A difficult shot

May 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Women stop trying to get to the top after just TWO years: “Women lose interest in making it to the top after just two years because they are turned off by having to sacrifice it all to be a boss. A study has revealed that women found it ‘demoralizing’ having to be on call 24 hours a day and to network on the golf course to secure the big deals. After more than two years in work women’s aspiration and confidence fell 60 per cent and 50 per cent, compared to just 10 per cent for men. The researchers said that women are not going for top jobs because they want a better work life balance for themselves. One woman is quoted in the study as saying: ‘Watching middle-aged white male after middle-age white male tell their war stories of sacrificing everything to close the sale was demoralizing. ‘I just kept sinking lower in my chair and thinking that I would never be able to make it to the senior ranks if this was what it took.’

Gone in 60 seconds! Moment driver speeds off in brand new $80,000 Corvette Z06 sports car… and prangs it: “This is the dramatic moment the owner of a brand new Chevrolet sports car skidded off the road and ploughed into a tree. Believed to have been shot in North America, the video was posted on YouTube and shows the driver sat behind the wheel of an immaculate Corvette Z06. A voice then instructs the driver to ‘go ahead’ and suddenly the red C7 pulls away – the momentary wheel spin leaves a small puff of tyre smoke behind it. The exhaust pipes shudder as the car, which has a power output of 650bhp, accelerates and makes its way down the road. But suddenly disaster strikes and the Corvette, which retails with a starting price of $79,995, skids off the road and towards the bushes. The brake lights can be seen coming on as the driver tries to rectify the mistake. But the sports car continues to veer into the greenery where it has a violent head-on collision with what appears to be a tree. The filmmaker concludes the video by voicing his shock and making his way over towards the destroyed car.”

Star Wars comes a step closer: US military bosses reveal success tests of airborne ‘death rays’: “It is a staple of every sci-fi film: A laser weapon mounted to a fighter or spacecraft – and now, it’s getting closer to reality. The US Military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has revealed it has just completed the first tests of a system that could eventually see laser weapons added to drones and fighter jets. They say the weapons shows ‘unprecedented power’ and are about to begin testing it against live targets on firing ranges. Called the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), it will create a laser small enough to be mounted on a plane. ‘The goal of the HELLADS program is to develop a 150 kilowatt (kW) laser weapon system that is ten times smaller and lighter than current lasers of similar power, enabling integration onto tactical aircraft to defend against and defeat ground threats,’ Darpa says.”

Meet the new ‘Human Barbie’, a 26-year-old Russian: “Step aside Valeria Lukyanova, there’s a new Human Barbie in town, and extraordinarily, she’s been raised as a living doll since she was born. Angelica Kenova, a 26-year-old model from Moscow, Russia, still lives with her hyper-controlling parents, who have been honing her drastic look all her life – dictating her diet and exercise programme so she can maintain her miniature six-stone frame. ‘Growing up, my parents raised me like a princess and never let me go out, date boys or have the usual adult experiences,’ Angelica says. ‘As a result, I am not fit for real life – I’m like a living doll.’ Yet bizarrely, the diminutive blonde – who claims to be a child psychologist and a ballet dancer as well as a model – regularly poses for half-naked photos, which her parents approve of. Angelica maintains that her walking-talking doll looks were achieved without plastic surgery and has amassed thousands of fans on social media. Angelica – who has one older brother, Roman – still lives with her parents and can only date men with their absolute approval – which has so far never happened.

Gung ho window cleaner: “This is the shocking moment when a window cleaner balancing on a top floor ledge – without ANY safety equipment. Colin Elliot appears to use only his left hand to cling on to the outside of a third floor flat while wiping the windows with his other hand. Witnesses said he left the property through the window before carrying out the dangerous task, branding him ‘fearless’ but ‘stupid’. ‘I saw him climb out of the window. He closed it behind him and washed the window as if it was a ground floor and nothing had happened. ‘Except from his hand holding on to the window, there was nothing keeping him there.’ The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which regulates the workplace, said it could not comment as the man may have just been a member of the public. Mr Elliot, 56, said he has been cleaning windows for almost 34 years without incident. ‘If you’re fearful of the activity you shouldn’t do it. I have an exceptional head for heights. ‘Having survived it for 33 and a half years I must be bloody good at risk assessment.'”

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The Wisdom of Older Men

May 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An older man approached an attractive younger woman at a shopping mall. “Excuse me; I can’t seem to find my wife. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?”

The woman, feeling a bit of compassion for the old fellow, said, “Of course, sir. Do you know where your wife might be?”

“I have no idea, but every time I talk to a woman with a figure like yours, she seems to appear out of nowhere.”

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Islamic preacher warns that men who masturbate will get their hands PREGNANT… and will have to look after their offspring in the afterlife: “An Islamic preacher has made the astonishing claim that those who masturbate will find their hands pregnant and be forced to raise the offspring in the afterlife. Turkish preacher Mucahid Cihad Han made the comments in response to a viewer’s startlingly honest query during a broadcast on live TV. At first appearing puzzled by the caller’s question, he eventually warned him to ‘resist Satan’s temptations’. According to Hurriyet Daily News, Han was appearing on the TV station 2000 TV when a man rang the station to confess that despite being married, he kept masturbating – even during the holy pilgrimage to Mecca known as Umrah. Forced to repeat the question several times to the confused preacher, he was eventually advised that the act was forbidden. ‘Moreover,’ Han said, ‘One [saying] states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights.”

