How to dice a watermelon

April 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Want instant fruit salad?

Chopping a watermelon can be tricky, but Matt Jones has mastered the art of making it look effortless. The supermarket worker accepted a challenge from a colleague to peel and dice an entire fruit in just half a minute, and managed to complete the feat with nine seconds to spare

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Real men eat quiche and fearlessly remove spiders: What women really look for in their men: “Fifty-two per cent of women say a real man shouldn’t be scared of spiders. But it seems chaps aren’t quite up to the challenge – only 10 per cent think the same. In a survey of 2,000 people to find their definition of a ‘real man’, it was one of the few areas where the genders were split. Men can forget the stereotypical belief that women are looking for a good looking mate with a healthy bank balance and a big car. They want their men to eat quiche, know how to cook it and do domestic chores, according to a survey of 2,000 women. As far as women are concerned, he should have a sense of tradition and an understanding of what being a gentleman is all about, according to research by stain removal experts Dr Beckmann. But, more surprising than these stereotypes, almost five in ten men also agree with the women that a real man should be able to cook (46 per cent), know how to wash clothes (41 per cent) and perform domestic duties like vacuuming the house (54 per cent) and picking up the children from school (53 per cent).

Does true grit actually exist? Research suggests it may decide how much we achieve in life: “John Wayne had it; Jeff Bridges too. But far from being an intangible quality – scientists claim ‘true grit’ can be measured. They say those with the trait show a ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals’, and are tenacious, not easily distracted and not discouraged by setbacks. And the scientists claim a simple test is enough to see whether a person possesses the dogged determination exhibited by Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the Hollywood Western True Grit. Those who take it have to rate how closely eight statements apply to them. These include ‘I finish whatever I begin’ and ‘Setbacks don’t discourage me’. And scientists say that if you too have true grit, you may do better in life. According to studies, gritty children spell better, gritty teachers get the best out of their pupils and gritty adults get higher marks at university. Put simply, grit could explain why some people try harder than others.

Explorer plans to spend 60-days living on remote Scottish islet: “A chartered surveyor is set to spend two months inside an eight foot water tank in a desolate island as he tries to raise money for charity. Nick Hancock is planning to set two endurance records by living on the 100ft island of Rockall and raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. Rockall is constantly pounded by 3,000 miles of Atlantic swell. The world’s largest recorded oceanic waves of over 95 feet were recorded there in 2000 – some 19 feet higher than Rockall itself. Being in such an isolated location, only four people have ever slept on Rockall. Less than 100 have landed on it. But Mr Hancock, 38, from Edinburgh, has even created a yellow living pod from an 8ft water tank, and made it cosy with spray-on insulation foam in a bid to spend 60 days on Rockall. Survival expert Bear Grylls added that it was ‘an ambitious, exciting – and wonderfully mad – project, but in aid of a life-changing charity that needs our help.'”

Could picking your nose be GOOD for you? One scientist believes it could boost your immune system: “A Canadian academic is encouraging his students to pick their noses in a bid to see if the habit has any health benefits. Professor Scott Napper is requesting his pupils to investigate the possible health benefits of eating their mucous in a bid to understand the human immune system better. He believes that eating mucous in the nose may boost the immune system by introducing small and harmless amounts of germs back into the body. His theory follows others that suggest improved hygiene has led to an increase in allergies and auto-immune disorders. His proposed study involves splitting his class into two. Half will eat their pickings whilst other will not engage in the antisocial behaviour.”

Giant storms on Saturn: Nasa captures incredible view of ‘rose’ hurricane 20 times bigger than any on Earth: “At first glance, it resembles a giant rose, surrounded by green foliage. However, in fact this is a huge, violent storm of the surface of Saturn – and one that has been brewing for years. In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists say the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Both a hurricane on Earth and Saturn’s north polar vortex have a central eye with no clouds or very low clouds. Other similar features include high clouds forming an eye wall, other high clouds spiraling around the eye, and a counter-clockwise spin in the northern hemisphere. At Saturn, the wind in the eye wall blows more than four times faster than hurricane-force winds on Earth. Unlike terrestrial hurricanes, which tend to move, the Saturnian hurricane is locked onto the planet’s north pole.”

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Clever Orang

April 29, 2013 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An orangutan from a zoo reintroduced to the wild in Borneo began spear fishing after watching local fisherman

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Scientists design ‘health and safety’ cow with no horns: “Scientists are trying to create a ‘health and safety’ cow by genetically modifying the animals to have no horns, in order to reduce the risk of injuring farmers, walkers and other creatures. Researchers are using gene-editing techniques to insert a DNA patch into the genome of Holsteins, Britain’s foremost dairy breed, to suppress horn growth. The extra DNA has been taken from other breeds of cattle to create a dairy cow that is identical in every respect to existing livestock but without the horns. Preventing horn growth would eliminate the need for many farmers to burn off the horn buds of calves in what is a difficult and intensely painful procedure for the animals.”

