1/26/2009

A Couple of Interesting News Items


Imagine you are out at sea, far from land. Imagine your boat sinks and all you have to remain afloat is an ice box. That, in and of itself, is enough to scare the crap out of anyone. But, now, also imagine you are at sea for a month on that ice box before you are rescued. That is exactly what happened to two Burmese fishermen [article link]. They were picked up by the Australian Coast Guard on January 17th. I think the fact both were in their 20s and most likely in good health contributed to their ability to survive as long. I can't figure out how they survived that long without food. Even more mystifying; how did they survive that long without water? I think four days is the maximum the human body can go without water. I suspect this story isn't over. Seems kind of suspicious to me.

Just when you think you have heard everything...Nigerian police have arrested a goat [article link] on suspicion of armed robbery. Apparently the goat and at least one other human thief were trying to steal a Mazda 323. Vigilantes turned on the two would be robbers. Apparently, one of the robbers was able to turn himself into a goat. In what will probably go down as one of the more classic lines of this year (as in "don't taze me, bro"], "We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody," said a Nigerian police official. Well, thank God for that! We just can't have goats going around stealing our damn cars! It's bad enough Nigerians are scamming people in the billions of dollars each year. Now, they are turning into goats and robbing cars. And the band played on...

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