Legalese

July 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Druggie who stole girls’ bike from front yard left his wallet at the scene: “A drug-addled robber stole a girl’s bicycle to reach his house three blocks away – but was caught when he left his wallet at the scene of the crime. Stafford man Trevor John Dawson, 53, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Brisbane today to stealing the bike from a person’s yard on February 10 this year. Prosecutor Emily Cooper said police investigating the stolen bike discovered the man’s wallet with his identification in it. They later searched his home and found a clip seal bag of methamphetamine and a cannabis bong, she said.”

CCTV thief caught on CCTV: “A man has been arrested for trying to steal surveillance equipment after he was caught on CCTV. Police in Waterloo, Iowa, say Terrance Mitchell twice tried to take surveillance equipment from a home improvement store. Court records say that one of the thefts was caught by the store’s security cameras. Records say that workers saw Mitchell and another man stuff surveillance camera merchandise into a bag and walk out an entrance on July 7. Mitchell eluded employees chasing him down but dropped the bag. Black Hawk County sheriffs deputies arrested Mitchell on a warrant for second-degree theft on Sunday.”

Shrinking Burger King: “British burger lovers have had a win with the banning of a fast-food promotion, after complaining that a chicken takeaway was far smaller than the one shown in an advertisement. The Burger King television ad for the Tendercrisp chicken burger featured a man eating a large burger in a motel room before an angry looking cow was shown standing in the doorway, with a voice-over saying: “So good, you’ll cheat on beef.” Two viewers said the ad was misleading because they believed the product sold in Burger King stores was significantly smaller than the one shown in the ad.”

Muslims facing the wrong way to Mecca: “Indonesian Muslims have been praying in the wrong direction for months, facing Somalia when they should have been facing Saudi Arabia, the country’s highest religious authority says. A cleric from the Indonesian Ulema Council admitted it had made a mistake in March when calculating which way Muslims should turn to pray. New instructions had now been issued and people had only to shift their position for the correct alignment, he said. Ma’ruf Amin, from the Ulema Council, said a “thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts” revealed that Indonesian Muslims had been facing southern Somalia and Kenya instead of Mecca, which is more than 1600 kilometres further north. The error did not mean their prayers would be ignored, he said. “God understands that humans make mistakes. Allah always hears their prayers.”

Kafka revealed: “One of the 20th century’s most abiding literary secrets was prised open in the vaults of a Swiss bank on Monday as scholars got their first glimpse of Franz Kafka’s unpublished private papers. For more than 50 years, a treasure trove containing the bulk of the Czech author’s writing has been hidden in 10 safety deposit boxes, tantalising Kafka enthusiasts around the world. Their hopes of unearthing a major literary find have come closer to fruition after Israel’s supreme court ended a two-year legal tussle over the ownership of Kafka’s estate by ordering that the boxes finally be opened. Whatever happens, it may be months before the public learns the secrets of the Kafka archive.”

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If computers could talk…

July 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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One in three men ‘don’t feel safe when their partner is driving’: “It’s those three little words that men dread to hear from their partners: ‘Can I drive?’ A study has revealed that more than a third of men don’t feel safe when their other half is driving. Millions of men find themselves pushing their feet down into the footwell because their wife or partner brakes late, while others spend large chunks of a journey gripping the edges of the passenger seat. One in ten said he had been forced to grab the steering wheel as his other half took her eyes off the road and careered towards the central reservation. A similar number have asked their wife or partner to pull over so they can take the wheel.”

Reopening for real-life ‘Soup Nazi’: “The famously cranky cook portrayed in the 1995 “Soup Nazi” episode of “Seinfeld” is reopening his original store tomorrow. But don’t expect the Soup Nazi himself, Al Yeganeh [above], to show up. “He’s involved in the creative process,” said a spokeswoman for The Original SoupMan. “But he won’t talk to anybody.” Yeganeh — played by Larry Thomas on TV, snarling, “No soup for you!” to unlucky customers — closed shop in 2004 but franchised the brand. Jerry Seinfeld — banned after the episode — visited recently. “Make sure you get everything right with this restaurant — Al’s a very important man,” he told workers”

‘Conan the Bacterium’ can handle space travel: “Brazilian scientists discovered that a microbe dubbed “Conan the Bacterium” is so tough it could withstand space travel, leading them to suggest such organisms could have been the origin of life on Earth. They subjected the bug, Deinococcus radiodurans, to powerful radiation, freezing temperatures and a vacuum chamber, all designed to simulate conditions found on meteorites and other rocks in space. Such conditions would instantly destroy almost any known organism, but the D. radiodurans colonies proved capable not just of surviving but of regenerating when conditions returned to normal. D. radiodurans, which has a red, spherical shape, was discovered five decades ago after a can of corned beef went rotten despite having been sterilised by radiation.”

