What a difference 20 years makes

September 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Samantha Fox 20 years ago

Samantha Fox now

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Survey: Atheists know Bible better than believers do: “A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.”

Hybrid aircraft: “Travellers could soon be flying on a new high-speed “hover-plane” that combines helicopter propellers with fixed wings. The revolutionary winged helicopter the X3 Hybrid Helicraft has just been unveiled by European company Eurocopter. The half-plane, half-helicopter design aims to overcome the obstacles of high-speed helicopter flights by combining the advantages of fixed-wing planes with the hovering abilities of a standard helicopter. The design also allows the aircraft the fly at sustained speeds of 400km/h, with the company also aiming to break the speed barrier. Eurocopter envisages the X3 will have a range of uses including passenger transport and inter-city shuttle services.”

Midlife crisis hitting some people at 35, British research says: “The midlife crisis is traditionally the preserve of those approaching 50, a time in life when it can appear as though an individual’s best years are behind them. But a British study has found thirty-somethings are experiencing it now. The study blamed a shift in work culture that meant if men were less than halfway up the career ladder by their mid-30s, they were unlikely to get to the top. Therefore around 35, excessive work often collided with young children as well as anxiety over money, mortgages, pensions and ageing parents, in a toxic mix. More than 2000 people of all ages were interviewed for the study by UK marriage guidance service Relate. Those aged from 35 to 44 were the loneliest, most dissatisfied with their marriage and unhappiest at work.”

Student secretly taped having homosexual sex kills himself: “A New Jersey college student jumped to his death off a bridge a day after authorities say two classmates surreptitiously recorded him having sex with a man in his dorm room and broadcast it over the internet. Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge last week, said his family’s attorney, Paul Mainardi. Two Rutgers students have been charged with illegally taping the 18-year-old Clementi having sex and broadcasting the images via an internet chat program. One of the defendants, Dharun Ravi, was Clementi’s roommate, Mr Mainardi told The Star-Ledger of Newark. The other defendant is Molly Wei. They could face up to five years in prison if they’re convicted.”

Simple things do make us happy, study says: “It may come as no surprise but the simple things in life, such as a good night’s sleep, time with family and not working long hours, really are among the keys to a happy life, a study says. Researchers discovered that those adults who were happiest in life sleep six hours a night, enjoy a 20-minute commute to work, work just over seven hours, spend two hours a day in rambunctious play with the children, enjoy five cooked meals a week, and jet off on two holidays a year, according to a UK study quoted by The Telegraph in London. The study also found that these contented souls socialise with friends once a week, watch three episodes of their favorite soap opera, and exercise up to four times a week.”

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So you think you need a dog?

September 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Tiny Chinese jade treasures packed away in hallway cupboard auctioned off for a staggering £1.5 MILLION: “A menagerie of tiny animal ornaments kept in a cardboard box in a hall cupboard for years created a bidding frenzy when they went for auction and sold for a staggering £1.5 million. And a small wooden carving stored in the the same box went for £380,000 as it was proved to once belong to Chinese emperor Qianlong 240 years ago. In all the sale of more than 1,500 items from the home of antique enthusiasts Tim and Fran Lewis fetched more than £4 million. But it was their collection of about 50 pieces of jade amassed over decades and stored in two boxes in a hallway cupboard for the last ten years that set the auction alight. Mrs Lewis recently emigrated following the death of her husband earlier this year and she instructed that a whole host of antiques be sold off. The jade items were unearthed by their housekeeper who showed them to an auctioneer during a valuation visit at the property in Dorset. They were found to date back to between 250 to 800 years and were from Imperial China.”

Poundland. A British success story: “For the uninitiated, Poundland is the bargain discount store that has appeared, seemingly overnight sometimes, on High Streets and shopping malls everywhere – filling the hole left by the collapse of Woolworths in 2008. The chain is actually in its 20th year, and boasts 299 stores throughout the UK with many more planned – much to the annoyance of some snobby town councils. Poundland, which claims to have converted many middle – class dissenters, is the shop where everything costs £1 [$1.50] no matter what the item, shape or size, making it an adventure playground for bargain-hunters and hoarders. It’s also the store that this year, while the recession was still wreaking mayhem and devastation in Britain’s High Streets, boasted pre-tax profits of £19.8 million – up from £8.6 million in the previous year – thanks to three million customers each week and the pound coins burning a hole in their pockets.”

Fumbling fiance drops ring off bridge: “A Florida man fumbled his proposal to his girlfriend, accidentally letting the 0.6-carat diamond engagement ring slip out of his hands and off the span, the New York Post reported. Fortunately for Trey Turner and his fiancee, Kelsey Kramer, instead of plopping into the East River, the ring landed on scaffolding below. Two days later, city transportation workers fetched the bauble from the construction site and allowed the couple’s betrothal to go forward. Mr Turner is also lucky Ms Kramer still said yes. As they strolled the walkway, Mr Turner imagined how awful it would be if he lost his grip. He dropped down on one knee, and then – just as he feared – he dropped the ring.”

