Stories from your future

March 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

And some people’s present

A distraught senior citizen Phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?” “‘Yes, I’m afraid so,”‘ the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked….. ‘NO REFILLS’.”

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An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon,perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia,he asked to speak to his son. “Yes, Dad, what is it?””Don’t be nervous, son; do your best,and just remember, if it doesn’t go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife….”

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Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

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The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

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Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

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You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

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Ah, being young is beautiful,but being old is comfortable: First you forget names,then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper… it’s worse whenyou forget to pull it down.

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Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife,and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going. “The young guy says, “That’s OK, it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too….I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate. “The old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her…. what does she look like? “The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall,with red hair,blue eyes, is buxom…wearing no bra,Long legs, And is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like? To which the old guy says, “Doesn’t matter,—–Let’s look for yours!

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Swedes launch ‘sexless’ web search tool: “Swedish computer programmers have created a a new browser plug-in dubbed the “Henerator” which automatically changes the Swedish equivalents of “he” and “she” into the recently coined and gender-neutral pronoun “hen”. Creator Philip Westman claims that the plug-in was made to concretize an ongoing debate about the Swedish language’s lack of a gender-neutral pronoun. Sweden has been divided into three groups since the debate has flamed up recently: the staunch supporters of “hen”; the language purists who don’t want to see a change; and those who don’t have an opinion or don’t care at all. Despite coming from the third of these groups, Westman and “Henerator” co-creator Marcus Sjögren decided they could nevertheless take things to a new level through a browser plug-in allowing users to surf the net in a gender neutral way.The “Henerator” works by removing the standard Swedish pronouns for “he” and “she” (“hon” and “han”) and automatically replacing them with “hen”.”

Girl sent home from school – skirt too long: “A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values. “Other students come dressed up as hippies or goths and nobody says anything,” the girl, Khadija, told the French daily Le Parisien, “but I’m not even allowed to wear a gypsy skirt.” On Monday, Khadija was sent home from school for wearing a long skirt that according to the school conveyed religious values. An official belonging to the local academic authority however denies Khadija was expelled from the school and says the skirt had only been “commented on”. In 2004, a ban on religious symbols in schools came into effect, meaning Muslims girls were no longer allowed to wear a veil in class. Khadija however believes the school is not allowed to comment on her clothes and insists she will not shorten her skirts.”

The million-to-one black and white twins turn seven: “One is black and has big brown eyes. The other is a blue-eyed blonde with the palest of skin. Yet remarkably, Kian and Remee are twins, born a minute apart. The pair owe their appearance to a one in a million combination of their parents’ genes. Mother Kylee Hodgson and father Remi Horder both have white mothers and black fathers. Now, approaching their seventh birthday, they have never asked why they don’t look the same, nor have they ever experienced any racial prejudice. Kylee, now 25, recalls the moment she saw them for the first time: ‘I noticed that both of them had beautiful blue eyes,’ she said. ‘But while Remee’s hair was blonde, Kian’s was black and she had darker skin. To me, they were my kids and they were just normal. I thought they would start to look the same as time went on.’ Time, however, only accentuated their differences. Kian’s eyes changed colour and her skin got darker. Remee’s complexion got lighter and her curly hair stayed blonde”.

The original trailer home: “Today a break for the wealthy usually means a first class plane ride to exotic foreign lands and a stay in a glamourous hotel, but in the 1920s, taking a caravan away for the weekend, was the height of luxury. Now one of the first ever caravans that was built for the upper classes nearly 90 years ago and described as a ‘drawing room on wheels’ has sold for twice its estimate, fetching £11,500 at auction. The sale of the elegant Bertram Hutchings Voyageur caravan reveals the unlikely aristocratic origins of the now humble pastime. In the early days the hobby was only undertaken by the rich as only they could afford large and powerful cars like Rolls Royces that could tow the cumbersome caravans. It has now been sold by auctioneers Bonhams at its Oxford sale for £11,500 – very nearly twice its estimate of £4,000 to £6,000. It was the first generation of caravans that replaced coaches that were pulled by horses.”

Black driver drives her bus the wrong way down a London street: “Nature can call at very inappropriate times as one woman bus driver found out when she headed the wrong direction down a one way-street – just to find a toilet. Astounded police were forced to set up a roadblock when the bus became trapped in the face of oncoming traffic. The embarrassed woman was spotted driving the double-decker along Lower Regent Street, in central London, at 9.20pm yesterday. Sergeant Izzy Harrison said she was flabbergasted by the driver’s actions. ‘But when we stopped it, the driver jumped off and said ‘sorry I need the loo’. ‘She said she desperately needed to find a toilet and got confused,’ she added.”

