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Passing Her Driving Test While in Labor

Emma French, of West Lothian, Scotland, wasn't due to give birth for another month, but when she woke up August 30th, she found her water had broken. However, French was scheduled to take her driver's license test that day and didn't want to miss it. The 20-year-old showed up for the test with labor pains, but made no mention of it to the examiner. After the 45-minute test, French earned her license and went straight to the hospital, where she soon gave birth to a healthy girl.

"The nurses in the hospital were very confused because I was getting congratulations cards for both my baby and my driving test," French said. "When I told them, they were all in shock. They couldn't believe it."

Suspect Uses Forklift for Getaway

Sean Faulkner of Ross Township, Pennsylvania was arrested for a bizarre theft that "seemed like a good idea at the time." Faulkner was apparently tired of carrying a case of beer, so he took a forklift from a construction site. He drove about a mile to a sandwich shop, where he ordered a Reuben, but fled before paying for it. Ross Township police responded and were able to stop the forklift escape. Faulkner faces theft charges for both the sandwich (a misdemeanor) and the forklift (a felony).

Snake Slithers Out of ATM

An unnamed man went to get some cash from a Caja Madrid bank machine in Llodio, Alava, Spain and saw his cash coming from the slot -plus a snake! Even though the snake lunged toward his hand, he grabbed his money, then summoned the police. A bank manager activated the cash release that had trapped the snake, which was then boxed and taken to an animal shelter. You can see a video of the snake while it was still stuck in the ATM.

Police Car Stops a Plane

Police in Ribeiráo Preto, Brazil, used a car to stop a plane from escaping with a load of stolen electronics. The Federal Police were told of a scheme in which smugglers fly to Paraguay to pick up hot consumer goods and bring them back to Brazil. One police car smashed into the wing and disabled the plane on the runway, leading to the arrest of five people and the seizure of $150,000 in smuggled items. The collision was caught on police video.

Three-eyed Fish Found Near Nuclear Plant

In a scene that was predicted by the TV show The Simpsons, a three-eyed fish was caught near a nuclear power plant. No, it wasn't in Springfield, but in Córdoba, Argentina. The fish was caught in a reservoir in which a nuclear power plant discharges hot water from the reactor's cooling tower. Julian Zmutt, one of the fishermen, said the third eye wasn't noticed right away because they were fishing after dark. Although they were fishing for food, the men plan to have this particular fish analyzed and preserved.

Found Knife May Be Jack the Ripper's Weapon

Welsh surgeon Sir John Williams was Queen Victoria's surgeon and a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murder cases. He moved to Wales after the murders and was never charged. The doctor's great-great-great-great nephew, Tony Williams, is convinced of his guilt and has published a book in which he reveals a surgeon's scalpel that matches the descriptions of the Ripper's handiwork. The six-inch blade was among possessions left behind when Sir John left London for good. Other possessions that remain are three slides with uterine material and a diary with pages missing.

Stolen Phone Rings in Pocket

A man at Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey told police his cell phone was stolen while he was sleeping. He identified a man he suspected of taking it. Police confronted 26-year-old Antonio Santiago, who insisted he did not take the phone. However, when police dialed the man's number, the phone rang from Santiago's coat pocket. A search revealed the phone and three small bags of marijuana. Santiago was charged with theft and possession.

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November 4, 2011 - 5:12am
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