World Times 24 » Strange News Leading Online News Portal! Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:45:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US woman raises more than $100,000 for homeless man who used last $20 to buy her petrol when she ran out Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:51:50 +0000 WT24 Desk

A US woman has raised more than $100,000 for a homeless man who gave her his last few dollars when she ran out of petrol, The Independent reports.

Kate McClure, 27, was driving on the I-95 interstate motorway in Philadelphia when she noticed she had an empty tank. She pulled over and, realising she did not have any money on her, was approached by a homeless man named Johnny.

He told her the area was unsafe and advised her to remain in the car with the doors locked. He then went and filled a can of petrol using his last $20.

Ms McClure promised to return to pay Johnny back and later set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for him. Donations flooded in, quickly exceeding the initial $10,000 target

So far the fund for the former ammunition technician has passed $116,000. Ms McClure wrote on the page: “I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station.

“That’s when I met Johnny. Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong. He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe.”

Ms McClure said that, since then, she has been visiting Johnny by the roadside and given him a jacket, hat, gloves and warm socks, as well as a few dollars whenever she sees him.

Describing him as a “great guy”, she said she hoped to raise enough money to help Johnny rent an apartment and a vehicle and cover six months of living costs.

She added:  “He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal.

“Please help this man get into a home. It is already getting so cold out in Philadelphia, and I can’t imagine what it will be like to be out there all winter.

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US family held hostage by Taliban describe rape and assault during kidnapping ordeal Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:47:12 +0000 WT24 Desk

An American woman who endured five years of captivity in Afghanistan said she and her Canadian husband resisted their captors and did the best they could to raise young children in brutal conditions, using bottle caps and cardboard as toys and teaching their eldest son geography and astronomy, AP reports.

“Obviously it saddened me to see how they were growing up, what they were growing up knowing. But I had to do everything I could do help them,” Caitlan Coleman Boyle told ABC News in an interview broadcast Monday.

Pakistani troops rescued Coleman Boyle, her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children on 11 October, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born while the family was being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

Coleman Boyle, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, said their captors beat their eldest son, Najaeshi, with a stick, and he knew the family was in mortal danger.

“Of course this was an intolerable situation for a child to be in, the constant fear, so we had to come up with really unique ideas on how to help him not be afraid. Because obviously with people like this, the idea of a beheading is always on the table. So he certainly knew that this type of thing could happen to his family, but then we would come up with games to make it not seem so scary,” she said.

Joshua Boyle told ABC how he and his wife physically fought with the guards, and she suffered a broken cheekbone and three broken fingers.

“She was very proud of that injury,” he said.

He said their captors repeatedly tried to get him to join forces with them, noting that he had expressed disagreement with US foreign policy. He said he repeatedly told them no.

“I would call them religious hypocrites to their face and would tell them that they would burn in hellfire for what they’ve done and that I would rather be killed than join their group,” he said. “And that did not make me friends.”

Boyle told reporters shortly after the family’s release that his wife had been raped. In the ABC interview, Coleman Boyle recalled that guards dragged her husband from their cell, and one of them threw her on the ground, shouting, “I will kill you, I will kill you.”

“And that’s when the assault happened. It was with two men and then there was a third at the door and afterward the animals wouldn’t even give back clothes,” she said.

Now living in Canada, she said she hopes their children “find happiness and joy” as they grow up.

“My wish for them now is they never have to face fear in their lives again, that they can heal from this and grow to be strong, to be good, to have enough fun to make up for the years of trauma that they’ve had to endure,” she said.

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RACER DIES : Wife of British motorcylist Lucy Draycott left with ‘broken heart’ as husband dies Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:01:39 +0000 WT24 Desk

A BRITISH motorcyclist’s wife has told of her devastation after “love of life” Daniel Hegarty was killed in a high-speed crash in Macau, The Sun reports. The Nottingham rider, 31, was killed after hitting the barriers on the outside of the circuit and losing his crash helmet.

Following the horror incident, Hegarty’s girlfriend Lucy Draycott said how “the love of my life passed away”. Draycott took to Facebook to say: “It is with a broken heart to tell you that the love of my life passed away this morning.