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One happy dog

March 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

His master arrives home after 8 months serving in Afghanistan

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Odd news from around the world

French commuter wins payout from rail firm after train delays saw her fired for arriving at work late: “A French train commuter has won 1,500 euros in compensation after repeated rail delays saw her lose her job for arriving late to work. Soazig Parassols worked as a secretary for a law firm in Lyon, but was fired after just a month because she repeatedly turned up late. But Ms Parassols, 25, was awarded compensation after arguing that her trains from Amberieu in eastern France, were delayed at least six times. During her month-long trial at the Lyon law firm the train she caught to work was delayed by anything from 10 to 75 minutes. The law firm where she was on trial in June 2010 said that her frequent lateness was damaging to the running of the company. A court in France has now ordered French rail company SNCF to pay Ms Parassols 1,500 euros (£1,250) in compensation. She had originally asked for 45,000 euros (£37,500), but the court did not award her this as they ruled that she had not suffered financial loss. Ms Parassols was also awarded 1,500 euros in legal costs.”


Britain’s smallest church measures just 13ft by 11ft
: “Perched on a small grassy mound, in the middle of a farm yard, on the outskirts of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, sits the smallest ‘in service’ church in Britain. Measuring just 13ft by 11ft, Bremilham Church has all the appearances of a ‘Monopoly House’ and is dwarfed by neighbouring farm buildings. Inside there’s scarcely room for a congregation larger than ten, seating for just four on one tiny pew and no room for an altar. But despite it’s diminutive size this tiny little church still manages to draw quite a crowd and just having a service at all is quite an achievement. It was only when the present farm owners arrived that the tiny church finally made it into the Guinness Book of Records. For many years it was used for storing turkeys by the local farmer. But once the Collins family came along and bought the neighbouring farm, they cleaned it out, got a Bishop to bless it and it became constituted as a little church.”

British cooks couldn’t scramble eggs: “Mr Woolliams, 48, had gone to the superstore in Barnstaple, Devon, with girlfriend Kay Webb to do their weekly shop when the couple decided to have breakfast first. However, when he tried to order scrambled eggs for Miss Webb he was told by a staff member they ‘had not come in today.. ‘I said “what do you mean” and she said “you can have fried eggs”. I said, “can you not make scrambled eggs, all you have to do is beat a couple of eggs?”,’ Mr Woolliams said. He was told they would take ‘too long’ to prepare but a manager later told him the ‘cooks’ in the kitchen were only qualified to heat food rather than cook it like a chef. Sainsbury’s defended its staff and stressed they were ‘following procedure’.” [How British!]

Back on the road: 1934 Austin ‘Heavy’ restored to former glory: “For more than 50 years, this classic car languished, daubed with graffiti and vandalised, locked and forgotten in a garage. But it is now back on the road for the first time since 1956 after being lovingly restored and passing its first ever MOT certificate. The 1934 Austin ‘Heavy’ 12/4 belongs to Ken Wyatt and his father-in-law, Alan Pepper from Swinton, near Rotherham. The car was first bought in March 1934 in Sheffield, for the princely sum of £295 by a local Swinton councillor, builder and architect Joseph Aquilla Bower for his daughter-in-law, Constance. Mr Wyatt, a local councillor, explained that the refurbishment would have been complete much sooner, but they were determined to keep as many components of the original car as possible. ‘Other than essential items like the exhaust system and tyres, the car is fully original. It even has the same carpets, seats and interior luxuries as the day it was bought,’ he said. ‘It’s surprising how many gadgets there are, such as a picnic table on the back seat – it’s quite sophisticated really.’”

Charity shop sold Picasso print for $14: “A BARGAIN-hunter bought an original Picasso print worth thousands of dollars in a charity store for just $14. Zach Bodish spotted Picasso’s signature on a framed poster advertising a 1958 exhibition of the artist’s work. “I started shaking a little bit,” said Mr Bodish, after buying the print at a Volunteers of America thrift store in Columbus, Ohio. “I realised it wasn’t going to make me rich, but still, how often do you find a Picasso?” The print, which features a crudely etched face on a brown background, was numbered 6/100 and had “original print, signed proof” written in French on it. Todd Weyman, of Swann Auction Galleries in New York, told the Columbus Dispatch that the print could sell for up to $US6000 at auction, or $US12,000 if sold at a gallery. Mr Bodish, who lost his job two years ago, said he would like to hang onto to the print but would probably sell it. “I want to keep it, but money is tight,” he said. “I have to admit, brown is not my favourite colour.”

