Brave warrior attacks indifferent enemy

July 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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‘Holy Grail of batteries’ discovered: Scientists invent pure lithium cells that may mean phones last FOUR times longer: “The days of smartphones and laptops running out of battery after a few hours could be over thanks to a new breakthrough. Scientists have at last created pure lithium batteries, which in time could last four times longer than those currently powering smartphones and other gadgets. But after years of research, engineers at Stanford University, California, believe they have worked out how to keep them the same size, while boosting their longevity. To do this, they have made the battery’s anode out of lithium too, according to the research, which is published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Today, we have lithium ion batteries, but the lithium is in the electrolyte and not in the anode. The engineers managed to create a lithium anode by inventing a film made from carbon nanospheres to protect the anode and stop it from cracking when it expands. The nanospheres create a surface resembling a honeycomb to make a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium.”

Cat slapped with an ‘animal ASBO’ for biting people and damaging property in ‘campaign of terror’: “A cat has been hit with ‘an animal ASBO’ after allegedly biting and scratching people while also damaging property. Rocky, who is owned by Samantha Davies in Rotherham, Yorkshire received a letter concerning her cat’s behaviour. The letter warned that council officials received ‘several complaints’ about Rocky which have caused ‘alarm, distress and annoyance’. Under the terms of the notice, Rocky is banned from leaving Ms Davies’ house or she will have to pay any damage caused. Several residents confirmed that Rocky would not leave their property if he jumped over a wall. Ms Davies claimed: ‘Rocky doesn’t like being touched on certain parts of his body but he is certainly not aggressive. ‘He has been accused of damaging property because he scratched a fence. ‘The only time he has bitten someone was when they pulled its tail. Ms Davies said the council’s instruction to lock Rocky inside is cruel: He’s a cat and wants to be outside'”

Swimming during a Chinese heatwave: “Tens of thousands of people have been escaping baking temperatures in parts of China by visiting the “Chinese Dead Sea” resort in Sichuan Province. The resort features a giant pool with a wave machine which is so popular with visitors that the water is sometimes scarcely visible beneath the thousands of swimmers. Several provinces in Southwest China have been experiencing a very hot summer with highs of between 35°C and 38°C.”

British family terrorized by dragonfly: “A mother was left terrified after she walked into her living room and spotted this monster ‘Jurassic’ sized dragonfly. Rowena Wilkinson, 53, dashed indoors when she heard piercing screams coming from her daughter and her friend. She found an enormous dark green dragonfly – measuring around 8inches long – flying around the room like a ‘mini-helicopter'; it was like a Jurassic monster. ‘We waited for it to stop a bit and then I had to put my arm through the venetian blinds to open the window so it could get out. Mrs Wilkinson shut the living room door and waited and the black-grey beast flew off. It has not been seen again since. Dragonflies, which have existed on Earth for 325million years, have been threatened by widespread insecticide use, water pollution and the draining of wetlands for housing.

Rare Ferrari where driver sits in the middle of three goes under the hammer for $34 MILLION: “An ultra-rare Ferrari where the driver sits in the middle of three seats is expected to sell for more than $34 million at auction. Just two Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciales were built by the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in 1966. This model was owned by Luigi Chinetti Sr, an Italian-born racecar driver who was instrumental in introducing the Ferrari marque to the world. Chinetti won both Ferrari’s first and its last victory at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965. The first was as a driver with the second as the manager of the NART racing team. The Speciale was fitted with a 4.4-litre V12 engine which was fitted behind the driver, who was centrally positioned with room for a passenger on either side. The engine developed around 380bhp in a car weighing just 1,020kg – a staggering amount for the 1960s. The car, which has been driven less than 5,000 miles in 49 years, will be sold by the Chinetti family at next month’s Gooding & Company sale in Monterey, California.”

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Now THAT’S a library

July 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British supermarket giants ‘lose £100million a year from online delivery services’: Cost of delivery means they are effectively paying customers to shop with them: “Supermarkets losing £100million a year propping up their online delivery services. Experts say that while supermarkets often charge £3 or £4 for each home delivery, the actual cost to them is £20. As a result, they are effectively paying customers to shop with them. Retail analyst Dave McCarthy said: ‘The transition from in-store retailing to online retailing in the grocery market is losing the industry £100million profit per annum. ‘When a customer switches from shopping in a store to shopping online, it is a lot less profitable for the retailer, which suffers a double whammy. The store loses profits from the lost sales and importantly, a contribution to fixed costs such as rates, energy and the store manager’s wages. ‘And when the customer shops online, the retailer incurs extra costs for packing the products, paying transportation costs, wages, fuel and for the cost of the vehicle which is an expensive, multi-temperature-controlled vehicle.’”

‘Train graveyard’ in North Carolina forest: “A ‘graveyard’ of more than 70 trains from all over the United States was discovered by a young photographer and urban explorer in a forest in North Carolina. The trains, once filled with people, now sit decaying on winding tracks stretching through the snowy forest, infusing visitors with a certain apocalyptic feel. Among the many abandoned trains discovered and photographed by 24-year-old Johnny Joo are a passenger train from Philadelphia and several disused subway cars. There is also a cracked and broken New York street bus. Joo, who has documented abandoned landmarks in America before, said the trains were collected by a man who once fixed them. Over the years, as certain train sets were no longer wanted, the man let them fall into disrepair, Joo said. ‘There had to be 78 or so different cars all connected, some in better condition than others, while some were completely rusted out and it was almost as if we could fall through the floors at any moment.’

