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We all know someone who's a little bit strange - Mum's UFO abduction secret, or the mad Uncle who isn't allowed within 400 yards of Noel Edmonds.

Tell us about your family eccentrics, or just those you've met but don't think you're related to.

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(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 19:08)
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This is what I would do if I had the cash
I once worked at a festival, back in about 1997, and the land we hired was from a mental millionaire who owned most of the surrounding countryside. I never met the man myself, but was regaled with tales of his eccentricity by the locals and my co-workers.

Apparently he has a compressed air cannon onto which he loads cars and flings them across the fields for fun. I was also told that he has his dining room rigged up so that at a push of a button he can drop any guests he doesn't like into the basement, James Bond villain style.

But my favourite story was that he has, get this, a FULL SIZE MECHANICAL ELEPHANT that runs on diesel which he regularly rides around his estate.

If I were a millionaire I would do exactly the same stuff. Except I would do it naked.
(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 10:07, 8 replies)
With bells on.
(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 10:09, closed)
I must have one - are they good on mileage ?
(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 11:43, closed)
That's added extra shine to my Friday!
Please accept this click as a token of my appreciation.

(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 13:53, closed)
For some reason, I absolutely love the fact that the elephant runs on diesel! -Why on earth do I find that funnier than if it were to run on petrol or electricity?!
(, Sun 2 Nov 2008, 1:49, closed)
This guy

lived in Shropshire didn't he? Clarkson rode the elephant on one of his TV shows (Google says Extreme Machines episode 6).
(, Mon 3 Nov 2008, 17:09, closed)
Bridgenorth, or thereabouts...
If my memory serves me correctly....
(, Tue 4 Nov 2008, 15:33, closed)
and he also has a ballista which he uses to shoot (dead) cows and sheep over his fields. I've been to his place. COmpletely ga ga
(, Thu 6 Nov 2008, 10:17, closed)
Oh my
And I thought it would have been childish rumours but low and behold, a reference to said mechanical pachyderm. Its real and I couldn't be happier. Thank you and click.
(, Tue 4 Nov 2008, 17:17, closed)

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