Black couple in Britain give birth to white baby girl with blonde hair and blue eyes… and she’s NOT albino: “Benjamin and Angela Ihegboro’s daughter, Nmachi, has flummoxed genetic experts who are unable to explain why she looks they way she does. Doctors say the white-skinned newborn is not an albino. The blonde, blue-eyed girl’s Nigerian parents say they don’t know of any white ancestry in either of their families. The British couple are both of Igbo Nigerian origin and have dark skin. Mum Angela said: ‘She is beautiful, a miracle baby.’ ‘She doesn’t look like an albino child anyway,’ Mr Ihegboro said. ‘Not like the ones I have seen back in Nigeria or in books. She just looks like a healthy white baby.”

British police spend more time on holiday than at work: “Front-line police officers are spending more time off work than on duty, a startling report reveals today. Antiquated shift patterns, rest days and holiday mean some are spending up to 20 days more a year at home than catching criminals, the police inspectorate found. Inspectors also discovered that more uniformed police are on duty on quiet Monday mornings – when they should least be needed – than at any other time of the week. In some forces, nearly twice as many front-line officers are available at the start of the week than late night on Friday, when levels of drunken street violence rocket. Critics said the ‘alarming’ revelations raised serious doubts about the use of taxpayers’ money.”

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All too typical?

July 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A third of women dodge the truth about the number of lovers they’ve had: “It is one of those tricky quandaries. You have just started out with a new partner, who wants to know how many have preceded them in your affections. If you admit to too many previous sexual partners then you may appear more than a little promiscuous. But if the number is too small, then you may be perceived as an inexperienced prude. Research shows that, perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a split between the genders when it comes to answering the potentially embarrassing question. Around a third of women give a false response – and 64 per cent of these reduce the number. Half lie because they ‘feel ashamed’ of the number, while a further 19 per cent don’t want to be seen as promiscuous. A fifth of women would be dishonest about their number of sexual partners if their new partner had slept with fewer people than them. A higher proportion of men – 43 per cent – lie to their new partner. In these cases, around 60 per cent increase the amount.”

The real-life Willy Wonka who’s just bought an incredible £658m of cocoa beans: “A British financier [above] who dramatically cornered a huge chunk of the world’s cocoa supply has been dubbed ‘Choc Finger’ by City traders. Anthony Ward, 50, who has amassed a £36 million fortune, is a real-life Willy Wonka and now owns enough beans to manufacture 5.3 billion quarter-pound chocolate bars. The holding is so massive it threatens to force manufacturers to raise the price of some of Britain’s most popular chocolate. Armajaro Holdings, a hedge fund founded by multi-millionaire Mr Ward, pulled off the £658 million purchase of 241,000 tons of cocoa beans. The move has prompted speculation that Mr Ward is stock-piling huge volumes of cocoa in order to exert a stranglehold over supply and force the price even higher”.

Busts booming in Australia: “Many women may have long suspected it, just as many men have secretly hoped for it. But it’s official: women’s breasts, and particularly those of younger women, are getting bigger. While implants have been putting that little extra va-va-voom into some busts, mostly it’s a phenomenon that has occurred naturally in women, and exponentially so over the past 50 years. In fact, their cup size has tripled. In 1960, the average bra size in Australia was 10B. Ten years ago, it was 12B. Today, it’s 14C. “It’s six to seven sizes up in a comparatively few number of years,” says Sally Berkeley, the general manager of bra company Berlei”

Dogs that bite aren’t barking mad… they’re just depressed: “Scientists say dogs who growl, snap and bite are not necessarily aggressive by nature – and could simply be suffering from depression. A study of family pets found that badly behaved canines tend to have lower levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin than calmer, happy pets. In humans, a fall in serotonin is linked to depression, anxiety and mood swings. The study authors say the discovery could lead to new treatments for canine aggression and even increased use of pet Prozac.”

