Redneck garage sale

April 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A glass of milk a day ‘keeps arthritis at bay’ – but only if you are a woman: “A glass of milk a day could help stop women’s knees from creaking, claim researchers. A new US study found women who frequently drink fat-free or low-fat milk may have less osteoarthritis in the knee. But eating cheese increased the problem in women. Drinking milk made little difference in men, and eating yogurt did not affect progression in men or women. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and swelling of joints in the hand, hips, or knee. At the start of the study dietary data was collected and joint space width was measured using X-rays, says a report in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. A total of 888 men and 1,260 women with knee arthritis took part who had follow-up checks up to four years later. There was a slight worsening of the condition among women eating cheese every day.”

Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ sells for £19.6 million at auction: “A Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world for £19.6 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, smashing the previous world record price for Chinese porcelain. Sotheby’s said Liu Yiqian was the winning bidder for the small white cup, which measures just 3.1 inches in diameter and is more than 500 years old. The vessel is known as a “chicken cup” because it is decorated with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks. The cup was made during the reign of the Ming Dynasty’s Chenghua Emperor, who ruled from 1465 to 1487. Sotheby’s said there are only 17 such cups in existence, with four in private hands and the rest in museums. “There’s no more legendary object in the history of Chinese porcelain,” said Nicholas Chow, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for Asia.”

How Boris silenced John Humphrys – with Latin: “This morning, on the Today Programme, John Humphrys repeatedly asked Boris Johnson whether he supported Maria Miller. Every time, Boris stonewalled until he came up with the ultimate ruse – speak Latin. “Nemo iudex in causa sua,” Boris said, quoting the old legal maxim – “No one should be a judge in his own cause”; ie Parliament shouldn’t decide the punishment of MPs like Miller. Humphrys was silenced and Boris had had the last word – that was the end of the interview. As Boris well knows, Latin is the ultimate answer. Latin gives the impression of planet-brained intelligence on the part of the Latinist. And, because there’s an odd expectation that we should all know Latin idioms, no one questions it or asks for a translation. The interviewer is silenced; the interviewee triumphs. Latin is the interviewees’ magic weapon. Res ipsa loquitur.”

Yale student says university forced her to gain weight: “A 42-KG YALE history major says the university’s health centre told her she needed to gain weight or take a leave of absence from school. She’s spent the past 6 months trying to put on pounds for her weekly weigh-ins. Frances Chan, 20, told the New Haven Register that she tried everything to gain weight, but only put on 0.9kg from September to April. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight,” she said. Yale’s health services staff also required Chan to meet with a nutritionist and a mental health professional to determine whether she had an eating disorder. Chan, who is 5’2”, says she doesn’t: Her parents and grandparents also had small frames. Chan said on Facebook that she and her parents are now working with a new doctor at Yale, who said the university made a mistake by focusing too much on Chan’s weight, and apologised for “months of anguish” caused by the mandate to put on pounds.”

The $1.5m golden nugget: World’s largest single crystal of gold discovered: “It is worth as estimated $1.5m, and was found in a river in Venezuela. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a neutron scanner to effectively look inside the 217.78-gram piece of gold, roughly the size of a golf ball. The crystal’s owner wanted to undergo the scans to prove its estimated $1.5m worth – while researchers were keen to study the arrangement of the crystal. Its owner, who lives in the United States, provided the samples to geologist John Rakovan to assess the crystallinity of four specimens, all of which had been found decades ago in Venezuela. Proving it was a crystal would mean it was created entirely naturally – and increase its value. Three of the four samples turned out to be single-crystal pieces of gold, rather than the commonplace multiple-crystal type. Of particular interest was a golf-ball-shaped nugget that at one time was believed to be the world’s largest trapezohedral gold crystal.”

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Hidden power outlet

April 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For the kitchen with everything

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British Keystone Kops keep falling down stairs: “A team of fast response officers want to be moved from the top floor of a Midland police station – because they keep injuring themselves when running down three flights of slippery stairs. In what has been compared to a Keystone Cops comedy sketch, three constables have suffered serious injuries in the past year alone trying to get down the old Victorian tiled staircases. One constable, who is part of the 30-strong response team, said that his colleagues now lose vital minutes by having to walk slowly down the stairs to avoid injury. The officer, who did not want to be named, said: ‘There is a Keystone Cops element to it with officers tumbling down a flight of steps and injuring themselves before they’ve even got out of the building. ‘But on a serious note it’s a real health hazard.”

Mr Bean has trouble getting in and out of his fancy car: “It is considerably more showy than the kind of runabout most of us might pop to the supermarket in. But perhaps this metallic red £200,000, gullwinged Mercedes SLS AMG supercar is just what Rowan Atkinson needs to lift his spirits after rumours that his marriage is in trouble. Even so, the 59-year-old millionaire actor needed his torso to be as flexible as his famously rubbery face as he lowered himself into the gleaming two-seater after nipping out for some groceries at Waitrose. If getting in to the driver’s seat made him look as ungraceful as his bumbling comic creation Mr Bean, no one could argue that the SLS – which has a top speed of 199mph and does 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds – is far more impressive than that other recent addition to his car collection, a Skoda.”

