Netherlands

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One man died and several more remain injured after a crane collapsed into a car show Aug. 1.

The pedestrian-lifting crane hurt more than 20 people, seven of them children, and caused the death of a 48-year-old man. There's still very little known about what caused the collapse.

According to CNN's story on the structural disaster:

The crane had been one of the main attractions at the festival for classic car aficionados in Oosertwolde, having been used to elevate a platform so visitors could enjoy the view, a press officer with the national police in east Netherlands region explained.

Authorities are still trying to figure out exactly what happened. What they do know is that 10 people were taken to a nearby hospital after the collapse, two of them in serious condition, police said.



CNN claims that only 10 were injured, but Pulse.ng has the number at 20.

The annual event takes place in Oosertwolde, about 55 miles east of Amsterdam.

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The Netherlands has just unveiled its second coolest bike path, a glow-in-the-dark stretch of road that displays illuminated patterns based on Vincent van Gogh's famous painting "Starry Night."

The kilometer-long path, designed by Daan Roosegaarde in association with his "Smart Highways" project, runs through the province of Noord Brabant, where Van Gogh grew up.

It consists of thousands of stones covered in special paint which charge during the day and light up at night.

As a backup - in case the path doesn't get enough of a charge during the day - there are additional LED lights along the side that are charged by an accompanying solar panel.
"I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that's what techno-poetry means to me," said Roosegaarde.

Earlier this week another path was opened up for use by SolaRoad, which contains built-in solar panels to generate electricity.

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Proof that men can fly.

Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands performed one of the most difficult bar routines ever seen on the world stage -- and nailed it. DAT AIR.

Needless to say, he won gold in the event. The sheer ENDURANCE required to do three maneuvers like that is ridiculous. That routine was nuts. I need some smelling salts.

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Dutch artist Bart Jansen was rather heartbroken when his cat, Orville, was hit and killed by a car. However, Jansen decided to memorialize his deceased buddy in a unique way: by turning him into a helicopter.

Yup. A helicopter. Jansen is quoted as saying:

"Now he is finally flying with the birds. The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!"

False. If his body turned into a poptart and he began flying around the sky with a rainbow trailing him, THEN he would reach the greatest goal a cat could ever reach!

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In the Netherlands, Domino's Pizza's electric scooters didn't make enough sound to warn oncoming bikers that they were coming. So, to fix the potential danger, Domino's installed devices on the scooters that emit fake engine noise... with a few added sounds here and there!

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Some guy tried to hold up a Rotterdam bar and ended up getting chased out by the unarmed patrons, who were probably more irritated that he interrupted their night than anything else.c

Moral of the story: if you're gonna rob a business in the Netherlands, you better have more than a little ol' gun.

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