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Today's Bonehead Award: 

Brit faked his own KIDNAP and demanded 
that his terrified pregnant girlfriend 
wire £80 ransom from HIS OWN account to 
his buddy, so he could get drunk with him.

Today, September 8 in
1565 A Spanish expedition established the first permanent
European settlement in North America at present-day St.
Augustine, FL. 
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_____________________________________________________ One day this old lady walks into the doctors office and is shown into a room. When the doctor comes in and asks what the problem is she answers, "I have awful gas, but it doesn't bother me. You see, it's completely silent, and doesn't smell at all." So the doctor, after examining her thoroughly gives her some pills and tells her to take one everyday and come back in a week. So the old lady comes back, and when the doctor asks if her problem is any better she replies, "Well I don't know what you gave me but now my gas smells terribly!" The doctor replies "Well now that we've got your sinuses cleared up let's work on your hearing!"' ___________________________________________________ Reported by the Bausell Sailor An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD has been earned by Leigh Ford, 45, Zoe Doyle, Blackpool Britain Brit faked his own KIDNAP and demanded that his terrified pregnant girlfriend wire £80 ransom from HIS OWN account to his buddy, so he could get drunk with him. His girlfriend earned a bonehead award too, for forgiving him. Leigh Ford told his partner Zoe Doyle his kidnappers had threatened to break his legs, cut off his genitals and throw boiling water over him Leigh Ford’s partner Zoe Doyle said she had been left frantic after receiving a call demanding ransom money The alleged kidnap sparked a major 24-hour police operation costing £30,000 that eventually saw Ford’s claims fall to pieces after CCTV footage showed him leaving a shop with two friends carrying booze. But incredibly, partner Zoe Doyle has forgiven Ford for the cruel hoax that saw him jailed for 16 weeks in February and miss the birth of their child. The 35-year-old, from Blackpool, said: “At first, I just thought he was winding me up. But he sounded really scared. The phone went dead and then it rang again. I could hear men shouting in the background, threatening to break Leigh’s legs and throw boiling water over him. “They were threatening to mutilate him, cut off his genitals, and I was panic-stricken.” Zoe, who was 35 weeks pregnant at the time, said: “Leigh was screaming, begging me to pay their ransom. I told him I would send everything I had in the bank, over to the account they gave me.” Zoe transferred £80 – all she had – into the designated account before calling police. A helicopter and trained negotiator was called in to deal with the situation that lasted through the night. It wasn’t until the early hours of the following day in January this year that Ford himself came home – and was immediately arrested, questioned and charged with wasting police time. Zoe said: “He appeared in court the following day and I was stunned when I heard the truth. I just couldn’t believe that Leigh would do that. He had wasted all those police resources. He had put me through hell. “The silly thing was, it was his own money. He could have spent it if he had wanted. It just didn’t make sense. “Leigh was full of apologies, he said his friends had put him up to it and he had thought it was a prank that wouldn’t go as far as it did. He’d had a few drinks and he got carried away. “I was absolutely furious. I felt like strangling him. He had caused so much stress and worry and it was all for nothing.” Ford, 45, admitted wasting police time and collapsed in the dock at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court as he was jailed for 16 weeks in February. But incredibly, Zoe has since forgiven her partner. She said: “He was a total idiot. I’ve made that clear to him. But it was one-off and our relationship is otherwise very strong. I know Leigh loves me and he has done his best to make things up to me.
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Thanks to Billy for this story: I was the last to leave the office one Friday evening and managed to lock myself out without my overcoat and wallet. Kneeling in a deserted hallway to try picking an electronic lock with a paper clip, I heard the seam of my suit trousers rip apart. About then I realized I needed a screwdriver to remove the lock plate, and said so, aloud. Seconds later the elevator doors next to my office opened, revealing a screwdriver in the middle of the floor. There was a crackle from the wall speaker next to the elevator. "This is security," said a voice. "There's your screwdriver. Sorry, but I don't have a needle or thread for your pants!" ___________________________________________________ Daily tip from The Night Before School Starts On the night before school, have your child lay his or her clothing out, have lunches and backpacks packed and a quick and easy to prepare breakfast on hand for the morning. Make sure your kids set their alarm clocks and establish an "out the door time". Tip provided by
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Today, September 8 in
1565 A Spanish expedition established the first permanent
European settlement in North America at present-day St.
Augustine, FL. 

1664 The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who
then renamed it New York. 

1866 The first recorded birth of sextuplets took place in
Chicago, IL. The parents were James and Jennie Bushnell. 

1893 In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the
Legislative Council. It was consented by the governor on
September 19 giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.

1935 U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana
politics, was shot and mortally wounded. He died two days

1945 In Washington, DC, a bus equipped with a two-way radio was
put into service for the first time. 

1945 Bess Myerson of New York was crowned Miss America. She was
the first Jewish contestant to win the title. 

1951 A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations
in San Francisco, CA. 

1960 NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, was
dedicated by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The facility
had been activated in July earlier that year. 

1974 U.S. President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to
former U.S. President Nixon. 

1975 In Boston, MA, public schools began their court-ordered
citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence. 

1997 America Online acquired CompuServe. 

1999 Russia's Mission Control switched off the Mir space
station's central computer and other systems to save energy
during a planned six months of unmanned flights. 

2015 British researchers announced that evidence of a larger
version of Stonehenge had been located about 2 miles from the
Stonehenge location. There were 90 buried stones that had been
found by ground penetrating radar. 

2018  smiled.

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