A good comeback

February 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Noel was queer

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‘Happy Birthday To You’ will soon be free to use by all “The world’s most popular song ‘Happy Birthday To You’ will soon be free to use as Warner/Chappel Music has agreed to surrender its copyright in a $14 million lawsuit. It comes three years after a group of filmmakers sued the music firm, claiming the song is so prevalent it should be in the public domain. Finally on Monday, a settlement was presented to a federal court in Los Angeles that would see Warner compensate everyone who paid licensing fees to use the song – reaching a total of $14 million. The settlement will have to be approved by the court in a hearing which is scheduled for March 14. Once approved, the song will be in the public domain. In September, Chief U.S. District Judge George King ruled that Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of privately owned Warner Music Group, did not have a valid copyright claim to the song’s lyrics.”

Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: “At least two birds of prey – black kites and the brown falcon – swoop on burning twigs and embers and carry them to unburnt parts of the bush where they are thought to deliberately start bushfires, according to witnesses. They then capture large insects, frogs and animals rushing to escape. Researchers believe the raptors may be a ‘third force’ capable of starting bush fires – the others being man and lightning strikes. Bob Gosford, a lawyer who works with indigenous peoples, and Mark Bonta, a scientist from Penn State have compiled a study of reports of flames jumping fire breaks, which have occurred because of the intervention of wild birds. Mr Gosford told the IFL Science website: ‘Reptiles, frogs and insects rush out from the fire, and there are birds that wait in front, right at the foot of the fire, waiting to catch them. The researchers found numerous accounts from Aborigines, several firefighters as well as 14 Bush rangers who reported birds carrying burning sticks. Both brown falcons and black kites are widespread in Australia.”

Big Australian lizard eats venomous tiger snake for lunch: “A HIGHLY venomous snake hasn’t deterred one large WA lizard from its lunch, with the southern heath monitor deciding a deadly tiger snake would make a good meal. Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Janine Liddelow photographed the reptile shortly after it had killed the venomous snake, near Walpole in the state’s south. Growing up to 1.5m, the southern heath monitor will eat small mammals, eggs and birds as well as other reptiles.

Would YOU eat a three year old pizza?: “Pizza is a favourite food among Americas and it is also the number one request among soldiers in the US Military. Soldiers have been asking for this staple in their rations for the past 30 years, but due to a short shelf life that request has gone unanswered – until now. Researchers have created a ready-made pizza that stays fresh for three years, simply by stopping bacteria from forming on it. With Hurdle technology, researchers create a series of ‘barriers’ that stop bacteria from forming on the pizza over the years. This also controls sauce acidity, water, oxygen in the package and proper layering of ingredients. ‘It’s a fully assembled and baked piece of pizza in one package,’ Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist at the US Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, told Tech Insider. In 2017, soldiers will open MRE #37 and enjoy a slice of pizza that Oleksyk says tastes like ‘day after pizza’.”

Real live Barbie seeks love: “Meet the living ‘Barbie princess’ who says her human doll-like looks are ruining her love life. She may not be blonde but Hannah Gregory, 22, from Skegby, Nottinghamshire, boasts the same seemingly impossible body proportions and perfectly symmetrical facial features as a Barbie doll. She has a tiny 22-inch waist and wears contact lenses that mimic the wide-eyed doll’s glassy stare. However, the Sheffield University student claims she is regularly criticised by passers-by in the street and can’t find a man who is interested in her personality. Hannah said: ‘When I leave the house, people laugh and shout rude comments at me. ‘It’s hard to find a boyfriend too. Often, guys will become infatuated with my appearance and tell me how much they like me. ‘But they’re not interested in getting to know my personality – they just see me as a doll. ‘But the abuse doesn’t bother me, I feel happy and cute as a doll.”

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Bernie Sanders fan meets reality

February 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Couples ‘regret divorce after five years’: “Couples who divorce are likely to regret it five years later, a former High Court judge said yesterday. A high proportion of those who separate wish they had stayed together after a few years of living with the consequences, family judge Sir Paul Coleridge said. The warning to couples to think carefully before they rush to separate follows evidence that more than one in five divorced or estranged people think later that they should have tried to save their marriage. Sir Paul said: ‘Of course there are cases where divorce is inevitable. I haven’t sat in the courts for 40 years without knowing that there are cases where it is just as well the parties separated. ‘But it has been obvious to me that, by and large, a significant proportion of people who separate wish they had not five years down the line.’”

Spiders that catch snakes!: “Dongara resident Jennifer Fox posted the picture on the Western Australian Insects Facebook group. Ms Fox said the video and photos were taken last year while she and her husband were in the process of moving from Dampier down to their property in Dongara. “We had come down to move in more of our belongings and when we opened the door to the shed their were dozens of baby snakes caught in webs,” she said. “Some were still alive and the harder they wriggled the more entrapped they became.”

