Seniors: Hints on how to liven up your idle hours

September 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. At Lunch Time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. Watch ‘em Slow Down..

2. On all your check stubs, write ‘For Marijuana.

3. Skip down the street, rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

4. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

5. Sing along at the Opera.

6. When The Money Comes Out of the ATM, scream ‘I Won! I Won!’

7. When Leaving the Zoo, Start Running towards the Car Park, Yelling ‘Run For Your Lives! They’re Loose!’

8. Tell your Children over dinner, ‘Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.’

And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity:

9. Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy, go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is.

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Lioness wants a cuddle: “When faced with a lioness clawing at its flimsy cage, most of us would do a runner. But Valentin Gruener calmly approaches the cage – and lets the beast run wild. As he begins to unlock the door, Sirga starts pacing up and down and as soon he opens the enclosure, the big cat springs out and pounces on him. Fortunately, she’s just after a big hug and Mr Gruener greets the lioness with a pleasant ‘good morning’ before rubbing noses with it. Traveller John Hawkins shot the video at Modisa Wildlife Project near Maun, Botswana. He said: ‘Val is a wildlife conservationist that raised Sirga the lioness almost from birth.”

Willy Wonka chapter that was missing for 50 years reveals grisly end of greedy boys: “A lost chapter of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is to be revealed today – 50 years after Roald Dahl’s most famous book was published. In the missing section from the 1961 draft, mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka took children who won a tour of his factory to the Vanilla Fudge Room – only for the passage to be cut from the published version. But the unused chapter, which introduces two extra naughty characters – Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice – was found among Dahl’s papers after his death at 74 in 1990. The draft section tells how penniless but kind-hearted Charlie Bucket – who in this version is accompanied to the factory by his mother rather than Grandpa Joe – visit Vanilla Fudge Mountain with the other children. But Tommy and Wilbur ignore Wonka’s warnings and jump on the wagons which enter a tunnel that leads to the Pounding and Cutting Room where the fudge is pounded by a huge machine and cut with knives. Unsurprisingly, nothing more is heard of the two boys.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews who moved from Canada to Guatemala are forced to leave because the locals don’t like them: “A community of Orthodox Jews have been expelled from their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers. Just a few months after fleeing from Canada amid allegations of child abuse, members of the Lev Tahor community were forced to leave San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala yesterday. The village Elder’s Council voted to kick them out because the group refused to greet or have physical contact with the community, according to a member of the council. Lev Tahor is a radical strain of Hassidic Judaism that believes television and computers are bad and must be avoided. The group rejects the state of Israel because it views the Jews as a people who must remain in exile. Verbal abuse, threats to cut off power and eject them by force were the last straw for the Jews, some of whom have been there for six years. Around 230 members of the Jewish community were living in the lakeside village, the majority moving over from Canada in March this year.

Map of blue-eyed Britain: It is most common in Ireland and Scotland, but least likely in the south: “Blue is the most common eye colour in Britain, researchers found. All eyes in the country were once brown, but a study revealed they are now 48 per cent blue, 30 per cent green and 22 per cent brown. The study, which mapped out eye colour across the UK and Ireland, revealed that the Scots and the Irish are more likely to have blue eyes than others – especially those living in the south. Scientists believe the reason for the increase in the number of blue eyes could be to do with how attractive people find them. South East Scotland reported the highest proportion of blue-eyed residents – 57 per cent – while blue eyes are least common in South West England, where they account for just 35 per cent. Blue-eyed Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet and Paul Newman all support the theory that blue eyes add to a person’s sexual appeal.”

These gruesome ‘alien invaders’ are the bacteria lurking in the plaque on your TEETH: “They may look like rare plants, or perhaps the surface of a far off planet but these gruesome ‘alien invaders’ are in fact the plaque that coats your teeth, providing a stark reminder of the consequences of poor dental hygiene. Enough to make anyone book an appointment to see a dentist, these scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show extreme close ups of plaque, incisors and decay, revealing the effects of bacteria lurking in the mouth. The set includes shots of the pink surface of dental plaque and a blue carpet of bacteria on a yellow tooth, while other images include plaque nestled among the bristles of a used toothbrush. The pictures were taken with a microscope that scans a sample with a focused beam of electrons, and the images are then coloured either digitally or by hand to distinguish the decay and plaque and illuminate the miniscule particles that are not visible to the human eye”

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Guess What This Is

August 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

No reason to stand on your feet waiting to get your welfare check.

Just put your shoes next in line and go back and sit on your butt and play games on your iPhone.

Is this a great country or what?

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Italy’s wasteful public sector laid bare by doctor who has worked for just 15 days in the past nine years: “An Italian doctor has laid bare the country’s wasteful public sector after being permitted to work for just 15 days in the past nine years. The unnamed medic, 50, has used a series of reasons to shirk his duties in the casualty department of a hospital near Catania, Sicily, since 2005. These include attending three and five-year university training courses, calling in sick, taking paid leave for ‘family’ reasons and obtaining a doctorate. Now, he is the subject of an inquiry at the hospital after being cited as the latest example of how thousands of Italian civil servants are able to avoid work by finding loopholes in the rules. Speaking of the doctor’s time off, Sicilian paper Giornale di Siracusa said: ‘We are all paying for this, from his training courses to his illnesses, to his family leave. However, the medic said he was ‘perplexed’ by the public outcry, adding, ‘Everything I did was legal and proper. He is now reportedly planning to stay off work until December 2016 to complete a phD, said ANSA.”

