You could even read the instructions

August 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Tybee Island’ lost atom bomb: “In Georgia, off the coast of beautiful Tybee Island, experts are convinced swimmers should be very worried. Somewhere near the holiday hotspot frequented by Americans in the warmer months is a broken arrow, an undetonated nuclear weapon. The US military declared the bomb, believed to contain more than 180kg of explosives, “irretrievably lost” in 1958. It hasn’t been seen since. The Mark 15 bomb was dropped into the sea off Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia, during the early morning hours of February 5, 1958. The mishap that would make Tybee Island famous took place during a practice exercise when two fighter planes collided. One of the planes was carrying the warhead, but dropped it shortly after the collision because the pilot, Howard Richardson, was afraid it would detonate upon landing. He likely saved his crew and was rewarded with a bravery medal for his efforts. Searches took place in the months that followed, led by the now infamous Tybee Island Bomb Squad, but were unsuccessful.”

Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughters sunbathed is arrested: “A father has been arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his two sunbathing daughters. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. ‘Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth told WDRD. ‘And they come in and said, “Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.” Mr Merideth said: ‘Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.’ The police arrested him soon afterwards. [A lot of people are going to say he did no wrong]

The man with the memory: “On July 9, 1995, New Yorker Joey DeGrandis visited the Shedd Aquarium while on a family vacation to Chicago. The day itself holds no great importance in the scheme of things, but it is burnt into his memory down to the minutest detail. However, it’s not just this event that he can vividly recall; the 30-year-old can remember almost every single day of his life since he was 10. Mr DeGrandis is among 60 other people in the world to be diagnosed with hyperthymesia — the condition of possessing an extremely detailed autobiographical memory. While the unique talent doesn’t allow Mr DeGrandis to recall every second of every day, it does mean he can pinpoint more experiences than most. “I go directly to a moment — or a date — and then zoom out from there,” he told NY Mag. Mr DeGrandis said the hardest part of his talent is the fact he can’t pick and choose when it works. This means if something reminds him of a particular bad memory, he is taken back to that point in time regardless if he wants to or not.”

Rare opal: “About the size of a thumb, an opal worth more than $1 million has been regarded as the finest opal ever unearthed. The Virgin Rainbow is the centrepiece of an exhibition of opals from around the world set to go on display at the South Australian Museum. It is just over six centimetres long, weighs 72 carats and features brilliant colours, from orange through to violet. The stone was found in 2003 at Coober Pedy, in South Australia’s mid-north, a region which produces about 90 per cent of the world’s opals. The Virgin Rainbow will be the centrepiece of an exhibition of opals from around the world set to go on display at the South Australia Museum in late September. South Australia’s inland sea acted as a breeding ground for plesiosaurs a species of marine dinosaur that frequented the region. As plesiosaurs died their bodies sank to the bottom of the sea with some of their skeletons eventually becoming opalised fossils. The first gems from SA were mined in 1914 with centres such as Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Mintabie remaining opal mining hubs to the present day.”

Unusual mobile home: “A Colorado-based designer has taken on a mammoth a task and built a whimsical tiny house that is only 26 feet long and eight feet wide – yet comfortably fits a family of four. Tiny house designer Greg Parham, who built the home for a family of four in Indiana, was inspired by The Pequod, the fictitious whaling ship from Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, and the unique structure even features a series of solid brass antique porthole windows that fit perfectly with its nautical theme. In order to accommodate four people, Greg designed the layout to include two lofted bedrooms that are connected by a plexiglass catwalk. And even though it makes it slightly more difficult to tow, he chose to use a drop axle trailer because it allowed an extra four inches to be added to the lofts’ ceiling, making the portable home 13-and-a-half-feet tall. The home also features a wavy burgundy-colored metal roof that maximizes the height of the lofts while lowering the ceiling in other areas of the home.”

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Togetherness

August 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man becomes Facebook star after swapping iPhone 5 for bite of pizza: “A Fife man swapped his iPhone 5 for a bite of pepperoni pizza at T in the Park, it has emerged. Dunfermline resident Allan Banning has become an unwitting internet star after making the startling revelation on social media as he looked to buy a replacement for the phone he simply gave away at the Strathallan Castle music festival earlier this month. “If anyone on here is selling an iphone 5 or better please let me know… Swapped mines at titp last week for a bite of pepperoni pizza,” he said. The iPhone5 retails at around £180 these days, so we know who got the better end of the bargain…

Ad guy writes An “Honest CV” That Gets More Responses Than His Standard One: “A lad who wanted to make his CV stand out decided to go against absolutely everything we thought we knew about applying for jobs – and highlighted everything bad about himself. First of all, I guess we should mention that this CV trick won’t work for everyone. The brains behind this operation is a lad called Jeff Scardino, and he’s after jobs in creative industries. So please, if you’re applying for anything else – maybe you should avoid. But who knows!? So he sent off two copies of his CV (one standard and one alternative) to 10 job openings. His normal CV got one response and no meeting requests. His alternative CV got eight responses and five meeting requests. Wow.

