A big pussycat

September 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This woman in the video found this lion injured in the forest ready to die. She took the lion with her and nursed the lion back to health. when the lion was better she made arrangements with a zoo to take the lion and give it a new and happy home.

This video was taken when the woman after some time went to go visit the lion to see how he was doing. watch the lion’s reaction when he sees her. Amazing!!!!!

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Australian football commentator makes a blunder: “LIFE can be brutal in live broadcasting. Every word scrutinised. Every mistake there for the world to see. Just ask AFL commentator Luke Darcy, who was trending on Twitter during Saturday’s thrilling preliminary final between Hawthorn and Port Adelaide for all the wrong reasons. The Twitterati don’t miss much, so when Darcy unfortunately declared, “The lights are coming on, it is getting a bit overcast,” the tweets flew in thick and fast. You see, it was nearing 6pm at the MCG. Night time.”

Mystery plant identified: “When a green-fingered pensioner spotted a new species of plant growing in her carefully-cultivated garden, she naturally called on her local radio station for help identifying it. But instead of receiving advice on how to get rid of a troublesome weed, Patricia Hewitson discovered she had actually been growing a five-foot-tall cannabis plant. Mrs Hewitson, who sent a photograph of the plant to BBC Radio Devon’s gardening programme, said she had received some “interesting” emails after asking for help. Local police have assured her she will not be prosecuted, after cultivating the healthy plant in good faith. It is believed the cannabis plant grew from a seed which fell from the bird feeder hanging above the flowerbed. Mrs Hewitson, from Exmouth, has now been advised to cut the plant up, take it to a police station or discard it safely on her compost heap. Police confirmed it is illegal to grow cannabis without a licence, but said they would not pursue the matter any further because of the “mitigating circumstances”.

Luxury French airline: “Forget back of the bus, cattle or economy class, a boutique airline company in France has launched an exclusively all-business class flights at comparatively budget prices. Trying to make business class more accessible to everyone, French airline La Compagnie offers passengers a round trip from Paris to New York for just £945 (€1200) – more than £2000 cheaper than the same trip with Air France. Launched by L’Avion founder Frantz Yvelin and former Swissair and JetAirways COO Peter Luethi in July, the company sets to bring business class service ‘back to where it belongs.’ ‘With French style and American dependability, La Compagnie will become the choice of the current generation of hard-working business travelers who demand something more from air transportation’ says Yvelin. La Compagnie will operate a fleet of redesigned Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with 74 seats, that recline 180 degrees, set in a 2×2 formation throughout the aircraft.

Amazon’s secret annual party for the world’s leading authors: “Right now, some of the most popular authors in the world are rumored to be gathering in Santa Fe, Mexico for a super-secret weekend organized by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. The weekend event called Campfire is in its fifth year, and takes place at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, where the literary elite are treated to opulent meals and luxury gifts on Bezos’ dime. Though the New York Times reports that Campfire attendees are not required to sign nondisclosure forms, most keep the event to themselves at the request of Bezos. Those attending this year’s event are slated to enjoy formal talks with other literary influencers, catered dinners, live music, horseback riding and skeet shooting. In past years, attendees have received free vests, fleece sweaters, shoulder bags and small suitcases to lug all of their gifts home with – many on free chartered planes.

Surfer’s nightmare: “Paddling directly towards a great white shark would be a surfer’s worst nightmare. But these two paddle boarders were completely unaware of the potential dangers lurking just metres from them when they took to the surf on the NSW Central Coast last Friday. Footage shot by drone pilot Tom Caska captured the moment a huge shark started following a sea of fish 50 metres off the shore at Killcare Beach. Mr Caska’s brother Andrew was on one of the three-metre long paddle boards when the shark started circling. But remarkably, no one was fully aware of how close he came until they looked back on the drone footage. The shark, believed to be a great white, and the school of fish are clearly visibly in the aerial photo just metres from several surfers. ‘Came in after that big school of fish. Must be careful in the water this time of year as the whites migrate south again,’ he wrote. It comes after a 50-year-old man was killed after a suspected great white attacked him at Byron Bay earlier this month.

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Gracious

September 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man at Texas Chick-fil-A Pays $1K to Treat Diners: “A generous customer has paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-thru lanes of a West Texas fast-food restaurant. KRBC, the NBC affiliate in Abilene, reports that on Monday at 7 p.m. a man handed over the cash at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene. The man in the drive-thru lane told employees he wanted to pay for everyone behind him for as long as the cash lasted. The franchise owner, Brian LaCroix, said the cash was enough to pay for drive-thru food for people in 88 vehicles over about an hour. His actions would have many customers behind puzzled, and shocked. LaCroix said even a lady started crying after hearing about the story. “She just had an awful day,” LaCroix said. “We told her the story and she just started crying.” The anonymous gesture was buzzed around the restaurant the next day. The good deed continues to overwhelm some customers and the employees who were fortunate enough to witness him pay it forward. The donor’s identity remains unknown.”