Businesswoman catches porter attempting to try on her lingerie: “An alleged cross-dressing porter thought he had hit the jackpot with a resident who owns a trendy lingerie line – until she caught him with his pants down in her Manhattan apartment. BodyRock Sport owner Kelly Dooley, 28, said she was stunned to find building worker Hector Solano half-naked – and crouching over one of her black, nylon, thong bodysuits – inside her luxury loft on Friday, the New York Post reported. But Ms Dooley said that while Mr Solano, 25, portrayed himself as a macho guy from the Bronx at work, “He’s a complete sissy.” He acted like he was “afraid of me. His hands are up, and he’s begging me, ‘Please don’t tell,’” Ms Dooley said.”

Las Vegas hotel guests left with severe burns from ‘death ray’ caused by building’s design: “Guests at a new hotel in Las Vegas have complained of receiving severe burns from a ‘death ray’ of sunlight caused by the unique design of the building. Due to the concave shape of the Vdara hotel, the strong Nevada sun reflects off its all-glass front and directly onto sections of the swimming pool area below. The result has left some guests with burns from the powerful rays and even plastic bags have been recorded as melting in the heat. Chicago attorney Bill Pintas felt the power of the dangerous ray first hand last week. ‘It felt like I had a chemical burn. I couldn’t imagine why my head was burning,’ he said. ‘Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning.”

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A savvy Pope visits America

September 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Pope and Nancy Pelosi are on the same stage in Yankee Stadium in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope leans towards Mrs. Pelosi and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, but will go deep into their hearts and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!”

Pelosi replied, “I seriously doubt that with one little wave of your hand? Show me!”

So the Pope backhanded the b*tch!!!

AND THE CROWD ROARED & CHEERED WILDLY!

Kind of brings a tear to your eyes, doesn’t it?

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Another hero dog: “A family’s foster dog saved a one-year-old child from a rattlesnake attack by taking a bite to the face. Darryl McArthur of Austin, Texas, fosters up to eight boxers at a time, feeding them and taking care of them before the dogs are rehomed. Last week, he was grilling dinner in his backyard, when he noticed his one-year-old son Dillon and the dogs playing near a rattlesnake. Vandy, a female boxer who had been living with the family for a month, jumped between Dillon and the poisonous snake. Mr McArthur killed the creature with a shovel, but noticed that Vandy did not escape unscathed. “My wife saw Vandy’s eye swell up a little bit, and then her jowl started swelling up. Then we contacted Austin Boxer Rescue,” Mr McArthur said. Fortunately, Vandy made it to help just in time for her bite to be treated, and went home soon after with the family.”

Belgium experiments with mystical “full moon” beer: ” Full moons are often associated with tides, insanity and creatures like werewolves, but it turns out they’re also good for brewing beer. In Peruwelz, a small, sleepy town in southern Belgium, a family-owned brewery has produced its first batch of specialist beer brewed by the light of a full autumnal moon. “We made several tests and noticed that the fermentation was more vigorous, more active,” explained Roger Caulier, the owner of Brewery Caulier, which began in the 1930s when his grandfather started selling homemade beer from a handcart. “The end product was completely different, stronger, with a taste lasting longer in the mouth,” he said. The full moon speeds up the fermentation process, shortening it to five days from seven, which adds extra punch to the beer without making it harsh, according to connoisseurs.”

Man dials British police emergency line over cat in his kitchen: “A panicked man called a police emergency line for help because there was a cat in his kitchen in just one of thousands of inappropriate calls. The call to Britain’s 999 line starts with the man, saying: “There’s a cat in my kitchen I don’t know how to deal with him.” The bemused operator asks “You’ve got a what in your kitchen?”, and the man responds: “A cat, cat, cat.” Operator: “So there’s no emergency? it’s just that there’s a cat in your kitchen? Man: “I need to sleep. It’s in my, my home.” Operator: “This is not a police matter. We’re not going to remove a cat from your house. “If you just go into the kitchen, shoo the cat out the back door, it will leave, alright?” The call details were released by Gloucestershire police, who said it was one of more than 4500 inappropriate calls this year, the BBC reports.”

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer’s memoir to protect state secrets: “Thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer’s memoir were pulped, not burned, after they were bought up by the US Defence Department (DOD) for fear they contained classified information that could threaten national security. Leaked copies of the book were reportedly being sold for up to $1000, Fox News Channel reported. The author said he was notified of the Pentagon’s purchase Friday: “Someone buying 10,000 books to suppress a story in this digital age is ludicrous.” A second printing of the book has incorporated some changes sought by the US government, leading to some text – from words to entire paragraphs – being blacked out.”

