An Irish perspective

March 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paddy was walking along the street during his once-in-a-lifetime visit to London when he rounds a corner and there’s a high rise building on fire.

Paddy, ever the kind-hearted and resourceful Irishman, runs up to the building to see if he can help, and notices people trapped five floors up.

Paddy yells to the people: ‘I’m Patrick Sean Fitzpatrick, the Irish Rugby Union fullback! If you jump, I’ll catch you, I’ve only had 6 pints of Guiness all today!”

One lady, in desperation, jumps and sure enough Paddy catches her.

Then a man sees that Paddy catches the women and he jumps. Sure enough, Paddy catches him also.

Then a Pakistani jumps out and crashes to the ground. Paddy didn’t even attempt to catch him.

Paddy looks up and yells: “Don’t be t’rowin’ out the burnt ones!”

THE NEWS

Man fleeing police jumps fence – into prison: “US police say a motorist fleeing officers in Cleveland abandoned his car and jumped a fence – landing in what turned out to be a prison yard. Garfield Heights police say the chase started in that suburb early on Monday over a traffic violation and reached speeds of 145km/h. Police say that after a race through several communities, the driver and a passenger bolted from the car and headed for a fence. They apparently did not realise it was on the outside the state women’s prison in Cleveland. They were arrested along with two other passengers who also tried to flee.”

Jilted teen chops off penis and throws it down well: “An Indonesian teenager chopped off his penis and tossed it down a well after learning his girlfriend intended to marry another man. The 19-year-old from a village in Central Java was lucky to survive the self surgery, health authorities said. “He arrived at the hospital last Thursday in critical condition from blood loss,” Cilacap General Hospital Director Sugeng Budi Susanto told local media. “Cutting off a penis can be fatal.” Doctors were unable to re-attach the dismembered member because villagers could not find it. The teen spent several days in intensive care but is now in recovery, Sugeng said. He had not spoken to anyone about the incident, Sugeng said. “He’s still too shocked and embarrassed to talk to or see anyone.”

Retiree on motorised scooter chases down thief: “An 87-year-old pensioner gave chase in his motorised scooter after a woman reached into its front basket and stole his pension money. The Cairns Post reported a young woman demanded Arthur Two Rivers’ money on the main street of Innisfail, 1590km north of Brisbane, he was not about to buckle under pressure. After the woman helped herself to his $130 on Saturday, Two Rivers attempted to cut her off with his scooter but despite his valiant efforts she made good her escape – leaving him with just $20 until Thursday. “I thought about running her over, but I thought twice because I’d probably be in trouble too then,” he said. Police later arrested a 26-year-old woman, Anita Maudie Emma Pascoe, who pleaded guilty in the Innisfail Magistrates Court yesterday to one count of stealing.”

Shanghai’s famous Bund restored to former glory: “Shanghai’s Bund reopened Sunday after a three-year project to restore the riverfront to its 1930s glory as the city prepares to welcome tens of millions of visitors for the World Expo. The promenade between the colonial-style buildings and the river has been widened by 40 per cent and the road is narrower after a new tunnel opened beneath the Bund, rerouting three quarters of the traffic, officials said. “The renovation aims to restore the old feel of the Bund, which used to belong to pedestrians and tourists before it gradually gave way to busy vehicle traffic,” Zhou Wei, the head of Huangpu district told a news briefing. He said Shanghai aims to create a landmark as attractive as Paris’ Champs Elysees on the two-kilometre promenade”

Rare Austin which stood in garage for 50 years discovered… and starts first time!: “The tatty Austin 12/4 had been languishing in a garage for almost five decades when Roger Bulled decided to take a look at the old family jalopy. He thought after standing still for so long the rare fabric bodied motor his dad had driven since it was all shiny and new would have seized up, but how wrong he was. But in an incredible tribute to 1920s British engineering the Austin’s engine turned over despite the car being off the road since 1961. ‘I pumped up the tyres and they stayed up,’ Mr Bulled said. ‘The rubber is cracked but the inner tubes are obviously still intact, which is remarkable really. ‘And the engine turned over when we tried it with the starter handle, but I didn’t try to start her up in case I did any damage but I’m sure it would go.”

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The Ten Commandments

March 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal,’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians…It creates a hostile work environment.

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Big Danish container ship

Emma Mærsk is a container ship owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. When she was launched in 2006, Emma Mærsk was the largest container ship ever built. It mostly runs between Asia and Europe.

The crew-size: 13 people on a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier (which has a crew of 5,000).

The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.

Length – 1,300 ft

Width – 180 ft

Net cargo – 123,200 tons

Engine – a Wärtsilä-Sulzer 14RTFLEX96-C (14 cylinder) engine, currently the world’s largest single diesel unit, weighing 2,300 tons and capable of 109,000 horsepower

Cruise Speed – 25 knots (Faster than most container ships)

Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)

Crew – 13 people!

Built in Denmark for the Danish owners

Construction cost – US $145,000,000+

THE NEWS

Elderly couple busted in Jell-O scam: “An elderly New York husband and wife were busted for tampering with boxes of Jell-O brand pudding – replacing the contents with sand and salt and then returning them to stores for the $1.40 refund. The New York Post reported Alexander Clement, 68, and his wife, Christine Clement, 64, disposed of the evidence afterward – by cooking up and eating the contents of the boxes they had emptied, authorities said. Alexander Clement would drive his wife to the store, where she would buy about 10 boxes of pistachio and butterscotch pudding each time. When the pair got home, Christine Clement allegedly would empty the boxes’ contents and replace them with plastic sandwich bags filled with the sand and salt. After resealing the boxes, her husband would drive her back to the stores, where she would return them for a refund, police said. The scheme fell apart after a customer who bought one of the resealed boxes complained, and police traced the boxes back to the Clements.”