The ‘texting gun’ that stops drivers using their mobile behind the wheel: Device detects text, phone and data signals from phones: “Texting while driving can be incredibly dangerous and in most countries it is completely outlawed. But now one company claims to have developed a ‘texting gun’ that can recognise the frequency of a text message, allowing police to fine people for doing it. This led to Virginia-based ComSonics to design a gun that can detect frequencies. The device, called the Sniffer Sleuth II, is currently in production although no release date or price has been announced yet. According to the Virginian-Pilot, it can discern the different frequencies from a text message, phone call and data transfer. It apparently uses similar technology used by cable repairmen to find where a cable is damaged, who look for transmission ‘leaks’. In addition, the device can apparently even work out which person in the car is texting, so it will not alert police to issue a fine if it spots frequencies from a passenger.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Iconic Hipster Beer, Sold To Russians: “Pabst Blue Ribbon is defecting to Russia. The 170-year-old Milwaukee brewery known for its acronymic hipster beer announced on Thursday night that it was sold to Moscow-based Oasis Beverages, a six-year-old beer and soda firm that operates in Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine. “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand — it represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression — all the things that make this country great,” Eugene Kashper, the chairman of Oasis, said in a statement. “The opportunity to work with the company’s treasure trove of iconic brands, some of which I started my career selling, is a dream come true.” Kashper will serve as chief executive of the brewery, which will remain headquartered in Los Angeles. Oasis — which imports such beers as Heineken and Chimay to Russia and Ukraine — currently owns six beers in Russia and its bordering countries. It also produces apple juice, a non-alcoholic malt drink and a canned energy drink.”

Unidentified Floating Objects: “Visitors from outer space or a natural phenomena? Surfers and early morning walkers were stunned to find thousands of ‘alien eggs’ on a Sydney beach this weekend. Locals in Dee Why, on the city’s North Shore, reported seeing a large number of the strange objects which had washed ashore overnight. But rather than the green spheres being something from another planet, scientists explained they were a type of sponge-like seaweed that forms egg shapes possibly to protect themselves from predators. Beach-goers said they’d never seen anything like it, describing the balls as ‘alien eggs, ‘alien hairballs’, Japanese moss balls and UFOs (Unidentified Floating Objects). ‘About three days ago, there were a few egg-shaped balls but then today, they were much bigger and everywhere on the beach,’ Naraweena resident Jenny Zhang told The Manly Daily. The balls are thought to be an extremely rare species of filamentous green algae.” [Nice beach too]

There’s no escape! The pocket-sized spy drone with a 360 degree camera that can fly through windows and navigate tunnels: “It can fit in a pocket, yet is nimble enough to fly through windows and even through tunnels deep underground. Researchers have unveiled a radical new spy drone they say could revolutionise search and rescue. The US Air Force has even backed the project, hoping to use the drone to look for IEDs and for surveillance mission. The tiny hexacopter measures about seven inches across when fully configured. The drone uses six rotors to keep it airborne. It has a 360 degree panoramic camera, and can operate when out of radio contact with operators. CyPhy Works, a Danvers, Massachusetts-based startup led by CEO (and iRobot co-founder) Helen Greiner will build the drone. It will initially be used in search and rescue operations in collapsed buildings, tunnels, and other confined spaces and steep grades that may be difficult for crawling robots to negotiate. ‘The market potential is one for every soldier, marine, police officer, SWAT team member, and many other jobs that expose people to danger.’

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Canine propaganda

September 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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School’s Hamburg trip cancelled after teachers abandoned pupils for a night of heavy drinking: “A teenage school outing in Germany had to be abandoned after the teachers in charge got so drunk that police were called to restore order. The five-day trip to Hamburg was supposed to be a highlight of the school year for the group of 15- and 16-year-olds from the small town of Bramsche in Lower Saxony. But it seems the bright lights may have been too much for the two teachers in charge of the group. On the group’s first evening in the city, police were summoned to the hostel where they were staying to find both of the teachers severely inebriated. It transpired that they had left their charges to their own devices and settled down to an evening of heavy drinking. During the course of the night they became so drunk that one of them fell down a staircase and cut his head open – an incident which led to a member of the hostel staff calling an ambulance. But police were called after the teacher refused to accept medical help. The school was eventually forced to send another member of staff who happened to be in Hamburg to take over and arrange for the disappointed pupils to be bussed more than 130 miles home.