Brits like cheap plonk: “Most Britons refuse to pay more than £6 for a bottle of wine while only one in three can name a single grape variety, it is claimed. The shift to cheap plonk has brought claims that Britain, which imports more wine than any other nation, is effectively dumbing down as a wine nation. Some 80 per cent of all wine sold in the UK sells for less than £6, which leaves very little profit for the producers once tax – at 60 per cent – and shipping is taken out of the equation. The research found that a third cannot name a single grape type and only four per cent can name more than 10. Overall, women were far less knowledgeable than men. A study found that eight in ten people in blind taste tests preferred a bottle of wine costing £4.99 over a £19.99 option which was made from the same grapes. Six in ten thought the £4.99 version was just so delicious that it must be the more expensive of the two, according to research by the London Wine Academy.”

Chinese mother beats son, six, with wire coat hanger for not doing his homework – but escapes arrest when police say: ‘He was a NAUGHTY boy’: “Police in China have decided not to take action against a mother who savagely beat her six-year-old son with a wire coat hanger after they agreed he had been ‘naughty’ for not doing his homework. Xiao Bing’s injuries were discovered by a teacher at the nursery school he attends in Jiangmen city in China’s southern Guangdong province while he was getting changed for a sports lesson. But despite the teacher reporting the wounds to the authorities, Xiao Bing’s mother will not face arrest after local police said the injuries were not as bad as they look, adding that they have told the woman not to beat her child so severely in future.”

World’s leading violinists CAN’T tell the difference between a Stradivarius worth millions of pounds and a modern instrument: “Worth millions of pounds, it has been dubbed the créme de la créme of string music. But a Stradivarius could be no more special than a bog-standard violin, according to a new study. Researchers found the world’s leading violinsts could not distinguish between the antique Italian instrument and its cheaper counterpart. This is despite the Stradivarius having a longstanding reputation for being tonally superior to anything you can buy today. Most musicians even prefer contemporary violins which cost a fraction of the price, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported. French and U.S. researchers asked ten experts to play 12 violins – six new and the others old, including five by Antonio Stradivari – to find out which were superior. They blindfolded the participants, before testing them each for an hour and a quarter in a rehearsal theatre, and then again in a 300-seat concert hall. At the end, six selected a new violin as their preference”

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For the wine waiter with shaky hands

April 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Mafia are family men, not psychopaths: “Italian researchers Schimmenti and colleagues, who are based in the birthplace of the mafia Sicily, went to a prison in Palermo to interview 30 convicted mobsters. They questioned 39 prisoners in the same institution who were jailed for non gang-related crimes. The researchers then used the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) to determine whether any of the subjects showed psychotic characteristics. The 20-item list of personality traits and recorded behaviors associated with psychopathy – such as pathological lying, lack of empathy and an impulsive nature – is a common assessment used to determine whether someone has the personality disorder. Interviewees are assessed and given a score – with those marked above 30 being deemed a psychopath. The researchers discovered that none of the Mafia members they questioned scored over 30. Conversely, 10 per cent of the comparative group did. ‘Further, during the interviews, they often expressed concerns for their children and their families, and they had never ceased to write and call them. Such expressions of attachment were less apparent among the comparison men.”

Bargain hunters buy Royal Doulton figurine at a car boot sale for £2 and sell it at auction for £4,000: “David and Helen Lambert paid for the unusual blue Royal Doulton figurine they spotted at a car boot sale in Stockport with a £2 coin. They took it to valuers from BBC’s Flog It programme and were thrilled to discover they had bought a 1922 ‘Spook’ figure believed to be worth around £300. Auctioneer, John Cook, who sold the ornament at Gerrard’s Auctions, Lytham St Anne’s, was surprised to see its blue colour and believes it is a prototype glaze. He thinks the figure could be the only one in this colour and this is why the hammer fell much higher than expected. The lucky couple from Colne, Lancashire, head to car boot sales in search of a bargain most weekends but have decided to save the cash they raised from selling the ornament. ‘I think this sort of thing is a only once in a lifetime thing to happen to people and we don’t expect it to happen again.’”

Archbishop wages war on the Devil: Payday loans “The Archbishop of Canterbury wants to take his ‘war on Wonga’ into the classroom using Britain’s network of Church of England primary schools to spearhead an educational campaign against high-cost borrowing. The strategy to teach children the dangers of sinking into expensive debt through so-called payday lenders such as Wonga is being examined by former Financial Services Authority chief and Barclays executive Sir Hector Sants, who now heads the Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Savings and Credit. Archbishop Justin Welby has slammed payday lending as ‘usury’ and last year said the Church would try to ‘compete them out of business’ with its own credit operation.”

