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Anti-litter Leaflets Dumped in Street

Matt Taylor of Walthamstow Village, England found boxes containing was he assumed was rubbish on the street near his home. Leaving boxes of litter on the road could lead to a fine of  £50,000 fine or five years in prison. The boxes contained leaflets issued by the local council to educate the public about illegal dumping and littering! Cabinet member Bob Belam said the boxes were left as part of the planned distribution program, which meant leaflets against litter would eventually be left at each household. In other areas of the world, government leaflets would be considered litter whether they were left in torn boxes or at homes.

770-pound Ray Caught

Ian Welch of Hampshire, England caught the biggest freshwater fish ever caught with a rod. The 770-pound ray was pulled out of the Maeklong River in Thailand. The fish was seven feet wide and had a ten foot tail. It took 13 men to lift the ray out of the water. The catch was weighted, photographed, tagged, and released. A DNA sample was taken also. Welch is a biologist, and was in Thailand working with a project to tag stingrays.

Man Saves Lives, Gets Ticket

58-year-old Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross the street in Denver last Friday night after they get off the bus he was driving. As a pickup truck slid on the snowy road, Moffett pushed the three other people out of the way. The pickup hit Moffett, who was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition on Wednesday. Colorado State Police issued citations to Moffet and the other man for jaywalking! Police said that despite Moffett's good intentions, jaywalking contributed to the incident.

Giant White Rabbit Leads Police Chase

120whiterabbit.pngPolice in Canterbury, England chased a 20-pound white rabbit through the streets for 20 minutes Sunday. Officers Matt Jackson and Yasmin Mossadegh of Kent Police had to enlist the help of eight bystanders. In a scene reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, the ten people finally corralled the albino bunny. The rabbit is in the care of Barton Veterinary Hospital, and has been nicknamed Tiny. Officials don't know where the rabbit came from, but he is presumed to be someone's pet.

Bungee Cord Breaks

49-year-old Mark Afforde couldn't resist a second bungee jump from the 200-foot high Canyon Creek Bridge near Yacolt, Washington. At the bottom of the drop, the bungee cord snapped, and he fell the last 25 feet into shallow water.

"I heard and saw the snap. I definitely felt the impact, and I was underwater. Once I checked and made certain I could still move and everything was working I felt I needed to get out of the water.

He was able to walk to shore, and paramedics took him to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

Afforde, who was not seriously injured, says he would bungee jump again. His wife feels differently.

Komodo Dragon Attacks Ranger

150_kimodo.jpgPark Ranger Main was sitting in his office on the island of Rinca in Indonesia when a komodo dragon came in and attacked him! He wrestled with the dragon, then climbed out a window. Office workers beat the animal with sticks to get it out of the building. Main required 30 stitches to repair lacerations on his hand and foot.

Nothing like this has ever happened to me... in 25 years on the job. I've never been attacked.

Death Ruled Suspicious When Bullet Holes Found

When 49-year-old Anthony Crockett was found dead in his Kansas City home, paramedics also found medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. They thought he died of his ailments and no investigation was initiated. The embalmer, however, discovered the man had bullet holes in his head! The medical examiner then changed the  cause of death to homicide. Neither medical examiners nor police had inspected Crockett's body before it was removed from his home.

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February 27, 2009 - 4:22am
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