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Woman Crashes Car into House in Order to Distract the Police

A drunk driver in Red Hook, New York noticed that police had pulled over a friend of hers for drunk driving. She immediately swung into action, deciding that the best way to distract the police officer was to get him to chase her instead: [...] she drove past a Red Hook, N.Y., police officer on a [...]

Prisoner Digs Hole in Wall, Gets Stuck While Trying to Escape

What we’ve got here is failure to lose weight. That was something that Rafael Valadão should have done before boring a hole through the wall of a prison in Ceres, Brazil. That or dig a bigger hole. Rafael Valadão, the well-built tattooed convict, tried to follow one of his smaller fellow prisoners who had already made a [...]

Caviar Vending Machine

You’ll need a lot of quarters when using this vending machine. It and others like it in the Burbank, California area offer caviar and other luxury foods: Beverly Hills Caviar has unveiled its first touch-screen vending machine at the Burbank Town Center, offering “a large selection of the world’s finest selection of caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, [...]

The Traditional Thanksgiving Eel

Turkey? No, thanks. I want a traditional Thanksgiving–the way the Pilgrims did theirs. Two years ago, James Prosek wrote in The New York Times that the original Thanksgiving feast may have been upon freshwater eels: Indeed, eel was the dinner that Pilgrims were given on the very day after they made peace with Massasoit, the sachem, [...]

New Employment Perk: Unlimited Paid Vacation

Only 1% of employers in the US offer this perk, but the number is growing. In some firms, employees can take as much paid time off as they feel they need: By showing that they trust their workers, these employers say, they are cultivating a culture of even deeper trust. Though the practice is still experimental, [...]

Officer, That Meth You Found Hidden in My Groin Isn’t Mine, Nor Is the Groin

A couple of years ago, police officers in Florida found cocaine hidden up a man’s bottom. He denied that the cocaine was his.  More recently, a suspect in Spokane Valley, Washington went even further. Not only was the methamphetamine that officers found in his groin not his, neither was the groin: After he was taken out of [...]

Bank Robber Angrily Returns to Bank after Discovering That the Teller Tricked Him

After departing the bank, the robber realized that the teller had not actually given him $20,000 in cash. Not one to tolerate bad customer service, he returned, presumably to lodge a complaint: As officers were responding, Bundrage discovered the teller had not given him the full $20,000. Officers found him standing at the front door attempting to [...]

Man Tries to Cross the Irish Sea in Giant Hamster Wheel

(Video Link)  Chris Todd has a dream: to walk from Wales to Ireland. His means of doing so is a paddlewheel raft that he made in his backyard. Alas, 9 hours into a projected 48-hour crossing, he had to stop because of technical problems. Event coordinator Annie Davies explained: “He was going really well and making a [...]

In Which Nation Is Beer the Cheapest? USA! USA! USA!

Well, of course! Our national anthem began as a drinking song. That’s the stock we come from. Behold our awesomeness: Analysts at UBS, a Swiss bank, have calculated that it takes a German earning the national median wage just under seven minutes of work to purchase half a litre of beer at a retail outlet. At [...]

This Is the World’s Tallest Mohawk

It took Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe 15 years to make his dream a reality. After great effort, he was able to grow a mohawk that is 3 feet, 8.6 inches tall. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the tallest in the world. He says to make it stand upright it takes stylists two hours, one can [...]