How to load a truck — a Chinese way

October 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Taiwanese removalists at work

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Woman spends a week in KFC to get over her break up: “A 26-year-old woman from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, has taken an unusual approach to mending her broken heart: spending a week inside Kentucky Fried Chicken, gorging on the food. Tan Shen said that she was “walking around feeling miserable” when she passed the KFC restaurant in the city’s train station. She told local media: “I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings. But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think. “I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed.” After a few days employees at the chicken shop noticed that the same woman was still there. “We work in shifts here and the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, so we get a lot of people coming through. At first no one really noticed her,” said Jiang Li Lung, 22. Miss Tan decided that it was time to leave the restaurant when, after a week, local media begun to write about her.

TREES are the key to keeping calm: Researchers found those who watched 3D video of tree lined streets ‘significantly improved’ their state of mind: “The restorative power of nature has long been known – but reducing stress could be as simple as watching a nature show or even looking at some tree lined streets online, researchers say. They found that viewing 3-D videos of residential streets with trees on them significantly improved participants’ stress levels. Just six minutes of looking at trees had a major effect. The study led by researchers at the University of Illinois to find out exactly how long it takes for looking at nature to calm us. Researcher Bin Jiang and his colleagues found that viewing 3-D videos of residential streets with varying amounts of trees significantly improved participants’ physiological and psychological recovery from a stressful experience. The men experienced the most stress recovery benefits when they viewed tree canopy in the 24 to 34 percent range, and stress recovery declined when the percentage of tree cover surpassed 34 percent.”

Mediterranean jellyfish resembles a fried egg: “While many things are often described as looking good enough to eat, jellyfish aren’t usually among them. But while sailing around the Mediterranean recently, photographer Barry Bland came across one of the free-swimming marine animals – and was thrilled to find that it looked just like a fried egg. With his trusty camera at the ready, Mr Bland took footage of the jellyfish, pulsating in all of its egg yolk-yellow glory as it floated amid a school of fish. With bright blue balls of colour speckling its umbrella-shaped bell, the eye-catching sea creature alternated between resembling a decorative lamp and a welcome addition to a fry-up. The scientific name for the particular species of jellyfish is cotylorhiza tuberculata. The Mediterranean Sea is one of the more common areas they’re found, as well as the Aegean and Adriatic seas, given their need for a large concentration of sunlight to survive. And while they’re stunning to look at, they’re also considerably safer to be around than their counterparts, as their sting has very little or no effect on humans.”

The cats that can squeeze themselves into the most unbelievable spaces: “As any cat owner will tell you the feline of the species is the most cunning and manipulative of all household pets. However, as these amazing series of photographs show, cats are able to hide in the strangest possible places for no apparent reason. Some of the cats have hidden in a variety of boxes, baskets and even a kettle. One kitten even laid itself out inside the gutter of a house enjoying some afternoon sunshine. So if your cat happens to go missing, before photocopying dozens of notices and plastering them over the neighbourhood, maybe a quick search around the house in the most obscure corner might work.

Camel cigarette maker bans smoking in its offices: “Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The second-biggest tobacco company in the US informed employees on Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and lifts. Lighting up is already banned on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centres. The no-smoking policy will go into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, spokesman David Howard said. “We believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it because updating our tobacco use policies will better accommodate both non-smokers and smokers who work in and visit our facilities,” Mr Howard said. “We’re just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you’re seeing in society today.”

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October 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Italian miner avoids work for 35 years before retiring aged 52: “An Italian coal miner’s confession that he is drawing a pension despite hardly ever putting in a day’s work over a 35-year career has underlined the country’s problem with benefit fraud and its dysfunctional pension system. Carlo Cani started work as a miner in 1980 but soon found that he suffered from claustrophobia and hated being underground. He started doing everything he could to avoid hacking away at the coal face, inventing an imaginative range of excuses for not venturing down the mine in Sardinia where he was employed. He pretended to be suffering from amnesia and haemorrhoids, rubbed coal dust into his eyes to feign an infection and on occasion staggered around pretending to be drunk. The miner, now aged 60, managed to accumulate years of sick leave, apparently with the help of compliant doctors, and was able to stay at home to indulge his passion for jazz. Despite his long periods of absence, he was still officially an employee of the mining company, Carbosulcis, and therefore eventually entitled to a pension.”

Woman gets trapped in chimney of man she met online after six dates: “A woman looking for her soulmate found herself trapped in the chimney of a man she met through an online dating site. Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was rescued by a team of firefighters after attempting to enter the man’s home in Los Angeles on Sunday, police say. Neighbours alerted authorities after the soot-covered intruder became stuck and started screaming for help. Firefighters carefully removed bricks to reach the woman and then used dishwashing soap to lubricate the chimney so she could be safely lifted out. Homeowner Lawrence Fernandez said the pair had been on six dates before he broke things off. “She seemed totally cool until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago,” he told KTLA. He added: “You have to be careful who you meet online.” Nunez-Figueroa was arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to an officer.”

