Friday, October 9, 2009

This week's episode in the human comedy

An exchange of the strange:
• In Albertville, Alabama, a 37-year-old woman was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police received a call about a minivan on a state highway with a child riding on top. The woman said the cardboard box was too big to go inside the van, that her daughter was inside the box to hold it down, and that it was safe because she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.

• In Swansea, South Wales, Dean Gardener, 19, and Jason Fender, 22, confronted two people walking down the street in wigs, short skirts and high heels, having ID'd them as transvestites. Gardener took a swing at one of them, and then all hell broke loose. It turned out that they had taken on a pair of cage fighters on a night out in costume. Gardener and Fender took a drubbing, and were left dazed and staggering, as the two "trannies" picked up a clutch bag and continued on their way.

• In Skåne, Sweden, a Church of Sweden pastor allegedly showed up "sozzled" to conduct a funeral, wobbling on his feet, clutching the altar for support, and making an uninvited move on a young woman in attendance. The family is demanding 300,000 kronor ($42,600) in compensation.

• In Nelson, New Zealand, a policeman pepper sprayed chef Shaun Taylor, then rammed him into a bank with his patrol car, for failing to wear a helmet while cycling.

• In West Bengal, India, a baby girl born in the lavatory on a speeding train fell into the toilet bowl and then onto the tracks. Her mother immediately jumped off the train while her father pulled the emergency cord to get the train to stop. Mother and baby were found about a mile back, sitting beside the tracks, and are recovering.

• In Bangkok, Thailand, at U.N. climate talks, Saudi Arabia demanded special financial assistance if a new climate pact calls for substantial reductions in the use of fossil fuels. The Saudis said they are an "economically vulnerable" country.
Life is a cabaret.

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