Big Eye On The World
After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus-stop and offered everyone in the queue a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn’t discovered for 3 days.
Texan prisons have banned convicts on death row from having last cigarette, on the grounds that it is bad for their health. However, to compensate for this, condemned men will instead be permitted to chew a stick of celery.
An American teenager was in hospital yesterday recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked about how he received the injuries, the lad told the police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
Thrash happy judges in Saudi Arabia have sentenced a Filipino man to 75 lashes for possession of alcohol – after he was caught with two chocolate liqueurs at an airport.
Following the initiatives of the Afghan Taliban government – which has banned kite-flying, T.V watching and wearing white socks – Iran is also cracking down on its more decadent citizens. Ayatollah Mohammed Yadzi has decreed that dog walking is to be made illegal, saying that taking dogs out onto the streets was ‘a public insult’ as it was a blind imitation of Westerners.
An Italian father has been charged with child abuse after making his son cut the family lawn with his teeth. Neighbours alerted the cops when they saw Angelo Franco’s 17 year old son chomping away in the garden as punishment for not completing his chores.
A 24 year old Michigan man has been charged with the possession of child pornography, even though the material was of his 17 year old girlfriend, taken with consent. In a quirk of the law, Patrick Corp’s girlfriend is old enough for sex, but too young to be photographed in the act.
Twenty-five female students were publicly flogged outside a Khartoum courthouse last month for enjoying a picnic by the riverside. The Sudanese courts ruled the picnic ‘immoral and riotous’ because some of the girls were wearing trousers. They were each given 40 lashes.