Biblical plague of locusts swarm Madagasca as billions of the insects make their annual migration: “These incredible photos capture the biblical-like scenes in Madagascar where a plague of locusts – numbering in their billions – have descended on the country’s farmland for the third year running. An enormous dark cloud of the flying insects is pictured obscuring the sky in the east African island country’s capital of Antananarivo, sparking panic for Madagascar’s nine million agricultural workers. Left to themselves, the locusts would devastate the country’s agriculture, each consuming around two grams of food each day that they are among crops. Desperate farmers have been attempting to protect their land by starting fires and increasing their use of insecticides, the Independent reports. It is estimated that the largest swarms have covered hundreds of square miles and consisted of many billions of locusts.

The English blamed for Pacific islander obesity: “British colonisers turned Pacific islanders into some of the fattest people in the world by trying civilise them with fried food, a study by Oxford University has found. Islanders on Nauru and the Cook Islands in the Pacific have the highest levels of obesity in the world. Their average weight gain is increasing at four times the global average, 4.4lbs per decade (2kg) compared with global average of 1.1lbs (0.5kg). Now researchers at Oxford believe they are discovered the source of their obesity. They suggest that social changes, introduced when the islands were under colonial rule, have significantly contributed to unhealthy diets. Anthropologists Dr Amy McLennan and Professor Stanley Ulijaszek found that islanders lost many of their traditional food cultivation, preparation and preserving skills after settlers insisted that they learn western ways of eating. They taught the locals to fry fish rather than eat it raw, and forced them to import unhealthy produce after co-opting farmland for mining.” [They've been independent since the '60s so how come they are STILL putting on weight?]

Grump v grinner: who’s the winner?: “Michelle Blum, executive general manager NSW/ACT, Australian Institute of Management, says both grumps and grinners can be productive team players, although management research supports the idea that positive people with positive energy are more creative, productive and have higher job satisfaction. “Positive people are generally better at getting things done. They can also drive others to achieve,” says Blum. In her experience, Blum says people who play a ‘black hat’ role provide an important counterbalance to the more positive people in the business. “You need to have that person who asks the challenging questions, the person who is more cynical about what you’re doing; it’s a really important role. It means you have to prove yourself and the business case behind your ideas, so cynical people can help a business perform better.” Nevertheless, Blum says when people are energetic and passionate, it rubs off on those around them. “You become excited too; so there’s a limit to how much effect a ‘black hat’ can have – you need some of that dynamic, but you also need the positive people.”

Jail for woman who was caught on camera stealing ENTIRE front lawn: “A woman has been jailed for three months after she ripped up a neighbour’s newly-laid front lawn and walked off with it down the street. Maureen McKenna took 40 minutes to carry out the theft in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, as she and an accomplice returned seven times and even stopped for a cigarette break. But unfortunately for McKenna her bizarre 5am raid on July 24 was caught on CCTV – which prompted hilarity when it spread online and led to swift action by the police. While McKenna’s accomplice has not been traced, police tracked down McKenna after the footage was made public. They arrested her yesterday and charged her with theft. Lancashire Police said the 59-year-old appeared at Ormskirk Magistrates Court today where she was sentenced to three months in prison. The force was unable to provide any background of why the theft happened or how McKenna justified her crime.”

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Price of Gas in France

August 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole de paintings. I had no Monet to buy Degas to make de Van Gogh.’

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Elderly British man ‘too fit to qualify for blue disabled parking badge’ even though he has NO FEET: “A Scots pensioner who has had both feet amputated has been refused a blue disabled parking badge – because he is able to walk ‘more than 20 yards’. Tom Hannah, 73, had the lower part of both legs removed in operations last year after doctors discovered that his irregular heartbeat was causing circulation problems in his legs. He was granted a provisional blue badge to let him park in disabled spaces but when he tried recently to renew it, he was told that because he could walk 20 yards he was not eligible. ‘I applied for a blue badge last year and they gave me one for a year. When I spoke to them, they said, “This is a provisional one” and I said to them, “What do you expect – the leg to grow back?” ‘I was told I could walk more than 20 yards. They said it more than once. ‘I’m really annoyed and really upset. I was so angry when I was told that I would not be eligible for one because I can walk a short distance with my crutches. Fife Council has now told him he will have to go for a mobility assessment with an occupational therapist in an attempt to resolve the situation.”

British cooking program evokes uproar: “The gentle bonhomie of The Great British Bake Off has been replaced with an outpouring of anger. More than 800 viewers have complained to the BBC, with accusations of sabotage. In this week’s episode contestants claimed that inadequate equipment and misleading editing left two former bakers unfairly maligned. The daughter of Diana Beard, who has come in for the harshest criticism, said her mother had been “done up like a Christmas turkey”. The show saw the bearded Iain Watters [ABOVE] eliminated after he threw his attempt at a baked Alaska in the bin. Previously, viewers had seen footage appearing to show his rival, Mrs Beard, taking his ice cream out of a freezer. Mr Watters found his dessert melting on a sideboard while Mrs Beard appeared to sneak away. Mr Watters was eliminated after the judges criticised him for presenting them with only a rubbish bin. The BBC has already defended the episode, emphasising that Mrs Beard was not to blame for the baked Alaska meltdown. It claims she took the dessert out of the freezer for only 40 seconds.”