Gold pocket watch set to sell for over £10 MILLION: “A watch said to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of timepieces and one of the most complicated ever made is set to go under the hammer for £10million next month. The Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece, made by famed watchmaker Patek Philippe, is the most complex ever produced without the use of computer technology. The gold pocket watch was first commissioned in 1925 by banker Henry Graves Junior, who is considered the greatest watch collector of the 20th century, and was eventually delivered to him in 1933. The watch was calibrated so that Mr Graves could tell the time based on the exact position of the sun at his New York home. The watch features 24 horological complications – or features. They include a perpetual calendar, moon phases, a power reserve and an exact replica of the night sky as seen from Central Park in Manhattan, showing the exact position and magnitude of stars across the Milky Way. Next month, to coincide with Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, the watch is again being auctioned in Geneva by Sotheby’s, who expect it to sell for over £10 million.

Grandmother, 72, spends £4,000 covering her house in ‘anti wi-fi’ paint after suffering health problems from wireless signals: “A grandmother has spent £4,000 covering her house in ‘anti wi-fi’ paint after claiming wireless signals are causing her health problems. Stefanie Russell paid for her house in Steyning, West Sussex to be covered in four thick coats of the special paint, and has banned mobile phone and computers from her house. Ms Russell says that she is highly sensitive to the rays emitted by wi-fi signals and it often leaves her suffering from headaches and nausea. Both her interior and exterior walls are being covered with the paint and Ms Russell also owns a special device, which detects unwanted wi-fi signals in her home. The paint works by containing aluminium-iron oxide, which resonates at the same frequency as wifi. It means that when it is coated on walls, signals are absorbed and blocked from entering the rooms.”

£800 VW Golf bought on eBay bursts into flames on the school run 24 hours later: “A family cheated death after their VW Golf convertible burst into flames on the school run – just a day after they bought it on eBay for £800. Nicky Keefe had driven her partner and three children a quarter of a mile from their home in Cheam, Surrey yesterday when the car started smoking. But the problem wasn’t spotted until her son James, 14, noticed his trainers were melting – and shouted: ‘Mum, my feet are on fire!’ The family collected the 19-year-old car from a private seller in Hampshire on Sunday. Mrs Keefe, a primary school teacher, said: ‘We got out of the car and told the people behind us our car was on fire. Then suddenly it was engulfed in flames.’ She said: ‘We are in shock but we are all safe. That’s the main thing. She added her partner was checking their insurance to see if they were covered, and would also contact eBay about the incident. The MK3 Golf Cabriolet, which has 95,000 miles on it, was listed on the auction site with a starting price of £500 – but sold for £810.

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Unlocking the master’s secret

October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The good thing about a Master brand lock is that if you lose the key, you don’t need a key to open it. The bad thing about a Master brand lock is that you don’t need a key to open it. Watch some guy open a Master lock by hitting it, with not much force, in just the right place a few times

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Rebel cops: Oakley Village, Michigan, has a population of 290 and is just 1.03 sq miles, and yet has about 112 police officers. The Village doesn’t know who the officers are; where they live; or what their backgrounds and qualifications are. The Village Council and courts have demanded that the Police Chief release the officer’s names but he is refusing saying that doing so puts the town and officers in danger of ISIS attacks. WTF? The Council has tried to shut down the police department because, among all this, the police have caused so many lawsuits against the Village that the Village’s insurance is now canceled. Removing the police department budget hasn’t worked because the department is funded by anonymous benefactors and so the department remains self-funded. See here and here HT Jerry Lerman

Ebola panic: “An elementary school teacher in Maine has been placed on leave for 21 days, the incubation period of Ebola, after she visited Dallas to attend an educational conference. The teacher did not come into contact with anybody who had tested positive for the virus, but did stay at a hotel “exactly 9.5 miles away from Texas Health Presbyterian,” where Ebola patients have been treated. The school district attributed its decision to “parents’ concerns,” presumably about the teacher transmitting Ebola to their children. But if the school board’s criteria for leave were applied to everyone, the entire city of Dallas would have to stay home from work. About 5 million people within the United States travel to or through Dallas each month. Middle school students were pulled out of school in Mississippi after the principal visited Zambia, a country about 3,000 miles from the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Michel du Cille, a photographer for the Washington Post, was “disinvited by Syracuse University from participation in a journalism workshop.” The decision was made because he visited Liberia a few weeks ago, despite the fact that he did not develop any symptoms of Ebola in the 21-day maximum incubation period.

Subsidized beer?: “Va. The city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River. The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.” If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general revenue bond, which puts the city’s taxpayers on the hook if the Stone Brewing Co. venture goes bust. Details remain sketchy, and that has skeptics wondering if the city will see a replay of the stalled downtown baseball stadium project touted by Mayor Dwight Jones. “There is no free lunch,” said Paul Goldman, a Richmond lawyer and longtime civic activist. “The public is in a ‘show-me’ mode.”