Piratical British lawyers: “A law firm was yesterday accused of sending the NHS legal bills of up to 80 times the value of compensation claims awarded to patients. Rapid Response Solicitors allegedly won £2,500 for a patient scalded by a hot drink – then billed the health service £58,000, more than 20 times the pay-out. In one case the company apparently submitted a bill of £83,000 after winning a client a pay-out of just £1,000. Now NHS managers have launched a crackdown on ‘excessive’ legal bills, challenging them in court and freeing up potentially millions of pounds to be spent on patient care. In the case of the hot drink pay-out, the costs – which included a reported £800-an-hour bill for legal advisers –were successfully slashed to £5,610.”

I have bow legs, says famous model: “She has just celebrated a quarter of a century as one of the world’s most successful supermodels. But despite her illustrious reputation, Kate Moss has revealed how a rare affliction prevents her pulling off certain outfits. The 40-year-old catwalk star said that her bow legs mean she has to avoid wearing mid-calf garments. Miss Moss claims dresses and coats that fall below the knee and sit about her ankles make her appear ‘bandy’. Only around five per cent of the population are said to suffer from bow legs, a condition that means the legs curve outwards, even when standing with the ankles together. The supermodel has previously revealed that she prefers short mini-skirts, and even admitted that she once asked her assistant to cut the hem of a £40,000 mid-calf coat to shorten its length.”

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A useful invention

April 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You can find the keyhole even when drunk

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Ouch! Intruder gets thrown into cactus bushes: “Hollywood actress Julia Robert’s $9.5 million Malibu home was almost infiltrated by an intruder. Fortunately the star’s security team caught him in the act and ‘slam dunked’ him into nearby cactus bushes, according to RadarOnline. The website reports that the incident occurred in mid-January, just weeks before her sister Nancy took her own life. An eye-witness told the site: ‘By the time I got there, the man was just crawling out of the cactus bush outside her property and the security guards were talking to the police. ‘One of them was boasting saying: ‘I’m an ex-Marine and I just picked him up and threw him head first in the cactus.’ ‘The security told me that it was some crazed stalker guy. He was a brave man for even trying to get in her place, as it’s swarming with her detail.

US ATM gives man $37,000 instead of $140: “A MALFUNCTIONING automated bank machine has dispensed $37,000 in cash to a man who requested $140. Police in Maine say they responded to the TD Bank branch on Thursday morning after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use. Officers found the man stuffing cash into a shopping bag. The money was returned to the bank. Bank officials say they don’t want to press charges but police continue to investigate. The man hasn’t been charged. A bank official describes the problem as a “code error’’ and says no customer accounts were affected.”

Could tobacco hold the key to beating cancer? Researchers say plant’s defence mechanism could work in humans to ‘explode’ invading cells: “The tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. Scientists have identified a molecule in the flower of the plant that usually fights off fungi and bacteria – and were stunned to find it also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer. Called NaD1, it works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells and rips themopen, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode. Called NaD1, the moecule works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells. The structure then effectively rips them open, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode, rendering them unable to cause damage.”

Your ticket to Italy! Diner leaves single mom waitress a $1,000 tip: “One lucky waitress who has always dreamed of visiting Italy where her family is from is now able to do so after a customer left her a $1,000 tip for the trip. In a post on Tumblr, the daughter of the waitress recounted the story. She said that her mom was talking with a man she waited on and told him that her family is from Florence and she has always wanted to go there. ‘She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress,’ the daughter, who is a waitress at the same restaurant, wrote. ‘It’s pretty…sad and disappointing I guess.’ The daughter, who does not identify either her, her mother or the restaurant they work at, goes on to say that her parents divorced six years ago and her mom ‘hasn’t had a real job ever.’ She adds they have been stuck in a small town. The man who tipped the mother $1,000 just walked out without saying he left the gigantic gratuity on his credit card slip. He simply wrote, ‘Your ticket to Italy. Enjoy!!’

Soldiers set to wear night vision CONTACTS after researchers develop super-thin sensors: “A new, super-thin infrared light sensor could become an invaluable tool for the soldiers of the future as researchers work to develop the advance into night vision contact lenses. Created by University of Michigan researchers Ted Norris and Zhaohui Zhong, the sensor uses an atom-thin material called graphene which could be layered onto contact lenses. Graphene takes infrared rays and translates them into electrical signals. The process is similar to the way silicon chip in a digital camera work with visible light, Wired reported. However as researchers must still figure out how to produce a better light sensitivity and broader range of temperature, a useable contact model is still years away.”

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Humility needed

April 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder: ” While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq said on Friday. Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who attended the alleged crime scene and has since been suspended, wrote in his report that it was a case of attempted murder. Appearing in a packed court room with others accused in the case on Thursday, Musa was seen crying as his grandfather Muhammad Yasin held him on his shoulder. Judge Rafaqat Ali Qamar ordered the inspector to be suspended and granted the child bail, though he will have to appear at the next hearing on April 12. But Sadiq, the lawyer, said the charges against the child should have been dropped.”

