An unforeseen perspective

August 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Supermarket robber caught after he was recognised by witness: “Detectives have arrested a man who allegedly held up a supermarket with a knife after a witness recognised him and told police his name. The 35-year-old Inala man was arrested at his home yesterday as a result of the information. He is alleged to have threatened a worker at the Forest Lake IGA supermarket with a 30cm blade about 9pm on Sunday night. He has been charged with armed robbery, robbery with violence and entering a premises with intent”

Too tall for school: The 14-year-old Brazilian girl who at 6ft 9in cannot fit on the bus: “It’s hard standing out from the crowd when you are a teenager but few schoolchildren can claim to be more visible than Elisany Silva. The 14-year-old measures an unbelievable 6ft 9in tall, making her one of the biggest teenagers in the world. The pretty youngster is believed to be suffering from a rare disease which has caused her extreme growth. However, its exact nature has not been determined because her parents cannot afford to pay for doctors to investigate further. Speaking from her home in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para, Elisany told a local television station how she was unable to go to school because she could not sit properly on the bus.”

Schoolgirl and father barred from aircraft because they hadn’t bought extra seat for her VIOLIN : “A music student and her father were barred from a Ryanair flight because they hadn’t bought an extra seat for her violin. Twelve-year-old Francesca Rijks had planned to put the valuable instrument in an overhead locker as hand luggage. But even though her father says airline staff had told him that would be permitted, workers at the gate demanded they bought a third ticket costing an extra £190 – more than double the cost of their own seats. Otherwise it would have to be put in the hold, at risk of catastrophic damage.” [A violin is a tiny thing]

Drunk baboons plague Cape Town’s exclusive suburbs: “The sun is setting over South Africa’s oldest vineyard and the last of the wine-tasting tourists are climbing onto their buses. But one large family group has no intention of leaving – and there is little the management can do about it. Groot Constantia, in the heart of Cape Town’s wine country, can deal with inebriated holidaymakers – but it is invading baboons which have developed a taste for its grapes that the wine makers are struggling with. Each day, dozens of Cape Baboons gather to strip the ancient vines – the sauvignon blanc grapes are a particular favourite – before heading into the mountains to sleep. A few, who sample fallen fruit that has fermented in the sun, pass out and don’t make it home. “They are not just eating our grapes, they are raiding our kitchens and ripping the thatch off the roofs. They are becoming increasingly bold and destructive,” said Jean Naude”

Donkey protest in Pakistan: “Protesters in the eastern city of Lahore slapped donkeys with shoes and pelted them with rotten tomatoes on Monday to vent their anger at the latest Pakistani cricket fixing scandal. Protesters led a procession of donkeys with the names of players accused of taking bribes to fix incidents during the fourth Test against England stuck on the foreheads of the animals. “These players have let us and the country down. We are already facing so many problems because of the floods and terrorism and they took away our one source of happiness,” a protester screamed at a television channel.”

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A vision of the future

August 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Undocumented Imam’s Refusal to Perform Interracial Gay Handicapped Wedding Leads to Charges of Racism

NEW YORK – Charges of racism, sexism, and religious discrimination filled the air this afternoon outside the just-completed Cordoba House, the gleaming new $100 million 15 story mosque and Islamic cultural center near the ruins of New York’s World Trade Center, following a tense 5-hour standoff prompted by the mosque’s refusal to host a wedding between a lesbian African-American woman and her blind white transgendered partner.

Over 200 NYPD officers and multicultural crisis counselors were bused to the site to quell the simmering 17-way tensions between Muslim, Black, LGBT, immigrant, disabled, and lawsuit community activists. The scene was punctuated by outbursts of pushing and shoving, including a brief confused intramural scuffle among members of Reverend Louis Farrakan’s Nation of Islam, but the only serious injuries reported was a hernia suffered by a legal aide distributing plaintiff’s briefs. The incident resulted in one arrest, a 7-year old girl who was seen operating a lemonade stand without a permit.

According to witnesses, the standoff began at 11 AM EDT when Eleanor Davis, 38, and her partner Mary Markowicz, 43, entered Cordoba House and requested the use of the mosque for a wedding ceremony. They were escorted from the building, but quickly returned with a 9th District Court of Appeals injunction ordering the mosque’s Imam to perform the ceremony, citing the US Supreme Court’s Kelo and Proposition 8 decisions. They were barred at the door by security guards who countered with their own injunction citing First Amendment religious protections.

Following the incident, Davis, who is African-American, called a press conference on the sidewalk in front of the Cordoba House to complain of racial and gender discrimination. She was eventually shoved from the podium by Abdul Mohammed-Haq, the Mosque’s controversial Yemeni Imam who is currently battling a federal deportation case against the ICE, who countered with complaints of profiling discrimination by Davis and Markowicz. Within minutes the streets in front of the center were filled with chanting protesters from the Gay, Muslim, Black and handicapped communities. A disaster was narrowly averted when the Reverend Al Sharpton’s limousine rammed a parked EMS ambulance before it could careen through the crowd.

