Puppy love starts young

August 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Women must not laugh in public, says Turk: “Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister has said women should not laugh out loud in public and urged them to stop talking about ‘unnecessary’ things on the phone. Bülent Arınç also complained about ‘moral corruption’ by television programmes which he claims are transforming teenagers from ‘symbols of chastity’ into ‘sex addicts’. Speaking at an Eid el-Fitr – breaking of the fast – event in the northwestern city of Bursa, he claimed Turks had ‘abandoned their values’ and pleaded people to rediscover the Koran. ‘He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,’ he added. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, he went on to condemn the transformation of young females in society. Targeting women once more, Arınç said women discuss unnecessary things such as ‘recipes’ on the phone and should, in future, reserve these conversations for when they meet face-to-face.

Japanese ‘dozing desk’ allows to to use your laptop while lying in bed: “If standing desks just seem too much like hard work and you’d really prefer to stay in bed – Japan has the answer. A new ‘dozing desk’ has gone on sale, allowing users to type on their laptop while lying in bed. The contraption securely mounts a laptop above the user, and its legs can be moved to any position, transforming into a sofa desk and even a dinner table. Made by Japanese firm Sanko, it has a top plate that rotates 360 degrees, while three joints on each leg allow it to be moved into the perfect position. Called the Super Upward-Looking Dozing Desk, the firm even says it has some more mundane uses, boasting: ‘you can even use it as a coffee table.” And if you’re worried about the ‘hot lap’ caused by a laptop that’s been on all day, don’t worry – the dozing desk has fans built in to cool you and your laptop down. The desk is going on sale this month in Japan for 8,980 yen (around US$90), according to Kotaku.”

Volleyball player slammed by critics for being ‘too beautiful’: “Kazakhstan teenage volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova is in hot water for being so attractive that she has become ‘a distraction to the sport’. The 17-year-old became an online sensation after appearing at an Under-19 Championship Tournament in Taiwan. According to Daily Mail, “local media that would normally only write a couple of lines about the competition are devoting 10-page picture features” about Altynbekova and her looks. Following the match, smitten fans across Asia began posting photos, elaborate fan art and videos of Altynbekova warming up and high-fiving her teammates during the game. The latest Youtube clip of the player, posted just last week, has attracted over 550,000 views to date. The teen volleyball player revealed in a recent interview that she has become increasingly uncomfortable with the focus on her appearance, urging fans to stop setting up social media pages about her.”

Tobacco dervotee blows himself up: “A Chinese man has died after he blew up the hospital ward he was on when he decided to smoke a cigarette while undergoing treatment in a high-pressure oxygen chamber. Liu Hung, 65 was put inside the hyperbaric chamber at the Nanxiong People’s Hospital in Nanxiong city in south-eastern China’s Guangdong province to help a head wound heal more quickly. It is thought that while the doors of the chamber were closed, he saw the opportunity to grab a quick cigarette, presumably thinking that nobody would see him. But it is believed that the cigarette then set fire to the bed linen, which quickly turned into an inferno when it reacted with the oxygen rich atmosphere inside the small chamber. Health and safety experts together with firemen who investigated the explosion said that the man’s body had been completely charred and that they found a melted lighter, which they believed caused the explosion. But Mr Hung’s family are now demanding to know why his lighter wasn’t taken away.”

Shocked homeowner discovers a crocodile hiding in his bathroom: “Kalpesh Patel could be forgiven for making a snap decision not to take a shower. After entering the bathroom of his home in western India the 41-year-old discovered a five-foot long crocodile had beaten him to it, and had taken up residence under his shower taps. Mr Patel said: ‘At first I didn’t even know if it was alive, I just stood there staring at it in my bath robe and then suddenly I saw it blink, and I turned round and ran off as fast as I could – slamming the door behind me.’ He said when he told his wife and children not to go in the bathroom because there was a reptile there, not surprisingly, they didn’t believe him. Mr Patel said he had no idea how the crocodile got into his home, ‘but we weren’t prepared to let it out again’. The police were called and forestry officials then captured the crocodile.”

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A train that runs on trust

July 31, 2014 at 10:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Elevator surfer gets crushed: “A New York tattoo artist has died after he attempted to surf an elevator, according to reports. Tito Morales, 20, was unconscious when he was found wedged between the elevator car and the wall of the shaft at an apartment block in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx on Monday morning. Police told the New York Post that the man, who was heading to pick up some cigarettes after visiting his girlfriend in the building, might have been riding on top of the elevator to ‘surf’ it when something went wrong. Morales tried to jump from the top of one elevator to another when he misjudged the distance and became stuck between the 18th and 19th floors, sources told Sky News. Emergency services were called to the grisly scene around 4am on Monday. They managed to pull Morales out from the shaft but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Other residents told the Post that the elevator was unreliable and often became stuck.”

Australian model Robyn Lawley strips to protest Queensland coalmine: “Popular Australian model Robyn Lawley has stripped down to protest against the federal government’s approval of a coalmine project off the Queensland coast. The 25-year-old model, who rose to fame after appearing on the cover of both Vogue Italia and Vogue Australia’s first plus-size issues in 2011, posted a semi-naked photo of herself on Instagram with the words ”Stop Coal Mining” scrawled across her stomach with red lipstick. Lawley, who is now based in New York, was speaking out about the Carmichael coalmine project which Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved on Monday, two months after Queensland’s Campbell Newman-led government signed off on the environmental approvals.”