Just hitching a ride! Secret camera snaps wild cat-like creature relaxing on a moving rhino… and later a buffalo: “The bizarre moment a cat-like wild genet hitched a ride on some of Africa’s biggest beasts has been captured by a hidden camera trap. The animal was spotted riding around on the back of both a rhino and a buffalo. And while its exact motives were unknown, it has been suggested that it may perch there and wait for small prey to be flushed out by the beasts before pouncing. The amazing incident took place at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in South Africa. But the peculiar antics would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for a well-placed hidden camera set up by local conservation organisation, Wildlife Act, that uses the traps to monitor endangered species and help catch would be poachers. In fact, the rangers believe this is the first time behaviour like this has ever been recorded in the wild. A genet is a mammal that resembles a cross between a cat and a mongoose. They have spotted coats, long banded tails, small heads and large ears.”

Man catches giant anaconda snake with bare hands from river: “Sebastien Bascoules, 39, was filmed hauling the 175lb snake out of a river near his home in French Guiana. He clamped the 17ft reptile’s jaws shut with his hands while his friend carried its tail out of the water. The snake was then blindfolded with a T-shirt so it couldn’t find and crush anything or anyone nearby. He said: “A friend phoned me and explained that his dog, Minus, had been eaten by an anaconda close to his house. “At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller – but I was very surprised by his strength and his length – more than five metres. “Since I was 10 years old I have liked handling reptiles but this was the biggest snake I had ever seen and I had ever caught. “It was so big I asked to my friend to help me by catching his tail – otherwise it could strangulate me. “Because it was digesting the dog it was very calm before I touched it.” Mr Bascoules kept the anaconda in his bath overnight before driving six miles from his house and releasing the reptile into swamps.”

Super-rich rush to buy ‘Italian Job’ style gold bars: “The super-rich are looking to protect their wealth through buying record numbers of “Italian job” style gold bars, according to bullion experts. The number of 12.5kg gold bars being bought by wealthy customers has increased 243pc so far this year, when compared to the same period last year, said Rob Halliday-Stein founder of BullionByPost. “These gold bars are usually stored in the vaults of central banks and are the same ones you see in the film ‘The Italian Job’,” added David Cousins, bullion executive from London based ATS Bullion. The bars which are made from pure gold and are worth more than £300,000 each at today’s prices of $1,223 (£760) an ounce. Mr Cousins added that he has seen more confidence from gold buyers this year as prices remain stable after sharp falls in the price of gold last year. The sales of 1kg gold bars, worth about £25,000 each, has doubled during the three months ended August, when compared to the same period last year, according to ATS Bullion sales figures. Sales of the more popular gold coins such as the quarter ounce sovereign and one ounce Krugerrand have also doubled this year”

Good news for anyone with an Irish heart: “Ireland’s economy is growing at an explosive pace not seen since the glory days of the Celtic Tiger, setting off a scramble for Dublin property. Finance minister Michael Noonan said GDP surged 7.7pc in the year to June as rising exports to the US, Britain and China transform the former crisis-state into the eurozone’s star economy, reaching “escape velocity” as the rest of the currency bloc languishes in a slump. Gross national product — a better gauge of Ireland’s internal economy – grew by 9pc, an astonishing pace for a mature industrial state. The turnaround comes less than a year after Ireland regained economic sovereignty, the first of the eurozone bail-out countries to emerge from its EU-IMF Troika regime. The collapse of the banking system in 2008 and the country’s €67bn (£53bn) rescue already seem like another age. The Irish treasury can now borrow for two years at an interest rate of -0.016pc, lower than for Sweden, France, Britain or the US.”

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America’s woman soldiers

September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

She had just returned from deployment. Putting the nation’s mothers in harm’s way seems wrong to me but it’s a volunteer army so it’s up to the individual.

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Man armed with a banana robs store: “As cheeky thefts go, the hold-up in a small grocery store in Philadelphia was in a league of its own. The robber not only stole a banana but then used it to demand money and cigarettes. How the owner of the store will feel on seeing the surveillance tape is a moot point. It showed a young man cycling up to the store, leaving his bike outside for a quick getaway. Then undetected he grabbed a banana and hides it in the pocket of his hoodie. What he said is not clear from the tape but somehow he managed to dupe the staff into believing that he had a gun rather than a rather unripe banana. The clerk then handed over cash and several packets of cigarettes before the banana bandit made his somewhat leisurely getaway on two wheels.”

