So you like spaghetti too

May 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Middle-aged men have ‘hotness delusion syndrome’: “Middle-aged men are being chased so much by single women that they are becoming deluded about their sex appeal. A drought of mid-40s single men, compared with single women of the same age, means they are fiercely pursued, inflating their opinion of their attractiveness. KPMG demographer Bernard Salt, author of The Big Tilt: What Happens When Boomers Bust and Xers and Ys Inherit the Earth, says the imbalance has created a monster he dubs the “hotness delusion syndrome”. And in a case of “beware the cougar”, he believes a lack of eligible 40-something bachelors will result in more confident, well-educated older women prowling for younger mates. “An available male in his 40s receives a lot of attention because he’s the only thing going around,” Mr Salt said.”

Britain’s cheese chase is on again: “Rebel thrill-seekers have defied the English weather to take part in a bizarre competition of chasing a four kilo wheel of cheese down a steep hill. Hardcore enthusiasts staged their own unofficial event .. after the world-famous Cheese Rolling was cancelled for a second year running. The race had been advertised on social networking sites with a page set up on Facebook and people posting messages on Twitter. A large police presence at entrances to Cooper’s Hill, at Brockworth .. near Gloucester .. didn’t deter the faithfull .. with several hundred spectators braving fog and rain to watch about a dozen daredevils chase the Double Gloucester 200 metres down the 1:2 gradient slope. Competitors slip, somersault and tumble their way to the bottom in spectacular fashion during the bone-crunching races – and the first person to grab the cheese winning.”

Croc attack doesn’t stop holiday: “A dentist fought off a crocodile that leaped into his small boat and sank its teeth into his chest while he fished in Australia’s far north-west. Bruce Rudeforth, 59, said the eight-foot (2.5m) reptile came at him in Secure Bay, more than 2000km north of state capital Perth, last Wednesday. “It bit into my shoulder and I stood up and gave it one in the throat with my free elbow,” Mr Rudeforth told the newspaper. “I presume that’s what made it let go.” The crocodile slid back into the water but returned again, forcing the Broome dentist and his fishing companion Neil Fong to hit it with an oar. The pair returned to a larger fishing boat where three other colleagues were waiting. Mr Rudeforth’s brother-in-law – and fellow dentist – stitched closed the puncture wounds. The group then decided to continue their fishing trip in the remote region. “It takes a lot to organise a trip like that, so why come home,” Mr Rudeforth said.”

Woman chopped off man’s penis as he ‘attempted to rape her’ before taking it to police as evidence: “A woman cut off a man’s penis as he attempted to rape her and took it to a police station as evidence against him. Monju Begum, 40, attacked the man in Bangladesh after he burst into her shack and launched his sex attack. The victim then wrapped up the manhood in polythene before handing it over to officers, police said. Mozammel Haq Mazi was rushed to hospital where he is being treated – but is denying attempted rape. He claims he was having an affair with the mother-of-three and claims she attacked him because he refused to settle down with her. The married father-of-five is expected to be arrested once he has recovered.”

Revival of the ukulele: “The merest mention is likely to inspire an impression of George Formby singing When I’m Cleaning Windows. But despite its image as an old-fashioned relic of the music hall, the ukulele is back in fashion. Research for the Musical Instrument Retail Conference found that music shops said the instrument had seen the fastest rising sales in the past year. It seems there are several theories as to why the ukelele – or ‘uku’ as it is nicknamed – is enjoying a revival. Price could be a factor, with a ukulele costing from just £20 and some schools are using them as an alternative to the recorder for musical beginners. There has also been a mini-boom in folk music again, such as Mumford and Sons, which has seen increased sales of traditional acoustic instruments.” [I believe Formby's instrument was actually a ukulele-banjo]

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Now THAT’s a pothole

May 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A road in China collapsed and swallowed up a truck

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Mining town has to import burger flippers: “The mining-boom jobs crunch has become so acute in regional Queensland, even fast-food giant McDonald’s has been forced to import burger flippers from Brisbane to work in Mount Isa. Mines have long flown in specialist workers but it’s the first time a Queensland takeaway outlet is known to have resorted to the incentive. Local teenagers have been refusing to work at Macca’s because of the ready availability of other higher-paying jobs in the area. In Mount Isa, the mining town’s only McDonald’s is offering to cover travel costs for anyone willing to take up a full-time job, which pays $718 a week. Employees who stay for four months get a free return bus trip to Brisbane, and anyone staying for more than six months gets a plane ride back.”