Female shark set for ‘virgin birth’: “A female shark which has had no contact with males for more than two years is set to give birth to two babies. The white spotted bamboo shark arrived at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in 2013 having been evacuated from the badly flooded sister centre in Hunstanton. She has been the only member of her species at the centre in that time and has had no contact with male sharks. But now experts at the centre have said she has produced two fertile eggs which are due to hatch in nine months time. The discovery of the two eggs containing valid embryos comes within days of the announcement in Germany of a second generation virgin birth involving the same bamboo shark species at a research facility in Munich. Mr Gook said: ‘The process is called “parthenogenesis” and has long been known to occur in domestic chickens and some reptiles, but was not recorded in sharks until 2008.”

Terrified women buying up FROGS and TOADS to eat Zika-spreading mosquitoes in Argentina: “The sale of mosquito-eating frogs and toads is booming in Argentina as the government warned that Zika virus is spreading in the country despite the massive deployment of pesticides. The virus has has been linked to a rise in microcephaly, a debilitating birth defect where children are born with abnormally small heads. Argentina’s health ministry Jorge Lemus admitted that mosquito Aedes aegypti survives the spraying that is being done in sensitive areas. Online websites offering adult frogs and toads are now demanding up to 100 pesos (£5) for a live specimen. The government meanwhile has started a new campaign asking people to get rid of open water sources such as water-filled buckets, where mosquitoes may lay their eggs”. So far, only five cases of Zika have been reported in Argentina”

Russian ‘mini monster’ truck: “The Sherp ATV is an all-terrain mini monster that not only dominates over rugged environments, it also plows through water, snow and ice. This Russian ATV is equipped with enormous self-inflating tires and paddle-like treads that propels the machine over obstacles as tall as 27.5 inches. The Sherp ATV is an all-terrain mini monster that not only dominates over rugged environments, it also plows through water, snow and ice. Measures 11 feet long and can climb over obstacles as tall as 27.5 inches. 44 horsepower engine from Kubota. Tops out at 27.9 mph on land and less than 4 mph in water. The Sherp ATV is the brain child of Alexei Garagashyan, a mechanic in Saint Petersburg, who has had an interest in unconventional solutions in traditional SUVs”. The entire idea of Sherp is focused around four huge low-pressure tires, which are the most noticeable attributes of the vehicle.”

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Scale Model of the US Government

February 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From a display at Cotton Ginning Days in Dallas, NC. It is powered by a 1920’s vintage hit and miss engine, and doesn’t do anything except make noise and lots of lost motions.

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Airline fears photography: “A man claims that Virgin Australia staff called the police after he took a photo of a line of people waiting for assistance at Melbourne Airport. Richard Lipp, a photographer, said that he was on board a plane heading to Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, when his flight was turned back to Melbourne due to bad weather. When the plane arrived back at Melbourne Airport, the photographer said that around 200 passengers had to queue for assistance to get accommodation and new flights. ‘When I took a photo to document this fact for Virgin head office, I was confronted, bullied and then had the Federal Police called because I wouldn’t delete a photo of the general area with people’s backs turned to me,’ Mr Lipp said. The photographer said that he was confronted by a Virgin ground crew member soon after taking the photo. The photographer then inserted more footage of ground crew asking him to delete the photo into his video.”

Lack of sleep makes us more likely to own up to things we HAVEN’T done: “A staggering 25 per cent of wrongful convictions in the US are said to have been made using false confessions. Law enforcement officers have been known to deprive suspects of sleep while they carry out their investigations, and now a study has found a link between tiredness and fake statements. Researchers have found that people are more likely to own up to something they haven’t done if they’re lacking in sleep, than those who are fully rested. They examined whether the likelihood of a false confession is increased by sleep deprivation, which interferes with the ability to anticipate the consequences of one’s actions.”

Florida man ‘tosses a three foot alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru window’: “An alligator was thrown through the drive-thru window of a Florida Wendy’s much to the horror of staff. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Joshua James, was picking up his order at the window of the Royal Palm Beach location before grabbing a three-and-a-half foot alligator from the back of his truck. After receiving his drink he allegedly tossed the reptile through the window while the server was turned around, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Incident report. A photo from the incident shows the alligator looking out from a corner of the kitchen of the fast-food restaurant. Surveillance video led to his arrest. James has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.”

