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Strange but true


California, US: A dozen managers from an architecture practice suffered first and second degree burns while walking over hot coals as part of a team-building weekend. One of the injured, the marketing vice-president, put a positive spin on their injuries saying: 'It made you feel a sense of empowerment and that you can accomplish anything.'

Tallahassee, Florida, US : Drunk labourer Karl Franks was about to urinate by a fence when a passing police patrol called out to him.

Startled, and intending to run, but needing to zip up quickly and yet still handle the cigarette in his hand, he stuffed the fag in his pocket and took off running. A few seconds later, officers noticed that Franks' pants were on fire, which did not slow him immediately, but he did fall over when enough of the waistband burned that his trousers came down.

Baltimore, Maryland, US: Local police officials confirmed that mice have nibbled their way through about 120 bags of marijuana stored in the evidence control vault at police headquarters. Officials believe the mice may have been driven into the vault by recent construction work in the building. Police said criminal cases probably won't be affected because the marijuana had been analysed by crime lab technicians. Police said they have hired an exterminator and are looking into storing drugs in plastic containers, rather than cardboard.The mice apparently entered underneath the vault's door and then through ceiling tiles.