Fashion

January 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Who do they think would wear such crap? Story here

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Odd news from around the world

British Keystone Kops cause nearly £20,000 in damage after struggling to get out of car park at force HQ: “They undergo weeks of intensive training before finally being handed the keys to a patrol car. But despite their expert instruction some hapless officers have trouble even getting out of the force car park. Patrol cars owned by Durham Police were involved in 120 accidents in the last two years, costing almost £20,000 in repairs. And the most costly collisions occurred at its headquarters in Aykley Heads, Durham, as officers attempted to negotiate their way out of the car park. It is perhaps fortunate then that the HQ is home to the force’s road accident investigation unit.”

Black mother arrested for leaving kids aged 3 and 5 on street with just extra diapers: “A mother has been arrested after she abandoned her two daughters aged just three and five on the street with only a few extra diapers. Dalisha Adams, 26, from Brooklyn, was picked up by police on Sunday night after leaving her children in the cold near housing projects in Brooklyn around 3pm. Two women came across them and stayed with the young girls until police arrived. Though they were bundled up warm wearing hooded down coats and Ugg boots, they seemed shaken up and very confused as to why they were abandoned near Bayview Housing Projects on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News. The children showed no signs of physical abuse but were taken to Brookdale University Hospital for observation. Adams was arrested after police matched the girls’ identity with photo records from Administration for Children’s Services, where the children are currently in custody. Police were alerted to the the abandoned children by an elderly couple who found them standing at a busy intersection with the diapers in their arms as cars zoomed by them.

Old lady moves to Ireland to get away from crime ridden British street: “A pensioner who twice went to prison rather than pay council tax because her street was so plagued with crime has given up her decade-long fight to clean up her neighbourhood. Josephine Rooney, 75, plans to leave Britain for good to start a new life in Ireland. She said she was fed up with finding syringes in her garden and being harassed by drunks on her way to the shops. ‘I’ve reached a point of acceptance that it’s never going to get better and I need to leave it behind,’ she said. ‘I find living there very menacing now. There are some good people in Hartington Street – but it is only a small percentage.’ For ten years Miss Rooney has battled to drive drug addicts and criminals out of the street in Derby, where she has lived for 26 years. Despite her campaign, she said, things had gone from bad to worse. She says she wakes every day to find her garden littered with syringes. And after a series of break-ins, she has been left ‘terrified’ to even set foot in her own street, which is full of ‘drug addicts and squatters’.”

CNN’s geography leaves a lot to be desired as it locates London in NORFOLK: “Americans have become famous for their poor grasp of geography over recent years but you would expect one of the country’s biggest TV stations to be a little bit more knowledgeable. Unfortunately there’s bound to be a red face or two at CNN’s headquarters today after an employee failed to locate London correctly on a map – placing it in Norfolk. The gaffe came when the graphic was used in a CNN news bulletin on Sunday to demonstrate where London is in a story about the phone hacking scandal. But instead of pinpointing London, the map placed the capital right where Norwich is – 120 miles away to the north-east. Cornwall was perfectly placed, though it is unclear what it had to do with the story. And it is a sizeable county, though you wouldn’t think so from the map. This comes only a few weeks after Fox News managed to wipe Croatia completely from its map of Europe.”

A surfing goat! “When it comes to surfing – this goat is no kid. Goatee loves the water so much she has been riding the waves like a pro at Pismo Beach in California. The four-legged water baby is often seen balancing on a surfboard as she catches the waves to glide effortlessly on to the beach – much to the delight of sunbathers. With safety a number one priority she always dons a fetching yellow life-jacket. Owner Dayna McGregor, who took Goatee surfing to celebrate his birthday recently, said: ‘She did pretty well, she got up on a couple of waves. I say got up – we put her on a couple of waves. ‘She was pretty successful.’ Mr McGregor helped Goatee on to the board and beamed with pride as she rode the surf to the shore using her four legs to balance.”

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It’s the thought that counts

January 29, 2012 at 10:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Native Americans actually came from a tiny mountain region in Siberia, DNA research reveals: “Altai in southern Siberia sits right at the centre of Russia. But the tiny, mountainous republic has a claim to fame unknown until now – Native Americans can trace their origins to the remote region. DNA research revealed that genetic markers linking people living in the Russian republic of Altai, southern Siberia, with indigenous populations in North America. A study of the mutations indicated a lineage shift between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago – when people are thought to have walked across the ice from Russia to America. The region lies at the intersection of what is now Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.”

