“Incorrect” but true?

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

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A juicy smash: “Hundreds of ripe watermelons destined for supermarket shelves have instead been left strewn off a north Queensland highway. Far north Queensland police are trying to figure out how a truck full of the juicy red fruit tipped and lost its load on a highway north of Cairns about 10.50am on Thursday. The fall was too much for the roof of the truck, which gave way under the weight of dozens of the world’s most smashable fruit. As the truck fell to its side, blocking a lane of the Captain Cook Highway southbound at Machans Beach, the fruit spilled free, rolling down the embankment and across a small access road. Red and green clashed as split melons lay side-by-side with their still-whole brethren on the grassy verge. A crane had to be called in to right the semi-trailer but it wasn’t able to get there until 2.30pm. The 62-year-old driver was taken to the Cairns Hospital with minor injuries.”

An adorable spider: “A biologist has documented an adorable species of spider which sways from side to side and kicks its legs in the air as part of a bizarre mating ritual dance. The Maratus personatus – which derives its name from the Latin word for masked – is a blue-faced peacock spider which was officially named and recorded in scientific journals last month after after being found at Cape Riche, near Albany, in Western Australia. The adorable arachnids, which measure three to five millimetres in length, have made a splash online after footage of their mesmerising courtship dance went viral. ‘The Maratus Personatus dance is quite distinctive. It quickly moves from side to side while wildly kicking up its legs, which appear to clap overhead,’ biologist Jurgen Otto told Daily Mail Australia. Peacock spiders are known for their dramatic colours and flamboyant dancing, which is a means for males to woo a female mate.”

The moment a black rhino’s horn is sawn off using a chainsaw… to save its life: “This is the moment a safari park took drastic action to stop poachers from killing a rare black rhino and sawed off its valuable horn using a chainsaw. The project to remove horns of white and rare black rhinos is by the World Heritage Site in eastern South Africa, was to stop them from being attacked by poachers. Sold for £10,000-per-pound, rhino horn is now worth more than its weight in gold in parts of Asia where it is peddled as a remedy for a number of ailments from hangovers to cancer. The procedure – which has been compared to cutting a toenail without damaging the ‘quick’ – took vet Mike Kock just 20 minutes per sedated animal using a high-powered chain saw. Conservationists are increasingly resorting to the radical measure in a bid to render the animals ‘worthless’ to poachers. During the first four months of this year, 400 rhinos were killed for their horn in South Africa – a 20 per cent rise on last year.

Afternoon tea or High tea? British rules: “Tea appeals to all social classes, from the manual worker who sees it as something to moisten his sugar to the dowager countess for whom it is an elaborate ceremony involving warming pots, strainers, and rules about adding milk. First and foremost, you should be clear about the following: afternoon tea is not the same as high tea. Many, wrongly, call sandwiches and scones ‘high tea’ as they think this sounds grander than just ‘tea’. This is very wrong. High tea was what servants of a large house ate at around 6pm, after the upstairs had been given their (afternoon) tea. On the menu were things like large joints of meat (often a roasted ham), slices of thick bread, potted shrimps, a big cake to share, and ale. It was eaten at a proper table, rather than a lower, coffee table, and so it became known in the servants’ hall as ‘high tea’.

Tough sox: “Most people tend to use socks as a way of making their shoes more comfortable, but one company has designed a pair that can be worn as shoes. The FYF sock, which stands for Free Your Feet, is designed to be a sports sock and shoe all in one. It is made from a super-strong fabric called Dyneema, which is typically used by rock climbers in their ropes and slings, and is 15 times stronger than steel. The socks, which are being made by the Swiss Barefoot Company, are designed to fit the wearers feet like a glove, with individual digits for the toes. They have also been treated to make them resistant to water, while the soles are studded with rubber dots to provide grip on any surface. They have been designed to help protect athletes feet during a range of sports including running, surfing, diving and even slackline walking. However, much like chain mail, the socks will not protect against sharp objects that can puncture the wearers feet like needles and sea urchin spines.”

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A good idea

August 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British far-Leftist gets slammed for his one sensible suggestion: “Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has sparked controversy after calling for women-only carriages on trains in a bid to curb growing levels curb sexual harassment on public transport. The veteran socialist said the restriction should be imposed on trains travelling at night to give women more protection. However, women’s groups, female MPs and ministers today slammed the idea – with some likening the proposal to the ‘segregation’ imposed in strict Islamic countries. Labour MP Diana Johnson said the proposal was a ‘joke’, while Mr Corbyn’s leadership rival Yvette Cooper accused him of wanting to ‘shut women away’. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston also waded into the debate, insisting that ‘segregating women.. normalises unacceptable attitudes’ against women and did not protect anyone. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – who also acts as women’s minster – said she was ‘very uncomfortable with the idea’.”

