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    November 17, 2006 -- A 7-year-old girl just didn't want to let go of the Legos. She was trying to sneak two boxes of the toy blocks out of a Wal-Mart in Largo, Fla., when a cashier ordered her to turn them over. The youngster responded by pulling out a 10-inch carving knife. The clerk talked the pint-size perp into dropping the knife and the Legos. She was last seen fleeing on her bike. (Or, at least, police think it was her bike.)
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    November 18, 2006 -- Why was the turkey crossing the road? That's what Steven Lapre of Springfield, Vt., would like to know. He's been charged with deliberately running over the turkey - on his way to an anger management class.




    November 18, 2006 --A British James Bond fanatic has legally changed his name - to include all 007 film titles. For the record, the former David Fearn of Staffordshire is now James Dr. No From Russia With Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man With The Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View To A Kill The Living Daylights Licence To Kill GoldenEye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond
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    Weird but True .... Ray hasn't posted any weird but true stories in 10 days!
    September 11th - Never Forget

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    Perhaps he is on a well deserved vacation?
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    Either that, or there have been no new "weird but true" stories worth making note of. Or like me, been too dang busy to even READ the news this past week or so.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

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    I was leaning more toward the "vacation" idea, but any of the above could very well be applicable LOL

    You want some weird news? It's snowing again.
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    Shops destroy Santas giving "Hitler salute"
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German chain of shops has removed
    miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from its shelves and
    destroyed them after customers complained it looked like they
    were giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute that is outlawed.
    Josef Lange, a spokesman for the Rossmann chain that has
    1,200 outlets, told Reuters Friday the figures depicting Father
    Christmas with his right arm stiffly upright toward the sky and
    holding a sack in his left hand upset some customers.
    "We were astonished by the reaction," Lange said. "It looks
    like he's just pointing up to the sky and we were surprised
    that anyone saw the so-called 'Hitler salute' in that. But we
    responded and had the entire inventory removed and destroyed."
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    A saucy mistake about a sex problem..
    LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters Life!) - Nearly two-thirds of
    Britons think the fiery Italian sauce Arrabiata is a sex
    infection, according to a survey on Friday.
    The survey, of 1,015 people and released on World AIDS day,
    also showed nearly half were unable to identify a range of
    common sexual complaints.
    "What is very worrying is the lack of knowledge about
    sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) revealed in the survey,"
    said sex therapist Emily Dubberley.
    "Sixty-three percent in the UK thought an Italian sauce was
    an STD and over 43 percent couldn't identify any of the common
    sexual complaints we asked about.
    "This ignorance has no excuse in today's world."
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    Blind man sentenced to library course
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A blind Turkish pensioner has been
    sentenced to a 26-day reading and writing course at his local
    public library after he failed to vote on time in an election
    for his village cooperative, his son said Friday.
    A prosecutor in the province of Kutahya in northwest Turkey
    sentenced Ismail Canseven, 73, to the education course after he
    did not show up for the election of the cooperative's board of
    directors in May, Isa Canseven told Reuters.
    "What am I going to do in a library? I can't see out of
    either of my eyes, and I can't read or write anyway," Friday's
    edition of the Hurriyet newspaper quoted Ismail as saying.
    Isa Canseven, 42, said he would appeal against the sentence
    served on his father. "My father can only find the bathroom by
    holding on to a piece of string we've tied to the (bathroom)
    wall," he said.
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    Lightbulb Custom tailored to your tool.

