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WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Wednesday, August 20
In July, officials at Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham, England, broke up an attempt by five students (ages 11-14) attending a daytime-locked-down school to escape by tunneling under a security fence. They discovered the boys' metal cutlery …
SORRY … I LOST MY HEAD Wednesday, August 20
In a deadly ending reminiscent of scenes in several crime movies, a 22-year-old man fleeing police in Brooklyn, New York, in June crashed his car at a high speed into the back of a flatbed truck and was decapitated as the body of the car (but not …
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME Wednesday, August 20
A 40-year-old man (not named by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) was arrested there on July 31 after a several-hour, epically inept, crime spree. Attempting to rob a restaurant, he was turned down by employees and customers, then turned down by two …
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINAL Wednesday, August 20
Joshua Pawlak, 27, entered a total of four businesses in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on July 27 and similarly met resistance and/or indifference to his money demands — and came away from the four with only $2, also from a tip jar.
READERS' CHOICE Wednesday, August 20
An airborne banner towed by an airplane came loose in Fremont, California, in July and floated down, landing on a house, frightening the residents. The sign advertised GEICO insurance.
ALL THINGS MUST PASS Wednesday, August 20
A 10-foot-tall pine tree in Los Angeles's Griffith Park, dedicated in 2004 with a plaque to the late musician George Harrison, was recently destroyed by an infestation, and another will be planted in its place, according to a city councilman. The …
ROCKIN' MESSIAH Wednesday, July 9
Prominent theoretical chemist David Glowacki was ejected from a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel's "Messiah." He was trying to crowd-surf in front of the stage. Dr. Glowacki, an …
CULTURAL DIVERSITY Wednesday, July 9
A formal-dress rental store in Fukui, Japan, with a side business making keepsake portraits of brides, was surprised at the number of men who requested a similar service — to be outfitted just like the women, in wedding gowns and other frills, …
HAVE I GOT A GIRL FOR YOU Wednesday, July 9
Parental fear of having raised girls and boys who
PRIORITIES Wednesday, July 9
San Francisco's activist Board of Supervisors, among the boldest in the country to rid their cities of obnoxious goods and services, added disposable plastic water bottles to the list in March (joining circumcision, plastic shopping bags and …
 
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