A serious problem

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

Carpal tunnel syndrome if you didn’t get it

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

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

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

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

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

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Some surprising Indian technology

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

Wait for it

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

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

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

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

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

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Bargain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A very funny video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good advice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elder lament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That’s government for you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An amazing magician

October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Hero Army expert removes grenade lodged in Alabama man’s leg: “The explosive device lodged in the leg of a Walker County man was removed early this morning by an Army explosives expert inside an ambulance parked outside of UAB Hospital, ending an eight-hour ordeal. A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist out of Fort Benning was brought to Birmingham via Alabama State Trooper escort, and removed what turned out to be a 40 mm practice grenade from the thigh of the man. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said the incident ended at 6:50 a.m. Hyche said he was disassembling the grenade when it launched. It was not fired from a launcher. The practice grenades, he said, will fire and travel up to several hundred meters.”

Yao Ming makes Shaq look small in amazing photograph: “SHAQUILLE O’Neal has sported countless nicknames in his life, from The Big Daddy and The Big Aristotle to The Big Cactus and The Big Shamrock. The common thread is “Big”, because at 216cm and 147kgs, Shaq is exactly that. Shaq is one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. But there’s one man who is bigger. You might remember seeing Yao Ming photographed with tennis stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic while they were in China for the Shanghai Masters last week. It’s not until you put Ming next to another giant like Shaq that you really comprehend the difference between being “big” and gargantuan. It’s no wonder Ming’s nickname while he was in the league was “The Great Wall of Yao”.

‘Satan’s Hollow’ is hellish for homeowners in Blue Ash, Ohio: “PARANORMAL groups claim to have found a “doorway to hell” in suburban America — and it has become a real nightmare for local homeowners. Legend has it that the storm drain, tucked in the woods behind an apartment complex in Blue Ash, Cincinnati, was once a gathering ground for Satanists who managed to open a portal into the netherworld. The folklore is so pervasive that the supposedly haunted tunnel system, also known as “Satan’s Hollow”, has become a hotspot for local teenagers and ghost enthusiasts. Visitors commonly claim to hear screams coming from the drain system, or see floating faces in the darkness. In a YouTube report, popular ghost hunter David Scott called the site “one of the scariest locations I have ever investigated”. Scott, who used a “spirit box” in an attempt to communicate with ghosts in the tunnels, pointed out graffiti such as, “This way to God’s Chamber,” “Badlands” and “666.” He also said the dank tunnel was notorious for sacrificial killings.”

Nasty British bureaucrats again: “A disabled pensioner claims is facing a parking bill of up to £1,500 because he displayed his blue badge upside down. John O’Callaghan, 66, had parked his Ford Focus on a street while he visited a friend at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, returning to find an £80 ticket because his disability badge was not correctly displayed. As he did not have enough money to pay the fine, a bailiff company acting on behalf of the city’s council is demanding he pay £422 – or risk having his possessions confiscated. The retired factory worker, from Speke claims he has been told the final bill could rise to £1,500 if he does not pay. ‘I told them I couldn’t pay £80 in one go so asked if I could do it over two months but the council wanted it straight away. ‘Now I’ve had a letter saying it’s gone up to £422 or they will send the bailiffs round. I think these are bully-boy tactics. ‘And they are threatening it could go up to £1,500.

Frumpy Australian TV presenter gets a spray: “Her job is to present the national news but one concerned TV viewer believes the ABC’s Virginia Trioli is not paying enough attention to her appearance. The anonymous critic took it upon themselves to inform the 50-year-old journalist she is ‘definitely in need of a makeover’. In a harsh letter, which the ABC News Breakfast host posted on Twitter alongside the caption ‘Mails in #justagirlonabudget’, Ms Trioli was instructed that she should stop wearing ‘blacks and browns’ because they are ‘very ageing’. The handwritten memo starts off by saying: ‘I watch you every morning,’ and goes on to tell Ms Trioli she should change her glasses. ‘Next the glasses ugh! Go for the light coloured frames, as with your dark eyes, black make you look “owlish”. You will be very pleasantly surprised,’ they said. The rude writer asks ‘dare I say it, did you obtain your clothes from charity shops?’. Ms Trioli took the letter on the chin, despite its many insults. ‘My reaction is just to be myself and not let it occupy a tiny bit of my time.”

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Prince Charles and the Genie

October 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prince Charles was driving around his mother’s estate when he accidentally ran over her favorite dog, a Corgi, crushing it to a pulp.