    Is this spray can the condom, or the mace?
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German sex educators plan to launch a
    spray-on condom tailor-made for all sizes.
    Jan Vinzenz Krause from the Institute for Condom
    Consultancy, a Singen-based practice that offers advice on
    condom use, told Reuters Thursday the product aimed to help
    people enjoy better and safer sex lives.
    "We're trying to develop the perfect condom for men that's
    suited to every size of penis," he said. "We're very serious."
    Krause's team (spraykondom.de) is developing a type of
    spray can into which the man inserts his penis first. At the
    push of a button it is then coated in a rubber condom.
    "It works by spraying on latex from nozzles on all sides,"
    he said. "We call it the '360 degree procedure' -- once round
    and from top to bottom. It's a bit like a car wash."
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    Father hangs onto roof pursuing car thief
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A father of two in Germany stunned
    authorities when he chased down an auto thief by car, leapt
    onto the roof of the stolen vehicle and then phoned through
    instructions to police as the crook sped off with him.
    Police in the western town of Siegburg said Tuesday the
    43-year-old had first called in to say he had spotted the thief
    by his suspicious driving and was in pursuit -- despite the
    fact he had his wife and two young children in the car.
    The man stopped the thief by crashing into the stolen car,
    slightly injuring his wife and one of the children.
    Then, as the 29-year-old thief put the car in gear and
    drove off again, the father jumped onto the roof.
    "The witness held onto the roof of the vehicle, phoned
    through his position to the local station and audibly attempted
    to pacify the car thief," police said in a statement.
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    Wishing wells contain money mountain
    By Jennifer Hill LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters Life!) - Ever
    wondered how much money the world's wishing wells contain?
    One in five UK adults regularly throws a copper or two into
    wishing wells and fountains, a study shows, spending an average
    of 31 pence at tourist sites such as Rome's Trevi Fountain.
    That means those making a wish with their spare change
    literally throw away just under 3 million pounds every year,
    according to the "Fountain Money Mountain" report.
    Financial services marketing agency Teamspirit, which
    commissioned the study, called for the funds to go to good
    causes.
    "Some wishing wells and fountains are already used by
    charities as a means of securing funds," said managing director
    Joanne Parker.
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    Drunken driver bites back at traffic cop
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A drunken Russian motorist put his keys
    in his mouth to stop a traffic policeman confiscating his car,
    and then bit the officer when he tried to retrieve them, police
    said Tuesday.
    "Despite the driver's desperate resistance, the ignition
    keys were taken from him," Interfax news agency quoted a
    spokesman for traffic police in the Kemerovo region of Siberia
    as saying.
    "The car was impounded and its owner was sent to a cell to
    sober up," said the spokesman.
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    Please fasten your seatbelt and cross your legs..
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese airline has calculated that
    it takes a liter of fuel to flush the toilet at 30,000 feet and
    is urging passengers to go to the bathroom before they board.
    As Chinese airlines come under increasing pressure to cut
    fuel expenditures, China Southern's latest strategy is to
    encourage passengers "to spend their pennies before boarding
    the aircraft," Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.
    "The energy used in one flush is enough for an economical
    car to run at least 10 kilometers," Captain Liu Zhiyuan, who
    flies regularly between Hangzhou and Beijing, was quoted as
    saying.
    Citing a survey by the company's logistics department, Liu
    said carrying one kilogram of items such as blankets and
    pillows by air for one hour uses 0.2 kg of fuel.
    "This means the blankets and pillows on board the aircraft
    eat up 60 tonnes of fuel every day. If each seat is loaded with
    three 450-gram magazines, another 60 tonnes will be consumed,"
    Liu explained.
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    "I'll be sick, for Christmas, you can plan on me"
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters Life!) - 'Tis
    the season for calling in sick, especially if you're not sick
    at all.
    One in three workers has called in sick when they're not in
    the past year, and the end-of-year holiday season brings a rash
    of phony absences, experts and studies say.
    Harried workers are juggling shopping, holiday preparations
    and family obligations this time of year, on top of perhaps
    having run out of the year's legitimate vacation days, they
    say. And the mornings after holiday parties don't help.
    "We do know just anecdotally in dealing with employers that
    there certainly is a higher rate ... associated with holidays,
    catching up on shopping, or spending time with family and
    friends," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokeswoman for
    CareerBuilder.com, which conducts an annual survey of employee
    absenteeism. "You do see a higher incidence."
    The firm's survey, released this week, showed 32 percent of
    workers said they called in sick when they felt fine at least
    once in the last year, and one in 10 said they did so three
    times or more.
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    Town poses nude in pothole protest
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - People in a small town in Western Canada
    are so fed up with the rotten state of their main road that
    they came up with an unusual form of protest -- a calendar that
    shows them posing nude in the potholes.
    One inhabitant of Leader, Saskatchewan, is shown sitting in
    a canoe that is perched in a pothole. Another has his dignity
    preserved by a well-placed camera while a third man covers up
    with a strategic hubcap.
    "The initial impression when people open the calendar for
    the first time is 'Oh my God!' It's pretty dramatic," said
    Wayne Elhard, the local member of the provincial legislature.
    Leader, a town of just 1,000 in a largely farming area of
    southwest Saskatchewan, says it can't afford to fix all its
    roads.
    "The potholes are not small, one-foot diameter potholes.
    They are many feet across and sometimes they're as deep as a
    foot deep and sometimes they will stretch for yards (meters),"
    Elhard told CBC television on Wednesday.
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    Battle rages on over fireman who ate dog food
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A black firefighter who stood to
    collect nearly $3 million over a prank involving dog food in
    his spaghetti is at the center of a political and racial furor
    in Los Angeles, where city leaders failed on Wednesday to put
    the case to rest.
    After two days of grappling with Mayor Antonio
    Villaraigosa's veto of a $2.7 million settlement in a racial
    discrimination lawsuit filed by 19-year fire department veteran
    Tennie Pierce, the City Council voted to send the case back to
    the drawing board.
    "Before we render a decision to settle in the amount of
    $2.7 million, lets look at all the evidence," Villaraigosa said
    at a news conference. "Lets ensure that all the facts are on
    the table."
    At issue is whether Pierce was the victim of a harmless
    firehouse joke or vicious racism when his comrades slipped dog
    food into his spaghetti two years ago.
    The 2005 lawsuit attracted little notice in Los Angeles
    until earlier this month, when the council took the advice of
    City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and voted to pay Pierce the $2.7
    million without going to trial.
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    Received this little ditty on the weather in BC this morning. If you have ever lived in lower mainland of BC, you can appreciate this.


