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Life sucks being the real Harry Potter, as school teacher ruins the party!

In 2007, amazing story, American News, celebrity, Crazy news, Deathly Hollows, education, entertainment, EU, Famous, Florida, Harry Potter, News, Odd News, party, Uncategorized, US News, USA, World News on August 2, 2007 at 1:50 am

    “Harry who?”

In the classic 1999 movie Office Space there is a character named Michael Bolton, a situation with hilarious consequences.

But in real life it sure would suck sharing the same name with someone well known.

Particularly if that someone is a fictional character, a character so popular that you couldn’t escape being asked the same question by almost everyone you met.

It might even be so bad that you might want to consider changing your name, if it wasn’t for the fact that you had your name first, years before a certain wealthy British author was even conceived!

In this case it’s a man sharing the same name as boy wizard Harry Potter.

News Reports:

Each time a new Harry Potter book or movie comes out, Florida resident Harry Potter gets phone calls from children, interview requests from TV networks and autograph requests.

“The kids want to know if I’m Harry Potter,” he said with a chuckle. “I tell them I’ve been Harry Potter for darn near 80 years!”

The real Harry Potter said he has not had time to read any of the J.K. Rowling books or see the hit movies. But the retired U.S. Defense Department employee gets his fun out of Pottermania.

“When Harry talks to the kids, they’ll ask about the owl and he’ll say, ‘Oh, he came by and brought the mail,'” said his wife, Jan. “Then, when they’re done, the mothers come on and say thank you for talking to the kids. He gets a big kick out of it.”

But meeting a real Harry Potter can be a little puzzling for the kids.

“They look at you, give you the once-over,” he said, laughing. “They can’t relate the one in the book to the one they see here. I guess I could buy me a pair of Harry Potter glasses.”

I wonder what he thinks of the petition to save Harry Potter?

Meanwhile, in Harry Potter related crazy news…

The Daily Mail reports:

A headmistress at a school in England is in big trouble with the pupils.

At a end of school semester assembly 400 children aged under 12 were shocked as Carolyn Banfield took the latest Harry Book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, and read from the last page.

Parents and kids alike are now outraged, as many had intended to read what is expected to be the last in the series of books to have swept the world.

 Louie Swift, nine, said: “I don’t know why she read it. She’s not usually a spoilsport. She didn’t even mention she had the book.

“She just picked it up and started reading it to us.”

Jordan Ashton, ten, complained: “It has spoiled the book for me.”

The parent of an 8-year-old was fuming when she talked to the tabloid.

 “He’s read the last three books but there’s no point reading this one now.”

Another mother, who declined to be named, said: “It’s appalling. My son was going to read a book instead of playing on his computer and I was going to have some peace and quiet. “

Those poor kids, they’ll be scared for life!

Oh, the humanity.

No word as to the motivation of reading the final page to the kiddies, but I suspect she had one of two reasons.

1- She wanted to be seen as ‘cool’ by all the kids, which has clearly backfired, in spectacular fashion.

OR

2- She wanted all those kids to have a miserable holiday break, forcing them to go outside and get exercise in the dreaded outdoors.

 What an evil woman…..

Sounds like something out of a Harry Potter novel!

Maybe the kids could occupy themselves with the craziness of the Potter Puppet Pals !

 
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Off to driving school for acting like a Formula One driver.

In 2007, amazing story, Brazil, Cars, Crazy news, education, F1, law and order, Nelson Piquet, Odd News, Society, sport, The Crazy News, Uncategorized, Weird News, World News, Worlds most on August 1, 2007 at 12:24 am

 7885_1024.jpg     Back to school! back to school!

Sounds like somebody still thinks he’s on the racing circuit!

Brazilian Nelson Piquet Snr., famous for his F1 Championship wins in the 1980’s has been forced to go to a driver education course after receiving too many speeding and parking tickets.

“I think we have to pay for our mistakes,” Piquet, 54, told local news agency G1. “It’s not even just a speeding problem. I got tickets for all kinds of reasons, for things like parking where I shouldn’t.”

The man with an addiction to speed has apparently been seen racing round the streets of Brasilia behind the wheel of a number of high-performance machines, including a BMW convertible and a customised roadster fitted out with a Porsche engine.

Piquet will have to spend 30 hours at driving school and pass a written test in order to get his licence back.

Nelson Piquet- The Glory Days.


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Pandas for all! China uses it’s native bear like currency.

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, ancient, animals, asia, Bear, capitalism, China, civilisation, Communism, Crazy news, Economy, education, EU, europe, Humans, Juan Carlos, King, Panda, People, pets, Places, politics, Spain, wild animals, World News on June 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm

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Spanish King Juan with happy communist Chinese poltician.

King Juan Carlos of Spain will be presented with two cute and furry mammals as he departs a visit to Beijing, Chinese authorties said.

A pair of endangered pandas will be given as a gift of mutual freindship to Spains head of state, who is in China to ‘develope a strategic partnership’.

“It will be a lovely present for the Spanish people, and we hope this pair of pandas, as the friendly envoys of the Chinese people, can help promote mutual relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference.

Beijing presented a pair of pandas to the Chinese territory of Hong Kong in 1999 and another pair this year. It has also offered pandas several times to Taiwan, the independently governed island which China considers its own. Taipei has turned down all offers so far.

It is estimated that their is only about 2,000 Giant Pandas left in the world.

If the Chinese keep this up most of those won’t be located in the world’s 4th largest economy.

Man fails exams for 38th time, says he will try again.

In asia, civilisation, crazy, Crazy news, education, exams, farm, India, International, Society, Uncategorized, World News on June 16, 2007 at 2:51 am

 

A 73 year old Indian man has failed to get though his high school exam for the 38th time. Every year since 1969 Shiv Charan Yadav has attempted to pass a test normally given to 15 year olds.

The farmer has vowed not to get married untill he can pass the exam seems like he is running out of time.

“Once I pass I want to get married to a girl who’s under 30,” he told media.

Mr Yadav, who lives alone in Kohari village in the western desert state of Rajasthan, was in his 30s when he first decided to better himself through education.

In this years test, he failed everything except Sanskrit, scoring only 103 points out of a possible 600.

He said he found mathematics especially hard, blaming the subject for dragging down his score.

He is now revising for his 39th attempt next year.