Far-Left antisemite gets some unusual payback: “Controversial Respect MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the street, his spokesman said. Mr Galloway, who has also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to his face and head, was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, west London, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and attacked him, according to the spokesman. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest. Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where he is expected to remain overnight. His spokesman said: “George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him. “It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.” [A change from Jews copping all the abuse and attacks]

Public hunt for 30 pieces of 24-carat bullion hidden on Kent beach by artist: “A seaside resort is expecting to be hit by swarms of treasure hunters after an artist buried 30 pieces of gold bullion on a beach – worth £10,000. German artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden the 24-carat gold bars on the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone, on the Kent coast, as part of the town’s arts festival. Although the celebrations don’t start until Saturday, Mr Sailstorfer told people to start looking for the gold bricks from 4pm today – because they can keep what they find. The bricks, of different sizes, have been hidden underneath the sands on the beach by the artist, who is expecting thousands of would-be treasure hunters to show up with their bucket and spade and start searching. ‘Some people will get lucky, some people will not get lucky. That’s life.’ The beach where the gold is buried is only accessible at low tide, meaning treasure-hunters only have a small window each day in which to find their fortune.”

Ebola breakthrough as new drug cures all monkeys in trial: “A treatment for the deadly Ebola virus may have finally been found after scientists reported that a drug cured 100 per cent of monkeys with the disease. The experimental drug Zmapp is currently being used to treat infected patients including British nurse William Pooley, who is being cared for at the Royal Free hospital in London after contracting the disease in Sierra Leone. But health experts were unsure how effective the treatment was because it is impossible to trial in humans before an outbreak. Now a new study has found that 18 rhesus monkeys which were infected with the disease, made a complete recovery after being given ZMapp. Three animals which were untreated became seriously ill and died. Experts said the results were ‘extremely encouraging’ and ‘better than expected. ZMapp is a blend of three laboratory-made antibodies designed to neutralise the virus.”

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He was warned

August 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Saint Peter is sitting at the Pearly Gates when two guys wearing dark hoodies and sagging pants (with exposed undies) arrive.
Surprised, St Peter looks out through the Gates and says, “Wait here. I’ll be right back.”

St Peter goes over to God’s chambers and tells him who is awaiting entrance. God, irritated, says to Peter: “How many times do I have to tell you? You can’t be judgmental here. This is heaven. All are loved. All are brothers. Go back and let them in!”

So St Peter goes back, looks around and lets out a heavy sigh. He returns to God’s chambers and says, “Well, they’re gone.”

“The blokes wearing hoodies?” asks God.

“No. The Pearly Gates.”

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If you want your relationship to last, marry a short man, say researchers: “Tall men may want to get married earlier, but their marriages won’t go the distance like men with a shorter stature, a new study has claimed. It found the rate of divorce among short men is significantly less than among average and tall men. They were also more likely to marry much younger women, and make more money than their spouse. ‘This further confirms an existence of height-based status exchange in which short men compensate for their lower physical status with higher proportional earnings, while tall men appear more likely to use their status to attract women with higher relative earnings,’ said authors Abigail Weitzman and Dalton Conley of New York University. ‘Studies of online dating suggest that physical attraction is a key factor in early relationship formation, but say little about the role of attractiveness in longer-term relationships,’ the researchers say.

Drive-thru BROTHELS hailed a success after year-long trial in Switzerland: “Zurich’s drive-thru brothels have been hailed a success by Swiss social services, a year after they first opened. The experiment in Switzerland’s largest city began last August when the authorities opened Europe’s first municipal drive-in brothel in an old industrial area. It was hoped the initiative would slash the number of sex workers on the streets, while at the same time offering them a safer space to work. But not all of them are happy with the arrangements. Authorities admitted that some have complained their earnings have fallen since the new initiative began, and that they are too far from city centre bars and clubs. Zurich’s drive-thru brothel opened last August, with sex workers who agreed to move from their traditional haunts in the city centre allowed to ply their trade there safely and with a minimum of fuss. The site to the west of the city boasts helpful signposts and understated wooden drive-in ‘sex boxes’ where customers can be served in relative privacy in the comfort of their own cars.”

Do you accept my ginger discount card? Thrifty red-head saves hundreds of pounds using homemade ID: “A cheeky Scottish red-head claims to have saved hundreds of pounds in the high street – thanks to his home-made ‘ginger discount card’. Richard Macrae, 30, from Aberdeen, was given the fake card by a friend for his birthday and he has successfully used it in bars, restaurants, cinemas and even with taxi drivers. The comic book illustrator claims to have saved more than £200 and said he is constantly asked by people how they can acquire one too. He said: ‘People have always given me stick for my hair colour, but now I’m going out three nights a week and saving a fortune. The joke is on them. ‘It comes out with me more than my bank card. My reputation precedes me and once I was asked by a security guard if I was the “ginger discount guy”. ‘Usually everyone gets the humour behind it, but some people look confused and wonder if it’s real which is always a laugh, but most get the joke. ‘It opens folk up to a bit of banter back and forth but I never try for any specific amount of discount. Any money off is always handy.'”