Jack the dog shows off his incredible balancing skills in return for rewards: “Perfectly balancing a pile of biscuits on top of his nose, Australian cattle dog Jack could teach circus performers a thing or two. Showing perfect patience and poise, the three-year-old dog can balance a range of every day items on his face. In a series of pictures posted on Reddit by his San Franciscan owners Nicole Lee and her boyfriend Trey, Jack is pictured balancing everything from a football to a frying pan on his head. The talented animal, who was adopted by Nicole and Trey as a puppy, happily poses for the pictures in return for praise and treats. The couple say they noticed the dog was particularly clever from a young age and began training him to balance items on his head while playing with him at home. Biologist Nicole, 27, said: ‘He is an Australian cattle dog and is probably mixed with something, but we don’t know. ‘From an early age we noticed he was very smart, so we taught him many tricks, this being one of them.” [He's not an Australian cattle dog but he could have some Kelpie (Australian sheep dog) in him]

‘It was raining money': Residents of Belgian town scoop up thousands of euros after crooks hurl safe from getaway car: “Residents of a small town in Belgium have been urged to return tens of thousands of euros flung from a speeding car by robbers fleeing police. One man in the Flemish town of Zedelgem said it as if it was ‘raining money’ when the crooks hurled a stolen safe from their vehicle to distract officers giving chase. It smashed open and littered the roadside with E50, E100 and E200 notes, which were quickly collected passers-by. One man said he swept up two rolls of E5,000, only to have a police officer snatch them off him. The ruse worked, however, and the robbers escaped, albeit empty-handed. But the Belgian authorities are poised to make arrests after warning those who took the cash they face up to two years in jail. Nevertheless, they have only recovered around E11,000 – believed to be a fraction of the loot.”

Shy teenager who was bullied out of school for being ‘tall and ugly’ lands a place in the Miss England finals: “A teenager who was bullied so badly at school she was forced to leave without qualifications has had the last laugh – after reaching the finals of Miss England. Jade Power, 19, was so traumatised by the physical and verbal attacks by girls at her school that she left before gaining any GCSEs or A-Levels. On one occasion bullies threatened to kill her and her family, punched her and pulled her hair. But now 5ft 10ins Jade is in the running to be crowned Miss England in June after winning the Miss Sussex title in her home county. The bullying started when Jade joined secondary school aged 11 and callous students began to pick on her over her appearance. She now plans to use her experiences and her title as Miss Sussex to produce a video and help scheme for other youngsters who are being bullied.” [Jealousy]

Toy-gun robbery of fast-food store misfires: “ARMED with a toy gun and plastic knife a man has tried to hold up a busy fast-food store in Melbourne’s east. When the would-be robber demanded cash, three bystanders tackled him to the ground shortly after 9pm, police said. The incident took place on the corner of Doncaster and Wetherby roads in Doncaster. The trio held on to the thief until police arrived. No one was injured.”

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Creepy things children say to parents

April 28, 2013 at 7:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Titled ‘What is the creepiest thing your young child has ever said to you?’, most of the posts from the forum users – dubbed Redditors – concerned comments about death

“I was tucking in my two-year-old,” said user UnfortunateBirthMark. “He said ‘Goodbye dad.’ I said, ‘No we say good night.’ He said, ‘I know. But this time it’s goodbye.”

“Had to check on him a few times to make sure he was still there,” added the shocked parent.

User Like-I-was-sayin commented: “My three-year-old daughter stood next to her new born brother and looked at him for a while then turned and looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, it’s a monster we should bury it.”

“Congratulations on giving birth to the antichrist,” another Redditor replied.

Contributor NotTomPettysGirl shared a haunting story from when her three-year-old son was with his grandmother: “He was cuddling with her and being very sweet. He takes her face in his hands, brings his face close to hers, then tells her that she’s very old and will die soon.

“Then he makes a point of looking at the clock,” added the bemused parent.

Abluesxs shared her seven-year-old’s strange approach to dating, having asked her son: “What’s the best way to get a girlfriend?”

The response: “Tell her to be my girlfriend or she’ll never see her parents again.”

Redditor Psalm-96 recounted one unnerving incident with his daughter. “I was sound asleep, and at around 6am I was woken up by my four-year-old daughter’s face inches from mine. She looked right into my eyes and whispered, ‘I want to peel all your skin off.”

Psalm-96 had recently been sunburnt on holiday, he added.

Contributor Hsertich shared a story his mother had told him from when his brother was a child: “I guess he was sleepwalking and she was trying to coax him back to bed and he said something along the lines of ‘I would but the devil is behind you.”

Lastly, Tom-Zarek recounted a disturbing tale from his own childhood. When he was three years old, his cat had given birth to still born kittens. “I asked my father if we could make crosses for them, which we did.

“As we were making them I asked, ‘Aren’t those too small?’ my Dad replied, ‘What do you mean?’ to which I said ‘Aren’t we going to nail them to them?”

“After several moments silence my father said: ‘We’re not going to do that’.”

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Caught napping! Sleeping burglar arrested when police found him in back of stolen car outside house he’d raided: “A burglar has been jailed after he was caught sleeping by police – in a stolen car outside a home he had just raided. James Rollinson dropped off in the back seat after stealing jewellery, a games console, a laptop and a camera from a woman’s home in Sedgley, West Midlands, on December 23 last year. The 20-year-old had taken the bagful of stolen property back to his own home before returning to the house and passing out in the car. Rollinson admitted burglary and was jailed for 12 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday. The court heard a neighbour called police – who found Rollinson asleep in the back of the parked car. Defending Rollinson, Jas Mann said the burglar was ‘tanked up’ after a heavy drinking session and he had little recollection of the burglary.”

