WELL, IT’S BEEN A BLAST, ‘OLD FRIEND’
There’s no way an unexploded bomb could be dangerous, right? Right?
A Welsh couple didn’t think an old 19th-century bomb was dangerous, so they kept it as an ornament in their garden. Authorities thought differently.
According to The Guardian, Sian and Jeffrey Edwards of Milford Haven, Wales, kept their “old friend” bomb in the garden. Sian told the news outlet she would even bang on the explosive with a trowel while gardening to remove dirt from it.
On Nov. 29, a police officer spotted the old bomb in the garden and alerted the Ministry of Defence. A day later, a bomb squad arrived to detonate the explosive.
“I told the bomb disposal unit: ‘We’re not leaving the house, we’re staying here. If it goes up, we’re going to go up with it,’” said Jeffrey.
The unexploded device was removed from the garden and transported to an unused quarry, where it was buried under five tonnes of sand and detonated. A test showed the bomb was still live and had a small amount of charge in it.
Jeffrey considered the bomb an “old friend” and was sad that it was “blown to pieces.” He said the bomb’s history dated back more than 100 years, when it was found by a relative of the home’s previous owner.
It’s believed that warships from the royal navy used to use the sands near the Welsh village of Broad Haven for target practice.
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WOMAN STEALS VAN, 10,000 KRISPY KREME DONUTS
Talk about stealing the wrong kind of dough.
A woman who allegedly stole a delivery truck at a 7-Eleven in Carlingford, Australia, likely thought there was money in the vehicle. Little did she know that its cargo was only valuable to those with a sweet tooth.
In the early morning of Nov. 29, a delivery driver made a quick pitstop at the 7-Eleven. That’s when security cameras captured a woman climbing into the truck and driving off.
The truck contained 10,000 Krispy Kreme donuts that were originally destined for shops in Newcastle, media outlet News.com.au reported. New South Wales police — whom were likely disappointed they had nothing to consume with their coffee — appealed to the public on the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle.
A Krispy Kreme spokesperson said in a news release that the company was working hard to replace the 10,000 stolen donuts.
The alleged thief is described as a being in her early 30s with long black or brown hair, The Australian reported. It’s unknown whether she had remnants of glaze or powdered sugar on her lips.
VIETNAMESE MAN’S HOSPITAL NIGHTMARE SURE TO STICK WITH HIM
Some people think about what utensils to eat with. Others literally have them on their mind.
A 35-year-old man from Vietnam experienced severe headaches for five months before finding out the cause was a pair of chopsticks embedded in his skull.
On Nov. 25, the man visited a hospital in Dong Hoi, Vietnam, where he complained about the headaches along with fluid loss, Yahoo News reported. CT scans were ordered on the man’s head, where it was revealed that he suffered from pneumocephalus, a possibly life-threatening condition caused by pressure in the head.
Doctors also found the source of the condition: A pair of chopsticks that had penetrated his nose and went into the brain.
When asked about how the utensils got there, the unnamed man said he was involved in a fight while drinking. The man said he vaguely remembered being stabbed in the face, likely by the chopsticks.
However, when he visited the hospital after the fight, medical personnel didn’t find any chopsticks or anything abnormal in his nose. The man believes the chopsticks were lodged in his nose and remained undetected.
Luckily, doctors were able to remove the utensils after surgery.
NEWSPAPER WILL PRINT FESTIVUS GRIEVANCES
It’s Festivus for the rest of us!
The Tampa Bay Times is taking a bit from classic sitcom Seinfeld and bringing it to life by inviting readers to submit their grievances in celebration of Festivus on Dec. 23.
In its eighth year, the Tampa Bay Times Airing of Grievances allows readers from all over the world to submit their complaints about anything. The newspaper will print the funniest complaints in its pages.
The airing of grievances is a vital part of the fictional holiday, which is also celebrated with feats of strength and the display of a metal pole. It was introduced into the lexicon during The Strike, an episode in the ninth season of Seinfeld where Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) talks about the traditions behind his anti-consumerism “holiday.”
An example provided by the Times from years past came from Mark Nelson of Winnipeg, who wrote: “Why do you include the stumps in my bagged romaine lettuce? I know I need roughage, but I am not eating romaine stumps.”
The Times has set up a Google Form in which anyone can voice their displeasures ahead of Festivus.