Chinese man sets new world record as he lets ONE MILLION bees swarm over his body: “A Chinese beekeeper has caused quite a buzz after covering himself in more than a million bees, smashing the world record. Gao Bingguo, from Tai’an, in China’s northern Shandong province, was stung more than 2,000 times during the world record attempt on Monday. But the 55-year-old adrenaline junkie surely thinks the pain was worth it, as he was crowned the new world champion for ‘most bees on a human body’. Gao is well-known in the beekeeping world, and has been nicknamed the ‘nation’s number one bee-keeper’ and the ‘Bee King’ of Taishan – a district in Tai’an – according to reports from the People’s Daily Online. More than 20 beekeepers arrived at the record attempt – held in the Daiyue district – armed with 30 hives full of bees. The only clue to suggest that there was a human being beneath the mass of bees was a cigarette, clamped tightly between Gao’s lips. For such an apparently niche world record, ‘the number of bees on a human body’ is surprisingly keenly-contested.”

The seal who lives in a CAR WASH: “A rogue seal has caused havoc in an Auckland suburb after choosing to make itself at home in a car wash. Unaffected by the stir it was causing among baffled locals and emergency services, the 100kg male fur seal was seen happily lazing around in a Papakura car wash after a quick stroll along the main roads the previous day. Emergency services and the Department of Conservation were soon called in to relocate the happy mammal to a more natural environment while the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) issued public warnings about seal-related injuries. After entertaining curious onlookers, the seal was eventually coaxed into a cage and driven to a beach where he was released and pictured making his way into the ocean, but not before making the most of his time in town in typical seal fashion.”

Children urge each other to ‘summon Mexican demon’: “The newest fad for children and teenagers is to try to summon a Mexican demon. The so-called ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ is described as a supernatural ritual that allegedly makes it possible to contact a ghost. It involves writing ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ twice on a sheet of paper, crossing two pencils and then asking if the spirit is present – and many are now filming their experiences and sharing them online. Individuals are supposed to first chant ‘Charlie, Charlie, can we play?’ twice, and wait to see if the crossed pencil points towards yes or no. If the pencils point towards yes, they ask the spirit questions. It’s likely this will happen if the pencils are precariously balanced, especially if nervous players are learning on a table and accidentally making it wobble. They must then drop the pencils to the floor so ‘the demon portal to his or her own home hasn’t been left wide open forever,’ pencils.com reported.”

Experts piece warrior’s helmet and sword back together to unlock life in the Dark Ages: “Experts studying the incredible Staffordshire Hoard have pieced together thousands of fragments to reveal a rare warrior’s helmet and a unique sword pommel. Archaeologists working with the hoard – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts ever found – said the two examples of 7th century ‘warrior splendour’ were likely made in workshops set up by some of England’s earliest kings. The silver helmet is not yet completely constructed but includes ear pieces, most of the cap and the crest. And its band reveals etchings of animals and kneeling Saxon warriors, while other parts show men with handlebar moustaches. Anglo-Saxon helmets are incredibly rare in Britain and this is only the fifth to be discovered. The remarkable designs depict kneeling human warriors around the band as well as fragments showing male moustachioed faces, birds, animals and mythical beasts. But Dr Greaves said it’s possible the images are of ancestral or idealised warriors, intended to give spiritual support to the wearer.”

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Good umbrella

May 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Taxi driver in Ireland becomes a huge hit with comments on same-sex marriage: “An Irish taxi driver has become an internet sensation for his stance on same-sex marriage after his son posted a video of his response on social media. Melbourne-based Darren Duffy was eating dinner at home when he was shocked to find his father, Martin Duffy, on ABC News giving his take on Ireland’s historic vote authorizing same-sex marriage. ‘I’m in favour of same sex marriage because I’ve been having same sex with the wife for the last 30 years,’ Martin told the national broadcaster. In Australia, his son Darren decided to post the footage on Facebook without anticipating the internet’s reaction. Since then, it has been viewed more than one million times and shared almost 15,000 times in the past 24 hours. The video has garnered hundreds of comments with most applauding the man for his creative answer.”

Woman flees Northern Australian beach after croc charges her: “A woman has had to run from the water at a popular Darwin beach after she saw a crocodile moving towards her at speed. Huni Bolliger, 43, was walking at Nightcliff beach during her lunchbreak, and said she was in the water up to her ankles. “I saw a flash, which I thought might have been a manta ray and seconds later I saw it coming really fast towards me and I saw the big diamond head coming straight towards me and I ran,” she said. “I reckon it got maybe four or five metres [from me] — really close — it was moving so fast. She said she thought the head of the animal was about a foot long, and was told by wildlife rangers that it was probably about a two-metre crocodile. Ms Bolliger described the experience as “really scary”. “I’m pretty shaken, my fingers were shaking so much I could hardly ring the croc people.” Parks and Wildlife rangers have commenced patrols in the area to try to locate the animal, police said.”

