Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Wackets! (Wacky snippets of news)

Welcome to our Wackets page!  This section will be dedicated to short news items or news in brief!  Or as we like to call it.......Wackets!

Good luck pilgrimage kills six!  A giant boulder the size of a 
house, fell on six pilgrims, killing them and seriously injuring two others.  The boulder smashed into their car after they were returning from a visit to mountain top pagodas where over 1.2 million people go, to pray for good luck.  The accident could have been caused by the use of dynamite to build a road near the 710m peak in An Giang province, south west Vietnam.

Sale now on!  Ice creams only 10p!  A neighbourhood in Babina Greda, Croatia, are enjoying the delights of their cut price ice creams after Slaven Maric from the local council organised a fight against 'business freeze' by slashing the prices to just 10p.  Mr Maric says "Happy children means relaxed parents who spend money"
Come on ice cream vanners, give us something in the U.K to smile about!

Fat cat finally passes away :....(  Meow, one of the worlds fattest and famous cats weighing in at 2st 8Ib (18kg) has died from complications with his weight.  The two year old tabby was taken to an animal shelter after his 87 year old owner could no longer look after him.  He was immediately put on a diet and had lost 2Ib (900g) but developed breathing problems and sadly passed away in his Santa Fe, New Mexico shelter :(  RIP Meow.

I only wanted to be famous!  Gabriele Reali of Florence, Italy decided to shoot his brother with a crossbow, just so he could get into the papers!  Reali, 46, told police "I wanted to do something that would end up in the papers, I didn't want to kill him, just to injure him so the case would get some publicity!"  His brother Michele is now recovering from a shoulder wound!  Most people just enter the X Factor to make a fool of themselves!

New laws in Switzerland will allow prostitutes to take their punters to court if they refuse to pay up after receiving aherrmmm their service!  
Seems that in the largest city of Switzerland, the sex trade is extremely popular and there are several 'escort' agencies in Zurich that target wealthy business men.  
What happens if a Judge refuses to pay up?

Don't look back in anger!  A Spanish study has shown that people who remember the past in a negative way, are more likely to to find it a physical effort doing day to day things, and are more likely to become ill.  Those who learned from their experiences are physically and mentally stronger, and do not notice body pain as much.  Oasis got it spot on!

A newly wed couple from Tokyo, Japan, spent their honeymoon in.............the football stadium of Southampton!
Mr Yasumoto convinced his new wife that the highlight of their honeymoon would be a visit to the St Mary's football stadium to watch his beloved Coventry City take on Southampton.  His team lost 4 - 0 and were already relegated.  So not the best of days Mr Yasumoto!

A speeding motor cyclist found a novel way to cover his number plate, so he wouldn't get nicked flying down the highways at high speeds.  But unfortunately after getting 'nicked' after cops caught up with him, the 48 year old biker, who was doing 120mph near Johannesburg was forced to remove the pair of knickers covering his number plate!

A stupid burglar tried paying for a taxi with stolen goods, including a gold watch and a DVD player after fleeing the crime scene in Portsmouth, UK, in a cab he'd booked as his get away car!  Anthony Thacker, 33, was sentenced to a suspended 12 month jail sentence and given a supervision order.  Thick as thieves?

A dentist in Glasgow, Scotland is treating a dozen colleagues who are afraid of having their teeth checked with hypnosis, laughing gas and relaxation techniques!
Dr Mike Gow 35, says he can ease their fear of needles by using the unusual methods!
He says: "They are people who have fears just like everybody else"

A study of 3,000 people aged between 15 and 23 has shown that obesity is linked to fast food TV ads!  I thought it was eating too much to be honest!
The US study says TV ads for burger and fried chicken restaurants was leaving a lasting impression on young people's waistlines and says fast food advertising is strongly linked to obesity.  So stop watching TV and eating then!

Cannabis farms are on the rise in Britain!  More than 20 farms and factories were discovered every day last year!
Police seized drugs to the value of £100 million from a total of 7, 865 farms found in Britain during 2011/12.
According to a study from the Association of Chief Police Officers, criminals were reducing the size of their farms and employing "gardeners" to manage small sites!

Ghostbusters!  MP's in Belgrade, Serbia are calling in the ghostbusters after hearing spooky voices in parliament!
The building sits on an old cemetery site and the politicians are said to be genuinely frightened inside the building.
They have heard unusual "spirit voices" and have now had enough.  Lets hope it isn't Slimer causing trouble again!

What a fantastic idea this is!  Convicted drink drivers in Austria will be made to fit "alco-locks" to their cars which will flash the lights and sound the horn until the car is halted, if the driver is over the limit!
The drink drivers must blow into the mini breathalyser before switching on their engine and at intervals during the journey as part of a new trial!

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