Drunk man found in the ENGINE of an Indian Airliner: “An allegedly drunk man was found in a commercial jet engine as it was being prepared for take-off. The man was only spotted when an engineering and security team member saw a leg dangling from the rear of the engine at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The plane, an Indian Airlines Airbus A-320, was being prepared for its first flight of the day two hours before scheduled departure to Raipur, The Times of India reported. Rubbing his eye in disbelief and after checking again to make sure it wasn’t a delusion, the engineer informed others, who then rushed to the engine. When confronted the man said he reached the airport in a truck and then went to sleep behind the biggest fan on a hot Delhi night. The man was pulled out of the engine and allegedly “roughed up a bit” by the security team.”

Husband Dragging competition in Australia: “Women are getting their own back against their men by taking part in the world’s first Husband Dragging competition. The event, which took place in Singleton, NSW on the weekend, is described as “depicting a traditional Aussie weekend where the female drags her man out of the pub”. The new Husband Dragging event sees women taking their revenge. It involves the wives running over a slippery plastic surface to a makeshift bar where their husbands are sitting. They then drag their man along the ground before making him complete household duties. The husband must not help his wife and must act as a dead weight while being pulled. He then picks up a bag of rubbish, runs to put it in the bin, sprints back over the plastic surface, and then drinks a beer.”

Brewer wins right to market F**king beer: “A brewer has won his fight to market a beer named after the Austrian village of F**king. The Sun reported today European Union officials originally rejected the brand “F**king Hell beer” on the grounds that it contained a swear word. But after the brewery proved the village actually existed, officials were forced to back down. Brewery spokesman Stefan Fellenberg said: “In German the word for a lager beer is a Helles Beer, so we have also patented the name F**king Hell, which means lager from F**king of course. “I don’t understand why the patents office think of something else. They must have dirty minds.” The bizarre name is understood to come from a sixth century noble called Lord Focko, with ‘ing’ being old German for ‘family of’. The German pronunciation is different from the English.”

Sex-change killer to wed lesbian murderer: “A UK killer is getting married behind bars after being switched to a women’s jail following a sex-change operation – and falling for a lesbian murderess. The Sun reported Douglas Wakefield, 61, who was jailed 36 years ago for killing his uncle, has won permission to get hitched in the prison chapel of New Hall Prison near Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Criminals will be guests at the civil partnership ceremony as Wakefield – who underwent a taxpayer-funded “gender reassignment” and is now called “Tai” – recites vows with mother-of-three Thelma Purchase, 45, a fellow killer serving a life sentence. It follows another wedding earlier this month at the New Hall Prison – of killers Amanda Fitzpatrick and Debbie Ware. Fitzpatrick, 25, was jailed for life for the murder of her brother-in-law with scissors and lesbian Ware, 31, stabbed a shopkeeper in a robbery.”

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Ho, ho ho!

March 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THE NEWS

Shanghai residents told to ditch the pyjamas in run-up to 2010 World Expo: “A middle-aged woman in pink-and-purple pyjamas walks her dog along a narrow Shanghai lane, apparently undaunted by a government directive against wearing sleepwear in public.“My pyjamas are padded and warm. Look, I wear them over my other clothes,” Mrs Li says, opening the top button to reveal several layers of thick underwear to protect her from a chilly, late-winter morning. “What’s the problem?” For the authorities in China’s glitziest metropolis, the problem is that they want to present the city’s best face at the 2010 World Expo fair that opens on May 1 — and the decades-long tradition that residents have of wandering the streets in their jimjams simply does not set the right tone.” … The debate has gone online, too. One chat-room comment said: “Wearing pyjamas outside is just ignorant. Lacking even such a basic knowledge of etiquette how can we be described as an ancient civilisation?”

French sex workers protest legal brothels: “Dozens of French sex workers proclaiming themselves proud to be prostitutes marched Wednesday to protest a lawmaker’s proposal to legalize brothels in France, arguing that such a law would deny them the freedom to work on their own. A lawmaker in France’s governing party has proposed reopening brothels just over six decades after they were banned in order to move prostitutes off the streets and provide them with medical, financial and legal protection.”

Fast-food outlet becomes first in UK to sell zebra pizzas: “A fast-food outlet has reportedly become the first in Britain to sell pizzas with an extra special topping – zebra. Yummy Yummy Italia in Burnley, northern England, launched the controversial pizza after owner Arash Fard, 33, visited London and saw frogs’ legs pizzas on the menu, local newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph reported. The unusual meat toppings are bought from “alternative meats” supplier Kezie, which says the ingredients are ethically sourced from responsible farms. Fard’s zebra creation is not his first time experimenting with ingredients. He told the Lancashire Telegraph that his range of buffalo, venison, kangaroo and crocodile pizzas were a big hit with customers since they went on sale earlier this year.”

Computer glitch turns man into billionaire: “A Florida businessman was a billionaire for five hours over the weekend. After a routine transaction Paul Fischer’s account ended up with a $88,888,888,888.88 balance. He called his bank, SunTrust, to report the result. Bank spokesman Mike McCoy said a computer glitch made it appear that billions of dollars were in some accounts, but the money was never really there. Mr Fischer now plans to play the lottery using the number 8.”