    WHAT'S WITH THIS WEATHER?

    17 Degrees Celsius in Halifax? Torontonians sitting outdoors at sidewalk cafes sipping mocha frappucinos earlier this week? Where do they think they are, Vancouver?!? But wait, what's happening in Lotus-Land north? Yes it's true, Vancouver has had actual snow! And it's been on the ground for a whole week now - that's a record! Centimetres of the white stuff fell, and it was a shock to everyone, putting a serious dent in our winter flower bloom count. The winter bird population in Vancouver is confused, wondering if they flew north instead of south last month! I thought it important to share some informative news reports that I have been compiling recently on this regional crisis, so that all Canadians can understand the plight facing your hardy west-coast country men/women:

    Chilled Vancouver commuters faced their 6th day of winter hell today, as an additional centimetre of the peculiar white stuff fell, bringing the lower mainland to its knees and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the marijuana crops. Scientists suspect that the substance is some form of frozen water particles and experts from Manitoba are being flown in.

    With temperatures dipping to the almost but not quite near zero mark, Vancouverites were warned to double insulate their lattes before venturing out. Vancouver police recommended that people stay inside except for emergencies, such as running out of espresso or biscotti, to see them through Vancouver's most terrible storm to date. The local Canadian Tire reported that they had completely sold out of fur-lined sandals.

    Drivers were cautioned to put their convertible tops up, and several have been shocked to learn that their SUV's actually have four wheel drive, although most have no idea how to use it.

    Below is an outline of the beginning of this frightening time in Vancouver.

    Chronology of the Snow crisis, Vancouver style.

    * 5:35 pm. Environment Canada predicts two to five centimetres of snow will fall on Vancouver within a 24-hour period. Local well-known weather man Phil Reimer reads the forecast on-air, turns white and faints.

