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  • and from across the pond...

    July 30, 2005 -- A work of art valued at $75,000 has mysteriously disappeared from an exhibit in Devon, England. The unusual piece — a clear plastic bottle containing melted Antarctic ice — was entitled Weapon of Mass Destruction and intended to highlight the problem of global warming. Officials believe a thirsty thief may have stolen it.


    Weird But True
    2 Year Anniversary

    July 30, 2003 -- A 90-year-old Oregon woman fed up with the cockroaches in her bedroom began roasting them alive with a portable blowtorch - and nearly burned her house down.
    Firefighters in Kenton raced to the home of Ona Bates to find flames pouring out. The home sustained $4,500 in damages.

    "I've heard this one before. I don't know where they get the idea to do it," Fire Bureau spokesman Neil Heesacker told The Oregonian.
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    • 2 Year Anniversary
      Weird .... but true!

      Thanks for your dedication in keeping us informed of all the weird ***** that goes on out there, Ray!
      September 11th - Never Forget

      I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

      Sheri
      IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
      Honorary Flatlander

      RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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      • July 31, 2005 -- Two Ohio men convicted at trial of arson and fraud got into more trouble when they were caught driving to the courthouse in a stolen car. Terry Hunt, 39, and Justin Hawkins, 24, went to the Butler County Courthouse in a 2005 stolen BMW. When cops searched their residence, they found two more stolen Lexus SUVs in the garage.
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        • August 1, 2005 -- A 6-foot-10 man was booted from his new job as an air-traffic controller — because his 38-inch-long legs wouldn't fit under the desk. Ben Sargeaunt-Thomson, 23, of Nothampton, England, is appealing, but his bosses say that by canning him, they saved him from serious joint or circulation problems. Sounds like a tall tale to us.
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          • I wont post the photo that goes with this story...

            Vienna gallery admits visitors to see erotic art for free if they disrobe

            William J. Kole Canadian Press Monday, August 01, 2005

            (insert photo here) Two visitors in their bikini view a painting at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, on Friday. Dozens of arts patrons visited the museum wearing little or no clothing, lured by an offer of free admission if they came to the museum in the spirit of "The Naked Truth", an exhibition of 1900s erotic artworks. (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss)

            VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Vienna's prestigious Leopold Museum is usually a pretty buttoned-down place, but on Friday, some of the nudes in its marble galleries were for real. Scores of naked or scantily clad people wandered the museum, lured by an offer of free entry to The Naked Truth, a new exhibition of early 1900s erotic art, if they showed up wearing just a swimsuit - or nothing at all.

            With a midsummer heat wave sweeping much of Europe, pushing temperatures into the mid-30s in Vienna, the normally staid museum decided that making the most of its cool, climate-controlled space would be just the ticket to spur interest in the show.

            "We find a naked body every bit as beautiful as a clothed one," said Elisabeth Leopold, who founded the museum with her husband, Rudolf. "If they came only out of lust, we have to accept that. We stand for the truth."

            Peter Weinhaeupl, the Leopold's commercial director, said the goal was twofold - help people beat the heat while creating a mini-scandal reminiscent of the way the artworks by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and others shocked the public when they first were unveiled a century ago.

            "We wanted to give people a chance to cool off, and bring nakedness into the open," he said. "It's a bit of an experiment. Egon Schiele was a young and wild person in his day. He'd want to be here."

            Most of those who showed up in little or no attire Friday opted for swimsuits, but a few hardy souls dared to bare more. Among them was Bettina Huth of Stuttgart, Germany, who roamed the exhibition wearing only sandals and a black bikini bottom.

            Although she used a program at one point to shield herself from a phalanx of TV cameras, Huth, 52, said she didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

            "I go into the steam bath every week, so I'm used to being naked," she said. "I think there's a double morality, especially in America. We lived in California for two years, and I found it strange that my children had to cover themselves up at the beach when they were only three or four years old. That's ridiculous."

            For years, the Austrian capital has been known for a small but lively nudist colony on the Donauinsel, an island in the middle of the Danube River where people disrobe, often startling the unsuspecting joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers who happen upon them.

            Overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Austria has always been somewhat more conservative than many other European countries. The Viennese were scandalized when native art nouveau masters like Klimt - best known for his sensuous The Kiss and the subject of an upcoming film starring John Malkovich - began producing works that some critics panned as "indecency," "artistic self-pollution" and borderline pornography.