‘Glamour modelling is about female power': Woman says appearing in lads’ mags saved her from depression, panic attacks and OCD: “A 21-year-old has told how glamour modelling saved her from depression and gave her her life back. Rosie Doherty, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, used to suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and OCD when she was in school, making her life a misery. Her confidence plummeted and the situation became so bad that Rosie stopped attending classes. But after she started modelling for lads’ mags, Rosie shed more than just her clothes – she lost her anxiety too. Ironically one of the strongest sources of teasing was her lack of a chest – with other girls bullying her for her slow development. ‘I didn’t enjoy school at all – I had no self-confidence and didn’t want to see other people – in the end I just told my mum I wasn’t going.’ Rosie says it’s all about her transformation and her independence. Defiant Rosie said: ‘I’ve got imperfections, scars and cellulite, just like any other woman, and I’m still putting myself out there.”

‘No one gives me a second look': Shotgun victim who had the most ambitious face transplant ever performed hits the cover of men’s magazine GQ: “In the world of medical journals, Richard Norris is Mick Jagger. Horribly disfigured after a shotgun accident blew off half his face, the 39-year-old underwent one of the most complex face transplants in history, receiving teeth, a jaw and even a tongue from a donor. The 36-hour hour operation was extremely controversial – it was elective surgery, and Norris only had a 50 percent chance of survival – but the result was not only a new life for him, but a groundbreaking new study for doctors learning to treat soldiers and other victims of severe facial injuries.”

Is it a space noodle? Is it dental floss? No, it’s a $3.5 million planned public artwork: “Locals are mocking a $3.5 million sculpture set to be erected in the Sydney CBD, comparing the 50-metre artwork to dental floss, a rubber band and Mr Burns from The Simpsons. City of Sydney Council today unveiled plans to install an ‘elegant cloud-shaped arch’ above George Street in front of Sydney’s Town Hall. The council will spend $9.3 million on the Cloud Arch, designed by Tokyo-based artist Junya Ishigami, and other works including a giant fibreglass milk crate to be installed near Central Station a set of 60 bronze bird sculptures which will be perched around the Kent Street underpass. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the artworks would help transform George Street, which is also set to get a light rail and a pedestrianised boulevard. But Twitter users were more sceptical, especially of the Cloud Arch, dubbing it the #spacenoodle and comparing the curvy steel sculpture to Jessica Rabbit, dental floss and a rubber band.”

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Don’t mind the waterfall

July 30, 2014 at 10:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Google can predict the stock market: Researchers find search engine can spot crashes BEFORE they happen: Google searches for business and politics topics can predict a future stock market crash, researchers have claimed. An analysis of search terms between 2004 and 2012 found an increase in internet searches preceded falls. Researchers from Warwick Business School said search behaviour could provide an early warning system of concerns about the state of the economy. The team quantified the meaning of every single word on Wikipedia. This allowed the researchers to categorize words into topics, so that a ‘business’ topic may contain words such as ‘business,’ ‘management,’ and ‘bank.’ Researchers then used Google Trends to see how often each week thousands of these words were searched for by Internet users in the United States between 2004 and 2012. By using these search activity datasets in a simple trading strategy for the S&P 500, they found that changes in how often users searched for terms relating to business and politics could be connected to subsequent stock market moves.

Strippers, brothels and ‘skimpies’ still part of doing business in Australia: “A lawyer battling sexual harassment in the workplace has revealed how strippers and brothels have cost Australian companies millions. Executives are being forced to cough up cash to female employees after using seedy corporate entertainment in scenes like something out of Wall Of Wall Street, lawyer Michael Harmer revealed. Female employees are suing bosses for having to endure a culture where harassment and discrimination is commonplace. Mr Harmer, known in court as The Undertaker, has blasted the employers he has so far bought cases against. He claimed companies have paid from $1million to $3.5million in out of court settlements in sexual harassment cases to keep their reputations intact. ‘Where alcohol and the degradation of women is used as entertainment, you can get an overstepping of the mark by either other employees or clients,’ he told the Financial Review. In the interview he described how he’d heard of a global chairman charging brothels to his corporate credit card.”

Is Barbie being Frozen out? Doll sales plummet as kids favor Disney’s Elsa and American Girl: “Despite efforts to stay relevant, Barbie’s popularity is on the decline: Mattel has reported a 15per cent drop in sales for the blonde doll in the latest quarter. However, the company saw a 6per cent increase in sales of its American Girl line and also found success with toys associated with Disney’s Frozen. While Mattel has attempted to keep the brand up to date with the recent launch of Entrepreneur Barbie – a tech-savvy doll that comes armed with a tiny smartphone and tablet, and even boasts a LinkedIn profile – experts say that Barbie doesn’t have a strong enough narrative to capture kids’ imaginations. American Girl, for example, features ‘historical character’ dolls accompanied by books that tell of the characters’ adventures. Jim Silver, editor of TTPM.com (formerly Time to Play Magazine), says that competitors such as Mattel’s Monster High dolls do a better job of engaging children with more complex story lines.”

