The last laugh?

July 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

British government creating virgins: “Increasing numbers of Muslim brides are having taxpayer-funded ‘virginity repair’ operations before marriage. There were 116 hymen replacement operations carried out on the NHS between 2005 and 2009. The total for 2009 was 30, up 25 per cent from 24 in 2005. The health service figures echo a trend reported by private clinics, which are seeing a huge surge in demand for the procedure from Muslim women paying up to £4,000. Doctors say patients are under pressure from future husbands or relatives who insist that they should be virgins on their wedding night. Critics, including moderate Muslim groups, have condemned the trend as a sign of the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the West.

First pictures of amazing baby: “Both Angela and Ben are black, of Nigerian stock, with dark brown eyes and dark hair. Little Nmachi, who is just two weeks old, is about as white as you can get – and with piercing blue eyes and a shock of the blondest hair to boot. And no, she isn’t albino. Many babies are hailed as ‘miracles’. It seems that Nmachi might be one of the few who truly deserves the title. in genetic terms, she is indeed most unusual – if not unheard of. For the past week, since news of her arrival broke, the scientific community has been scratching its head. As far as Ben and Angela are concerned, there is no ‘white’ blood in their family history. Ben’s mother has lighter skin and eyes than him, but she is still unmistakably ‘black’. The couple themselves were as shocked as anyone when Nmachi emerged. Ben was in the delivery room at the birth – ‘a good thing’, he says. ‘It was a Caesarean, and I was there, so I saw her being lifted out. I’m very glad I was, otherwise I’d have been saying: “What mistake has been made here?”

A city government in England bans staff from wearing mini-skirts: “A council has warned female employees they could be sent home if their skirts are too short. A memo sent by bosses at Southampton City Council, in southern England, has instructed the council’s 400 staff to dress appropriately for work, The Daily Mail reports. Social workers, youth workers and other employees in the council’s children’s services department were told to “carefully consider their work attire”. Women were advised to wear trousers or skirts of “reasonable length” – “not mini-skirts”. Staff are said to be outraged by the email. The council’s union secretary Mike Tucker told The Dail Mail: “I would have thought the council has got better things to do than impose a regimented approach to what people wear.”

Australian city can’t get its train doors right: “Train passengers have been left stranded at strange stations late at night because malfunctioning doors are preventing them from getting off at the correct stop. TransAdelaide has confirmed the “door mechanisms” on the newly refurbished railcars have been malfunctioning and say they are now working to fix the problem. A passenger told The Advertiser how he and four women were trapped on a train after trying to get off at a stop on the Noarlunga line last Wednesday at about 9pm. The man said he was even more concerned that an emergency button that calls the driver rang out after he tried to report the problem. In 2007, TransAdelaide was forced to station guards at the doors of some carriages because doors were opening while the train was moving. The service recorded 314 problems that year with the doors of its 92-car fleet.”

Indiana policeman has to pay entry fee to make arrest at County Fair: “An Indiana Sheriff’s Sergeant was reportedly made to pay a $5 admission fee to get into the LaPorte County Fair so he could make an arrest. The scene was not that unlike the Keystone Cops, the silent movie police force made popular in 1913 for their bungling attempts at upholding the law. LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Mike Kellems tried to get into the fair to take a fugitive into custody just after 5pm on Friday (local time), but was stopped by a private security firm at the gate who wouldn’t let him pass until he paid the admission fee. Sergeant Kellems paid the entry and Robert Aubin, 23, was arrested. “I think there’s some common sense that got overlooked there,” Gene Shurte, general manager of the LaPorte County Fair, told the newspaper.

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  1. “A council has warned female employees they could be sent home if their skirts are too short.

    Funny how history repeats itself.

    I read the very same article back in 1967.


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