A new Palestinian strategy?

April 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That writing looks like Hebrew to me

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Another British secrecy blunder: “A simple computer error has landed the British Ministry of Defence in deep water after it published a sensitive report on nuclear submarine security and failed to properly conceal classified information meant to be hidden from view. After a recent request under the Freedom of Information Act, the PDF, which contains confidential secrets about Britain’s nuclear submarines and expert opinions about how the fleet could handle a catastrophe, was published online, the Daily Telegraph reports.”

Ten people treated for chilli fumes: “Cooking chillies sparked fears of a chemical scare in Melbourne’s southeast when 10 people were overcome by their intense fumes. Vapours from the chillies caused chaos in an entire Cranbourne street when a resident cooked the fiery fruit and tried to dry them out in his backyard about 10.30pm yesterday. Seven paramedics and the Country Fire Authority attended the scene where 10 people were suffering from breathing trouble, itchy eyes and nausea. Intensive care paramedic David Llewelyn said at one stage there was a large number of people standing in the street confused. “We didn’t know what had caused them to become ill,” said Mr Llewelyn. “We had up to 10 people who were coughing and were dizzy and nauseated.” Homes up to 150 metres away were affected, he said. “It emerged that someone was drying out strong chillies in the backyard and that’s what caused the fumes.”

Gum blower was denied justice: “The man jailed by a magistrate for blowing a chewing gum bubble in court was denied proper justice, a Victorian judge says. Mirza Zukanovic was found in contempt of court after blowing the bubble in June 2010 at Moorabbin Magistrates Court. Incensed magistrate Rodney Crisp angrily jailed the 20-year-old for 30 days. Mr Zukanovic was released on bail later that day but his lawyers successfully applied to the Victorian Supreme Court to quash the decision, arguing their client was denied a fair hearing. Justice Jack Forrest today said Mr Crisp did not allow Mr Zukanovic to seek legal advice, plead guilty or not guilty, or argue his case.”

Teenager who broke foot seven years ago STILL taking cocktail of painkillers due to ‘phantom pain’ condition which keeps her in agony: “A teenage girl lives in constant agony because of a rare condition that tricks her brain into believing she has never recovered from a broken foot she suffered seven years ago. Kiera Ward, 17, takes a daily cocktail of 39 painkillers for the excruciating pain – even though the fracture is fully healed and the pain is all in her head. Kiera broke her heel bone in September 2004 on a school trip to Kilbowie, near Oban. She was playing tug-of-war when she fell under a group of classmates. No one realised she was badly injured until two days later when she could not walk. The schoolgirl was taken to hospital, where doctors did not X-ray her but said she had ligament damage and sent her home. Two weeks later, she was in such pain her parents took her to Wishaw General where the fracture was found. The delay in her treatment could have sparked Kiera’s condition, which sometimes affects young, sporty girls for reasons no one understands.”

Study: Cursing makes you feel better when hurt: “Ever hear someone scolded for their curse-laden language when they hurt themselves? Those finger-waggers who say cursing doesn’t help now should bite their tongues, then perhaps cuss to make it better. Researchers at Keele University released findings showing that letting loose a string of expletives actually has the effect of dulling the sensation of pain”

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Smart kid

April 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Father wants Apple to control his kid: “A father of two girls in Pennsylvania is taking Apple to court for allegedly banking millions of dollars from unauthorized in-app purchases. Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is the lead plaintiff in the class action lawsuit … Meguerian claims that the company’s old approach to in-app purchases on iOS devices allowed his 9-year-old daughter to purchase roughly $200 in virtual goods without permission. … Meguerian’s lawsuit says the new in-app purchasing method still isn’t good enough, because it doesn’t protect against instances where the child already knows the parent’s iTunes password.”

Foil wrapping fail: “Two women are due in court today on cannabis possession charges after one of them repeatedly set off a metal detector at an airport in New Zealand, allegedly leading to the discovery of foil-wrapped cannabis in her bra. The woman, 52, had 50g of the drug in 28 individually wrapped packages in her underwear, police told The Southland Times. A 44-year-old female friend travelling with her was then spoken to by police at Queenstown Airport – and it was discovered she also had about 40g of the illicit drug concealed about her body. The women were attempting to catch a plane to Christchurch, about 480km north-east on the South Island, when apprehended.”

