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Line confusion?
Friday, November 21, 2003
A man who says he mistook a sex line for a marriage agency is to make an official complaint to his local phone company after running up a 9,000 bill. Read the full story...

New depth to reality TV shows?
Friday, November 21, 2003
A reality TV show has left 12 young Russian's to fend for themselves in Berlin with no language skills, food or money. Read the full story...

Oddball robber gets away
Friday, November 21, 2003
A bank robber in Modesto, California, forgot to cut holes in his mask. Read the full story...

Rat on the menu...
Friday, November 21, 2003
A restaurant in Chile has is serving fried rat with potatoes as one of its main courses. Read the full story...

An expensive meal in error
Friday, November 21, 2003
A British tourist accidentally ordered a 1,000 bottle of wine in a Prague restaurant. Read the full story...

Student fires arrow at Native American teacher
Friday, November 21, 2003
A US college student has been disciplined for allegedly shooting a rubber-tipped arrow at a native American teacher. Read the full story...

Traffic cop drove without licence for fifteen years
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
A Japanese traffic policeman has been fired for driving without a licence for 15 years. Read the full story...

Criminal accidentally confesses to 40 burglaries
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
A Belgian man has been jailed after accidentally confessing to 40 burglaries. Read the full story...

Man 'drives to his own funeral'
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
A New Jersey man drove himself to a funeral home and died moments later in the car park. Read the full story...

Drunk priest 'shoots himself in leg
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Police in Bulgaria say a drunk priest accidentally shot himself in the leg after a drinking binge. Read the full story...

Immigrant 'committed anthrax hoax to get free flight home
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
An Indian immigrant has been charged with creating a false anthrax scare in New York to get himself transported home. Read the full story...

Firm chooses staff by blood type
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
A Chinese firm will only employ people with a certain blood type because it considers them more stable. Read the full story...

Tottenham Court Road dug up 92 times in past year
Friday, January 4, 2002
One of London's main roads has been dug up 92 times by different utility companies in the past year. Read the full story...

Driver stops bus and calls police when passenger eats sweet
Friday, January 4, 2002
A driver near Norwich stopped his bus and called police when a passenger put a sweet in his mouth. Read the full story...

Bridegroom in hospital after celebration goes wrong
Friday, January 4, 2002
A Romanian bridegroom ended up in hospital after celebrating guests threw him in the air but failed to catch him. Read the full story...

Referee sends off his linesman
Friday, January 4, 2002
A referee has sent off his linesman after becoming angry with him. Read the full story...

'Hobby cops' buy machine guns
Friday, January 4, 2002
Four friends in a sleepy US village secretly bought machine guns to create their own SWAT team. Read the full story...

Bunny brute attacks boyfriends
Friday, January 4, 2002
A jealous rabbit attacks every boyfriend his owner brings home. Read the full story...

Thief drives $125,000 Porsche away after convincing dealership it's his
Thursday, January 3, 2002
A thief in California, has driven off in a new $125,000 Porsche after convincing sales staff it was his. Read the full story...

Pensioner prayed at wrong tombstone for 11 years
Thursday, January 3, 2002
A pensioner is demanding 150,000 compensation after discovering he has prayed for 11 years at the wrong tomb. Read the full story...

Taxi driver attacked with frozen hamburger
Thursday, January 3, 2002
A Norwegian taxi driver has been attacked by a passenger armed with frozen hamburger meat.
Read the full story...

Family rejects saved man they symbolically buried
Thursday, January 3, 2002
A Kenyan man saved from the hangman is being rejected by his family because they symbolically buried him years ago. Read the full story...

Judge orders men to wear dresses
Thursday, January 3, 2002
Two men will walk down the main street of their home town in frocks - on the order of a US judge. Read the full story...

Businessman says he last saw his desk top in 1958
Thursday, January 3, 2002
An 85-year-old Philadelphia timber yard owner says he hasn't seen the surface of his desks for 43 years. Read the full story...

Scorned man 'posted nude pics of pen pal on net'
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A Tokyo man allegedly put nude pictures of a pen pal on the internet after she refused to live with him. Read the full story...

Woman locked out of flat sleeps in corridor for weeks
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A Singapore woman has been sleeping in a corridor for weeks after getting locked out of her flat. Read the full story...

Funeral salesmen face hospital ban
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A councillor in the Philippines wants to ban funeral sales reps from hospitals. Read the full story...

Judge calls air traveller an idiot for claiming he had guns
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A New Zealand judge has called a plane traveller an idiot for claiming he was carrying weapons at check-in. Read the full story...

Police bust illegal racket in rhino urine
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
Rhinos at a Calcutta zoo have been allegedly doped to make them relieve themselves several times every day. Read the full story...

Man collects a million pennies in his basement
Wednesday, January 2, 2002
A man collected more than one million pennies in his basement in an attempt to hide them from his wife. Read the full story...

Workers fall victim to paperclips and rubber bands
Monday, November 19, 2001
A new report says bizarre office accidents are injuring thousands of UK workers. Read the full story...

Devon to get dung-power
Monday, November 19, 2001
Britain's first dung-fired power station should be in action by January 2002. Read the full story...

Purple-necked Wallaby exists say Aussie experts
Monday, November 19, 2001
Scientists in Australia say a mysterious purple kangaroo, thought to be a legend, does actually exist. Read the full story...

Man shared apartment with dead body
Monday, November 19, 2001
A Russian man has lived with his dead flatmate's body sat at a table, with a fork in its hand, for a week. Read the full story...

Husband locked wife in pig sty for flirting
Monday, November 19, 2001
A jealous husband stripped his wife naked and locked her in his pig sty after a row. Read the full story...

Kamikaze dolphin retires
Monday, November 19, 2001
A dolphin trained by the Russian military to carry out kamikaze-style attacks has been given a new life. Read the full story...

Police clerk pawns evidence to pay off stock market debts
Friday, November 16, 2001
A Hong Kong police station clerk stole court exhibits to pay off his stock market debts. Read the full story...

Caretaker used sticky tape on ruler to steal temple donations
Friday, November 16, 2001
A caretaker at a Chinese temple in Singapore used a ruler and double-sided tape to steal cash from a donation box. Read the full story...

Manure sculpture provides place for meditation
Friday, November 16, 2001
A sculpture made of manure has been erected in Bulgaria to provide a place for people to meditate. Read the full story...

Drink-drive woman flags down unmarked police car
Friday, November 16, 2001
A New Zealand drink-driver stopped an unmarked police car because she was worried that officers may be in the area. Read the full story...