Iconic Cold War plane will be grounded unless owners can raise £400,000: “Soaring into the sky with its engines booming, this may be the mighty Cold War Vulcan bomber making its last flight. The former RAF bomber, the last airworthy plane of its type, is shown at an airshow at Coventry Airport in aid of the Help for Heroes military charity at the weekend. But the plane – which was in active service from 1960 to 1984 and is one of the greatest achievements of British aerospace-engineering – will not be able to fly again unless its owners raise £400,000 by the end of October for costly maintenance to ensure it passes safety tests. Its owners, the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, worked for eight years to return the plane to the skies for the nation in 2007, helped by donations”

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SIGN IN A STORE WINDOW

September 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 AL QAEDA TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE BRITISH SOLDIER!”

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in
CAMPBELTOWN, SCOTLAND.

You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.

However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. After all, it is ONLY A SIGN. You may say ‘What kind of business would dare to post such a sign?’

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A FUNERAL PARLOUR.

(WHO SAID SCOTTISH UNDERTAKERS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOUR)

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Taxi mayhem in Britain: “Transport Minister Norman Baker was left seething during the Liberal Democrat gathering in Liverpool after he hailed a black cab from the dock area and asked the driver to take him to a smart restaurant on top of the tallest building in the city. Despite the tower housing the Panoramic, the UK’s highest restaurant, being just 1,200 yards away, the non-English-speaking driver drove around in circles for nearly half an hour trying to find it. Eventually Mr Baker stormed out of the taxi and refused to pay. But when he flagged down a second cab and tried to get in, another driver – who thought he was next in line – pulled in front of the cab to stop it driving off. The irate driver refused to move until the Minister reluctantly agreed to climb into his vehicle, after which he was finally delivered to his supper.”

Edison car: “The only remaining electric car designed by Thomas Edison has been restored to its former glory after languishing in a London garage for almost half a century. Built in 1912 by Edison, who created the lightbulb and was the brains behind more than a thousand other inventions, it is reckoned to be worth at least £1million. Bob Burrell of Chelmsford, Essex, who builds historic racing engines for a living, spent eight years renovating the car . It was one of three built by Edison to prove the power of another of his great inventions, the battery. The other two cars have vanished. The 1912 model, with 15 two-volt batteries which power a 30v electric motor, has a top speed of 25mph. “In Edison’s day it would have been speedy in comparison to other cars,” said Mr Burrell.”

Stinky flower blooms in NZ: “A flower smelling of rotten flesh has blossomed in New Zealand’s capital. The rare, one-metre tall Devil’s Tongue has bloomed for the first time in a decade and is on display at Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens visiting services officer Charmaine Scott, who owns the plant, said visitors to the glasshouse stopped to admire the deep maroon, velvet-like flower, but the odour was intense. “My husband’s really, really pleased I’ve donated it to the Botanic Garden for a couple of weeks because it stinks,” Ms Scott told the Dominion Post. “It just smells disgusting, it’s pure dead hedgehog, honestly. “But it’s a rare and special plant in this country. “If you wait that long for something to flower . . . it’s such a special thing.” The Devil’s Tongue, or Amorphophallus konjac, is native to Southeast Asia and releases the pungent scent to attract flies for pollination.”

United Nations to appoint space ambassador to act as first contact for aliens visiting Earth: “If aliens ever land on Earth there will no longer be any confusion over who will greet them with the news the United Nations is set to appoint an astrophysicist to be their first human contact. Mazlan Othman is expected to be tasked with coordinating humanity’s response to an extraterrestrial visit, if ever required. The 58-year-old Malaysian will tell a conference next week that with the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting around other stars, the detection of alien life is becoming more and more likely. ‘The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials,’ she said.”

Devil Rays as they mass off the Californian coast: “Packed fin to gill as they swim in tight formation, this incredible picture of rays swimming through the ocean in a colossal school has scooped a top photography prize. The thousands-strong group of Munkiana Devil Rays were spotted in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by German conservation photographer Florian Schulz. Schulz said: ‘During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it. ‘As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction. ‘I have asked around why this took place but no one has been able to explain it to me.”

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A helpful senior reports:

September 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was in the supermarket the other day pushing my cart around when I collided with a young guy pushing his cart.

I said to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

The young guy says, “That’s OK. It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.

I said, “Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?”

The young guy says, “Well, she is 24 years old, tall, with blond hair, big blue eyes, long legs, big boobs, and she’s wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does your wife look like?”

I said, “Doesn’t matter — let’s look for yours.”

Most of us old guys are helpful like that.

