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Getting high

Getting high

All around the world, people do some pretty silly things when they get drunk. The consequences can be damaging, but normally only to those doing the imbibing. But in China’s Henan province, a drunken villager caused a power blackout for his entire county. The man, named Liu, drank heavily throughout the day, and then had the smart idea of scaling a 30 metre high electricity tower and taking a nap. The local electricity company had to suspend power supply for more than 30 minutes while he was rescued. Apart from lost electricity income of Rmb1 million ($146,400), residents of Wuyang County also went without power. Liu was put in a detention centre for seven days – presumably long enough to sleep it off.

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