British police get hysterical over toy guns: “Police have been accused of getting their sums wrong when they swooped on a shopkeeper’s business and seized a cache of gun-shaped calculators – because they feared they could be used in a robbery. The 30 calculators were among a haul of toy guns confiscated by police in a raid on a warehouse in Sherborne, Dorset, which is owned by shopkeeper Mark Ashley Miller. They were seized after someone saw the toys on sale on The Present Finder’s website and made a complaint to firearms police. Detectives are currently in the process of assessing the ‘weapons’ to decide whether they must be destroyed or returned to the shop. The £6.50 ‘gun’ calculator is in the form of a black pistol but clearly has a calculator keypad on the butt and an LCD display on the barrel. The user has to pull the trigger to calculate their sum.” [They clearly have an orange barrel tip, which is the standard marker of a toy gun]

Caught: Low-life in fancy car: “A man allegedly rammed through a group of walking ducks across Armidale Street last week and he will now face court. About 7pm on Thursday, an off-duty member of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command observed the 18-year-old Armidale man driving a Nissan 300Z sedan along Beardy Street in Armidale. It will be alleged the car crossed to the incorrect side of the road and hit four ducks walking along the road. Two of the ducks died at the scene and the other ducks flew away. After inquiries by the officer attached to the Traffic Support Group, an 18-year-old Armidale man was spoken to by police yesterday. The 18-year-old will appear in Armidale Local Court on 26 March 2012 after being issued a summons for – Aggravated Act of Cruelty to an Animal, Negligent Driving, Not Keep Left of the Centre of the Roadway, Not Comply with P1 licence and having no P Plates on his car.”

The tiny Peel car: “But out on the road, this quirky, ugly, rattly little Ronnie Corbett of an automobile is a giant in one rather unexpected area. It has more pulling power than a Ferrari. Take the Peel Car out for a spin and you instantly become the centre of attention. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a grown-up car. You might be able to drive from London to Bristol on a gallon of petrol (or for 32 miles in the electric car) but you won’t be allowed on the motorways. The car is the born-again version of a uniquely British classic that was made on the Isle of Man between 1962 and 1965. Only 50 were ever produced. Now it is being remanufactured as the P50 Peel Car by two enthusiasts who recently won backing from Dragons’ Den investor James Caan.”

Inmates break back into Australian prison after crime spree: “POLICE and prison officials are investigating claims two inmates are secretly breaking out of prison, committing crimes – and then breaking back in undetected. The inquiry was launched after two armed men wearing prison greens stormed a Domino’s pizza outlet in Kelso, near Bathurst, last Saturday morning, forcing staff to the ground before raiding the cash register and fleeing with a small amount of money. A white Toyota HiLux 4WD matching the description of their escape vehicle was found abandoned hours later at the nearby Oberon Correctional Centre – a minimum security centre for men aged between 18 and 25 years. The vehicle had been stolen from a property at Porters Retreat, south of Oberon, on January 17, fuelling fears the inmates had broken out of – and back into – jail a number of times.”

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Was the Good Lord helping out?

January 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fireworks display accompanied by lightning in Perth, Australia

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

NY: Embarrassing “SHCOOL” sign finally replaced: “An embarrassing misspelling of ‘school’ is gone from the street outside a New York City school building. Utility workers used heavy machinery to grind up the wrongly placed ‘H’ and ‘C’ in the ‘SHCOOL X-NG’ sign on Tuesday. The correction was made a day after the New York Post reported the spelling error. The words were created with industrial textured tape that permanently sticks to the asphalt. … the mistake outside the Manhattan building that houses three schools had been there since July 2010.”

German Parliament employee starts email meltdown after sending ‘reply all’ message to 620 MPs: “It’s the curse of modern communication – accidentally copying more people in on messages due to one slip of the mouse. But while most people may add a handful of extra recipients to their email conversation by hitting ‘reply all’, the consequences can be more serious if your company employs several thousand people. One admin officer inside the German Parliament discovered this to her cost when she unwittingly created an ‘email snowball effect’ at the Bundestag. The employee had attempted to forward a legal notice sent to thousands of MPs to a single colleague, but mistakenly hit ‘reply all’ when sending her message. The result saw 620 German MPs copied in on her innocent message to a colleague – and sparked an ‘overwhelming’ response when hundreds replied back in bemusement and anger. As time went on and the email conversation grew beyond control, the replies became increasingly bizarre. One read: ‘Greetings to my mommy’, while another said, ‘In Hannover-Linden it is three degrees, dry and partly cloudy’.”

Lovestruck male house mice sing ‘like birds’ to attract mates: “Male house mice sing like birds to serenade their mates, a study has found. But don’t expect to catch a performance in your kitchen – their high pitched soprano voices are beyond the range of human hearing. Scientists made the discovery after slowing down the ultrasonic courtship calls of mice to study them. They found that mouse music bore a ‘striking’ similarity to birdsong. The vocalisations were complex and personalised, containing ‘signatures’ that differed from one tiny crooner to another. Previous studies by the same group at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna confirmed that male mice sing when they pick up a female’s scent, and that females are attracted to their songs., Females were able to distinguish between their own brothers’ songs and those of unrelated males, even when hearing their siblings sing for the first time.”

