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    The NEVERENDING Odd News Thread

    It seems that almost on a daily basis someone in here finds some bit of odd news. Therefore, I felt that this would be appropriate to start such a thread, as an effort to consolidate future odd news items.

    I decided to start with an engineering whoops type of news!

    For 2,000 years the Trevi Fountain in Rome has provided a constant influx of fresh water for one of the most fabled sites in the city. Now, with summer around the corner, the supply has dried up ó and it has nothing to do with global warming.
    Water engineers blame the reduction to a trickle of the normally gushing Aqua Virgo on damage to underground conduits caused by work on a suburban garage. The builders say that they were assured that no archeological remains lay beneath the site.
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    Can you imagine being that engineer who caused the damage to a 2000 year old pipe! I am impressed with the knowledge of engineering at that time to create and maintain a system that is that phenomenal and lasted up to today. I guess itís true, they donít build em like they use to.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    And you thought the AICP exam was difficult to pass....

    Man fails school exams on 38th try

    JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - A 73-year-old Indian farmer who vowed not to marry before passing his high school exams has failed to get through for the 38th time.

    Shiv Charan Yadav has been taking the exams -- normally given to schoolchildren at the age of 15 -- every year since 1969, without success.

    "Once I pass I want to get married to a girl who's under 30," Yadav, who lives alone in Kohari village in the western desert state of Rajasthan, told Reuters.


    http://www.reuters.com/article/oddly...4?feedType=RSS

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    And you thought the AICP exam was difficult to pass....





    http://www.reuters.com/article/oddly...4?feedType=RSS
    I like this guy. He has stick-to-itness (keeps trying to pass that test) and optimism (wants to marry a woman more than forty years his junior). He might not be bright, but he doesn't let that stand in the way of his goals.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Several good websites for this thread are:

    http://www.fark.com/
    http://news.yahoo.com/ click on odd news
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    No charges in wheelchair-truck ride

    PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) ó A truck driver whose rig snagged a man in his wheelchair and unknowingly pushed him at speeds up to 50 mph for miles will not face any criminal charges, authorities said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat...ck-ride_N.htm#
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    HEADLINE: 8-Foot Alligator Removed From Basement
    in Buffalo of all places.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An alligator raised in the basement of a house in Buffalo is headed to a new home in a more gator-friendly place, Florida.

    A former Buffalo couple who operate a reptile sanctuary in Tampa removed the eight-foot-long gator from the Buffalo home yesterday. The person who owned the 170-pound reptile had contacted the state Department of Environmental Conservation and said he couldn't care for the gator any longer.

    A DEC officer checked out the gator and contacted Laura and John Paner, who run the Croc Encounters Reptile Sanctuary.

    It's illegal to keep an alligator in New York state, but officials say the man who raised the gator won't face any charges because he turned himself in.

    The man who owned the gator built an indoor pond in his basement. He also owns more than 20 lizards and large snakes.
    Dan can you explain this ?

    It was't Rumpy was it ?
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    What an honor or achievement -

    HEADLINE: Woman ties county blood alcohol record
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...06-21-22-41-42

    HIGHLIGHT:
    measured a blood-alcohol content of 0.50 two hours after she was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.
    Amazing that she was still alive.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    OUCH!

    Woman jailed for testicle attack

    A woman who ripped off her ex-boyfriend's testicle with her bare hands has been sent to prison.

    Amanda Monti, 24, flew into a rage when Geoffrey Jones, 37, rejected her advances at the end of a house party, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

    She pulled off his left testicle and tried to swallow it, before spitting it out. A friend handed it back to Mr Jones saying: "That's yours."

    Monti admitted wounding and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

    'Pulled hard'

    Sentencing Monti, Judge Charles James said it was "a very serious injury" and that Monti was not acting in self defence.

    The court heard that Mr Jones had ended his long-term but "open relationship" with Monti towards the end of May last year.

    The pair remained on good terms and on 30 May she picked him up from a party in Crosby and went back for drinks with friends at Mr Jones's house.

    An argument ensued and Mr Jones said there was a struggle between them.

    In his statement, Mr Jones said she grabbed his genitals and "pulled hard".

    He added: "That caused my underpants to come off and I found I was completely naked and in excruciating pain."

    The court heard that a friend saw Monti put Mr Jones's testicle into her mouth and try to swallow it.

    She choked and spat it back into her hand before the friend grabbed it and gave it back to Mr Jones. Doctors were unable to re-attach the organ.

    In a letter to the court, Monti said she was sorry for what she had done.

    She said: "It was never my intention to cause harm to Geoff and the fact that I have caused him injury will live with me forever. I am in no way a violent person."

    The letter added: "I have challenged myself to explain what has happened but still I just cannot remember. This has caused much anguish to me and will do for the rest of my life."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/4253849.stm

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    Prying open an old thread

    Something rare, I guess. Actually, I like my meat medium-rare.

    Rare prostitute caught in DeFuniak

    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS ó Police arrested an elusive prostitute - perhaps the city's first - after a "two-month undercover operation" around town, investigators said Wednesday.

