When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at its intended victim
during a holdup in Long Beach, California, would be robber James Elliot
did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel
and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting
machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his
insurance company. The company, suspecting negligence, sent out one
of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and
lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.
A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during
blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken
the space. Understandably, he shot her.
After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver
found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting
from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence,
the driver went to a nearby bus-stop and offered everyone waiting there
a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital,
telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to
bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious injuries.
Asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was
simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train
before he was hit.
A mother took her daughter to the doctor and asked him to give her
an examination to determine the cause of her daughters swollen abdomen.
It only took the doctor about 2 seconds to say "Your daughter is
The mother turned red with fury and she argued with the doctor that
her daughter was a good girl and would not compromise her reputation
by having sex with a boy. The doctor faced the window and silently watched
The mother became enraged and screamed, "Quit looking out the
window! Aren't you paying attention to me?"
"Yes, of course I am paying attention ma'am. It's just that the
last time this happened, a star appeared in the East, and three wise
men came. I was hoping that they would show up again."