Shoppers storm store in their underwear
Friday, November 16, 2001
More than a hundred German shoppers besieged a shop wearing nothing but underwear. Read the full story...

Radio chat shows used to scare reindeer from rail lines
Friday, November 16, 2001
Loudspeakers are being installed alongside railway lines in Sweden, to scare reindeer off the tracks. Read the full story...

Prisoner escapes through police station ceiling
Thursday, November 15, 2001
A prisoner has escaped from a police station in Sunderland after removing the ceiling tiles. Read the full story...

Romanian council starts to tax witches who sell their spells
Thursday, November 15, 2001
A Romanian council is starting to tax witches who sell their spells. Read the full story...

89-year-old reverses into neighbour's living room
Thursday, November 15, 2001
An elderly New Zealand woman reversed into her neighbour's living room as she tried to park her car. Read the full story...

Priest uses text messages to communicate his sermons
Thursday, November 15, 2001
A northern Italian priest has started sending his sermons via text message.
Read the full story...

Referee scores goal after feeling sorry for losing team
Thursday, November 15, 2001
An Essex referee scored a goal for a football team who were losing 18-1, because he felt sorry for them. Read the full story...

Priest 'took crosses from graveyard to make toilet'
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Parishioners of a Romanian church say their former priest used crosses from a graveyard to make a toilet. Read the full story...

Man ties himself to sheep
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
An Argentinian man has tied himself to his sheep in protest at being refused accommodation by 20 landlords. Read the full story...

Confused shopper drives off in someone else's car
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
A woman who went shopping in her Ford Fiesta mistakenly drove home in someone else's Nissan Micra. Read the full story...

Man burns 'possessed' teddy bear
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
A man from Connecticut has been arrested for burning a teddy bear because he believed it was possessed. Read the full story...

Van Gogh's 25m Sunflowers 'is a copy'
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
An Italian art journal is claiming Van Gogh's Sunflowers which was auctioned for 25 million is a copy. Read the full story...

Church mistakenly sells medieval tombstone to scrapyard
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Church officials in Dorset are trying to retrieve a medieval tombstone they mistakenly sold to a scrap merchant. Read the full story...

French schools planning Cockney English lessons
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
French schools are planning to teach pupils Cockney English. Read the full story...

Scientist says he can create meat without killing animals
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
A Dutch scientist says he can create artificial meat in laboratories without killing animals. Read the full story...

Rude town name upsets women and splits council
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Women in South Africa are upset at civic leaders for naming their municipality after the female sexual organ. Read the full story...

Joyriders take tank on four-hour drive
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Joyriders took a tank on an eight-mile drive after stealing it from an outdoor activity centre. Read the full story...

New buses too big for Mersey tunnel
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
A new fleet of buses in Merseyside is too big to go through the Mersey Tunnel.
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Hostages rescued as suspect snoozes on settee
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Orlando police say, they rescued four children being held hostage, after the suspect fell asleep on a settee. Read the full story...

One tonne of rubbish removed from man's flat
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Authorities in Bucharest have removed a tonne of rubbish from a man's flat. Read the full story...

Teeneragers fined for measuring erections in class
Monday, November 12, 2001
Two teenagers have been fined for measuring the size of their penis in class at a Norwegian high school. Read the full story...

Woman arrested for dumping ton of vomit
Monday, November 12, 2001
Police in Japan have arrested a 25-year-old bulimic woman who may have dumped more than a ton of vomit on city streets. Read the full story...

A Swedish fisherman discovered an elk entangled with the fish in his net.
Monday, November 12, 2001
A Swedish fisherman discovered an elk entangled with the fish in his net.
Read the full story...

Drunk man gets boy, 12, to drive instead
Monday, November 12, 2001
A New Zealand man persuaded a 12-year-old boy to drive him home because he was too drunk to drive. Read the full story...

Mayor bans taking snakes for 'walks'
Monday, November 12, 2001
A mayor in northern Italy is issuing orders forbidding people to have snakes on leads in city parks. Read the full story...

Woman opens bank account with forged $1 million note
Monday, November 12, 2001
A Pennsylvanian woman was allowed to open a bank account with a single forged $1 million note. Read the full story...

Village wants waste disposal crocodiles
Friday, November 9, 2001
A fishing village in Iceland may import crocodiles as living waste disposal units. Read the full story...

Gardeners fall foul of cow dung ban
Friday, November 9, 2001
Residents in South African will be fined for spreading cow dung on their gardens. Read the full story...

1935 headstone finally paid for
Friday, November 9, 2001
A stonemason's firm which began work on a headstone in 1935 has finally been paid for the job. Read the full story...

Eating pizza protects skin from sunburn - claim
Friday, November 9, 2001
Research shows sun worshippers can protect their skin by eating pizza.
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Driver crashes after seeing UFOs
Friday, November 9, 2001
A driver who claimed UFOs caused him to crash later admitted he was distracted by beer mats being thrown by children. Read the full story...

Cat lovers erect electric fence to protect pet
Friday, November 9, 2001
A Dutch couple have erected an electric fence round their house to stop their pet cat straying. Read the full story...

Dating and thongs outlawed by muslims in Dubai
Thursday, November 8, 2001
Dating and skimpy bathing costumes have been outlawed under a new Decency Law in Dubai.
Read the full story...

Vibrators, urns and underwear left on buses
Thursday, November 8, 2001
A vibrator, live tropical fish and lingerie are among items lost by absent-minded bus passengers. Read the full story...

Cow urine pushed as health cure in India
Thursday, November 8, 2001
Hindu nationalists in India have launched a marketing exercise to promote cow's urine as a health cure. Read the full story...

City pays $10 million for Y2K Bug protection
Thursday, November 8, 2001
A US city has paid $10 million to protect itself from the Millenium Bug - almost two years after Y2K day. Read the full story...

Man 'attacked' by dead shark
Thursday, November 8, 2001
A chef at a restaurant in Cornwall says his thumb was nearly ripped off by a dead shark. Read the full story...

Bank manager stole 17,000 to help hard-up customers
Thursday, November 8, 2001
A bank worker has been jailed for 15 months after he admitted stealing more than 17,000 to help hard-up customers. Read the full story...

MU registration plates upset Liverpool and Everton fans
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Football fans buying new cars on Merseyside are upset because their number plates begin with the letters MU. Read the full story...

TV blunder sparks mistaken lottery celebrations
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
An Amsterdam couple celebrated becoming millionaires on the Dutch lottery only for a TV station to admit it got the numbers wrong. Read the full story...

