The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Monday, August 29, 2005

Who needs fiction: stupid criminals

Aug 2005 13:14:11 -0600
Mon Aug 29,12:01 PM ET

Three men trying to steal fuel from a New Zealand farm Monday ended up setting fire to their own car. Police said the trio had siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter.

One click, a boom and the car burst into flames."It wasn't a major whodunnit," senior sergeant Ross Gilbert told Reuters, from the small North Island town ofWaipukurau (pop. 3,000), about 140 miles northeast of Wellington; "Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity.

The men, aged 18 to 19, escaped injury but were charged with theft.

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