Skinny model “too big”: “JUST when you think the fashion industry might finally be learning from all the backlash for its warped body standards for models, you find yourself straight back to square one. Swedish model Agnes Hedengard says she is constantly branded “too big” for the catwalk. The slender, 19-year-old beauty has been in the industry for five years and landed third place in Sweden’s Next Top Model last year. But recently, work has dried up. And all because agencies don’t want to book her. The tragedy about that is her BMI is currently sitting at 17.5, which officially is classified as “underweight”. To be classed as somebody with a “healthy weight”, you need a BMI of 18.5-24.99. “I have been in contact with big agencies and clients that really want to work with me but as soon as they get a hold of my measurements, it’s a whole other story,” she said. “They are like, ‘No, she’s too big”

Outrage over Sydney’s Cruise Bar party as naked women hired as fruit platters: “A CALL for people to boycott Sydney’s Circular Quay Cruise Bar has emerged on social media overnight after a relaunch party was labelled “unacceptable.” Women were hired to lie naked on long tables with nothing but fruit covering their bare bodies. Passengers on board the grand-ship-style bar were even fed fruit by some of the naked hired help last night, which has caused a stir online. One Twitter user wrote: “This is the display tonight at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Cruise Bar — unacceptable. #destroythejoint.”

The Trump hair: “Donald Trump invited a woman on stage to publicly inspect his hair in an attempt to prove that he doesn’t wear a toupée. The presidential candidate, 69, paused a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina, to invite an audience member on stage to run her hand through his much-discussed hairdo. He stopped partway through speaking to the crowd on Thursday to pluck the woman from the audience of 1,800 and have her touch his head – which she did with some trepidation. The woman then stepped up to Trump’s microphone and confirmed ‘I believe it is’. Trump was also at pains to prove the audience member was not a plant – asking her to confirm that the two had never spoken before. Trump felt compelled to defend the honor of his follicles again after the New York Times published an article repeating a slur against his hair.”

Australian professor known as ‘The Venom Doc’ reveals the 26 times he has been bitten by some the world’s deadliest animals: “Brian Fry has been bitten by some of the world’s deadliest snakes, chased by Komodo dragons, stung by scorpions and even tangled with giant Antarctic octopuses – all in the name of science. Dr Fry is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, and studies the venom of deadly animals to determine how they could be used to save lives. ‘The Venom Doc’ has risked his life on countless occasions while in the field for his research, and has astonishing suffered 26 venomous snake bites, 23 broken bones, multiple sting-ray attacks and had his ‘hand destroyed’ by a lace monitor. His list of on-the-job injuries also included more than 400 stitches, three concussions, a near fatal scorpion sting while in the Amazon, a centipede sting in Costa Rica, multiple stingray attacks and a stone fish sting.”

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A sociable animal

August 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man who died after mooning traffic was ‘author of his own misfortune’, NZ coroner finds: “A man who was fatally struck by a van while standing on the road mooning traffic was “the author of his own misfortune”, a coroner says. Shop worker Travis Jason Stephen Lane, 25, was hit by a Toyota van outside his home in Milton, New Zealand, about 8.35pm on February 22, last year. He never regained consciousness and died on March 28. Otago Southland coroner David Crerar found Mr Lane’s death was the result of respiratory failure caused by a severe brain injury sustained when he was hit by the van. In his findings, Mr Crerar said Mr Lane was significantly affected by alcohol and drugs when he repeatedly ran into traffic during a party at his home. Mr Lane’s actions were “foolish in the extreme” and the driver of the van was not at fault, Mr Crerar said. The driver of the van did not have enough time to avoid Mr Lane, who was wearing dark-coloured clothing on a night where visibility was limited because of wind and rain.”

Man throws giant WWII bomb on the back of his truck and drives it around town for ‘show and tell’… until police realise it’s LIVE and confiscate it: “A Northern Territory man who found a live World War II bomb and drove it around to show his friends has had the explosive device confiscated by police. Damien Lumsden, from Milingimbi, 440 km east of Darwin, found the bomb during a clean-up after Cyclone Nathan hit the region in June. Ms Lumsden said he put the device on the back of his ute and kept it for two days to show his mates before police were informed and he was evacuated from his home, the NT News reported. ‘I went out to show a few people and they were like “That’s a bomb”,’ he told the NT News. ‘Then they saw the pin was still in it and they were like “Oh wow, it’s live.” Mr Lumsden said he sent a picture of the bomb to his boss who ‘went off his head’ and rang police immediately. ADF personnel identified the bomb as as a navigation flame float Mk II which had been dormant for 70 years”

World’s largest car transporter able to carry enough vehicles for a 26-mile traffic jam arrives in the UK: “The world’s largest car transporter which can carry 8,500 vehicles and boasts deck space the size of 10 football pitches has arrived into the UK on its maiden voyage from China. Hoegh Target, the world’s biggest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), dwarfs North Shields Fish Quay after docking in Tyne and Wear this week. The 14-deck vessel, which is 200 metres in length and 36 metres wide, has a deck space of 71,400 square metres and if all of the cars it could carry were stood end to end, they would measure a whopping 26 miles. It also boasts doors much bigger than its counterparts, meaning it can take high-sided vehicles and trucks that are 6.5 metres high and 12 metres wide. Its stern ramp can also hold 375 tonnes of cargo – the equivalent weight of 75 adult elephants. The world’s biggest car carrier, registered to Norwegian firm Hoegh Autoliners, was officially launched in June and has since sailed from Xiamen, China”

Irishman knocks over a string of Turks: “A video purporting to show an Irish tourist in a mass brawl with shopkeepers in Istanbul is taking Turkish social media by storm. In the footage, a man described by Turkish media as an “Irish boxer/tourist” can be seen in CCTV footage accidentally spilling a fridge full of bottles of water. This sparks an argument, before a number of shopkeepers start hitting the unarmed tourist with sticks, chairs and other blunt items. The tourist fights back and at one point knocks one man to the floor with a single punch. Towards the end of the video the tourist appears to continue to want to fight before he is eventually calmed down and led away. The channel said the fight took place in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Aksaray, while a date stamp on the CCTV footage suggested it happened earlier this month. “The shop owner overreacted and attacked the tourist with a stick,” he said. “The surprising thing is that the tourist turned out to be a pro boxer and knocked down the angry shopkeepers one by one.”

