A Little More Light Weirdness

Just some un-themed oddities that caught my eye:

Plans to chop down a tree to make way for a roundabout in Jaslo, Poland have revealed that the oak was in fact planted to commemorate Hitler's birthday when the town was occupied during World War 2. The town's mayor, Maria Kurowska, called the choice between traffic improvements and the living memorial "simple," but not everyone agrees. "It's a historic curiosity," said local Kazimierz Polak, who was present at the planting ceremony as a child 67 years ago, adding, "It's not the tree's fault" (Reuters).

Two Bengal white tigers in a zoo in South Africa have given birth to a tiger cub that's not only white, but stripe-less (London Paper). Surely that's just called a lion?

A spiritual "healer" in Puerto Rico may want to re-read the manual today, after accidentally dropping a lit candle into the bath of alcohol he had instructed he lady patient lie in. The victim, who was suffering financial and marriage issues, can now add 50% burns to her list of problems (Metro).

The Swiss state of Appenzell went the whole of the second world war without a single German invader, so was perhaps unprepared to come under sustained assault by German hikers dressed in nothing but their socks and boots. Naked hiking, which has become a popular Alpine pastime apparently, has generated a stream of complaints from Swiss locals, and the authorities of the Outer and Inner Rhodes provinces of Appenzell have responded by imposing stiff fines of 200CHF ($175) on anyone caught without clothes, though where they expect the hikers to produce the money from is not explained (Cape News). To publicise the ban, the Swiss officials have ordered signs banning nude hiking, to the surprise of designer Dan Walter, who originally drew the sign as a joke (Metro).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Tue Jul 07, 2009
     Category: Accidents | Goofs and Screw-ups | Animals | Government | Regulations | Health | History | Historical Figure | New Age

Sorry Roland, I found dozens of news sites had covered this story, but all of them chose to illustrate it with pictures of the nude hikers themselves, none with the sign.

This is a shame because (a) I wanted to use it in the article, and (b) I want one for my desk at work! (Not that I have a problem with people hiking past my desk naked, but why risk it?)
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/07/09 at 06:04 PM
oak tree- while i wouldn't necessarily cut it down because of why it was planted, leaving it stand, for that reason, when plans were made to remove it is ridiculous.

tigers- what beautiful animals. all of them are magnificent.

healing- i was unaware that to be spiritually healed you had to be physically destroyed. guess i'll let my spirit hobble along unhealed.

nude hiking- not everyone who wishes to be nude is pleasant to look at that way. i wouldn't want that in my backyard either.
(or traipsing past my work station for that matter)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/07/09 at 08:38 PM
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! :cheese:
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/08/09 at 07:05 AM
dumbfounded, that sign indecates that naked hiking is not allowed for women. it doesn't show men not being permitted to do it. so the question is, what message does that send your coworkers? 😉
bill i loved the benny hill music at the beginning of the video. i'm suprized guys want to do this in the snow, it hardly shows them off to best advantage. (shrinkage you know) :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/08/09 at 07:31 AM
Actually, shouldn't there be a diagonal line through it if the sign meant "no nude (lady) hiking"? Maybe this is like a "one way" or "no entry" sign, "ladies passing this point must be nude and on foot"?
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/08/09 at 08:54 AM
oh bill, i thought that was you honey. i was gonna say, nice buns. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/08/09 at 01:22 PM
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