Russian man solves crime issue by winching motorbike up outside his 3rd floor window: A Russian man has come up with an ingenious way to beat the thieves – winching his beloved motorbike up to his third floor window to lock it away safely at night. After having two motorbikes stolen in quick succession it seemed Boris Farihov, 56, from Nizhny Novgorod in Western Russia would have to give up on two-wheeled transport altogether. But when his wife joked that the only way to keep a bike safe would be to keep it indoors it gave him a flash of inspiration. So Mr Farihov purchased an electric motor and connected it up to a steel cable which he fixed on the wall, and now every time he needs the bike he simply presses a button and lowers it down to the ground below. He said: ‘I had my first bike locked up with three padlocks but it was still stolen. ‘The second bike I bought I had only had a day, and was planning to buy extra strong padlocks for it, but it disappeared that night as well. He said: ‘It is not much more work than putting three padlocks on the bike, and it’s a lot more secure.’

Red China: Villagers baffled as river suddenly turns colour of blood overnight: “Villagers in China were left baffled when they woke up and discovered their river had turned blood-red. Witnesses in Xinmeizhou village, Zhejiang province, said the river was running normally at 5am but within just a few minutes it began turning a deep shade of crimson. Some filled clear plastic bottles with the liquid and reported it had a strange smell. Resident Na Wan said: ‘The really weird thing is that we have always been able to catch fish and you can even drink the water because it’s just normally so good. ‘Nobody has any idea how it could have ended up being polluted because there are no factories that dump anything in the water here.’ However, environmental experts took samples from the river, which reportedly has a food colouring plant on its banks. One said: ‘We suspect that maybe somebody drove here to dump stuff. We are looking further upstream to try and find out where the source was of this pollution.’

10th Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championship: “If the idea of swimming in muddy water and slime appeals to you then participating in the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling. Held today at Peatlands Park, the event, in its 10th year, attracted competitors from all over the emerald isle. The event, hosted by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, was held on International Bog Day to raise awareness of how important bogs are to Northern Ireland. Exploitation has dramatically reduced the area once covered by peat lands to a level where in Northern Ireland only 9 per cent of lowland raised bogs and 14 per cent of upland blanket bogs remain. Competitors have to swim two lengths of a 60-yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes. Participants have to be at least 12.”

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Amazing viaduct

July 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Nasa to build the world’s most powerful telescope – and it could be our key to finding alien life: “In 2018 Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will take flight to help us understand more about the universe. But Nasa has already begun to lay out plans for their next space observatory in the hope of one day tracking down alien life. Called the Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope (Atlast), the mission concept builds upon key technologies developed for Hubble and the JWST. They add that, while Hubble and JWST will last for many years into the future, the agency is already looking ahead to the telescope and instrument requirements needed to answer the questions posed in Nasa’s 30-year vision. The 30-year vision has three main goals: Are we alone, how did we get here and how does the universe work.”

Girl who sued her parents over boyfriend finds out that her father was right: “A TEENAGER who sued her parents because they wouldn’t let her see her boyfriend has now taken a restraining order out against him, in a sad case that appears to prove her mum and dad right. Rachel Canning, 18, obtained the temporary restraining order against Lucas Kitzmiller, also 18, after filing a domestic violence complaint about him in a New Jersey courtroom, the Daily Record reports. The former high school cheerleader accused her ex of strangling her with his hands during a quarrel in the street early on Sunday morning, according to the girl’s father, Sean Canning. “She has repaired her relationship with us,” Sean Canning said. “She went off the deep end in the past but things are good now. We said to her ‘Listen, you’re an adult. You make your own choices.’”

Worth the wait! Woman stood up on a date 30 years ago tracks down her ex-boyfriend on Facebook and now they’re MARRIED: “A couple who reunited through Facebook have tied the knot more than three decades after one stood the other up. Mandy Ashforth, 48, from Yorkshire got over the fact that Barrie Moat, 50, stood her up 32 years ago and the pair showed that there were no hard feelings by getting married. The couple first met on holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire in 1982 and were inseparable until Barrie, then 19, left a heartbroken 17-year-old Mandy alone at the bus station. In 2013, over 30 years since he stood her up, she did a random search on a social networking site for fishing pole repair services and was shocked to find him. She quickly sent a friend request and soon the pair had rekindled that initial summer loving feeling.”

Drunk passenger sneaks onto empty plane on runway UNNOTICED before being found in the toilet by cleaners: “A drunken passenger managed to sneak on to an empty plane unnoticed before being found in the toilet by cleaners, and claiming to be the co-pilot. The shocking breach of security happened at Birmingham Airport after the man entered the airfield at around 1am last Thursday. Lee Jezard, 22, from Evesham, Worcester, arrived at Birmingham Airport too late to catch his 7.30pm flight to Ibiza for a lads holiday with five of his friends. He then decided to go downstairs and crawled along the conveyor behind the check-in desks until he ended up on the airfield. ‘I got on to the airfield and there was a plane there with steps going up to it and I went up and there was a cleaner in there. ‘I was trying to convince him I was the co-pilot. He believed it for a minute but then he called police and they arrested me.”

