Now that’s a car

June 29, 2016 at 11:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Chinese company unveils a two-storey house printed by a 3-D machine: “A company in China has unveiled a house created entirely though a 3D-printer. Experts took part in the creation of the building which was printed in one go at a construction site in the Tongzhou district of Beijing. It took just 45 days for the project to be completed. The entire large villa was printed in one go without being cut and then put together using a number of different pieces. Each floor has a height of 9 feet, reports zol.com.cn. Special reinforced concrete was used to build the villa which has now been painted and is open to members of the public to come and take a look. In recent years, the use of 3D printing in construction has increased and can also help keep down costs.

A Japanese Haka??: “The students of Tokyo’s Tokyo’s Ikubunkan school kapa haka group performed for rōpū Māori during a trade visit. The students had spent a year on exchange to New Zealand and taught themselves both the haka and waiata when they went home. It begins with a large group of girls singing in unison and shaking their fingers. A leader makes loud calls throughout the song and the other singers reply in song. Their second song is more active and includes well synchronised dance moves and foot tapping. As the girls finish the boys come through the centre of the crowd. They organise themselves into a triangle shape team on the floor with their feet set wide and menacing looks on their faces. The calls for the haka are made from a boy in the middle of the crowd. The boys slap their wrists and sides in perfect unison. Then they call out the words of the haka together. The Maori who commented on the post were thrilled with the high quality of the performance”

Surprise! The secret to a woman securing a job interview may be as simple as wearing a low-cut dress: “New research suggests that female applicants who included a photo of themselves in revealing clothing were 19 times more likely to secure an interview. The study, which is to be revealed at a body image conference in London on Tuesday, was conducted in Paris and covered the chances of earning a job interview for sales and accounting positions. Using two similar looking women with near identical experience on their CVs, they each applied for 100 roles wearing conservative clothing and another 100 roles pictured in a more revealing outfit. The study took place over a three year period. Out of the 200 roles that were applied for, the submissions which were accompanied by a low-cut dress received 62 more interview offers than their more conservatively dressed counterparts”

Can you believe she is FIFTY? Chinese fitness fanatic amazes: “With her flawless skin, wrinkle-free complexion and super-toned body, 50-year-old Ye Wen from China looks decades younger. The mother-of-one from China’s Henan province puts her youthful looks down to her fitness regime after picking up swimming at the age of 30, reports the People’s Daily Online. She took her hobby one step further in March, swimming across the straits of Malacca, according to the report. And she is also hoping to swim the Han River in South Korea. Ye said she trains daily at her local swimming pool and keeps toned by heading to the gym two to three times a week for two hours.

Have you heard of the magic ‘poop button’?: From laxatives to different types of tea, there any many schools of thought on what is the best cure for constipation. According to Wendy, who runs the blog, Wisdom of the Moon, when suffering from constipation, all you need to do is press a particular spot a short distance from your belly button, and thanks to the acupressure, your bowels should start moving again – and soon. Wendy has dubbed it the ‘poop button’, and claims that the magic spot is three finger-widths directly below your navel. Wendy explains that she first came across the alternative healing method via an unnamed friend of hers, who consulted the book, Natural Healing for Children: An Essential Handbook for Parents. She says in the post that as soon as her anonymous friend tried the ‘poop button’ with her son, Freddie, he was no longer ill”

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This was told by a former 911 dispatcher, who swears it is true:

June 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Caller (elderly lady): I want to report public obscenity and profanity.

911: What is the location, ma’am?

Caller: Just below my 2nd floor apartment windows, on the sidewalk. The address is …

911: And what is the nature of the disturbance, exactly?

Caller: It’s a man, and he is whistling dirty songs.

911: A moment of silence. Then laughter. “I’ll have someone look into it, ma’am. Thanks for calling.”

(You may need to think about that last one – but not for too long, I hope.)

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Scientists squeeze last drops of shampoo out of bottle with bio-inspired surface: “Scientists have taken a leaf out of nature to design a bio-inspired surface that ensures sticky liquids like shampoo and detergent slide cleanly out of their bottles. One of the most inspiring slippery surfaces in nature is the lotus leaf, which is famous for its ability to repel water. Whether a liquid — like water or shampoo — slides along a surface depends on surface energy and surface tension: the surface must have a lower energy than the surface tension of the liquid sliding down it. Water has a high surface tension, but the challenge with shampoo and detergent is that they are specifically designed to lower the surface tension of any liquid they are added to. This is what makes them so sticky, and so hard to extract from a bottle. [You just stand them upside down]

