Gaffs of Truth

from One Who Creates with Alphabets

06 July 2008

Row, row, row to home?

Drunken Swede tries to row home from Denmark

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A drunken 78-year-old Swede stole a dinghy after a night out in the Danish town of Helsingor and tried to row back to Sweden, but fell asleep halfway, Danish police said on Monday.

When the man discovered he lacked the necessary funds to pay for the ferry from Helsingor to Helsingborg in Sweden on Saturday, he decided to row the five km (three miles) across the strait of Oresund that separates the two.

He quickly grew tired and, trusting fortune and the currents to see him safely home, took a snooze at the bottom of the boat, where Danish police later found him out at sea, still asleep.

The strait is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Police said the owner of the dinghy had decided not to press charges. {How would you file a claim on something like that?}


There was an incident late last century (the 20th) around here where a guy couldn't afford a cab home (and everyone he knew was gone) so he tried to steal one of the horses pulling the carriage that was taking people from the parking area to the entrance. Apparently his blood alcohol level was higher than his I.Q. He got a Drunk and Disorderly charge, paid a fine, attended classes and *poof* went the official record...but not the story!



At 8/7/08 21:15, Blogger Jamie Ford added...

There was a guy here in town that was naked, drunk and stuck in a kiddie swing at a local park--on Christmas Eve. Ah, there but for the grace of God go I...

At 20/7/08 07:42, Blogger AstonWest added...

Too bad that first one didn't get on "Strangest Police Chases" :)


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