Pass the oinkment: “A Dutch physiotherapist who uses two miniature pigs to help treat his patients, claims the animals are amazingly effective for both physical and emotional problems. Daan Vermeulen brings porkers Felix and Rudi to meetings with his older patients and they also trot along to the children’s ward to meet kids who suffer from emotional or behavioural problems. Daan explained that the pigs encourage pensioners to move about and also foster greater social interaction among patients. He claims they stimulate curiosity, activity and even alertness which helps them shrug off some of the negative effects aspects of growing older. Daan said: ‘This generation associates pigs strongly with their youth. ‘It’s a reunion with an animal one once knew well but hasn’t thought of in many years.'”

All shook up: “An Elvis impersonator battered a rival tribute artist he wrongly believed was trying to seduce his wife, a court heard yesterday. Michael Cawthray, 43, left Jeffery Burton with a broken nose following the scuffle at an Elvis convention. He flew into a rage after he found his wife Sioned sharing a drink in Mr Burton’s hotel room and ‘assumed the worst’. An earlier hearing was told that after performing in front of thousands of fans, Mr Burton innocently asked Mr Cawthray’s wife to share a nightcap in his room at the Hilton Metropole. Shocked fans saw him stagger out of the lifts into the hotel bar with a bloodied nose and swollen mouth after being attacked, and police were called at 4.25am.”

Unusual support for global warming: “Crazed cult leader Charles Manson has broken a 20-year silence in a prison interview coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his conviction for the gruesome Sharon Tate murders – to speak out about global warming. The infamous killer, who started championing environmental causes from behind bars, bemoaned the ‘bad things’ being done to environment in a rambling phone interview from his Californian jail cell. ‘Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere.”

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A Peking duck with a difference

April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This one has got green shoes on — made by its Peking owner

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THE NEWS

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Statue of Liberty confused with Las Vegas impostor by US postal service: “A new stamp that was meant to depict Lady Liberty in fact features a 1997 replica from outside a New York-themed casino in Las Vegas, it has emerged. Three billion of the 44-cent (27p) stamps, which show a close-up of the New York, New York hotel’s half-sized model, were printed before a collector spotted the error and contacted the weekly stamp news magazine ‘Linn’s Stamp News’. “The image is accurate,” said Roy Betts, a spokesman for the US postal service. “Just of the Vegas version, not the one in New York”. A close inspection of the face on the “forever” stamp – which can be used for first-class post indefinitely, regardless of price rises – reveals several differences with the real statue’s features. Furthermore, where the famous windows in Liberty’s crown should be, the Vegas replica has only crudely painted black blocks.”

Robber gets a hot dinner: “On Friday night the owner of a Chinese restaurant at Gaven Heights poured a wok full of hot chicken chow mein over the back of a bandit who was threatening his wife with a knife. Chi On Chung then started belting the would-be thief with his wok and ladle until the man dropped the knife. Mrs Chung picked it up and she and her husband chased the man down the street before he got away.”

British city spends big to produce a dumb playground: “It had been closed for two years as part of a £4million parkland renovation project. So when parents and their toddlers turned up for the grand reopening of the under-fives’ playground they were expecting something quite special. In the event, they were a little disappointed. There was no wide range of the traditional equipment, such as slides and roundabouts that they might have expected. The playground at Beacon Park in the cathedral city of Lichfield, Staffordshire, also includes ‘climbing rocks’, which parents say are dangerous for small children. The local council said the playground had been designed to encourage toddlers to ‘use their imaginations’. But Emma Jones, 35, who went to the opening last week with her toddler son Ben, was unimpressed. ‘Telling toddlers to use their imagination is a joke. Are they supposed to imagine a slide and a roundabout?’”

Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina: “Since Hurricane Katrina, Ruby Melton’s 9th Ward enclave has welcomed a new species of neighbor: clucking, crowing, prancing chickens that dart across streets and nest in the trees. “We don’t have stray dogs any more,” said Melton, 68. “But everyone I talk to has stray chickens.” Most people figure that the wild birds descended from domesticated fowl that escaped backyard coops after the storm. Since then, the population has boomed, with the local SPCA chapter now dispatching officers weekly to catch feral chickens, spokeswoman Katherine LeBlanc said. Animal control officers place the stray chickens with a farmer they call the Chicken Man, LeBlanc said, noting that capturing the creatures is “extremely hard” and often requires the effort of several officers.”

