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The skinny: Company name doesn't count as actual clue

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Company name doesn't count as actual clue

A man in Perth, Australia, has been fined $1,500 for misleading jobseekers about the nature of the jobs he was offering, a violation of the Fair Trading Act. According to the suit, the applicants were unaware that they would be required to wear bikinis and massage men, because of misleading ads for the positions at the company, which was called Bikini Girls Massage.

Used cars

Who knows where that hand has been

When Bob Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, found a hand in the back of a friend's pickup truck, he got concerned and called police. The truck belonged to the friend's deceased father, and who knows who the hand might have belonged to. The truck smelled, so that added to the intrigue. The Columbus Dispatch reports that police came out with an investigator from the coroner's office, who made a quick diagnosis: It was a rubber hand. The smell was from a dead animal in the truck. That was close.

Couple forgets snake in test drive

A couple took a Toyota Camry out for a test drive from Hollingsworth Richards Used Cars in Gonzales, La., and kept the car for a couple of weeks before deciding they could not complete the sale and returning it. Then they realized that their pet python was missing. No one put those two facts together until Marquita Lawrence recently bought the car. In fact, it wasn't until Lawrence picked up some fried chicken to take home that she learned there was a snake in her car. A very hungry snake, who liked fried chicken. She responded in a calm, collected manner. "I threw it in park and hauled tail and I did not look back. I'm running across the highway screaming, 'There's a snake in my car, there's a snake in my car!' " she told WAFB-TV. The snake was captured by animal control officers and returned to its owners.

No boom

He cuts grass short, and nearly his life

Taylor Wood, 17, was mowing a pasture behind his home in Hooper, Utah, on Sunday when he ran over something. "I heard a thud," Wood told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. "I stopped and looked down and read on it. I saw real clear 'TNT shell' on the side." Which is really the best possible way he could have found out that he had just hit a container of explosives with a lawn mower. Fire officials said that the container was World War II-era, but stable, and they "disposed" of it. Which probably means they blew it up in spectacular fashion.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Business suit

Company name doesn't count as actual clue

A man in Perth, Australia, has been fined $1,500 for misleading jobseekers about the nature of the jobs he was offering, a violation of the Fair Trading Act. According to the suit, the applicants were unaware that they would be required to wear bikinis and massage men, because of misleading ads for the positions at the company, which was called Bikini Girls Massage.

Used cars

Who knows where that hand has been

When Bob Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, found a hand in the back of a friend's pickup truck, he got concerned and called police. The truck belonged to the friend's deceased father, and who knows who the hand might have belonged to. The truck smelled, so that added to the intrigue. The Columbus Dispatch reports that police came out with an investigator from the coroner's office, who made a quick diagnosis: It was a rubber hand. The smell was from a dead animal in the truck. That was close.

Couple forgets snake in test drive

A couple took a Toyota Camry out for a test drive from Hollingsworth Richards Used Cars in Gonzales, La., and kept the car for a couple of weeks before deciding they could not complete the sale and returning it. Then they realized that their pet python was missing. No one put those two facts together until Marquita Lawrence recently bought the car. In fact, it wasn't until Lawrence picked up some fried chicken to take home that she learned there was a snake in her car. A very hungry snake, who liked fried chicken. She responded in a calm, collected manner. "I threw it in park and hauled tail and I did not look back. I'm running across the highway screaming, 'There's a snake in my car, there's a snake in my car!' " she told WAFB-TV. The snake was captured by animal control officers and returned to its owners.

No boom

Chores almost

Taylor Wood, 17, was mowing a pasture behind his home in Hooper, Utah, on Sunday when he ran over something. "I heard a thud," Wood told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. "I stopped and looked down and read on it. I saw real clear 'TNT shell' on the side." Which is really the best possible way he could have found out that he had just hit a container of explosives with a lawn mower. Fire officials said that the container was World War II-era, but stable, and they "disposed" of it. Which probably means they blew it up in spectacular fashion.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: Company name doesn't count as actual clue 04/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:19am]

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