Anger as British local councillors use taxpayers money to go on ‘fact-finding mission’… to a STRIP CLUB: “A group of councillors were slammed today for using taxpayers’ money to fund a ‘fact finding’ mission – to a STRIP CLUB. The thirteen officials say they visited the pole dancing venue in order to help make ‘informed decisions’ about licensing laws. Ten members of Cornwall Council’s Miscellaneous Licensing Committee were joined on the trip by three council officers. The group – eleven men and two women – spent an evening at Temptations T2 gentlemen’s club in Plymouth, Devon. They visited the club, which features scantily clad women sliding up and down poles, after the committee agreed to adopt new Government legislation.”

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Wet cat

July 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Moon find may point to habitable tunnels: “Last year, NASA’a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) dipped into a low orbit around the Moon and almost immediately returned results. Now it may have confirmed a theory that scientists had held about the Moon since the 1960s – its surface may hide a vast network of tunnels. If they exist, such tunnels could offer the kind of shelter that would allow humans to live on the Moon. “They could be entrances to a geologic wonderland,” lead researcher Mark Robinson of Arizona State University said. In December last year, Japanese orbiter Kaguya spotted an enormous pit in the middle of one of the Marius Hills rilles. The LRO recently returned clearer images of the pit which now have scientists believing it may be a “skylight” in a buried lava tube.”

Hindu gods can’t trade in shares – court: “An Indian court has ruled that Hindu gods cannot deal in stocks and shares, after an application for trading accounts to be set up in their names. Two judges at the Bombay High Court yesterday rejected a petition from a private religious trust to open accounts in the names of five deities, including the revered elephant-headed god, Ganesha. “Trading in shares on the stock market requires certain skills and expertise and to expect this from deities would not be proper,” judges P.B. Majumdar and Rajendra Sawant said, according to Indian newspapers.” “Gods and goddesses are meant to be worshipped in temples, not dragged into commercial activities like share trading,” the judges said. Ganesha, also known as Lord Ganpati, is one of the most popular and well-known gods of the Hindu pantheon and is worshipped widely in Mumbai and Maharashtra.”

World’s oldest champagne found in the Baltic Sea: “Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest drinkable champagne, fishing a bottle of the centuries-old bubbly from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Dive instructor Christian Ekstrom said the champagne, believed to be from the 1780s, “tasted fantastic”. Ekstrom said on Saturday he was “98 per cent sure” of the champagne’s age, having conferred with experts. About 30 bottles are believed to remain in the wreckage. Swedish wine expert Carl-Jan Granqvist said each bottle could bring as much as $US50,000 if the corks are intact and the age and authenticity can be proven. Samples have been sent to champagne laboratories in France for testing. The bottles were discovered on Tuesday near the Aland islands, in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.”

Turn up to work and win a spa break, British nurses told: “Nurses are being given spa breaks, casino gambling lessons and cocktail-making master classes simply for turning up to work. The Department of Health agency NHS Professionals, which supplies shift workers to about 80 NHS trusts, is giving away these and other activity breaks to encourage nurses to sign up for work and attend. But the taxpayer-funded scheme has attracted criticism at a time when the public sector faces savage cuts. Any nurse who books a minimum of ten shifts each month over the summer – and does not cancel within 24 hours of the start of the shift – is entered into a prize draw, with two winners per trust being randomly selected each month for June, July and August. About 480 activity vouchers, worth £150 each, are up for grabs as part of the £72,000 giveaway.”

‘Bewildering’ British road signs: “Councils have been accused of wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on new “welcome” roadsigns signs featuring slogans which range from the banal to the bewildering. It is the county known as “The Rose of the Shires”, an evocative description that has long appeared on road signs welcoming visitors. But officials have been criticised after replacing the wording with the “bewildering” new slogan: “Welcome to Northamptonshire – let yourself grow”. Other new signs, uncovered in a survey by The Sunday Telegraph, include: – “Welcome to Tower Hamlets – let’s make it happen” introduced at a cost of £29,677 – “Welcome to the Borough of Tunbridge Wells – Love Where We Live” (£1,994) – “Proud to be part of Sandwell – Great people, great place, great prospects” (£20,430) – “Welcome to Newham – a place where people choose to live, work and stay” (£95,039) – “Welcome to Oldham – many places one destination” (£30,000) – “Hertfordshire – County of Opportunity” (£2,142) – “Hyndburn – an excellent council” (£25,566)”

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TENNESSEE DEPUTY SHERIFF vs New York Lawyer

July 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Only in Tennessee my friends… Only in Tennessee …

A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy. He thinks that he is smarter than the deputy because he is a lawyer from New York and is certain that he has a better education than any cop from Nowhere, Tennessee . He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the Tennessee deputy’s expense.