The Most Unusual Japanese Hamburger Buns Yet: “We’ve seen black buns, blue buns, and red buns. All bread buns! Screw that, let’s use tomatoes. It’s called the “Tomami Burger” (“toma” as in “tomato” and “mi” as in “fruit” or “seed). According to Model Press, each burger uses one big tomato. The meal deal (pictured above) is 880 yen or US$7.11. The burger is only available in the Mos Burger in Tokyo’s Osaki and will be offered for a limited time only.

A kind cop: “Officer Michael Castillo was called to a Target store in Shelton, Connecticut, to break up a fight. When he arrived, expecting the worst, he saw it was in fact two boys who were arguing over a broken bike. And, as it turns out, they were actually friends. So rather than turn around, get back in his vehicle and ignore the problem, Officer Castillo decided to stick around and help the two lads fix their bike. A picture taken by Faith Taylor was taken and has since gone viral after she posted it to the Ansonia Police Department’s Facebook wall. You don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to be a hero. Sometimes just the simplest acts of kindness and humanity can do that.”

A suspicious cloud: “A New Zealand man was convinced he had spotted a UFO when he looked up to find an unusual orb hovering in the sky. Alex Greig spotted the mysterious spherical apparition floating in the sky over Lyall Bay, on Wellington’s southern coast, when he was visiting the beach with his wife on Saturday. “It was amazing having that totally circular big, big, big cloud just sitting there, it was like a Brent Wong painting.’ ‘I’m still denying everyone saying it is just a cloud. Just the size of it, it was sitting by itself on a reasonably peaceful day.’ ‘How does something like that form itself above the edge between the water and the land?’ he added. However, in meteorologist Emma Blades expert opinion, the shape is in fact a lenticular cloud, which she said are quite common around mountain ranges in New Zealand. She said lenticular clouds form when air flows over the mountains.”

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More doggy doings

August 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The blogger who beat the British political pollsters: “The night before Britain’s general election, Matt Singh, a 33-year-old former trader who’d set himself up as a political blogger, published a post arguing that the opinion polls were all underestimating Conservative support. Then the polls closed, and the television exit poll suggested David Cameron was on course for victory by an unexpectedly large margin. Ten minutes later, Mr Singh’s website crashed under the weight of traffic. “I had been working on it for a while,” Mr Singh said in an interview. “I could see that the polls as they had been were quite a way from where I expected them to end up. Look at the fundamentals: the leader ratings, the economy, the local election results. There was a big mismatch.” The blog went against Britain’s opinion pollsters, who had all agreed in the weeks running up to the vote that the race between the Tories and Labour was too close to call.”

Baby gets a fake tan: “A mother’s hilarious ‘epic parenting fail’ moment has gone viral. Gemma Colley, from the UK, shared a picture on Facebook of her baby son sporting a fake tanned face after accidentally breastfeeding him too soon after having a spray tan. ‘Yesterday I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o’clock shadow and a very guilty mummy.’ The baby boy’s nose, cheeks and chin are covered in the orange-brown tan which rubbed off on him during the skin to skin contact during feeding. The incident appears to have happened recently, as after her post received an overwhelming response on Facebook, Ms Colley followed up with a newer picture of her son, sans facial tan. ‘Photo evidence that tonight’s feed was much less orange,’ she wrote. ‘Thanks for all the positive comments. I’m just another mummy trying to shed light on the adventures and misadventures of being a parent.'”

The curse of the ‘cool kids': Children who are popular at school become losers later in life, claims study: “It is bad news for the rebels without a cause and mean girls. Being a ‘cool kid’ can come back to bite you in later life, researchers have warned. They found that teens who ‘acted cool’ at school were far more likely to struggle as an adult, and were at higher risk of alcohol and drugs, and more likely to have taken part in criminal activities. ‘It appears that while so-called cool teens’ behavior might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool, at least to a subgroup of other teens,’ says Joseph P. Allen, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, who led the study. ‘So they became involved in more serious criminal behavior and alcohol and drug use as adolescence progressed. ‘These previously cool teens appeared less competent–socially and otherwise–than their less cool peers by the time they reached young adulthood.'”

Another dumb crook: “HERE’S a tip for drug dealers — when taking a sexy bathroom selfie, don’t pose next to your huge stash of marijuana. It could come back to haunt you. It’s a lesson an alleged pot seller in Queensland learnt the hard way, after his passionate claims of innocence were undone with the discovery of a single video. Officers from the Rapid Action Patrol (RAP) task force, whose work is captured on camera for Network Ten’s doco reality seriesGold Coast Cops, received a tip-off about the man’s alleged criminal activity. “His phone was sitting there so the officers decided to leaf through it and there’s this video, he’s done a selfie, flexing a bit of muscle and showing off this booty of drugs.”

