Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Bride's bouquet brings down plane
The traditional throwing of a bride's bouquet for luck ended in disaster at an Italian wedding when the flowers caused a plane to crash.
The bride and groom had hired a micro light plane to fly past and throw the bouquet to a line of women guests. However, the flowers were sucked into the plane's engine causing it to catch fire and explode.
Giant golf course to open in Australian outback
Covering roughly the same distance as Land's End to John O'Groats, it is a golf course that requires a driver at every single hole.
Australia's Nullarbor Links is the largest course in the world, crossing two time zones and encompassing some of the flattest, driest terrain on the planet.
It spans two states, stretching 848 miles from Ceduna in the south to the old gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
The holes are so far apart that players will have to be bused from one to the next and are likely to encounters some native Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, bush turkeys, emus, snakes and, of course, flies, on their way.
German man blows off both hands in kitchen accident
An German chef Heston Blumenthal accidentally blew off both of his hands while attempting to create a dish with liquid nitrogen, according to a newspaper report.
The 24-year-old chef was experimenting with a recipe involving liquid nitrogen, which is used by chefs including Heston Blumenthal to freeze food, when there was suddenly an "enormous explosion", according to the police report he had been trying to fill a gas lighter, but his girlfriend said the man, who was a follower of the "molecular gastronomy" culinary school, had been trying to empty a canister of liquid nitrogen.
Man Uses Beer to Lure Drunk Intruder Out of His House
A homeowner in Bar Harbor, Maine used a beer to entice an intoxicated intruder to leave. The intruder apparently didn't realize that it was a nonalcoholic beer, police said.
The homeowner awoke early Monday to find 22-year-old Scott Cote in his bedroom and used the beer to convince him to carry on, Bar Harbor police said. Officers said they found Cote breaking into cars a short time later and arrested him after he fled into some woods.
Police arrested Cote on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle after revocation and violating the conditions of release.
Swearing can reduce the feeling of pain
It might be socially unacceptable, but an outburst of swearing after a DIY mishap or stubbing a toe can actually do some good. Scientists have discovered that uttering swear words can help to lessen the feeling of physical pain. The study by researchers at Keele University found that volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer when they swore compared to when they used words which were not offensive.
Driver found showering at wheel
A Chinese trucker has been fined for having a shower while driving his lorry on a motorway.
A police patrol car spotted water leaking from the driver's cab as it sped along the Jinyi expressway.
"We worried the driver may not have known about a mechanical problem so we signalled him to pull over at a service station," said a police spokesman.
The police officers were shocked to see the driver was wet through and had been enjoying a shower via a sprinkler kettle system rigged up above his head.
His wife, who was sitting in the passenger's seat, had been holding up a sheet of plastic to protect the instruments from the water.
She told police officers there were rushing to deliver goods in another city and she had rigged up the shower to keep her husband cool after the air-conditioning system broke down.
Police fined the lorry driver and warned him he would be in serious trouble if he tried to have a shower at the wheel again.

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