Give your bike a BROLLY: £30 umbrella clamp keeps cyclists dry – even with 70mph winds: “A Dutch firm based in Delft has invented a simple clamp that fits a bike’s handlebars and holds a windproof umbrella firmly in place to protect a rider from wind and rain. The holder can also be used to store the umbrella when the rain stops too. The umbrella’s asymmetric design is said to help it withstand high speed wind gusts of up to 70mph (113kph). The aerodynamic design directs wind over and around the brolly, which holds its shape and keeps people dry underneath. While its makers, Senz, cautions against riding in high winds, the umbrella design lends itself to coping with the air stream created by cycling. A spokesperson for the Dutch firm said: ‘Ruining your hairdo, ending up with dripping clothes after a quick ride to the shops will be a thing of the past with the Senz umbrella holder. ‘The clamp allows you to attach your umbrella on your bike, while keeping both hands on the handle bars and giving a good sight of traffic.”

A cashmere sweater that cleans ITSELF? Scientists develop a coating that makes stains disappear with exposure to light: “Cashmere not only expensive but also notoriously difficult to clean, but a new invention may well change that. A team of scientists from City University of Hong Kong’s School of Energy and Environment have developed an invisible coating that triggers a chemical reaction when exposed to light. When the mineral, which is made from anatase titanium dioxide, coats the fabric, any stain – from dirt to coffee and even red wine – on its surface will be eliminated after being placed in light for 24 hours. What’s more, lead scientist Walid Daoud says that the finished fabric will only bump up the price of cashmere by one to 1.5per cent. ‘On the one hand, clothes that can clean themselves are regarded as smart material,’ said Mr Daoud. ‘And on the other hand … we also have less consumption of energy, of water, of chemicals.’ The coating was actually first developed in 2002, but applying it to cashmere has proved difficult since the delicate fabric is especially prone to damage.

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New element

August 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Scientists at CERN in Geneva have announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science.

The new element is Governmentium (Gv). It has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lefton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons or protons, it is inert. However, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes in contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that normally takes less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.

This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons, but twice as many morons.

All of the money is consumed in the exchange, and no other by-products are produced.

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Rome man begs for jail to escape wife during house arrest: “Most prisoners long for the day when they will be reunited with their families – but a man in Rome has adopted the opposite attitude. A 37-year-old, currently under house arrest, has asked a judge that he be placed in jail instead because his “constant fighting” with his wife was too much to bear. The unnamed father-of-three was just three months into his eight-month sentence for a series of minor crimes, but spending his days at home with his wife had proved to be anything but domestic bliss. The couple’s neighbours had become well aware of their arguments, which police had been brought in to resolve. “Put me inside, otherwise it will end badly,” he was told police at the Tor Bella Monaca police station in the east of Rome, according to Il Messaggero. As a result, authorities on Tuesday fulfilled the man’s wishes and transferred him to Rome’s Regina Coeli prison.”

Legendary Belgian Trappist beer falls foul of EU labelling rules: “Westvleteren, a legendary Belgian Trappist beer, has fallen foul of European Union labelling rules. The West Flemish beer, often voted the “best beer in the world” by experts, has come in unlabelled bottles since 1945, a simplicity that has become a mark of its authenticity and rarity. Currently Westvleteren’s three beers – a Blonde, the darker 8 and internationally famous 12 brew – list their basic ingredients on the crown cap of bottles that are sold by Monks of Saint Sixtus Abbey on a restricted basis but that turn up illicitly in bars selling at £8 for just over half a pint. But under EU legislation from next year, the beer must also give the origin of ingredients meaning that a label will have to go on the bottle because there is not room on the cap. Many fear that the renowned Westvleteren 12 “will never be the same” once the bottles are labelled although the full-bodied dark beer will remain strong, at 10.2 per cent ABV, and scarce with a restricted production of 63,000 cases a year.

Chinese takeaway delivers food… and a PlayStation controller: “A Chinese takeaway in Ireland literally went the extra mile by delivering a hungry customer not only their food order, but a PlayStation 3 controller and a videogame too. The customer, who ordered food from Mekon Chinese in Santry via the Just Eat takeaway website, used the comment box on the website to ask if the driver would mind stopping en route at a different address to pick up the controller and a copy of the Fifa 14 videogame. The customer only offered an extra three euros for the service, and was delighted when the equipment turned up with his sweet and sour chicken – thereby ensuring he didn’t have to venture outside for the rest of the evening, presumably. After the customer contacted Just Eat to praise the driver, Just Eat dubbed the driver “possibly the coolest delivery driver ever” on their Twitter feed.”

Giant wasps’ nest invades spare bedroom: “A spare bedroom was taken over by a swarm of 5,000 wasps that built their nest on the bed after a window was left open. The owners of the five-bedroom property in Winchester, who have not been named, had not been in the redundant room of their home for several months. When the door was opened by the son of the homeowner, he was faced with a wasps’ nest measuring three feet wide and over a foot deep. The wasps were also chewing through the pillows and into the mattress. Pest Control worker John Birkett said: “The client was terrified. In 45 years I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 5,000 wasps. “It was a job to deal with it. I had protective gear on and used spray to kill them. At one stage there must have been 2,000 wasps buzzing around me. “If someone had gone in to the room and not known what it was it would have been pretty serious.”

