UK Prime Minister David Cameron is determined to put Britain’s budget on a diet. Tasked with reducing government spending by £30 billion ($44 billion) a year, Treasury chief George Osborne has asked the British public for some ideas. Here are some of the 45,000+ ideas to save the government some £££ that are now under consideration by the Treasury.
For the third time in three months, celebrity heiress Paris Hilton was arrested for suspected drug possession. This time, Paris was in Vegas with her boyfriend and blamed the cocaine on a handbag mix-up. Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas? Or has this poor little rich girl tangled with the law one time too many?
As Columbian police cautiously approached a house full of drug-traffickers, Lorenzo the lookout squawked out a warning: “Run, run or the cat will get you.” Why is this news worth animating? Because Lorenzo the lookout is a parrot. Like his owners, Lorenzo is now in police custody. No words on whether this parrot will turn out to be a stool pigeon.
Need more animated parrot news? Check out the parrot that got its cheatin’ owner busted.
Two Taiwanese cameramen filming a travel show were injured, one seriously, after two members of a terrorist group called “India Mujahideen” opened fire outside the Jama Masjid mosque in the Indian capital on Sunday.
Have you ever felt threatened while traveling overseas? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.
A 21-year-old California girl survived after crawling out of the San Bernardino desert after having her throat slit by a kidnapper. The girl met her abductor, an immigrant from China, to go shopping on September 8. He then abducted her and asked for a US$10,000 ransom, slitting her throat and leaving her for dead after her father refused to pay. He was later arrested after her father contacted the police.
We hope the girl gets well soon.
After her 17-year-old husband went to jail for a crime, the 27-year-old cougar in Taiwan’s JiaYi county set her eyes on a 13-year-old boy. He is a friend’s baby brother! She lured him over time and took him home the day he graduated from elementary school. The boy’s family has pressed for criminal charges against the woman.
We hope she gets some help, and that we never have friends like that.
The latest victor is Christine O’Donnell. The anti-masturbation candidate has won the Republican senate nomination in Delaware, causing strategist Karl Rove to self-immolate on national television.
The Democrats, believing the Tea Party cannot win in a general election, are predictably happy with Tea Party’s primary success. But are the Democrat’s underestimating the strength of this populist movement?
Self-made cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya and three of her aides were murdered, their remains torched and then scattered in a stream near the estate of two lawyer brothers. The brothers have been arrested in connection with the killings in a case that has captivated Malaysia over the last two weeks. Police suspect that the brothers may have been involved in several other murders.
What punishment do you think the brothers should get if found guilty? Leave a comment.
A Taiwan man who swallowed a piece of spare rib had a painful few hours before doctors helped him relieve his pain. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever swallowed?
A worker at a mold factory in Taipei county has won an award of $12,000USD from his employee as severance pay and compensation for emotional distress. After the employee complained to the authorities about the lack of vacation time at his company, his boss roped off a tiny “waiting area” around a chair and ordered the employee to stay inside. The court found that the boss did this to humiliate the employee.
How would you entertain yourself if you were unfortunately stuck inside the ‘naughty spot’?
A serial shoe thief in Taipei County has been busted. Police discovered cabinets stuffed full of high heel shoes stolen over the course of a 6-month spree. Victims are welcome to look through his stash for their stolen heels, but be warned: police believe the suspect used the shoes to pleasure himself. One victim said her shoes smelled of ‘dried fish’.
A Taiwan woman was saved from a sex attack by her body-sculpting underwear. The insurance agent had gone to a man’s home to make a sale when the pervert pounced. However, he gave up after he could find no way to disrobe her.
Have you ever had any problems with your underwear? Leave a comment and let us know.
Apple Inc. has denied a widely circulated story that CEO Steve Jobs was stopped at an airport in Japan after throwing stars were found in his carry-on luggage. But if it had have happened, it might have looked something like this. First light sabers, now ninja stars. What’s next?
Download the animation
here. You can also watch the Apple TV report (in Chinese) here. The clip starts at the 2 minute mark.
Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader and mastermind of the September 11 attacks had been expecting twin grandchildren, but British surrogate mother Louise Pollard suffered a miscarriage after she was attacked in Syria. Louise Pollard had been carrying the children of Omar and his British wife, Zaina. Omar is Osama bin Laden’s fourth son. He has said he would like to be the ambassador of peace between Islam and the West.
Do you think Omar, Zaina and Pollard should try again for another baby?
Last week, an Air Force commander was sued for cheating on his dying wife then coning her parents out of their savings. This week, we give you the depressed Air Force officer who tried to set the base on fire.
An officer at Taiwan’s Air Force tried to set his superior’s office on fire last month. The officer is said to have difficulty adjusting to life in the military. He felt ostracized by his peers, and he did not know how to cope with the pressure from his superior. He has been sent to the military court for the crime of public endangerment.
Leave a comment and let us know about the counseling resources available at your country’s military branches.
In addition to looking attractive, a Kaohsiung-area woman’s slim figure got her out of a tight spot when she was carjacked at gunpoint. The woman managed to roll down the window partially and exit the moving vehicle. She remains hospitalized from abrasion wounds. The police has tracked down her car and identified the suspect.
Let us know in the comments if you think you can squeeze through a half-open car window if you were carjacked…
Stock speculator “Antique Chang” was wanted by the police, who suspect that he has fraudulently driven up the prices of some stocks. Chang designed his house with secret passageways and hidden rooms so that he could evade arrest, but sharp-eyed investigators caught him with the help of his own CCTV cameras.
We’re not sure whether Chang should have built a secret pocket within his secret tunnel that’s his way out of the secret chamber of his not-so-secret house. Meanwhile, see what UK was planning on doing with CCTV surveillance videos back in July.
English love cheat Andy Thomson was caught out after his pet parrot Harvey repeated amorous phrases he had used while cheating on his partner with a colleague in front of his girlfriend Rachel Harrison.
Harrison kicked out Thomson and eventually had to get rid of Harvey too as he would not stop calling out the name of her love rival.
Besides “I love you, Claire”, what other things do you think the parrot might have repeated?
Wymering manor, which some consider to be England’s ‘most haunted’ house, will be going up for auction. In addition to the property, the house’s 30 resident ghosts will be included in the sale. The spooky property is more than a thousand years old and used to be a monastery. Fortunately, it seems the ghosts are of the friendly variety:
The building has gained a reputation among ghost hunters for high levels of paranormal activity, including sudden drops in temperature and strange apparitions. A former resident, David Scanlan, found the living and the dead got along fine.
He said the spirits ‘seem to be quite nice and quite friendly and it’s almost like we get on with them and they tolerate us’.
Will you ever consider staying in Wymering Manor if it gets turned into a hotel? Let us know in the comments!
A Taiwanese doctor and two friends were indicted for violating reproduction laws after police found they had arranged fake marriages with Uzbek women in order to satisfy their fascination with mixed-race babies.
Prosecutors requested a two year sentence for the ringleader, while lighter sentences were sought for his two accomplices.
Interesting Fact: Many people in Taiwan are fascinated by mixed-race kids because they are different. Why? Think about it. Every kid born here has black hair and brown eyes, so when you come across a kid with blond hair, or different colored eyes they immediately stand out from the crowd. It’s understandable, but these guys took the phenomenon to its extreme.