Happiness is U-shaped: “Happiness follows a U-shaped curve during a person’s lifetime, according to research showing that middle-aged people are the unhappiest. Satisfaction with life starts to drop as early as a person’s late 20s and does not begin to recover until well past 50, says Bert van Landeghem, an economist at Maastricht University in Belgium. While young adults are carefree and full of hope for the future and the over-50s have come to terms with the trials of life, the research indicates that those in the middle feel weighed down by the demands on them. The study found “a substantial dip in happiness during the middle of people’s lives is the equivalent to becoming unemployed or losing a family member”. While he said happiness did return with age, he warned that older people did not actually recapture the spirit of their youth. They simply learnt to be satisfied with their lot.”

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Friendly

April 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Photo gallery for Jan & Feb this year now up

What I think are the “best” pictures that appeared on this blog over the period concerned

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Bandits plead guilty after being bashed by granny with handbag: “Five men whose attempt to raid a jewelry store in central England was foiled by a 71-year-old “supergran” are now facing jail. Ann Timson became an international hero in February after taking on the gang of sledgehammer-wielding jewelry thieves in Northampton, England, with only her handbag as a weapon. Footage filmed by a passerby showed the men brazenly smashing their way into the shop. After staff activated automated shutters to protect the store’s windows, the video shows Ms Timson in a red coat running across the road toward the men. The footage shows her raining blows down on the armed gang with her bag and chasing them away from the store as they attempt to make a getaway on scooters. But in their panic, two of the men fell off their scooter right in front of Ms Timson, who was bending down to pick up some dropped jewelry but took the opportunity to hit them with her bag once again.”

Strange collection: “More than 200 airline sick bags have gone on show in the Fully Sick! exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga, NSW. If the thought of staring at a collection of white paper bags designed to catch passengers’ vomit sounds about as thrilling as watching paint dry you’ll be happy to learn that there are some surprising examples of creativity on display. For example, one of the highlights of the display is a limited edition Star Wars bag by Virgin Atlantic. Creative and colourful designs by Yangon Airways, Air India, KLM, Emirates, Cebu Airlines and Air Afrique are also featured. The sick bags are on loan from Sydneysider Danny Cahalan, who has amassed an impressive collection over a period of more than 20 years. Mr Cahalan began collecting the bags in 1988 when he kept one as a memento of his Paraguayan Airlines flight from Asuncion to Miami, US.”

Slimming spray too effective: “A jockey who used a slimming spray is suing the company after he was disqualified from a race he won for being too light. Mr D’Avila alleges during the program the company said when the product is sprayed onto a person’s tongue it fooled the brain into believing they had eaten. Mr D’Avila sprayed the product onto his tongue and found that it did reduce his cravings. Days later he rode the horse Short Trip to victory in the second race of the Gold Coast Turf Club February 19 meet. During the post-race weigh in, Mr D’Avila was 0.8 kilograms under his allocated weight. As a result Mr D’Avila was disqualified and suspended from racing for one month. He claims in 20 years of racing he had never weighed in light and attributed the weight loss to using the SensaSlim spray. Mr D’Avila claims he has suffered professional embarrassment as well as loss”

Australian wine wins French competition: “Queensland’s Sirromet Wines has won a top international prize for a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. The label last week won a gold medal in the 2011 Challenge International du Vin Competition in France for its premium 2007 St Jude’s Grand Reserve cabernet sauvignon, produced from fruit grown at Sirromet’s 25ha vineyard at Ballendean in the Granite Belt. More than 5000 wines from 35 countries were tasted in the competition, which was held on April 8 and 9. Sirromet chief winemaker Adam Chapman said the latest medal could partially be attributed to an excellent 2007 vintage for red fruit grown in the cool climate of its Granite Belt vineyards, situated 820m above sea level.”

