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28 February 2024

Let's begin with a quick toilet break. That's what a passenger on a SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Bangalore tried. However, the cubicle door malfunctioned, leaving him in what an airport official later described as a state of shock. Amid sustained efforts to upgrade him from lavatory-class seating, the crew slipped him a 'Do not panic' note and instructed him to close the lid for landing. Engineers on the ground freed him, and he received a refund for his ticket.

H[IMG: The foam]ouston had a problem: a largely snow-free winter. However, a United Airlines hangar at George Bush International Airport adopted a seasonal decor anyway, inadvertently blanketing its surroundings in fire-suppression foam. Under cover of darkness, the white stuff overflowed the car park and engulfed vehicles in a nearby road.
After a multi-hour hazmat operation, Houston Fire Department operations chief Michael Mire recounted that 'because of its high expansion properties, it was [as] high as 30 feet'. As for the substance's other properties, he said: 'This is a new product to the industry, so we'll see what the results are in 20 years.'

In hopes of a lenient sentence for attacking someone with a baseball bat, Deobra Delone Redden, 30, assured Nevada judge Mary Kay Holthus that he was 'trying to do better' with regard to his history of battery. Moments later, he backed up this claim by launching himself - plus some expletives - over the bench and physically attacking her. As multiple courtroom officials intervened, the defendant suffered minor injuries (from taking a a few punches), as did the judge (who ended up bruised and and with less hair).
Law clerk Michael Lasso, who recalled 'blood [being] everywhere', said: 'It's just something you don't usually see in court.'
A week later, Holthus handed down the original sentence, unaltered. Alongside that 19-48 months in prison, Redden's worries include 13 new counts, before a different judge. Among these is an attempted-murder charge prompted by his admission that a 'bad day' had led him to try to kill her.

An hour after take-off from Amsterdam, an overhead compartment on a Delta Airlines plane bound for Detroit dropped open, leaving the woman below 'freaking out' in her efforts to 'kind of fight off these maggots', in the words of seat-row-mate Philip Schotte. Flight attendants tracked the wriggling stowaways to a luggage item containing a bundle of newspaper, the unwrapping of which prompted mass nose-pinching. The rotten fish within was conveyed to the back of the aircraft, and the aircraft was conveyed back to Schiphol Airport for 'cleaning'.

Somewhat larger animals ended up on the loose when a lorry overturned on Interstate 95 in South Carolina. While the burning vehicle sat with the trailer's rear hanging over a bridge, at least three dozen cattle set off to wander Colleton County. The ensuing clean-up and round-up operation, which left the road closed in both directions for 10 hours, brought in sheriff's officers with thermal-imaging drones, ranchers on horseback with lassos, and rescue personnel who tended to the animals and a hapless motorist caught up in the chaos.

Our next item might count as light-hearted news in comparison to what has been emanating from Russia lately. Social workers making at least their 13th visit to Starosiverskaya man Vladimir's home since 2001 discovered that he had not been 'in Tibet for foot treatments' the whole time. His 50-year-old wife Svetlana had been sleeping beside his corpse and occasionally performing occult rituals with it.
Her eldest daughter recounted that Vladimir had collapsed in December 2020, with Svetlana leaving him there for the next four hours in the belief that he was 'playing dead'. Allegedly, she then hauled him into the bedroom and warned her four children, now 8-17, that she would ship them off to an orphanage or sanitarium should they reveal the truth.

Noticing a Stevenage man's refrigerator running, police officers set out to catch it: they stopped traffic and detained Daniel Fairbrother, who had been running along a Hertfordshire road with the appliance strapped to his back. Fairbrother explained that he is training for the London Marathon in hopes of beating the world-record time for a marathon run with white goods. While he hopes that this effort in support of a diabetes charity goes better than his previous attempt, for which he proved too weedy, issues are not unexpected. Hence, 'if I got pulled over another 10 times I wouldn't be annoyed'.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Kamila Grabska ended up in trouble after actually winning a competition for charity. At an event in Limerick, Grabska grabbed a 1.5-metre Christmas tree and threw it the furthest. Upon viewing a national newspaper's photograph of this 'very agile movement', Limerick's Justice Carmel Stewart threw out the 36-year-old Grabska's claim for 650,000 pounds in compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash. Allegedly, back injuries had rendered her unable to lift a heavy bag or play with her children. She might even have to repay several years of disability benefits.

Next up is Barbara Ioele, who fleeced the state in a different manner. In her case, the state was Italy and the ill-gotten gains consisted of 110,000 euros for maternity leave (for five non-existent and non-registered children) and sick-leave payments (from 12 bogus miscarriages) over a span of 24 years. Ioele, 50, was rumbled after stealing or forging a birth certificate for her latest supposed child in December.
In court, she maintained that all of the children are real, though her partner begged to differ. She was sentenced to further time off work at taxpayer expense: 1.5 years in jail.

Thanks to a mistake with the accelerator pedal, a car drove off an Oslo quay, leaving its two occupants scrambling onto the vehicle's roof for temporary safety. Thanks to a nearby electrically powered sauna raft, towel-clad rescuers were soon speeding toward them at full throttle, reaching the vehicle just before it disappeared underwater. The steam-boat's skipper, Nicholay Nordahl, reported to newspaper Verdens Gang that the two rescuees then warmed up in the sauna. Their car was retrieved later.

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