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A day in the life of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

March 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The military unit – famed for its glittering breastplates and plumed helmets – will provide a mounted Sovereign’s Escort for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they make a carriage procession through Westminster in June in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee

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Odd news from around the world

Schoolboy, 16, thwarts thief’s bid to steal £1,000 by snatching cash from his hand mid-raid: “A crime-fighting schoolboy was hailed a hero after thwarting a would-be thief in the middle of a £1,000 raid. Brave Dominic Stickley managed to grab the cash from the hands of the raider who had snatched the money from the till at a branch of B&Q. The 16-year-old, who dreams of becoming a policeman when he is older, was working at the DIY superstore when the crook made a desperate grab for the till takings. Despite the fact that he was holding the cash the man continued to talk to the teenager mid-raid. ‘I don’t know what he was saying,’ said Dominic. ‘He wasn’t making much sense. However, Dominic said if it was a ruse to distract him and make off with the cash, it did not work. The quick-thinking teenager managed to prise the wad of notes from the man’s hand, forcing him to flee the shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire., empty-handed. ‘I just pulled the money out of his hand,’ said the public services student. ‘He was gripping on to it. ‘It did cross my mind that he could have a knife but I thought ‘I want to keep my job’ and he didn’t get away with anything.'”

Black woman sliced in two by plane on runway: “A woman was sliced in two by a light aircraft as she tried to cross a runway in northeast South Africa. Police said three women were running across the runway at Ermelo on Monday when one of them was hit by the plane’s left wing as it came into land, Beeld newspaper reported. Spokesman Captain Carla Prinsloo said the women were thought to have been picking up wood in a plantation near the airfield when the accident happened. He said, “They took a shortcut over the airfield but one of the women miscalculated and was hit by the plane’s left wing.” The woman, believed to be in her late 50s, died instantly. The pilot was unhurt. Local residents are thought to have put up ladders on both sides of the airstrip and regularly climbed over them to cross the runway.”

‘Cheeky’ French tourism campaign tries to lure Brits to its shores during Olympics… with pictures of a beach in SOUTH AFRICA: “The images of beautiful beaches accompanied by humorous slogans were meant to tempt British tourists over to France during the London Olympics. But yesterday the joke was on the French after it emerged that posters designed to advertise the delights of northern France and the Mediterranean actually show a beach in South Africa. Tourism bosses in France spent more than £500,000 on the campaign, which involved newspaper adverts and 23 posters plastered all over the London Underground for three weeks this month. Unfortunately for them, however, the advertising agency inadvertently used an image of a beach in Cape Town – some 5,500 miles away from France – in two of the posters. The error was spotted by fashion photographer Bradford Bird who lives in London but grew up in the Cape Town suburb of Llandudno whose beach features in the posters. The offending poster features a family running along the sand and the words ‘Sprint finish on the Northern France Coast’ – one of what the French tourist board describes as ‘humorous’ Olympics-related slogans.”

Man wakes to find front lawn stolen: “A stunned homeowner in eastern England woke up to find his entire front lawn missing, UK media reported today. Steve Woolnough, 54, said he had no idea why anyone would want to steal the nine-square-metre artificial grass lawn from his yard in Ipswich. The father-of-two, who has been left with a large patch of dirt, told The Sun, “I’m absolutely seething over it, I really am. How dare someone steal what I have had to work hard for. You try and make your house look nice and someone comes along and steals what you have got”. The lawn was taken sometime overnight on March 19. Mr Woolnough said the turf was simply too heavy for one person to steal on their own, pointing the blame at a group of thieves with a vehicle, BBC News reported. Mr Woolnough said the artificial grass would cost about £250 to replace.”

Tiger Woods’ former mistresses to release porn film: “Just as Tiger Woods is getting back into his swing for the Masters, three of his former porn actress flings are releasing a new X-rated movie based on their bedroom romps with the sex-crazed golfer. Devon James, Holly Sampson and Joslyn James are starring in 3 Mistresses: Notorious Tales of the World’s Greatest Golfer, which is slated to be released April 3 — the day after Woods is set to tee off in the Masters, a tournament he has not won since 2005. In the movie, the women are together for an in-depth Q&A session about Woods, which includes explicit discussions about his sexual tastes and on-screen demonstrations of what the golf legend is like in the sack. “Any time three women get together to talk about the same guy, the results are going to be more than interesting,” the film’s director, B. Skow, said.”

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Kingfisher has his own ideas

March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Indian horns are tougher: “German carmaker Audi makes special horns for its vehicles sold in India where local drivers hoot so much as they fight their way through chaotic traffic, the firm’s country director has revealed. “Obviously for India, the horn is a category in itself,” Michael Perschke, director at Audi India, told Monday’s Mint newspaper. “You take a European horn and it will be gone in a week or two. With the amount of honking in Mumbai, we do on a daily basis what an average German does on an annual basis.” Perschke said the horns are specially adapted for driving conditions in India, a booming market where Audi is one of many foreign car brands competing for increasingly wealthy customers. “The horn is tested differently – with two continuous weeks only of honking, the setting of the horn is different, with different suppliers,” he said.

Octomom (above) amazes again: “Most new mothers would recoil at the thought of stripping off for the camera after giving birth. But Nadya Suleman, otherwise affectionately nicknamed Octomum, has posed nude to reveal her post-baby body – albeit with a pair of flesh coloured knickers to protect her modesty. Now that her eight little tots have turned three, Nadya has finally shrunk back to a size she likes. The mother of 14 has embraced her new shape, claiming that she has ‘never looked this good’.