Hot fisherwoman the net’s new obsession: “THIS foxy fisherwoman has her fans angling for a view. Bikini-clad Darcie Arahill, 26, has lured almost 100,000 online admirers who’ve fallen for her hook, line and sinker. “Most just assume fishing is for middle-aged guys, so proving that we girls can do it too gives me a great thrill,” Arahill told Caters News. “I do everything from rigging to cast netting and even cleaning the catch.” The tanned and toned stunner’s loyal followers watch with baited breath as she battles fish off the Florida coast. “I love nothing more than battling against a big fish and on the weekends I spend every waking minute out on the boat,” she said. “People are shocked when they see me stand in my bikini holding a six-foot tuna or snapper.” Arahill’s biggest catch on the 23-foot boat Darcizzle Offshore – named after her YouTube channel – was an 8-foot bull shark. “That was a real fight, but I won in the end,” she said. “I put him back in the ocean, as I do with all of the protected species. But most of the time we fish to eat. It’s great to know you’ve caught this incredible meal of tuna or snapper yourself.”

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An increasingly sad experience

August 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Forget coffee, CAT VIDEOS are the best way to give your body a boost: “Most of us have suffered from that mid-afternoon lull when it’s a struggle to keep our eyes open and we reach for a cup of coffee. But this mid-afternoon pick-me-up can have a dramatic impact on sleep later that night. To help keep people alert, without also damaging their night-time routine, a group of chemists has revealed how to stay awake without caffeine. They suggest a series of ways of boosting the body’s energy levels, including watching viral cat videos, dancing, listening to music and turning on lights. According to the video produced by the American Chemical Society, watching funny videos of cats, while perhaps not the best way to please your boss, can give you a mood boost. This is because watching enjoyable clips can increase the levels of oxytocin, the so-called cuddle hormone, in the brain and decrease levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, making it easier to concentrate. The video also recommends drinking plenty of water.”

Small man syndrome DOES exist: “Small man syndrome really does exist, according to US government scientists. Research showed men who suffer from ‘male discrepancy stress’ – where they feel they are lacking in traditional masculine norms – are at greater risk of committing violent acts. The men who considered themselves less masculine than the average male were nearly three times more likely to have committed violent assaults with a weapon or assaults resulting in injury, the research found. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, analysed responses from 600 men, aged between 18 and 50. They asked the subject about their perception of male gender, their own self-image and their behaviour in relation to drug-taking, violence and crime. Supporters of the syndrome say that society’s obsession with height forces small men to overcompensate by becoming chippy, more aggressive and – in extreme cases – lust power. The really short dictator was Stalin who stood at around 5ft 4in”

Could incense be nonsense? “From temples in Asia, to hippy hangouts in the West, incense is burned all over the world. But the smoke coming from those fragrant sticks may be more toxic to the body’s cells than cigarette smoke, new research warns. A study found that can incense-smoke is more mutagenic, genotoxic and cytotoxic than cigarette smoke. That means it is able to cause genetic mutations and cause changes in cells’ DNA, all of which can lead to cancer. The researchers hope the study will lead to an evaluation of incense products. However they cautioned the study was small in size and conducted only in rodents – and so firm conclusions about the health effects cannot be drawn from it. And commenting on the study, Dr Nick Robinson, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said it reiterated that many forms of smoke, including that from incense, can be toxic. Given the study’s findings, it might be wise for people with lung disease to avoid burning incense, as well as parents with children whose lungs are developing, he said.”

Father attaches remote control car to son’s baby seat… then takes him for a spin: “Babysitting can be a little boring at times but this father has found the perfect way to keep his toddler – and perhaps more fittingly, himself – entertained. After attaching a powerful remote control car to his young son’s Bumbo Baby Seat, the father took the toddler for his first driving lesson along the pavement. He captured a video of his ingenious baby-car invention as well as his son’s nonchalant expression at being towed at speed around the driveway. Believed to have taken place in North America, the father begins filming as he steers his son down the path from his front door and under his large car. He giggles slightly before moving the remote control car around in a circle on the driveway – the baby looks to be completely at ease as he is towed about behind it. Throughout the video the remote control car shows incredible power in its ability to pull the baby effortlessly. Later in the clip the dad steers the toddler onto the pavement and lets the hammer down so that the car accelerates at speed along the concrete.”