New word “thongage” (like “corkage”) from Australia’s wild North: “”Thongage” is listed in the Macquarie Dictionary. The word was invented in Spellmans Tramontana restaurant in Darwin city when owner John Spellman, 65, started charging customers $10 for wearing the dreaded rubber slips in his upmarket Gardiner St eatery in March 2010. Mr Spellman says he brought in the charge to deter scruffy diners. “People think it’s amazing,” he said. “It started as an offhand comment. “We have people come from Perth and they want it on their bill, it is a tourism thing.” But Mr Spellman still isn’t budging on his dress code. “If you come in from Palmerston wearing thongs after fixing your car, I will charge you,” he said. “People look at me when I tell them, and I say ‘I’m famous for it’.”

Bridge taken out after hit from big ship: “Incredible images emerged of a hulking freighter wearing mangled pieces of a steel bridge on its bow after a collision in southwestern Kentucky Thursday night. In the pictures, the 312-foot Delta Mariner idles, still partially in the bridge’s path, and clearly looks much too large to fit beneath the aging Eggner Ferry Bridge, which crosses the Kentucky Lake Reservoir. The cargo vessel was carrying space rocket parts for the United Launch Alliance, intended for a vehicle that was scheduled to be shot into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Two sections of the bridge, which is the only route across the lake and the Tennessee River, collapsed after the crash. Unbelievably no one was injured after the collision, though one driver described the harrowing experience of slamming on his brakes and stopping just a few feet short of oblivion after finding the bridge suddenly stopped.”

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Getting in on the act

January 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Sex shop forced to install discreet side entrance after pub-goers CHEERED every time a customer stepped into the street: “For many customers who like to peruse sex shops, it is not always something which they want drawing to other people’s attention. So you can imagine the horror for shoppers at one store when every time they entered or left the building, they were subjected to loud cheers from boozed-up builders in the pub opposite the road. Whenever the door to The Private Shop in Apsley, Hertfordshire, was opened, a loud bell would alert drinkers in The Bull pub opposite. Customers of the sex shop were then subjected to friendly banter and a loud ‘wa-hey!’. Because of the embarrassment this caused for some of its regulars, the shop was forced to install a secluded side entrance.”

Burglars chased away from TV chef’s £345,000 home… by his yapping JACK RUSSELL: “Burglars wielding hammers were chased away from a television chef’s £345,000 home by his yapping Jack Russell. Glynn Purnell said his small but ferocious seven-year-old dog Whoops was ‘hard as nails’ after she frightened the intruders away from his Warwickshire property. Burglars smashed the pantry window and discarded a hammer in the garden before climbing into the kitchen beside Whoops’s bed. But the criminals were forced to retreat with only a few bags of nappies as Whoops hounded them out of the house. The daring dog bit one of the burglar’s bottoms as they fled through the window in the early hours of Monday morning. The chef, who runs Michelin-starred Purnell in Birmingham, rewarded the crime-fighting canine with a roast pork dinner. He said: ‘Whoops is as hard as nails. She might be tiny, but she’s strong. ‘Burglars are no match for her – they wouldn’t have known what hit them when they were faced with her.”

Is this the world’s clumsiest bank robber? Armed raider shoots himself in the foot: “His only job was to guard the doors while his gang members robbed the bank. But even that simple task was too much for the latest contender for the unwanted title of world’s clumsiest bank robber. For as his criminal colleagues held up the cashier in the small bank in Parana in Brazil he managed to drop his aim and fire off a round into his own foot. The clumsy robber can be seen in CCTV footage from the bank holding two guns at the entrance as his partners take a money bag. At first it appears that he is on top of his crucial role until he lowers his right arm and shot himself in the foot. He was then seen limping out into the street. But he was unable to avoid capture as he was arrested when he appeared at a nearby hospital for treatment.”

Spyplane’s rather embarrassing shape: “It’s called Argus One; the Pentagon’s newest unmanned spy plane. But cheeky observers are already calling it the ‘Flying Sperm’. It has the capacity to carry 30 pounds of high tech sensors and cameras and the ability to hover over remote locations between 10,000 and 20,000 feet, even in rough weather. The suspect design has been attributed to improved ‘flight stability and aerodynamic control’ as well as giving the aircraft a longer flight time. The Argus One, named after the Greek god Argus who was the all seeing god with one hundred eyes, is designed to be an ‘eye in the sky’ even in very remote areas. ‘The Argus One has a low radar footprint making it virtual stealth since the payload bay located on the forward module of the airship is the only radar reflecting material on the airship.’ a statement from WSGI said. The aircraft’s ‘flexible, non-rigid’ body also makes for easy storage and transportation.”

Cocaine mistakenly sent to UN headquarters: “A 16kg consignment of cocaine that Mexican drug traffickers recently lost has turned up in an unlikely place – the United Nations in New York. Police and UN officials today described how two fake UN bags containing the drugs – which experts said had a street value of about $2 million – set off a security alert when they were delivered, apparently by accident, to the the global body’s headquarters. The bags, which had the UN symbol printed on them, were shipped from Mexico through the DHL delivery company’s centre in Cincinnati, Ohio, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne of the New York Police Department said. But the bags had no address on them, nor any return to sender details. “It is my understanding that because there was no addressee, the DHL just thought well that’s the UN symbol so we should ship it on to UN headquarters and let them figure out who it was supposed to go to,” Browne said.”