Briton, 34, held in South African jail after his bath salts are mistaken for crystal meth: “A British man spent a fortnight in prison in South Africa after police mistook bath salts in his apartment for the illegal drug crystal meth, his lawyer said today. Peter Parnell, 34, from London, was arrested and held in a crowded Cape Town jail before lab tests revealed the granules were just harmless toiletries. Today his lawyer David Mbzwana said the case, which was dropped earlier this month, had ‘disturbed him deeply’. He said: ‘Peter has had a very tough time. The whole thing was a complete mess. ‘He was held in conditions that are not fit for humans – a prison room that is meant to hold 20 men may be filled with 60. ‘Peter’s head was in a mess when he came out – it disturbed him deeply. It is just such a relief that no charges were brought. It was ridiculous.'”


Robber on the left

FL: Robbed man gets revenge — at a price: “The victim of an armed robbery is now charged with attempted murder after investigators say he tried to shoot up the suspect’s home in retaliation. According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Oscar Brown showed up at Earl Butler’s home, pulled out a gun and stole $130. Butler called police but allegedly later went to a home where Brown was staying and shot up the house. When Brown ran outside to confront him, he got a beat down from Butler. Butler was arrested. Police have also arrested his alleged 20-year-old driver, Alonia Hawk, who is charged with principal to attempted homicide.”

Entire football team swept out to sea: “One person died and five remained missing today after 21 rugby players were swept out to sea following a beach training session in South Africa. The players were cooling off in the sea in Bluewater Bay, in the southern city of Port Elizabeth, following the practice session when they were suddenly swept away by a strong current. “Motherwell Rugby Club wishes to announce that 6 of our players drowned at Bluewaterbay beach yesterday,” the club posted on Facebook. “1 drowned, 5 are still missing and feared dead.” Rescuers managed to save 15 people, who were taken to the hospital and treated for shock. “Everything was peaceful, the sea was calm and they were up to their chests in the water,” rescuer Brendon Helm told the News24 website. “The next moment we just saw arms and hands in the air as the current swept them away.”

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The Italian Mamma

March 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In an Italian family, Mamma normally does the cooking but this time Mrs. Ravioli came to visit her son Anthony for dinner. He lives with a female flatmate, Maria and Maria does the cooking.

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty Anthony’s flatmate is.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and his flat mate than met the eye. Reading his mom’s thoughts, Anthony volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just flatmates.”

About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”

“Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her, just to be sure.” So he sat down and wrote an email:

Dear MaMa, I’m not saying that you “did” take the sugar bowl from my house; I’m not saying that you “did not” take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Your Loving Son Anthony

Several days later, Anthony received a response email from his MaMa which read: Dear Son, I’m not saying that you “do” sleep with Maria, and I’m not saying that you “do not” sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now. Your Loving MaMa

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Odd news from around the world

NC: Couple finds 50.5-carat emerald: “A married couple found a 50.5 carat emerald on a dig Friday morning. They say the estimated value of the gem is $10,000. Libby and Kevin Barrieault from Hiddenite went on a dig at the private North American Emerald Mine (NAEM) along with about 200 other members of a local ‘gem club.’ It’s the first time in 30 years owner Jamie Hill allowed anyone other than an employee to use the site for a dig, according to Record media partner WSOC TV.”

Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery: “A bungling Berlin policeman called to a jewellery shop robbery fired his gun at a colleague in plain clothes who had also answered the call – but was such a bad shot that no-one was hurt. The confusion arose after two pairs of officers went to the jewellery shop in the early hours of Sunday when a passer-by reported robbers moving around inside, Berlin police said in a statement on Monday. The plain clothes pair went around the back of the building to investigate – unbeknownst to their uniformed colleagues arriving at the front. They in turn heard noise from the back of the shop, drew their weapons and shouted for the robbers to come out with their hands up. One of the plain clothes officers ran around to the front of the building, gun in hand, to help with the arrest – and found himself under fire from his colleagues who thought he was a robber. Once the Keystone-esque mix-up had been clarified – and it was established that no-one had been hit – the police officers went upstairs together and arrested a suspect.

Fake gold bars: “Attached are photographs of a legitimate Metalor 1000gm Au bar that has been drilled out and filled with Tungsten (W). This bar was purchased by staff of a scrap dealer in xxxxx, UK yesterday. The bar appeared to be perfect other than the fact that it was 2gms underweight. It was checked by hand-held xrf and showed 99.98% Au. Being Tungsten, it would not be ferro-magnetic. The bar was supplied with the original certificate. The owner of the business that purchased the bar only became suspicious when he realized the weight discrepancy and had the bar cropped. He estimates between 30-40% of the weight of the bar to be Tungsten. This is very worrying and reinforces the lengths that people are willing to go to profit from the current high metal prices.”

