A good news story

May 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Sunday morning, heartbroken mother Rachelle Briannan, from Melbourne, logged on to her Facebook mother’s group Midnight Mums and messaged them in tears.

She explained how she had invited 12 kids to her son Taenon’s fourth birthday celebration at a local restaurant… and all of their parents had either cancelled or never responded.

Her message touched the hearts of thousands and within minutes, 25 mums and dads from across Melbourne gathered their children and drove to a McDonald’s restaurant to help the little boy celebrate his birthday.

‘So I’m sitting in my room quietly crying. 12 kids were invited to my sons party today, and an hour before every one of them cancels or just doesn’t reply to my msgs’ Ms Briannan wrote on Facebook.

‘My son just turned 4 and this is the first time he’s really understood the whole party with friends thing. My heart is literally broken for him!! I’m so hurt and angry.

‘What the hell can I do to make this up to him? Seriously. Like I made him this huge superhero cake and there’s going to be no one to even sing happy birthday to him.’

But the members of Midnight Mums weren’t going to accept that and quickly gathered up their children and drove to Melbourne’s Eltham McDonald’s to celebrate – some travelling over 30 minutes to be there.

Taenon was soon joined by 30 children he had never met, Veronica’s Party Pantry from Diamond Creek donated ‘number 4 helium balloons’ and the Nillumbuk SES turned up so the children could explore the trucks.

‘The Midnight Mums community rallied together online with hundreds of birthday wishes for Taenon flooding our newsfeeds and touching the hearts of our members with this feel good story right across Australia and beyond,’ the mother’s group posted on Facebook.

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Odd news from around the world

Pervert gets a slap after flashing at a female bus passenger – before EVERY woman onboard joins in : “A group of female passengers turned on a man after he had sexually harassed on of them while on a bus in Turkey. The incident, caught on camera, showed the 34-year-old man, identified only by his initials AEA, being confronted by his victim after he allegedly showed her his genitals on the bus in Turkey’s north-western Kocaeli province. The disgusted woman then starts beating the accused harasser, and when he does not react, other women on the bus join in, with some of them kicking him. As the blows grew more and more frequent, he was forced to try and climb off the bus when the doors opened. But he was then grabbed by another passenger after trying to flee when the bus doors opened. Police interviewed the victim, and he was arrested and is currently in custody.”

Celebrity massage therapist reveals how she BITES her A-list clients: “Dorothy Stein, 48, from New Jersey, was nicknamed Dr Dot by musician Frank Zappa in the early days of her career when she used her skills to nab free concert tickets and meet her favourite rock stars backstage. Since then, Dr Dot has massaged – and bitten – an impressive roster of famous names, including one famous band who were ‘massage virgins’. But most of Dr Dot’s clients are eager to sample her talents. A certain British music mogul is a big fan. Dr Dot revealed: ‘He loves a gentle bite massage’. Dorothy made her first forays into therapeutic biting at the age of five, encouraged by her ‘hippy’ mother. She said: ‘She wanted me to massage her but my hands weren’t strong enough, so she just kept on saying ‘Bite me! So I’ve been doing this my whole life.’ Before adding any oil I bite the whole back up and down, in a very fluid motion”

The bizarre psychological condition tourists suffer when the City of Lights does not live up to expectations: “Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world, luring tens of millions of visitors with its aura of romance, iconic landmarks and culinary delights. But it can be a dim experience for a small number of fragile travellers whose romanticised idea of the City of Lights fails to live up to their high expectations, sending them into a tailspin. Messy streets, the language barrier or run-ins with beggars or rude locals can provoke a bizarre reaction called Paris syndrome, a transient psychological disorder that can spark hallucinations, panic attacks or hostility towards Parisians. Although it still has its doubters, Paris syndrome was first identified in the mid-1980s by Hiroaki Ota, a Japanese psychiatrist working in the French capital, who found that tourists from Japan are more susceptible than others”

Teeth chattering video shows man devouring a corn cob in 10 seconds by putting it on a rotating DRILL: “In what’s perhaps the most extreme eating challenge out there, a man from China has managed to eat a whole corn on the cob in just 10 seconds. But his incredible speed eating is aided by a working drill. The video starts with the drill already switched on. A corn cob is stuck onto the drill bit and is rotating rapidly. Facing the camera, Eater Yang is slowly pulling the cob across his teeth and as he does so, bits of corn goes flying everywhere. The corn is also disappearing from the cob as if through it’s been rapidly stripped away. Within seconds, the corn has been completely stripped of corn. Switching off the drill, he tries to chew through a mouthful of corn as he shows off the bare cob”

Big fish puckers up for an underwater kiss: “Photographer Wayne Macwilliams was diving off Boynton Beach in Florida, USA, when he captured the brief underwater romance. Fellow diver Nikole Ordway swam right up to the grouper and tickled its chin before turning towards the fish as they both pulled their best pouts for the camera. Macwilliams from Miami, said he and Ordway often went diving in this same spot. He’s even nicknamed Ordway the ‘Goliath Whisperer’. The 58-year-old photographer said: ‘We dive a wreck called the MV Castor, which was sunk as an artificial reef in 2001. It is a popular gathering spot for the Goliath grouper.’ He added: ‘It is common to see 30, 40 or more during any given dive during this period. A couple of these Goliath groupers seek out attention and swim right up to you before you even reach the wreck. ‘They will swim up the descent line to greet you. If the diver is a bit taken back or intimidated and tries to ignore that grouper, it will either find someone else that is attentive or circle in behind divers and shadow them without them even knowing it”

