Selected pix from Nov/Dec 2013

August 14, 2014 at 6:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Once again I have done a retrospective of the pics that appeared on this blog — covering the last 2 months of last year. There are some pretty good ones amongst them. Access the gallery here or here or here

No big prizes for this lot

August 13, 2014 at 6:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Intruder scales barbed wire fence at airport and runs onto tarmac to stop plane taking off because she thought her husband was leaving to see another woman
: “A Canadian airport is reviewing its security systems after a woman managed to scale a barbed wire fence and run onto the tarmac in an attempt to stop a plane from taking off. The 37-year-old woman was trying to block an aircraft at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia because she believed her husband was one of its passengers. But it turns out the woman’s husband was not on any plane at the airport in Eastern Canada when the security breach occurred Sunday morning. Airport employees scrambled into action when the woman scaled the fence around the perimeter of the airfield. She was quickly spotted by workers in the air traffic control tower and they rerouted a small plane that had just landed.

Is paracetamol (Tylenol) safe? Worries about side-effects: “It’s free from the stomach damaging side-effects of other painkillers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. However, evidence is mounting to show that not only does paracetamol cause this kind of damage after all, but the ‘everyday’ drug may also harm us in many other serious ways. Indeed, far from being the risk-free panacea so many of us believe it to be, a growing weight of evidence from studies conducted across the world links the drug to a number of very serious side-effects. These include asthma and developmental defects, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, as well as potentially lethal heart and kidney problems in adults, and even a risk of death from rare, but excruciating, skin reactions. The evidence has prompted drug watchdogs in Britain and America to warn doctors against routinely prescribing paracetamol. Meanwhile, there are also suggestions that for some ailments, the drug is, in fact, no better than a placebo.”

Single man plasters 500 posters a DAY round New York in desperate bid to find his soulmate: “With the rise of online dating, there has never before been as many ways of meeting potential partners as there is today. But one single man has taken up a rather different, and apparently successful, approach in his bid to find his soulmate – plastering posters advertising his search for girlfriend a across New York. Artist Dan Perino, 50, is pasting 500 flyers a day round Manhattan emblazoned with the message ‘Looking for a Girlfriend’, along with his picture and mobile number. The posters, which Mr Perino sticks to walls, lampposts and telephone boxes, have seen him inundated with more than 1,600 calls in over a week – and he has now even got a couple of dates lined up. The artist from East Village turned his back on more modern match-making methods such as dating apps and sites after being single for two years following the break up of his marriage. He is now even being recognised in the street as pictures of his posters are shared across social networking sites.

New Japanese sex doll ‘comes with ‘realistic feeling skin’: “A Japanese company claims to have reached the next level in developing the most genuine looking sex doll which comes complete with realistic feeling skin and authentic looking eyes. Orient Industry say their new range of dolls, made from high quality silicon, are so realistic there is very little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend at first glance. The dolls, which are non inflatable, are sold under the name ‘Dutch Wives’, a Japanese term for a sex doll, and adverts in the media boast that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again. They sell for just over £1,000 each and early sales indicate they are proving to be a success. They also come with a selection of clothing to prevent the new owner from having to suffer the embarrassment of visiting a lingerie store. Potential buyers can also customise the dolls, meaning they can chose the bust size, look and hair colour of their doll.”

Burglar gets stung: “A thief fleeing the scene of a burglary found his life of crime had a painful sting in the tail when a cloud of wasps attacked him after he sat on their nest. Jamie Brown tried to hide from police by sneaking into a bush after breaking into a shop in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Saturday night. But as he blundered in the 29-year-old disturbed a colony of wasps and they went for him en masse. Officers heard the unfortunate thief cry out as he was stung repeatedly by the angry insects before being arrested. Brown, who stole a £200 fish tank, then spent six hours in agony at Leeds General Infirmary, before being discharged. Brown pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary which the court heard breached a suspended sentence for a previous theft and a ban from entering the homeware store. There was little sympathy for the suspect from internet users when news of his arrest was posted on the local neighbourhood policing team’s Facebook page.

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Dogs love cars

August 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment



Odd news from around the world

‘Gunman who spent five years shooting at bad drivers on German roads’ goes on trial accused of attempted murders: “A man who spent five years shooting at bad drivers on German roads has gone on trial over a string of attempted murders. Identified as Michael Harry K, the 58-year-old suspect is accused of firing more than 700 bullets on motorways over five years. He allegedly targeted a number of lorries and cars as well as a 40-year-old woman who was left seriously injured after she was shot in the neck in 2009. Two men were also subject to his spree after they were wounded by shattered glass. Police say the man, who was arrested in June 2013, had spoken about a ‘war on the autobahn’. Reports say he is also alleged to have carried out the shootings to ‘teach road users a lesson’. It is thought he managed to escape their radar for so long because drivers did not realise they had been targeted until it was too late. He was eventually arrested after police decided to set up their own motorway surveillance, where they found a stash of 1,300 bullets and two guns. It is also claimed that the defendant said he took action after he was nearly pushed off the road by a car transporter.”