Video shows cat unraveling entire roll of toilet paper – then dutifully re-rolling it back up again: “Enter Willie the cat, who stars in a video which has already clocked up over 23,000 views since it was uploaded to YouTube by his owner, Michael Thompson, on Wednesday. The video, titled Willie Is Better Than Your Cat, starts off with the adorable feline, rather irritatingly undoing an entire roll of toilet paper with his paw, before pausing and then changing his tack in a surprising and heart-warming gesture. The grey tabby then proceeds to systematically bat the dispenser in the opposite direction, conveniently restoring the roll to its former, if a little crumpled, glory. And just when it looks like he is planning to unravel it once again, he stops and decidedly withdraws from his mission. ‘That’s very helpful, thank you,’ Mr Thompson can be heard saying.”

Ladybirds that arrive in the post: Insects sold via mail order to tackle invasion of greenflies: “There can be few things more annoying for the keen gardener than greenflies munching away on your prized roses. But for those not keen on using chemical pesticides, one gardening expert has come up with a solution – delivering live ladybirds to your door. Sarah Raven, a guest presenter on Gardener’s World, has started selling the insects through her website, sarahraven.com. The ladybirds are put into tubes where they live happily on a diet of popcorn or cereal while being delivered by first class post. Mrs Raven said: ‘Ladybirds are brilliant in the garden because they feed off green and black fly, as well as other insect pests who would otherwise be munching on your home-grown flowers and produce. ‘They will get rid of pests without affecting your crops or being harmful to other wildlife. Once established, they should start breeding – and help solve your greenfly problems for years to come.”

Problem of biscuits being too big to be fully submerged into cup of tea is finally solved with ‘Little Dipper’ mug: “This must surely be the ultimate tea break accessory for those with a sweet tooth – a ‘dipper’ mug designed to perfectly accommodate and dunk a biscuit. Craig Kaplan, a 3D printing enthusiast, designed the Little Dipper to solve the problem of biscuits being too big to be fully submerged. Originally marketed in America for kids who want to dunk biscuits in a small amount of milk before bed, they could also become a hit with tea lovers in Britain. Each cup holds 100ml of fluid and is 8.5 cm long – perfect for a McVitie’s chocolate digestive – and features flared sides to allow the thumb and forefinger to be accommodated. After designing the cup it was created in ceramic by 3D printing service Shapeways, which is now selling the pale blue mug for $36.82 USD (£22).

China forces students to put their cellphones in giant classroom phone holders before lessons: “Across the globe, text slang is the bane of any teacher’s life. But this Chinese college claims to have found a simple solution. Using makeshift canvas ‘phone lockers’, teachers now order pupils to deposit their mobiles before class starts, in a desperate bid to stamp new ‘modern’ words out of exam papers. It may be a move worth considering by heads of schools in Britain, as hundreds of teachers continue to complain about students’ diminishing language skills. The lockers were introduced at the Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology, in Henan, China, after teachers said ‘most pupils’ were on Weibo (Chinese Facebook) ‘most of the time’ during lessons. Zhao Jianli, dean of the institute, said the ‘visible reminder’ encourages a ‘studying atmosphere’.”

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Bravest little cat in the world: Tiny wildcat defies 4 lionesses

April 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Deadly beans: “A young couple were given a bizarre early-morning wake up call when a sealed can of baked beans suddenly exploded in their kitchen. Ben Leo and his girlfriend Rhian Wade said they thought a bomb had gone off when they woke to the sudden noise at 3am in the morning. But they were left confused after a late-night search last Saturday failed to find the source of the loud bang. After going back to sleep, Mr Leo went to make a meal the next day and found the exploded tin of baked beans, bought from Lidl, in their kitchen cupboard. Mr Leo, 24, from Worthing, West Sussex, said: ‘We had no idea what it was and at 3am we were very confused and tired. Mr Leo said the tin was still in date and had only just been bought from a nearby store.”

‘We gave our sofa to a charity shop – with our missing CAT hiding in it’: “He disappeared for five days embarking on a 17-mile trip, leaving his owners distraught. But the couple, both 66, never imagined just what their treasured pet had been up to. For the adventurous grey tabby had indulged in a little sofa surfing, getting trapped inside an old three-seater destined for the charity shop. There he lay for four days quietly hiding in the piece of furniture donated to the St Luke’s Hospice charity in Grays Essex, by the 66-year-olds. The trapped cat was only discovered when the new owners, who asked not to be named, noticed meowing sounds coming from inside the three-seater. The bemused couple called the hospice shop to alert them to their unexpected free gift. Crockett is now back at home and has now been given a clean bill of health after his sofa surfing adventure.

