A practical man

September 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Blind hoarder ‘unaware’ son was dead in house for 20 years: “The elderly Brooklyn woman found this month living with the skeletal remains of her son, possibly for as long as 20 years, is a legally blind hoarder who may not have even known he was there, NYPD sources said. The chilling discovery of the skeleton was made on September 15 when a relative showed up at Rita Wolfensohn’s home to fetch her belongings and take them to her in the hospital. In a debris-choked second-floor bedroom, sister-in-law Josette Buchman found a “completely intact” skeleton, dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt, lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor, police sources told The New York Post. But investigators now believe Wolfensohn may not have known she was living with the corpse of her son. Cobwebs and garbage filled the room where the body was found. When police questioned the ailing woman, she spoke about her son as if he had simply moved out”

Marvellous Malta: “Boasting crystal clear waters and oozing with history, Malta has been revealed as the top ‘secret’ destination to visit by the adventure experts at Lonely Planet. The sunny archipelago, located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, beat 24 other destinations to the top spot. Abigail Blasi, a guidebook author and specialist on the country, said people shouldn’t dispel it for being a hot spot with ‘elderly tour groups’ as the there has been an emergence of new architecture, restaurant launches and hotel openings over recent years. She added: ‘The face of the city is evolving… Meanwhile, Malta’s smaller sibling Gozo – an island of steep cliffs and quiet inlets over the water (left) – is home to some of Europe’s best scuba diving.'”

Gigantic WASPS’ NEST once containing 10,000 of the insects: “Pest controllers were called in to deal with a gigantic wasp nest the size of a barrel in the attic of a house. The nest was once home to 10,000 of the insects who had even built a 5ft tunnel to the outside world. It was discovered at a property which had been empty for two years in the village of Pipewell, in Northamptonshire. Thankfully for the pest controllers who were asked to investigate the giant structure, the 10,000 insects who called the barrel-sized nest home had moved out around a year ago. ‘Although you wouldn’t want it in your own loft, you have to say it’s a very impressive and in its own way a very beautiful thing.’ They were able to build such a large home for themselves as the loft had been empty for several years. He said the structure was made from paper-like material the insects had stripped from fences and tree bark”

Tradie gets bitten on his penis by a spider for the second time: “A 21-YEAR-OLD tradie has been branded “the unluckiest man in the world” after he was bitten on the penis by a spider for a second time. The apprentice, known only as Jordan, was bitten on his old fella by a redback spider on a worksite in Sydney’s south back in April. Yesterday, almost five months later exactly, his tackle was bitten again in a portaloo on a worksite. “This is the first time I’ve used one [portaloo] since then,” Jordan revealed to Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM this morning. The tradie claims he did try to check the toilet seat before he sat down to use it but didn’t notice the spider. Jordan said the spider bit him in “pretty much the same spot” as last time, although he’s not sure what type of spider it was on this occasion. “This is one is a bit sorer,” Jordan said, “it seems like it got a better shot at it this time”. The tradie was released from hospital last night and will return to work tomorrow once the swelling has gone down.

Ancient Roman coins found buried under ruins of Japanese castle leave archaeologists baffled: “Archaeologists were left baffled by the “strange” discovery of ancient Roman coins buried in the ruins of a castle in Japan. The four copper coins were retrieved from soil beneath Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, and were originally thought to be a hoax before their true provenance was revealed. The designs on the coins are difficult to decipher as they have been eroded over time, but x-ray analysis revealed several of the relics bore the image of Emperor Constantine I. Since excavation on the site began in 2013, researchers have also found a further six coins which may be dated back to the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th century. The Roman coins appear to be much older, dating back to at least 400AD according to estimates”

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Almost beautiful: A cross-section of an undersea cable

September 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Mysterious ice cave with 25ft-long icicles that only freezes over in the SUMMER : “Ice is normally associated with winter – but not so for this puzzling geographic anomaly. The Coudersport Ice Mine in Pennsylvania has been baffling visitors for years with its ability to only ever produce ice in the summer. At the bottom of the 40ft deep chasm lies a layer of ice and from the sides of the pit hang icicles as long as 25ft long and 3ft thick… but come the colder months it all melts away into nothing. Unlike other natural ice mines, at Coudersport the hotter the weather the more ice is produced. The phenomenon largely remains a mystery but the prevailing theory credits it to the air flow within the pit. Originally the natural freezer was used to store food and other materials but became a popular tourist attraction from the early 20th century. Originally the natural freezer was used to store food and other materials but became a popular tourist attraction from the early 20th century.