Surprise! Boy, 3, missing after he was last seen playing on the banks of a crocodile-infested river: “Police hold concerns for the welfare of a missing toddler who was last seen playing by the banks of a crocodile-infested river. The three-year-old boy was playing with a group of children near the North Johnstone River area at Innisfail Wharf in far north Queensland on Tuesday when he vanished between 3.30pm and 4pm. The boy has not been seen since and police and volunteers have scoured through the area well into the night as the search continues on Wednesday around the river, wharf area and a nearby park. CCTV footage shows the boy in the area but cameras would not have captured him if he had gone into the water. The boy is described as indigenous. Police said there is no suspicious circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance at this stage.” [Crocs not suspicious? The crocs in that river are “freshies”, small crocs unlikely to attack an adult. But they could grab a little kid]

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Eager beaver

August 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Rafter who lost his phone in river is amazed when it starts posting photos to his Facebook: “A man who lost his phone while rafting was astonished when it started posting photographs to his Facebook account two weeks later. Nathan Buhler, 29, instantly gave up hope on ever seeing his handset again when he accidentally dropped it into the Bow River. But a fortnight later, pictures started appearing on his account – including the phone set up to look like it was driving a fire truck and playing table tennis. He later discovered that Calgary’s No.1 Fire Station firefighters had found the Samsung Galaxy smart phone in 1.5m (5ft) of water. Despite being in the river for nearly two weeks, the phone turned on and was still logged into Mr Buhler’s social media accounts, the Calgary Sun reports. So the rescuers decided to have some fun with the device. Mr Buhler, a power engineer, was alerted to the jokers by his girlfriend who noticed the posts. He went to the station to collect it”

Tokyo’s abandoned homes: “Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or Europe, and some eight million dwellings are now unoccupied, according to a government count. Nearly half of them have been forsaken completely – neither for sale nor for rent, they simply sit there, in varying states of disrepair. These ghost homes are the most visible sign of human retreat in a country where the population peaked a half-decade ago and is forecast to fall by a third over the next 50 years. Many of Japan’s vacant houses have been inherited by people who have no use for them and yet are unable to sell because of a shortage of interested buyers. But demolishing them involves tactful questions about property rights, and about who should pay the costs. The government passed a law this year to promote demolition of the most dilapidated homes, but experts say the tide of newly emptied ones will be hard to stop.”

The perfect cream tea: “Ascot racecourse may be famous for being the home of UK racing, but is now weighing in on another favourite British past-time – afternoon tea. To mark its upcoming Festival of Food & Wine Race Weekend, the brains behind the racecourse have enlisted the help of food scientist Dr Stuart Farrimond to calculate the perfect formula for a flawless cream tea. For the ideal serving, the scones should be cut at certain time after leaving the oven to avoid ‘fragmentation’ and the cake, cream, jam ratio should be exactly 4:3:3. The food scientist insists that Devon-style is the most popular – where the cream goes on first, and then the jam. The perfect afternoon tea should therefore consist of a 40g scone, served with 30g of cream and 30g of jam. For those who like to be exact with their measurements, the scone should take up only 2cm, and the cream and jam, 1cm each. Dr Farrimond insisted that this allows the tea lover to reach the ‘hedonic breakpoint’, whereby the richness of the cream dilutes the sweetness of the jam, and each bite is the optimum sweetness for appreciating all the flavours.” [What the English call a scone, many Americans call a biscuit]

Not a good start to a marriage: “It’s said that marriage is all about compromise, and a British couple did just that when they incorporated two very different visions into their one-of-a-kind wedding cake. Bride Kia Parsons, 27, wanted a traditional white cake while groom Billy Bunning, 41, wanted to include superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics on their big day on August 14. So the Milton Keynes, England, couple enlisted Tier By Tier’s Julia Baker in hopes of bringing their vision to life with a double-take cake without ‘turning our big day into a children’s party’. Baker, who operates out of her home, is known for constructing traditional wedding cakes with surprise decorations. From the front, the creation appeared to be an elegant, white four-tiered cake, but when turned around, tiers featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and Batman steal the show. ‘From most angles of the room the cake looked like a traditional wedding cake, just what we had wanted,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t until the cake was moved for us to cut that our guests realized there was a hidden extra.’

Passengers’ shock as their taxi pulls up with a THREE-YEAR-OLD driver: “Taxi passengers in Ireland received the shock of their lives when a cab they ordered trundled up with a grinning three-year-old at the wheel. But he was no joy rider. A hilarious video reveals that the tiny blond boy was taking to the roads as part of an elaborate prank. The boy’s father was disguised and covered up to look like the car’s seat, while actually driving the vehicle. The car was actually being driven by the boy’s father – hidden inside a specially designed seat up front. The stunt was organised by taxi-hailing app Hailo to celebrate its third birthday and everyone appeared to be taken in by the illusion, despite the driver’s seat being strangely lumpy. Several Dubliners immediately begin laughing at the sight, while others still approached the vehicle with caution. The little boy, called Kai, also gets into his new role, reading the morning paper from behind the steering wheel and even enjoying a cup of coffee alongside two other cabbies.”

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The Mom test

August 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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PINEAPPLE allergy?: “A woman has been hospitalised after suffering an allergic reaction to pineapple which was mistakenly put on her Domino’s Pizza – just one day after the pizza parlour tweeted the bizarre claim that half of their customers love pineapple. Staff at Domino’s Pizza in Roseville in north Sydney, near Chatswood, mistakenly put a slice of pineapple on Lily Coleman’s pepperoni pizza on Saturday night. And in an awkward coincidence, the most recent post on Domino’s Australia Twitter page reads that: ‘49% of people LOVE pineapple on their pizza!’. Clearly, you can count this Sydney woman as part of the 51% who do not appreciate the tropical fruit. On Sunday evening, Domino’s offered the customers a refund for the pizza in question, as well as a free future pizza, a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia, and also offered to reimburse the woman with any associated medical costs.”

