* A man in Johannesburg, South Africa, shot his 49-year-old
friend in the face, seriously wounding him, while the two practiced
shooting beer cans off each other's head.
* A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record
showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the use of safety
goggles on the job. According to Industrial Machinery News, the film's
depiction of gory industrial accidents was so graphic that twenty-five
workers suffered minor injuries in their rush to leave the screening room.
Thirteen others fainted, and one man required seven stitches after he
cut his head falling off a chair while watching the film.
* The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear
weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city
* A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car in St. Louis, but
the time police arrived on the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded
the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.
* A convict broke out of jail in Washington DC, then a few days later
accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went out for
a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had him paged. Police officers
recognized his name and arrested him as he returned to the courthouse in a car
he had stolen over the lunch hour.
* Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing
colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The
message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button
each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the
"lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.
* When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan refused to
hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call
the police. They still refused, so the robber called the police and was
* A Los Angeles man who later said he was "tired of walking," stole
steamroller and lead police on a 5 mph chase until an officer stepped aboard
and brought the vehicle to a stop.
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