Huge new ocean liner being built : “It is set to be the biggest cruise ship ever built for British holidaymakers – packed with celebrity chef-run restaurants sporting the Union Flag on her hull. The ship has already had it’s ‘floating out’ ceremony to test her seaworthiness and now the final touches are being made, from paint jobs to the addition of designs attached to the outside of the vessel. When it is completed, the ship – which is the length of 10 blue whales (100ft) will carry 4,372 passengers and 1,400 crew – fitting in more people than can squeeze into London’s Royal Albert Hall. Weighing a hefty 141,000 tons, the ship also has an engine power equal to 70 challenger tanks or 86 Bugatti Veyrons. When it launches, the ship will boast an art collection worth £1million and be packed out with 13 bars and another 13 restaurants and cafes as well as four swimming pools across 15 decks. The interior of the grand ship is also taking shape at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy”

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The house at the end of the world

July 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Friendly fish: “One diver experienced a real life trout pout after puckering up for a smacker with a fishy friend. Photographer Cesare Naldi, 36, from Napoli, Italy, captured the moment a grouper fish popped its head out of a hole and landed an underwater kiss on diver Maurilio Mirabella’s lips. The tender moment happened when Maurilio was diving in the waters of Roatan, Honduras, and decided to make friends. The fish popped out of its hole and let Maurilio embrace it and even have a kiss. They are often found hiding in shipwrecks and reefs, preferring to stay hidden in cracks and crevices. They are carnivorous, eating smaller fish and other small crustaceans. Grouper were once common, congregating in groups thousands strong around spawning time in December and January, usually to coincide with a full moon. However, thanks to their large size and peaceful demeanor, numbers dwindled as they were hunted for food and for sport – as their impressive bulk makes for a good trophy.”

Fried brains and stomach soup on the menu at busy HOSPITAL: “A chef says he has been inundated with orders for fried brains, stomachs and decapitated heads despite serving them in a busy hospital. Milorad Djordjevic chose a working hospital in Nis, Serbia, for his Mace Restaurant because the premises were cheaper then opening up on the high street. He insists his offal dishes have been popular – despite doctors having to operate on organs such as brains and stomachs straight after lunch. Mr Djordjevic’s menu includes boiled or fried brains, devilled kidneys, tripe (stomach) and tripe soup, along with entire heads of veal calves. The emergency room is on the same floor, and local newspapers pointed out the dishes could offend patients. The brains and stomachs on his menu mostly come from pigs, but occasionally from sheep too. Offal and innards are not unheard of on menus in the Balkans, where meat dishes are similar to Greek cuisine or other eastern European dishes.”

Indian boy had 232 ‘teeth’ pulled from his mouth in 7 hour operation: “An Indian teenager manages to put on an incredibly brave face during a nightmare seven hours in the dentist’s chair when he had an astonishing 232 teeth-like growths pulled from his mouth. Unlucky Ashik Gavai, 17, was filmed having the unusual growths chiseled out of his mouth at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai after complaining about a swelling in his lower jaw. Doctors found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma. They tend to occur in people in their teenage years, such as Mr Gavai. Odontomas are haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths. They are composed of enamel, dentin (the yellowish tissue that makes up the bulk of all teeth) and pulp tissue (part in the centre of a tooth made up of living connective tissue). After removing those the surgeons also found a larger ‘marble-like’ structure which they struggled to extract. It eventually had to be ‘chiselled out’ and removed in fragments, Ms Dhivare-Palwankar added. Once removed, odontomas do not recur.

The tree that bears 40 DIFFERENT fruit: “Incredible ‘magical’ trees that bear 40 different varieties of fruit have been popping up all over US. These trees – which can simultaneously produce different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries – look ordinary throughout most of the year. But in spring, they bloom into a stunning patchwork of colours, with each tree featuring its own unique selection of stone fruit. They are the work of Syracuse University sculptor and artist Sam Van Aken who created the trees in an attempt to make people reconsider how food can be produced. The project began in 2008 when Mr Van Aken discovered that a New York state orchard, which held varieties of stone fruit 200-years-old, was to be abandoned. In hopes of saving it, the artist bought the orchard, and soon after started experimenting with something known as ‘chip grafting.’ The process involves taking a sliver off a tree, including the bud, and inserting that into a cut in the working tree. The foreign tree part is then taped and left to heal over the winter. Mr Van Aken explained that most stone-fruits are easily compatible. What he came up with is ‘The Tree of 40 Fruit’, which is in fact, not one tree, but a series of hybridised fruit plants.”

Dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection of 543 classic motors sells the entire fleet to Jaguar: ‘A dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection has sold the entire £100million fleet to Jaguar Land Rover. Dr James Hull, 53, spent tens of millions of pounds filling a number of warehouses in Hertfordshire with classic motors from the past 80 years. His impressive collection consists of 543 cars – ranging from multi-million pound Jaguars and Bentleys to Morris Minors. It also includes Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller, Winston Churchill’s Austin and a Bentley owned by singer Elton John. The collection features cars from every decade since 1930, including a super-rare 1950s Jaguar XKSS and a Jaguar D-Type worth more than £4million. It was originally put up for sale for a staggering £100million in May and today, it was revealed that it has been bought by Jaguar Land Rover. Dr Hull, who sold the collection because of health issues, today described Jaguar Land Rover as the perfect custodians for the fleet.