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It’s the thought that counts

May 2, 2016 at 11:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

A huge boat inspired by Noah’s ark is heading for America: “A DUTCH carpenter inspired by a dream to build a massive replica of Noah’s Ark has a new and equally daunting vision — to bring the 125m vessel to the Americas in time for the Olympic Games in Brazil. Johan Huibers’ impressive boat, built at a cost of nearly $5.24 million, is currently moored in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam. A popular tourist attraction drawing as many as 3000 visitors a day, the ark is an interactive museum and event centre. Hauling it across the ocean in time to reach an international audience would cost an estimated $1.97 million, according to a California non-profit recently established to help Huibers realise his latest dream. “If we are able to purchase a barge, that will make taking it to every port in South and North America a very real possibility,” David Rivera, of The Ark of Noah Foundation, told FoxNews.com”

Google file patent for a computer which can be injected straight into people’s eyeballs: “THIS sounds like something out of a sci-fi film — tech giant Google is creating a computer which can be injected straight into people’s eyeballs. The company have already filed a patent for the invention, which has several uses. As well as improving sight, it will apparently also give people super powers. Well, that might be taking things a little far — let’s be honest, we’re not talking about invisibility or Hulk-like strength. Instead, people would be able to process information via the implant. No word on exactly what that means at the moment. Light would bounce onto the implant, which would help it improve any issues with sight people had. According to the patent, the tiny computer would also have some storage in it and a radio”

Chinese cooks for hire: “WANT to invite your friends around for dinner but don’t know how to cook? Imagine if you could whip out your phone, connect with a local chef and have them come around and prepare you a restaurant-quality, home-cooked meal. That’s the concept behind Chinese start-up Hao Chushi, which translates to “Good Cook”. The app launched in late 2014 and has attracted nearly $8 million in funding from hungry e-commerce investors. The app has six pricing tiers, ranging from 99 yuan ($20) for a meal for four, 139 yuan ($28) for a family of six, 229 yuan ($46) for eight to 10 people, all the way up to 689 yuan ($140) for a high-end dinner for 17 guests. Those prices don’t include the cost of ingredients, users are expected to have the required utensils in their kitchen — and the chef doesn’t do the washing up afterwards. Chefs arrive kitted out, similar to Uber Black drivers, in aprons, shoes and chef’s hat”

Warren Buffett, 85, credits fudge, peanut brittle and Coke for his health and happiness: “Warren Buffett believes Coke, fudge and peanut brittle have kept him happy for 85 years – and has no intention of switching to a healthier diet. The billionaire investor bragged about his junk food habit during the annual shareholders’ meeting of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, on Saturday. He told reporters in Omaha, Nebraska, that he got about a quarter of his calories from Coke every day. Buffett, who is currently worth $68.5 billion, was responding to a question about his company’s nine per cent stake in Coca-Cola, which makes it the biggest shareholder. New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin asked Buffett why Berkshire Hathaway shareholders should be proud to own Coke. Buffett mentioned his own diet, saying he’s probably happier because he’s consumed so much Coke, fudge and peanut brittle in his life. He said he hadn’t seen any evidence convincing him that he’d live longer if he drank water and ate broccoli instead.

Boat made from CARDBOARD sets sail on the Thames (and it doesn’t sink): “A cardboard houseboat made its maiden journey on a stretch of the River Thames – and remarkably it didn’t sink. The makeshift boat, which is believed to be the first of its kind, was designed by Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller, who built it with recycled material thrown away by businesses. The boat, which has been named This Way Up, was used to escort television presenter and designer Kevin McCloud to Grand Designs Live. The boat took just one week to build and features two bunks, a table, portholes, a wine rack and even a flag made from bubble wrap. Mr Dwyer and Mr Waller, who run Aircraft Workshop, a company which makes products from waste materials, first designed the boat on a computer, before creating a prototype. The full-scale boat was then waterproofed with varnish before being fitted with a motor. The unusual vessel was able to carry both its creators and the TV presenter comfortably across the water.

