Ripe for the picking

September 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Washington State Fair banned firearms, but apparently they forgot to tell all the armed robbers who stole hundreds of dollars from fair workers. Being disarmed puts you at a disadvantage that is hard to overcome

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Dangerous arachnophobia: “When a man tried to kill a spider at a gas station with a cigarette lighter last week his plan backfired and his car plus a gas pump was set ablaze. The unidentified Detroit, Michigan man was not seriously injured and managed to escape the scorching flames and the damage was contained to one pump which was destroyed. He told police that when he saw the spider on his gas tank he pulled out the lighter to kill it because he was deathly afraid of the eight-legged insect. ‘He didn’t have a cigarette. He didn’t have anything on him. All of a sudden I look out and I see flames,’ employee Susan Adams told Fox 2. Before the rescue team arrived, the man managed to grab a fire extinguisher and put out the flames. His car managed to stay in decent shape and he dared to show his face at the gas station the next day to fill his tank.”

German ‘murder victim’ Petra Pazsitka who disappeared 31 years ago turns up alive and well and living in Dusseldorf: “A German ‘murder victim’ has turned up alive and well in Dusseldorf – more than 30 years after she disappeared from her home and a man convicted of another murder confessed to killing her. Petra Pazsitka, then a 24-year-old computer science student in Braunschweig, hit the headlines in 1984 after she was reported missing when she failed to show up for her brother’s birthday party. Now, a staggering 31 years on, Miss Pazsitka has been found living in the western city of Dusseldorf, with no official documents and under the identity of ‘Mrs. Schneider’, NBC reports. Aged 55, she was discovered after alerting police to a burglary at her home. When asked for her name by officers, the woman initially called herself ‘Mrs Schneider’, it is reported. However, after being asked for identification, she later confessed her true identity. She would not tell officers why she had disappeared in the first place.”

Lockheed Martin reveals $7m eight wheel drive amphibious “duck” vehicle to carry marines into battle: “Lockheed Martin has revealed what could be the ultimate off roader – and the 21st century equivalent of the duck boat. With eight wheel drive and fitted with grenade launchers, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle is designed to carry up to 13 marines into combat. The firm behind it says future versions will even be able to drive themselves at sea. Priced at $4 million to $7.5 million each, the vehicle is designed to be the primary means of mobility for the Marine rifle squad both at sea and ashore. The ACV 1.1 is fully armoured, weighs over 20 tons and is powered by a 700 bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel engine. For military use, the most famous wheeled amphibian is World War II-era DUKW or Duck boat, repurposed today for tourists to sightsee along city streets and waterways. The DUKW was supplied to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Allied forces.

Isolated Australia prominent in the race for the longest direct flights: “AIRCRAFT capable of flying non-stop for close to 20 hours at a time are helping to make the world a smaller place. International airlines are increasingly looking to use aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR to fly to far flung destinations in one hit. Next February, Emirates will launch the world’s longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City, over a distance of 13,821km. But that is likely to be eclipsed within months by Air India, which is planning to fly 14,003km non-stop from Bengaluru to San Francisco. The incredible range of the Boeing 777-200LR makes a direct flight from Sydney to London a possibility, at a distance of 16,983km. Sydney to New York City is even more realistic, at 15,979km, or Brisbane to London at 16,516km. In 2005, a Boeing 777-200LR set a new world record with a 22-hour, 42-minute flight over 21,601km. Qantas currently operates the world’s longest flight in an A380 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney, over a distance of 13,810 kilometres.”

Pet Labrador adopts the role of mum and gently tucks newborn into bed with his nose: “This pooch is more than just man’s best friend and he proved it by taking on the parental responsibilities and tucking the family’s newborn baby into bed. The heart-warming video, which is believed to have been filmed in America, shows the baby catching up on his sleep with his face down on the sofa. The attentive pet Labrador approaches, and after noticing that the baby does not have his blanket wrapped around him, sets about putting that right. The dog uses his nose to carefully flick the blanket from the sofa so that it covers the baby’s tiny body. He starts on one side and with a single swift movement covers the youngster’s legs before moving further along the sofa. The pooch then begins flicking more of the blanket towards the baby so that he is completely covered before he then uses his nose to tuck him in.”

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