Dyslexic road sign

August 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Canadian man born blind sees for the first time at age 68 after he FELL down the stairs: “68-year-old Pierre-Paul Thomas was born blind and would have continued to live without vision if he hadn’t fallen down his stairs two years ago. The fall sent him to the hospital for fractures around his eye sockets and when treating his injuries a surgeon for the first time realized his blindness was curable. Thomas was born with congenital nystagmus, a condition that made his eyes move side to side involuntary and had damaged optic nerves and cataracts on top of that. The fall required surgery on Thomas’s face, where the thin bones around his eye sockets fractured. While consulting with a plastic surgeon, she asked nonchalantly: ‘Oh, while we’re at it, do you want us to fix your eyes, too?’ According to Dr Dev Cheema, head of the ophthalmology clinic at Montreal General Hospital, it was the cataracts that caused Thomas to be legally blind – and not the disease. All they had to do was remove the cataracts.”

Wrong shade of pink?: “When Marco Pierre White chose to repaint his 15th century hotel a shade of pink, he perhaps thought it would add to the colourful palette used on old buildings in Suffolk villages. But the chef is being forced to repaint his historic hotel after locals complained that the Grade-II listed building looked like ‘blancmange’ as he has not used the traditional Suffolk Pink. One of the upset local residents said: ‘It looks as if someone has got their history badly wrong – Suffolk pink is a traditional colour here and has been for centuries. But it is not that chocolate-box pink that people think it is. ‘There is a rich pageant of old colours in this village – from red to yellow and rust to mustard – and frankly the Angel looked ridiculous pink. Last night the hotel confirmed that the hotel would be repainted. Manager Rob Jackson said: ‘The building needed freshening up and Marco chose the colour but we have agreed to change it and instead have a much darker pink.”

Dog eats paralysed man’s testicle while he sleeps: “A 39-year-old US man, who is paralysed from the waist down, recently adopted a “small, white, fluffy” stray dog to be his loving companion. The new relationship went swimmingly for about three weeks, until the dog chewed off one of his new owner’s testicles. Said owner awoke at 7:45am on Monday morning to a “burning pain” in his midsection, reports KAIT8.com. Looking down, he noticed that “the dog had eaten one of his testicles”. The dog was still between his legs with blood on its muzzle and teeth. Luckily, as the man told police, he has no feeling whatsoever from the waist down. Police had the dog euthanised at a local vet, and its head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies. Yes, just its head, because the day’s events weren’t gruesome enough already.”

Don’t trust railings: “A MANHATTAN ad executive on a first date fell 17 storeys to her death after going outside to have a cigarette on her balcony. New York City police say Jennifer Rosoff, 35, was with a man she had been on a date with outside her corner apartment on the 17th floor in midtown Manhattan shortly before 1am on Thursday (3pm AEST) when she either leaned against or sat on the railing. “You know, you shouldn’t do that,” her companion said, according to sources who spoke to dnainfo.com. “I do it all the time,” she replied moments before the railing collapsed. Sources told The New York Post that the date, who lives nearby, heard two sharp pops before the railing collapsed and his girlfriend of a single night flew backward off the tiny balcony, screaming as she fell. Police believe it gave way and she fell, landing on construction scaffolding at ground level at the 400 East 57th Street apartment. When paramedics arrived, she was motionless and not breathing and was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Police sniffer dog in British hospital: “Hospital bosses have hired a police sniffer dog to stop patients using illegal drugs on the wards. Coco the cocker spaniel was brought in to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation trust following concerns that drug dealers were preying on vulnerable patients. The 15-month-old dog is on duty at a base in Newcastle but can quickly be dispatched to any wards within the six hospitals run by the trust whenever staff raise the alarm. Managers decided to hire a sniffer dog following reports drug dealers were hanging around in hospitals hoping to selling drugs to vulnerable patients. The trust treats 40,000 patients with mental health problems every year – some are addicts whose illnesses were caused by years of drug abuse. A dog’s sense of smell is more than 1,000 times as powerful than ours and the moisture on their noses helps trap tiny scent particles.”

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