Monday 12/31

A Wis­con­sin cou­ple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home. Den­nis Murawska, said he had been half awake but didn’t know about the fire because the smoke alarms hadn’t gone off.  His pet chicken named Cluck Cluck woke his wife Susan first with loud cluck­ing from its cage in the base­ment two floors below about 6:15 a.m. The couple’s two cats also were run­ning around the main floor.  The cou­ple escaped, and fire­fight­ers found the chicken in its cage. The house was a total loss, but it could have been worse — if not for the chicken.

Six­teen peo­ple were hurt when a 33-ton aquar­ium con­tain­ing sharks, other fish and tur­tles exploded at a shop­ping cen­tre in the Chi­nese city of Shang­hai. CCTV pic­tures cap­tured the moment the giant tank burst, send­ing glass and fish fly­ing into the crowd. A man who was tak­ing pic­tures of the aquar­ium when it broke was swept away by water.Shoppers, store assis­tants and secu­rity staff suf­fered cuts and bruises as they were hit by pieces of 15cm-thick acrylic glass.A safety expert said: “Accord­ing to experts’ pre­lim­i­nary inves­ti­ga­tion, the main cause of the inci­dent is that the mate­r­ial used to make the aquar­ium rup­tured under low tem­per­a­tures after long-time use.“The Ori­ent shop­ping cen­tre said it had no plans to rebuild the aquar­ium which had become a pop­u­lar attrac­tion since it was installed two years ago.

Any­one with a cell­phone has suf­fered a butt dial or two in his or her time. Usu­ally it’s just an embar­rass­ment, but in Ash­lie Alewine and Nakilya Wright’s case, it got them arrested.  The two sis­ters were arrested after inad­ver­tently pocket dial­ing the hotel in Naples, Fla., they had allegedly just robbed! The rob­bery hap­pened at The Inn Place Hotel in Naples when the sus­pect demanded money from the reg­is­ter.  Once she was safe, the clerk called the Naples Police Depart­ment, but while she was report­ing the inci­dent, the hotel’s front desk phone rang. When the woman answered, she heard a con­ver­sa­tion between  voices that she told police belonged to the per­son who had just robbed the place, and Ash­lie Alewine, 22, a for­mer hotel employee who had just been fired two days earlier!

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