Woman ‘attacked another woman at a barbecue because she thought her shorts were too short’: “A 25-year-old woman attacked another woman at a barbecue in Washington state because she thought her shorts were too short. Alica Rae Hanson of Snohomish is accused of confronting the other woman at a party on June 22, first complaining about her attire and then several minutes later attacking her and knocking her to the ground. Hanson was charged with felony second-degree assault, according to papers filed in Snohomish County Superior Court last week. The prosecutor wrote that the defendant confronted the woman about her shorts, ‘claiming that they were too short for the BBQ party and acting in an aggressive manner.’ Several minutes later, Hanson allegedly ran up to the woman and knocked her to the ground with a punch. She was jumped upon her victim, repeatedly hitting her even pulling out hair. When police arrived, they found the shaken victim, bloody with her left eye swollen shut, reports The Daily Herald. The victim suffered broken facial bones and bleeding in the left eye. Hanson has no criminal history, according to prosecutors”

Is this Britain’s most pointless cycle lane? Bristol road markings give bikes their own space for just SIX FEET: “A cyclist was left in disbelief when he spotted what is thought to be the UK’s shortest cycle lane – at just six foot. It appears next to a shared space pavement for pedestrians and cyclists, but has left riders baffled as to why they even bothered. The lane appears out of nowhere, with no other cycle paths in sight, before stopping abruptly just a few feet later when the road hits a junction. Cyclist David Stone spotted the new lane in Frampton Cotterell, Bristol. He said: ‘Is this the shortest cycle lane in the UK? ‘I have no idea how long it has been there but a new mini roundabout has recently been located in Heather Avenue, so it may be that they had some paint left over.’ The cycle lane was created by developer Barratt Homes, who inserted the lane when completing a nearby housing estate as cyclists join the road from a shared pavement.”

Himmler’s wartime transport which he used to inspect the Holocaust goes on the market: “On the face of it, it sounds like any wealthy car collector’s dream – a 1930s vehicle in pristine condition, its past brimming with stories, up for sale for £400,000. But any buyer will have to come to terms with the fact that this was the very vehicle that used to transport infamous Nazi Heinrich Himmler around during World War II – when he was the architect of the Holocaust. The military Wanderer W11/1 was the S.S. and Gestapo chief’s official transport as he inspected the concentration camps and the killing fields of Russia. The car was built by a company in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, which became Karl Marx Stadt under the communists. The firm moved to Munich after the war and went bust in 2010. In 1991 the vehicle was recovered from a museum in Riga, Latvia, which was also going bankrupt. It is now in a storeroom between a McDonald’s restaurant and warehouses on an industrial estate in Mettmann in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Rottweiler saves Chihuahua: “According to the owner of the CCTV footage, Trixxie the chihuahua, was tied up outside about 7am. Suddenly she is spotted by a hungry coyote, and tries to escape, but Trixxie is caught by the wild animal. The coyote tried to drag the small dog back into the bush from which it came, when Happy, a Rottweiler that lives next door, runs into view and attacks the coyote. Trixxie is able to get away, while Happy chases the coyote into the woods.

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How one shoe can ruin a family photo

August 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s not what you think you see at first




Odd news from around the world

Fury at Brazil job seeker pap smears, virginity tests: “Women seeking education jobs in Brazil’s most populous state should not be required to submit to gynaecological exams or prove their virginity, according to women’s rights advocates. The education department of Sao Paulo state requires female prospective teachers to undergo a pap smear to prove they are free of a variety of cancers, or to present a doctor’s statement verifying they have not been sexually active. Until recently, it also required women to have a colposcopy, a type of visual examination used to detect disease. The department since at least 2012 has required the exams to show that candidates for long-term teaching positions are in good health. Critics, however, have decried it as an invasion of privacy. “It violates women’s rights. It’s very intimate information that she has the right to keep. It’s absurd to continue with these demands,” said Ana Paula de Oliveira Castro, a public defender of women’s issues in Sao Paulo.

Old guitar worth a fortune: “A guitar used by pop star Alvin Stardust to collect the autographs of some of music’s biggest names is now worth more than £1 million. Stardust, 71, was 12 when he was given the instrument in 1955 by his father, who had bought it for £1 and two shillings. The youngster took it to a Buddy Holly and the Crickets concert in Doncaster where the band signed it – and the starstruck teen dubbed the guitar ‘Peggy Sue’ after Holly’s song. Those first autographs started a tradition and the guitar has since been signed by, among others, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Sir Cliff Richard and has been valued at £1.25 million. Stardust, who enjoyed a No 1 hit in 1974 with Jealous Mind, has no plans to sell but when a friend said he could get a decent price for it, he had it valued. The singer collected many of the signatures when he was a teenager performing as Shane Fenton and the Fentones in the early 1960s.