The megamouth fish: Giant ‘oar-like’ mouth of Rhinconichthys allowed it to scoop up vast quantities of plankton: “It is one of the oddest looking fish ever seen. An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Measuring about 6.5 feet long, it feasted on plankton using its giant ‘oar like’ mouth from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Rhinconichthys belongs to an extinct bony fish group called pachycormids, which contains the largest bony fish ever to have lived. According to Shimada, one pair of bones called hyomandibulae formed a massive oar-shaped lever to protrude and swing the jaws open extra wide, like a parachute, in order to receive more plankton-rich water into its mouth, similar to the way many sharks open their mouth.”

Giant rabbit: “This is the monster-sized rabbit who is on the look-out for a loving new home in Scotland. The continental giant rabbit – appropriately named Atlas – could no longer be taken care of by his former owner. And staff at the SPCA’s centre in Glasgow have taken the seven-month-old in until they can find him a new home. Anna O’Donnell, the centre’s manager, thinks Atlas will be a great pet for any potential owner. She said: ‘Atlas is already about the size of a westie [west highland terrier] and is still young with some growing to do. ‘He is a very friendly rabbit who loves attention and getting cuddles. ‘Atlas is also an inquisitive boy who makes everyone laugh with his mischievous character.’ She added: ‘We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.”

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The sexy ladies are back for this year’s Carnival at the River of January in Brazil

February 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The simple solution to a mid-life crisis: “The real solution costs nothing and involves focusing on what gives you pleasure and doing more of it, says an expert. That can be as simple as switching off your mobile phone, listening to music, going for walks or spending time with friends. Professor Paul Dolan, the man behind the study, says his subjects were asked how satisfied they were with their lives rather than how happy they felt. And now he says the way to beat the blues is to embrace the small pleasures of life. on’t pay attention to how happy things make you,’ warned Mr Dolan, who is professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics. Instead, find things which make you feel good, then do more of them. A long-term sustainable impact on your life can be achieved, but not by sitting about thinking if only I was slimmer, fitter, richer, then I would be happier. It’s not going to happen, so you’ll still be miserable.’”

The Isle of Man is handing over roads to driverless cars: “A SMALL, self-governing island is on the verge of handing over its roads to driverless cars. With a land mass about the size of Chicago and a population fewer than 90,000, the Isle of Man is already popular in the auto-world for its lack of speed limits and annual superbike race. Now, the island is about to become a hub for self-driving cars. Transportation minister Phil Gawne is currently finalising discussions and working on incentives to attract tech giants and driverless car manufacturers to the island, which is nestled between England and Ireland. As the Isle of Man is self-governed, the process of changing legislation is a much quicker process than other larger countries. Mr Gawne said this will easily allow the government to tweak laws when driverless cars swarm the roads.”

Liquid gold rush beckons for Australian honey producers as research identifies best antimicrobial nectar: Australian honey producers are set to tap into a potential billion-dollar global market for medicinal honey, with new research confirming powerful antimicrobial properties in the flowering nectar of trees found across Australia. The joint study by three Australian universities is testing up to 86 different species of Leptospermum, 10 times more than are found across the Tasman, where the trees are the basis of New Zealand’s burgeoning manuka honey industry. For a small number of bee keepers already producing manuka honey, the profits are spectacular. The field research on Australian Leptospermum trees is being conducted by Simon Williams as part of a chemistry doctorate with the Sunshine Coast University. He said the trees were found in every state but their level of potential antimicrobial activity varied.”

Has Indian bus driver become first ever person to be killed by a meteorite strike?: “An Indian bus driver has become the first man in recorded history to be killed after he was struck by a meteorite, sensational local reports have claimed. The space rock crashed near an engineering college in Vellore, in Tamil Nadu state, where the 40-year-old man was standing, said local minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram. In a statement, she added: ‘A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college.’ Witnesses told the New Indian Express how the driver was rushed to the hospital after being hit by ‘splinters’ of the so called meteorite, but died on the way. The impact, which injured three, shattered the windows of nearby buses and buildings, NDTV reported. After hearing the ‘deafening’ bang outside, students rushed from their classrooms to discover a small crater in the field outside. Witnesses have told of seeing a glowing, mysterious object falling from the sky – and an explosion when it hit the ground.”

Quick thinking passer-by helped police catch a suspected drug dealer by sticking out his leg: “This is the moment a have-a-go hero helped police capture a suspected drug dealer by bringing him down by casually sticking out his leg. A teen suspected of dealing Class A drugs was giving at least three officers the slip until the passer-by stopped him in his tracks in Clarence Street, Kingston, south west London, despite walking arm-in-arm with his girlfriend. The smartly-dressed man performed a well-timed leg to bring the suspect down before officers pounced on him. The Met Police said officers arrested a 17-year-old man on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply Class A drugs. The suspect was bailed until early April”

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While at the bar

February 7, 2016 at 11:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Having already downed a few power drinks, she turns around, faces him, looks him straight in the eye and says, “Listen here, good looking. I will screw anybody, anytime, anywhere, their place, my place, in the car, by the front door, by the back door, in the back door, on the ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on… It doesn’t matter to me. I just love it.”