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Must not eat fish in Britain? “A yob has been arrested after buying a goldfish in a pet shop and swallowing it in front of horrified shop staff. Chris Caswell, 30, was arrested yesterday over the prank that was videoed by his friends and posted on Facebook. He paid £1.99 for the fish and then asked staff to put it in a glass he had bought with him, claiming he just lived across the road. A shopworker agreed and then watched in horror as he downed the fish in one gulp. After Caswell ate the creature, his friend, videoing the encounter, said: ‘Goldfish down the hatch!’ They then walked out of the shop laughing and joking. Police were alerted after the footage was posted on the social networking website.”

Batty Britain again: “A clergyman who caught a squirrel in his house was told he was neither allowed to kill it nor release it into the wild. Douglas Drane, 70, minister of the Mariner’s Church in Gloucester Docks, was told he could be breaking the law if he culled the animal “inhumanely”. However, It is also illegal to release grey squirrels, which are considered an alien species, into the wild, even in areas like Gloucestershire where there are not believed to be any native reds squirrels remaining. “I caught one of these vermin in a humane trap but when I called the RSPCA I was told I could not let it go because it posed a threat to red squirrels, which are not native to Gloucestershire,” he said. “I was also told I could not kill the animal myself and that risked prosecution if I did.”

‘I’ve married my sister – now we’re having our second baby’: “Of course, their wedding day had to be kept as a somewhat low-key affair. There was no church, no function and no amusing tales of how the lovers’ paths crossed. But so determined are they to spend the rest of their lives together that they sealed their union during an intimate civil marriage ceremony last week. And in a further twist, the couple, who discovered they were siblings after they conceived their first child, are expecting another baby. But the pressures of the secret they have shared for years is forcing them to emigrate as they fear that if they remain living in Ireland it will only be a matter of time before the authorities become aware of their identities and prosecute them for being involved in an incestuous relationship.”

Iraqi doctor sues his British university for £300k after flunking his exams: “A doctor is suing his former university for more than £300,000 after failing his degree. Dr Salah Chilab has accused King’s College London of negligence for marking an exam incorrectly and failing to let him take an oral exam. He also alleges it failed to follow its exam regulations. The landmark case could set a major precedent for others whose academic results have blighted their career. Dr Chilab, 56, of Bayswater, West London, claims the errors have left him unemployable, resulting in a loss of income of up to £1.6 million. The Iraq-trained doctor, who was doing a two-year masters in nuclear medicine, scored less than the overall 50 per cent needed to pass but says he was failed wrongly due to errors.”

2,000ft up, the new ‘barrage balloon’ spying on the Taliban: “They may look like something from the days of the Second World War, but barrage balloons have found a new, high-tech role helping British troops in Afghanistan. The 60ft-long drones are being deployed as hugely effective ‘spies in the sky’ to snare Taliban fighters before they mount attacks on British troops. Bristling with sophisticated cameras, radar and electronic listening devices, the large, unmanned balloons – tethered at over 2,000ft – send live film footage of enemy activity day and night to forward operating bases and eavesdrop on insurgents’ mobile phone and radio calls from several miles away. The modern-day drones – known as ­‘aerostats’ – in Helmand ­province are ­operated by the Royal Artillery and cost £5 million each.”

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That controversial mosque in NYC

September 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Let tolerance rule!

I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

That is why I also propose, that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call the clubs “The Turban Cowboy” and “You Mecca Me So Hot”.

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and have an open barbeque with spare ribs as its daily special. Across the street a very daring lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

Next door to the lingerie shop, there would be room for an Adult Toy Shop (Koranal Knowledge?), its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store, maybe call it “Morehammered”?

If you agree in promoting tolerance and you think this is a good plan, pass it on.

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In case of emergency, please remove your bra: “Caught in a disaster? You’d better hope you’re wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend. Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95. ‘The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow,’ explains the eBra website.”

Aliens are monitoring our nukes, worry ex-Air Force officers: “Captain Robert Salas was on duty in Montana in 1967 when a UFO shut down the nuclear missiles on his base. And he’s hardly the only one to make such a claim. On Monday, six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about similar events at the National Press Club, all centering around unidentified flying objects and nuclear missiles. They plan to urge the government to publicly confirm the incidents, stating that they were ordered never to discuss the events.”

Singles think the best bedmates are hairy: “They are a man’s – and a woman’s – best friend. Now for an increasing number of single people, a dog or a cat is easing their loneliness by sharing their bed. About one in three singles said they let their dog or cat in their bed, a major shift from 10 years ago when just 8 per cent would do so. One single who doesn’t mind sharing a blanket with her eight-year-old dog Chops is Vanessa Papas, 25. “Chops is very much a house dog and has always just been my baby and a member of the family,” she said. “Since we’ve had him he always just comes into my room and climbs on to the bed. It’s an arrangement that works very well for both of us. “He likes the attention and I like having the company.”

