Shanty Town Installs Giant Outdoor Escalators

A huge outdoor escalator has been erected in one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city. For generations 12,000 people living in Medellin’s tough Comuna 13 – which clings to a hillside – have had to made the arduous journey up hundreds of large steps, which is the equivalent to climbing up a 28-storey building. But now a giant outdoor escalator will cut their journey from 35-minutes to just six, and grateful residents have said ‘it is a dream come true’ The escalator is 1,260ft long but is divided into six sections so people living on all parts of the hillside have easy access to it.” w/ photos

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Mystery Foam Engulfs Northern Seaside Town

A thick white blanket settled gently on the seaside town of Cleveleys near Blackpool, but this was no seasonal dusting of snow from above. The Environment Agency dispatched officers to Princess Promenade to gather evidence as gobs of foam blew in from the sea and smothered streets, cars and houses. The foam is whipped up by strong winds once or twice a year along the town’s seafront and vanishes soon after, a spokeswoman for the agency told the Guardian. Lab tests on samples collected in earlier years have found no signs of pollution. Decomposing algal matter is the prime suspect for the mysterious lather. “It appears to be naturally occurring. When the tides and winds combine to churn dead algal matter up from the bottom of the sea, it produces this foam, which is quite dramatic,’ the spokeswoman said.” w/ photo

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Downhill Tire FAIL

“Later… they tried to the something thing going uphill. Didn’t work, so they did it again going downhill. That worked.”

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Female Robin Hood

A woman has been ordered to go under psychiatric review after she robbed a bank to give money to local kids. Jasmin Rivera attempted to rob a local branch of the Citizens Bank in Boston, telling cashiers she had a gun in her possession. Police reports state that Ms Rivera gave two notes to the cashier, one of them with the message, ‘please put the money in the bag, I have a gun, do not yell’ written on it. The homeless 30-year-old was given $652, according to police, and then proceeded to jump into a taxi, bribing driver Gary Levin with some of the money so he could take her to additional banks around the Roxbury neighborhood. Mr Levin told The Boston Globe about Ms Rivera’s erratic behavior. While seated in the backseat of the taxi cab, Ms Rivera told him: ‘You don’t realize what I just did. I just robbed a bank!… Rivera’s getaway ended once Mr Levin took action and dropped her off at a local park, calling the police soon after. When the officers arrived, they found the woman giving children $1 notes in the park’s playground.” w/ photo

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