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Getting away from it all

July 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Patient, 56, wakes up from routine circumcision to find his penis amputated: “An Alabama man awoke from a routine circumcision to find doctors had mistakenly amputated his penis, according to a lawsuit. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, and his wife, Zelda Banks, 55, filed the lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Birmingham on Tuesday. My client is devastated,’ their attorney, John P. Graves, said. In his lawsuit, he says he was never warned that the procedure might result in an amputation, and he never gave his consent for a full or partial amputation. He has now been left in extreme pain and has spent additional time recovering in the hospital – costing him more money, according to the lawsuit, AL.com reported. His wife is also suing for loss of consortium due to the botched operation. A hospital spokeswoman says the claims lack merit but that they cannot provide further comment due to the ongoing litigation.

Secret message found in WW1 kilt: “A secret note has been discovered hidden in the folds of a kilt destined for a soldier heading to the front in the First World War. Economic historian Dr Helen Paul, of the University of Southampton, found the hand-written message when she was removing the packing stitches from the kilt, which has been passed down her family over decades. The message reads: “I hope your kilt will fit you well, & in it you will look a swell. If married never mind. If single drop a line. Wish you bags of luck, & a speedy return back to Blighty.” Underneath was the name of Helen Govan, of 49 Ardgowan Street in Glasgow. Dr Paul thinks the seamstress left the message possibly in the hope of finding a future husband returning from war not realising how many soldiers would be killed in the trenches. The London Scottish Regiment kilt, manufactured by Peter Wilson of Bridge Street in Glasgow, would have been made for use by a soldier sent to fight in the war, but for reasons unknown, it was never unpacked or worn.”

Farmer’s wife threatens to leave husband over solar panels: “A farmer’s wife is campaigning against her husband’s plan to erect 40,000 solar panels on their land, and is even threatening to leave him if he goes ahead. Mrs Young is so appalled by her husband’s planning application to create a 55-acre solar farm that she has written an open letter to villagers asking them to join her fight against the proposal. She told the Daily Mail: “My husband signed the deal without telling me. I was killing myself working 20 hours a day lambing and he conducted the negotiation behind my back. “We live in a beautiful valley and we won’t be able to see it if there are solar panels surrounded by 8ft-high fences. And it may all go out of fashion. It’s not been a happy situation – I’d like to kill him. I’ve not kicked him out of the bedroom, though. We’re too old for all that anyway.” She wrote: “I am still asking myself: “What have I done to lead my husband to put money before our marriage?” “I’m married to my husband. But I am my own person. All the stress has made me quite ill, but everyone I meet says it’s fabulous that I’m sticking to my beliefs. If the solar farm goes ahead, I’ve told him I’ll leave.”

‘Britain’s dumbest motorist’?: “When Adrian Smith was caught speeding a second time, he mistakenly thought he would be banned from driving for good. So in a bid to escape punishment, he decided to set fire to the speed camera that caught him and destroy all evidence of his crime. But Mr Smith, 46, who has now been described as ‘Britain’s dumbest motorist’, was caught in the act by another camera nearby which led police directly to his door. When police arrived at his home, they found he was guilty of a second, equally serious crime. To their amazement they discovered Mr Smith was also keeping a secret cannabis farm in his basement. And to make matters worse, it later emerged that he in fact would likely not have received any points on his license and therefore wouldn’t have faced a driving ban as he thought. He has now been sentenced to two years in prison”

‘I’m a better mum after having a boob job’: “A mother-of-one believes she’s a better mother thanks to her 32G breast implants. Tamsin Wade, 19, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, hated her deflated and uneven 32AA bust. As her confidence plummeted, she refused to leave the house, meaning her son, Finley, 2, couldn’t attend play dates and after school clubs. The beautiful blonde wasn’t able to do anything with her son without feeling shy and embarrassed about her appearance. But realising the affect her low self esteem was having on little Finley, Tamsin took out a bank loan to pay for the £5,000 surgery, and now believes she’s a better mother thanks to her new assets. Tamsin said: ‘Since having my boob job I have been so happy. ‘I was unable to go swimming with Finley as I felt so self-conscious. Tamsin said: ‘Before I had Finley my boobs were a 32D but the aftermath of being pregnant left me with double A’s.”

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Ninja kitten

July 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophie the Kitten attacks Bishop the Doberman and tries hard to get him to play with her, but the dog is unimpressed with her attempts

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School pupils forced to repeat an entire year after a teacher disappeared with their coursework: “School pupils have been forced to repeat an entire year – after a teacher left and took all their work. The sixth form students had to redo coursework after the unnamed member of staff stopped teaching at City Academy in Bristol – and now can’t be found. Officials say the science tutor left the academy last summer but failed to leave student’s coursework behind – meaning they had to retake the whole year. The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science two-year qualification was based on coursework, rather than exams. It meant that 11 sixth form students had to redo the vast majority of work. The school says at least one student also had to do two years’ worth of work – in just one year. It made several attempts to track down the lost coursework and the teacher to no avail – but assured students they could get back on track. But it has now emerged that at least four students had fallen short of what they hoped to achieve. It left their planned future in doubt after they tried to cram all of the work into the 13/14 academic year.”

