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Old January 14th, 2012, 06:22 PM   #12241
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Not exactly road-based, but it involves means of transport:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16561904

Costa Concordia, a 100.000+ tons, 4000 passenger cruise ship hit a submerged rock while cruising near Giglio Island, off the coast of Tuscany. 3 are dead and 70 missing, as the ship rolled on its side and lied in the shallow seabed.
It is the biggest ship ever sunk (Titanic was half its size, the Lusitania a third, the Andrea Doria only a fourth).
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Old January 14th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #12242
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I just watched on BBC news, I hope that 70 missing people are alright too.

Meanwhile in Slovakia:

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Old January 15th, 2012, 06:06 AM   #12243
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Can't believe that huge ship hit a rock and sank. Didn't they know about those rocks there?
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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #12244
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Old January 15th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #12245
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Old January 15th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #12246
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Can't believe that huge ship hit a rock and sank. Didn't they know about those rocks there?
Of course they knew. The captain was just careless, and wanted to do a parade in front of Giglio Island. I just talked to a friend of mine who is a skilled scuba diver, he told me everybody knew about those rocks.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #12247
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I just watched on BBC news, I hope that 70 missing people are alright too.
Unfortunately death toll is rising. 6 are confirmed dead and there is little hope for 15 still missing.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #12248
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Meanwhile an Italian newspaper made a sad faux pas:
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Old January 16th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #12249
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #12250
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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #12251
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For clarification: it's a snow plough that accidentally backed off a bridge.

Anyway: The Estonian police is testing a small modification to their police car livery that adds a 20cm wide reflective checkerboard strip to the doors. This is to make police cars more visible and make exiting the car on the side of the road safer for policemen (although I don't really see how, unless the police stops on the opposite side of the road).


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What do you think of it?
I personally think that the strip makes the cars look like taxis

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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #12252
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Still better than the one used on ambulance field coordinators cars...

[IMG]http://i41.************/2mgpcef.jpg[/IMG]

Some police car redesign would be nice though.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #12253
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Quote:
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For clarification: it's a snow plough that accidentally backed off a bridge.

Anyway: The Estonian police is testing a small modification to their police car livery that adds a 20cm wide reflective checkerboard strip to the doors. This is to make police cars more visible and make exiting the car on the side of the road safer for policemen (although I don't really see how, unless the police stops on the opposite side of the road).
Here they have yellow or orange reflective strip, I think it helps a bit.



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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:33 PM   #12254
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Here they are very reflective:

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Most police forces in the UK are much more reflective though:

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Old January 16th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #12255
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Old January 17th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #12256
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Snake causes freak accident in Brazil

Very strange/odd/creepy/weird accident in West Brazil. Video is 1 year old, but whatever...

Here is how it happened as the reporter speaks out:

- car (Honda Civic) is driving at 100 km/h, spots an anaconda across the roadway at 3 a.m. in clear skies conditions

- tries to deviate, loses control, crashes into an oncoming beverage truck

- the car breaks in two, the front part is thrown into the roadside ditch, the rest is dragged for 150 by the truck

- the truck driver and assistant escape uninjured, the 2 occupants of the car are trapped.

- car catches fire, spreads to the truck, closing the highway for several hours until 7 a.m.

- anaconda, which was carrying "baby snakes", is dead together with her couple dozens evil offspring

DISCLAIMER: video shows the beast evil snake torn in pieces, and scenes of the accident with pixelized human bodies.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #12257
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Erghh merda das cobras

Where were the all the snakes though? Snakes don't carry babies do they?
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Old January 17th, 2012, 08:44 PM   #12258
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Some of them are ovoviviparous, they produce eggs which open inside the snake's body and they carry their offspring inside for some time.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #12259
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I thought all snakes lay eggs...until I googled it and found that it depends on the species whether they lay eggs or give birth.

Edit: g.spinoza was quicker
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Edit: g.spinoza and Rebasepoiss were quicker
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