“Facebook saved my daughter’s life”: “A relieved mother has described how a parent’s group on Facebook helped save her toddler’s life after her serious illness was undetected by doctors and resulted in emergency surgery. First-time mother Kerry Grycuk, 37, turned to her local Inner West Mum’s support group in Sydney on the social media site after her 21-month-old daughter Gracie’s ear began drastically swelling. She posted a photo of a red lump on her daughter’s head on the Facebook group and was immediately inundated by advice and support from fellow mums. They urged Kerry to rush to the hospital straight away and one even correctly diagnosed Gracie with mastoiditis, an infection that extends to the air cells of the skull behind the ear. If left untreated it can spread to the brain, causing serious complications. Doctors have now confirmed what Gracie had was a severe case of mastoiditis. Her daughter had an abcess and during emergency surgery they drilled into her skull to release the pressure before it spread.” Kerry waited anxiously for three hours while her daughter was in surgery. Doctors have now told Kerry she did the right thing and was just in time.”

Sugar-free diet discredited: “With the UN warning sugar could be ‘the new tobacco’ because of its risks to health through obesity, you might think a diet that cuts it out would get the thumbs up from experts. But a group of scientists has just consigned a trendy sugar-free anti-ageing plan to a list of fad diets it dismisses as a waste of time and money, and potentially dangerous. While dieters can forgo sugar in yoghurt, ready meals, dessert and biscuits, for example, having none at all is almost impossible. ‘Cutting all sugar from your diet would be very difficult to achieve,’ said biochemist Leah Fitzsimmons, who even warned that such a drastic approach could be fatal. ‘Fruits, vegetables, dairy products and dairy replacements, eggs, alcohol and nuts all contain sugar, which would leave you with little other than meat and fats to eat – definitely not very healthy.’ The sugar-free diet was one of five assessed by dieticians, biochemists and other experts for the charity Sense About Science.

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Brave warrior attacks indifferent enemy

July 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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‘Holy Grail of batteries’ discovered: Scientists invent pure lithium cells that may mean phones last FOUR times longer: “The days of smartphones and laptops running out of battery after a few hours could be over thanks to a new breakthrough. Scientists have at last created pure lithium batteries, which in time could last four times longer than those currently powering smartphones and other gadgets. But after years of research, engineers at Stanford University, California, believe they have worked out how to keep them the same size, while boosting their longevity. To do this, they have made the battery’s anode out of lithium too, according to the research, which is published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Today, we have lithium ion batteries, but the lithium is in the electrolyte and not in the anode. The engineers managed to create a lithium anode by inventing a film made from carbon nanospheres to protect the anode and stop it from cracking when it expands. The nanospheres create a surface resembling a honeycomb to make a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium.”

Cat slapped with an ‘animal ASBO’ for biting people and damaging property in ‘campaign of terror’: “A cat has been hit with ‘an animal ASBO’ after allegedly biting and scratching people while also damaging property. Rocky, who is owned by Samantha Davies in Rotherham, Yorkshire received a letter concerning her cat’s behaviour. The letter warned that council officials received ‘several complaints’ about Rocky which have caused ‘alarm, distress and annoyance’. Under the terms of the notice, Rocky is banned from leaving Ms Davies’ house or she will have to pay any damage caused. Several residents confirmed that Rocky would not leave their property if he jumped over a wall. Ms Davies claimed: ‘Rocky doesn’t like being touched on certain parts of his body but he is certainly not aggressive. ‘He has been accused of damaging property because he scratched a fence. ‘The only time he has bitten someone was when they pulled its tail. Ms Davies said the council’s instruction to lock Rocky inside is cruel: He’s a cat and wants to be outside'”

Swimming during a Chinese heatwave: “Tens of thousands of people have been escaping baking temperatures in parts of China by visiting the “Chinese Dead Sea” resort in Sichuan Province. The resort features a giant pool with a wave machine which is so popular with visitors that the water is sometimes scarcely visible beneath the thousands of swimmers. Several provinces in Southwest China have been experiencing a very hot summer with highs of between 35°C and 38°C.”

British family terrorized by dragonfly: “A mother was left terrified after she walked into her living room and spotted this monster ‘Jurassic’ sized dragonfly. Rowena Wilkinson, 53, dashed indoors when she heard piercing screams coming from her daughter and her friend. She found an enormous dark green dragonfly – measuring around 8inches long – flying around the room like a ‘mini-helicopter'; it was like a Jurassic monster. ‘We waited for it to stop a bit and then I had to put my arm through the venetian blinds to open the window so it could get out. Mrs Wilkinson shut the living room door and waited and the black-grey beast flew off. It has not been seen again since. Dragonflies, which have existed on Earth for 325million years, have been threatened by widespread insecticide use, water pollution and the draining of wetlands for housing.

Rare Ferrari where driver sits in the middle of three goes under the hammer for $34 MILLION: “An ultra-rare Ferrari where the driver sits in the middle of three seats is expected to sell for more than $34 million at auction. Just two Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciales were built by the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in 1966. This model was owned by Luigi Chinetti Sr, an Italian-born racecar driver who was instrumental in introducing the Ferrari marque to the world. Chinetti won both Ferrari’s first and its last victory at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965. The first was as a driver with the second as the manager of the NART racing team. The Speciale was fitted with a 4.4-litre V12 engine which was fitted behind the driver, who was centrally positioned with room for a passenger on either side. The engine developed around 380bhp in a car weighing just 1,020kg – a staggering amount for the 1960s. The car, which has been driven less than 5,000 miles in 49 years, will be sold by the Chinetti family at next month’s Gooding & Company sale in Monterey, California.”