Elon Musk unveils radical ‘megashuttle’ that will take man to Mars in 80 days: “SpaceX chief Elon Musk has unveiled his most ambitious project yet – an ‘interplanetary transport system’ to take man to Mars in 80 days and build a sustainable human colony of a million people there. ‘What I want to achieve is make Mars seem possible, to show that we can do it in our lifetimes, and you could go,’ he said at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico. However, he warned the trip was likely to be dangerous – and said candidates for the first missions ‘must be prepared to die’. The Interplanetary Transport System will use a giant shuttle capable of carrying 100 passenger to the Red Planet at a time, and Musk hopes to take a million people to set up a sustainable city there. It will launch from Earth on a giant version of SpaceX’s reusable rocket booster, unfurling solar sails to power its journey to the red planet.

Student develops a protein that ‘rips apart’ and destroys antibiotic-resistant SUPERBUGS: “A PhD student from the University of Melbourne has developed a molecule that may help destroy mutated bacteria known as ‘superbugs’. Malaysian student Shu Lam, 25, and her colleagues at the University of Melbourne, believe they are a step closer to winning the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria after discovering it can be destroyed by a new protein. The star-shaped proteins tear down the cell walls in their attempt to overcome mutated bugs. Experts believe the proteins could be developed as a replacement for treating bacterial infections that don’t respond to available antibiotics anymore. Genetically engineered, the molecules kill bacteria in different ways than most antibiotics which are designed to halt growth. Other microscopic images released by the scientists show the moment the bacteria appears to explode as it is attacked.”

Meet the world’s first ‘three-parent baby’: Boy carries a tiny piece of genetic code from a third donor ‘parent’ to avoid inheriting a disease from his mother : “The world’s first child has been born using a revolutionary technique that combines the genes of three parents. Like all humans, the five-month-old boy carries DNA from both his parents. But he also has a tiny piece of genetic code from a donor. It means he has avoided inheriting a genetic condition from his Jordanian mother, known only as IS, that could kill him. The controversial technique has only been legally approved in the UK. However, the first baby was engineered by a US medical team who treated IS and her husband in Mexico, where there are no laws to block the procedure. And embryologists believe this birth should fast-forward progress around the world, offering hope to millions who face the prospect of delivering terminally ill children”

Domino’s customer discovers $5,000 in cash in her delivery box : “A woman in San Jose, California is getting free pizza for a year after she turned in the $5,000 that was accidentally delivered to her in a Domino’s box. Selena Avalos was working at her job at a wireless company last Tuesday when she ordered chicken wings from a nearby Domino’s. When she got the order, she looked inside and found $5,000 instead of her lunch. Immediately, Avalos called the store back and left a message saying she found the money, which she believes was a bank deposit. But after several days, the store didn’t call back so she got in contact with corporate. Eventually, the store’s manager called Avalos and the money was returned – but not before the chain could thank Avalos for her good work. The chain is giving her free pizza for a year for the good deed.

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So who needs a high chair?

September 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Gut instinct: Customs officers discover woman was carrying her dead husband’s INTESTINES: “Customs officers at a Austrian airport were left shocked after pulling over a suspicious looking passenger and discovered she was carrying her dead husband’s intestines. The woman, who had travelled from Morocco to Graz Airport, was passing through customs when officers thought she seemed nervous. Officials then asked to inspect her luggage and according to the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, that is when they found the entrails. She then told officials that the organ had belonged to her dead husband, who was also a Moroccan national. The intestines had been carefully wrapped and placed inside two receptacles. The unnamed female passenger then went on to explain that she suspected that her dead husband had been poisoned. She added that she wanted a toxicology analysis of his tissue carried out, so decided to travel with the body part.

First-class upgrades, dinner invites and amorous women: One traveler reveals how far wearing an expensive WATCH can get you: “They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but it appears that in the world of travel – that’s exactly what happens. Globetrotter Matt Meltzer from Miami investigated what would happen if he wore a luxury timepiece, by hiring one for £116 ($150) a month from a company called Eleven James. The writer found that he received extremely different treatment with a pricey watch on his wrist, with first-class upgrades, dinner invites and flirtatious women among the perks. Writing about his experience for Thrillist, Meltzer revealed that almost everyone he met seemed somewhat fixated by the watches he wore. Over the course of the social experiment, he wore an £8,116 ($10,500) Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, a £3,015 ($3,900) Bell and Ross 03-92-S and a £4,270 ($5,523) Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph.”