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A very narrow home in Scotland

January 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The super thin building is just 1.2m wide at the front and 3.5m wide at the back, hence the nickname “the wedge”. Not as remarkable as the Flatiron in NYC, though. How come that thing doesn’t blow over in a high wind?

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Wandering police dog escapes and gives family a fright: “A POLICE dog in training gave a Flemington family a surprise this morning when it wandered into their home and joined them for breakfast. Kerrianne Merrick, who is 21 weeks pregnant with her second child, was in her kitchen when she turned to see the nine-month old German shepherd snooping about her feet. Bullet had escaped from the home of his nearby puppy trainers, pushed open the family of three’s front door and made himself at home. “I nearly jumped onto the kitchen table when I saw him,” Mrs Merrick said. “It freaked me out.” With her 15-month old sitting in a high chair and small Spanador Ruby barking furiously, Mrs Merrick feared the situation could have turned ugly. “You read about all these dog attacks and fear the worst, but the dog was very calm,” she said. Husband Peter Merrick quickly took Bullet outside where they discovered the dog’s police-issue tag. “You could tell he was trained,” Mrs Merrick said.”

Mummified body of ‘robber’ found in bank’s air vent after workers complain of bad smell: “A mummified body has been discovered inside an air duct in a French bank after workers had been complaining of a bad smell for several months. Police and firefighters were last night attempting to dislodge the half-rotten corpse at a branch of Credit Foncier in Lyon, eastern France. Investigators were trying establish if it was an attempted break-in that went wrong or a homeless man seeking refuge, according to a local prosecutor. Marc Desert said it may be the body of an ‘unlucky burglar’ who got stuck, according to the Daily Telegraph. The body was found in a bend in the ducting, which is just 20 inches in diameter. The vent leads from the roof to a staff bathroom.”

The 93-year-old yoga teacher who is more flexible than most of her students: “Even after a total hip replacement in the early 2000s, Tao Porchon-Lynch continues to teach students yoga at 5am everyday. The energetic 93-year-old, from Westchester, who has been practicing yoga for over 70 years also does the waltz, jitterbug, samba and cha cha cha in her spare time. ‘I also like to do foxtrot – all the crazy ones,’ she laughs, describing dancing the tango as being like drinking champagne. After practicing yoga in her youth in India the former model and actress moved to the US when she was in her early 30s. After a career in Hollywood movies and on television Porchon-Lynch began working with UniTel in the 1960s, establishing TV stations in India. She has since been teaching yoga to students in India, France, and the USA for more than 45 years including certifying 400 other teachers.”

Sardine seals: “These tired seals were spotted snuggling up for a nap in their thousands. The animals had come ashore in California in their hundreds during what is called a ‘catastrophic molt’, where they shed an entire layer of skin and hair. The bizarre spectacle took place at the Piedres Blancas rookery, California. Mr Jensen, from California, said: ‘At this time of year the seals are growing new skin and shedding their old skin. ‘The juveniles and females come first, followed by the young males and then the adult males. ‘The elephant seal molt is considered a ‘catastrophic molt’ because, unlike most mammals, it occurs in a short period of time.’”

Australian Leftist politician steals lines from Hollywood flick: “The Liberal Party has released a video showing Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese delivering lines straight out of the Michael Douglas movie The American President. The YouTube clip shows Mr Albanese telling journalists: “In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them. “Unfortunately Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing any of them. “He’s only interested in two things, making Australians afraid of it and telling them who’s to blame for it.” It then cuts to a clip for The American President showing Michael Douglas’ character President Andrew Shepherd, delivering the same lines in reference to his opponent. The rip-off was spotted by none other than Liberal Party director Brian Loughnane, a big fan of the movie. “I thought, this is too good to be true, so I googled the script and then we set about making the video”. [Video at link]

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Some senior thoughts

January 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, ‘How old was your husband?’

’98,’ she replied… ‘Two years older than me’

‘So you’re 96,’ the undertaker commented.

She responded, ‘Hardly worth going home, is it?’

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Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: ‘And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?’ the reporter asked.

She simply replied, ‘No peer pressure.’

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The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs and have fun finding them.

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I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.

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I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

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An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. ‘Wal-Mart?’ the preacher exclaimed. ‘Why Wal-Mart?’ ‘Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week’

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My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

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Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

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It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

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These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, ‘For fast relief.’

