Rorschach lives!

August 3, 2013 at 9:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Inkblots have got nothing on this. Below is the logo for Olympic skiing:

Can you see the skier with his ski pole there? Because of the logo, Russian parliamentarians are planning to prohibit alpine skiing as an Olympic sport for the Olympics in Sochi. According to them, the international symbol of this sport violates two laws of the Russian Federation at once: the law on propaganda of homosexuality and the law on insulting the feelings of believers.

In case you have difficulty seeing it, the Russians see the ski pole as a cross protruding from the behind of the skier.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Uruguay set to become first country in the world to legalise marijuana: “Uruguay moved a step closer to becoming the first country in the world to legalise marijuana today in a last-ditch assault on the country’s ruthless drug cartels. The bill, if passed, would allow anyone to grow, sell and consume cannabis freely, while a confidential registry would keep people from buying more than 40 grams a month. The unprecedented plan to put the government at the center of a legal marijuana industry has already made it halfway through congress, giving President Jose Mujica a long-sought victory in his effort to explore alternatives to the global war on drugs. The measure now goes to the Senate, where Mujica’s coalition has a bigger majority and passage is expected to come within weeks for the proposal to make Uruguay the world’s first nation to create a legal, regulated marijuana market.”

Syrian religious group bans croissants because they symbolise ‘oppression’: “A Sharia committee issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, declaring croissants ‘haram’, which means they are forbidden in Islamic law. The group, which operates in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, said that they have ‘colonial’ significance. They claim that the pastry’s crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, reported Al Arabiya. Islamis sharia committees have declared several strict fatwas in rebel-controlled areas of Syria. Aleppo’s society usually adheres to moderate Islamic teachings.”

Australian woman pays £900 for two REAL Apples after trying to buy a pair of iPhones on website: “An Australian woman who paid £800 for two new Apple iPhones lost her money when she opened the boxes – and found two real green apples inside. The 21-year-old Brisbane woman had placed an advertisement in an online buy-and-sell site saying she was looking to purchase a number of iPhones. Police in the Queensland town of Upper Mt Gravatt, near Brisbane, said that not long after the advert was placed in the Gumtree site a woman called and said she had two Apples for sale. Senior Constable Jess Hopkin of the Upper Mt Gravatt Crime Prevention Unit said the two women arranged to meet at a McDonald’s outlet, where the transaction took place. The purchaser handed over $1500, the equivalent of £800, and was given two new iPhone boxes in return, the Quest community newspaper of Queensland reported today. Her mistake was to not look inside. On returning home the young woman opened the boxes and found to her horror that they contained real apples.”

Big fish: “This angler will be enjoying seafood suppers for weeks after landing an enormous 8ft halibut big enough to make 400 portions of fish and chips. It took Christian Johannsen, 45, and two other men almost five hours to reel in the mighty 428lb catch in the Barents Sea off Norway, which Mr Johannsen described as being ‘the size of a door’. ‘I thought my hook had struck the ground at first because there was so much resistance,’ Mr Johannsen said. ‘My rod was bent at 90 degrees and I had to work for over four hours to bring it to the surface. By that time my arms were burning and I was covered in sweat. After hauling the monster fish on board with ropes, all three men had to stand on one side of the boat to prevent it from lurching beneath the weight of the halibut. Once they reached dry land, the halibut was weighed and measured before being carved up into about 400 filleted portions and distributed.”

Mass brawl breaks out in Taiwanese parliament as Leftists try to block vote: “Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other today ahead of an expected vote that would authorise a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people. Nuclear power has long been a contentious issue in Taiwan and became more so following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. While many Taiwanese consider nuclear power generation an unacceptable safety risk for the earthquake-prone island, economic analyses suggest disruptive power shortages are inevitable if the fourth plant is not completed. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. DPP lawmakers occupied the legislative podium late Thursday night amid vows to disrupt the vote.”

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