Feisty female doctor from Sri Lanka bashes another female doctor: “A grudge turned into an all-out brawl when a female doctor punched and struck a colleague in the head with a tray at one of Sydney’s major hospitals. Pathologist Dr Ushma Samaraweera was sacked over the fight at Prince of Wales Hospital during which she called fellow doctor Sue Fredericks a “f … ing bitch”. The punch-up was detailed in the Industrial Relations Commission where Dr Samaraweera alleged she was unfairly dismissed. She failed to win her job back. Tensions between the two women had been simmering for more than a year over work loads and they were not on speaking terms when they bumped into each other in the pathology unit. Despite her 17cm height disadvantage, Dr Samaraweera used a “cricket bowl action” as she broke a document tray while trying to hit Dr Fredericks in the head, the commission heard.”

Police horse electrocuted: “Frantic police officers have told how they risked their own lives to save a cherished police horse, electrocuted in a freak accident at the Kalamunda Agricultural Show. Senior Constable Stuart Mosscrop said police had desperately worked in vain to restart Hercules’ heart after a deadly current from a faulty light tower conducted through the ground and into his metal horseshoes at Kostera Oval at 9.30pm on Friday night. The 16-year-old Clydesdale fell to the ground but recovered and ran a short distance before he was reined in by another officer. Twenty minutes later he collapsed again when he walked past the light tower for a second time. Sen-Constable Mosscrop yesterday recounted how he and colleague First Class Constable Pat Burke witnessed live currents arcing between Hercules feet, which were touching the pole, as they desperately tried to put cardboard under the 800kg beast to stem the flow of electricity.”

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A man who knows what he likes

April 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Kansas woman pried from mouth of her pet python: “A Kansas police officer is up for a bravery award after pulling a woman from the jaws of her 8-foot (2.4 metre) pet albino python, The Hutchinson News reported today. The serpent attacked and latched onto its owner’s neck when she took it from its cage to feed it on Tuesday in Lyons, Kansas, 65 miles (105 kilometres) north of Wichita. Part-time police officer Max Bryant grabbed the snake by its nose and jaw and forced open its mouth. The snake, which has small teeth instead of fangs, had not yet had time to wrap itself around the 20-year-old woman, who escaped. The woman was later issued with a ticket for harbouring the animal”

Chaos as accused jumps dock in court: “An accused bushfire arsonist made a dramatic bid for freedom by leaping from the prisoner’s dock after his bail was revoked in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. Moments after Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg announced his decision, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, bellowed, threw a sheaf of legal papers in the air and jumped over the front of the dock. It took nine people and a titanic struggle of more than 10 minutes before the man was subdued and removed to the cells below the court. He now faces additional charges of attempted escape, resisting arrest and assault.

Ireland’s former richest man has £4.4bn fortune wiped out: “Less than four years ago he was the richest man in Ireland with a fortune of more than £4billion. But yesterday Seán Quinn’s business empire was prised from him, leaving the tycoon facing ruin – and prosecution. The 63-year-old – who spent almost 40 years building up Quinn Group – faces corporate governance charges for burdening the company with more than £3.5billion in debt. The Irish taxpayer will be expected to pick up the tab for any shortfall. The debt-ridden group will now fall into the hands of Anglo Irish Bank – which has itself cost the taxpayer almost £26.5billion to date – and U.S. insurance firm Liberty Mutual. The group, which employs 2,700 workers, operates in a wide-range of sectors, including property development, insurance and hotels”.

Poltergeist terrifies British family: “A family has been forced to flee their home after they became terrified by a poltergeist. Even paranormal investigators were ‘freaked out’ by the activities that included the discovery of the word ‘move’ written onto a window at the house in Hull, East Yorkshire. For Emma Keeitch, 31, and her family, the writing in condensation was the final straw and they left the house soon after. The poltergeist echoes a case last week when the mother of 11-year-old Ellie Manning videoed a poltergeist opening a wardrobe door and moving a chair across a room. Experts were called in to see what could be done at Miss Keeitch’s house, but one of them became so scared that he was going to be attacked by a spirit that he also bolted from the house. Now the family has been told that they will need to employ the services of an exorcist to rid the house of its spooks.”