Meet the ‘sheepcat’: “Meet Steve, a cat who is the leader of his own flock of lambs. Eight-month-old Steve started life as a lonely indoor cat, spending his time prowling around his owner Amanda Whitlock’s home in Waitotara, New Zealand. During the colder months, Ms Whitlock let her lambs into her home a few nights a week to keep them warm – and an adorable, unexpected relationship blossomed. The animal lover told the New Zealand Herald that she and her partner Ben Aiken realised soon afterwards that Steve was spending less time inside the house. ‘So we’d have a look out the window and he was just out there interacting with them.’ Steve now spends most of the day outside with his new farmyard friends and has become inseparable from what Ms Whitlock affectionately refers to as his ‘squad’. The tabby cat has become the lambs’ ‘leader’ and they follow him around the garden. ‘He’ll just be walking around the yard and they’ll be following him. Or he’ll be playing in the bushes and they’ll be inquisitive, looking to see what he’s doing and following him through the bushes,’ Ms Whitlock said.

Is a cure for baldness in sight?: “Alopecia could be a thing of the past after a new treatment has been found to restore hair loss. Three quarters of sufferers of the autoimmune disease reported significant hair regrowth when taking ruxolitinib, a study found. The drug, which is already used to treat bone marrow malignancies, could provide hope to thousands of people around the world, scientists believe. It works by inhibiting specific enzymes known to attack hair follicles in alopecia areata patients – helping hair to regrow. Taken over a period of four months, the drug – known as a JAK inhibitor – had an average hair regrowth of 92 per cent in patients. Lead researcher Dr Julian Mackay-Wiggan, from the Columbia University Medical Center said: ‘Although our study was small, it provides crucial evidence that JAK inhibitors may constitute the first effective treatment for people with alopecia areata. ‘This is encouraging news for patients who are coping with the physical and emotional effects of this disfiguring autoimmune disease.

Man who spent 43 years in a wheelchair after mistaken diagnosis is learning to walk again after doctor spots the error: “A man who spent 43 years in a wheelchair because of a mistaken medical diagnosis is finally re-learning to walk only in his fifties. When Portuguese man Rufino Borrego was 13, he was diagnosed by a Lisbon hospital as having incurable muscular dystrophy. After that he used a wheelchair to get around for more than four decades – until a neurologist realised in 2010 that he in fact suffered from a different disease that weakens the muscles, myasthenia. The rare disease can be treated simply by taking asthma medication – and just a year after his new diagnosis, Borrego was able to walk for the first time to his usual neighbourhood cafe. Now aged 61, Borrego is able to live a normal life, requiring only two physiotherapy sessions a year”

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Cruelty

September 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Neglected ‘copy’ painting which lay gathering dust in a museum is revealed to be a 17th century Flemish Old Master worth £3million: “A £3million painting has been found by TV presenter after lying forgotten in a museum storeroom for decades. The piece, named Meleager and Atalanta, by Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens was unearthed at Swansea Museum in Wales, after work by historian Bendor Grosvenor. Grosvenor was carrying out research for the BBC’s Fake or Fortune, which he presents. The painting which pictures a dramatic scene featuring the characters from Greek mythology, was originally believed to be a copy – with labels showing that it was created in the 18th century. However, once the painting was restored and sent for analysis an incredible discovery was made. In fact, the piece dates back to a period between 1619 and 1622 and experts believe it was used as a draft for Jordaens to finely tune his style”

Girlfriend gets revenge on ‘cheating boyfriend’ by tasering him in the crotch: “A girlfriend got revenge on her ‘cheating boyfriend’ – by tasering him in the crotch. Mandie Pistol, from Las Vegas, was filmed walking in on her boyfriend with another woman before using the taser gun on him. A video, which has been viewed over two million times, shows her claiming that she knows her boyfriend has been cheating on her for ‘quite some time’. ‘What he doesn’t seem to remember is that he got me this taser for Christmas. F*** him.’ After seeing her boyfriend on the sofa with another woman, she shouts: ‘Who the f*** is she?’ Her boyfriend replies: ‘That’s not my girl. That’s not my girl!’ Ignoring her boyfriend’s protestations, Mandie tasers him in the groin”

A really empty-headed gold digger: “The billionaire and his fiancée are yet to set a date for their wedding. And now some of those close to James Packer are beginning to hope it never happens, as fears rise about the rate at which Mariah Carey spends money. “Mariah spends $100,000 a month ordering exotic flowers from around the world to where she happens to be,” a close friend of James tells. The flower bill is just the tip of the diva’s ridiculous spending. “When they’re on one of the boats, she has her stylist fly in outfits on a helicopter, and she spends tens of thousands of dollars in minutes,” the pal continues. Our source says Aussie friends who spent Christmas with the pair in Aspen couldn’t believe how over-the-top everything was. The decorations alone cost an estimated $100,000. Friends say Mimi has burnt through much of her fortune from her music with “Michael Jackson-style spending sprees”, and now needs James’s billions to fund her extravagant lifestyle”

The wonders of Turmeric: “The dashing Michael Mosley of the BBC’s Trust me I’m a Doctor, the bloke behind the 5:2 diet, set out to find proof to boost or bust the myths surrounding this exotic spice, which, until recently, was most commonly found in Indian curries. He collected 100 volunteers, who were divided into three groups – one group took a teaspoon of turmeric every day for six weeks “ideally mixed in their food”; one group had the equivalent in a daily supplement; and the other group had a placebo. “But the group who mixed turmeric powder into their food, there we saw quite substantial changes. It was really exciting, to be honest,” he said. “We found one particular gene which showed the biggest difference. And what’s interesting is that we know this particular gene is involved in three specific diseases: depression, asthma and eczema, and cancer. This is a really striking finding.”

