What a difference 20 years makes

September 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Samantha Fox 20 years ago

Samantha Fox now

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Survey: Atheists know Bible better than believers do: “A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.”

Hybrid aircraft: “Travellers could soon be flying on a new high-speed “hover-plane” that combines helicopter propellers with fixed wings. The revolutionary winged helicopter the X3 Hybrid Helicraft has just been unveiled by European company Eurocopter. The half-plane, half-helicopter design aims to overcome the obstacles of high-speed helicopter flights by combining the advantages of fixed-wing planes with the hovering abilities of a standard helicopter. The design also allows the aircraft the fly at sustained speeds of 400km/h, with the company also aiming to break the speed barrier. Eurocopter envisages the X3 will have a range of uses including passenger transport and inter-city shuttle services.”

Midlife crisis hitting some people at 35, British research says: “The midlife crisis is traditionally the preserve of those approaching 50, a time in life when it can appear as though an individual’s best years are behind them. But a British study has found thirty-somethings are experiencing it now. The study blamed a shift in work culture that meant if men were less than halfway up the career ladder by their mid-30s, they were unlikely to get to the top. Therefore around 35, excessive work often collided with young children as well as anxiety over money, mortgages, pensions and ageing parents, in a toxic mix. More than 2000 people of all ages were interviewed for the study by UK marriage guidance service Relate. Those aged from 35 to 44 were the loneliest, most dissatisfied with their marriage and unhappiest at work.”

Student secretly taped having homosexual sex kills himself: “A New Jersey college student jumped to his death off a bridge a day after authorities say two classmates surreptitiously recorded him having sex with a man in his dorm room and broadcast it over the internet. Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge last week, said his family’s attorney, Paul Mainardi. Two Rutgers students have been charged with illegally taping the 18-year-old Clementi having sex and broadcasting the images via an internet chat program. One of the defendants, Dharun Ravi, was Clementi’s roommate, Mr Mainardi told The Star-Ledger of Newark. The other defendant is Molly Wei. They could face up to five years in prison if they’re convicted.”

Simple things do make us happy, study says: “It may come as no surprise but the simple things in life, such as a good night’s sleep, time with family and not working long hours, really are among the keys to a happy life, a study says. Researchers discovered that those adults who were happiest in life sleep six hours a night, enjoy a 20-minute commute to work, work just over seven hours, spend two hours a day in rambunctious play with the children, enjoy five cooked meals a week, and jet off on two holidays a year, according to a UK study quoted by The Telegraph in London. The study also found that these contented souls socialise with friends once a week, watch three episodes of their favorite soap opera, and exercise up to four times a week.”

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  1. I’d still “do” Samantha.

    Then again I’m 68 so at 44 she’s a young hottie!

  2. Hybrid aircraft New?

    Autogyros or “hybrid aircraft” are an aircraft that have been around for decades. In addition to the name autogyro, they have been known as gyrocopters, gyroplanes, and autogiros.

  3. I understood that the rotor in autogyros was unpowered


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