The deputy says, ‘License and registration, please..’

‘What for?’ says the lawyer..

The deputy says, ‘You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.’

Then the lawyer says, ‘I slowed down, and no one was coming.’

‘You still didn’t come to a complete stop, says the deputy. License and registration, please.’

The lawyer says, ‘What’s the difference?’

‘The difference is you have to come to complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!’ the Deputy repeats.

Lawyer says, ‘If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration; and you give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.’

‘That sounds fair. Please exit your vehicle, sir,’ the deputy says.

At this point, the deputy takes out his nightstick and starts beating the daylights out of the lawyer and says, ‘Do you want me to stop, or just slow down?’

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Oxygen tank robber dies in crash: “A man who robbed a New York City store while attached to an oxygen tank has died in a car crash during a police chase, officials say. Police say the man, identified as 63-year-old Arthur Williams, walked into a Turkish menswear store in Manhattan last Friday with a cane and breathing through a tube connected to the tank. Police say he fired three shots after demanding money, but fled empty-handed. No one was injured. A description of the robber went over police airwaves and a state trooper, who was following a drunken driver, realised he was pursuing the robber. After a chase, authorities say the robber ran off the road and crashed into a parked car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Birds navigate by being able to SEE Earth’s magnetic field: “Birds use their right eye to see the Earth’s magnetic field and use it to navigate, scientists have discovered. German researchers found that if a bird’s right eye was covered by a frosted goggle, the birds could not navigate effectively, while they could navigate perfectly well if the left eye was covered instead. It has long been known that birds are able to sense magnetic fields and use them to navigate, particularly when migrating south for the winter. Now researchers have found that the bird actually sees the magnetic fields with their right eye giving information to the left side of their brain. The magnetic images create light or dark shadings over what the bird usually sees with its normal vision. The shadings change as the bird turns its head, giving it a visual compass from the patterns of shading.”

Lingerie advertisements are definitely getting better: “Miranda Kerr has been crowned Queen of the Victoria’s Secret angels after this stunning video ad for cotton lingerie. The Australian beauty’s ad for Victoria’s Secret’s cotton lingerie line is getting record traffic on the net. It’s been a hectic time for Kerr of late, getting engaged to Pirates’ star Orlando Bloom and dissing rumours she’s already pregnant.” [Video at link]

Woman with TWO wombs falls pregnant with babies who are not twins due a week apart: “A woman is pregnant with two babies who were conceived almost a week apart. Angie Cromar has been told she is expecting a boy and a girl. But they are not twins because their 34-year-old mother has a rare medical condition which means she has two wombs. The condition, known as uterus didelphys, affects only one in five million women. But fewer than 100 women worldwide are known to have become pregnant after conceiving at different times. Mrs Cromar, who has three children under eight, was aware that she had more than one uterus. But she and her husband Joel were still shocked when her doctors told her about the double pregnancy. The delivery and labour nurse said she was told at the first ultrasound that one baby was five weeks and a day old and the other six weeks and a day. Mrs Cromar from Murray, Utah, later revealed on her Facebook page that she was expecting a boy and a girl.”

Arizona turns off speed cameras: “Arizona has turned off every speed camera on its highways after complaints that they violated privacy and were designed to generate revenue rather than promote road safety. A spokesman for Jan Brewer, the state’s Republican governor, said she “was uncomfortable with the intrusive nature of the system”, which was inherited from her Democratic predecessor. Opening in October 2008, the scheme was first in the United States to use speed cameras across a whole state. Amid objections of Big Brother-ism, numerous cameras were vandalised, while the operator of a van carrying a mobile camera was shot dead in a lay-by in April 2009. The 76 cameras took 2.7 million photographs, but only 16 per cent of drivers who received a speeding ticket paid up. The scheme generated $76 million (£50 million) for a state which has struggled to balance its budget, while the Department of Public safety reported a 19 per cent drop in fatal collisions on highways. But campaigners argued that safety could be improved by more police patrols.

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Figure this one

July 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Interested Participant tries to make sense of it.