Healthy glow from vegetables is more attractive than a tan, scientists find: “Achieving a healthy sun-kissed tan is the reason many people head to the beach in the good weather. But a new study suggests that eating the recommended five-a-day of fruit and vegetables is likely to bring a much more attractive glow than sitting out in the sun. Researchers at Leeds and St Andrew’s universities discovered that the change in skin pigmentation brought about by eating vegetables like carrots, broccoli or melon makes skin look far healthier. The red and yellow pigments found in bright fruit and vegetables increase skin yellowness while tanning makes skin turn brown. Researchers asked 60 volunteers to rate how attractive they found faces based on pigmentation caused by ‘carotenoid coloration’ from fruit and veg, or ‘melanin coloration’ caused by the sun. More than three quarters of people said the healthy glow from a healthy diet was preferable to the colour of a tanned face.”

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London Taxi Driver

August 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London. He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music because “in the time of the Prophet there was no music, especially Western music which is the music of the infidel.”

The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door.

The Arab Muslim asked him, “What are you doing?”

The cabbie answered, “In the time of the Prophet there were no taxis, so get out and wait for a camel!”

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The G-spot DOESN’T exist; Italian doctors define ‘new’ area of pleasure for women: “New research suggests that while the fabled G-spot may not exist, all is not lost. Italian doctors have now described in medical literature an ‘intimate area’ that creates increased sexual pleasure. It is more complex than one spot, however, and includes the clitoris, vagina and uterus – described as ‘highly dynamic and sensitive structures’ by the authors of the new report. Now, says Profesor Jannini, modern imaging techniques such as ultrasound have enabled gynaecologists and scientists to see what happens to different areas of the reproductive system during sexual activity. The report authors write: ‘The clitoris, urethra, and anterior (front) vaginal wall have led to the concept of a clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex.’ This, they say, defines a broader or ‘variable, multifaceted… area that, when properly stimulated during penetration, could induce orgasmic response’.

Frenchman who ‘covered himself with Dior perfume’ claims he was booted from American Airlines flight because he smelled bad: “A 27-year-old Frenchman claims he was kicked out of an American Airlines flight because he smelled bad — and was admonished to ‘take a shower’ by the crew. The passenger, identified only as an Algerian-born man named ‘Mehdi,’ says he was about to board the Dallas-bound plane at Paris’ Charles-de-Gaulle Airport when he was approached by flight attendants. ‘The crew and passengers complained of your smell,’ one flight attendant told the man, according to cell phone footage watched by Agence France-Presse. ‘You’re with an American company, this is American territory and the captain has the right to refuse you,’ the crew member added, according to AFP. ‘You will not be flying today.’ The crew member told the man to ‘take a shower,’ according to the report. ‘I covered myself with Dior perfume at the duty free shop,’ he told AFP by away of explanation.

Lesser-known Vitamin A2 develops infrared sight, study claims: “During World War II, the U.S. Navy wanted to boost sailors’ night vision so they could spot infrared signal lights. According to some reports, they fed volunteers supplements made from the livers of walleyed pikes, and over several months, the volunteers’ vision began seeing the infrared region. While this legendary tale may sound far-fetched, a crowd-funded group of scientists has recreated this experiment and claims to have had successful results. Infrared vision helps animals such as snakes see the heat signature of their prey, but without night goggles, humans don’t have this ability. They claim that by limiting Vitamin A1 in the diet and replacing it with A2, the human body increase its production of something called porphyropsin. This is the protein complex that grants near infrared (NIR) vision to freshwater fish – and so, they say, can give humans completely natural infrared vision.” After several weeks, four volunteers using an electroretinogram (ERG) noticed spikes in their vision to 950 nanometres (nm). Infrared falls between about 800nm to 2500nm on the electromagnetic spectrum, meaning they could pick up some heat signatures.”

A Doll Hospital: “It’s the hospital where the surgeons fix missing limbs, repaint eyes and grow back the hair on some of Australia and New Zealand’s most precious and well-loved possessions. The Doll Hospital in Sydney has restored more than three million beloved dolls and teddy bears across the country for more than 100 years. Geoff Chapman, 67, whose grandfather started the hospital in 1913, now continues the traditional family business –which restores a variety of toys from porcelain and antiques to the common rag doll – with the help of up to 12 other staff. ‘We’re one of the last ones that does everything, when it comes to dolls, there’s very few that are capable of that sort of work,’ Mr Chapman told Reuters. ‘We’ve had customers who’ve burst into tears when they saw their treasured doll or teddy as good as new.’ The hospital was first set up by Harold Chapman Senior when a shipping mishap led the rubber bands holding together some celluloid dolls from Japan tear, forcing Harold to find a way to repair them. The business blossomed from there”

Cambodian rat meat: A growing export market: “A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents. Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance in many societies, the rice field rats, Rattus argentiventer, of this small South-East Asian nation are considered a healthy delicacy due to their free-range lifestyle and largely organic diet. Rat-catching season reaches its height after the rice harvest in June and July when rats have little to eat in this part of rural Kompong Cham province, some 60km from the capital Phnom Penh. That lack of food coincides with seasonal rains that force the rodents onto higher ground, and into the 120 rat traps local farmer Chhoeun Chhim, 37, said he set each evening. “Wild rats are very different. They eat different food,” said Mr Chhim, explaining with a gourmand’s intensity the difference between rice-field rats and their urban cousins, which he considers vermin unfit for the cooking pot.”

