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  • GPS helps expose indecent snowplow driver

    01/12/2005 11:23:57 AM PST · by gubamyster · 53 replies · 1,447+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 11, 2005 | David R. Guarino
    By David R. Guarino Tuesday, January 11, 2005 When a snowplow driver allegedly flashed a Dunkin' Donuts worker early yesterday, police figured they'd take the usual path toward tracking him down: witness statements, descriptions, surveillance video. But the West Bridgewater cops got help from above - way above. After witnesses said the man fled in a large snowplow truck, police called the state Highway Department for help. Highway officials said they were able to use Global Positioning System technology, now mandatory in all highway trucks, to find the suspect. By day's end, 32-year-old snowplow contractor Jason Wordell of Somerset was...
  • Nude statue in B.C. traffic circle distracts drivers

    01/11/2005 1:05:35 PM PST · by xp38 · 75 replies · 2,076+ views
    CBC News ^ | Jan 11 2005 | CBC News
    PENTICTON, B.C. - Politicians in Penticton, B.C., are taking heat for paying $5,000 to install an artwork in the middle of a traffic circle that includes a 2.2-metre tall statue of a naked man. The statue, called The Baggage Handler, went up a week ago. It shows the man's nude figure surrounded by a number of colourful suitcases meant to represent emotional baggage. After some distracted drivers narrowly avoided accidents upon seeing the display, artist Michael Hermesh was told to bolt a metal plate in front of the statue's genitalia. "I was furious!" he recalled. "I spent a day walking...
  • Man spends five days underwater

    09/05/2004 1:43:17 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 19 replies · 993+ views
    CNN.Com / U.S. ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004 Posted: 11:25 PM EDT (0325 GMT) | AP
    HAMPTON, Tennessee (AP) -- A Tennessee man has beaten his own record for staying underwater with scuba gear after five days in a lake -- complete with recliner, a checkerboard, music and good friends to keep him company. After emerging from the lake Friday, Jerry Hall cheerfully signed a pledge to his wife never to do it again. "I had the easy job," Hall said. "It was my dive team that did all the work. I kept them hopping all the time, and they never once complained. Whatever I wanted or needed, they were there for me." Hall, 39, of...
  • Mont Blanc is shrinking, say experts

    08/04/2004 6:46:18 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 17 replies · 563+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 4, 2004 | Amelia Gentleman
    Mont Blanc may still be Europe's highest mountain, but it is not quite as high as it was last year. Glaciologists say the dimensions of the mountain, drilled into French schoolchildren, have shrunk: 50cm have gone over the year, making it 4,807.5m (15,772ft) high. More frustrating still, particularly for expeditions, there is uncertainty about where the precise summit now lies, and a serious risk that the recognised peak may be soon be overshadowed by a second, rockier tip 500m to the west. If you judge according to the rock formation, this western tip is the tallest point at 4,792m, with...
  • George Costanza coming to Ramallah

    02/20/2004 12:12:03 PM PST · by yonif · 53 replies · 344+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 19, 2004 | GIL HOFFMAN
    After countless Middle East peace initiatives involving politicians, the people behind the One Voice initiative that is set to be launched next week decided to appeal to ordinary Israeli and Palestinian citizens. Who better to appeal to average and apathetic Israelis and Palestinians than Jason Alexander, who played the ultimate average Joe, George Costanza, on the hit NBC sitcom Seinfeld? Alexander is set to arrive in Israel on Monday for a series of media events and meetings designed to promote One Voice, a new diplomatic initiative that aims to poll Israelis and Palestinians over the next six-to-18 months in order...
  • After 5,000 Years, the Mystery Of Fritz Just Won't End

    02/03/2004 5:55:32 AM PST · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 808+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Tuesday, February 3, 2004 | MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG
    <p>BOLZANO, South Tyrol -- One spring day in about 3300 B.C., a bearded, 5-foot-3, middle-age man in a bearskin cap was traversing the Tyrolean Alps when a flint arrowhead pierced his fur pelt and bore into his back. He bled to death in the snow.</p>
  • Football fan banned for penis stunt

    01/02/2004 11:37:07 AM PST · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 453+ views
    Ananova ^ | Friday 2nd January 2004
    A Dutch football club has banned one of its fans for posing for a photograph with the local mayor with his penis hanging out. Mayor Wim Deetman did not realise the ADO Den Haag fan was exposing himself when he agreed to have his picture taken with him. He had just come from a meeting with club directors and gladly posed arm in arm with the fan who was clutching a bottle of beer. It was only later, when the picture was circulated on the internet, that Mayor Deetman realised he had been set up. He is now taking legal...
  • Naked Men for Peace (More Nude Wingnuts!)

    12/30/2002 1:51:56 PM PST · by MikalM · 57 replies · 2,924+ views
    Fallout Shelter News ^ | 12/30/02 | Mark S. Kamleiter
    NAKED MEN, MEN OF PEACE, December 21, 2002, FloridaContacts:Diane Cardin-Kamleiter, 727-822-1543Mark S. Kamleiter, 727-323-2555 (day) 727-822-1543 (eve)Linda Pollini, 352-246-4545 (cell) On December 21,2002, near Gainesville, Florida, 22 men posed naked to send a stunning Peace message to the American people and the war administration.  Braving the cold, these men from Fort Myers to Gainesville, gathered together on a hillside to do the unthinkable: To Bare it all for Peace.Deeply troubled by the looming war against Iraq, these serious peace advocates determined to express their heartfelt desire for peace, by crafting the word "PEACE" and the Peace Sign with their nude...