Ban on furry Jewish hats? “Israel could become the first country to ban the wearing of animal fur; a move campaigners hope will encourage other countries to follow suit. However, ultra-Orthodox MPs are blocking the final steps in the process because many of their constituents traditionally wear sable hats known as shtreimels, which they argue are part of their cultural identity. To ensure the proposed ban would not impinge on the religious freedoms of the ultra-Orthodox community — a tight-knit group whose married men wear the shtreimel on the Sabbath and holidays — the campaign arranged for a cultural exemption in the law, based on the European Union exemption that allows Inuits to sell seal products hunted in traditional ways. That was not enough, however, to appease lawmakers from ultra-Orthodox parties. When the law went before the Knesset last month it was blocked”

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Big bucks

March 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yes it is real. The Federal Reserve used it to transfer money to and from banks and was never issued to the public. They were last printed in 1945 and have since been discontinued. This is the 1934 $100,000 dollar note. It featured Woodrow Wilson

THE NEWS

Iceland bans stripping: “Iceland’s parliament has voted to ban striptease shows, making it an offence for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees. Iceland’s legislature, the Althingi, passed the ban on Tuesday night, with just two abstentions and no votes against. Nude dancing was already heavily regulated in Iceland, a north Atlantic island nation of 320,000, and only a handful of clubs feature stripping. Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, a former lawmaker who was the first to propose the legislation, told broadcaster RUV on Wednesday that “it is not acceptable that women, or people in general, are a product to be sold”. The country combines liberal social values with a strong women’s movement. Almost half of Iceland’s legislators are women.

MA: No-horse races? : “This tiny community’s single ballot box, an old oaken contraption kept in a former one-room schoolhouse, will next perform its civic duty when Hawley votes for eight officials ranging from selectman to tree warden. But there’s one glaring problem: No one from this Berkshires hill town is running in the May 3 election. The ballot, literally, is a blank slate in the state’s fifth-smallest community, a hamlet of 336 residents with no post office, no gas station, no convenience store, and a single stop sign that some people good-naturedly call an infringement on their liberties. The deadline to return candidacy papers passed March 15 without a single person submitting the required 25 signatures since the nomination period opened in mid-February.”

Belgium bills ex-husband of child killer wife cost of convicting her: “The father of five children murdered by their mother has been stuck with the bill for her trial and conviction. A Belgian court sentenced Genevieve Lhermitte to life in prison last year for killing her son and four daughters, aged three to 14, in 2007, while her then husband was on a trip to Morocco. As Lhermitte is in jail and insolvent, the Belgian state has sought to recover court expenses and collect fines from Bouchaib Moqadem. “I don’t know what to say. I am disgusted and revolted that I, who was wrongly deprived of my children, am being asked to pay for the trial of my ex-wife, who was convicted of murdering my five children by cruelly slitting their throats,” Mr Moqadem told the newspaper Le Soir. The bill appears to conform with Belgian law..”

The ultimate box-office bomb: “Uma Thurman’s new film has broken box office records in Britain – it took a paltry £88 ($150) in it’s opening weekend, with no more than a dozen people bothering to see it. In fact so bad was Motherhood’s performance, that its entire box office takings for its debut Sunday were £9, meaning just one person bought a ticket, The Guardian reported. Motherhood tells the story of a stressed-out New York mother, played by Thurman of Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction fame. Despite costing a reported $5.5 million to make, it grossed little over $100,000 in the US last year.” ["Zabriskie Point" was a big flop when it first came out but, decades later, it is a hit with the art-house crowd, so maybe there is hope]

Man charged over bizarre Maccas robbery: “Police have charged a man who allegedly robbed a McDonald’s restaurant wearing only blue underwear and attempting to disguise himself by wrapping his body in tea towels and toilet paper. Police allege Dalton Jeffrey Brittain, 20, of Spearwood, walked into the Spearwood outlet on Rockingham Rd about 2.30pm yesterday armed with a 15cm-long knife. Tea towels were wrapped around his head and toilet paper around his body as he threatened at least two staff members and demanded cash, the East Perth Magistrates Court heard today. Money was handed over before he fled on foot. Mr Brittain was arrested about 6pm. He has been charged with one count of stealing with threats of violence and was not required to enter a plea during his first appearance in court today. Magistrate Geoff Lawrence remanded him in custody and ordered he be held in hospital to undertake a mental health assessment.”

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NOTE: I have just put up my latest selection of “Best” pictures from this blog — covering January & February of this year. Go here to access them.

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Some famous words of wisdom

March 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Worth repeating in case you missed some of them

“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”
–Mariah Carey

“Smoking kills. If you’re killed you’ve lost a very important part of your life”
— Brooke Shields during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body”
–Winston Bennett University of Kentucky basketball forward.

“Outside of the killings Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country”
–Mayor Marion Barry Washington DC .

“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass and I’m just the one to do it”
–A congressional candidate in Texas .

“Half this game is ninety percent mental.”
–Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it..”
–Al Gore Vice President at the time

“I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix “
— Dan Quayle

“We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?”
–Lee Iacocca

“The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”
–Joe Theisman NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

“We don’t necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.”
— Colonel Gerald Wellman ROTC Instructor.

“Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.”
–Department of Social Services Greenville South Carolina

“Traditionally most of Australia ‘s imports come from overseas.”
–Keppel Enderbery legislator (Australia is an island albeit a big one)

“If somebody has a bad heart they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning when they wake up dead there’ll be a record.”
–Mark S. Fowler FCC Chairman

THE NEWS

The old propaganda lives on: “Almost three-quarters of Russians believe the United States is an “aggressor” nation hell-bent on world domination a poll suggests. The survey by the independent Levada Center polling agency found that 73 percent of respondents agreed that the US was “an aggressor trying to take control” of all countries in the world. Only 8 per cent agreed that the US was “a defender of peace democracy and order” while 19 per cent said they were undecided. The poll’s margin of error was 3.4 per cent. The poll’s findings came despite efforts by US President Barack Obama to “reset” relations with Russia”

Cat killed by car ‘comes back to life’ nine months after owner buries him: “They say cats have nine lives – but no one seriously expects them to come back from the dead. Yet that is what Alfie the ginger tom appeared to have done nine months after apparently being killed by a car. Owner Angelo Petrillo buried what he believed to be his pet’s battered body after a friend spotted it on the side of a road near his home. Soon afterwards Mr Petrillo 39 and his wife Katy moved house along with their other cat Freddie also a ginger tom. But a few days ago they received a phone call from their former neighbour. ‘They said a ginger cat had been trying to get into our old home going up to the front and back doors and they thought it was ours’ said Mr Petrillo who works for an energy company. The next day however the neighbours said the cat had remained outside all night meowing pitifully. Mrs Petrillo 35 a manager for a wine company returned to the couple’s old home a mile away – and immediately recognised the cat as Alfie. The three-year-old had lost the collar he used to wear and had put on weight suggesting someone else had been looking after him while he was being mistakenly mourned.”