Asian ‘super ant’ colonies invading your electrics: “A “super ant” that forms colonies of thousands and causes fires because of its fatal attraction to electricity is spreading across the country. The Asian super ant, also known as the fire ant, was first identified in Britain in 2009 at a National Trust property in Gloucestershire, where more than 35,000 were found. A colony recently invaded a house in Hendon, north-west London, and more have been found in Buckinghamshire. Jo Hodgkins, a wildlife and countryside adviser at the National Trust, said: “The problems with them are they seem to get attracted to electricity and they can take up residence in plug sockets and power sources, creating a fire hazard. “They can easily establish themselves in somewhere like Britain and I would not be surprised if they colonised other areas. They are pretty tough little creatures.”

Banning cellphones while driving DOESN’T make our roads safer, finds six-year study: “Drivers using their cellphones at the wheel does not affect the number of crashes, according to the results of a recent study. Researchers at the University of Colorado looked at more than a million accidents over six years on highways in California and found that a state ban had not reduced the number of collisions. The researchers chose a window of six months before and after the ban to eliminate other factors such as the production of safer cars, the recession and changes in other traffic laws. The results appears to contradict previous research which suggests using a phone at the wheel is as dangerous as drink-driving. University of Colorado associate economics professor Daniel Kaffine, one of the study’s authors, said: ‘If it’s really that dangerous, and if even just a fraction of people stop using their phones, we would expect to find some decrease in accidents. But we didn’t find any statistical evidence of a reduction.’

Dream cars: “A museum is set to launch an exhibit of some of the sleekest and most futuristic cars ever devised. The Dream Cars exhibit will feature 17 concept cars from the 1930s to the 21st Century and includes not just a Porsche and a Ferrari, but an outlandish bubble car, a wedge-shaped Lancia and a Batcar-style Cadillac Cyclone. The exhibition showcases what Europeans and Americans thought the cars of the future would look like. The exhibit takes place at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in Georgia, USA, and also stars the rocket-shaped Generals Motors Firebird I, the eye-catching Ferrari Pininfarina and the mouth-watering BMW Gina. Concept cars like these rarely make it to market and are purely to showcase the realms of possibility.”

Man built his own WWI German Fokker fighter plane: “If the sun is shining and the wind in the right direction, Mr Clark is likely to be taxiing out of his garage and taking off from his rural back garden cum runway at the controls of a World War I fighter plane. For £12,000 — less than the cost of a small second-hand roadster — the 62-year-old has built a replica of the celebrated Fokker Eindecker E.III. This elegant German machine — the first specifically designed single-seat fighter aircraft in aviation history — was much feared by the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, over the skies of France and Belgium. Indeed, between July 1915 and early 1916, it became known as the ‘Fokker Scourge’. Our pilots were mere ‘Fokker Fodder’ and they fell in their scores. He enjoys tootling over the rolling countryside around his home near Horsham, West Sussex, at a cruising speed of 55mph, thanks to his 50-horsepower Hirth motor, which runs off the same fuel as his car, mixed with two-stroke oil. As it weighs just 115 kilos when empty, the Fokker is in the microlight category and is therefore not subject to the same airworthiness regulations as a regular aircraft.

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The best Spoonerisms

July 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Reverend William Spooner was born in London 170 years ago. On his anniversary, we honour his unintentional comic interchange of sounds, known as spoonerisms

The Reverend William Archibald Spooner was born in London on July 22, 1844. He was an albino and suffered defective eyesight, and it is thought that this caused some of his verbal confusions which were later dubbed “spoonerisms”. These included “it is kisstomary to cuss the bride”.

Spooner, who died on August 29, 1930, was an Anglican priest and scholar. He studied at New College, Oxford, before lecturing there for 60 years, in history, philosophy and divinity.

He was apparently an amiable, kind and hospitable man, though absent-minded. He also had a keen intellect, which is where his problems began. His tongue barely kept up with his thought processes, resulting in an unintentional interchange of sounds, producing a phrase with a meaning entirely different from the one intended. That is what is now called a spoonerism. The more agitated the good Reverend became, the more acute the manifestation of sound switching. There are a number of well substantiated oddities of a more subtle kind: “Was it you or your brother who was killed in the Great War?”

* Calling a famous Irish play “The Ploughboy of the Western World. [Playboy of the Westerrn world]

* At a wedding: “It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”

* “Blushing crow” for “crushing blow.”

* “The Lord is a shoving leopard” (Loving shepherd).

* “A well-boiled icicle” for “well-oiled bicycle.”

* “I have in my bosom a half-warmed fish” (for half-formed wish), supposedly said in a speech to Queen Victoria.

* A toast to “our queer old dean” instead of to “our dear old Queen.”

* Upon dropping his hat: “Will nobody pat my hiccup?”

* “Go and shake a tower” (Go and take a shower).

* Paying a visit to a college official: “Is the bean dizzy?”

* “You will leave by the town drain.” (Down train)

* When our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out.

* “Such Bulgarians should be vanished…” (Such vulgarians should be banished).

* Addressing farmers as “ye noble tons of soil”.

* “You have tasted a whole worm” (to a lazy student).

* “The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer.”

* And, the classic: “Mardon me padom, you are occupewing my pie. May I sew you to another sheet?”