US woman commits suicide with chainsaw: “A LOS ANGELES woman committed suicide using a chainsaw in her townhouse, authorities said today. Lieutenant Fred Corral of the LA County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 47-year-old Valerie Nash. She was found with a chainsaw wound to her neck and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to Corral. Nash’s body was discovered by her sister about 12:40am local time Thursday, police said. The siblings shared a home in the Palms area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.”

Crooks going nowhere: ‘hotwiring’ SUV with no engine: “Would-be car thieves who broke into an auto repair garage didn’t get far when they tried to hotwire a Range Rover. The men, who didn’t hide their faces during the daylight break-in and stared straight into a CCTV camera at Wilson’s Auto Repairs in Lambton, got into the four-wheel-drive vehicle through the rear, snapped off a steering lock and tried to get the engine started. But then they realised there was no battery and a large part of the engine was missing – it had been partially removed for repairs. They also broke in to a Mitsubishi Triton that had the same problem as the Range Rover and a Ford Cruiser that was missing a gear box. Business part-owner Ian Baines wondered whether the offenders were aware they were robbing a repair shop when they jumped a fence about 6pm on Sunday. “They didn’t think to check the car had an engine before they tried to steal it,” he said.”

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A Mexican Pope?

March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Naked drunken driver rolls SUV: “Newcastle police have arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with high-range drink driving and negligent driving after he rolled his Pajero while driving naked this morning. A police spokesman said the man and his 41-year-old wife were at a home in Maryland when they decided to drive to Wallsend to get a packet of cigarettes. Police allege the pair had been drinking heavily and got lost in the backstreets between the two suburbs about 1.20am. The man allegedly reversed quickly down a street before turning the wheel, causing his vehicle to roll onto its roof. An off-duty police officer heard the commotion and arrived on the scene where he held the pair until police arrived. The couple were uninjured in the crash but when police arrived they found the man was naked.”

What a woman wears can reveal more than she ever intended about her personality: “Clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Baumgartner has claimed our wardrobe decisions tell others about the secret desires that we are trying to hide. Too much cleavage suggests you are power hungry and keen for control while over-the-top jewellery implies you are insecure and may have financial difficulties. Women who button up their clothes are actually telling their boss that ‘femininity means weakness, not power’, while high heels can make women appear less intelligent but also inspire confidence by making the wearer as tall as their male colleagues. And if you often find yourself in jeans and trainers with unkempt hair, beware. Far from enjoying some downtime, you may be ‘overly identifying with motherhood and suppressing other parts of yourself, possibly out of guilt or exhaustion’. A young girl choosing a short skirt could be an attention seeker, while an older woman doing the same is having difficulty accepting that she is a grown-up.”

Buried Nazi loot? “An Indiana Jones-style expedition has been launched in Germany to recover £500million worth of missing artworks looted by the Nazis in World War Two. Monets, Manets, Cezannes and masterpieces by other artists, along with sculptures, carpets and tapestries, are believed to be buried in an old silver mine near the Czech-German border, 90 minutes’ drive from the city of Dresden. The paintings formed the bulk of the Hatvany collection, the property of Baron Ferenc Hatvany, who was a leading Hungarian-Jewish industrialist and art patron. Viennese historian Burkhart List, 62, says he has acquired documents from old Wehrmacht archives that report a mass shipment of the Hatvany collection to two subterranean galleries, measuring 6,000 by 4,500 feet, in the Erzgebirge Mountains. Mr List said: ‘In the winter of 1944 – 1945 the records indicate that a mysterious transport arrived here from Budapest that was coded top secret.”

Happy teenagers ‘will earn more as adults’: “A study has found that children with a sunny disposition go on to earn more as adults, even if their parents were not educated or high earners. And within the same family, it is the happiest siblings who tend to earn the most. The study examined the happiness levels of 90,000 children and young adults in the U.S., and compared the data to their levels of income as adults. Even when other factors were taken into account, the economists carrying out the study found that happiness levels when young clearly determined higher earnings in later life. For example, those whose life satisfaction increased by one point on a scale of one to five at the age of 22 were likely to earn £1,200 more a year by the age of 29. Economists have long recognised that those with higher incomes tend to be happier, but this is the first study which shows the economic benefits of being happy when young.”

