Good doggie!

June 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

He’s doing what doggies do

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Nun, 75, secures top banking job: “A 75-year-old Italian nun snared a key job in Italian finance today when she was named vice-president of a foundation that is the biggest shareholder in one of Italy’s largest banks. Sister Giuliana Galli was voted “by a large majority” into the position at Turin-based Compagnia di San Paolo, according to a statement from the foundation, which has a 10 per cent stake in banking group Intesa Sanpaolo. As vice-president, she will bear considerable influence along with other shareholder foundations on steering the bank’s strategy. Sister Galli, who has a degree in sociology and a Masters in behavioural sciences from the University of Miami, took her vows at the age of 23 and in 2001 set up a charity offering psychological assistance to migrants.”

Condom with ‘teeth’ to fight rape: “A doctor in South Africa has invented a female condom lined with teeth-like hooks and is handing them out at World Cup venues. The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon and the jagged rows of hooks which line its inside attach on a man’s penis during penetration. Once attached, only a doctor can remove the Rape-aXe and Dr Ehlers hopes this will allow authorities to easily make arrests. “It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on,” she said. “If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter… A report last year by the nation’s Medical Research Council found that 28 percent of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, with one in 20 saying they had raped in the past year. In most African countries, rape convictions are not common as the DNA tests to provide evidence are unaffordable.”

Too fat to fly: “A 203kg [440lb] man who says he was thrown off a flight for being too fat has missed the chance to say goodbye to his dying aunt. Sandy Russell, from Wolverhampton in England, said a stewardess told him to leave the Air Transat plane from London Gatwick to Toronto because he could not fit in his seat. Air Transat said Mr Russell’s 52-inch girth meant that the armrest could not be lowered for take-off, as demanded by regulations. The passenger said he was angry he wasn’t made aware that his size was a problem before he boarded the plane. A spokesman for the airline said Air Transat was not allowed to ask passengers their measurements before they booked a flight as it was “a breach of their human rights”. The airline has offered to refund Mr Russell’s ticket price as a gesture of goodwill.”

Former cop arrests himself for drinking and driving: “The man, Loren Stead, 40, who told police he used to be an officer, was pulled over for speeding in the West Roxbury neighborhood. Officers noticed Stead was sweating profusely and breathing heavily. After they went back to the cruiser to check his license and registration, Stead left his vehicle and asked to be arrested. Further investigation suggested that Stead had been drinking. When asked what he thought he was going to be arrested for, Stead answered it was going to be for an OUI (operating under the influence). Stead failed sobriety tests and was charged exactly the way he predicted.”

US Army ditches velcro for buttons: “The US Army is ripping space-age Velcro from its uniforms and replacing it with the humble button, which turns out to be tailor-made for the rigours of Afghanistan. Hook-and-pile tape – the generic term for Velcro – strains to keep jam-packed cargo pants pockets closed. And when the Taliban attacks, the last thing soldiers need to worry about is spilling their gear. US soldiers told superiors that Velcro didn’t suit them and the Army began testing alternatives. Velcro has been part of the latest Army combat uniform since it was introduced in 2004. Sergeant Kenny Hatten cut to the heart of the matter in this posting on an Army website: “Get rid of the pocket flap Velcro and give us back our buttons,” Hatten wrote. “Buttons are silent, easy to replace in the field, work just fine in the mud, do not clog up with dirt and do not fray and disintegrate with repeated laundering.”

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