What’s going on with this surreal waterhole in Portugal?: “IT APPEARS as a kind of magical portal to a watery underworld. This mesmerising whirlpool, known as Covao do Conchos, has churned away for 60 years in the middle of an otherwise tranquil body of water among the mountains of the Serra de Estrela in Portugal. And this breathtaking drone footage has provided a closer look at the phenomenon, which is so surreal it’s been compared to a mythical sea monster in Homer’s The Odyssey. Anyone searching for a mystical gateway to another dimension might be disappointed from here. The Covao de Conchos is entirely human-made. It’s actually part of a hydro-electric dam system that was built in 1955. The 1500m-long hole simply funnels water from the lake to the Lagoa Comprida dam at Flores Island. But with adornments of moss and foliage around the entry to the watery tunnel, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a natural, if slightly otherworldly, attraction”

The best countries to live in, according to millennials: “In partnership with brand strategy firm BAV and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, US News & World Report compiled a list of the best countries to live in, according to millennials — which they defined as adults less than 35 years old. The ranking was determined by how nearly 6,000 millennials in four regions — the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and Africa — responded to the survey prompt of whether a particular country “is a place I would live.” Australia, the adventurer’s paradise, came in at No. 1, followed by Canada in second and Italy in third”

Fearless man corners a GIANT spider and removes it from a wall on his hand: “Unlike other videos where people attempt to trap spiders with speed, only to miss and then see the creature scuttle away, the man works slowly and calmly. He moves his hands increasingly closer to the spider without making any sudden movements before touching one of its many legs with his fingers. Without pulling his arms away he then keeps his right hand in front of the spider as it starts to walk towards him and takes a step onto his fingers. He then waits until the entire creature is standing on the back of his hand before gently removing it – along with the spider – from the wall. The video concludes with the man transferring the terrifying creature, which clings onto his wrist and tries to escape, to a see-through plastic box before closing it inside.

Is the world’s biggest ever crocodile stalking a township in Australia’s wild North?: “A monster crocodile that measures an astonishing nine metres [30′] from snout to tail is believed to be lurking beneath murky creek waters in far North Queensland. Papanine Patterson claims his uncles were riding through the scrub when they spotted the massive nine-mete reptile in Normaton, west of Cairns, and he is certain the ‘dinosaur’ is still close by. But while a few people have claimed to see it, the elusive crocodile – which he said is large enough to ‘take a tin boat’ – has never been photographed. Ms Johnston and her partner Mick caught a 4.93 metre crocodile earlier this year in the Northern Territory, but said the largest crocodile she has ever seen was in Papua New Guinea. The beast was 6.4 metres long and had stalked, killed and eater 13 people in the local village”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

Handy hint

June 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Friendly neddy: “A Greek news reporter was filmed speaking to the camera in front of a stable – but the horse behind him was very keen to get his moment of fame too. The hilarious video shows the reporter from Makedonia TV attempting multiple outtakes of his piece as the horse – known as Frankie – butts him repeatedly in the head. Every time he begins his report on dressage exercises with a professional and serious expression the animal muzzles his neck from behind and tries to sniff him. Unsurprisingly the journalist cannot help but burst into laughter at Frankie’s friendliness. Many social users have of course wondered why the reporter doesn’t simply move away from the beast, out of reach of his inquiring face. But many have been touched by the horse’s amorous approach. ‘Well treated horses are always looking for a slobbery kiss,’ an online commentator writes, ‘They love to love, and that’s a well loved horse.'”

African chimps make special tools so they can extract ALCOHOL from trees: “Fun-loving moneys who get drunk on alcohol have been discovered in West Africa. The group of boozy chimps come together to socialise and down some fermented sap from raffia palms. And the smart apes have even come up with an ingenious way of sourcing the drink – through a ‘leaf sponge’ tool. Scientists have seen monkeys both young and old, male and female, partake in the tasty tipple in Bossou, Guinea. And just like humans, after one too many drinks the monkeys started showing ‘behavioral signs of inebriation’. A common ancestor to both apes and humans had a genetic mutation which meant they could metabolise ethanol enabling their modern-day counterparts to consume the drink. The chimpanzees are generally better at holding their drink, Dr Hocking said”

An ornate Maori carving used to catch birds has been sold at auction in Paris for $321,000: “The 68cm long piece which resembles a mutu kaka or parrot snare was auctioned at Christie’s Art d’Afrique et d’Océanie sale in Paris overnight on Thursday, reported the NZ Herald. The piece is said to come from the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island during the late 18th or early 19th century. Dr Roger Neich, an ethnologist and anthropologist and leading expert on Maori and Pacific art who died in 2010, described the piece in 2007 as being one of the most ornate he had ever seen. Christies described the carving as a ‘remarkable tour de force by a Maori master carver and almost without parallel’. Other items that sold at the auction included a rare Maori flute or putorino for $246,000; a wooden hand club from Taranaki for $105,000; a hei tiki for $17,500; handcarved whalebone short thrusting weapon sold for $47,000; a collection of six pendants that went for almost $5000 and a long-handled Maori club weapon which was snapped up for $37,000”