Burglar eats the jail: “A talented teenage basketball player unable to post bond on a low-level burglary charge ended up ingesting screws, needles, a 4-inch piece of metal and other objects while behind bars, leading the jail to spend more than $1 million in medical care on him. Authorities at Cook County Jail told the Chicago Tribune that the case of 17-year-old Lamont Cathey highlights the hazards of institutionalizing impressionable youths, some of whom have mental health issues. The newspaper says the sheriff’s office moved the Chicago teen into a newer section of the jail last week and that his condition appears to have improved. Cathey has been in the jail for 16 months following his arrest for allegedly stealing money from a pizzeria safe, after he couldn’t post a $5,000 cash bond. It’s only when a plea deal that was supposed to let him attend a boot camp fell through last year that he began swallowing objects”

An airhead with a difference: “A man’s bizarre ability to inflate tyres by blowing air through his ears has caused a sensation in his native country after video emerged showing him blowing up a rubber ring in the sea. Tain Pan, 39, is seen standing on the beach of Xiamen, a city in south-east China’s Fujian Province, wearing a stethoscope-like device attached to a long tube. A friend wades out to sea with the deflated tyre attached to the hose, and after a few minutes of blowing with his ears, he manages to inflate the tyre and his friend is able to use it to float in the water. Although unusual, it is technically possible for people to blow air out of their ears. If the eardrum is perforated, air can pass from the lungs out of the ear through a small tube that connects the throat to the eardrum. Zhu Hu said on Weibo, China’s largest social media website: ‘This is brilliant, he should be in the circus with a talent like that.’

Animal activists PETA demand Britain’s oldest pub change its name from Ye Olde Fighting Cocks to Ye Olde Clever Cocks: “Activists have called on an eighth century pub to change its name from ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to reflect today’s compassion for animals. Animal rights group Peta wants the St Albans pub to adopt a new name to ‘celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive animals they are’. The pub, which is in the Guinness Book of Records as the UK’s oldest, has had its current name since 1872 due to its history of cock fighting, a sport which was banned outright in England and Wales in 1835. Landlord Mr Tofalli, who has been at the pub for more than three years, said he had a responsibility for preserving the history and the heritage of the ‘oldest pub in the country’ where Oliver Cromwell reputedly spent a night during the English Civil War. ‘We’re not changing it for PETA or for anyone else.’

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Puppy love

May 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Nutty professor says men don’t like big boobs: “It’s a theory that’s likely to bring out the cynic in many of the fairer sex. A leading scientist has claimed that men value intelligence over bust size when they are searching for a future wife. Evolutionary biologist Professor David Bainbridge said brains suggests a women is likely to be a responsible mother. The Cambridge academic also said it indicated that the woman was brought up by intelligent parents and had been well looked after in childhood. Other supposed attractive female features such as long legs don’t matter to men either, according to Professor Bainbridge. [Hey! I don’t know so much about that!]. He said men only prize symmetrical features because it suggests a potential partner is young, healthy and has stable genes. As a result he said that men are not even interested in the size of a woman’s breasts – because they are rarely symmetrical. And with legs, the most important factor is that they are straight because unevenness suggest a developmental illness, such as rickets.”

What your Facebook status says about YOU: “A new study says a person’s Facebook status actually says a lot about their personality. The scientists found users tended to post updates in line with their personality traits. They found people who scored high in neuroticism sought validation from others that they can’t find offline. When they receive more likes and comments they tend to experience the benefits of social inclusion, whereas those who receive none feel ostracised. Extroverts take advantage of Facebook as a tool for social engagement and create statuses about social activities, researchers found. Narcissists update about their achievements, diet, and exercise as they seek attention and validation. They seek attention and validation measured through a high number of ‘likes’. Open, curious and creative types post about political beliefs and intellectual topics as they seek information sharing over social interaction. Posts mainly about: political beliefs and intellectual topics. They seek less social interaction and more information sharing, motives conducive to sharing impersonal information, such as current events and research.

Seven foot Chinese boxer Taishan Dong delivers devastating one-punch KO: “THEY call him “The Great Wall” and for now seven-foot Chinese boxer Taishan Dong is proving to be an impenetrable object to his rivals in the heavyweight division. Dong moved his professional record to 5-0 with a devastating one-punch knockout of overmatched American Lance Gauch in California on Friday. Giving up more than 30cm [a foot] in height, Gauch did his best to avoid Dong’s bludgeoning blows for the majority of the first round before being put to sleep by a monster right hand. He reportedly lay prone on the canvas for 10 minutes before being placed on a stretcher bed and taken to a nearby hospital. It was another graphic illustration of the power of the 130kg giant from Gansu province. While you didn’t really get to see it against Gauch, Dong reportedly has impressive hand speed and athleticism for a man his size. After initially trying his hand at basketball and kickboxing, the 27-year-old believes he has found his calling.”

Even dogs can get into trouble from chasing females: “A farmer has been reunited with his sheepdog days after it got lost on England’s highest mountain while chasing a female dog and ended up in Scotland. The collie cross, called Sid, was found by hikers Briony Beckerley and Daniel Cope at the top of Scafell Pike, a 3,209ft peak in the Lake District. They took the hungry dog to their home in Ayrshire, Scotland, before handing him in at the Scottish SPCA rehoming centre in Glasgow, which released an appeal for information about him on Friday. Centre assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said: ‘Unfortunately, Sid wasn’t microchipped so we couldn’t contact his owner directly. Thankfully, he came forward following our appeal. ‘The owner is a local sheep farmer…He believes Sid took off after a bitch in season and had been looking for him.’ She added: ‘While he was surprised when he found out Sid was in Scotland, he was also very relieved he was safe.’