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THE SENILITY PRAYER:

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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Odd news from around the world

Big Mac gets bad rap in vego city: “RESIDENTS of America’s healthiest city have reacted with anger to a decision to open a McDonald’s restaurant in their midst. Loma Linda, California, which has no bottle shop and has been tobacco free for three decades, has one of the best longevity rates anywhere in the world. Half of its 23,000 population are Seventh Day Adventists, many of whom practise vegetarianism and eschew alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine. According to the city’s website, it “offers residents an alternative to the intense, often anonymous lifestyle so characteristic of modern life”. The decision to allow a McDonald’s franchise to open was made by a 3-2 majority of the city council but opponents have called for it to be overturned. In 2005, Loma Linda was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s four places with the most people living healthily into their nineties.”

The car that’s too cheap: “The world’s cheapest car has a unique problem. Buyers are turned off by the low price tag. The “world’s cheapest car”, the Tata Nano, is being shunned by buyers in India because it is too cheap. India’s Economic Times reports that sales for the diminutive car, which retails at less than $3000, have been well below initial projections, with buyers turned off by the stigma of owning the cheapest new car on the planet. Tata, which ironically also owns the luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands, is producing only 10,000 Nanos a month, well short of its initial target of 25,000. The car was supposed to put less wealthy Indian families into a new car, but it seems they are opting for either more expensive models or more upmarket second-hand cars with air-conditioning. The paper says the Nano has been stuck with the label of “poor man’s car”, with the lack of air-conditioning a sticking point.”

The grandma who’s a mum again at 53… despite the fact she was still taking the Pill just in case: “At the age of 53, Debbie Hughes imagined the only babies she would be looking after would be her granddaughters. Instead, despite taking the contraceptive Pill, she has become one of Britain’s oldest ever naturally conceiving mothers – giving birth to a healthy baby boy named Kyle. Miss Hughes took a pregnancy test after her family teased her about putting on weight, expecting the notion that she was having another child to be swiftly ruled out. But after putting on her reading glasses to decipher the result, the astonishing news began to sink in. Now she is nursing the unexpected addition to her family, who is 26 years younger than his elder brother. As fertility experts described her achievement as ‘remarkable’, Miss Hughes was yesterday relearning the ropes of motherhood. fter informing her GP – who ‘nearly fell off his chair’ – she was booked to see a midwife. Despite being worried about her age, Miss Hughes, of Daventry in Northamptonshire, had a textbook pregnancy, with only a small amount of morning sickness in the first few months.”

One that get away: “When a family’s pet hamster went missing and they found his cage ripped open by a cat, they feared the worst. But adventurous Pipsqueak had escaped the clutches of the predatory puss and run down the street to find refuge. The Chalkleys were amazed when the brave furball turned up in the most unlikely of hideouts – a pest controller’s garage. Mrs Chalkey, a 41-year-old healthcare assistant, said it was clear from the damage to Pipsqueak’s cage that he had been attacked by a cat. But two days later pest controller Stuart Lazenby, 40, who lives 100 yards down the road from the family, knocked on their door with Pipsqueak in a bucket. He said: ‘I was in the garage and I heard a noise and thought it was a cat, but when I looked down I saw a little white Hamster. ‘It is lucky my wife was walking past at the right time and heard two mothers talking about a hamster in the playground. And lo and behold it was Pipsqueak. ‘I think I got there just in time or the cat would have eaten him.'”

Marine joker gets past the censors: “They’re well known for their macho humour and often crude practical jokes, so maybe the Radio Times should have seen this one coming. However, the TV listings magazine has been forced to apologise after it failed to notice that one cheeky member of the Royal Marines had exposed himself in a publicity picture published in last week’s magazine. Staff at the publication mistook the man’s private parts for a finger, even though the man’s arms are by his sides, and let the photo go to press uncensored. The unidentified soldier is one of 42 marines who lined up for the photo used to promote a new documentary entitled Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan which will be broadcast on Channel 5. This week, the magazine printed an apology after realising that the marine, who was not standing to attention, manage to pull off his cheeky stunt.”

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Something went wrong here

January 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man kills his mother over Avril Lavigne tickets: “A Chicago man was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for killing his mother after she refused to buy him tickets to an Avril Lavigne concert. Robert Lyons, 39, was found guilty of first-degree murder in September 2011 after a six-day trial, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Prosecutors said Lyons began to argue with his mother, Linda Bolek, when she refused to call a friend to arrange tickets for the concert in March 2008. Lyons hit his mother in the head with a cognac bottle, stabbed her nine times in the back with two knives, then poured insecticide and drain cleaner on her body. He was apprehended a few hours after the murder at a Hooters restaurant. During Lyons’ trial, his mother’s twin sister, Pat Lowry, said he had struggled with psychological problems and anger issues since he was a teenager.”

Handy carrots: “A gardener got her own unique high five-a-day in one go after digging up a hand-shaped carrot complete with five fingers. Dianne Neal from Essex couldn’t believe her eyes when she unearthed the bizarre root vegetable. The carrot, which resembles a right hand, has curved fingers of the right length, an outward pointing thumb and even a circular palm. Although unusual, a carrot with multiple taproots like this one is not a special cultivar. Instead its strange shape is due to damage caused by growing in rocky soil. And the handy carrot is not the first such human-like orange vegetable. In 2009, Peter Jackson, 66, found an almost identical carrot in the garden of his home in Shropshire. He promptly cooked it and served it to his amazed daughter Lindsay. Lindsay, 42, said: ‘We couldn’t believe it, it was quite a shock to see a carrot perfectly shaped like a hand.”

