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Actually, we had our own weird sighting in Argentina a year or so ago - but we got a gnome! Posted it on here before (I think), but since we're in the neighbourhood:

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GIs dont need guns ,ammo or the latest 'hustler' 

they need ... GaGa-music?

^Yet when we go out and do that of an evening, those army guys beat us up and say we're 'gay'... :cain:

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Penguin cookbook calls for 'freshly ground black people'

Publisher destroys 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible after 'silly mistake' causes outrage

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(Disclaimer ... this plate of tagliatelle contains no 'freshly ground black people'.)

A recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto has proved a little too spicy for Penguin Australia, after a misprint suggesting that the dish required "salt and freshly ground black people" has left the publisher reaching for the pulping machine, rather than the pepper grinder.

It's a one-word slip that only came to light after a member of the public got in touch, and which has sent all 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible at Penguin's warehouse to be destroyed, an exercise which head of publishing, Robert Sessions, told the Sydney Morning Herald would cost $ 20,000.

There are, as yet, no plans to recall copies that have made it into stores, which according to Sessions would be "extremely hard". He was "mortified that this has become an issue of any kind", adding that "why anyone would be offended, we don't know".

Sessions defended proofreaders for letting through a misprint that he suggested came from a spell-check program, explaining that since almost every recipe in the book calls for black pepper on each page it was an error he considered "quite forgivable". He went on to attack those who might complain about what he called a "silly mistake" as "small minded".

Meanwhile, the clean-up operation continues, with the publisher releasing a rather more emollient statement on its website offering sincere apologies "for any offence this error may have caused readers", and suggesting that proofreaders "would have been concentrating on checking quantities, a common source of error in cookbooks". Penguin also offered to "willingly replace a copy of The Pasta Bible owned by anyone who feels uncomfortable about having a copy of the book in their possession".

(source: Guardian, UK)

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Anal Eel Insertion Kills Man

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A man has died after an eel that was inserted into his rectum gnawed away at his bowels, causing agonising injuries which were eventually fatal.

The 59-year-old man, a chef, was reportedly taken to a Sichuan hospital complaining of abdominal pain, dehydration and a great deal of anal bleeding. He was soon diagnosed as being in a severe state of shock. Doctors were mystified as to the cause, and obtained permission from his family to undertake an exploratory laparotomy. Cutting open his innards, they discovered a 50cm long Asian swamp eel lodged in his rectum. Though dead, the eel had apparently already wrought havoc on his innards, biting its way through his intestines prior to dying. Internal bleeding and infection rapidly set in.

He was reported to have eaten a lot of eel the previous day, but otherwise doctors had no idea how the creature had got there. His condition quickly worsened. He lingered for 10 days in intensive care but eventually succumbed to the injuries and sepsis.

The likely cause was eventually established – he had apparently been drinking with friends, and had passed out. His friends had decided it would be amusing to insert a live eel into his anus whilst he was comatose.

Police have reportedly begun an investigation.

(source: Chengdu Times, China)

Oh dear... :cry:

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GIs dont need guns ,ammo or the latest 'hustler' 

they need ... GaGa-music?

Everyone needs Gaga. :laugh:

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^Always room in my heart for dog (in a hat, naturally) being forced into any kind of skit! :D

Schoolgirl outfit man 'broke Asbo'

A man banned from wearing skirts at certain times breached his Asbo by deliberately bending over in front of his neighbours, a court has heard.

Peter Trigger is banned from wearing a skirt or showing bare legs on a school day between 8.30am and 10am and 2.45pm and 4pm.

The 60-year-old, from Farndon Close, Northampton, was given an anti-social behaviour order in December 2008 which also forbids him from behaving in a manner which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others.

Northampton Magistrates' Court heard that he breached the terms of his Asbo by allegedly upsetting his neighbours - deliberately bending over in front of them early in the morning on December 16 last year.

Trigger previously faced three charges of breaching the order but two have since been discontinued.

Jerena Tomaszewska, prosecuting, said Trigger was seen outside his house at 7.25am that day by neighbours Philip and Mary Copping.

"It is the Crown's case that, very early in the morning, the defendant left his home wearing a skirt. He went towards the witnesses' van which was parked outside his address.

"He stood by the van with his back to it. He bent down and was appearing to be doing something with his laces. On this occasion he repeatedly bent down. This repeated action continued until Mr and Mrs Copping drove off."

Miss Tomaszewska said that, although Trigger was permitted to wear a skirt at that time of day, he had breached the second part of his Asbo by causing both Mr and Mrs Copping harassment, alarm and distress. Mrs Copping told the court she thought Trigger had bare legs that day, and was wearing a pleated skirt to his mid-thigh, with socks and shoes.

(Source: Press Association)

Eeeew! :yuckky:

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Spiderman traps thief - for real

Sydney, May 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The proprietor of a comic store was dressed as Spiderman, as part of the celebrations of the International Free Comic Day. Michael Baulderstone is the owner of the Adelaide Comic Centre in Australia, and he wanted to celebrate the International comic Day in full spirit, so he was dressed in that costume.

And then he discovered that a customer was stealing a X-Men book that was worth around $160. Michael jumped into action and confronted the thief and then searched his bag, to discover the unpaid X-Men book, which he had stolen. The security cameras caught the whole episode on tape and it looks quite funny to see a Spiderman catch a thief.

According to reports the Spider-Man/owner “even got some help from customers, who were dressed like Jedi Knights.” Some smart members of the shop even closed the door of the shop so that the thief could not escape from the store. Finally the owner was able to get the thief under his control, and also take back the X-Men comic book from him. He couldn’t buy that book because he was short of cash. Some of the other customers at the shop thought that the incident was a part of the International Free Comic Day celebrations.

source:thaindian.com

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