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Now THAT’S a library

July 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British supermarket giants ‘lose £100million a year from online delivery services’: Cost of delivery means they are effectively paying customers to shop with them: “Supermarkets losing £100million a year propping up their online delivery services. Experts say that while supermarkets often charge £3 or £4 for each home delivery, the actual cost to them is £20. As a result, they are effectively paying customers to shop with them. Retail analyst Dave McCarthy said: ‘The transition from in-store retailing to online retailing in the grocery market is losing the industry £100million profit per annum. ‘When a customer switches from shopping in a store to shopping online, it is a lot less profitable for the retailer, which suffers a double whammy. The store loses profits from the lost sales and importantly, a contribution to fixed costs such as rates, energy and the store manager’s wages. ‘And when the customer shops online, the retailer incurs extra costs for packing the products, paying transportation costs, wages, fuel and for the cost of the vehicle which is an expensive, multi-temperature-controlled vehicle.’”

‘Train graveyard’ in North Carolina forest: “A ‘graveyard’ of more than 70 trains from all over the United States was discovered by a young photographer and urban explorer in a forest in North Carolina. The trains, once filled with people, now sit decaying on winding tracks stretching through the snowy forest, infusing visitors with a certain apocalyptic feel. Among the many abandoned trains discovered and photographed by 24-year-old Johnny Joo are a passenger train from Philadelphia and several disused subway cars. There is also a cracked and broken New York street bus. Joo, who has documented abandoned landmarks in America before, said the trains were collected by a man who once fixed them. Over the years, as certain train sets were no longer wanted, the man let them fall into disrepair, Joo said. ‘There had to be 78 or so different cars all connected, some in better condition than others, while some were completely rusted out and it was almost as if we could fall through the floors at any moment.’

Russian man solves crime issue by winching motorbike up outside his 3rd floor window: A Russian man has come up with an ingenious way to beat the thieves – winching his beloved motorbike up to his third floor window to lock it away safely at night. After having two motorbikes stolen in quick succession it seemed Boris Farihov, 56, from Nizhny Novgorod in Western Russia would have to give up on two-wheeled transport altogether. But when his wife joked that the only way to keep a bike safe would be to keep it indoors it gave him a flash of inspiration. So Mr Farihov purchased an electric motor and connected it up to a steel cable which he fixed on the wall, and now every time he needs the bike he simply presses a button and lowers it down to the ground below. He said: ‘I had my first bike locked up with three padlocks but it was still stolen. ‘The second bike I bought I had only had a day, and was planning to buy extra strong padlocks for it, but it disappeared that night as well. He said: ‘It is not much more work than putting three padlocks on the bike, and it’s a lot more secure.’

Red China: Villagers baffled as river suddenly turns colour of blood overnight: “Villagers in China were left baffled when they woke up and discovered their river had turned blood-red. Witnesses in Xinmeizhou village, Zhejiang province, said the river was running normally at 5am but within just a few minutes it began turning a deep shade of crimson. Some filled clear plastic bottles with the liquid and reported it had a strange smell. Resident Na Wan said: ‘The really weird thing is that we have always been able to catch fish and you can even drink the water because it’s just normally so good. ‘Nobody has any idea how it could have ended up being polluted because there are no factories that dump anything in the water here.’ However, environmental experts took samples from the river, which reportedly has a food colouring plant on its banks. One said: ‘We suspect that maybe somebody drove here to dump stuff. We are looking further upstream to try and find out where the source was of this pollution.’

10th Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championship: “If the idea of swimming in muddy water and slime appeals to you then participating in the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling. Held today at Peatlands Park, the event, in its 10th year, attracted competitors from all over the emerald isle. The event, hosted by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, was held on International Bog Day to raise awareness of how important bogs are to Northern Ireland. Exploitation has dramatically reduced the area once covered by peat lands to a level where in Northern Ireland only 9 per cent of lowland raised bogs and 14 per cent of upland blanket bogs remain. Competitors have to swim two lengths of a 60-yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes. Participants have to be at least 12.”

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Amazing viaduct

July 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Nasa to build the world’s most powerful telescope – and it could be our key to finding alien life: “In 2018 Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will take flight to help us understand more about the universe. But Nasa has already begun to lay out plans for their next space observatory in the hope of one day tracking down alien life. Called the Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope (Atlast), the mission concept builds upon key technologies developed for Hubble and the JWST. They add that, while Hubble and JWST will last for many years into the future, the agency is already looking ahead to the telescope and instrument requirements needed to answer the questions posed in Nasa’s 30-year vision. The 30-year vision has three main goals: Are we alone, how did we get here and how does the universe work.”

Girl who sued her parents over boyfriend finds out that her father was right: “A TEENAGER who sued her parents because they wouldn’t let her see her boyfriend has now taken a restraining order out against him, in a sad case that appears to prove her mum and dad right. Rachel Canning, 18, obtained the temporary restraining order against Lucas Kitzmiller, also 18, after filing a domestic violence complaint about him in a New Jersey courtroom, the Daily Record reports. The former high school cheerleader accused her ex of strangling her with his hands during a quarrel in the street early on Sunday morning, according to the girl’s father, Sean Canning. “She has repaired her relationship with us,” Sean Canning said. “She went off the deep end in the past but things are good now. We said to her ‘Listen, you’re an adult. You make your own choices.’”

