art? Iowa doesn't have any all-nude strip clubs - but it does have performing arts centers where women dance naked.

However, the loophole in the state's public indecent exposure law that allows nude dancing at "art centers" is under attack in the small community of Hamburg, a town of 1,200 just across the Missouri River from Nebraska....full story from IHT

Deceased UPS driver gets "delivered" to funeral in company vehicle: A United Parcel Service driver in Crystal Lake, Illinois, was delivered to his grave following his death by one of the company's vehicles, his wife says.

Judy Hornagold said the fact her husband Jeff's body was taken to the cemetery Saturday in his friend's UPS truck was a great tribute for a man who worked for the shipping company for 20 years, the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Northwest Herald reported....full story from UPI

July 25, 2008

UK pulls plug on prison PlayStations: Blighty's cons soon really will be doing hard time. Because the Prison Service has issued a directive banning 18 certificate videogames from prisons, and has also pledged to reform console use inside jails.

By 30 September this year, prisons in England and Wales must remove all videogames with an 18 certificate. This'll be bad news for banged-up cons with a penchant for, say, Grand Theft Auto: IV....full story from The Register

Florida woman attacked by fox, then shot in the leg: Authorities say a Levy County man accidentally shot his wife while trying to hit a fox that had attacked her. The couple told deputies they had spotted an animal in their yard Friday morning and went outside to see what it was.

The fox bit the woman on the left leg and wouldn't let go, so she told her husband to get a gun....full story from CBS News

Angry man shoots lawn mower for not starting: A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man was accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.

According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police quote, "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want....full story from CBS News

Drunk-driver an easy arrest: A New Zealand woman who was twice the legal drink-drive limit handed police one of their easiest arrests when she drove to the police station and walked in the front door.

Greta Dunn, 20, parked outside Napier central police station at 2.40am on June 27 to check on her ex-partner, who was in custody.

She said she drove - instead of walking - the 200 metres from a nightclub to the station because "the streets aren't safe"....full story from the Dominion Post

'Catch Me If You Can' conman subject of Australian manhunt: Police believe Barry John Faulkner, dubbed Australia's "Catch Me If You Can" bandit, is luring victims to Sydney international airport. Since April, a dozen people have fallen for his latest scam, netting him tens of thousands of dollars.

The latest guise of Faulkner, who has conned people while posing as a doctor, an airline pilot, an American CIA agent, an American military officer and a member of The Monkees, is as an employee of a Sydney airport-based courier firm....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 24, 2008

Canadian bank collects tennis balls: A Canadian bank is collecting tens of thousands of unwanted tennis balls, which it says it will recycle to reduce noise levels in primary schools.

The donated balls will be sliced open and stuck on the bottom of the legs of school chairs and tables to muffle classroom noise and make it easier for students to learn, Montreal-based National Bank of Canada says....full story from Reuters UK

Peru woman faces jail for posing nude while using flag as saddle: There must be something in the water in South America. A few weeks ago we had the "subway stripper" in Chile and now a suggestive shot of Leysi Suarez photographed using Peru's flag as a saddle while mounted on a horse nude. Leysi's main job is dancing for the band Alma Bella, or Beautiful Soul.

Ms. Suarez will face charges that could put her in jail for up to four years for offending patriotic symbols, the country's defence minister said on Wednesday. "These are patriotic symbols that demand total respect, and using them improperly requires punishment," defence Minister Antero Flores told reporters. "This is an offence.....full story from Reuters UK

Surfer fined $200 for wave rage: A surfer charged with assault over a wave rage incident in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, has been granted diversion after apologising to his victim and donating $200 to an anger management course.

The Havelock North man, 58, was accused of assaulting Susie Smith, 62, last month by knocking her off her surfboard and holding her underwater at Te Awanga, near Hastings....full story from the Dominion Post

July 23, 2008

Sydney's Airds High School where it rains inside: Teachers have been forced to carry umbrellas inside a public high school and wade through ankle-deep floodwaters to get to classes.

In yet another indictment of the school maintenance backlog in New South Wales, Australia, staff and students say they have endured the horror conditions in the school - among the worst in the government system - during times of heavy rain for the past 23 years....full story from NEWS.com.au

Don't ask Olympic tourists age or wage, China warns: Don't ask a tourist's age or wage, steer clear of sex and avoid religion: what many Chinese consider idle chit-chat has now become the latest area of censure in Beijing as it prepares for an influx of Olympic visitors.

