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Ascalon

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Divine intervention, or mere columbidaean effect?
'Holy Spirit' saves German driver from speeding fine

From the BBC:

A speeding driver in Germany was saved from a €105 (£93) fine when a snow-white dove interceded on his behalf.

The driver was caught on speed cameras - but his identity was hidden by the bird's wings spread in flight.

A light-hearted police statement suggested that perhaps "it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit" intervened - a reference to the dove as a symbol of that aspect of God in Christianity.

"We have understood the sign and leave the speeder in peace this time."
 

Ghost In The Machine

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Nice work if you can get it:

"Akira has been selling 'haunted' houses for five years and has dealt with around 500 homes.

In Japan, many people believe that houses can be haunted, and that the ghosts of people who died a lonely death, killed themselves or were murdered can haunt the living.

These properties are on the increase with a declining Japanese population, which is expected to drop from 127 million to about 88 million by 2065..."




https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-48585587/the-japanese-estate-agent-selling-haunted-houses
 

Yithian

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Florida man says syringes found in his rectum aren't his
Pinellas County deputies said the man told them the syringes weren't his and he doesn't know how they got there.

Incredibly Short Story:
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/w...t-his/67-8e3d83f3-63a9-4142-abcd-12fc72a59d3d
A similarly comical denial:

Man with cocaine in nostrils tells deputies it's not his.

A man caught with cocaine in his nostrils tried to convince deputies that the drugs weren't his during a traffic stop in Florida, according to authorities.

Article:
https://www.wnem.com/sheriff-man-wi...cle_e822d1a8-f3df-5dc0-a95f-0d65e67370ea.html
 

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Rogue slug blamed for Japanese railway chaos

The headline is more interesting than the story, I thought it was going to be a new opponent for Godzilla

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48729110

Well depends how far away from Fukushima the slug was found.

When the animal took a fatal chew on wiring inside a high-voltage transformer
Wait... what? Slugs can chew? They have teeth?

No, I don't want to see pictures. Really I don't.


But at least they spelled "rogue" correctly; although a red-makeup-wearing slug would be quite the headline in itself.
 

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The current version of the BBC story refers to the weasel in the LHC incident. They must have updated the text for clarification.
In 2008 the LHC had a major 'quench' (an abnormal termination of magnet operation) where overheating caused a fire. The LHC has its own Fire Brigade to deal with this very eventuality.
That particular quench was apparently caused by a bird dropping a piece of baguette down a ventilation shaft.

Can remember chatting with Escet on MSM about it. The BBC news was covering it and he couldn't get that in California, so I was relaying the report to him 'live'. He said 'Heh, they quenched!'

The incident is described on the Wiki page about the LHC but the bird/baguette aspect isn't mentioned!
 

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A subheading of note...

A SOUTHAMPTON man has been left "confused and shocked" after visitors in the night surrounded his house with seasonal vegetables.
When Charlie Smith of Cleethorpes Road opened his curtains on Saturday morning the first thing he saw was a masked-swede placed in the middle of his car bonnet.
The 26-year-old then went outside to find four more swedes placed around his property, including one on his garden wall and another on his dustbin.


https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/17...t-leave-southampton-man-confused-and-shocked/
 
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