Sunglasses ban for Viet cops: “Vietnam has banned police from wearing black sunglasses, chatting, smoking and putting their hands in their pockets while they are on duty in public places, a media report said. Under a new order from the Ministry of Public Security, officers must also “keep appropriate manners and be in the right position when on duty,” said the English-language website of state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper. “This means traffic cops must not hide behind trees to ambush” and issue fines. The report also said on-duty police were now banned from reading books, making or answering non-work related phone calls, drinking alcohol or eating at restaurants that illegally encroach onto pavements. Vietnam’s traffic police are seen by citizens as notoriously corrupt. Last year US-based Human Rights Watch urged Vietnam to investigate “widespread police brutality”, saying it had documented 19 incidents of reported brutality by law enforcers over the previous year, resulting in 15 deaths.”

America the ‘no-vacation nation’: “Let’s be blunt: If you like to take lots of vacation, the United States is not the place to work. Besides a handful of national holidays, the typical American worker bee gets two or three precious weeks off out of a whole year to relax and see the world — much less than what people in many other countries receive. And even that amount of vacation often comes with strings attached. Some U.S. companies don’t like employees taking off more than one week at a time. Others expect them to be on call or check their e-mail even when they’re lounging on the beach or taking a hike in the mountains…. The running joke at Brock’s company is that a vacation just means you work from somewhere else. Only 57% of U.S. workers use up all of the days they’re entitled to, compared with 89% of workers in France”

‘Nannied’ British police given bedtime routines and packed lunch advice: “Police officers are being issued with “lifestyle” guides by their forces, suggesting bedtime routines and healthy eating options for them. Among the pearls of wisdom offered in the documents are that officers should assist their spouses with household chores and do activities such as gardening and dancing to keep fit. The guides even offer advice on what fillings officers should have in their sandwiches. In a survey of UK forces, around half admitted to issuing staff with such guides, which they claim helps ensure the health and wellbeing of officers. But critics say they are “frankly ludicrous” and say that they treat officers like children. Much of the advice relates to healthy eating. One document, from Suffolk Constabulary, suggests officers go shopping on a full stomach, so they are likely to buy less food; another, from West Yorkshire Police, advises them to “eat sitting down” to avoid consuming too much.”

Tourists to be banned from Amsterdam cannabis cafes: “FOREIGNERS will be banned from Holland’s infamous cannabis-selling coffee shops under new anti-drug laws. Under the new rules only Dutch residents will be allowed to enter the shops, which lawfully sell small amounts of cannabis to customers, the Daily Mail reported. By the end of the year customers will have to sign up for a one-year membership, or “dope pass”, to the shops. The legislation, branded “tourism suicide”, has been spearheaded by far-right politicians convinced that the move will discourage the “wrong” type of visitors. Drug tourists have been causing all types of trouble in the country, Joep Delsing, spokesman for the mayor of Maastricht, said. “They block streets in the city centre, they don’t respect parking rules, they are noisy and, when they go from one coffee shop to another, they urinate and vomit in the street,” Mr Delsing said.”

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Chinese Doctor vs Western Doctor

May 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I think I have put this one up before but what the heck!

While in China, an American man was very sexually promiscuous and did not use a condom at all. A week after arriving back home he woke one morning to find his penis covered with purple spots.

Horrified, he immediately went to see a doctor. The doctor, never having seen anything like this before, ordered some tests and told the man to return in two days for the results.

The man returned a couple of days later and the doctor said, ‘I’ve got bad news for you – you’ve contracted Mongolian VD. It’s very rare and almost unheard of here. We know very little about it.’

The man looked a little perplexed and said: ‘Well, give me a shot or something and fix me up, Doc.’

The doctor answered: ‘I’m sorry, there’s no known cure. We’re going to have to amputate your penis.’

The man screamed in horror, ‘Absolutely not! I want a second opinion.’ The doctor replied: ‘Well, it’s your choice. Go ahead if you want, but surgery is your only option.’

The next day the man found a Chinese doctor, figuring that he’d know more about the disease. The Chinese doctor examined his penis and proclaimed, ‘Ah, yes, Mongolian VD. Very rare disease.’

The guy said to the doctor, ‘Yeah, yeah, I already know that but what can we do? My American doctor wants to operate and amputate my penis!’

The Chinese doctor shook his head and laughed. ‘Stupid American doctor, always want to operate. Make more money that way. No need to operate!’

‘Oh, Thank God!’ the man replied.

‘Yes,’ says the Chinese doctor, ‘You no worry! Wait two weeks. Fall off by itself!’