His eyes now wide with interest, he responds, “No kidding… I’m in Government too. Are you Federal or State?”

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The VERY smart phone: How we will soon have an app to translate conversations in real time leading to the end of the language barrier: “In the next five years, advanced technology will allow people of different nationalities to sit down and freely converse with just a smartphone between them, instantly translating their language in real-time. So claims the chief envisioning officer of Microsoft UK, who says that while language translators are currently at the level of ‘schoolboy French’, rapid advancements mean there may be no such thing as a language barrier. Instead, universal, real-time translators will be at our fingertips – avoiding the need for fumbling around in language guide books, or using robotic translator software. ‘At the moment we’re at schoolboy French,’ Mr Coplin told The Times. He added: ‘In five years, two people will be able to sit down, put a smartphone between them, and as they’re talking, the phone will translate their conversation seamlessly.'”

Teenager who found $19,000 gold bar while swimming in a German Alpine lake gets to KEEP it: “A teenager who found a 500 gram bar of gold while swimming in an Alpine lake in Germany has been told she can keep it. The 16-year-old girl, who is not being named, found the bar at the bottom of the lake last summer. She was visiting the Königssee lake near the Alps when she found the bar just two metres beneath the water’s surface and immediately turned it in to the police in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Authorities began a long search for the owner, but after six months were unable to find anyone. Authorities recently announced that the teenager and her family could keep the bar, which is 6cm and weighs 17.6 ounces making it worth about $19,000. The gold bar has several markings including references to its weight and fineness. It also has Degussa Feingold – a company that has been manufacturing such bars for more than 150 years – engraved at the top.

Is this proof of a Spanish YETI?: “Spanish ski resort bosses have combed part of the tourist spot after a skier posted the image appearing to show an abominable snowman in Formigal in Spain. The photograph, posted online with the message: ‘Strange animal spotted in Formigal. What the hell is this?’, has been shared thousands of times. The picture sparked a search by ski resort owners Aramon and a frenzied debate over whether a Spanish Yeti was on the loose or if it was a bear, Photoshop montage or even a soldier wearing mountain camouflage. Shaky video footage captures the moment the mysterious animal walks through snow covered Pyrenees hills. The mystery remained unsolved last night, although skiers were being reassured there was no cause for alarm.

The most expensive car in the world: “An auction room applauded a classic Ferrari after it sold for almost £25 million to become the world’s most expensive car. The legendary Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti was capable of doing a staggering 186mph in 1957. It finished second in the Mille Miglia that year before becoming the first car to average 200kph (124mph) on a lap of the Le Mans circuit. Unfortunately it didn’t finish the gruelling French race but continued to be campaigned around the world by the likes of Stirling Moss. The stunning machine was bought by French collector and racing driver Pierre Bardinon in 1970 and remained part of the family’s staggering collection until this week. Mr Bardinon passed away in 2012 and the family was told to sell the car at a French auction to settle an inheritance tax bill. It went under the hammer at the high profile Artcurial sale in Paris with interest from around the world. Marcel Massini, an esteemed Ferrari historian, had previously described it as the ‘top of the top'”

Controversial ten-year-old dubbed ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’ secures a ‘lucrative’ modelling deal in LA: “A controversial child model dubbed ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’ has landed a lucrative modelling contract in the US. Russian-born Kristina Pimenova, 10, has moved from Moscow to Los Angeles to sign with prestigious agency LA Models. But photos the ‘little supermodel’ often provoke disturbing comments and her mother was last year criticised for publishing ‘provocative’ photos of her daughter on social media. Kristina, who has been modelling since the age of three and doing catwalk shows since she was four, has more than two million followers on Facebook and over a million on her Instagram. Both accounts, which are managed by her mother, Glikeriya Pimenova, have drawn sexualised remarks from followers who sometimes comment on Kristina’s legs or refer to the child as ‘a babe’. ‘I am certain in my mind all her photographs are absolutely innocent,’ Glikeriya, 40, told MailOnline last year. ‘You must think like a paedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures”

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The funniest prank ever – from Brazil

February 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British health boss told blind father of two to ‘look at me when I’m talking to you’ even after he’d explained he couldn’t see: “A blind man claims a health boss told him ‘look at me when I’m talking to you’ minutes after he explained he couldn’t see. Peter Bennetts, of South Shields, near Newcastle, says he was at a patient forum meeting at a local medical centre when the comment was made by a practice manager. The 60-year-old father-of-two said just minutes after introducing himself and explaining that he was legally blind the manager was asked to answer some concerns he had raised. But he was left astounded when she said to him ‘look at me when I’m talking to you.’ Due to his condition, he doesn’t always turn towards people or make eye contact as they speak. He said: ‘It was disgusting that a medical professional would say something like that, especially when I had just told everyone that I’m blind two minutes earlier.”

