Friday, July 27, 2007

Diaper bombs

This story takes place in the town of Slavonski Brod. Yesterday a young father of four was casually changing the diapers of his 9 month old son, and unsuspectingly threw the dirty diaper on the bathroom floor after he finished. No one could imagine what would happen next.
The diaper was laying close to a pile of dirty clothes. High temperature, moisture and feces that filled the diaper chemically reacted, creating methane, a highly flammable gas. In a few minutes a thick smoke filled the house, flames licking the walls and causing numerous explosions of installations and household appliances.

Photo by: Ivica Galovic,

The father managed to get all of his children safely out of the house, and no one was injured. The house was newly furnished, and the family has relatively low income (The father works as a baker.), so this will be a hard blow to them. Nevertheless they were all happy to come out of it alive.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Croatian police (this would be strange anywhere else)

On Monday evening, the police was called to intervene in a bar. A young man (boy?) was drunk, breaking bottles on the wall and causing unrest among other people in the bar. After their intervention they let the boy sit down in his Mercedes (Obviously Mercedes is a popular car in Croatia) and drive away.

Half an hour later the boy drove his car into a light pole at high speed. He broke his legs, his skull was cracked, and he fell out of the vehicle (No seat belton, but you will see this is a good thing.). The last I heard he was in a hospital and fighting for his life, remember this happened on Monday evening, there are some rumours that he died but I have seen no confirmation.

The car was split in half, the trunk and the last seats stuck to the pole and the front part of the car 50m further away (The good part about not fastening a seat belt.)

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The police asked to comment said this: 'He walked out from the bar, so it's not our fault.' It's a well known fact that the police in Croatia is corrupt, and drinking on the job is nothing strange so what really happened will be hard to find out. The only thing we can be sure of is that the police will hold no responsibility. Ever.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beggers... Croatian style

A man in a wheelchair was begging on Monday morning, wheeling himself between cars stopping for the red light on a crossing in Zagreb. After a while the man drove his wheelchair to a nearby parking lot, got out of his wheelchair, folded it and put it into the trunk of his Mercedes. After that he simply sat into his Mercedes (with Krapina license plates) and drove away in an unknown direction. The only error he made was that he got caught, a man who suspected the beggar faking for some time took pictures.
Picture slide show here

The fine in Croatia for begging and false impersonating is 300 kuna (60$) or 30 days in jail.