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msolga
 
Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:29 am
We used to have an A2K odd spot for these sorts of stories. You know, the ones that aren't deadly serious, that make you smile at their silliness.
Here's a thread to send those gems to. Very Happy
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:31 am
Here's my first contribution. One thing I always liked about the Brits is their dottiness about their critters. I can relate! Very Happy :

Dog lovers skipping work to nurse pets

Dog-loving Britons have taken 2.7 million working days off to care for their sick pets over the past two years, according to a survey.

Ten per cent of owners missed five days of work, with half of these taking up to two weeks off to look after their pets.

Britons are so concerned about their dogs' wellbeing that 55 per cent admitted they paid more attention to sick pets than an ill partner.

Fifty-three per cent of owners also said they bought their dogs a present if their pets were feeling under the weather.

The survey, for Direct Line Pet Insurance, polled 750 British dog owners.

-Reuters
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:37 am
... & this one:

Crushing blow
April 28, 2005

Bangladeshi customs officials have found luxury cars, large-screen television sets and refrigerators in a container declared to be carrying scrap metal - so they made it just that at a public ceremony on Monday.

Reuters reports that hundreds of people watched as officials from the National Board of Revenue used bulldozers to crush a Mercedes-Benz and a Toyota and other luxury goods at a railway container terminal in Dhaka.

A trading firm had sought to evade customs duties by falsely declaring that the container carried iron scrap.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:42 am
So, any little gems to report from your neck of the woods? Send them here!
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Reyn
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:23 am
msolga wrote:
So, any little gems to report from your neck of the woods? Send them here!

They wouldn't go in the "Human Interest Stories" forum? That's where I've been putting them. The forum description seems to fit for these types of items.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:26 am
I guess they could, Reyn. In any particular thread?
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:30 am
Here's an old thread along similar lines which ran for quite a while (however, Col Man never did come back!):

http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39238&highlight=
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:35 am
Just been browsing through that link & came across quite a few Cav posts. <sigh> Sad
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Reyn
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:15 am
msolga wrote:
I guess they could, Reyn. In any particular thread?

Each one in its own thread?

I'm a big fan of "Oddities".
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samsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 04:47 pm
msolga wrote:
Here's my first contribution. One thing I always liked about the Brits is their dottiness about their critters. I can relate! Very Happy :

Dog lovers skipping work to nurse pets

Dog-loving Britons have taken 2.7 million working days off to care for their sick pets over the past two years, according to a survey.

Ten per cent of owners missed five days of work, with half of these taking up to two weeks off to look after their pets.

Britons are so concerned about their dogs' wellbeing that 55 per cent admitted they paid more attention to sick pets than an ill partner.

Fifty-three per cent of owners also said they bought their dogs a present if their pets were feeling under the weather.

The survey, for Direct Line Pet Insurance, polled 750 British dog owners.

-Reuters


Conclusion : It's better to be a pet than a human being ! Rolling Eyes :wink:
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2005 04:56 am
samsa wrote:
Conclusion : It's better to be a pet than a human being ! Rolling Eyes :wink:


Could well be, samsa! Very Happy

Welcome to A2K. Very nice to meet you!
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2005 06:10 am
Exploding toads in Germany
April 29, 2005 - 1:49AM

Toads have been exploding by the hundred in Germany because they are being attacked by crows, a veterinary surgeon said today.

Animal welfare workers and veterinarians had reported that as many as 1,000 toads had swelled to bursting point and exploded in recent days, propelling their entrails up to a metre into the air.

Now a veterinary surgeon, Frank Mutschmann, who has examined the remains of the toads, said they had been pierced with a single peck by crows trying to eat their livers. This in turn caused the toads to explode.

"The toads swell up as a form of self-defence. But when their livers are taken away and their stomachs are punctured, their blood vessels explode, their lungs collapse and the other organs come out," Mutschmann said.

"Crows are intelligent animals. They learn very quickly how to eat the toads' livers," he said, adding that between three and five crows could kill around 100 toads.

So many toads have died in a lake in the Altona district of Hamburg that it has been dubbed "the pond of death".

- AFP

Shocked
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samsa
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2005 03:34 pm
But if all toads exploded, who would be changed into a Prince Charming ??? http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons6/39.gif

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/love/1/love68.gif

Thank you mister "Veteran Msolga" for your friendly welcome. http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_3v.gif
And forgive my english, it's not my native language and i'm not really good at Rolling Eyes
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2005 03:46 pm
I soooo wish I had never read about that!
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margo
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2005 04:02 pm
Olga - yecccchhhh! Well, that's it - I'm not going to Germany - just too messy!

Samsa - welcome to A2k, from the Aussie contingent.
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2005 06:04 am
dlowan wrote:
I soooo wish I had never read about that!


I'll see what else I can dig up for you, Deb. Twisted Evil
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2005 06:06 am
margo wrote:
Olga - yecccchhhh! Well, that's it - I'm not going to Germany - just too messy!


Bits 'n' pieces of frog flying everywhere! Me, neither! Shocked
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2005 06:08 am
samsa wrote:
..Thank you mister "Veteran Msolga" for your friendly welcome. http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_3v.gif
And forgive my english, it's not my native language and i'm not really good at Rolling Eyes


You're doing just fine, samsa! Nothing to forgive:D

Just one thing, though .... I'm not a mister. I'm a Ms! Very Happy
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2005 06:33 am
Wanna Buy A Popemobile?
Well, it ain't a Mercedes, but there IS a certain panache! Laughing


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ROME (Reuters) - A second hand car once said to be registered in the name of Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger -- the new Pope Benedict - is up for sale on eBay and the sky seems to be the limit when it comes to bidding.

The vehicle, a metallic gray 1999 Volkswagen Golf, went up for auction on the German site (www.ebay.de) at a minimum price of 9,900 euros ($12,790) Wednesday and, just over 24 hours and more than 300 bids later, the price had temporarily hit one million euros ($1.3 million).

German Web Site n-tv.de identified the seller as Benjamin Halbe, 21, from the town of Olpe in Germany's Sauerland region, who said he bought the car from a local dealer in January.

"It drives like heaven," the site quoted Halbe as saying.

The Web Site of the German newspaper Bild quoted an eBay spokeswoman in Germany as saying the online auctioneer had checked with the vehicle licensing office which had confirmed the name of the original owner was genuine.

Ratzinger, who is from Bavaria in southern Germany, has been at the Vatican for more than two decades and is not known to drive. The Vatican was not available for comment on the auction, which closes on May 5 at 7.30 p.m. (1730 GMT).

The auction site describes the vehicle as a two liter petrol-powered manual, with 75,000 km (47,000 miles) on the clock since it was first registered in March 1999.

"Does black smoke or white smoke come out of the exhaust pipe?" one posting on the site asked - a reference to the signal used at the Vatican to show whether a new pope has been elected by the secret conclave of cardinals.

"Very funny," was the reply.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050429/od_nm/pope_ebay_dc;_ylt=Ajjd2raA6f2VGeoIJKBDs30SH9EA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2005 06:49 am
Re: Wanna Buy A Popemobile?
Phoenix32890 wrote:

"It drives like heaven," the site quoted Halbe as saying.


Very Happy
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