British Keystone Kops arrest swan: “He was, technically, loitering with intent. It’s just that he’s also what you could truly call the lightest of lightweight criminals. So when three police officers, a patrol car and a riot van swooped on this quiet street to take down this stray swan, they ruffled more than just one set of feathers. Residents blasted Lincolnshire Police – the same force which less than a month ago deployed marksmen to shoot an escaped cow – for sending officers to catch the swan, after it was spotted waddling near accommodation at Lincoln University. Student Matthew Knott, 18, photographed the moment officers arrived on the scene. `Two PCSOs got out and just sort of stared at the swan,’ he said. `It seemed like an over-reaction, the swan wasn’t doing any harm, it seemed perfectly happy sitting there.’ After half an hour of coaxing the bird, officers eventually captured it with a sheet and bundled it into the back of the riot van. It is estimated the entire exercise cost £600 in police resources.”

Female US sailor thwarts Pakistani bus driver rapist after putting him in strangehold with her thighs and then beating him into submission: “An off-duty US navy sailor wrestled a bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he attempted to rape her at knife point, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutors said that she knocked the knife from his hand, broke it in two, bit him in the hand, forced him to the ground and locked him between her thighs. Following the attack, which occurred on January 19 of this year, she left the bus and reported it to her commander at Port Khalid.”

Shopkeeper in Britain chases black gunman out of his store by hitting him with a stool: “This is the terrifying moment a shopkeeper hits an armed gunman with a stool and chases him out of his shop after he fired two warning shots. Thurairagh Pirabahuran, 41, picked up the chair he had had been sitting on and wielded it at Sheldon Green after he pulled the trigger twice and demanded cash from the till. But Green, 23, was so shocked by Mr Pirabahuran’s actions he fled empty-handed. The known criminal, who carried out a string of robberies, has been jailed for five years. Mr Umesh, 40, said: ‘He came to the door and then fired one or two shots at the sky to show the gun was real and told me to go and get the money. Mr Umesh said: ‘He told my colleague to give him the money but he didn’t, he just grabbed the stool and hit him. He was very brave.’ Green was finally captured when he stole a phone with a special tracking device application from a woman pedestrian in Hackney.”

Jail in Australia’s wild North issued picture of master key to all locks: “THE design for a key that allowed a convicted killer to escape from a Territory prison was printed on the cover of a booklet given to all inmates, it has been revealed. A former prison officer said the design of the master key – which could open every lock in Berrimah jail in Darwin – was printed on the front of the prisoners’ information handbook. He said a copy of the book was given to all inmates on arrival at the prison. “The prisoners’ information handbook had a pair of crossed keys on the front of it. “Those keys were a dead-set copy of the keys that we had. The key he copied was in the shape of a figure E, which was the master key.” The officer said it was Heiss’s fellow inmate – fellow murderer Shane Baker – who made the key. He said Baker was a jeweller who had jewellery-making equipment in his cell, and used this to work on the key. Baker eventually designed a key that fitted the lock. Heiss let himself out of his cell before opening Baker’s cell door. They got out of the complex by scaling three razor-wire perimeter fences. Baker was recaptured within a few days but Heiss was on the run for 12 days.

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Parquet flooring all in lizard shapes

April 27, 2013 at 7:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Amazing. Background here. (You DO speak Spanish, of course)

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Naked woman ‘crawls through strangers’ doggie door before found sitting in the bathtub’: “A 25-year-old woman has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a home naked through the doggy door before found by the homeowners sitting in their bathtub. Sara Elizabeth Soto told police she had done nothing wrong and was just trying to use the phone when she was arrested in Weatherford, Texas around 1.45am on Tuesday. A woman living at the home said she was inside with her husband when he heard a noise, leading him to find the doggy door damaged. It was then they found Soto, described as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds in their bathroom. Arresting officers say she was sitting inside the bathtub naked. Her black dress was discovered on the back porch which they brought to her to put back on.She was being held on $4,000 bond as of Tuesday evening.

We’ll drink to that! Rare Turkish wine bottles from 16th century sold by Cornish family fetch world record price of £750,000: “Two rare 16th-century Turkish bottles have fetched a world record price of £758,500 at auction – more than five times their guide price. Both made in the town of Iznik – famous for its ceramics – circa 1575, one of the bottles sold for £547,250 (including buyer’s premium) and the second for £301,250. Experts put the difference in price down to one being ‘a rarer colour’ than the other. Used to hold wine and water during the Ottoman Empire, the bottles were sold by the Copeland family from Trelissick House, near Truro, Cornwall. Iznik pottery is named after the Turkish town where it was made between the mid-15th and 17th centuries. It is famed for its quality and detailed blue and white designs, often featuring flowers. The designs were sought after in Britain in the 19th century.” The bottles came to the Copeland family through an ancestor, Leonard Daneham Cunliffe, who bought them from antiques dealer Frank Dickinson from his 104 New Bond Street Gallery in 1919.”

British police dog catches car thief after tracking him for TWO MILES through woods and over fields: “There is no escaping police dog Troy who managed to sniff out a suspect after tracking him for two miles. The German Shepherd was called into action after a Mercedes was stolen from a house in the village of Winscombe, in Somerset. Police lost sight of the car but later found it abandoned in nearby Brockley Combe, a wooded beauty spot. It is believed the thieves fled the scene twenty minutes before Troy arrived with his handler PC Jim Hampson to see if he could pick up a scent. The keen-nosed canine detected a trail and followed it through woods and across fields leading them straight to the suspect close to the entrance of Bristol Airport – two miles from where the car was found abandoned. A 28-year-old man was later charged with theft and four-year-old Troy got a public pat of the back from Chief Constable Nick Gargan.”

