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Here's the sort of thing you'd expect to happen around the Washington area: A local government in the West Midlands of England has been filling in only one half of potholes, arguing that the other half is in the neighboring jurisdiction.

"We've been asking for the potholes to be filled in for some time now," butcher Keith Clarke told the Telegraph. "When they came to fix them, they drew white lines along the side of the pavement through the middle of some of the holes. Then they only filled in half the holes and when we asked, they said their department was not responsible for the other half. It's ridiculous."

It used to be all you had to worry about when you took a cruise was catching the norovirus. Now we have new dangers, as evidenced by the British cruise ship passengers who had to fight off Somali pirates by throwing deck chairs and tables at them.

"We were enjoying a classical concerto on the pool deck when everyone heard a cracking sound," Maureen Gawthrop, 66, from Barnsley, told the Daily Mail. "The applause for the musicians died down suddenly and someone came running in from the open deck and shouted 'pirates.'"

Eat shuffleboard puck, you nasty pirates!

A British schoolgirl has photographed a cloud that looks like the United Kingdom. Photoshopped? I challenge readers to snap a cloud shaped like Maryland, Virginia or D.C. this weekend.

Reason never to have children #672: A 3-year-old in New Zealand waited till his parents were asleep and then ordered a $15,000 backhoe online. Ebay? No, eBaby.

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By John Kelly  |  May 22, 2009; 11:24 AM ET
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