An Australian government audits toilet paper stock for fear of theft: “The ACT Government has revealed it counts exactly how much toilet paper is being used in public bathrooms and by some of its staff amid concerns it is being stolen. The odd details were explained during a budget estimates hearing after a member of the committee raised concerns public servants were stealing millions of dollars worth of Territory assets. The director of City Services, Fleur Flanery, told the hearing it was something the directorate watched for. “Quite recently I was quite concerned that toilet paper was going missing and so we do regularly audit down to how much is bought, how much is consumed both in public toilets and also all the depots,” Ms Flanery said. It followed allegations raised by Liberal MLA Alistair Coe about the large-scale theft of Government property from the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) directorate”

Bigger ships: Panama celebrates opening its expanded canal: “A 984-foot Chinese container ship cleared the new massive locks of the Panama Canal on Sunday, becoming the first to officially pass through the expanded canal and sparking a new dawn for Panama and global shipping. The $5.4 billion effort to expand the 102-year-old canal took nearly 10 years and the sweat from 40,000 workers to complete. The new set of locks now allows ships carrying up to 14,000 containers, known as neo-Panamax ships, to cut a quicker path between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. U.S. ports have been investing billions of dollars to expand their facilities in a race to accommodate the mega ships. The expanded canal nearly triples the capacity of ships transiting the canal, from those able to carry 5,000 containers to up to 14,000 containers, and is expected to bring increased revenue to Panama”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

Little girl loves her cat

June 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A loss that many will celebrate: “Controversial Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green lost around £365m on Friday as Britain’s decision to leave the EU took its toll on the financial world. The 15 richest people in the UK lost around £4bn during yesterday’s turmoil, with under-fire Arcadia boss Sir Philip one of the biggest losers. By the end of the day, his net worth had fallen by almost $500m (£365m) as the pound slumped to a 30-year low, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Earlier this month, Sir Philip was grilled by MPs in a marathon session in the House of Commons over his role in the demise of BHS, which he sold for £1 last year. There have been calls for Sir Philip to be stripped of his knighthood and the inquiry into BHS’s fall has now spread to include his wife, Lady Green”.

Pedestrians politely queue to cross giant puddle using a bridge of newspapers: “Londoners have once again proved themselves to be both resourceful and practical in the face of adversity. An amusing video shows commuters crossing over a giant puddle… using a bridge made out of newspapers. The pool of water had amassed near Victoria Station during a day of heavy rain on Monday and was proving an insurmountable obstacle to pedestrians until some bright spark had the excellent idea of creating the overpass. The construction was cleverly made out of multiple Evening Standard papers piled up, growing thicker in the middle. And, as the footage shows, the bridge is surprisingly sturdy – with numerous commuters travelling over it without a sign of disintegration. And, in traditional British style, commuters were even queuing up to use it”

Canadian woman, 38, is hit on the head by a drone after it fell out of the sky: “A woman watching a 5K [a long-distance road running competition] in Quebec was knocked unconscious and had to be rushed to the hospital after a drone fell out of the sky and hit her on the head. Stéphanie Creignou, 38, suffered whiplash after the drone dropped out of the air and crashed down on to her head on June 11. She was knocked out by the impact and taken to a nearby medical facility. The 2.7-pound DJI Phantom 3 drone was being operated by Rosaire Turcotte who said he has no idea why the device fell out of the air. A video of the accident shows a white whirring drone falling out of the air and landing squarely on Creignou’s head as she walks by a huge crowd of people. Her friend catches her as she’s knocked unconscious”. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the crash, which allegedly violated regulations and policies that are intended to prevent these incidents.

Huge flying boat. The Dornier Do-X aircraft cruised the sky and seas in the 1920s: “In July 1929 a symbol of luxury air and sea travel took its first flight. Known as a flying boat the Dornier Do-X, which took its name from its designer Dr Claudius Dornier, could soar through the skies and skim through the seas. It provided a glamorous way to see the world as the 70-100 passengers onboard were treated to a dining salon, smoking lounge, wet bar and comfortable seating. However, passengers were integral in helping the captain bank into turns by moving from one side of the cabin to another whenever necessary. Weighing 61 tones and with a wingspan of 177 feet, it was a massive craft that had over 12 engines and could reach an altitude of 1650 feet. Though it was financed by the German Transport ministry it had to be build in Switzerland as a section of the Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany from manufacturing certain types of airplanes”