Ballerina Loses Hair After Wearing It In a Bun Every Day: “A former dancer is speaking out about the dangers of wearing your hair too tight, a mistake she blames for her hairline receding at just 13 years old. Now that she’s undergone a follicular transplant, she’s sharing her story to warn others about the potential for traction alopecia. Diva Hollands, a 22-year-old former ballerina from Epsom, England, started dancing at age 3, eventually training at the Royal Ballet School in London. In order to keep her hair off her face, she says her mother would pull it into tight hairstyles each day. As a result, Hollands says she experienced considerable hair loss and, as a result, bullying at school. So, is traction alopecia – the medical term for this type of hair loss – something you should be worried about? If you wear a tight hairstyle every day, the answer could be yes. If you do feel any pulling, she warns that the style could potentially cause traction hair loss”

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Comprehensive sign

September 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Expensive lobster dinner: “A struggling fisherman has been forced to dish out $100,000 for illegally catching three rock lobsters in protected marine areas. Tasmanian Christopher George Hansen will have to dish out more than $100,000 as a result of two years in court and being fined for illegally fishing and catching three southern rock lobsters. Mr Hansen was caught when a marine surveillance aircraft photographed traps and his boat illegally off the coast of Hobart in part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network – ranging from Tasmania to South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales – back in 2014. Despite the sum of money appearing a harsh punishment, Justice Robert Bromwich said he was taking it ‘somewhat lenient’ on the fisherman – whose business is currently operating at a loss. Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association said they supported the protection of lobsters in restricted marine areas.

Clueless iPhone 7 owners destroy new handsets after YouTube prank dupes them: “Clueless iPhone 7 owners have been destroying their new £600-handsets after watching a prank video advising them to drill a hole for their headphones. Apple’s slick new phone comes without a headphone jack, unlike any of its predecessors, as the tech giant encourages its customers to invest in wireless ear pieces. The cruel but funny tutorial instructs iPhone uses to clamp their precious new mobiles in place before creating their own jack with a 3.5mm drill. While the majority of viewers were not taken in by the wind-up video, which has been viewed more than 8 million times, some have been left scratching their heads after their destructive DIY adjustment made no difference. James Ceja wrote: ‘I tried this and ended up with display destruction and it not working… I really committed the biggest mistake of my life by watching the This video.’”

Crazy Russian broad: “Yoga poses and selfies on top of some of the world’s tallest buildings are all in a day’s work for the ‘craziest female rooftopper in the world’, Angela Nikolau. Incredible footage of the Russian beauty, 23, shows her reaching extreme heights in Hong Kong and China along with boyfriend Ivan Kuzenetsov, including scaling a 640 metre tall crane in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Drones, body cameras and a selfie stick capture incredible footage of the couple’s dangerous and often illegal conquests. The pair had previously filmed their dizzying 2,000ft ascent up the Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, China. In the past, Ms Nikolau has climbed landmarks including the Sagrada Familia in Spain, the Shanghai Tower in China and the Eiffel Tower in France”

Huge python sinks fangs into man’s neck as he takes selfie with it: “This man’s attempt for a selife with a captured python went horribly wrong. The huge beast snapped and bit him before he could grab the picture. Hair-raising footage shows the attack happen when his relatives hold the python in their hands. Just as the man posed for his ‘favourite’ picture, the snake lunged forward with lightning speed. The incident reportedly happened in the India state of Rajasthan on Friday. Incredibly the man only escaped with a slight bruise on his chin. Forest department officials had removed the python after it went into a school.

