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August 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Man who died after mooning traffic was ‘author of his own misfortune’, NZ coroner finds: “A man who was fatally struck by a van while standing on the road mooning traffic was “the author of his own misfortune”, a coroner says. Shop worker Travis Jason Stephen Lane, 25, was hit by a Toyota van outside his home in Milton, New Zealand, about 8.35pm on February 22, last year. He never regained consciousness and died on March 28. Otago Southland coroner David Crerar found Mr Lane’s death was the result of respiratory failure caused by a severe brain injury sustained when he was hit by the van. In his findings, Mr Crerar said Mr Lane was significantly affected by alcohol and drugs when he repeatedly ran into traffic during a party at his home. Mr Lane’s actions were “foolish in the extreme” and the driver of the van was not at fault, Mr Crerar said. The driver of the van did not have enough time to avoid Mr Lane, who was wearing dark-coloured clothing on a night where visibility was limited because of wind and rain.”

Man throws giant WWII bomb on the back of his truck and drives it around town for ‘show and tell’… until police realise it’s LIVE and confiscate it: “A Northern Territory man who found a live World War II bomb and drove it around to show his friends has had the explosive device confiscated by police. Damien Lumsden, from Milingimbi, 440 km east of Darwin, found the bomb during a clean-up after Cyclone Nathan hit the region in June. Ms Lumsden said he put the device on the back of his ute and kept it for two days to show his mates before police were informed and he was evacuated from his home, the NT News reported. ‘I went out to show a few people and they were like “That’s a bomb”,’ he told the NT News. ‘Then they saw the pin was still in it and they were like “Oh wow, it’s live.” Mr Lumsden said he sent a picture of the bomb to his boss who ‘went off his head’ and rang police immediately. ADF personnel identified the bomb as as a navigation flame float Mk II which had been dormant for 70 years”

World’s largest car transporter able to carry enough vehicles for a 26-mile traffic jam arrives in the UK: “The world’s largest car transporter which can carry 8,500 vehicles and boasts deck space the size of 10 football pitches has arrived into the UK on its maiden voyage from China. Hoegh Target, the world’s biggest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), dwarfs North Shields Fish Quay after docking in Tyne and Wear this week. The 14-deck vessel, which is 200 metres in length and 36 metres wide, has a deck space of 71,400 square metres and if all of the cars it could carry were stood end to end, they would measure a whopping 26 miles. It also boasts doors much bigger than its counterparts, meaning it can take high-sided vehicles and trucks that are 6.5 metres high and 12 metres wide. Its stern ramp can also hold 375 tonnes of cargo – the equivalent weight of 75 adult elephants. The world’s biggest car carrier, registered to Norwegian firm Hoegh Autoliners, was officially launched in June and has since sailed from Xiamen, China”

Irishman knocks over a string of Turks: “A video purporting to show an Irish tourist in a mass brawl with shopkeepers in Istanbul is taking Turkish social media by storm. In the footage, a man described by Turkish media as an “Irish boxer/tourist” can be seen in CCTV footage accidentally spilling a fridge full of bottles of water. This sparks an argument, before a number of shopkeepers start hitting the unarmed tourist with sticks, chairs and other blunt items. The tourist fights back and at one point knocks one man to the floor with a single punch. Towards the end of the video the tourist appears to continue to want to fight before he is eventually calmed down and led away. The channel said the fight took place in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Aksaray, while a date stamp on the CCTV footage suggested it happened earlier this month. “The shop owner overreacted and attacked the tourist with a stick,” he said. “The surprising thing is that the tourist turned out to be a pro boxer and knocked down the angry shopkeepers one by one.”

Hot fisherwoman the net’s new obsession: “THIS foxy fisherwoman has her fans angling for a view. Bikini-clad Darcie Arahill, 26, has lured almost 100,000 online admirers who’ve fallen for her hook, line and sinker. “Most just assume fishing is for middle-aged guys, so proving that we girls can do it too gives me a great thrill,” Arahill told Caters News. “I do everything from rigging to cast netting and even cleaning the catch.” The tanned and toned stunner’s loyal followers watch with baited breath as she battles fish off the Florida coast. “I love nothing more than battling against a big fish and on the weekends I spend every waking minute out on the boat,” she said. “People are shocked when they see me stand in my bikini holding a six-foot tuna or snapper.” Arahill’s biggest catch on the 23-foot boat Darcizzle Offshore – named after her YouTube channel – was an 8-foot bull shark. “That was a real fight, but I won in the end,” she said. “I put him back in the ocean, as I do with all of the protected species. But most of the time we fish to eat. It’s great to know you’ve caught this incredible meal of tuna or snapper yourself.”

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