Sydney woman rejects $26m offer on home: “An 82-year-old woman has knocked back an offer of $26m for her home in northwestern Sydney, saying she simply doesn’t want to sell up. Ruth, a retired school teacher who did not want her surname to be disclosed, lives on a 2500 square metre block in Castle Hill, opposite the planned train station, Domain.com.au reports. Across the road a consolidated block of five properties sold in late 2014 for $20.5m. But the mother-of-six’s elusive property is proving especially attractive to developers because the site is zoned for double density. While her neighbours have been busy banding together to sell their properties and make a fortune, Ruth says she gives developers short shrift. “She just prefers to stay in a place she can walk across the road to the shops, and soon, the station”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

Curiosity

June 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Who knew moles can swim? “A doggy-paddling mole appeared to outswim a gull after it took to the water for a ‘fun’ afternoon swim. Photographer Terry McKenna, 73, had been hoping to snap an osprey but instead caught the unusual sequence on camera after spotting the mole taking a plunge in Rutland. The tiny creature swam out a distance of about 20 metres from the embankment at Rutland Water, before a pair of gulls began circling overhead and it ‘did a U-turn’. ‘I think it was just in the water for the fun for it. I don’t think it would be looking for food in the water. And I don’t think anything chased it into the water either. ‘It just seemed to be having a leisurely paddle. It was using what looked like doggy paddle, using its large front paws to pull it through the water. ‘It swam quite far out. But then some gulls were attracted to its splashing and appeared overhead so it got frightened and did a U-turn.’ He added: ‘The mole was really motoring. He could go quite fast, it was quite surprising. ‘The gulls were swooping down to try and catch the mole and it had to keep diving to not get caught.’

Prankster is left in hysterics after his ‘dizzy’ girlfriend explains why she wants her pizza sliced eight ways not 12: “Brad Holmes, 24, from Southampton, asks his fiancée Jenny Davies, 22, if she ordered a large pizza would she have it cut into eight or 12 pieces. The brunette immediately replies ‘eight’ because she’s not ‘fat and gutty’, failing to realise that she would still be eating the same quantity regardless of how many slices appear on her plate. Brad tries to illustrate the premise of the simple brain teaser by repeating the question to Jenny a little slower. However, she still fails to see the flaw in her answer. ‘Eight because I wouldn’t be able to eat 12. I can’t eat an extra four,’ Jenny exclaims as she becomes increasingly frustrated with Brad. Even when Brad tells her how she would still be eating the same amount of pizza despite how it is divided up, Jenny can’t understand”

Woman, 21, attacks paramedics with a PORK CHOP in Australia’s wild North: “Ambulance officers in Darwin were given a shock when they stopped to help a woman sitting in the middle of the road only to be attacked with a pork chop for their trouble. In the pork chop incident the ambulance stopped to help the 21-year-old woman at 4.40am on Darwin’s Daly Street who was sitting on the road. ‘During their efforts to move her off the road and out of harm’s way, she has thrown a pork chop at them, hitting one officer in the face and the other on the arm,’ Duty Superintendent Kylie Proctor said. The woman appeared in court and was fined $472 for hitting the good Samaritan ambulance officers.

Fearless woman chases after SIX-FOOT snake – before diving to the floor and catching it with her bare hands: “Video footage captured the incredible moment a woman captured a live snake – with her bare hands. The clip, filmed in Peru, shows the brazen woman approach the snake as it slithers across the grass at speed. Without hesitation, she runs up to the animal as it attempts to make its escape under a hedge. The video shows the woman diving onto the floor, grabbing the snake with one hand on its head and another on its body. Several people in the background exclaim in shock, ‘What?!’, and, ‘are you insane?’ as the snake thrashes around in an attempt to free itself from its fearless captor. The animal coils itself around the woman’s arm, much to the horror of her friends filming the action. However she grapples with it, kneeling as she grasps hold of the animal. She then holds the reptile on the ground, as it continues to writhe and wrap itself around her.

Seven-hundred grand for that? Aston Martin covered in cobwebs and ravaged by rust but steeped in racing history sells for astronomical amount: “Among a raft of supercar exotica and a bounty of legendary race cars available at auction, a sorry-looking Aston Martin stole the headlines at the inaugural Goodwood Festival of Speed Bonhams sale. Under the flaking paint and weathered leather bonnet strap is a post-war endurance racer that’s remained almost untouched since it completed back-to-back 24-hour marathons almost 70 years ago – and a buyer has just spent £679,100 including buyer’s fees to acquire it. The ideal ‘fixer-upper’, it went under the hammer at the annual motoring event on Friday. But looking at the pictures, don’t expect this to be a one-winter project.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

Stay sharp in retirement!