Bungling British Council ruins couple’s dream wedding: “A couple have told how their dream wedding turned into a day to remember for all the wrong reasons after an appalling series of blunders by the council registry office. Bride Michelle Rogers, 36, and Groom Peter, 41, had to wait two hours for a replacement registrar to turn up because the one who was due to attend was out walking her dog. Eventually when the registrar did arrive it transpired that she had brought the wrong vows. And she even got Michelle’s name wrong calling her by her middle name Tracey. To make matters even worse the CD player was broken so they couldn’t play the songs they had selected. Michelle and Peter finally tied the knot at 5.00pm – more than two hours later than they had expected. They had organised to have pictures taken in the grounds of Dover Discovery Centre, but the photographer said it was too dark. The couple from Dover had forked out £4,500 for the council’s ‘Simply Perfect’ wedding service.”

Cat who defeated an alligator: It looks like a good way for this cat to become a tasty snack. But when the bold feline decided to take on an alligator in New Orleans, he came out remarkably intact. He chose to take on the reptile at an wildlife park just as it was trying to eat some chicken, and began raining blows on its snout. It begins with the cat firing off three right jabs before the gator steps back to flash its most menacing stare down ever.
Growl: The gator flashes its bone-crushing jaws but the cat remains gloriously unimpressed. After the tense face off, the gator moves forward, grabs a piece a chicken and wham! gets a right hook straight in the mouth. As the ‘living fossil’ twists its head and picks up more meat, the cat unleashes three left hooks in quick succession. The gator tried coming at the chicken from a different direction, the cat threw an overhand right, the dazed gator sheepishly retreated into the water”

Pink sheep! “Parents should prepare for some tricky questions from their confused children if they head to a a New Zealand nature park and find this flock of pink wooly mammals grazing on the hills. The extraordinary sight is causing a sensation at SheepWorld, near Auckland. Park bosses originally dyed the animals as part of breast cancer awareness week, but it proved to be such a hit with visitors that they decided to keep them as a permanent feature. Only five sheep are coloured at one time and the dye washes out in the rain. John Collyer, from SheepWorld, said the food colouring they use is completely harmless to the animals and had even been approved by a local vet. SheepWorld is dubbed an insight into sheep farming in New Zealand. Visitors can watch sheep-dog shows and also watch as the flocks are shorn of their woolly fleeces.”

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Chicken Surprise!!

January 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A couple go for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and order the ‘Chicken Surprise’,

The waitress brings the meal, served in a lidded pot.

Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly And she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the Lid slams back down.

‘Good grief, did you see that?’ she asks her husband. He hasn’t, so she Asks him to look in the pot. He reaches for it and again the lid rises, And he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.

Rather perturbed, he calls the waitress over, explains what is happening, And demands an explanation..

‘Please sir,’ says the waitress,, ‘what you order?’

The husband replies, ‘Chicken Surprise.’

You’re going to love this……………….

You’re going to hate yourself for loving this!…………….

‘Ah! So sorry,’ says the waitress , ‘I bring you Peeking Duck’

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

CA: Vanity plate leads to bank robbery suspect: “Note to bad guys: Don’t put your name on the license plate of your getaway car. That’s what one bank robbery suspect apparently did, and witnesses took note Saturday as he pulled out of a Chase Bank parking lot in San Diego’s Midway District with $2,920 in stolen cash. He left the bank with the money and got into a white Ford Expedition with a personalized license plate of ALMDUDE. A witness took down the plate information and told police, who found the SUV was registered to 27-year-old Robert Alm. Officers did some research and learned the vehicle was often parked in the area of Third Avenue and Market Street in the downtown Marina District. On Monday, they found the empty Ford and waited for Alm to return. He was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center on suspicion of bank robbery.”

Croc has Indonesian girl for a snack: “A wild crocodile has swallowed a 10-year-old girl while she played in a river with her father in eastern Indonesia, the second death in the same place in two months. The girl was swimming in Wailolong river on Thursday when the large crocodile suddenly appeared, swallowed her instantly and disappeared into the water, said Viktor Mado Waton, Lembata district head in East Nusa Tenggara province, the Daily Telegraph reports. “Her father saw this shocking scene as he was only five metres away in the water.” He said the father and the girl’s teenage brother were hunting turtles in the river while she was playing. A 12-year-old boy was killed and eaten by a crocodile in the river in early December when he was playing with his friends, Waton said.”