An Italian passenger is suing Emirates after having to “suffer” being sat next to an obese man for a nine-hour flight: “Giorgio Destro, a lawyer from Padua in northern Italy, asked if he could change seats a few hours into the Cape Town to Dubai flight because the overweight passenger next to him was taking up some of his seat space. The UAE airline told him the plane was fully booked and did not offer compensation or an apology, according to an Italian newspaper. “For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the ‘spillover’ of the passenger at my side,” he told Mattino Padova. The “gold member” flyer is reportedly asking for €2,759.51 in compensation – €759.51 as a refund for the flight, and a further €2,000 in damages”

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Oldies are from another world

September 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Strange hat: “A baseball cap emblazoned with the word “Feminist” has become the talking point of the return of a champion Australian Rules football player: “Former Essendon captain Jobe Watson has spent the last year in hiatus working as a barista in a New York cafe. Two revelations came out of his Friday morning news conference: his return to AFL and pro-feminist stance. The choice of headwear sparked initial confusion from sports reporters, some of whom questioned whether he knew what it meant. But he later said the fashion statement was inspired by his New York flatmate, Jackie Funder, an investment-banking executive and supporter of workplace equality. The cap is part of a range by American fashion company Wildfang, known for its tomboy style. “Rock this snapback and you are getting down with some of the most bad*** women in the game,” the brand declares on its website”

Australia: Cow crashes mustering helicopter: “A pilot has avoided disaster after a cow brought down his helicopter in Far North Queensland. The 35-year-old man was mustering on Coen Cattle Station on the Cape York Peninsula on Sunday when the aircraft’s landing rails became tangled in the cow’s horns. The helicopter lost balance and crashed into a ball of flames, totally destroying it. Both the cow and the pilot escaped without injury. “The cow escaped becoming roast beef and lived to roam another day,” Senior Constable Adam Petersen said. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident with a report to be released in several months”

Woman using a portable toilet at a beer festival is shocked as security pick it up and MOVE it: “A young woman who became trapped inside a festival toilet was heard screaming when security began to move them unaware she was still inside. Organisers of Abbfest – a beer, food and music event, in Newton Abbot, South Devon, were left slightly embarrassed after the poor woman who was already locked in the portable toilet was then moved to make way for emergency services. According to the security staff when they were instructed to move the ladies’ loos they called out to check if anyone was inside them but heard no response. ‘So they moved the toilet out to let the ambulance in, and when it moved she screamed and said she was locked in it. ‘They released her and luckily she saw the funny side of it. ‘We have to make the toilets movable because of letting emergency vehicles in. We have some very strong security staff.’”

Father-of-two is left covered in a hundred bug bites after being stuck on an infested aircraft: “Paul Standerwick, 36, from Wallington, Surrey, had a nightmare start to his family holiday to America when on his already delayed flight he was bitten at least 100 times by parasites believed to be bed bugs in one of the seats he moved to with his son to watch the plane landing. But when their flight finally took off from Heathrow for Boston, Mr Standerwick was attacked repeatedly by the parasites. ‘I thought nothing of it at the time. But about an hour later, at our hotel, these horrible, itchy bites started to appear. ‘They got really infected. Lots of pus. They were everywhere. On my neck, my back, shoulders and legs. ‘Where I was bitten lots of times in one place there was what looked like large bites the size of a 50 pence piece. If I had to guess I would say I was bitten well over a hundred times. A British Airways spokeswoman apologised for the incident

BAMBOO bed sheets? “Egyptian cotton has long been regarded as the ultimate luxury when it comes to bed linen, but finally it has a contender. Strange as it may seem, sheets crafted from bamboo have been rising in popularity of late among comfort connoisseurs; hailed for their good value, silky soft feel, and anti-microbial qualities – perfect for sweaty sleepers. Egyptian cotton varies in plushness mainly according to its thread count, with a higher count (more threads per square inch) coming at a much higher price. Bamboo sheets vary much less in price, starting at around £80 for a double duvet set and running up to £150 for the creme-de-la-creme options. It’s no surprise, therefore, that bamboo bed linen has been popular in hot, humid countries for some time now. Another reason it is gaining fast popularity elsewhere in the world now, in part, is because it appeals to eco-conscious consumers.

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A proud lizzie with spiderman coloring

September 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Welsh Keystone Kops appear unaware that Jones is the most common surname in Wales (and in lots of other places): “Looking forward to a big night out, Richard Jones decided to scrub up with a leisurely shower in his luxury hotel suite. But his peace – and privacy – were shattered when two police officers suddenly burst in armed with Tasers. Pointing a stun gun at the naked businessman, they demanded: Are you Richard Jones? The only problem was they’d got the right name… but the wrong man. In a case of mistaken identity, the blundering cops had got him confused with a wanted criminal with the same name. The mistake only came to light when police studied the photo on the 53-year-old’s driving licence and realised they had got the wrong man. He shares his name with Richard Jones, 46, of Newport, Gwent, who is wanted by police following a breach of his restraining order on August 25. He said: ‘I asked the officers who they were looking for and they said Richard Leonard Jones. I told them my name was Richard Webb Jones. If I didn’t have a middle name, I’d have been put to the floor and arrested.'”