June 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As we slowly move through (or into) retirement, we need to keep ourselves occupied with small projects . . . like this guy!

But – please! For your sake and others you love, be careful!

I know, I saw it right away too:

No safety glasses or hearing protection.

And I caught something else that is really important:

He has no gloves on.

I might be up in age, but I am still sharp as a tack!

Stay sharp, my friend ! Stay sharp?

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A bad case of imaginitis: “An eagle-eyed viewer watching the BBC’s EU referendum coverage has spotted a door at an election count that he says looks like Hitler. Darren Haines took to Twitter with a screen grab of a reporter giving a piece to camera from a referendum count in Falkirk. In the background people could be seen counting the ballot papers at the Grangemouth Sports Centre. But in the right-hand corner of the screen, he pointed out that a set of double doors leading to and from the sports hall looked exactly like the Nazi leader. Captioning the picture he wrote: ‘There is a door in Falkirk that looks like Hitler #bbcreferendum.’ And after posting the tweet, others were quick to point out the likeness of the door to the Fuhrer. Meanwhile other reporters covering the count in Falkirk were quick to snap selfies next to the door”

Iranian ‘Hulk’ who is 24 stone of near solid muscle: “A huge weightlifter has been dubbed the Iranian Hulk after astounding social media with his sheer physical size. Sajad Gharibi, 24, from Iran, is said to weigh almost 24 and a half stone [340lb] and almost all of it is muscle. The giant man with a fierce expression has a following of over 59,000 followers on Instagram where he posts about what he does best – weightlifting. But his Instagram account doesn’t feature the type of food and workout posts most weightlifters and workout obsessives share, instead it displays an array of gobsmacking topless photos of himself and unpretentious pictures of him going about his day to day life. He can lift up to 175 kilogrammes (386 lbs), which is more than he weighs and he takes part in the powerlifting category of competitions. He has also participated in bodybuilding competitions representing his country.

Rare baby tree kangaroo: “Footage from Perth Zoo shows a baby tree kangaroo poking its head out of its mother’s pouch. He flips his tail and pops his head in and out of his mothers’ pouch while she eats a stick of broccoli, seemingly uninterested in the zookeepers cooing in the background. Six-month-old Mian is the first tree kangaroo to be born at the zoo in 36 years. The species is hugely endangered and his birth makes him one of only 15 males in the global species management program. Danielle Henry from Perth Zoo told Daily Mail Australia that while the tree kangaroo and the standard red kangaroo were similar in their anatomy, the two were very different on the outside. ‘They are much more capable with their hands, they can climb trees,’ she said. The region in Papua New Guinea they come from, there are no monkey or primate species. Ms Henry said the tree kangaroo was an agile and durable animal that could also drop from great heights to the ground without injuring themselves.

Heavily-pregnant woman was saved by her breast implants when her boyfriend tried to stab her to death: “A businessman who tried to murder his pregnant partner in the street was today jailed for 18 years after a court heard he was ‘tipped over the edge’ because his mother was angry about him dating a non-Muslim. He stabbed Natalie Queiroz, 40, with a large carving knife in her chest and stomach before trying to slash her throat and wrists. The court heard that her £5,000 breast implants probably saved her life by getting in the way of the knife. Five people wrestled him to the ground but he broke free and tried to slash the woman’s throat and wrists before he was eventually arrested when one bystander flagged down a passing police patrol car”

Suction cup fixes dents: “A video has surfaced online which shows a French woman demonstrating how a sex toy can be transformed into a tool to fix dents and scrapes on vehicles. And rather astonishingly, her novel method actually works. The woman in the video – believed to have been filmed in France – can be heard talking to a man as she surveys the damage on the side of her car. The woman uses a suction cup, moving it over each dent in the car before pulling it away to try and smooth out all the side of the vehicle. Demonstrating she evidently has no need for a mechanic, the woman can be heard saying to her companion, ‘it’s all good’, when she has finished carrying out the repairs and demonstrating the usefulness of the tool.

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Incredible co-ordination

June 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japanese chefs pounding rice to make rice cakes

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Fads in China empty Australian supermarket shelves: “First it was milk powder, then it was pawpaw and now it is cereal. A picture of a trolley jam-packed with Weet-Bix suggests the iconic breakfast staple could be the next product heading for shortage in Australia. Overseas demand for Weet-Bix has boomed in recent years, led by the growing cereal market in China. A 1.4kg box, worth around $5 in Australia, retails for as much as $38 on Chinese import websites. Last year a similar trend saw Australia hit by a baby formula shortage as demand for the product skyrocketed in China. Earlier this year chemists were forced to limit sales of Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment for a similar reason. Weet-Bix is a high-fibre cereal made by Australian food company Sanitarium.