Wasp causes demolition derby: “A wasp may have set off a chain of unfortunate events that left a Coca Cola truck smashed up, several bus passengers injured and a beloved seafood store in Florida in shambles. A surveillance video has been released this week by the Jacksonville Transit Authority showing the moment on July 23 when a big red tractor trailer sideswept a city bus before plowing into a New Town fish market, which later had to be razed to the ground. The driver of the vehicle, Calvin Hollis, 45, told investigators that a wasp flew into his cab as he was driving down West Beaver Street in New Town, causing him to lose control and crash. However, the accident report cited by News 4 Jax points out responding officers observed that all the windows on the truck were closed at the time, thus calling into question Hollis’ explanation.”

Baby elephant gets lost: “They say that elephants never forget – but this confused baby certainly got himself in a muddle when he became separated from his herd. The young elephant and his family became mixed up with livestock belonging to the Samburu community in the remote Ndoto Mountains in Northern Kenya. But when panic set in, the tiny youngster – who was just hours old – became confused and wandered off with the herders and cows. Too young to know any different and with a fresh umbilical cord and pink ears, the tiny animal trotted off with the cattle. The Samburu community cared for the elephant, who had barely mastered how to walk, before one of them set off on a 24-hour journey by foot down the mountainside to find help. The area was so remote, that a helicopter had to be chartered so it could be transported to the safe haven of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant nursery, which specialises in caring for orphaned baby elephants.

Watch water run UP a wall: Material that allows liquid to defy gravity: “In what looks like an optical illusion, scientists have found a way to defy gravity by making water run uphill. The technique works using a material that has thousands of tiny electroplated metal bristles that move in response to a magnetic field. When the magnetic field changes, so do the bristles, forcing the liquid that sit against them into an unexpected direction. The scientists in Massachusetts hope the material could someday be used to create glare-resistant windows and rain-resistant clothing. Each microhair, made of nickel, is about 70 microns high and 25 microns wide – about one-fourth the diameter of a human hair. The researchers created an array of the microhairs onto an elastic, transparent layer of silicone. In tests, the magnetically-activated material directed not just the flow of fluid, but also light – much like window blinds tilt to filter the sun.”

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What are some cultural differences between Canadians and Americans?

August 10, 2014 at 11:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been waiting for this one:

How do you get 100 New Yorkers out of the pool?
Answer: Say “Every one STAY in the pool!

How do you get 100 Californians out of the pool?
Answer: Say “This pool has been CHEMICALLY TREATED for your protection!

How do you get 100 Republicans out of the pool?
Answer: Say “Being in this pool shows your support for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

How do you get 100 Democrats out of the pool?
Answer: Say “This pool will be FUNDED COMPLETELY by the people in the pool!’

The difference between Canadians and Americans?
ANSWER: SAY “Please get out of the pool.”

Original story here




Odd news from around the world

Forget expensive cleaning products, use a POTATO to clean your home: For decades, food items have been touted as substitutes to expensive household cleaning products. And now a cleaning expert has revealed the science behind why certain foods are so useful for tackling rust, removing stains and tightening cracks in wood. This ranges from potatoes, banana skins, brazil nuts, vinegar to mayonnaise. Bananas: Wipe the inside of the banana skin on the spot of leather that needs to be cleaned. When finished, rub with a damp cloth. Cola: Pour into the toilet bowl and leave to sit for an hour to allow the acid to take effect. Clean the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush and flush away. Vinegar also works. Tomato ketchup: Good for cleaning brass, copper and silver elements. Rub onto the area that needs cleaning, leave to work and wipe with a moist cloth. Mayonnaise: Ideal for removing marks on wood. Use a cloth with a small amount of mayonnaise and wipe the mark that needs to be removed. Leave the oils to work and wipe away any residue with a clean cloth. Potatoes: Cut the potato in half and dip the side without peel into baking soda. When covered, firmly rub the potato on rusted areas.”

SILENT electric motorcycles could be used by police to sneak up on criminals: “A silent electric bike is to be used by police forces as a means to approach criminals undetected. Zero Motorcycles in northern California have designed their a motorcycle that law enforcement officials can use to get the upper hand on criminals. And with a top speed of up to 98 miles (158 km) per hour, the police of tomorrow can chase criminals down as well if the stealth approach fails. Range*: Up to 151 miles (243 km); Charging time*: Between six and 9.9 hours; Weight*: 396 to 473 pounds: (180 to 215 kg); Equivalent fuel economy: 408 miles to the gallon (0.58 litres per 100 km); Cost to recharge*: $0.96 to $1.60. Each bike is devoid of a loud and polluting combustion engine, meaning they can creep up on people without alerting them or enter a dangerous location undetected.”