Clench for the memory: “If you want to memorise something, scientists have suddenly discovered, clench your right fist. Then, to recall it, clench your left. This could make you look a bit aggressive at a drinks party, when trying to remember the names of fellow guests, but it may be worth it. The new theory might explain the ability of taxi drivers to retain their knowledge of street patterns, since they must clench and unclench their hands at the wheel constantly in the infuriating traffic. Boxers, too, should be masterminds, unless the loss of brain cells counteracts the mnemonic effect of all that clenching.”

Expensive bauble: “Rare blue diamond sold for £6.2 million. The piece of jewellery, made by renowned Italian company Bulgari, fetched $1.8 million per carat (about £1.18 million) – beating the previous record for a blue diamond, which was $1.68 million per carat (approximately £1.05 million). Graff Diamonds bought the 5.30 carat “fancy” diamond, set in a Trombino ring, for £6,201,250 in the Bonhams fine jewellery sale in central London on Wednesday, following intense bidding from around the world. Speaking before the sale, Mr Girling said: “This particular blue diamond is one that has entranced and captivated me more than any other I have had the pleasure of handling, in every light it changes and appears differently to the eye.”

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All was not as it seemed

April 26, 2013 at 6:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A man and a woman were having a quiet, romantic dinner in a fine restaurant. They were gazing lovingly at each other and holding hands. The waitress, taking another order at a table a few steps away, suddenly noticed the man slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, but the woman stared straight ahead.

The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table.

Still, the woman stared straight ahead.

The waitress, thinking this behavior a bit risque and that it might offend other diners, went over to the table and, tactfully, began by saying to the woman “Pardon me, ma’am, but I think your husband just slid under the table.”

The woman calmly looked up at her and said, “No, he didn’t. He just walked in the door.”

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Nasty British parking cops: “An angry motorist who screwed up a £30 parking ticket and threw it at a police community support officer has been fined £850 – for littering. Timothy Sawyer, 64, was slapped with the penalty notice by a PCSO when he parked his Ford Fiesta on a single yellow line in the market town of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, in July last year. A court heard Sawyer screwed the ticket up into a ball and threw it at the officer telling him: ‘I will f****** well park here.’ He then drove off down the high street, leaving the £30 fine lying in the road. Sawyer refused to pay the charge within seven days and turned down several requests from East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) for the money. He was charged with a littering offence but failed to appear at Skegness Magistrates Court last Thursday. The case proceeded in his absence and found him guilty of littering after hearing evidence from Police Community Support Officer Keith Briggs and a council enforcement officer. Sawyer, who had indicated a not guilty plea in a letter presented to the court, was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £637.61 as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

The mysterious dancing plant: Video shows bizarre shrub as it violently sways from side to side on a day with NO WIND: “A South Carolina couple were spooked when they discovered a strange plant violently swaying on it’s own during a recent trip to the countryside. Jason Freeman and his wife were out riding near Hilton when they came across the bizarre plant rocking back and forth despite there not being a breath of wind in the air. ‘OK that is really starting to creep me out,’ says Freeman, who began filming the weird occurrence. ‘It’s not wind. Look at it go.’ The footage shows the man pan his cell phone camera around to show that nothing else is moving on what appears to be a completely still day. He then comes back to focus on the plant, which is still swinging from side to side. At one point, the man tries to stop the plant moving with his hand, and manages to keep it still for a moment. But sure enough, it quickly resumes its metronomic swaying once he’s let go.”

MD: Baltimore guards, inmates indicted for gang corruption: “In what could have been a season of The Wire, a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses 13 female guards of collaborating with a Baltimore jail gang to smuggle drugs, cellphones and other banned goods into the city’s main detention centers. The leader of the gang, the Black Guerrilla Family, also had sex with several guards and got four pregnant, according to the indictment, which also names seven inmates and five others with gang connections.”

Samurai sword-wielding bishop comes to woman’s aid: “A SAMURAI sword-wielding Mormon bishop has helped a neighbour escape an attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up on Tuesday morning to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him – a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword.He came upon what he describes as a melee between a woman and a man. His son stayed inside to call 911 while he approached the man along with other neighbours who came to help. The martial arts instructor didn’t hesitate in drawing the sword and yelling at him to get on the ground. “His eyes got as big as saucers and he kind of gasped and jumped back,” Mr Hendrix said by phone. “He’s probably never had anyone draw a sword on him before.”

Forget the cologne and witty one-liners, it’s all about how men speak that attracts women: “Chaps, forget the expensive cologne and witty one-liners, the way to a woman’s heart could be as simple as lowering your voice. Scientists have found different vocal traits are instinctively associated with body size, attractiveness and friendliness. They discovered the most desirable male voice for British women is deep, rumbling and breathy, indicating the ideal blend of masculinity, strength, with a hint of tenderness. While for women wanting to attract a British man, their delivery should be high-pitched and breathy, which signals to the male psyche they are petite and, controversially, open and submissive. According to Dr Xu, breathiness as seen as sultry in women, and tender in men. It is also more common in younger women, which may add to its appeal. ‘Even for males, if you want to be attractive to females, it is better to be breathy than aggressive in terms of voice quality. But in pitch, we found it is more attractive to be low, which indicates masculinity,’ he said.”