    "As far as I know, that's the first one the city has ever done," said police Lt. Greg Gandy.
    The first?

    http://www.newsherald.com/news/polic...e=2#slComments

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    Whatever happened to Tampa's Stanley Mayausky?

    Last August it was reported that the 79-year-old had failed Florida's written driver's test 72 times:

    http://www.tampabay.com/features/hum...icle768761.ece
    "I've been driving for all these years and, see, they've made all these changes to the rules and they never told me," he says.

    Ask Stanley how many times he has failed the test, and he can't remember. A few, he says.

    "Maybe I'll try again tomorrow."

    If Stanley passes, he must then take the driving portion of the test. He can fail that a maximum of five times before he's barred from testing.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    What an honor or achievement -

    HEADLINE: Woman ties county blood alcohol record
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...06-21-22-41-42

    HIGHLIGHT:


    Amazing that she was still alive.
    0.50 should be dead. After a record day I ended up in the ER with a 0.48, a broken tibia, fibula, and shattered ankle. 2 plates, 9 pics and a few thousand dollars later, I entered rehab.

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    The Shotspotter

    The first time I've heard of anything like this.

    Richmond police add new weapon to crime-fighting arsenal

    Richmond police are adding a new tool to their crime-fighting arsenal: acoustic sensors that can pinpoint the location of a gunshot in a matter of seconds.

    Officials are bringing the Shotspotter Gunshot Detection & Location System to a troubled 3-square-mile area that includes the North Richmond, Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, Coronado, Pullman and Stege neighborhoods. It's expected to be operating in about three months, Capt. Allwyn Brown said.
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/top-stories/ci_11756798

    Yes, I previously worked for that city. The citizens shoot each other at an alarming rate.

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    This story should have been titled: "What happens in the Dollar General Store parking lot stays in the Dollar General Store parking lot"

    I don't want the officer's job it was to handle the baggy of pot.

    http://baycrime.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/02/531/531/

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    HEADLINE: Mall wants Manilow music to drive out unruly teens

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - It'll be Barry Manilow versus the mall rats. The New Zealand city of Christchurch hopes that putting the American crooner's smooth and gentle tones into the mix of music to be broadcast through the central mall district can pacify unruly teens who congregate there_ or at least convince them to go elsewhere.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090303/...1JXmoAmQQsQE4F

    What is wrong with people -
    HEADLINE: Florida woman calls 911 3 times over McNuggets
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090304/...sKx.MyjxXtiBIF
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    Headline: Man Puts Kitten in Bong and Smokes It. LINK

    Owner of the kitten said it was being hyper and wanted it to calm down so s/he built a box to put the kitten in that had a tube to blow smoke into
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    HEADLINE: Mall wants Manilow music to drive out unruly teens


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090303/...1JXmoAmQQsQE4F
    Oh heck, they did that in Orlando a decade ago.

    They need to try that for Spring Breakers up here.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    This story should have been titled: "What happens in the Dollar General Store parking lot stays in the Dollar General Store parking lot"

    I don't want the officer's job it was to handle the baggy of pot.

    http://baycrime.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/02/531/531/
    Two naked women and a butt-load of pot. It is like my ultimate fantasy when was was in my 20's. I knew the Dollar General was good for something more than just eight AA batteries for a buck.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Hey, JNA, didn't this happen over your way?

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Hey, JNA, didn't this happen over your way?

    Catch Me If You Can
    Yes indeed in my fair city.
    she was shot in an elbow, the chest and buttocks.

    Here are the 911 calls:
    http://www.courierpress.com/news/200...m-in-hospital/
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    HEADLINE: Police: Man steals toilet, sells it to neighbor
    http://www.courierpress.com/news/200...s-it-neighbor/

    File this under stupid crooks/crimes ?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    There was a link on comcast.net today about a store in NYC where customers bought red bell peppers and found bags of cocaine inside. Probably a lot of them didn't get reported...

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    There was a link on comcast.net today about a store in NYC where customers bought red bell peppers and found bags of cocaine inside. Probably a lot of them didn't get reported...
    Here's the LINK
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    There was a link on comcast.net today about a store in NYC where customers bought red bell peppers and found bags of cocaine inside. Probably a lot of them didn't get reported...
    Here's the AP video.

    It's a few miles west of my house. I drive on Liberty Avenue (past the store) all the time. It's the quickest route from to my house to Brooklyn, and also the cemeteries.

    I'm not surprised because that area is very close to JFK International Airport.

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    I swear I was at work last Friday morning.

    Half-naked man puts on thong while parked on road by school
    Deputies looking for gray Cadillac driven by man in thong
    http://www.newsherald.com/news/schoo...hong_road.html

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    Hmmm....

    Quote Originally posted by Chet View post
    0.50 should be dead. After a record day I ended up in the ER with a 0.48, a broken tibia, fibula, and shattered ankle. 2 plates, 9 pics and a few thousand dollars later, I entered rehab.
    Chet overheard at a VERY VERY FANCY restaurant:

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