Friday, September 11, 2009

You can't make this stuff up!

Gleaned from the news this week:

• It will not be a criminal offence to be smelly in Honolulu. City council turned down a proposal to fine "unreasonably smelly" people up to $500, eject them from transit buses, and/or give them a 6-month jail term.

• Girls are born afraid of spiders, studies show.

• Looking for an alternative to aggressive rush hour driving, the police in London, Ontario, are recommending that drivers carry a flat spare tire in their cars to support lying to the boss about the reason for their being late to arrive for work.

• A history buff in Pennsylvania accidentally fired a 1-kilogram cannonball into his neighbour's house. The shot smashed through a window and a wall before landing in a closet.

• Miyuki, wife of new Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama, was abducted by aliens as she slept one night 20 years ago, and rode on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus. She says, "It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green."

• Researchers at Keele University in England have discovered that swearing relieves pain.

• A new gizmo charges your iPod while you pedal your bike.

• Kids' IM conversations are being sold to market-research companies so that businesses can refine their marketing messages to children.

• Two sub-teen Australian girls, trapped in a storm drain, asked for help on Facebook using their cellphone, rather than dialing the Oz equivalent of 9-1-1.

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