“I just need time to take in what has happened and would appreciate if people could just be patient with me and wait for contact. Hegarty died while being taken to hospital following the accident on lap six at Fishermen’s Bend.

A statement from the organisers said: “The Macau Grand Prix Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel.

“Daniel’s family and team have been contacted, and the Committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them.” The Topgun Racing Honda rider, who regularly competed at the Isle of Man TT, was taking part in his second Macau GP having finished 16th last year.

Fellow Brit Glenn Irwin was declared the winner with the race not being restarted after the red flag. Hegarty is the first rider to die at Macau since Portugal’s Luis Carreira was killed in qualifying in 2012.

There were no anthems of champagne as the podium was held, with race-winner Irwin saying it was “not a celebration”. Speaking to the BBC Irwin said: “It’s a very sad end to what has been a successful week.”

“The win is all irrelevant now and I wouldn’t have won the race had it gone the distance. “It’s a tragic end to the day. That’s road racing and it’s tough. I’m still pretty new to it.” Macau, in southern China, has been hosting the street race for cars and motorbikes since 1954.

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Passenger plane hit by lightning Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:18:27 +0000 WT24 Desk

Travelling in bad weather always carries a certain level of danger – especially when you’re aboard a Boeing 777 aircraft flying into an electrically-charged cloud.

In dramatic footage posted online, a bolt of lightning is shown hitting the nose of the daily flight from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to the Peruvian capital of Lima.

Amazingly, the Boeing 777-300ER continued unperturbed, landing at Lima airport on schedule 12 hours and 40 minutes later. has contacted KLM for comment.

Lightning strikes most commonly hit a plane’s extremity, such as a wing tip or the nose. As long as there are no gaps in the shell of the plane, the current will travel through the aluminum surface of the aeroplane until it escapes through the tail. However, pilots sometimes complain of electrical issues and interference with instruments following a lightning strike, according to Scientific American.

New airliners such as Dreamliners and Boeing Airbus 350s are made from a carbon composite covered with a thin layer of copper that protects the cabin from electric currents. Fuel tanks are also protected from lightning, with metal covering fuel caps, vents and access doors made to withstand temperatures up to 27,000 degrees Celsius.

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Australian firefighters rescue kitten trapped in car dashboard Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:26:50 +0000 WT24 Desk

Firefighters in Australia spent hours working to rescue a kitten that was trapped inside a car dashboard,UPI reports. Melbourne Fire Brigade Chief Greg Leach shared photos of firefighters dismantling the vehicle’s dashboard to rescue the stranded kitten.

“Sunshine FS A Platoon had someone drop in after a kitten got stuck in the dashboard of his car!” Leach said. It took fire crews about three hours to rescue the kitten as nearby Mercedes Benz were called to the scene to perform the “delicate” deconstruction of the dashboard.

“The little guy got himself stuck and we needed to take apart the entire dashboard to free him,”Sunshine Officer Joff Van Ek. The kitten was eventually returned to its owner and was “totally fine” despite getting itself stuck in the incredibly bizarre spot.

“We have plenty of cases where animals and pets have managed to get lodged in an engine bay or stuck under the car but this little guy really managed to get himself in strife,” Van Ek said.

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Florida man stages photo shoot in front of trash-eating bear Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:22:05 +0000 WT24 Desk

A Florida man whose trash was being raided by a bear invited a neighbor over for a family photo shoot in front of the feasting bruin,UPI reports.

Dustin Radney posted a series of photos and videos to Facebook showing the massive bear feasting on trash from the overturned bin outside of his Apopka home.

The photos include a shot of Radney posing with his son in front of the bear and a photo with some neighbors he invited to join in the fun.

“Just a bear hanging out in the neighborhood — a 400 pound bear,” Radney says in one of the videos. “This is what’s wrong with nature today — They don’t eat healthy,” he says. “That’s why they’re so fat. They’re obese.”

“It was really entertaining,” Radney told WKMG-TV. “He was just chilling and eating some trash, and after he was done eating the trash, he took about an hour nap.”

