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The NEVERENDING Odd News Thread

michaelskis

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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 — 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 it’s true, they don’t build em like they use to.
 

Richmond Jake

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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/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSDEL9263220070614?feedType=RSS
 

JNA

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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 ?
 
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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/merseyside/4253849.stm
 

Richmond Jake

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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 — 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/police_71976___article.html/prostitute_offered.html?orderby=TimeStampDescending&showRecommendedOnly=0&oncommentsPage=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/humaninterest/article768761.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.
 

Chet

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Richmond Jake

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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.
 

JNA

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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/ap_on_fe_st/as_odd_new_zealand_mall_rats;_ylt=A0wNcwwP6q1JXmoAmQQsQE4F

What is wrong with people -
HEADLINE: Florida woman calls 911 3 times over McNuggets
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090304/ap_on_fe_st/odd_mcnuggets911;_ylt=Ao7QYjZlO9diBvsKx.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 :-c
 

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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/
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.
 

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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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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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Hmmm....

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. :-o
Chet overheard at a VERY VERY FANCY restaurant:

I'LL HAVE THE LIVER PLEASE:-o:-c:p
 

Richmond Jake

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I just thought I lived in Florida...

...I'm really in southern Alabama.

Man puts 8-year-old behind the wheel of a car he's towing

A Youngstown man was arrested Wednesday after allowing his 8-year-old son to steer a car that he was towing behind a truck. The boy was found alone in the car, using a tackle box as a back support because his legs were too short to reach the brake pedal, according to a Bay County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
You've got to read the full story and see this character's picture.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/car-74608-year-towing.html
 

Zoning Goddess

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You work here, you wear underwear!!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31424512/ns/us_news-weird_news/

I'm sure you've all seen this one. Brooksville, FL is requiring its employees to wear deodorant and underwear, cover all tattoos and wounds, no halter tops, etc. Some of it sounds OK, some of it's goofy. Who's gonna do underwear inspection every morning?

I lived there for 15 years (worked for the county). The county P&D director was so anal he would send guys home for the day for not wearing socks. The now-City Manager is a biker babe, so I'm thinking she probably has a few tattoos she has to hide. It was on CNN Headline News today, with call-ins.

The only excuse is that it's a little (7,000 or so population) southern town...
 

Richmond Jake

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We haven't had one of these for awhile...

Man tells police woman stole his sex toy

NICEVILLE -- Police were called to a home on Buddy Phelps Road late on the night of Aug. 11 to take a report on a stolen sex toy.

The man who lived there said a woman had lived with him for about a week and when she left, she took his sex toy. He added that he had paid about $70 for it. The officer asked him if he'd bought it for the woman. The man said he'd bought it to use with that woman, as well as with other women.
And for the rest of this heartwarming story from Niceville....


http://www.newsherald.com/news/span-76732-small-police.html
 
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