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May 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Garbage collector stopped truck compactors seconds before it crushed a curious boy hiding inside: “A GARBO stopped his truck’s compactors seconds before it crushed a curious nine-year-old boy who had hidden inside a bin on collection day. Dylan Jones said he was “horrified” when he spotted Connor’s little hands clinging to the rim of a recycling bin as he picked it up on his Monday morning run. The quick-thinking Mr Jones hit the truck’s emergency stop just seconds before its hydraulic pump, which crushes recycling, latched on to Connor. Connor jumped into a 240L bin outside his babysitter’s Yarrawonga home as he saw the recycling truck approach. This time Connor’s curiosity only caused him minor cuts and bruises, but Mr Jones said he feared the worst. “I just saw the two hands out the top of the hopper where the rubbish goes in. It was quite horrifying seeing that. I didn’t know what it was,” Mr Jones said. A sheepish Connor later admitted to reporters he was curious to see how the truck crushed recycling. “I just wanted to know what it looked like inside the dump truck,” Connor said.

The twilight of the gnomes: “It was meant to be a light-hearted attempt to sell garden furniture. But advertisers working for the Swedish furniture giant Ikea clearly underestimated the sensitivities of British gnome lovers. When their TV campaign showed a line up of the garden ornaments being systematically destroyed they received dozens of angry complaints. The advert shows a family replacing their old garden decorations with new products from Ikea. Angered at plans to eradicate them from the garden, the gnomes launch a revenge attack. But they are thwarted by the couple – who find increasingly violent ways to kill them off. Some are shattered into thousands of pieces by a well-aimed jet from a power hose while others are gathered in a hammock and smashed against a garden fence. One scene sees a heartbroken gnome standing over a fallen friend with a tear running down his cheek. The ad finishes with the tagline: ‘Make more of your garden. Say no to gnomes.’”

Clothing retailer Asos forced to withdraw belts after metal studs are found to be radioactive: “Women’s leather belts sold by the fashion website ASOS have been recalled after the metal studs in them were found to be radioactive. About 50 of the belts, retailing at £28, are known to have been bought from the company. They were made using cheap contaminated scrap metal in India. The peplum leather belts, which tested positive for Cobalt-60, could injure people if worn for more than 500 hours – and are currently in a radioactive storage facility, an internal company report said. It said that one of the belts tested positive after being pulled by U.S. border control officers, which led to them being withdrawn across the world reported The Guardian. The report, which was produced by an external regulator, said that the incident is ‘quite a common occurrence’ and that during the refining process of scrap metal, ‘orphaned radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time’.”

British Taxman tells owner of cafe she owes £1 BILLION: “A Caribbean café owner was sent an eye-watering tax bill for almost £1billion, it was revealed today. Florence Coke, 59, owner of Mama Flo’s in Gorton, Greater Manchester, said she ‘nearly fell over’ after opening the £979,092,858 bill from HM Revenue and Customs in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. She was left angry after the taxman threatened to seize her business assets if she failed to pay up – but HMRC bosses have since apologised after realising Ms Coke only owed a little less than £17,000. Ms Coke opened Mama Flo’s three years ago after working on the perfume counter at Selfridges and as a newspaper street vendor. She received the astonishing bill from HMRC in March. The letter, signed by an HMRC debt collector, said: ‘If you do not pay or contact us, we can visit your premises in order to arrange for your assets to be sold by public auction.’ She then had to return to Jamaica after her mother died and, while she was away, HMRC sent a letter apologising for the mistake – saying she actually owed £16,905.”

Kettle that looks like Hitler: “Bemused motorists took photographs of the huge JCPenney billboard advertising the kettle as they drove past it on the 405 Interstate highway near Culver City in California, one of America’s busiest stretches of roads. “That Hitler looks like a kettle,” commented one user of Reddit, one of the several websites where the image was posted over the weekend. “He even has his right arm extended,” wrote another, while a third added: “I’m a little Nazi, short and stout”. The kettle – officially the Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle – retails for £35.08 on the JCPenney website”

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