AN IRISH GHOST STORYAugust 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s true.
John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.
The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and it stopped.
John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door…. Only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly.
John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.
Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.
A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying… And wasn’t drunk.
Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other….
Look Paddy…..there’s that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!!!!
Odd news from around the world
Librarian wants to stop boy who loves books from reading so much: “A LIBRARIAN is out to stop a nine-year-old boy who loves books from continually winning a reading competition. Tyler Weaver won the six-week-long “Dig into Reading” event run by Hudson Falls Public Library in upstate New York by completing 63 books from June 24 to August 3, averaging more than 10 a week, The Glen Falls Post-Star reports. He has consistently been the top reader since kindergarten, devouring 373 books over the five contests, according to his mother, Katie. But library director Marie Gandron said Tyler “hogs” the contest every year and he should “step aside.” “Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,” Ms Gandron said. Ms Gandron plans to change the rules of the contest so that instead of giving prizes to the children who read the most books, she would draw names out of a hat and declare winners that way. Tyler said this uproar has made him “a little bit angry.” “How would it even be a contest if you just picked a name out of a hat?”
Chinese schoolboys prove chivalry is alive and well: “WHO said the concept of ‘gentlemen’ died with the 20th century? This group of students didn’t get the memo, standing shoulder-to-shoulder to shield their female classmates from the sun. The boys, in military training at China’s Zhengzhou No.19 High School, heeded a girl’s request to form a shade of human shadows on a scorching hot day, chinasmack.com reports. One of the boys, Tong Jianing, heard one of his female classmates ask: “May I stand in your shadow?” The tall teenager of 186cm stood tall and was soon joined by nearly 20 male classmates also participating in the outdoor exercise. Suffice to say their teacher was impressed. “The boys did very well. They’re normally quite naughty, but at critical moments exhibit a sense of responsibility.”
Australian man lodges fork in penis: “A 70-year-old Canberra man came to an extraordinarily painful fork in the road when he presented to Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department with a 10cm fork lodged in his penis. The steel cutlery item was inserted into his urethra for his sexual gratification, a write-up in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports said. It remains uncertain how the gentleman thought that could be achieved. The fork was not visible from the outside but doctors were able to feel it. “The motives for insertion of a variety of objects are difficult to comprehend”, the report, titled An Unusual Urethral Foreign Body, said.
The truth Johnny Depp wants to hide about the real-life Tontos: “SC Gwynne, author of Empire Of The Summer Moon about the rise and fall of the Comanche, says simply: ‘No tribe in the history of the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, and American occupations of this land had ever caused so much havoc and death. None was even a close second.’ He refers to the ‘demonic immorality’ of Comanche attacks on white settlers, the way in which torture, killings and gang-rapes were routine. ‘The logic of Comanche raids was straightforward,’ he explains. ‘All the men were killed, and any men who were captured alive were tortured; the captive women were gang raped. Babies were invariably killed.’ Not that you would know this from the new Lone Ranger movie, starring Johnny Depp as the Indian Tonto. Not only were the Comanche specialists in torture, they were also the most ferocious and successful warriors — indeed, they become known as ‘Lords of the Plains’. They were as imperialist and genocidal as the white settlers who eventually vanquished them.”
Electric snowmobile?: “The Canadian military is secretly testing a stealth snowmobile in its northern territories to enable troops to covertly operate in Arctic conditions. Soldiers are testing the speed, acceleration, noise and battery endurance of the $620,000 machines, designed to be a silent hybrid-electric version of the existing gas-powered transporters. The first tests with the new machines have been carried out in varying snow conditions at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, according to Canada’s CBC News, comparing how the silent snowmobiles perform against their noisier counterparts. Documents obtained under an Access to Information Act by the Canadian Press revealed the military have been using sound-meter readings to measure the machine’s noise levels; they have been driving the snowmobiles at a steady speed across varying surfaces to test the batteries; and the buggy’s acceleration on a 100m flat, snow-packed track has also been assessed.”
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