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Today in Stupid…
September 15, 2011
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Slugs stopping traffic, Arby's art thieves, keying cop cars on camera...

Every day, lots of important stories break around the globe. But sometimes you've got to take a moment to focus on the other stuff - the silly, foolish, and yes, often stupid stories. Here's some of today's stupidest news:

Slug Stops Traffic in English Town


Maybe slugs don't deserve their reputation as slow and reluctant to work - at least in the UK. One enterprising slug has been working overtime on disrupting traffic in the northern British town of Darlington. The creature crawled into a traffic light and short-circuited the lights at a busy junction in the town, bringing cars to a standstill. Sadly, its work was not rewarded: the electrical short that shut down the lights also killed the poor slug.

Art Thieves at Arby's


Art theft has been going on practically as long as art galleries have existed - 100 years ago last month, Vincenzo Peruggia actually stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre - but thieves rarely work their art at a fast food restaurant. That didn't stop two women in Johnson City, Tennessee from stealing two works of art from the lobby of an Arby's restaurant. They also went in for a meal, which led to their swift capture, proving that sooner or later, all those who steal from Arby's will be smothered in the hot cheese sauce of justice.

Magic Bus Goes 320mph


A speed demon in Lincoln, Nebraska has found a solution for students who just can't wait to get to school: a rocket-powered school bus. Paul Stender, who grew up racing motorcycles and snowmobiles, built the bus with a 42,000 horsepower engine. It can hit a speed of 320 mph (515 kph) in a matter of seconds. Luckily, all jokes aside, no child will ever, ever be allowed on board. Thank goodness.

Camera Catches Woman Keying Cop Cars


Loving your son? Not a crime. Resenting the police for locking up your son after he was caught drunk driving? Stupid, but not criminal. Keying two police cars outside the station on your way to pick up said son? Definitely a crime. And not the smartest one, either - a Pennsylvania woman was caught on camera taking her keys to two police cruisers that were parked outside the police station where her son was being held on drunk driving charges. Despite the video evidence, she maintains her innocence.


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