Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Man killed by 'exploding phone'
A man has died after his mobile phone exploded, severing a major artery in his neck, according to reports.
The man, thought to be a shop assistant in his twenties at a computer shop in Guangzhou, China, died after he put a new battery in his phone. It was believed that he may have just finished charging the battery and had put the phone in his breast pocket when it exploded.
The accident happened on January 30 at 7.30pm. An employee at the shop that she heard a loud bang and saw her co-worker lying on the floor of the shop in a pool of blood. The employee said the victim had recently changed the battery in his mobile phone.
Chinese authorities have yet to determine the make and model of the phone and its battery. Police were investigating whether the phone and battery were counterfeit.
Smelly footed student wins right to study
A philosophy student with smelly feet has won the right to attend lectures at a Dutch university after a 10-year legal battle.
Teunis Tenbrook was thrown out from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam after complaints from professors and other students that it was impossible to study with the smell from his feet.
But now, after a lengthy legal battle, a court has ruled that having smelly feet is no excuse to ban a student from a university.
The judge said: "Our considered opinion is that the professors and other students will just have to hold their noses and bear it."
But now the university has announced instead of banning students with smelly feet they are planning to issue fines to tackle such problems.
Jail term for unpaid parking tickets
A woman driver has been sentenced to 16 months jail after clocking up £280,000 in parking fines.
Magistrates in Graz, Austria, heard that Maria Schaeffer, 38, ignored 700 tickets for overstaying in short term parking bays.
Each £30 ticket snowballed to a £400 fine with extra penalties for non payment and costs.
Judges suspended the jail term on condition she pays the bulk of the fines.
A police spokesman said: "She should have realized that fines don't just disappear over time."

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