Amid the growing crisis, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered a SWAT team of negotiators from the city’s Multicultural Affairs Office parachuted to the scene. A brief truce was reached when negotiators pointed out to the Imam Markowicz’s status as a pre-op transexual, obviating his religious objections to performing a same-sex marriage. But tensions erupted again after Markowicz – who is legally blind – tried to enter the mosque with a seeing-eye guide dog.

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Ghost train hunter is killed when a REAL train comes down the tracks: “A man who was waiting with several friends for a legendary North Carolina ‘ghost train’ was killed when a real train came down the tracks. Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte was waiting with around a dozen friends on a railway bridge when the three engines and one wagon rounded the bend. The terrified amateur ghost watchers had to run 150ft for their lives. All but two made it, according to CNN. Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, was struck and killed at about 2.45am on Friday, said Campbell. A woman who witnesses say Kaiser pushed to safety fell about 30 to 40 feet from the trestle and was injured. She was being treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The engineer of the train, which was traveling at its customary 35 to 40 mph, hit the horn and ‘stopped as fast as he could,’ Campbell said.”

Myth of the ‘New Man’ is exposed: “Men are doing no more housework than 30 years ago – despite the myth of the ‘New Man’. Meanwhile, working women spend less time on drudgery as their income increases – but still do the lion’s share. On average the number of hours wives spend on chores has fallen from 19.5 a week to 14.5. But the decline is due largely to labour-saving microwaves and dishwashers, as well as the ability to hire cleaners. A University of Michigan study shows that husbands do an average of seven hours a week of housework. Each £6,000 increase in a wife’s earnings is predicted to bring about a reduction in her weekly housework time of an average 49 minutes.”

Nifty getaway vehicle. A bus: “An alleged bank robber has been caught while waiting for a bus. The 24-year-old man from Westlake in Brisbane, is alleged to have robbed the Heritage bank in Kingaroy on Saturday morning escaping with cash. Police caught up with him yesterday at a bus stop, waiting for a ride out of Kingaroy. “The buses only go once a day on the weekends. We think he may have missed a couple,” said an officer. As police approached he tried to flee, but after a short struggle he was arrested. He was charged with robbery, enter a premises with intent and three counts of obstruct police.”

Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’: “The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales. Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher. A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years. The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form. The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240.”

Fatal mushroom hunt in Italy: “Eighteen people have died while mushroom picking in Italy in little more than a week. The victims have died after falling into rocky crevasses and gorges or from similar physical mishaps, rather than from inadvertently eating poisonous fungi. Authorities said an early and bountiful mushroom harvest in the Alpine valleys of northern Italy had attracted more people than usual to scour the woods and forests in search of succulent funghi to bring to the dinner table. Many of them were unfit and ill-equipped, venturing into remote areas without proper footwear or rainproof clothing, and without checking weather forecasts. Collecting wild mushrooms as autumn approaches is an extremely popular pastime in Italy.” In the most recent case, a 65 year old woman died after falling 40 metres down a steep rocky slope in a forest near the town of Sondrio, in a mountainous region close to the Swiss border.”

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Truth is stranger than fiction?

August 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Romans wore socks with sandals, new British dig suggests: “New evidence from an archaeological dig has found that legionnaires wore socks with sandals. Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal found in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire appears to contain fibres which could suggest that a sock-type garment was being worn. Now scientists are examining the remains in the laboratory to see if it is true. The unearthed site includes the remains of a water-powered flour mill used to grind grain and produce food for the soldiers, clothes, food remains, graves and pottery. It also contains the evidence of the socks in 14 graves on the outskirts of the area. Blaise Vyner, an archaeologist heading the cultural heritage team on site, said: “You don’t imagine Romans in socks but I am sure they would have been pretty keen to get hold of some as soon as autumn came along.”

Man severs privates at airport to avoid extradition: “A Kazakh man cut off his penis at Madrid’s Barajas airport to avoid being extradited home and was taken to hospital in a serious condition, Spanish media reported today. The 52-year-old man had finished serving a five-year prison sentence in Spain for a violent crime and was due to be extradited back to Kazakhstan overnight Monday. Despite being escorted by several police officers, the man was able to slip a knife out of his clothing and sever his penis. The man was admitted to a Madrid hospital and was still in a serious condition today, Spanish media said.”

Venezuelan politician offers breast implants as raffle prize: “A Venezuelan politician is offering breast implants as a prize in a raffle to raise funds for his election campaign, according to reports. Cosmetic surgery, especially breast enlargement, is widespread in image-conscious Venezuela, whose beauty queens have won numerous international pageant titles. Even a recession has not diminished Venezuelans’ appetite for cosmetic surgery with many people taking out loans for the surgery. Mr Rojas, of the opposition First Justice party, told El Universal newspaper that he was not too worried about the medical details of his offer. “The raffle is a financing mechanism, nothing else,” he told the newspaper. “It’s the doctor who will do the operation, not me.”

Sicily: Doctors fight in delivery room: “Two doctors began throwing punches in the delivery room of an Italian clinic, with the mother and infant in serious condition following complications. The fight broke out as a woman was about to give birth in the Messina Polyclinic in Sicily. After a heated exchange of words, one of the doctors seized his colleague by the neck and shoved him into a wall, according to the husband’s account to police. The other doctor reacted by punching a window, which shattered, injuring his hand. The woman suffered a hemorrhage during the birth and needed to have her uterus removed. The infant suffered two cardiac arrests that caused cerebral damage and was moved into the intensive care unit. The clinic immediately suspended the two doctors.”

