Stand by your man
Some women will go to any lengths to look after their man, as demonstrated by a 42 year-old Polish woman who has been jailed in Italy for wandering around an old castle at night making ghost noises.
She was caught after the owner of the castle-cum-hotel, near Meran in South Tyrol, complained to police about squeaking floorboards, slammed doors and footsteps, which had been scaring guests off for weeks. High-tech video equipment captured the woman walking up and down the corridors.
The wife of an employee at the castle, she was apparently annoyed with the way the owners were treating her beloved and decided to exact her revenge.
She would, however, have been better advised to give her husband some soothing words and a nice massage, as her efforts earned her four months in jail for harassment.
Hunt for poo protestors
There is something intrinsically horrid about dog poo (well, about any poo really, but dog poo more so than most). So, Folklaw can’t help but admire the depth of conviction of a group of protestors in Germany who chose a unique method for protesting against ... well, no one really knows what they were protesting against, but it’s obviously something to do with the United States.
The protesters have had their feathers so ruffled they are seeking out dog poo deposits in public parks and sticking miniature US flags into them. At first, police thought the incidents were a protest against the US-led invasion of Iraq, but when they continued, authorities concluded it was in response to George W Bush’s re-election campaign.
Police are now completely baffled as to who the perpetrators are, despite setting up extra patrols in an attempt to catch them in the act.
“Frankly, we don’t know what we would do if we caught them,” police spokesman Reiner Kuechler said.
Legal experts said there was no law against using faeces as a flag stand, nor did the federal Constitution cover the issue. Hmmm, perhaps this calls for an amendment…
Good grief, they’ve got to be kidding
Austrian cartoonist, Gerhard Haderer, was sentenced to six months in prison by a Greek court for portraying Jesus as a pot-smoking hippy in his comic book The Life of Jesus.
Some may argue that due to the common portrayal of Jesus as a bearded, skinny white man wearing a caftan and sporting a fine mane of long hair, the comparison was not so left field. But the Greek Orthodox Church definitely didn’t agree.
The Church submitted a complaint when the first volume of Haderer’s book appeared in Greece in February 2003, and Athens public prosecutors ordered all copies of the book to be seized.
Haderer, who did not attend the hearing and can only have his sentence imposed if he travels to Greece, drew Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee naked on a surfboard, depicted the last supper as a drinking binge and featured the late Jimi Hendrix as the son of God’s heavenly buddy.
The artist described the ruling as “absolutely scandalous” and publisher Fritz Panzer said he had not expected the “artist’s freedom of expression” to be “kicked to the ground”. But Folklaw thinks they’ve both missed the point: surely any god responsible for the creation of such a ridiculous creature as man must have a quick sense of humour and will no doubt appreciate the joke.
Connoisseurs crack cellar
This sounds like Folklaw’s kind of crime.
Burglars broke into a luxury apartment at a Bulgarian ski resort but ignored the thousands of dollars worth of cash and valuables inside as they sat and drank the homeowners’ wine.
The connoisseurs went to extreme lengths for the satisfaction of their taste buds — they deactivated a complicated alarm system, broke through two doors and locked a guard dog in the kitchen, before settling down to indulge in the selection of fine wines from the drinks cupboard. One can only hope they had taken along a nice selection of cheeses to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Dogs get the boot
Talk about pampered pooches, Northumbria police force in the UK has issued its dogs with boots, to protect their paws.
The Sun newspaper quoted Police Constable Alex McLeod as saying the Bark ‘n Boots, which cost the equivalent of $75.50, were introduced because “there have been times when dogs could not be used because they would be at risk of injury”.
“At burglary premises there is often glass on the floor - but now the dog can safely be used in the search.”
It makes you wonder how dogs have managed to survive throughout the ages, doesn’t it?
Election wakes the dead
Yet another tale from Romania. This week, it is the story of a 22 year-old girl who ‘returned from the dead’ for the privilege of casting her vote in a poll regarding the revision of the Constitution that has caught our attention.
The girl’s family, from Pildesti, Neamt county, believed they had buried her two years ago.They had reported her missing after she failed to return home in July 2003, and after a few days of investigation, police found what was thought to be the girl’s body on a riverbank.
Her father, brother and some neighbours confirmed the identification. Ziarul daily reported that the family was therefore somewhat “shocked” when the girl returned - by taxi.
The girl told her family she went to visit a friend in a remote town and found a job there, but returned to have her say on the Constitutional amendments.
However, her mission may not be successful — because she is officially dead, she must wait for a court decision to confirm that she is indeed alive.
It may have been a case of wishful thinking, but Goran Markovic should have chosen someone less well known when selecting a new identity for his fake passport.
The 46 year-old Serbian car thief told police he was Bruce Willis, and produced a fake passport as identification, when he was pulled over by police at a routine roadside check in Pirot, according to the local daily Blic.
Markovic was wearing dark sunglasses and a cap, but it was a thin disguise that police saw through immediately. Suspicions sufficiently aroused, they soon discovered Markovic had several passports with fake identities and was in fact driving a stolen car.
A police spokesman said even the ‘real’ Bruce Willis would have had trouble convincing officers of his identity as “it’s not very often we get American film stars driving around southern Serbia”.