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Woman Calls Cops On Herself For Drink Driving

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

Mary StreyMary Strey is a very honest woman … or maybe just an extremely drunk one. She called police in Clark County, Wisconsin to let them know that she was driving whilst intoxicated.

“Somebody’s really drunk driving down Granton Road,” she told the 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher asked if Strey was behind the drunk driver, to which she replied “No, I am them.”

The dispatcher asked, “Okay, so you’re calling to report you’re driving drunk?”

“Yes,” Strey said.

The dispatcher told Strey to pull her vehicle over, and she complied. She waited for a deputy to arrive with her hazard lights flashing. According to the police report, Strey failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test showed she had a blood alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

She’s due in court in December, facing charges of first offense operating under the influence.

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Roman Abramovich’s $47k Lunch Receipt

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

Roman Abramovich Receipt

This is an actual receipt from Nello’s in New York City, where Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, spent $47,000 on food and drinks for himself and five other people. That’s about how much he earns in one whole minute. I’d have liked to see the tip on that!

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World’s Fastest Man Adopts World’s Fastest Cat

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

Usain Bolt CheetahThe fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m sprint world records, has adopted a baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt.

Bolt won’t keep the cheetah as a regular pet though, he’s paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub, and $3,000 a year for Lighting Bolt to be cared for and raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.

Bolt, who was on a four-day visit to Kenya, said Friday he was looking forward to seeing Kenya’s diverse wildlife, but was scared of meeting lions.
He nearly ran away when asked Monday to pet a fully grown cheetah named Sharon for a photo shoot with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Bolt had Zeitz stand in for him, until he saw that Sharon seemed harmless.

The world record holder appeared more comfortable later while handling his baby cheetah, which was the size of a fully grown domestic cat. He cradled the fuzzy-headed cub while feeding it bottled milk as cameramen snapped away.

When asked if he was afraid of cheetahs, Bolt said: “Yes, I was, but not anymore.”

Lighting Bolt is among three cubs rescued by KWS officials after their mother abandoned them in a game park.

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Secret 150-Year-Old Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce Recipe Discovered

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink

Lea and Perrins

Historians believe they have found the original Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire sauce recipe, which could be 150-years-old.

A former accountant at the company found the closely guarded recipe lying in a skip, on the firm’s grounds.

Brian Keogh, who died in 2006, said that he discovered the original recipe in two leather-bound folios written in sepia ink. The recipe was written in two different styles of handwriting, which analysts believe was due to the fact that no one knew the entire recipe. His daughter Bonnie Clifford is now working with the museum to test the papers.

The classic condiment is thought to contain ingredients including cloves, vinegar, pickles and tamoraide.

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Stupid Criminals Caught Wearing Permanent Marker Disguise

Posted By Ben Goulding, 30 October, 2009 | permalink

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When God was handing out brains, these guys were definitely at the end of the queue. They came up with the idea of scribbling on their faces with permanent marker to protect their identities when they tried to rob a man’s house in Carroll, Iowa.

Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man’s home in Carroll, Iowa.
When police stopped a vehicle matching the caller’s description blocks away, they were stunned by the men’s disguises.
There were no ski masks or stockings pulled over their heads; instead, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, streaked their faces with permanent black marker.

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Grieving Chimpanzees

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 October, 2009 | permalink

Grieving Chimpanzees

This incredible photograph, shows chimpanzees observing (and perhahps grieving) the loss of one of their own, as he/she is taken to burial. It was shot for National Geographic by Monica Szczupier at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon.

Here’s the the story behind the photo.

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PepsiCo Misses Court Date, Costs Them $1.26 Billion In Default Judgement

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 October, 2009 | permalink

pepsicoThis has got to be the most expensive legal secretary PepsiCo ever employed – she cost them $1.26 billion. How? Well, she forgot to deal with a lawsuit noticed that was put on her desk. Consequently, PepsiCo’s lawyers didn’t show up to court, so the judge handed down a $1.26 billion judgement against the company.

In court papers, PepsiCo claims it first received a legal document related to the case from the North Carolina agent on Sept. 15 when a copy of a co-defendant’s letter was forwarded to Deputy General Counsel Tom Tamoney in PepsiCo’s law department. Tamoney’s secretary, Kathy Henry, put the letter aside and didn’t tell anyone about it because she was “so busy preparing for a board meeting,” PepsiCo said in its Oct. 13 motion to vacate.