Facebook bans picture of microphone: “Teddy bears are such innocent things but it seems Kylie Minogue’s handling of one was too much for Facebook, which censored this snap taken on stage at London’s G-A-Y club. Now, what could be sweeter than the 42-year-old pop princess hugging the oversized bear with an oversized smile on her face? A fan posted a snap on Facebook but the site’s censors quickly took it down, explaining that “we do not allow photos that contain nudity,” as Kylie was holding her microphone near his nether regions. We never knew a microphone was part of a teddy’s anatomy but Facebook does.”

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Very punny

August 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding – A case of wife or death.

A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.

What’s the definition of a will? (It’s a dead give away.)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes

She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered

You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia – the LAN down under.

Every calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted – It taint yours and it taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Once you’ve seen one shopping centre, you’ve seen a mall.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis..

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture is a jab well done.

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Odd news from around the world

AIDS activists sue Larry Flynt over condoms: “An AIDS activist group filed a workplace safety complaint against Larry Flynt on Thursday, accusing the porn king of creating an unsafe environment for his stable of sex stars by not requiring they use condoms. To illustrate its point, the AIDS Health Foundation also delivered 100 DVDS of hardcore Flynt films to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Los Angeles office. Only a single scene in one of the films shows a performer using a condom, said AHF spokesman Ged Kenslea. The films, most with innuendo-laden names, ‘clearly demonstrate workplace activities highly likely to spread bloodborne pathogens in the workplace,’ the complaint says. It urges the state agency to order the use of condoms on film sets.”

An outspoken Jap! “A politician tipped as a future Japanese prime minister has said the British are not very likeable, but admitted the way British prisoners marched in The Bridge on the River Kwai demonstrated their best qualities. Ichiro Ozawa, the former secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Democratic Party, also said he values US democracy but dismissed the American people as “simple-minded”. The 68-year-old veteran politician reportedly said: “I don’t like British people,” before praising British democracy and their discipline, citing the 1957 Second World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, in which British prisoners of war march in orderly ranks.” [I thought all Japanese were too polite to say such things! He is on the Left of Japanese politics so that may be it]

“Happy Birthday” banned: “A ban on singing “Happy Birthday” lasted all of four days at Chesterfield Elementary School in Missouri after angry parents bombarded the school with complaints. “Singing is not permitted due to the sensitivity of all student beliefs,” wrote Principal Jodi Davidson in a letter to parents dated August 13. On August 23 Davidson sent another letter reversing the policy noting that students “are permitted and encouraged to sing the happy birthday song in the classroom.” However, students will not be permitted to sing the traditional song in the cafeteria and all birthday treats must be individually inspected by the school nurse.” [Apparently the Principal has a Doctorate. Probable subject of study: "How to be an a**hole in ten easy lessons"]

How marriage ruins your sex life: “What’s the best way to give up sex? Get married. Researchers in the UK have confirmed what many frustrated husbands and wives know only too well getting married is bad for your love life. They found that before walking down the aisle, couples could expect to have sex more than four times a week. But after three years of marriage, most couples are lucky to have sex once in seven days. It also emerged six out of 10 couples believe marriage has completely ruined the excitement of having sex, and one in four married people have had a one-night stand to satisfy their craving for good sex. And incredibly just under half of all married people say their relationship with their partner is more like friends than lovers.”

Big dairy bull: “Trigger the Friesian was only a day old when his farmer aimed his shotgun at him – and because he did not want any more males he intended to kill the baby calf. But neighbour Shaun Layton stepped in, saved his life and now Trigger is 6ft 5in – and still growing! Weighing in at nearly 1.2 tonnes and measuring a staggering 14ft from nose to tail, Trigger is set to move into the record books. Amazingly, the seven-year-old bullock is still growing meaning he could smash through the current British record in a matter of months. When Shaun, a carpet fitter, saved Trigger he had no idea his new black and white friend would grow up to his magnificent size. Trigger’s enormous weight means he could potentially make 7,665 Big Macs or even 6,137 Burger King Whoppers.”

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The 6 affairs

August 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

These are all oldies but some readers may not have seen all of them

The 1st Affair

A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM. The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home. ‘Where have you been?’ his wife demanded. ‘I can’t lie to you,’ he replied, ‘I’m having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.’ She looked down at his shoes and said: ‘You lying bastard! You’ve been playing golf!’

The 2nd Affair

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son. They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted. The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy. The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son. He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen. He told his wife: ‘There’s no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered! Have you been fooling around behind my back?’ The wife smiled sweetly and replied: ‘No, not this time!’

The 3rd Affair

A mortician was working late one night. He examined the body of Mr. Schwartz, about to be cremated, and made a startling discovery. Schwartz had the largest private part he had ever seen! ‘I’m sorry Mr. Schwartz,’ the mortician commented, ‘I can’t allow you to be cremated with such an impressive private part. It must be saved for posterity.’ So, he removed it, stuffed it into his briefcase, and took it home. ‘I have something to show you won’t believe,’ he said to his wife, opening his briefcase. ‘My God!’ the wife exclaimed, ‘Schwartz is dead!’