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You can’t win

May 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Now THAT’S German efficiency! Impressive video shows motorists politely clearing autobahn as emergency vehicles race to an accident: “Emergency vehicles can find it difficult to negotiate traffic at the best of times. But a video from Germany shows motorists in Konigsbrunn putting the rest of the world to shame by creating a perfect path for a convoy of emergency vehicles to use. The footage was captured on the dashcam of a police car following an ambulance and fire engine racing to the scene of a car crash. The video shows a lot of traffic on the road as the police car pulls onto the autobahn and the driver puts his foot down. But despite there being many cars on the road, none of them delay the emergency vehicles as they each drive in the centre of the motorway. Parting the autobahn like the Red Sea, the cars in the left-hand lane are all seen parked tightly to the crash barrier in the middle of the road. Meanwhile the cars in the right-hand lane are all seen partly inside the hard shoulder”

Woman sues Starbucks for $5 million for putting too much ice in her drinks: “Starbucks is too icy with its customers, says a woman who is suing the coffee chain for putting too many frozen cubes in its iced drinks. Lead plaintiff Stacy Pincus has filed a $5million class action lawsuit against Starbucks for filling its cups with so much frozen water that customers are only getting half of what they’re paying for, says the lawsuit. The company sells sizes in Tall (12 oz.), Grande (16 oz.), Venti (24 oz.) and Trenta (30 oz.), and the fluid ounces are advertised in the store. However, once the barista adds ice, customers get a little over half those promised amounts, alleges Pincus – never mind that they pay for the full amount. In addition, the Seattle-based company charges more for iced drinks than for hot drinks and makes higher profits off of them. In 2014, the iced tea was its most profitable product, says the lawsuit”

Chinese man is pulled along a road in a cart by his small pet dog: “Shocking footage has emerged of a small dog pulling along a man in a cart as he travels up a road in China. Filmed in Baoding, Hebei Province, the bizarre video shows the cruel owner sitting on the ramshackle wooden carriage as his pet’s legs move furiously. The clip was captured by a shocked passenger in a passing car who can be heard shouting out to the man as he travels along. Completely at ease to sit back and let the clearly overworked hound drag him along, the owner chats to the motorists as if there like there is nothing unusual about his mode of transportation. The dog is attached to the cart by a set of reins and an object resembling a whip is seen in the man’s hand, he does not use the whip but the mere sight of it is enough to make any animal lover wince. It is not known whether the man in the clip was prosecuted as a result of the inhumane treatment or whether the pet was harmed”

Scientists release HERPES into river — to kill carp: “Australian scientists plan to release a herpes virus into the Murray River in South Australia to kill millions of European carp fish. The $15 million National Carp Control Plan, part of the federal budget, is designed to destroy the fish by 2045 reported the Herald Sun. The herpes virus will reportedly kill thousands of the fish in the first 24 hours of it being released into the river. Carp breed in plague proportions in the Murray River and the huge fish, who suck mud up and spit it out, are responsible for bringing native fish numbers to the brink of extinction. CSIRO scientists have tested the koi herpes virus for nearly a decade on other animals including chickens, mice, frogs, turtles and water dragons. They said the virus will not infect other fish, animals or humans using the Murray River. The Sunday Telegraph has reported the virus is an Indonesian strain of ‘carp herpes’ that only affects European carp. Carp can be eaten but need special preparation

Australia to kill thousands of wild horses: “Wild brumbies, who have been a staple feature of the Snowy Mountains since the 1930’s, are under threat as a controversial NSW government plan aims to cull the population by 90 per cent. The plan comes in a bid to save the Kosciuszko National Park after a steep rise in the population began to threaten native wildlife. Almost 6000 wild horses will be killed under the plan with half of the population set to disappear within the next decade. The animals will be shot, trapped, or subjected to fertility control measures. Culling is set to continue over the next two decades until the population has dwindled to 600, and these horses will be kept within three low-impact areas within the alpine park. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says horses are damaging to the natural structures of the national park, such as riverbeds, streams, natural bogs, wetlands and soil structure, as they trample the ground when they feed or look for water”

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Some dad advice

April 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Passing on wisdom to your children can be one of the joys of parenting – even though much of the time it isn’t asked for.

That is certainly the case for New York City dad and entrepreneur Rufus Griscom, 48, whose sons Declan, 11, Grey, 8, and Rye, 5, may ‘appear to have very little interest’ in his advice, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to give it to them anyway.

In a very popular post on Medium entitled Unsolicited Advice for My Three Sons, In No Particular Order, Rufus offers up insight for his young boys on everything from avoiding hangovers to honesty to saving money at Starbucks:

First, he makes the odd choice of starting off his list with the statement: ‘Begin conversations with people on airplanes when you hear “We have begun our descent,”’ based on the idea that if they are awful you only have to deal with them for 15 minutes.

Elsewhere in his post, Rufus tells his boys to try green tea 30 times without sugar because that’s how long it will take to develop a taste for it, to buy bunches of the same shirt for the weekdays to show ‘that you are focused’, and to make a point of remembering people’s names. He also insists on sticking to peanut butter over caviar and to remember that hangovers are more about the quantity over type of liquor.

‘Habits are for lazy people. And you are lazy,’ he explains at another point. ‘We all are. Habits are shortcuts to getting a whole lot of things done without spending too much of your finite supply of willpower. So use em.’

Among the stranger nuggets of wisdom, Rufus tells the boys to ‘wear funny shirts on the weekends’ in order to work as an ‘antidote’ to people taking themselves too seriously and also to order a small coffee in a medium cup at Starbucks to avoid over-pouring baristas and save a bit of cash.

