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Man burns his head after mistaking iron for phone

A Polish man has managed to burn the side of his head while doing housework after mistaking the iron for a phone.

Tomasz Paczkowski from the northern Polish town of Elblag now sports bandages around his head after a request from his wife to help with the housework while he enjoyed a few days off work backfired.

“My wife had gone to work and asked me to help with the housework,” the 32-year old told the Polish newspaper Fakt. “After breakfast I started to work. I turned on the boxing channel on the TV, opened a beer and started ironing.

“I was really getting involved in the boxing and was not really thinking about what I was doing,” he continued. “Suddenly the phone rang and I mucked things up: instead of grabbing the receiver I picked up the iron and put it to my ear.”

Mr Paczkowski said a burning sensation on his ear soon made him realise his mistake. To compound his misfortune a dash to the bathroom to cool his burn with water resulted in his head hitting a door frame, causing an injury just above the left eye.

As a result of his accident he said he would give up watching boxing on the television but would continue to iron.
 

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In a way, I can sympathise. Years ago, my brother answered the phone while holding a lit Swan vesta match - he still has a scar where the burning head of the match stuck to his cheek... :oops:
 

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Bride in coma after being hit by wardrobe door on dream holiday

Natalie Creane has recurring epileptic seizures and doctors have to put her in a coma to stop her accidentally causing damage to herself.

A holidaymaker is feared to be dying after a cupboard door fell on her head in a freak accident at a luxury hotel.

Tragic Natalie Creane, 34, has recurring epileptic seizures and doctors have to put her in a coma to stop her accidentally causing damage to herself.

Her condition is now deteriorating by the day and the only option left to save her is specialist surgery at a neurological hospital in New York.

But her husband Trevor and parents Angie and Derick Smith cannot afford the treatment after a court awarded only a fraction of the compensation for her injury that they had hoped for.

Now they fear they will be forced to watch as formerly bubbly and vivacious Natalie fades away.
They stayed in a £10,000 a night hotel, and a cupboard door fell on her head. :(
 

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Motorist startled when chunk of steel penetrates roof of SUV

The story's a bit long-winded. The gist is that a lump of metal fell from a clear sky onto a car.
The photo of the object seems to show a length of piping.

The 54-year-old commercial real estate manager was driving his Ford Escape eastbound on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway on his way downtown. He was waiting at a red light at about 8:50 a.m. where the Transitway crosses the parkway near Dominion Avenue, west of Island Park Drive, when he heard a very loud noise and felt an impact that shook the vehicle. He also saw the woman in the convertible beside him duck down.

Still, because he was late for jury duty selection, Gallagher kept going. It wasn’t until he got downtown that he saw an object had penetrated the frame on the driver's side. It was a v-shaped piece of steel bar, each wing about five inches long and half an inch in diameter.

“It landed exactly between the glass on the door and the glass on the back of the SUV. It landed dead in between those two,” said Gallagher, who counts himself lucky it didn’t get him.
 

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Table-dancing MP Mark Harper breaks foot in Soho fall

Conservative MP Mark Harper has fallen off a table while dancing in a bar in Soho and broken his foot.
A spokesman for Mr Harper's office confirmed the 43-year-old MP for the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire had suffered the injury.
Mr Harper, who is the Minister for Immigration, is recovering and his foot is in a cast, the spokesman added.

"My wife Margaret was with me but thankfully she's a far better dancer so didn't fall off," Mr Harper said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gl ... e-23036325

No sense of decorum, some people. :twisted:
 

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Beyonce gets hair caught in concert fan

Beyonce has soldiered through a concert in Montreal after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan.
The pop star was performing Halo from an audience pit when the incident happened.
She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.
Several people caught the mishap on video. The singer's Mrs Carter Show world tour runs until December.

Beyonce is not the first star to suffer a Spinal Tap moment on stage.
U2 got stuck inside a giant mechanical Lemon during a Norwegian date of their PopMart tour in 1997.

