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NASCAR fan gets posthumous spin around the track

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-03-06 09:56.
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TALENT, Ore. — Big George Helms had tickets for last weekend's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but died before he got to use them. He still made it to the track, though.

At 6-foot-5 and 400 pounds, Helms wouldn't have been able to fit into a race car. But after his death from a heart attack Dec. 28, loved ones decided to try to fulfill the 54-year-old's dream of participating in a NASCAR race, and arranged for the former logger's ashes to be driven around the track.

An Iranian court orders a man to give his wife 124,000 roses

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-04 11:57.

An Iranian court has ordered a man to give his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to claim it, reports say.

The woman said she was claiming the dowry because her "very stingy husband" would not even pay for a cup of coffee, according to the E'temad newspaper.

The court has seized the man's flat until he produces all of the roses.

Under Iranian law, a woman can claim her dowry, or mahr, at any time during a marriage or when getting divorced.

NJ Students Punished for Penny Payments

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-03 12:08.
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READINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Sometimes a penny for your thoughts isn't a good thing. Readington Township school officials gave 29 students detention after they used pennies to pay for their $2 lunches.

Superintendent Jorden Schiff says it started out as a prank. But as the eighth-graders began to get in trouble for taking up so much time, it turned into a protest about Thursday's shortened lunch period.

Schiff said the students were punished for holding up their peers and disrespecting lunch aides.

Why So Few People Saw The Housing Bubble Coming.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-02 11:01.
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ONE great puzzle about the recent housing bubble is why even most experts didn’t recognize the bubble as it was forming.

13 Stupid Ideas That Made Millions of Dollars

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-02 09:36.

Want to make it big as an entrepreneur? Check out these recent odd and quirky business ideas. P.S. These ideas could not have been too “dumb” as they have all made millions of dollars for the entrepreneurs who started them.

For your pooch:

Counterfeiters Learn How To Make Fake Ferrari's

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 13:33.

ROME (Reuters) - Italians are used to buying bogus Gucci bags or Rolex watches to look stylish but police found a new height of craftsmanship and cunning when they broke up a ring selling fake Ferrari cars for a fraction of the real price.

Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son's tooth in his eye

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 10:05.

DUBLIN (AFP) - An Irishman blinded by an explosion two years ago has had his sight restored after doctors inserted his son's tooth in his eye, he said on Wednesday.

Bob McNichol, 57, from County Mayo in the west of the country, lost his sight in a freak accident when red-hot liquid aluminium exploded at a re-cycling business in November 2005.

"I thought that I was going to be blind for the rest of my life," McNichol told RTE state radio.

Why Do Universities Charge You Over $100K During Your Course Of Studies, Yet Make You Go Through Application Process?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-02-28 10:46.

"Dad, they want me to write an essay on 'What would be the title of my autobiography and why," Henry announced on the previous day.

"What a goofy idea…" his father replied helpfully, "Seventeen year olds don't write autobiographies because they don't have anything to say. They haven't done anything yet. Maybe it should be something like 'Blank Slate' or 'Empty Vessel' or something like that."

Oakland trade school teaches people how to grow pot

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-02-27 10:12.
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OAKLAND, Calif.  — You know you're in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye.

Welcome to Oaksterdam University, a new trade school where higher education takes on a whole new meaning.

Vengeful bride sues runaway groom

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-02-26 12:50.
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A filipina bride is suing her former fiance after he ran off with another woman before the wedding ceremony had even finished.

The couple had nearly finished saying their vows when a woman appeared at the back of the church and shouted that the wedding should stop, the Philippine Star newspaper reported today.

The groom - who had been about to say "I do'' - hesitated before walking to the woman and hugging her, and the pair fled in a taxi, the newspaper added.

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