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10 year old boy wrestles 6 foot gator and wins: “A Florida 10 year old boy fished , wrestled, then dragged home a 6 foot long alligator from a canal. The boy’s grandfather immediately contacted authorities after discovering the alligator in his front yard. The boy was identified as Michael Dasher. According to reports, Dasher told authorities that he was fishing with friends until his line snapped. At the other end was the alligator which then rushed him. In self defense Dasher punched and hit the reptile with sticks then later wrestled with the gator, ultimately defeating it. Officers warned Dasher on the consequences of dealing with alligators. No arrests were made in the incident. The alligator was safely returned to its home in the wild.”

Ohio pizza enthusiast (above): “Police in Kent arrested a Twinsburg woman who allegedly robbed a pizza delivery man at gunpoint. According to officials at the Kent Police Department, Ashley Tyler, 21, of Twinsburg, was taken into custody on Thursday night at 11:22 p.m. Police say Tyler was the person who reportedly robbed a pizza delivery man at 914 Carlisle Court. According to police, the man was outside a building on Carlisle Court when Tyler approached him with a handgun. The victim was not hurt in the robbery. Tyler ran from the scene with a pizza. She was arrested a short time later when police canvassed the area of the robbery. She is currently being held on a charge of aggravated robbery.”

British government department in charge of pest control is closed after insect infestation: “The Government department in charge of pest control has been closed down – by a plague of moths. Officials at Nobel House, the Westminster headquarters of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), were forced to call in pest controllers after civil servants complained about the infestation of the common clothes moth. The 850-strong department, headed by Secretary of State Caroline Spelman, was closed to allow all the offices to be fumigated. Civil servants have now dubbed it the ‘Ministry for Moths’.” One suggested the infestation was ‘surprising given the number of Defra plans that have been mothballed’.”

‘Ghost ship’ docks with nobody aboard: “Coast guard officials are investigating the mysterious death of a Connecticut sailor whose 34-ft boat drifted up to a Long Island dock without him. The body of 64-year-old skipper Frank Closter was retrieved on Friday from the waters off the coast of Clinton, 15 miles from where he had set sail. Officials said Closter had likely fallen overboard while the Jagular sailed on to the ConocoPhillips docks in Riverhead early that morning without him. Investigators found the Closter’s glasses, wallet and a chart plotter aboard the vacant ship, which they said helped to locate his body in the heavy fog that surrounded the area on Friday. Coast Guard spokesman John Olsen told the New York Post: ‘There was no damage to the boat – it was in ship-shape. It’s a mystery.’ Olsen said the boat docking without someone at the helm was a ‘one-in-a-million coincidence’, calling the incident ‘kind of strange’.”

How the booms and busts of bra sizes reflect the British economy: “It really is a case of ‘boom or bust’ according to new research claiming women favour bras which mirror the state of the economy. Technological advances of the late sixties and seventies saw bras become more comfortable and fitted for those women who kept theirs on, while a craze for all things space age saw a surge in the popularity of cone-shaped bra cups. And today’s women tend to opt for bigger bras than ever before. The ‘History of the Great British Bust,’ released today by department store Debenhams charts the history of bras in Britain over the past century and reveals an uncanny link between Britain’s economic situation and women’s preferred method of displaying their assets.”

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COMPLETE AND FINISHED

May 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

No English dictionary has been able to explain the difference between these 2 words in a way that’s so easy to understand :

Difference Between Complete & Finished:

People say there is no difference between COMPLETE & FINISHED.

But there is:

When you marry the right one, you are COMPLETE.

And when you marry the wrong one, you are FINISHED.

And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED

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China: Prisoners allegedly forced to play “World of Warcraft”: “Apparently there’s a new type of chain gang — a virtual one. According to The Guardian, Chinese prisoners are forced to play hours upon hours of ‘World of Warcraft,’ farming virtual gold that the prison guards can then sell in the real world for nonvirtual cash. … Because gold farming is a tedious task — and the virtual currency is needed in order to advance in the game — millions of gamers around the world are willing to pay real cash for the virtual gold”

£5,000 victory for the British man who took airline to court because his flight was cancelled: “A disgruntled passenger who took easyJet to court is the first person in Britain to be awarded compensation from the airline in a landmark ruling. Giles Instone’s flight to Geneva for a ski break with friends was cancelled because of a booking error by the airline, and he was forced to pay for another flight later that day. He used European Union rules to argue that the airline broke the law by failing to inform him of the error two weeks in advance. Mr Instone, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, told how he went down the legal route after his attempts to contact the airline were met with a wall of silence. A judge accepted that easyJet acted ‘unreasonably’ and he was awarded £600 to cover the flight he had to buy from another airline plus compensation, and his £4,438 legal costs. It is thought to be the first time the airline has been forced by a British court to pay compensation to a customer for failing to meet its legal obligations.”