Fleetwood Mac brought a 70ft (21.3m) inflatable penguin on the road in 1977, intending for it to rise from the back of the stage and fly over the audience.
"It would never fully inflate - it must have had leaks or something," Lindsey Buckingham later told Rolling Stone . "This thing was limping and floundering at the back of the stage. It never flew."
Mick Fleetwood added: "It was a disaster."

Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour.
"This catapult was supposed to throw this meat into the audience," he told the magazine.

"Well, they'd been trying it out all day, so the elastic wasn't quite as strong during the show. I'm standing there, I put my foot on this lever and several pounds of offal slowly comes and splats on the back of my head." :twisted:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23417699
 

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rynner2 said:
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour.
"This catapult was supposed to throw this meat into the audience," he told the magazine.

"Well, they'd been trying it out all day, so the elastic wasn't quite as strong during the show. I'm standing there, I put my foot on this lever and several pounds of offal slowly comes and splats on the back of my head."
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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'Careless' Helston lorry driver dumped mobile building on car.
By West Briton.
Saturday, November 30, 2013.

A DRIVER caused a portable building to fall off the back of his lorry, crushing a car which had been waiting to pass.
The incident happened after the lorry became snagged on trees on a road near Tehidy.
Truro magistrates heard the 44-year-old lorry driver from Helston tried to force his way through the branches, causing his load to fall off.

On Wednesday, Stephen Hart, of Cunnack Close, Helston, admitted to driving without due care and attention.

The court heard Hart was driving a Scania heavy goods lorry, one of three vehicles in convoy, on June 21.
The incident happened after the lorries passed down an unclassified road between Illogan Downs and Mount Whistle.
A blue Honda car was coming in the opposite direction and had stopped to let the lorries pass, the court was told.

The prosecution said that as the third lorry, driven by Hart, attempted to pass the car, the mobile building on the back struck some tree branches overhanging the road. The lorry became stuck and the court heard how Hart increased power – but rather than breaking through the branches, the load on the back of the lorry fell off, smashing onto the Honda. :shock:
The driver was slightly injured and the car and building were substantially damaged.

At a previous hearing, Hart had pleaded not guilty to the charge but changed his plea at court last week.
He was fined £70 and had three points put on his diving licence. He was also ordered to pay £150 court costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Helston ... z2m7mV2wF4
 
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I guess it counts as ridiculous because a dog was in the cab. But the bloody farmer was responsible!

Devon runaway tractor ends up in garden
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-25792684

Tractor overturned

The tractor ended upside down in the garden of a house at Colyton

A runaway tractor narrowly missed a Devon house when the brakes failed with only the farmer's collie dog in the cab.

Henry Selway, 77, had parked his tractor at the top of a hill in Colyton, east Devon, while he joined his daughter for lunch in the town.

But the tractor's handbrake failed and the vehicle hurtled down a steep road.

Molly the collie was uninjured when the tractor crashed through a garden fence, and came to rest in a garden.

Henry Selway said he was thankful no-one was hurt
Henry Selway said leaving a parked tractor in gear was no longer the "ultimate failsafe"
Mr Selway said: "I've been driving tractors since I was 14, and that day I parked my tractor as I always do - with the handbrake on and the wheels turned inwards.

"I only became aware of the incident when a scaffolder shouted over to me that the tractor was rolling off with my dog inside. I couldn't believe it."

The tractor was found with its handbrake still on and Molly still inside.

Insurers Cornish Mutual said cold weather could have been partly to blame for the brakes failing.

Mr Selway added: "The tractor caused quite a bit of damage, but thankfully no-one was injured and the damage to the property was limited to the owner's fence and a number of trees, which were replaced.

"I grew up leaving my tractor in gear as the ultimate failsafe, but with these new tractors you can't do that."
 

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Man rescued from behind wardrobe in Brighton flat

A man has been rescued by a fire crew after becoming stuck behind a wardrobe while moving it in a Brighton flat.
He became lodged behind the furniture in the flat in The Highway in the city at about 14:00 GMT on Tuesday.