When toddlers have strange obsessions: “When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list: Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, or perhaps Fireman Sam. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer? In what is assumed to be a world first, that’s exactly what one US toddler wanted for his second birthday recently. “Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” Ms Dobra told local newspaper The Acadiana Advocate. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. “He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say ‘One call’ [a line from the ads], or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.'”

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For a very select clientele

July 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Climbing trees improves your memory: “If crosswords are too easy and Sudoku a touch boring, why not go and climb a tree? A study found that childish pastimes such as climbing trees, running barefoot and crawling dramatically boost memory. Working memory – the type of memory we use every day to remember phone numbers, follow directions and use a shopping list – improved by 50 per cent. Those who don’t want to find their inner child will be glad to hear that squash, tennis and football are likely to have a similar effect. Like climbing a tree, they feed the brain with information about everything from balance to orientation and give it a good workout. The University of North Florida researchers put 72 men and women aged between 18 and 59 through a test of working memory, in which they had to remember lists of numbers in reverse order. Some then spent two hours doing a range of obstacle course-like activities. Only those who had done the obstacle course did better”

Horror judge in Michigan: “Zach Anderson has been finally released from prison after serving a 90-day sentence. However, the 19-year-old is banned from owning a smart phone or using the web for the next five years, cannot talk to people aged under 17 – and will be on the sex offender registry until 2040. His crime? He met a girl via an online hook-up app – who claimed she was 17 years old – and had sex with her. As it turned out, his date was actually just 14. Now, Zach’s parents, Les and Amanda Anderson, have launched a very public battle to have their son’s ‘cruel’ punishment overturned in court – and to save other teenagers from the same fate. Zach, who was released from the facility last month, added: ‘They make me out to be a monster. I literally wouldn’t have gone to her house at all [if I had known about her real age].’ Due to the girl’s age, officials had no choice but to arrest and charge Zach with criminal sexual conduct – despite the victim admitting to police that she had deliberately lied about her age.”

Business booming at high-end Australian restaurant that banned children: “A Queensland restaurant that banned children under seven says business has never been better and customers have been leaving rave reviews. Flynn’s Restaurant in Yungaburra, near Cairns, enforced their controversial no kids rule earlier this month and owner and chef Liam Flynn said he had just done his best weekend of trade in 14 years. Customer reviews left on the website TripAdvisor since the ban have been overwhelmingly positive about the ‘serene’ and ‘relaxed’ atmosphere of the mixed Italian and French restaurant. ‘It’s been good for business,’ Mr Flynn told Business Insider. ‘Business is booming. We just had record Friday and Saturday nights. People are spending up large, drinking fine wine and spending up big.’ Earlier this month, Mr Flynn said he was banning young children out of respect for other diners following an incident where a screaming child disrupted the dining experience of other guests”.

Texas businessman loses cell phone out of window of light aircraft at 9,300ft but finds it in a field using Find My iPhone and it STILL WORKS: “A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. More incredibly, Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were traveling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to open slightly and the phone was sucked out. Wilson, who owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls, used an app to narrow the search to near Jacksboro, more than 50 miles away. Using Find My iPhone, the phone not only reported its location but laid out a map where owner Wilson could find it. WIlson and an employee pair set on their search Tuesday, and ended up in a rural pasture. They found the cellphone under a mesquite tree. ‘It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners, but it still worked!’ said Wilson.

Mechanic spends 22,000 hours transforming rusty Buick worth just $400 into award-winning custom car worth $1.5MILLION: “With a crumpled bonnet and no doors, windscreen or seats, it is difficult to imagine anyone looking at this rusted Buick and seeing their dream car. But with 22,000 hours of work and $300,000 of hard cash, mechanic JF Launier, 39, has turned it into this stunning custom-made machine. Mr Launier, from British Colombia, in Canada, even had to remortgage his house and his parent’s house in order to complete the work, but says it was all worth it after his creation – dubbed Rivision – won the award for best modified car in America. He received the Ridler Award for America’s most creative and innovative custom car at the annual Detroit Autorama, netting himself $10,000 in prize money, and the glory of seeing off the competition. The car, which is capable of speeds of 155mph, was built over the course of six years with the Canadian adding thousands of modifications to the original 1964 Buick Riviera body.”

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Achmed and his bride honeymoon in Bermuda

July 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Cougars get the top jobs: Women who date younger men are more likely to enjoy better career success: “Women who date younger men are more likely to hold a top job, research suggests. So-called ‘cougars’ enjoy better career success, are more open about what they want and are more likely to approach men first, according to a survey of online daters. Half of women in a relationship with a younger man held higher managerial roles. By contrast, only 33 per cent of top jobs go to women overall, official statistics show. It is thought that this difference can be explained by the increased confidence women gain from ‘toyboy dating’ – as four in ten of the cougars questioned said they had ‘high confidence levels’. The knock-on effect is that these women are more assured to ask for what they really want, whether it’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, the research by website ToyboyWarehouse.com found.”