Worth the wait! Woman stood up on a date 30 years ago tracks down her ex-boyfriend on Facebook and now they’re MARRIED: “A couple who reunited through Facebook have tied the knot more than three decades after one stood the other up. Mandy Ashforth, 48, from Yorkshire got over the fact that Barrie Moat, 50, stood her up 32 years ago and the pair showed that there were no hard feelings by getting married. The couple first met on holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire in 1982 and were inseparable until Barrie, then 19, left a heartbroken 17-year-old Mandy alone at the bus station. In 2013, over 30 years since he stood her up, she did a random search on a social networking site for fishing pole repair services and was shocked to find him. She quickly sent a friend request and soon the pair had rekindled that initial summer loving feeling.”

Drunk passenger sneaks onto empty plane on runway UNNOTICED before being found in the toilet by cleaners: “A drunken passenger managed to sneak on to an empty plane unnoticed before being found in the toilet by cleaners, and claiming to be the co-pilot. The shocking breach of security happened at Birmingham Airport after the man entered the airfield at around 1am last Thursday. Lee Jezard, 22, from Evesham, Worcester, arrived at Birmingham Airport too late to catch his 7.30pm flight to Ibiza for a lads holiday with five of his friends. He then decided to go downstairs and crawled along the conveyor behind the check-in desks until he ended up on the airfield. ‘I got on to the airfield and there was a plane there with steps going up to it and I went up and there was a cleaner in there. ‘I was trying to convince him I was the co-pilot. He believed it for a minute but then he called police and they arrested me.”

Huge new ocean liner being built : “It is set to be the biggest cruise ship ever built for British holidaymakers – packed with celebrity chef-run restaurants sporting the Union Flag on her hull. The ship has already had it’s ‘floating out’ ceremony to test her seaworthiness and now the final touches are being made, from paint jobs to the addition of designs attached to the outside of the vessel. When it is completed, the ship – which is the length of 10 blue whales (100ft) will carry 4,372 passengers and 1,400 crew – fitting in more people than can squeeze into London’s Royal Albert Hall. Weighing a hefty 141,000 tons, the ship also has an engine power equal to 70 challenger tanks or 86 Bugatti Veyrons. When it launches, the ship will boast an art collection worth £1million and be packed out with 13 bars and another 13 restaurants and cafes as well as four swimming pools across 15 decks. The interior of the grand ship is also taking shape at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy”

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The house at the end of the world

July 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Friendly fish: “One diver experienced a real life trout pout after puckering up for a smacker with a fishy friend. Photographer Cesare Naldi, 36, from Napoli, Italy, captured the moment a grouper fish popped its head out of a hole and landed an underwater kiss on diver Maurilio Mirabella’s lips. The tender moment happened when Maurilio was diving in the waters of Roatan, Honduras, and decided to make friends. The fish popped out of its hole and let Maurilio embrace it and even have a kiss. They are often found hiding in shipwrecks and reefs, preferring to stay hidden in cracks and crevices. They are carnivorous, eating smaller fish and other small crustaceans. Grouper were once common, congregating in groups thousands strong around spawning time in December and January, usually to coincide with a full moon. However, thanks to their large size and peaceful demeanor, numbers dwindled as they were hunted for food and for sport – as their impressive bulk makes for a good trophy.”

Fried brains and stomach soup on the menu at busy HOSPITAL: “A chef says he has been inundated with orders for fried brains, stomachs and decapitated heads despite serving them in a busy hospital. Milorad Djordjevic chose a working hospital in Nis, Serbia, for his Mace Restaurant because the premises were cheaper then opening up on the high street. He insists his offal dishes have been popular – despite doctors having to operate on organs such as brains and stomachs straight after lunch. Mr Djordjevic’s menu includes boiled or fried brains, devilled kidneys, tripe (stomach) and tripe soup, along with entire heads of veal calves. The emergency room is on the same floor, and local newspapers pointed out the dishes could offend patients. The brains and stomachs on his menu mostly come from pigs, but occasionally from sheep too. Offal and innards are not unheard of on menus in the Balkans, where meat dishes are similar to Greek cuisine or other eastern European dishes.”

Indian boy had 232 ‘teeth’ pulled from his mouth in 7 hour operation: “An Indian teenager manages to put on an incredibly brave face during a nightmare seven hours in the dentist’s chair when he had an astonishing 232 teeth-like growths pulled from his mouth. Unlucky Ashik Gavai, 17, was filmed having the unusual growths chiseled out of his mouth at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai after complaining about a swelling in his lower jaw. Doctors found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma. They tend to occur in people in their teenage years, such as Mr Gavai. Odontomas are haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths. They are composed of enamel, dentin (the yellowish tissue that makes up the bulk of all teeth) and pulp tissue (part in the centre of a tooth made up of living connective tissue). After removing those the surgeons also found a larger ‘marble-like’ structure which they struggled to extract. It eventually had to be ‘chiselled out’ and removed in fragments, Ms Dhivare-Palwankar added. Once removed, odontomas do not recur.