How a tick bite can make you allergic to RED MEAT: “Doctors across the U.S. are seeing a surge of meat allergies in people bitten by Lone Star ticks, found in the south-west and eastern half of the country. And researchers believe that some other types of ticks also might cause meat allergies, after cases were reported in Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Japan and Korea. The tick bite conveys a type of sugar to the human bloodstream and the immune system can go overboard reacting to the foreign substance, resulting in anaphylactic shock. The allergy can cause hives and swelling, as well as broader symptoms of anaphylaxis including vomiting, diarrhoea, trouble breathing and a drop in blood pressure. People with the allergy can go into a delayed anaphylactic shock four to six hours after eating red meat. There is no good way to desensitise people once they become allergic to red meat and in some cases, milk too, so they have to cut problem foods out of their diet – and carry an EpiPen.

Another brainless British council: “Council spent thousands and took two years to mend a bridge which had been weakened by lorries. But when cars finally managed to get back on it they realised many couldn’t squeeze through the gap. Now just a month after reopning drivers are turning round at the tiny width restriction on the road which leads to the bridge – rather than trying to shoehorn their cars in to the tight gap. The new measures were put in place to stop vehicles wider than two metres entering an area where large lorries had caused more than £30,000 of damage to a bridge. But after reopening at the start of the month, swarms of cars have been forced to turn round and find alternative routes – including cars as small as Minis. The traffic calming measures on Wilbury Villas Bridge in Hove, East Sussex, was paid for by Brighton and Hove City Council as part of bridge repairs. Melanie White, business manager of the Dock cafe on neighbouring Lorna Road, said: ‘Within 10 minutes of opening two people hit it, you can see all the black tyre marks on the side. A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: ‘It’s tight but easily negotiated by cars with care at low speed.”

Burglars bungled multi-million-pound raid when they smashed through the wrong wall of cash depot…then their getaway car became stuck in the mud: “A notorious burglar who smashed into the wrong wall of a cash depot and ended up in an empty room has been jailed for 13 years. Raymond Betson, 52, tried to smash through the cash depot wall in an attempted multi-million pound raid with a stolen heavy-duty digger. But he rammed through the wrong part of the building and led his gang of up to six men into an empty office. The raid took place at the Loomis cash depot in Swanley, Kent in the early hours of March 23, 2012. Once the digger had broken through the wall, the gang, who were armed with baseball bats and white sacks, climbed over the rubble only to find an empty room. They then entered a nearby warehouse – only to find that was empty too – and fled less than a minute later. They then botched their getaway when they had to abandon their car in a field when it got stuck in the mud.”

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More wine wisdom

August 9, 2014 at 8:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

California wine collector jailed for 10 years for fraud: “An international wine dealer has been jailed for 10 years for fraud after selling fake vintages and cheating fellow connoisseurs out of tens of millions of dollars. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, an Indonesian-born businessman, had been considered one of the top wine collectors in the world, becoming famed for his palate and ability to identify fine wines. But it emerged he had been blending the contents of cheap bottles in the kitchen of the home he shared with his mother. He then placed the blends in old bottles, stuck fake labels on them and claimed they were rare vintages, selling them for vast sums. A judge in New York ordered Kurniawan to forfeit $20 million (£11 million) and pay $28.4 million in restitution to his victims. He was found out and arrested by the FBI after trying to sell 78 fake bottles of wines for around $700,000 at an auction in London in 2012. Other experts spotted mistakes including missing French accents on labels”

Gormless burglar stares open mouthed into CCTV camera before stealing it to try and cover his tracks (but the footage had already been downloaded): “This is the moment a gormless burglar realises he has been caught red-handed on CCTV – seconds before he attempts to cover up his crime by stealing the camera. The open-mouthed thief stares directly into the lens for several seconds, seemingly unable to decide what to do with himself. He then appears to shout the word ‘camera’, before continuing to stare at the lens – still with his mouth wide open. Despite being caught on tape for the past 20 seconds, the burglar then attempts to hide from the wall-mounted camera by ducking down out of its view and shuffling underneath the lens. The defeated-looking burglar is then seen turning the camera to face the wall, before wrenching it from its stand and stuffing it in his bag. But unbeknown to the burglar, his efforts were pointless – because the video is still accessible in online storage.”