The 4th Affair

A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door. ‘Hurry,’ she said, ‘stand in the corner.’ She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder. ‘Don’t move until I tell you,’ she said. ‘Pretend you’re a statue.’ ‘What’s this?’ the husband inquired as he entered the room. ‘Oh it’s a statue,’ she replied. ‘The Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too.’ No more was said, not even when they went to bed. Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer. ‘Here,’ he said to the statue, ‘have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing.’

The 5th Affair

A man walked into a cafe, went to the bar and ordered a beer. ‘Certainly, Sir, that’ll be one cent.’ ‘One Cent?’ the man exclaimed. He glanced at the menu and asked: ‘How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?’ ‘A nickel,’ the barman replied. ‘A nickel?’ exclaimed the man. ‘Where’s the guy who owns this place?’ The bartender replied: ‘Upstairs, with my wife.’ The man asked: ‘What’s he doing upstairs with your wife?’ The bartender replied: ‘The same thing I’m doing to his business down here.’

The 6th & Best Affair

Jake was dying His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly: ‘I have something I must confess.’ ‘There’s no need to, ‘his wife replied. ‘No,’ he insisted, ‘I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!’ ‘I know,’ she replied. ‘Now just rest and let the poison work.’

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Hungry dog: “A Labrador that ate a beehive containing pesticides and thousands of dead bees won an award on Monday that recognized the most unusual pet health insurance claim in the United States. Ellie, who fully recovered from her encounter with the beehive in southern California, beat a border collie that ran through a window to get at a mailman, and a terrier that bit a chainsaw.”

Men prefer women with hourglass figures: “A new study found that a man was more attracted to a woman based on the size of her waist compared with her hips. They calculated that a “waist-to-hip ratio” of 0.7, or a waist measuring 70 per cent of the hip circumference, was the “perfect” size. Dr Barnaby Dixson, a New Zealand anthropologist, studied what different sexes found attractive throughout history. In his study, a group of volunteers were shown various pictures of a woman, where her hips, bust, and waist were digitally altered. Despite most men being drawn initially to the woman’s cleavage, it was her hips and waist that were in fact what they found most attractive.”

Fierce goat: “An 88-year-old man was in intensive care after his neighbour’s goat attacked him – for an hour. Vestal Davis, of Colbert, a small city in northern Georgia, called the emergency services after the attack. “Mr Davis stated that he went outside to his shop and looked up, and a goat charged him, knocking him to the ground,” according to the police report. “He stated that every time he moved to get up, the goat would attack him again.” Mr Davis’ 69-year-old neighbour who owns the goat told the police that the animal escaped from its pen, but he did not know about the attack. Sheriff Kip Thomas said that police planned to charge the goat’s owner with allowing livestock to roam free.”

Man loses balls, gains money: “A court has ordered a hospital in northern Italy to pay 180,000 euro ($250,000) to a man after surgeons removed a healthy testicle in error. The plaintiff, who was 27 at the time of the operation in 2004, had a tumour in the left testicle but the healthy one was removed, the Arena di Verona newspaper reported. The surgeons quickly realised their mistake and removed the left testicle as well, the report said.”

Revenge on yappy dog: “A man recorded his neighbour’s dog barking and played it full blast at 3am to annoy her after being driven crazy by the terrier’s constant yapping, a court has heard. Andrew Nicklin recorded the sound of Catherine Farrell’s tiny dog barking and replayed it to her at top volume during the early hours of the morning. He also banged on Ms Farrell’s fence and played his drums loudly because he was so incensed about the noise made by her 30cmn tall Shih-Tzu Yorkshire terrier cross called Buster.”

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It’s true, I tell you

August 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A young woman was pulled over for speeding.

As the Policeman walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said, “I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the Policemen’s Ball.”

He replied, Policemen in this State don’t have balls.”

There was a moment of silence while she smiled, and he realised what he’d just said.

He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and left.

She was laughing too hard to start her car.

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Girls Bugged Teachers’ Staff Room: “A pair of mischievous Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court for bugging their teachers’ staff room in a bid to get better grades, local media reported Tuesday. The teenagers, who were not named, came up with the plan after finding a key to the teachers’ lounge. They then went to a spy shop, bought bugging equipment and planted it in the staff room the day before teachers were due to have a meeting about how to grade students’ work. The pair reportedly thought the plot would give them an advantage on upcoming tests and school work — but after one of the girls mentioned their clever plan on Facebook, teachers found the bug.”

Texas man on vacation uses iPhone to watch thieves raid his home over 2400km away: “A texas man watched a burglary occur at his own home while he was on vacation in Connecticut 2414km away, using a simple iPhone app, ABC News reports. Vince Hunter said the $4.99 iPhone app, called iCam, notified him and his wife via text message that the motion detectors had been activated in his house. Then, using his mobile phone, he was able to watch a live feed from the webcams he had installed around his home after a previous break-in. “I check the footage, and see in real time guys in this area, and they’re kind of hunched over. They’d just broken the glass. I said ‘holy cow, I gotta call 911,'” he said. Mr Hunter’s wife also notified the security company. Police arrived a few minutes later, with guns drawn, but the bandits had already been spooked by the home’s alarm system.”