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Odd news from around the world

Restaurant is named town’s best with five-star reviews on TripAdvisor despite only having ONE thing on the menu: “A restaurant has been named as a town’s best restaurant – despite only having one item on the menu. The ‘Steak Frites’ restaurant in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, serves up a single choice of steak and chips but has proved so popular it is now the top-rated TripAdisor restaurant in the seaside resort. Owner Bradley Walker said: ‘It is simple and a lot of people like simple rather than being faced with a huge menu.’ The Welsh rib-eye steak is served with chips, Bradley’s Béarnaise sauce, green salad and walnuts with mustard vinaigrette. Mr Walker was inspired to open the eatery after cycling through France and the restaurant has pictures of Paris on the walls. The first steak-only restaurant was opened in 1959 by Paul Gineste de Saurs’ in Paris.”

Nutter gets himself shot: “A Baltimore TV station has been evacuated after a man dressed as a hedgehog walked in claiming to have a bomb. The unidentified suspect dressed in costume entered the Fox 45 offices on the city’s TV Hill at 1:00pm and told staff he had an explosive strapped to his chest. It turned out the ‘device’ was actually a ‘flotation device’ with chocolate bars attached together with wire, according to police. Pictures taken from outside the building show the individual – wearing a white onesie with grey ears – leaning against the wall of the lobby and looking relaxed. He also appeared to be wearing a white medical mask and black sunglasses during the bizarre confrontation. Shortly after the building was cleared, he reportedly left and walked towards heavily-armed SWAT officers. After a stand-off where he ignored police orders, he was shot by a police counter sniper. His condition is not known.”

Strange sea creature: “It’s one of the most hostile places on Earth and extends seven miles (11km) below the waves at its deepest point, but the Mariana Trench is full of secrets. A deepwater exploration mission of the area has spotted beautiful, unknown jellyfish with two types of tentacles as well as a number of other bizarre animals just one week into the study. The orb-like jellyfish was spotted on a dive at a location named Engima Seamount at a depth of 12,139ft (3,700 metres). While experts were able to identify it as belonging to the genus Crossota, they are unable to assign a precise name to the pretty hydromedusa. They filmed the jellyfish ‘floating’ through the depths with its long tentacles extended outwards and its bell motionless, suggesting ‘an ambush predation mode’. It is thought the red colour in the bell is the creature’s radial canals, while the bright yellow may be its gonads.”

‘We’d rather go back to the streets than eat vegan food,’ homeless tell famous Italian chef: “A famous chef’s vegan offerings proved to be so unpopular at a soup kitchen in Italy with homeless people, some threatened to “return to the streets”. TV star Simone Salvini, from Tuscany, created a healthier menu for the Antoniano shelter in Bologna but some of those in need rebelled against the vegan food and said they needed meat. “Some of the poor people told me ‘we are heading back to the streets because we need meat’,” Salvini said, the Times reported. “My staff and I are trying to cook, as best as we can, a range of healthy, organic food and vegetables,” the famous vegetarian chef said, who began helping at the centre last week. Rather than serving bean soup, Salvini perhaps should have taken greater heed of the city’s specialty: tagliatelle al ragu, pasta with meat sauce. He later attempted to appease his critics, serving vegetables shaped like meatballs and soya ragu”

Former Olympic wrestling champion fights off SEVEN police officers who hit him with batons and pepper spray after he was stopped for drink driving: “Vyacheslav Oliynyk, who won a gold medal for Ukraine in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, shrugged off pepper spray and batons as officers attempted to restrain him in Kiev. The former wrestling champion, who had been celebrating his 50th birthday, was eventually tackled to the ground by police who accused him of drink-driving. A video of the incident, which was later released by local traffic officials, shows Oliynyk arguing with police officers after they pull him over. He appears to shove one of the officers, who responds by firing pepper spray in his face. But instead of calming the former athlete, it appears to send him into a rage and he begins grappling with two officers. One can be seen striking him with a baton and it isn’t long before Oliynyk is bleeding from his head. It finally takes seven police officers to tackle Oliynyk to the ground”

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A cuddle from a sloth

April 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Diner shoots his friend dead at Turkish restaurant because he’d paid for his food: “İdris Alakuş shot and killed Hasan Erdemir after an alleged argument over who was to pay for their soup in the capital’s Bakirkoy district in the early hours of Sunday. CCTV shows Mr Erdemir paying for the bill, before Mr Alakuş appears in the frame clutching a gun, opening fire on the men. Mr Erdemir had reportedly met Mr Alakus in the restaurant in the early hours of Sunday alongside two friends, and had been invited to join the latter at his table. After finishing their meal, Mr Alakus had intended to pay the bill, but became infuriated when he found out that Mr Erdemir had pre-empted his move, The Telegraph reports. Mr Erdemir died in hospital, while his two companions remain in care. Mr Alakuş fled the scene, but was soon caught by police and taken into custody”

