Monday, January 17, 2011

Bottoms Up!

Montana allows drunk riding

The Montana Department of Transportation started a legal debate with an advert urging drinkers to get a lift home. The public safety video featured a horse picking up a rider at a bar.

It was meant to act as a metaphor to encourage drinkers to seek alternative means of getting home. But in a state well known for its horse culture it is being taken literally.

Curious residents calling Helena Police have been told that riding a horse while under the influence is legal. The law in Montana carefully defines a vehicle, and excludes those running under real horse power.

The video shows a savvy horse carefully obeying traffic laws on a night-time journey through town before stopping in front of a bar to pick up a rider who has enjoyed a drink or two.

Doll rescued on Yarra River

A COUPLE floating down Melbourne's Yarra River on inflatable dolls have been rescued after getting into trouble.

Australian police say the 19-year-old couple had just passed Pound Bend Tunnel at Warrandyte North when the water became turbulent and the woman lost control of her grip on the doll about 4.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday.

The woman grabbed hold of a tree that was floating in the river. The man stayed with her and they yelled for help, police say. A passer-by contacted triple zero and police and SES went to the scene.

A kayaker took life jackets to the pair and the SES attended with a boat and rescued the pair. They were checked by ambulance officers but did not require medical attention.

Police say the fate of the dolls is unknown.

NOT made in Scotland

The owners of a number of tartan souvenir shops have been fined £4,500 for selling Chinese-made cashmere clothes from a shelf with the label "Made in Scotland". Gold Brothers, which owns stores in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, had already pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of "misleading" customers.

It follows two test purchases in 2009 by trading standards officers. Sentence was passed at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Gold Brothers, which pleaded guilty last month, was trading as Abercrombie Cashmere. Having established the garments were of Chinese origin, officers visited the store on 15 September 2010 and 293 cashmere jumpers were seized. They were all described on the "shelf-edge label" as Scottish but were subsequently identified as having been imported from China.

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Irish Cup draw blunder

The draw for the sixth round of the JJB Irish Cup was thrown into confusion after one of the numbers was called out twice during the live TV broadcast. The problem arose when the Irish FA's senior clubs chairman Robert Cupples mistakenly called out the number 10 after drawing ball six from the cup. Moments later the real number 10 was drawn and supervising IFA official Andy Johnston knew a blunder had been made.

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Never Fall Asleep On The Subway

Thursday, January 13, 2011

River turned bright green

It was at first unknown what had caused the river to change colour so dramatically, but it soon emerged that it was the result of someone adding fluorescein to the water.

However, the culprits have still not been caught almost three weeks after the incident.

The colouring lasted several hours and no fish were harmed or coloured by the dye, which is commonly used as a tracer agent in water studies.

A study conducted at Environment Canada’s Pacific Environmental Science Centre in North Vancouver confirmed that the water was not toxic.

One hiker who saw the unusually-coloured water while walking by the river, Tyson Elder of Victoria, British Columbia, told The Sun: 'We had been hiking all day so to see something so bright and unexpected was kind of unnerving, especially because it is a popular tourist destination.

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Fox shoots man

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw," one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pantomime breaks Geneva Convention

In the Glasgow Pavilion Theater's production The Magical Adventures of Robin Hood, character Nurse Poltis originally wore an outfit with red crosses on the hat and tunic.

But bosses were forced to change the outfit after being contacted by the British Red Cross – who revealed they were breaking the Geneva Convention and could face prosecution.

Under the Convention, unauthorised use of the Red Cross emblem is illegal.

Nurse Poltis’ outfit now features green crosses instead.

A spokesman for the organization said they had ‘no desire to be the villains of the pantomime’ but they have ‘a very serious obligation to protect the Red Cross emblem.’

They added: ‘When we contacted the theatre management, they quickly changed the cross on the nurse's costume to green and we applaud them for that.’

Video HERE

Friday, January 07, 2011

Homeless man with amazing voice lands radio jobs

A homeless man is seeing job offers pour in, after a YouTube video of him showing off his incredible voice became a viral hit.

Ted Williams used to work as a radio announcer, but hard times saw him jobless, homeless and holding a sign begging for cash at the side of a road in Ohio.

And that's where he was found when he recently became the subject of a viral video after a journalist noticed his sign, boasting he had a "God-given gift of a great voice".

After the exchange of a few dollars, Williams released his silky smooth FM voice saying things like: "we'll be right back with more after these words" for the camera.

Now, after gaining more than 4 million views on YouTube, the job offers are pouring in… we just wish we could get him to read Newslite stories to us at night.
Williams says that in the past he had problems with drugs and alcohol, but is now two years clean.

His first live radio gig is due to be on WNCI's Morning Zoo and bosses at the station say they are trying to find him some work.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Trash saver

NEW YORK — Authorities in New York City say a man who tried to jump to his death from his ninth floor apartment was saved by a heap of trash bags that had gone uncollected since last week's blizzard.

Fire officials say the 26-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan shortly after noon on Sunday. He was listed in critical but stable condition.

Vangelis "Angelo" Kapatos landed on his back after jumping from his ninth-floor window. No one was home and he left no note, the New York Post reported.

Coffee spill causes hijack alert

A PILOT'S spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada.

A Transport Canada report said United Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto and landed safely at Pearson International Airport. The coffee sent out distress signals including code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference.

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