Tiger nuts are grr-eat for you: Popular 1950s treat make a comeback: “In the 1950s and 1960s they were a popular treat for children, who would buy them by the quarter from the local sweet shop. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback – as a so-called superfood. Served raw or ground into flour for baking, they are not actually nuts, but tubers of a grass-like plant called the yellow nutsedge. High in iron, potassium, magnesium and Vitamins C and E, they taste sweet, with a hint of coconut, and have a chewy texture. Tigernuts are also said to act as a mild appetite suppressant because they contain resistant starch, a type of starch which resists digestion. This helps keep us feeling fuller for longer, and also reduces the amount of calories we absorb from the food. Tigernuts can rightly be regarded as the world’s first superfood, as they were what our ancient ancestors’ used to eat, in Africa.”

A REALLY good doggie: “This is the adorable moment a mom walks in to check on her baby daughter and finds that there is already someone there watching over her. The viral video shows mother Kristin Leigh Rhynehart finding their rescue dog, Raven, asleep, under the covers next to toddler Addison, who is sleeping soundly in her crib. Raven quickly pops his head up to see who is entering the room when she walks in, but as soon as he realizes it is Kristin Leigh, he relaxes and lays his head to rest. She wrote: ‘That moment you can’t find your dog and you even go outside looking for him…only to walk in the house and find him snuggled up in bed next to your toddler. ‘People that say “money can’t buy happiness” have never paid an adoption fee. ‘Ten years ago I left a rescue with this little guy and I often wonder… who rescued whom? ‘I gave him a home, but he gave me so, so much more.”

The Dead sea is dying: “Roads, caravans and power lines are being swallowed up by giant sinkholes appearing at a rapid rate because the Dead Sea is shrinking from Israeli shores in a man-made phenomenon. Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the shoreline once stood. Waters are vanishing at a rate of more than one metre a year and the problem is set to get worse without action on an international scale. Once a rarity, hundreds of new sinkholes are appearing every year, and the rate is expected to rise. Officials have not come up with a figure for the extent of the damage, but power lines have been downed and caravans and bungalows swallowed. On at least one occasion, hikers were injured falling into one of the pits. The main reason the sea is shrinking is because its natural water sources, which flow south through the Jordan river valley from Syria and Lebanon, have been diverted for farming and drinking water along the way.”

Man who built his own 12ft high model of Stonehenge using 35 tonnes of timber is ordered to tear it down: “A pub landlord who built his own 12ft high ‘Stonehenge’ using disused wood has been ordered to tear down his creation. Charlie Newman, 49, who runs the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers, Dorset, used 35 tonnes of timber to build the model ‘stone’ circle in a field he owns in the village. But Purbeck District Council has ordered Mr Newman to remove the installation, despite it being hailed as ‘fantastic’ and ‘lovely’ by residents. Mr Newman, who is interested in archaeology and history, said he decided to build the sculpture after he was left with a large pile of wood when he and a friend felled two Monterey pine trees. The installation is made from 12 ‘plinths’ that each weigh about two-and-a-half tonnes and are topped with 8ft long sections of trunk. He and four friends took just 12 hours to erect the structure. ‘It was a bit of fun. We used 35 tonnes of timber and made it a feature on the landscape,’ Mr Newman said.

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From the days of the telegram

July 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Before there was email, there was over 150 years of telegraph service

Now the telegram has gone the same way as the smoke signal and the carrier pigeon so, for old times’ sake, here are a few celebrated exchanges from the golden age.

Famously, the editor of a magazine, keen to verify copy, sent a telegram to Cary Grant’s agent:

HOW OLD CARY GRANT?

The star replied in person:

OLD CARY GRANT FINE. HOW YOU?

When some Oxford undergraduates discovered that Rudyard Kipling earned ten shillings for every word he wrote they posted him ten shillings asking for one of his very best words in reply. Back came a telegram from Kipling reading simply: THANKS.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, claimed to have telegrammed the same message to a dozen distinguished men. It read:

ALL IS DISCOVERED. FLY AT ONCE.

According to Conan Doyle, all 12 had fled the country within 24 hours.

Another story goes that the actor Peter Sellers was at home working in his study when the doorbell rang. It was answered by his wife, Anne, who was handed a telegram which read:

BRING ME A CUP OF COFFEE. PETER

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The tasteless two: “It’s not hard for Geoffrey Edelsten and Gabi Grecko to stand out from the crowd. But on Tuesday the colourful couple appeared to be on fire when they were spotted looking lost in Sydney wearing spectacularly clashing outfits. Perhaps the businessman, 72, was celebrating Christmas in July as he stepped out for supper in a shiny red suit and bejewelled shirt, while Gabi, 26, wore flaming orange hair and a matching dress. The unconventional man and wife duo are in town filming segments for Celebrity Apprentice and had stumbled off the set for a bite to eat after a long day shooting. Former medic Geoffrey’s questionable attire could be mistaken for the late American singer Liberace’s flamboyant taste for exaggerated collars, cuffs and knuckle dusters. For her part Maxim model flame-haired Gabi was co-ordinated, to say the least , in an orange pencil skirt slit to the thigh and matching top. She had painted her nails a garish shade of orange, too, and wore shiny boots to match Geoffrey’s gleaming shoes.”

