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Never tell anyone that you’re writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They’ll encourage you to death~Lynn Johnston~

January 7, 2009



Schoolboy defeats hedgehog ban

A hedgehog: no longer banned in Lawrence

A schoolboy in Kansas has emerged victorious in his battle to change the law of his city – so that could have a pet hedgehog.

11-year-old Judson King triumphed after campaigning against local laws that banned the animals from the city of Lawrence.

Inspired by a love of Sonic the Hedgehog, and determined to own a real-life version, King spent three years researching how to change the law before presenting his case to city commissioners.



The commissioners were impressed by his prepared speech, and the dossier he had prepared with information about hedgehogs.

And, despite some initial concerns that hedgehogs – which are not native to North America – might harbour foot-and-mouth disease, the commissioners could find no reason to continue banning hedgehogs from the city limits.

‘I think he ought to run for City Commission in April,’ said impressed City Commissioner Sue Hack said after King’s presentation.

At the same meeting, a proposed ban on chickens in the city was turned down.

Preliminary approval for lifting the hedgehog ban was given on December 2, and the prohibition was officially lifted on December 30. By that time, Judson had already reaped the reward for his efforts – he was given a hedgehog called Little Luke for Christmas.


Doctors get to bottom of hairspray x-ray

It’s a medical mystery that surgeons never got to the bottom of in a hospital casualty room – how a woman patient ended up with a can of hairspray up her backside.

Mirela Gradinaru, 37, turned up at the clinic in Arad, western Romania, in agony begging doctors to help her.


hairspray x ray
Doctors had to remove the giant can of hairspray


But she refused to say just how the can came to be there even after a successful, delicate operation to remove the aerosol.


Doctor Mirandolina Prisca explained: “We had X-rays done to localise the object and then we carried out the operation. The patient was fine after it.”


This was a massive can of hairspray


“She was very embarrassed. She was clearly in a lot of pain, however it got there.

“This was not just a little can of deodorant, this was a massive can of hairspray,” said one hospital worker.


Church removes Jesus after he scares kids

Jesus: a non-scary version

A sculpture of Christ has been removed from a church following concerns that it was scaring young children, a vicar said today.

The Rev Ewen Souter said the 10ft-high resin figure also failed to convey the message of hope of the resurrection of Christ.

The sculpture was installed in St John’s Church in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, in the Sixties after being designed by former Royal Society of British Sculptors president Edward Bainbridge Copnall.


It was removed from the side of the church just before Christmas and delivered to Horsham Museum, where it will be mounted on a large wall in its grounds.

In the meantime, artist Angela Godfrey has been commissioned to design a new cross for the church expressing the joy of the Christian faith.

Mr Souter, who has been vicar at St John’s since 2001, said: ‘It was felt that the crucifix was unsettling for young children, that it was off-putting to people outside the church and conveyed nothing of the hope of the resurrection of Christ.

‘As part of a local community survey done by my predecessor, all the comments about the cross were negative and we wanted something that communicated the hope and joy of the Christian faith.’

A museum spokesman told the West Sussex County Times: ‘Thanks to the generosity of St John’s, the remarkable sculpture of Jesus on the cross by Edward Bainbridge Copnall has in effect been given to Horsham Museum.

‘The museum was keen to have the figure because it is not only a stunning example of Edward’s ability and skill as a sculptor, but also being made out of coal dust and resin it represents the cutting edge of materials as well as being a dramatic interpretation of a well known image.’



Wackiest home insurance claims revealed

Claims made for missing sex toys

A man accidentally shot his TV set while cleaning an antique gun.

Well, it’s one way to turn off your TV… permanently. A man accidentally shot his set while cleaning an antique gun.

The case tops the list of wackiest home insurance claims received by Lloyds TSB last year.

Other quirky cases include the shameless policyholder who claimed for a new bed because he had worn out his old one by having too much sex.


One claimant whose home was burgled supplied the receipts for a collection of sex toys that had gone missing.

Another claimed for loss of his glasses – after a magpie flew in through the bedroom window and pinched them from a bedside cabinet.

And there were many claims for damage to electronics such as players and mobiles from people who admitted putting them in the dishwasher to clean.

Others had been operating their device in the bath and then wondered why it wouldn’t work after falling in.

Phil Loney, of Lloyds, said: ‘I never cease to be intrigued by the variety of claims we receive. It’s impossible to predict what’s around the corner.’



Skier stripped half naked and shows off bum after mountain lift mishap

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The skier was stuck upside down after his pants were ripped off

Falling off the chair lift skiing is an amateur faux-pas.

But slipping through and tearing your pants in front of hundreds of elitist Vail skiers is unforgivable.

This unidentified man boarded the chair but the seat wasn’t lowered and he slipped through the gap.

He was saved by his right ski, which jammed in the lift but his pants got stuck, ripped off and displayed his bottom to the world.


He was stuck in the undignified position for about 15 minutes before Vail staff were able to back the lift up and rescue him – plenty of time for pictures to be taken and sent around the world.

Happy New Year.

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