Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thieves Get High on Powder from Plasma TVs

GroundUp via AllAfrica
14 January 2015

By Mary-Anne Gontsana

New rumours of a "plasma gang" stealing TV's in order to retrieve a powder have surfaced in Cape Town, but police and scientists are unconvinced. […]

Solomzi Booi from Khanya Neighbourhood Watch in Gugulethu, said these thefts were "definitely happening".

"We've had reports about this. These people are getting high off whatever it is that they are getting from these TVs. People are being held at gunpoint in their homes for their plasma TVs," he said. […]

Monday, January 12, 2015

Elephant Buried in Schoolyard (Fargo, ND)

Inforum [Fargo, North Dakota]
10 January 2015

By Bob Lind

The legend of the elephant supposedly buried in the schoolyard of Horace Mann Elementary School, Fargo, lives on. […]

“It seems that back in the late 1890s or early 1900s, […] a circus with more than one elephant came to town.

“One night after the show was over, two of the elephants were apparently caught up in the ‘heat of the moment’ resulting in the male elephant expiring right on the spot.

“Not wanting to pay the cost of transporting the elephant somewhere else for disposal, the circus owners chose to bury him where he fell, and that is how an elephant wound up beneath the grounds of Horace Mann school.” […]

Thursday, January 1, 2015

"Neil!" Misunderstood as Order to Kneel (Neil Kinnock variant)

Daily Mail [UK]
29 December 2014

By Andrew Pierce for The Mail on Sunday

[…] A group of American tourists was having a pre-Christmas tour of Parliament when former Labour leader Neil Kinnock — now Lord Kinnock of Bedwellty — was seen passing by. A fellow Labour peer spotted him across the lobby and shouted: ‘Neil...Neil!’ to grab his attention. At which point the group of American tourists obligingly got down onto their knees, imagining that they were in the midst of a quaint British political event.