He managed to call East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service on his mobile phone who freed him from behind the cupboard.
A spokesman from the fire service said the man had been on his own when he decided to move the wardrobe and suffered no injuries.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-26455319

Perhaps he was looking for Narnia... ;)
 

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Man rescued from behind wardrobe in Brighton flat

Perhaps he was looking for Narnia... ;)
Brighton man comes out (from behind) the closet.
 

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UPDATE:

He got stuck cos he was scared of a spider.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1105...ed_from_behind_wardrobe_was_scared_by_spider/

Brighton man freed from behind wardrobe was scared by spider

A file picture of a spider :lol:

A teenager who got trapped behind a wardrobe, before being confronted with a spider, called 999 and had to be freed by three firefighters.

Reece Thomas, an A-level pupil at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, decided to rearrange his bedroom on Tuesday afternoon.

He told yesterday how his wardrobe got stuck as he moved it and he became firmly wedged.

Then the teenager, who is petrified of spiders, spotted an arachnid and, seeing no other option, called Sussex Police on 999. :lol:

They alerted firefighters to Reece's plight and a crew went to the home he shares with his parents, Paul and Sarah Goodwin, in The Highway, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, and freed him.

The 17-year-old, who is studying for qualifications in sports, maths, leadership and IT, said he was physically uninjured but was panicking.

He said: “I felt quite claustrophobic and did not like it. I am very embarrassed.”

He added: “I was just moving my furniture when I got stuck. I moved it one inch and it must have slipped and got stuck by the bed because next thing I knew I could not move.

“My parents said I should have called them first.” :lol:

He added: “I want to say thank-you to the firefighters, who did not look very impressed when they came to help me.

"But there was a spider and I really don't like spiders.”

His mother added: “I couldn't believe it when he told me. He is getting stick from people saying he is looking for Narnia.”

Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue both confirmed they were aware of the incident.

A police spokesman said they received the call but the job was more suitable for the fire service.
 

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Thank goodness this never made the news or it would be really humiliating.
 

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Killough: Painter rescued after getting stuck halfway up lighthouse

A man has been taken to hospital after he got stuck halfway up the outside of a lighthouse in County Down.
The 50-year-old man had been painting the St Johns Point lighthouse near Killough and was suspended
about 50ft (15m) above the ground.
He was rescued by a specialist rescue team from the Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service.

It is understood the man was suspended for about an hour and a half before he was freed.
The alarm was raised at around 10:05 GMT.
Fire appliances from Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch were also at the scene.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26577470
 

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Girl stuck in Dover storm drain retrieving phone

A teenage girl got stuck in a storm drain when she tried to retrieve her phone which had fallen into it.
She became stuck up to her waist after lifting up the cover and squeezing down the hole in Eaves Road, Dover, on Wednesday evening.
The girl, named locally as 16-year-old Ella Birchenough, had to be released by fire crews but was uninjured.

Witness Tim Richards, 22, described it as "a comedy gold moment" and the teenager had found it funny.
Attempts to free her failed so firefighters were called to pull her from the drain.

Mr Richards said: "She was more concerned about getting her phone back rather than getting herself out of the drain," he said.
He added that at one point she managed to inch herself out, but promptly went back in before becoming "completely stuck".

"My mum knows her mum and she went to call on her.
"We tried to pull her out a couple of times but it wasn't happening," he said.
"She was quite calm and relaxed and saw the funny side of it... how she thought she was going to get her phone, I have no idea."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-26870738

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Car somersaults off multi-storey roof at Megger in Dover
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Posted: June 26, 2014
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A CAR somersaulted off the top floor of a multi-storey car park at the Megger building in Dover this morning.
The dramatic crash has been described as “like something out of a James Bond movie.”

The car hit the Western Heights roundabout on the A20 at such a speed that it flew across the car park, spinning "like a propeller", hit the 10ft wall on the other side and the driver fell out on the roof.

Dover fire crews were called to the scene of the spectacular smash at 9.20am.
The driver was out of the vehicle when the firefighters arrived.
An air ambulance has since arrived at the scene and left at around 10.30am.