The 25-year-old Chevrolet given a makeover to run on wood chips: “It wouldn’t look out of place on Wacky Races, but this modified mean machine is actually a wood-powered eco-friendly car of the future. Juha Sipila has converted his classic 25-year-old Chevrolet to power its V6 engine with a wood-burning stove that produces fumes which are used as fuel. His El Camino pick-up can cover 125 miles on a hundredweight and half of wood chips but carries enough timber for 800 miles. Mr Sipila, from Finland, claims the car can reach a top speed of almost 90 mph… The technology – first used during shortages of petrol in World War Two – produces emissions that are cleaner that conventional petrol or diesel engines. Early engineers discovered that wood gas generators were ideal for use with conventional internal combustion engines which required little adaptation.”

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Help! Where am I?

April 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Bungling British police threaten unborn baby with control order after identifying it as a ‘nuisance’: “A woman about to give birth to her first child was left bewildered after Lincolnshire police sent a letter threatening her unborn baby with an ASBO. Charlotte Childs, who is 36 weeks pregnant, and her husband Damien were invited to attend a meeting with local police to discuss their son’s bad behaviour. The couple were even more shocked as the letter addressed their son as George – the name they were planning to give him as a middle name. Mrs Childs, 33, from Lincoln, said: ‘The letter said there had been an incident of anti-social behaviour and our child was identified as being part of this group. Mrs Childs said she and her husband could hardly stop laughing as they read through the letter. ‘I would love to know how a 36-week-old foetus has managed to go to the park and cause trouble without me noticing,’ she said. The mix-up has been blamed on a clerical error by Lincolnshire council.”

Hot porn: “A man caught fire Wednesday evening inside a San Francisco porn store and was fighting for his life in the hospital after suffering third-degree burns, KCBS-TV reported. Arson experts said it was not clear what ignited the fire but police said the man had been watching videos in a private booth when the blaze erupted. The man ran out the front door of the adult arcade “engulfed in flames” and was spotted by police standing across the street, a police spokesman told KCBS. “He came out of the building already on fire,” Lt. Kevin McNaughton said. Firefighters, who luckily were only about a block away on an unrelated call, raced to the scene and doused the flames.”

Whales can’t resist a catchy pop tune: “HUMPBACK whales love a good hit single, and every year a new catchy pop tune spreads among the male underwater crooners from Australia, a study has revealed. The males are the only ones who sing, likely in the hopes of making some lady whale swoon, according to the Australian research published in the US journal, Current Biology. If there is a whale version of the King of Pop, he likely resides off the coast of eastern Australia, because that is where the popular tune of the season has always originated for the past decade, researchers said. The hit-making tune then ripples eastward across the South Pacific Ocean, from Australia to French Polynesia, infecting genetically distinct groups of whales who all start singing the same song during breeding season.”

Amazing illusions: “THEY are the jaw-dropping 3D illusions that require no silly glasses. Kurt Wenner’s incredible chalk drawings has stopped people in their tracks all over the world. And his latest offerings are arguably his best yet. Featured in the Michigan-born artist’s new book Asphalt Renaissance, his work is created using pastels and paints. When viewed at a certain angle they appear as 3D images. Mr Wenner, who began street painting in 1982, said he uses a piece of string to measure fixed points between the viewing location and the painting to create the perfect 3D image. The illusionist’s latest creations include the Moneypit – which appeared in Waterloo Station, London – Greenpeace Million Names in Brussels and Dies Irae in Mantua, Italy. His creations can take between five and seven days to complete.”

Britain to abolish checkbooks: “MPs are preparing to fight controversial plans by the big banks to phase out chequebooks by 2018. The Commons treasury select committee is reopening an inquiry designed to challenge the banks to justify the move. Pensioners, charities and small businesses argue that cheques are central to how they handle money and should not be scrapped simply for the convenience of banks. The committee’s Conservative chairman Andrew Tyrie said the banks have so far failed to produce reliable evidence to show benefits of doing away with cheques. ‘This sort of significant change cannot just go through on the nod,’ he said. The move – which would save the banks millions of pounds – is being led by bank-dominated body The Payments Council. It has suggested alternatives such as direct debits and electronic transfer. Mr Tyrie said: ‘We have been inundated by letters from the public telling us they rely on cheques. They should not be forced into shredding their cheque books.”

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Here’s looking at ya!

