Quirky World...Road rage karma: man run over by own truck

A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver’s window-

The Gainesville Sun reports 48-year-old Joseph Carl had been drinking and drove into a vehicle stopped at a red light.

He got out of his truck without putting on the hand brake and began banging on the window of a woman’s car. When the frightened woman drove away, there was nothing holding his truck in place.

The truck rolled into Carl. A police report says he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot.

He’s charged with drink driving and property damage.


ENGLAND: A toasted sandwich maker is celebrating its 40th birthday.

Breville, which sold its first sandwich maker four decades ago, enjoyed record sales of the staple kitchen gadget last year, with sales up 20% over the past two years.

More than four in five Britons (85%) are “still smitten” with the classic dish, while almost a fifth (17%) admit to eating one or more toasted sandwiches a day, according to a OnePoll survey of 2,000 UK adults.

Ham and cheese is the nation’s favourite filling.


SOUTH AFRICA: Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.

Cyclists crossing Johannesburg in the former South African president’s honour wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word “freedom”.

The T-shirt read: “The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others”.


USA: President John F Kennedy is getting his old look back on collectors’ coins.

The slain president’s profile debuted on the half dollar coin some 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the US Mint is producing collectors’ coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.

Gold coins being stamped at the mint’s West Point plant this week portray JFK’s famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his parting is less severe, and his cheeks less chiselled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.


ENGLAND: A note has been discovered hidden in the folds of a kilt destined for a soldier heading to the front in the First World War.

Economic historian Helen Paul, of the University of Southampton, found the hand-written message when she was removing the packing stitches from the kilt, which has been passed down her family over decades.

The message reads: “I hope your kilt will fit you well, & in it you will look a swell. If married never mind. If single drop a line. Wish you bags of luck, & a speedy return back to Blighty.”

Ms Paul is now hoping to find the descendants of the seamstress to uncover the story behind the note.

She said: “This garment has been in our family for a number of decades, and until recently, we were completely unaware there was such an intriguing secret hidden in its folds.”


USA: For the first time in over 30 years, palaeontologists are preparing to excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals.

Those animals include American cheetahs, mammoths, and short-faced bears — species now extinct that were common more than 20,000 years ago.

Over many years, tens of thousands of animals accidentally fell into the pit and died.

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