Traditional bridge replacement on as prominent a highway as Interstate 15 in Mesquite, Nev., has generally required rerouting traffic for as long as a year, but the new “accelerated” technology necessitated detours for less than a week.
Excited engineers traveled in from around the country to watch the old bridge be demolished and the new one (which had been built on a platform off to the side) be slid into place using hydraulic jacks and Teflon-coated metal beams — lubricated with Dawn dishwashing detergent to glide them smoothly into the old frame.
The Nevada Department of Transportation estimated that the accelerated process saved commuters about $12 million in time and fuel costs.
“Our critics are absolutely right. We are professional liars,” said Everett Davis, founder of the Internet-based Reference Store, which supplies pumped-up, but false, resumes for job-seekers having trouble landing work.
Davis and associates are ex-investigators schooled in deception and therefore good at fooling human resources personnel who follow up on the bogus work claims.
Davis admitted he would even disguise a customer’s past criminal record — but not if the job is in public safety, health care or schools.
The British Medical Journal reported that a 76-year-old woman had been unbothered until recently by the felt-tip pen she accidentally swallowed 25 years earlier.
It was removed without complication, and, though the plastic was flaky, the pen still had an ink supply and was “usable.”
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