Beautiful Russian was a Nazi spy: “A glamorous Nazi spy infiltrated Britain’s military command and obtained top-secret battle plans at a critical moment in World War II. Marina Lee, a Russian-born ballet dancer, is described in intelligence files released by MI5 this week as “blonde, tall, with a beautiful figure, refined and languid in her behaviour”. She was also a highly effective Nazi spy, whose penetration of the British command in Norway in 1940 helped to swing a key battle, ensuring a defeat for the Allies in the Norwegian campaign. By May 1940, Dietl’s garrison of 2,000 soldiers and 2,500 sailors was under attack from 20,000 Allied troops. At this crucial stage, German secret service dispatched Lee to British military headquarters “to obtain Auchinleck’s plan of attack”…. She succeeded in obtaining details regarding Auchinleck’s plan … with the information she had obtained (Dietl) was able to adjust his position and defeat Auchinleck.”

Biker a bit too ingenious for his own good: “A motorcyclist who was photographed on a freeway with a barbecue strapped to his body has hit a snag. A magistrate has described Michael Wiles’ behaviour as ridiculous and fined him $800 for careless riding. The court heard the rider was heading home on the Eastern Freeway in January 2008, when he was spotted carrying a barbecue that had been put out for hard waste collection. Police investigated the bizarre incident after the Herald Sun published a photo of Mr Wiles was taken by a passing motorist. Mr McClure said that Mr Wiles suffered ridicule from friends and work mates when his identity was revealed in a follow-up article and he was approached by Barbeques Galore to do an ad. But he refused to glorify his behaviour and instead used the media to promote a road safety message.”

Russian Prime Minister hunts whales with a crossbow!: “Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fired darts from a crossbow at a grey whale off Russia’s Far Eastern coast overnight in the latest in a series of man-versus-nature stunts designed to cultivate the image of a macho leader. Mr Putin held his balance in a rubber boat that was being tossed around in choppy waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula, and eventually hit the whale with a special arrow designed to collect skin samples. “I hit it at the fourth try!” a beaming Mr Putin, kitted out in black-and-orange waterproof suit and black beanie, yelled to a camera crew from the boat. A biologist with him displayed the skin sample and said it would allow experts to determine where the whale came from.” [The Honda people will be in a good mood about the picture above]

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Looking on the bright side

August 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Not so bright parkgoers: “Cathy Hayes was cracking jokes as she recorded a close encounter with a buffalo on her camera in a recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. ‘Watch Donald get gored,’ she said as her companion hustled toward a grazing one-ton beast for a closer shot with his own camera. Seconds later, as if on cue, the buffalo lowered its head, pawed the ground and charged, injuring, as it turns out, Hayes. ‘We were about 30, 35 feet, and I zoomed in on him, but that wasn’t far enough, because they are fast,’ she recounted later in a YouTube video displaying her bruised and cut legs. The national parks’ history is full of examples of misguided visitors petting bears, putting children on buffaloes for photos, and dipping into geysers despite signs warning of scalding temperatures.”

Toddler walks two blocks to reach medical help for her father: “Alesaundra Tafoya’s parents have been teaching their daughter about safety in their Northern California community, pointing out such safe havens as fire stations if she ever finds herself in trouble. They weren’t, however, expecting 3-year-old Alesaundra to call upon those lessons when one of them needed help — but that’s exactly what she did Friday when her father collapsed in their Manteca, California, home. Alesaundra did exactly what she was taught — walking two blocks to reach Fire Station 243, a firehouse the family passes daily. Once there, she told firefighters that her dad was “frozen” and wouldn’t wake up, according to KOVR. Alesaundra then escorted rescuers back to her house. Doctors told KOVR that without the prompt medical attention, Frank Tafoya would have died.”

US typo vigilantes correct erroneous signage: “‘The Great Typo Hunt’ describes a nationwide mission by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson, both 30, to rid America of signs that add an extra ‘n’ to ‘dining,’ or insist that ’shipping’ is spelled with one ‘p.’ Deck, a magazine editor, and Herson, a bookseller, drove across the country in the spring of 2008 armed with sharpies, pens and whiteout, correcting spelling, removing surplus apostrophes and untangling subject-verb disagreement on signs outside stores, gas stations, parks and public buildings.”

Man shot in head — notices five years later: “A man living in Germany was shot in the back of his head, but it took him five years to realise it, police say. The 35-year-old man was hit by a .22-calibre bullet in the town of Herne as he was out in the street partying and drunk on New Year’s Eve five years ago, police said overnight. They say the man recalled receiving a blow to the head, but told them he didn’t seek medical assistance at the time. The bullet did not penetrate the skull, and police say the Polish man only went to see a doctor recently when he felt a lump on the back of his head. An X-ray showed an object under his skin, and doctors operated and found the projectile. Police say it may have been a stray bullet fired by a reveller in celebration.”