A fighting cow: “Dramatic footage has emerged of an ‘only in New Zealand’ car chase, where the police are pursuing a cow instead of a criminal. In the see-it-to-believe-it video, a police car follows a belligerent bovine down a street, lights flashing, before an officer repeatedly shoots the creature. Spectators follow in a car of their own, recording the scenes of the officer shooting the beast after it charges him. The shocked reaction of the onlookers can be heard in the video During the video, recorded on Monday morning in Whangarei, in New Zealand’s North Island, vehicles are still using the street as the scene unfolds. It was not known where the cow came from, but it had charged a man in a wheelchair and nearly knocked a police officer down during its rampage, One News reported.

Unusual dog: “June Lincoln’s pet Bandit is a raccoon dog and looks so much like his namesake that people think she has a wild animal on a lead. But like any other dog, four-month-old Bandit enjoys going for walks and can sit on command. Despite its name, the raccoon dog – or tanuki as its undomesticated counterpart is also known – is not related to its namesake and actually part of the canid family, which includes dogs and wolves. However because raccoon dogs are also closely linked to a species of fox, it is in Bandit’s nature to steal and June, 57, has been unable to stop him. He even sports a striped face like a classic ‘burglar’. Living up to his name, Bandit has been known to steal everything from food from June’s other dogs to McDonald’s burgers from her hand. June, from Mold in North Wales, said: ‘Bandit turns heads wherever he goes and people stop me in the street all the time. They all think he is a raccoon or a badger – no one can believe he is a dog.

Cat escapes being a Chinese meal: “A cat used one of its nine lives after a charity saved it from being slaughtered by a Chinese butcher. The controversial Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival in China claims the lives of thousands of stray or stolen animals each year. This year, a small white cat was photographed climbing the side of the horrific slaughterhouse enclosure, while dozens of other felines sat in the overcrowded space. However the Humane Society International’s rescue workers made sure that her life did not end there after spotting the cat named Huru. At the very last moment, they saved her life and a few other lucky cats and dogs. Huru has been cleaned up and is now recovering at the Washington Animal Rescue League. Huru will spend some time adjusting to her new life and then be looking for a loving family. According to the Humane Society, as many as 10million dogs are killed for food annually in China, with up to 10,000 killed for the Yulin festival.”

Survivalist survives: “A Washington man stood his ground in the face of the massive wildfires ripping through the state and escaped unscathed thanks to his bunker-like concrete dome home. John Belles’ home near Riverside, Washington was built to stand up to the many threats from mother nature in the rugged region, but no one could have been completely sure it was safe to be inside while surrounded by a raging fire. ‘The fire was at this draw right here,’ Belles told KPTV. ‘We didn’t have time to do much of anything. The fire was like 30 yards or so to the north of me when I decided to go into the building.’ But the dome, which Belles built in 1999, remained completely intact. It also saved his life this weekend. Once the 20-foot wall of flames had passed, it had caused ‘no damage whatsoever’ to the house, Belles said. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 374 square miles Sunday morning, after growing more than 100 miles larger Saturday in what fire officials said was a relatively calm fire day.”

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The ultimate selfie

August 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A Liliput cop?: “Two Queensland police officers have posed for a photo that has gone viral, proving that height is no barrier for joining the force. Constables John and Monique, based in Cairns, far north Queensland, are shown in the photo standing back-to-back highlighting the height difference. Standing at a colossal six foot nine, Constable John has had over 15 years experience with the Queensland Police. Meanwhile Constable Monique, standing at just over five foot tall, joined the Queensland Police five years ago starting on the Gold Coast and then transferring to Cairns. ‘This photo encapsulates how things have changed in the Queensland police and the diversity within the service,’ a Queensland Police service spokesperson said. [She wouldn’t be much use in a fight]

Will dressing like a ZEBRA save you from a shark?: “After a spate of vicious shark attacks on the east coast of Australia, surfers are now donning striped wetsuits and splashing their boards with black and white lines in a bid to deter sharks from noticing them. Emanuel Agiannidis, a 24-year-old surfer who manages a backpackers hostel in Byron Bay, recently purchased a striped wetsuit, in what he calls an ‘insurance policy’ to protect him from curious sharks. The premise is simple enough – sharks have difficulty identifying colours, but work well with tones and contrast – so black and white banding plays with their recognition of shapes, disrupting their vision and leaving them confused. The research was first brought to public attention in a 2013 Tedtalk, with neurobiologist Nathan Hart from the University Of Western Australia saying the black and white stripes also mimicked various seasnakes and fish – animals that have successfully been able to repel sharks.”

Tourist adopts stray dog that saved her after she was attacked: “GEORGIA Bradley was relaxing in paradise when her bliss suddenly turned to fear. The 25-year-old tourist was soaking up the sun on a remote beach in Greece while her boyfriend was at a nearby cafe, when she was approached by two men she didn’t know. Ms Bradley says they started harassing her and became aggressive when she rejected their advances. “I decided to go for a walk along the beach, and found two Greek men who kept harassing me to go out for a drink,” Ms Bradley said. “I kept telling them I didn’t want to. “Then one of them grabbed me on the arm and I didn’t know what was going to happen. Help came in an unexpected form: A small, black dog suddenly ran over and started barking at the men, scaring them off. It even followed her back to her apartment. She searched for the dog for five weeks, and eventually found it at Georgioupoli beach in Crete, the same place where she had been harassed. Once it was confirmed to be a stray, Ms Bradley adopted Pepper and brought it back to the UK.”