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A literal mind at work

August 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Will your next boss be a robot? Researchers find we are more productive (and happier) with a machine in charge: “Human workers prefer to take orders from robots than their colleagues, researchers have found. They say that letting robots have control over human tasks in manufacturing is not just more efficient – it is actually preferred by workers. Researchers were stunned to find that in a series of management experiments, human workers were actually more content when a robot was in charge. In the study, groups of two humans and one robot worked together in one of three conditions: manual (all tasks allocated by a human); fully autonomous (all tasks allocated by the robot); and semi-autonomous (one human allocates tasks to self, and a robot allocates tasks to other human). The fully-autonomous condition proved to be not only the most effective for the task, but also the method preferred by human workers. The workers were more likely to say that the robots ‘better understood them’ and ‘improved the efficiency of the team.'”

Woman spends decades stashing savings in cupboard because she doesn’t trust banks… only to have it all eaten by TERMITES: “A woman who kept her life savings hidden in a cupboard because she didn’t trust banks has been left heartbroken – after the pile of notes was eaten by termites. Cai Hou went to check on the pile of notes she had spent decades building up at her home in the city of Jinjiang, in eastern China’s Fujian province, only to find it had been chewed to pieces. The thrifty 70-year-old – who had saved 10,000 Yuan (£1,000) – at first thought she had been burgled. But she then spotted the insects next to the shredded notes and realised what had happened. ‘I was heartbroken,’ she said. ‘I’d never trusted banks and I always thought it would be safer to hide the cash in a safe place at home. How wrong could I be?’. Cai’s family painstakingly managed to piece together 5,900 Yuan (£570) in nibbled notes and took them to two local banks. Bank officials managed to verify notes worth only 1,950 Yuan (£190) and rejected the rest as too damaged.”

The robot brain to rule them all: Plans for giant ‘central knowledge server’ to power millions of machines around the world revealed: “Researchers have begun work on a giant ‘robot brain’ they say could be used by millions of machines around the world. It will be a central store for everything from images to details of how to change a plug. Hosted on a server so any robot can access it, the system is currently downloading and processing 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it. Robo Brain will process images to pick out the objects in them, and by connecting images and video with text, it will learn to recognize objects and how they are used, along with human language and behavior. ‘Robo Brain is a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources, computer simulations, and real-life robot trials,’ the researchers behind it say.

Farmers say sheep found wandering in Tasmania could be world’s woolliest: “Two Tasmanian farmers have found what they hope to prove is the world’s woolliest sheep. Peter Hazell said he had no trouble capturing the animal, which was wandering with its vision obscured by wool in scrubland on his property in Tasmania’s Midlands on Sunday. “He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” he said. Despite never having been shorn, the six-year-old merino ram was immediately dubbed Shaun the Sheep, after the popular kids’ television program. Netty Hazell said the sheep’s avoidance of the shearing shed had been weighing it down, with Shaun carrying an estimated 20 kilograms of fleece. “It is the heaviest sheep I’ve ever lifted,” she professed. “I just couldn’t believe it, I just could not believe a sheep could have so much wool.”

Man accused of attack ‘had name tattooed on his back’: “A man who allegedly took part in a vicious attack in Darwin has been rounded up by police after he took off his top and ran around, showing his name tattooed across his back. The man was with another man outside a convenience store in busy Mitchell Street about 10:30pm on Sunday when the pair asked a 27-year-old man whether he wanted to buy marijuana, police said. When the man they had approached refused the offer, the two men, aged 21 and 22 and from interstate, allegedly punched and kicked the victim. “After the assault they took their shirts off, placed them around their heads and ran around the block,” Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen from NT Police said. “Helpfully one of the offenders had his name tattooed on his back, so it wasn’t hard to locate him. “We found him at a nearby bar and he was arrested.” The victim suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

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Nice dog

August 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Women who don’t sleep around before their wedding have happier marriages – but men can play the field without worry: “Women who have several sexual partners before getting married have less happy marriages – but men do no harm by playing the field,a study has found. According to new research by the National Marriage Project, more than half of married women who had only ever slept with their future husband felt highly satisfied in their marriage. But that percentage dropped to 42 per cent once the woman had had pre-marital sex with at least two partners. It dropped to 22 per cent for those with ten or more partners. But, for men, the number of partners a man they appeared to have no bearing on how satisfied they felt within a marriage. Researchers said the study showed that sex with many different partners ‘may be risky’ if the woman is in search of a high-quality marriage. It means our past experiences, especially when it comes to love, are linked to our future marital quality, they said. The researchers said those who had more partners perhaps find it difficult to commit to their spouse because they were aware of the alternatives.”

Ancient tribe who cut themselves with rocks to symbolise kangaroo scratches during their annual pilgrimage to ‘wake up their ancestors’: “Fascinating images have emerged from an Australian Aboriginal tribe’s annual pilgrimage to their sacred sites along Queensland’s western deserts. Melbourne photographer Brook Mitchell documented the spiritual event of the Marrinyama men who embark on the journey each year as a way of keeping their local traditions and lore alive. The men spend three months of their summer at bush camps near the desert outpost town of Cloncurry in Queensland’s north-west, where temperatures average in the high 40Cs. They’re also known as the ‘Kangaroo Society’ for the self-inflicted ceremonial marks cut into the arms of the men with sharp rock fragments to resemble the scratch from a kangaroo. Mitchell was amazed to witness how determined these men were to keep their culture alive, even if it means inflicting severe pain in the process”

Blind boxer: “When boxer Glenn McCrory became a world cruiserweight champion in 1989, he could hear the raucous applause of the crowd – but the faces of his thousands of fans were just a blur. Indeed, until three months ago his vision was so poor that he likens his vision to being ‘like opaque tights pulled over a camera lens’. He admits cheating at eye tests to get his boxing licence – by memorising the letters on the chart. But thanks to an operation in May using a new type of laser, Glenn now has near-perfect vision and says his life has changed immeasurably. Sight problems run in the McCrory family. Three close relatives, including one of his sisters, are blind, but Glenn’s condition was more straightforward. He simply suffered from myopia – short-sightedness.