Beer with power to keep mosquitoes away: “Creams, sprays and coils are known methods to keep mosquitoes away, but a Brisbane company claims it has a new solution – beer. Strictly speaking, it isn’t the beer itself keeping the pests at bay but the eucalyptus-laced cardboard box that can be ripped up and burned to create a natural repellent. The cartons have been used in a limited run by Papua New Guinea beer company SP Lager, which is owned by Heineken. The Brisbane office of marketing company GPY&R, which works for Heineken, created the box after six weeks of tests. Y&R Group Brisbane manager Phil McDonald said SP Lager’s market research showed many of its customers enjoyed drinking beer around a fire. However they were also hampered by large numbers of mosquitoes. “We saw them ripping up the carton of beer and throwing that on the fire, so the guys came up with a fantastic idea to put something in the cardboard that actually was set off by the flames and repels mozzies,” he said. “We worked out how to apply [the repellent] during the printing process as an extra colour and then we tested it ourselves.”

Would-be mugger ends up in tears after being trapped in bus door and hit by ‘hero’ bus driver: “One bus driver, angered by the actions of a would-be mugger, took justice into his own hands and hit a potential thief with a bat leaving him crying in Chile. The would-be thief, identified by Chilean police as Pablo, tried twice to steal a woman’s handbag but lost his opportunity to do so after the bus driver shut the doors. As Pablo was then trapped and unable to escape, the bus driver hit him several times with a baseball hat, shouting in Spanish: “I’m badder than you,” according to the Independent. In the CCTV video from the incident in Concepcion on October 9, the bus driver then delivers real justice by ensuring Pablo is then met by police who arrest him at the next stop. Pablo is then put in handcuffs, and later it was reported the victim of the crime was taken to the local police station to make a statement.”

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A serious problem

October 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Carpal tunnel syndrome if you didn’t get it

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How Viagra could help halt heart attacks and strokes: “Viagra should be routinely prescribed to prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers claimed last night. The anti-impotence pills can drastically improve the functioning of men’s hearts, Italian scientists found. They said men with heart failure who happened to be taking Viagra had far more efficient hearts than other patients. Among those with an enlarged heart due to a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy, the drug also stopped their hearts growing even bigger, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells. A team from Sapienza University in Rome looked at 24 studies involving 1,622 men, and published the findings in the journal BMC Medicine. Lead researcher Andrea Isidori called for the drug to be tested on women with heart disease, and said that if the results of larger studies matched his findings, Viagra could be prescribed for heart conditions.

Scientist swallows 50 homeopathic sleeping pills in one go – with no neffect: “Homeopathy has long been slated as witchcraft, due to the lack of proper scientific evidence that it works. Now, one scientist has taken matters into her own hands to prove the point. Yvette d’Entremont, a forensic chemist from southern California, filmed herself downing 50 homeopathic sleeping tablets in one go to prove they were nothing but ‘sugar pills’ with no active ingredients. Ninety minutes later, she reported feeling no different – and says this proves thousands of people the world over are being misled. Her experiment was part of her campaign to stop national pharmacy retailers in the U.S. selling homeopathic products, which, as she puts it ‘have no f***ing medicine’ in them. ‘In the homeopathic remedies that are sold over the counter, they dilute the medications to the point where there is no measurable dose of the alleged active ingredient.”

Sheep munch through £4,000 of cannabis plants dumped in their field: “A flock of sheep were left feeling rather woolly-headed after accidentally munching on thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants. The animals began stumbling about after getting high on seven bags of the intoxicating plant, which had been dumped in their field. Police won’t be taking action against the sheep for tucking into their illegal meal, but are determined to catch the “irresponsible” crooks who grew and discarded the class B drug. The £4,000 hoard of cannabis plants, each about 3ft tall, was found by the flock at the edge of Fanny’s Farm in Merstham, Surrey. Farm shop manager Nellie Budd said: “My sheep being inquisitive had an interesting feast on it. They weren’t quite on their backs with legs in the air but they probably had the munchies. “They haven’t had any other side effects but I’ll tell you about the meat next week.”

Treasure chest: “Most people keep their naked selfies for private use – but not Gabi Grecko. To keep things fresh while living on opposite sides of the world to her husband-to-be, the 25-year-old lad’s mag model has been sending sexy topless shots to her fiancé Geoffrey Edelsten, 71, the most recent on Sunday – while also sharing them with Daily Mail Australia and fans on Instagram. Clearly feeling a crafty, Miami-born Gabi used glue to stick glitter and jewels all over her chest, revealing to Daily Mail Australia that she was so comfortable in her own skin she even popped out to do the shopping and attend an art opening in New York like that. With her breasts fully on show and just a small sequinned cover up over her shoulders, the DJ said she wasn’t phased by the reaction of surprised onlookers. ‘I live in the West Village people expect different outfits but I’m sure a few people were a little surprised,’ she admitted.”

A pint of beer a day ‘can double men’s fertility’: “If you fancy a pint after work then this might be the perfect excuse. Because according to researchers, drinking a pint of beer a day doubles a man’s odds of becoming a father. But the same study showed that if you want to start a family, it could be a good idea to cut down on coffee – as just two cups a day seemed to slash a couple’s odds of having a baby. A second study has also shown that vegetarians have lower sperm counts than other men – with the sperm they made was of poorer quality. In the first study, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston studied 105 men whose wives and girlfriends were undergoing IVF. The men, who had an average age of 37, filled in an extensive dietary questionnaire that included questions about alcohol intake and caffeinated drinks. The Reproductive Medicine conference in Honolulu heard that soy products eaten as meat and dairy substitutes could be the problem. Dr Eliza Orzylowska, from the Loma Linda University Medical Centre in California, said: ‘We found diet significantly affects sperm quality. Vegetarian and vegan diets were associated with much lower sperm counts.”