Musical sand: “Tourists flock to these spectacular dunes in the Gobi Desert to hear the sound of the sand echoing for miles. This is Mingsha Hill in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. As camels amble across the spectacular landscape, visitors take turns going up, and then sliding down, the beautiful mountains of sand. When a strong wind picks up, the roars of tumbling sand can be heard all around. When there is a light breeze the falling sounds sounds almost music-like. And this of course encourages visitors to create their own sound of music. Children race down the hill, watched on by their parents. But even a fall will be cushioned by a soft landing. According to some Japanese experts, there are probably ancient palaces under the dunes, while the Russians deem that quartz content in the sand is the main reason. Chinese scientists have carried out a study as to the cause of the singing sand for years and they believe that it is a phenomenon of resonance.”

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A famous answering machine message

May 24, 2015 at 11:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This has been around since 2002 so the pity is that nobody seems actually to have used it. The message allegedly came about because a California school implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children’s absences and missing homework. The school and teachers were being sued by parents who wanted their children’s failing grades changed to passing grades – even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes

The outgoing message:

Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

To lie about why your child is absent – Press 1

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work – Press 2

To complain about what we do – Press 3

To swear at staff members – Press 4

To ask why you didn’t get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you – Press 5

If you want us to raise your child – Press 6

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone – Press 7

To request another teacher, for the third time this year – Press 8

To complain about bus transportation – Press 9

To complain about school lunches – Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be Accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it’s not the teachers’ fault for your child’s lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!

If you want this in another language, move to a country that speaks it.

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Odd news from around the world

An expensive round of golf: “A golfer has been forced to pay £10,000 in damages to another player after a mishit ball went ‘out of control’ and struck him in the head. John Ure was on the fairway at another hole at Bellshill Golf Club, in Lanarkshire, when an errant drive swung to the right and hit him in the head with such force it knocked him to the ground. Mr Ure, 46, raised an action seeking compensation against fellow player Stewart Muir following the incident, in which it said he was left feeling nauseous and later needed hospital treatment. Mr Muir argued that he hadn’t expected the ball to swing so far to the right but had shouted ‘fore’ after he struck it, and two of Mr Ure’s party took cover – but he did not. However, Lord Brailsford said that the risk of an errant shot creating a danger to a person in Mr Ure’s position was ‘reasonably foreseeable’ and ordered him to pay £10,000 in damages.

Girl from the sticks makes good — in Britain: “A model who was once dubbed ‘Britain’s biggest chav’ [rube] is having the last laugh after living her very own rags to riches story. Chloe Khan, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was ridiculed after appearing on The X Factor, but has since gone on to make a fortune by setting up a profitable webcam business and working as a model. The 23-year-old now travels the world, flying in private jets, driving fast cars and wearing designer clothes – and she is dating Spearmint Rhino founder John Gray, with whom she lives in their mansion in Newport Beach, California. ‘The transformation wasn’t overnight,’ said Chloe, who met John at a party at the Playboy mansion at Halloween. ‘I didn’t go from being a chav clown to an LA princess – it has been a long journey’. Her lifestyle and looks have also led to comparisons with superstar Kim Kardashian…. ‘but people soon realize I’m not Kim Kardashian when I open my mouth – I still have the Yorkshire accent’.”

Carnival in Denmark? Denmark is Lutheran, not Catholic: “Thousands of people from all over the world have taken to the streets in extravagant costumes for the second day of the annual Copenhagen Carnival in Denmark. For three days every year, the city explodes to life in a haze of flamboyant outfits, garish feathers and half-naked dancers. The incredible celebrations are held for three days over the seventh weekend after Easter, as part of the Christian festival of Pentecost. The carnival’s official website says: ‘All carnival groups from near and far gather and show their beautiful colorful costumes and big drums. ‘The parade is a great opportunity to experience all the performing groups, where it is almost impossible to stand still when the music plays up.’ Over the last few years, it has transformed into the largest Danish festival for World Music with with 120 bands, 2000 dancers and more than 100,000 spectators participating.

Gadget throws out bursts of light to shoo away bugs: “They’re the bane of the barbecue season – flies and wasps that descend in droves on your food and drink and leave you thrashing your arms about in fury. But now the irritating insects may have met an unlikely nemesis – a device that confuses them with bursts of light. The new system called Shoo Away, which inevitably has its origins in Australia where outdoor dining is the norm, is designed like a fan, with two flexible blades on the end of which are holographic dots. One or two of the battery-powered devices, which cost £19.99 each, are placed on a table of food or near the barbecue, with each keeping an area of about 4ft across clear of pests. When the blades rotate, the dots reflect random spots of light that flies – which have highly sensitive eyes made up of more than 4,000 cells – interpret as movement that they shy away from. The blades are soft and stop if touched, and also add to the deterrent effect, much like the swish of corks strung from the brim of a traditional Australian swagman’s hat. The flies begin to fly more slowly, as if disorientated or dizzy, before backing off, leaving the sizzling sausages or burgers unsullied.”

Town stalked by giant 6’6″ tall, 200 lb kangaroo: “Residents of a Brisbane neighbourhood are being stalked by a giant kangaroo, taking locals by surprise as it wanders fearlessly around the streets. The 2m tall animal is said to weigh up to 95 kilograms, and has been spotted in playgrounds, walking tracks and even at the local golf club in North Lakes, Brisbane. North Lakes local, Linda Hellyer, came up close and personal to the giant roo when she was walking her dogs earlier this week, according to Seven News. ‘We turned the corner and old mate jumped out he’s very big and I don’t want to take him on,’ Ms Hellyer told Seven News on Friday. Ms Hellyer was able to film the shocking encounter with her phone, a true reminder of the wild bushlands that are surrounding the Brisbane suburb. ‘He’s got massive, massive muscles, big pecs and everything and he stood up because he was obviously a bit frightened of the dogs,’ she said. Even though it’s not uncommon to get visits from kangaroos in the area, this one stands out, not only with its huge size but with the distinctive tear in its left ear.”