    * 5:40 pm. Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan issues immediate appeal for federal assistance. Prime Minister Steven Harper promises to send in the army.

    * 6:15 pm. It turns out B.C.'s last army base, CFB Chilliwack, was closed in 1998, by the Liberal Government. Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggests a call to Quebec advertising agencies to purchase snow blowers, 'since that's where the Liberals spent all our money anyway.'

    * 8:45 pm. Vancouverites begin queuing at tire stores, leaving vehicles in line overnight to be first served in morning.

    * 5:22 am. Temperature plunges. Word spreads that a west side resident found ice on the windshield of his BMW convertible. Curious neighbours gathered to watch him scrape it off with a credit card. One motorist, a former Alberta oil man, claims use of mysterious 'defrost' switch on dashboard can aid in process.

    * 8:15 am. Terrified downtown skateboarders lose toques to menacing mob of balding, middle-aged men. 'We tried to run,' they say, 'but our stupid baggy pants made us fall down.'

    * 9:30 am. Hardware stores sell both of the snow shovels. Residents begin cobbling together implements made from kayak paddles, umbrellas, cookie sheets and boogie boards.

    * 10:00 am. Golfers switch to orange balls. Stanley Park cricket players, anxious not to repeat the ugly 'snow-blower incident' of the Blizzard of '96, switch to orange uniforms.

    * 12:00 Noon. Word of impending West Coast snowfall tops newscasts across Canada. Saskatoon hospitals report epidemic of sprained wrists related to viewers “high-fiving” one another.

    * 1:20 pm. Elementary schools call in grief counsellors. Grief counsellors refuse to go, citing lack of snow tires.

    * 2:30 pm. Rush hour begins an hour early as office workers come down with mysterious illnesses and bolt for home. Usual traffic snarl is compounded by large number of four-wheel-drives abandoned by side of road. Hospitals report a large influx of patients arriving in emergency clenching their steering wheels, unable to release their grip.

    * 2:50 pm. Airplanes grounded, highways closed, and ferries docked. No way to travel between Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland, or Lower Mainland and rest of the world. Vancouver Sun headline: South-western BC Separated from Rest of Canada. Quebecers begin chant of “Moi Aussi”.

    * 3:10 pm. At behest of Provincial Emergency Program, authorities begin adding Prozac to drinking water.

    * 3:50 pm. Fears of food shortage lead to alarming scenes of violence and looting. Grocery shoppers riot across the city, except in Shaugnessy in the tony west side of Vancouver, where residents hire caterers to do the rioting for them.

    * 4:30 pm. Bracing for the arrival of snow, the city is gripped by an eerie stillness reminiscent of London on the eve of a WWII invasion. Searchlights comb darkening sky for first sign of precipitation.

    * 5:30 pm. Phil Reimer, shaking uncontrollably, tells viewers that snow warning has been extended. This weather pattern could go on for days. Mercury plummets to Calgary-in-August levels. Martial law is declared. Lower Mainland politicians announce plans to establish emergency command centre in Oahu.

    * 5:50 pm. Prime Minister Harper announces Canada's DART rapid response team can be on the ground within six months.
    'We can't leave Vancouver to deal with 225 centimetres of snow on its own,' he tells Mayor Sullivan.
    'Um, that's two-to-five centimetres, not two-two-five,' replies the mayor.
    The prime minister hangs up.

    H.E. (Heather) Raney
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    PS... I think we've seen a variation of this a few times, but oh well.
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    U.S. plane forced to land after passenger lights match to hide flatulence
    05/12/2006 10:01:00 PM


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence, authorities said Tuesday.


    The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville on Monday after several passengers reported smelling burning sulphur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.
    The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odour," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.

    "It's humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as well," she said.

    "It's unusual that someone would go to those measures to cover it up."

    The flight took off again but the woman was not allowed back on the plane. The woman, who was not identified, was not charged in the incident.
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    That story has even "made" the news on the radio today too. Many jokes about "pull my finger" and "the Order of the Eternal Blue Flame" have been mentioned......
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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