Truck-eating bridge: “A notoriously low bridge has been hit by two trucks in the space of just a few hours, marking the 100th and 101st time it has been crashed into in recent years. The pair of trucks slammed into the Montague Street bridge in Melbourne on Wednesday, with the first accident taking place about 11am and the second shortly before 3pm. The first truck that crashed into the bridge was carrying the skip that fell off when it slammed into the bridge, Triple M reports. The second accident of the day appeared to be more dramatic than the first, with photographs showing a heavily damaged truck under the bridge. The back of the truck was almost entirely ripped from the truck. It had been almost three weeks since the bridge was last hit earlier this month, when a bus crashed into it. It comes after another packed bus crashed into the bridge in February, with passengers narrowly avoiding serious injury by dropping to the floor of the coach. All 15 people on board, including the driver, managed to escape serious injury after the vehicle ignored warning signage and ploughed into the bridge”

‘To the girls who let him go, thank you so much’: “Women are posting open letters to their partner’s exes on social media alongside loved-up selfies in a new viral craze that’s left the internet divided. The letter thanks the ex-girlfriends for letting him go and freeing him up for a loving relationship, as well as promising to give him the time, affection and support he didn’t get in the past. But the craze has been branded ‘vomit-inducing’ by many commenters who say the letter is ‘drivel’ that makes women look ‘feeble’. ‘I will do all the things you failed to do for him, like be there for him when he feels so alone, prioritise him and not make him feel like he is just an option, give him time and affection even when he is not asking for it. ‘I will take care of the man you failed to appreciate. I will love the man you took for granted”

Taliban suicide bomber accidentally triggers explosives early, killing himself and eight other would-be martyrs: “A Taliban suicide bomber accidentally killed himself and eight fellow militants after triggering his explosives vest by mistake. The jihadist fighters had been ordered to carry out an attack in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, but all died before their got there. However, one of the militants detonated his vest shortly after leaving a Taliban base in Dasht-e-Archi, triggering everyone elses explosives, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The Taliban have been trying to recapture Kunduz, a city which they held for just 14 days after months of fighting with government forces. Masoom Baha, a senior doctor at the city’s public hospital,said medical staff were barely able to keep up with casualtiesof the fighting, mainly from rockets and artillery fire”

Baby bear has a lucky escape: “This adorable baby bear came narrowly close to getting a whiff of more than he bargained for – when he tried to play chase with a skunk. The cub decided to wander over to another area of the event where a skunk was also acting as model, embarking on a cheeky game of chase. The adorable creature then bounded over to the skunk in an attempt to play with him – though it only served to annoy the animal. The skunk didn’t take kindly to the cub’s bid to play and attempted to spray the bear in the face with its pungent scent gland, which luckily for the bear had been de-scented. ‘He was very cute and inquisitive. He was really curious about the skunk and wanted to play but the skunk wanted nothing to do with him. ‘I’m thankful he didn’t as the skunk’s spray is so strong it is almost impossible to get rid of. If you’re driving down the road and you come across an area where as skunk was hit, it will still smell, it’s that bad”

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Big cats like cuddles too

April 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Elevator molester is beaten by woman who slaps him in the face and kicks him in the crotch: “An incredible video has emerged online of a woman getting her own back on a man who tried to molest her in a lift in China. In the footage, the woman can be seen looking at her phone in the lift while the man is in a corner. He tries to get closer to her and she instantly moves away from the man before putting her phone back into her bag. He then gets close to the woman again, getting right up behind her and putting his arm on her shoulders as if to reach down to her chest. The woman reacts straight away slapping the man so fiercely that he falls into the corner of the lift. As he starts to go towards her again, she kicks him right in the crotch before then kicking him in the face. The pervert then falls to the floor looking as though he’s in severe pain as the elevator doors open and the woman walks out”

Lawyer EATS incriminating evidence to clear his client of drink-driving in Russia: “The incident, in the town of Kyzyl in central Russia’s autonomous Republic of Tuva, was caught on CCTV cameras. The lawyer, who has not been named, was studying papers in the office of a judge relating to a client who had been accused of causing an accident while drink-driving. He is seen picking up the breathalyser report revealing the level of alcohol in his client’s blood. The lawyer first stashes the evidence in his bag but then appears to have second thoughts and takes it out again, nearly puts it in his pocket before ultimately deciding to put it in his mouth and start chewing. Local media say he managed to eliminate the most important piece of evidence in the case while the judge and her secretary were out of the office”

British village descends into chaos after phone company mix-up leaves residents with each OTHERS’ phone numbers: “A village has been thrown into chaos after an engineering mix-up which left residents with their neighbours’ phone numbers. BT workers went to the village of Cliffords Mesne in Gloucestershire after complaints that a cable was being damaged by rubbing against a tree. But after the work was finished last week, around 50 homes in the area were left with the wrong phone number, according to locals. The blunder, which has not yet been fixed, meant that anyone trying to get through to a villager would end up speaking to their neighbour instead. John Franklin, a 65-year-old retired lecturer, said: ‘We get the supply via a trunk cable and part of that had been rubbing against a tree and giving faults, so had to be replaced. ‘So they cut out a section, but apparently the new cable was different from the old one, and they got mixed up”

