Odd news from around the world

19 Apr

Here’s a summary of some unusual news stories that I read on 「毎日新聞」 (“The Mainichi Newspaper“) website:

● Japan’s Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is in Washington for the “Nuclear Security Summit”.
After Mr. Hatoyama met with U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. newspaper wrote an article that described the Japanese prime minister as “loopy”.

The Japanese government said in a news conference that Japan was displeased with the lack of respect and courtesy that the newspaper showed a state leader.

● The New York Society Library, the oldest library in New York, discovered that the first American president, George Washington, borrowed two books from the library and failed to return them.

The books are still listed as checked out by George Washington and overdue since 1789 November 2!

Mr. Washington owes the library over 220 years in late fees!

● A man in America was recently arrested after he got into a quarrel with another guest at a motel he was staying at…and then hit the man in the face with his 1.2 meter (4 feet) python snake.

● In Germany, a meat supplier delivered steaks to a restaurant but was angered when the restaurant manager informed him that the restaurant didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay his €400 (¥50,120 (US$541)) bill.

Rather than wait to be paid later, the meat seller recollected all of the steaks…including the ones that were already cooked and on customer’s plates at their tables.

● Reminiscent of Orsan Welles famous radio show “War Of The Worlds” in which he described an attack on Earth by aliens from the planet Mars in the 1930’s in America that caused mass panic when the public believed the show was actual live news….a newspaper in the country of Jordan printed an “April Fools” joke in their paper on the first of this month.

The paper said that giant aliens from space were attacking their city of Amman in Jordan. It caused mass hysteria.
Even the city’s mayor believed the story. He sent troops to search for the aliens and was considering a citywide evacuation.


Have you heard these news stories? have you heard any other odd or funny news stories recently?

8 Responses to “Odd news from around the world”

  1. metalodyssey April 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    So much for a “statute of limitations” when it comes to overdue library books of over 200 years!

    Those books are probably worth a small fortune… whoever has them, (if the books even exist still), would have to laugh at that one!

    That library should learn to… “just let it go”… talk about having an overdue library book vendetta!



    • tokyo5 April 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

      >So much for a “statute of limitations” when it comes to overdue library books of over 200 years!

      Actually, that’s the technical loop-hole. When “late-charges” or “interest” is involved, the fines keep the penalty “current” and within any “statute of limitations”.

      >Those books are probably worth a small fortune

      That’s probably why the library wants them back. 😉


  2. metalodyssey April 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    With the “wacky” way things are today, I would not be a bit surprised if the late, great and former President George Washington does have a bad credit rating due to the overdue library books. Someone probably made certain he would not be able to get a mortgage now… or a car loan too.

    I would almost bet that someone has even probably mailed out overdue invoices to his former address as well. This is not my Metal mind exaggerating either.



    • tokyo5 April 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

      I didn’t mention in this post, but the news article said that the library doesn’t intend to try to collect the overdue fees (the would most likely be impossible, I’m sure)…but they’d just like the two library books to be returned by whomever currently has them.

      But I bet you’re right though…if the library still has a record of Mr. Washington’s former address, a bill was probably sent. 😉


  3. Ameena April 21, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    Thank you Tokyo 5 for your comment…I left Tokyo yesterday and am sitting in the Singapore airport awaiting my connection to KL. We had a great time for our first (short) visit. Next time I will definitely ask you for some recommendations! Food was definitely tricky but your city is beautiful and we can’t wait to return!


    • tokyo5 April 21, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      How long was your visit here?
      Did you see any cities in Japan besides Tokyo?

      >I will definitely ask you for some recommendations!

      Please feel free. I’ll do my best to help.

      >Food was definitely tricky

      I think Tokyo is the easiest city I’ve seen to find any type of food you want prepared deliciously!


  4. A (Mb's Husband) April 20, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    I saw this one recently: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/perspectives/news/20100417p2a00m0na027000c.html I thought it was interesting. 🙂


    • tokyo5 April 20, 2010 at 9:01 am #

      Yes, it’s said that young men in Japan these days are passive…and the women have become more aggressive.

      Is this news well-known outside of Japan too?


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