I see dead people

Feb. 21, 2003

Nice try

A Norwegian man recently blamed a Coca-Cola bottle for his speeding ticket.

The man claimed the bottle rolled onto the accelerator pedal after another driver cut him off and forced him to brake suddenly. He claimed the bottle stuck to the pedal and made the car go faster and faster, ultimately forcing him to drive 70 mph in a 40-mph zone.

He even tried to demonstrate in a test car but motor experts and court officials didn't buy it. The man faces 18 days in prison and a fine.

Nice try

A Norwegian man recently blamed a Coca-Cola bottle for his speeding ticket.

The man claimed the bottle rolled onto the accelerator pedal after another driver cut him off and forced him to brake suddenly. He claimed the bottle stuck to the pedal and made the car go faster and faster, ultimately forcing him to drive 70 mph in a 40-mph zone.

He even tried to demonstrate in a test car but motor experts and court officials didn't buy it. The man faces 18 days in prison and a fine.

Blowing things out of proportion

When you deliver mail to George Krushinski's home in Lexington, Ky., you don't leave the mailbox door down. Or else.

Mail carrier Mary Vance apparently wasn't always clear on that rule, so Krushinski was forced to teach her a lesson.

First came the note. "I've warned you many times about leaving my mailbox open," Krushinski wrote, "(and) now you will pay."

Then came the pipe bombs. Krushinski left the first one in his mailbox for the unsuspecting carrier to find, but luckily it didn't detonate. The next one, which he placed under Vance's mail truck, worked. It damaged the vehicle and a nearby barn, but did not injure Vance.

After that incident, Krushinski was arrested and now awaits trial where he faces a potential life sentence in prison.

The naked truth

When a new railway order was passed in India banning transsexuals from traveling in women's compartments on trains, the transsexuals didn't back down. In fact, they showed officials just what they're made of.

They staged a protest on the Calcutta-New Delhi railway line where some lifted their saris and blouses to prove they did not have male sexual organs.

The ban was introduced following complaints from female train passengers about the transsexuals. Officials admit that because making passengers prove their gender can be difficult, actually implementing the ban might be tough.

Law and order

Jay Mack testified in court recently that he was not the driver caught speeding in Essex, England, recently and he will not pay the £208 speeding fine mailed to him.

Jay claims the motorist who was really pulled over must have used a fake name because Jay was not driving through that part of the country on that day. In fact, he wasn't driving anywhere because he's only 16 months old.

That's right, the Glasgow Sheriff Court summoned an infant to appear in court or face arrest over the outstanding speeding ticket. His mother says she tried to explain to authorities but they wouldn't believe her until they saw Jay in court.

Holy rolling at 70 miles/gallon

A Pennsylvania group called the Evangelical Environmental Network has launched a national campaign to encourage the use of fuel-efficient vehicles. They're calling it "What Would Jesus Drive?"

The group is asking Christians "to walk the walk and drive the talk" when it comes to choosing transportation options. This includes making a pledge to walk, bike, car pool and use public transportation more, as well as educating others about the moral concerns and solutions associated with transportation.

Dead and gone

When citizens of Sieden, Germany, woke up recently after a night of heavy rain, they saw more than just Grandma's tombstone floating out of the cemetery. They saw Grandma.

Police say the sudden flood overwhelmed the area with 7 ft of water. Consequently the local graveyard became so saturated that coffins and corpses floated up and out of their plots and wound up all over the streets.

Cut it out

When faced with the tough job of finding a place to hide $100,000 of cocaine this past fall, Jose and Octavio of Fitchburg, Mass., decided on the gas tank of a car.

Unfortunately, when faced with the tough job of getting the cocaine back out, the men decided to use a saw.

A spark from the sawing created a flash fire and the men ended up in the hospital with third-degree burns. They said that next time, in order to avoid such a mistake, they would try a more fire-resistant hiding place.