A Sales Representative has applied for annual leave to officially make time for her and her partner to ‘catch up’ on sex: “Bachelorette reject Kayne Buik’s wild child girlfriend Amy Rose lodged an application through her company Abacus for time off, writing on the form she intends to ‘catch up on all the sex I’ve missed out on to make me happier person.’ The 24-year-old also tells her managing director that time away from the office to bond with her 26-year-old reality star boyfriend will make her ‘a happier person’ and improve her ‘work etiquette.’ The reality star appeared to back his girlfriend’s move. Joking aside, he said the need to catch up on intimacy is paramount to long-distance relationships succeeding. ‘The divorce and break-up rates for people like me who work in the mines are high so spending time apart puts a strain on relationships,’ he said.

Who are Iowa’s mysterious ‘men in black’?: “A county in Iowa is being terrorized and terrified by a mysterious group of men dressed in black trench coats who are appearing alongside desolate roads in the middle of the night. No one knows who these mysterious men in black are and more and more people are reporting sightings, and not just in Iowa but also now in Illinois and other nearby states. The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department in Iowa is now asking for help. ‘We have had several reports of “men dressed in black” entering the roadway in rural Muscatine County. He later wrote: ‘They walked right out in the road to the drivers side of my vehicle. Which means they was in the middle of the road or the middle of the on coming lane.’ And while some are taking this all as a joke, police are very serious about learning who these people are and why they are doing this to drivers”

Revealed: The quietest seat on a plane: “Many travellers have wondered if there’s a seat on a plane where they won’t be bothered by noise from the rumbling engines and disturbed air. New York-based low-cost airline JetBlue has set out to answer the question after being asked by its customers if there is a secret to finding the quietest seat on a plane. It’s rather obvious, as JetBlue pilot Christian P. explained in a video on the airline’s blog. He said passengers should choose a seat towards the front of the plane. Other experts said that seat should be on the aisle. ‘There’s less noise when you’re sitting forward of the wings,’ the JetBlue pilot explained. ‘On most planes the engines are located under the wings. Dai Whittingham, chair of the UK Flight Safety Committee, told MailOnline those who are bothered by the noise may want to opt for an aisle seat. ‘Window seats are noisier than aisle seats because you are closer to the skin of the aircraft. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is substantially quieter than its competitors.

Do you see a LAKE or a WALL in this photo? Optical illusion: “The recent obsession with optical illusions has meant it has become difficult to trust your own eyes. And the latest brain confuddler created by Playbuzz proves that things are not always what they seem. The image appears to show a beautiful scene of a lake, with mountains in the distance. But can you spot what is really going on? If you look extremely closely you’ll see that the landscape does not include a lake. It is in fact a concrete wall obscuring part of the scenery, with the shrub growing on the other side.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

A symphony in brown

June 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hitler’s office in the 1930s

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Five-metre (16′) snake wakes up Australian woman : “A Queensland woman has awoken to discover a five-metre long python stretching across her bedroom and into the corridor of her home. In video posted on Facebook, Trina Hibberd filmed the snake stretching across the hat-stand, over a framed painting and around the doorframe about 4.30am Monday morning. “We’ve got a visitor, and it’s —-ing huge, I mean, it’s very big,” Ms Hibberd said. Ms Hibberd’s home is in Mission Beach, midway between Townsville and Cairns. Snake catcher David Goodwin said the 30kg serpent was the largest he had ever been called to deal with. The python was released at a waste transfer site which had requested it to help them deal with a rat problem”

Russia unveils world’s biggest nuclear icebreaker: Gigantic ship can smash through ice 10 feet thick and 13 feet deep: “Russia has floated out the hull for what will soon be the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker. The Arktika is set to become the most powerful twin-reactor icebreaker, and will join the Rosatomflot fleet to help maintain national defences and navigate the Arctic. Russia’s enormous icebreaker is 586 feet long and more than 100 feet wide. It will be able to break ice up to 10 feet thick, and 13 feet deep. The Arktika will be equipped with two water distillers, each able to process 70 tonnes of water, and will displace 33,540 metric tons. The ship was launched in a gala ceremony at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Thursday. It’s been nearly three years since the Arktika’s keel was laid in November 2013, providing the structural support for the hull”

World’s largest plane gets ready for its debut: Enormous Stratolaunch will send astronauts into orbit using a mini shuttle: “The largest plane ever to be built is creeping closer to completion, as the private space launch firm behind the craft – bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – invited reporters to get their first look at the ‘Stratolaunch’. With a gargantuan wingspan of 385 feet (117 m) and six engines, the plane is taking a new approach in the private space race, by launching satellites and spacecraft into orbit from high altitude. The craft will be larger than Howard Hughes’ 1947 H-4 Hercules, known as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ and the enormous Antonov An-225, a Soviet-era cargo plane originally built to transport the Buran space shuttle that is currently the world’s largest aircraft”