Stupid racism accusation costs Irish airline money: “A former Miss World has been awarded £70,000 in damages after suing no-frills carrier Ryanair for defamation. The case centred on a press release posted on Ryanair’s website in November 2008 in response to remarks Miss Davison, 27, made the previous day in a newspaper. Asked what she thought of the lack of any Irish women in Ryanair’s 2009 charity calendar of bikini-clad cabin crew, she said: ‘If I was (organising) it, I would have made sure Irish women were involved because it’s an Irish charity and Irish fundraising.’ The airline’s release said the comments by Miss Davison, who was crowned Miss World in 2003, ‘bordered on racism and demonstrated an elitist attitude against Ryanair’s international cabin crew’”

Burglar is freed to care for his children after British judge rules prison breached his ‘human rights’: “A burglar was let out of jail yesterday because locking him up breached his family’s human rights. In a staggering judgment, the Appeal Court ruled that the rights of Wayne Bishop’s five children were more important than those of his victims or the interests of justice. Bishop, 33, of Clifton, Nottingham, was sentenced to eight months after admitting burglary and dangerous driving. He has now been let out after only one month. The decision was condemned by his neighbours, who described him as ‘nothing but trouble’. Bishop himself boasted of how he had managed to make a mockery of justice. He told the Mail: ‘I’m a lucky boy and I’m on top of the world.’”

British burglar who tipped off police to his own crime… after he reported his crowbar stolen: “A burglar was caught after a crowbar he had reported as stolen was found at the scene of a crime. Layton Spinks used the tool to break into a series of warehouses but then claimed it had gone missing along with his car. The 27-year-old was trying to cover his tracks after leaving the crowbar behind at some point in his night of crime. Detective Sergeant Richard Weber said: ‘A Homebase crowbar had been recovered from the scene of a burglary and enquiries revealed that only one had been purchased recently – the day before the burglaries took place. ‘His fingerprints were found on it and also on items left at the scene. ‘He organised and pre-planned his night of crime but unfortunately for him we were able to prove that not only did he commit the burglaries – he also made up the burglary at his own home in an attempt to cover his tracks.’”

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Dubious marketing

May 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Robber stripped as she fled in Australia’s wild North: “A prostitute who robbed a takeaway shop and then stripped while fleeing the scene has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment for the brazen holdup. The Darwin Supreme Court heard Angela Elizabeth Honeysett, 25, pulled off her purple top as she ran from the Subway restaurant, which was full of stunned staff and customers, The NT News reports. The topless bandit then jumped into a getaway car and escaped just minutes before police arrived. The court heard Honeysett brandished the knife at staff and threw a pink drawstring carry bag on to the counter telling the shop assistant to fill it with cash. Honeysett then ordered the six customers in the shop to turn to their left. She then fled the restaurant throwing a knife in the bin and ripping off the shirt before jumping in the car.”

School boss quits over shock therapy: “The founder of a Massachusetts school that treats autistic and emotionally-disturbed children with shock therapy was forced to quit his job as part of a deal with prosecutors. Dr Matthew Israel will leave his post at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton and serve five years’ probation, myFOXboston.com reported today. Prosecutors said Israel had a Rotenberg employee destroy surveillance tapes from 2007, when workers gave skin-shocks to students after someone posing as a supervisor told them to do so. Israel’s shock treatments at the school were condemned by more than 30 disability rights groups and by mental health professionals.”

Distracting breasts in Chicago court: “A Chicago lawyer says his opponent in a small claims case is using an unfair tactic by sitting a buxom woman next to him at counsel’s table. Attorney Thomas Gooch says the woman’s sole purpose “is to draw the attention of the jury away from the relevant proceedings” – a dispute over a used car. He has asked Cook County Circuit Judge Anita Rivkin-Carothers to order the woman to sit in the gallery with other spectators. Gooch told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin he wasn’t objecting to the woman because she is buxom, but because he doesn’t think she is a paralegal. “Personally, I like large breasts,” he said. “However, I object to somebody I don’t think is a qualified paralegal sitting at the counsel table – when there’s already two lawyers there – dressed in such a fashion as to call attention to herself.”

Video of ‘unclaimed baggage’ thrown in dump truck creates stir: “A video showing baggage handlers at Christchurch Airport tossing bag after bag into a rubbish truck this week has created a stir. The clip, posted on YouTube on Tuesday, shows piles of luggage being loaded into a dump truck from a trolley on the tarmac. However, although the airport used an Air New Zealand trolley, the incident had nothing to do with the airline. Communications manager Monique Oomen said the bags had been part of a trial of the new baggage handling system installed at the facility. “We asked locals to donate any old luggage they no longer wanted, and to fill it with old books or newspaper,” Oomen said. “This luggage was then tagged and used to test the system over a period of weeks. At the end, we decided the bags were not good enough for charity and that they had to go out.”