'Funeral director left decomposing bodies in garage'
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
The owner of a Connecticut funeral home has been arrested after five decomposing bodies were found in a garage. Read the full story...

Man staged taxi robbery so he could be jailed
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
A Hong Kong man staged a taxi robbery then asked the driver to take him to a police station so he could go to jail. Read the full story...

Flouride-hit rat-eating men can't find brides
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Men in a western Indian village are struggling to find brides because of their contaminated water and eating habits. Read the full story...

Cricket pitches may offer future for declining species
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Conservationists say the future of Chamomile in the country could depend on cricket groundsmen. Read the full story...

Woman 'tapped into man's e-mail to turn down six figure salary job offer'
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
An Iowa student is accused of tapping into a former friend's e-mail to turn down a highly-paid job for him. Read the full story...

Worker sacked over Bermuda shorts loses case
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
A French man sacked for wearing Bermuda shorts at work has lost a case for unfair dismissal.
Read the full story...

Ignored robber complains of poor service from bank staff
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
A would-be bank robber in Germany left empty-handed after going to the only empty cashier's window to demand cash. Read the full story...

Naked pensioner guilty of setting college fire
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
An 81-year-old Canadian woman who appeared in court naked has been found guilty of setting a college on fire. Read the full story...

999 call made over mating hedgehogs
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
A pair of mating hedgehogs caused staff at a South Yorkshire nursing home to call the police.
Read the full story...

'Ghost' robber arrested in Kashmir
Monday, November 5, 2001
Police in Kashmir have arrested a man for allegedly posing as a ghost to rob people of their belongings. Read the full story...

City urged to stop gassing unwanted animals
Monday, November 5, 2001
A Canadian city has been asked to stop killing unwanted cats and dogs by putting them in a gas chamber. Read the full story...

Rubbish piles up 'due to neighbour's dog bark'
Monday, November 5, 2001
A resident claims binmen near Preston won't collect his rubbish because his neighbour's dog barks at them. Read the full story...

Man arrested after cutting boy's hair
Monday, November 5, 2001
An Indiana man has been arrested after cutting a boy's hair outside a school. Read the full story...

Juror arrested on drug charges in lunch break
Monday, November 5, 2001
A Massachusetts woman was arrested during a break from jury duty after police allegedly found a large amount of heroin and cocaine on her. Read the full story...

Doctors find jaw growing in girl's chest
Monday, November 5, 2001
Indian doctors have removed a fully formed jaw from the chest of a six-year-old girl.
Read the full story...

Nun charged over blackboard duster 'assault'
Friday, November 2, 2001
A Filipino nun has been charged with assault after throwing a blackboard duster at one of her pupils. Read the full story...

'Ticking bomb' is new-born baby
Friday, November 2, 2001
Explosives experts sent to defuse a bomb found the suspect package was actually a new-born baby. Read the full story...

Speeding millionaire fined 16,457
Friday, November 2, 2001
A millionaire will have to pay 16,200 for driving at 18 miles per hour over the limit because fines are means tested in Finland. Read the full story...

Lucky lobster too big to cook
Friday, November 2, 2001
A lucky lobster measuring almost a metre has been saved from the pot by a chef who believed size mattered. Read the full story...

Anglers flock to Irish village to catch escaped salmon
Friday, November 2, 2001
A fish farm in County Antrim has accidentally released thousands of salmon into the sea. Read the full story...

Delayed motorists tell suicidal woman to jump
Friday, November 2, 2001
A suicidal woman has thrown herself off a bridge after angry motorists told her to jump. Read the full story...

Family face court after joke kidnapping goes wrong
Thursday, November 1, 2001
More than 50 Belgian police officers were called out to hunt for a woman whose reported kidnapping turned out to be a birthday surprise. Read the full story...

Video rental shops reward speeding drivers
Thursday, November 1, 2001
A chain of video rental shops in Belgium is offering two free videos to customers who can produce a speeding or parking ticket. Read the full story...

Suspected burglar arrested after falling asleep in getaway car
Thursday, November 1, 2001
A suspected burglar has been arrested in San Diego after falling asleep in the alleged getaway car. Read the full story...

Driver charged for forcing mooning teenager into his car
Thursday, November 1, 2001
Police have charged a driver after he allegedly forced a teenager who'd mooned at him into his car. Read the full story...

Diplomat calls firefighters to wash man's urine from his limo
Thursday, November 1, 2001
Firefighters in Uganda answered an emergency to discover the caller wanted them to wash urine from his limo. Read the full story...

Bar raffles funeral for Halloween
Thursday, November 1, 2001
A bar is continuing its Halloween celebrations by raffling a free funeral. Read the full story...

Priest will pay his flocks parking fines
Monday, October 29, 2001
A Dutch priest is paying the parking fines of his congregation. Read the full story...

Pumpkin Liberation Army steal pumpkins to make soup
Monday, October 29, 2001
Members of the Belgian Pumpkin Liberation Army have stolen 53 Halloween pumpkins to turn into soup for poor people. Read the full story...

Reindeer banned from Santa's grottoes amid foot-and-mouth fears
Monday, October 29, 2001
Fears about the spread of foot-and-mouth have led to reindeer being banned from Santa's grottoes across the UK. Read the full story...

Villagers baffled by bird 'suicides
Monday, October 29, 2001
Villagers in India are perplexed by birds apparently committing suicide en masse. Read the full story...

Police officer disciplined for helicopter doughnut run
Monday, October 29, 2001
A police officer and a pilot in New Mexico have been disciplined for taking a force helicopter on a doughnut run.
Read the full story...

Council funds prostitute for disabled man
Monday, October 29, 2001
A Dutch council is paying for a disabled man to have sex once a month with a prostitute. Read the full story...

Toy Monkey becomes Norwegian celebrity
Friday, October 26, 2001
A toy monkey has become a celebrity in Norway after it made a 300-mile journey across the North Sea. Read the full story...

Bride banned for showing too much cleavage
Friday, October 26, 2001
An Italian priest interrupted a marriage because the bride was showing too much cleavage. Read the full story...

Offices evacuated after lift rage
Friday, October 26, 2001
Workers have fled an office block in Canada due to a lift rage row. Read the full story...

Man demands lager and cigarettes as ransom
Friday, October 26, 2001
A man who took his girlfriend hostage down-graded his ransom demands from 10,000 and a car to a crate of lager and two packs of cigarettes.
Read the full story...