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It pays to be beautiful: From the classroom to the boardroom, how appearance affects our careers, success and salary: “Forget feeling guilty over the amount of money you regularly shell out on beauty products – an industry worth a staggering $160billion – and consider the fact that financially, it might actually be worth it. According to a new compilation of landmark studies which examine the perks of being beautiful, a pretty face will earn you significantly more money over the course of your life – $230,000 more according to one estimate – and the dividends start paying early. In Vox’s video, which illustrates the findings, advantages begin flooding during infancy, when we receive more attention from both strangers and our own parents the ‘cuter’ we are. By the time we’ve hit school, teachers will form higher expectations for better-looking children; which may or may not contribute to attractive students getting slighter higher grades, and being more likely to get a college degree. Choose a job in politics and again, your looks could determine your career. People can apparently predict election results purely based on a candidate’s appearance, and there exists a well-established link between beauty and electoral success.”

The ultimate Elvis memento: “A prized possession of one music’s biggest petrolheads, Elvis Presley, is set to fetch up to $300,000 at auction next month. Elvis bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom V brand new in 1963 and had it custom-fitted with the latest gadgets including a telephone, electric windows and a microphone. The car was initially midnight blue, but he was forced to have it re-painted a lighter silver because his mother’s chickens would repeatedly peck at their reflections when he visited her. When his new purchase arrived, he sent it to Britain where coachbuilder James Young installed the newest gadgets including a Blaupunkt Koln radio, parking and flashing lights and air conditioning. The centre rear armrest featured a writing pad, mirror and clothes brush while a fitted cabinet contained cut glass decanters and crystal glasses. Under the bonnet was a 6.2-litre, V8 engine which gave the 2.6-ton car 200bhp and a top speed of around 100mph.”

Shop owner survives knife through the heart: “IT expert Luo Yong was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after being stabbed in the heart in Nanchang, China. This shocking X-ray shows just how fortunate a shop owner is to be alive after being stabbed at the bottom of his heart. Luo Yong, 31, was working at his computer repair shop in Nanchang, China, when a knifeman started attacking people at random. The victim was rushed to hospital with the 20cm blade still in his chest where he underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons managed to repair the damage to Mr Yong’s heart and he is currently recovering in hospital. It is unclear if the knifeman has been arrested.

Grandparents told they owe power company £500m (which also informed them their monthly direct debit would be increasing from £87 to £53m): “A couple were told their monthly electricity payments would be increasing from £87 to £53.5million after a computer error led to a power company sending them a £500million bill. The problem arose when the couple’s previous supplier, Scottish Power, installed a new meter at their 16th century home in the village of Roughlee, near Burnley, Lancashire. Their electrician connected one of the wires the wrong way round, so that instead of recording the number of units used it didn’t register any and continued showing zero. Mr Brotherton, 62, and his wife, 59, did not notice the problem as they paid their bill by direct debit each month and were never asked to give a reading. However, after they switched suppliers to npower in May, a workman was sent round to read their meter. When he entered a reading of ‘zero’, npower’s computer wrongly assumed the dials must have gone all round the clock – and automatically flagged up the huge bill. A spokesman for npower apologised yesterday and said: ‘This was clearly a mistake.”

Confused cat scratches mirror and ‘attacks’ its own reflection after mistaking it for a rival pet: “An alarmed cat gets its claws out as it comes face-to-face with its own reflection in a comical home video. Footage shows the confused feline catching a glimpse of itself in a long floor mirror before springing up on its back legs. It then goes about scratching the image it can see in the looking glass with its eyes manically open wide. High-pitched sounds can be heard as the tabby continues to paw away at the shiny surface. It keeps going for around 40 seconds before being distracted by a shelf nearby. The proud pet owner says his cat performs the same stunt every time he brings the mirror out.”

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Survival kitten

July 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Surfing sisters: “They are an impossibly good looking family who share dozens of tanned photos of themselves on Instagram every week. From their selfie-loving first appearances, the Coffey siblings are by all accounts the Kardashians of the Australian surfing world. However, unlike dark-haired American beauties Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie, the Coffeys have so far turned down all offers to star in their own reality TV series. Instead the Gold Coast family get their kicks surfing huge waves in the toughest competitions around the world – and they’ve got the photos to prove it. Professional surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey, 19, is the eldest of the sisters, then there’s Holly-Sue, 16, Ruby-Lee, 14, and Bonnie-Lou, 11. Along with their brother Jackson, 18, they have a megabuck family sponsorship from Billabong that supports their beachside globe-trotting. The Coffey’s parents sold their home in Curl Curl, north Sydney, to pursue a nomadic lifestyle but their father Jason Coffey, who is also a surfer, and mother Kym have ensured the siblings are home schooled when they are not in the ocean.”

Bizarre $499 household gadget freshens and unwrinkles one item of clothing at a time: “Realising at the last minute your favourite dress is dirty, or you don’t have a clean shirt for an important meeting could soon be a thing of the past. The Swash is a washing machine and iron in one that refreshes clothes, removes odours and flattens out wrinkles at the press of a button – and does so all in the time it takes to have a shower. Pods of liquid are sprayed directly onto the clothes, before a drier circulates air through the device, and a dirty item is ready to wear in just 10 minutes. The $499 (£292) Swash was designed by Whirlpool and P&G and is 54-inches (1.3 metres) tall and 17-inches (43cm) wide. Swash doesn’t need water, and also doesn’t need to be plumbed in, making it portable. It can be used on denim, wool, polyester, Lycra, cotton, cashmere, sequins, beading and lace. The companies claim this makes Swash ideal for a bedroom or closet – especially if people no longer need an ironing board.”

