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Odd Spot Collection of odd newspaper articles
African Zambian labor inspectors are investigating a peasant farmer who yoked his three wives to an ox-drawn plough to cultivate his maize field. According to the inspectors, the farmer decided to use his wives after he lost 20 oxen to deadly disease.
South American Brazilian beer companies will practise self-restraint in their racy ads after consumer complaints. One ad showed a man drinking beer and then being surrounded by bikini-clad women. Another showed a drinker being told by a GP to drink a beer to be "cured".
European Warsaw city councillors have voted to ban the sale of alcohol in the country's Parliament, saying the legislative building should not be exempt from rules that forbid drinking while people are at work.
British An English pub landlord who had four broken ribs and could not work for 14 weeks after being hit by a bus has been sent a $A1367 damage bill. The bus company asked him to pay for repairs to a light and windscreen and threatened him with court action.
British A British man wants his wife's body embalmed and put in his front room after a council blocked his request to have her buried in their back garden. Terry Lee, 54, said his wife, Ruth, 66, who died of cancer in January, had said she wanted to be buried in the garden.
British A two-year-old London police dog, used to facing danger at every turn, is upset after being castrated and has gone absent. He clawed his way through a fence and has not been seen since.
Italian A post office in Rome was robbed of $72,000 by a dwarf who packed himself into a carton. He burst out of the package brandishing a gun, shouting: "It's a hold-up!"
----------------just a slow news day----------------
-- Pieter (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 29, 2000
"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Oh yeah" (Louis Armstrong)
-- Tom Carey (email@example.com), February 29, 2000.
LOL on the dwarf post. Brilliant!
-- Squirrel Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 29, 2000.
Thanks, Pieter, for a great laugh! Got to share this...
-- Elaine Seavey (Gods1sheep@aol.com), February 29, 2000.
1. If the farmer had used his sons, there would have been no outcry. I think that he should claim gender discrimination.
2. Poor dog...reminds me a bit of my second wife...
-- Mad Monk (email@example.com), February 29, 2000.