Witty response of violinist interrupted mid-solo by mobile phone ringtone: “It must be the most infuriating addition to any cultural performance for artist and audience alike. While engrossed in a captivating piece of theatre or a moving passage of music, the ambiance is shattered by that dreaded byproduct of the modern era – the mobile phone ringtone. That’s exactly what happened to Slovakian violinist Lukas Kmit as he gave an intricate solo rendition at a Jewish orthodox synagogue in his native country. As if on cue, the now all-too-familiar Nokia jingle went off just as Kmit graced his way to the quietest ebb of the piece. But rather than get hot under the collar, Kmit pauses for a second, flicks a smile, then continues his performance with an improvised version of the ringtone. His response is met with chuckles from the audience who burst into a round of applause when he finishes his imitation.”

Airless tyre that never goes flat could put an end to punctures: “The airless tyre uses a special plastic resin that is weaved into a mesh of spokes that help to support the tread of the tyre, and also makes sure it doesn’t collapse under the weight of the vehicle. The pattern of the spokes also plays a key part in assuring that it does not collapse, performing the function air pressure does in regular tyres. Furthermore, the tyre’s resin is made of a plastic that can be repeatedly recycled and is therefore better for the environment. The tread is also made from recycled material. Bridgestone, who are the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, say the ‘non-pneumatic’ tyre is at an early stage of development but it should eventually be available in retail vehicles.”

Chinese woman sits on toilet for two-and-a-half YEARS: “A woman who refused to leave her toilet for two-and-a-half years has spoken about why she refused to leave. Mee Yan Leong sat down on the bowl in her bathroom on March 25, 2009 and for the next 902 days, that is where she decided to eat and sleep. The 58-year-old claimed she ‘felt a force holding me down’ and said she did not understand why she felt compelled to stay in the tiled bathroom. She was completely naked throughout the ordeal and only showered a total of 18 times, according to her husband Kian Ann Ong. He said those were the only times she left the toilet bowl and would imagine that if she left people would throw stones at her or spray her with water. Mr Ong said he was the only person who had contact with his wife and she even refused to speak with their 27-year-old son Jiing Yih. Eventually Mr Ong decided to seek help and called the emergency services who took her to hospital near their home in Singapore.”

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Better than a Flu Shot!

January 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Miss Beatrice, The church organist, Was in her eighties And had never been married.

She was admired for her sweetness And kindness to all.

One afternoon the pastor Came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.

She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.

As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, The young minister noticed a cute glass bowl sitting on top of it.

The bowl was filled with water, and in the water Floated, of all things, a condom!

When she returned With tea and scones, They began to chat.

The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity About the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

‘Miss Beatrice’, he said, ‘I wonder if you would tell me about this?’ Pointing to the bowl.

‘Oh, yes,’ she replied, ‘Isn’t it wonderful?

I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground.

The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven’t had the flu All winter.’

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Why a woman’s wiggle while she walks shows she is ready for action: “When experts set out to examine the alluring sway of a woman’s hips when she walks, a delighted and charming young male researcher was tasked with chatting up more than 100 young single women. The unnamed researcher then secretly filmed them from behind using a camera in his buttonhole. The covert footage was viewed by two other men – who were asked to judge each wiggle on an attractiveness scale of one to five. Their research revealed that women at the peak of their fertility cycles walk more slowly and seductively than those who are not. This subtle change in behaviour is subconscious but has clear evolutionary benefits – as it makes a woman appear more attractive just at the time when she is most likely to fall pregnant, the research showed. The girls were unaware of the nature of the study and were asked for a saliva sample to test for the presence of a hormone.”

Google changes a step backwards: “For years, Google Search has been the highest quality web product I’ve ever used. But with one update it wiped out all those years of loyalty and goodwill it had built up. Sure, I can opt out of social results with a click—but as with all things I don’t want to have to opt out. I don’t want to have to make that extra click. I want to enter a query, and have the most relevant results returned to me as quickly as possible. (And if Google genuinely doesn’t think it’s a big deal for people to take the extra step oft opting out, why has it focused so relentlessly on optimizing speed for so many years?) The great thing is, of course, you can just switch. Hit up your browser preferences, and swap your default to Bing. [They now seem to have backed off some of their more pesky changes]

Is there a difference between the brain of an atheist and the brain of a religious person?: “Researchers have pinpointed differences between the brains of believers and nonbelievers, but the neural picture is not yet complete. Several studies have revealed that people who practice meditation or have prayed for many years exhibit increased activity and have more brain tissue in their frontal lobes, regions associated with attention and reward, as compared with people who do not meditate or pray. A more recent study revealed that people who have had “born again” experiences have a smaller hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in emotions and memory, than atheists do. These findings, however, are difficult to interpret because they do not clarify whether having larger frontal lobes or a smaller hippocampus causes a person to become more religious or whether being pious triggers changes in these brain regions.”

