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sex line caller complained to Trading Standards. After
dialling an 0891 number from an advertisement entitled 'Hear Me
Moan,' the caller was played a tape of a woman nagging her husband
for failing to do jobs around the house. Consumer Watchdogs
in Dorset refused to look into the complaint, saying, 'He got what
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."
Phreakers, or 'phone hackers', managed to break into the telephone
system of Weight Watchers in Glasgow, and changed the outgoing
message to "Hello, you fat bastard."
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
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 case."
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 coastguard 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 apologize 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."
An Austrian circus dwarf died recently when he bounced sideways
from a trampoline and was swallowed by a hippopotamus. Seven
thousand people watched 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
realized 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 friends 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
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