            The 180 works on display at the Leopold through Aug. 22 include Klimt's Nude Veritas, an 1899 painting of a naked young woman with wildflowers in her hair, and Schiele's Two Female Friends, a 1915 rendition of two nude women entangled in each other's arms.

            Max Hollein, director of Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle art museum, likened the public uproar at the time to "the visible outcry at the live transmission from last year's Super Bowl when, for a few seconds, CBS broadcast shots of the singer Janet Jackson's exposed nipple."

            Mario Vorhemes, a 20-year-old Vienna resident who strode into the Leopold on Friday wearing nothing but a green and black Speedo, was nonchalant.

            "What's the big deal?" he asked. "We're born naked into this world. Why can't we walk around in it without clothes from time to time?"

            Elina Ranta, a fully clothed tourist from Finland who checked out the art - and the audience - left amused.

            "I thought, 'This is strange. How is this possible in a museum?"' Ranta said. "We've been in many galleries and I've never seen people walking around like this."

            "In English, my name means 'beach,"' she added. "That's pretty funny under these circumstances, isn't it?"

            © The Canadian Press 2005
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            • SALEM — It's an image straight out of a Norman Rockwell illustration: two boys behind a lemonade stand on a warm summer afternoon, trying to earn a little pocket money.

              Except in the Norman Rockwell version, there is no angry competitor calling the cops to shut them down.

              On Saturday afternoon, Dominic Serino, 9, and Ryan Decker, 11, were running their stand near the bandstand on Salem Common, hoping thirsty customers would plunk down 50 cents for a cup of their lemonade.

              Halfway across the Common, near Hawthorne Boulevard, was Kevin Kefalas' sausage stand.

              When Kefalas, 49, learned that the boys were selling lemonade — and, he says, cutting into his business — he called Salem police.

              "He said we were taking business away from him," Dominic said.

              A half-hour later, the boys and Dominic's dad, Steve, were lugging their stand and their unsold lemonade back home — shut down for lack of a vendor's permit.

              "The police came," Dominic said. "They didn't want to kick us out, but I guess they had to."

              "I was absolutely flabbergasted when he came home and said the police were called," said Angela Decker, Ryan's mom. "I was just beside myself."

              But Salem police say they had no choice.

              Police Lt. Scott Englehardt said that while "it is ridiculous that little kids can't sell lemonade," they have to enforce the rules, particularly when Kefalas — who has apparently made a number of complaints to city officials and even filed lawsuits over the years — was so adamant.

              The chairman of the city's Licensing Commission backed up the police: "That's what the law reads," said chairman Harold Blake. He was quick to add, however, that, "I don't think we'd lean on a couple of 10-year-olds."

              Dominic said he doesn't understand why the two businesses can't coexist.

              But Kefalas said that he also sells lemonade on his cart.

              Kefalas, unapologetic, said he called the police "because it's the principle." He went on to suggest that if the boys want a spot on the Common, their parents pony up $2,200 for a permit, just as he did.

              "I'm not the bad guy here," Kefalas said.

              "I don't care if kids want to make a little money, but why can't they go to Pickering Wharf? Why do they have to do it 40 feet behind me?"

              "I can see his point, but I still think it's a little ludicrous that he'd get that upset," Angela Decker said.

              The boys started selling lemonade on the Common last summer and had a great time, she said. "Last year, they made a killing."

              Of course, a "killing," to a 9-year-old businessman, is $130.

              The boys spent their profits on trips to Salem Willows and the movies. Dominic, who loves to read, bought some books. Oh, and they bought some of Kefalas' sausages.

              Asked how they'll get money to do those things this summer, Ryan said, "I don't know," admitting he'll probably have to ask his mom.

              "I'd rather be out there making the money myself," he said.

              Dominic said they've earned about $25 so far this year.

              But he's not sure they can stay in business if they have to relocate. They have to make enough money to cover their "overhead" — cups and lemonade mix.

              They tried setting up in front of Dominic's house, just down the street.

              "We got a few customers, but not nearly as much," said a disappointed Dominic.

              And they can't possibly afford a permit.

              Blake suggested that if the kids want to sell lemonade on the Common, they could come before the commission for a permit.

              "We'd probably waive the fee," he said.
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              • that sausage guy is an @$$. they only made 130 all last summer accorrding to the article, what a jerk.

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                • POSTED: 11:18 am EDT August 3, 2005

                  NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa -- The naked swordsman is pleading guilty.

