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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Saturday Morning Confusion!

Here's another round-up of strange, bewildering, stupid and confusing stuff that happened in the last week.

The decomposed corpse of a German man was found alone in his bed nearly seven years after his disappearance, police in the western city of Essen said Thursday.

The police said in a statement the man was 59 and unemployed at the time of his death. He most likely died of natural causes on November 30, 2000, the date he received a letter from the Welfare Office found in the apartment, police said.

Next to the dead man's bed police found cigarettes, an open television guide and Deutschemark coins, which came out of circulation after the euro was introduced in 2002.

The man's apartment was in a building with offices and apartments, many of which are now empty.

"No one missed him. No missing person report was ever filed," the police said.
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The search for the UP Aerospace payload of experiments and the cremated remains of some 200 people - including "Scotty" of Star Trek fame, as well as pioneering NASA Mercury astronaut, Gordon Cooper - continues within rugged New Mexico mountain landscape.

After a successful blastoff from New Mexico's Spaceport America on April 28th, the UP Aerospace Space Loft XL rocket and its payload nosed into space but failed to achieve orbit.

As part of launch operations, the rocket was tracked by specialists at the neighboring White Sands Missile Range.

While the rocket components parachuted into rough and tumble terrain, repeated searches within the landing zone have come up empty.

Jerry Larson, President of UP Aerospace, has told me that the general location of the rocket hardware is known within some 1,300 feet (400 meters) or so. But given the dense vegetation on the side of the mountain being searched, along with equipment available to the search team, pinpointing the exact locale has proven a tough assignment.

Yet another trip up on the mountain to look for Scotty is slated next week, Larson said.
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The City of Montreal has been ordered to pay $20,000 in damages after a judge ruled a drunk janitor had ruined a bar mitzvah, which the city tried to cover up by falsely accusing the bar mitzvah boy of not being Jewish.

"This was a party from hell," said Peter Neumann, referring to his grandson's coming-of-age celebration.

The janitor, who was in charge of the cultural centre in the West Island community of Pierrefonds, was drunk when the 350 guests arrived for the Neumann bar mitzvah, court heard.

He also sexually harassed the female guests, stole the ice from the machine and tried to sell it back to the Neumanns.

But his misdeeds didn't end there: The janitor also refused to put toilet paper in the bathrooms.

When the elevator broke trapping several paraplegic guests, the janitor did nothing.

Neumann said that when one of the musicians had a heart attack, the janitor refused to call 911.

"The drunk janitor reappears," Neumman said. "I say 'What's the address?' He said, 'I don't know.'"

The Neumanns said they asked the city for an apology. Instead, they got a 40-page defence statement that, among other things, accused them of lying about being Jewish.

"To question our faith and our reason for having a bar mitzvah, that was a very, very immoral thing that they did to us," said the boy's grandmother, Marlene Neumann.

The city has since taken full responsibility for the incident and has fired the janitor in question.
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Police in India said Friday a father has been arrested and charged with locking his 19-year-old son in a room for 21 days and chaining him for marrying without his consent.

Police said they found Raghu Amin Mollah on Thursday in his father's house near Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state. Abed Ali Mollah, his father, has been charged with detaining and torturing his son.

"Yes, he was kept in a room locked and chained," police officer Joy Biswas told the Associated Press.

The elder Mollah objected to the marriage of his son to Shahnaz Khatun, 18, because of an ongoing family feud between his family and hers.

Biswas said police rescued the groom after they received a complaint from the bride about her father-in-law.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the newlyweds had lived together in the same neighbourhood as children. After falling in love, they eloped and were married in a mosque near Calcutta.

Parents arrange most marriages in rural India, and young people often do not have the opportunity to choose their marriage partners.
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If someone telephones to announce you can have a $200 Wal-Mart shopping spree or $200 in gasoline coupons in return for a $3.49 processing charge to be debited directly from your bank account, hang up.

You're being set up via the promise of "something for almost nothing" into authorizing a swindler to help himself to the contents of your bank account.
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If someone calls to announce you've failed to appear for jury duty and will be arrested, do not give the caller your personal and financial information in an effort to prove he's sending the gendarmes after the wrong guy. You're being tricked into giving up this information to an identity thief.
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in he air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
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"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Also, the easiest verb to conjugate is "to be," unless you're an un-educated low-life, in which case it comes out as "I be," You be," and "He be!"
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The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific.When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
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Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
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The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law that stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
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The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds. Twenty two with a head!!!
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The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
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David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
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The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the General Purpose" vehicle, GP.
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The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
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The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
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And finally this little gem of information to amaze and amuse your friends with - Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

Your "digging for the truth" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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