Posters displayed on bulletin boards in the neighborhood which includes tourist magnet the Forbidden City, and which will host Olympics boxing events, counsel locals against a wide range of potentially awkward conversation topics with foreigners....full story from Reuters UK

July 22, 2008

NY man earning $100K lived in company paint shed: A New York state report says a maintenance man who earned $100,000 last year working at a psychiatric center has been living for free in a paint shed on company grounds and even had his mail delivered there.

A report issued Monday by the inspector general's office says the worker lived on the grounds of the Rockland Psychiatric Center in New York City's northern suburbs for three years. It says he stayed in a back room of the shed and had a couch, microwave and refrigerator....full story from The Bakersfield Californian

July 21, 2008

Cable repairman taken for ride in cherry picker: A cable repairman fixing overhead lines in a cherry picker truck got a lift he wasn't expecting. Police said a Bakersfield man stole the Brighthouse Networks truck on Saturday while 50-year-old Curtis Bartell was elevated 25 feet in the air.

The thief drove off, tearing down several phone lines before crashing into a utility pole. Police say Bartell did not suffer any major injuries....full story from The Bakersfield Californian

Man blows up apartment spraying for bugs: A New Jersey man trying to exterminate insects in his apartment blew it up instead, the New York Daily News reported on Monday.

Isias Vidal Maceda was unhurt in the incident, but 80 percent of his apartment was destroyed, Eatontown, New Jersey police told the newspaper....full story from Reuters UK

US court sides with Janet Jackson's breast: America's puritanical streak goes only so far. Today, a US appeals court vaporized the $550,000 fine the FCC famously slapped on CBS for showing the country a majority of Janet Jackson's right breast.

At halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl, as he warbled "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song," pop prince Justin Timberlake removed a portion of Ms. Jackson's bustier, and CBS showed nearly 90 million people her nearly bare breast for nine-sixteenths of a second....full story from The Register

Hell pizzas growing in Britain: The two boyhood mates from Karori, Wellington, who created Hell Pizza are expanding their foothold in the northern hemisphere and starting to extend their turf in Australia.

After selling the New Zealand rights to Hell in 2006, co-founders Callum Davies and Stuart McMullin are about to launch their brand in Canada and Ireland....full story from the Dominion Post

July 20, 2008

Bees swarm motorists on turnpike on New Jersey: Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike have to cope every day with traffic jams, pollution and even the occasional deer.

They ran into a new obstacle Saturday as thousands of honeybees swarmed around their vehicles....full story from CBS News

July 19, 2008

Naked businessman fends off robbers: Police in Manchester, England released videotape of a naked English businessman fighting off four armed robbers who broke into his home demanding money.

Closed circuit videotape shows Eddie Nevins fought back when his Prestwich home in Greater Manchester was invaded, The Times of London reported Saturday....full story from UPI

Dog saves woman attacked by kangaroo: An elderly woman was attacked by a large kangaroo on a farm in Australia and was lucky to be alive after a pet dog leapt to her aid, her son said Saturday.

The 6-ft., 5-inch (2-meter) kangaroo lunged without warning Friday at 65-year-old Rosemary Neal as she went to check on some horses on the property near Mudgee, 160 miles (265 kilometers) northwest of Sydney, son Darren Neal said....full story from IHT

Bad drivers to judge themselves in Victoria, Australia: Lawless drivers will be asked how they should be punished in a new strategy against disqualified driving.

Victoria's Sentencing Advisory Council wants drivers who thumb their nose at the law to tell them why they drive while disqualified or suspended, and what would stop them.

Drivers who have lost their licence through demerit points or driving under the influence will be asked for their advice....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 17, 2008

Seattle selling 5 of its public toilets on eBay: Seattle's five problem-plagued public toilets could be yours if you're flush with money.

City officials decided to pull the plug on the multimillion-dollar self-cleaning toilet stalls and instead put them on the auction site eBay.

Starting bids are $89,000 apiece....full story from IHT
Sneak peek: eBay listing

North Korea's "Hotel of Doom" wakes from its coma: North Korea's phantom hotel is stirring back to life. Once dubbed by Esquire magazine as "the worst building in the history of mankind", the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel is back under construction after a 16-year lull in the capital of one of the world's most reclusive and destitute countries.

