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by Thanos Kalamidas
2012-01-07 06:57:59
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Wedding ring 'found on carrot' after 16 years

bizarreeee001A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper. Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter. The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995, she told the paper. Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again.

Mrs Paahlsson and her family live on a farm near Mora in central Sweden. She took the ring off to do some Christmas baking with her daughters, but it disappeared from the work surface where it had been left, she explained to Dagens Nyheter. The family searched everywhere and years later took up the tiling on the floor during renovations, in the hope of finding the ring. It was not until 16 years later when Mrs Paahlsson was pulling up carrots in her garden that she noticed one with the gold band fastened tightly around it.

"The carrot was sprouting in the middle of the ring. It is quite incredible," her husband Ola said to the newspaper. The couple believe the ring fell into a sink back in 1995 and was lost in vegetable peelings that were turned into compost or fed to their sheep. "I had given up hope," Mrs Paahlsson told Dagens Nyheter, adding that she wanted to have the ring adjusted to fit her. "Now that I have found the ring again I want to be able to use it," she said.


Too easy to nick German cars

bizarreeee002_400Poland’s ambassador to Germany says it is too easy to steal German cars – and this is why so many of them end up across the border in his country. Speaking to the Märkische Oderzeitung, which covers the northern border area between the two countries, Ambassador Marek Prawda said Polish authorities had been very successful in cutting the number of car thefts.

The problem of Polish car thieves stealing German cars and taking them across the border to sell was one for the German authorities, he said. “I want to say, it is initially a problem for the police in the country where the cars are stolen,” he said. “They have to tackle it more effectively. Perhaps it is also too easy to steal cars in Germany?” Asked whether the subject of Polish car thieves working in Germany was a concern in Poland – and whether their activities damage relations between the two countries – Prawda said Polish and German police were working together on the problem, and that he had heard positive reports of their work.

“The Polish police put great weight on prevention in their fight against car theft,” he said. “And I think it helps less in this question to talk about the damage to political relations rather than doing more to prevent it.” Polish authorities had managed to massively reduce car thefts, he said, with nearly 72,000 cars stolen in Poland in 1999 – and just 16,500 stolen in 2010.


Two dinosaurs french-kissing

bizarreeee003_400The greatest sculpture of all time? Perhaps! Outside of the 20,000-person Chinese town of Erlian on the Mongolian border, you can find this statue of two amorous sauropods making out for all the world to see. Built to showcase the region's reputation as a fossil hotspot, this reptile snog session instead is a stark reminder that if you build a tourist trap, it's never guaranteed that anyone will show.

The area around Erlian is chock full of weird dinosaur sculptures, namely the Dinosaurs Fairyland theme park. The Fairyland is terminally uncrowned, despite its thrilling juxtaposition of stark desert views and random prehistoric models. Explains Atlas Obscura of this vacation destination: Dinosaurs Fairyland is never crowded, probably due to its remote location, about 20km outside the town of Erlian in Outer Mongolia. However, this means you will have the park all to yourself, except for the occasional men in military uniform that use the park as a thoroughfare to the bus station.

From the top of a nearby hill, you can see the words Dinosaurs Fairyland written in giant letters, in the same style as the iconic Hollywood sign, spelled out across the ground in both English and Mandarin.

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