Monthly Archives: December 2007

26-year-old and 10+7 husbands in 4 years

I have heard of people having lots of wives in Middle East and other parts of world, but 17 husbands is something strange and that too in 4 years’ time! I don’t think you can manage your mental and emotional health if you were that unlucky! But this story is something else.

Eunice Lopez has been charged with bigamy, accused of marrying 10 men between 2002 and 2006 without divorcing any of them, federal immigration authorities say. The Miami Herald reported Saturday that a records search by the newspaper found seven additional marriages under the bride’s name and birth date.

It is told that Lopez arrived in South Florida from Cuba in 2002 and was a legal U.S. resident.

Well, it looks like the marriages have nothing to do with romance. She is told to charge her husbands an unspecified amount to help them secure immigration status and continued asking the men for money long after the wedding, threatening to expose them if they didn’t pay.

Lopez was released on $18,000 bond. Her last known address was in Hialeah, just north of Miami. A telephone listing for her could not be located, and it was not known whether she had an attorney. (CBS)

Newlyweds – strange celebration

If you are newly-wed you might want to party, walk around hand-in-hand, spend your time talking romance, or something more romantic things.

skydive newlywed

But not this couple, Jeanie Dulski and Jamy Knittle, think something else is more romantic. First, they got married at Hazleton Municipal Airport, then after about 45 minutes they were flying at a height of 10,000 feet and leaped out. Yes, they think skydiving is more romantic!

Dulski thinks “Getting married is scarier than jumping out of a plane.”

Scariest thing is that it was the first skydive for Dulski (although the marriage was second) and Knittle had skydived only once before.

It sure is a strangest marriage ceremony! (news)

$85K mobile phone bill!

Killer Phone BillI talked about Canadin Still being in the Stone Age of wireless Telecommunication where it was told that average Canadian customers pay 56% more than their U.S counterpart. But that doesn’t mean a mobile phone bill needs to cost more than a BMW M5!

Piotr Staniaszek, a 20-year old oil field worker was shocked to get a C$85,000 mobile phone bill. That was all because he had used his new phone as a modem for his computer as part of C$10 unlimited browser plan from Bell Mobility, a division of Bell Canada, to download movies and other files.

Staniaszek’s father who is also named Piotr Staniaszek said that Bell has agreed to reduce the charges to C$3,400 for “goodwill”. But he still thinks that is a huge amount to pay for a phone bill.

“He’s working in the field sometimes, alone, in the shack. What to do? Drink vodka or go on the Internet?” Staniaszek senior told Reuters on Thursday from Calgary, Alberta.

“Now it’s $85,000 and nobody told him,” he said.

According to the invoice, his son rang up C$60,000 in charges in November, and they have since climbed to C$85,000.

Canadians complain that their mobile phone charges are much higher for comparable service in the United States.(BBC)

Michael Schumacher Drove Taxi

schumacher michaelThe seven-times world champion, Michael Schumacher, drove a taxi so that his family can catch the ariline in time. He also gave the original driver of the taxi a 100 euro ($146.6) tip on top of the 60 euro fare.

The retired Formula One champion drove the cab back to the airport himself after a trip out to the village of Gehuelz, near Coburg in southern Germany, left the family short of time to make their flight home, the Muenchner Abendzeitung newspaper reported.

Doesn’t that qualify him for another title “Germany’s Fastest Taxi Driver”?

“It was crazy having Schumi driving, with me in the passenger seat,” the taxi driver was quoted as saying. (Reuters)

Million on cents

penny harvest field nyma

Children helped to collect pennies surround the ‘Penny Harvest Field’ which includes an estimated 100 million pennies — plus a few nickels, dimes and quarters that slipped in by mistake.

Photo in left shows the unveiling ceremony Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 in New York. The approximately one hundred million pennies, gathered by school children across all five boroughs of New York City, filled a 165×30 foot ‘Penny Harvest Field’ in Rockefeller Center.

The funds will be donated to various charities.

The exhibit was designed by architect James Polshek and will be on display in Rockefeller Center, near the famous Christmas tree, through the end of the year. (commoncents.org)

Man trapped for 100 hours in a lavatory

A retired Scottish school teacher in UK was reported to be trapped in a toilet for nearly four days without any food in cold.

David Leggat was locked inside the bathroom at a lawn bowling club near the Scottish city of Aberdeen after the door jammed and the handle on the outside fell off.

The 55-year-old kept warm by dipping his feet in hot water but only managed to get about three hours’ sleep a night in the freezing temperatures, the local Evening Express newspaper reported.

He was rescued when the cleaner at the club, which is little used in winter, turned up to collect her cleaning equipment.