April 14, 2011 at 10:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s the Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko from Madagascar

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

New Zealand wine rated the world’s best: “Sacrebleu. A $200 bottle of New Zealand pinot noir has beaten a $7000 bottle of French burgundy in a blind tasting in the US. Martinborough Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 1998 triumphed over one of the world’s most prestigious wines, 1990 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache, to take No.1 ranking in the World’s Top 20 Pinot Noirs competition in Pasadena, US. Twelve judges blind-tasted 20 wines from New Zealand, the US, France, Germany and Australia. The competition was based on the 1976 Judgment of Paris, which caused a sensation when a Californian wine was chosen over famous French wines. As well as being ranked No.1 overall, the Martinborough Vineyard wine also received the most No.1 rankings – from three of the judges.”

Tough sentence for selling mislabelled bread: “A Durham man convicted of fraud for selling bread that was falsely labeled as gluten-free has been sentenced to at least 9 years in prison. Paul Evan Seelig could serve up to 11 years in prison under the sentence handed down Tuesday. The owner of Great Specialty Bread Co. had been convicted of 23 counts of fraud. Seelig admitted on the stand that he lied to state investigators but blamed his suppliers for the gluten found in bread he sold at the North Carolina State Fair and the fairgrounds flea market. Gluten is an ingredient commonly used in bread that can cause illness in people with celiac disease and other intestinal problems.”

British police force gives guidance to officers about sandwiches: “A British police force issued advice to officers on how to keep their sandwich packs fresh. Lincolnshire Police in central England handed guidance to its 1219 officers and 1162 other staff members warning them to keep “lunch boxes cool” and not to use “out of date food,” The (London) Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. “Sandwiches should not be kept in briefcases or warm cars and snacks must be kept separate from lunch items,” officers were told. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said the guidance was given to officers who were going on training courses, in an attempt to ensure any food they brought stayed fresh.”

Bomb-proof underpants: “The US wants bulletproof briefs to protect its military’s collective manhood. InnovationNewsDaily is reporting that the US Marine Corps has placed an order for 27,500 pairs of impenetrable undies. Groins have always proven a problem for armed forces around the world, because necessity dictates they need to be free for mobility purposes. That makes it an attractive target for enemy forces, and given their increasing love for landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices, a soldiers’ hanging space has become something of a hot spot. Injuries to that region damage much more than pride. A lot of blood flows through a groin and shredding can quickly lead to death or rapid infection. Solution? Ballistic underwear, made from fine double weave silk. It doesn’t stop direct hits from chunky shrapnel, but at least it’s tight enough to stop the fine particles from reducing the Marine Corps’ man-bits to mincemeat. The tackle-protecting technology was developed in the UK, where late last year, some 60,000 British troops were fitted with what they’ve affectionately termed “combat codpieces”.”

“Lawnmower parents”: “They try to mow down life’s bumps, but the “lawnmower parent” could be sabotaging their children’s happiness. The emergence of the lawnmower parent comes as well-intentioned parents increasingly try to trim the problems from their children’s lives. But overprotective parents could be contributing to a surge in anxiety disorders, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Director Prof Alan Hayes said lawnmowers parents had taken up where so-called “helicopter” parents left off. “Instead of hovering over their children closely monitoring them as helicopter parents are said to, lawnmower parents get out in front of their children to try and clear the way for them,” he told the Herald Sun. “They try to remove obstacles that children might need to negotiate.” With families becoming smaller parents were investing more time, energy and money into giving their children the best possible shot at life.”

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Is it a dog?

April 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I guess it is

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

MI: Time out at Applebee’s after accidental kiddie cocktail: “The company that owns the Applebee’s restaurant chain said on Monday it was immediately retraining its workers nationwide after a server at a suburban Detroit location accidentally served alcohol to a toddler. … Taylor Dill-Reese went to an Applebee’s in Madison Heights, Michigan, where — among other things — she ordered her 15-month-old son Dominick an apple juice. What the little boy apparently got instead was a margarita. His mom told WDIV-TV that she only realized something was wrong when Dominick ‘kind of laid his head on the table and dozed off a little bit and woke up and got real happy.’ The little boy reportedly began hailing strangers, too.”