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Some surprising Indian technology

October 19, 2014 at 10:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wait for it

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British government medicine; You couldn’t make it up: “A man was left with three of his best friend’s teeth embedded in his knee after a bizarre accident on a trampoline. Daniel Rigby, 29, from Pollards Hill, London, was lying on his trampoline playing with an iPad when Peter Walsh jumped up to join him. The pair began play-fighting, but Mr Walsh suddenly crash-landed onto Mr Rigby’s leg and was knocked unconscious. Mr Rigby saw his friend’s face pouring with blood and noticed some of his teeth were missing. Then, when he looked down, he realised his friend’s missing teeth had been planted into his own flesh. After Mr Walsh came around, Mr Rigby managed to call a taxi and drag the pair to the Accident and Emergency department at Croydon University Hospital. But he said medics failed to fully remove the teeth, causing a severe infection. Worried the wound had not been properly cleaned, Mr Rigby went to the A & E department at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, the next day, where doctors removed the remnants of his friend’s teeth. The 29-year-old says he is still suffering knee swelling following the incident in March. He is now suing Croydon University Hospital for allegedly failing to remove the teeth.”

New Dog Control orders in Britain: “New ‘Dog Asbos’ will be introduced for owners of out-of-control pets, under a new Government clamp-down announced today. For the first time, police and Town Halls will be able to demand that owners take action to prevent a dog attack or risk fine of up to £20,000. The clamp down comes amid growing concern over the threat posed by dangerous dogs amid a spate of fatal attacks. Eight adults and thirteen children have died from dog attacks since 2005 and last year some 6,740 people needed hospital treatment after being attacked by a dog – an increase of 6 per cent from 2012. On average nine postmen a day are attacked by dogs – some 3,300 attacks a year. The new powers aiming to prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and councils from Monday.

The ultimate woman driver: “They say blondes have more fun, but this female driver in the Czech Republic clearly didn’t see the funny side when she repeatedly failed to park her car. The driver was spotted in the capital Prague trying to reverse her car into a parking space outside a block of flats. As bemused builders watch on, the increasingly frustrated driver reverses six times, banging into the car next to her before finally managing to park. But she is so close to the yellow car next to her vehicle she cannot open her driving seat door. So she has to climb over to the passenger side to get out. Then to increase her frustration, she hilariously forgets to put the handbrake on and frantically clambers back inside to stop the car rolling into the path of a passing motorist. Clutching her bag and a mobile phone to her ear, she then storms off but not before booting the front of the yellow car she had earlier hit.”

Two women knock clubber out cold when he mistakes them for prostitutes: “Kondrat Golubev, 32, had been partying with friends in the city of Atyrau when he went outside for a cigarette and spotted two girls. Initially Mr Golubev asked them if they fancied a drink, but when his offer was rebuffed he changed his tack and asked them how much they charged for sex. One of the woman takes offence to the question and punches Mr Golubev in the head. ‘The women were clearly offended and he never expected what happened next, even though the woman really telegraphed the punch. She hit him so hard he fell flat on the pavement.’ Mr Pokrovski said the other woman then kicked the man while he was on the ground, before her friend said ‘he’d had enough’. He said the pair then walked off as if ‘nothing had happened’. Mr Pokrovski said: ‘It was pretty shocking really, but what a punch.’ [Video at link]

Man cured by his dog: “A frail elderly man has made a “complete turnaround” after a hospital in Kentucky, USA, bent the rules and allowed him a cuddle with his pet chihuahua. James Wathen, 73, had stopped eating and was so frail he could barely manage a whisper to tell his care worker that he missed his dog, Bubba. His carers, thinking James didn’t have much longer to live, decided to grant his wish. “One of our social workers realised it was mourning the loss of the dog that was making our patient even worse and emotionally unhealthy, we pulled out all the stops and found the dog,” As it happened, Bubba had also stopped eating and appeared emotionally distraught. “When bubba was handed to James he started to cry and then Bubba started to snuggle James and it makes you realize that animals are not just pets they are loved ones.” It seems both owner and pet found the reunion cathartic. “[James has] done a complete turnaround. He’s speaking, he’s sitting up, he’s eating. He doesn’t look like the same guy,” said Smyth. “And the dog is eating and doing better now, too.”