Silicon Valley tech elites accused of ruining Burning Man festival with luxury camps: “San Francisco will likely resemble a ghost-town Monday morning, with empty Google buses and coffee grinders gone quiet in Starbucks as the city’s tech community descends on the Nevada desert for the annual art, music and everything else festival, Burning Man. The festival dates back to 1986 and is based on ideals of community and inclusion – but visiting the ad-hoc city that rises from the desert each year has become a status symbol for the tech elite. The one-upmanship of San Francisco tech nouveau riche, with their luxury accommodations and chef-prepared meals, is at odds with the spirit of the festival, say some longtime ‘burners.’ Participants ‘dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. So it’s unsurprising that the new wave of annual attendees from San Francisco with very different ideas about the experience has some devotees up in arms. ‘We have the craziest chefs in the world and people who build yurts for us that have beds and air-conditioning. Yes, air-conditioning in the middle of the desert,’ he said.

Expensive bird: “A long-running dispute involving a rare bird has cost taxpayers nearly £500,000. Portsmouth City Council is to pay £475,000 in legal fees after losing a string of court battles with defence giant QinetiQ. It had tried to stop the firm’s plans for a road to three new blocks of flats it was building overlooking a nudist beach near Fort Cumberland in Eastney. It said the work may harm the legally protected Dartford warbler thought to be nesting nearby. But after racking up £150,000 in legal fees, and with a ruling saying further searches for the rare bird were unnecessary, the council had to agree to the road. Now the High Court has ruled that the council must also pay QinetiQ’s £325,000 costs, as it should not have delayed the flat development, which was first approved nine years ago.

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Redneck sport-watching equipment

August 24, 2014 at 11:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand – 20 minutes after he had cut its head off: “A chef preparing a dish made from cobra flesh died after the snake bit his hand – 20 minutes after he had severed it from its body. Peng Fan from Foshan, Guangdong province, southern China, had been preparing a special dish made from Indochinese spitting cobra, a rare delicacy. It was as he went to chuck the cobra’s head in the bin that it bit him, injecting Mr Peng with its flesh-killing, neurotoxic venom. The snake was being diced up to be made into snake soup, which is a delicacy in Guangdong and a much sought after dish in the province’s high-end restaurants. Police say Peng died before he could be given life saving anti-venom in hospital. Victims of the Indochinese spitting cobra generally asphyxiate after the neurotoxin paralyses their respiratory system.”

Widow, 80, shocked after opening letter from pension company letter offering condolences for her OWN death: “A frail 80-year-old widow received a letter informing her that she had died – thanks to an error by her pension provider. Standard Life sent ‘condolences’ in the message to her address, where she has lived alone for years. The letter also made clear that her pension payments had been stopped. The woman, whose identity was not revealed, said she was ‘extremely upset’ by the letter, which is dated July 2014 and refers to a payment the previous month. Neighbours contacted Standard Life on her behalf, and were able to re-start her pension payments and secure her £50 by way of apology. Later she told the newspaper: ‘Fortunately I still have my wits about me, but I dread to think what the consequences could have been for someone in more fragile health than myself.”

Swedish police in cavalry charge at far-Left rioters: “At least five people have been injured after mounted police rode into a large group of anti-Nazi protestors during a demonstration in Malmo, Sweden. More than 2,000 people had turned up to protest against a meeting held by the neo-Nazi Svenskarnas Parti (The Swedes’ Party) in a square near the Oresund Bridge which connects Sweden and Denmark on Saturday afternoon. The protest soon turned violent, with activists attacking police and horses, and in an attempt to disperse the crowd, police rode in full gallop through a group of 300-400 people. Neo-nazi party Svenskarnas Parti had arranged a meeting in a square in the Limhamn area of Malmoe on Saturday ahead of the national elections next month. Although party leader Stefan Jacobson only attracted a few dozen supporters, thousands turned up to protest against the meeting, including hundreds from Denmark. The protest soon descended into chaos, a police spokesperson said, and a number of demonstrators turn on police and attacking staff and horses, throwing rocks and flares. A group of people blocking a street refused to disperse, after which mounted police rode in full gallop into the crowd.”

Over 11,500ft above sea level and no protective barriers; Terrifying mountain pass in India: “Used as a route between Ladakh and Kashmir, the Zojila mountain pass is located at a staggering 11,580ft above sea level and is enclosed by Kashmir valley on one side and Drass valley on the other. The narrow road is on the western section of the Himalayas mountain range and is part of the 275-mile long route from Srinagar to Leh. It is said to be one of the most dangerous passes in the world, not just because it is extremely narrow and has no barriers, but also because of the vicious winds and heavy snowfall that often affect the region. The route is a lifeline that keeps the people of Ladakh in touch with the rest of the world, but it is often closed during winter due to heavy snow, which can be anywhere between 15 and 24 metres deep. There have been over 60 landslides on the pass and, in 2009, police had to rescue 350 people who had become stranded on the road due to heavy snowfall.”