Mysterious Sydney railway station: “The latest government-issued bus map for inner west Sydney includes, as clear as day, a reference to Clyburn station. The only problem is Clyburn station doesn’t exist and in many ways never really did. The last time a train screeched to a stop at this isolated halt was 24 years ago this month. Yet it has mysteriously found its way back onto the Sydney transport map. As expresses shoot past to Parramatta and Penrith, the site is now little more than a wide patch of green between the tracks with piles of earth and traces of concrete. However, even when it was open, slapping it on a public transport map wouldn’t have been much use as it was never used by the public. No road meets it and it was reserved for a select group of people only. Clyburn opened in 1948 and is surrounded on all sides by railway workshops. “For the ease of people going to the workshops they built this little station that was only intended to be used by people working there”

A woman from Florida claims an ‘elusive goat rapist’ is repeatedly assaulting her animals: “Sharon Cruz-Pecina has called on police to arrest the person she is convinced is trespassing on her property and having sex with her three pets. She thinks the animals have been attacked since last summer. Sharon, from Caryville, Florida, told local TV news station WJHG: ‘He’s been attacking them and raping them. I’m not jumping to conclusions.’ She bought the goats five years ago because her husband is lactose intolerant but is not affected by goat milk. In April last year she was housing her goats about a mile away from her home when a man was spotted and identified lingering in the area. The man was charged in 2014 with engaging in sexual activity with an animal, Sharon added. She also has photographic evidence the goats have been assaulted.”

Secret 103rd floor balcony of the Empire State Building — usually open only to VIPs — is revealed in vertigo-inducing photographs: “The 103rd floor of the Empire State Building is one floor up from the official ‘Top Floor’ accessible to the public. Open to the air and protected only by a small ledge and low railing, views from the floor are dizzying for those without a head for heights. While it is closed to the public, celebrities including Taylor Swift have had their photos taken there. The metal structure that houses the floor was originally said to be for passenger airships like the Hindenburg, which were thought to be the future of travel in the ’30s. But some believe it was really just a way to make sure it would be taller than the Chrysler Building”

Huge shark filmed: “This incredible new footage shows the moment the largest great white shark ever filmed tries to take a bite out of a diving cage containing four cameramen. The 20ft-long female known as Deep Blue stunned the world last year when video was unveiled of it dwarfing cage divers off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Now new footage taken from inside the cage has been released by Michael Maier, who described the moment they saw her emerge from the deep water below them. Deep Blue swims for a piece of fish used by the cage divers to attract her to the cage, off the coast of Mexico in November 2013. ‘All of a sudden out of the deep blue, there she came. We realised almost immediately that she was very big. ‘She was very calm and not at all nervous and was circling us. She was very interested and was looking at us.

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Irony of ironies

February 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The London authorities have dutifully put up a blue commemorative plaque on the house where George Orwell lived. But, in a triumph of bureaucratic insensitivity, they have put up a surveillance camera beside it — very much the sort of thing Orwell warned about in his story of “Big Brother”

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Italian wife faces six years in jail for ‘mistreatment of her family’ because she doesn’t do enough housework: “An Italian woman is facing up to six years in jail after her husband took her to court for not cooking and cleaning enough. The 40-year-old from Sonnino in Lazio, south-central Italy, is being charged with ‘mistreatment of the family’, local media reports. According to her husband who brought the charges, this is due to her ‘poor management of the household chores’. She is due to stand trial later this year, and can face a substantial jail term, The Local reports. Court papers state that her 47-year-old husband feels ‘insulted’ by the way she has neglected cleaning their house. According to his statement, he has been forced to ‘live in conditions with poor hygiene’, The Local adds. He also says he keeps buying food for her to use, but that the produce ends up in the bin as his wife rarely cooks.”

IT worker sold his share in iPhone keyboard app SwiftKey for the price of a bicycle – now Microsoft have bought the firm for £174M: “Chris Hill-Scott, 29, gave away his stake in SwiftKey – a predictive text app- which yesterday was sold to Microsoft for the massive sum, in return for a bicycle. University friends Jon Reynolds, 30, and Ben Medlock, 36, have walked away with over £25million each after seven short years. Mr Hill-Scott, who now designs websites for the government, earning just above £50,000 per year, yesterday tweeted: ‘The biggest mistake I have ever made.’ Mr Reynolds and Ben Medlock founded the company in 2008 after leaving university. But despite them each nabbing a reported £25million each for their seven years work for the company, founder Mr Hill-Scott, 29. from Buckinghamshire, did not receive a penny. He gave up his directorship two weeks into the project to pursue a career in photography.”

