Archive | February, 2012

Nepalese man named shortest ever in history

26 Feb

A 72-year-old man from Kathmandu, Nepal, has been given the title of “shortest man in history.”

The Guinness World Records awarded Chandra Bahadur Dangi for being the height of height of 54.6 centimeters (21.5 inches). Chandra claims to weigh 14.5 kilogram, or 32 pounds.

“I’m very happy that I’m being recognized by Guinness World Records and that my name will be written in book,” Chandra said after he was awarded the two Guinness certificates. “It’s a big thing for my family, my village and my country. I am very happy.”

Chandra is using his fame to make his country proud. According to Guinness, he and his family are planning to start a charity to help fund his village.


Teen falls to death in Gold Coast: ‘We’re all shocked’

22 Feb

A Chicago, Il. teenager fell 46 floors to his death down a trash chute, Feb. 21.

Charlie Manley, 16, went missing in the 48-story building where he lived with his family. Around 11 p.m. his body was discovered inside a trash compactor and was pronounced dead on the scene. He was autistic with down syndrome.

“We’re all shocked,” said a woman who has worked in the building for about 20 years. “He was such a sweetheart, he touched everyone because he was so sweet.”

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, an autopsy concluded that Manley died of multiple injuries and his death was rules as an accident.,0,789124.story

Valentine’s Day couples tour Brooklyn sewage plant

16 Feb

A man surprised his girlfriend on Valentine’s day with a date that she will never forget… or at least the smell.

More than 100 people showed up early that morning at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to take a free tour of the sewage processor. The tour takes place once a month and just so happened to be on Valentine’s day this year.

“I told her it wasn’t going to be like something romantic,” said Michael Jennings, who sprang the tour on girlfriend Nitisha Rawlings as a surprise. “I mean, it is. It’s very beautiful.”

The complex is the largest of New York City’s 14 sewage treatment plants, processing 1.5 million gallons of waste every day.

“She seemed to be getting a kick out of the experience,” said Jennings.

University of Florida suspends fraternity for ‘serious physical hazing incident’

9 Feb

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity from the University of Florida have been temporarily suspended after what the university calls a “serious physical hazing incident.”
Although specifics of the incident were not available, an email to students claimed that it occurred off campus. The executive director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. said it issued a cease-and-desist order against the local chapter and will investigate the incident cited by the university and cooperate with police on any criminal investigation that may occur.
According to the fraternities website, Alpha Phi Alpha “has a zero tolerance level in regards to hazing/pledging and strongly prohibits these illegal activities in any form.”
One student said, “You know fraternities are still going to do this. It’s part of their culture, its imbedded in what they do in their initiation process and it’s still wrong,” said sophomore Jenny Rivero. “You can’t escape it.”

Man Accused Of Pouring Bleach On Grocery Meat

1 Feb

A man was accused of pouring bleach over 96 packages of chicken and pork in a Maryland Food Lion grocery store.

John Waskey was a former employee of the store and was caught on camera dousing the products in bleach and authorities were able to arrest him based on the video tapes.

There is no information leading to why he did this, but he was charged with malicious destruction of property and contaminating or poisoning food or drink.