He got out of his Range Rover and sat down on the grass totally distraught. The whole world was against him and now his mother would go ballistic.

Suddenly he noticed a lamp half-buried in the ground. He dug it up, polished it and immediately a Genie appeared. ..

“You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment, ” said the Genie. “As a reward I shall grant you one wish.”

“Well, ” said the Prince, “I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this dog.” They walk over to the splattered remains of the dog. “Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?” the Prince asked. ..

The Genie carefully looked at the remains and shook his head. “This body is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life. Is there something else you would like?”

The Prince thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos. “I was married to this beautiful woman called Diana,” said Prince Charles, showing the genie the first photo. But now I love this woman called Camilla,” and he showed the genie the second photo.

“You see Camilla isn’t beautiful at all, so do you think you can make Camilla as beautiful as Diana?”

The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, “Let’s have another look at the dog.”

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Odd news from around the world

Old British manual becomes a best-seller in a German translation: “Their women are not to be trusted, they struggle to control their feelings and can fly into a rage if things go wrong. However, they are also make excellent sausages and their beer is ‘one of the pleasantest in Europe’. These are among the official observations made of Germans for British soldiers preparing to oversee the generation that served Hitler. They appear in the 1944 manual, Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany, that has surprisingly risen to fourth place in the German bestseller list. Intended to condition a conscript army to resist German propaganda, the little red book also covers general cultural topics such as food and drink and social customs. It urges British soldiers to give orders in a ‘firm, military manner’ as the German civilian is ‘used to it and expects it’. It adds: ‘It is important that you should be smart and soldierly in appearance and behaviour. The Germans think nothing of a slovenly soldier.’ Commenting on German culture, it says: ‘Germans don’t know how to make tea, but they are quite expert with coffee.’ British soldiers are also told to take caution when mingling with ‘attractive’ German women.”

What Is the ‘Freakish’ Sea Creature Caught on Camera in Singapore?: “The creatures that are pulled up out of the ocean never cease to amaze. A man on Facebook going by the name Jr Saim recently filmed one such encounter with an animal that slowly moved its tangle of tentacle-like arms in a somewhat disturbing manner that has captivated millions of viewers. Before we get into what this creature is, take a look at it in the video above. It appears to be a basket star, an echinoderm that, according to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, is typically found in the Pacific Ocean between 50 to 500 feet below sea level but can live as deep as 6,564 feet. Basket stars usually feed on zooplankton.”

Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family: “An Alaska couple, who had been told by police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car crash, were overcome with joy just hours later when they discovered him alive and well at his home in Anchorage, officials and media said on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, an officer arrived at the couple’s Palmer home some 80 kilometres outside Anchorage about 3 am on Thursday and told them that their son, Justin Priest, had died in a car crash a few hours earlier, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The grief-stricken parents, Jay and Karen, then drove to Anchorage to deliver the news of their son’s death to his brother, Cody, and to Justin’s long-time girlfriend, who lived with him. But Justin answered the door instead and was equally startled to see his parents and brother crying and shouting at 5:30 am, the Alaska Dispatch News reported after interviewing the family about the mix-up. “It’s Justin! Praise Jesus, we thought you were dead,” the newspaper quoted his father as saying at the time.

Justice done in India: “An Indian man who was caught trying to rape a teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after locals chopped off his genitals with a meat cleaver. Suresh Kumar was set upon in Ganganagar, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state, after locals heard the girl’s screams for help. After finding the 40-year-old pinning the girl against a wall, a lynch mob dragged him to a butchers shop where they beat him with sticks for an hour before castrating him. They then dumped the severed remains in the middle of a road and left a bloodied Kumar nearby. Aamir Dhawan, 30, said no one ‘went to help’ Kumar because they knew he had been punished for a ‘sex crime’. Mr Dhawan said: ‘We have had a lot of intolerable offences against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it’s time it stopped. ‘This sends out a very strong message to anyone like that – if you do it you will be punished.'”

