LONDON: Workers at a London auction house put a $158,000 pai...
LONDON: Workers at a London auction house put a $158,000

painting by artist Lucian Freud into a crusher because they

thought it was garbage. A spokesman for Sotheby's confirmed the

painting had been accidentally destroyed. 'It is an extremely

unfortunate situation and we have taken immediate steps to

prevent it happening again'. he said. After the painting was

delivered, workers thought the protective case containing the

picture was in fact an empty box. They placed it in a garbage

crusher. The Sotheby's spokesman refused to comment on the fate

of the employees.

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ROSWELL, New Mexico: It won't take a penny to get Ernest

Spence's thoughts on the I-R-S. He was a penny short on his

taxes and now the agency wants more than 286 dollars in

penalties and interest. The businessman says he paid more than

28-thousand dollars in fourth quarter taxes. But the I-R-S says

he should have forked over one cent more. Spence says his penny

error was a math mistake--he didn't carry over fractions of a

cent. He figures I-R-S agents don't have enough to do if they're

going through all that effort to get a penny.

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Wacky-But-True: A Pennsylvania man will spend 23 months in jail

for making 5,000 phony 9-1-1 calls because he was bored.

20-year-old Thomas Crawley was also ordered to spend 100-hours

telling children what he did and "how stupid it was" and pay the

city of Philadelphia $100 a month for the next seven years.

Crawley used the name Tommy Pain to report his fake fires,

gunfights, accidents and other emergencies. He eventually worked

his way up to 500 calls a day.

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OSLO, Norway: An 80-year-old motorist almost collided with a

plane after he made a wrong turn and ended up on a airport

runway. Scandinavian Airlines System said the pilot of a plane

traveling at 125 miles per hour saw the car, accelerated and

took off early to clear the vehicle by a few feet. Airport

authorities cannot explain how the man was able to drive through

a normally locked gate, and onto the runway.


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