A Little Friday File Fun (01/11)

January 11, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Well, here’s a couple of thousand worth.

India’s Tata Motors has unveiled what is being touted as the world’s cheapest car, a $2,500 four-door subcompact called the Nano.   Of course, there’s no radio, passenger-side mirror, central locking or power steering, and it has only one windshield wiper. It has a top speed of 60 mph – and air conditioning is optional.   You can see it online at http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080110/capt.3d494f271045473c9a3aa1c90b4f16cb.aptopix_india_ultracheap_car_del104.jpg?x=400&y=266&sig=MC4ho0GljyDSTzeJdiocdQ–

The “10 Best Rollercoasters on Earth” (complete with virtual “rides”) at http://www.otbeach.com/news/resorts-and-fun-activities–11/the-10-best-rollercoasters-on-earth–344.html

FAT CAT.   An unusually large cat was brought to the Oregon Humane society in Portland, Oregon – – – after it was found stuck in a doggie door trying to get at food put out for another homeowner’s cats.  MORE at http://www.kgw.com/video/mostpopular-index.html?nvid=112993&shu=1

A technology columnist at the Orlando Sentinel was recently forced to print a “retraction” of sorts.   Seems that – – – well, in his words, “An earlier version of this column may have given the wrong impression about deleting .exe files as a way to clean up your computer.”  You can read the full disclaimer (and the original column) at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/columnists/orl-horowitz0508jan05,0,4060171.column?coll=orl_mezz

For that techno-type who has everything – how about the Taser MPH?   It’s billed as the first combination hand-held music player and Taser, has a 1GB capacity (for about 150 songs) that is embedded in a holster that slips on your belt – and it has several motifs, including leopard skin.  MORE at http://opinion.latimes.com/bitplayer/2008/01/gadget-of-the-d.html

And here's a couple of thousand more...

- - - In Sydney, Australia , an unnamed commuter railway bus driver pulled off to answer "nature's call" - - - and though he left his empty bus for a "very short period of time" - - - he looked up to see his bus rolling across a footpath and two lanes of traffic - - - and then mounting a second footpath - - - and slamming into the front of a house there - - - you can see the results at http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,5831887,00.jpg

- - - In Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, UK, Billy Dent, 77, while backing up, apparently got his foot stuck between the brake and gas pedals of his red Toyota - - - drove into a lamp post - - - that collapsed on top of his neighbors' white Vauxhall Vectra - - - and then his Toyota continued to scale the flattened lamp post - - - and the Vectra - - -  MORE at http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_02/twocarNNP0601_468x340.jpg

- - - Near Kent, Washington , an unnamed 41-year-old was pulled over for driving solo in the carpool lane of State Route 167 there - - - ironically, he had crafted an elaborate "dummy" passenger - replete with a denim jacket, hooded sweatshirt, glasses, not to mention painted bright blue eyes and a heavy black beard - - - but that dummy had slumped forward in the rear passenger seat - - - because it was not belted in - - - and thus was not visible to the trooper as the car rolled by - - - he got a $124 ticket - - - and you can see his "companion" at http://www.foxnews.com/images/335594/2_61_dummy_320.jpg