Waging war on peeing in public: Wall coating uses nanotechnology to repel urine: “Late night revellers and heavy drinkers may think nothing of relieving themselves in public. But now walls are fighting back against the disgusting habit. Walls in San Francisco have been coated with water-repellent paint so that desperate drinkers get a nasty surprise if they urinate on them. Nine walls around the Mission and Soma districts have been treated with hydrophobic Ultra-Ever Dry paint, so that if someone wees on them, their urine sprays back over their legs and shoes, hopefully deterring them from urinating in public again. The nanotechnology spray can be applied to almost any material. The coating costs several hundred dollars per wall, The San Francisco Chronicle reported, leading some people to comment (above) that more public toilets are a better solution to the dirty problem”

Cheers! Surprise for passengers at London City Airport as crates of BEER emerge on the luggage carousel: “Passengers arriving at London City Airport got a shock when their luggage was replaced with crates of beer. But there hadn’t been a mix up with the delivery – it was a marketing stunt from beer giant Carlsberg. As passengers waited to collect their suitcases, secret filming captured the shock and delight of the giveaway. Then, as crates of Carlsberg began to circle around, passengers’ confusion is clear – some seem genuinely worried as to where their luggage is, while others begin to smile. Then, as people catch on to the message on the top of the boxes, that reads ‘take me I’m yours,’ passengers lean forward to grab a prize. Thankfully, their luggage soon followed.”

British Keystone Kops appeal to find the villains who broke two brooms: “A police appeal to find the culprits responsible for breaking into a cricket club’s storage container and breaking two brooms has swept the internet. The brooms were broken after vandals forced open the outdoors storage space in the rural village of Eyam, Derbyshire, last week. Police immediately launched an appeal for information – but few people appeared to be taking the investigation seriously, cracking jokes about it on social media. On Facebook, Simon Crossett wrote: ‘I believe the police are sweeping the area for clues.’ Joanna Carter said: ‘Whoever is doing this should expect a brush with the law soon.’ Shane Connor commented: ‘South Yorkshire crime has really got out of hand. The police really need to ‘sweep’ these criminals off the streets!’ Others said the appeal was a waste of time, saying the police should be prioritising more serious crimes ahead of broken brooms.”

How pendulum clocks ‘SPEAK’ to each other: “It is a mystery that has puzzled scientists for nearly 350 years, but now researchers claim to have solved what causes pendulum clocks to synchronise their swings. A team of physicists and mathematicians say sound from the ticking clocks transfers energy between them and eventually causes the pendulums to move in time. In effect the clocks ‘communicate’ with each other and over several days or even hours they begin to nudge each other until their swing matches. However, the researchers found the synchronisation would only occur if the clocks were both connected to a beam capable of transferring the energy between them. No matter when the clocks were started, they would eventually start to move into synchronisation over the course of around 18 hours.”

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LATEST POLL NUMBERS

July 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Italian drivers can drink up: “Italian drivers can now drink a whole bottle of wine before driving and not lose their licence following a change in the law. Carlo Sessa, the prefect of Avellino in the south of the country, introduced the new rules in the province which mean drivers who have consumed eight glasses – about one bottle – could only be fined £560. The move has been slammed by road safety groups who say it sends the message that it is ‘OK to drive drunk’. Giving an explanation for the unusual move, Mr Sessa referred to the way the region’s judiciary cancels suspensions of licences, adding that the change in the law will relieve the ‘heavy burden on public administration’. However, Giuseppa Cassaniti, president of the Italian Association for the Families and Victims of Road Deaths, told The Telegraph: ‘It seems to me the prefect has done this because he’s sick and tired of judges reversing the law in the appeal courts.’

‘Not all Romanians are prostitutes’: “A ROMANIAN woman claims she was denied a hotel room because staff thought she was a prostitute. Alecsandra Puflea, 22, had booked the room at the Holiday Inn Express in Hull, UK, online. But when she arrived with her boyfriend to check in on July 6, she claims staff told her; “I’m sorry, we don’t accept Romanians”. It’s alleged that the hotel had adopted a policy of screening and turning away guests they believed could be engaging in illegal activity after discovering Romanian women were using its rooms for prostitution. “It was an awful experience and quite shocking,” Ms Puflea told the Telegraph. “He took one look at my ID and said that I could not stay in the hotel. I tried to show him my British driver’s license but he said I could not stay in the hotel because I was from Romania.” Ms Puflea later filed a complaint with the Humberside Police. They investigated and released a statement saying the hotel had since apologised to Ms Puflea and was reviewing its policy.