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Dog shoots man in backside in New Zealand: “A New Zealand man remained in stable condition today after his dog jumped on a loaded rifle and accidentally shot him in the backside. The Northern Advocate said the 40-year-old man from Te Kopuru, about 13km south-east of Dargaville, in far-northern New Zealand, was injured while on a pig-shooting trip with three other men on Saturday. The man was sitting in the back seat of a 4WD vehicle when the dog jumped on the loaded .22 rifle, which was also on the back seat. The gun fired and a bullet lodged in the man’s buttocks. Acting St John Northland operations manager Mark Going said Dargaville paramedics were called to treat the man about 3.50pm on Saturday. They were told the gun had fired through the seat and lodged a bullet in the man’s left buttock. Mr Going said the man was not bleeding too badly but was in extreme pain.”

Man swallows poisonous snake for $2 bet: “An Indian man cheated death after a swallowing a highly poisonous snake for a bet worth just a couple of dollars. Zaver Rathod, 35, killed the reptile by hurling stones at it after it bit one of his friends in Surat, in the eastern state of Gujurat, The Times of India reported today. Egged on by his companions, the farm labourer then consumed the entire snake raw for a 100 Rupee bet ($2). However, he soon fell violently ill and was rushed to the hospital yesterday with severe nausea and vomiting. Doctors managed to remove the contents of his stomach before the snake’s venom could enter his blood stream, which would almost certainly have proved fatal. Doctors expect him to recover, The Times of India said.”

German police officer wins an extra week’s holiday each year… because it takes him so long to get dressed in the morning: “A policeman in Germany has won an extra week’s holiday a year because of the time it takes him to get dressed for duty each day. Officer Martin Schauder, 44, calculated that it took him 15 minutes to put on his regulation undershirt, trousers, belt holding truncheon, handcuffs, weapon and gas canister, overshirt, tunic, boots, protective kneepads (when on riot control) and gloves – and a further 15 minutes to take it off. The officer with the police in the university city of Muenster in north-west Germany had argued with his superiors for months about either getting a pay rise or time off in lieu. They refused on both counts saying it was all part of his duties as a policeman. So he took the force to the city’s administrative court – and won. But his employers still have a chance to overturn the ruling.”

British toddler survives electric shock thanks to his rubber-soled shoes: “A two-year-old boy who suffered a 240 volt shock after he grabbed wires hanging from a vandalised light was saved by his rubber-soled trainers. Tyler Stone was zapped outside a council-owned block of flats. He suffered severe burns to his hands and arms but survived thanks to his £24.99 Nike Air Max sports shoes. The thick rubber soles ‘earthed’ the electric shock as it shot through Tyler’s body. Now his mother, Sarah Stone, is suing Leicester City Council for thousands of pounds in compensation. The 22-year-old said: ‘The council have a responsibility to make sure the lights are safe. ‘Residents at the flats say that light has been like that for over a year. It’s a miracle no one has been killed. ‘Tyler could have died, if it wasn’t for his trainers he might not be here today.'”

Phantom Eye: Boeing’s new unmanned hydrogen-powered spy plane: “With its short, squat body and massive wingspan this is an unmanned jet with a difference – it’s powered by hydrogen. Boeing’s Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system will be able to stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days. Phantom Eye is designed to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions while remaining at high altitude. It will produce only water as a by-product. Boeing also is developing a larger unmanned plane that will stay aloft for more than 10 days and ‘Phantom Ray,’ a fighter-sized UAV that will be a test bed for more advanced technologies.”

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Old goats

July 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat’s milk was used.

She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing. ‘These,’ she explained, ‘are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.’

She then asked, ‘What do you do in America with your old goats?’

A spry old gentleman answered, ‘They send us on bus tours!

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Woman bled to death after tripping over her handbag and falling on to a drinking glass: “A mother bled to death when she tripped over her handbag and fell on to a glass in a Spanish bar, a coroner heard. Shards from the crystal glass pierced Sally Feeley body beneath her left armpit. The 42-year-old expat hairdresser had fallen on to a table during a night out at a bar in Malaga. Friends frantically battled to stem the bleeding but Ms Feeley, who lived on the Costa del Sol with her 12-year-old son, died in hospital. Following the accident last October, a post-mortem examination was carried out in Spain, which found the 2-inch cut severed a major blood vessel running under her armpit.”

