Sunday, November 04, 2007
a brief visit by news of the wierd
See if you can tell which of the following stories is FAKE. Once you've decided, click on the headline to see if it truly is real:
- Man angry with son-in-law fingers him as terrorist to FBI
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A man in Sweden who was angry with his daughter's husband has been charged with libel for telling the FBI that the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda, Swedish media reported on Friday. The man, who admitted sending the email, said he did not think the US authorities would stupid enough to believe him.
- Vodka gifts from Putin's party to lure voters: NGOs
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's ruling party is trying to lure voters in upcoming elections with free bottles of vodka and other gifts, campaigners from two non-governmental groups said in Moscow on Wednesday.
- British hotel improving accomodations for nude sleepwalkers
LONDON (AP) - Employees at Britain's TravelLodge chain are learning how to deal with nude sleepwalkers. A study by the chain found that there were more than 400 cases of nocturnal strolling in the past year, almost all men. TravelLodge is telling staff to keep a supply of towels nearby to help guests keep their dignity.
- Australian politician bus tour turns into "Voyage of the Damned"
SYDNEY (AFP) - Politician Matt Price is on a three-week bus tour through New South Wales, where he is running for governor. The tour has been a calamity from day one, when the tour bus ran down a wallaby in front of cameras. Since then, Price has run out of gas, broken his leg, gotten food poisoning during a press event, and on one morning, gotten dressed with the window shade up.
- Crocodile 'arrested' in Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) - An aggressive crocodile was "arrested" and spent a night behind bars in a remote Australian police station after lunging at a group of fishermen, media reported Friday. The recreational anglers were hauling their boat up a ramp at the Nhulunbuy Yacht Club late on Thursday afternoon when the crocodile "had a go at them", the national AAP news agency reported.
- Squirrels safe to eat again in New Jersey
TRENTON - In January, the Garden State warned hunters and residents near a toxic waste dump in Ringwood in North Jersey to limit their consumption of squirrel after the feds thought they found lead in a dead squirrel. Officials now say it was a false alarm.
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