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Why Grandfathers are different

April 25, 2013 at 9:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Grandmothers and Grandfathers? Well, here it is:

There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son’s family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 5-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time — pancakes, ice cream, candy– Just him and his granddaughter.

One particular Saturday, however, he had a terrible cold and could not get out of bed. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be very disappointed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for her weekly drive and breakfast.

When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed. “Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?” he asked.

“Not really, PaPa, it was boring. We didn’t see a single asshole, queer, lesbian, piece of crap, horse’s ass, blind bastard, dipshit, Muslim camel humper or son of a bitch anywhere we went!”

We just drove around and Grandma smiled at everyone she saw. I really didn’t have any fun.”

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Amazing turnaround for Czech car-maker: “Forget the likes of Mercedes, BMW or Jaguar. Britain’s favourite car is a Skoda. The Skoda Yeti came top in a national satisfaction survey, with two other Skoda models also making the top ten. The flagship Skoda Superb was second and the Skoda Octavia sixth – not at all bad for a car which was once known for the comedy it produced, not its quality. More than 46,000 car owners took part in this year’s survey, for Auto Express. The Yeti, which costs from œ14,945 to œ26,400 for a top of the range model, achieved a top score of 92.65 per cent in overall satisfaction ratings. According to the magazine, the Yeti is a `compact sports utility vehicle offering multi-purpose practicality, hatchback handling and genuine off-road ability in a great value package’. Czech car-maker Skoda has undergone a huge image change since it was taken over by German car giant Volkswagen in the early 1990s. Before that, its unreliable reputation made it the butt of countless jokes, such as `how do you double the value of a Skoda? Fill it with petrol’.”

Stray sheep mystery: “Villagers in East Sussex have been left scratching their heads after the bizarre discovery of 56 sheep wandering around their country lanes. Locals in the village of Chiddingly, near Lewes, are caring for the flock in their back gardens while neighbourhood police search for the owner. The sheep were reported to the police after being found on April 13 but as yet no one has come forward to collect them. Mr Soper said: ‘A flock of sheep turned up in Chiddingly and we thought they might have been dumped. ‘There’s 56 all told. They turned up in my driveway and in my garden where I keep 17 bee hives so I had to herd them through to a patch of land. ‘They are chomping in the grass and it makes me wonder if a farmer had a terrible spring and cannot afford to pay hay charges and then abandoned them. ‘They have black faces and legs but have not been tagged and I understand they have to be tagged at a year old. Sussex Police were called but say there have been no reports of missing sheep in the area

The “experts” goof. Carved stone sells for £500,000: “An ancient Buddhist artefact discovered being used as a doorstep and valued at £30,000 has been sold for more than £500,000. The granite relic was given to Bronwen Hickmott’s parents by a tea planter who returned to Britain from Sri Lanka in the 1950s. Mrs Hickmott inherited the 2.4m-long (8ft) stone from her mother and father and began using it as a doorstep at her home in Exeter, Devon. But an expert who spotted the one tonne stone in a photograph later confirmed it was actually a Buddhist temple step – up to 1,300 years old. It was put up for auction with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 to £50,000 but sold yesterday for ten times as much – £553,250. Mrs Hickmott said she was ‘over the moon’ at the sale, and that rival auction house Sotheby’s had previously shown no interest in helping her research the origin of what she called ‘The Pebble’. And she told how she was also turned down by producers of BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow.”

Worst date ever: Man who built a menu-fort to block out girl: “Watching a couple argue in public can be an awkward moment. But this furious man was so angry with his dinner date he decided to build a wall using menus to block out the girl he was with who can be seen playing on her mobile phone. The amusing photo was snapped by software designer Adam Howell in the restaurant Olive Garden, in Pineville, North Carolina, who then posted the image on Twitter. According to Howell, a waitress had to come over to the table and take the menus away. ‘He didn’t seem to think that it was too ridiculous,’ Mr Howell told the Huffington Post. ‘He wasn’t apologising or anything, it was just something that happened.’

British Keystone Kops again: “A group of toddlers were left terrified when riot police raided a street as a three-year-old was holding his birthday party. Ethan Baker had enjoyed a friendly pinata game with his friends in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, when the street was flooded with officers warning them to get inside. Neighbours claimed six police cars and seven riot vans descended on the scene of the party within minutes – with a police helicopter circling overhead. As worried parents ushered their crying children inside, police said they had traced a car connected with an incident in a separate area to the street. Families were holed up in their homes for an hour while officers searched the car before they gave the all clear and said they had not found anything suspicious.” Humberside Police have declined to reveal what the original incident was about. However, they confirmed that armed officers went to Eleanor Street and that it did not involve anyone from the party.”

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Tough jigsaw

April 24, 2013 at 5:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Is the hourglass figure a thing of the past? Women’s waists have grown 7 INCHES since 1951 while weight soars by 7.5lbs: “With a slender waist and curves in all the right places, Marilyn Monroe’s physique has long been coveted by women – and admired by men. But it seems the classic hourglass figure that the star epitomised could be on borrowed time. The waist size of the average British woman has increased by more than seven inches since the 1950s, research has found, giving her more in common with a rectangle than an hourglass. For a perfect hourglass figure, a woman’s hip and bust must be of equal size, with a narrow tapered waist. But a study has found that this shape is becoming increasingly rare. In 1951, the average woman’s waist was 27 inches, with her bust and hips around ten inches larger. But researchers who surveyed 5,500 women found the average waist now measures 34 inches. Hip and bust dimensions, meanwhile, have grown by only an inch, leaving them just four inches larger than the waist. As a result, almost half of British women are now classed as a ‘rectangle’ – with little difference between bust, waist and hip measurements.

