Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VIDEO: Qatari police have a gigantic fleet of Porsches

Qatar's recent National Day parade was like that in many other countries: it featured military and police vehicles. Unlike those other countries, Qatar has cash to burn and a sultan's taste for the good life. The vehicles of choice? Porsche Cayennes and Panameras.

It's not unusual to hear about police departments that have a supercar as a showpiece or a special-duty vehicle, but a fleet of them is well outside the norm. Of course, the same is also true about Qatar. To say that the Connecticut-sized desert peninsula has some extra change in the sofa cushions is a bit of an understatement: Qatar essentially floats on oil and natural gas, and has the highest per-capita GDP on Earth.

There may be more rational choices for police duty than the super-luxe Porsches (like the Toyota Land Cruisers tucked further back in line in the video below), and Qatar is hardly infested with criminals in the first place, but a bit of extra high-speed pursuit capability never hurts. The government-controlled Qatar Holdings investment authority also holds a good quantity of Porsche and Volkswagen AG shares, so why not?

Video: Man in underwear crashes stolen police SUV

A video released today by the Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department shows Friday's dramatic chase ending in a crash near the Ohio border.

Ryan Elliott Cunningham, 34, was arraigned today on seven felony charges connected to the chase. He is accused of escaping from police custody, stealing a patrol vehicle and leading officers on a high-speed, multi-county chase that ended when he crashed near the Ohio border.

The video is from the in-car camera of the stolen Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department Chevy Tahoe. It shows the SUV speeding away from the Colonial Inn Motel in Leoni Township with officers chasing on foot.

Ryan Elliott Cunningham was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on seven felonies, including two methamphetamine-related charges, three firearm charges, auto theft and fleeing a police officer.On the highway, the SUV weaves through traffic, uses both shoulders and perhaps side-swipes a guardrail. On U.S. 23, the SUV splits traffic stopped by police, drives down the center line, bounces off vehicles and crashes.

During the crash, the camera changes angles and shows the driver sitting in his underwear.

VIDEO:Texas Teen Ben Breedlove Posted Powerful Videos Before Christmas Death

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VIDEO: Smartest Cow In The World..Pumps It's Own Water

VIDEO: Snow Report FAIL...Quick this one will probably get pulled off YT

JOKE: The Old Jewish Man

A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. What's your name?

"Morris Feinberg," he replied.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."

"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."

"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man."

"I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a wall."

Girl's pearl find could be worth thousands


Portia Himsel thought she had found a marble in a shell while playing at a Banks Peninsula beach on Boxing Day, but she may have stumbled on one of New Zealand's most valuable pearls.

The Halswell 6-year-old was at the water's edge at a bay near Birdlings Flat when a partly opened grey shell caught her eye.

"I threw a rock at it and it didn't move," she said.

"That's why I opened it up and I saw the pearl. I didn't really think much when I saw it.

"I thought it was a marble. I pulled it out and showed Mum and Dad."

Her father, Daniel Himsel, said they initially had trouble believing it was the real thing.

"It seems perfectly round. That's why we didn't think it was real, but she said she found it in a shell," he said.

"I don't know anyone who's ever found a pearl before."

Portia waited some time before showing her father, mother Megan and sister Claudia, 9, her find.

Daniel Himsel said Portia first held the pearl in her hand for safekeeping and then left it in the pocket of a tent.

"We've taken better care of it since," he said.

Roger Beattie, of Eyris Blue Pearls in Christchurch, said Portia's pearl "could be the find of the year".

"I've never seen a good-quality large oyster pearl in New Zealand," he said.

"It's got good lustre, it's a white pearl. It's smooth and it's large and it looks pretty round."

The pearl, 12 millimetres in diameter, would be worth thousands of dollars to the right collector, he said.

"This is what they call a free pearl.

"Free pearls are worth more than one that's attached to the shell.

"And it's a natural pearl, which is worth more than cultured pearls," he said.

"My guess is it's from a New Zealand oyster shell. I would call it double-A probably. It's good quality."

AAA is the highest grade of pearl.

The Himsels have not decided what they will do with the pearl but will consider getting it valued.

VIDEO: Near Fatal Penguin Attack

Video: Cat Playing Fruit Ninja

An iPad turns into an expensive cat toy as this feline starts slicing fruits like mad and manages to get a Fruit Ninja score of 128.

Video: Crocodile vs Lawnmower


A crocodile named Elvis charged at an Australian reptile park worker before stealing his lawn mower. The 50-year-old croc lost two teeth in the attack, which occurred after a zookeeper tried to cut the lawn in his enclosure.
Zookeepers eventually retrieved the lawnmower by distracting the crocodile with some kangaroo meat.
Elvis has a history of cranky behavior and has occasionally confronted staff before, though this is the first time he has stolen something from workers. The crocodile was initially captured in the northern Australian city of Darwin, where he had been attacking fishing boats. He was then moved to a crocodile farm, where he killed two female crocodiles.


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