Kind garbologists: “KNOX garbage collectors could not refuse a chance to make a little girl’s dream come true. Contractors aren’t usually in the business of granting wishes, but they didn’t waste a moment to help Sarah, 13, who has one great love — garbage trucks. The Rowville resident, who is clinically blind and has a learning disability, lives with her mum, Robyn Hutchinson, an Australian Army medic and widow. “They’re (garbage trucks) really good fun, they take away all our rubbish and they’re very responsible — but they’re a bit stinky,” Sarah told Knox Leader. Sgt Hutchinson said her daughter had loved the noisy trucks for years. “I don’t know where she got the fascination from, possibly one of her uncles,” Sgt Hutchinson said. Contractors gave Sarah the VIP treatment on collection day, complete with a high-visibility vest, truck tour and ride around the street to empty bins. Ms Lee said it was exhilarating to watch her niece. “She was ridiculously happy and it answered all her questions (about garbage trucks),” Ms Lee said.”

Meet ‘Robo-roo’, the bizarre bionic KANGAROO: “For the past two years, the German group has been secretly working emulating the jumping behaviour of the kangaroo in robot form. It’s one of their most ambitious bio-inspired robots yet and could help improve industrial automation systems that manufacture products such as cars and computers. Dubbed BionicKangaroo, the robot is controlled by gestures and can efficiently recover energy from one jump to help it make the next. It does this by using an elastic spring, which partially ‘charges’ the legs on landing, according to a report by Evan Ackerman in IEEE Spectrum.”

Was Jesus crucified with his arms ABOVE his head?: “For centuries the Church has largely depicted the crucifixion of Christ with his arms outstretched horizontally on a cross. But scientists believe that death by crucifixion may have been even crueller, and that a victim’s arms were probably nailed above their head. An international team studying the Shroud of Turin, which appears to depict a man who was put to death by crucifixion, said that no matter who created it, the artefact suggests that the practice involved a victim who was suspended in a Y-shape. They came to this conclusion after studying lines of ‘blood’ down the arms. Whatever the case, the linen cloth, which is imprinted with the faint image of a naked man, seems to show lines of blood that have streamed down his arms as well as other wounds. The duo found that the ‘blood’ marks on the shroud correspond to a crucifixion – but only if a person was nailed onto a cross in a ‘Y’ position instead of a ‘T’ position, as depicted in most Christian art.”

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An honest message

April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man wins court battle against parking firm who tried to fine him £100 for CIRCLING car park without stopping: “A motorist has won a court battle against a parking firm who tried to fine him £100 for circling a car park – without stopping. Dave Hotchin, 49, spent half an hour waiting for a space without success before driving away from Fistral Beach car park in Newquay, Cornwall. Two months later shocked Mr Hotchin received a demand for £100 saying the couple had been caught without a ticket by an automatic number plate reader. After sending four further warnings to Mr Hotchin and his wife bosses at car park firm Parking Eye launched a court action to get the money. But a judge threw out the claim because the 31 minutes the pair from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, spent driving around the car park in May last year did not classify as ‘parking’.”

How all chefs should peel their apples: “A chef in the Netherlands has come up with a novel solution for peeling apples when in a hurry. After receiving a large order for his tarte tatin, Jasper van Ramhorst turned to DIY when he could not find a kitchen appliance to do the job. Colleagues at the Eetcafé de Gribus restaurant filmed the head chef using a power drill to peel his way through a pile of apples in seconds. The video shows him sticking the apples on the end of the drill and resting a peeler against them as they spin at high speed. With the unorthodox technique cutting peel time down to just a few seconds per apple, this could be the ultimate solution for harried dieters trying to increase their 5-a-day intake to the new recomended 10-a-day.”

Found: Two paintings worth £30m – including one by Gaugin – that were stolen from London home in 1970: “Two paintings worth millions of euros by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard which were stolen in London in 1970 then abandoned on a train have been recovered in Italy. Gauguin’s ‘Fruit on a table or small dog’ and Bonnard’s ‘Woman with two chairs’ which were taken from a family house in the British capital, were recovered from an Italian factory worker who had hung them in his kitchen for almost 40 years. The Gauguin painting is worth between 10 and 30 million euros (£8million and £24million) while the Bonnard is valued at some 600,000 euros (£500,000), Italy’s heritage police said at a press conference on Wednesday. The paintings turned up in a lost property department at a train station and were sold at auction in 1975 to a worker at a Fiat factory, who bought them for 45,000 Italian lire or 23 euros (£20, equivalent to about £300 today). He hung them on the wall of his kitchen”.

Parenting, Chinese Style: Couple chain their son to a concrete block: “Chinese parents have admitted to putting their son in chains and refusing to let him go as a punishment for constant stealing. Father Wen Yuan, 47, chained up his son, Chuang, 24, because he believed his thieving habits had brought shame on the family. As a result he tied his son to his bedroom in their house in Xibianban village in south China’s Jiangxi province, for fear that if he didn’t stop his son from stealing, he would soon end up in jail. Chuang was chained by the neck to a heavy concrete block, which he placed in the boy’s bedroom so that he couldn’t do anything but move around the room and sit in his bed. Wen Yuan said: ‘It isn’t exactly a large community here, when something is stolen everybody knows who’s to blame. ‘I always had to compensate my neighbours and apologise for what he had stolen if I couldn’t return it and I just got fed up with it.’”