A bride-to-be filmed passionately kissing a man she had ‘just met’ during her hen do had to cancel the wedding after the clip went viral: “Emma Alicia Paz Ayala from the north-western Mexican city of Hermosillo went out for her party with female friends to celebrate her last night of ‘freedom’ as a single lady. The do took place at the Playa del Carmen resort on the other side of the country and while drinking heavily at a pool bar, Emma was filmed locking lips with the apparent stranger. The footage shows her new partner grabbing her by the waist and making her bend backwards as Emma can be seen smiling and kissing him while others cheer. The clip however was shared on social media and soon spread. The video eventually made its way to Pablo Torres Gandara, the husband-to-be, and his family – and the wedding was cancelled soon after that”

Women strip off outside Argentina’s house of congress to protest against the objectification of women (and ensure the most awkward moment of one man’s life): “A group of women sparked surprise outside Argentina’s national congress when they shed their clothes and strolled around completely naked in a protest about objectifying women. The members of the Urbanudismo campaign are calling for the acceptance of the naked female form, saying their actions are neither sexual or provocative. The protest lasted several minutes until police were called because it was making passers-by ‘uncomfortable’ – including one man who looked especially awkward when approached by a naked woman. He got up and walked off when she sat next to him.”

‘France is populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese for tourists’ says Gerard Depardieu: “Larger-than-life actor Gerard Depardieu said his homeland France is becoming a playground for foreigners ‘populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese’. It’s not the first time the maverick performer, 67, has taken aim at France, saying it will become a ‘Disneyland for foreigners’. He was granted Russian citizenship in 2013 after befriending strongman President Vladimir Putin and lambasting tax rates on top earners in his native land. When asked during the interview if he considers himself French, Depardieu told Corriere della Sera today: ‘No, I’m a citizen of the world. But in Depardieu’s eyes, Italy deserves some praise. ‘In Italy, happily, you have not lost your culture and your identity. ‘Because you are a young country. ‘Unlike half of Europe – with its fear of migrants – that has become a bit fascist.'”

Revealed: How Britain’s angling community is at war as dad receives DEATH THREATS over ‘biggest ever carp catch’: “An angler who caught a 70lb 4oz carp which set a new British record has received death threats to him and his family. Tom Doherty, 33, landed the whopper known as ‘Big Rig’ at RH Fisheries in Shifnal near Telford, Shropshire, on Monday. But his catch sparked a fierce debate in the angling community, with some saying it is not deserving of the record. The row centres on claims the fish was “farmed” overseas until it reached its enormous size before being dropped in the British lake. Traditionalists say the record should be held by a “wild” carp which has spent years growing to its full weight. Rob Hales, who runs the fishing lake, has denied claims the carp was brought over from France saying: “It’s a bona fide British record.” Boss Paul Meehan confirmed: ‘There have been death threats and threats to Tom’s girlfriend and child. It is unreal.”

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Little helper

September 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Chinese fishermen net a massive rare croaker ‘as precious as a panda’ and are selling it for £127,000: “A group of Chinese fishermen are expecting to sell a huge croaker they caught for 1.1 million yuan (£127,000). The men were surprised to spot the fish in the waters off Daishan near the city of Zhoushan, east China, on September 18, reported People’s Daily Online. Weighing 105 pounds and measuring 5ft 2in in length, the fish was so large it took four to five men to drag it onto the boat. The fish is reportedly a rare type of croaker, known to the local fishermen as the ‘Zhoushan big fish’. ‘The fish is as rare as panda,’ said Chen, relative of one of the trawlermen who caught the fish. Chen added: ‘I haven’t seen this fish for over 20 years. According to them, the fish’s swim bladder is especially valuable as it is believed to be a great source of protein and fat. The organ is frequently used by Chinese medicine practitioners to cure heart and lung ailments.

Time to tie the knot! Chinese bride and groom stuck in traffic jam get married in tunnel so they don’t miss the ‘auspicious moment’: “A couple in China, who were stuck in a traffic jam, held their wedding in a tunnel in order to marry at an auspicious moment. The pair had been planning to marry during a ceremony and banquet which was set to be held at 12pm, considered an auspicious time by the couple, reports Huanqiu, an affiliation with the People’s Daily Online. 40 relatives and friends stuck inside the tunnel in Ankang, Shaanxi province attended the wedding. According to reports, the grooms set out at 5am to escort the bride and then the couple drove to the wedding venue. However on their way to the wedding, there was a traffic accident and they became stuck in the tunnel. In some parts of China, especially in the north, people hold the belief that bride and groom who marry for the first time must wed at noon”

Russian marksman plays Beethoven classics (and even Old McDonald Had a Farm) on a pair of pistols : “A talented marksman uses his weapons to make music in this oddly satisfying video. Vitaly Kryuchin, head of the Russian Practical Shooting Federation, performed an Ode to Joy and other songs at a shooting range in Suomussalmi, eastern Finland, on Monday. Using two handguns Mr Kryuchin is seen firing off shots towards an ‘instrument’ made up of black and white metal plates. When the bullets hit the plates they make up a series of classic tunes. Backed by a small orchestra of two singers, a violinist and a keyboard player, Mr Kryuchin also takes on the nursery rhyme Old MacDonald Had A Farm and the famous Russian song Murka. The violinist wears ear guards to protect from the load gunshot sounds. The video had to be filmed in several shots to give Mr Kryuchin time to reload his weapon and hundreds of bullets were used to make up the final performance.