Stolen engagement ring reunited with owner 13 years later: “One woman is facing criminal charges, while another has been reunited with an engagement ring which was stolen from her more than a decade ago in Adelaide. The diamond and sapphire engagement ring was pawned at a second-hand dealer at Glynde in Adelaide last month. That transaction was flagged to police, who then put out a call for information to identify the ring’s owner. Police said the engagement ring was stolen during a break-in at suburban Parkside in 2001. The rightful owner went to police and confirmed the ring was hers by supplying its valuation details and wedding photos which showed her wearing it. Police have charged a woman, 47, from Campbelltown in Adelaide with unlawful possession and giving false information when she allegedly pawned the ring.”

First-ever motorised lawn-mower restored to its former glory: “It is a machine that conjures an age when armies of gardeners were deployed to manicure aristocratic country estates, and the British empire was an engineering powerhouse. But the Ransomes, the world’s first motorised lawn-mower, was so prized, that only the chauffer was allowed to drive it. And, with its £15,000 price tag, in today’s money, it was well out of the reach of all but the Edwardian elite. One of the few remaining models has now been restored to its former, fully-functioning glory by lawn-mower collector Andrew Hall. Mr Hall, a gardener from Ilminster, Somerset, spent £7,000 patching up the old 1 ¼-tonne, eight-foot-long machine, which dates back to 1902, after acquiring it when it was found when an old pavilion in Coventry was demolished. The 54-year-old, who owns 1,200 other lawn-mowers, took four years to restore the Ransomes, which was “60 per cent intact” and still had its original body, rollers, cutting cylinder blades and 1906 8 horse-power engine.”

Gold watches, vibrators, £6,000 dentures … not to mention wives and mothers: The most surprising items left behind in hotels: “We’ve all left the odd camera charger, lone sock or favourite book in a hotel room, but according to a new list, some people leave very surprising items behind. Some things are quite common, pyjamas and underwear, to alarm clocks as well as the lovable teddy bear that helps so many sleep. But the list also featured people forgetting their dentures (including one made of gold costing over £6,000), a lumbar belt, glass eyes and even a leg brace. Even more intimate objects can be forgotten: dozens of vibrators are found every week, boxes of condoms and blow-up dolls… already inflated. A couple once left an 18 month old child on the bed of their room for a few hours, according to A businessman left behind his wife, only realising her absence when at the airport; another man forgot his mother who was waiting patiently at the hotel”

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August 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A guy is walking along a Florida beach when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand.

He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub.

A genie appears and tells him he has been granted one wish.

The guy thinks for a moment and says, “I want to live forever.”

“Sorry,” said the genie, “I’m not allowed to grant eternal life.”

“OK, then, I want to die after the Democrats balance the budget and eliminate the debt.

“You crafty little bastard,” said the genie.




Odd news from around the world

British police in search for Holy Grail: “A village pub was raided by police hunting for an ancient Holy Grail relic, only for them to discover it was just an old salad bowl. The team of 12 officers accused pub workers of hiding the stolen Nanteos Cup, claimed to be the cup Christ drank from at the Last Supper. Police and a dog handler locked all the staff inside while they searched every inch of the 15th century pub in their hunt for the stolen relic. But after an hour the only thing they found that looked like the missing mediaeval cup was a wooden bowl used to serve mixed salad to customers. Landlady Di Franklyn said: “I was amazed to see so many police – they said they had been given information that this Holy Grail had been shown off by someone here. “But if somebody had stolen something as priceless as the Holy Grail I don’t think it would be on show in my pub. But the police were taking the information very seriously because there were so many of them including a police dog handler.”

Arachnophobic female sets her house on fire: “A woman accidentally set her house on fire today after trying to kill a spider by spraying it with an aerosol and setting it alight. The incident occurred in Bridgend, South Wales, after the woman spotted the creepy crawly in her home and called a relative for re-enforcement. After trying and failing to kill it, the pair decided to douse the spider using an aerosol – but accidentally ended up setting the house on fire. No one was hurt during the incident but the homeowner was forced to call 999 after flames and smoke started billowing from a rear window. Fire chiefs said flames tore through at least one room of the property in Kenfig Hill – where properties cost in the region of £200,000. ‘Crews extinguished a small fire at the rear of the property, which was caused when the occupant tried to remove a spider after initially spraying it with an aerosol and then setting it alight. ‘The flames then spread to the rest of the room.’

Drug ship, the Juan Sebastian Elcano

Spanish navy deals cocaine: “Spanish naval officers are facing jail for allegedly shipping more than 127kg cocaine from Colombia to New York on a training ship. Three sailors were arrested in July following a US operation but the stash – hidden among candles in a storeroom – was not uncovered until today. Investigations started in May this year after New York police seized 20kg of cocaine from two Colombians in the city. Under interrogation, they revealed it had been shipped by the Juan Sebastian Elcano, which serves as a floating embassy for Spain. A major international operation was launched between the Spanish Civil Guard and US Homeland Security Investigations when 20kg of the stash was seized in New York in mid-May. When it docked in Bueu, Pontevedra, north west Spain, on July 12, militia stormed the ship, arresting three sailors – one Ecuadorian and two Spaniards.”