The tree that bears 40 DIFFERENT fruit: “Incredible ‘magical’ trees that bear 40 different varieties of fruit have been popping up all over US. These trees – which can simultaneously produce different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries – look ordinary throughout most of the year. But in spring, they bloom into a stunning patchwork of colours, with each tree featuring its own unique selection of stone fruit. They are the work of Syracuse University sculptor and artist Sam Van Aken who created the trees in an attempt to make people reconsider how food can be produced. The project began in 2008 when Mr Van Aken discovered that a New York state orchard, which held varieties of stone fruit 200-years-old, was to be abandoned. In hopes of saving it, the artist bought the orchard, and soon after started experimenting with something known as ‘chip grafting.’ The process involves taking a sliver off a tree, including the bud, and inserting that into a cut in the working tree. The foreign tree part is then taped and left to heal over the winter. Mr Van Aken explained that most stone-fruits are easily compatible. What he came up with is ‘The Tree of 40 Fruit’, which is in fact, not one tree, but a series of hybridised fruit plants.”

Dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection of 543 classic motors sells the entire fleet to Jaguar: ‘A dentist who amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection has sold the entire £100million fleet to Jaguar Land Rover. Dr James Hull, 53, spent tens of millions of pounds filling a number of warehouses in Hertfordshire with classic motors from the past 80 years. His impressive collection consists of 543 cars – ranging from multi-million pound Jaguars and Bentleys to Morris Minors. It also includes Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller, Winston Churchill’s Austin and a Bentley owned by singer Elton John. The collection features cars from every decade since 1930, including a super-rare 1950s Jaguar XKSS and a Jaguar D-Type worth more than £4million. It was originally put up for sale for a staggering £100million in May and today, it was revealed that it has been bought by Jaguar Land Rover. Dr Hull, who sold the collection because of health issues, today described Jaguar Land Rover as the perfect custodians for the fleet.

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Getting away from it all

July 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Patient, 56, wakes up from routine circumcision to find his penis amputated: “An Alabama man awoke from a routine circumcision to find doctors had mistakenly amputated his penis, according to a lawsuit. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, and his wife, Zelda Banks, 55, filed the lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Birmingham on Tuesday. My client is devastated,’ their attorney, John P. Graves, said. In his lawsuit, he says he was never warned that the procedure might result in an amputation, and he never gave his consent for a full or partial amputation. He has now been left in extreme pain and has spent additional time recovering in the hospital – costing him more money, according to the lawsuit, AL.com reported. His wife is also suing for loss of consortium due to the botched operation. A hospital spokeswoman says the claims lack merit but that they cannot provide further comment due to the ongoing litigation.

Secret message found in WW1 kilt: “A secret note has been discovered hidden in the folds of a kilt destined for a soldier heading to the front in the First World War. Economic historian Dr Helen Paul, of the University of Southampton, found the hand-written message when she was removing the packing stitches from the kilt, which has been passed down her family over decades. The message reads: “I hope your kilt will fit you well, & in it you will look a swell. If married never mind. If single drop a line. Wish you bags of luck, & a speedy return back to Blighty.” Underneath was the name of Helen Govan, of 49 Ardgowan Street in Glasgow. Dr Paul thinks the seamstress left the message possibly in the hope of finding a future husband returning from war not realising how many soldiers would be killed in the trenches. The London Scottish Regiment kilt, manufactured by Peter Wilson of Bridge Street in Glasgow, would have been made for use by a soldier sent to fight in the war, but for reasons unknown, it was never unpacked or worn.”

Farmer’s wife threatens to leave husband over solar panels: “A farmer’s wife is campaigning against her husband’s plan to erect 40,000 solar panels on their land, and is even threatening to leave him if he goes ahead. Mrs Young is so appalled by her husband’s planning application to create a 55-acre solar farm that she has written an open letter to villagers asking them to join her fight against the proposal. She told the Daily Mail: “My husband signed the deal without telling me. I was killing myself working 20 hours a day lambing and he conducted the negotiation behind my back. “We live in a beautiful valley and we won’t be able to see it if there are solar panels surrounded by 8ft-high fences. And it may all go out of fashion. It’s not been a happy situation – I’d like to kill him. I’ve not kicked him out of the bedroom, though. We’re too old for all that anyway.” She wrote: “I am still asking myself: “What have I done to lead my husband to put money before our marriage?” “I’m married to my husband. But I am my own person. All the stress has made me quite ill, but everyone I meet says it’s fabulous that I’m sticking to my beliefs. If the solar farm goes ahead, I’ve told him I’ll leave.”

‘Britain’s dumbest motorist’?: “When Adrian Smith was caught speeding a second time, he mistakenly thought he would be banned from driving for good. So in a bid to escape punishment, he decided to set fire to the speed camera that caught him and destroy all evidence of his crime. But Mr Smith, 46, who has now been described as ‘Britain’s dumbest motorist’, was caught in the act by another camera nearby which led police directly to his door. When police arrived at his home, they found he was guilty of a second, equally serious crime. To their amazement they discovered Mr Smith was also keeping a secret cannabis farm in his basement. And to make matters worse, it later emerged that he in fact would likely not have received any points on his license and therefore wouldn’t have faced a driving ban as he thought. He has now been sentenced to two years in prison”

‘I’m a better mum after having a boob job’: “A mother-of-one believes she’s a better mother thanks to her 32G breast implants. Tamsin Wade, 19, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, hated her deflated and uneven 32AA bust. As her confidence plummeted, she refused to leave the house, meaning her son, Finley, 2, couldn’t attend play dates and after school clubs. The beautiful blonde wasn’t able to do anything with her son without feeling shy and embarrassed about her appearance. But realising the affect her low self esteem was having on little Finley, Tamsin took out a bank loan to pay for the £5,000 surgery, and now believes she’s a better mother thanks to her new assets. Tamsin said: ‘Since having my boob job I have been so happy. ‘I was unable to go swimming with Finley as I felt so self-conscious. Tamsin said: ‘Before I had Finley my boobs were a 32D but the aftermath of being pregnant left me with double A’s.”