Why The ‘Check Engine’ Light Must Be Banned: “We need a federal mandate that bans the generic ‘check engine’ light in new cars. But better yet — the state of things now is that your car actually could do more than just throw an error code at consumers. It contains an advanced system to diagnose itself, but the actual information from that diagnosis is not available to the car’s owner; the average owner must pay a dealer or mechanic to provide him or her with the codes, and what those codes mean. This is absurd. But today’s dash displays capable of displaying text, or at a minimum numerical codes, have been commonplace in cars for at least a decade. Now, pretty much every new car has some sort of alphanumeric display that could show both OBD codes and a short English description, but no manufacturer does this.”

The eight puppies left for dead inside a bale of hay: “It’s little wonder that with such cute faces peering out over the edge of their plastic bowl, these eight abandoned puppies have found new homes. But their futures could have been a lot bleaker. The puppies and their mother, a mongrel named Amy, had been found by a farmer stuffed inside a bale of hay on his land in Newark. But now, following an appeal by local newspaper the Lincolnshire Echo, the eight six-week old puppies have found caring owners who will be able to give them the life they deserve. The Echo put out an urgent plea to animal lovers to adopt one of the puppies who were taken in by Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels on December 5. The mother was discovered with a rope tied around her neck which she had bitten through. The cute and playful nature of the puppies must have hit home as they were rehomed within hours.”

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Idiot destroys banana tree

January 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A banana tree is just a large herb. He could have just pushed it over without all the tough-guy act. It would be a laugh if he tried to repeat his act on a real tree

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Florida man shoots change machine: “Deputies are searching for the man they say shot a change machine several times in an effort to steal money from it. Surveillance video shows on the night of January 4, a man wearing a gray hoodie covering his face entered the Busy Bubbles laundromat on Cypress Gardens Road. He promptly walks to the change machine and fires a shot into it with a semi-automatic handgun. After briefly inspecting the machine, he proceeds to fire several more rounds into it, before leaving as quickly as he came in. He was not able to get any money from the machine. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’11” tall, 185 lbs., wearing a gray hoodie and dark baggy pants.” [Video at link]

British survivalist fails to survive: “A man found dead in a remote mountain hut was an adventurer who had planned a year-long Bear Grylls-style survival challenge in the Scottish wilderness. David Austin, 29, from Derby, was found dead in a ‘bothy’ by a track worker near Corrour, a remote railway station in Highland Perthshire, on December 31 at 9.50am. His body is believed to have been lying there for several weeks when it was discovered. A post-mortem found there were no suspicious circumstances behind his death, which is understood to have been as a result of hypothermia. He is believed to have attended several courses in outdoor survival and bushcraft skills over the past couple of years in order to realise his dream, despite being urged by family and friends to reconsider his plans. It is thought Mr Austin had not even taken a mobile phone with him, leaving him entirely at the mercy of the harsh winter.”

Are New Yorkers beginning to lose their heavy accents?: “The changing landscape of New York has long been lambasted by historic preservationists and those that are nostalgic for the days of yore. The next cultural touchstone to leave the Big Apple isn’t so much a place as a sound: the accent of Barbra Streisand and the mob bosses of the Sopranos are disappearing as fast as you can say fuhgeddaboudit. A recent study shows that gravely and harsh voices of true New Yorkers are being toned down as younger generations- either purposefully or subconsciously- leave the language of their forefathers behind. Kara Becker of Reed University argues the New York accent is becoming less and less audible as people try to tone down their vocal individuality in hopes of pushing off the negative perceptions that come along with the recognizable pitch.”

Drinking alcohol can double your life expectancy — if you’re a worm: “Tiny amounts of alcohol can more than double the life span of a tiny worm that scientists often use in ageing studies. The amounts used are tiny – the equivalent of the alcohol in a single beer diluted in 100 gallons of water – but the UCLA scientists say that the anti-ageing effect could have implications for human health. ‘This finding floored us — it’s shocking,’ said Steven Clarke, a UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry. ‘At high magnifications under the microscope, it was amazing to see how the worms given a little alcohol looked significantly more robust than worms not given alcohol,’ says Clarke. The worms are used in anti-ageing studies because half the genes in the worms have human counterparts. The worms normally live for about 15 days and can survive with nothing to eat for roughly 10 to 12 days. ‘Our finding is that tiny amounts of ethanol can make them survive 20 to 40 days,’ Clarke said.”

Woman ‘offered sex for McNuggets’: “A Los Angeles woman was being held on $US2000 bail today after being arrested on charges of offering sexual favours in return for McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Khadijah Baseer, 31, is apparently homeless and has had a history of run-ins with the law, according to Burbank police. She was arrested on January 11 at a Burbank McDonald’s after she approached the restaurant’s manager, told him she was hungry and offered sexual favours in return for food, specifically McNuggets, The Los Angeles Times said. She also was seen opening the car doors of customers in the drive-through lane, police told the Burbank Leader. “She solicits money from customers and is always causing some sort of disturbance,” the manager, who was not identified, told police, according to Sgt Darin Ryburn. Police were called because Ms Baseer refused to leave the restaurant property.”

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