Politician caught out in toilet interview: “Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman perhaps provided a little too much information during a morning radio discussion, when listeners heard him flush his toilet mid-interview. Lieberman, an outspoken politician who generally shuns political correctness, seemed to be multi-tasking as he was interviewed by the Reshet Bet radio station about recent tensions along the Gaza border, news website Ynet reported. Referring to Hamas, the interior minister said “we know who we’re dealing with.” Shortly after, the sound of flushing could be clearly heard in the background, the report said. Busy Israeli senior officials frequently conduct radio interviews from their homes.”

Dangerous slingshot? “A Lufthansa pilot was arrested at Frankfurt Airport for carrying a deadly slingshot and ammunition on a flight out of Los Angeles. The flight’s co-pilot, 30, was nabbed after a random search discovered the slingshot and 286 ball bearings, which are used as ammunition, in his luggage, German newspaper Bild reported. An investigator said that the pilot had, “particularly hazardous items which are strictly prohibited under the (German) Arms Act”. The slingshot could “kill people 100 feet away,” the investigator said. The pilot now faces up to three years in prison under German law. American authorities were outraged that the pilot had abused his position of trust, the newspaper said.”

Women prefer dogs? “Forget a man’s best friend, in Australia it’s more like a woman’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy, a survey has found. The PawClub.com.au survey of more than 80,000 dog owners revealed four out of five Australian women spend more on their dog than their partner. But it’s not just money, with 77 per cent of women surveyed saying their dog also wins more of their precious time.”

Man is rescued after spending a night up to this neck in a lake of mud: “A Perth has spent a night trapped up to his neck in a lake of mud after taking a shortcut home. A young man, intent on taking a shortcut home, spent a night trapped in lake mud up to his neck before being winched free Monday. A passerby spotted the victim, 21, trapped about 200 feet (60m) from the edge of Lake Joondalup in West Australia’s state capital, Perth, about 6:30am local time. The large lake, which is home to a range of wildlife including ducks and turtles, has banks made up of swamp land and reeds in which the man had become embedded. The state’s rescue helicopter was alerted to his mishap after would-be rescuers decided it would be too risky to wade into the lake. He was pulled from the mud about 8:00am. Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Allen Gale told WAToday.com that the man at the center of the drama had been walking home from an outdoor concert when he attempted to take a shortcut home, “hit a wet spot” and sank up to his neck.”

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Tickets please!

April 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

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Las vegas woman dies after botched buttock surgery: “A US woman died after botched buttocks enhancement surgery in the back room of a tile business by two Colombian nationals who were later arrested trying to board a plane back to that country. Elena Caro, 42, of Las Vegas was pronounced dead on Saturday (local time) at North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas, the Clark County coroner’s office said. Her cause of death was not immediately determined, pending toxicology tests and an investigation. Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas, 55, and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez, 47, were arrested for investigation of murder late on Saturday at McCarran International Airport, police said.”

Americans are now drinking more wine than the French: “They have always thought of themselves as the most sophisticated nation, owing in part to their wine guzzling ways. But now America appears to be catching up on France and their elegant ways as the U.S. is now the biggest wine-consuming nation in the world. Last year the amount of wine drank went up for the 17th year in a row. According to the Wine Market Council, America guzzled 330 million 12-bottle cases in 2010, compared to France’s 321 million. However the French are still number one in terms of wine consumed per person, with five bottles per person to America’s one. Beer consumption, on the other hand, has declined in the U.S. slightly for each of the past three years – albeit to a mere three billion cases, according to the Beverage Information Group. The slump is led by light beer.”

Black mother used box cutter and pliers to ‘circumcise’ three-month-old son at home: “A mother is to go on trial for assault after allegedly using a box cutter and a pair of pliers to circumcise her three-month-old son. Keemonta Peterson told police she had watched YouTube videos on how to carry out the surgical procedure. The mother-of-four is alleged to have left her baby son bleeding for two hours before finally calling emergency services. Peterson, 29, said she was inspired to carry out the DIY operation at her home in Portland, Oregon, after reading the Bible. According to an arrest report Peterson began the operation at midnight using a box cutter knife as a scalpel and the pliers as a tourniquet. When the bleeding would not stop on the botched operation she tried to stitch up the wound while her distressed 13 year old son watched. After two hours of ‘uncontrolled’ bleeding Peterson called paramedics. Her son, who has not been named, was listed in critical condition but has since made a full recovery following the October incident.”