Man jailed for giving unwanted foot massages
Friday, October 26, 2001
A Frenchman has been sentenced by a court in Nancy to six months in prison for giving a woman an unwanted foot massage. Read the full story...

Man carries out promise to cut off tongue for goddess
Friday, October 26, 2001
A farmer in India has sliced off his tongue to keep a promise to a Hindu goddess. Read the full story...

Obsessive who collected urine from women's loos escapes jail
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A Dutch man who's obsessed with women's urine inserted bags in public toilets to collect it. Read the full story...

Fans in legal row over Bonds' $2m baseball
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A fan who caught Barry Bonds' record home run ball is suing another fan after the ball was removed from his grasp. Read the full story...

Pub regular goes to same pub almost every night for 51 years
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A pub regular has spent over a hundred thousand pounds on pints of beer. Read the full story...

Snorting pig frog holds up road work
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A tiny endangered frog which sounds like a snorting pig is holding up a multi-million pound development in Iowa. Read the full story...

Taxi driver accused of overcharging swallows receipt
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A Prague taxi driver allegedly swallowed a receipt to destroy evidence gained by inspectors that he'd been overcharging. Read the full story...

Cat owner rents three-bedroom flat for dead mother's cat
Thursday, October 25, 2001
A Dutch cat owner is renting a three-bedroom flat for her pet to live in. Read the full story...

Court grants divorce after wife gives husband frog in his tea
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
A court has granted a Zambian man a divorce after his wife served him a cup of tea with a frog in it. Read the full story...

Skull rolls past worker on shredding conveyor belt
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
A worker in a paper sorting factory spotted a human skull seconds before it was crushed by a shredding machine. Read the full story...

Volunteer from crowd faces amputation after snake charming mistake
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
A boy volunteer used by a snake charmer may lose two of his fingers after being bitten. Read the full story...

Armed robbers scared off by washing-up liquid
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
A Lancashire woman fought off three armed robbers by squirting them in the eyes with washing-up liquid. Read the full story...

Shops stock Mother Christmas outfits to avoid accusations of sexism
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Shops are stocking 'Mother Christmas' outfits to avoid being taken to court over sex discrimination. Read the full story...

Monastery installs firemen's pole for late monks
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
An Austrian monastery has installed a firemen's pole to make sure monks get to their prayers on time. Read the full story...

Hunter shoots himself falling from tree
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
A deer hunter is in hospital in the US after accidentally shooting himself when he fell out of a tree. Read the full story...

Drunken skater fails police alcohol test
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Austrian police have stopped a skater with an alcohol level almost five times higher than the limit for driving. Read the full story...

Student has baby in class, returns next day to take exam
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
A student in South Africa has given birth in a classroom in front of all her classmates. Read the full story...

Councillor want's 'Toilet Paper Law'
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
A councillor in the Philippines is trying to bring in a "Toilet Paper" law requiring all businesses to stock free tissue paper. Read the full story...

Police chief loses licence for driving through red light
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
A Romanian police chief has lost his driving licence after his president saw him drive through a red light. Read the full story...

Failed bank machine bomber calls police to arrange arres
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
A Norwegian bank robber asked police to arrest him when his attempt to blow up a cash machine failed. Read the full story...

Name change likely for Anthrax Street
Thursday, October 18, 2001
A woman in North Carolina says she cringes when she tells people she lives on Anthrax Street. Read the full story...

Worst racehorse maintains hopeless record in 101st race
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Britain's worst racehorse has failed to break his duck after trailing in last in the 101st race of his career. Read the full story...

Fishing winner disqualified after failing lie detector test
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Organisers of a fishing competition in California have disqualified the winner for failing a lie detector test. Read the full story...

Man sentenced to sit in chair after refusing jury service
Thursday, October 18, 2001
A Pennsylvania man who refused jury service has been sentenced to sit in a chair for three days. Read the full story...

Phone tycoon dossing down after losing 50 million
Thursday, October 18, 2001
A mobile phone millionaire is dossing down in his brother's flat after losing his 50 million fortune. Read the full story...

'Sleepwalker' jailed for trying to snatch guard's gun
Thursday, October 18, 2001
A Nigerian has been jailed after claiming he was sleepwalking when he tried to snatch a gun from a prison guard. Read the full story...

Firefighter admits starting forest blazes to boost his wages
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
A firefighter has admitted starting two blazes in Cleveland to boost his wages. Read the full story...

Sea of golf balls closes city ring road
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Gothenburg's ring road has been partially closed after thousands of golf balls were thrown in a tunnel. Read the full story...

Anthrax joke backfires
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
A US man is in trouble for putting an envelope of white powder on his bosses desk for a joke. Read the full story...

Kidnapper releases victim but leaves ransom behind
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Japanese police are hunting a kidnapper who released his young victim but left his ransom money untouched. Read the full story...

Australian government appoints its own "pimp"
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
An Australian state is appointing its own "pimp" to increase the number of brothels. Read the full story...

Inflatable rugby captain keeps birds at bay
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
A rugby fan uses seven inflatable versions of England skipper Martin Johnson to frighten birds off his allotment. Read the full story...

Driver wakes residents when he falls asleep on horn
Monday, October 15, 2001
A New Zealand motorist woke residents of a street when he fell asleep and rested his head on the horn. Read the full story...

Michael Jackson impersonator arrested at baseball game
Monday, October 15, 2001
A Michael Jackson impersonator has been arrested at a baseball game. Read the full story...

Ref stops play as fans chant about his wife
Monday, October 15, 2001
A referee stopped a football match because fans were shouting obscenities about his wife. Read the full story...

Lolly pop man banned from dancing on street corner
Monday, October 15, 2001
Officials in Dallas have banned a lollypop man from entertaining children with his dancing routine. Read the full story...

Arizona man starts three month stretch for having messy garden
Monday, October 15, 2001
An Arizona man is starting a three month jail sentence for refusing to clear his garden of rubbish. Read the full story...

Conker contest hit by battle of the sexes
Monday, October 15, 2001
A battle of the sexes brought the World Conker Championships to a controversial end. Read the full story...

Drunken wedding guest shoots bride
Friday, October 12, 2001
A wedding guest in Turkey has accidently shot both the bride and a relative with the same bullet. Read the full story...

Two-year-old sent 60mph speeding ticket
Friday, October 12, 2001
The parents of a two-year-old are trying to work out how their son has received a ticket for speeding. Read the full story...

Dog Party to fight elections in Switzerland
Friday, October 12, 2001
Animal lovers in Switzerland have formed a new political party to represent dogs.
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Stop attracting crows with discarded dead pets
Friday, October 12, 2001
Egyptian officials want people to stop throwing dead pets in the street because they're attracting aggressive crows. Read the full story...