Dolphins, whales – and a sea lion! Unlikely friends frolicking together off Sydney Beach: “A man has captured rare and breath-taking footage of two whales frolicking in the water alongside a pod of dolphins and a sea lion. The spectacular video, which has been viewed more than 6,000 times, was filmed using a drone that was hovering just over a kilometre off the coast of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach on Friday afternoon. Finn said he spotted the unlikely crew playing together when he launched the drone off the northern end of Bondi Beach. ‘That’s a huge sea lion at the very start,’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘He’s playing with the dolphins and basically trying to be a whale.’ The sea lion can be seen swimming to the left of a large whale, believed to be a humpback, that happens to breach at the precise moment a pod of dolphins dart into view. It is not uncommon to see sea lions or dolphins in the area. However it is rare to see the three interacting together

World’s most expensive dollhouse crafted over 13 years by carpenters, goldsmiths and glassblowers worth $8.5MILLION: “The most valuable dollhouse in the world, worth a staggering $8.5million, is going on display for the first time. The hand-made ‘Astolat Dollhouse Castle’ was designed and built over a 13-year period by Colorado-based miniature artist Elaine Diehl in the 1980s. She modeled it after Tennyson’s Lady of Shallot and commissioned fine craftsmen from around the world to build over 10,000 handcrafted interior pieces, which she combined with furniture and decorations from antique dolls’ houses. These carpenters, goldsmiths, glass blowers, and silversmiths made incredible miniatures – including a tiny baby grand piano valued at over $7,000, a minute Bible from 1811 valued in the thousands and an adorable signed drop leaf secretary desk valued at over $5,000.

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Misunderstandings

August 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and Family values. Bill said, ‘I didn’t sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?’

Larry replied, ‘I’m not sure, what was her maiden name?’
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A little boy went up to his father and asked: ‘Dad, where did my intelligence come from?’

The father replied. ‘Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.’
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‘Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,’ the divorce Court Judge said, ‘And I’ve decided to give your wife $775 a week,’

‘That’s very fair, your honor,’ the husband said. ‘And every now and then I’ll try to send her a few bucks myself.’
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A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room, took the husband aside, and said, ‘I don’t like the looks of your wife at all…’

‘Me neither doc,’ said the husband. ‘But she’s a great cook and really good with the kids.’
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An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 40 years.

The Wizard says, ‘Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.’

The old man says without hesitation, ‘I now pronounce you man and wife.’
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Two Reasons Why It’s So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder:

1. The DNA all matches.
2. There are no dental records.
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Moe: ‘My wife got me to believe in religion.’

Joe: ‘Really?’

Moe: ‘Yeah. Until I married her I didn’t believe in Hell.’
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A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling.

‘I’m O. K. But I didn’t like the four letter-words the doctor used in surgery,’ he answered.

‘What did he say,’ asked the nurse.

‘Oops!’
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While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband’s advice.

‘What do you think?’ I asked. ‘Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?’

‘Better get a bikini,’ he replied. ‘You’d never get it all in one.’

He’s still in intensive care.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Affluent South Australian town issued traffic fine to a doctor while he was trying to help dying man: “Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne has intervened in a dispute between his council and a doctor who received a parking fine while giving CPR to an ill motorist. Mr Clyne today said he would instruct the Unley City Council to waive the $89 penalty given to Dr Darren Molony for parking his car while he tended to the man on King William Rd on Wednesday. Mr Clyne said he also would ask the council to review its policy of issuing parking tickets during medical emergencies. Dr Darren Molony called for changes to the council’s parking fine system after he was told he would have to prove he stopped to provide assistance to the man, who later died. Dr Molony said providing the evidence through ambulance or hospital documents compromise the dead man’s privacy. Mr Clyne today said he would intervene after The Advertiser reported the dispute and his council was savaged on social media.”

Flower grows by 18 inches overnight: “Gardeners at Kew knew one of their plants was having a growth spurt – but even they were surprised by what they saw yesterday morning. The Dasylirion wheeleri, known as the spoon flower, had grown 18 inches overnight, forcing staff to remove a glass pane from its 20ft high greenhouse roof. The flower has grown an average of a foot a day since its initial spurt – its first for 15 years – and could shoot up another 10 feet. Nick Johnson, conservatory manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, said the shrub’s growth is ‘ridiculous’ and a very rare occurrence. He said: ‘A week ago the flower spike hadn’t even cleared the foliage, then it started growing a foot every day. The spoon flower is native to arid environments in northern Mexico and southern USA, and is housed in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which recreates ten different climate zones.”