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So which one is greedy?

May 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis: “Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation. However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found. And one in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey. The shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal’, Dr Farias told The Times.”

Fat in all the right places: “Anastasia Volochkova was prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet in the Russian capital Moscow until the year 2003 when she was fired for being too fat. But after a high-profile court case the ballet was forced to take her back but although she remained on their books, she has not been offered any dancing roles since 2004. But it did not stop her continuing to develop her career not only with solo performances but also as an actress and a model, starring in films and TV series as well as modelling for Chopard jewellery. Two years ago, Volochkova caused controversy when she said the world-famous ballet was being used a a ‘brothel for oligarchs’. She said: ‘Ten years ago when I was dancing at the theatre, I repeatedly received propositions to share the beds of oligarchs. ‘The girls were forced to go along to grand dinners and given advance warning that afterwards they would be expected to have sex. ‘When the girls asked: “What happens if we refuse?”, they were told that they would not go on tour or even perform at the Bolshoi theatre. Can you imagine?'”

Love rooms where prisoners get to spend two hours every three months with a loved one while locked up in Romanian jails: “Photographer Cosmin Bumbut has spent the past four years visiting 35 penitentiaries across Romania, including juvenile detention centres and prison hospitals, photographing the rooms built for conjugal visits. He started taking pictures of people before and after the visits but wanted to focus on the lack of intimacy in the rooms, rather than the prisoners themselves and came up with The Intimate Room collection. Once Romania joined the European Union, in 2007, the prison system went through major revamp and the biggest reform was to introduce the right to private visits. A prisoner who is married or in a relationship has the right to receive a two-hour private visit, every three months, which takes place in a separate room inside the prison compound. If someone gets married whilst in jail, they have the right to use the room for 48-hours as a honeymoon of sorts, then two hours every month for a year.

Reward for a good deed: “A former rubbish picker has begun a career as a model after handing back more than £50,000 which had been accidentally thrown away in a hospital’s rubbish. Ana dos Santos Cruz, 23, would work for ten hours a day sifting through dumps in Barretos, near Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil. The single mother, who struggled to raise her three-year-old son, had been doing the work for four months when she came across an envelope inside a plastic bag. Inside she found £52,000 in blank cheques, which she discovered were donations to the town’s Barretos Cancer Hospital. The next day Ms dos Santos Cruz went to the hospital to personally deliver the cheques to its director. Her selfless act prompted a shopping mall to invite Ms dos Santos Cruz to star in a publicity campaign on TV and billboards in the town, which launched this week. Ms dos Santos Cruz, who has also started evening school to complete her studies, told Brazils G1 website she has already been offered other modelling jobs after being taken on by a local agency.”

A clean window devotee: “A fearless Ukranian woman has been filmed balancing precariously from her ninth storey apartment and cleaning the outside of her windows. Shocked witnesses watched as Mary Bodrova, 45, clambered onto the window ledge and started scrubbing the outside of her home. The jaw-dropping footage, shot in the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine, has gone viral. Ms Bodrova was seen hanging from the window frame with her left hand and cleaning the glass with her right, without a safety rope. Witness Ivanna Rudenko,23, said: ‘I think the housewife was so exited about the washing process that she doesn’t realise the danger. ‘If I only imagine myself outside the window, I feel sick.’ Yuriy Popenko, 45, added: ‘What a woman. She must work in the Cirque du Soleil.’

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What a grouch!

May 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Store Owner Posts Signs Saying He Is Leaving Town Because Residents Are ‘Homeless Bums, Lowlifes… He has simply had enough with the “Marxist zombies” who inhabit his town and has even hung a sign declaring as much…

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Boy Scout Water Gun Ban: “The Boy Scouts of America have been dealing with political correctness for years, though in the past it has been with weighty subjects such as homosexual leaders and scouts. This time, it’s not nearly so serious, but it’s absurd all the same. Boy Scout blogger Bryan Wendell writes, “As summer — and pool weather! — lingers on the horizon, it’s a good time to remind you that BSA policies prohibit pointing simulated firearms at people. Yes, that includes water guns.” And he’s actually serious. According to the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.” Fine, safety first and all. Wouldn’t want a Scout hit in the eye with a rubber band. So now we’re going to raise a generation of Scouts to be scared of water guns. What red-blooded American boy hasn’t enjoyed the heck out of a water gun fight? Well, now the Boy Scout variety, that’s who.

Don’t hurt yourself in Scotland: “An injured toddler waited a staggering 50 hours to receive just three stitches, her father has claimed. Cassara Rodgers was first taken to A&E last Friday after falling and splitting her lip on a table at her grandmother’s house. But the four-year-old didn’t receive treatment until a full two days later, on Sunday. The toddler, from Glasgow, needed an anaesthetic before her stitches and therefore was unable to eat while she was waiting. At one point she fasted for a full 24 hours, leaving her so hungry she began to vomit bile. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said there was no problem with understaffing at Yorkhill, and the suggestion was ‘totally wrong’. ‘The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill is not understaffed and its emergency theatre capacity is appropriate. [Don’t you love their idea of “appropriate”?]