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Father Abducts Daughter’s Killer 27 Years After Her Murder To Get Justice

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 October, 2009 | permalink

andre-bamberskiThis is an extraordinary story about a father who took justice into his own hands after authorities refused to extradite the suspect accused of killing his daughter 27 years ago.

A retired accountant whose daughter was killed 27 years ago was facing charges last night over the alleged abduction of the man he always blamed for her death. The man was left bound, gagged and injured outside a French courtroom.

André Bamberski, 72, is suspected of taking justice into his own hands over the German authorities’ failure to act against Dieter Krombach, a German cardiologist, after a French court convicted him of manslaughter in his absence.

Mr Krombach, 74, was found trussed up with head injuries in a lane near the criminal court in the eastern city of Mulhouse on Sunday after an anonymous caller with an Eastern European accent tipped off police. Mr Bamberski, who is of Polish origin and lives near Toulouse, was in Mulhouse at the weekend and is suspected of making the call, police said.

This father will have been suffering in silence for the past 27 years, and he clearly felt that his daughter had not got justice. Do you support the father’s actions? Put yourself in his shoes, and let us know what you would do.

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Fiance Floors 3 Punks After They Assault His Lady In Times Square

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 October, 2009 | permalink


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This really makes me happy – three fools get taught a lesson after they assault a woman in Times Square. Her fiance steps in to protect her and decks the three punks one after the other. Respect for that man!

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Man Smuggles 14 Pythons Into Norway By Taping Them To His Body [PICS]

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 October, 2009 | permalink

Python Smuggling

We’ve all heard about the extremes that criminals will go to to try to smuggle drugs into a country, but what about python smuggling? Well one Norwegian man thought his pythons were so important that he taped 14 of them to his body and boarded a ferry from Denmark to Norway. When he arrived, he was stopped for a random search, when officials found he was hiding 14 pythons and a live tarantula.

The 22-year-old had tied 14 stockings to his chest – one for each snake, and had placed a live tarantula in one of his bags. On top of that, he had 10 cans attached to his legs, each containing a lizard.

A Norwegian newspaper is quoted as saying, “Customs officers quickly realised the man was smuggling animals, because his whole body was in constant motion.” It just makes you wonder how he got that far in the first place. Maybe he was mistaken for Octoman or something.

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Giant Seagull Invades Australian News Bulletin

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 October, 2009 | permalink


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Peter Hitchener, a news anchorman, remains unflappable when a ‘giant’ seagull walks behind him during a bulletin in Australia.

The timing could not have been worse as Hitchener was trying read a story about organised crime in the city.

“I was reading away and it was a serious story, and I suddenly thought ‘Oh my gosh, that seagull’s back again’, because we had a bit of a problem last night,” Hitchener told a radio station afterwards.

He explained that the seagull had appeared moments before the programme went on air, alarming the producers.

“About 50 seconds to six o’clock this seagull arrived and started pecking at the camera and it had the beadiest huge eyes you’ve ever seen in your life.”

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Runaway Russian Bus With No Brakes Rams 19 Cars

Posted By Ben Goulding, 21 October, 2009 | permalink


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Take a look as this runaway bus in Perm, Russia, without brakes, hurtles through the city centre smashing into nineteen cars and leaving four people needing hospital treatment. Watch for the man with the briefcase on the crossing. Someone was definitely looking down on him that day.

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Balloon Boy Song

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 October, 2009 | permalink


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Balloon Boy Song. (Some strong language).

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Glenn Beck: Obama’s Call For Volunteerism = “Communism”

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 October, 2009 | permalink


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Here’s Glenn Beck slamming Obama for encouraging volunteerism – 10/19/09. Maybe this theory will get him some viewers, or maybe not. Not the best idea you’ve ever had, was it Glenn?

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A Personal Insight Into The World’s Most Wanted: Osama bin Laden

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden’s first wife has given a revealing insight into the complex character of the world’s most wanted man.

In a book to be published at the end of this month, Najwa bin Laden and fourth son, Omar, give a rare glimpse into Bin Laden’s personal life, from a 17-year-old newlywed, up to the 9/11 attacks which he is believed to have masterminded.

Najwa reveals that Bin Laden was a disciplinarian, but in contrast, maintained a passion for sunflowers and a love for fast cars.

She speaks about how his role took the family from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan and at one point, Najwa revealed, to the United States.

