A man at a New Jersey chocolate processing plant died after falling into an 8-foot deep vat.
The accident happened as the worker was loading chocolate into the vat where it's melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy. Link
A Dr Who fan has had a sci-fi send-off at his funeral — in a coffin shaped like a Tardis.
Seb Neale, 26, died after a fall at home in Risca, South Wales.
The order of service card showed him posing as the Doctor. And the readings were lines from the show, including: “One day I shall come back. Goodbye.” Link
Victor Gonzalez thought his Friday couldn't get any worse when he got the sack from his job but when he returned home he discovered his house was on fire. Being the optimist, Gonzalez said if he wasn't fired he wouldn't have got home to catch his house from burning down completely.
You can view a news video here.
A street cleaner in Lincoln, England has got a real challenge on his hands.
Graham Hill found a bag containing an estimated £10,000 in shredded cash in a rubbish bin and police have allowed him to keep it.
The Bank of England will exchange the money but only if he can piece it together. As you can see from this picture, the pieces are quite large so providing most of the serial numbers are intact, he should be able to make a few quid.
I can't remember school being this interesting. (SFW)
"This was recorded at Kilometer Zero, also known as the centre of Moscow. When you visit this area you will often see people standing on the Zero Kilometer medallion and throwing coins over their shoulders and making wishes.
Grannies and kid, according to the many tourist brochures, line the area outside of the Kilometer Zero marker and pick up the coins after you toss them, supposedly fun for all."
A high school student in Houston, TX was surprised to be kicked out by police after turning up to a prom dressed like a hooker. Link
Meet a man who is addicted to entering contests. His house is little overflowing with all the prizes he has won. He enters around 7 or 8 contests a month by mail and a around 50 a day on the Internet. Over the last 30 years he's won 242 pounds of ice cream, a trip to the Soul Train music awards in Los Angeles, a nail-polish-red Vespa and lots of lotions. He's won so many prizes that he gives them away on his website. [via]
For some, Christmas can be a misery. For Andy Park, can simply can't stop celebrating. For the last 12 years he has eaten 4,380 turkeys and 87, 600 mince pies, given 21, 900 presents and spent a fortune on an array of lights and decorations. He estimates that in total he has spent over £250,000.
Surprisingly, he's got a girlfriend and a 20-year-old daughter. Link
A devoted husband carved a set of 6,000 steps in a mountain over a period of 50 years after he and his older wife eloped to a cave in China. Weird News Asia has the story along with photos and a video.
Portland Winter Hawks fans threw what was reportedly a world record 20,372 stuffed animals on the ice after what they thought was their team's first ice hockey goal of the season -- a goal which officials later disallowed. [via]
The Telegraph has reported about a man who has been placed on the sex offender's register after being caught trying to have sex with a bicycle.
"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."
He's not the first person to be convicted of having sex with an unusual object. Karl Watkins, an electrician, was jailed for having sex with pavements in 1993. [via]
2,500 'furries' attended the 11th Annual Anthrocon Convention last weekend. It's the world's largest convention dedicated to "fans of anthropomorphism -- the idea that animals can have human characteristics, or vice versa".
I know a regular reader would probably class themselves as a furry so I'm not going to say anything other than just reporting the story ;o)
A woman has spent the last 10 years and £20,000 on plastic surgery in a bid to get a husband. Referring to a comment made by a man she had met...
I don't understand the logic behind it. You want someone to love you for who you are yet spend a small fortune making yourself look like something you're not. You can view a before picture here. [via]
The body of a missing US woman has been found by her family, wedged upside down behind a bookcase in her room. The woman had tried to reach behind the bookcase to adjust the plug for a TV set and got trapped.
Her family spent nearly two weeks searching for her and feared that she had been kidnapped from the house. Her body was eventually discovered when her sister noticed a foot protruding behind the bookcase in her bedroom.
Read more. [Thanks Dragun]
Ever fancied joining the 'mile high club'? Probably not, but if you haven't got the guts to sneak into the toilets for a quick bit of nookie on that transatlantic flight, for just $299 you can take a ride on a Piper Cherokee Six that has apparently been deisnged exclusively for this purpose. The hour long ride will take you to to a height of 5,280ft where you and your partner can lay back on a bed and - 'get it on' - in front of the pilot. As a souvenir you also get to keep the sheets!
Four prisoners hid mobile phones in their backsides so they could plot blackmail, robbery and murder from their maximum security cells.
The ruse was exposed by X-rays after six weeks of investigations into members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang in El Salvador’s notorious Zacatecoluca jail. [via]
A man who blew up a speed camera because he feared he would lose his licence after he was snapped speeding has been jailed for four months.
He claimed he was afraid he would lose his job if he was caught speeding. He already had 10 points on his licence and thought he would receive a driving ban if more were added.
Later that night, he drove 40 miles back to the camera with a quantity of material to create a thermite reaction - a process which would melt the camera's metal body in an explosive fire. [via]
Lee Redmond has clawed her way into the Guinness World Records by growing her fingernails to nearly 25 feet. The American stopped cutting her talons back in 1979 and has managed to avoid breaking any for the past 27 years.
Her nails, measuring a total of 24ft 7.8ins, don’t stop her doing everyday tasks such as vacuuming and washing up — plus she cares for her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease. [via]
A 21-year-old US man ended up in hospital after spending two hours trapped in a vat of chocolate, police in Wisconsin said on Friday. The man said he had climbed into the tank before becoming trapped waist-deep in chocolate although he may have fallen in whilst stirring the chocolate.
I bet this would be heaven for some people. And if you did die, what a way to go.
The Pastor of the Church of Tom Jones has been getting some stick for using religion in vain. I never even knew such a church existed. Pastor Jack Stahl said Jones's "soulful, spiritual and supernatural" voice helps him contact God.
Based in Sacremento, California, the church uses Tom's music in baptisms, marriages, funerals and exorcisms.
The church has it's own website and even it's on podcast.