According to foreign residents in Pyongyang, Egypt's Orascom group has recently begun refurbishing the top floors of the three-sided pyramid-shaped hotel whose 330-metre (1,083 ft) frame dominates the Pyongyang skyline....full story from Reuters UK

July 16, 2008

Global warming to cause kidney stone epidemic in US: The US must brace itself for an increase in cases of kidney stones provoked by rising temperatures, scientists this week warned.

Said stones are caused by salts crystallising in the kidneys, something often provoked by dehydration, especially in warmer climes. Accordingly, southeastern US states - the so-called kidney stone "belt" - suffer 50 per cent more cases than northeastern ones. Nationwide, an average of 12 per cent of all men and seven per cent of women can expect to be afflicted over their lifetimes....full story from The Register

Wanted: Urine samples to design space toilet: The No. 1 need right now for some of the builders of the nation's next spaceship: Lots of No. 1.

Space program contractor Hamilton Sundstrand is seeking urine from workers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston as part of its work on the new Orion space capsule that would eventually take astronauts to the moon, according to an internal memo posted on the Web site Nasawatch.com....full story from Fox News
Copy of memo from SpaceRef.com

July 15, 2008

Burglars videotape themselves, leave camera: Two burglars who broke into a northwest Oklahoma City home left behind a camera showing one of them throwing a brick through a window to get into the house.

Police say the home owner found the broken window when she returned home Saturday and several items were missing....full story w/video from KTUL-TV (Tulsa, OK)

San Francisco officials locked out of new computer network: A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.

Terry Childs, a 43-year-old computer network administrator who lives in Pittsburg, has been charged with four counts of computer tampering and is scheduled to be arraigned today....full story from the San Francisco Chronicle

Australian drunk driver spends $1100 a week on beer: A Darwin, Australia man convicted of drunk-driving for the seventh time spends more than $1000 a week on Melbourne Bitter, a court has heard.

"(That is) poor judgement on two counts there - drinking that much and drinking Melbourne Bitter," Magistrate Vince Luppino said, sending chuckles through the gallery....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 14, 2008

Baptist church to giveaway assault rifle: An Oklahoma baptist church has insisted it will proceed with its controversial plan to give away an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle during a youth conference - a move described as "a way of trying to encourage young people to attend the event", according to local KOCO-TV 5 news.

Windsor Hills Baptist in Oklahoma City apparently has a history of worshipping God through firepower, and last year ran a shooting competition as part of its annual shindig. This year, it reportedly shelled out $800 for said trophy semi, but the church's youth pastor, Bob Ross, claimed the main thrust of the conference wasn't about guns but rather "teens finding faith"....full story from The Register

Britons arrested in Greek sex competition: Nine British women were facing prostitution charges after being arrested at the weekend for taking part in an oral sex competition in the Greek holiday island of Zakynthos, police said on Monday.

Six British and six Greek men, including two bar owners, were also charged in the incident, which took place at Laganas beach in the south of the Ionian island, which lies off the west coast of mainland Greece, police said....full story from Reuters UK

July 13, 2008

The running of the bulls, New Orleans style: Hundreds of men, women and children, most in white with red scarves around their waists and red bandannas around their necks, gathered outside a French Quarter bar Saturday morning to be chased down Bourbon Street by members of New Orleans' roller derby league.

"Roller skates and a stampede through the Quarter - what could possibly go wrong?" said accountant Jason Medonia....full story from CBS News

July 12, 2008

Blind air traffic controllers invited to apply: A British airport has advertised for an air traffic controller - and offered those interested an application pack in braille.

The website for St Mary's Airport on the Isles of Scilly, off the southwest tip of England, says controllers need to be able to keep a close eye on the changeable weather as their work "is not over-dependent upon very costly and sophisticated electronic equipment"....full story from NEWS.com.au

Chatty burglar overstays welcome, gets arrested: An apparently intoxicated suspect chatted with a burglary victim long enough for officers to arrive and arrest him, authorities said.

John Michael Baker, 25, of Winnsboro, Texas, was jailed Friday on bond totaling $59,500, the Wood County Sheriff's Office said....full story from CBS News

July 11, 2008

South African survives exploding refrigerator: According to the Pretoria Times, Adrian Coetzee, of Silver Lakes, Pretoria, "narrowly escaped death" on Wednesday when the 7am blast "ripped through his kitchen, blowing food and shrapnel from his four-month-old fridge across the room".

