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Sticky situation for fire crews

Firefighters in China found themselves in a sticky situation – after an accident involving a lorry- load of glue.

A truck fully loaded with buckets of construction glue crashed into a bus in Chengdu city, reports West China City News.

The driver and a passenger escaped with only minor injuries – but the entire load of glue spilled on to the road.

Firefighters tried to use water guns to dilute the glue but without success. And the glue was so sticky that their spades and brooms were soon stuck to the ground.

?It?s too sticky. And the chemical smell is very strong,? said the chief of 11th branch of the local firefighting department.

Things went from bad to worse when some of the growing crowd of onlookers slipped into the pool of glue and also got stuck.

Firefighters eventually managed to clean up the street and dissolve the sticky mess by using special chemicals.

Beer bottle solar heater

A Chinese peasant has made a solar water heater – using only beer bottles and hoses.

The beer bottles lie on a board in rows, all connected by hoses which allow cold water to flow through them and be heated by the sun.

?I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower at any time more comfortably,? says Ma Yanjun, a carpenter, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi Province.

?A real solar water heater is too expensive to me, so I came up with the idea of making one on my own.?

?I hope this invention can be promoted nationwide, and allow mothers in undeveloped rural areas to have a hot shower.?

Ma says he will build a public bathroom for the village using his invention when he has the money to buy enough beers.

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