Chinese students are smitten with ‘goddess lecturers’: “A number of university teachers have become a talking point in China for their ‘extremely good looks’. These female educators, from the Sichuan Normal University in south-west China, have been billed as ‘goddesses’ after their school uploaded pictures of them to a social media platform. Students at the university are studying harder and sitting in on extra classes because they want to meet these beautiful lectures, according to a teacher from the school. The Sichuan Normal University is located in Chengdu, a city known for its beautiful women. These teachers were selected by their school to represent a generation of young lectures to the public. A teacher surnamed Xu, who is charge of the school’s social media publicity, told MailOnline that the teachers were chosen based on their academic achievements, popularity as well as their appearances”

British students have uninhibited beginning to university life: “Thousands of teenage students took to the streets of Portsmouth as they celebrated the start of their university careers during Fresher’s Week. Drunken revellers were photographed lying on the pavement, while scantily-clad girls marched through the city centre. Some of the youngsters, living away from home for just a few days can be seen vomiting, screaming and collapsing on the street. One group of girls were spotted wearing a figure-hugging leotard printed with the legend: ‘Don’t Tell Daddy.’ The remains of kebabs were seen smeared all over the side of the pavement as the streets were strewn with rubbish generated during the debaucherous night out. Security guards, bouncers and police tried to keep the teenagers safe after many over-indulged the special offers available during their first week in college.

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A man’s lot

September 21, 2016 at 10:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Incredible moment Kung fu master flicks csrds so fast they pierce beer cans: “A deck of playing cards is definitely not something you would expect to see in the arsenal of a Kung fu warrior. But in the hands of this martial arts master it could be just as deadly as the double-edged sword or the flying dagger. An astonishing video shows Zhou Chaofeng throwing cards so fast he can pierce a beer can. The footage, taken in Mianyang, Sichuan Province on August 11, shows Chaofeng launching the cards across great distances, and at rapid speed. Amazingly he then throws them at bottles of beer, causing the liquid to spray out from the side. In December 2002 he launched one over 65 metres (216 feet) at a speed of just under 92mph, making it the fastest ever throw too.”

Arty-farty nitwit: “Celebrity photographer Tyler Shields has set fire to a $15,000 Louis Vuitton suitcase for his latest artistic project. Shields, 34, broke the hearts of millions of women around the world when he torched the vintage case in the name of art. He described the shoot – for his ‘Provocateur’ series – as being a ‘crazy’ experience. He added: ‘This is one of the last shots I did for my new book. It took me a few years to find the trunk as they are rare and not cheap.’ This is not the first time Shields has destroyed a luxury item for a photo shoot.In 2012, he burned a $100,000 crocodile skin Hermes Birkin along with then girlfriend Francesca Eastwood, daughter of the famous actor and film director Clint Eastwood. He has also wrecked a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow for his work.

Teacher installs bike pedals under her students’ desks to stop them fidgeting and help them channel their energy: “An imaginative teacher has come up with a novel way of stopping her students from fidgeting – by installing bike pedals under their desks. Bethany Lambeth, who teaches maths at Martin Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina, noticed several of her students had trouble focusing during her lessons. So as a way of helping them channel their energy, she put the bike pedals in place so they wouldn’t lose concentration. ‘As soon as we got them the kids loved them straight away. ‘Before they would drum on desks, touch other students, just generally fidget – but they don’t do that anymore. And she claims that since the desks were installed in April this year, the quality of her students’ work has gone up and grades have rocketed”

Can the iPhone 7 survive being frozen in Coca-Cola? Tech vlogger tests out whether the smartphone still works after 17 HOURS in the freezer: “The new iPhone 7 may be water-resistant – but a technology vlogger decided to test whether it could survive after being frozen in Coca-Cola for 12 hours. Taras Maksimuk, from California, submerged the smartphone in a dish filled with the fizzy drink, before leaving it to set in the freezer. The video shows that he actually left it for nearly 17 hours before taking out the block of frozen coke. He then used a hammer to gently break the ice and retrieve the iPhone 7. After finally getting the freezing cold phone out, he discovered that it was indeed still working. However, the iPhone 7 was working a lot slower than usual and the battery had drained from close to fully charged to 18 per cent”

