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August 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Drunk thief told victim his name after being caught in the act: “A drunken burglar who ‘blundered’ into a house after downing a bottle of tequila and told the homeowner his own name has been jailed. Kier Ruffell stole a Samsung mobile phone worth £100 from the family home in South Shields. Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old wandered into the sitting room of the house on Biddick Hall Drive at around 10.50pm on Saturday 23 June 2012. The female occupant of the house was upstairs with her husband and 11-year-old son when Ruffell entered their home. ‘On re-entering the living room she saw the defendant. ‘She asked him who he was and he replied ‘Kier.’ ‘She shouted for her husband and the defendant left the premises.’ It was not until the next day that the householders noticed that a Samsung mobile telephone had gone missing.”

Blind pensioner falls 20ft onto concrete path after builders remove his balcony… then put up a sign warning him of the danger: “A blind pensioner plunged more than 20 feet onto a concrete path after bungling builders removed his balcony… then put up a sign to warn him of the danger. Wheelchair-bound Klaus Ohlmeier, 67, fell from the second-storey of his care home in Hamburg, Germany, as he popped outside for a breath of fresh air. His defenestration left him with serious internal bleeding and several broken ribs and needing intensive hospital treatment. He has now filed a lawsuit against the building firm that made the extraordinary blunder. The company had been contracted to remove all the balconies on the side of the building while they worked on improving its insulation.”

Greek Orthodox priests face pay cuts: “Senior clergy and staff in Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church will be given salary cuts because of dwindling revenue. Archbishop Chrysostomos II blamed the island nation’s ongoing financial crisis for the falling revenue. He said those earning more than €2,000 ($2,460) a month are in line for the cuts. The church’s top decision-making body, the Holy Synod, will convene early next month to enact the cuts. He said his own salary as well as that of bishops and other high-income church employees will be the first to be cut in order to ‘set the good example’. But he said the church will forgo cuts to junior priests who ‘earn just enough to get by on.’ Orthodox Christian priests are allowed to marry and many have large families.”

A real hoverbike: “An American firm has finally made a working ‘hoverbike’. Made famous by ‘Return of the Jedi,’ where it flew through woods piloted by Stormtroopers, the real life version has been tested in the rather safer surrounding of the Mojave desert. Created by California firm Aerofex, the vehicle is made from two ducted rotors facing the ground. Changing the angle of the rotors using two control sticks allows it to move. Initial plans to create a hoverbike were thwarted due to a complex control system. However, Aerofex created a system that responds to a human pilot’s leaning movements and natural sense of balance. Pilots use two knee rails to control the direction of flight, simply leaning in the direction they want to travel. Currently limited human flight testing to a height of 15 feet and speeds of about 30 mph”

Chinese Lambo: “It’s made from scrap metal, has a top speed most bicycles can beat, and is currently being used to transport fertiliser. Apart from that, and a few other minor details like paint, this is an exact replica of an £840,000 Lamborghini Reventon supercar. The rusty roadster is a labour of love for mechanic and farmer Wang Jian who lives in the Jiangsu province in the east of China. The 28-year-old, who developed a passion for cars as a young child, began his attempt to build his very own replica supercar in May last year when he bought a secondhand Volkswagen. After first building a small model of the Lamborghini Reventón Mr Wang set to work on a full-sized version by re-welding the chassis and shifting the engine from the front of the vehicle to the back. Although the work is now complete, the auto repair man is unable to cruise down the road in his mean machine because he cannot get a licence and instead uses it to transport fertiliser.”

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