Beer bikes in Berlin: “Up to 16 people can sit on this mobile masterpiece, a four-wheel bike powered by multiple sets of pedals and featuring a 360-degree wooden beer counter, a CO2 system to pump the beer and a sound system to pump out the music. Groups of what appear to be very happy campers can regularly be seen partying along the streets of Berlin as they burn up the kilojoules while supping fine German beer and taking in the sights.”

British Keystone Kops again: “As the mother of a serving police officer, Margaret Pearcey was only too happy to support police attempts to tackle a criminal family blighting her neighbourhood. She gave witness statements, carried out surveillance, noted down number plates of suspicious cars after being promised that her anonymity would be protected. But the 62-year-old ended up being driven from her own home and forced to live in a string of hotel rooms and safe houses after blundering police blew her cover by leaving her name on prosecution paperwork. The papers were handed to her ‘nuisance’ neighbours as part of legal proceedings to evict the family and close down their suspected drugs den home. Mrs Pearcey’s name was even read out in court hearing as police successfully applied for a closure order. Staffordshire Police admitted liability and awarded Mrs Pearcey £99,000 damages over the mistake and apologised to the mother-of-six for the ‘highly regrettable error’.”

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The things a priest has to cope with

September 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An Irish man went to confession in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

‘Father’, he confessed, ‘it has been one month since my last confession. I had sex with Fanny Green twice last month.’

The priest told the sinner, ‘You are forgiven. Go out and say three Hail Mary’s.’

Soon thereafter, another Irish man entered the confessional. ‘Father, it has been two months since my last confession. I’ve had sex with Fanny Green twice a week for the past two months.’

This time, the priest questioned, ‘Who is this Fanny Green?’

‘A new woman in the neighbourhood,’ the sinner replied.

‘Very well,’ sighed the priest.. Go and say ten Hail Mary’s.

At mass the next morning, as the priest prepared to deliver the sermon, a tall,Voluptuous, drop-dead gorgeous redheaded woman entered the sanctuary. The eyes of every man in the church fell upon her as she slowly sashayed up the aisle and sat down right in front of the priest. Her dress was green and very short, and she wore matching, shiny emerald-green shoes.

The priest and the altar boy gasped as the woman in the green dress and matching green shoes sat with her legs spread slightly apart, but just enough to realize she wasn’t wearing any underwear.

The priest turned to the altar boy and whispered,

‘Is that Fanny Green?’

The bug-eyed altar boy couldn’t believe his ears but managed to calmly reply,

‘No Father, I think it’s just a reflection from her shoes’.

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Woman fends off bear with a zucchini: “A woman has managed to fend off a bear attack with an unlikely weapon – a zucchini [aka courgette]. Lieutenant Rich Maricelli, from the Missoula County sheriff’s department , Montana, says a 90-kilogram black bear attacked one of the woman’s dogs just after midnight on Wednesday on the back porch of her home. When the woman tried to separate the animals, the bear bit her in the leg. Lieutenant Maricelli said the woman reached for the nearest object at hand on the porch’s railing – a large zucchini she had harvested from her garden. She flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it and forcing it to flee. Lieutenant Maricelli says the woman did not need medical attention. Wildlife officials were trying to find the bear.”

Germany: Restaurateur in hot water over his big schnitzels: “A German restaurant operator has run into trouble with local tax authorities because he makes larger-than-average schnitzels — or veal cutlets — for his customers in a working class section of Saxony. Gerhard Kaltscheuer said his giant schnitzels are popular in the town of Hammerbruecke and he sells about 70 dishes per day. He said tax officials told him they believe he sells 200 portions daily based on the amount of raw material he purchases.”

A nasal spray could cure shyness: “Scientists have discovered that the hormone oxytocin could help wallflowers overcome awkwardness in social situations. The chemical dubbed “the hormone of love” is known to increase empathy and bonding – especially parents and their children. But now researchers have found it improves the social skills of the shy – but has little effect on those who are naturally confident. The finding could have implications for those with severe social deficiencies, often apparent in conditions like autism. Researchers at Israel’s Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment and Columbia University were examining whether the hormone, which occurs naturally in the body could make us more understanding of others.”

Shopkeeper attacks armed bandit with bare hands and wins: “Michael Jennings was doing the early shift at the Upper Edward St Newsagency at Spring Hill when he noticed someone behind the counter about 3.45am. “At first I thought it was my boss because he sometimes wears a blue beanie. Then I realised it wasn’t,” Mr Jennings said. Believing the balaclava-clad offender had stolen the shop’s float, Mr Jennings grabbed hold of him without any regard for his own safety. “He had a crowbar and a screwdriver and he got in a few blows to my face and side, but I eventually made him drop them,” he said. “I think we did more damage to the shop than me, rolling around.” “I managed to get his balaclava off so our security camera got a good shot of his face,” he said. The offender eventually struggled free from Mr Jennings and fled empty-handed.”

