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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