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    RIYADH (Reuters) - Some countries fret over the number of teenagers skipping school, but Saudi Arabia is worried about truancy of another kind -- teachers playing hooky to trade on the booming stock market in the world's top oil producer.
    Saudi Arabia's education ministry said Thursday it had told headmasters to ensure that teachers do not use work hours for the national pastime of dabbling in the Arab world's largest stock market.

    "There have been some cases, concentrated in Riyadh and Jeddah ... over the last year when the stock market has seen a lot of activity," a spokesman said. "There are natural reasons for having to leave school and unnatural ones, such as trading in shares."

    Record oil receipts helped the Saudi bourse rise by 104 percent last year. Analysts say half the country's 18 million citizens are believed to hold shares in listed companies, and some 3 million trade regularly.

    Wonder if it will catch on here?

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    My two favourite videos:

    What Old People do for fun:

    Why Macs Suck:

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    The 2005 Darwin Awards In case you have been waiting breathlessly for this year's Darwin Awards, here they are. These awards are given annually to the remains, or estate of that individual, who through single- minded self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool.

    5th RUNNER-UP: Goes to a San Angelo, California man who died when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad. 22-year old David Hubal was pronounced dead at Central Mammoth Hospital. The accident occurred about 3 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff's department said. Hubal and his friends apparently had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley and undid some yellow foam protectors from lift towers, said Lt. Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit towers. The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and Hubal crashed into a tower. It has since been investigated and determined the tower he hit was the one with its pad removed.

    4th RUNNER-UP: Goes to Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call the police, Puelo grabbed a hot dog, shoved it into his mouth and walked out without paying. Police found him unconscious in front of the store. Paramedics removed the six-inch wiener from his throat where it had choked him to death.

    3rd RUNNER-UP: Goes to poacher Marino Malerba of Spain, who shot a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock and was killed instantly when it fell on him.

    2nd RUNNER-UP: "Man loses face at party." A man at a West Virginia party (probably related to the winner last year...remember him?--a man in Arkansas who used a 22 cal. bullet to replace the fuse in his pickup truck) popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth, and tongue. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during the party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. "Another man had it in an aquarium hooked to a battery and was trying to explode it. It wouldn't go off and this guy said "I'll show you how to set it off." He put it into his mouth, bit down and it blew all his teeth out and his lips and tongue off, Payne said. Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesperson at Charleston Area Medical Division. "I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that," Payne said.

    1st RUNNER-UP: Doctors at Portland University Hospital said an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky to be alive and will be released soon from the hospital. Tony Roberts, 25, lost his right eye last weekend during an initiation into a men's rafting club, Mountain Men Anonymous (probably known now as Stupid Mountain Men Anonymous) in Grants Pass, Oregon. A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered Robert's right eye. Doctors said that had the arrow gone 1 millimeter to the left, a major blood vessel would have been cut and Roberts would have died instantly. Neurosurgeon, Doctor Johnny Delashaw, at theUniversity Hospital in Portland said the arrow went through 8 to10inches of brain with the tip protruding at the rear of his skull, yet somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels. Delashaw also said that had Roberts tried to pull the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed himself. Roberts admitted afterwards that he and his friends had been drinking that afternoon
    (geez--you think!!). Said Roberts, "I feel so dumb about this." No charges have been filed, but the Josephine County district attorney's office said the initiation stunt is under investigation.