Turkish man dies in freak fall after being interrupted during sex
Friday, October 12, 2001
A Turkish man died instantly after he grabbed a live electricity cable when he was interrupted having sex. Read the full story...

Woman who forgot own birthday wins lottery
Thursday, October 11, 2001
A woman who inadvertently changed her regular lottery numbers when she forgot her own birthday has won a fortune. Read the full story...

Police search for cherry tree poisoner
Thursday, October 11, 2001
Scottish police are hunting a poisoner who has targeted two Japanese cherry trees.
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Salon accidentally charges woman 2,500 for haircu
Thursday, October 11, 2001
An Ipswich hairdressers is trying to track down a woman accidentally charged 2,500 for a haircut. Read the full story...

Underground cow shed and bar for sale
Thursday, October 11, 2001
An underground bunker made as a bomb shelter for cows and later turned into a bar is up for sale. Read the full story...

Disqualified driver caught driving 146 times without a licence
Thursday, October 11, 2001
A Norwegian driver faces a year in jail after police caught him driving without a licence for the 146th time. Read the full story...

Man believes tiger was his lover in previous life
Thursday, October 11, 2001
Indian police have arrested a man for threatening to kill a tiger he believes is his lover from a previous life. Read the full story...

Man phones police when prostitute says he's taken too long
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
An Italian man complained to police on his mobile when a prostitute told him he'd taken too long to have sex. Read the full story...

Undertakers 'dump dead boyfriend on woman's porch'
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
A Missouri woman says she came home to find undertakers had dumped her dead boyfriend on her porch. Read the full story...

Man survives crash then falls off cliff
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
A New Zealand student survived a car crash, only to die a short time later when he answered a call of nature. Read the full story...

Bird arrested in Burundi on suspicion of spying
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
A bird carrying a satellite tracking device has been arrested on suspicion of spying. Read the full story...

Man found guilty of sleeping with his girlfriend
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
A man in the US has been found guilty of living and having sex with his girlfriend while unmarried. Read the full story...

Company boss finds suspected burglar asleep in office
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
A company boss in Malaysia found a suspected burglar sleeping in his office when he arrived for work. Read the full story...

Pub regular swallows competition fish
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
A drunk pub regular in Holland forgot his glass contained a goldfish and swallowed it. Read the full story...

Police catch alleged drunk driver twice in an hour
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Police in Germany have caught an alleged drunk driver twice in an hour. Read the full story...

Man's pet python swallows his pet pit bull dog
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Police in California say a man's pet python has swallowed his pet pit bull dog.
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Man picks major winning lottery ticket for third time in three months
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
An Australian man is celebrating his third lottery win in three months. Read the full story...

Drugged monkeys scare town
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Residents of an Indian town are complaining their lives are being made a misery by a troupe of drugged up monkeys. Read the full story...

Driving examiner jailed for taking thousands of bribes
Monday, October 8, 2001
A Chicago driving examiner has been jailed for taking thousands of bribes to pass unsafe drivers. Read the full story...

Burger King staff burned in team building firewalking session
Monday, October 8, 2001
Burger King employees have been burned in a firewalking exercise to build team spirit. Read the full story...

Woman complaining of sore back, gives birth
Monday, October 8, 2001
A woman, who went to hospital with a bad back, has given birth to her first child. Read the full story...

Robber finds bank door locked after arriving too late
Monday, October 8, 2001
A man, has been arrested in Connecticut after turning up to rob a bank to find the front door locked. Read the full story...

Baby shares his name with 20 Man Utd players
Monday, October 8, 2001
A new born baby in Norfolk shares his name with Sir Alex Ferguson and 19 Manchester United players. Read the full story...

Statue of Liberty stuntman ordered to sell parachute equipment
Monday, October 8, 2001
A French stuntman who crashed into the Statue of Liberty has been ordered to sell his equipment to pay for fines and compensation. Read the full story...

Student gave class and teacher dope-laced biscuits
Friday, October 5, 2001
A California student gave biscuits laced with marijuana to fellow pupils and a teacher. Read the full story...

Motorist found shooting at broken-down car
Friday, October 5, 2001
Armed police in Australia surrounded a frustrated motorist firing shots into his 18-year-old Nissan that wouldn't start. Read the full story...

Squirrel sparks power cut in downtown Oklahoma City
Friday, October 5, 2001
A squirrel has cut off the electricity supply to part of Oklahoma City after tripping a circuit breaker in a substation. Read the full story...

Patriotic condoms cause row in US
Friday, October 5, 2001
A US birth control group is handing out patriotic condoms in red, white and blue. Read the full story...

Staff sacked by e-mail
Friday, October 5, 2001
Staff at a high-tech company operating near Cambridge are angry after colleagues were sacked by e-mail. Read the full story...

Husband demands divorce over garlic cooking
Friday, October 5, 2001
A Romanian is demanding a divorce because his wife uses too much garlic in her cooking. Read the full story...

Pensioner found 130 miles from barber's shop
Thursday, October 4, 2001
A pensioner who set off for an early morning haircut at his local barber's ended up taking a 30-hour journey of more than 130 miles. Read the full story...

Teenager misses holiday because passport says she's 65
Thursday, October 4, 2001
A teenager is missing out on a family holiday because her passport says she was born in 1936. Read the full story...

Bus driving couple use buses on wedding day
Thursday, October 4, 2001
Two bus drivers from Aylesbury used a coach each to get to the church on time for their wedding. Read the full story...

Sit-down protester is run over by stolen car
Thursday, October 4, 2001
A California motorist sitting on a road in protesting at police was ran over twice by a stolen car. Read the full story...

Horse race mayhem as dog attacks favourite
Thursday, October 4, 2001
A dog caused mayhem at a racecourse when it attacked a horse and its jockey minutes before a race. Read the full story...

Videos could train Fish in survival
Thursday, October 4, 2001
Showing farmed fish videos could improve their chances of survival in the wild, according to an expert. Read the full story...

Gang killed and ate at least seven prostitutes
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
A gang in Kazakhstan killed and ate at least seven prostitutes. Read the full story...

Policeman sacked over 'fat bastard' arrest
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
A Florida policeman has been sacked after allegedly arresting a woman who called him a "fat bastard". Read the full story...

Teenager named best dog look-a-like
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
A Dutch teenager has won a contest for looking like his dog. Read the full story...