Sherlock Hound: “A Labrador has been dubbed ‘Sherlock Hounds’ after solving dozens of crimes by sniffing out hundreds of pounds worth of stolen goods while out on his morning walks. Two-and-a-half-year-old Archie has dug up stolen purses, wallets, handbags and jewellery that have been discarded in woodland after muggings and robberies. Over the past eight months Archie’s owner Debbie Linnane has handed over hundreds of pounds worth of items to the police who have been able to reunite them with their rightful owners. Chocolate Labrador Archie – now better known by his nickname Sherlock – has dug up a treasure trove of items using his sharp sense of smell while on his morning walks in Bretton Park, Peterborough. Owner Debbie, 54, said: ‘In the past eight months alone he has found a handbag, a wallet and a ladies’ purse, along with other items such as sports equipment. ‘We have just been walking in Bretton Park near the dyke, when he runs off and disappears, before bringing the items back to me. ‘He has had no training at all, so it is a bit of a surprise he does it.”

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India

March 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Borat wins again: “Kazakhstan’s shooting team has been left stunned after a comedy national anthem from the film Borat was played at a medal ceremony at championships in Kuwait instead of the real one. The team asked for an apology and the medal ceremony was later rerun. The team’s coach told Kazakh media the organisers had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake. The song was produced by UK comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for the film, which shows Kazakhs as backward and bigoted. The spoof song praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region. The film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, released in 2006, follows Baron Cohen’s character, the journalist Borat Sagdiyev, as he travels to the US and pursues the actress Pamela Anderson.”

Not just a pistol in his pocket — and he wasn’t pleased to see them: “A MAN with a big bulge in his pants aroused the suspicions of Melbourne police. And it’s a fair guess he wasn’t happy to see them. Officers allegedly found a loaded gun in his underpants, along with a large amount of cash and some drugs. Police searched the 29-year-old Brunswick man during a routine vehicle intercept in Dandenong South around 5.30am (AEDT) today. They decided to frisk the driver because of an abnormally large bulge in his groin area. Closer inspection allegedly found nine stolen credit cards, a loaded firearm, about 180 ecstasy tablets, 28 grams of amphetamines and a large amount of cash all stuffed into his briefs.

Scotland gets its own email address: “David Cameron was last night accused of handing Alex Salmond a huge propaganda coup – by giving Scotland an independent web address. The Mail on Sunday has learnt Coalition Ministers have privately approved plans to let Scotland end its website names with ‘.scot’. The move will allow official bodies and website owners to ditch the traditional ‘.uk’ address. Plans to let Wales go it alone with ‘.wales’ and ‘.cymru’ have also been given the green light. But last night, the proposals sparked a backlash from English Tory MPs who accused the Prime Minister of caving in to campaigners wanting to break up the UK.”

Favorite British cookies ruined: “For more than a century, the humble but robust digestive has been Britain’s favourite biscuit for dunking into tea. But now the makers of the leading McVitie’s brand are facing a backlash over a change to the traditional recipe that many loyal customers have found hard to swallow. In a bid to make its products more healthy, United Biscuits has slashed the amount of saturated fat in the snacks by an ambitious 80 per cent. However, critics say the change has ruined the taste, made them more oily and left them too brittle. Retired shop manager Ray Dawson, from South Cave, East Yorkshire, has been eating the digestives for decades but said: ‘We no longer buy them. They’ve ruined the taste and texture, they are powdery, and practically every time I pick one out of the packet it is broken or it breaks.’ The 84-year-old added: ‘They have completely deteriorated in quality and taste awful. I don’t see why they had to meddle with the recipe. Adults should be able to decide for themselves what they eat.’”

Transgender beauty queen kicked out of Miss Universe: “A beauty pageant has booted a contestant out the competition after discovering the buxom blonde was born a boy. The Miss Universe Canada organizers threw out Jenna Talackova when they found out she had undergone surgery to become a woman. The transgendered contestant had already successfully reached the finals in the Miss Vancouver pageant before she was banned from continuing in the competition. Although the pageant organizers described Talackova as a ‘real girl’ they disqualified her arguing that the rules state that each contestant must be a ‘naturally born female.’ According to Denis Davila, the national director of Miss Universe Canada, Talackova claimed on her registration form she was born a female. But becoming suspicious Davila confronted the 23-year-old about her sex change and the contestant admitted she was actually born a male.”

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A fully clothed young woman

March 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Shop thief is apprehended by Tae Kwon Do champion: “When a brazen shoplifter skulked into a post office in Edinburgh, he assumed it would be easy to pocket a couple of drinks. But behind the counter was Arfan Hussain – grocer, sub-postmaster… and former Tae Kwon Do champion. In the clip the 30-year-old shopkeeper is seen taking down the teen after he tried to leave the shop with two milkshakes worth £2.30. The shopkeeper and his family have been in business for 21 years and he claims the thief had been barred after he was spotted stealing ‘three or four times’. Mr Hussain added: ‘He came back and stole two more shakes. I approached him as he went for the door and he took a swing at me. ‘I’m a second degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, so I know how to control that kind of situation and do it without hurting someone. I grabbed him and threw him down.’”