Scientists say chicken came before the egg: “British scientists believe they have cracked the answer to the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Researchers have found that a protein called ovocleidin (OC-17) is crucial in the formulation of eggshells, and it is produced in the pregnant hen’s ovaries, the Daily Express reports. Therefore, the answer to the conundrum must be that the chicken came first.”

A trailblazing stealth bomber of the future: “An unmanned jet capable of striking long-range targets has been dubbed the “combat aircraft of the future” by the British Ministry of Defence. The £142.5 million ($240 million) prototype is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with stealth technology to make it virtually undetectable. It is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions while its crew stays safely on the ground and can control the aircraft from anywhere in the world. The unmanned fighter jet can also carry bombs and missiles and, if the trials prove successful, the MoD said it should “ultimately be capable of striking targets at long range, even in another continent”.

Women have better memories?: “Women’s brains function better at remembering information than men’s, researchers have confirmed. A Cambridge University study of 4407 men and women from East Anglia, southeastern England, discovered gender plays a clear difference in memory function. In tests on participants aged between 48 to 90 years, women made an average of 5.9 fewer errors than men, regardless of age. Education was also found to play a significant part in memory function. Participants who left education after the age of 18 were found to make an average of 20 fewer total errors than those who left education before the age of 16.” [Chicken and egg?]

Hot dog honks horn: “A dog trapped in a car on a hot day in eastern Pennsylvania honked the horn until he was rescued, a veterinarian says. Nancy Soares said the chocolate labrador was brought to her Macungie Animal Hospital last month after he had been in the car for about an hour in 32 degree heat. She said Max’s owner had gone shopping and was unloading packages when she returned but forgot that Max was still in the car. She later heard the horn honking and looked outside several times but saw nothing amiss. Finally, she went outside and saw Max sitting in the driver’s seat, honking the horn. Soares said the owner immediately gave Max cold water to drink and wet him down with towels before taking him to the clinic. Soares said Max was very warm and panting heavily but had suffered no serious injuries, only heat exhaustion.”

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Dangerous food

July 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa: ‘The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water.

However, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?’

After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, ‘Wedding Cake.’

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Those dastardly Israelis?: “Syria was said to have halted military exercises amid a troop epidemic. The Syrian opposition has asserted that President Bashar Assad ordered the suspension of military training. Assad was said to have issued the order in mid-June 2010 amid an epidemic of diarrhea at army camps. The Syrian military, said to have come under increasing domination by Iran, has not acknowledged the training suspension.”

Web cures depression: “Chinese-Australians who suffer depression are being sought to participate in a pilot program using the internet to deliver treatment. “Less than half of Chinese-Australian people with depression seek treatment, and only a small percentage of them actually receive treatments that prove to be effective,” said Isabella Choi from the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology. “The rest suffer from their condition alone or suffer because of language, access and cultural barriers to treatment,” Ms Choi said today. Research shows the internet can be a force for good in the battle against mental ill health. Web-based treatments for anxiety and depression were now delivering “encouraging results” in the broader community. A targeted program would be launched in the hope of making similar health gains within the Chinese-Australian community”

Toxic tits: “A model with the world’s largest breasts is fighting for her life after suffering complications following her latest surgery. Brazilian Sheyla Hershey, who lives in Houston, Texas, contracted a severe staph infection following her most recent breast augmentation procedure in June, myFOXhouston.com reported today. The infection reached both of Ms Hershey’s breasts. Doctors took the 30-year-old into surgery Tuesday morning (local time) to remove the implants, and possibly her own breasts. The model has had more than 30 surgeries to date. Ms Hershey said her surgeon is concerned that the infection could leak into her bloodstream, which could threaten her life.

The sky is falling!: “First the bad news – scientists are now 99 per cent certain mass extinction events on Earth are as regular as clockwork. The good news? There’s still 16 million years to go until the next one. That’s the finding from scientists from the University of Kansas and the Smithsonian Institute in the US, where they’ve mapped out all Earth’s extinction events from the past 600 million years. According to what they’ve seen, life on Earth is wiped out every 27 million years. It’s not going to be global warming that finishes us all off, either. Unfortunately for our planet, it passes through a shower of comets every 27 million years, and it very rarely escapes unscathed. Of the last 20 times we made a galactic run for our lives through the comet shower, Earth only escaped with most of its biological organisms intact six times. The most widely publicised one was 65 million years ago, when a 15km wide asteroid hit the Earth in Mexico with the force of a billion atomic bombs and wiped out the dinosaurs.”