Modern-day mouse dies after finding its way into museum mousetrap that’s 155 years old: “A freshly killed mouse found inside a 155-year-old mousetrap has left museum curators baffled. It was discovered yesterday after being caught in the unbaited Victorian trap on display behind impenetrable glass. The unlucky rodent had managed to sneak past security, exterior doors and museum staff, and somehow clambered its way up into the cabinet. The most common type of mousetrap today uses a powerful spring to trap and kill a mouse. It’s effective but has a major drawback – it can only catch one mouse at a time. The idea behind the ‘Perpetual Mouse Trap’ was to create a system that could catch lots of mice, and be ready to do so at any time. The trap was manufactured by Colin Pullinger & Sons of Silsey, West Sussex and aptly sold under the promise that it ‘will last a lifetime’. Researchers don’t know the exact date it was made, but the trap itself was patented in 1861 by Bognor-born Colin Pullinger.”

Car thieves pranked: “If something seems to good to be true, more often than not it is. A group of American men found this out the hard way and got a shock – both emotionally and physically – when they found an unattended Mantis Green McLaren 650S Spider and tried to drive it as part of a prank by YouTube star, Joey Salads. The 22-year-old from Staten Island, New York, had set up the driver seat with the exposed wires from a remote-controlled dog shock collar. Salads and his friend watch from a hiding place as men approach the vehicle – in which the keys are clearly left out – and then shocks them using his remote control when they attempt to drive it. Salads narrates from the side – ‘Does he even know how to drive that thing?’ – before pressing the buzzer. Inevitably the men convulse with the electric shock and swear and shout, before clambering out. Some simply jump out, too afraid to waste time by opening the Spider’s door.”

Collection of Chinese antiques bought by a British farmer for as little as £100 an item are to sell for £20MILLION at auction: “A collection of Chinese antiques bought by a farmer for as little £100 per item for is expected to make his family a £20million fortune when it sells at auction. Roger Pilkington of Aldbourne, Wiltshire, collected 100 pieces of exquisite Chinese ceramics in the late 1950s and early 60s. The late Mr Pilkington bought Chinese ceramics from the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties of China, which spanned from 618 to 1912 – paying sums of £100 (£3,000 today) right up to £5,000 (£140,000 today) for higher end items. But the value of Asian antiques has shot up in recent years as the Chinese set about buying back their heritage which was taken out of the Far East by westerners in the 19th century, and Mr Pilkington’s family are set to reap the rewards. Leading the sale is a 15th century Chenghua Blue and White ‘Palace Bowl’ that was made for an Emperor in the Ming dynasty and is estimated to sell for up to £6million alone.”

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Take that!

February 4, 2016 at 10:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Is this ancient Greek statue proof of time travel? Claims sculpture shows laptop with USB ports: “Legend has it that the Oracle of Delphi connected priests with super natural beings who passed along advanced technology and information. And conspiracy theorists claim that is how a modern-day laptop ended up in a Greek sculpture from 100 BC. But historians say the sculpture is just a deceased woman ‘touching the lid of a shallow chest’. The statue, ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant’ is on display at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. ‘Lounging in a cushion armchair, a woman reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl on this funerary,’ reads the historian’s description. The woman’s eyes are focused on the inner lid of the object, the same location of a laptop monitor, conspiracy theorists claim.

Popcorn no longer just for the cinema as British sales more than double: “Popcorn is no longer just for the cinema, with sales more than doubling in five years as sales of crisps drop. Sales of popcorn have reached an estimated £129 million in 2015, according to new research, while sales of crisps fell from £1.39 billion in 2013 to £1.34 billion in 2015. As many as seven per cent of snack products launched in the UK in 2015 were popcorn products, up from just three per cent in 2010. Sales of potato-based and other snacks, such as tortilla chips and popped chips, are estimated to have reached £1.39 billion. “Popcorn’s health credentials and flavour innovations have helped boost the segment, along with its popularity among younger consumers, who are more likely to snack” Healthier lifestyles and the rise of discount supermarkets are behind the increase in popcorn sales and customers choosing alternatives to crisps, according to the research by consumer analysts Mintel.”