Homeric palace found by archaeologists: “An 8th BC century palace which Greek archaeologists claim was the home of Odysseus has been discovered in Ithaca, fuelling theories that the hero of Homer’s epic poem was real. Odysseus – known to the ancient Romans as Ulysses – famously took 10 years to return home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. Nearly 3,000 years after Odysseus returned from his journey, the team from the University of Ioannina said they found the remains of an extensive three-storey building, with steps carved out of rock and fragments of pottery. The complex also features a well from the 8th century BC, roughly the period in which Odysseus is believed to have been king of Ithaca. The location “fits like a glove” with Homer’s description of the view from the fabled palace, the archaeologists claim.”

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Muslim dislike of OJ?

August 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Stupid dickless Tracy in Cleveland, Ohio: “When a state wildlife officer shot a caiman Monday evening, a Cleveland police dispatcher, a Metroparks dispatcher and a state wildlife officer all knew the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was willing to take the caiman. The Metroparks ranger dispatcher had arranged for the caiman to go to the zoo Tuesday morning, but as he tried to explain the plan to a Cleveland police dispatcher, she interrupted, telling him “not to worry about it, she would instruct her officers to put the alligator down.” Then she hung up, according to the park dispatcher’s written report.” [She was probably hormonal]

Nine-day traffic jam stretches over 100km: “Maintenance work, wrecks and broken down cars caused a nine-day traffic jam in China that stretched for more than 100 kilometres, Chinese daily newspaper The Global Times reported. The traffic jam, on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway between Beijing and Huai’an, began on August 14 when thousands of Beijing-bound coal and fruit trucks jammed the roadway. A major cause of the congestion was maintenance work on the nearby National Expressway 110, which had suffered damage from heavy vehicles. The roadworks work forced drivers to use the Beijing-Tibet Expressway instead. Coupled with several minor accidents and broken down cars, traffic has now been stranded on the expressway for the past nine days. The traffic jam is expected to last for almost a month with maintenance work on the National Expressway 110 not due to be finished until September 13.”

The war on fat continues: “A nail salon in Georgia has charged a woman having a manicure and pedicure an extra $5 because she was overweight and could damage their chairs. Michelle Fonville, 40, of Lithonia, said she was at the Natural Nails salon getting a burnt orange color applied to her fingers and toes, along with an eyebrow wax, when she was presented with what seemed like an excessive bill. But then, Ms Fonville said, “when she came over and wrote out the prices she then said, ‘I charged you five dollars more because you’re overweight’.” Kim Tan, the salon manager, told ABC News’ Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the chairs in her salon can only hold 200 pounds and cost $2500 to repair. “Do you think that’s fair when we take $24 dollars and we have to pay $2500 in repairs?” Ms Tan said.”

Big catch in Australia’s wild North: “A territory man cast out traditional fishing methods when he successfully caught a monster barra with his bare hands after an unholy wrestle in shallow water. Matt Williams, 41, has been re-badged Barra Dundee after he snatched not one, but two, of the critters from Buffalo Creek on Friday night. The first surprised barra was a respectable 65cm, but the second was a proper heifer at 106cm and weighing about 15kg [34lb]. “I took me mates from down Adelaide to see if we could spot some crocs – just to give the boys a bit of a thrill,” the Malak man said. Their spotlighting efforts didn’t turn up anything, until they saw a pair of glowing eyes – barra eyes.”

Fireman discovers 3′ alligator with collar crossing Massachusetts street: “A 3′ alligator, sporting a collar around its neck, has been found aimlessly strolling a Massachusetts city street. Firefighter Scott Hurst spotted the out-of-place tan reptile yesterday as it quietly crossed a street in Brockton, 40km south of Boston. Mr Hurst said he lifted the ‘gator by its collar and tail and used a bungee cord to tie it up in the back of his pickup truck. Animal control supervisor Tom DeChellis told The Enterprise of Brockton that he assumes the alligator was a pet because of its collar, but he didn’t expect anyone to claim it. Mr DeChellis said animal control had picked up alligators in the city before, typically when left behind by people moving out of houses or apartments. Authorities are looking to place the alligator with a wildlife specialist.”

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Muslim suicide bombers go on strike

August 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Muslim suicide bombers in Buffalo, NY, are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement.

The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% this February from 72 to only 54. The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bombers’ union, the Buffalo Organization of Occupational Martyrs, (B.O.O.M.), responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action.

General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, “Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don’t ask for much in return but to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth.”

Speaking from his shed in Lackawanna, in which he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Osama bin Laden explained, “We sympathize with our workers’ concerns but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands. They are not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace.”

“Thanks to Western depravity, there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It’s a straight choice between reducing expenditure or laying people off. I don’t like cutting pension benefits, but I’d hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won’t be able to blow themselves up.”

Spokespersons for the union in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Blasdell and the entire Village of Sloan, NY, stated that the strike would not affect their operations as “There are no virgins in our areas anyway.”

A strike may not be necessary, however, as the number of suicide bombings has been decreasing lately. This has been attributed to the emergence of the Scottish singing star, Susan Boyle. Now that Muslims know what a virgin looks like, they are not so keen on going to paradise.

