March 9th, 2009

Allah Sulu-Capcom

The Moving Van That Couldn't Move

Yesterday, Richard and I were on our way home from PlayWiseKids in Columbia, MD, and stopped for gas. Just a couple of minutes behind us, a U-Haul moving van pulled in, tried to make a tight turn around the pumps (perhaps because they'd forgotten what side of the van had the gas tank?), and got themselves stuck on the steel barrier that you find protecting gas pumps from impact. The rear wheels on the driver's side were lifted an inch or two off of the parking lot, enough so that the van was unable to get free (it being a rear-wheel drive vehicle, and the remaining wheels being insufficient to drag the van back off of the barricade by themselves). A couple of large dudes (myself and the man in the picture) acted as Samaritans and helped to push the van free. In the second picture, you can see the metal barrier that did the damage, and the the hole in the bottom of the van where the barrier penetrated. (I think the woman in the striped shirt might have been with the people driving the van, but traveling separately in her car.) Anyway, I had my camera with me and couldn't resist snapping a couple of pictures; I also made sure that we got my car safely away before they attempted to drive the van again. I hope they had good insurance…

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who Dalek Found in Pond

Telegraph.CO.UK — A Dalek from Doctor Who was found submerged in a pond by volunteers enlisted to clear it of rubbish.

Dalek found in pond: Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk. Photo: SOLENT
The group had already fished out an old table football game and a skateboard when they bumped into the Dalek head, which was covered in weeds. Sales executive Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk. The 42-year-old said: "I'd just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface. I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me. It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage. One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out."
Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, was leading the volunteer squad clearing dumped rubbish from the pond, near Beaulieu, Hants. He said: "We made a very thorough search of the rest of the bottom of the pond and there were definitely no alien remnants lurking. We've all agreed it best to keep the pond's exact location under wraps. The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically seraching for other Dalek parts." Mr. Brown, who trained as a pond warden with Southern Water, has been helping clear out the area for the past eight years. He said: "We've dredged up everything from shopping trolleys, toys, and bicycles. But this is the first time a Dalek's appeared. We have no idea how it ended up in there, or how long ago. We discovered the BBC often took the Daleks out on location for filming, and they travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Timelord. Who knows, this might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I'm told they they were built to last."