Something doesn’t add up! CNN reports 110% turnout in Scottish independence vote: “CNN featured a graphic on screen on Thursday night which showed that 110 percent of the country’s population had been polled. According to the graphic, 58 percent of Scots had said ‘yes’ and 52 percent voted ‘no’. Later, the network realized their error and switched to a more accurate graphic which showed 52 percent voting ‘no’ and 48 percent voting ‘yes'”

‘Charismatic’ bus driver has 26 children with nine women to become Britain’s most prolific father: “A bus driver has been named as British most prolific father – after it emerged he has 26 children with nine different women. Michael Redman first became a father aged 21 in 1976, when his first wife gave birth to a baby girl. Since then, his eight subsequent partners have given birth to another 25 children, with his most recent born just last year, it emerged today. He fathered three children in 1988 alone and had two children in 1991 and another pair of youngsters in 1998. The 58-year-old former solider now has 13 sons and 13 daughters, aged from nine months to 38 years old. Redman, who is based at the Guildford bus depot in Surrey, now lives with his current partner and their seven children in the nearby village of Ash…. Redman, who neighbours say drives a BMW, recently returned from holiday in Cornwall with his current partner and latest seven children. The family needed two cars to make the journey.”

Lufthansa flight attendants dress in dirndls for Oktoberfest: “There are few professional uniforms that face as much scrutiny than those worn by flight attendants. Airlines regularly redesign them and often employ some of the trendiest local designers to come up with the new look. But Lufthansa has looked to the past this week by dressing up its cabin crew in traditional Bavarian folk costumes to mark the start of the annual Oktoberfest in Munich. A crew of 12 women and two men departed earlier this week on a Munich to Beijing flight. Other Lufthansa flights featuring crew in the uniforms will fly to Sao Paulo and Mexico City in early October. The specially dressed crews will also fly on selected European flights. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will converge on Munich this week to begin the two-week Oktoberfest”

Nazi Krieghoff FG42 Paratrooper Sniper Rifle Sells for $299,000 at Auction: “Rock Island, IL –(Ammoland.com)- What a fantastic auction and we have all of you to thank for it! Not only did RIAC find buyers ready and willing to pay top dollar for the auction’s most distinguished items, but were also pleasantly surprised to find a host of eager new collectors ready to bring new life to their respective favorite genres. “What’s old is new again,” and of course, the best never goes out of style. This perfect storm of participation realized a total of… 11.6 Million Dollars!! We couldn’t be more pleased with the results or the excitement generated from this sale. Whether the firearms were high end, modern, semi-automatic sporting pistols, 19th century curiosa handguns, Colts, Winchesters, or Class III arms, every genre found itself in the middle of some intense bidding.”

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Two beauties

September 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An Attacus atlas butterfly sits on the face of a visitor to the Botanical Garden of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

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Number of websites hits a BILLION: Tracker reveals a new site is registered every SECOND: “In the time it’s taken you to read this sentence, at least four new websites have been registered. And according to figures from an internet tracker, the total number of websites now exceeds one billion. The figure, and the exact time and date the milestone was reached, still needs to be verified, but it is believed to have been achieved earlier this month. This number continues to rise and can be watched in real time on online tracker Internet Live Stats (ILS). The site added, however, that 75 per cent of these websites are not currently active, but have simply been registered, also known as ‘domain parked.’ The world wide web turned 25 in April this year. In 2013 alone, the web grew by more than a third: from about 630 million websites at the start of the year to over 850 million by December 2013 – of which 180 million were active. An online breakdown caused chaos in early August, costing the economy millions of pounds in lost trade and effectively closing access to a number of huge websites.”

Could this app turn you into a mathematician? Download DOUBLES your number skills in 14 days, claims study: “If you’re keen to learn a new language, or improve your number skills, a new app claims to make you a pro in a matter of weeks. The free UnlockYourBrain Android app teaches languages, history, plus a range of other tailored subjects – and independent tests found it can even double maths skills in 14 days. Each question takes two to three seconds to answer and the device’s screen can’t be unlocked until the correct answer is entered. The free UnlockYourBrain Android app teaches a range of languages, history, maths plus a range of other tailored subjects. Each question takes two to three seconds to answer and the device’s screen can’t be unlocked until the correct answer is entered. But if the phone needs to be accessed quickly, or in an emergency, questions can be skipped.”

Natural born killers: Chimpanzees are inherently violent and wage war like their human ‘cousins’, study claims: “Research has discovered that the apes are inherently violent, with males in particular proving to be the most aggressive of the sexes. The study suggests that violence has deep evolutionary roots, and is not a modern man-made phenomenon. Of all of the world’s animals, humans and chimpanzees are among the few to engage in attacks on other members of their own species. Primatologists and anthropologists have debated the concept of warfare for decades, with some saying increased gains and benefits of killing off competitors opens up access to key resources such as food or mates. In contrast, others have argued warfare is a result of human impact on chimpanzees – such as habitat destruction or food provisioning – rather than adaptive strategies.