Beer-drinking FISH: “This thirsty river creature was more than happy to take a few gulps from a can of beer in Brazil. A video of the shocking sight proves the old saying clearly has an element of truth, when much to the amazement of a group of anglers the fish rose out the water to demand a sip of their Skol. The animal is then seen perched on the side of the boat with its neck raised ready for a taste. One of the fisherman gladly obliges and pours the skol latao out of a yellow beer can into its mouth. Remarkably the fish-out-of-water appears to start taking large gulps of the beer. The anglers laugh in amazement as the animal takes over 20 mouthfuls of the alcoholic drink. By then the fish has clearly had enough and dives back into the river”

Extraordinary Amazon packaging again: “A disabled woman was left in shock after she struggled to open a ‘ridiculously’ large Amazon cardboard delivery box to find just one tiny ‘Dad to Be’ rosette inside. Wheelchair user Catrina Farnell, 28, heard the delivery driver knock on the door but was not able to answer before he left. The package, which was longer than two feet and too big to fit through the letterbox, was handed to her neighbour in Steeton, West Yorkshire meaning she had to struggle over the road to collect it. To her disbelief, the enormous box with a large amount of unnecessary packaging only contained a single rosette, which at 7ins by 3.5ins could easily have fit through the letterbox. ‘It has happened before, several times, and not only with Amazon,’ said Miss Farnell, a former dancer and teaching assistant. Miss Farnell was so shocked by Amazon’s ‘ridiculous’ package, she took to Facebook to point out the issue on Amazon’s official page”

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Nursery rhyme updated

April 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Mature student, 61, awarded £750 compensation after claiming her university creative writing course was ‘sex obsessed’ and that Shakespeare’s Hamlet ‘involved incest and child abuse’: “A university has been ordered to pay £750 in compensation to a mature student who complained that her creative writing course was too ‘sex obsessed’. Mother-of-two Angie Marynicz, 61, from Pencader near Carmarthen in West Wales complained the way her creative writing course was being taught was ‘very worrying’ because of the focus on sex. Mrs Marynicz complained that her male lecturer, quoting a female poet, told the class: ‘All literature is about sex because sex is the most important thing in the world.’ ‘The second lecture in that module was the Freudian idea that Shakespeare’s Hamlet had an Oedipus complex ie child sex abuse/incest. I was told by the Head of School, in no uncertain terms, that this was good art and they would carry on teaching it as such.'”

Dentist charged for work on a toothless baby!: “A fraudulent dentist who scammed the NHS by charging for work on a toothless baby as part of a £220,000 NHS swindle so he could buy a Ferrari has been struck off. Mark Walewski, 68, was locked up for three years earlier this year for the systematic fraud at the New Dental Surgery in Hindhead, Surrey. He used to charge both the patient and the NHS for treatments and also claimed for work not carried out between 2006 and 2012, the General Dental Council was told. Most of the 6,608 fraudulent claims were for small children and babies – one of which was reported to be only 17 days old and without any teeth. Walewski then used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and buy a fleet of sports cars even though he earned on average £150,000 a year”

Pitbull adopts ducklings: “A delightful video shows the large dog gently nuzzling the cheeping birds, their bodies not even as big as his face. Named Jake, the friendly giant reportedly befriended his tiny companions as soon he set eyes upon them, nominating himself as their caregiver. It is said he keeps them warm and protects them as they sleep by lying next to them through the night. Ducklings are particularly vulnerable, since their inability to fly makes them easy prey, so they’re lucky they have someone to look out for them. After all who’s doing to pick a fight with a pit bull?

New Zealand’s new $5 note is named the best bank note in the world: “New Zealand’s five-dollar note has been handed the ‘Bank Note of the Year Award’ for 2015 coming in as a ‘clear winner’ among a record 20 countries who placed their banknotes on the ballot. The International Bank Note Society assesses the money for its artistic merit and security features including the use of colour, contrast and balance. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand began releasing a new family of ‘Brighter Money’ banknotes in 2015 ‘to stay one step ahead of the game’ of counterfeiting. Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company in Ottawa, on a dominant orange hue the five-dollar note features a map of New Zealand in a polymer window, New Zealand mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, South Island’s Mount Cook and a colour changing yellow-eyed penguin. The back design again features the native penguin, the hoiho, as well as local flora.

Some people are born happy: “For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system, the adrenal glands and the pancreatic system. These findings are from a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people, conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Meike Bartels and Philipp Koellinger. The researchers then asked the participants to discuss how happy they feel about their life, if they’ve ever had depression or depressive symptoms and signs of neurotic behaviour.”

