Odd But True

Israeli police arrest man for writing ‘good morning’ on Facebook

A man in the West Bank was arrested by Israeli police after he wrote “good morning” in Arabic on Facebook and then software mistranslated his words as “attack them”. Palestinian builder Halawim Halawi had posted the words with a photo of himself in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit where he works. Facebook’s automatic translation software interpreted the post to ...

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Man finds lottery ticket in an old shirt in time for $24m pay out

Everyone has that spot in their house or car where they let the mail and receipts pile up. For 68-year old Jimmie Smith, it was an old shirt hanging in his closet. Stuffed in its pockets was a stack of unchecked lottery tickets. “I always told myself, ‘I’ll check them when I have the time,'” the New Jersey man said. ...

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More than $500 million in bank shares transferred on Thai king’s behalf

The financial arm of Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy has transferred bank shares worth more than $500 million on behalf of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC filing said the Crown Property Bureau, which manages the multi-billion dollar assets of the royal family, had reduced its shares in Siam Commercial Bank by 3.33 percent on ...

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Indonesians eat huge snake after man defeats reptile

A giant python in Indonesia met an unfortunate end when it was eaten after it lost a battle with a local man. Security guard Robert Nababan encountered the snake on a palm oil plantation road in Sumatra’s Batang Gansal district on Saturday. Mr Nababan tried to catch the python, reports say, which was 7.8m (26ft) long. It attacked him, and ...

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Woman who faked her own kidnapping on Facebook arrested

Thelma Williams, a 38-year-old Ohio woman, sparked a massive police response, including the deployment of a helicopter and the shutting down of a highway on Wednesday when photos and video of her bound and gagged in her basement were shared on Facebook. The images were sent to the social media platform shortly after noon on Sept. 27. Alarmed friends and ...

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Grandma charged with smuggling drugs to jailed grandson

Authorities say a West Virginia grandmother has joined her grandson in jail after being accused of smuggling drugs to him behind bars. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said 64-year-old Carolyn Lou Gay was arrested Wednesday on 15 charges related to drug possession and delivery. News media report a criminal complaint says Gay visited her grandson Sept. 2 at Eastern ...

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Domino’s pizza shop sex: Bridlington couple guilty

A couple had sex against the counter of a pizza delivery shop as staff worked in its kitchen, a court has heard. Daniella Hirst, 29, and Craig Smith, 31, were captured on CCTV in the Domino’s shop in Scarborough in February. Hirst, of Bridlington, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency and Smith, of Bridlington, was found guilty in his absence. ...

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Mystery mourner has been crashing funerals for 14 years for free food

A phantom mourner who goes to every funeral at a local church to tuck into food at the wake has been slammed by grieving relatives. It is claimed the unnamed woman has joined mourners at almost every funeral for the last 14 years and even chats to grieving family members and at one recent funeral ate buffet food ‘like there is no ...

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Frenchman ordered to pay wife damages for lack of sex

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex wife £8, 500 in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their marriage. The 51-year-old man was fined under article 215 of France’s civil code, which states married couples must agree to a “shared communal life”. A judge has now ruled that this law implies that “sexual relations must ...

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Man in China files false robbery report to avoid handing pay cheque to wife

A man’s plan to avoid handing over his pay cheque to his wife by filing a false police report backfired, after police saw through his ruse with the help of traffic camera footage. The man, surnamed Cai, lives in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. He was detained for 10 days and fined 500 yuan (S$103) for his act. According to ...

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