Fur flies over the luxury clutch bags and iPad cases made out of deer fur: “It’s the dappled brown fur many of us first laid eyes on watching Disney’s Bambi. But now the same soft hide has been turned into a luxury fashion accessory – to the horror of animal rights campaigners. Marketed as ‘for the individualist’, a collection of deer fur clutch bags and iPad cases has been designed by Rosemary Hobrough – whose husband is a deer stalker. Her Dorset-based company Rah & Co launched this year and sells the bags online for up to £110. But a spokesman from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has urged people to boycott the products. He said: ‘People would rather be caught dead than wearing Bambi. Managed deer culling is legal in the UK, and is used as a form of population control to prevent the animals starving or falling victim to disease.”

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Behind the scenes

August 23, 2014 at 10:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Rare Navajo blanket discovery nets cash-strapped man a fortune: “A man from southern California, who had lost his leg in a car accident, was struggling to live off his disability benefit payments when he discovered he had literally been sitting on a $1.8million fortune. Big L.T. struck gold when he recognised a 19th-century Navajo First-Phase Chief’s Blanket similar to his own while watching an episode of the Antiques Road Show. He said: “I came across a First-Phase Chief’s Navajo Blanket that was handed down through the family. To me it seemed very cool…but I never really thought it was worth any large sum of money.” Navajo blankets can sell for $500k (approximately £300k), so Big L.T. decided to sell the family heirloom. He eventually got in touch with local business, John Moran Auctioneers. With only 100 original Navajo blankets thought to exist, John Moran Auctioneers estimated the “one of a kind” museum quality blanket would go for $100k to $200k, but it netted a record $1.8m, making Big L.T a millionaire. “

Brazilians can vote for their own ‘Barack Obama’: “In Brazil, where nicknames are everything, voters can now opt for a congressional candidate who goes by the name Barack Obama. He is black, like the US president, and running for Congress in elections on October 5 for the ruling Workers Party. His real name is Claudio Henrique dos Anjos and a court has allowed the 45-year-old to run in the election with ballots that read “Barack Obama”. On his website, he goes by the longer name Claudio Henrique Barack Obama. On Tuesday he formally presented his candidacy, and in the short time alloted him on television, he launched the terse slogan “Vote for Barack Obama!” Electoral laws in Brazil give candidates leeway to choose the name they want to go by in campaigns. Here, people’s nicknames are almost always more well known than their real names. For instance, Edison Arantes do Nascimento is the football legend better known as Pele.”

Study explores why dogs look like their owners: “Japanese psychologist, Sadahiko Nakajima, has been investigating the reason why people resemble their pooches for a while now and he seems to be getting a little closer to the answer. The studies found that 80% of participants were able to pick the pairs correctly when seeing the full faces, with a 7% drop when the mouths were covered. The most significant finding showed that when the eyes were covered, people were basically guessing with the success rate dropping to chance levels. When only presented with the letter box eyes, however, 74% of participants picked correctly. Nakijima even went as far as to test this new theory focussing on the eyes on a new round of participants, of which 76% turned out to be successful. As Slate said when they summed up the study, “It’s not about hairstyles, obesity, gender, height, or even eye color… It’s clearly something that’s being conveyed in the shared look about the eyes of dogs and their people.”

‘Shell-shocked’ farmer sells a sheep for £152,000: “To the untrained eye, the latest ram to be sold at the agricultural market in Lanark, Scotland, is just another sheep, albeit with a rather fine coat. To Alan Blackwood, however, it “sparkles”. Which explains why, together with two other farmers, he has paid £152,000 to buy it – the second highest price a sheep has ever fetched. The 27-year-old, whose family has farmed in Ayrshire for three generations, bought the ram on Thursday as part of a consortium. The sheep, named “Sid Vicious” after the Sex Pistols singer, was only born in February, but is “close to perfection”, according to Mr Blackwood. The three farmers plan to sire hundreds of lambs from it, as well as selling doses of his sperm for at least £100 a time to other breeders who wish to artificially inseminate their ewes. It is a Texel sheep, named after the island off Holland where the breed originated. Sid is so prized because it has “great commercial traits”, with chunky hindquarters and a fleshy spine. It should, therefore, produce good progeny for breeding – or make for thick lamb chops.”

‘You’re already dead': French pensioner told to prove he is still alive: “A pensioner was forced to obtain a letter from his doctor certifying that he was still alive after the French health service refused to pay his medical expenses on the grounds that he was dead. Jean-Marie Sevrain, 68, who lives in the eastern Vosges region, said he was left speechless when he received a letter last month informing him that he had died more than four years earlier. The letter said he was not eligible for a refund of 23 euros (£18.40) for a routine visit to his GP to renew a prescription for anti-diabetes medicine “because of my death on the 4th of January 2010”. “When I got the letter, I thought I was dreaming, then my wife and I started laughing,” he said. “The strangest thing was that I was supposed to be dead but the letter said I could appeal if I wanted to.” He was told to prove that he was still alive. He duly returned to his GP, who wrote a note certifying that he was still living. After presenting it to the health service, Mr Sevrain obtained his refund.”

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