Why some women like married men: “Married men are catnip to some women. When I was a practicing love addict, married men were my drug of choice. Affairs are goldmines of drama, and there’s nothing a junkie likes more than drama. It masquerades so easily as feeling. A wedding ring can turn a certified public accountant into a motorcycle outlaw. You have to — get to! — keep secrets and tell lies. Suddenly, your life is filled with all the intrigue and mystery of a spy novel. You meet under false names wearing a floppy hat: “I am Natasha, and I am naked under ziz trenchcoat.” Yes, married men are like artists or CIA agents or vampires — relationships with them are almost always doomed. But beautifully, romantically doomed, or so it seemed, and that, of course, was the point. Deep down, I was terrified of actual intimacy. The illusion of story-book romance trumps the reality of “What are having for dinner tonight, honey?” every time. There’s no arguing over the utility bills, or the kids’ bedtimes, or which in-laws to spend Thanksgiving with. No, those duties belong to the wife.”

Texas city manager lays himself off: “The administrator of a North Texas city believes he’s not needed and has laid himself off. Keller City Manager Dan O’Leary announced his decision Wednesday. O’Leary says the Fort Worth-area city of nearly 40,000 has two assistant managers and really does not need a third administrator. He earns about $176,000 annually as manager of the city about 20 miles north of Fort Worth. The 57-year-old O’Leary, who was hired in 2007, says he has no plans to retire. His last day on the job will be April 20. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that O’Leary informed city council members of his decision during a closed session Tuesday. Elected officials did not immediately say who will assume his responsibilities. [If any]

Remorseful ‘Drunk’ returns stolen bike: “A Colorado man whose bike was stolen says he bears no grudges against a remorseful person who returned it with a handwritten note of apology that was signed “Drunk.’’ Aspen resident Jay Maytin says he’s just happy to be back on his Trek. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says the bike was left near the sheriff’s office and police department with a note that said: “Sorry. I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back — Drunk.’’

Mass. boy, 9, summoned to jury duty: “Like many people who get summoned to jury duty, Jacob Clark didn’t want to go. But unlike most people, he had a legitimate excuse — he’s 9 years old. “I was like, ‘What’s a jury duty?’’’ Jacob told the Cape Cod Times ) in response to his summons to appear in Orleans District Court in Massachusetts on April 18. His grandmother told him it was a good excuse to miss a day of school. His dad called the jury commission office to find out what happened. It turns out that someone apparently had typed 1982 for the Yarmouth third-grader’s birth year instead of 2002. The mistake was quickly corrected. Massachusetts Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood says a child gets called for jury duty once or twice a year”

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A 1960s advertisement — for ties!

March 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Jaguar cars now to be made in China: “British luxury car giant Jaguar Land Rover has signed a new multi-billion pound landmark deal to build its vehicles in China – now the world’s largest car market. Jaguar Land Rover’s great leap forward into the booming communist country with a penchant for Western capitalist motor cars comes hard on the heels of expansion plans already announced for the UK where bosses say they can’t build vehicles fast enough. Capacity is ‘maxed out’ they say. The luxury car-maker with three factories and additional engineering and research facilities in the Midlands and North West sells vehicles in more than 170 countries with the UK, North America and China as its largest markets. Under the ambitious new deal, JLR has reached agreement with China’s sixth largest car-maker Chery to build its limousines, sports cars and upmarket off-roaders at a factory in the People’s Republic.”

Women prefer a good meal to making love: “WOMEN would prefer their husbands cook them dinner rather than make love to them, a study has found. More than half of married women would choose food over sex and more than nine in 10 would prefer their husband cook a meal than give flowers. But the Emperica Research report also found two-thirds of married men prefer a partner who is “good in bed” rather than “good in the kitchen”. The survey found 77 per cent of women are “very impressed” by a man who knows how to cook and 90 per cent of women would pick a home-cooked meal over flowers from their man. Asked what their partner could do around the house to help more, women preferred them to cook dinner, clean the bathroom and vacuum or mop the house over more manly tasks.”

Young women and “small-car syndrome”: “YOUNG women are the drivers most likely to have aggressive “small-car syndrome”, a survey shows. Insurer AAMI has found women aged 18 to 24 who drive small two-door cars are more likely than other drivers to display aggressive and reckless tactics on the road. AAMI spokesman David Skapinker said it was the first time they had looked at the “small-car syndrome” of driver behaviour. “One possibility is that drivers’ aggressive behaviours compensate for the limited size of their car,” Mr Skapinker said. “A lot of it is potentially down to demographics, the people who are choosing little cars, which are a bit cheaper to purchase and run, may explain some of the pretty risky behaviour.” “Young female drivers may be the most likely to display symptoms of small-car syndrome because the highest proportion of small car drivers are females aged 18 to 24. He said typically they had less experience on the road and may not fully understand the consequences of their actions, “whether that be texting while driving or being rude and aggressive on the road and the consequences road rage can have”.

