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I thought lifts couldn't do that freefalling thing because they had a mechanical stopping arrangement that jammed them if the power failed. Obviously I was misinformed.




Damn.
Yeah, it seems this one did have a failsafe mechanism - they all have to I think - it just took 84 floors to stop it. Whether it went total freefall I somehow doubt but it's a nightmare scenario anyway.
 

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We missed this one at Kathmandu airport by about an hour this March: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43369179 "A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal's Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police."

Only found out about it a few hours later, cue many messages to reassure family in the UK we were safe and well elsewhere in Asia.
 

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Man sentenced to death escaped hanging on 3 occasions by chance.

Sounds like he was in prison for more than 20 years before being freed.
On death row in Malawi, Byson Kaula was nearly executed three times - but on each occasion the hangman stopped work before hanging all the prisoners on his list. So he survived… until the country stopped executing people altogether.

Byson Kaula says jealous neighbours were responsible for him being found guilty of murder. It was 1992 and murder in those days carried a mandatory death sentence.

Neighbours attacked one of his employees, Byson says, leaving him badly injured. The man couldn't walk without assistance, and while helping him get to the toilet - navigating steps that were slippery after heavy rain - Byson fell and dropped him. The man died later in hospital, and Byson - then in his 40s - was charged with murder.

In court, Byson's neighbours testified against him.

At that time, there was just one executioner - a South African who travelled between several countries in the region, carrying out hangings. When he arrived in Malawi, once every couple of months, the prisoners on death row knew that time, for some of them, had run out.

One day Byson remembers being told that his name was on the list of 21 people to be hanged within hours. A guard told him that executions would begin at 1300 and that he should "just start praying".

They continued until 1500, when the executioner stopped work. But he had not reached the end of the list. Three people, including Byson, would have to wait until he returned.

The same thing happened twice more, Byson says. The list was drawn up, but the hangman didn't finish it - and each time, by chance, Byson was among those left alive at the end of the day. On the third occasion, all the prisoners on the list were executed except him, he says.

In a way he was lucky, but the experience took its toll on him and he attempted suicide twice - only to survive this too.

After the establishment of multi-party democracy in Malawi in 1994, all executions came to a halt. The death sentence is still given out, even today, but no president has signed a death warrant for 25 years. Prisoners either languish on death row for years or have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

Of nearly 170 prisoners eligible for resentencing, 139 have so far been released. According to the legal charity Reprieve, many had mental health problems or were intellectually disabled. More than half of those entitled to a new hearing turned out to have no court record at all - it was unclear why they were even in prison.

The land Byson used to farm is now overgrown. His wife died during the long years he was in prison and his six children have grown up and moved away.

He lives alone, but takes good care of his mother, now in her 80s.
 

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I suppose escaping from the fire was lucky but that was where his luck ran out
Naked man saved after fire started in ‘brothel’ above ‘Simply Delicious’ takeaway
Richard Hartley-ParkinsonThursday 21 Feb 2019 7:43 am Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messenger 15.2k SHARES A man wearing his birthday suit had to be rescued from a roof after a fire broke out in a suspected brothel. Firefighters got something of an eyeful when they went to help the man who was clinging to his final scraps of dignity after climbing through the window to escape the blaze in Northenden, Greater Manchester. He had been in adult ‘health club’ Ladybirds above Simply Delicious takeaway. Naked man saved from burning 'brothel' above a Chinese takeaway Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:28 Fullscreen
https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/21/nake...M1swk69B2INNlq8qI9aiGcJ7-khZ02yHkUQENhLT3L5Q8
 
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Whale done!

It wasn’t exactly the tale of Jonah, but one man still has a whale of a story to tell.

South African dive tour operator Rainer Schimpf recalled nearly being swallowed by a whale after he was mistakenly swept into its jaws during a sardine feeding frenzy last month. The 51-year-old was snorkeling near Port Elizabeth Harbour when a series of photos captured him being sucked headfirst into a Bryde’s whale’s mouth. (Check out the video here or above.)

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/man-...cid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__031119
https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney/status/1104595507907715073
 
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An arrow escape.

Mobile phones truly can be life savers - especially, it seems, when an arrow is hurtling towards you.

That was the case for a 43-year-old man in Australia who came under attack by another man, according to police. The incident began when the attacker, carrying a bow and arrow, confronted the man outside his house, police said. The arrow was allegedly fired after the resident raised his phone to photograph the confrontation - only for the device to become an unlikely shield. Police said the arrow pierced the victim's phone, knocking it back into his face. He suffered a small cut but was otherwise unhurt.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47563634?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 
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