Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Imagine you're travelling on the highway and have to answer nature's call. The temperature outside is cold-bordering-on-frigid but a person's gotta do what a person's gotta do.

A 58-year old driver stopped to use the bathroom at a highway rest stop near the town of Lichtenau in Bavaria, which had been experiencing cold weather and snow recently. He found himself trapped in the toilet stall with a frozen lock. Unable to open the door he managed to convince the person in a neighboring stall to call the police, who subsequently got him out. There is no mention of whether he was standing or sitting down to...well...


Meanwhile in New York a man was found dead on a subway car at the start of of morning rush hour, leading authorities to speculate that the corpse could have been riding on the train overnight. The man, a postal worker, worked the 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. shift and if he left work at the usual time and died during the trip home to Brooklyn, he might have spent six hours aboard the train before being discovered.

This leads one to wonder whether he met up with some friends during the drive home who might have wondered why he was unusually quiet. Perhaps they made a mental note that he appeared a little stiff. Perhaps they also noted his unusually white pallor and suggested that he see a doctor.

An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death and exactly how long the corpse had been riding the subway.

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