Leopard shark rolls over like a dog so it can have its BELLY rubbed: “It is a comforting move more associated with pet dogs than fish. But this leopard shark proved that it’s not just pups that enjoy a belly rub from time to time. Captured on camera at an aquarium believed to be in France, a technician found the leopard shark’s sweet spot while carrying out some maintenance tasks in the tank. He cleans the glass as a number of fish – seemingly oblivious to his presence – swim around. Taking note of him however is a leopard shark, which swims around in a circle and heads directly towards the man’s chest. Anticipating the marine mammal heading his way, the man opens his arms and greets it with a hug. The shark, who appears to be smiling, then moves under the man’s arm to get into a better position to be stroked. Later in the clip the shark rolls onto its back, exactly like a dog would, and relaxes as the man rubs its belly. The video concludes with the satisfied shark swimming away and the man returning to his job.”

Feds go after biker gang members… by claiming the rights to their logos: “Prosecutors are attempting to break up America’s most violent motorcycle gangs by claiming rights to their logos. If the government is successful, it will become illegal for a member of the 600-strong notorious Mongols Nation gang to wear its trademarked patch – a black-and-white image of 12th century conqueror Genghis Khan riding a motorbike in a pair of sunglasses. Police sources say that removing gang logos diminishes the gang’s power and identity. A source told Fox News: ‘It not just stripping them of their identity, or robbing them of a recruiting tool, it’s taking the star off their helmet. The logo itself furthers a criminal enterprise.’ If successful, one expert says that the government will use the legal precedent to disrupt other violent motorcycle groups, including those involved in Sunday’s horrific shoot-out in Waco.”

Ocean-going pizzeria: “If you fancy a slice of paradise served up with your pizza, this Fiji restaurant could be the ideal eatery. Floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Fiji, the luxurious two-storey island offers cocktails, food and endless seas views. And as your food is being prepared, Cloud 9 offers the perfect pastime – the chance to snorkel in the clear turquoise water while you wait. The floating wonder sits 40-45 minutes from the coast of Fiji, and can be reached by an exciting boat ride from Port Denarau. For those in a hurry for their slice of heaven, it can also be reached by a 10 minute speed boat ride from Musket Cove Resort, Lomani Resort and Plantation Resort. Once aboard, guests can chose from the menu, or succumb to the inevitable and opt for one of the Italian Wood Fire Pizzas. There are even options for non-vegetarian, vegetarian and gluten-free guests so everyone can enjoy the delights of Cloud 9. Once aboard, and fed, guests can sunbathe on the reclining day beds which overlook the crystal clear waters of Vanua Malolo on Ro Ro Reef. Cloud 9 is not just a food venue but also hosts dj events, featuring both international and local DJs each weekend. The unique restaurant can hold 100 guests, and is free for all ages to go and visit with no landing fee.”

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Cake lover

May 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Missouri woman awarded $83MILLION after debt collection agency sued her for $1,000 and harassed her non-stop over a credit card she never even owned: “A Missouri woman has been awarded $83million after a collection agency sued her for a $1,000 credit card debt she never owed. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC was found guilty by a Kansas City jury for maliciously prosecuting Maria Guadalupe Mejia for a debt that actually belonged to a man with a similar name. The debt buyer was fined $250,000 for violating the Fair Debt and Collection Practices Act and $82,990,000 in punitive damages for malicious prosecution. Mejia, 51, said that, although she knew she didn’t owe the company any money, she was absolutely ‘terrified’ when she was served the lawsuit in 2013. ‘I feared they would take my house and I feared they would arrest me.'” Chiala said Portfolio Recovery Associates, one of the biggest debt buyers in the country, has a reputation for a ‘take no prisoners’ approach. ‘Among consumer lawyers, they are known to be very aggressive in litigation and to not stop,’ she said. ‘Even when they’re wrong, they’re just not going to stop.’

Chinese acrobat sets new world record by walking a 328ft tightrope backwards AND blindfolded: “A daring stuntman has completed a death-defying 328ft-long tightrope walk backwards and blindfolded between two skyscrapers. It took Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, 42, just six minutes and 40 seconds to complete the remarkable challenge, which took place before a large crowd almost 500ft above the ground, according to the People’s Daily Online. Although the Chinese acrobat already holds several records to his name, he will now enter the history books again for the longest blindfolded tightrope walk. The acrobat is no stranger to such feats of bravery – in 2013 he set a record for the fastest 100m tightrope walk when he wandered his way across a beam fixed between two hot air balloons in just 38 seconds. Mr Aisikaier is a sixth-generation tightrope walker from China’s Xinjiang region, who has had several brushes with death.”

Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia: “Forget cats and dogs—it was raining spiders recently in southern Australia, according to local news reports. Millions of spiders dropped from the sky in the Southern Tablelands region, blanketing the countryside with their webs. “They fly through the sky and then we see these falls of spiderwebs that look almost as if it’s snowing,” local resident Keith Basterfield told the Goulburn Post. It’s unclear what spurs these spiders take to the skies in what are called mass ballooning events, Bennett notes. But once they do, millions crawl to the highest points of their habitat—say a fence pole, or a tall plant—and send out silk strands that allow them to be lifted on air currents. “It’s a reverse-parachute effect—they’re going from the ground into the air,” Bennett said. “It’s awe-inspiring.” The vast majority of these “aerial plankton” will die during the journey, eaten by predators or killed by harsh weather conditions. But only a small fraction need to survive to set up shop in their new home.”