Nobelist intercepted by TSA: “He won the Nobel Prize for physics. But Brian Schmidt received no special treatment from the TSA when he tried to take the 24-carat pure gold medal through airport security in Fargo, Nebraska. ‘When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, wanted to see it. ‘You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. ‘They’re like, “Sir, there’s something in your bag.” ‘I said, “Yes, I think it’s this box.” ‘They said, “What’s in the box?” ‘I said, “a large gold medal,” as one does. ‘So they opened it up and they said, “What’s it made out of?” ‘I said, “gold.” ‘And they’re like, “Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?” ‘”The King of Sweden”. ‘”Why did he give this to you?”‘ ‘”Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.” At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. ‘I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, “Why were you in Fargo?”‘

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Fall foliage in Kyoto, Japan

October 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Dwarf handed colouring book and crayons by waitress while on a date with fiancee: “A dwarf took his fiancee to a restaurant for a romantic meal and was handed a children’s colouring book and crayons by a waitress. James Lusted, 26, who is 3ft 7ins, was on a date at a Harvester Inn in Cardiff with his fiancee, Chloe Roberts, who is 5ft 7ins, when the waitress picked up two menus, the crayons and a colouring book. It was only when the waitress heard James’s deep voice that she realised her mistake, and didn’t serve the couple for the rest of evening. But Mr Lusted and his bride-to-be, 20, who are from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, saw the funny side. Mr Lusted said: “As I said thank you to the waitress she heard my voice and knew I wasn’t a child. “She immediately put the colouring book behind her back in shock. “But I am man enough to see the funny side, I would never take offence.”

Man Convicted Of Setting Puppy On Fire Hospitalized For Gunshot Wounds On His Privates: “Adell Ziegler, 21, one of two men who were arrested in November 2012 for setting a Jack Russell Terrier puppy on fire, was admitted to the emergency ward of a hospital after being shot on Humboldt Parkway on Monday. Ziegler was shot in the groin and buttocks at approximately 9:10 a.m. in the 600 block of Humboldt, according to Buffalo Police. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. As of now, his condition has stabilized and he is said to be out of danger, reported the Huffington Post. Adell Ziegler and Diondre L. Brown were both arrested on Nov. 13, 2012, for abusing a Jack Russell puppy. It was established that the sick duo hung up a Jack Russell terrier puppy three feet in the air, doused him with lighter fluid, and then brutally set the defenseless animal on fire.

A company to avoid: “INNOVATIVE might not be the first word that comes to mind when describing US telephone and cable company Comcast. But are we giving the company credit where credit is due? Let’s face it, after a harrowing 18-minute customer service call went viral in July, it looked like Comcast had nothing more to strive for — it had reached peak horrible. Yet, if reports this week are accurate, Comcast has continued to shine as an innovator in the competitive field of corporate terribleness: It got a customer’s employer to fire him for complaining about shoddy customer service. Conal, understandably frustrated, decided to bypass the customer service department and take his complaints straight to the Comcast controller. Shortly after that call, Comcast contacted Conal’s employer — a large accounting firm that Consumerist reports happened to do business with Comcast… The firm opened an investigation against Conal and then fired him from his job.”

Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo: “Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest. According to Alex-Bouzounis, she posted 34-year-old Monica Hargrove’s mug shot to the department’s Facebook page on Sept. 10, as part of a weekly roundup called “Warrant Wednesday.” “It included her mug shot, her name and information about the crime,” said Alex-Bouzounis. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Hargrove had been indicted in the case for aggravated-robbery and kidnapping. Police say the woman was so upset by the mug shot photo, which she considered unflattering, that she called within 48 hours of the post. “She contacted the detective listed on the Facebook post and said, ‘Hey, I want my picture down,'” Alex-Bouzounis said. “[The detective] said, ‘Come on in and we’ll talk about it.'” And, police say, that is exactly what Hargrove did. “She came in and he put her under arrest,” said Alex-Bouzounis.”

The holiday luggage with a handle that transforms into a CHAIR: “An American entrepreneur has created a solution to waiting in airport queues with nowhere other than a dirty floor to sit on or a grubby wall to lean against. Chicago-based Brian Gibson has designed a gadget for luggage that allows travellers to pull out the handles of their roll-on suitcases and convert them into chairs. Mr Gibson is hoping to raise funds on Kickstarter for the bags to be manufactured, and if his goal amount of $120,400 (£74,000) is met then the suitcases could in shops by April next year. According to their Kickstarter page. the neXstep Luggage System prototype bags have successfully been checked in onto aircraft on several occasions without incident. Mr Gibson also writes that the design has not been denied approval by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US. NeXstep – which Mr Gibson developed in 2009 – can also be used as a suitcase rack when packing or unpacking luggage. The bags will be made from carbon fiber, polycarbonate, ballistic nylon, Cordura, Kevlar and aircraft grade aluminum”

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