Dumb black (above) wins big in lottery but won’t get to enjoy it: “The millionaire US lottery winner accused of shooting dead Australian property developer Greg McNicol warned “watch your mouth” before firing the fatal bullet, a Detroit court has heard. The evidence was part of chilling testimony presented at a hearing for 62-year-old Freddie Young on Thursday. Young was part of a syndicate in Michigan that shared $US46.5 million in a Mega Millions jackpot lottery in February, but the court was told he was upset at the way Mr McNicol had treated his daughter, Ayana Young. Ayana, 20, was living in an apartment complex in Detroit that Mr McNicol bought earlier in the year, however, she was two months behind on rent and was threatened with eviction. If guilty of the murder charge Young faces a mandatory life sentence without parole”

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An advertisement from the ’50s

May 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

How times have changed

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Swedish homeowner faces fine for taking revenge on egg-hurling kids: “A Swedish man faces a hefty fine for chasing after delinquents who hurled eggs at his house and smearing one of the makeshift missiles in a boy’s face. The exasperated Gothenburg resident took matters into his own hands after the mob targeted his home during a trick-or-treat prank last Halloween. He cornered one culprit, took the remaining eggs out of his backpack, then smeared one in the boy’s face. Justice served sunny side up, many would say – but it seems Swedish authorities do not agree. The 35-year-old resident, whom the paper did not name, was charged with harassment and this week ordered to pay a fine of 11,400 kronor ($1800).”

Women really DO find the silent, brooding type sexier: “Women find happy men significantly less sexually attractive than those who swagger or brood, researchers said today. They are least attracted to smiling men, instead preferring those who looked proud and powerful, or moody and ashamed, according to a study. In contrast, men are most sexually attracted to women who look happy, and least attracted to those who appear proud and confident. The University Of British Columbia study, which is the first to report a significant gender difference in the attractiveness of smiles, helps explain the enduring allure of ‘bad boys’ and other iconic gender stereotypes. Overall, the researchers said, men rank women more attractive than women rank men…. evolutionary theories suggest females are attracted to male displays of pride because they imply status, competence and an ability to provide for a partner and offspring.”

British Keystone Kops send helicopter to hunt boy with football: “Police who dispatched a helicopter to hunt a schoolboy who accidentally kicked a football into a greenhouse have been accused of overreacting. The 15-year-old smashed a pane of glass after kicking the ball over a garden wall and 30 minutes later police scrambled the helicopter to seek out the culprit – complete with thermal imaging cameras. Two officers were also sent to the scene to search nearby gardens in Chalgrove, Oxon, on foot. After tracking down the stunned youngster, he apologised to the greenhouse’s owner and no further action has been taken. Now, police are being accused of overreacting and wasting taxpayers’ money. The boys were playing football in the back garden of the Crown pub in Chalgrove on May 8 when one of the lads mis-kicked the ball. The ball went over the garden wall and struck a greenhouse smashing half-a-pane of glass.”

Truck driver survives being INFLATED after air brakes tube pierced his bottom: “Mr McCormack, from the Bay of Plenty area, recalled how he was standing on a metal plate between the cabin of his lorry and a semi-trailer at his company’s workshop. He lost his footing and as he fell he broke the hose off a brass nipple connected to the compressed air reservoir powering the lorry’s brakes. He fell hard on to the nipple, which was gushing out air, piercing the flesh of his buttock. Mr McCormack’s workmates came rushing to his aid when they heard his screams. Company co-owner Robbie Petersen, one of the first to arrive heard the roar of air rushing into Mr McCormack’s body and quickly released a safety valve to stop the air flow. One of his workmates, Jason Wenham, placed the inflated man on to his side in the recovery position, a move that is thought to have saved his life because it helped him to breathe.” [Graphic at link]

Elderly Samurai: “Dozens of pensioners are preparing to risk their lives heroically in an effort to clean up the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. The Skilled Veterans Corps, as the volunteers have named themselves, have recruited some 180 members aged between 54 and 78 for the cause. They will be gratefully received by the workers at the nuclear plant, who have been battling to cool reactors since an earthquake and a tsunami rocked the country in March and sparked fears of a nuclear fall out. The selfless new recruits – which include both men and women, and are all retired – will be tasked with rebuilding the cooling system in the power plant. They will be running the risk of being exposed to deadly levels of radiation, but they argue that as they are nearing the end of their lives, they don’t have as much to live for as those younger than them.”

