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OOPS! | Government in Action

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published Jan. 22, 2020

OOPS! | Government in Action


A driver in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, caused an "enormous bang," according to witnesses, on Dec. 14 when he lighted a cigarette in his closed car after spraying air freshener.

Nearby buildings shook from the impact, and the car's windshield was blown out, along with windows of nearby businesses, the Manchester Evening News reported.

The driver sustained only minor injuries.

West Yorkshire Police said the situation could have been worse and implored people to open their windows when using aerosol cans and open flames.


A sharp-eyed Twitter user spotted an unexpected country on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Tariff Tracker list: Wakanda.

The fictional country from the "Black Panther" film made the list of free trade agreement partners.

USDA spokesperson Mike Illenberg told NBC News on Dec. 18 the agency had used Wakanda to test the tracking system and had forgotten to remove it from the list.

"The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down." [NBC News, 12/18/2019]

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