World’s cleverest man (above) turns down $1million prize after solving one of mathematics’ greatest puzzles: “A Russian awarded $1million (£666000) for solving one of the most intractable problems in mathematics said yesterday that he does not want the money. Said to be the world’s cleverest man Dr Grigory Perelman 44 lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through the closed door: ‘I have all I want.’ The prize was given by the U.S. Clay Mathematics Institute for solving the Poincare Conjecture which baffled mathematicians for a century. Dr Perelman posted his solution on the internet. He failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union in Madrid four years ago. At the time he stated: ‘I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. ‘I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.’ It was in 2003 that Perelman then a researcher at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics in St. Petersburg began posting papers online suggesting he had solved the Poincare Conjecture one of seven major mathematical puzzles for which the Clay Institute is offering $1 million each. Rigorous tests proved he was correct. The topological conundrum essentially states that any three-dimensional space without holes in it is equivalent to a stretched sphere. The puzzle was more than 100 years old when Perelman solved it”

Tiny muntjac deer are branded a threat to Britain’s wildlife: “Don’t let its seductive doe eyes fool you. Or its glossy russet coat and Bambi looks. No the muntjac is a wolf in deer’s clothing – and it’s taking over Britain. In fact so great is the threat posed by this innocent-looking creature that Wildlife minister Huw Irranca-Davies has included the muntjac on a most-wanted list. The Asian muntjac has been named Britain’s most dangerous and destructive deer. They devour native woodland plants at a terrifying rate destroy vital bird habitats and can go berserk if unleashed on a suburban garden. They also breed like rabbits. But are they really all bad? The muntjac is certainly one of the strangest deer not just in Britain but on Earth. It is also one of the most ancient and may have been on the menu of primeval predators 35million years ago. Diminutive furtive and canny it is also one of the least studied. Originating in South-East Asia it first set hoof in Britain as a legal immigrant in 1900. Their size is an advantage. Standing just 20in tall they are expert at hiding away in brambles rushes and long grass. This has enabled them to evade the hunter’s bullet – and even live on our doorsteps without us noticing.”

Row over Tiger Woods blow-up doll: “Lawyers for Tiger Woods are reportedly trying to halt the sale of a series of sex toys which exploit the golfer’s personal problems. The toys include a ‘Take Home Blow-up Tiger Love Doll’ and are for sale on the website of Pipedream Products. … The US gossip website TMZ.com has managed to obtain a copy of a lawyer’s letter to Pipedream. It is demanding that the company stops selling the products, recalls all items that have already been distributed and destroys all stock.”

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The Giraffe Test

March 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2 . How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend …. Except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting.

This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.

THE NEWS

‘Piranha frenzy’ as $110,000 falls off armoured truck in city street: “People have fallen onto a bag of cash like a “pack of ravenous piranhas” after more than $US100,000 tumbled out the back of an armoured truck onto an Ohio street. The bag split open after it fell off the back of the vehicle on Wednesday and the driver drove away without noticing. But a whole bunch of people spotted the cash blowing down the street in Whitehall, a Columbus suburb, and a mad dash for cash ensued. “People were jumping out of their vehicles,” one witness told NBC4 news. “Like when you throw some fish in and you’ve got a school of piranhas and they haven’t eaten for a long time. Workers at a nearby flower shop helped police gather up the money in boxes. Several people ended up bringing some of the cash into the police station. But only about $US10,500 had been recovered by the end of the day, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Police are examining surveillance camera video and photographs from mobile phone cameras to try to track down the people who grabbed the money.”

British man builds flame-throwing moped to take on tailgaters: “A British James Bond fan fed up with being tailgated has invented the ultimate revenge gadget – a moped that fires 5m flames. Colin Furze, 30, spent a month converting his sports scooter, which can travel up to 100km/ph, to blast anything that comes too close, The Daily Telegraph in London reports. The plumber said the flame-thrower works by pressing a button on the handlebar. “It’s a lot of fun and when I fire the flames out the back it makes me feel just like James Bond,” Mr Furze told the Telegraph. “The flames are pretty big and up to 15 feet (4.57m) long, so you could definitely set fire to someone’s car if you wanted to. “But it can get rather hot if you blast the flames when the wind is in the wrong direction.” [He won't last long in safety-mad Britain]

Prostitutes-on-wheels for horny Australian miners? “A hole in Alice Springs’ prostitution market could be filled by an agency looking to cash in on a mining boom with its own fly-in fly-out operation. Businesswoman Julie Partridge, 52, has applied for a licence to set up an agency that would bring sex workers in from Darwin. “I am very positive about an escort agency business in Alice Springs because of all the mining activity that is going on,” she told the Northern Territory News. Another businesswoman said she was approached by an interstate group looking to take advantage of the surge of male mine workers, who spent their working week “in a hole” and emerged with cash to burn and “one thing on their mind”. She said they were looking to set up a “Shag Bus” in a refurbished Winnebago to service horny clients up and down the Stuart Highway.between Alice and Tennant Creek. “It’s … the Love Boat but on wheels,” she said. “It’s quite clever – a new take on the phrase ‘sex tourism’.”