Radney also photoshopped a picture of his young son riding on the bear — an image that many concerned commenters confused for a real scene.

Radney said Orange County deputies were monitoring the bear and he and his neighbors kept a distance of at least 50 feet from the animal at all times. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said bears are currently stocking up on calories in preparation for winter.

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Escaped bull wrecks moped, tries to enter home in Maine Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:23:43 +0000 WT24 Desk

Police in Maine said a bull that escaped its enclosure and tried to break into a home was captured, but escaped a second time with a cow in tow,UPI reports.

Maine State Police said in a Facebook post that Trooper Jeff Taylor responded about 10 a.m. Friday to a report of a “bull at large” on a Harrington road and he arrived to find the animal has destroyed a moped, killed a cat and “attempted to gain entry” to a house.

Taylor and Warden Bayley Grant enlisted the help of a passerby, an experienced cow farmer, to wrangle the bull into a nearby pasture. “Assuming the animals were secure, [Taylor and Grant] were preparing to clear the scene. The [bull] found another hole in the fence and effected another escape, coaxing the cow to follow suit,” the post said.

The bull and cow returned “to the scene of the initial crime for reasons unknown,” police said, and the same bystander who initially helped capture the bull wrangled the animal a second time while Taylor and Grant walked the cow back to its pasture.

“Contact was made with the Bull’s owner, and reinforcements, in the forms of friends and persons familiar with that particular bull, were sent over to mitigate the situation and all was well. No charges are expected,” the Facebook post said.

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Traffic Scotland warns of ‘giant spider’ above roadway Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:38:05 +0000 WT24 Desk

Traffic officials in Scotland warned drivers of what appeared to be an unusual arachnid hazard on the roadway on Thursday,UPI reports. Traffic Scotland shared an image of a spider dangling directly in front of one of its traffic cameras on the M8 motorway giving the appearance of a giant spider floating in the sky.

 “Large spider invading the M8 at Livingston!” Traffic Scotland joked. The traffic authority played up the bogus traffic warning by encouraging drivers to flee the area as quickly as possible.

“Our advice…RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN,” Scotland Traffic wrote. Twitter followers joined in on the fun comparing the “giant” spider to monsters from horror films and asking when the roads would be safe again. Before any serious damage was reported as the result of a the “threat” it was announced that the spider was “long gone.”

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Teams compete in jetliner tug-of-war at Newark airport Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:57:21 +0000 WT24 Desk

Dozens of teams turned out at Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday to try to pull a 93,000-lb. jetliner by hand as part of an annual fundraiser benefiting the Special Olympics,UPI reports.

Organizers of the annual event said more than 50 teams of 20 took turns trying to haul the Boeing 737 a distance of 10 feet. Awards were handed out to the team able to complete the task the fastest, and to the team with the lowest total weight able to achieve the feat.

Teams from area police and fire departments and private businesses competed for bragging rights in front of more than 1,000 spectators who were granted free admission to watch the event.

“It’s a lot of fun and people practice for this year round,” said Robert Belfiore, a retired police chief and current director of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The event was hosted by United Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

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Bears befuddled by California woman’s new bear-proof trash can Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:58:48 +0000 WT24 Desk

A California woman captured video of a family of hungry bears being foiled and befuddled by her new bear-proof trash can,UPI reports. The video, filmed earlier this month, shows the mother bear clawing at the lid on the new bear-proof bin while one of her cubs stands atop the overturned container and another observes.

“They can’t get in there because we got a new bear-lock can,” the woman says. The footage shows the bears clawing at the can and rolling it around on the ground in an unsuccessful bid to reach the delicious garbage inside.

The bears end up rolling the trash can all the way to the woman’s driveway before giving up their efforts. The woman said the bear family had previously made a mess outside her home.

“This mama, along with her two adolescent bears, visited my trash cans a bit ago and used her claw to pull out trash through a half-broken bear-proof lid. The same bears returned two weeks later, but were met with a replaced bear-proof can that proved to be amazingly effective,” she wrote.

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