In the News:
From The Guardian:
"After being charged 20 pounds for a 10 pounds overdraft, 30 year old
Michael Howard of Leeds changed his name by deed poll to "Yorkshire
Bank Plc are Fascist Bastards". The Bank has now asked him to close his
account, and Mr. Bastards has asked them to repay the 69p balance by
cheque, made out in his new name."
From the Churchdown Parish Magazine:
'Would the Congregation please note that the bowl at the back of the
Church, labelled "For The Sick", is for monetary donations only.'
From The Guardian concerning a sign seen in a Police canteen in
Christchurch, New Zealand:
'Will the person who took a slice of cake from the Commissioner's
Office return it immediately. It is needed as evidence in a poisoning
From The Times:
'A young girl, who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth,
was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coast-guard spokesman
commented: "This sort of thing is all too common these days."
From The Scottish Big Issue:
'In Sydney, 120 men named Henry attacked each other during a "My Name
is Henry" convention. Henry Pantie of Canberra accused Henry Pap of
Sydney of not being a Henry at all, but in fact an Angus. "It was a
lie", explained Mr Pap, "I'm a Henry and always will be.", whereupon
Henry Pap attacked Henry Pantie, whilst two other Henrys - Jones and
Dyer attempted to pull them apart. Several more Henrys - Smith,
Calderwood and Andrews became involved and soon the entire convention
descended into a giant fist fight. The brawl was eventually broken up
by riot police, led by a man named Shane."
From The Daily Telegraph in a piece headed "Brussels Pays 200,000
Pounds to Save Prostitutes":
"... the money will not be going directly into the prostitutes' pocket,
but will be used to encourage them to lead a better life. We will be
training them for new positions in hotels."
From The Derby Abbey Community News:
"We apologise for the error in the last edition, in which we stated
that 'Mr Fred Nicolme is a Defective in the Police Force'. This was a
typographical error. We meant of course that Mr Nicolme is a Detective
in the Police Farce."
From The Manchester Evening News:
"Police called to arrest a naked man on the platform at Piccadilly
Station released their suspect after he produced a valid rail ticket."
Then they get a bit bad:
An Austrian circus dwarf died recently when he bounced sideways from a
trampoline and was swallowed by a hippopotamus. Seven thousand people
as little Franz Dasch popped into the mouth of Hilda the Hippo and the
animal's gag reflex forced it to swallow. The crowd applauded wildly
before other circus people realised what had happened.
An elderly woman at a unit for sufferers of senile dementia passed
round a box of mothballs thinking that they were mints. Eleven people
were taken to hospital for treatment.
Following drinking binge in Christchurch, New Zealand, Koto Salaki
passed out - so his buddies stripped him and shaved off his eyebrows as
a joke. Getting no reaction, they proceeded to cut off his ear and glue
it onto his forehead. Doctors managed to sew it back on.
After a heavy drinking session in Weymouth in August 1990,51 year old
Philip Pyne fancied a kip on a bench. To stop himself rolling off, he
put 12 nails through his trousers and in the process, drove several of
them through his leg. Fortunately he was discovered by police.