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Friendly cat

April 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Jewish Hitlers: “In 1933, what if you were Jewish, your family name was Hitler and you were living in the heart of Brooklyn? What would life be like for you and your two young children? Back in June of that year, JTA ran a story on the Hitler family living in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and the struggles that members of this Jewish family were facing because of their last name. At that time, according to Rose Hitler, there were more than 30 Jewish families living in the New York area with that surname”

Ditch tampons and use SEA SPONGES instead: “A political party in Spain has raised eyebrows by suggesting women with an environmental conscience should ditch tampons in favour of sea sponges. Candidatura de Unidad Popular, often called the anti-system party, says other options should also be considered, such as menstrual cups and ‘ridding the body of its natural fluids by exercising pelvic floor muscle control’. Members of CUP in the Catalan town of Manresa stress they aren’t against all the traditional products but they do think women should know about and consider all the alternatives to help with a greener world. Sea sponges, which can be rinsed out and used internally each month, can last up to a year. Any natural sea sponge can be used but NOT the manufactured one for washing up! The sea sponges are said to be much better for the environment, cheaper and more comfortable”

Albino shark dubbed Casper goes on display at a British aquarium: “Marine experts have dropped their jaws at the latest friendly arrival at an aquarium – this extremely rare albino shark. The lesser spotted dogfish has gone on display at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings, East Sussex, and was nicknamed ‘Casper’ after the famous ghost. The little shark, which measures just over three feet in length, shares his home with a collection of brightly-coloured triggerfish. Leanna Lawson, a spokesman for the aquarium, said: ‘True albinism in marine species in general is highly unusual and it’s virtually unheard of in sharks. ‘As well as being rare, white or albino sharks do not tend to survive for long in the wild as they rely on their natural camouflage to protect them from larger predators”

Rome metro eternally delayed: “In power for two years, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has initiated many reforms aimed at invigorating the anaemic economy, including his flagship overhaul of the constitution which has been approved by parliament. But the woes of a major infrastructure project right under his feet reveal how much work still must be done to get Italy back on track. Rome’s Metro C was meant to link the city’s two main cathedrals in time for the Holy Year in 2000. Sixteen years later, the underground line has not yet reached the first church and might never make it to the second, St Peter’s Basilica. While the initial section of the state-of-the-art driverless network was finally inaugurated in 2014, no one knows where the underground line will end or when the next station might open. The state of confusion reflects similar problems besetting myriad business projects in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, where, despite Renzi’s reform drive, bureaucracy and tangled laws are dragging down Italian development”

Children who have married parents thrive: “Marriage matters and is a central factor in children’s chances of success in life, according to a Government report. Children do worse if they are brought up by a lone parent or by parents who are not married, researchers found. The large-scale report rejects the idea that marriage is no more than a lifestyle option or a choice favoured by better-off couples, and presents powerful fresh evidence that a couple who commit to each other with a wedding are much more likely to have a successful family. The 134-page report, written by a group headed by Professor Gordon Harold, was based on a review of existing evidence and analysis of the Understanding Society survey, which follows the lives of people in 40,000 homes.

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A furry friend

April 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A new prostate cancer zapper that won’t ruin your love life: “Thousands of men with prostate cancer could be spared incontinence and sex-life problems thanks to a highly accurate new way of ‘cooking’ their tumours. At present, many men with early-stage prostate cancer opt to have the whole organ removed, to maximise the chance of being cured. But this approach carries a significant risk of being left incontinent, impotent, or both. An alternative, called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or ‘HiFu’, kills the tumour alone by using a thin beam of energy to heat up cancer cells to 90C. This leaves the prostate, and vital surrounding tissues, intact. But the technique has never really taken off due to concerns over its effectiveness. The trouble is that medics have been unable to use HiFu machines, which usually contain steel, at the same time as MRI scanners, which contain huge magnets. They must therefore operate using an MRI scan taken beforehand. Now, HiFu machines are being made without steel, enabling both devices to be used in combination”

Justice: Murderous creep ripped off by his wife: “Phil Spector has filed for divorce from his third wife of 10 years because she is splashing out on luxury sports cars, jets and homes with his money while he remains behind bars, TMZ reports. The 76-year-old music producer married Rachelle Short in 2006, just one month before he was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot in the head in Spector’s California mansion. Spector is only reportedly allocated $300 a month as he continues to serve 19 years to life for second-degree murder in the California State Prison’s Health Care Facility in Stockton. Rachelle, a 35-year-old waitress-turned-pilot, has dropped $350,000 of her husband’s money on a plane according to TMZ. The gossip website also said she purchased two homes for her mother, as well as a Ferrari, Aston Martin, and expensive jewelry”

Serial puddle splasher ‘who goes out for fun in the rain looking for people to soak in a 4×4’ is hunted by police: “A motorist who is believed to deliberately drench people by driving through puddles in a 4×4 is being hunted by police. The serial puddle splasher allegedly goes out for fun around the Kentish Town area in North London every time it rains and looks for unsuspecting people to give a soaking. According to witnesses the driver has struck countless times over the past few months by travelling straight through puddles while close to the kerb. Police were aware of the incidents but were unable to track the driver down because they did not know his registration number. However the most recent splash attack was caught on camera and the number plate was on show. The force are now trying to trace the owner with a view to charging them with careless driving.

