Cat-struck woman to sue 200
Without needing to resort to metaphorical gags regarding excessive rainfall or the perils of curiosity, Folklaw brings the story of an unfortunate Chinese woman who was knocked out when a cat fell from the sky and hit her.
When she came to, and no-one from the building she was walking past would own up to possession of the cat, the woman threatened to sue all 200 residents, Chongqing Business News reported.
Tang Meirong, 53, of Chongqing City was hospitalised after the incident, while the cat was killed in the collision.
“I was walking on the footpath under the building, and suddenly a heavy object hit my head. I remember nothing afterwards,” she said.
According to the paper, the building’s manager told police that they would have a hard time trying to identify an owner.
A prison in Bulgaria received a knock on the door from an escapee who said he missed his old friends and wanted to be let back in.
Vassil Ivanov, 37, escaped from the Stara Zagora prison in Easter 2005, having been originally imprisoned for theft. But when he returned to the prison he was immediately welcomed back by the strong arms of the law, website Ananova.com reported.
“I couldn’t stand it any more,” a teary Ivanov said. “I had been inside for nine years and I just couldn’t get used to life on the outside again. I missed my pals here and I was miserable being a free man.”
Swiss drunk smashes into police station
A Swiss drunk driver literally landed himself in jail when he crashed through the wall of a police station in his car.
Juergen Berger, 36, is reported to have been three times over the legal limit when he came careening off a freeway in Spiez-Gesigen, Switzerland, website Ananova.com reported.
Both Berger and his dog ended up inside the police station after he lost control of his car around a corner and slid off the road.
“He and the dog were unhurt, which was more than can be said for the car and the police station,” a police spokesperson said.
“He can say goodbye to his licence for a long time.”
They’re coming to take me away
A Minnesotan man, heavily under the influence of mind-altering drugs, called the police from his hiding place in a tree with a claim that imaginary drug squad officers were trying to get him.
The 30-year-old space cadet from the aptly named town of St Cloud took refuge in the tree to escape his pursuers, police said.
When real-life police officers turned up, the man was still in the tree, holding his mobile phone. After a period of time was spent discussing the mechanics of extracting the man from the tree, he kindly saved the police the trouble by slipping and falling out.
The confused individual was carted off to hospital for treatment, and then on to the nearest jail.
Impostor girls fleece shoplifters
A brazen trio of Romanian teens were arrested after posing as shopping centre detectives in order to relieve thieves of their loot.
According to German police, the girls — aged just 12, 14 and 16 — were particularly adept at identifying shoplifters operating in a mall in Munich.
Once a theft had taken place, the girls would produce fake identification and offer to let the shoplifter off with a warning, so long as they relinquished their booty.
Just how someone as young as 12 passed for a convincing security guard is unknown, but police arrested the trio in their apartment, where they found ¤514 ($848), along with mobile phones, clothes and MP3 players.
Boob robs bank for boobs
Love struck Austrian Robert Steinwirt has ended up in jail after attempting to rob a bank to finance new breasts for his transvestite partner.
Police arrested the 29-year-old mechanic moments after he delivered ¤10,283 ($16,965) to a plastic surgeon to pay for the procedure.
Steinwirt was dobbed-in by the surgeon who, funnily enough, grew suspicious after receiving the entirety of the price for the procedure in advance and in cash.
The man now has six years in a prison in Austria to imagine what could have been.