Horny spider?: “Venom from the Brazilian Wandering Spider has been known to give men a long-lasting and painful erection. Earlier this year, scientists began harvest PnTx2-6, the active ingredient in the spider’s venom, to create a natural Viagra that can work in 20 minutes. While this compound has been shown to work on mice, it also has the side effect of congesting major organs, such as the heart. Now, new research has identified another chemical in the venom that is less dangerous – and scientists say it could give men erections for hours at a time. Brazilian Wandering Spiders can cause priapism – a condition which occurs when blood becomes trapped in the penis, leading to abnormally long-lasting erections. The venom contains something called PnPP-19, which scientists say has all the benefits of venom, without any of the damaging side effects. When tested on mice, they found that it induced erections, but without damaging their organs. Separate tests carried out on rats show the venom boosts performance by increasing the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Oldest message in a bottle ever found: “A message in a bottle launched in the North Sea 108 years ago has been discovered on a beach in Germany and returned to Plymouth. It was one of 1,020 launched by British marine biologist George Parker Bidder between 1904 and 1906, and promised a shilling to anyone who returned it to Plymouth. Most were recovered within months, yet this one was at sea for more than a century. Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found it while on holiday on the North Sea island of Amrum, off the coast of Germany. Visible on the message, written in English, German and Dutch, were the words ‘Break the bottle’, but the pair were reluctant as they had started to get some idea of its age. Marianne’s husband, Horst, tried to remove the message carefully but they were unable so they were forced to break it to read the message. Guy Baker communications director at the Marine Biological Association said it caused quite a stir when they received the postcard from the Winklers.

Indian man spent 22 years chiselling his way through a mountain out of love for his dead wife: “The remarkable true story of an Indian man who spent 22 years chiselling a massive gap in a mountain out of love for his dead wife hit cinema screens today. Dashrath Manjhi, an impoverished labourer from India’s lowest caste, embarked on the monumental endeavour after his wife Falguni died in 1959 because she had not been able to receive urgent medical care in time having been involved in an accident. Getting to the nearest town involved going around the mountain, a 55-kilometre (34-mile) journey, and Manjhi didn’t want other villagers to suffer the same fate. Working day and night he chipped away at the mountain in Gehlour, in eastern Bihar state, using just a hammer and a chisel, to reduce the distance to 15 kilometres by cutting a direct path through rocks. It took him until 1982 to create the path, which is around 110 metres (360 feet) long and in some places more than nine metres wide”

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Here is good old American knowhow at its best

August 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Giant raspberry: “A new supersized raspberry is helping to boost demand for the summer fruit. Tesco says the arrival of the Berry Jewel, pictured alongside a traditional raspberry, is a ‘major breakthrough in quality’ and has helped stoke demand. Last year British growers produced more than 10,600 tonnes of raspberries but the supermarket chain believes this may rise by a third, weather permitting. The new type of raspberry is distinctive for its large, plump cone shape, strong aroma and sweet, tangy taste. The Berry Jewel was bred by Peter Vinson of Faversham in Kent. He said: ‘Berry Jewel is the culmination of 12 years’ work developing a variety which would bring about a wow factor for shoppers and make them consider raspberries in a new way.’ Tesco berry buyer Simon Mandelbaum is equally excited about the new raspberry. ‘The Berry Jewel offers such an extraordinary taste that we believe it is easily the best raspberry being grown in the UK today,’ he said.”

Couple recreates kitchen from The Simpsons in their own home: “A Canadian couple has recreated the iconic cartoon kitchen from the The Simpsons in their own home, copying every aspect of the much-loved TV family’s own space, from the blue and yellow tiled floor to the corn-on-the-cob curtains. Fortunately for the couple, their kitchen was already a similar layout to Marge’s, so all they had to do was match the patterns and colors. One of the major obstacles however – perhaps unsurprisingly – was that the distinctive corn-themed, curtains are not available in any home-furnishing store, so Marcia made those herself. The couple then went out to purchase items like utensil holders and cooking tools to match the ones seen on the series. They’re now on the lookout for ‘retro-inspired’ avocado-green appliances. The appliances, cupboards, and counters are simply covered with contact paper and they added bright blue doorknobs to the cupboards.”

Dumb black asked for interview at police station over stolen jewellery wore victim’s earrings: “A WOMAN accused of involvement in the theft of jewellery wore a pair of the victim’s earrings when asked to attend a police interview. Candace McCray, 36, worked as a nurse’s aide in January 2014 at an assisted-living facility in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida when an 85-year-old patient realised some of her jewellery had gone missing. The patient reported it to Palm Beach Gardens Police Station. Detectives ascertained the names of all staff who had access to the woman’s room and after an investigation discovered that McCray had pawned numerous pieces of jewellery at a pawn shop in West Palm Beach. When she attended the interview, detectives immediately recognised the earrings she was wearing were part of the stolen jewellery. McCray is charged with dealing in stolen property, false verification of ownership and theft from a person 65 years or older.”

Baby found locked in a hotel room safe: “A BABY has been found alive, locked in a hotel room safe. A maintenance worker was called to unlock the safe to free the baby at the Howard Johnson Hotel By The Falls at the popular tourist attraction Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada. The baby was “alert and crying,” Niagara Regional Police Service said when the worker unlocked the safe within 20 minutes. The parents of the baby, who were on holiday from Brooklyn, New York City, left the hotel before police arrived. Detective Sergeant Scott Kraushar, of Niagara regional police’s child abuse unit, said that the six month old was too young to crawl into the safe alone. “We are not anticipating charges at the time,” Sgt Kraushar told the New York Daily News. “But we need to speak to the family to answer questions and ensure the welfare of the infant. There is no information on how the baby ended up locked in the safe.”