Is this the most expensive Ferrari ever? Stunning 50-year-old car that was one of only three ever made set to sell for £20million: “A 50-year-old Ferrari which is one of only three of its kind and described as one of the iconic car maker’s most important models is expected to sell for a whopping £20million. The 1965 handbuilt Ferrari, which has mainly been used as a road car even though it was designed to compete at motorsport events, can reach a top speed of 170mph. Despite it selling at auction for less than £1million in the mid-1990s, it is now expected to fetch £20million when it goes under the hammer in California next month. The stunning grey 275 GTB/C Speciale, known as 06701, was owned by an English colonel in 1970s. It is made from super-lightweight aluminium and powered by a V12 engine which develops around 300bhp. There are only two other models exactly like it, and it is thought both of those may never go onto the open market again.”

New pod hotel at Tokyo Narita Airport means you’ll never spend the night on a terminal bench again: “The days of curling up on an uncomfortable airport bench or seats is over, at Tokyo Narita Airport at least, where a new capsule hotel opens Sunday. Nine Hours, which already has a capsule hotel in Kyoto, has added to its franchise with the new addition built in a car park just a minute’s walk from the airport’s Terminal 2. Each capsule is one metre high and two metres long, with 71 designated for men and 58 for women, and ideal for travellers with an early morning flight or a substantial gap between flights. While there are a number of capsule hotels throughout Tokyo and Japan, where the first pod-style accommodation was opened in Osaka in 1979, this is a first for the airport. A stay for the full allocation of nine hours costs 3,900 Yen (£22.50), so significantly cheaper than a hotel, or visitors can rent a pod by the hour for 1,500 Yen (less than £9).”

The most bungling burglar in Britain?: “A bungling burglar was caught thieving again after dropping his prison release papers during a break-in – on the day he was freed from jail. Andrew Graham, 31, burgled a hair salon in Leicester stealing £5,500 worth of equipment and hair products and two mini iPads. But he failed to get away with his when the salon owner found Graham’s prison papers, including his own photo, that the clownish con had left behind. The salon owner turned up to work the next day to find extensive flood damage and disruption, with a sound system and electrical items strewn over the floor. Thankfully his ID papers gave the police an instant lead and he was arrested two days later. Leicester Crown Court heard that Graham, a drug addict, had 74 offences on his criminal record, and 45 were theft-related. When arrested he also tested positive for opiates. And after pleading guilty to the salon burglary on June 25, and three other attempted burglaries on the same day, he was sent back to jail for 12 months.

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A weird joke

July 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Frustrated husband creates spreadsheet of wife’s excuses for not having sex with him: “A sexually-frustrated husband compiled a spreadsheet charting a whole month’s worth of his wife’s excuses for refusing to have sex with him, including “I might be getting sick” and “I still don’t feel 100%”. The unnamed man then collated the information and put it into an excel document before emailing it to his wife as she arrived at an airport ahead of a 10-day business trip. Shocked at the email, the anonymous lady tried to get in touch with her husband but found he had cut contact with her. In the end, she decided to share her husband’s endeavour with users of social networking site Reddit by uploading the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet, which has since been deleted, quickly went viral with people taking both sides in the debate.
One user said: “Your husband is expressing legitimate concerns in an extremely immature and passive aggressive way. Clearly, the communication style in your relationship is shit. Fix it or don’t, it’s your marriage.” But another user added: “Maybe her husband has got sick and tired of being totally and utterly ignored for months on end, has had enough and wants resolution to the issue. This time, after all attempts, he has got her attention.”

Grandmother who lost her engagement ring 38 years ago finally finds it – thanks to chance glimpse of old photo on Facebook: “A woman who lost her engagement ring 38 years ago after her daughter buried it in the garden has finally been reunited with it thanks to posting an old photo on Facebook. Grandmother Jackie Cook, 66, never expected to see the treasured band again after her daughter Clare buried it in the garden as a three-year-old in 1976. Mrs Cook, and her husband Benjamin, 69, unsuccessfully scoured the grounds of their home. She thought she would never see the ring again but amazingly she was reunited with it this week after the new occupants of her old house found the ring. The find happened after Mrs Cook came across some photos of her old farm where she lived and posted them on Facebook. They were then seen by Toni Crouch, 29, who recognised the farm as her own childhood home. She immediately messaged Mrs Cook, and told her how she had found a gold ring in the back garden of the property when she was a child. She then sent a picture of the jewellery to an overjoyed Mrs Cook, who confirmed it was indeed her long-lost engagement ring.”

Handcuffed naked man jumps into river in attempt to escape police…and ends up being SAVED by officers: “A naked man was saved by police officers Tuesday morning after he reportedly dove into a river during a police chase. Prior to the rescue, the suspect ‘was trying to break into vehicles’ and ‘going from vehicle to vehicle,’ KCTV5 said. Kansas City, Missouri police told the station the man, whom they said was under the influence of drugs and behaving strangely, was arrested and handcuffed before he went into the water. The man tried to run away from police before he ‘ran down the embankment, took his clothes off and jumped into the [Blue River],’ the station said. Video shot by KCTV5 shows the handcuffed man in the water having trouble trying to stay afloat in the river. An officer is seen out of uniform and wearing a tank top swimming toward the man and eventually carrying him through the water. The man was hospitalized, police also said. The man was later identified by KCTV5 as veteran and PTSD sufferer Geoffrey Jenista.