Crims hailed for saving woman from mugger: “A group of British criminals came to the aid of a woman after she was mugged in the street close to where they were doing community service. The 25-year-old woman had no idea the Good Samaritans in orange jackets were doing unpaid work for crimes that included violence, The Sun reported today. After hearing her cry for help, the six men – all taking part in a scheme called Community Payback, which encourages offenders to make amends for their crimes instead of going to jail – chased the mugger and cornered him. They grabbed back the woman’s handbag and mobile phone and then called the police as they detained the thief close to the crime scene in Walthamstow, East London.”

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Pancake power

July 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Brenda and Steve took their six-year-old son to the doctor.

With some hesitation, they explained that although their little angel appeared to be in good health, they were concerned about his rather small penis.

After examining the child, the doctor confidently declared, ‘Just feed him pancakes. That should solve the problem.’

The next morning when the boy arrived at breakfast, there was a large stack of warm pancakes in the middle of the table.

‘Gee, Mom,’ he exclaimed. ‘For me?’

‘Just take two,’ Brenda replied. ‘The rest are for your father.’

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German efficiency beaten by hot weather: “A heatwave shut down the air conditioning in three high-tech trains in Germany, leaving dozens of passengers near collapse trapped in temperatures of up to 50C. At least 52 people needed medical treatment and about 1,000 people had to switch trains, the national railway system, Deutsche Bahn, said. All three modern ICE trains – whose windows do not open – were headed west from Berlin on Saturday, Deutsche Bahn spokesman Juergen Kornmann said. While two lost their air conditioning fairly close to a station and could be emptied quickly, a third heated up some distance before reaching the city of Bielefeld. Mr Kornmann said eight people suffering from heat exhaustion needed to be hospitalised in Bielefeld and another 44 needed medical treatment. Deutsche Bahn said, the trains’ problems were caused by the heat outside. Germany has gone through a severe heat wave with temperatures approaching 40C. [Temperatures like that are common in the tropics]

Dead man in burnt out apartment found in lotus position: “A man found dead in a burnt-out unit was discovered sitting cross-legged in yoga’s lotus position. Police said yesterday they could not explain why the man was positioned so unusually in the corner of the main bedroom of his Sydney unit. However, officers confirmed they were looking at the possibility the man had “zoned out” while meditating when the fire broke out yesterday. Initial inquiries indicate the man, believed to be aged in his 30s, died from toxic smoke inhalation when his unit – one of 12 in the block – caught alight. No one else was home at the time. Police said that the fire was not suspicious and was possibly caused by a cigarette smouldering on the bed’s mattress, which had an electric blanket fitted to it.”

Teenager kills mum’s boyfriend for cutting cable TV: “A New York teenager was accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend because he disconnected the family’s cable TV connection. Police said Adruis Ovalles, 15, plunged a knife into the man’s chest three times last Friday, despite his mother’s desperate pleas to stop, myFOXny.com reported. Ovalles was arrested on a murder charge in the death of Albert Matthew Hartzog, 26, at the Sonia Sotomayor Houses – a housing project – in the Bronx. Police said the teen punched his victim repeatedly before stabbing him. The teenager stood in the doorway of the blood-splattered apartment waiting to be arrested as Mr Hartzog collapsed in the hallway, police said. Ovalles was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Mr Hartzog, who worked nights as a security guards at a nursing home, became a new father a month ago.” [The “family” concerned” pictured above]

One lucky drunk in Australia’s wild North: “A drunken Broome visitor is lucky to be alive after climbing onto the back of a 5m [16 ft.] crocodile and trying to ride the giant predator. The man, who had earlier been turfed out of a Broome tavern for being drunk, told police he climbed into the croc’s enclosure at a local crocodile park because he wanted to give him a pat. “He made his way into the crocodile park and then climbed into the compound with a large, male 5m saltwater croc named Fatso,” Sergeant Roger Haynes told AAP. “He has attempted to sit on its back and the croc has taken offence to that and has spun around and bit him on the right leg. “For an unknown reason, the crocodile has let him go and he’s managed to scale the fence and exit the park.” Crocodile park owner Malcolm Douglas said the man was incredibly lucky to survive his brush with the 800kg “Fatso” who was relocated about 20 years ago from a Northern Territory river where it had been attacking boats.”