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Ninja kitten

July 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophie the Kitten attacks Bishop the Doberman and tries hard to get him to play with her, but the dog is unimpressed with her attempts

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School pupils forced to repeat an entire year after a teacher disappeared with their coursework: “School pupils have been forced to repeat an entire year – after a teacher left and took all their work. The sixth form students had to redo coursework after the unnamed member of staff stopped teaching at City Academy in Bristol – and now can’t be found. Officials say the science tutor left the academy last summer but failed to leave student’s coursework behind – meaning they had to retake the whole year. The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science two-year qualification was based on coursework, rather than exams. It meant that 11 sixth form students had to redo the vast majority of work. The school says at least one student also had to do two years’ worth of work – in just one year. It made several attempts to track down the lost coursework and the teacher to no avail – but assured students they could get back on track. But it has now emerged that at least four students had fallen short of what they hoped to achieve. It left their planned future in doubt after they tried to cram all of the work into the 13/14 academic year.”

Asian ‘super ant’ colonies invading your electrics: “A “super ant” that forms colonies of thousands and causes fires because of its fatal attraction to electricity is spreading across the country. The Asian super ant, also known as the fire ant, was first identified in Britain in 2009 at a National Trust property in Gloucestershire, where more than 35,000 were found. A colony recently invaded a house in Hendon, north-west London, and more have been found in Buckinghamshire. Jo Hodgkins, a wildlife and countryside adviser at the National Trust, said: “The problems with them are they seem to get attracted to electricity and they can take up residence in plug sockets and power sources, creating a fire hazard. “They can easily establish themselves in somewhere like Britain and I would not be surprised if they colonised other areas. They are pretty tough little creatures.”

Banning cellphones while driving DOESN’T make our roads safer, finds six-year study: “Drivers using their cellphones at the wheel does not affect the number of crashes, according to the results of a recent study. Researchers at the University of Colorado looked at more than a million accidents over six years on highways in California and found that a state ban had not reduced the number of collisions. The researchers chose a window of six months before and after the ban to eliminate other factors such as the production of safer cars, the recession and changes in other traffic laws. The results appears to contradict previous research which suggests using a phone at the wheel is as dangerous as drink-driving. University of Colorado associate economics professor Daniel Kaffine, one of the study’s authors, said: ‘If it’s really that dangerous, and if even just a fraction of people stop using their phones, we would expect to find some decrease in accidents. But we didn’t find any statistical evidence of a reduction.’

Dream cars: “A museum is set to launch an exhibit of some of the sleekest and most futuristic cars ever devised. The Dream Cars exhibit will feature 17 concept cars from the 1930s to the 21st Century and includes not just a Porsche and a Ferrari, but an outlandish bubble car, a wedge-shaped Lancia and a Batcar-style Cadillac Cyclone. The exhibition showcases what Europeans and Americans thought the cars of the future would look like. The exhibit takes place at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in Georgia, USA, and also stars the rocket-shaped Generals Motors Firebird I, the eye-catching Ferrari Pininfarina and the mouth-watering BMW Gina. Concept cars like these rarely make it to market and are purely to showcase the realms of possibility.”

Man built his own WWI German Fokker fighter plane: “If the sun is shining and the wind in the right direction, Mr Clark is likely to be taxiing out of his garage and taking off from his rural back garden cum runway at the controls of a World War I fighter plane. For £12,000 — less than the cost of a small second-hand roadster — the 62-year-old has built a replica of the celebrated Fokker Eindecker E.III. This elegant German machine — the first specifically designed single-seat fighter aircraft in aviation history — was much feared by the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, over the skies of France and Belgium. Indeed, between July 1915 and early 1916, it became known as the ‘Fokker Scourge’. Our pilots were mere ‘Fokker Fodder’ and they fell in their scores. He enjoys tootling over the rolling countryside around his home near Horsham, West Sussex, at a cruising speed of 55mph, thanks to his 50-horsepower Hirth motor, which runs off the same fuel as his car, mixed with two-stroke oil. As it weighs just 115 kilos when empty, the Fokker is in the microlight category and is therefore not subject to the same airworthiness regulations as a regular aircraft.

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The best Spoonerisms

July 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Reverend William Spooner was born in London 170 years ago. On his anniversary, we honour his unintentional comic interchange of sounds, known as spoonerisms

The Reverend William Archibald Spooner was born in London on July 22, 1844. He was an albino and suffered defective eyesight, and it is thought that this caused some of his verbal confusions which were later dubbed “spoonerisms”. These included “it is kisstomary to cuss the bride”.

Spooner, who died on August 29, 1930, was an Anglican priest and scholar. He studied at New College, Oxford, before lecturing there for 60 years, in history, philosophy and divinity.

