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February 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Spanish civil servant fined after skipping work for years without anyone noticing: “THE case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros in wages because for years he actually didn’t work at all. The employee of a water utility owned by the Spanish city of Cadiz didn’t appear at its office for up to six years and “did absolutely no work” for three years prior to his retirement in 2011, said the ruling issued last month and provided to The Associated Press on Friday. It didn’t explain why the worker, who cannot be named under Spanish law, went undetected until his case was discovered in 2010, shortly before he was due to receive a plaque recognising him for 20 years of service”

Punk gets something to think about: “Phillip Pierre, 39, had arranged to meet Zachary Sam, 17, in Brooklyn, New York, at around 12.30pm on Friday in order to buy a $190 pair of Air Jordan 8 sneakers he advertised on Craigslist. But when he arrived police say Sam climbed into Pierre’s Honda Pilot, pulled out a revolver and took the sneakers before attempting to walk away. Pierre made a U-turn and driving headlong at Sam as he was on the sidewalk, pulling him under the wheels and slamming him into a metal fence, tearing part of his right arm off. According to ABC Sam left his hand behind at the scene, along with the gun, and footage shows his sleeve flapping loosely in the wind. Sam was taken to hospital in critical condition and is now reported to be serious but stable condition”

Another horror from a British government hospital: “A grandmother died of thirst in hospital because a nurse refused to give her a drink – in case she wet the bed. Edna Thompson, 85, a mother-of-three from Harrietsham in Kent, was admitted to Maidstone hospital with an eye condition but died from dehydration eight days later. The hospital trust have now issued an ‘unreserved apology’ for the errors and have taken steps to ensure it does not happen again. Her family raised concerns about her dehydration with an agency nurse but they were allegedly told it would be inconvenient if she had too much liquid as it would require staff to change her bedding more often.”

Fishermen put their fingers on the line to fish for MASSIVE mantis shrimp – nicknamed ‘thumb splitters’ – that can break glass with their claws: “They are the lightning fast predators capable of smashing through aquarium glass– but these fisherman are not afraid to pluck them from the ocean with their bare hands. Footage from Christmas Island in Australia shows local fisherman luring giant mantis shrimp out their burrows before pulling them out of the water by their razor sharp claws. The cranky crustacean – also known as ‘thumb splitters’ – are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, and therefore worthy of putting ones fingers on the line. The fisherman lure the mantis shrimp to the top of its burrow before wrenching it out by its razor sharp claws. They are used as a sushi topping in Japanese cuisine as well as being favoured in the Mediterranean for their sweet lobster-esque meat.”

Chinese farmer spends ten years building his own seven-storey house out of stones, wood and earth with space for his brothers to move in – even though they have been dead for a decade: “This is the bizarre house that was built out of stones, wood and earth by a Chinese farmer over the course of ten years. Hu Guangzhou, 55, said the building is for his brothers to move into when they come back – but they have been dead for ten years, according to local papers. Hu, who is described in Chinese media reports as having ‘a biased personality’, built the base of the home in Linqu County, Shandong, in five years. It took him three years to add the storeys. He even caught a sickness after completing the second story which put him out of action for months, before he decided to add more stories and then put the roof. His building materials were primarily clay and stone blocks he collected with a small wheelbarrow. The farmer makes repairs and strengthens the structure in his spare time.”

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

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