The abandoned Communist headquarters in the Bulgarian mountains: “TUCKED away in the Bulgarian mountains lies a rather strange sight, which at first glance could even be mistaken for a UFO. It’s actually the Buzludzha Monument, an iconic symbol of the communist world that has sadly been forgotten about and left to crumble. Located approximately 200 kilometres from the capital city of Sofia, it was built in the 1970s as a tribute to the creation of the socialist movement in Bulgaria. It was quite the construction feat, costing approximately $11 million and involving 600 workers over seven years. It was used as the headquarters for the Bulgarian Communist party for eight years, before being abandoned and left to languish. But in the decay comes a haunting beauty, making it an intriguing site for adventurous travellers.

Researchers reveal FOLDING quadcopter drone: “It is the pocket sized drone you really can take anywhere – and could be the ultimate spy gadget. French researchers have unveiled an ‘origami’ drone that can fold up its arms to save space – making it small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. To launch it, the owner can simply hold it out – the quadcopter then comes to life, unfurling its arms before taking off. The moment it is turned on, the rotors engage, the articulated arms extend and the drone begins moving. The arms, made of fibreglass and light inelastic polyester, fold up into the shape of a trapezoid. When not in use, they wrap horizontally around the body of the device. When launched, the rotors turn in the same direction, causing the arms to rotate out the opposite way and open around two vertical folds. When the arms are fully extended, their upper section moves horizontally and locks the segment open, while small magnets hold everything in place. Inspired by origami, the folding drone developed by a team at EPFL and NCCR Robotics unfurls and takes off in a third of a second.”

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>Wounded Lion Sculpture in Honor of Swiss Guards Who Died in the French Revolution – Luzern, Switzerland

May 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Australian telephone company sends bill to dead Prime Minister: “The mystery surrounding a phone bill charged to late prime minister John Gorton has Telstra officials scratching their heads. Mr Gorton, who was in office from 1968 to 1971 and died in 2002, managed to run up a bill of a whopping $2.69 in the first half of 2014, according to figures released by the Department of Parliamentary Services. A Telstra spokesman told Daily Mail Australia they are investigating the charges credited to Mr Gorton. Gough Whitlam [also deceased] was charged the same as Mr Gorton, $2.69. A DPS spokeswoman shed light on the mystery surrounding bill, saying the charges were incurred by Nancy Gorton, the former prime minister’s widow. ‘Surviving spouses or de facto partners of former prime ministers are eligible for the entitlement,’ the spokeswoman said.”

The sex attacker who picked on a woman kickboxer only to be throttled by his victim’s LEGS: “A sex attacker got more than he bargained for when he preyed on a kickboxer who throttled him with her legs until he passed out. The 25-year-old woman was walking home at 2am when Mark Willis, 39, repeatedly punched her and pushed her over a wall and into a garden. He jumped on top of her and told her: ‘Be quiet and do as I tell you and you won’t get hurt.’ But his victim, who had been kickboxing for two years and knows self-defence, fought back, Gloucester Crown Court heard. ‘My legs were free so I lifted my left leg up on to his shoulder and around the back of his neck. I crossed my right leg over and squeezed together as hard as I could. ‘He seemed to struggle for air – which was the point. His head was locked down. He lifted his right hand and pounded as hard as he could on the side of my face. ‘I closed my eyes and held it for as long as I could hoping he would pass out in a few seconds. Then I felt his body go limp. I flipped him off, rolled over and crawled through the bushes to the door of the house.’ She later heard him run away and the sound of a car starting.

Woman whose boyfriend convinced her to have THREE boob jobs: “A woman who has had her breasts surgically enhanced three times at her boyfriend’s behest has admitted she wouldn’t have made them so large if he wasn’t paying. Victoria Highlander, from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, hit the headlines last week when it was revealed that she has had her bosom enhanced from a 26D (26D UK) to 26O (26K UK) at the request of her boyfriend, Ivan LeCasque. Mr LeCasque is so proud of his ability to persuade his partner to have surgery, he has written a controversial book called the Convince Her To Get Bigger Breasts Manual. Appearing on today’s This Morning via video link, Ms Highlander, 47, confessed that she wouldn’t have made them so big if she was the one picking up the $11,000 (£7,000) bill. ‘At first of course I was outraged like most women would be,’ she said. ‘You think they should love me the way I am, so my first reaction was to say “No, why don’t you get a penis enlargement?” ‘But now I am more mature. I have had three children who I breastfed and I wanted to go back to feeling sexy.'”

Angry Indian lady: “A woman flew into an uncontrollable rage after being winked at by a politician’s bodyguard, jumping onto his car and smashing the windscreen with his party’s flag. Dramatic video shows the 23-year-old climbing onto the party leader’s Mercedes at a set of traffic lights, bringing the road to a standstill as crowds gathered to watch her outburst. Standing on the bonnet, she plucks the flag from the car and repeatedly hammers it into the windscreen until it cracks while demanding they respond to her allegations of sexual harassment. The row erupted when the woman claimed the bodyguard winked at her as she pulled up on her scooter alongside the politician’s convoy at a set of traffic lights in Agra, India, on Sunday. After leaping onto the car, she demanded the politician, Abhinav Sharma, and his security guard leave the vehicle and face up to her. Eventually, with Mr Sharma remaining inside the car, some of his guards confronted the woman.”

