Nov 9 (UPI) – A Briton offers an unusual chauffeur service by charging around $ 1,000 to travel to weddings and other events in his “Tank Taxi”.
Merlin Batchelor of Norwich, England, said his Tank Taxi – which is actually an armored personnel carrier, a tank-like vehicle – cost him a total of $ 35,000 to buy and repair for a use in his business.
“First I had neighbors, then friends who asked, then friends of friends, then people I didn’t even know asking me to take them, mostly questions about balls,” he said. Batchelor told CBS News.
Batchelor said he now earns around $ 1,000 per job driving people to weddings and funerals.
He said the unusual chauffeur service provides “pure entertainment. While you are driving down the street, there are so many people smiling, laughing, pointing.”
Batchelor said insurance for the vehicle is cheaper than that of his family’s Honda Civic.
“Kids love to shop there,” he told the Norwich Evening News.
Batchelor said he is currently only licensed to carry passengers for weddings and funerals, but hopes to get the necessary permits to get into driving for proms, birthdays and others. events.
Nov. 9 (UPI) – A lobster boat in Maine made a million in 100 discovery when he found a lobster caught with an extremely rare “cotton candy” color scheme.
Get Maine Lobster, a Portland-based direct-to-consumer seafood company, said Bill Coppersmith, a lobster boat that supplies shellfish to the company, found the rare cotton candy lobster on a recent day. fishing.
The company said lobster coloring only appears in about one in 100 million lobsters.
Coppersmith nicknamed the lobster Haddie, after his granddaughter. Get Maine Lobster said Haddie would not end up on a plate, but would be donated to an aquarium or other suitable facility that will take care of the seashells.
Nov. 9 (UPI) – Chicago firefighters came to the rescue when a groom dropped his wedding ring in a storm sewer shortly after the ceremony.
Anthony Serritella said he was showing his wedding ring to a friend after his wedding on Saturday when the group fell from his finger and into a storm sewer.
Serritella said the ring was especially precious to her because it had been her father’s wedding ring.
The Chicago Fire Department was contacted and the 98 engine crew attended the scene.
The firefighters climbed into the storm water collector and were able to retrieve the ring.
A New York City fire department carried out a similar rescue operation last year when a New Year’s Eve engagement caused the ring to fall into a storm sewer.
Danny Tay and Asha Cesar said they were returning to their car after the offer when the ring fell from Cesar’s finger and plunged into the storm drain.
The Brooklyn 249 engine crew used hangers and duct tape to pry the ring out of the drain.
November 9 (UPI) – A group of eight camels and a llama escaped a circus in Spain and wandered the streets of Madrid before being arrested by police.
Spain’s National Police said the animals were found roaming the streets of the capital around 5 a.m., and officers rounded them up and took them back to the circus.
The Gran Circo Quiros said the animals escaped after an act of sabotage by animal rights activists. The exact nature of the sabotage was not specified.
The circus said the camels and llamas were not injured during their time at liberty.
November 9 (UPI) – Israeli archaeologists discovered a ring in the ruins of an ancient wine factory that they said was probably used to prevent hangovers.
The Israel Antiquities Authority said the ring is gold with a purple semi-precious gem, likely an amethyst. The locals believe that amethysts were the 12th stone of the founding of New Jerusalem, and the ancient Greeks believed that it thwarted the effects of wine.
“Many virtues have been attached to this gem, including the prevention of side effects of alcohol consumption, hangovers,” IAA representative Amir Golan said in a statement.
Authority said the ring likely belonged to a wealthy person and may have worn it to avoid a hangover or as a status symbol. Photo courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Archaeologists have discovered the ring in Yavne, Israel, at a size dating from the Byzantine era, between the 3rd and 7th centuries.
The cellar is considered the largest known in the Byzantine world and the section where the ring was found dates from around the 7th century.
“Gold rings encrusted with amethyst stone are known throughout the Roman world, and it is possible that the find of the ring belonged to the elites who lived in the city as early as the 3rd century AD,” added the IAA. .
Authority said the ring likely belonged to a wealthy person and may have worn it to avoid a hangover or as a status symbol.
Experts say the winery was known for bottling a white wine known as Gaza wine and likely produced more than 500,000 gallons per year.
November 8 (UPI) – A bear wandered around a California neighborhood and stopped to take a swim in a resident’s pool.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has warned residents of a San Dimas neighborhood to stay home when a bear was seen wandering the area.
The bear wandered through several backyards before swimming in a resident’s pool.
âI see a bear jumping in the pool and I said to my buddy, ‘Hey, I have to hang up. I have to film this,’ owner Christian Brown told KABC-TV. “The next thing I know the bear is just sitting on the steps, taking a little bath.”
The bear eventually wandered out of the area. Authorities said the bear would be familiar with the area and likely to be the same animal previously spotted by locals.
Nov. 9 (UPI) – Traffic on a stretch of Texas highway deteriorated when a crashed truck dumped its load of milk on the roadway.
The El Paso Police Department said the Sarah Farms truck was carrying a load of gallons of milk when it crashed and overturned in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 on Monday evening.
The cause of the crash was unclear, but the incident left the roadway covered in spilled milk.
The accident caused traffic delays as several lanes of the highway were closed for clean-up operations.
No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.
Nov. 9 (UPI) – A woman from Virginia who bought 40 identical tickets for the same lottery draw ended up winning 40 times for a total of $ 108,000.
Faye Hurst of Norfolk told Virginia Lottery officials that she chose the 50/50 option of the Pick 4 draw, which meant half of her stake was intended to match the numbers in their exact order and l the other half would pay the numbers in any order.
The 40 tickets Hurst purchased at the 7-Eleven store in Norfolk matched the October 25 draw numbers: 2-5-8-2. Each ticket won Hurst a prize of $ 2,700.
âIt sounds unreal,â Hurst said.
Hurst said she didn’t have to spend a lot of time picking out her numbers for the design.
âI play the same numbers every day,â she said. “It’s someone special’s birthday.”
(BBC) A family in Peru who thought they had bought a dog soon realized they had an Andean fox on their hands after attacking other animals in their area.
The Sotelos bought the puppy for $ 13 (Â£ 9.50) from a small shop in the capital, Lima, believing it to be a purebred husky.
But after a while, they got complaints from neighbors about their so-called dog named Run Run.
The canine impostor has since been caught by wildlife officers.
It became evident that there had been mistaken identity when Run Run began hunting guinea pigs, chickens and ducks to kill or eat them, angering neighbors.
âAbout a month ago a woman from here said he had eaten three of her guinea pigs. And then two or three days ago a local grandmother came over and said he had killed guinea pigs, “owner Maribel Sotelo told Reuters news agency.
Run Run turned out to be an Andean fox, which has slender legs, a bushy tail, a pointy head, and prominent ears, but it is closer to wolves and jackals than to foxes.
Peru’s National Forestry and Wildlife Service says wild animals are often bought by traffickers from Amazon areas and are sold illegally in Lima.
Nov. 9 (UPI) – A 1976 Apple-1 computer is auctioned in California, and auctioneers have said they expect it to fetch up to $ 600,000.
John Moran Auctioneers said the Apple-1, which was designed by Steve Wozniak and assembled and tested by Steve Jobs, had two previous owners before going up for auction.
The bundle comes with a Datanetics Rev D keyboard, a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, some suitable cords, an Apple-1 basic manual, the Apple-1 operations guide, a MOS 6502 programming manual and two Apple software cassettes- 1.
Only 200 Apple-1 computers were made by Jobs and Wozniak. A working Apple-1 sold for $ 671,000 at its German auction in 2013.
The auction house said the auction opened on Tuesday morning.