London Fire Brigade declares war on COBALT! “The Periodic Table may have formed an important part of the school chemistry syllabus. But the London Fire Brigade may regret not brushing up on the subject after mistakenly declaring war on cobalt in their carbon monoxide safety campaign. Ahead of the new legislation requiring landlords to fit a carbon monoxide alarm, the service launched a campaign saying: ‘Could kill you. Have you ordered your alarm yet?’ On the poster, which along with an accompanying Tweet references the hit TV show Breaking Bad, the letters ‘Co’ had been highlighted in a green box with the atomic number ’27’, a reference to Cobalt, the metal in magnets and phone batteries. The chemical formula for carbon monoxide is CO – in capitals – but as it is a compound rather than an element it doesn’t appear on the Periodic Table and does not have an atomic number. From October, homeowners will be required by law to install a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance.”

Would you pay £26 for a bottle of water? “The five-star Merchant Hotel (above) in Belfast last week announced a new dedicated water menu, with the most expensive bottle costing £26.45. The Northern Irish property has also revealed plans to employ ‘water butlers’ in the move which has been ridiculed online. And although the hotel has reminded guests that tap water will still be available should guests prefer not to splash out, the plans have been derided on social media. The company introduced their menu on Facebook, writing: ‘We’d hate to get left behind on this newest innovation in beverage retailing so here’s our brand new water list! Conveniently arranged by your own personal level of daftness.’ The priciest product among 13 bottled waters on offer at the Merchant Hotel is sourced from glacial walls in the Canadian Arctic. For a 750ml bottle, diners will need to stump up £26.45.”

Cat stripped naked: “A family has been left distraught after their fluffy cat was sheared from head to foot during a routine grooming session. Owner Natalie Thompson, 25, was furious when her cat Ollie was shaved completely bald following his £50 spruce-up at the Gateshead branch of Pets at Home. When she was reunited with her four-year-old pet she wept as Ollie looked so traumatised by what had happened. ‘He is usually an outgoing cat but that has all changed since the incident and he seems traumatised. ‘Ollie just kind of looks a little bit lost, he looks really sad. I can’t describe it – he’s just not himself. She then rang the store and demanded an explanation as to what had happened. A spokesman for Pets At Home told MailOnline: ‘Cats have a very delicate skin which can be easily torn or damaged. ‘So when a cat has a matted coat like Ollie’s it is sometimes necessary to clip the coat very close, using clippers designed specifically for use with cats, to avoid causing any damage to its skin.”

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An educational barbershop

July 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’

The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you ‘ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill , the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’

The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Real estate mogul’s ‘radical solution’ to the global refugee crisis: “WHAT do you do with people the world doesn’t want? Give them an island all to themselves. That’s the radical new plan to solve the world’s refugee crisis being proposed by one man. From the US to Europe to Australia, the world is grappling with an unprecedented movement of people forced to flee their home countries due to conflict or persecution. It’s causing a massive headache for governments struggling to find a solution which balances humanitarian need with economic reality. That’s not good enough, argues real estate tycoon Jason Buzi. He’s come up with an outlandish plan to solve the global refugee crisis: create a new country for them. He proposes four options for where it could be located: carve off a sparsely populated area of a developed nation; purchase an uninhabited island from a country such as Indonesia or the Philippines; convince a sovereign, sparsely populated country such as Dominica to allow itself to be taken over; or to literally build a new island in international waters.”

Keystone helicopter Kops in Britain: “Police launched a major hunt involving a helicopter, armed response officers and a dog unit for a man brandishing a weapon in the dark – but when they got there the ‘suspect’ was just a gardner holding a rake. Stephen Hogan had been working late in his back garden with friend Wayne Dodd when police swooped on their quiet neighbourhood in Christchurch, Dorset. They had earlier received a 999 call from a member of staff at the Avondene nursing home two doors down who reported seeing a man in a T-shirt outside holding up what appeared to be a weapon. Officers attended Mr Hogan’s bungalow home at about midnight after their colleagues in the National Police Air Service helicopter circling above saw some activity in his back garden. After making their way through the property the two policemen found Mr Dodd holding up a rake from where he had been helping to landscape an unkempt area of Mr Hogan’s garden under an external light. Officers satisfied themselves that the so-called offender was 43-tear-old Mr Dodd and the ‘weapon’ was the garden rake.”

Organisers of village fruit and veg show have so few entries they allow people to enter food bought from the supermarket: “It is a tradition as British as red telephone boxes and morris dancing. Once a year, in the village hall or in a marquee on the green, locals gather to proudly enter their homemade jam or home-grown veg for judging in the annual show. Yet this cornerstone of rural life is, it seems, under threat as fewer locals enter such competitions. And so desperate is the situation that one village on the borders of the Cotswolds has even tried to drum up interest – by allowing residents to enter fruit and veg bought from supermarkets. The fruit and vegetable display competition is known as the Davenport Vernon Shield, and was described on the show’s website as: ‘A chance to buy your vegetables on a Friday, show them on Saturday and eat them on Sunday … goods need not to have been grown by the exhibitor.’”

