Doofus Of The Day #295

Today’s Doofus comes to us courtesy of a blog I read frequently, the Johnny Law Chronicles. In a post today, Johnny (a policeman) writes about a series of traffic stops. After an introduction, he continues: On the night in question we were going back and forth when we heard a loud car stereo blaring. When I say loud I mean the bass was so heavy it was making the glass shake on all the other cars in the street. We quickly narrowed this down to a big shiny H2 Hummer going down the road. An officer rode up to the

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A remarkable railway station

I’d read about Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India, in connection with the terrorist attacks there last year. However, I hadn’t realized what an architectural gem it was until reader P. M. informed me that it’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Wikipedia reports: The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888. He received as payment 16.14 lakh [1.614 million] rupees. Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolour sketch by draughtsman Axel Haig. The final design bears some resemblance to St Pancras station in London. It took ten

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So much for automobile pollution!

The Daily Mail has published an article in which it points out that a mere 16 ships produce as much sulphur pollution as all the cars in the world. We’ve all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels on cross-Channel ferries, cruise liners, container ships, oil tankers and even tugboats. It looks foul, and leaves a brown haze across ports and shipping lanes. But what hasn’t been clear until now is that it is also a major killer, probably causing thousands of deaths in Britain alone. As ships get bigger, the pollution is getting worse. The most

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Another unsung hero comes to light

I’m very moved to read the story of Denis Avey. Denis Avey is a remarkable man by any measure. A courageous and determined soldier in World War II, he was captured by the Germans and imprisoned in a camp connected to the Germans’ largest concentration camp, Auschwitz. But his actions while in the camp – which he has never spoken about until now – are truly extraordinary. When millions would have done anything to get out, Mr Avey repeatedly smuggled himself into the camp. Now 91 and living in Derbyshire, he says he wanted to witness what was going on

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World’s strongest beer

The BBC reports that a Scottish brewery has launched what it claims is the world’s strongest beer. A controversial Scottish brewery has launched what it described as the world’s strongest beer – with a 32% alcohol content. Tactical Nuclear Penguin has been unveiled by BrewDog of Fraserburgh. BrewDog was previously branded irresponsible for an 18.2% beer called Tokyo, which it then followed with a low alcohol beer called Nanny State. Managing director James Watt said a limited supply of Tactical Nuclear Penguin would be sold for £30 each. He said: “This beer is about pushing the boundaries, it is about

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Well, it’s a living, I guess!

Add this to your ‘world’s strangest jobs’ list. Ananova reports: A Chinese man has launched a secret sideline – by renting himself out as a punchbag for stressed women. Xiao Lin, a gym coach in Shenyang, in northeast China’s Liaoning province, has not told his family about his new venture. He told the Liaoshen Evening Post: “It fits in well with my day job. I needed more sparring partners anyway. “By being a punchbag for women, I can make some money and also practice my self-defence skills and work on my fitness at the same time.” Lin charges 100 yuan

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A sobering report on a house fire

Regular readers will remember that I had a house fire last year, and wrote about it here on several occasions. It’s the second building fire in which I’ve been involved, and neither were any fun at all. Now comes an account of a British couple whose house caught fire. The wife goes into a lot of detail about the mistakes they made, and what they learned from the experience. I strongly recommend clicking on the link and reading her report. Friends, a house fire is damn scary, and very, very dangerous too. If you want to be prepared for such

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How to annoy the Scots

Just start marketing English whisky – in Scotland! One of Scotland’s most distinguished whisky retailers has received complaints from some customers about its decision to stock an English brand. Next month, the Norfolk-based St George’s Distillery will launch the first English whisky for more than a century. Hundreds of preview bottles of the “malt spirit” have already arrived north of the border and, despite rave reviews by afficionados, some Scottish traditionalists are unimpressed. The Edinburgh-based Royal Mile Whiskies said its promotion of the English spirit had failed to please some of its customers. “We sent out a tongue-in-cheek e-mail bulletin,

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So much for Identikit . . .

I’m chuckling over an article in the Daily Mirror, ‘The Top Ten World’s Worst Photofits‘. It gives examples of sketches, Identikit renderings, and other aids to identifying criminals that were distributed by police in an attempt to capture wanted criminals. Most of them are completely unrecognizable! I particularly enjoyed this screenshot of a television news broadcast: Methinks the newsreader might have some explaining to do! Peter

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