Powder-puff garbage collectors in Yorkshire: “Binmen have been ordered to stop collecting rubbish from homes with long driveways over fears they could hurt themselves pulling bins to their lorry. Council officers issued the warning binmen in the Yorkshire Dales after health and safety chiefs asked for a risk assessment to be carried out. Last night a council meeting upheld the decision, meaning from today residents will have to leave their bins at the end of their driveway, or face have rubbish left behind on collection day. Councillor Paul English branded the move ‘crazy’ saying it was ‘health and safety gone mad’. He said: ‘When you apply to be a refuse collector it is pretty obvious you will be expected to collect refuse. It is kind of part of the job description. ‘Wheelie bins have wheels and are easy to move around and refuse collectors are trained to do it. It is like telling a footballer not to play football in case he breaks his leg.”

Pakistani passengers eject top politicians from plane in revolt over delays: “Long-suffering Pakistani airline passengers finally snapped on Monday over politicians delaying their flights, with a video clip of the incident later going viral in the country. The passengers’ revolt spread when the country’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who once led the country’s war on terror, and a legislator from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League finally boarded the Karachi-Islamabad flight after keeping fellow passengers waiting for around two hours. Such delays to scheduled flights to suit the whims of ‘VIP’ politicians are not unusual in Pakistan. As Mr. Malik, a close confident of former president Asif Zardari and the late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, walked along the air bridge to board, several passengers shouted at him to turn around and said he should be ashamed of himself. As the former minister, until recently one of the country’s most powerful figures, walked away, another passenger said: “Rehman Malik has been off-loaded, throw him out!”

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How embarrassing! says the dog

September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs also ‘reset plant species': Impact caused fast-growing trees to flourish on Earth: “Around 66 million years ago, a six mile-wide (10km) asteroid smashed into the Earth off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsular. The impact wiped out three quarters of all plant and animal species – including the dinosaurs – triggering mega-tsunami, wildfires, global earthquakes. But even Armageddon can have a silver lining, according to a new discovery which claims the event proved a turning point for the plants that now dominate vegetation on Earth. After the impact, fast-growing seasonal species of plants rapidly began to take over from evergreens. ‘If you think about a mass extinction caused by catastrophic event such as a meteorite impacting Earth, you might imagine all species are equally likely to die,’ said lead scientist Dr Benjamin Blonder, from the University of Arizona. ‘Survival of the fittest doesn’t apply – the impact is like a reset button. ‘The alternative hypothesis, however, is that some species had properties that enabled them to survive.

British mail carriers trial unicycles: “The traditional image of the postman using bicycles and vans to get around may be consigned to history if a revolutionary new electric unicycle is a success. Now deliveries will be getting the sci-fi treatment – with postmen trialling an electric unicycle to distribute post to customers. The modern eco-friendly AirWheel has a top speed of 12mph and an inbuilt stabiliser that allows riders to travel wherever pedestrians go – including sand and dirt tracks. Employees of Whistl – formerly TNT Post – have begun to trial the gadget in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The gadget – which has a range of 28 miles and recharges when it goes downhill – was met with astonished reactions from onlookers on Monday. The UK’s second largest delivery company’s initiative mirrors Amazon’s plan to deliver goods to customers by unmanned drones – but that idea is several years away from implementation.”

Hong Kong hotelier orders £20 million worth of Rolls Royces: “A flamboyant businessman has splashed out £20million on 30 bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms – the biggest ever single order for the manufacturer. As part of the deal Stephen Hung will get two of the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned. Mr Hung plans to use the red extended-wheelbase models as taxis to ferry clients to his ultra-posh Louis XIII hotel in Macau, when the venue opens in 2016. The red Phantoms will be extensively customised and will include diamond-encrusted features and two will also feature external and internal gold-plated detailing. Rolls-Royce refused to say how much the deal is costing Mr Hung, but a typical extended Phantom costs more than £500,000. The two most expensive Phantoms will feature external and internal gold-plated detailing while the fleet are thought to come with a series of diamond-encrusted features. Rolls-Royce has also helped to design the parking and driveways to house the fleet at Louis XIII and will train its chauffeurs how to drive them. The hotel will have suites that cost in excess of £75,000 a night.”