Football fanatic tattoos his penis: “Collingwood fan Justin Witcombe, 31, proudly wears his heart on his sleeve, and his legs and his chest and his face. Not even the family jewels are spared when it comes to football. The Corio tattooist has dedicated his body to football, 1970s rock band KISS and boxing great Mike Tyson. Yesterday he showed the Geelong Advertiser all but one of his Collingwood tribute tattoos, revealing a passion for all things black and white. “The only thing I haven’t managed to do is urinate in black and white,” he quipped. “If Collingwood win I’ll make room for another tattoo.” The first tribute to the club appeared on his right ankle to honour the 1990 premiership team. So just why did he tattoo a magpie and the number 35 on his manly parts? “I ran out of room,” he said.”

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A smarter beggar

September 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jose and Carlos are both beggars. They beg in different areas of town.

Carlos begs for the same amount of time as Jose, but only collects about eight or nine dollars a day.

Every day, Jose brings home a suitcase full of ten dollar bills. He drives a Mercedes, lives in a mortgage-free house, and has lots of cash to spend.

“Hey, amigo,” Carlos says to Jose, “I work just as long and hard as you do, so how come you bring home a suitcase full of ten dollar bills every day?”

Jose says, “Look at your sign, what does it say?”

Carlos’ sign reads: I have no work, a wife and six kids to support.

“What’s wrong with that?” Carlos asks him.

“No wonder you only get eight or nine dollars a day!”

Carlos says, “Alright, so what does your sign say?”

Jose’s sign reads: I only need ten dollars to get back to Mexico

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Woman strangles fox after being attacked: “Rachel Cohen never killed anything in her life, but the 61-year-old was forced to strangle a potentially rabid fox that attacked her and her friend in Pennsylvania…. Once the fox noticed the two women, Ms Cohen said, it moved away from the house and jumped out in front of them. Both women tried to run back to the house – and in fact Ms de Balbian Verster made it inside safely – but the fox blocked Ms Cohen’s path before she could get back and started trying to bite her ankles, causing her to fall backward. “When I fell, I saw a piece of my jeans in the fox’s teeth. I knew that I had to do something.” Ms Cohen said she then grabbed the fox by the neck, strangling it, and then hit it against a tree, but it still remained alive. Ms De Balbian Verster then brought out a plastic bag, and Ms Cohen wrapped it over the animal’s head and smothered it. The whole ordeal lasted just 10 minutes.”

The Dwarfs were right! Whistling while you work makes you do your job better: “Whistling while you work may not win you many friends – but it could help you do your job better. A leading psychologist claims whistling or singing helps distract the mind from trying too hard and prevents mental overload. The controversial suggestion comes from a study into the phenomenon of ‘choking’ – the moment when a footballer misses a critical penalty or a top student flunks a vital exam. Far from being down to ‘just nerves’, choking occurs when the brain finds itself with too many pieces of information to process, resulting in ‘paralysis by analysis’, argues Dr Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago. In 1996, golfer Greg Norman blew it on the final day of the US Masters, despite having a huge lead. Dr Beilock says he failed because he was thinking too hard about what he was doing.”

A very horny dinosaur: “Triceratops has been trounced in the horned dinosaur stakes, with a newly found ancient reptile with no less than 15 spikes on its huge armoured head. While triceratops, one of the world’s best known dinosaurs, had just a nose spike and two more emerging from its brows, kosmoceratops richardsoni had horns everywhere. “Kosmoceratops richardsoni has 15 horns – one over the nose, one atop each eye, one at the tip of each cheek bone and 10 across the rear margin of the bony frill, making it the most ornate-headed dinosaur known,” Queensland’s James Cook University geologist Eric Robert, who is studying the dinosaur, said yesterday. A kosmoceratops fossil, and another previously unknown horned dinosaur called utahceratops gettyi, were each unearthed in southern Utah in the US. Both were big, heavily built animals with giant heads.”

Why women fall for men who look like their father: “It has long been speculated that women tend to choose partners who look like their fathers – and men will pick wives who resemble their mothers in some way. But isn’t it just an old wives’ tale? Well, it’s certainly true that the characteristics of our parents are imprinted in our minds as children, so that we remember and recognise our parents from a very early age. But it seems these ‘remembered’ characteristics do go on to influence who we find attractive in later life. From this information, we found that the main predictor for the choice of a partner’s eye and hair colour – for men and women – was the eye and hair colour of the parent of the opposite sex. Your own hair and eye colour, or those of the parent of the same sex, were far less important.”