The ‘bumkini’ that promises to transform your derriere: “Saggy bottoms can now be given an instant lift – with a bra designed for the buttocks. The Biniki, worn under pants, holds up the bottom giving it a firm look to rival even curvy stars Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce – known for their toned derrieres. The device was invented by Californian psychologist Dr Karin Hart after she lost weight and started to lose shape in her behind. She said she soon discovered there was no product on the market to cater for small or flat behinds. The Biniki uses a belt around the waist with adjustable support hoops which loop under the buttocks to lift them up, making them look firm. It cannot be detected under most clothes and can be worn low on the hips.

Not too bright’ thieves call bank in advance of robbery: “Police in Connecticut say even they were surprised by the actions of these criminals: two would-be robbers called a bank ahead of time to get the money ready and were arrested at the scene. Fairfield police say they arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey [above] and an unidentified 16-year-old boy on robbery and threatening charges on Tuesday afternoon at the People’s United Bank branch on Stratfield Road. Sergeant James Perez said the two Bridgeport residents called the bank and told a worker to get a bag of money ready. Perez says they showed up at the bank 10 minutes later, but police had been notified and arrested the suspects in the parking lot.”

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D’oh! How Homer Simpson has influenced English language

March 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

EVEN by the most lenient interpretation, Homer Simpson is not Shakespeare. Slow-witted and inarticulate, his remaining cognitive function dulled by over-consumption of Duff beer, he nonetheless has had a marked influence on the way people speak.

Now “D’oh!”, the grunt of dumb annoyance he made famous, has been voted the greatest contribution to the English language made by The Simpsons.

In a survey of international linguists marking 20 years of the world’s longest-running sitcom, “D’oh!” (as in, “D’oh! Whoever thought a nuclear power plant would be so complicated?”) beat such contenders as “introubulate” (“to get someone into trouble”), “craptacular” (“spectacularly crap”) and “eat my shorts” (a dismissal in the same vein as “kiss my a***”) for the title of the programme’s most influential word or catchphrase.

“D’oh!” has already been accorded linguistic recognition. In 2001 it was added to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, with the definition: “Expressing frustration at the realisation that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish.”

The survey, by Today Translations, a London-based company with a network of 2600 translators and interpreters in more than 60 countries, was inspired by a column by The Times journalist Ben Macintyre, reprinted in his book The Last Word, in which he described how the show has produced “an entire raft of words and phrases that have been absorbed into popular parlance”.

In the survey, which had 320 responses, “D’oh!” scored 37 per cent, followed by “introubulate” and “craptacular”. “Eat my shorts” came fourth. The great Francophobic insult, “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, was ninth.

“Homer Simpson must be the most influential wordsmith since Shakespeare,” said Jurga Zilinskiene, chief executive of Today Translations. “And thanks to The Simpsons, combined with the power of the internet, ours must be the greatest golden age for new words since Shakespeare’s own.”

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, says that “D’oh!” was inspired by the Scottish actor Jimmy Finlayson, who used a more drawn-out “Dow” in the Laurel and Hardy films. Groening felt that Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, should say it a bit faster to suit the timing of animation, and so it was shortened to “D’oh!”.

Other celebrated Homerisms range from “lupper” (a large, fattening meal, midway between lunch and supper) to “sacrilicious” (meaning either deliciously sacrilegious or the delicious taste of eating something sacred).

Bart Simpson has also made his own contributions to language, with such phrases as “Don’t have a cow, man”. With his sister Lisa, he is credited with the dismissive “Meh”, defined as an expression of profound indifference, in the same spirit as the teenager’s “Whatever”.

Bart also coined the word “kwyjibo”, when it enabled him to use all his letters in a game of Scrabble. Challenged by his father, he claimed that it meant “a big dumb balding Northern American ape with no chin”.

Whether “D’oh!” will last is another question. David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and author of A Little Book of Language, said most catchphrases fade from use after the show which made them famous goes off the air. Occasionally, however, they outlast their origins, like “Me Tarzan, you Jane”. Professor Crystal said: “That never turned up in the films, but everyone knows it and everybody uses it still.”

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THE NEWS

Phony mystic jailed over gherkin guile: “A bogus witch doctor was jailed for fraud in Germany after claiming to be able to cure a desperate blind man with LSD-laced gherkins. Unemployed hairdresser Patrick Baecker, 35, posed as a mystic healer who could make victim Axel Pfeffer see again for £20,000 ($30,000), The Sun reported. A court in Fehmarn, Germany, heard Mr Pfeffer, a former motorcyclist, had tried everything to restore his sight after losing it in a crash. But what the crooked crimper Baecker did was feed him mini gherkins laced with powerful mind-bending hallucinogenic drugs to induce visions. Prosecutors told the hairdresser: “Recklessly and treacherously, you used the disabled man’s trust to pay off a debt.” Judge Markus Faerber told him before jailing him for eight months: “You are a hairdresser, not a shaman.”

Weird outfits for Australian racing car event: “Long legs, hourglass figures and plenty of cleavage — that’s the sexy grid girl image we’ve come to expect at the Grand Prix. Not any more. Critics have panned a new conservative look for the girls of pit lane who yesterday emerged for this weekend’s event wearing a black mafia-style uniform. Designer Kit Willow said it was her way of injecting style and elegance on the track. But fashion commentators have called it a politically correct step in the wrong direction. “The whole idea of being a grid girl is to show off your body,” said one. “It looks like they are about to go shopping on Chapel St on a Saturday afternoon.” Fashion commentator Melissa Hoyer said the design was all wrong: “This is an opportunity to get sexy, voluptuous, sporty Aussie girls in the spotlight. What were they thinking?”

