Homesick snowbird

November 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In Destin, Florida the other day, there was a bumper sticker on a parked car that read: “I miss Chicago”

Someone broke the window, stole the radio, shot out all four of the tires, added an Obama bumper sticker and left a note that read, “Hope this helps.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Accountant who used a mobile phone app to pay £1.20 to park her car for ONE hour while she visited her financial adviser was charged £7,000: “Grandmother Ruth Ritchie thought she was paying £1.20 on a mobile phone app to leave her vehicle in a council car park, but was shocked to discover she was charged nearly £7000. Ms Ritchie, 60, from Swindon, Wiltshire, used her credit card and parking app PayByPhone to park her car at the Granville Street car park, which services the town centre, and is owned by Swindon Borough Council. But Ms Ritchie said: ‘I’m an accountant so I’m used to keying in numbers. It’s absolute rubbish. Plus how can someone even pay for 4,000 hours of parking upfront? ‘I very clearly paid for one hour of parking. There must be a fault on the system as it kept cutting off when I was trying to pay. Ms Ritchie contacted her local ward councillor Gemma McCracken who guaranteed a refund in five working days.

World’s biggest aircraft ‘takes off’ for the first time after being filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium: “The world’s biggest aircraft has lifted off from the ground in Britain for the first time – but it will not be ready to leave the hangar where it is being developed until next year. The Airlander, which is a cross between an airship and an aeroplane, was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses. It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire – and recently took off for the first time. The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium – enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools – so it could float above the ground. It was then attached to four fork-lift trucks, each with a two-tonne block of cement to stop it being carried away, and driven the entire length of the hangar. In its new position nearer the doors of the hangar, the £80million aircraft will be fitted with its engine, fins and ‘mission module’ ahead of its first proper flight in early 2016.”

BBC map in their newly revamped £13m studio puts ‘Italy’ in eastern France: “The BBC has confused Italy with eastern France in a blunder on a huge new world map at studios which have undergone a £13million revamp. It shows England and France in their correct places – but the eastern part of the latter nation has been labelled as Italy, with Germany left off the map completely. The schoolboy error was spotted by Tory MP Johnny Mercer as he was given a tour of the revamped ‘state of the art’ studios in Plymouth, Devon. He tweeted a photo of the map and said: ‘Cheered up by this at the shiny new BBC studios in Plymouth. ‘My Italian geography is bad, but not as bad as theirs.’ The fancy map also distorts the size of the Canary Islands and makes them look far bigger than they are. The BBC’s editorial guidelines boast that accuracy is ‘fundamental to our reputation’.

Husband dismembered and ATE the genitals of wife’s rapist: “A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman’s suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said Tuesday. The victim’s body was found in a burnt-out van after a suspected revenge attack sparked by claims from the new wife she was raped a week before her wedding on Sumatra island. The husband, 30-year-old Rudi Efendi, has admitted murdering the man after discovering his wife was not a virgin on their wedding night in September and being told of the alleged rape, but insists he acted alone. ‘I was so outraged,’ Efendi said after his arrest last month, adding that deciding to eat the victim’s genitals was ‘to cure my heartache’. Police say that after murdering the man, Efendi took home the victim’s severed genitals, ordered his 20-year-old wife to cook them, and the pair then ate them together. The victim was a driver, whom the wife used to date.”

Quirky art deco show home for a 1930s estate goes on the market for £700,000: “A show home for a 1930s art deco estate considered too outlandish by the British public has gone on the market for £700,000. The completely circular Round House was built in 1934 to be the focal point of the ground-breaking new 1,000-home Frinton Park Estate in Essex. Its aim was to make the modernist style mainstream – but the ambitious scheme flopped, largely because the suspicious public refused to buy experimental designs in new materials, including concrete. As a result, the estate was never completed and the selling property is one of only a handful that still exist, serving as a reminder of the town that never was. It is not known when the building was converted into a house but it now has 1,923 sq ft of accommodation over two floors with four bedrooms. Only about 40 art deco homes were built, of which about 15 remain, although the estate is still one of the biggest groups of modernist houses in the UK.”

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

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