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Schoolboy wisdom

May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Pope shuts down dancing nuns: “Pope Benedict XVI has shut down a famous monastery in Rome whose unorthodox practices earned the disfavour of the Vatican. The community renowned for its dancing nuns, organised nightclub dances, hosted VIPs like Madonna much to the displeasure of the head of the Catholic Church. The closure of the monastery of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, which holds some of the Church’s most prized relics, was reported by Italian dailies La Stampa and Il Foglio. The reports said the community of Cistercian monks based at the church for more than five centuries were being transferred to other churches in Italy. The basilica had become a hub for the Friends of Santa Croce, an aristocratic group, and had been criticised for some unorthodox practices including dances in which nuns pranced around the altar. The basilica’s long time abbot, Simone Fioraso, a flamboyant former Milan fashion designer, was already moved out of the basilica two years ago.”

UK: Head teacher appeals to “pyjama parents”: “A Middlesbrough head teacher has asked parents to get properly dressed before the school run. It follows sightings of a number of them still wearing their pyjamas when they brought their children to school. Some people were even attending meetings at Pallister Park Primary school in their nightwear. This prompted the school’s head, Chris Wain, to send out letters to parents urging them to think about what they were wearing.”

Casino staff forced to wear flea collars: “Workers at a casino in New Zealand’s largest city have been forced to wear flea collars to work in a bid to ward off fleas. The alarming report follows news of similar infestations forcing nurses at some Auckland hospitals to adopt a similar course of action in December – sparking a warning from health authorities against humans wearing the pet collars, which emit toxins, the New Zealand Herald reported today. Employees at SkyCity Casino were spraying themselves with insect repellent and wearing pet flea collars around their ankles to ward off fleas, according to Unite Union national director Mike Treen. He said staff had been complaining about infestations on the casino floor “for years” and that although the business had been undertaking a cleaning process, “it doesn’t seem to be working”.

American woman gives birth to baby carried outside her womb: “A woman in Phoenix was celebrating today after giving birth to a baby boy that had been growing outside of her uterus. Nicollette Soto carried the foetus outside her womb after it attached to the area where the fallopian tube meets the uterus – a rare and dangerous condition known as a cornual pregnancy. Doctors noticed that the baby was developing outside the uterus at 20 weeks, putting Ms Soto’s life at risk. They offered to operate but the 27-year-old declined. Her son, Azelan Cruz Perfecto, was born at 32 weeks at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre yesterday. He will remain in the neo-natal unit for at least a month. “It’s very unusual, she’s very fortunate and we are pleased that she and the baby are doing well,” said Dr Curtis Cook from Phoenix Perinatal Associations. The doctors believe this is the only positive outcome they know of in a cornual pregnancy.”

Obama doesn’t even know what year it is — signs as 2008: “Everyone wishes they could turn back the clock sometimes, and it turns out Barack Obama is no different. He got the date wrong by three years when he signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey today on his official visit to the UK – despite apparently asking the dean what day it was. Following a tradition set by former presidents Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before going into the nave to sign a heartfelt message in the Distinguished Visitors’ Book.”

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Something better?

May 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Mad Polack kidnaps British bank worker’s dog and dumps it in icy pond in revenge for her bank refusing him a loan: “Gabriel Radzikowski, 29, took Sara Lilly’s Yorkshire Terrier from her back garden in Bath when he became annoyed that she did not support him and use her position at the bank to secure him a loan. He held the dog, Bilbo Baggins, for a ransom of £500 before leaving it in a frozen pond. He was found guilty of blackmail and intimidation at Bristol Crown Court. Radzikowski had lived in the flat above Ms Lilly, 48, but he could not afford the rent so had to move out. Ms Lilly was described in court as a local bank director from Beckford Road. He became homeless and was taken in by a local Polish couple, Robert and Maria Jurczak, while he looked for a flat.”

N.Z. tourism sign a fail: “A group of protesters plan to “blockade” Wellington Airport on to show their opposition to the erection of a giant sign on a hillside near the airport. Wellington Airport is funding the 30m long, 8m tall Wellywood sign which mimics the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. More than 13,258 people liked the Facebook group “Wellingtonians Against the Wellywood Sign”, while others voiced their disdain on Twitter and other websites. The Facebook group “Driving Protest at Wellington Airport: NO WELLYWOOD SIGN!” plans to protest the sign by staging a “slow-moving vehicle blockade” around the airport’s drop off area between 6pm and 7pm on Monday. So far 92 people say they are attending the protest, which plans to “seriously disrupt the airport’s operations”. Meanwhile, another Facebook group was shut down after members suggested blowing up and setting fire to the sign.”

