Odd and True III

 

After spending 17 years building his own Lamborghini sports car in the cellar of his Wisconsin home, Ken Imhoff realized that he had no way of getting it out. Undeterred, he built a ramp and hired a mechanical digger to gouge out a slope in his garden, even removing a section of the house’s foundations. At the end of delicate 2.5-hour operation, the new car finally emerged above the ground.

 

In keeping with a tradition in Xi’an, China, that the bride’s feet should not touch the ground during the journey from home to the ceremony, a couple got married in 2008 in midair in two large tractor digger buckets. The bride and two bridesmaids stood in one bucket, while the groom and two best men stood opposite them in a second bucket.

 

The pilot of light aircraft forced to bale out in the middle in the middle of the Irish Sea had a lucky escape when he was spotted by a team trying to row its way around Britain. The four-man crew was ten days into its time challenge when one of them saw the plane half-submerged in the freezing water. Pilot John O’Shaughnessy, who had been flying from Wales to Ireland, was standing on the wing.

 

A German mathematician, who had been died for 450 years, received a letter in 2009 demanding that he pay long-overdue TV license fees. The bill was sent to the last home address of algebra expert Adam Ries, even though he had died in 1559, centuries before the invention of television.

 

An Italian thief thanked the police for rescuing him from a group of irate Korean tourist whom he had just robbed. The thief had stolen a handbag from the family during their visit to Rome, but they gave chase and floored him with taekwondo moves, before subjecting him to beating. They stopped only when an officer arrived to arrest the 48-year old man.

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