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Strange but true

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YORK,UK: Resident Stephen Kay rang the city council to warn them that overgrown grass was obscuring a 30 mph speed limit sign. Mr Kay watched in amazement as a workman with welding and cutting equipment sliced the sign's supporting pole and inserted an extension in the support. A council spokesman said: 'The sign was raised with the best of intentions. It's what we do if there are going to be any vegetation problems.' He added: 'Our grass-cutting rota is being looked at.'

IOWA, US: Employees at the state university are complaining of 'seasickness' because their building is swaying. Machinery at the administrative services building vibrates the structure so much that workers have started feeling woozy. The problem is caused by the building having less steel than usual and mainly temporary internal walls to allow flexible working.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: A plan to rob a DIY store was thwarted when a builder in the shop mistook a bag containing the robber's shotgun for an item on sale. The unlikely hero said: 'I wasinterested in buying a tool bag and it was exactly what I was after. The raiders fled after unsuccessfully trying to grab the bag from the bargain-hunting builder.