Voyeur uses drone to spy on nudists: “Naturists on one of Britain’s most popular nudist beaches fear they are being spied on by a voyeur flying a drone. A number of naked sunbathers were left angry when they were buzzed by a radio-controlled drone that flew up and down the famous Studland nudist beach in Dorset. They feared a camera was attached to the device and that the operator, who could not be seen, had the bare cheek to take some shots of the bathers in a state of complete undress. Officials are looking into the matter and have stepped up patrols in case the drone operator returns. ‘The machine went along the whole stretch of Studland so the owner could not be identified. For obvious reasons, naturists need to know who it was.’ Studland nudist beach is a public space but the users enjoy some privacy as it is obscured by sand dunes on one side and has the sea on the other.

Council workers are slammed for leaving Tarmac roads with penis shapes: “Council workers have been slammed for leaving ‘penis-shapes’ in the road after they tried to cover old markings with the wrong paint. Residents say they are disgusted by the mess left behind by Staffordshire County Council workers, who had been using a preventative treatment to try and maintain the road in Tamworth. But the material reacted with paint that had been recently scraped from the road, leaving it covered in phallic-shapes and other offensive-looking gestures.
One angry resident, Graham Wood, who has lived in his detached home for about 11 years, was away when the work started in June but returned to the ‘complete mess’. ‘They’ve scraped off the old road markings and painted over it, but the stuff they used reacted with the white lines. ‘The paint melted the white lines underneath it so, as vehicles drove over the road, it went all over the place.”

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Single … then married

July 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Mexico’s masked hero making streets safe — for pedestrians: “ON THE mean and traffic-choked streets of Mexico City, a fearless superhero is fighting to protect the planet from the worst the internal combustion engine can throw at it. The mighty Peatonito (Little Pedestrian) pushes cars blocking the path of pedestrians, creates crosswalks with spray paint, and climbs on vehicles parked on sidewalks — though his mother has begged him to stop stepping on them. “Pedestrians are happy because they finally have a defender,” Peatonito said, his face covered by a wrestling mask adorned with a pedestrian symbol and wearing a striped cape (sewn by his grandma) adorned with the black and white stripes of a pedestrian crossing. Peatonito and the clowns from the civic association the Claustrofobos (Claustrophobes) are among a wave of activists fighting uncivil behaviour and bad urban planning in this metropolis of 21 million people, four million cars and five million daily metro commuters.

Man puts SUPER GLUE in friend’s hair gel: “An online prankster decided to put his best friend through a hair-raising ordeal before he went on a hot date. Joker Ben Phillips, 22, filmed himself pouring super glue into close pal Elliot Giles’ pot of gel. The 18-year-old is seen breaking out into a cold sweat after a hair brush gets bound to his barnet. The pair, from Bridgend, Wales, then had to drive to the hospital so nurses can use solvent to remove the bristles – and Elliot had to visit a hairdresser to get his cropped mane restyled. Revealing why he decided to pull the stunt of his mate, Ben told FEMAIL: ‘Elliot’s very vain. ‘I’m joking but us lads are always doing our hair. I like doing pranks that interfere with day to day, messing with things that you don’t expect to be hacked.'”

Wheely hip or really stupid? the £1495 Solowheel: “The Solowheel is a powered wheel (gyro-stabilised) with a pair of foot plates on which the passenger stands. When the rider leans forward, the motor drives forward and a maximum speed of 10mph can be achieved. The rider has to balance side to side, in the same way as when riding a bicycle. When the rider leans back, the vehicle slows. You see? You have to STAND on this latest form of transport, for all the world as though you are a Virgin Trains customer. There are no pedals, either. I soon learned that speed is all: if you are slow, you topple over, just as you would on a bike. And as in skiing, it’s hard to turn without momentum. I find gripping the sides with my calves painful, though Robert says I will get used to this. The good thing is that when you fall off, unlike a horse, it doesn’t gallop off: the engine cuts out.”

The owl and the policeman: “Video of a Colorado deputy’s encounter with a curious, clicking baby owl delighted animal-lovers on Friday after authorities posted footage of the unusual meeting online. The deputy was driving near the small town of Nederland when she and a colleague were stopped in their tracks by the young northern saw-whet owl, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said. ‘Hi, what’s up?’ says the deputy in the footage as she approaches the small bird on a woodland road. Unfazed, the young owl clicks back in response. ‘After some curious head twisting (on both sides) it safely flew away,’ the sheriff’s office said in a statement on social media. The sheriff’s office said the cute encounter took place in the area of Rainbow Lakes Campground, a few miles northwest of Nederland, but that it was not revealing the exact location in order to protect the owl’s nest.