Oldsters have to repair their own road in broke Britain: “Homeowners were fed up with their council’s refusal to fix potholes outside their houses – so they ordered the tarmac and did it themselves. After a year long fight to fix 100 potholes on a 100 metre stretch of road, six pensioners, of Pudsey, Leeds, took matters into their own hands and repaired them themselves. So the neighbours, with an average age of 75, ordered a ton of tarmac and set to work filling in the huge potholes armed with a heavy duty concrete garden roller, shovels, rakes and brushes. David Horn, 77, who lives on the affected Crawshaw Gardens, said: ‘We decided enough is enough. ‘There has been much discussion with Leeds City Council over the years and although it is an unadopted road, we feel they could help us out. ‘There are 14 houses here and we all pay council tax. It seems ridiculous that we have to pay for our own road repairs too. ‘Over the years we have repaired numerous holes several times.'”

Inside the Tiny House Movement: “Once upon a time an American family’s home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small. The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result. While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. To escape the cycle of debt that increasing comes with the large house and the white picket fence, some people are attracted by the simplicity of the Tiny House Movement. Buyers can be anyone from millennials and newlyweds who want to avoid the 30-year mortgage path to retirees who are downsizing and simplifying for a more carefree lifestyle. There are also artists and musicians who want space, physically and financially, to practice their craft.”

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August 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chutzpah” is a Yiddish word meaning gall, brazen nerve, effrontery sheer guts plus arrogance; it’s Yiddish and no other word, and no other language, can do it justice.

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for a dollar each. Everyday, a young man would leave his office building at lunchtime and, as he passed the pretzel stand, he would leave her $1.00 – but never take a pretzel !!

This offering went on for more than 3 years. The two of them never spoke. One day, as the young man passed the old lady’s stand and left his dollar as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him for the first time in over 3 years. Without blinking an eye, she said, “They’re $1.25 now.




Odd news from around the world

Woman suffers FIVE ‘spontaneous orgasms’ a day while taking Parkinson’s drug: “It’s common knowledge that medication can cause unwanted side effects, from headaches to rashes and cramps. But one woman got more than she bargained for when trying to ease her symptoms of Parkinson’s – up to five spontaneous orgasms a day. Like many Parkinson’s patients, she was prescribed the drug rasagiline which increases dopamine levels, therefore helping to relieve symptoms such as tremor, stiffness and slow movement. Well-known side effects include headache, flu-like symptoms, feeling dizzy, constipation and dry mouth. But after seven days, the Turkish woman began experiencing rather more unusual ones – hyperarousal and increased libido, LiveScience reports. This was triggering three to five orgasms a day, lasting between five and 20 seconds each time. By the 10th day, the woman was so distressed, she was admitted to hospital. Why the spontaneous orgasms occurred isn’t clear – but one theory is the raised levels of dopamine that rasagiline causes. When she stopped taking the drug, the symptoms stopped.”

Richard Nixon ate dog biscuits, got looped on martinis, walked the beach in his suit and lace-ups and spied on Ted Kennedy: “Richard Nixon’s strange behavior and gestures, more frequent drinking and extreme paranoia, observed by the Secret Service agents charged with guarding the President, is revealed on the 40th anniversary of disgraced Richard Nixon’s resignation in a new book. Ronald Kessler exposes Nixon’s eccentricies and in the final months of his presidency during the Watergate scandal in his new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, published by Random House. Agents considered Nixon one of the strangest presidents. He was extremely depressed all of the time, and more so during the Watergate scandal. As his depression and paranoia accelerated, so did his consumption of alcohol. Nixon was simply losing control and even was seen eating dog biscuits while feeding them to one of his dogs.”

Motorists who drive with their lights on full-beam are forced to sit and stare into them as punishment by Chinese police: “Most drivers will know just how annoying, not to mention dangerous, it can be when a motorist driving in the opposite direction blinds them by leaving their full-beam headlights on. But now police in China appear to have developed a novel punishment for anyone caught with their lights on full-beam at night – forcing them to sit and stare into the headlights themselves. Traffic police in the city of Shenzhen, in south east China’s Guangdong province, introduced the rule following a number of accidents blamed on motorists blinding drivers of oncoming traffic by using their lights on full-beam. Any motorist who now refuses to undergo the punishment faces a fine, having their car impounded and even runs the risk of losing their licence. A local traffic police department spokesman said the initiative had received some criticism but overall it had been widely appreciated.”