“We were only there for only two weeks, and for one of those weeks, Osama was away in Los Angeles to meet with some men in that city,” Najwa told the book’s co-author Jean Sasson, later recalling the gathering was with Azzam. Soon after, Bin Laden began to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet occupation, returning to tell his sons tales of battles in Afghan caves and mountains under Soviet fire. He eventually returned to Saudi Arabia a hero, but at home was increasingly disciplinarian, punishing his children – who eventually numbered more than a dozen – for transgressions such as “showing too many teeth” while laughing. Meanwhile, Najwa was kept in seclusion with Osama’s new wives, one of whom she picked, in a spartan home without the mod-cons that make life in the stifling desert lands of Saudi Arabia and Sudan more comfortable.

“My father would not allow my mother to turn on the air conditioning that the contractor had built into the apartment building,” Omar relayed. “Neither would he allow her to use the refrigerator that was standing in the kitchen.” Despite this aversion to modern appliances, Bin Laden indulged in his penchant for fast cars, including at least one gold-colored Mercedes. He once even bought a speed boat. “Nothing gave him more satisfaction than having a full day to take a speedy drive to the desert, where he would leave his automobile while he took long walks,” said Najwa. After being forced into exile in Sudan because of his vocal opposition to US troop deployments in Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden would later take pride in growing sunflowers as he dodged assassination plots and built the Al Qaeda network.

“Osama’s favorite undertaking was working the land, growing the best corn and the biggest sunflowers,” Najwa said. But his love of nature was also coloured by growing political fervour. He forced the family to spend nights in the desert, with only dirt as cover from the cold. He also forced his sons to climb desert mountains without water to toughen them ahead of more difficult times. But there were more lighthearted moments with Bin Laden, whom his sons admired as a good horseman, a fluent English speaker – thanks to his school days – and a mathematics whiz. “My father was so well known for the skill that there were times when men would come to our home and ask him to match his wits against a calculator,” Omar said, adding his father usually won. They also spoke about a man who loved eating fruit, particularly mangoes, took two sugars in his tea, whose favourite meal was marrow-stuffed zucchini and who liked to listen to BBC radio.

Via Daily Times

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World’s Tallest Cat

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink

Worlds Tallest Cat

Take a look at this F1 Savannah, which has claimed the world record for the tallest of her species.

18 month old Scarlett’s Magic measures 43.43 centimetres (17.1 inches) from shoulder to toe, and she’s now also awaiting the result on a second nomination as the longest (tip of the nose to tip of the tail) domestic cat.

According to Scarlett’s Magic owner, Kim Draper, Savannahs are becoming increasingly popular in California due to their unique appearance and learning abilities.

“They are active animals, they like to play, they like to be near their owners and family,” says Kim.

“Savannahs are for people who want a really unique pet and this is as close to a wild cat as you can get in the state of California.”

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A Billion For A Billion

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink


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For the first time in human history, the number of hungry people this year will exceed 1 billion. You can make a difference. http://www.wfp.org/donate/1billion.

Please spread the word, however you can. Please retweet, digg, stumbleupon, or share with others by whatever method you prefer by clicking the ’share’ button below this post. Your small actions now, can make a big difference to the billion who are suffering. Thank you.

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Changing Recycling With A Bottle Bank Arcade

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 October, 2009 | permalink


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The guys from thefuntheory.com have tried another experiment to, this time, see if people’s attitude towards recycling could be changed by making recycling fun.

They set up a bottle bank ‘arcade’ in one street, and a standard bottle bank in a similar, nearby street. During the period of one evening, the arcade bottle bank was used by nearly one hundred people, whilst the conventional bank was only used twice.

Previously the team had experimented with piano stairs and a never ending trash can, to change people’s attitudes towards other aspects of life.

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Barbie Dolls to Get Slimmer Legs and Ankles

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 October, 2009 | permalink

Barbie

Three new Barbie dolls being designed by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin to celebrate the doll’s 50th anniversary will have slimmer legs and ankles after he decided they were “too fat”.

Mr Louboutin, whose luxury shoes retail for up to £1,500, thinks the model has ‘cankles’, (fat ankles), and so he’s going to make them thinner.

Isn’t this sending the wrong message out to young girls? I mean, Barbie is no stranger to controversy, as are many celebrities and models, but Barbie is often perceived as being the ‘perfect’ woman. A toy that children will see every day and will aspire to be like. Making Barbie even thinner will surely inspire our youth to do the same, or am I overreacting? What are your opinions on the matter?

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Dwight Howard Likes to Play

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 October, 2009 | permalink


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This new NBA Live 10 video features NBA Superstar Dwight Howard showing how much he likes to play. Clearly he enjoys dominating children, lifting weights and slapping stickers on clueless old people, dogs and backboards. Good times Dwight, good times.

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