Shaky quake report
reported our earthquake: "The 6.3 magniture [sic] earthquake rocked the centre of the country, damanging [sic] buildings and sending boulders rolling down hills up and down the country between Auckland in the north and Dunedin on the tip of the south island [sic]. The shudder was felt throughout most of the country but there were no immediate reports of serious injury or death."
Bogus farms fleecing state
Florida announced it was removing the agricultural tax break for 127 properties because it appeared their "farming" work was a sham. A property appraiser estimated the Broward county had lost hundreds of millions of dollars over the years granting the bogus reductions. Landowners were blatantly housing just a few cows (in some cases, merely renting them) to graze and calling that "agricultural". The appraiser's office even found that land occupied by a government-contract prison was using a rent-a-cow arrangement. (Source: News of the Weird)
Darth Vader moonlights as a truck driver
Actor James Earl Jones spoke to the New York Times Magazine: "Q: You're never tempted to pick up the phone and pretend to be Darth Vader? A: I did that once when I was travelling cross-country. I used Darth as my handle on the CB radio. The truck drivers would really freak out - for them, it was Darth Vader. I had to stop doing that."
Toy age restrictions
This playful 'toy' containing three soldiers, eight guns and two knives is, according to the packaging, suitable for ages three and over. "Is it time that, like violent video games, these awful toys had a suitable age restriction too?" asks Richard.
Human chain moves library
About 15,000 people formed a 2km human chain in Riga, Latvia, to transfer books from the old National Library to the new one across the river. The books were passed hand-to-hand the entire route. The event evoked the memory of a 1989 demonstration in which two million people joined hands across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, all Soviet republics at the time.
Picture this #1: Amusing Textbook vandalism...
Picture this #2: Two naked Buddha sculptures climbing on buildings in China...
Video: The publican at Kells Hotel in Greymouth joins in with Nelson band, Double Barrel, from behind the bar... (scroll along to 1.35)
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