Leggat said a survival course he had once done had helped him endure his captivity. The cleaning lady said he looked shaken and grey when he emerged. Leggat was stoical.

“At least there was a toilet to use,” he said. “The only thing I regret is not getting trapped behind the bar.” (Reuters)

Survived an accident to claim a Guinness record – Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident

Matthew McKnight, 29, got hit by a car and survived after being thrown 118 feet (about the height of a 12-story building) to tell the story and secure a record for “Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident” in the 2008 edition of Guinness Book of World Records.

Matthew McKnightIt was Oct. 26, 2001 while he was trying to help accident victims along Interstate 376 in Monroeville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh when he got hit by a car traveling at 70 mph.

He suffered two dislocated shoulders plus a broken shoulder, pelvis, leg and tailbone. He spent two weeks in the hospital and 80 days in rehab before returning to work in April 2002.

McKnight is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, though he wasn’t on duty when he stopped to help the accident victims. He works full-time as a communications specialist at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

McKnight’s emergency room physician, Dr. Eric Brader, submitted paperwork for the record, which Guinness recognized in 2003. It was not listed in the book until the 2008 edition, however. (CBS)

“I thought it was a big joke. Dr. Brader is known for joking around a lot,” McKnight told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But when he brought (the paperwork) to me, I saw how serious he was.”

McKnight thinks it’s something that no one would try to beat! (Photo Source)

33-cents a gallon gas!

gas staionThanks to the mistake of a gas station employee, there was a relief for at least some time for the drivers in the rural northern Wisconsin community. 42 people bought 586 gallons of gas in an hour and 45 minutes. One person had pumped 27 gallons and two purchased 18 gallons in 33 cents a gallon.

An employee closing Trig’s Minocqua Shell for the night mistakenly entered the price of a gallon of gasoline as 32.9 cents instead of $3.299 on Monday night. He left about 10 p.m., but drivers could still use their credit cards to buy gas.

Local police saw the horde at the station and called store manager Andrea Reuland, who went to the station and pushed the emergency stop.

“There were cars two deep at each of my pumps,” said Reuland, who knew many of the drivers and told them they were being dishonest — the main store sign had the correct price.

“I was very upset that there’s that many dishonest people,” she said. “They knew there was a problem, and they took advantage of an employee’s mistake and I think that’s terrible.”

The employee, who has been there for about six months, had changed the gas prices 25 times in the past six months. “It was an honest mistake,” Reuland said. “I could have done it.” (yahoo news)

Fake Coca-Cola in the fountains

fountain drinkWhat would you do if the taste of fountain drinks doesn’t corrosponds to the label it carries? Restaurants buy Coke and other soft drinks in the form of syrup, which is converted to its drinkable form when dispensed through a carbonated water machine. Coke syrup costs more and if you can buy something similar in half the price who knows? Well, this is not always true though.

Fountain drink supplier Cecil Donald St. Pierre, 69, is charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, mislabeling a food product and operating a food processing plant without federal registration. He however denies federal charges that he pitched generic syrup as ‘real thing’ to restaurants.

Prototype contour bottle cokeSt. Pierre, who operates Cecil’s Fine Syrup in Oak Park, denied the charges and complained federal officials had unfairly shut down his business. He was released pending a preliminary hearing Monday.

St. Pierre said outside court he uses Coke boxes but puts his own labeling on top. His customers “know it’s not Coke,” St. Pierre told The Detroit News. “I’m charging $31 a box, compared to $60 a box for Coke.”

St. Pierre said he will be represented by his son, attorney Cecil St. Pierre Jr., a former Warren city councilman.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving complaints about “off-taste” Coke products in the Detroit area in 2004, according to an agent’s affidavit attached to the complaint. (Detroit news)

Well, he uses Coke boxes and assumes his customers – may be the retailers – know it is not coke! What about the consumer? What an argument!

Man With a Horn

People talk about people with horn in music and movies. But today I am not going to talk about the 1950 film “Young Man with a Horn” or the novel it was based on or the songs titled Man Horns but the real horns on real people’s head! It is so strange and scary.

Ma Zhong Nan, a 93-year-old man living in a small village in China, recounts how a horn began to sprout on his head five years ago. Ma was combing his hair one day and carelessly injured his scalp. Because it was just a small wound, he did not pay much attention to it. Little did he expect that a thick, hard substance started to grow on his head. Since it did not bother him, he just ignored the growth. But the growth just kept getting bigger and harder, forming a horn of about 10cm (4 inches) long half a year later.
man with horn china
Two weeks ago, Ma suddenly felt itching of the horn and his children brought him to see a doctor at the local hospital. But the doctor has no explanation for it. His children are now trying to seek help through the media. (source, 2007-11-13)

In another news, an old man with horn is also spotted in Yemen.

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