Swallowers: “A Nigerian aircraft passenger has been caught with two kilograms of heroin in her stomach. US customs officers believe the bust is the biggest of its kind. They first grew suspicious of Bola Adebisi after her arrival from Nigeria on March 14, when she claimed she was staying with her brother in the United States but was unable to provide his address, phone number or a physical description. An agent at Washington Dulles International Airport then found her stomach to be particularly rigid during a routine pat down. The 52-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where an X-ray detected a large amount of unusual objects in her stomach. Over three days, Adebisi passed a total of 180 thumb-sized pellets for a combined weight of 2.157kg. The heroin has an approximate street value of $US150,000 ($A145,000). The seizure surpassed the previous record for ingested pellets, held by Yomade Aborishade, 46, of Lagos, Nigeria, who was arrested a year ago after expelling 100 pellets of heroin with a combined weight of a little more than 1.8kg.”

Unusual sharpshooter: “At 78, most pensioners are reliant on the glasses to even read a newspaper. But not Indian grandmother Chandro Tomar. With a £1,200 pistol in hand, and her sari draped over her long silver hair, it’s believed she’s the world’s oldest female professional sharpshooter. She has entered and won over 25 national championships across India as well as raising six children and 15 grandchildren. She said: ‘I wanted to do something useful with my life and show people my capabilities. ‘As soon as I shot my first pistol I was hooked. And now I’ve shown everyone there’s no disadvantages to my age. If you’re focused you can do anything.’ And now she’s a national treasure, known throughout India for her skill, even winning gold at the Veteran Shooting Championship held in Chennai.”

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Companions through thick and thin

March 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

NH: Woman fined for planting flowers: “The daisies, irises and hydrangeas around a New Hampshire woman’s condominium have become a costly endeavor as a judge has been asked to order her to pay nearly $6,000 in fines and remove the flowers. Kimberly Bois, of Portsmouth, told the Portsmouth Herald that many of the perennials planted around her condo are heirloom plants from her late mother and were planted with written permission from the developer that predates the current condominium association. The Atlantic Pointe Condominium Association, however, wants Bois to restore her front yard, saying that the grounds surrounding the units are common areas controlled by the development’s governing board.”

Vending machine dispenses marijuana in NZ: “New Zealand’s first cannabis club has installed a vending machine to dispense the drug. The club, the Daktory in the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn, has been using the machine to avoid any members being charged for dealing in the drug. The hired vending machine, usually filled with toys or confectionery, sells one-gram bags of cannabis for $NZ20 ($15), the AucklandNow website reports. Cannabis clubs are set up as places where marijuana is sold to people for medicinal purposes. Mr Crawford said the vending machine has been a hit with guests. Waitemata police said the club was being monitored as part of “normal routine policing”.

Minnesota teen lands porn star prom date: “AN American high school student looks set for a prom to remember after lining up two adult film actresses to be his dates. After most of the girls at his school already had partners for the big night, Michael Stone took to Twitter to ask just about every adult film star he could think of to help him out. After around 600 tweets, it looks like Stone, who says he is 18, has got a prom date – and possibly even two. Adult film actress Emy Reyes took up Stone’s proposal on Twitter, saying “I would love tooo.” But at this stage, it looks like the lucky lady is Megan Piper, who accepted on condition Stone covers her travel costs from Los Angeles. Now Stone is on a mission to raise around $400 to get his date a plane ticket to Minnesota for the May 12 dance. However, the girls may want to hold off on buying their gowns as Stone reportedly has not yet informed his parents or the school principal of his plans.”

Arrested for “buggery”: “Two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested Wednesday in Dominica, where sex between two men is illegal. Police Constable John George said the men were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and “buggery,” a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. He identified the men as John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, but did not provide their hometowns. The two were later charged with indecent exposure and are scheduled to appear before a magistrate Thursday morning. If found guilty, they could be fined $US370 each and face up to six months in jail. George said the men were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock. The ship carrying about 2,000 passengers departed Puerto Rico on Saturday and arrived in Dominica on Wednesday. It departed without the men and headed toward St. Barts. The cruise was organised by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel.”

Imitation Mercedes trashed: “Mercedes-Benz’s 300SL “Gullwing” coupe is arguably one of the most recognisable car shapes of all time – which means plenty of replica builders have tried to copy it over the years. However, following a recent court ruling, Mercedes-Benz was given the right to destroy a replica body of a 300SL. And in order to try and stop other makers from copying the car’s design, Mercedes-Benz issued photos of the company’s workers dismantling and destroying the unauthorised body copy, which was seized by German customs officials. The German maker’s parent company Daimler AG issued a statement reiterating its tough stance on copycat builders. “The body shape of the legendary Gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG. Anyone building, offering or selling replicas of the vehicle is in breach of the Company’s rights.” Only about 1400 Gullwing coupes and 1800 Gullwing convertibles were built between 1954 and 1963.” [The real thing above]

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