Music makes us feel powerful especially if the bass is strong: “According to new research it turns out there is – music truly does make us feel powerful, but not all songs have the same effect. Researchers found some music empowers you to do great things, and levels of bass are a key factor in its effectiveness. Previous research has established that music can have positive effects on people, ranging from enhancing learning and motivation to reducing physical pain. Songs rated as powerful included Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and 2 Unlimited’s ‘Get Ready for This,’ while songs rated lower in power included songs such as Fatboy Slim’s ‘Because We Can’ and Baha Men’s ‘Who Let the Dogs Out.'” The researchers found that the high-power music evoked a sense of power subconsciously and also generated three consequences of power – the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’, perceived control in social events and the desire to move first in competitive interactions.”

Adding insult to injury: Insurance company delivered a $21,000 settlement to elderly man who claimed he was assaulted by one of the company’s employees in BUCKETS of loose change: “A California insurance company paid a senior citizen in coins as part of a settlement. Adriana’s Insurance Service, Inc. gave Andres Carrasco, 73, over $21,000 in coins along with a check, NBC Los Angeles reported. An employee assaulted Carrasco, the elderly man claimed in a 2012 lawsuit, according to the station. Antonio Gallo, Carrasco’s attorney, told NBC Los Angeles that company employees left ‘five-gallon containers’ at his office. Gallo told the affiliate station his client is not strong enough to lift the containers. Carrasco was recently treated for a hernia, he said. As noted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, since the story broke online users have flooded the company’s Yelp page with one-star reviews.

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What makes us trust a face? It’s in the high eyebrows and prominent cheekbones: “People decide how trustworthy strangers are within the blink of an eye, psychologists have found, and it is all down to the shape of their face. We tend to judge someone with high eyebrows and prominent cheekbones to be more honest, while we are less likely to trust someone with a furrowed brow and sunken cheeks, researchers suggest. There is no evidence, however, that facial features demonstrate how honest someone really is– simply that they may be perceived to be trustworthy or untrustworthy depending on their looks. Applying the findings to public figures, the Mail found that trusted individuals such as newsreader Fiona Bruce and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby indeed have high cheekbones and eyebrows.”

Stuck cow: “Separated from the rest of its herd, a stranded cow appears resigned to the idea that it has nowhere else to go, after becoming stuck climbing over a crash barrier. Fortunately for this adventurous calf however, help was on its way after Jack Weigner spotted it while driving near Chochis in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. ‘When I went over to help it, it suddenly acted scared and tried to get off. ‘It flailed around a bit before realising forward was not its only option and tried backing off the rail. ‘Once it did that it was able to get free and tumbled down the hill behind the rail, before picking itself up and joining the rest of the herd.’

Britain’s ‘condom king’ of 100 years ago: “An amateur historian researching her family history discovered a 100-year-old secret – her grandfather was Britain’s ‘condom king’. Thea Hartley, 64, found that her grandfather Tommy Horton invented a range reusable condoms – and that his made-to-measure, washable products were created from car-tyre rubber. Mr Horton had the idea to leave his job as a greengrocer and set up a condom factory in Methyr Tydfil, South Wales, in 1912 after spotting a gap in the market. His customers would get measured by their doctor and a washable condom would be made to fit. Mrs Hartley said: ‘My grandad was known as the French Letter King – it was he who invented condoms with a nipple on the end. ‘He made his fortune making condoms from the same rubber used to make Dunlop tyres. The entrepreneur launched the Beatall Novelty Co in 1912 – and went on to produce thousands of condoms. They came in small, medium and large – but retired university lecturer Mrs Hartley said that no one would ever buy a small one.”

Outrage after 2,500-year-old warrior statues are given ‘terrible’ pink feather boa and leopard print thong makeover: “With their thick beards, stern warrior-like features and sculpted torsos, they are models of manliness. But now the 2,500-year old Riace Bronzes have lost a little of their masculine dignity- after they were dressed up in a pink feather boa and a leopard print thong. But their exhibition in a museum in Southern Italy has proved divisive after a photographer dressed the towering and life-like statues in a white tulle veil, fuchsia boa and leopard print underwear. French photographer Gerald Bruneau, a protegee of Andy Warhol, said the provocative gesture was a jokey comment on the gay marriage debate. He said: ‘Down in the south of Italy the men are very macho and conservative and are very upset by the idea of gay marriage. But the ancient Greeks had no problem with homosexuality.’ Simonetta Binomi, head of Reggio Calabria’s National Archaeological Museum, said the photos were ‘terrible’ and ‘in bad taste’.”

