In 2002, News of the Weird mentioned a theme park near Mexico City in which potential emigrants to the U.S. could test their survival skills in an obstacle course mimicking the rigors one would endure sneaking across the border.
Recently, Owlchemy Labs, a Massachusetts technology company, announced plans to release an iPhone/iPad app, “Smuggle Truck,” a video game in which players compete to drive a pickup truck full of illegals over rocky terrain from Mexico into the U.S. without too many passengers bouncing out (and with in-game “additions” consisting of pregnant women giving birth enroute). Special “green cards” are awarded to winners.
At presstime, Apple rejected the app, and Owlchemy said it would alter the game to one of animals escaping from a forest.
Thieves usually pick out easy jobs, but occasionally they go bold.
For example, breaking into the prison at New Plymouth, New Zealand’s North Island, and carrying off a large TV set; or breaking into a police station in Uddingston, Scotland, and carrying off uniforms and radios.
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