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Strange But True…

Published: 11 February 2002

Our latest collection of bike-related oddities from around the globe includes…

Thailand: Critics often describe artists like Damien Hurst as " dangerous " . Not as dangerous as Santi Pichetchaikul, though. His idea of conceptual art involves painting portraits while travelling backwards on a moped. He said: " I just want to be different. " Quite.

Monks have been recruited to help road safety. They will go to a stretch of carriageway in Trang, known locally as the " 100 corpses crossroad " where locals claim ghosts appear causing drivers to crash, and hold a prayer to cast out evil spirits.

Home: Troubled TV star Michael Barrymore was stranded at the side of the road last week when his Ural refused to start. Ah well… all he had to do was call his chauffeur to tow it home with his Merc.

If you ride into London every day you’ll know how slow things move. Now a new survey has just proved that traffic moved faster in the days of the horse and cart. But while we can still zip across town, drivers have to crawl along at an average 9.9mph

America: The mayor of Georgetown, Colorado flashed her breasts in a bar, threatened to abolish the police force and failed to hold any meetings with staff and blamed it all on a bike crash. Koleen Brooks says her erratic behaviour is down to a lack of short-term memory due to a recent bike crash. She forgot to keep her clothes on then, presumably?

Fireman Kit Castetter rushed to an emergency call from a bike dealership in Goshen, Indiana to find his own car was involved. A thief had stolen the car from the fire brigade car park before losing control and smashing it through a Kawasaki dealers wall.

Got something worthy of inclusion in our next round-up? E-mail jon.urry@emap.com

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