Spam breaks out: “Spam is back in vogue say New York restaurateurs, who are serving the wartime staple atop of sushi, salads and even straight up out of the tin as a side. John Daley, the head chef and co-owner of New York Sushi Ko, told the Gothamist that he likes to use the tinned meat mix – which retails for around $2.50 per 12oz – when rustling up his fancy $150 tasting menu. One diner who tried his ‘Spam fried rice’ creation topped with seared tuna and pineapple, described it as ‘so good’, ‘savory’ and a ‘little bit [like] oxtail’. Mr Daley says his Spam concoctions have created quite a buzz and indeed, as he sat talking, someone popped in and asked if he was ‘still doing the Spam thing.’ Mike Briones, who runs Suzume in Brooklyn, has also witnessed unprecedented demand for the ‘pink stuff’ – named after the shortened version of ‘spiced ham’. He serves it, like Mr Daley, as sushi. Thick slices of the processed ham are placed on sticky rice, with a ribbon of dried seaweed holding it all together.”

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WHY?

April 2, 2014 at 6:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?

Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?

EVER WONDER… Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do ‘practice’?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff??

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

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Tattoo regret: “A new survey found that four in ten people with tattoos end up regretting having at least one of them done. And one in six hate their tattoos so much they want them surgically removed. The most prevalent reason for the change of heart is fear of the so-called ‘tramp stamps’ as fifty per cent worry they will be considered ‘common, uncultured or a bit of a chav’. A further 34% express regret for fear of how they’ll look as they get older (and saggier) and half of those surveyed admitted that a person with prominent tattoos was less likely to succeed in business. Perceived promiscuity is also a worry for the tattooed masses. One in six of those surveyed said people with tattoos are seen as more likely to have one-night stands. Splitting from a partner is another trigger that propels people into laser action. Heidi Klum felt compelled to wipe her tattoo slate clean after she split from husband Seal in 2012.”

Now that’s REAL multiculturalism “A man has been left without genitals and with three missing toes after a witch doctor told him that losing his body parts would make him rich. Chamangeni Zulu, from Malawi, has been hospitalised at Chipata General Hospital in Zambia, near the Malawi border, after he allowed the hyena to eat his manhood. ‘I met some business persons who told me the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body,’ he told the paper. At around 4am on Monday last week, the man went into the Zambian bush. Mr Zulu said: ‘I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten.’ Yet despite the horrific ordeal, Mr Zulu admitted he was still hopeful of becoming rich. ‘Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich,’ he said. Chipata Hospital described the man’s condition as stable and said that he had been brought to the hospital by police officers.”

Jewel-encrusted goblet found gathering dust in tiny Spanish museum ‘touched the lips of Jesus and is in fact the HOLY GRAIL’: “The onyx chalice has been sat in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, north Spain, for 1000 years – touted to visitors as a goblet belonging to 11th century Queen Urraca. But in fact, there is ‘no doubt’ it contains the cup which touched the lips of Jesus Christ, two historians claim. In an explosive book charting three years of ‘scientific research’, Margarita Torres and Jose Ortiza del Rio reveal there is conclusive evidence from scrolls in Egypt that confirm their theory. The onyx vessel made between 200 BC and 100 AD, they claim, is trapped inside a bejewelled medieval chalice. According to two medieval documents written in Arabic, it was stolen from Jerusalem by Muslims, who gave it to the Christian community in Egypt. The cup was used by Jesus then centuries later gifted to Spain by Egyptian royalty as a thank you for sending aid during a famine, they claim”

New Zealand guest house that looks like a giant boot: “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe… and now it turns out that you can too. Described as a size 318 boot, this whimsical guest house is owned by husband and wife Steve and Judy Van-Den Yssel-Richards. Located on the very north tip of New Zealand’s South Island, this one-bedroom cottage nestled in picturesque hazelnut groves looks as though it has appeared straight from the pages of a fairytale book. But it was hand-built by the couple, who spent over a year perfecting their unusual home – and have now opened it to guests too. Despite looking like an old boot, the luxury cottage packs in a shower built for two, courtyard and open fireplace in the living room. And wannabe boot-dwellers can live out the dream for just £150 a night.”

Britain’s oldest red postbox is still in use after 161 YEARS – and still bears Queen Victoria’s initials: “It has survived two world wars and seen five monarchs rule Britain. The country’s oldest postbox is still in use after 161 years, and still bears the initials of Queen Victoria. The red box has been given a new lease of life after locals in Holwell, near Sherborne in Dorset decided it needed a makeover. The unusual octagonal design was commissioned in 1853 before it was made by John M Butt & Co, of Gloucester, just a year after roadside pillar boxes were first introduced. Chris Loder, West Dorset district councillor, asked Royal Mail to give the box some attention at the end of last year. He said: ‘The Barnes Cross post box is an icon of the village with huge historical significance. Roadside pillar boxes first appeared in 1852. Since then there have been hundreds of different varieties bearing the ciphers of six reigning monarchs. Up until standardisation in 1859 each area had a different designs for its postboxes.