Chinese fitness fanatic enjoys morning walks while balancing a 90lb boulder on his HEAD: “Most people try dieting fads or exercise to try and lose a bit of weight. However this fitness fanatic from Cihna has taken exercise to the extreme by balancing a 90-pound boulder on his head. 53-year-old Cong Yan from Jilin province says walking with a stone on his head helps him lose weight and he has shaved off around 60 pounds in the space of a year, according to a Weibo post from People’s Daily Online. Cong Yan said: ‘When I began, I wanted to try this method because I did not want to use diet pills.’ When he first tried the weight loss method he used a 33 pound stone and then gradually increased it to 88 pounds. Every morning Cong Yan heads to the Beishan Scenic park to do laps while wearing the boulder. Yan says the method has worked well and over three years he has reduced his weight by 85 pounds”

The glamorous women elected as a mayors of Rome and Turin in Italy: “They are two glamorous, stylish and professionally successful young women. But, despite being political novices, both have rocked Italy after being elected as mayors for the new anti-establishment ‘Five Star’ party set up by comic Beppe Grillo. Inspired by the birth of her son to improve her city, Virginia Raggi, 37, swept into Rome’s top office on Sunday, vowing to make the Pope pay his taxes and take on Mafia corruption. The lawyer, who won plaudits for her chic sense of style during campaigning, has been described as a ‘raging river’ and a ‘lioness’ by her estranged husband in an online blog in which he admits ‘I miss you so much I could die.’ On the same day, Chiara Appendino, 32, was named the new mayor of Turin, kicking out veteran Piero Fassino, 66, who had held the position for five years and is a founder of the country’s Democratic party”

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Getting those priorities right

June 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Frustrated employees reveal the dumbest things their colleagues have ever said to them: “One user, known only as GldRush98, told how one co-worker was convinced that ‘If you went before a judge before taxes were due and recited a specific part of the tax code that you no longer had to pay taxes for that year.’ Mrs-machino said she was dumbfounded after one woman seemed to think humans breathe out pure helium. ‘We were decorating for a party, blowing up balloons with our mouths,’ she recalled. ‘After a few she said, “Why aren’t these floating? Did I buy the wrong kind?”‘ Genericky told how their receptionist was somewhat confused about the process of sheep shearing. When told there were a lot of sheep in New Zealand, she replied: ‘Ha! I bet they wear a lot of cotton then,’ before adding: ‘I think it’s sad that they have to kill all those sheep just to make sweaters.’ Her baffled colleague wrote: ‘Apparently she thinks sheep are stuffed with cotton.'”

Python sheds his skin in one perfect piece but gets trapped inside and slithers in circles for three hours before breaking free: “A snake has done laps in its old skin after shedding the outer layer in a perfect circle. The Stimson’s python – named Tim by his handlers at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre – became trapped ‘within himself’ for over three hours after shedding his skin on Wednesday. ‘The python managed to shed completely within itself with its tail finishing inside its mouth,’ Rex Neindorf, the director of the centre, in Australia’s Northern Territory, told Daily Mail Australia. After trying to exit from his bubble wrap-esque skin for the first time, Tim hit the side of another snake and was forced back in through the mouth of his already shed skin, where he continued to circle. Tim managed to break free from his sloughed skin after a ‘marathon shedding session’ and is back in his enclosure at the reptile centre”

Scaredycat black cop: “A snake scares the living daylights out of a policeman and his hysterical high-pitched reaction is caught in a hilarious video. The terrified copper runs for his life after his sniffer dog leads him straight to the serpent. A short clip of the officer has been picked up by South African media outlets, where the scene allegedly took place. In the footage colleagues of the policeman stand by and can only laugh as he frantically dashes away with his dog close behind. It is not clear what the officers are actually after in the short 40 second clip that starts with the man in blue uniform letting the dog off its leash. Going over to inspect what the canine has found it does not take the officer long to scream and run as run as fast as he possibly can. The terrified copper runs out of his socks”

NZ PM defends cop who left gun behind: “The policeman who left a loaded gun in a bathroom in New Zealand’s parliament was a trusted officer who made a “catastrophic mistake,” Prime Minister John Key says. He revealed on Monday the officer was a member of his protection squad and had been on the team the whole time he had been prime minister. “He is utterly professional, I trust him implicitly,” Mr Key said. “He just made a catastrophic error, it’s pretty awful for him because he’s not that kind of guy, he doesn’t make mistakes easily.” The Glock firearm was found in the bathroom on Thursday and was retrieved as soon as police were told it was there. Superintendent Chris Scahill, national manager response and operations, said at the time it was “a regrettable incident” and he acknowledged the potential risk that it posed”

