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Today is Friday, July 8
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Rambler sent the link to this in as a nomination for a 
bonehead award. I already had one, but it is sometghing to be 
aware of anyway.
British town shut down by GeoCacher

It was a normal busy Friday morning in the sleepy West Yorkshire 
market town of Wetherby when someone working in a café spotted 
a man acting a bit suspiciously on the street.

He appeared to have a small plastic box in his hand and after 
fiddling with the container he bent down and hid it under a 
flower box standing on the pavement. He then walked off, 
talking to somebody on his phone.

This was the exitement of the century for Wetherby!

Karen Brittain, whose café door is just a few feet from where 
the container was left on 1 July, was alarmed by the man's 
behaviour and called the police, who then sealed off the area.

She said: "We were closed down for several hours and it was 
a disaster for us really, because we had been very busy that 
morning and it was a beautiful day and we probably would have 
been very busy."

A unit from the Royal Logistic Corps at Catterick Garrison 
were called. They moved the planter to expose the box and 
sent in a robot to carry out a controlled explosion. 

Well, it's not really a robot like the cops here use, but a
cable controlled track mounted artillery piece, and they 
shot at the little plastic box until they were quute sure, 
that it did not have any eplosives in it.

There is no report about the damage to buildings in the area.

Shops in the area were closed for nearly three hours until 
they managed to hit the little plastic box. Business owners 
say they collectively lost thousands of pounds. 

Afterwards the remains of the little plastic box were left 
scattered across the pavement.

But it was not a bomb, the suspicious device was a geocache.

Geocaches were a quite popular sport for adventurers, when 
GPS devices were still a bit vague. People cache a small
weatherproof container with a token "treasure" in it, at some
scenic spot, and publish the GPS coordinates on the web. 
Then other players can look up the coordinates of caches
in areas they visit.

Here, in North America, the caches are strictly in scenic spots,
that are pretty well a guarantee of good scenery pictures.
Here the "treasure" usually is a business card and a granola
bar or some treat, that won't deteriorate in changing weather.
The rules are, if you find a cache, you add your card and a 
fresh treat.

If you are at a scenic look-out and walk around looking for 
an even better spot to take pictures from, and you spot one
of those small, flat cream cheese containers jammed under 
a rock, then most likely you have found a Geocache. I have 
come across many on my travels, without ever using a
GPS unit, however, I did occasionally browse geocaching
maps to see if I could expect some caches in an area.

In England they seem to be a bit short on scenery and so
they stash their geocaches downtown and get the concerned
citizens all worried.

As you can see on the Geocaching map, there a re lots of
caches marked in and around Wetherby, but the cops and
the Royal Logistic Corps of Catterick Garrison preferred to
make some serious noise rather than look at some boring maps.

There are an estimate of "many tens of thousands" of geocache
players in England, and probably close to a milion caches.

Have FUN!

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