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I like this story, even if it does sound a bit on the schmalzy side...

 

Mother Cat Adopts Pup Rejected by Mother

 

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The tiny pup, named Charlie by Humane Society volunteers, nurses alongside a jumble of black and gray kittens recently born to Satin, who was surrendered to the shelter by an owner unable to care for her.
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What about the Kiwi lawyer who protested the court system wearing Alice in Wonderland drag?: Cross-dressing Miss Alice Guilty of Contempt

 

 

AP: Feb. 14, 2007 - A New Zealand lawyer who took to wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume in court to highlight an alleged cover-up by the army has been found guilty of contempt.

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Don't Eat The White Snow, Either!

Vermont skier misbehaves on the gondola (sorry, no pics)

 

Dying Man's First Time Granted

 

 

In January, a hospice in Britain run by Sister Frances Dominica approved the wish of a 22-year-old man (born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy), who wanted to lose his virginity before he died. The Douglas House hospice arranged for a prostitute to visit him at his family's home, and the man said afterward, "It was not emotionally fulfilling, but the lady was very pleasant." [Daily Telegraph (London), 1-27-07]
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Inventor of the remote control dies

 

 

Robert Adler, a US inventor best known for the creation of the couch potato's dream device, the TV remote control, has died at the age of 93. He received an Emmy award in 1997 for the 1956 invention jointly with fellow engineer Eugene Polley.Adler earned more than 180 US patents throughout his 58-year career.

Source BBC

 

Couldn't they just replace his batteries?

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Vodka-Fuelled Fisherman Wrestles With Shark

 

 

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A fisherman fueled by vodka caught a 1.3-meter (4-foot) shark and wrestled it onto a jetty on Australia's south coast, suffering only small tear marks in his trousers, media reports said on Friday. Phillip Kerkhof, 41 [pictured below], caught the bronze whaler shark by hand on Monday after he spotted it chasing squid lures near the jetty at the tiny seaside town of Louth Bay in the South Australia state.

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This poor old guy in Sweden seemed to have missed out on something important that happened in back in 1967:

 

 

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A 79-year-old motorist in Sweden who hadn't driven to town in more than 40 years told a court he was stunned to discover that the country had switched from left to right-hand traffic -- in 1967.[...]The man, from the small town of Holmsjoe north of Karlskrona, told the court he had not driven in Karlskrona for more than 40 years and was unaware that Sweden had switched to driving on the right side of the road in 1967.

Tsk-tsk <_<

 

Elderly Motorist Stunned by Switch to Right-Hand Traffic - in 1967

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She obviously doesn't lack practice:

 

 

Rebecca Johnson, 24, (...)

 

Mason, Johnson's fourth child, was doing well.

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Mason Matthew Parkinson

 

 

Johnson had just gotten out of the car at Highlands Hospital in Connellsville and was still in the parking lot

That explains Masons family name :lol:

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News from Scotland.

 

Makes you think about the intelligence of people running the country:

 

"Prisoners demand their own pants"

 

Inmates of Scotland's largest prison have complained of being forced to wear dirty and ill-fitting underwear, according to a report. Barlinnie prisoners told inspectors that they were given prison-issue underpants, socks and vests which could be stained or not the right size. The overcrowded Glasgow jail is the only one in Scotland to ban prisoners from wearing their own clothing.

 

Chief inspector of prisons, Dr Andrew McLellan, said the issue was a concern.

"You have to take what you are given," he added. "The underwear might fit or it might not, it might be unstained or not.

 

Concerns raised

 

"I think it's a very important thing if you don't get a chance to wear you own underwear. We have seen underwear which has been washed but I wouldn't call it clean."

 

The inspector called for personal underwear to be issued to individual inmates and suggested that prisoners were also allowed to wear their own clothes on occasions such as family visits. Mr McLellan also raised concerns that too many fine defaulters were being sent to the prison, despite a Scottish Executive pledge to reduce the practice.

 

Prison inspectors found more than 10% of inmates at Barlinnie were serving time for failing to pay fines of less than £300.

Barlinnie, in greater Glasgow, is regularly more than 40% overcrowded, housing more than 1,400 inmates compared to its design limit of 1,018. But under new plans defaulter numbers in Scotland's jails could be cut by 3,000 per annum. Mr McLellan said it cost more to keep a defaulter in jail than the amount of the fine. He also criticised race relations in the prison.

Barlinnie has 41 ethnic minority prisoners - the most in Scotland - however inspectors found that the Race Relations Monitoring Group failed to meet often enough. The report also highlighted improvements at the prison, including the ending of slopping out and the upgrading of living and working conditions.

 

Viable alternatives

 

The First Night Centre aimed at new prisoners was particularly praised as inspectors said the experience of arriving at Barlinnie for the first time could be "terrifying".

A Scottish Executive spokesman said it recognised that prison was "not necessarily the best place for someone who has failed to pay a fine" and insisted it was working hard to find alternatives, including supervised attendance orders. "What's more, we have introduced summary justice reforms that will see the creation of fines enforcement officers," he added.

 

Barlinnie was found to have held 1,525 inmates on one occasion between April and July 2006, with remand prisoners suffering worst from overcrowding. Last week Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson said she was keeping prison numbers under review and that two new prisons were in the pipeline.

 

Barlinnie governor Bill McKinlay said a working group had been set up to consider complaints over prison underwear.

 

Article Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotlan...est/6398929.stm

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There's one major problem with the beer launcher, when you open the can the beer would probably spurt out all over the place!

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