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Police arrest cement soccer ball pranksters
Reuters ^ | 7-5-2006

Posted on 07/05/2006 11:17:24 AM PDT by Cagey

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police in Berlin said on Wednesday they had arrested two men on suspicion of placing cement-filled soccer balls around the city and inviting people to kick them. At least two people injured themselves by kicking the balls, which were chained to lampposts and trees alongside the spray-painted message: "Can you kick it?"

Police said they had identified a 26-year-old and a 29-year-old and had found a workshop in their apartment where they made the balls. The two are accused of causing serious physical injury, dangerous obstruction of traffic and causing injury through negligence, police said.

Berlin hosts the World Cup final Sunday.


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A soccer ball lies on the pitch during a match in Berlin June 30, 2006. World Cup pranksters in Berlin injured at least two soccer fans by inviting them to kick soccer balls that they had secretly filled with concrete, authorities said Tuesday.

1 posted on 07/05/2006 11:17:26 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Good Grief!

2 posted on 07/05/2006 11:18:41 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey
the spray-painted message: "Can you kick it?" Police said they had identified a 26-year-old and a 29-year-old

Was one of their names "Lucy?"

3 posted on 07/05/2006 11:19:20 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Cagey

Damn, beat me to it.


4 posted on 07/05/2006 11:19:48 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Cagey

So the Germans can arrest you because someone else is stupid? Makes sense.


5 posted on 07/05/2006 11:21:08 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

At least our Lucy has a little heart and left the concrete home.


6 posted on 07/05/2006 11:21:13 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Finally.... a way to make soccer exciting.


7 posted on 07/05/2006 11:22:00 AM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Cagey
What's wrong with those people?
Prosecuting contributors to improving the human gene pool.

They should get a medal. Soccer fans have been shown statistically to have an average IQ 50% under everyone else...

8 posted on 07/05/2006 11:26:00 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

LOL!!

I was out at a pub for an early dinner yesterday and I noticed both TV's over the bar were tuned to the World Cup. The crowd sitting at the bar were watching the game and in the two hours I was there I heard them express some kind of noise (or cheer) ONCE in that entire two hours.

What a dull event soccer is.


9 posted on 07/05/2006 11:26:32 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

In junior high shop class, we would heat up quarters with a torch and toss them in the hallway right before recess.

Glad I didn't live in Berlin growing up. We'd be in jail.


10 posted on 07/05/2006 11:27:53 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Cagey

Germans have cement balls?


11 posted on 07/05/2006 11:30:47 AM PDT by llevrok ("Drink your beer, damnit! There are people in Africa sober.")
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To: Cagey
Someone has taken a page from Uday Hussein's Big Book of Soccer Training Methods:

(2004) Iraqi Olympic officials recently displayed tools of torture they said Uday used, including devices to crush fingers, iron masks of suffocation and cement balls players were forced to kick.

12 posted on 07/05/2006 11:31:55 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: Cagey

Soccer is probably the only sport where the "highlights" include primarily non-scoring events: "and the crowd goes wild at the first shot on goal" (coming 50:00 min into the game) ....."the stretcher is now on the field" (to retrieve yet another flopper) ....etc.


13 posted on 07/05/2006 11:33:19 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Cagey
A "practical joker" deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking him out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.


Robert Heinlein
14 posted on 07/05/2006 11:36:08 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: caver

And they can investigate your "workshop". Meanwhile terrorist bombers continue about their work.


15 posted on 07/05/2006 11:37:08 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: llevrok

Well, one.


16 posted on 07/05/2006 11:37:57 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: JRios1968

Soccer ping!


17 posted on 07/05/2006 1:52:10 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar; JRios1968

Didn't JR say he was going to fly to Europe this week for "unspecified business"? I just knew it. His pathological hatred of soccer overwhelmed him.


18 posted on 07/05/2006 1:53:52 PM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: Cagey; JRios1968

They've got balls.....

**Ping**


19 posted on 07/05/2006 1:54:03 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.)
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To: JRios1968

You may like this one. OK, maybe not the part where people get injured, but the idea behind it all. It's so Saddam-like.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/07/MN175617.DTL


20 posted on 07/05/2006 1:59:37 PM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: BJClinton

21 posted on 07/05/2006 1:59:54 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Toby06

It is deliciously eeeeevil.

22 posted on 07/05/2006 2:00:51 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: BJClinton

Not in Europe...but this idea is deliciously evil...


23 posted on 07/05/2006 2:01:45 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: EveningStar

LOL, you people are funny! Kudos for finding that one!


24 posted on 07/05/2006 2:05:01 PM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: Toby06

I confess that someone else found that. ;)


25 posted on 07/05/2006 2:07:32 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Oh. I take everything back, than!


26 posted on 07/05/2006 2:09:27 PM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: Toby06

:D~


27 posted on 07/05/2006 3:07:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Cagey
What a dull event soccer is.

Try cricket...on the radio...in Australia, hearing all the "action" in Aussiese...literally all day long matches.

28 posted on 07/05/2006 3:50:06 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: weegee

Make that two.


29 posted on 07/05/2006 6:40:38 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: EveningStar

That is a GREAT T-shirt.


30 posted on 07/05/2006 6:41:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Let them die of thirst in the dark.)
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To: ErnBatavia
A test match is 5 days long. And can (and usually does) end in a draw.

People go to stadia to watch these, tune in to TVs and radios all day long.

Why, you might wonder?

But then you never played cricket.
31 posted on 07/11/2006 3:57:35 AM PDT by saalebhosdike (Bhains ki taang...)
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To: saalebhosdike
But then you never played cricket.

Actually, I did spend an afternoon fiddling with the basics with some Aussie friends and their kids.

32 posted on 07/11/2006 8:01:07 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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