                  Curtis Rarick, of North Liberty, Iowa, was accused of chasing his neighbors with a sword. His neighbors told police a nude Rarick was standing in his front yard and they complained.

                  According to the neighbors, Rarick got upset and ran into his house, came back out and threatened them with a sword. He's now pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

                  Rarick will be sentenced next month and faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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                  • August 3, 2005 -- A North Dakota man who tried to get even by paying a traffic ticket with $120 in pennies got upstaged by a judge who made him stay until they were counted. Robert John Zukowski brought a garbage can full of about 12,000 pennies to Clay County District Court to pay his fine for speeding. Court Administrator Jan Crossette lugged the bucket of change to a bank, which used a machine to count the money and gave her $120 in bills — all while Zukowski was forced to wait.
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                    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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                    • August 4, 2005 -- A Bronx man got a slithering surprise yesterday when he opened his closet and came face-to-face with a boa constrictor, officials said."When I opened the closet, the snake was just there, staring right at me," said Michael Hardy, 28. The 3-foot serpent had belonged to Hardy's brother-in-law, but the family assumed it was gone for good after it disappeared six months ago.Hardy had all but forgotten about the creature - named Break Out for its ability to escape its cage - after his brother-in-law went to jail for assault two months back.
                      Although six months seems a long time between meals, snake expert Jim Walsh at the International Fauna Society says it's really not.

                      another snake story...

                      A Missouri woman was relaxing in the kitchen of her new home when a 4 1/2-foot boa constrictor slithered out from under the dishwasher. "I thought it was a toy, and I was going to pick it up," said Stefanie Leafty of Sedalia. Then it moved, and "I've never screamed so high in my life." The snake belonged to the previous resident, who'd forgotten about it after it escaped from its cage.
                      Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 08-04-2005, 05:40 AM.
                      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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                      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                      • Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
                        Although six months seems a long time between meals, snake expert Jim Walsh at the International Fauna Society says it's really not.
                        [/B]
                        I bet a snake could live a year off one of those NYC cockroaches. Those are some big suckers. If it got a rat it could chill in that closet for a good decade i'd bet.

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                        • BTW -- As a follow-up to Gonz's lemonade story: I read today that the kids got a free license, but are now subcontractors of the, get this, Classy Chasis (the sausage stand that called the cops on the kids in a "not so classy" way).

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                          • August 5, 2005 -- Authorities are probing whether an Illinois strip club made its outing at a posh golf course a little extra special this year by treating players to lap dances and exotic dances. Residents who live around the Country Lakes Golf Club in Naperville said they were stunned to see buxom, scantily clad girls from Blackjack's Gentleman's Club parading around the course. "It's certainly not something you'd want any of the kids who live around here to see," said Geoff Pacana, who lives near the 16th hole.

                            Well Geoff, it depends how old the kids are.
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                            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                            Charleston 9
                            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                            • Loo with a View - Taking Care of Business

                              Government to build Australia's highest toilet, on country's highest mountain

                              Canadian Press Thursday, August 04, 2005

                              CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Those attempting to scale Australia's highest mountain will soon be able to stop at the country's highest toilet.

                              Dubbed the "Loo with a View," the all-weather toilet block is to be built into the wind-swept side of Mount Kosciuszko. It's about 120 metres below the mountain's snowcapped peak in a New South Wales state national park. The toilet is described as "a bunker," built to withstand 150-kilometre-an-hour winds. It's carved six metres into the mountain and will have three urinals and three unisex stalls - one with wheelchair access.

                              The septic tank will have enough capacity to ensure that the toilet can last more than six months without service.

                              "The engineering challenges are in trying to build something in such a remote location and at that elevation," National Parks and Wildlife Service alpine area manager Andrew Harrigan said.

                              The toilet is part of a recently released human waste strategy for the park, entitled "Taking Care of Business," which aims to prevent walkers and campers from digging latrines in the earth or snow.

                              "What we'd like to do is get rid of people doing number twos in the area and we're looking at introducing a carryout policy and providing biodegradable bags," Harrigan said.

                              Standing a relatively modest 2,228 metres above sea level, Kosciuszko's peak attracts about 60,000 climbers a year, mostly during summer when little snow remains.

                              The toilet is to be built in the 2006-07 southern summer, he said.

                              © The Canadian Press 2005
                              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                              IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                              • What I'd like to know is....why is there going to be a wheelchair stall? Sometimes I think being PC goes a little too far....

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