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strange but true


Croesgoch, UK: After a bout of heavy drinking, a landscape gardener driving home with his mates fell to his death while trying to urinate out of the open door of their car while travelling at about 25 mph.

Miami, US: Site manager Ted Nelson was summoned for jury duty in April 2003, reported to the courtroom and was dismissed.But, police say, he repeatedly called his boss over the next few months to say he had been selected for a big case but couldn't talk about it (all the while drawing his $35,000 salary). It was not until October that his firm investigated, resulting in Nelson's arrest.

New York, US: Photographer Robert Levin filed a $50 million lawsuit last month against the Waste Management company for injuries, including brain damage, he allegedly suffered while trying to take photographs at New York City's Ground Zero in December 2001. Levin had surreptitiously climbed on top of one of the company's garbage trucks to get a better vantage point when the driver pulled away, causing Levin to fall, which Levin says showed Waste Management's 'failure to respect my rights as a pedestrian.'

Redmond, US: Sandy Warren was arrested in March and charged with stealing an 8tonne cherry-picker from a construction equipment dealership in Washington. A dealership employee had spotted the cherry-picker parked in Warren's front yard in Redmond with a for-sale sign on it: '$28,990 ONO'

West Yorkshire, UK: A Scarborough builder has won a record-equalling seventh World Coal Carrying title. John Hunter, 40, has taken part in the race at Gawthorpe, West Yorkshire, every year since 1990.The event sees competitors carry a 50 kg sack of coal along the gruelling 1,108-yard route.Mr Hunter said: 'I've been coming here since I was 26 and I just don't know where the time has gone.'