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Bargain

October 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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More brutal British government medicine: “A woman who was recovering from a flesh-eating bug died in hospital due to the NHS’s failure to provide a full service at weekend, her parents have claimed. The 28-year-old died when a dirty drip, which was administering antibiotics, was left in her arm for four days, triggering deadly blood poisoning. An inquest heard a junior doctors at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital spotted fungal spores in the tube carrying the drugs to Miss Allnutt’s arm on a Friday. But it was not removed until the following Tuesday, the coroner was told. Observation notes showed Miss Allnutt’s condition worsened over the weekend, but medics decided to monitor her and no action was taken until the Tuesday. By that time, life-threatening blood poisoning had set in. Miss Allnutt suffered several heart attacks before she passed away in the early hours of the following morning. Miss Allnutt’s temperature had risen to 39C over the weekend and her blood pressure had decreased to a worrying level. After the inquest her father Richard Allnutt, 61, a site manager, accused the NHS of only working a five day week”

New York subway passengers left startled by the sight of a man carrying TWO gigantic snakes: “Startled passengers on a New York train were left staring in disbelief at the sight of a man holding two enormous snakes during their evening commute. The unidentified man was seen casually handling the reptiles on the C train, according to a rattled eyewitness who took a couple of pictures on his phone. Eric Hertzog, a 26-year-old KTU radio producer got on the uptown subway at Canal Street and saw the man ‘playing’ with the snakes. He told NBC 4 New York that the man had one python above his head which was hanging from a railing while another, around six feet long, sat between his legs. And he revealed that one unlucky passenger was so preoccupied with his day that he nearly sat down beside the man without noticing the snakes. But he soon realized his mistake and ran to the other side of the subway car. After three more stops, the man put the snakes into two bags and placed them in his backpack before he coolly got off the train at 14th Street station”

Birds FEEDING fish: “This is a scene you probably won’t spot at the pond down at your local park. Dozens black swans at Shenzhen Safari Park seemed to be feeding carp. The hungry fish thronged by the banks of the lake as the graceful black birds craned their long necks to feed them mouth to mouth. The credulity stretching scene is a regular occurrence at the Guangdong Province zoo, where keepers said the swans have been feeding their carp friends every day for the past ten years. Zoo keepers told the Guangzhou Daily the black swans are not consciously trying to feed the fish, but it is a habit that has developed over time. The swans’ feed consists of rather dry pellets, the keepers said, and the birds got into the habit of dipping them into the water first to make them more palatable. Once the feed is moistened, it makes it easier for the long-necked swans to swallow.

Outdoor stove cooks an entire meal in just 10 minutes using nothing but SUNLIGHT: “Tired of prodding coals, a group of entrepreneurs has created an outdoor stove that can cook a meal in just 10 minutes using nothing but the sun’s rays. The gadget, known as the GoSun Stove, absorbs heat from the sun to reach temperatures of over 290°C (554°F). Its Ohio-based creators claim it can safely cook hot dogs, eight egg omelettes, frozen foods, fish fillets, muffins, stirfrys and even raw meat. The device is 2ft (0.6 metres) long and 2.25 inches (5.7cm) in diameter and can handle more than three pounds (1.4kg) of food or fluid. The core to the technology of the GoSun Stove is the solar evacuated tube that acts as the stove’s cooking chamber. It absorbs more than 80 per cent of the sunlight that’s reflected onto the tube. ‘When clouds interrupt, the food keeps on cooking with the heat stored inside the vacuum tube. ‘Even against freezing temperatures and blowing winds, the GoSun’s cooking time is hardly affected.”

Businessman fed up with noise of speeding cars sets up bird box that looks like a speed camera outside his property to trick them into slowing down: “A B&B owner has set up a bird box disguised as a roadside speed camera to slow down dangerous drivers. Stuart McDonald, 57, who runs the Langside B&B in Dunblane, Perthshire, built the box amid concerns that increasing traffic noise and inconsiderate driving was ruining the area. The fake speed camera is built on his land outside Langside B&B in Dunblane, Perthshire, overlooking the road. ‘It seems to be making people aware of their speed and they now slow down. If it stops people from driving carelessly and endangering the lives of others then it can only be a good thing. ‘The farmers in particular like it as they’re no longer losing stray sheep to people speeding on the road.’ He built the bird box in four days from off-cuts of wood, an old DVD cover, an old camera lens and a plastic drainpipe. It has been overlooking the B827 between Braco and Comrie for two years, but Mr McDonald said he has not received any complaints from the police or Stirling Council. Mr McDonald said: ‘The police have driven past it a few times and haven’t said anything yet so I have to assume it is fine. ‘It is just a bird box that happens to look a lot like a speed camera. The locals and tourists really love it. I’m just trying to make the roads safer.

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A very funny video

October 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Brutal British bureaucracy again: “A 999 call handler advised a gallstones patient to call back if he fell unconscious as she refused to send him an ambulance – days before he died in agony, an inquest heard. Mark Hemmings died just 30 minutes after he eventually arrived at hospital – three days after he first called for an ambulance from his home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent. The 41-year-old had been struck with the painful gallstones – which could have been cured with a routine operation. But despite his increasingly desperate pleas on March 29 last year, Good Friday, his requests for an ambulance were refused by a 999 call handler before his case was referred to an out-of-hours GP. An inquest in to his death heard harrowing recordings of Mr Hemmings’ phone conversations with both the 999 call handler and the GP urgent care unit. During a seven-and-a-half minute call, Mr Hemmings begs the 999 operator three times to send an ambulance – but is refused each time. Mr Hemmings replied: ‘Can’t I have an ambulance – I’m in agony.’ Mr Hemming received no medical treatment over the Easter weekend”

‘WTF?’ The moment a woman woke to find a huge pair of dirty feet poking out from under her plane seat: “A large pair of strange feet tickling your own is the last thing you’d expect on a flight. But these particular toes caused some alarm for an Adelaide woman who awoke to find them peeking out from beneath her seat. Camille was recently flying from Adelaide to Darwin when the large and unclean feet stretched out to touch hers. ‘I was sleeping and they scared the crap out of me,’ she told the NT News. ‘Having seen snakes on the plane (recently) definitely didn’t help the situation.’ But it’s not the first time a passenger has faced a similar intrusion. There’s a Passenger Shaming website run by former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen that is littered with photos disgruntled people have shot during their travels. Passenger Shaming was set up in March 2013 to highlight some of the less than desirable habits some have adopted while flying.”

