I Applied For A Building Permit ….

August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well, with nothing much else to do, I applied for a “Building Permit”, to remodel my house.

It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 12 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It would have parking for 200 cars.

I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.

When it went before City Council they told me; “Forget about it…IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!”

So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a “Mosque.”

Work starts next Monday and here is the best part – it’s going to be tax exempt!

I love this country. It’s the government that scares the crap out of me.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

African tries it on with Mirvac: “Vangu Kitoko launched legal action against the real estate giant saying he was injured after he hit the window pane of a sliding glass door at a Sydney shopping centre on October 5, 2010. But Judge Michael Elkaim rejected his bid in the NSW District Court, saying ‘contrary to the plaintiff’s version, he simply walked into the pane of glass’, which was shattered. Mr Kitoko told the court that as he approached the glass doors at the Broadway shops, they were open. But just before turning to walk through them, his body moved forward, striking his head against the glass window in front of him and shattering it from top to bottom. As he fell backwards, he said he noticed a ‘slightly transparent viscous material on the floor’ with marks showing he had slipped through it. But Mirvac said CCTV footage of the accident showed he did not slip on any material and the glass doors were not open before the accident. Mr Kitoko is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr Kitoko has been ordered to pay Mirvac’s costs.”

Chocolate could ease Parkinson’s: “Could daily chocolate supplements reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? That’s the thinking behind a new trial at Dresden University of Technology in Germany. Around 30 patients will be given 50g of either white chocolate, which contains no cocoa, or dark chocolate (85 per cent cocoa) twice daily for a week. They’ll then receive the other type of chocolate in a second week. The differences in their symptoms will be compared. Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that produces dopamine, which helps co-ordinate body movement. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as shaking. The cocoa in chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which has been shown to increase the release of dopamine

Plant eats hornets: “A hornet species that has killed at least six people in France and devastated honey production may have met its match – in the form of a carnivorous plant. The pitcher plant lures in the ‘hornet from hell’, before devouring and digesting it. It is hoped the discovery will end the menace of the Asian hornet, which has colonised huge swathes of the French countryside since arriving from China 11 years ago and is feared to be making a beeline for Britain. The yellow-footed insect’s searing sting can trigger fatal allergic reactions and has been likened to a hot nail being hammered into a body. They also raid beehives and have caused French honey production to plummet and British beekeepers have been warned their colonies could be next. When French botanist Romaric Perrocheau opened the stem of a Sarracenia plant, he was astonished to find it was full of dead hornets. Further examination showed the Asian hornet to be a popular meal among the pitcher plants in the Nantes botanical gardens. However, bees, wasps and European hornets were not trapped by the plant, which is native to North America.”

The car that melted: “The incredible moment a car melted in the killer heatwave in Italy has been captured on camera by a British tourist. John Westbrook said he was astonished when he saw the Renault Megane dripping as it was parked opposite a beach in the coastal town of Caorle in northern Italy, as temperatures hit 37C (99F). The 48-year-old taxi driver from Folkestone, Kent, filmed the lights, wing mirrors and window fittings melting off the car during the heatwave, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 pensioners. He told MailOnline: ‘The car was parked parallel to the beach and had been there for a few days – it was just the pure heat of the sun beating down on it that made it melt.’ ‘We drove past and just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Bits of the car were literally dripping off on to the road,’ he added. ‘Even bits of the bumper were melted and the wing mirrors were starting to buckle. ‘I guess the moral of the story is don’t trust French cars.'”

China unveils new seven mile road that’s built in the middle of a river: “A stunning new route opened in Hubei province, central China, on August 9. Incredible images of the new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the 6.8-mile motorway is built in the middle of a river valley. The spectacular road connects Xingshan County in Hubei to G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China. The road is built on top of a bridge that follows the curve of the river valley. It will cut down travel time from Xingshan to G42 to just 20 minutes. The journey originally took close to an hour along a steep and convoluted road. Drivers along the route are treated to breathtaking views of the valley as well as the river and nearby villages. The new route has already been dubbed the ‘over-water highway’.” [Chinese civil engineers are amazing]

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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