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article imageThe lighter and brighter side of the news

By Matt Harding     Feb 28, 2010 in World
Odd and humorous news has filled newspapers, magazines, radios, and television screens for years. Here's a look at February's oddest news.
Amusing reports are often the backdrop to more serious news; news that nobody wants to hear. From disease and murders to natural disasters and war, mainstream news is the fabric of our nation and has been reported since print publications were made available. But still, there is a “lighter side” to the news. Here are five stories which have appeared in the past month that will have you laughing out loud:
Man playing Grand Theft Auto arrested for grand theft auto:
In Orlando, Florida, sheriff’s deputies found a suspected thief playing “Grand Theft Auto.” Ironically, he would later be charged with grand theft auto. As a matter of fact, at the time of his arrest, he was out of jail on bond for a separate grand theft auto charge. The 30-year-old was inside his house playing the video game with the stolen 1998 Dodge Durango sitting outside.
Third time’s the charm (so was the first and second):
A Boston man was arrested three times in three consecutive days. Huy Quoc Le faces a number of charges; driving after suspension, attaching improper plates, and driving an unregistered vehicle are just a few of the crimes. The 25-year-old has also been accused of stealing $10,000 from the business account of a local nail salon.
And you thought the U.S. government was flawed:
While it may have been accidental, special treatment of Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, caused a woman to give birth in a traffic jam. The woman gave birth to her baby girl while policemen closed roads to let President Zardari’s motorcade drive by. The woman was being driven to a hospital in Quetta when police blocked the roads. The woman’s brother told reporters, “We pleaded with the policemen as it was an emergency but they refused citing orders that no one should be allowed to move until the president passed.” After hearing about the incident, Zardari was cited as saying, “Alternative routes must be provided to ensure that the people do not suffer.” Next time, I’m sure the mother will start heading to the hospital a bit sooner.
Celebs aren’t the only one’s entering rehab:
A Russian chimpanzee has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits the chimp picked up while a member of a circus troupe. Zhora became aggressive at his circus and was transferred to a zoo in the city of Rostov. “The beer and cigarettes were ruining him. He would pester passers-by for booze,” the Komsomolskaya Pravda paper said.
Some people aren’t as bright as the fires they cause:
A 76-year-old German man, who was trying to thaw out his car, decided to speed up the process by putting a blow heater under the hood. While it hastened the heating process, it did so too effectively. Police said the man left the heater on and returned indoors. Soon thereafter, he heard two explosions and returned to find the car incinerated. He alerted the fire department, who arrived just in time to prevent the blaze from destroying his house. Including the charred home, damages were estimated at $56,240.
It’s true; you won’t find any of this news on any mainstream networks such as CNN, FOX News, or ABC. You will find this type of news on Digital Journal and across bizarre cities all over the world.
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