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Odd news from around the world

Too fat for Britain: “A British man refused entry into the UK because he put on 31kg is considering taking legal action against border officials. Border control authorities barred Derrick Agyeman, 37, from returning to Britain after he spent a weekend with friends in Amsterdam. They said he was not the same person as in the one in his nine-year-old passport photograph because of differences in the thickness of the his ears and lips. But the photograph was different because he gained 31kg since it was taken. Mr Agyeman was forced to stay in Amsterdam for three months before he was allowed back in the country. He lost an appeal in Britain’s High Court this month over his treatment by the country’s Foreign Office in the bungled case in August 2006.”

Australia freaks fake British “survivalist”, Bear Grylls: “With scorching heat and dangerous snakes, it is no surprise that people struggle to survive here,” the 35-year-old said. But it was the crocodiles that had the usually calm, composed Grylls jumping at the slightest sound. “Faced with an aggressive predator, my nerves are on edge. Even the smallest ripple makes me wonder what’s lying below”, he said while skirting around crocodile-infested waterways. In the soaring temperatures of the Australian outback, having eaten snakes and spiders while trying to avoid leaches, mosquitoes and crocodiles, the wildlife warrior admitted it had been one of his more difficult challenges. “My nerves are going to be a wreck at the end of this trip,” he said.”

‘No fat girls allowed’ at Montreal nightclub: “A nightclub in Canada has come under fire for a Facebook invitation that specified: “No fat girls allowed”. The invitation was posted on the Facebook page of Muzique, a posh nightclub in Montreal, Canada, last week. Club-goers were furious to read the invitation, which barred “fat girls” from an upcoming celebration. “When I saw it, I freaked out. I was livid,” one plus-size woman who received the message said. Muzique’s management took the invitation down, saying the comment was an “accident” and that they will consider posting an apology. “We didn’t even realise (the comment) was there until a couple of days ago, and it was too late to retract it because the event had already happened”

Drunk falls through roof trying to sneak back into nightclub after being thrown out: “An evicted nightclub patron has fallen through the ceiling of a Townsville club after trying to sneak back in through the roof. The 20-year-old had been thrown out of Mad Cow in Flinders Street due to his level of intoxication but then tried to climb in through the roof cavity about 3.30am Sunday. He was over the dancefloor of the upstairs piano bar when the ceiling panels gave way and he came crashing down on unsuspecting patrons below. Three people were injured including a man who needed stitches to his head when he was struck by two ceiling panels. Two women also suffered injuries to the neck and face. The alleged offender was also injured”.

Dumb daredevil: “A 20-year-old was killed in a ‘Starsky and Hutch’ style stunt trying to jump 30ft across a harbour in his car. Jamie Hocking had told friends he would one day use a pier as a ramp and leap over the water in his Rover hatchback and land on the other side. But when he came to carry out the dare at the quayside in Porthleven, Cornwall, his car toppled straight over the edge and plunged into the sea. Eyewitness Helen Sankey told an inquest that Mr Hocking – who was over twice the drink-drive limit – had tried to jump the gap by accelerating ‘violently’. Mr Hocking, described as a ‘happy-go-lucky’ farm worker of Helston, Cornwall, died on December 18 last year after a Christmas party with friends. He had drunk about ten pints of lager and cider.”

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Starbucks

August 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. There are over 87,000 drink combination possibilities.

We knew they had a big menu, but 87,000 options? In 2008, the company included this number as part of a full-page advertisement in two national newspapers. Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passe explained how they came up with it to a Wall Street Journal blogger: “If you take all of our core beverages, multiply them by the modifiers and the customization options, you get more than 87,000 combinations.”

2. The Cinnamon Chip Scone has more calories than a Quarter Pounder.

In addition to its coffee prowess, Starbucks is a mega pastry vendor. John Moore, who was a corporate marketing manager at Starbucks in 2002 and now writes the Brand Autopsy blog says, “If taken solely as a retailer of pastries, it would be the largest in the U.S.” Unfortunately, some of those delicious pastries come at a high price (to your waistline). For example, the Cinnamon Chip Scone contains 480 calories-70 calories more than the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder sandwich. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.

3. The Starbucks name has literary inspiration.

According to Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, written by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, the conglomerate was named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. This nautical theme extended to the company’s logo as well, which Schultz said was inspired by a 16th-century Norse print of a “two-tailed mermaid, or siren.” Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

4. Smiling is part of an employee’s job description.

This little tidbit was relayed by Marissa Bea, who has worked at Seattle and New York City locations over the past three years. “The employee handbook, called `The Green Apron,’ talks about connecting, discovering and responding, smiling. as a way to bond with customers,” confirms Moore. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.

5. Starbucks opens two or three new stores daily.

In his 2007 book Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, Taylor Clark reported that six new Starbucks locations opened around the world every day and that this was all part of Schultz’s plan to reach a total of 40,000 stores worldwide. The growth would eventually decrease-primarily due to the recent mortgage and financial crisis-to “two-plus stores” a day, according to Starbucks president of Global Developments, Arthur Rubinfeld.