British supermarket customers are left baffled by its ‘rude’ Valentine’s Day gift suggestions: “With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, most supermarkets will be stocking their shelves with boxes of chocolates and bouquets to satisfy their customers’ romantic side. However, it appears that Tesco has slightly lewder suggestions in mind when it comes to what to buy your partner on February 14. Customers have taken to Twitter to share their bemusement at the supermarket’s suggestions which include cucumbers and whipped cream. Both of these items have been spotted in one of the brand’s stores marked with a ‘Ideal for Valentine’s’ tag placed underneath the items. It is unclear as to whether Tesco believes these items make the perfect gesture or whether some cheeky staff members or perhaps even customers have been feeling mischievous”

Stonehenge burial pit for the Neolithic elite contains a ‘surprising’ number of women: Find suggests females played a key role in the society: “Caricatures of Stone Age man may cast him as a bit of a brute, and few depictions of Stonehenge across art work and TV feature images of women. But a burial pit found at Stonehenge challenges this view by revealing a ‘surprising’ number of females among those cremated at the Wiltshire site. Researchers have spent years sifting through and analysing the remains of adults found at the monument to discover that, to their astonishment, more bones belonged to women than men. The find contrasts with earlier studies from older Neolithic tombs in southern Britain, where burials showed a higher ratio of adult males to females. But it supports the theory that Stonehenge functioned as a cemetery for leaders, according to a report published in the latest issue of British Archaeology.”

Innovative dog control: “In order to prevent her pooch from wriggling through a hole in the garden fence, Vanessa Buccella has attached a long stick to the dog’s back which stops him escaping. Chicago-based Buccella uploaded a clip to YouTube of the dog tackling his normal fence route to no avail. If at first you don’t succeed… Buccella has uploaded the clip to YouTube. She calls the device the ‘nimrod’. She is hoping to stop her fence from being damaged. ‘My dog escapes route any hole he can find in our fence,’ she writes. ‘It’s very pricey to get a new fence. ‘So since I can’t make the holes in the fence any smaller, I just created a device to make the dog “bigger” …. this gives him freedom to run through the yard, but he’s confounded when his normal escape routes won’t work anymore.’ The clip shows the confused whimpering canine desperately, and repeatedly, trying to squeeze through the hole.”

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A good bulk buy

February 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Dog sits perfectly in plane seat: “This clever canine clearly likes to travel in style after apparently being photographed enjoying a plane ride across the US. Instead of having to put up with typical flying problems, like someone stealing an arm rest or reclining their chair deep into your knees, one couple probably just had to put up with a little barking. Nick Weathers explained his parents captured the bizarre photo while on Delta Airlines Flight 4640 from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, on January 26. Details about what the canine was actually doing on the plane remain scarce (did it enjoy an in-flight drink?), although Delta Airlines has been contacted for more information. Delta says “we treat our four-legged friends with the same attention and courtesy our human passengers expect,” but this perhaps went a little too far”

Tech fan takes Apple to court and WINS after they refuse to repair his cracked £339 Apple Watch: “A man who took Apple to court after he spotted a crack in his smartwatch has successfully sued the tech giant after a six-month battle. Gareth Cross, from Aberystwyth, west Wales, bought an Apple Watch Sport for £339 last July but 10 days later he spotted a crack in the glass face. When he complained, Apple said it was not covered by the warranty. They said the damage resulted from impact – despite their own official claims that the watch was ‘resistant to scratches and impact’. But Mr Cross took them to the small claims court for breach of the Sale of Goods Act – and has now won after a six-month fight. A judge at Aberystwyth County Court ruled that the company breached the contract of sale by refusing to repair or replace the watch as it had been falsely advertised. As a result have changed their description and removed their claim that the watch is resistant to impact. The company was ordered to refund him the cost of the watch and £429 in court costs.

Henry VIII was ‘angry, impulsive and impotent’ due to a JOUSTING injury: “Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by American football players. The Tudor King was plagued by memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia — and even impotence — that afflicted Henry in the decade before his death in 1547. Now US researchers suggest that brain damage from a jousting injury is the best explanation for the King’s crazed behaviour in his final years. Henry suffered two major head injuries during his 30s. In 1524, a lance penetrated the visor of his helmet during a jousting tournament and dazed him. But researchers believe that the English monarch’s increasingly unpredictable behaviour may have been triggered by an accident during a jousting match in January of 1536, when a horse fell on him, causing him to lose consciousness for two hours”.