Romanian arrived at his holiday home to find it had disappeared and a field of corn had been planted in its place: “Police in the Romanian port city of Braila got a call from Andy Pascali, 40, complaining that his holiday house on the Danube Delta had been stolen. At first they thought it was a joke, but when they turned up at the nearby village of Baldovinesti they found not only that there was no property where there should have been a three-bedroom building, but that a field of ready-to-harvest corn had been planted in its place. A shocked Mr Pascali, who posted the image of the cornfield on his Facebook page, said: ‘I think this could only happen in Romania. He said the theft should be a warning to anybody who might be thinking about buying a holiday home in the country that they should make regular checks to make sure it was still there. He said that he believed the crooks had probably managed to recycle just about everything after slowly taking the house apart while he was not there. He said the property that he had inherited from his parents who had built it in 1986 had also been fully furnished with a brand-new fitted kitchen and bathroom.

The Hindu pipers of North London: Indian sect’s pipe band: “These pipers are playing in the Guru Purnima, an Indian festival dedicated to spiritual teachers, at a new Hindu temple being built in Kingsbury, North London. As the familiar Highland drone washes over the hundreds of faithful Hindus celebrating the festival, contrapuntally exotic melodies emerge more reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. The Shree Muktajeeven Swamibapa pipe band was established in 1972 in honour of Shree Muktajeeven Swamibapa who, after seeing a performance by a Scottish pipe band in Trafalgar Square, inspired his British disciples to form one. The original nine members in the band – drum major, four pipers, and four snares – were trained by world-renowned pipe band competition judge Major James Caution. There are about 50 members today, all living in the North London area and drawn from the local Hindu community. The Swaminarayan faith, a branch of Hinduism, was established by Lord Shree Swaminarayan, at the end of the 18th century in Northern India.”

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One baby photo that got left out of the album

July 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Using DNA to find a perfect mate: “A new dating site is embracing genetic science to match young professionals together, by testing the DNA of their customers to find certain indicators that make a good match. The site, SingldOut.com, works by mailing out DNA testing kits to their customers, who then spit in a tube and send it back. The tube is then sent to a lab, where it is tested for the presence of two genetic markers. The two markers tested for are the serotonin uptake controller, which is involved in how people handle positive and negative emotions. The second marker tested for relates to the genes influencing the person’s immune system. According to research by Instant Chemistry, the maker of the testing kits used by SingldOut, there is a strong correlation between people in long-term relationships having different versions of the serotonin genes and different immune systems.”

A good put-down: “The [British] Prime Minister is increasingly fed up with the duplicity of European politicians who criticise him but, when confronted, claim they have been mistranslated. So, when he heard last week that the European Parliament president, Martin Schulz, had laid into the British nominee for the European Commission, Jonathan Hill, Cameron asked for a copy of the remarks before buttonholing Schulz in Brussels. Cameron read out Schulz’s comments in German – and then asked him which word had been mistranslated. The result: a very sheepish-looking Schulz.”

A glamorous lawn bowler: “It was once the sport of choice for retired gentlemen across Britain’s leafy villages. But 24-year-old Natalie Melmore hopes to transform the fusty image of lawn bowls this week when she steps out on to the green for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The glamorous sportswoman is England’s reigning champion after she became the surprise winner of the singles competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi. She is a law and criminology graduate who has worked as a waitress to support herself. Now, Miss Melmore says she hopes her presence on Team England this summer will inspire young women to take up a sport, which is traditionally played by people many decades older than herself.” Miss Melmore, who was taught to play when she was nine by her father, said she had never encountered any sexism in the sport and that, playing with older men, meant she largely encountered ‘chivalry rather than chauvinism’.”

French blogger fined £1,200 after negative review of restaurant: “A French blogger has been fined £1,200 after a judge ruled a negative restaurant review appeared too high on Google searches. Caroline Doudet was also ordered to amend the title of her review, written in August 2013, which described the restaurant as ‘the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret.’ Owners of the Il Giardino restaurant, in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France, sued Ms Doudet claiming the review, which appeared fourth in Google searches, was hurting their business. A judge in Bordeaux this month ordered the review’s title be altered and told Ms Doudet to pay the restaurant €1,500 in damages, along with €1,000 to cover the compainant’s costs. Ms Doudet told the BBC: ‘This decision creates a new crime of “being too highly ranked [on a search engine]“, or of having too great an influence. ‘What is perverse, is that we look for bloggers who are influential, but only if they are nice about people.'”

Vain British jihadist fighting in Syria tweets asking how he can stop his beard getting split ends and how much he misses hair conditioner: “A British jihadist is fighting a war of a very different kind in Syria – a battle to keep his beard looking pristine. Abu Fulan al-Muhajir has been begging fellow militants for advice on dealing with split ends in his beard. Female jihad sympathisers were quick to offer advice. One of his 5,654 followers, Umm Ammar wrote: ‘Not a beard expert but when we get split ends in our hair we trim half an inch or so. Another advised to ‘trim and oil it’, while user Khadija told Mr al-Muhajir to ‘stop straightening it’. Mr al-Muhajir’s beauty bothers didn’t end there. He appears to have contacted another rebel fighter, Israfil Yilmaz, to ask where he could buy hair conditoner.”

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