The portable desk made of CARDBOARD that is strong enough to stand on and can be folded up in just two minutes: “A New Zealand team of designers has created a desk made out of 100 per cent recyclable material that can be adjusted to standing or sitting height and then packed-up and taken anywhere. Designed by Refold, three recent university graduates from Wellington – Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes – the Portable Cardboard Standing Desk is made entirely of cardboard and yet can hold up the weight of an adult. Weighing only 6.5kg, it is designed to be fitted together in as little as two minutes and then folded down into its self-formed carry case. ‘It is made completely from a single material – 7mm twin cushion kraft cardboard, which means it’s 100% recyclable and can be put out with your household recycling,’ Refold explains. ‘Each leg is constructed from three pieces of cardboard laminated together with environmentally friendly glue. However, one of the most important design aspects of the desk according to its creators is its ability to be easily adjusted for its users to either sit or stand.

Man awoke from surgery to find he was wearing pink women’s underwear: “A man is suing after allegedly waking from a colonoscopy medical procedure in women’s pink underwear. Andrew Walls, 32, from the city of Dover, Delaware, claims the underwear was put on him when he was under anesthesia at Delaware Surgery Center in October 2012. He is now seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress – in court papers his lawyer states he suffered mental anguish, lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Mr Walls was an employee of Delaware Surgery Center when he underwent the colonoscopy, reports Delaware Online. ‘When the plaintiff recovered from the effects of the anesthesia administered by defendants, he awoke to realize that while he was unconscious pink women’s underwear had been placed on his body,’ according to the civil damages suit filed in New Castle County Superior Court. Delaware Surgery director Jennifer Anderson declined to comment Wednesday, stating: ‘We just found out about this yesterday afternoon.’

A laughing camel!: “This camel clearly didn’t get the hump about having its picture taken. The delighted desert dweller happily smiles for the camera during a group selfie. Captured by friends Hossam Antikka, 20, Karem Abdelaziz, 22, and Misara Salah, 24, the group spent around half an hour feeding the camel before deciding to take a snap of their new found friend. Taken in a neighbourhood in northern Giza, Egypt, photographer Hossam, had no idea the camel had smiled for the camera until he checked his kit later. Despite having a reputation for biting and spitting, it seems this camel was eager to a show a friendlier side by joining in the fun. Hossam said: ‘It was a really nice camel, so I thought it was only right we should have a photo with it. Mr Antikka and his friends spent around half an hour feeding the camel before deciding to take a snap of their new found friend”

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Good advice

October 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Bank robber’ with guilty conscience waits for police to arrive: “A guilty conscience stopped a suspected bank robber from making a quick getaway in Washington. Richard Gorton admitted stealing an undisclosed amount of money from a bank in the Evergreen State city of Bellingham yesterday. Police say he handed over a note to the cashier that read: “This is a bank robbery”. The 64-year-old made no attempt to flee the scene and instead decided to wait for police to arrive. “He admitted to officers that he had committed this crime and indicated that he became remorseful right after he walked out of the bank,” said a spokesperson for Bellingham Police Department (BPD). “Because of his remorse, he chose not to leave the area, even though he knew that police would be responding.” Officers have spoken to Mr Gorton several times in the past five years for minor issues, a statement added.”

Crocodile’ spotted in garden turns out to be inflatable: “When the mother of a toddler spotted a crocodile in the her garden, she was naturally worried for the safety of her three-year-old. Fortunately, after calling in the police and keepers from the nearest zoo, her alarm turned to relief, when it was discovered that the metre-long reptile in question was an inflatable toy. The woman, who was making lunch in her kitchen when she spotted the imitation beast, intiailly ran to her neighbour’s house, on Cundy Close, Plymouth. They warned her that is was too dangerous to approach the animal, which they said was probably a baby crocodile, unarmed. Even police officers and wildlife experts from Dartmoor Zoo, who sooon turned up, were initially fooled. It was only when officers, who were armed with snare poles, nets and riots shields, threw water over the toy that they realised what it was. The imitation croc was removed from the garden and placed in police custody”

Advert featuring woman’s breasts causes 500 accidents in a DAY among Moscow’s distracted male drivers: “An advertising campaign showing a woman’s breasts has been blamed for more than 500 traffic accidents in one day. The massive adverts placed on the side of 30 trucks driving around Moscow showed a woman’s breasts cupped in her hands with the slogan ‘They Attract’ across her nipples. As the trucks trundled around the streets of the Russian capital, they left a trail of carnage as male drivers became so distracted they ploughed straight into each other. A total of 517 accidents were reported. The stunt, by an advertising agency specialising in mobile adverts, backfired after police sent out patrols to round up all the vehicles and impound them until the risque images could be removed.”