Cat on a hot-PLATE: Does any pet really need protective boots to explore the kitchen?: “Thanks to these groundbreaking kitten mittens, cats investigating dangerous hot hobs and other kitchen surfaces will not burn themselves – as long as they remember to put their heatproof boots on. The launch of the bespoke boots comes after a survey found 43 per cent of all cat owners worry that their kitchens are unsafe for their beloved pets. Owners such as housewife Jackie Cable find that their curious cats ended up burning their paws when seeing what’s for dinner. Her pet Mischief regularly lives up to his name as he clambers on to the ceramic kitchen hob. Mrs Cable, 35, from Newbury in Berkshire, said: ‘My cat means the world to me, but cooking anything when he is around is a nightmare. Mischief’s new mittens means he now is free to explore the kitchen without the risk of scalding himself. Mrs Cable added: ‘He is happy to wear them and it’s a big relief to know he is safe, particularly because of how badly burned his paws used to get.”

Killed by a tat: “An ‘energetic and sporty’ 23-year-old has died hours after getting a tattoo. Federica Iammatteo, a student from Milan, was said to be ‘in perfect health’, before getting a new design inked onto her body. But the next morning she went into septic shock, haemorrhaging. That night her heart stopped and she died. Ms Iammatteo had visited a specialist tattoo parlour on Thursday afternoon to get the new drawing – to the right of her spine. She already had other tattoos in the centre of her back. But by Friday morning she felt shivery and had pins and needles in her hands and feet. She texted a friend saying she thought she had a fever. Her symptoms rapidly got worse prompting her family to seek medical help. She was seen by doctors at the San Giuseppe hospital in Milan, but as soon as she arrived she began to haemorrhage and was immediately transferred to the Policlinica, Milan’s top hospital. Then on Saturday morning at 3am they were called by staff who told them she had died.”

100 dolphins wash up on Italian coast after being hit by killer strain of measles: “Scientists believe that more than 100 dolphins washed up dead along the Italian coast were struck down by a killer strain of measles. A total of 101 dolphin carcasses have been counted on the west coast of Italy since the beginning of the year. All are the same species – striped dolphins which have a distinctive blue and white pattern and grow to about eight feet long. They usually live for 50 or 60 years. The bodies have appeared on beaches spanning more than half the western coastline of Italy, from Tuscany to Calabria, as well as the island of Sicily – which suggests that the problem is not caused by humans pollutants such as oil. Instead the deaths are being attributed to a possible outbreak of Morbillivirus, the virus that causes measles in humans, which scientists believe created a gateway for other illnesses among the animals.”

Attack cat saves owner: “A STRAY cat rescued from near death and given a home has returned the favour to its owner – saving her from a potentially fatal red-bellied black snake bite. Sam the cat was facing a bleak future when a friend of Tate Burns found him in the gutter 18 months ago. Instead of putting him down, Ms Burns took Sam in to her Marsfield home. And her decision was vindicated last week when she was preparing to take Sam to the vet for a check-up and noticed him scratching at the front door. “I went over to investigate and when I pulled the door back he lunged on to the door snake and I pulled him away, that’s when I saw the snake,” she said. “I was quite surprised to see a real snake behind the door snake. It lunged out at me, I jumped back and swore loudly. I locked Sam upstairs because I didn’t want him to go near the snake.” Ms Burns said her “attack cat” had saved her life. “If you believe in karma. I guess he was paying it forward,” she said.”

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What a pretty fellow

April 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

California Red Sided Garter Snake under polarized light

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French fisherman fights off crocodile ‘latched onto his head’ in Australia’s wild North: “A French deckhand swimming in remote waters in Australia has fended off an attack by a six-foot crocodile which grabbed his head in its mouth and began a death roll. Yoann Galeran, 29, was dragged underwater by the crocodile but said he “punched” it and escaped with a “few holes on the head”. “I just feel that I’ve been lucky and I just think [if it was] a bigger crocodile, I maybe wouldn’t have any head,” he said. Mr Galeran was swimming at night to a dinghy about 50 feet from shore in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory when the saltwater crocodile began to attack. “I just had the feeling that if I want to fight for my life, I just need to move all my body as much as I can. He just hit me on the top, on the left side, and on top of my neck and tried to push me down in the water… I punched him anywhere.” “I didn’t think about dying,” he said. “It was going so fast — everything happened in less than five seconds and then I fell free… I only thought about fighting to stay alive.”

Branding yourself not so cool: “THREE WA men suffered horrific burns after branding themselves with novelty branding irons given away as part of a Jack Daniel’s promotion. Health advocates are now demanding legislation that stops “reckless” alcohol marketing. The men, aged in their 20s and 30s including one who branded his backside were admitted to Royal Perth Hospital for surgery and emergency skin grafts. The last one was operated on earlier this month. The others chose to plunge the hot metal rod with the words “Old No.7 Brand”, in reference to the Tennessee bourbon, on the back of a hand and a leg. The irons were part of a barbecue pack promotion offered with bottles of Jack Daniel’s. Dr Duncan-Smith said the patients sought emergency treatment days after realising they were badly injured. He had concerns that a video posted on YouTube of a young man being branded with one of the irons could trigger a dangerous trend. “There could be an element of copycat, like the recent planking craze that was all over the internet,” he said.”