He was apparently an amiable, kind and hospitable man, though absent-minded. He also had a keen intellect, which is where his problems began. His tongue barely kept up with his thought processes, resulting in an unintentional interchange of sounds, producing a phrase with a meaning entirely different from the one intended. That is what is now called a spoonerism. The more agitated the good Reverend became, the more acute the manifestation of sound switching. There are a number of well substantiated oddities of a more subtle kind: “Was it you or your brother who was killed in the Great War?”

* Calling a famous Irish play “The Ploughboy of the Western World. [Playboy of the Westerrn world]

* At a wedding: “It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”

* “Blushing crow” for “crushing blow.”

* “The Lord is a shoving leopard” (Loving shepherd).

* “A well-boiled icicle” for “well-oiled bicycle.”

* “I have in my bosom a half-warmed fish” (for half-formed wish), supposedly said in a speech to Queen Victoria.

* A toast to “our queer old dean” instead of to “our dear old Queen.”

* Upon dropping his hat: “Will nobody pat my hiccup?”

* “Go and shake a tower” (Go and take a shower).

* Paying a visit to a college official: “Is the bean dizzy?”

* “You will leave by the town drain.” (Down train)

* When our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out.

* “Such Bulgarians should be vanished…” (Such vulgarians should be banished).

* Addressing farmers as “ye noble tons of soil”.

* “You have tasted a whole worm” (to a lazy student).

* “The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer.”

* And, the classic: “Mardon me padom, you are occupewing my pie. May I sew you to another sheet?”

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It pays to be beautiful: From the classroom to the boardroom, how appearance affects our careers, success and salary: “Forget feeling guilty over the amount of money you regularly shell out on beauty products – an industry worth a staggering $160billion – and consider the fact that financially, it might actually be worth it. According to a new compilation of landmark studies which examine the perks of being beautiful, a pretty face will earn you significantly more money over the course of your life – $230,000 more according to one estimate – and the dividends start paying early. In Vox’s video, which illustrates the findings, advantages begin flooding during infancy, when we receive more attention from both strangers and our own parents the ‘cuter’ we are. By the time we’ve hit school, teachers will form higher expectations for better-looking children; which may or may not contribute to attractive students getting slighter higher grades, and being more likely to get a college degree. Choose a job in politics and again, your looks could determine your career. People can apparently predict election results purely based on a candidate’s appearance, and there exists a well-established link between beauty and electoral success.”

The ultimate Elvis memento: “A prized possession of one music’s biggest petrolheads, Elvis Presley, is set to fetch up to $300,000 at auction next month. Elvis bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom V brand new in 1963 and had it custom-fitted with the latest gadgets including a telephone, electric windows and a microphone. The car was initially midnight blue, but he was forced to have it re-painted a lighter silver because his mother’s chickens would repeatedly peck at their reflections when he visited her. When his new purchase arrived, he sent it to Britain where coachbuilder James Young installed the newest gadgets including a Blaupunkt Koln radio, parking and flashing lights and air conditioning. The centre rear armrest featured a writing pad, mirror and clothes brush while a fitted cabinet contained cut glass decanters and crystal glasses. Under the bonnet was a 6.2-litre, V8 engine which gave the 2.6-ton car 200bhp and a top speed of around 100mph.”

Shop owner survives knife through the heart: “IT expert Luo Yong was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after being stabbed in the heart in Nanchang, China. This shocking X-ray shows just how fortunate a shop owner is to be alive after being stabbed at the bottom of his heart. Luo Yong, 31, was working at his computer repair shop in Nanchang, China, when a knifeman started attacking people at random. The victim was rushed to hospital with the 20cm blade still in his chest where he underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons managed to repair the damage to Mr Yong’s heart and he is currently recovering in hospital. It is unclear if the knifeman has been arrested.

Grandparents told they owe power company £500m (which also informed them their monthly direct debit would be increasing from £87 to £53m): “A couple were told their monthly electricity payments would be increasing from £87 to £53.5million after a computer error led to a power company sending them a £500million bill. The problem arose when the couple’s previous supplier, Scottish Power, installed a new meter at their 16th century home in the village of Roughlee, near Burnley, Lancashire. Their electrician connected one of the wires the wrong way round, so that instead of recording the number of units used it didn’t register any and continued showing zero. Mr Brotherton, 62, and his wife, 59, did not notice the problem as they paid their bill by direct debit each month and were never asked to give a reading. However, after they switched suppliers to npower in May, a workman was sent round to read their meter. When he entered a reading of ‘zero’, npower’s computer wrongly assumed the dials must have gone all round the clock – and automatically flagged up the huge bill. A spokesman for npower apologised yesterday and said: ‘This was clearly a mistake.”

Confused cat scratches mirror and ‘attacks’ its own reflection after mistaking it for a rival pet: “An alarmed cat gets its claws out as it comes face-to-face with its own reflection in a comical home video. Footage shows the confused feline catching a glimpse of itself in a long floor mirror before springing up on its back legs. It then goes about scratching the image it can see in the looking glass with its eyes manically open wide. High-pitched sounds can be heard as the tabby continues to paw away at the shiny surface. It keeps going for around 40 seconds before being distracted by a shelf nearby. The proud pet owner says his cat performs the same stunt every time he brings the mirror out.”

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