Estate agent fired after security camera records him pinching chocolate bar from tenant’s flat: “It was in a perfect location with easy access and no other takers. So when this estate agent saw the tempting Galaxy bar during a property viewing, he decided to move in and take immediate possession. The 25-year-old, identified only as George, was spotted on camera last week stealing the treat as he showed prospective tenants around a flat. He makes sure the clients are out of sight before grabbing the chocolate bar and slipping it into a pocket in his purple suit. The theft was caught on a covert security camera installed in the property by its current tenant, Jon Charter, who was testing the device for a house he is moving to. After seeing the agent steal the chocolate, which had been bought for him by his wife as a birthday present, he called the police. George has since claimed in text messages that he was ‘desperate’ for sugar because he felt faint but his bosses have fired him.”

‘Swearing’ Barbie doll shocks mother as it blurts out ”What the f***?”: :Toy manufacturer Mattel has launched an investigation over claims that one of its Barbie dolls, instead of talking about glitter, pink dresses and parties, blurts out a four letter word. Talina Evans gave her daughter the longed-for Barbie doll as a special treat. But the young mother was shocked when her seven-year-old child’s new toy apparently swore, exclaiming . “What the f***?” as her daughter Demileigh played with it. Ms Evans, 25, claims that she could hear the doll – which is based on Barbie’s web reality series, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse – utter the obscenity. The doll is programmed to say 15 different phrases, including“Amaze”, “I love a makeover”, “There is no substitute for glitter”, and “To the salon!”. But Ms Evans, who is pregnant with her second child, said she was left mortified when she claims to have heard the doll swear.”

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Things are not always as they seem

September 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The ladies of the Colombian women’s cycling team are actually fully clothed. It is just that the fabric covering the lower part of their torso is flesh-coloured

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Dozens of British patients have been barred from liver transplant operations for refusing to give up alcohol: Hundreds of alcoholics have been refused liver transplants in the past five years because they have not been able to stop drinking. More than 160 patients with severe alcohol-induced liver disease have been denied a transplant, including a teenager at King’s College Hospital in London and two people in their twenties. Doctors say liver disease victims are getting younger by the year and that the majority of those refused a liver transplant will soon die. At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, eight of the 12 patients who were declined a liver transplant died, including two in their twenties, according to the Sunday Times. Doctors became concerned about the refusal of liver transplants after the death of Gary Reinbach, 22, from Essex, in 2009. He died of liver failure after being denied a potentially life-saving transplant because he was not able to give up alcohol. The NHS Blood and Transplant Service announced in April this year that alcoholics suffering from severe liver disease will be allowed to have transplants on the NHS for the first time.”

The world’s first selfie? Self-portrait taken by photographer in 1850s is sold for £70,000: “A self-portrait taken by pioneering photographer Oscar Rjelander – believed to be the world’s first selfie – sold at auction for £70,000. The important photograph, which dates from the 1850s, predates the modern craze by almost 200 years. It was discovered in a leather-bound book of 70 albumen prints by the renowned Swedish artist. Liz Pepper Darling of Morphets said: ‘The vendor brought the album into the office, and asked for it to be sold with a reserve of £100. ‘We quickly realised it was quite an important album of early photographs, when the art was really in its infancy.’ Among the sitters in the album are Rejlander’s wife, Hallam Tennyson – the son of poet Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Rejlander himself. Rejlander sold the album of 70 prints to 19th century naval hydrographer Captain George Browing, and it was passed down through the family to most recent owner, who the auctioneers said had no inkling of its significance.”

Leopard that targets drunk men as they stumble home claims its 12th victim: “A man-eating leopard is terrorising villagers in a remote part of India by only attacking men as they stumble home drunk – and has claimed at least 12 human lives in two years, villagers say. The blood-thirsty jungle cat has become infamous across the Didihat region of the Himalayas, in northern India, where it is said to lie in wait for inebriated drinkers to totter by before pouncing, tearing them to pieces and eating their flesh. It has cast such fear across the region that local officials have dispatched an elite team of sharpshooters to hunt and kill the beast. But their efforts have so far drawn a blank. And, last month, the leopard again resurfaced to claim its twelfth victim, a 44-year-old man from Badeth village. The animal’s reign of terror has provoked such fear across the region that residents of more than 50 villages are refusing to go outdoors after sundown.”

The driver who fought back: Moment furious motorist jumped into his car and reversed it off the back of a tow truck: “Watching your car being issued with a parking ticket is a frustration known to many of us. But few drivers will have reacted so dramatically as this man in Walthamstow, east London, who was so incensed to see his car being put on a tow truck, he jumped behind the wheel and reversed straight off it. These astonishing pictures show the man, who, having returned to find his silver Vauxhall Astra being impounded, was determined to stop it going to the pound. Landing on the ground three feet below with a thump, the unidentified man then reversed before speeding off. A spokesman for the council said the matter had been reported to police but neither the motorist nor the car had yet been found, as it appeared the car was not registered to the man who was driving it.”

