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Austrian Man Charged After 56 Human Skulls Are Found at His Home

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Maybe he can pull a Randi and claim he didn’t know it was wrong at the time?

via The Guardian

An Austrian man is to be charged with disturbing the peace of the dead after police found 56 human skulls and 55 other bones at a museum he had created in his home.

Police in the province of Burgenland said the relics were taken without authorisation from a church cemetery and had now been returned.

The 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, came to the attention of police when he tried to sell three skulls and two thigh bones at a flea market.

A police spokesman said he had never encountered such a case in his 37 years in the force and knew neither why the man had collected the bones nor why he had tried to sell some of them.

“But there’s nothing new under the sun,” he said.

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Austrian Farmer Finds Underground Tunnel, Mysterious Metal Structure

The_mysterious_holeAn Austrian farmer went searching for his cat and found what many believe to be a UFO — what else would be buried at the bottom of a secret tunnel in the countryside? The Austrian Times reports:

Hundreds curious visitors, as well as geologists, archaeologists and UFO experts, are flocking to a field at Neuhofen im Innkreis after a mysterious, perfectly round hole appeared overnight, leading down to a metallic construction 25-foot underground. Franz Knoglinger, 47, discovered the hole while looking for his missing cat.

Archaeologists suggested the hole could have been left from an underground burial chamber. Locals speculated it might have been a bomb [from] the war. But alien watchers are speculating about a buried spacecraft. One man had even turned up with a sandwich board and the words “Beware – The Doorway to Hell”.

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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer On Head In Driver’s License

tallThis is my kind of "religious freedom" -- an Austrian has won his legal battle to appear with his faith's headgear — a colander — on his government ID. The BBC reports:
A self-confessed atheist, Niko Alm first applied for the license three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons. Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism. After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive. Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs. The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but - straining credulity — his efforts have finally paid off.
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Austria Hit By String Of Obama-Mask Bank Robberies

Austria Obama RobberBank robbery as metaphor? A masked Barack Obama lookalike has committed a string of six gunpoint bank heists in Austria over the past two years. Via Yahoo! News:

Austrian authorities are searching for a bank robber who uses an unusual disguise: He wears a Barack Obama mask during his holdups.

Police say the man, nicknamed the “Obama Robber” by local media, is wanted for six heists since 2008. The most recent took place Thursday in the hamlet of Handenberg, where the Obama-resembling suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money after threatening bank employees with a gun.

Police official Markus Mitloehner said Friday that the man is thought to be a local since he speaks the regional dialect — with nary a trace of Obama’s more professorial accent.

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