6. The tables are designed with solo diners in mind.

The small tables are circular so there don’t seem to be any “empty” seats and customers dining alone don’t feel-or appear-lonely. “In environmental psychology, the round table is much more comfortable and informal for individuals, as well as groups of people, to sit at,” says Rubinfeld. He adds that Starbucks will soon be unveiling a new table shape: round with one straight edge that allows tables to be pushed together to make room for four people. Photo by Nelson Cupeles.

7. Most stores are decorated according to one of three templates.

Store interiors are meant to reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood. “Having a locally relevant design aesthetic is important,” says Rubinfeld. The three themes to choose from are Heritage (“worn wood, stained concrete or tile floors, metal stools and factory-inspired lighting”); Artisan (“exposed steel beams, masonry walls, factory casement glass and hand-polished woodwork”); and Regional Modern (“bright, loft-like, light-filled spaces punctuated with regionally inspired furniture and culturally relevant fabrics”). There’s also a fourth option, Concept, which is used in “unique” stores designed to “explore innovations within the coffeehouse.”

8. There’s a secret size not on the menu.

The 8-ounce cup called the “short” may not be listed as an option, but it’s known as the “kid’s size,” according to Moore. He adds, “It’s what the kid’s cocoa is served in.” Starbucks may soon be adding a size larger than the venti to its iced drink menu. According to the blog Starbucks Gossip, Starbucks was testing out a 31-ounce cup size called the “trenta” in Phoenix as recently as March of this year.

9. The posted hours aren’t exactly true.

Though the store hours differ per location-some open at 5 a.m., others 8 a.m.-Starbucks abides by the “10-Minute Rule,” according to Moore. The rule requires each store to open its doors 10 minutes before the posted time and close 10 minutes following the closing time. “This is just to provide good customer service, as there’s almost always a customer waiting for a Starbucks to open,” Moore says.

Original story here (With pix)

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Odd news from around the world

The neuroscientist paralysed by love: “An American neuroscientist has developed a rare condition that leaves him paralysed when he feels the emotion of love. Matt Frerking, 39, from Portland, Oregon, is left immobile if he even has a romantic thought or sees others showing displays of affection. The affliction has been diagnosed as a combination of the chronic sleeping disorder narcolepsy with cataplexy, a sudden weakening of the muscles which renders the person temporarily immobile but still aware of their surroundings and able to hear. For Mr Frerking the feeling that sparks an attack is love and being around his family can send him into a state of physical paralysis. He is unable to put his arm around Trish, his wife of 13 years, and suffers attacks on anniversaries. He can suffer attacks several times a day. “Holding hands in public is something that we can do for a few seconds at most, and that’s about it,” Mr Frerking said.”

French scare over driftwood: “A crocodile that closed French beaches along the English Channel turned out to be driftwood. French authorities closed beaches after receiving reports a 3.6m crocodile was seen swimming around sailing boats in Boulogne-sur-Mer, on the northern French coast. At least three people made the report, leading authorities to close beaches to protect swimmers’ safety. But the French Coastguard confirmed that the crocodile was actually a piece of floating wood, London’s Daily Telegraph reported. Thousands of people were barred from beaches because of the scare.”

‘Rapist’ boyfriend’s penis cut off: “A man in northeastern Brazil has had his penis severed by his girlfriend who accused him of raping her daughter, police say. Isaias Saturnino, 42, was sleeping at home last Friday when Maria da Silva used a kitchen knife to cut off his penis, police officer Fabio Gaudencio said. Gaudencio said Silva fled and remains at large. Saturnino underwent reconstructive surgery and was in a good condition on Monday, but is expected to stay at least two months in hospital for observation. Gaudencio says Silva’s daughter accused Saturnino of raping her starting at age seven. She is teenager now.”

British city issues nonsense leaflet: “An embarrassed council has apologised after spelling its own name wrong on 7,000 leaflets it distributed to promote cycling. The leaflets from Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire repeatedly called Kirklees Kirtles, Cleckheaton became Czechisation, Birstall ended up as Bistable and Kirkburton turned into Kirkpatrick. The errors were caused by software used by an external printer. The leaflets have been reprinted and the £1,000 cost reimbursed. Bike shop Spen Velo became Supen Vole and cycle route the Spen Valley Greenway became the Supen Valley Greenyard. Bizarrely, an email address for British Waterways was given as enquiries.manicdepressive@brutalisation’s.co.uk. A spokesman said: ‘An unanticipated automatic spellcheck occurred to the final version of the map.’”

BBC doesn’t know a British WWII plane from an American one: “It certainly wasn’t their finest hour. Red-faced BBC bosses had to pull an item about the Battle of Britain from their website – because they mistakenly used a picture of American aircraft which were never used in the conflict. The photograph, which had pride of place at the top of the BBC’s home page at 4 o’clock on Friday, purported to be of an RAF crew standing by their Spitfires. It was accompanied by the slogan ‘How Did They Manage It? Explore the bravery of 1940. Memories of Britain’s finest hour.’ But unfortunately for the BBC, the photographs actually showed an RAF crew in front of a row of P-39 Bell Airacobra aircraft. The mistake was finally rectified on the website at 6.19pm, after a member of the public alerted the BBC to their error – with the US planes being replaced by a photograph of a Spitfire.”

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