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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weird but True News

It's been quite a while since I looked at the weird news, so here's some.

At the beginning of the month, there was drunk driver clocked doing 2 mph in a stolen construction lifting machine. He told the cops that he had been dared to take the equipment by a stranger he met on Craigslist. The Mountlake Terrace, WA man was operating the device from the bucket atop the machine's lift arm when stopped. He originally told them he was just driving to the store.

Meanwhile in Germany, the plans to recycle an old bank safe were abandoned when a steel plant worker opened it and found $128,000 inside. The worker returned the cash to Germany's Postbank which blamed the carelessness of an employee who forgot to empty it when a branch office was closed down.

And in England, it's not just the living who get national health care. Hospital administration have hired an exorcist to treat a ghost seen wandering the corridors of Derby's new Royal Hospital. The spirit is thought to be that of a Roman soldier killed on the spot in ancient times. A manager said that he's taking it seriously, as the last thing he wants is staff feeling uneasy at work.

And the best news, which unfortunately is considered weird, but I think is wonderful. A Georgia family was deeply mired in medical debt. They put all their belongings, other than their house, on eBay and received a $20,000 bid. But, and here's the best part, the winning bidders, Donnie and Keith Blair of Texas told the couple to take the money - and keep their belongings.

Wish there were more people like that.

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