Got the shakes? There’s a spoon for that: “An anti-shake spoon is allowing people with frustrating and disabling tremors enjoy their favourite foods once more. The Liftware spoon detects and then cancels out shakes and judders, allowing soup, cereal and other hard to manipulate foods be eaten with ease. The technology, which has been bought by Google, is aimed at Parkinson’s patients and other people with tremors. The £180 spoon has revolutionary electronics in its handle, which can cancel out shakes by 70 per cent. Uncontrollable shaking of the hand or arm is one of the first symptoms of Parkinson’s. But it can also occur in otherwise healthy people, with four in 100 adults aged 40-plus suffering from an essential tremor that when severe can make eating, drinking and writing extremely difficult. Cutting-edge electronics hidden in chunky handle of the Liftware spoon sense the tremor. They then move the handle in the opposite direction, to cancel out the shake. Similar technology is used in cameras to compensate for unsteady hands.

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Arab curse

September 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Families shocked by gummy mix-up: “A confectionery company is dealing with a sticky situation after penis-shaped gummy lollies made their way into some of its packs, costing the company thousands of dollars in recalls. New Zealand confectionery company Dutch Rusk imported five pallets of the gummy lollies, called Dragon Sweets, from a Chinese manufacturer about six weeks ago.Two weeks later the company started receiving complaints from people who discovered the phallic gummies in their mixed gummy pack. Dutch Rusk managing director of sales Jack Van de Geest said the company immediately recalled the lollies once it started receiving complaints. One out of every 20 or 30 bags would have one or two little gummy penises in them, he said.”

‘Unrestrained wild beasts who eat food so greasy it needs detergent': Portuguese view of England: “A best-selling book written by a Portuguese academic has offered a dismal portrayal of English people, calling them ‘unrestrained wild beasts who eat food so greasy it needs detergent’. Joao Magueijo, 47, a physics professor at Imperial College London, has seen his book, Bifes Mal Passados (Undercooked Beef) sell more than 20,000 copies in his native country. Despite spending 25 years of his life on these shores, he describes England as ‘one of the most rigid and rotten societies in Europe, possibly the world’. He says the English are ‘always fighting’ and claims ‘I never met such a group of animals’ – English culture is pathologically violent’. Describing a four-hour wait in a Blackpool hospital’s A&E department one Sunday afternoon, he says ‘it looked like a field hospital after battle’.”

Vintage racing car sells for record-breaking price of £1.5m at auction: “An iconic pre-war racing car designed by the father of Bentley Motors has sold for £1.5 million at an auction. It was a world record price for the famed British marque at auction. The Lagonda LG45R Rapide – known simply by its registration plate ‘EPE 97′ – has been described as ‘the most famous Lagonda of all’. This beautiful burnt-red two-seater vehicle that could reach 100mph was built in 1936 after Lagonda had appointed W.O. Bentley – the man who started Bentley Motor Cars in 1919 – as their chief designer. The EPE 97 was developed after Lagonda was purchased by businessman Alan Good to help stop their financial decline. Good appointed W.O. Bentley, who was pivotal in transforming the flailing company as the first Lagonda designer to use a V-12 engine. The EPE 97 was sold for £1,569,500 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale.”

World’s first lane for pedestrians who cannot resist using their phones while walking: “The world’s first lane for mobile phone addicts who cannot put down their beloved devices has been created. The 100ft-stretch of pavement in the Chinese city of Chongqing has a lane specially painted for people who have their eyes glued to their screens. It has a picture of a phone etched on the ground, the word ‘cell phone’ written down and a thick white line separating it from the rest of the pavement. The lane was set up in response to the growing number of people who are addicted to their phone – which is a major issue in China. The idea for the mobile phone lane, on Foreigner Street, appears to have been copied almost exactly from a project by a television programme on the National Geographic channel earlier this year. That programme found only a few people changed which side of the pavement they walked on after spotting the signs. However, officials in China said the markings would help to quietly remind pedestrians that ‘it is best not to play with your phone while walking’.”

Trapped giant manta ray swims free after approaching scuba divers in desperate plea to be cut from fishing lines: “Divers off the the coast of Costa Rica were recently approached by a massive manta ray, but what could have been a rattling encounter for the scuba divers suddenly became an humanitarian mission. Amazingly, the massive winged fish–which was entangled in painful-looking fishing line–appeared to be pleading with the international dive team for help being set free. The shocked divers obliged, cutting the thick cords from the ray, whose species can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds and have a wingspan of 18 feet. Once freed, the manta did a backflip of joy and the astounding encounter was all caught on video by one of the divers. Scientists believe the ray has the largest brain of all fish species. Like other massive ocean animals such as whale sharks and the largest of whales, mantas are filter feeders and eat only the ocean’s tiniest organisms.”

