Stan’s Strange but True: May

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Stan Bowes

Stan Bowes, from Diggle, has uncovered some interesting and entertaining facts – you just couldn’t make them up.

ON 9 July 1993 Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, fell to his death after throwing himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre.

He did this in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was unbreakable. He had done this many times before without incident.

In fact, the glass did not break.  It popped out of the window frame, having been loosened by the previous impacts.

ELSEWHERE, in 1930 William Kogut, an inmate on death row at San Quentin, committed suicide after constructing a pipe bomb from several packs of playing cards and a hollow leg from his bed.

At the time, the red ink in playing cards contained flammable nitrocellulose, which when wet can create an explosive mixture. Kogut used the heater in his cell to activate the bomb.

Improve your vocabulary
Tsujigiri: A Japanese verb meaning “To try out your new sword on a random passer-by!”

Zyxt: The second person past tense of the verb ‘to see’ in the Kentish dialect,  It is the last word in the Oxford English Dictionary.

My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot.

If you board the wrong train, it’s no use running along the corridor in the other direction.

A hammer sometimes misses its mark; a bouquet, never.

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.


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