Is this the world’s most unstoppable vehicle? “An armoured off-roader capable of withstanding blasts from ballistic missiles and smashing through walls has been pictured roaring through a testing facility. The Marauder, described as being the world’s most unstoppable vehicle, was put through its paces near Pretoria in South Africa. With its six cylinder turbo diesel engine, the armoured car can hit speeds of up to 75mph on road, and is strong enough to survive a land mine explosion. The military vehicle makes light work of rough terrain, despite weighing up to 20 tons when fully kitted-out with protective casing. The Paramount Group, who make the vehicle, have received thousands of enquiries from members of the public eager to buy one of the Marauders – but the company only sells them to governments. The Marauder is also filmed driving through water and tackling muddy hills. It was originally developed for peacekeeping and reconnaissance missions. The vehicle holds a crew of two in the front with space for eight fully equipped troops in the back.”

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Were it so

August 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Historic tall ships converge on Amsterdam: “At first glance, it could be a scene from a bygone era – the sails of the tall ships fluttering against the sky. The 50 stunning tall ships had come from across the world to take part in SAIL Amsterdam, which takes place every five years and sees hundreds of boats accompanying these historic vessels on a trip from Ijmuiden, in the western Netherlands, to the capital. This year, the fleet included an 18th century frigate replica, a 19th century French merchant ship and a controversial Chilean vessel which, in the not so distant past, was used for torture. The ships set of on Wednesday morning, and the flotilla – which was more than 600 strong, thanks to the hundreds of smaller private boats taking part in the event – reached Amsterdam at about 2pm. Highlights include the Etoile du Roy, a reproduction of a 1745 frigate used in the British television series ‘Horatio Hornblower,’ and the Belem, a French 19th century steel-hulled three-master.”

Owners shocked to find their restaurant had been barricaded with a wall of fridges: “The owners of a fish and chip shop were left in shock after arrving at the takeaway to open up and finding it had been barricaded with a wall of fridges. Staff had to fight their way through the appliances in order to get to the door of Big Ben’s Fish and Grill in Maidstone, Kent yesterday. Almost 30 fridges made up the barricade and some were even stacked three-high around the building. The barricade was erected by the owners of second hand goods shop, the Clutter Box, which is across the road from the chip shop. Paul Stone and Keven Wilderman, owners of the Clutter Box have been involved in a ongoing feud with the landlord who owns the takeaway. Mr Stone said: ‘Rather than go through the violent and damaging route we wanted to do a peaceful protest.’ But Richard Philips, who works for the landlord, told KentOnline: ‘I’m disgusted at what they’ve done, this isn’t a prank.’ The barricade has since been taken down by the pranksters and the chip shop was able to open as normal

Orphaned baby orangutan found crying and alone in a rainforest in Borneo is rescued: “An orphaned baby orangutan found crying like a baby and alone in a rainforest in Borneo has been rescued. Little Asoka was discovered by a local man, who despite good intentions, fed the orangutan sickly-sweet condensed milk four times a day. The local man who found him felt so sorry for the baby that he took him home. Knowing that the orangutan is a protected species, he contacted the forestry department, asking them to collect the young orphan. Alan Knight, IAR’s chief executive, said: ‘Little Asoka is the latest orangutan to come in to our centre. ‘He is as cute and contented as can be but his story is typical of the tragic fate threatening the survival of orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra. ‘As the palm oil industry continues to devour the rainforest, more and more orangutans are left homeless, hungry and vulnerable to hunters. Asoka, who is four or five months old and weighs just 2kg, is on the road to recovery after being rescued”

Spider that can FLY despite having no wings discovered in South America: “An arachnophobe’s worst nightmare has been realised after a spider that can fly has been discovered in the jungles of South America. And this creepy crawly’s aerial acrobatics are more advanced than mere gliding – it can change direction in mid-air. In a video released buy the researchers, the spider, which is about two inches across, can be seen changing direction as it falls through the air, guiding its way with its extended legs. To conduct the study, the researchers had to climb trees searching for the notoriously well camouflaged spiders, known as ‘flatties’ due to their very flat body shape. The then dropped them from 65 to 80 feet (20 to 25 meters) from trees and filmed them maneuvering in the air. The researchers say the spiders are more agile in the air than a cat, turning themselves right-side-up in milliseconds and pointing their heads downward to glide. ‘If a predator comes along, it frees the animal to jump if it has a time-tested way of gliding to the nearest tree rather than landing in the understory or in a stream.'”

Fish that snoozes for YEARS without any food or water: “The African lungfish can sleep out of water for three to five years without any sustenance, only to wake up when freshwater surroundings become available. During suspended animation, the fish don’t eat or drink and produce no waste, sometimes for as long as five years. The researchers claim that in the process they slow down their biological clock, relinquishing the normal need for sustenance and surviving in a very low energy state. This kind of suspended animation has always fascinated scientists because if it could be replicated in some form in humans. The African lungfish is one of the closest relatives of tetrapods, the first group of four-limbed vertebrates to live outside of water. Their anatomy offers clues as to how animals first evolved to breathe air, as they have adapted a lung that can sustain them in periods when their environment dries up. They pass the long stretches of the dry season holed up in burrows in the mud, and they can use their long appendages to crawl and move outside of the water.

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