Mental Floss

The Weird Week ending March 7th

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Man takes Car on 2,000 Mile Test Drive

There's a fine line between "test drive" and "auto theft", but a man in Australia was way over the line. He convinced a car dealer in Melbourne to let him drive a Honda Accord worth $37,000. He took the car on a 3,200 kilometer trip before he was arrested six days later near the town of Tennant Creek, deep in the outback. This is the longest test drive ever known to Australian police.

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Eve, a hen in Worcestershire, had a leg amputated 18 months ago due to cancer. Now she has undergone surgery to remove a tumor from her remaining leg, at a cost of over £1,000. Owner Elaine Denney said money is not an issue.

"I wouldn't put Eve through it if I didn't think she still would have quality of life and if I thought she would suffer too much during the treatment."

See a video report here.

Beijing is #1 in Public Toilets

The Xinhua news agency reports that Beijing has 5,174 public toilets, the most of any city in the world. The information came from Lu Haijun, director of the Beijing Municipal Administration Commission. New York, London, and Tokyo all have fewer public toilets.

Centenarian to run London Marathon

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Working plumber Buster Martin ran Sunday's Roding Valley half marathon in Essex in five hours 13 minutes, and is now focusing on London's 26-mile event.

On finishing the run, the first words of the ex-member of rock band The Zimmers were: "Where's my beer?"

You Can't Die, the Cemetery is Full

Mayor Gerard Lalanne of the French village of Sarpourenx told the 260 residents that they were forbidden to die because the parish cemetery was full. An administrative court had ruled against the parish in their bid to expand the cemetery.

"Offenders will be severely punished."

One wonders what kind of severe punishment could be bestowed upon someone who dies against orders.

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Last year, 38-year-old model Serena Kozakura was convicted of property destruction after entering a man's room. During an appeal of the verdict, her lawyer argued that her size 44 breasts would have made it impossible for her to squeeze through the hole that was kicked in the door. Tokyo High Court presiding judge Kunio Harada overturned Kozakura's guilty verdict, citing reasonable doubt.