What really happens to used hotel soap: “MOST of us don’t get a chance to get through the whole bar of soap during a hotel stay. You’d expect the remains to simply be thrown in the bin. Right? Well not anymore. With more than two million bars of soap being thrown away every day by hotels in the US alone, the Global Soap Project is stepping in to turn old into new. The Stonewall Resort in Lewis County, Virginia, is teaming up with Wal-Mart to recycle used soap from hotels and give them to the needy around the world. Resort community outreach director Samantha Norris says Stonewall will collect used soap from guest rooms and ship it to the non-profit Global Soap Project processing centre, with Mal-Mart covering the shipping costs. Impurities will be removed from the soap. More than 272 kilograms of soap will be reprocessed this year.”

Men ARE more romantic: 48% fall in love at first sight compared with 28% of women: “Around 10,000 people took part in online survey about love and relationships in the 21st century. While romantic, men are more unfaithful gender, with 33% admitting to having had sex outside a relationship. They may forget anniversaries and buy last minute Valentine’s gifts from petrol stations, but men are, apparently, more romantic than women. A survey found that while 48 per cent cent have fallen in love at first sight, a mere 28 per cent of women could claim the same. The research, published in new book The Normal Bar, questioned 10,000 people worldwide about their attitude towards love and relationships. The survey, which is ongoing, contains 1,300 questions and touches on everything from sex to the most attractive physical features to personality traits a prospective partner looks for, the Washington Post reported. Other interesting figures from the survey included the finding that only 74 per cent of people are happy in their relationship and 66 per cent of those questioned believe their partner is their soulmate.

Cheap gin wins big: “A bottle of £10 gin from Aldi beat some of the world’s most highly-regarded spirits which cost up to five times as much in a blind taste test. Experts ranked the cut-price supermarket’s gin alongside more established rivals and a bottle from from Harrods. The budget Aldi £9.65 Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin has sold in the supermarket since 1999. It comes in 70cl bottles and is described as having a ‘ripe, citrus aroma with rounded spice and a touch of juniper’. It is the only Aldi own label gin and is distilled for a ‘clear, crisp, complex flavour’. Adjudicators at the International Spirits Challenge awarded it a silver medal, the same as The London No.1 Gin, which sells for £35 at Harrods. The Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin, which costs £55.95, also won silver. But mainstream brands such as Bombay Sapphire, selling for £21.70, and Hendricks, at £26.39, only won bronze. A panel of six judges which is made up of selected master distillers, blenders, specialist writers and prominent industry figures carried out blind taste tests on 70 different gins over the course of a day.

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A real cat nap! Two lions settle down for afternoon snooze in the sun

April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Is that the best you can do? Adorable baby unimpressed with older brother’s singing: “Oliver Copeland just wants to record a round of Happy Birthday, but in this adorable new clip his younger brother Casper isn’t impressed with his singing voice. As Oliver tries again and again to get the song going, Casper simply looks at him as if he’s gone crazy. Oliver does his best to get his sibling to join in, even shouting ‘sing!’ in the infant’s face in case the message isn’t getting through. The infant turns his back on his singing brother. But even in the face of such insistent demands, Casper just falls over and headbutts his brother. Finally the fussy infant is replaced with a much more agreeable partner, a stuffed doll.”

Inside New York’s most expensive home: Three-floor penthouse with 16 bedrooms goes on sale for $125 million: “New York City may have seen some pricey properties, but now there’s a new record in town: A three-floor penthouse which has hit the market for an eye-watering $125 million. The Pierre Hotel penthouse on Fifth Avenue occupies the 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors of the Upper East Side hotel and has 16 rooms, six bathrooms and five fireplaces beneath 23-foot ceilings. The opulent home gives 360-degree views over Manhattan, Central Park and the Hudson and East Rivers – and for even better views, the owners can step onto one of the four terraces. There are arched cathedral windows and fireplaces designed in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries – including one in the private gym. Other features include a Swedish sauna, three powder rooms, a private elevator that services all three floors and three kitchenettes as well as a main kitchen. There’s also a grand wooden staircase, a library with 18th-century paneling and a guest suite with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and two living areas.”

Rome celebrates its 2,766th birthday: “When in Rome, it is said, one should do as the Romans do. And that is exactly what citizens of the Eternal City did this weekend as they took a step back in time to celebrate the 2,766th birthday of the capital. Each year the streets become a stage for troupes of actors dressed as denizens of the ancient city, as they mark the legendary foundation of the Birth of Rome. The annual Natale di Roma festival sees Romans join in parades and re-enactments of ancient Rome as it was said to have been in 753 BC. The festivities are centred on the legend of the founding of the city. According to the legend, Rome’s history began when the pagan god Mars, enchanted by the beauty of a Vestal Virgin, snuck into her temple in the town of Alba Longa to sleep with her. When she birth to twin boys, the king ordered that the infants should be thrown in to the Tiber. As soon as they were born the pair were placed in a trough and thrown into the River Tiber, but the trough came ashore and they were found by a wolf who fed them with her milk. They were then raised by a shepherd, Faustulus. Reaching adulthood the twins decided to found a town, and chose the place where the wolf had nursed them.”