Australia politicians working too hard (?) “Federal politicians struggling with parliament’s extended sittings are demanding more moderate working hours. The Gillard Government agreed to extend parliamentary sitting hours and days during negotiations with independent MPs to form minority government. The agreement resulted in weekly sitting hours being extended by 7.5 hours, with the lower house now sitting about 40 hours over four days. An interim report looking at the impact of the parliamentary reforms said extended sitting hours could have “potential adverse effects” on MPs and their families. Committee chair Julie Owens said concerns about health, work quality and family relationships were “presented strongly” by backbenchers. The House of Representatives should start at midday on Mondays, the committee said, arguing the 10am start time led MPs to “significantly alter” their travel habits.”

Drunk parrots in Australia’s wild North: “Drunk lorikeets are falling out of the sky in Darwin. The noisy birds – famous for creating a racket at the Friday Palmerston Markets, on the outskirts of Darwin – act in a drunk manner and then fall over, according to Ark Animal Hospital vet Dr Stephen Cutter. Dr Cutter said the birds were unlikely to be drinking alcohol but might eat from a plant that causes them to become drunk. “It’s probably a plant with alcohol – or toxins in a plant making it worse,” he said. Dr Cutter added that the animal hospital already received about half a dozen sick parrots so far this year. “It usually happens every May. It’s hard to predict,” he said. Dr Cutter was unsure if the birds might have been poisoned by angry residents trying to sleep. “I know they’re not popular. They’re lovely pets, but evil when wild,” he added.”

Politician uses YouTube to defend ‘dead possum’ hairstyle: “A New Zealand politician sick of jibes about his ‘dead possum’ hairstyle has used YouTube to hit back at critics. Peter Dunne, the country’s revenue minister and leader of the United Future party, recently began using online videos to reach voters in the build-up to November’s general election. Newspapers criticised the quality of the videos’ production and also got personal, with some commentators making wisecracks about his bouffant hair. Mr Dunne has now responded with a light-hearted message, in an attempt to persuade political journalists to focus on more serious matters. ‘I’m getting a bit fed up with being described as having a dead possum on top and all sorts of other things like that,’ the minister said, while waving a comb around. ‘Some people think it’s untidy, it’s too grey, it’s too coiffured. The only thing that ever goes on this is a comb and a hairbrush.’”

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Study in black and white

May 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

British Keystone Kops chase escaped tiger that turned out to be a TOY: “When members of the public rang in saying they had spotted an escaped white tiger in a field, police certainly weren’t going to take any chances. Scrambling a helicopter, sending out armed officers and calling in help from a nearby zoo, the hunt for the beast began. But the force’s efforts proved to have been a waste of time – because the ‘tiger’ turned out to be a large cuddly toy. Officers evacuated a golf course near the field and warned locals to stay indoors until they had captured the beast. It was only when thermal-imaging cameras failed to register any heat from the target that officers became suspicious. And when a blast of air from the helicopter blades flipped the ‘tiger’ on to its back, red-faced officers realised they had been stalking a life-size stuffed animal.”

Japs kick out foul-mouthed British “comedian”: “Comic actor Russell Brand was expelled from Japan on Sunday, his US pop star wife Katy Perry wrote on microblogging site Twitter as she arrived for a series of concerts. The comedian also took to Twitter to make light of his situation. “Planning escape from Japanese custody. It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick”, he Tweeted late last night. Japanese officials however, didn’t appear to be laughing. An immigration official in Tokyo declined to confirm her comments. “We don’t make comments on such a matter because of privacy concerns,” the official told AFP.”

Wacky hat sells for big bucks: “The flamboyant hat worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s British royal wedding was Sunday sold for the princely sum of £81,100 ($131,652) on internet auction site eBay. Proceeds from the sale of the hat, designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, will be split between two charities: the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and British charity Children in Crisis. The princess, the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, provided one of the most memorable moments of a dramatic day when she stepped out in the eccentric headwear, likened to a giant pretzel. Other royal-watchers compared the creation to a toilet seat”

Newborn Brooklyn baby thrown out with trash: “A bundled newborn baby was found alive this morning at the bottom of a Brooklyn housing complex’s trash compactor, where police say the mother threw the boy out with the garbage, authorities said. A maintenance supervisor at the Fort Greene site made the alarming discovery shortly before 9:30 a.m. when he heard the baby’s cries, officials said. The conscious boy was rushed to nearby Brooklyn Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition. Cops canvassed the Walt Whitman houses along Cumberland Walk in search of the mother. Hours later, cops emerged with a woman from the building’s eighth floor. Neighbors said they wished the mother had sought help. “I saw the baby bundled up,” said one resident. “Thank God it was still breathing. It was a newborn. It’s like someone didn’t want it. Plenty of people would have taken that child and raised it right.”

