Strange but True Stories

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Strange but True Stories

Post by Bham34 » Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:53 pm

Sent Packing
Charles D. McKinley, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., had four weeks of vacation coming, so he decided to visit his parents in DeSoto, Texas. Rather than buy a plane ticket for $320, McKinley, a shipping clerk, packed himself into a shipping crate and air-expressed himself home, charging the fees to his employer. When the crate was delivered to his parents' front step, McKinley pushed out of the box and shook hands with the "shaken and frightened" delivery driver. The driver called the police. After an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. attorney, postal inspectors, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, McKinley was charged as a stowaway, a federal misdemeanor. (Dallas Morning News) ...If he had only waited for the driver to leave, he would have been home free.

She didn't see the movie
A Universal Studios Hollywood employee — an unnamed woman who normally works weekdays in the wardrobe department — discovered while leaving work on a recent Saturday that her regular exit gate was locked. Driving around the lot looking for escape, she started to follow a tour bus full of visitors, presumably figuring it would lead her to an exit. The bus then cut through the special passageway that was used to film Charlton Heston leading the Israelites through the parted waters of the Red Sea, and the woman followed. But upon reaching the end, the bus triggered a device to close the parted waters, trapping the woman and her car, much like the Pharaoh’s soldiers were trapped when they chased Heston and company through the gap. It took Hollywood’s Urban Search and Rescue unit an hour to rescue her. (Los Angeles Times) ...Better than being caught in King Kong’s grasp for an hour, I suppose.

Next Time Call the Auto Club

Dennis Wadsworth was driving through London when his truck ran out of fuel, so he parked and went for more. Police, finding the vehicle, issued a security alert: he had left it in front of 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s official residence. Wadsworth returned 90 minutes later to find the truck a heap of smoking rubble — police had blown it up as a precaution. “Against the background of IRA atrocities ...we had no option,” a police spokesman said. (Reuters) ...Oh, just a minute: here are your keys.
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