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Pilot With 30 Years of Experience Turned Plane Around Because of Fog

Flybe planePassengers heading to Paris from the UK was shocked to learn that their plane had to head back due to dense fog. The reason for their u-turn was that the pilot, who had 30 years of experience flying commercially, was not qualified to land in fog.

In Quotes: "As president I couldn't allow us to keep paying a debt"

"... as president I couldn't allow us to keep paying a debt that was obviously immoral and illegitimate." -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on why his country will default on billions of foreign debt.

Man Listened to "Nagging" Wife; Won $4.2M Lottery

A New Zealand couple are millionaires, all thanks to the "nagging" wife.

"My wife had been nagging me all week to get a ticket, so I when saw the Lotto sign ... I sprinted in to get the ticket before they close ...I have never been so glad to listen to my wife's nagging," the man told the Associated Press.

Upon learning how much they had won, the wife said, "but all I wanted was a sausage."

Ousted Thai PM Samak Renominated For Post And Then Un-nominated

Samak Sundaravej True to their words, Thailand's People's Power Party renominated Samak Sundaravej for the Prime Minister post after the court kicked him out for violating the country's Constitution by accepting payment for appearing in a cooking show he had hosted for seven years before becoming prime minister.

Man Hires Stripper To Dance At Dad's Funeral

Stripper at funeral Cai Ruigong said he promised his father, Cai Jinlai, that if he lived more than 100 years, he'll have a stripper perform at his funeral. Jinlai lived till 103.

Cooking Show Caused Thai Prime Minister's Ouster

Samak Sundaravej Despite opposition groups best attempts, they couldn't get Thailand prime minister Samak Sundaravej removed from office. However, a cooking show did.

More specifically, by accepting payment to appear on "Tasting and Complaining," a cooking show Samak hosted for seven years before being appointed prime minister, Samak violated a constitutional ban on private employment while holding pubic office, so the nine-judge Constitutional Court removed him from office.

This may not be the end of Samak's unpopular stint as prime minister though. The ruling party in charge vowed to reinstate him.

Read more over at the NY Times or watch the BBC report.


North Korea Tried To Kill South Korean President Using Martial Arts Group

Choi Jung-hwa North Korean spies infiltrated the International Taekwondo Federation and used its members in an attempt to assassinate South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, according to Taekwondo master and son of the founder of the ITF, Choi Jung-hwa.

Choi said after his father's death in 2002, North Korean IOC member Chang Ung took control of the ITF and use it for political purposes.

"After taking control of the ITF, the North trained spies and sent them overseas, disguising them as taekwondo masters," Choi said.

Not only that, ITF members, including himself, were ordered to assassinate South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan during his visit to Canada in 1982.

The Canadian police somehow got wind of Choi's plot to kill the South Korean president and he fled to North Korea.

His reason for coming back to South Korea is to settle the feud of the previous generation, he said

Read more over at the Korea Times.


Update: Man With 86 Wives Divorces 82 Of Them...Or Not

Mohammed Bello Abubakar Mohammadu Bello Abubakar had 86 wives, 82 more than allow by Sharia law. Unless he divorces 82 of them, he will face the death penalty.

The death sentence was eventually lifted, but he faced eviction from his home.

On August 31, he eventually agreed to the divorces.

For the back story, go here.

Update 9/9/2008:
According to Reuters, Abubakar has won a reprieve from eviction while the courts decide his case. As for him divorcing his wives, Abubakar's spokesman denied the reports that appeared in some newspapers and said Abubakar intended to marry even more.


Armed Soldiers Forces Man To Eat Coffee-Mate Thinking It Was Cocaine

Coffee Mate Soldiers forced Michael Fabricant at gun point to eat the Coffee-Mate powder he brought with him to Columbia to prove that it was not cocaine.

"They didn't want to taste it, as pure cocaine is fairly poisonous, so I had to eat several mouthfuls in front of them, with guns aimed at me, until they could see that it had no ill effect,'" Fabricant told the Daily Mail.

"I started to explain Coffee-mate and I don't think they understood because they were going, 'No coffee, no coffee'. I was saying I knew it wasn't coffee, but they were a bit bewildered. 'I asked them if they wanted to taste it and they refused because uncut cocaine is extremely powerful not to mention fairly poisonous. One of them gestured with the butt of his rifle for me to sample it instead. 'I started tasting some of it and the guards insisted I had more to see if I was going to trip out. When it became obvious it wasn't happening, they started giggling and one tried it on their tongue," he said.

Why did he had a can of Coffee-Mate with him? He said he loved the local coffee, but didn't trust the local milk product.

Read the rest of the Daily Mail report here.


Diaper Saves Toddler From 30 Feet Fall

An 18-month-old boy fell out from a third-story window and survived. Good thing he wasn't potty trained.

Caua Felipe Massaneiro fell out of his third-story apartment in Brazil and because his diaper caught a security spike on his way down, the impact of the fall was lessen.

From the Associated Press article,

"The boy dangled from the spike for a moment, then "the diaper opened and the baby fell to the ground, but at a much slower speed," a police officer said. "The diaper obviously lessened the impact of the fall and saved the baby's life."

He wasn't unharmed though. He had to be treated for minor fractures.

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