Priest set alight by man during mass in church: “An assailant has sprayed a Roman Catholic priest with flammable liquid and set him alight during mass in a church in Lithuania, police in the Baltic state say. Father Remigijus Kuprys, 46, managed to extinguish the flames with the help of worshippers, but suffered facial burns. The attack occurred during the service on Thursday in the central Lithuanian town of Jonava, when a 42-year-old local resident sprayed Kuprys with the flammable liquid and set it ablaze with a cigarette lighter. The motives of the assailant, identified by police only by his initials JD, were unknown. “We have reports that he had repeatedly disrupted masses and shouted weird statements. Investigators are deciding on psychiatric tests,” officer Mindaugas Juknys said today. Police said that the priest had been released from hospital after receiving treatment for his burns.”

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Head for heights

May 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Skyscrapers seen from ABOVE! Canadian photographer Tom Ryaboi dangles from the edge of the tallest skyscrapers to capture shots of the rest. Better him than me!

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Nasa sting catches woman trying to sell moon rock: “A woman who tried to sell a rare chunk of moon rock for $1.7 million U.S. (£1million) was caught out when her prospective customer turned out to be an undercover Nasa investigator. It is illegal to sell moon rocks, which are considered national treasures. The grey rocks, which were gifted to each U.S. state and 136 countries by then-President Richard Nixon, can sell for millions of dollars on the black market. Nasa agents and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies detained the woman, who was not immediately identified, after she met with an undercover Nasa investigator at a restaurant in Lake Elsinore, south-east of Los Angeles. Mr Gutheinz said the woman could face theft charges if the rock is genuine, or fraud charges if it is not. A recent count showed 10 states and more than 90 countries could not account for their shares of the grey rocks.”

New York’s skinniest house: “It’s New York’s skinniest house, but you will need to have a fat wallet if you want to live there. The narrowest house in the city, once home to Cary Grant and a modern tourist attraction in its own right, has gone on sale for a whopping $4.3million – double what it sold for just one year ago. The hefty price increase is down to the renovations at number 75 1/2 Bedford St – though at just 9.5ft wide and 30ft deep, it’s hard to envision what sort of renovations could have justified such a cost. But the broker claims The Millay House has been ‘meticulously restored’ – and its colourful history and position firmly on the city’s tourist trail will help. The house’s unique size is due to the fact it was built in the mid-1800s after its neighbours simply to fill in a carriage entrance way leading to the stables behind the next door property. The skinny house even came close to demolition in 1950, before a lawyer stepped in to save it and its neighbours from being razed.”

Family finds $45,000 in new home – then returns it: “A man in Utah discovered $45,000 stuffed into tins and boxes in the attic of the new home he had just bought – and gave the money back to the previous owner’s six children. Josh Ferrin was exploring the house he had just bought when he made the discovery. “I freaked out, locked it my car, and called my wife to tell her she wouldn’t believe what I had found,” said Mr Ferrin, who works as an artist for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. Along with his wife and children, they spread out thousands of notes on a table, separating the bundles one by one. They stopped counting at $40,000. Despite being tempted to keep the money to help him pay for mounting bills and broken down car, Mr Ferrin sought out the children of the home’s previous owner, who had died, and gave them the money.”

Bees cause airport chaos: “A swarm of bees has descended upon an airport in the Philippines, causing flight delays and forcing workers to fight back using vacuum cleaners. The bees flew into the passenger tubes at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, preventing operators from connecting them to arriving planes. Jets were forced to park on the tarmac, with passengers using stairs to get to the their flights, the Philippine Star reported. The gates were closed straight away with authorities saying they endangered both passengers and airport workers. It is believed that a passenger brought the concealed honeybees onto a plane and they escaped. The vacuum cleaner attacks have been successful, latest reports suggest. The airport has been given the all-clear from the bees and operations are back to normal.”

Israeli stuntman breaks David Blaine’s pole record: “Israeli stuntman Hezi Dean broke magician David Blaine’s endurance record after standing on a nine-story-high pylon for just over 35 hours. A crane carried Mr Dean to the top of the pole in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, where he remained with a catheter and no food. After surpassing David Blaine’s record, he leapt from his perch into a pile of cardboard boxes that broke his fall. Following his achievement, Mr Dean said: “It was very hard. I want to tell you only one important sentence: Nothing stands in front of the will.” Blaine balanced himself for 35 hours on top of a pillar in Bryant Park, New York, in 2002.”

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