Woman snaps photo of ghost on cellphone – and he’s wearing a pink Seventies style suit: “A Texan woman received a spooky surprise when she realised she’d unknowingly taken a picture of a ghost on her smart phone. Marcella Davis of Cleveland, was trying to take a picture of her nephew outside his school when he turned away and asked her to stop snapping. But later, when her daughter looked through the photos on her cellphone, she called her mother’s attention to a ghostly apparition lurking in the background wearing a light pink Seventies style suit. A mother of two teenagers herself, Ms Davis admits she didn’t know the sophisticated ins and outs of her cellphone which is why her daughter had been showing her how to zoom in on her pictures after she took them on April 15. Indeed, on close examination, a male figure in a bell-bottomed suit and a dark shirt hovers alongside a set of railings as Ms Davis’ nephew turns his back on her in the foreground.”

Orphaned chimpanzee with adoptive chimp father who saved him from death: “After he was orphaned two years ago, scientists did not think a young chimp could survive without help from an adopted parent – and least of all from the alpha male. But that’s exactly what happened to ‘Oscar’, the star of new Disney documentary, Chimpanzee, when he was welcomed in by patriarch ‘Freddy’. Having previously shown great aggression over the other males to secure leadership of his chimp colony, Freddy now proved he could also be the daddy of them all. Never before have film-makers or scientists witnessed a male taking on the mothering role of a young baby in this way. They watched in amazement as Freddy showed a tenderness towards the young orphan. He allowed tiny Oscar to ride on his back, cracked nuts for him and delicately groomed his fur. Before long, Freddy was sharing his nest with Oscar cradled inside his massive arms. World-renowned primatologist Professor Christophe Boesch, who has spent more than 30 years studying the chimpanzees of Taï Forest National Park in Africa’s Ivory Coast, where the filming took place, said such behaviour in the animal kingdom was almost unheard of.”

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A split lady

April 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British Council blames Roman road builders for not laying strong enough road foundation: “Council chiefs have blamed an increasing number of potholes on the Romans – and are blaming asphalt problems on the French. Apparently, the Romans did not construct roads on strong enough foundations – which has contributed to potholes. Bosses at Kent County Council’s Highways Services department – which filled in nearly 15,000 potholes around the county last year – say that potholes keep popping up because it has been using French asphalt. But, rather than putting the blame squarely on the French, roads chiefs also blamed the Roman Empire for not laying the roads on strong enough foundations 2,000 years ago. Astonished councillors couldn’t believe what they were hearing – saying the council had wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on asphalt which was ‘no good’.”

Bees get revenge on hive vandal who was stung countless times when he destroyed hives: “A man wanted for killing off more than 1,000 bees might have needed medical treatment for a countless number of stings, police have said. The vandal scattered nine hives at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales, and damaged their frames, causing its entire stock of bees to be destroyed. Police are hoping to track down the person, who would have been heavily stung in their attack, and would have needed treatment afterwards. Most people can withstand 10 bee stings for every pound of fat before the venom becomes fatal, unless they are allergic. The director of the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust said he ‘can’t find words to describe’ the act of vandalism that killed off the entire colony.”

Britain’s first ever cookbook: “If you tuck in to roast lamb with mint sauce for lunch today, you will be eating the same meal as our forebears enjoyed more than 850 years ago. Recently discovered recipes dating from the 12th Century show that our taste in food has hardly changed – with traditional combinations including beef and mustard as popular then as they are now. The recipes were found on a fragile parchment from Durham Cathedral Priory dating back to 1140. Their author is not known, but they were used by monks to entertain members of the aristocracy. Written in Latin, it lists the right way to make sauces to accompany mutton, chicken, duck, pork and beef. But there are hardly any instructions about quantities of ingredients or number of servings. One note suggests a sauce for mutton, which includes costmary, a member of the mint family.”

Give up satellite TV and don’t go on foreign holidays, Irish homeowners filing for bankruptcy are told: “Irish debtors must give up foreign holidays, satellite television and feed themselves on eight euros (about £6.80 or $10) a day under new monthly spending rules introduced by the government to tackle the country’s debt problems. Ireland’s Insolvency Service will allow a debtor to spend 57 euros a month on heating bills and 126 euros on socialising, while they must remove their children from private schools, give up any private health insurance and only use a car if there is no public transport alternative. High unemployment – at 14 per cent – and wage cuts since the country’s economy collapsed in 2008 mean that 120,000 – about one in eight – homeowners have fallen into arrears and are more than 90 days behind on repayments”

Injection kills pain for THREE days: “A new anaesthetic injection that lasts for up to three days may help save millions of patients from the distressing side effects of powerful painkilling medication. The astonishing effectiveness of Exparel, unveiled last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons, could mean up to a third of those who undergo surgery need no opiate medication during their recovery. Opiates – which include morphine – commonly cause nausea, vomiting and constipation. More common after effects include a dry mouth, itching and rashes, as well as drowsiness and ‘clouded mental state’. One study found that 55 per cent of patients who received opiates in hospital needed to take further drugs to control these side effects, and that the use of these additional treatments was five times more frequent than in those who did not receive opiates. The drug is administered via injections during surgery. The active ingredient – bupivacaine – is suspended in a matrix which slows its absorption into the body, meaning the effects are prolonged for up to 72 hours.”

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