    (The late) John Pernicky and his friend, (the late) Sal Hawkins, of the great state of Washington, decided to attend a local Metallica concert at the George Washington amphitheater Having no tickets (but having had 18 beers between them), they thought it would be easy to "hop" over the nine foot fence and sneak into the show. They pulled their pickup truck over to the fence and the plan was for Mr. Pernicky, who was 100 pounds heavier than Mr. Hawkins, to hop the fence and then assist his friend over. Unfortunately for (the late) Mr. Pernicky, there was a
    30-foot drop on the other side of the fence. Having heaved himself over, he found himself crashing through a tree. His fall was abruptly halted (and broken, along with his arm) by a large branch that snagged him by his shorts. Dangling from the tree with a broken arm, he looked down and saw some bushes below him. Possibly figuring the bushes would break his fall, he removed his pocket knife and proceeded to cut away his shorts to free himself from the tree. Finally free, Mr. Pernicky crashed into holly bushes. The sharp leaves scratched his ENTIRE body and now, without the protection of his shorts, a holly branch penetrated his rectum. To make matters worse, upon landing his pocket knife penetrated his thigh. Hawkins, seeing his friend in considerable pain and agony, threw him a rope and tried to pull him to safety by tying the rope to the pickup truck and slowly driving away. However, in his drunken haste, he put the truck into reverse and crashed through the fence landing on his friend and killing him. Police arrived to find the crashed pickup with its driver thrown 100 feet from the truck and dead at the scene from massive internal injuries. Upon moving the truck, they found John under it half-naked, scratches on his body, a holly stick in his rectum, a knife in his thigh, and his shorts dangling from a tree branch
    25 feet in the air.

    Congratulations, gentlemen. You win. And some more idiots have been removed from the gene pool!

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    Worthy Winners ! Unbelievable.

    The idiot gene pool always seems to be topped up - especially when genes are enhanced by alcohol.

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    You'd have to feel like an idiot
    Man critical after spitting competition

    * From correspondents in Berlin
    * June 02, 2007

    A 43-YEAR-OLD German man has been taken to hospital in critical condition after falling off a second storey balcony during a spitting contest with his 12-year-old son, police say.

    A spokesman for the police in the eastern town of Cottbus today said the man in Forst had apparently lost his balance after thrusting too far forward in his attempt to out-spit his son.

    He tumbled over the ledge and landed on a balcony of the ground floor apartment, police said.

    He was taken to hospital in a rescue helicopter.

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    Germans not having a good start to JUNE.

    Train driver falls to high-speed death

    * From correspondents in Berlin
    * June 02, 2007

    GERMAN police are investigating the mysterious death of a 41-year-old train driver who fell out of an express train from Budapest shortly before it reached its destination in Berlin.

    A Berlin police spokesman said the train was travelling at 120 km/h through a Berlin suburb when its emergency braking system was activated because the driver had not responded, as required, within a 30-second safety interval.

    None of the 85 passengers were injured by the abrupt stop shortly before 11pm on Thursday.

    Police at first could not find the German driver.

    The engine door was open.

    His body was found hours later 200m away in a ditch next to the track.

    “The only thing we're sure about is the door was found open and the security control switch that has to be engaged every 30 seconds had not been activated,” the spokesman said.

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    Check out this Bogan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by watsonc View Post
    Check out this Bogan!
    You'd have to have rocks in your head to pick up a brown snake and have probably got boulders in there if you put your hand back in the bag with a snake (probably thought his beer was in there lol) Lucky or Unlucky?

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    I guess the big question is "DID HE SPILL ANY BEER?" If he didn't, he (Snake man) is a legend!!!

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    Mark McGowan eats a piece of corgi dog meat as he protests against the failure of the RSPCA to bring a case against the British Royal family. Picture: AFP
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    What the
    A woman washes her hands at a specially designed wash basin in a public toilet in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. Picture: Reuters
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    He's still alive, actually he's been very "live", so not quite a Darwin Awards candidate but it comes close. You'd think he'd have learnt after the first attempt, but apparently not. He's in prison now.

    ...he first tried to steal overhead power lines at Hydro Tasmania's Wayatinah Power Station in September last year.

    Despite warning signs, Hall tried to cut the wire and received a 22,000 volt shock.

    He spent three weeks in hospital with serious burns to his legs and arms.

    The day after being released, and still swathed in bandages, Hall cut another live wire at the nearby Tungatinah Power Station...

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    A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

    The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathematician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."

    Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."

    Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"
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    I've just had an IQ test and the results came back negative.

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    3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and so on


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