Texas pastor killed by bees while mowing lawn: “A Texas reverend was killed by a swarm of bees as he mowed his lawn Monday, police said. The Reverend Charles Harrison, of Prairie View, Waller County, was repeatedly stung after he began cutting the lawn close to a storage shed. His wife Ester and police officers who responded to a 911 call were also attacked by the bees, according to a report from the Prairie View Police Department. Ester said she attempted to help her husband by taking him from the backyard to a carport located on the side of their house, but the bees continued to attack. Police officers and emergency medical staff were attacked when they arrived but were able to treat Rev Harrison after moving him indoors. He was later taken by ambulance to the North Cypress Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.”

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Errr… Yes

July 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex. Worried the girl might become pregnant and adversely impact the family’s status, she consulted the family doctor.

The doctor told her that teenagers today were very willful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion. He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms.

Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the woman told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms. The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother, saying,

‘Oh Mom! You don’t have to worry about that! I’m dating Susan!’

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Facebook comes first: “ONE third of young women check Facebook before brushing their teeth or going to the toilet in the mornings. New research reveals women aged 18 to 34 are becoming increasingly addicted and dependent upon technology and social networking sites. One in five even said they woke up in the middle of the night to respond to wall postings, tweets and texts, while 37 per cent have fallen asleep with their phones in their hands. The study of more than 1600 American social media users by Oxygen Media was conducted to chart online behavioural trends. It also showed that although 63 per cent of respondents used Facebook for networking, nearly half said they had no problem posting photos of their drunken selves on the site.”

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Nipple breakthrough: “Facebook has said sorry to a Sydney jeweller for censoring her images of a nude porcelain doll posing with her works. The Sydney Morning Herald reports this morning Facebook admitted it made a “mistake” in removing Victoria Buckley’s photos, after last week sending her multiple warning messages for publishing “inappropriate content” and then deleting both censored and uncensored versions of the image from Facebook. “We’ve investigated this further and determined that we made a mistake in removing these photos,” Facebook said in a statement. “Our User Operations team reviews thousands of reported photos a day and may occasionally remove something that doesn’t actually violate our policies. This is what happened here.”

Animal rights group PETA demands release of Germany’s psychic octopus: “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is demanding the release of Paul the octopus, who has become a global star for predicting World Cup winners. The ABC said the British-born octopus, who is kept in an aquarium in Germany, uses his psychic powers by choosing between two boxes lowered into his tank. Each box contains a tasty morsel of food and the flags of two opposing teams. German fans have said they want Paul fried or turned into a paella for betraying the country by correctly guessing Spain’s victory over Germany last week. PETA Spokesman Bruce Friedrich said the animal rights group was urging people to sign an online petition demanding Paul’s release.

Third childcare worker arrested in Orlando after 13 kids left alone in daycare: “A third daycare worker was taken into custody today in the case of 13 children left alone in an Orlando daycare centre. Childcare worker Laqunda Hill turned herself into the Orange County Jail today and now faces 13 charges of child neglect, myfoxorlando.com said. Yesterday afternoon deputies took Michele Bell and Laquanda King into custody. They are also accused of walking out on 13 children at the All Stars Child Care Centre. Ednita Williams, owner of the Orlando daycare centre says she left the centre at 9.15am on Friday and when she returned 30 minutes later she discovered the kids were left all alone. “I feel disbelief that they could do something. They are all mothers, they all have kids. I’m in complete shock.” Ms Williams said she conducted both local and federal background checks before hiring employees. She was relieved none of her children were hurt and was grateful to a nine year old boy for watching over the other children while they were left unsupervised.”

Thirsty donkey in Australia’s wild North: “A Donkey in the Northern Territory has developed a taste for cold beer – but fortunately for his owner he is not fussy about his brew. Known simply as “Donkey”, the pet owned by Jens Waldenmayer has become famous in Darwin for thirstily sucking cans of beer out of his owner’s hand, the Northern Territory News reports. “I think he is a real Territorian donkey. He loves his beer,” Mr Waldenmayer said, referring to the area’s reputation for big drinking. Donkey’s habit began when Mr Waldenmayer’s neighbour went to give Donkey a pat – and the cheeky creature went for his beer. The neighbour gave Donkey a few sips and the habit stuck. Now Mr Waldenmayer gives Donkey a beer every second day.”

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