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[post_content] => As lightning strikes go, it was unerringly accurate. In August, a family in Port Charlotte, Florida was awakened with a start by the bang, which not only destroyed their septic tank with a direct hit, but also ignited methane in the pipework and blew their toilet into “hundreds of pieces”. As the homeowner, one Marylou Ward, told the local paper: “There’s pieces everywhere. Pieces everywhere. It used to be our toilet. We have nothing now.”
There was other damage to the home too: windows broke and pieces of broke yard decorations were strewn across the property and into the street. Still, things could have been worse, as Ward said: “I’m just glad none of us was on the toilet. That’s the main thing.”
There was another upsetting explosion in Australia in September, when fire broke out at the Yarram Herd Services facility. The fire was intensified by a few cylinders of flammable liquids (well, that’s what the report says) but the main problem was presented by the 100 or so cryogenic cylinders containing bull semen. The intensity of the fire caused many of the cylinders to explode, throwing pieces of metal all around the building and leaving “a massive trail of cow semen everywhere,” according to local reports.
The event was quite devastating for the business and for local farmers, who have shares in the material. Each cylinder of semen is said to have been worth between A$500 and A$1,000 and, as the artificial insemination season was just about to begin (who knew?), they were mostly full.
Investigations are under way to try and find out the cause of the fire.
Back in August, a man in Massachusetts found out the hard way that there are recommended methods of disposing of a hornets’ nest and there are other methods that are not recommended. To be fair to him, the 21-year-old man did first start with a traditional method, spraying the nest with Raid pesticide.
However, when that did not work, and facing the problem of reaching the nest, which was high up on his family’s home, he thought outside the box and came up with the idea of trying to shoot it down using a Roman Candle left over from the Fourth of July celebrations.
And indeed his aim was good: the nest immediately went up in flames. Unfortunately, so did the eaves of the house. He did manage to put out the fire himself, leaning out of an upstairs window with a fire extinguisher. But perhaps he will just call a pest controller next time.
WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS
Over to Wisconsin for our last item which, as befits Milwaukee’s renown, involves beer. The Lakefront Brewery was forced to withdrawn its latest beer, My Turn Junk, in September after reports that bottles had been exploding.
The beer was brewed using cherries and it is thought that wild yeast on the cherries continued to ferment after bottling, generating alcohol and carbon dioxide that caused pressure to build up in the bottles. No one was injured in the resulting explosions and, interestingly, no one formally complained. They’re made of strong stuff in Wisconsin, clearly, and the brewery said that, despite the risk, the beer “is still safe to drink”.
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