Nursery teacher jailed for jabbing kids with syringe: “A nursery teacher was sentenced to three years in jail in southwest China for stabbing more than 60 children with an empty syringe to discipline them, state media reported. The woman, Sun Qiqi, had pleaded guilty to charges of “jeopardising public safety” for punishing 63 “disobedient” children at a privately-run nursery in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency said. Earlier reports said Sun, in her mid-20s, had said she was overwhelmed by the number of children in her care. The courts said the assaults had created panic among the pre-schoolers and their parents, but rejected claims lodged by the parents for 1.8 million yuan ($287,268) in compensation, Xinhua said. All the victims, aged from three to five, tested negative for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV in subsequent health checks.”

India launches ultra-luxury Maharaja train service: “India has launched its most luxurious and expensive train service yet, seeking to attract well-heeled foreign rail enthusiasts prepared to pay the minimum $US800-a-night price tag. The backers of the new service, which began its maiden journey from Kolkata to New Delhi on Saturday, have made every effort to ensure passengers get to see the country glide past the window with a minimum of inconvenience. The specially built new train accommodates just 84 passengers, has suites with private bathrooms and plasma televisions, two restaurants serving Indian and Western food, a bar, card tables and an observation lounge. Even the suspension has been designed to ensure a smooth ride on the sometimes rickety Indian lines and the 23 carriages have all been fitted with air conditioning and carpet throughout. The new Express joins a fleet of other luxury trains plying India’s railway network, including the Deccan Odyssey in western Maharashtra, the Palace on Wheels in Rajasthan and the Golden Chariot in southern Karnataka. The advantage of the new service, say its promoters, is that the Maharajas’ Express will travel throughout India, whereas the other services are restricted to individual states.”

Parties drown out Mexico security concerns: “Thousands of US students on spring break are partying at Mexico’s beach resorts despite concerns over spiralling drug violence. The United States and Canada have issued travel warnings that college students avoid border areas during this year’s spring break, but students still flocked to Mexico’s beach resorts, where the warnings do not apply. “We thought about the violence before we came, but I feel safe now I’m here,” said 21-year-old student Keith, from the University of Colorado, who traveled to Cancun with a friend. Swimsuit-clad youths grasped plastic cups of beer as they danced throughout the day and night on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean resort and music blared out over the waves. Tourism workers dismissed news reports on Mexico’s gruesome violence, saying business was good, after beaches emptied out at around the same time last year due to both the economic crisis and the outbreak of A(H1N1) flu in Mexico.”

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Advertising victims

March 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A couple of older bums are relaxing on a park bench, bored out of their minds. They’re not the brightest of crayons, but are known to be pretty resourceful – especially when bored.

So one of them says to the other, “What are we gonna do today?”

The other replies, “Well, how much money have you got?”

They both rummage through their pockets, emptying several days worth of lint and toothpics, managing to put together about four dollars and some change.

The first one says, “We can’t do much with 4 bucks. Maybe we should just go home?”

The other, excited, replies, “Nah! Let’s go buy a box of tampons!”

“Tampons? What are we gonna do with tampons?”

“Haven’t you seen those TV commercials? With tampons we can run, and hike and swim, even go dancing. We need some tampons!”

What’d You Think?

THE NEWS

OH: Bike with car stereo earns man citation, day in court: “You don’t need to have a car for your car radio to be too loud, a Lorain man proved this week. A police officer patrolling the area of East 31st Street Thursday night heard excessively loud music in the area, but when he looked around all he saw was a man on a bicycle. The officer cited 20-year-old Juan Rivas-Figueroa for excessive noise from a stereo that was attached to his bike, a police report said. Rivas-Figueroa had modified a two-wheeled child seat trailer to house a car stereo with two speakers and used a car battery to power it. As the officer went to pull Rivas-Figueroa over, he saw him get off the bike and try to turn the music down. The officer told Rivas-Figueroa that he was playing his music too loud and that the police department had received several complaints in regards to a bicycle matching his. He was riding a black BMX bicycle and the trailer was purple. Rivas-Figueroa was cited for excessive noise and made aware of a mandatory court appearance. He was then released.

A not too bright Texan: “A thief took advantage of a local out for a day on the lake. Lt. Kevin Jordan of the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office said that the driver of a 2000 Chevy pickup reported that he left it parked near a boat ramp on March 13 and returned to find that someone had broken in. Reported stolen were a wallet valued at $20, two cell phones valued at $50 each, $700 in cash and personal information. Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Jordan said the truck’s windows were down and the doors were left unlocked.

NJ: Thief breaks in to cook chicken dinner: “A hungry burglar broke into a restaurant, cooked himself a chicken and rice dinner and then slipped out again, leaving behind a stack of dirty dishes and $200 in the cash register. “He just wanted food, that’s it,” website northjersey.com quoted Detective Robert Francaviglia as saying. “He went in and pulled out a plate, got some chicken out of the freezer, got a rice box and fried up the chicken and rice in the frying pan. “After he ate, he left.” Nothing else was taken during the Saturday morning break-in at the Matsu Sushi Grill in New Jersey.”

Bee sting therapy all the buzz: “Being stung by a bee would have some people rushing to hospital, expect at one Beijing clinic where patients queue up to be pricked into good health. Bee sting therapy, which involves placing live bees on a patient’s body at certain pressure points, dates back over 3000 years in China and was considered legal in 2007. It is similar to acupuncture in that it uses bees stingers instead of needles and the same principles, but the bees’ toxin, which doctors say is a natural medicine, is essential, making the treatment like an injection. Doctors at the Kang Tai Bee Clinic, a traditional Chinese medical facility in northeast Beijing, say the therapy has proved effective in curing diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis, as well as a list of other ailments. “The bee therapy has an obvious effect on patients with bone and joint diseases,” said Wang Jing, a doctor at the clinic. “This treatment relies mainly on the bees’ poison, which can help blood circulation, reduce inflammation and ease pain.”

