Monday, August 31, 2009

in China, butter prevents suicide

Butter: it is good for baking, topping popcorn and preventing suicide.

Recently, Chinese officials have become concerned about a bridge in Guangzhou that seems to attract suicide attempts. In one month, they have had as many as eight jumpers. Not only do people die, but the suicides also create massive traffic jams.

Authorities have tried erecting special fences, posting "no suicide" signs and placing guards on the bridge. Nothing seemed to work.

Until now.

Recently, government officials ordered that the bars and frames of the bridge be covered in butter. The butter makes the bridge difficult to climb and therefore makes the would-be suicide attempters easier to grab.

The bridge guard said: "Each time somebody threatens to commit suicide to get media attention or sympathy over personal problems we end up with several hours of tailbacks and there were lots of complaints.

"Since we put up the butter there have been no problems with these attention seekers." [www_metro_co_uk]

more unfortunate business names

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Friday, August 28, 2009

man grows taller after death?

Earlier this month, Kenneth "Tex" Roberts died unexpectedly of a heart attack. A few days later, Tex's family gathered at their church for a viewing of the body and for the funeral.

The body was wearing the correct blue suit and black boots. Some of the family and friends kissed the body and said goodbye.

But something seemed strange.

The guy in the casket just didn't look quite right. Either Tex had grown a little taller since his death, or there was something wrong.

Some family members went to the funeral director and asked why the man in the casket looked different. The funeral director assured the family that the man in the casket was Tex. He explained that a corpse is made-up and posed.

After the two-hour viewing the funeral home finally admitted that they had brought the wrong body to the church.

"They tried to make us believe that it was him." said the widow.

The funeral was postponed. The James L. Hawkins Funeral Home has not released a comment. [www_msnbc_msn_com]

another bill dance outtake

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words to live by: the difference between Y and A

Thursday, August 27, 2009

helpful medical instructions

we know that this is a lot to ask of your child.

amazing trick -- transporting a duck to the future

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Good Samaritan gets stuck with the hospital bill

Resul Mor, 39, was driving to work one day when he was flagged down by a man-in-need. The man asked Mor to take his desperately sick wife to an emergency room in Hamburg, Germany.

Being a Good Samaritan, Mor took the woman to Hamburg and signed her into the hospital.

To his surprise, few weeks later, Mor received a bill for $12,000 from the hospital for the woman's treatment. Apparently, when he signed her into the hospital, he unknowingly signed an agreement to pay for her treatment.

This week, judges ruled that Mor is legally responsible to pay the bill. Worse, the woman and her husband are not paying it.

Mor said, "I didn't expect her to not pay anything. I'm just an ordinary man who did someone a favour." [www_ananova_com]

I thought we didn't BBQ those

they might want to rethink how they name their events...
has the SPCA or PETA heard about these??

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

redneck fixes

Ingenuity or laziness? Here are some interesting "fixes:"

(an air-conditioner)

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more amazing before and after

(This was an ad for wrinkle cream)

no wonder the knee brace works... you have it on the wrong leg.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

steal it, build it, lose it.

Zhang has been working on the assembly line at a factory in Chongqing, China that makes motorcycles.

Zhang always wanted a motorcycle of his own, but could never afford one. So, one day, he came up with a simply elegant plan:
He decided to steal a motorcycle one part at a time.

Starting in 2003, Zhang systematically took all the necessary parts from the factory: springs, pedals, engine parts, seat, kickstand... all of it. As he gathered the parts, Zhang began the assembly at home.

It took him more than five years to gather the parts. Finally, he succeeded in getting them all, and no one noticed. He wasn't caught.

Unfortunately, he forgot one thing-- Zhang never got a motorcycle license.

Zhang took his newly completed motorcycle out for a ride and was almost immediately stopped by the police.

The police discovered that Zhang didn't have a license. Then, they found that Zhang couldn't produce any papers for the motorcycle.

Shortly after, Zhang admitted to the theft. He was fined the equivalent of just under $900, given a year probation... and had to return the motorcycle, assembled. [www_ananova_com]

motorcycle safety (part 2)

for part one- link
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Wal-Mart employee gives bigger discount on iPods and computers

Remo Spencer is probably not the brightest employee at the Wal-Mart in Great Falls, Montana.

Earlier this year, Remo wanted to sell around $7,000 worth of iPods and laptop computers. So, Remo posted the items he wanted to sell on the employee's bulletin board at the Wal-Mart where he worked.

One of the store managers thought the bulletin board post looked a little suspicious. It seemed a bit peculiar that Remo was selling the same sort of stuff that the store was missing.

After looking at some surveillance tapes, they realized that it was not a coincidence. Remo was trying to sell the stuff he stole from the store by posting it at the store.

Remo was arrested at work (how appropriate) and has returned eight laptops and seven iPods. [www_billingsgazette_com]

more animals on the police blotter

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

man on the street interviews (part 1)

What is your favorite thing about living in Caswell County?

Should dog fighting be illegal?
for the poor of eyesight... his answer is, "I don't think they should fight, but I don't see a problem with riding them."

Did the high price of gas affect your holidays?


it was a beautiful duet, except for...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

he passed the drug test but is going to jail

It was an impressively horrible attempt at a bank robbery.

Todd Waller Markham recently entered the Washington Federal Savings Bank in Murray, Utah, intending to withdraw money that didn't belong to him. He handed the teller a slip of paper demanding cash.

The teller gave Todd and undisclosed amount of money and Todd escaped, apparently uncaught.

When Todd's note was examined, however, they saw that he had written it on the back of a drug-screening report. The report included Todd's full name, Social-Security number and date of birth.

Police were then able to get Todd's picture through the Utah DMV and compared it with the bank surveillance video. Todd was arrested at his home a short time later. [www_metro_co_uk]

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engrish product instruction labels

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

still more headlines of the obvious

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it was going pretty well until...

Monday, August 17, 2009

he looked so natural at the funeral...

Are you looking for a way to preserve the memory someone you love? Here is an interesting (or completely creepy) idea:

Cremation Solutions will create an urn that is an exact replica of the person's head. The replicas are available in three sizes:
  • the full-size version, which is the size of the person's head and large enough to hold all the ashes of any adult.
  • the "keepsake" size which is smaller and will hold some of the remains (have two or three made and share the ash with friends!)
  • a smaller size that is not an urn but simply a likeness of the loved one.
The "personal urns" are made by using two photographs of the departed loved one. Cremation Solutions believes that this is a "new and exciting way" to memorialize someone.

Parenthetically, they also make dandy candy dishes for use at the funeral or anytime fun.
Does it come in a Chia version? [www_metro_co_uk]

more grocery bargains

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