Mercifully, Coetzee was knocking up a milkshake "with his back to the fridge when it exploded", and he escaped with slight injuries to his neck and shoulder caused by the flying fridge door. His house came off worse, with damage to the garage ceiling and kitchen and lounge windows blown out....full story from The Register

Chilean stripper arrested for subway pole dances: A stripper who danced on the poles of Santiago subway trains to challenge the prudishness of Chilean society was arrested during one of her lightning performances.

Monserrat Morilles, 26, surprised subway riders all week stripping to skimpy underwear, but she refused tips....full story from the Dominion Post
Video from the BBC

July 10, 2008

Forgot a wedding gift? No problem in Israel: Guests at an Israeli wedding hall can now insert a credit card into a machine at its entrance, tap in a sum and leave a gift for the bride and groom.

"It's new in Israel and the world," Aya Alon Kaufman of the Gan Oranim hall in Tel Aviv said on Israel's Channel 10 television. "It's very convenient ... guests can give a gift even if they forget their chequebooks....full story from Reuters UK

$55,000 Found In St. Louis County Jail Bathroom: Someone at the St. Louis County Jail was flush with money. A correctional officer at the intake facility at the St. Louis County Justice Center last week found $55,000 stuffed behind a toilet paper dispenser.

The bundle of money was in $100 and $50 bills, said Clayton Police Chief Thomas Byrne....full story from CBS News

Cops cranky after coffee cup holders removed: Police will be more stressed, anxious and fatigued as a result of a 'monstrous' decision to remove coffee cup holders in their cars, according to an officer in Queensland, Australia.

Cup holders have been removed from some VE Holden Commodore police cars and replaced by a control panel for lights and sirens that in previous cars was fitted to the ceiling....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 9, 2008

Rejected red panda adopted by cat: A newborn red panda rejected by its mother in Amsterdam's Artis zoo has been adopted by a domestic cat, the zoo said on Friday.

The cat is nursing the red panda, currently about the size of a kitten, along with her own four kittens, the zoo said....full story w/pic from Reuters UK

A tale of a goat, a dog and a Mercedes: An Alabama woman in a Mercedes pulled off an Interstate when she saw the animals playing on the road. The goat hopped on her car and wouldn't get down.

Cops came and put the goat in their cruiser. The dog, obviously wanting to stick with his pal, hoped in for the ride....full story from the New York Post

Colombian ex-lawmaker poses nude: A disgraced ex-lawmaker who threw Colombian politics into turmoil by saying President Alvaro Uribe's re-election was tainted by corruption added body to the scandal on Tuesday by appearing naked on the cover of a magazine.

Yidis Medina was found guilty last month of taking illegal favours from government officials in return for voting for the constitutional amendment that permitted the 2006 re-election....full story from Reuters UK
News report w/video from blip.tv

July 8, 2008

Police called to remove 30-hour talker: A desperate German woman finally called emergency services to rescue her after a friend visiting her at her apartment talked for 30 hours straight, authorities said today.

A police spokesman in the western city of Speyer confirmed reports about the case, in which the guest rambled on about personal problems and became increasingly intoxicated until the 48-year-old dialed the emergency hotline....full story from NEWS.com.au

Teenager finds baby bat in her bra: A teenager was stunned to find that a baby bat had been curled up inside her bra for five hours - as she was wearing it.

Abbie Hawkins, a hotel receptionist in Norwich, England, thought her mobile phone was ringing when she felt vibrations coming from her clothes.

But she later discovered the tiny creature tucked away in the padded pocket of her underwear....full story w/pic from the Telegraph

July 7, 2008

This email will self-destruct in 5,4,3,2,1...: Remember the old TV series Mission Impossible in which Peter Graves gets his assignment from an old-timey tape recorder that goes up in a cloud of smoke after he's listened to the message: "As usual, Jim, this message will self-destruct in five seconds..."?

Well, the folks at Insophia have applied this same technique to present day email. Matter of fact, you can remote detonate the thing yourself before it is read should you decide that you engaged your keyboard before you engaged your brain. But, without further ado, check it out for yourself, it's free....privnote

July 6, 2008

New Zealand television channel switches porn for rugby: Rugby fans in New Zealand who tuned into a mid-afternoon highlights show got more than they bargained for Sunday when they were treated to four minutes of hardcore pornography.

A spokesman for Prime Television blamed a mixup in "distribution processes" for the error which inserted the hardcore segment in the regular program "Grassroots Rugby....full story from CNews

July 5, 2008

Irish woman seeks "husband" for 120 litres (32 gallons) of beer: Julia Galvin came to Finland looking for a man that would carry her 120 kg (265 lb) over a 253-metres track (830 ft) -- the incentive being the chance to win the wife-carrying world title and beer worth her body weight.