Is meditation key to a youthful mind? People using relaxation technique ‘have brains 7 YEARS younger’: “Regular meditation knocks seven and a half years off the middle-aged brain, a study found. The researchers said that the combination of intense concentration and relaxation may trigger the growth of new brain cells. And while they didn’t look at whether the meditators were also smarter, brain shrinkage is linked to Alzheimer’s and other memory-robbing diseases. The scientists scanned the brains of 50 American men and women who regularly meditated and 50 non-meditators. In general, the non-meditators’ brain age and actual age were the same, so a 55 year old’s brain looked like it was 55. However, the meditators’ brains were younger than their years, with the average 50-year-old having a brain that belonged in a 42 or 43 year-old’s body. However, he cautioned that those who mediate may lead healthier lifestyles in general.”

A domestic COW: “Beryl is the family pet with a difference- she’s a cow. Beryl the Brahman has become a social media star after her owners, Sally and Jake Webster, decided to share her dog-like antics with the world. From lazing on the couch to going on family holidays the 8-month-old cow is part of the family. ‘Ever since she was little she has done everything with us. She’s just so comfortable with us and I guess we just like to go with the flow,’ Ms Webster told Daily Mail Australia. Ms Webster and her partner Jake raise Beryl on their cattle farm in North Queensland, 90 kilometers west of Georgetown. Ms Webster says that Beryl’s personality sets her apart from most cows. ‘I’d say we’ve know she’s been extraordinary right from the start. We raise a number of Brahmans every year but not all possess such a flamboyant and amazing personality.'”

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No thanks!

April 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Is this Britain’s dumbest mother?: “A young mother, who hit the headlines last year after admitting she did not know who [Prime Minister] David Cameron is, has been left red faced once more after mistaking the late Prince for a member of the Royal family. Devon Boon, 22, from Stoke-on-Trent, left her friends rolling their eyes when she posted on Facebook: ‘The prince died on the Queen’s birthday… Illuminati’ immediately after hearing about the American artist’s death. Devon’s friends commented on the post in an attempt to correct her mishap, but the mother-of-one replied: ‘I know he’s a singer but he’s still a prince,’ before asking: ‘Royal people can still sing can’t they?’ Eventually Devon was put up to speed by her friend Adam but admits that up until then she had felt sorry for the Queen having lost a member of her family on her birthday”

Oil giant Shell unveils super-economy car: “The Project M, dubbed an ‘energy efficient concept car’, was revealed on Friday. Made up of a three-seat city-car design and a 660cc powerplant that can achieve a claimed 107mpg, it’s based on an F1-derived platform that’s already well tested. The space-age shape is the brain child of former McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray. With a one-plus-two seat layout (one at the front and two at the back), it’s a reasonably comfortable city vehicle for three, even though it has a road footprint no more than a quarter that of a Ford Mondeo. And don’t assume because it’s tiny it’s unsafe; the T27, an updated version of the T25 with an electric motor, passed Euro NCAP’s high-speed crash tests in 2011. The ‘iStream’ design, now in its third guise as part of the Shell partnership, is now more fuel efficient thanks to a bespoke engine lubricant. Tipping the scales at 550kg, it’s half as heavy as a conventional city car”

Eight hefty USC players in elevator were more than elevator could handle: “Zach Banner, a 360-pound USC football player, got stuck in an elevator with seven of his teammates as they made their way to dinner and began to live tweet the experience with hilarious results. The men’s combined weight far exceeded the recommended weight allowance for the elevator and much to their shock, they became stuck between floors. Despite the heat generated by the players in the small space, they attempted to make the best of the uncomfortable situation. ‘Zach Banner, USC, checking in. We’re stuck on the elevator. Eight O-linemen. We’re screwed,’ he said in the first tweet, which was sent around 6:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived a short time later with beverages and snacks, and began working to get the group out of the elevator, he tweeted. The football players also got creative during the hour-long incident, breaking into the ‘elevator rap’ at one point. They were finally freed at 7:30 p.m.”

Mini cruise ships can be good too: “Glen Etive, the latest addition to the Majestic Line fleet, is a little gem, with just six cabins. Built in the Ardmaleish Boatyard on the Clyde, she is a beauty, furnished in the style of a gentleman’s yacht, with lots of shiny brass and polished wood. Glen Etive joins Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan – two former fishing boats sailing the inlets and sea lochs of Argyll and the Hebrides – in offering luxury cruises of up to ten nights. Guests can spot golden eagles, sea eagles and porpoises on wildlife-watching trips, take coastal walks, visit remote islands such as St Kilda and Mingulay, or just gaze at the scenery in between gourmet meals made from freshly caught mackerel, crabs and lobsters. And here are some more great little cruise ships exploring destinations further afield. Hebridean Princess has a country house hotel atmosphere for a maximum of 50 guests, and usually sails around the west of Scotland from her base in Oban”

This is why you might not find room 420 in your hotel: “It’s not a widespread practice, but some hotel operators have taken to avoiding room number 420 entirely because of its association with cannabis and the troublemaking that sometimes occurs in rooms numbered as such. Yesterday in Australia, and today in other parts of the world, weed enthusiasts celebrated April 20 — or 4/20, in accordance with American date-keeping — by blazing up with pride, usually at 4.20pm on the dot, and celebrating pot culture generally. And so enthusiastic are some stoners about their drug of choice they have taken to stealing room 420 signs from hotels for souvenirs, or blazing up in the room itself. More here

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