Student fears she will never have an orgasm after trying every day for THREE YEARS: “A student fears she’ll never achieve satisfaction after spending more than three years trying and failing to give herself an orgasm. Megan Ward, 20, who studies politics at the University of Birmingham, has anorgasmia – the persistent inability to achieve an orgasm – and despite trying every day with various sex toys, she is continually unsatisfied. Since her diagnosis, Megan has tried countless therapy sessions and has an entire drawer filled with vibrators in a bid to cure her ‘sex disorder’ – yet she is still unable to climax. Megan said: ‘I now own ten different kinds of vibrators, among many other sex toys which would make your grandma’s eyes bleed’ The student has attracted a lot of attention with her frank admission Megan says it’s important to speak out about her ‘sex disorder’ anorgasmia which has troubled her for years

Optimism may not be good for you: “Looking on the bright side of life could cause unhappiness in the long term, new research suggests. The findings suggest positive fantasies about how future events will turn out can boost your mood in the here and now, but they may actually lead to increased depressive symptoms in the long run. This is because you set yourself up for disappointment and when your future doesn’t live up to your fantasies, it can cause you to become depressed. Unrealistic wishful thinking, while making us feel good for a while, does nothing to tackle the causes of unhappiness, said the authors. Students who felt better during tests after being asked to think positively ended up putting in less work into their college courses, and suffered worse grades, the study found. Meanwhile, those who feared the worst ended up working harder.”

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A good story

February 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Three Australian men who pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old Norwegian backpacker in a Croatian toilet escape jail after paying out $30,000 to the victim’s family: “Three Australian men who pleaded guilty to gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a Croatian toilet have narrowly escaped a 15 year jail sentence by paying $30,000 restitution to the victim’s family. The two 23-year-old’s and their 21-year-old travelling partner were set to return to court on Monday but the prosecution cut a deal with the tourists, allowing them to avoid a maximum 15 years in jail. According to the Daily Telegraph, they received a suspended one year prison sentence with a five year good behaviour bond on the condition that they gave the victim’s family 20,000 euros, which is equivalent to around $30,575. The men, who were on bail and free to roam Croatia, are believed to have left for Australia on Saturday when the deal became public”

Reptile takes 38 years to lay an egg: “Breeders at a zoo are celebrating after finally convincing a rare lizard-like reptile to mate – and it’s only taken 38 years. Staff at Chester Zoo have been trying for four decades to get a female tuatara to breed, without any success. However specialist keeper Isolde McGeorge, who has been caring for the species at the zoo since 1977, can proudly claim to be the first British midwife to the birth of a tuatara, which can live to the grand old age of 120 and are now solely found in New Zealand. But it certainly wasn’t an easy feat, with the particular pairing of a male called Pixie and a female named Mustard taking about 12 years to set up, ending with two eggs being produced. The first tuatara hatchling finally emerged from its egg late last year after an incubation period of 238 days. After the female is inseminated, she lays her eggs in sand some distance from its home burrow”

Good news for man struggling with ‘tree roots’ growing all over his hands: “A BANGLADESHI man with massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that have troubled him for 10 years. Abul Bajandar was dubbed the ‘Tree Man’ after the massive warts started growing exponentially four years ago. A team of specialist doctors have been enlisted for the operation, which will be performed in Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital free of cost. The 26-year-old said he was undergoing preparations to see if the root-esque warts could be safely removed without causing further complications. Hospital director Samanta Lal Sen said the massive 5kg growths are known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis — an extremely rare genetic skin disease making people susceptible to skin growths. “Popularly it is known as tree-man disease,” he said. “As far as we know there are three such cases in the world including Abul Bajandar.

Chocolate is GOOD for pregnant women: “High-flavanol chocolate can boost fetal growth and make the placenta more efficient, according to a new study. The study was a randomized control trial of 129 women with single pregnancies between 11 and 14 weeks gestation. The pregnancy women were selected to either eat high-flavanol or low-flavanol chocolate. They consumed a total of 30 grams of chocolate daily for 12 weeks. The team followed those women until delivery. The study found that there was no difference in preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, placenta weight or birthweight in the two groups. However, the uterine Doppler pulsatility index in both groups showed marked improvement. Study co-author Dr Emmanual Bujold, of Université Laval Québec City, said: ‘This study indicates that chocolate could havea positive impact on placenta and fetal growth and development and that chocolate’s effects are not solely and directly due to flavanol content.’”

Spot the spider: Camouflaged creepy crawly nicknamed the ‘wrap around’ is photographed hiding out on a branch: “A photo of a camouflaged spider will send shivers up the spines of arachnophobes around the world after they squint enough to find the eight-legged creepy crawly. The pictured Dolophones turrigera or ‘Wrap-around’ spider was found in Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve, Lismore, New South Wales. They are able to easily camouflage themselves when resting on a twig. Its overall appearance is typical of all Australian Dolophones species, where the upper surface of the abdomen resembles a cone-shaped shield. Wrap-around spiders have concave undersides to their bodies to allow them to wrap around small branches for camouflage, and at night they build large webs vertically between trees.

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