The ladies win one: “A tourist has been left red-faced after attempting to reverse parallel park a number of times and failing miserably, only for his female passenger to do it in one attempt. he pair were attempting to park their vehicle on the side of the road of a one lane street in Queenstown, South Island of New Zealand, over the weekend. The footage, captured by a car waiting to pass, shows the man attempting to reverse into the spot but remaining metres away from the kerb. The driver eventually gives up and exits his vehicle to allow his female passenger to sit in the driver’s seat. In just one attempt the woman manages to seamlessly park the car. The passengers sitting behind the camera were left in tears from laughter when the female passenger parked the car in seconds”

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Wisdom from the East

September 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

ISIS test flying anti-aircraft mines made out of PLASTIC BAGS to blow up western fighter jets: “ISIS are trying to use floating plastic bag bombs to down jets and create no-fly zones above parts of Iraq and Syria under the terror group’s control. The group have launched a how to guide for fellow terrorists, explaining how flying mines can be made from the bags, hydrogen and bullets. If hit by an allied fighter jet, the bullets could be sucked into the engine and explode, downing the aircraft – which have been used to bomb ISIS-held areas – it claims. The guide – called Dropping Fighter Jets in the Lands of the Islamic State – also explains how to make 300litres of hydrogen from household chemicals. Once the bags are filled, they can be weighted to float at different levels, and ISIS intends to use them to create no-fly zones in the area, it is believed”

Psychic sends firm broke: “The head of a stockbroking firm that collapsed owing $61 million to its clients took financial advice from a psychic who claimed she could ‘manipulate electromagnetic energy’ to create ‘better outcomes’ for the company. Former BBY executive chairman Glenn Rosewall took advice on major business decisions, including budget forecasts, from ‘professional intuitive and energy healer’ Nevine Rottinger before the firm went bust in May 2015. Ms Rottinger told Sydney’s New South Wales Supreme Court that she had no financial training, but would use chakras, incantations, astrology and ‘intuition’ to determine share prices, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Mr Rosewall had wanted to try a ‘mind over matter approach’ and sought Ms Rottinger’s counsel during a ‘messy lunch’ in December 2014. Mr Rosewall and his father, former tennis great Ken Rosewell, own the majority share of the firm, formerly Burdett Buckeridge Young Limited”

Britain’s chief Leftist nut does it again: “Jeremy Corbyn has been ridiculed for saying he doesn’t eat biscuits because he is ‘anti-sugar’ – even though he is famous for his love of jam. The Labour leader ended up in a tangle after decrying biscuits on ‘health grounds’ during a question and answer session on Mumsnet. Mr Corbyn wrote today: ‘I’m totally anti-sugar on health grounds, so eat very few biscuits, but if forced to accept one, it’s always a pleasure to have a shortbread.’ But users quickly pointed out that his hatred of sugar seemed to contradict his jam-making hobby. The veteran left-winger apparently could not be reached by aides recently during the ‘traingate’ row because he was busy making jam.

A Fisherman caught an object in Siberia and was about to throw it away when he saw a face on it: “A figurine of a pagan god pulled out of a Siberian river by an angler has been confirmed as being ‘unique’ and around 4,200 years old. One theory is that with its ferocious face the ancient object – from the Okunev culture – might have been a children’s toy or rattle to ward off evil spirits. Fisherman Nikolay Tarasov, 55, made the remarkable Bronze Age ‘catch’ when he dipped his net in the Dudet River near his home in Tisul, Kemerovo region. He expected to pull out a tench or carp but instead netted the fossilised figurine originally carved from antler. It has almond-shaped eyes, a large mouth with full lips, and a ferocious facial expression. On the back is ‘plaited hair with wave like lines. Below the plait there are lines looking like fish scales. The amazing catch is now on display at Kisul Historical Museum.

Pigeons can be taught to READ (sort of): “Pigeons may be smarter than previously thought as they have the ability to ‘read’, according to a new study. The feathered creatures can learn to distinguish real words from non-words by looking at their letter combinations, says the surprising research. The study is said to be the first to prove than a non-primate species has ‘orthographic abilities’ – which is the ability to recognise a three-dimensional object represented in two dimensions, such as a word. The team added words one by one with the four pigeons in the study building up vocabularies ranging from 26 to 58 words and more than 8,000 non-words. To establish whether the pigeons were leaning to actually distinguish words from non-words rather than merely memorising them, the researchers introduced words that the birds had never seen before. Somewhat surprisingly, the pigeons were able to identify the new words as words, at a significant rate”

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