10-year-old takes live alligator home
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
A 10-year-old boy wrestled an alligator and took it home to prove he had seen it in a local river. Read the full story...

Royal Navy greets Chinese admiral with wrong flag
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
The Royal Navy accidentally greeted a Chinese admiral with the flag of Taiwan, the Ministry of Defence says. Read the full story...

Drunk robbers left money behind
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Five robbers have bungled a a raid, after getting drunk on the job. Read the full story...

World crawling champ attempts milk-bottle-on-head marathon
Friday, September 28, 2001
An Australian is trying to break the world record for walking non-stop with a full bottle of milk on his head. Read the full story...

Son who patted father until his death had 'pure' motives
Friday, September 28, 2001
A Japanese cult member convicted of causing his father's death will not go to jail because a judge considered his motives "pure". Read the full story...

Dog is star of darts team
Friday, September 28, 2001
A Wales pub's darts team star member is a dog called Jack. Read the full story...

Politically correct Three Little Pigs has a wolf who wants to make friends
Friday, September 28, 2001
A New Zealand theatre's politically-correct Three Little Pigs features a wolf that just wants to make friends. Read the full story...

Olympic champion beaten to record by cartoon
Friday, September 28, 2001
The women's Olympic marathon champion will be trying to live up to her comic book character who has just broken the world record. Read the full story...

Fisherman admits killing divers with explosives
Friday, September 28, 2001
A Croatian man admitted accidentally killing German divers with landmines he was using for fishing. Read the full story...

Bogus monk passes off naked accomplice as ghost
Thursday, September 27, 2001
A Thai conman used a near-naked accomplice to make people think he'd summoned a ghost. Read the full story...

Couple kiss for 39 hours to mark Bob Marley's death
Thursday, September 27, 2001
A Colombian couple have kissed each other non-stop for nearly 39 hours. Read the full story...

Cult leader kept mummified body for months
Thursday, September 27, 2001
Tokyo prosecutors are seeking a 15-year-prison term for a cult leader who kept a mummified corpse for months in a hotel room. Read the full story...

Charles Bronson wants to perform with Scottish punk band
Thursday, September 27, 2001
Charles Bronson wants to perform with a Scottish punk band if he is released from prison on parole in four years' time. Read the full story...

Former official renames dog after foreign minister
Thursday, September 27, 2001
A Zambian minister has named his dog after a former Cabinet colleague, after he was told to collect it from his vacated residence.
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Man fined for revealing wife's affair on shop's neon sign
Thursday, September 27, 2001
A French man has been fined for putting up a neon sign outside his pet shop to highlight his wife's affair. Read the full story...

Women accused of fraud over rat-filled burrito claims
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Two women face insurance fraud charges, after claiming they found a rat in a burrito. Read the full story...

No Blades' reference was a joke, says boss
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
The Sheffield Wednesday supporting boss of a firm whose job advert informed Sheffield United fans they need not apply says he was joking.
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Skateboarder breaks arm escaping egg hurlers
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
A young Manchester skateboarder broke his arm as he escaped supermarket staff throwing eggs at him.
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Basketball star 'caught speeding in Sexual Chocolate'
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Basketball star Dennis Rodman has been accused of speeding through a California harbour in his boat Sexual Chocolate. Read the full story...

Tax office produces its own rock to sweeten image
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Dentists have condemned tax officials for handing out sticks of rock to sweeten its image. Read the full story...

Mad dies after seeing ex-wife in porn film
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
A Romanian man is reported to have suffered a fatal heart attack while watching his ex-wife in a porn film. Read the full story...

Taxi flattend CIA's spy-cat project
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
The CIA trained 'spy-cats' to secretly gather information on suspects, declassified secret documents have revealed. Read the full story...

Ghouls grab souvenir rubble
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Police have had to stop people taking ghoulish souvenirs from the lorries of rubble being driven out of Manhattan. Read the full story...

Mum does 900-mile round trip to deliver Game Boy to her son
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
A mum did a 900-mile round trip because her 11-year-old son had forgotten to take his Game Boy on a school trip. Read the full story...

Desperate farmer sold winning lottery ticket
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
A Thai farmer desperate for cash sold his lottery tickets only to discover his numbers came up. Read the full story...

Would-be robber gives cashier name and address
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
A would-be US bank robber was arrested after handing his name and address along with a stick-up note to a cashier. Read the full story...

Vibrating fields could confuse hungry caterpillars
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Farmers may be able to stop caterpillars from munching on their crops by vibrating the entire field. Read the full story...

Elephant dies of overeating
Monday, September 17, 2001
A 35-year-old elephant has died of overeating in India. Read the full story...

Drunken elk causes traffic chaos
Monday, September 17, 2001
A drunken elk staggering across a main road caused traffic chaos in Sweden. Read the full story...

Police flush out thief from sewer pipe
Monday, September 17, 2001
A thief on the run from police hid in a sewer pipe and had to be literally flushed out with water. Read the full story...

Mirrors make horses happy
Monday, September 17, 2001
Horses are happier and more relaxed if mirrors are fitted inside their stables.
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Police stop new driver less than a mile into first journey
Monday, September 17, 2001
A Belgian teenager has been caught speeding after driving less than a mile with his new licence.
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Married vicar suspended over affair claims
Monday, September 17, 2001
A married vicar has been suspended after being accused in the middle of a church service of having an affair with a parishioner's wife. Read the full story...

Man's farting conviction overturned
Friday, September 14, 2001
An Australian man who broke wind in the foyer of a Melbourne police station has had his conviction for offensive behaviour overturned. Read the full story...

Teacher fakes family deaths to go driving
Friday, September 14, 2001
A Japanese teacher has been suspended for pretending relatives had died so he could take time off to go driving. Read the full story...

Shark feeding could be banned in Florida
Friday, September 14, 2001
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has voted to ban shark feeding in Florida waters. Read the full story...

Flight turns back twice because toilets won't flush
Friday, September 14, 2001
Holidaymakers were delayed for more than a day after their flight was aborted twice because the toilets wouldn't flush. Read the full story...

Fan has not missed a match for 81 years
Friday, September 14, 2001
A football mad pensioner who has not missed a Stirling Albion match for 81 years will watch his 3,000th game today. Read the full story...

Man jailed for threatening checkout girl with vibrator
Friday, September 14, 2001
A Swedish man has been jailed for threatening a supermarket checkout girl with a vibrator. Read the full story...

Sick hoaxers post bogus survivors on web lists
Friday, September 14, 2001
Hoaxers have maliciously posted names of missing people on a website and claimed they survived the World Trade Centre attack. Read the full story...

