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We have these "Esssex Girls" type in Australia also. Not sure where they get the"drop toilet" from, as I have never seen any toilet that goes in any other direction!
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Aussie tourist's hilarious toilet request while visiting China

https://au.news.yahoo.com/aussie-touris ... 03499.html

Samantha Harrison was in Beijing with a friend when they realised they didn't know how to 'squat properly' to use the toilet.

Travelling to a new country can present many learning curves — but Aussie woman Samantha Harrison didn't expect to be shown how to use a toilet during her recent trip overseas.

The business owner from Queensland flew to China with a group last week, and while enjoying lunch in Beijing, found herself engaged in a "tutorial" on how best to use the nation's squat toilets, which are commonly found in many parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Harrison detailed the hilarious encounter to Yahoo News Australia from abroad, admitting the whole thing was "so funny" and "wholesome". She was with her friend using the bathroom at a restaurant when they realised "we don't know how to do it properly" without "getting backsplash".

Enough space wasted, read it at the link to see just how many other dill brains there are in this world!
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Mussolini no longer honorary citizen of Ustica

The Sicilian island of Ustica on Friday stripped Benito Mussolini of the honorary citizenship of the island he was granted during his 20-year rule in Italy.
As well as the late Fascist dictator, also several Fascist 'gerarchi' or high officials were stripped of the honour.
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2024/0 ... c0054.html
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You know it's hot when.......

Extreme heat bends railway tracks

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... way-tracks (Photos)

Extremely hot weather warped rails in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and it took railway workers about an hour to cool them down to make the tracks usable again, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Wednesday.

The rail deformation was spotted between the Ron Phi Bun and Khao Chum Thong stations in Ron Phi Bun district of Nakhon Si Thammarat at 2.20pm on Tuesday, said Ekarat Sri-arayanpong, chief of the SRT governor's office.

Extremely hot weather at the time caused expansion and stress on rails and sleepers on a section of the rail line and the tracks were bent out of shape, he said.

SRT employees and rescue workers treated the bent tracks and hot concrete sleepers with cold water and ice and the tracks returned to their normal state in about an hour, Mr Ekarat said.
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A Man Was Ordered to Build a Fence to Hide His Boat. He Asked an Artist to Paint the Boat on the Fence

There’s a new high water mark for passive aggressiveness in the visual arts—and the pun is intended.

When the town of Seaside, California ordered homeowner Etienne Constable to build a fence to conceal the boat in his driveway, he erected the fence all right. And then he hired his neighbor, artist Hanif Panni, to paint a mural on the fence—realistically depicting the boat itself. Call it passive-aggressive, call it malicious compliance, but in any event, call it hilarious.

“I’m not a rule-breaker but I like to make a political statement as necessary as well as a humorous statement and a creative statement,” Constable told NBC affiliate KSBW of Monterey Bay. The city had threatened a $100 fine if Constable didn’t comply, but, ironically, he ended up paying for more than that for the artist’s fee alone.

“It was his idea,” Hanif said in a phone interview. “There were Home Improvement-kind of moments, where we were chatting and joking about it, a ‘Wouldn’t that be hilarious?’ kind of thing. I think the more he got it ingrained in his head and brought it up a lot, the more I thought, ‘Yeah, that sounds great.’”
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/fence ... ni-2487875
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Fascinating, thanks Steve. There's another interesting story on the same site https://news.artnet.com/art-world/doves ... ce-2454807
The depths of the river Thames in London hold many unexpected stories, gleaned from the recovery of prehistoric tools, Roman pottery, medieval jewelry, and much more besides. Yet the tale of the lost (and since recovered) Doves typeface is surely one of the most peculiar.

A little over a century ago, the printer T.J. Cobden-Sanderson took it upon himself to surreptitiously dump every piece of this carefully honed metal letterpress type into the river. It was an act of retribution against his business partner, Emery Walker, whom he believed was attempting to swindle him.
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^ And all my metal detector picks up these days is my bloody crutch.... :roll: :( :oops:

Seriously though, very interesting :thumb:
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Here's another entry for the Darwin awards:

Teen rapper accidentally kills himself on social media video

A teenage rapper accidentally killed himself while filming a video on social media after he pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.

The rapper, 17, was found dead in Suffolk, Virginia, on May 15, police confirmed to The Post. Cops said they believe he died by an “accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound” to the head.

Police would not confirm the name of the deceased teen, but separate footage circulating on social media showed Suffolk-based rapper Rylo Huncho singing into a camera while dancing with a pistol with a green laser sight

https://nypost.com/2024/05/20/us-news/t ... ing-video/
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Be cautious of the New York Post, they're about one step up (or less) from the National Enquirer. Key words: confirm, confirm, confirm.
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PeteC wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 4:17 pm Be cautious of the New York Post, they're about one step up (or less) from the National Enquirer. Key words: confirm, confirm, confirm.
Oh it's been in the UK news as well....
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PeteC wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 4:17 pm Be cautious of the New York Post, they're about one step up (or less) from the National Enquirer. Key words: confirm, confirm, confirm.
Yes, I don't normally use the New York Post but I found the story elsewhere and the Post had better pictures.
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Wasn’t sure where to post this?

When I watched the video it looked like the lion had taken a small “Soi type” dog, but it turned out to be a 75lb Rottweiler - just shows how powerful lions are!!

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People lick supermarket eggs in hopes of getting food infection, receiving compensation

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Web Desk) - After the owner of a Russian supermarket chain announced that he would be paying 1 million rubles to each person proven to have gotten food poisoning from the store’s products, many decided to take him up on his offer.

Some were so desperate that they resorted to licking eggs right in the supermarket to increase their chances of getting food poisoning.

“As far as I understand, according to the latest information, Rospotrebnadzor and local hospitals are simply inundated by claims of food poisoning related to Zhiznmart without any solid proof, Zhiznmart founder Ivan Zaichenko said.

In order to discourage people from coming into his supermarket and trying to get food poisoning, Zaichenko clarified that the only people eligible to receive his compensation 1 million rubles ($11,000) were the 18 ones who had originally been treated for food poisoning. Everyone else would be ignored!
https://dunyanews.tv/en/WeirdNews/81522 ... n,-receivi
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Man with suspended licence joins virtual court hearing — while driving

When Corey Harris of Ann Arbour, Mich. joined a virtual court hearing over his suspended licence, the district judge was left speechless. The defendant was clearly driving a car.

When Judge Cedric Simpson called the case, Harris joined via Zoom and was visibly in the process of driving.

“Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson asked the man with a suspended licence.

“Actually, I’m pulling into my doctor’s office,” Harris replied with his eyes on the road. “Just give me one second. I’m parking right now.”
https://globalnews.ca/news/10533943/sus ... -michigan/
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OK, it's the Daily Mail but it's an awesome headline:

Plus-size travel influencer who's demanded free extra seats for fat flyers slams airport staff for ignoring her after she got stuck in a revolving door

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... dently.%27

"Getting stuck in doors designed for humans should be a gigantic wake up call,' another wrote."
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