"I think I am worth carrying because I am a walking party," she said....full story from Reuters UK

Woman in India 'has twins at 70': A woman said to be 70 years of age has given birth to twins in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state after taking IVF treatment.

Omkari Panwar has no birth certificate but if her age is proven it would make her the world's oldest mother.

The twins, a boy and girl both weighing 2lbs, were delivered one month early by Caesarian section....full story w/video from the BBC

July 4, 2008

Bees swarm into Alaska neighborhood: Thousands of bees swarmed into an Alaska neighborhood this week, and a local beekeeper said they were looking for a place to plant a new colony.

Beekeeper Tom Elliott of Peters Creek, showed up in Eagle River outside Anchorage with a hive. A few of the bees, scouts, explored the box and then the rest of the swarm followed, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Jessica Mathis said she was terrified when the bees flew into her yard Wednesday evening....full story from UPI

July 3, 2008

Big cheese carving celebrates U.S. Independence Day: A sculpture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence made from a one-tonne block of cheddar cheese glistened on the sidewalk of Times Square in New York on Thursday as an artist's tribute to the Fourth of July.

"It's very patriotic, using the signing of the Declaration of Independence, bringing Americans together for the Fourth," said Troy Landwehr, who carved the sculpture for cracker company Cheez-It to celebrate U.S. Independence Day....full story from Reuters UK

Beijing bans sexy barmaids: China has banned staff at entertainment venues from wearing skimpy outfits ahead of the Olympics, as part of a government crack down.

Nightclubs, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues have also been told to install windows in private rooms, in a bid to stop prostitution and drugs....full story from NEWS.com.au

Oregon lawn-chair pilot plans 300-mile flight: Like many Americans, Kent Couch plans to settle into a lawn chair during the Fourth of July weekend. Unlike everyone else, his feet will dangle high above the lawn.

Couch is set to launch himself skyward on Saturday aboard his lawn chair, which will be attached to 150 giant latex party balloons filled with helium. His goal: to fly more than 300 miles from his gas station in central Oregon to somewhere in Idaho, preferably Boise....full story from CBS News
Kent Couch website: http://www.couchballoons.com
UPDATE 06 July 2008: Oregon man gets carried away - in lawn chair tied to helium balloons - and lands in Idaho

Taiwan man's romantic gesture sets hotel on fire: A Taiwanese man's show of love for his girlfriend has backfired after an arrangement of candles in the shape of the words "I love you" started a blaze at a hotel.

The couple found their room aflame when they walked in 40 minutes after the man surnamed Lin had set the candles alight, local media reported on Thursday....full story from Reuters UK

July 2, 2008

Japanese firm offers weddings in space: A Japanese firm has begun accepting reservations for couples who really want to make the big leap - by blasting into space to exchange their wedding vows.

Each happy couple will spend 240 million yen ($A2.4 million) for the ceremony in a small space vessel, which will shoot up 100km into the sky....full story from NEWS.com.au

July 1, 2008

Woman crashes into store, then tries to buy beer: A convenience store became an unwilling drive-in when a 74-year-old woman plowed her car through the front window and then tried to buy a six-pack of Budweiser, police and the owner said.

Lynne Rice of Norwalk drove her 1988 Cadillac into Joe's Food Mart and Video on Sunday evening, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Jenny Ha said....full story from CBS News

Fast food restaruant with a theme: Buns & Guns in Beirut: At "Buns and Guns" you can order a "Kalashnikov" sandwich from a bullet-shaped menu, prepared by chefs in military fatigues with the roar of explosions as background music.

This new fast food restaurant in Beirut's southern suburbs, where the Hezbollah movement holds sway, was the brainchild of co-owner Ali Hammoud. He said the war theme was a novel concept that had nothing to do with Lebanon's bloody recent history....full story w/pics from Reuters UK

Pranksters cause house to be demolished: A Jackson State University official blames pranksters for the mistaken demolition of a house in Jackson, Mississippi - and everything in it.

Vice president Troy Stovall said Jackson State bought the lot next to Ms Wilson's for potential expansion.

He says somebody moved signs with the address and a notice that it belonged to the school onto Wilson's lot - so the contractor worked at the wrong site....full story from the Brisbane Times

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