Behold an 1886 American Castle: “Once upon a time in Kansas, there lived a rich man called Burton Harvey Campbell who loved Scottish castles so much he built his own. Lo and behold his 1886 epic mansion with its turrets, grand staircase, floral furnishings and wood carvings has survived, and is now on the market for $US3.5 million. Architect Alfred Gould created the stately mansion for the cattle baron. The 971sqm house set over four floors includes 12 fireplaces, 17 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a library, a solarium, a breakfast room, a formal dining room, a commercial kitchen and a separate 278sqm carriage house. The grand mansion in Derby, Kansas retains the charm of an old-world castle through intricate wood carvings, a grand staircase and turrets on the outside of the building which overlook a nearby river. His Gilded Age mansion was built in the style of the buildings he so admired on a trip to Scotland. Campbell Castle was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1973 for its architectural significance.

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In English, word order does matter

June 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Girl plucks massive catfish out of lake with her bare hands: “While some people opt to use a line, hook, rod and reel when fishing, this girl did away with it all and impressively caught a massive catfish by using just her bare hands. In video footage of the incredible catch, a girl called Hannah is seen submerging herself into a muddy lake for several seconds. She then comes out with a big smile on her face as she tosses the large catfish over her shoulder with most of her arm inside its mouth while the other is in its gill. The girl flashes a big grin and is heard cheering after making the catch using the daring method called noodling, which is when flathead catfish are caught by hand. During the process, noodlers wave their arms around in a catfish hole and if all goes according to plan, the fish will latch onto the arm as a defensive measure and the noodler can bring the fish in. The arm-as-bait method means the sport is not for the faint hearted.

The truth about gluten-free diets: “Gluten-free diets lack fibre and it’s common to see vitamin deficiencies in those who are on it. Plus, gluten-free food products are packed with sugar and fat to ensure it’s palatable, which kinda defeats the purpose of a diet in the first place. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome can benefit off eliminating wheat but it’s unsure why. There are some nutritionists and physicians who swear by a gluten-free diet for preventing autoimmune diseases, reducing inflammation, increasing energy, treating depression and even helping autism – but none of this has been proved by science. A study was conducted to see the effect of the diet on competitive cyclists and it found that it did not boost energy. Giving up gluten may seem like a quick fix to fast-track weight loss but it’s actually depriving you of a whole list of nutrients. So if you’re not celiac, it’s best you try an alternative”

Could an Australian spider be the world’s fastest lunging predator?: “Australia is well known for its exotic wildlife, but a visiting researcher believes it could also be home to the world’s fastest-lunging predator. Karaops are a type of small, flat spider found only in Australia. Californian researcher Sarah Crews has spent 60 days trekking through central and northern Australia, collecting as many samples as possible. “Sort of accidentally we noticed that they are very fast at striking their prey, and it may be that they are the fastest terrestrial ambush predator on Earth.” Back in the laboratory the spiders will be filmed lunging at their prey, which is usually live crickets. By watching the footage in slow motion, Dr Crews and her team will be able to get an idea of the spiders’ mechanics, and how they are able to lunge at prey in a fraction of a second”

A man died while watching horror film: “A MAN has died in his cinema seat while watching a horror film’s most frightening scene. The 65-year-old was watching The Conjuring 2 with a friend at a movie theatre in Tiruvannamalai, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Thursday night. According to the Times of India, police said once the film about the “Enfield haunting” in the 1970s reached one of the scariest parts, the man began having chest pains and fainted. He was taken to hospital but had already died. The cause of death remains unknown, but many believers in paranormal activity think it was linked to the movie”

NASA’s ‘Maxwell’ is a plane that runs on electricity: “An experimental plane being built by NASA could help push electric-powered aviation from a technical curiosity and pipe dream into something that might become commercially viable for small aircraft. At a conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on Friday in Washington, Charles Bolden Jr, the NASA administrator, announced plans for an all-electric airplane designated as X-57, part of the agency’s efforts to make aviation more efficient and less of a polluter. The X-57 will look more like a Cessna, unlike some of NASA’s earlier sleek, futuristic X-planes. Its cruising speed might hit 280 km/h. Its wings, however, will be unique — far skinnier than usual and embedded with 14 motors. For the X-57, NASA researchers are designing narrower wings that are efficient during cruise flight, powered by two 60-kilowatt electric motors at the wingtips that spin 1.5m-wide propellers”

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