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Toilet Sausage Causes Prison Evacuation

130 inmates at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Washington state were evacuated Wednesday evening when smoke was seen coming out of a sewer vent. The cause of the smoke was found to be an inmate who was heating up some sausage in a toilet in his cell. The story does not explain how he was doing this, but the unnamed prisoner was placed in segregation pending a discipline hearing.

Mythbusters 'Big Bang' Shocks Town

The crew from the TV show Mythbusters went to a rock quarry in Esparto, California to answer the question, "Can you really knock someone's socks off?" They ignited 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate, causing a bigger explosion than they expected. The shock wave was felt all over town, and several windows were broken. The taping had been a secret to keep bystanders safely away, so townspeople did not initially know what caused the explosion. Mythbusters replaced the broken windows.

Serial Killer Mystery Solved

Hundreds of detectives in Germany spent two years trying to track down a mysterious female serial killer whose DNA was collected at 39 different crime scenes. When they didn't make any progress in the case, police offered a 300,000 euro reward for information on the killer. An internal investigation found that the DNA didn't belong to a criminal at all, but to a careless factory worker who made the swabs used to collect evidence!

Dinnerware Made of Cocaine Seized

150cocainedishes.jpgSpanish police seized a 42-piece dinnerware set from a 35-year-old man who received the delivery. The blue plates, cups, and bowls decorated with sunflowers turned out to be made from 45 pounds of cocaine! The  tableware was sent by recorded delivery from Venezuela to Barcelona via London. The Spanish man, identified only as JVLL, is believe to have been forced into service by Venezuelan drug lords, who hoped to sell the cocaine in Catalonia.

60-foot Penis Painted on Roof

18-year-old Rory McInnes of Hungerford, England watched a documentary on Google Earth and became inspired to paint the outline of a penis on the roof of his parent's £1million house. A year later, a helicopter saw the painting and took photographs.

His father Andy McInnes at first dismissed the report as a joke.

He told The Sun: 'It's an April Fool's joke, right? There's no way there's a 60ft phallus on top of my house.'

But after ringing around each of his four children, Rory owned up to the painting, reportedly saying: 'Oh, you've found it then!'

Rory was a safe distance away at the time of he discovery, spending his gap year in Brazil.

Double A-bomb Survivor

125nagasaki.jpgTsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip to Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945 when the US dropped the first atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns and stayed overnight before going home -to Nagasaki. Now 93 years old, Yamaguchi has been certified as the only person to survive both atomic bombs. Certified survivors are eligible for government compensation and medical care, but Mr. Yamaguchi's benefits will not increase due to the double certification.

It's Only a Heart Attack

Surgeon Claudio Vitale was performing a delicate operation to remove a brain tumor in Naples, Italy when he began having chest pains. His colleagues urged him to stop the procedure, but the 59-year-old doctor insisted on finishing because otherwise, the patient might have died.

"I couldn't leave the patient at such a delicate moment," he later told La Repubblica newspaper. "I'm not a hero, I was only doing my duty."

When the surgery was over, Vitale underwent tests that confirmed he had experienced a heart attack, and he was immediately sent to surgery himself for angioplasty. Both Dr. Vitale and the brain surgery patient are recovering.

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March 27, 2009 - 3:59am
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