Now you can start the day with SPREADABLE beer on your toast: “Those with hangovers who need hair of the dog, but can’t stomach reaching for a can of beer, can now have it on their toast. An Italian brewer claims they’ve created a new way to combine the most important meal of the day with the nation’s favourite tipple. Chocolatier Napoleone and brewery Alta Quota, based in Rieti, north east of Rome, Italy, have produced what they call the world’s first spreadable beer. Dubbed Birra Spalmabile, the ale-flavoured jelly-like creation comes in two flavours with either a dark or a blonde beer. According to Italy Magazine ‘one is delicate, while the other has a more intense aroma and stronger taste’. The spread is available from the Cioccolateria Napoleone website, priced 7.5 euros. It says ‘it goes perfectly with simple dishes of fish and shellfish, salads and fruit desserts’.”

Cough medicines are ‘waste of money’ and you’re better off trying honey and lemon: “Cough medicines are waste of money, doctors declared today. Both NHS bosses and leading GPs have dismissed the products – and say traditional home made remedies with lemon or honey to be the best approach. Cough medicines, which usually cost between £3 and £5 for a small bottle, are part of an over-the-counter healthcare industry worth £3 billion a year. But the NHS Choices website advises: ‘There’s little evidence to suggest cough medicines actually work, although some ingredients may help treat symptoms associated with a cough, such as a blocked nose or fever.’ The webpage adds that the ‘simplest and cheapest’ treatment for a ‘short-term cough’ may be a homemade remedy containing lemon and honey. It continues: ‘There’s no quick way of getting rid of a cough caused by a viral infection. It will usually clear up after your immune system has fought off the virus.’ Dr Tim Ballard, vice chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, today backed up the NHS claim.

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Elder lament

October 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

High fashion? Customers return iconic Hermès Birkin bags worth $20,000 after leather starts to smell of marijuana: “Customers have returned bags worth almost $20,000 to iconic bag makers Hermès after complaining that the expensive accessories smell of marijuana. The bags have been returned from shops to boutiques in Paris after staff at the luxury fashion brand noticed there was a problem with a ‘badly tanned’ batch of leather from a supplier. It is believed that the tanning process can make the leather bags smell like cannabis when it is warmed up in a hot car or when left in direct sunlight. ‘The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.’ The bags affected include the Birkin, which can cost up to $18,900 in leather, the Kelly, costing up to $9,250, and the Elan clutch, worth $4,580. Hermès has a reputation for making the best bags on the market. Customers have been told that the bags have to be returned to the company’s headquarters in Paris so the bad-smelling leather panels can be removed and the entire bag rebuilt.”

Young Balinese men dress in dried banana leaves to spread good luck and fertility: “It is a rarely performed ritual and then only in the Bali Aga village of Trunyan. The village people believe that they are the original Balinese as they were there before Majapahit migration from Java began in 1340. Only youths are allowed to participate in the dance and they have to be chosen, then purified and spend 42 days in quarantine. It is a rarely performed ritual and then only in the Bali Aga village of Trunyan and even then only by young men. The dancers wear a mask made from a coconut shell and ‘coats’ of keraras or banana leaves that have been dried. Each wears two or three sets of clothing from banana leaves, some hung on the waist and others partly on the shoulder, under the neck. As the youths run around the temple around passers-by attempt to steal the leaves while the young men carry whips to beat off their ‘assailants’. The Brutuk ceremony usually lasts for three consecutive days beginning at noon and ends around 5 pm

Obese minister for public health: “Some politicians come under fire for being corrupt or incompetent, but Belgium’s new Minister of Public Health is the first political figure to come under fire for being too fat for the job. Maggie De Block – who is Belgium’s most popular politician and was once tipped as a future premier – surprised many when it was announced she would take up the role of Health Minister in the centre-right coalition which has just taken office. The 52-year-old, who weighs in at more than 20 stone, was not considered to be exactly setting a good example in a country where obesity is a growing health problem. The anti-Maggie charge was led by Tom van de Weghe, a Washington-based correspondent for Belgium’s VRT television station. In a tweet he questioned whether she would be ‘credible’ in her new post. NOS, a top Dutch TV channel, likened her to a larger-than-life figure from a Rubens painting and said her ‘obvious corpulence’ would cause ‘sniggering.’ But Ms De Block, who practised medicine as a GP for 25 years, has shrugged off the criticism. ‘I know I’m not a model but you have to see what’s inside, not the packaging,’ she said.”

British parrot missing for four years returns speaking Spanish: “A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner – and the bird now speaks Spanish. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird. Teresa Micco tracked Nigel’s microchip to Darren Chick, a Briton who lives in Torrance. When she verified Chick’s name and said she had his African grey parrot, “He looked at me like I was crazy.” He said his bird went missing four years earlier. Little is known about Nigel’s whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird’s British accent is gone, and it now chatters in Spanish. Chick says last week’s reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes – despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up.”