The solar-powered spy plane that will be able to fly non-stop for FIVE years: “Boeing is developing a solar-powered unmanned aircraft that will be able to fly non-stop for more than five years. The SolarEagle is designed to soar in the upper atmosphere for years on end, constantly sending surveillance and intelligence information back to the ground. Darpa, the US military’s new technology agency, has given Boeing an $89 million contract to develop a Solar Eagle demonstrator vehicle which will make its first flight in 2014. During testing, the SolarEagle demonstrator will remain in the upper atmosphere for 30 days, harvesting solar energy during the day that will be stored in fuel cells and used to provide power through the night. The aircraft will have highly efficient electric motors and propellers and a 400-foot wing for increased solar power and aerodynamic performance.”

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Some dubious history

September 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.. Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint) *******

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘big wig.’ Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy. *******

In the late 1700′s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair man.’ Today in business, we use the expression or title ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chairman of the Board.’ *******

Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’ *******

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’. . Wore a tightly tied lace. *******

Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of Spades.’ To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t ‘playing with a full deck.’ *******

Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to ‘go sip some ale’ and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. ‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’ The two words ‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term ‘gossip.’ *******

At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the term ‘minding your’P’s and Q’s ‘ *******

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem…how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’

Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey.. Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’ (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)

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Man amasses $270k in traffic fines: “Police in Brazil say they have caught an Italian man who managed to amass $270,000 in traffic fines and other penalties linked to his van. Police say they arrested 62-year-old engineer Roberto Cintio at his office after a 10-day investigation. Most of Mr Cintio’s fines were for speeding, which are levied in Brazilian cities by radar cameras without a police stop of the vehicle. Other fines were for parking, not paying vehicle property taxes and other infractions. Police said Mr Cintio likely evaded police by using false IDs. It says several blank identification cards were found with him. There was no indication how long it took Mr Cintio to build up the fines on his nine-year-old General Motors van.”

US millionaire leaves estate to help rare Australian animal: “In a real-life fairytale, an American millionaire has bequeathed $8 million to the Mannum-based Wombat Awareness Organisation. The millionaire, whose family has requested anonymity, unexpectedly visited the team of volunteers about two years ago to see the southern hairy-nosed wombats in the wild. “I took him out into the wild population and showed him wombats with mange, wombats that were starving to death and wombats with burrows from motorbike tyres,” she said. The millionaire, who worked in the horse-racing industry, was captivated by the volunteers’ tireless efforts to save what may be becoming an endangered icon.”

Lettuce burglar in Britain? “Police have today been branded ‘absolutely ludicrous’ after issuing an unusual e-fit of burglary suspect with what appears to be a lettuce balanced on his head. Residents were astounded when confronted with the image released by Hampshire Constabulary, with many ridiculing the artist’s impression. One local declared: ‘It looks more like a bald man stood in front of an iceberg lettuce. I can’t imagine anyone actually has a hairstyle like that. The male suspect is believed to have stolen £60 from an 85-year-old woman’s handbag at her home in Stockbridge, Hampshire. Police said they hope the image will help them trace the suspect, following the alleged robbery on August 27″.

The Japs don’t like druggies: “US socialite Paris Hilton was “very disappointed” about having to remain holed up in a Tokyo airport hotel yesterday after being detained by immigration officials when she arrived in Japan just one day after pleading guilty to cocaine charges, Hilton’s rep told E! Online. The 29-year-old hotel heiress arrived at the Narita International Airport in Japan yesterday on a chartered flight and was detained by immigration officials because she had pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge the day before. No one on a suspended jail term is allowed entry into Japan except for “special reasons,” the Narita branch of the Tokyo immigration control office told local news agency Jiji.”

Shoe-loving crook: “A spendthrift former Walt Disney Co. secretary pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing inside information as part of a plot to purchase pricey purses and designer shoes. Cash-strapped Bonnie Hoxie agreed to spend up to 10 months in prison for concocting the scheme with her boyfriend, who was caught in an FBI sting after he tried peddling the stolen secrets to investors. Failed Hollywood restaurateur Yonni Sebbag pleaded guilty last month in a deal that could put him behind bars for up to 33 months and have him deported to his native Morocco. The duo was arrested in May after Sebbag – posing as “Jonathan Cyrus” – sent out emails offering early access to Disney’s quarterly earnings to at least 33 hedge funds and capital-management firms.”

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Tank driving latest New Zealand adrenalin experience

September 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New Zealand tends to be rather boring — but there are exceptions

A 30-minute drive from Christchurch is Tanks For Everything – New Zealand’s latest adrenalin adventure that takes you to the edge and then charges over it, literally.

Created by Jonathan Lahy-Neary, the experience enables visitors to drive a dozen vehicles ranging from a jeep all the way up to the Russian T-55AM2 tank and the 52-tonne Centurion.

And it’s a daunting line-up – I was scared just belting around the course in the jeep.