New Zealand technophobe (above) turns cyberspace sensation: “A Kiwi woman has become an unlikely internet celebrity with more than 25,000 people worldwide hanging on her every word. Lisa Etheridge, 39, a mother of one from Auckland, signed up for an account with online social network Twitter as part of a Unitec class exercise to promote relations with sister universities in Ireland and Chile. Ms Etheridge, a self-confessed technophobe, had just two classmates registered as followers and posted just one message under the pseudonym LisaTickledPink – “I hate technology.” Then journalist Leo Laporte and internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose, the founder of one of the world’s biggest social sites, Digg.com, decided to randomly pick a Twitter account and recommend people sign on as followers. They were running a live internet chat show, watched by 175,000 people. Kevin Rose told viewers: “Hold on, I think I may have found a user. LisaTickledPink says `I hate technology’.” Leo Laporte responded: “Oh that’s it, that sounds like the right person for us. OK, let’s see what we can do.” After the exchange, 25,000 Twitter users began following Ms Etheridge – taking her to the top 2 per cent of most followed among all 6.5 million worldwide Twitter users.”

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Subject: STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE

March 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals. The funny thing is that it really does work and will make you smile.

1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.

2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.

3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.

4. No one knows your secret place.

5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.

6. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

7. The water is so clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.

There!! See? It really does work. You’re smiling already.

THE NEWS

India: New chilli grenade packs a punch : “Military experts in India have developed a new crowd control grenade packed with ground seeds from the Bhut Jolokia, officially recognised as the hottest chilli on the planet by Guinness World Records. When deployed the grenade showers the targets with a dust so spicy that in trials subjects were blinded for hours and left with breathing problems. Military leaders say it will be a major breakthrough in riot control or smoking out criminals and terrorists from their hiding places.”

Wash. – A car-jacking suspect messed with the wrong vehicle in a parking lot: “A pit bull rescued earlier from an illegal dog-fighting ring was sitting inside in the car – and that dog wasn’t taking any more passengers. The dog’s foster mom, Amber Melena, explains what happened. She says Victor the pit bull was due to be put down a few months ago after he and more than 20 other dogs were found living in horrific conditions – beaten, forced to fight and chained inside filthy kennels. But a dedicated rescue group believed this dog could be saved and – after months of rehabilitation – placed him with Amber and her family. Amber says she stopped by the store on a routine shopping trip and brought 3-year-old Victor along for the ride. “I opened the door like this and put the groceries in,” she says. “I was just reaching for my seatbelt, and right as I was turning to click it in, this door flew open. And he was just standing right there.” Amber found herself face-to-face with a possible car-jacker. The man spooked Victor, too – but the dog was quick to act. “He turns around and lets out just this gigantic woof,” says Amber. “And this man throws himself backwards, trips on himself and falls down.” Police later arrested the man. And thanks to Victor, Amber wasn’t hurt.”

Hospital staff jailed after AIDS outbreak among kids: “Nearly 150 children were infected with HIV in hospitals in eastern Uzbekistan and 12 medical staff have been sentenced to jail terms of five to eight years for negligence, a news website said. At least 14 children have died, out of 147 who were infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in the eastern city of Namangan in 2007-8, regional prosecutor Bakhtier Shodmonov said in a documentary posted on the news portal Ferghana.ru. “Not conforming to sanitary rules and not taking anti-epidemiological measures, employees at the medical establishments were negligent in their duties. Today of 147 children, 14 are no longer alive,” Mr Shodmonov said in the film. The website said the footage was from a film made earlier this year for state television, but never broadcast in the tightly controlled Central Asian nation. The infections were caused by unsterilised syringes and intravenous drips, relatives of the victims said in the film.”

Australian teachers too embarrassed to teach sex ed: “Teachers are avoiding sex education because they’re uncomfortable and under-prepared, prompting experts to call for better training at the university level. This follows a review of international guidelines on sex education by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, sparked by a backlash over recommendations that children as young as five were ready to learn about masturbation. The word “masturbation” has now been removed from the guidelines and children aged five to eight are being told “it is natural to explore parts of one’s own body, including private parts”. University and health experts agree sex education is important for primary school children as they become curious about their bodies. However, many teachers “feared backlash” from schools and parents or were not prepared to teach it. Dr Debbie Ollis, of Deakin University School of Education, Victoria, said teachers should be ready to instruct students about sexually transmitted infections, relationships, personal development and sexual interaction by the time they had finished university. “It should be a part of pre-service education so teachers are prepared before they go out to schools,” Dr Ollis said. “The way it’s taught in schools is ad hoc. Some are very comprehensive and progressive. . . some don’t do anything. It is difficult for teachers to be comfortable to address sensitive issues.”

The do’s and don’ts of being an Air NZ hostie: “Never say “bun”, don’t wear blue eyeshadow, pluck your monobrow, trim your nasal hair, stand up straight, use deodorant, and on no account put more than six teabags in the pot. Got that? Then you too can be an Air New Zealand trolley dolly. But you’ll also need to familiarise yourself with hundreds of pages of dos, don’ts, rules and regulations that govern the lives of cabin crew. The airline has this month released new manuals for flight crew so detailed they even cover where to buy armpit “sweat pads” for excessive perspirers, the need to avoid garlicky food, and how “sparkly, shimmery disco-type eyeshadow” is a fashion faux pas. Not since the days when stewardesses on National Airways Corporation flights clung to the backs of seats during turbulence because they were forbidden from sitting down has a Kiwi airline gone to such lengths about the grooming, deportment and duties of its cabin crews. As for cabin crew being banned from using “terms like bun” when serving passengers, the reasoning is something of a mystery. Perhaps it’s too easily confused with “bum”, but whatever the reason staff must instead describe the different varieties of bread on offer. Similarly wine must never be referred to as “red” or “white” (instead the grape variety must be named); napkins must be placed so the Air New Zealand logo faces the customer; and glasses must never be passed to a customer upside-down on a can of soft drink….”