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Interpreting Asian Mothers

April 1, 2014 at 11:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

They sound a lot like Yiddisher Mommas

1. Your Asian Mother Says: “Mummy’s getting old.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “Tell me how young I look. Compliment me on my skin.”

2. Your Asian Mother Says: “Mummy’s meal is not so good.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “I’ve spent hours slaving away on this meal. It’s possible it contains my actual sweat. Praise it or I will end you.”

3. Your Asian Mother Says: “Mummy’s drunk!”

Your Asian Mother Means: “I have consumed exactly one glass of wine.”

4. Your Asian Mother Says: “You are getting fat.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “You may possibly have gained more than 500gms since I saw you last.”

5. Your Asian Mother Says: “Did you get Mummy’s voicemail?”

Your Asian Mother Means: “You will be sorry when I’m dead.”

6. Your Asian Mother Says: “I love all my children equally.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “I prefer your brother.”

7. Your Asian Mother says: “Do you know the party host very well?”

Your Asian Mother Means: “You are going to get raped.”

8. Your Asian Mother says: “[Your Asian Mother] ‘likes’ your status.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “I don’t remember doing that? I was trying to check my Gmail.”

9. Your Asian Mother Says: “You are so successful in your job! Mummy’s so proud.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “Pay for my meal.”

10. Your Asian Mother Says: “You look just like Mummy when she was your age.”

Your Asian Mother Means: “You will secure love and happiness thanks to my genes so essentially you owe me everything.”


She’s heard it all

Original story here

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Number of British women having a baby after turning 50 DOUBLES in just five years: “The number women aged over 50 who have given birth has more doubled in just five years, new figures show. Almost three babies were born to a woman in her fifties every week, raising fears about the impact on the mothers and their children. Midwives warned older mothers are more likely to suffer miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies while their children could be born with genetic problems. In 2012, there were 154 babies born to mothers over the age of 50, up by a third in just a year. The figure has more than doubled since 2008 when there were just 69 births to women aged 50 and over. In 2000 the number was just 44. The number of births to mothers aged 40 and over has also risen, up 13 per cent from 26,419 in 2008 to 29,994 in 2012. It means 1 in 25 births are to mothers who have turned 40. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has warned that those over the age of 40 are up to three times more likely to lose their baby than younger mothers.” [The over-50s births will all be with donor eggs -- which is like having someone else's baby]

Balinese men lash burning coconut husks off each other in Hindu ritual to symbolise the purification of the human body: “It is a spectacular – albeit, painful – Hindu tradition that symbolises the purification of the human body. These photos show Indonesian men lashing burning coconut husks off each other today as part of the annual Mesabatan Api ritual. The bare-chested men can be seen picking up and swinging the blazing husks in Gianyar, Bali – before throwing them at others’ bodies. The captivating images, taken by photographer Agung Parameswara, show an array of sparkling embers lighting up the dark night’s sky. The national holiday, which is commemorated every Saka new year according to the Balinese calendar, promotes self-reflection, fasting and meditation. Meanwhile, activities such as working, watching television and travelling are restricted between the hours of 6am and 6pm.”

Council spends £2,000 on lamppost which emits no light: “Birmingham City Council spent £2,000 of taxpayers’ money on the new lamppost – which is completely blocked by a conifer tree. Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in Europe, paid highways contractor Amey around £2,000 to install the new lamppost as part of a major upgrade of the city’s 95,000 street lamps. Rob Pocock, a Birmingham councillor, said the lamppost on Eastern Road in Boldmere, was “perfectly concealed” by the tree. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what the contractors had done. It must have taken a superhuman effort to get it so well hidden inside those trees. “The old lamppost protruded out from the trees so despite the conifers being quite thick the light still reached the pavement. “This new lamppost is utterly pointless.” Amey are now contacting the homeowner who owns the trees to discuss trimming the foliage back.”

Two-year-old saves mother’s life by dialling 999: “A two-year-old boy has saved his mother’s life by managing to call 999 when she collapsed, telling operators: “Mummy’s on the floor.” Paramedics rushed to their home in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire where they discovered his mother Dana Henry, who had collapsed due to a dangerous blood clot after waking up with stomach pains. At 11.31am, Riley rang 999 and said: “Mummy’s asleep,” after which the call was passed to the ambulance service who managed to trace the address. He repeatedly said ‘hello’ and kept operators on the line, trying to explain that his mum was on the floor. Dana said she and partner, Rob Ward, 30, had always drilled it into Riley and his sister, Caitlin, five, that they should ring 999 if ever they could not wake either of them.”