Ooh la la!: “French minister Annick Girardin has shunned the conventions of political office – by boldly attending diplomatic meetings with Cambodian officials in a low cut dress and cardigan. Not content with formal attire, the minister of state for development and francophony surprised everyone when she appeared for political discussions in the revealing outfit. And if her clothes left little to the imagination, so did her negotiating acumen – she has finalised and signed off the details of £70 million worth of financing agreements and development projects. During her visit to Phnom Penh, the capital of the former French colony, she visited a flood management centre and hydro-meterological station, both based on the famed Mekong River. Girardin was promoted to a minister in Manuel Valls cabinet in April last year after spending more than a decade serving councils and other political positions.”

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Do not adjust your picture

May 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Cabinet Carved to Look Like a Digital Glitch

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Cannabis ‘stunts growth in teens’: “Smoking cannabis regularly as a teenager could severely stunt growth. The first study of its kind found that boys who regularly used the drug during adolescence were almost five inches shorter than those who did not smoke by the age of 20. While the drug is regularly linked with psychiatric problems, this research, presented at a leading medical conference, suggests it also affects physical development. It is thought that cannabis, Europe’s most widely-available illicit drug, plays havoc with hormones key to growth and puberty. Researchers from Pakistan took regular blood samples from more than 400 boys aged between 13 and 15 for up to five years. Half were described as cannabis addicts, who smoked the drug with tobacco two or three times a day. The others did not use it. The cannabis users were on average 4.6 inches shorter than the other boys at the end of the study.”

Snakes… in a van! Driver nearly crashes hired vehicle on dual carriageway after 3ft reptile slithers out from underneath the seat: “A man almost crashed a van on a dual carriageway when a three-foot snake slithered out from under his seat. Ashley Vernon, 34, had rented the van from Leyland Van Hire last Tuesday and was driving along the A500 to Stoke with his friend Mark Donnelly. Mr Vernon was travelling to pick up a sofa in a rental van when the orange corn snake appeared from under the seat. He said: ‘Mark told me there was a walking stick under the seat. Then he realised it was a snake. It tried to bite him so he shoved it in the glove box.’ And the saga got even more dramatic after police coned off the area on the busy road as they tried to capture the reptile. Mr Vernon, from Croston in Lancashire, added: ‘I was petrified. I’ve got a phobia of snakes. A spokesman from Leyland Van Hire said: ‘We think someone’s moved and lost their snake but not told us. We called a reptile rescue centre who came to collect it. ‘They said it’s possible it had been in there for up to three months.”

Chinese restaurant offers discounts to women wearing miniskirts – with shorter dresses earning cheaper meals: “A Chinese restaurant is measuring women upon arrival in order to hand out discounts for those dining in the shortest skirts. Yang Jia Hot Pot Restaurant in Jinan, east China, is offering discounts for customers wearing the shortest miniskirts, with employees measuring how much skin is shown from the knee upwards, according to the People’s Daily Online. The promotion held last weekend saw dozens of women lining up to be measured in the hope of receiving 20 per cent off their bill if their skirt was 3 inches (8cm) above the knee. The restaurant offered a 20 per cent discount for skirts three inches above the knee, while those 13 inches above the knee had 90 per cent slashed from their bill. Yang Jia Hot pot is a well-known chain of restaurants in China that started off in Chongqing City. Priding itself on the freshness of its ingredients, the brand also claims to have a ‘secret’ recipe for its spicy hot pot stew. Yang, who studied commerce in Britain for eight years, added: ‘We wanted these promotions to bring good sales to us. ‘The promotion brought us around 50 tables of customers on Sunday.'”

The beauty of Brazil’s ‘invisible’ pool: “In the depths of the Poco Azul cavern, in Chapada Diamantina National Park in Brazil, it’s difficult to tell where the water ends and the rocks begin. But one thing’s for sure: its transparent crystalline blue water and submerged trees offer a truly breathtaking sight. Photographer Marcio Duranc, 40, captured the sheer magnificence of the vast, 16-metre deep underground cave, which was first discovered by a prospector who was looking for diamonds in the region in the 1920s. The pool’s ‘invisibility’ is caused by natural light seeping through a hole in the cavern wall. Sun rays then radiate the blue waters, which remain 75 degrees Fahrenheit all year round, forming a spectacle of rare beauty. And best of all, visitors to the electric blue pool, which is located on the outskirts of Igatu, are able to take a once-in-a-lifetime dip – giving the impression that they are all but floating in space. Only small groups are allowed to get in so it never gets crowded or ruined by tourism.”

Irish Kids don’t like yeast extract spread either: “It’s official: Vegemite tastes like dog hair. At least that’s the verdict of some honest kids from Ireland who tasted Australia’s favourite snacks. The one snack that came in for the biggest criticism was Australian favourite Vegemite, and the Irish kids didn’t hold back – not that they were that sure what it actually was. ‘Does it mean mighty vegetables?’ ‘Is it Jam?’ were the first few comments. None of them were fans of the smell with Sam saying: ‘Ughhhh. It smells like wine.’ Matters didn’t improve after they’d tasted it either, with the kids all pulling faces and not approving of it at all. It brought remarks like: ‘It tastes like dog hair… Australians can keep vegemite… It tastes two years old … Has it gone off?… That’s disgusting.'” [See yesterday’s postings where Japanese hated a similar British product]

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