Wednesday 17 January 2018

Runaway tank

A 58-year-OLD man learned that sometimes an owner's manual is not enough, when he tried to drive a 50-tonne battle-tank up a steep gradient near the coastal town of Gold Beach, Oregon.

A truck driver transporting the tank was unable to climb the hill so he unloaded it. The owner's caretaker, Jeffrey Glossop, decided he could get the tank up the hill. The tank slipped out of gear and rolled back down across the busy road, crashing through a guardrail. He was cited for reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.

CHRISTMAS STOLEN

Police in Philadelphia have released surveillance video – complete with cartoon images from Dr Seuss's 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' – of two people stealing decorations outside a house.

Police released the video because they have been unable to locate or identify a woman in a white hooded jacket approaching the house. The video shows her returning about an hour later, this time with a male companion, to steal more decorations, but leaving a pile of fake gifts at the home's front door.

'LA CAGE' DIRECTOR DIES

Tributes have been paid to Edouard Molinaro, who was nominated for an Oscar for directing 'La Cage Aux Folles', a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences, after his death at the age of 85.

French President Francois Hollande's office confirmed the death in a statement of condolence, praising Molinaro as "great, appealing and original" and a director who "conquered the public and the admiration of his peers at the same time".

GAY TEACHER SACKED

A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Philadelphia has been sacked after applying for a licence to marry his partner of 12 years.

Michael Griffin, of New Jersey, which became the 14th US state to recognise same-sex marriage in October, was dismissed from Holy Ghost Preparatory School after headmaster Father James McCloskey said obtaining the licence breached his contract because staff were required to follow church teachings.

'WEED BURGER' CHARGE

A Wendy's employee who tucked a hollowed-out cigar filled with cannabis into a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

Police in the city of Lovejoy, Georgia, said a customer drove home with her food, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it. The woman pulled the bun away and saw a partially smoked cannabis cigar inside, police said.

Irish Independent

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