Rare 17-foot deep water whale washes up: “The carcass of a rarely-seen deep water whale washed up on a Massachusetts beach on Friday, offering a rare research opportunity for marine biologists. The 17-foot toothed female whale was found on Jones Beach in Plymouth. Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused the whale to wash ashore. A necropsy of the whale, which weighs nearly a ton, will be performed by the biologists alongside staff from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Aquarium officials believe the whale is a Sowerby’s beaked whale, which is known for having a long, slender snout and feeds on small fish in cold, deep water. WBZ reported that the whale’s carcass was in fairly good condition when it was discovered. A number of species of beaked whales can be found about 200 miles offshore in the North Atlantic. Since they spend most of their time in deep water little is known about them.

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Hair we go

July 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

10,000 tonne freight train plows into a stretch limo: “This is the shocking moment a 10,000-tonne train plowed into a limousine that was stuck on a level crossing. A photographer captured a video of the moment of impact after the high-speed freight carrier slammed into the vehicle. Teenagers celebrating a friend’s birthday were in the vehicle in Indiana when it stopped on the lines. They managed to get out, and used a red piece of cloth to try and warn the conductor. A local photographer, Norman Noe, who is thought to have been travelling with the party, filmed the moment of impact. The conductor of the train was constantly sounding its whistle as it approached the limousine. When it slammed into the vehicle, it pushed it along the tracks several hundred feet before grinding to a halt. The photographer ran to the front of the train still filming and asked the driver: ‘Did you see me?’ ‘I sure did,’ he replied. ‘I’ve got 10,000 tonnes behind me, though.’

Giant statue of Lenin’s head which stood in East Germany is to be dug up and put on display: “Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Soviet leader will gaze again on the people when the 3.5 tonne piece is resurrected from its current grave – a sandpit under a pile of rocks which is home to a colony of lizards. The goateed head of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, is to be unearthed, trucked across Berlin and displayed in a line-up of historical sculptures marking the end of an odyssey that started in the Cold War. ‘Lenin was always set to be part of the exhibition because it’s a special statue, given its size alone,’ said Andrea Theissen, curator of the Citadel Spandau hosting the exhibition from September. Once upon a time, the 1.7 metre (5ft) high head was part of a Lenin statue carved from Ukrainian pink granite that towered 19 metres (62ft) above East Berlin, framed by Soviet pre-fab apartment tower blocks.”

Glamorous Argentinian MP decides to breastfeed her 8-month-old daughter during parliamentary session: “In any other setting, an image of a breastfeeding mother reclining into her chair with her baby’s scattered messy table in front of her would be quite unremarkable. Except this mother was an Argentinian MP who was attending a parliamentary session and surrounded by her peers at the time. The photograph of Victoria Donda Perez feeding her eight-month-old daughter has since gone viral since the incident was filmed at the Congressional Palace in the capital Buenos Aires earlier this month. Although many have praised the 37-year-old for feeding her baby girl right there and then, others feel her actions were inappropriate. The human rights activist and lawyer became the youngest woman ever to become a member of the Argentine National Congress in December 2007. Since then, the glamorous politician has been nicknamed ‘Dipusex’ – or sexy MP.”

Land of mutant daisies: Flowers grow strangely near site of Fukushima nuclear power plant: “It will surprise no one but mutant daisies with two connected flowers and four stems have been found growing near the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. Four years after the tragic disaster saw the meltdown of six nuclear reactors at the plant following a tsunami, the area is still being affected by radiation that came after the tragedy. Known as fasciation (or cresting) the hormonal imbalance in vascular plants is a rare condition causing plants to increase in weight and volume. The sprouting of abnormal flowers at the site of Fukushima however is not a shock with deformed fruit growing within the area as well. So it is no surprise that the abnormal flowers have started growing in Fukushima but they can occur anywhere. The condition is also one without treatment. Critics reacted to the images on social media claiming them to be a scam when in fact the condition is real.

Still a kid at heart: “A man has built a high-tech treehouse, complete with finger-print entry, an app-controlled beer dispenser and voice-controlled LED lights – and it’s all solar powered. Jono Williams, a 28-year-old man from Palmerston North in New Zealand’s North Island, dreamt up the plans three years ago over drinks with a friend. His feat is up and running $67,000 later, Domain is reporting. With 360-degree views from 10 metres up, an in-couch beer dispenser, high-speed wifi, wireless sound system fingerprint entry, projector, dimmable coloured LED lighting from solar-powered, app and voice-controlled mechanics, The Skyphere is the perfect bachelor pad. ‘My favourite part of the tower by far is my smartphone activated, refrigerated, in-couch beer dispenser,’ Mr Williams told Daily Mail Australia. A plastics engineer, graphic and web designer, Mr Williams was an amateur in steel construction before developing The Skysphere. ‘From an early age I have always liked to make things. The only difference these days is I import four tonnes of steel from China,’ he says on The Skyphere website.

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