'Thief' rescued from drowning in toilet
Thursday, September 13, 2001
A suspected thief has been rescued after he fell into a cesspit while trying to escape. Read the full story...

'I killed him because he left the toilet seat up'
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Egyptian police claim a farmer has confessed to killing his younger brother because he always left the toilet seat up. Read the full story...

Hamsters hold up multi-million car plant
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Car giants Daimler Chrysler are spending thousands to catch and relocate a hamster colony holding up a 7 million car centre. Read the full story...

World's biggest sandalwood tree stolen
Thursday, September 13, 2001
More than 100 armed robbers have axed and stolen a sandalwood tree believed to be the world's biggest. Read the full story...

Fire breather goes up in flames during hospital show
Thursday, September 13, 2001
A fire breather accidentally set his lacquered hair ablaze while performing a show at a New Zealand hospital. Read the full story...

Foot fetish man strikes again
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Police in the US are hunting a man who accosted a woman - only to sniff her shoe. Read the full story...

Tourist arrested over camping cookies row
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A US tourist has been arrested near Stockholm for eating a neighbouring camper's cookies. Read the full story...

Honeymooners trade blows in Thai boxing ring
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A Leeds couple have spent their honeymoon dealing out blows in a Thai boxing championship. Read the full story...

Graffiti removal company made work for itself
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A Swedish company which specialises in removing graffiti has admitted spray painting buildings to create work. Read the full story...

Squirrels hid in car for six weeks
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A US woman who found a nest of squirrels under the bonnet of her car may have driven around with them for up to six weeks. Read the full story...

Car parking space put on market for 11,000
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A man wants to sell his car parking space in Glasgow for 11,000. Read the full story...

Woman bites off man's thumb over taxi queue jumping
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A German woman was so desperate to get home she bit off part of a man's thumb when he tried to take her taxi. Read the full story...

Burglar nabbed breaking into policewoman's house
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
An unlucky burglar is behind bars after he broke into a policewoman's flat. Read the full story...

Police crackdown on Tolkein fans
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Police in Kazakhstan are cracking down on JRR Tolkien fans who they reportedly to regard as subversive. Read the full story...

Man stabbed teenager for killing computer character
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
A Singapore man has been jailed for stabbing a teenager who killed his character in a computer game. Read the full story...

Mayor charged with mowing under the influence
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
The mayor of a small US town in Kentucky has been arrested for mowing under the influence of drink. Read the full story...

Disabled man 'exposed himself on lawnmower'
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
A disabled man allegedly exposed himself to a neighbour and then tried to flee on his lawnmower. Read the full story...

Antelopes change colour after sex
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Antelopes in an Indian zoo have changed colour after the mating season.
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Thieves smile for camera before stealing it
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Norwegian thieves smashed an electronic store's window to steal a video camera not realising it was wired up to a separate recorder. Read the full story...

Bad spellers should search elsewhere
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Jobseekers have misspelled the word secretary an amazing 15 times during searches of an online careers website. Read the full story...

Tourist passes off smuggled snake as fashion belt
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
A tourist has tried to smuggle an endangered snake into Scotland by wrapping it around her waist and pretending it was a belt. Read the full story...

Ram found in hotel lift
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Police have been called to remove a ram from a hotel lift in New Zealand.
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Horse man was desperate and drunk
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
A New Zealand man committed indecent acts with horses because he was lonely and desperate, a court heard. Read the full story...

Exam board makes GCSE spelling mistakes
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
An examination board made two spelling mistakes in a letter to students about their GCSE English results. Read the full story...

Scholar claims Indian men got pregnant
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
A scholar claims to have evidence that men got pregnant in ancient India. Read the full story...

Boys hurt playing with dead snake
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
Two young boys have been badly burned while playing with a dead snake preserved in a bottle of methylated spirit. Read the full story...

Bungling blackmailer jailed for three years
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
A bungling blackmailer who tried to force a bank into handing over a 200,000 fortune has been sentenced to three years in prison. Read the full story...

Man auctions girlfriend for 3p
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
An Italian man is auctioning off his girlfriend online for the equivalent of three pence. Read the full story...

Three TV programme contestants get lost on hill
Friday, August 31, 2001
Three contestants in a new BBC endurance programme have got lost on one of Scotland's most popular hills. Read the full story...

Man rescued from white-knuckle port-a-loo ride
Friday, August 31, 2001
A terrified man was taken on a hair-raising ride after a truck hooked up and drove away a portaloo he was using. Read the full story...

Contestants gear up for mosquito killing mission
Friday, August 31, 2001
Twenty five contestants are preparing to go into battle at this year's mosquito killing championships in Italy. Read the full story...

Pensioner strips naked in Canadian court
Friday, August 31, 2001
An 81-year-old Canadian woman accused of setting fire to a school has stripped naked in court. Read the full story...

Disabled man rows from Russia to Holland
Friday, August 31, 2001
A disabled Russian man claims to have rowed from Minsk to Holland in a rubber dinghy. Read the full story...

Homes now sold with no-mow lawns for busy people
Friday, August 31, 2001
A property developer is now fitting homes with artificial grass so homeowners don't have to mow the lawn. Read the full story...

Man jailed for posing as vicar
Thursday, August 30, 2001
A registered sex offender who posed as a vicar and visited clubs offering to perform wedding ceremonies has been jailed for four months.
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Firms offer insurance against school bullies
Thursday, August 30, 2001
Several French insurance companies are offering back-to-school packages that cover bullying. Read the full story...

TV 'contraception' could counter baby boom
Thursday, August 30, 2001
Indian politicians are considering giving televisions to people in the hope they'll watch the box rather than have sex. Read the full story...

Pilot relieves himself on runway and sparks alert
Thursday, August 30, 2001
A pilot sparked a response from emergency crews after pulling off a Canadian airport runway to urinate. Read the full story...

Goats spared sacrifice on good behaviour
Thursday, August 30, 2001
Villagers in southern India have spared two goats from sacrifice because of their exemplary behaviour at funerals. Read the full story...

93-year-old woman jailed over banana row
Thursday, August 30, 2001
A 93-year-old woman has been jailed for four months after being found guilty of damaging her son's banana plants. Read the full story...

Athlete stripped of medal for 'mooning'
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
A Canadian athlete has been stripped of his medal after dropping his shorts and mooning at spectators. Read the full story...

Lazy thief arrested in hammock
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
A Thai extortionist has been arrested after falling asleep in a hammock as he waited for his victim to earn enough money to hand over. Read the full story...