Hand transplant man plays piano: “Richard Mangino was a typical married father-of-three who had worked most of his life at Logan International Airport in Boston as a ground crew director. But in 2002 – aged 55 – after developing kidney stones, he contracted sepsis, a terrible blood stream infection that doctors said would cause his four limbs to decay and inevitably fall off. As his hands turned black, the passionate musician from Revere made the decision to have a quadruple amputation…. and then he read that Brigham and Women’s Hospital had performed numerous face transplants… his case was extensively reviewed and, noting Mangino’s indefatigable spirit, the hospital decided to make an exception – they would give him new hands. The brain actually comes to the consider the new limbs as its own, doctors said. Life since the surgery has become relatively ‘normal’ for Mangino, who has not only been able to play the piano again, but achieve his dream of playing with his grandchildren.

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Odd news from around the world

Sea turtle gets a clean and scrub from electric yellow fish: “These brightly coloured fish have been photographed happily operating an underwater car wash to help clean passing sea turtles. Photographer Masa Ushioda, 43, described the fish as working ‘like a car wash’ and said the electric yellow, purple and blue fish worked enthusiastically on each turtle that checked in for a scrub. The busy crew operated 60ft underwater in the Pacific Ocean off the Kona coast of Hawaii, America, in an area known as Turtle Pinnacle. ‘Obviously the dirtier, the better. On a typical day, during a 60 minute dive, more than dozen a turtles come in and out. ‘After the fish leave, many turtles find a ledge or overhang nearby and fall asleep for another 20 minutes or so. ‘But some leave the station as soon as the cleaning gets done.

Pentagram crop circle that’s drawing fans from far afield: “When a 200ft pentagram-shaped crop circle appeared in his prized wheat field, farmer Henry Arden was livid. And the arrival of hordes of sightseers when pictures of it spread rapidly online did little to calm his temper. But now Mr Arden’s views on the mystical design have turned full circle – he admits he has ‘grown to love it’. The five-point star appeared last week in his field near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Within hours it was photographed and logged on internet crop-circle sites. A party of French nationals turned up by coach, offering to pay for a viewing. A Lyon-based TV crew filmed it for the Discovery Channel and a group of unannounced visitors got an earful from Mr Arden when he caught them on his land. But the pentagram, widely used in paganism, Wicca and other religions, seems to have had a calming effect on Mr Arden. He and his girlfriend Sarah Jennings – temporarily separated following a ‘falling out’ – repaired their relationship after spending time enjoying its tranquility at the weekend.

Round-faced men are better negotiators: “WE’VE known for a while that attractiveness can equal greater wealth over time. Research paper upon research paper has found humans carry inherent biases when it comes to beauty, even in areas where it shouldn’t matter — like whether you’ll be able to competently read through that legal brief or if you can nail those two pieces of wood together. But a new report has found an interesting facial characteristic that the best negotiators have. Round faces. A joint study from the University of California, Riverside, London Business School and Columbia University found the moonfaced among us made better negotiators because they are less co-operative and therefore claim more value in a negotiation. In one scenario, a round-faced man was able to negotiate a better signing bonus to the tune of almost $2400 than a narrow-faced man. But this only applies to men and only in situations where they’re negotiating against other men. Women are immune to the charms of round-faced men.”

A man makes epic jump from Chicago apartment building: “If you ever tell Ethan Swanson to go jump, it’s very likely he will – and live to tell the tale. Swanson, 24, a sometime stuntman, has been jumping off things since before he can remember, and his latest video on YouTube has audiences divided on whether or not it could possibly be real. The footage shows Swanson taking a giant leap right off the roof of a Chicago apartment building, landing on the sloping roof of a smaller building, sliding down it then landing on a spiral staircase before sliding to the ground and walking away unscathed – mostly. ‘I got banged up,’ Swanson told NBC. ‘No broken bones, nothing serious.’ He can be seen on the video preparing himself before leaving his house, taping guards to his arms and legs and donning a helmet. The shingles on the roof tore through his pants as he slid down and he sustained a little grazing and a bruise – considerably less than most would expect after a jump from a high building.”

Is it a bird or is it an orchid?: “An eagle-eyed photographer has captured these incredible pictures of an orchid that looks just like a bird. Photographer Christian Kneidinger, 50, was taking pictures in a botanical garden in Linz, Austria, when he realised he was looking at something special. Initially the software engineer was trying to focus on the colour of the flowers but after an hour he took a closer look at the pink moth orchid and noticed an optical illusion of a bird in its centre. Photographer Christian Kneidinger from Austria could not believe his eyes when he captured the images. ‘I showed other visitors what I had captured, but no one could believe it. Everyone was so surprised, even when I showed them the orchid,’ he said. ‘I was trying to get some beautiful pictures of some beautiful plants. I never expected to see something so magical.’ ‘I came by the bird completely by chance.”

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