September 29, 2016
Snake Wrapped Around Armrest Halts Japanese ‘Bullet’ Train
Tokyo (AP) A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger’s seat on a Japanese Shinkansen “bullet” train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop.
No one was injured in the incident.
The train’s operator, JR Tokai, or Central Japan Railway Co., said the passenger sitting in the reserved seat was unaware that the snake was wrapped around his armrest for about 50 minutes until the person behind him saw it and notified a conductor.
Experts suspected the snake may have been brought on to the train accidentally in someone’s luggage or with maintenance equipment. The 30-centimeter (foot-long) snake, initially thought to be a small type of python, was later identified as a rat snake after police consulted with a local zoo, according to Japanese media.
Monday’s snake incident was not the first on the high-speed “bullet” train line. Five years ago, a train crew spotted a snake on an unoccupied seat, according to the railway
God’s Got Mail: Letters Arrive At Jerusalem’s Western Wall
Jerusalem (AP) Israel’s postal service is delivering letters to a unique address that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, it took some of the dozens of letters it receives each year that are addressed to God and delivered them to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.
The postal service says the letters arrived from all over the world, including Russia, China, France, Nigeria and the United States. Most had no return address and were addressed to “God,” ‘’Jesus” or “Our Dear Father in Heaven.”
The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, is a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical temples. It is one of the Holy Land’s most-visited sites.
Driver Caught Using Mannequin To Drive In Carpool Lane
Brea, CA (AP) A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin not the required human being to drive in the carpool lane.
The Orange County Register reports Brea police found the mannequin Wednesday inside a truck on the congested 57 freeway.
The truck veered out of the carpool lane close to an officer’s motorcycle. As the officer attempted to warn the driver to be careful, he noticed the passenger wasn’t a passenger.
Police say the driver acknowledged using the mannequin in the carpool lane for some time. The driver told police that he would now accept that he needs to sit in traffic like everyone else.
California requires that a vehicle have a minimum of two people for carpool lanes. Driving alone requires a fine of at least $481.
Austrian Customs Officials Find Human Intestines In Luggage
Vienna (AP) Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers’ luggage. But human intestines were not on their list‚ until now.
The Austrian Press Agency reports that the organ parts were found packed tightly in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman’s baggage during a recent check at the airport of the southern city of Graz.
It said Monday that the woman told police that she had brought the intestines of her dead husband to Austria to have them examined because she thought he had been poisoned.
The tissue is being subjected to a pathological analysis. Pathologist Gerald Hoefler told state broadcaster authorities in Morocco where the man died gave the cause of death as intestinal obstruction, a diagnosis he says is plausible.
Drone To The Face Doesn’t Stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Show
Victorville, CA (AP) The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.
The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley “Flesh-N-Bone” Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn’t stop the show or even the song.
It’s not clear whether a fan, the band or someone connected to the festival had launched the drone, which was about 2 feet wide.
Messages left with police and representatives for the group weren’t immediately returned.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, whose other members are Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone, began in Cleveland in 1993 and is known for mixing singing with rap.
Bear At Zoo Finds WWII Grenade
Warsaw, Poland (AP) Taking a toy from a bear can be dangerous, especially when the toy is a mortar grenade.
Malgorzata Chodyla, spokeswoman for a zoo in Poznan, in western Poland, told The Associated Press Tuesday that a visiting Border Guard officer noticed that a female bear named Ewka was playing with something odd. On closer look, it proved to be a rusty mortar grenade from World War II.
The bear was swiftly locked up following the discovery on Saturday, the public was barred from the area and army sappers took the explosive to a test range to detonate it safely.