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August 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Brilliant British bureaucracy again: “A traffic warden has slapped a parking ticket on a bus – for stopping in a bus stop. The bus had a scheduled ten-minute break at the spot in Edenbridge, Kent, and the driver nipped into a nearby bakery to pick up a snack as he waited. Now bus company Go Coach is battling with the council to waive the penalty, which has risen to £105 after they missed the deadline to pay it. Sevenoaks District Council said it is illegal to leave a bus unattended in a bus stop. A council spokesman said: ‘This Penalty Charge Notice was issued in May after the bus was seen to have been parked and left unattended in a bus stop, which is illegal to do. ‘Bus stops should only be used for picking up and dropping off passengers. ‘We are still awaiting payment of the fine and will be taking the next necessary steps to ensure this is recovered.'”

Dog foils jailbreak plot after hearing prisoners digging tunnel: “A dog, out for a morning walk with its owner on the Greek island of Corfu, detected the presence of inmates digging a tunnel under his very paws, the ANA news agency reported on Saturday. The dog froze, clearly cocking an ear to suspicious sounds below and refusing to budge, until finally its anxious owner decided to call the police. Sure enough, the doggy detective led the cops to discover a tunnel already several metres long – reported to have begun from Corfu prison’s B wing- and the prisoners who were digging it. Battery-powered fans and plastic containers of food were also found, the Guardian reported. Twenty-one convicts in jail serving long sentences or life terms are held in the wing. The same prison could have used the dog’s help in 1996, when several dozen inmates escaped using an old tunnel dug by the English when the island was a British protectorate from 1814 to 1864.”

Rogue parking company gets off lightly: “A rogue car valet company has been fined thousands of pounds after pretending to park customers’ cars in a secure spot close to Gatwick Airport when they were actually left unlocked in fields. Airport Parking Ltd charged £32.95 per vehicle per night and promised to park it in a location monitored 24 hours a day. But instead the cars were left in unsecured fields, often with windows open and doors unlocked, while their owners went on holiday. The company has now been fined £6,000 following a Trading Standards investigation. Staff at the firm even threw all the car keys into a plastic box and left them unattended in the field. Directors of the business, which was based in Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to eight charges of misleading customers at Worthing Magistrates’ Court last Friday. Trading Standards officers launched an investigation in 2013 following customer complaints.”

Mathematicians find new ‘perfect shape’ that solves one of their most complex problems: “Tilers and bathroom designers now have a reason to rejoice. Three scientists have made maths history by finding a new type of pentagon that can tile a floor without overlapping or leaving any gaps. It’s what researchers call ’tiling the plane’ and their discovery is only the 15th type of non-regular pentagon that can do this, with the last one found 30 years ago. The team said that for those in the maths world, finding this tile is analogous to finding a new atomic particle. While a triangle and a square can be tiled in limitless shapes and sizes, it is mathematically proven that convex polygons with more than six sides cannot. A German mathematician discovered five pentagons that tile in 1918 and a San Diego housewife also discovered five. The latest 15th tile discovery is the first in 30 years. The discovery was made by researchers at Washington University using a computer program written by an undergraduate student.”

Is this McDonald’s most attractive worker?: “McDonald’s is not always considered the most glamorous place to work, however one server in Taiwan is bringing a little added allure to the counter. Hsu Wei-han, whose age was not given, has been attracting plenty of customers to her branch of the fast-food chain in the city of Kaohsiung after she was discovered by a blogger. RainDog spotted the doll-like beauty and noted that Wei-han, who is also known as ‘Weiwei’ or ‘Haitun’ (‘dolphin’ in Chinese), was cute and wore a pink shirt and heels. She has been called the ‘cutest McDonald’s goddess in Taiwanese history’ after fans pointed out that the country’s branches are famous for dressing up their female employees in cute themed outfits, such as sailors or maids. Followers of Weiwei in Kaohsiung are now scrambling to find out the branch where she works in the hopes of getting a peek at the wide-eyed waitress.

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

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