It's the worst!
Feb 13, 1997 01:30 PM
by Thoa Tran
> Subject: (fwd) The worst ... (so far)
> Date: Friday, February 07, 1997 9:57 AM
THE WORST HIJACKING
We shall never know the identity of the man who in 1976 made the
most unsuccessful hijack attempt ever. On a flight across America, he
rose from his seat, drew a gun and took the stewardess hostage.
"Take me to Detroit," he demanded.
"We're already going to Detroit," she replied.
"Oh... good," he said, and sat down again.
THE WORST BANK ROBBERY
In August 1975 three men were on their way in to rob the Royal Bank
of Scotland at Rothesay, when they got stuck in the revolving doors.
They had to be helped free by the staff and, after thanking
everyone, sheepishly left the building.
A few minutes later they returned and announced their intention of
robbing the bank, but none of the staff believed them. When they
demanded 5,000 pounds in cash, the head cashier laughed at them,
convinced that it was a practical joke.
Then one of the men jumped over the counter, but fell to the floor
clutching his ankle. The other two tried to make their getaway, but
got trapped in the revolving doors again.
THE WORST HOMING PIGEON
This historic bird was released in Pembrokeshire in June 1953 and
was expected to reach its base that evening. It was returned by post,
dead, in a cardboard box eleven years later from Brazil.
THE WORST ANIMAL RESCUE
During the firemen's strike of 1978, the British Army had taken
over emergency fire fighting and on 14 January they were called out by
an elderly lady in South London to retrieve her cat which had become
trapped up a tree. They arrived with impressive haste and soon
discharged their duty. So grateful was the lady that she invited
them all in for tea. Driving off later, with fond farewells
completed, they ran over the cat and killed it.
- Items from the British "Book of Heroic Failures" by Stephen Pile
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