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More surprising news

March 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THE NEWS

Cheaply-dressed Brits: “Brits obsessed with cheap stores such as Primark have been voted the worst dressed in Europe. The Sun reported consumers in seven countries voted Brits bottom – beaten even by the Germans. A whopping 44 per cent said the Brits were worst dressed behind the likes of the Swedes and Dutch in the survey by shopping website Ciao. And the poor polling has been blamed on Brits’ fixation with budget clothing from stores including Primark, fondly nicknamed Primani. The survey found 85 per cent of British shoppers spend less than £100 ($160) a month on their wardrobes, the worst result of all seven nations. According to the poll, 33 per cent thought Germans – famed for their mullet hairstyles – were least fashionable. The Italians were voted the most stylish with only three per cent calling them badly dressed. In Germany, 58 per cent of people were said to spend up to £200 a month on clothes, and in Spain six per cent spend more than £500 a month. Other stats showed 29 per cent of Brits considered their sunglasses were their most important style accessory compared with only three per cent who agreed in France and Italy. And only 11 per cent of British women thought their handbags were anything but functional, compared with 26 per cent of women in Italy who consider it a fashion accessory.”

Rapist is jailed for 1990 attack after his DAUGHTER is DNA tested for another police case: “A rapist who attacked a woman 20 years ago has been jailed for eight years after his DNA was traced when his daughter gave a sample to police for an unrelated crime. Keith Davison, 52, of Binstead Hill, Ryde, Isle of Wight, was found guilty of the rape of the 24-year-old woman on August 4 1990. In 2004, improved scientific techniques enabled police to establish a DNA profile from evidence found at the scene and led to the cold case being re-opened. The trial at Porstmouth Crown Court heard that a DNA sample taken from Davison’s daughter for an unconnected incident showed a similarity to the profile and led to a DNA mouth swab sample being provided voluntarily by Davison in 2008. The sample matched the DNA profile taken from the crime scene with the chance of obtaining a match from a person taken at random from the general population being one in a billion. Speaking after the case, the rape victim said: ‘I hope my experience can encourage more victims to have the confidence to report rape offences. ‘If the police had not collected and stored the DNA, we would not be here today with a conviction.’ Ann Smout, of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘The DNA evidence helped to build a very strong case against Mr Davison.”

Texting teen faces surgery on both wrists after sending 100 messages a day: “A schoolgirl is facing surgery on both wrists after sending more than 100 text messages a day from her mobile phone. Annie Levitz, 16, who has lost the feeling in her hands and is unable to pick up some objects, has to wear braces on both wrists and also needs pain-killing injections. Doctors say she is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, whereby nerves in the wrist become trapped. The condition is usually associated with frequent computer keyboard use. Annie, from Chicago in the U.S., insisted she has cut down on her texting habit – but only to 50 a day. ‘I know it’s not good enough, but I am trying,’ she said. ‘It’s not even good texts. It’s things like, “Hey, hey, what’s up?”.’ She says she now hopes to trade her mobile in for an iPhone – as its touchscreen should make it easier to type out texts. Annie said that she got scared after she began to develop pain. ‘I started losing feeling in my hands and they’d go numb,’ she explained. ‘I’d go to pick up dishes and things and they’d just fall out of my hands.’ Her mother, Carrie Levitz, said she couldn’t take the phone away from Annie because it was her ‘whole social life’.

Cops Blame Computer Glitch for 50 Raids on Elderly Couple: “NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Friday visited Brooklyn’s Walter and Rose Martin to apologize for his cops raiding their home dozens of times. Kelly brought a cheesecake (and some humble pie) because of the repeat NYPD visits to the Martin’s Marine Park home — at least 50 — over the years. The Commish rolled into the quiet neighborhood at midday, stopping in front of the Martins’ small, neatly kept house, a large American flag fluttering by the front door. Kelly “went to apologize — and to explain,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. “They expressed appreciation that the police commissioner came and they showed him pictures of their grandchildren.” Earlier, cops had blamed a computer glitch for at least 50 mistaken police raids on the two-story home of the law-abiding elderly couple. After news broke that Walter Martin, an 83-year-old war vet, and his 82-year-old wife continued to endure raids after pleading their case years ago in a letter to authorities, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told detectives to fix the problem. The dozens of raids, which the Martins faced up to three times a week over a period of eight years, stem from a fundamental technology mix-up that started when the couple’s Marine Park address was used to test an NYPD computer system in 2002, police said yesterday. The most recent misdirect search came Tuesday, when cops banging on the door jarred Walter Martin from sleep. The incident, to which he and his wife have become all too accustomed, caused the elderly man’s blood pressure to skyrocket and he felt dizzy as he dressed to tell them, once again, that they had the wrong address.”

Baby boys who have a nanny ‘turn into womanisers’: “Employing a nanny to look after your baby son could turn him into serial womaniser, claims a psychiatrist. In the book The Unsolicited Gift, Dr Dennis Friedman said delegating child-rearing responsibilities too soon risks equipping your son with life-long double standards when it comes to women. This means that even though he could go on to be married he will always have the feeling that another women could cater for all his basic needs. “It introduces him to the concept of The Other Woman,” said Dr Friedman who is 85. “It creates a division in his mind between the woman he knows to be his natural mother and the woman with whom he has real hands-on relationship: the woman who bathes him and takes him to the park, and with whom he feels completely at one. “As a result, he grows up with the idea that although he will one day go through all the social and sexual formalities of marriage, he will have at the back of his mind the notion of this other woman, who not only knows, but caters for, all his needs.”

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