MP's secretary's pet lamb urinates on parliamentary floor
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
A New Zealand MP's secretary brought her pet lamb to work on her boss's day off and it urinated in the MP's office. Read the full story...

India bans use of condoms in sari-weaving industry
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
India's health minister has banned the use of condoms to lubricate bobbins used in weaving saris. Read the full story...

Sisters found living with mother's corpse and 30 cats
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Two sisters have been found sharing an apartment in Chile with their dead mother and 30 cats. Read the full story...

30,000 descend on town for annual tomato fight
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Around 30,000 people have descended on a Spanish town for a massive tomato-throwing fight. Read the full story...

Police TV theme tunes to stop petrol thieves
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Theme tunes from classic TV police shows will be played at petrol stations across Britain to prevent customers driving off without paying. Read the full story...

Woman is 'carrying Devil baby'
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
An Ecuadorian woman's husband believes she's carrying Satan's child. Read the full story...

Woman is 'carrying Devil baby'
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
An Ecuadorian woman's husband believes she's carrying Satan's child. Read the full story...

Tartan Army told 'don't bear your backsides at Belgians'
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Members of the Tartan Army have been warned not to bare their backsides at the Belgians during a crucial soccer match. Read the full story...

Polar bear raids campsite toothpaste supplies
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
A polar bear has raided a campsite in Norway and helped itself to toothpaste. Read the full story...

Robber holds-up bus his mum is travelling on
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Three teenagers in Chile tried to rob a bus without realising one of their mothers was sitting a few rows back. Read the full story...

Pong-free trainers to be launched
Friday, August 24, 2001
A training shoe company has designed what it claims are odour-eating trainers. Read the full story...

Pong-free trainers to be launched
Friday, August 24, 2001
A training shoe company has designed what it claims are odour-eating trainers. Read the full story...

Brulee beats Brad to get women's hearts racing
Friday, August 24, 2001
Women prefer a good pudding to Brad Pitt, scientists have revealed. Read the full story...

Bank's 'free peep show' upsets sex workers
Friday, August 24, 2001
Sex workers at a New Zealand massage parlour are outraged staff at the bank next door could be peeping at them. Read the full story...

Pigeon banned for flying too fast
Friday, August 24, 2001
A Dutch pigeon has been disqualified from a race for flying too fast. Read the full story...

Electric shock victim 'on permanent high'
Friday, August 24, 2001
A Northamptonshire man says he feels more alive than ever after suffering an electric shock as he sat on the toilet. Read the full story...

Woman walking her dog finds coffin
Friday, August 24, 2001
A woman walking her dog in Essex stumbled across a coffin. Read the full story...

Wrong type of sand leaves greyhounds with blisters
Friday, August 24, 2001
The wrong type of sand at Peterborough dog track has caused greyhounds to suffer blisters on their paws. Read the full story...

Old condoms up for sale
Friday, August 24, 2001
Condoms 64 years past their use-by date are up for sale. Read the full story...

Audience member steps in to save concert
Friday, August 24, 2001
A classical concert was saved when a soloist lost his voice during the performance and was replaced by a member of the audience. Read the full story...

Tarantula halts underground train in Germany
Thursday, August 23, 2001
An underground train in Dusseldorf has been brought to a standstill after a passenger spotted a tarantula sitting next to him. Read the full story...

Farmer hunted after cow pat injures motorcyclists
Thursday, August 23, 2001
German police are warning farmers they could be charged with negligence after a cow pat on a road seriously injured two motorcyclists. Read the full story...

Lawmen may ban decoy ducks in hunting
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Lawmakers in the US may ban motorised decoy ducks so the real things gets a better chance during hunts. Read the full story...

Morgue worker took home body part 'trophies'
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A Canadian morgue assistant has been charged with taking home a skull, body parts and photos of dead people as 'trophies'. Read the full story...

Widow marries late husband's twin
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A widow has found love a second time around with her late husband's twin brother.
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French couple leave daughter at campsite
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A French couple returning from a naturist campsite holiday accidentally left their 12-year-old daughter behind - a year after doing the same to their cat. Read the full story...

'Monks cheated lottery winners out of windfall'
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A couple claim they have been cheated out of a lottery prize by two Malaysian monks who helped pick the winning numbers. Read the full story...

Church teaches how to 'correct' babies
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A Canadian church is under investigation after launching a guide to beating children who are naughty. Read the full story...

Woman's fine for parking on leaves dismissed
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A motorist who got a ticket after she parked in a space which was covered by leaves has had the fine dismissed. Read the full story...

Police find film props not murder victims
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Police investigating a reported dead body outside a Missouri home found disembowelled corpses and decapitated heads inside. Read the full story...

Raider arrested after telling taxi driver where he was going
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A man who allegedly stole a New York cab after telling the driver his destination was arrested when he arrived there. Read the full story...

Student to shovel manure after urinating in classmate's drink
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A teenager in Indiana who urinated in a classmate's drink has been ordered to do shovel manure at a police horse stables. Read the full story...

Coach accused of mooning young team is let off
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A baseball coach accused of mooning his young Texas team to get them to smile for a photo has had charges against him dropped. Read the full story...

'Stinky' fish and peanut butter sauce 'makes best rat bait'
Thursday, August 23, 2001
A New Zealander thinks he's found the ideal bait for rats made from peanut butter, oats and Thai fish sauce. Read the full story...

Indonesian singer to be questioned over song parody
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Police in Indonesia plan to question an entertainer who performed a song that authorities claim pokes fun at the government and national symbols. Read the full story...

Gang strips 'shoplifter' naked
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
An alleged shoplifter in Poland was stripped naked and left in a city centre with the phrase 'I am a thief' written on his back. Read the full story...

Dog owner arrested, dog on run after compound break-out
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
A man who allegedly rammed a dog compound gate with his car to set free his pet has been arrested while the dog is still on the run. Read the full story...

Burglar breaks into police training school
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
A burglar has been arrested after being caught breaking into a police training college in Holland. Read the full story...

Police recover 9 million from noisy neigbours
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Police called to deal with noisy neighbours uncovered a suspected money laundering operation. Read the full story...

Police service may dump pigeon mail for email
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
The only police service in India to use pigeons may soon dump the birds due to the emergence of email. Read the full story...

Young mum streaked 'to feel alive'
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
A young Australian mother says she streaked in front of 20,000 rugby fans wearing just a pair of sunglasses and a pair of big foam hands to "feel alive again". Read the full story...

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