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An English beach: Stones instead of sand

September 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Old lady who survived a 13-storey plunge down elevator shaft overcame her trauma to get back in elevator for first time in 15 years… and it gets STUCK: “A grandmother who survived a 13-storey plunge down an elevator shaft finally overcame her fears and got back in one for the first time in 15 years – only to get stuck. Pensioner Geraldine Tattam, now 65, her daughter and her then six-month-old granddaughter were lucky to escape with their lives when the cable snapped in the elevator in a council block in Romford, north-east London, in 1999. She vowed never to use an elevator again, but three weeks ago, after returning home with heavy shopping and facing a 196-step climb, she decided to chance it. Ms Tattam lives on the 14th floor of the Highfield Towers council block in Romford, north-east London. To her shock, the elevator dropped several feet and stopped working, leaving the unlucky grandmother trapped. Ms Tattam was stuck for more than two hours waiting for help to arrive because of a firefighters’ strike.”

Wife saves husband: “Many men have been known to experience a nauseating sinking feeling the moment they utter those two life-changing words – ‘I do’. For Peter Bolton, it wasn’t cold feet that left him feeling queasy – but the prospect of falling hundreds of metres to his death after he lost his balance during the cliff-top ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Strictly speaking, he was not getting married but renewing his vows with wife, Faith, when the seemingly terrifying incident happened. A select few friends looked on in horror as Mr Bolton suddenly leant backwards, appearing to lose his balance as he stood on the edge of the precipice while reading his vows. He shouts and fearfully flails his arms in the air as guests look on and display very little reaction. Luckily, Mrs Bolton was on hand to grab her husband and prevent the happy occasion from turning into a tragedy. She manages to get a solid grip on his left arm before pulling him to safety.”

240lb Seattle woman ‘broke into man’s apartment pinned him down and raped him while he slept’: “26-year-old Seattle woman Chantae Gilman is facing rape charges after a man alleged he woke up to find her on top of him in his apartment, pinning his arms down. Gilman has prior felon convictions for attempted robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, The Smoking Gun reports. According the the police report, on the night of the attack the man had attended a birthday party for a neighbor known to Gilman. ‘Once arriving home he fell asleep on his bed,’ reported Detective Roger Ishimitsu. ‘Victim slept very hard due to a long day.’ He woke at 2 a.m. to find the 5’7”. 240-pound Gilman on top of him with his erect penis inside of her. His hands had been ‘pinned down over his head,’ according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has since been charged with second-degree rape for assaulting a victim ‘incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse by reason of being physically helpless.'”

ANOTHER “superfood”: “They were once worshipped by the Aztecs for being food of the gods. And now, hundreds of years later, chia seeds are revered once again as the latest `superfood’ trend. Originally found in Mexico, the tiny seeds have been dubbed `the running food’ and hailed as the `ultimate superfood’ by athletes and health advocates. They contain a wealth of antioxidants and minerals such as calcium and have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3 has been shown to help protect against a range of illnesses including heart disease and dementia. The seeds are also thought to help dieters as they contain few calories but are high in protein, making people feel full. The craze has taken such a hold that Marks & Spencer has just launched a range of products – including bread and pitta – containing the ingredient to meet the rising demand. The chain’s nutritionist Helen Stevenson said: `Our customers are definitely becoming more aware of these hero health ingredients, and are actively looking for them.'”

Did a keyboard decide YOUR baby’s name? ‘Qwerty effect’ makes people choose names containing letters on right-hand keys: “A study suggests the layout of a Qwerty keyboard may play a key part in what parents’ name their new baby. The researchers suggest keys on the right hand side are viewed as more positive, while the left is more negative. And they found people tend to favour names with letters from the right side of a keyboard – but only since the rise in popularity of the Qwerty keyboard in 1990. Scientists believe this is because many people apparently tend to associate `good’ with their dominant side – and most people are right-handed. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the research, though, is that the researchers say baby names have been influenced by the rise of the Qwerty keyboard. Since 1990, which the team defines as the dawn of the ‘modern keyboard era’, baby names with more right-side keys have apparently been favoured.”

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The latest picture gallery

September 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As regular readers here will know, I select what I see as the “best” pictiures and graphics that have appeared on this blog from time to time. I have just put up my selection from the pictures that appeared here in January and February. You can access them here or here. There are definitely some good ones worth revisiting.

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