Mr Lahy-Neary said he came up with the idea after a long flight from London. He blames a lack of sleep – or a dodgy airline meal – but he woke with an idea, to import some tanks and let people drive them. The former IT manager has been full-time at it for a year now.

We started off small, well, in tanks terms anyway, with the FV-432 armoured personnel carrier. Despite being terrified before stepping in, it wasn’t long before I was wearing that dopey expression only pure joy brings.

The guns have been disabled on all the tanks, which sounds like it would be disappointing, but just driving the hulking machinery is more than enough to get the adrenaline pumping.

Then it was time to climb up into the Centurion, a British-built, ex-Australian army tank used in the Vietnam War. To drive the Centurion, you need to be able to (semi) drive a manual. Bunny hops aren’t advisable when there is a thick metal ledge right at teeth height. Weighing in at 52 tonnes, this sucker gets just 50m out of one litre of petrol – try that at the height of an oil crisis.

You can even arrange to run over cars – perhaps the boss’s car for a work team-building exercise.

If driving the tank sounds a bit too scary, you can always be driven around by Lahy-Neary, who even offers the experience for kid’s birthday parties.

You really don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy this, but you do need to do a bit of saving.

Original story here

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Dumb British teachers don’t even know how to cheat: “Dunce teachers at a UK school cheated in a bid to boost pupils’ exam results only to get the answers wrong. Investigators were called into one school when 18 of 19 kids gave the same incorrect answer on their external exams, British newspaper The Sun reported. An official probe found proof the pupils were illegally helped by a teacher. In a separate case, the head of another school changed papers herself – only to turn a right answer into a wrong one. Her cheating was uncovered when investigators noticed answers were altered using a different pencil. Analysis of papers from a third school found evidence of 93 changes by teachers – and when an inquiry was announced, the principal went on sick leave, then resigned. All three cases led to findings of “maladministration,” and dozens of pupils had their math, English and science test results scrapped.”

Woman arrested for giving baby to stranger: “Police in Philadelphia today arrested a woman who allegedly handed her infant son to a stranger and walked away. Sharon Rivera, 24, was seen walking around northern Philadelphia on Friday night in an apparently intoxicated state and carrying her two-month-old son, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Special Victims Unit Captain John Darby said the infant was not properly clothed at the time. When a woman asked Rivera if she needed to come inside for help, she allegedly handed the woman her son and walked away. The woman took care of the baby overnight and then contacted authorities the following morning. Rivera was located with the help of her relatives and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. Her son was taken to St Christopher’s Hospital for children and examined. He was then turned over to the care of the Department of Human Services, police said.”

Police catch man who drove lawnmower to buy beer: “A New York man attempted to get round his drunk driving ban by riding his lawn mower to the store to buy beer, bemused police said yesterday. Barry Foster’s bid for alcohol ended in disaster, however, as he allegedly passed out behind the controls of his Zero Turn machine as he made his way home, reported the Times Herald Record. Sheriff’s deputies found the 53-year-old slumped unconscious close to his house in Swan Lake, New York, at 7pm Saturday local time. Paramedics took Mr Foster to nearby Catskill Regional Medical Center where he was admitted. The deputies said when they found him he seemed drunk and they knew that his license had recently been suspended.”

Fawlty Towers lives on: “A cancer patient and his girlfriend have been thrown out of UK hotel [above] for allegedly writing a poor review on TripAdvisor. Adrian Healey and his partner Sherrie Andrews were two nights into their three-night stay at the Golden Beach hotel in Surrey when they were allegedly evicted by the hotel manager, the Blackpool Gazette reports. “We had been there a day when they said we couldn’t get back in our rooms because they were recarpeting, and we didn’t complain – all we asked was if we could have an extra towel.” he said. Mr Healy said it was during the second night that he and Ms Andrews were confronted by the hotel manager. “He banged on the door and told us to get out, accusing us of writing a review on Trip Advisor, and said he would call the police,” Mr Healy said. The couple denied posting the review and decided to leave when the police arrived. Mr Healy said he asked for a refund but the hotel refused.” [Story of the original Fawlty Towers here]

Doctors use lasers to blast worm living behind man’s eye: “a man from Iowa lived with a worm behind his eyeball for nine months. John Matthews from Bellevue, discovered his uninvited guest after becoming concerned when he noticed two spots obscuring vision in his left eye. After tests at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, doctors discovered the invasive creature and rushed Matthews into a treatment room where they shot a laser into his eyeball to kill the worm. “I could see it from behind, moving, trying to dodge the laser,” he told the Telegraph Herald. The Telegraph Herald reported that it took a second round of laser treatment before the worm was killed. The worm’s remains will be absorbed into Matthews’ body, but he will suffer permanent damage to his retina.”

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