World’s biggest cow: “A 6ft 4in cow from Pennsylvania has been named the tallest in the world. Blosom, a 13-year-old Holstein Friesian cow, is owned by Patty Hanson and lives on her farm in Orangeville. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom’s mass through photos and videos. Blosom reaches Hanson’s shoulder which is actually taller than Bulls star Derrick Rose. She is so big that Blosom barely fits in the chute for the foot trimmer. She says she knew Blosom was special when she was a calf. Hanson says she sought the record after veterinarians and the cow’s foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000lb animal’s large size. After learning the cow couldn’t bear a calf, she decided to keep the tame animal as a pet instead of sending Blosom to slaughter, reports RRStar.com. ‘Blosom is the pride of the farm,’ Hanson said. ‘I love to share her with my guests and she loves to greet them. Blosom is so popular that she even has her own Facebook page.” Blosom turned 13 in July.”

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That’s government for you

October 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Attacker left battered and bruised after trying to grab teenage girl … who was a martial arts expert: “A would-be attacker was left battered and arrested after being beaten up when he tried to grab a 14-year-old female – who turned out to be a martial arts expert. The 35-year-old man got more than he bargained for when he grabbed the young girl’s arms as she walked home alone through a park near her home. The young teen, who has studied self-defence and martial arts for some time, broke free from his hold and connected with several punches and kicks she threw at the man. A short time after the attack, police arrested a man on suspicion of assault. The man, described by police as being ‘very thin’ and around 5ft 7in, was questioned then later released on bail until the end of the month. The teenager was badly shaken by what happened but was not injured.

A Grand Viennese Debutante Ball — in Italy: “It was once an elaborate courtship-ritual where high-born young ladies would cast their eyes around for a titled husband and mingle with royalty. But the Grand Viennese Debutante Ball has remained one of the most anticipated events of the year and gives young people the chance to bring a splendid tradition back to life. Wearing matching white dresses, headbands and lace gloves, 36 debutantes waltzed to Strauss with students from the Naval Academy Morosini at the Roman Aquarium. They were all presented to the Austrian Ambassador in Italy, His Excellency Christian Berlakovits. One of the organisers said: ‘It is a rite, a dream, a message – the symbol of a world and an era that is worth reintroducing to today’s young people. ‘The best way to bring the values of a tradition back to life is to make them more current, allowing them to be discovered in their deepest meaning – even by those who, in the tumult of today’s society, appear to have neglected them, or, far worse, to have forgotten them altogether.’ The girls are aged between 16 and 23 years old and the event is twinned with the famous Opera Ball in Vienna.”

Farmer wins £40k over hot air balloon that scared his pigs: He used maths professor to prove case: “When a pig farmer sued a hot air balloon firm, he needed to prove he wasn’t telling porkies. Luckily for Dan Gilbank, he had maths professor, the laws of trigonometry, a lucky photograph and a golfer’s laser rangefinder to back up his case. Farm manager Mr Gilbank, 46, and his father Mick, 67, were adamant that a low-flying balloon had caused 250 of their pigs to stampede into a ditch, with disastrous – and costly – consequences. In the melee, 140 sows miscarried 70 per cent of their litters – around 800 piglets. Three sows died from heart attacks and a boar died the next day from his injuries. The stampede happened in April 2012 when a hot air balloon carrying a party of sightseers flew over Low Moor Farm, near York. Hot air balloons are banned from flying lower than 1,500ft over it or closer than 1,500ft to it. But the balloon’s operators, Wiltshire-based Go Ballooning, insisted it had come no closer than 2,500ft to the farm. Professor Fewster used trigonometry – the branch of maths that deals with the size and angles of triangles – to show that the balloon had been at a height of only about 100ft”

A hi-tech hospital mattress gave man third-degree burns: Equipment similar to an electric blanket overheated during surgery: “‘I wasn’t unduly nervous – I’d been told it was just a minor procedure,’ says Mike, 58. However, when he came round from the op – to remove a benign cyst from his kidney – at Maidstone Hospital, Mike quickly realised something had gone very wrong during the two hours he was unconscious. ‘I immediately noticed a burning pain in my backside. As the anaesthetic wore off the pain got worse. I reached under my hospital gown and could feel blistering and flesh came away in my hand. It felt like my bottom was on fire.’ Mike, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, had suffered third-degree burns on his right hip and buttock, caused when a mattress designed to keep patients warm during surgery had overheated. He underwent procedures to remove dead tissue and had to have an emergency skin graft. The HSE found the staff did not have sufficient training or information to ensure the mattress had been used correctly. Two years since his injury, Mike’s life has changed dramatically. After the operation, he was unable to work for five months.”

Help, there’s a snake in the bath! Terrified teenager found hungry 3ft python: “A teenager was overcome with terror after discovering a python in her bath – which had been slithering around under the floorboards for months. The family, from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, have since discovered the Royal Python belonged to a previous neighbour – who said it had escaped in July. ‘If your dog goes missing you put up posters and look for it. They could have at least warned us so we knew to keep an eye out for it. ‘I would have had the house searched top to bottom if I’d known.’

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