P&O spokesman Brian Rees said: “I’ve just witnessed the most horrendous car crash - involving a car hurtling off the top of the car park at the business centre that our office overlooks, soaring into the air somersaulting, debris flying off, and thankfully I couldn’t see where it came down to earth.
“If there was somebody in it, I’d have thought it would be a miracle to survive.

It happened so quickly, and was so spectacular – the only thing I can compare it to would be a James Bond movie – that for a moment I doubted what I’d just seen.”

Fellow P&O spokesman Chris Laming said: "The car when coming throught the air was spinning so fast, end over end, my colleagues thought it was a propeller it was rotating so quickly.
"Everyone here is absolutely aghast that a car could be going so quickly it could launch itself 30 feet in the air and travel for such a distance across the car park.
"It was unbelievable."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "A car travelling coast-bound on the A20 collided with the Aycliffe roundabout just before 9.15 am this morning.
"The car appears to have been thrown from the roundabout and landed in a nearby car park.

"The A20 is closed coast-bound from the A260 (Courtwood roundabout) while emergency services deal with the incident.
"Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible as the coast-bound section is expected to be closed for up to four hours."
The London-bound section has re-opened.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the moments leading up to the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

http://www.dover-express.co.uk/Car-some ... story.html
 

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Little girl gets stuck in mop bucket
Toddler Minnie Snodgrass is rescued by firemen after becoming wedged inside a metal mop bucket
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2:01PM BST 11 Jul 2014

A 16-month-old girl was rescued unharmed by firefighters after she got stuck in a mop bucket.
Minnie Snodgrass managed to become wedged in the metal bucket after her mother, Gemma Snodgrass, had been mopping the floor at their home in Conisbrough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue came to the toddler's aid after her family had rushed her to a nearby hospital.
Mrs Snodgrass managed to film part of the incident on her mobile phone and the footage shows the little girl dancing along to the car radio as she is taken the short distance to hospital.

Four firefighters, from Dearne Fire Station, used bolt cutters to free her and she was found to be unharmed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... ucket.html

She looked happy enough in the bucket! :D
 
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EnolaGaia said:
ramonmercado said:
Snodgrass is an actual [n]ame? :shock:
Yep ... It was a fairly common surname where I grew up (southern Appalachian region).
Thanks for fixing the typo!

Its just that I've seen the name in comics etc but never read of it in real life or encountered someone with the surname.
 

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I think it's Pongo Snodgrass that is a rare name. There was an semi-famous American actress called Carrie Snodgress, which is close.
 

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From Ayrshire, according to Wikipedia (so it's obviously true).

The weave code for the Snodgrass tartan is K..R.Y.B.G.B.R.Y.... 6..2..2..22.26.10.2..2..
Serious Business.
 

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Poole crashed car impaled on traffic bollard

A car that was tipped on its side after a crash ended up impaled on a bollard after a team of good Samaritans tried to turn it back over.
The accident happened on Yarmouth Road, in Poole, Dorset, at about 11:45 BST.
Dorset Police said a recovery vehicle had to remove the damaged Nissan Pixo, but that no injuries were reported.

Eyewitness Thom Stroud tweeted: "Could hear the women inside screaming to get out. That's when we all pushed with our might to get the car back on 4 wheels."
Mr Stroud said two women were inside the car, which became stuck on the bollard after several drivers got out of their cars to help right the vehicle.
"Sooo shaky right now but amazed at what us humans can do in emergencies," he added.

Both Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene.
Police said the driver was from the Poole area

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-29377997

But they didn't get the car back on "4 wheels" - just 2 wheels and the bollard! :lol:
 

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This might've been funny if there hadn't been a fatality.

Suspected bike thief drowns after cycling straight into harbour to escape from police

A suspected bike thief drowned in the sea today after he rode into a harbour to escape police.

A passer-by told how the unnamed man shouted "I can's swim" as he struggled to stay afloat in the water.

The man died after he became trapped between an old fishing boat and the harbour wall.

It was still dark when the man cycled into the sea while being pursued by police around 6.30am.

Navy divers, police officers and the coastguard desperately tried to rescue the man from the water.

But they were unable to reach him and a body was later recovered from Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.

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