Deadly weed: “A doctor bludgeoned his wife to death before killing himself over fears their home was blighted by Japanese knotweed, an inquest heard. In a suicide note, he said he killed his wife because the balance of his mind had been ‘disturbed’ by knotweed at their home in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. He wrote: ‘I believe I was not an evil man, until the balance of my mind was disturbed by the fact there is a patch of Japanese Knotweed which has been growing over our boundary fence on the Rowley Regis Golf Course.’ The doctor claimed golf course managers had been made aware of the problem but nothing had been done. After trying to curb the weed’s growth unsuccessfully, he said the risk of structural damage and legal battles ‘led to my growing madness.’ Black Country coroner Robin Balmain said it appeared Dr McRae had suffered from paranoia over the knotweed, which was not found on their property, although a patch of the invasive plant had been discovered nearby.”

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Forza Italia!

March 31, 2014 at 8:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It seems that the Minister for constitutional reforms in Italy, Maria Boschi (Lady in blue), did not choose the best outfit to sign on as Minister — but it is a photoshopped image. Below is another pic of the lady. Still quite a dish

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Archaeologists race to secure ancient burial site of three Egyptian kings that will make the treasure of Tutankhamun’s tomb look like a ‘display in Woolworths’: “An archaeology race is on to secure the ancient burial site of three Egyptian kings which contains relics that will outshine even that of Tutankhamun’s, it has been claimed. British archaeologist John Romer, 72, believes he has discovered the site where three ancient Egyptian priest kings – Herihor, Piankh and Menkheperre – were buried in Luxor, Egypt, almost 3,000 years ago. He claims the burial ground will yield such magnificent treasures that those discovered in the nearby tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings will seem like a ‘display in Woolworths’ in comparison. Like a plot out of an Indiana Jones movie, experts are now racing to secure the site called Wadi el-Gharbi, located in the cliffs on Luxor’s west bank, before the arrival of so-called treasure hunters and tomb-raiders. Romer told the Sunday Times: ‘Last week, three people were arrested by the army security services at Luxor for entering it.’

Lebanese restaurant owner places giant poster of SADDAM HUSSEIN in the window… and won’t remove it despite requests from police and council: “A Lebanese restaurant owner has placed a giant poster of Saddam Hussein in his eatery’s window. Ayyad Al-Hamdan, 43, the owner of This Is It in Harrow, north-west London, has sparked outrage among local residents by placing the picture of the ruthless Iraqi dictator on display. He has refused a request from council chiefs to remove the ‘offensive’ photograph, saying it is a political protest. Several people have left angry comments about it on the TripAdvisor review website. One Harrow resident said: ‘We live in a society where a cabbie can be told not to fly the St George flag in his car or people can’t display them in offices. And yet this guy gets away with posting a picture of Saddam Hussain in his window. It is utterly barmy.’

‘It’s a gift I’m thankful for every day!’ Woman who was gifted a Mother’s Day BOOB JOB by her family: “Whether scented soap, chocolates or just a cheerful bunch of daffodils, the majority of mothers will have woken up to a treat this morning. But last year, mother-of-four Kandy Noad, 35, from Staines, was the lucky recipient of a considerably more expensive gift – a brand new pair of 34DD breasts. 12 months on from the operation, Mrs Noad, who was desperately unhappy with the diminutive 34AA cup she had before, says the boob job has transformed her life. ‘I’ve never felt better and it has totally changed me,’ explains Kandy. ‘I feel so much more confident, I’ve lost weight and I feel like a new woman. According to Mrs Noad, being pregnant and breastfeeding her children Beth, 15, Chloe, 12, Daniel, seven, and Jamie, four, left her with what she describes as ‘shrivelled sacks’ instead of the pert bust she once had.”

China’s latest fad is breath of fresh air: Oxygen stations set up across the country so city dwellers can escape smog: “It is one of the most polluted countries on earth. So it may come as little surprise that the latest fad in China is literally offering its city dwellers a breath of fresh air. Numerous fresh air stations have been set up in some of China’s most polluted cities. The stations are stocked with individual air bags which provide users with pollution-free fresh air. And they have proved to be a big hit with one air station in Zhengzhou city in central China’s Henan province which was inundated with visitors. There was no shortage of takers as locals flooded to enjoy the free fresh air. It comes after just three of China’s 74 cities met the official air quality standards, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection in China”

£33million watch is the most valuable in the world encrusted with 110 carats of rare coloured diamonds: “At a cost of £33 million, this new watch – believed to be the world’s most expensive – is proof that time really is money. The Graff Hallucination, designed by London jewellers Graff Diamonds, is a 110-carat watch coated in colourful rare diamonds. Graff Diamonds staff are said to have spent thousands of hours making the new ladies watch, which was unveiled at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Switzerland this week. With a colourful layering of diamonds, it may not be the most efficient watch in the world, but it is certainly one of the most spectacular. Laurence Graff, the chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds, described the watch as a ‘sculptural masterpiece’.

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