Fingerâ€“Protest: A Portuguese businessman said he cut off one of his fingers in court with a butcherâ€™s knife in an â€œact of despairâ€ after a judge refused his offer to settle a 170 000 euro debt and said part of his farm must be sold.
â€œMy intention was to tear up all the case papers and splatter them with blood so I could prevent the expropriation order for my land,â€ Orico Silva was quoted as saying in local media after his drastic action in the court house.Silva, who owns a 20 hectare (50 acre) farm in the central town of Figueira da Foz, was being sued by a company for holding onto a cash deposit on a land deal which had fallen through, the local newspaper said.â€œI freaked out when the judge refused my offer to pay the debt and ordered the sale of part of my land. I told her I had a 1.2 million euro bank guarantee which would have allowed me to pay the debt,â€ Silva said.When he went to take the bank papers from his briefcase, he noticed the butcherâ€™s knife he had recently bought at a market and decided to cut off his index finger, using a court desk as a chopping board. He then cut the finger into three.â€œIÂ didnâ€™t feel anything, I could even have cut off all my fingers. It was an act of despair,â€ he said. â€” Reuters.
Carpetâ€“Dodger: A crook tried to dodge a police search by disguising himself as a carpet. The thief rolled himself up in a giant rug and propped himself up against a balcony wall while cops searched his auntâ€™s flat in Warsaw, Poland, after he held up a cosmetics shop.
He was only found after a two hour search when a fed up detective went out onto the balcony for a smoke and noticed the carpet was trembling.
Miroslaw Dabrowski (32) is now facing 12 years in jail for armed robbery. â€” Ananova.
Hunt for lost love: A 72-year-old woman has launched a campaign to find a stranger who told her â€œI love youâ€ â€” 40 years ago.
Regina Bradley met the mystery Welshman after flying into Gatwick airport in December 1968.
They arranged to meet later at Londonâ€™s Piccadilly Circus but she arrived late and they missed each other.
Regina, of Llangollen, North Wales, said she was â€œdevastatedâ€, reports The Sun. She later married and had two children â€” but never forgot her â€œdark-haired, good-lookingâ€ stranger.
Now divorced, she has spent thousands advertising and has travelled all over Wales searching for him.Â Â Â Â She said: â€œHe was the first to say he loved me and itâ€™s stayed with me for the last 40 years.
â€œSome people have ridiculed me for this but Iâ€™d love to find him while thereâ€™s still time.â€Â â€” Ananova.
â€˜Tappedâ€™â€“Eye:Â Zhao (57) of Chongqing, was having his early morning wash when he fell and landed on the tap.
His family immediately called firefighters and ambulances who arrived to find him with the tap still jammed in his left eye.
Firefighters cut the pipe with hydraulic shears leaving the tap handle and a section of pipe still stuck in Zhaoâ€™s eye.
The X-ray showed the tap had gone two to three centimetres into Zhaoâ€™s eye. Doctors were discussing how best to treat him when Zhao, who had now been waiting for three hours, pulled it out himself.
â€œI felt I could stand the pain, and it wouldnâ€™t be a problem,â€ said Zhao, adding that he first looked at the X-ray with his good eye, and saw the tap had not gone in too deep.
Doctors were shocked by Zhaoâ€™s bravery and immediately took the CAT scan, which showed he had a fractured nose and facial bones, but amazingly no damage to his eye or brain. â€“â€“ Ananova