These people should not be allowed to venture out into society...
Police in Wichita, Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man at an airport
hotel after he tried to pass two (counterfeit) $16 bills.
A man in Johannesberg, South Africa, shot his 49-year-old friend in
the face, seriously wounding him, while the two practiced shooting
beer cans off each other's head.
A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record
showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the use of safety
goggles on the job. According to Industrial Machinery News, the
film's depiction of gory industrial accidents was so graphic that
twenty-five workers suffered minor injuries in their rush to leave the
screening room. Thirteen others fainted, and one man required seven
stitches after he cut his head falling off a chair while watching the
The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons,
setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car in St. Louis, but by
the time police arrived on the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded
the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.
Swedish business consultant Ulf af Trolle labored 13 years on a book
about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to
be copied, only to have it reduced to 50,000 strips of paper in
seconds when a worker confused the copier with the shredder.
A convict broke out of jail in Washington D.C., then a few days later
accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went
out for a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had him
paged. Police officers recognized his name and arrested him as he
returned to the courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.
Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a
metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy
machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier,
and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect
wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was
working, the suspect confessed.
When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan, refused to
hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to
call the police. They still refused, so the robber called the police
and was arrested.
A Los Angeles man who later said he was "tired of walking,"
stole a steamroller and led police on a 5 mph chase until an officer
stepped aboard and brought the vehicle to a stop.
Homossassa, FL. A man went into a hardware store to apply for a job.
After completing his application he then went to the section of the
store that sold guns. He asked to see a couple guns. The attendent
left for a moment and the guy stole the guns. Not only was he
video-taped, the police used the address on his application to go to
his house and arrest him.
pointed out: "[This page] contains two items discussed in
folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand's latest book, The Baby Train.
"The Colander Copier" is definitely an urban legend (as is justly
pointed out in the book, how many police stations even have colanders
lying around?). The Ulf af Trolle story, you'll be pleased to know,
is actually true. Ulf is a well-known business consultant in
Always good to have a little verification.