What women really want – money: “Women may say they are looking for tights abs or a sense of humour in their man, but he had better have a healthy bank balance to go with it. According to new research published yesterday in Germany, more women are using money as overriding criteria for choosing their partners. With women getting better jobs, they are looking for their men to have a spending power to match, said the study. The Cologne-based Institute for the German Economy claimed women quizzed in a survey said they wanted to avoid stress and confrontation over big differences in earnings. In a controversial study published in January by London School of Economics Professor Dr Catherine Hakim, more women were said to prefer to marry a man earning more than they do. According to the poll, 64 per cent said they aspire to find a husband bringing home more money. None wanted to marry a man who earned less.”

Demolition derby: Unmanned tractor’s loop-the-loop at Walmart leaves a trail of destruction: “There’s no telling what will amuse some folk – but if you live in Richmond Hill, a town of around 200,000 near Toronto, then an out of control tractor appears to fit the bill. The powerful vehicle, which had no driver, was captured on camera making loops of a Walmart car park, ploughing into everything in its wake. Sparks fly as the tractor connects with the wall of the supermarket before sending a bin flying and smashing into two cars. How the tractor ended up in the car park, or who owns it, was unknown. And while some of the gathering crowd took a few tentative steps closer to the bizarre loop-the-loop – mostly to get a better angle for their camera phones – it was a full five minutes before anyone took action.”

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Obamacare?

April 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A wealthy hospital benefactor was being shown around the hospital. During her tour, she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating furiously. “Oh my GOD!” screamed the woman. “That’s disgraceful! Why is he doing that?”

The doctor who was leading the tour calmly explained, “I’m very sorry that you were exposed to that but this man has a serious condition where his testicles rapidly fill with semen and if he doesn’t do that at least five times a day, he’ll be in extreme pain and his testicles could easily rupture.”

“Oh, well in that case, I guess it’s okay,” said the woman…

As they passed by the next room, they saw a male patient laying in bed while a nurse performed oral sex on him. Again, the woman screamed,

“Oh my GOD! How can THAT be justified?”

Again the doctor spoke very calmly: “Same illness, better health plan”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Organic food could make you fat: “A study has shown that people tend to assume that organic foods – particularly snacks – contain fewer calories that their conventionally-produced counterparts, so buy and eat more…. The warning comes from American researchers who investigated whether the sight of an organic label was enough to imbue a food with a range of desirable attributes. Almost 150 shoppers were asked to taste what they thought were conventionally and organically-produced chocolate biscuits, yoghurts and crisps. In fact, all of the products were organic but some had just been deliberately mis-labelled. The shoppers are asked how tasty and nutritious they found the snacks, how many calories they thought they contained and how much they’d be willing to pay for them. The ‘organic’ foods were by and large judged to be 40 per cent lower in calories.”

SKUNKS as pets? “There are those pet-lovers for whom a cat is too conventional and a mutt simply too mundane. But it appears they wouldn’t turn up their nose at a skunk. For, perhaps surprisingly given the black-and-white mammals’ penchant for causing a pong, they are the latest must-have furry friend. Following crazes for tea-cup piglets, pygmy hedgehogs and meerkats, it seems that baby skunks, with their soft fur and ability to be house-trained, are proving an ideal family pet. Owners are undeterred by the strong scent the animals can release when threatened, saying they are cleaner than dogs or cats. Breeders estimate that there are around 2,000 kept as domestic pets, and demand is increasing.”

Rarest ever copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler is expected to sell for £30,000: “The ‘rarest ever’ edition of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler is set to go under the hammer and expected to fetch up to £30,000. A first edition of the infamous book which the Nazi dictator wrote while he was in Landsberg prison in Germany in 1925, is going for auction later this month and is anticipated to create a bidding war. The book, which combines elements of autobiography and Hitler’s political ideology, is one of just 20 limited edition copies that were produced out of the 500 made. It is signed and dedicated by Hitler and features vellum bindings and gold lettering on the titles, and is numbered 19.”

How people’s life savings are washing up on shore after Japanese tsunami: “There are no cars inside the parking garage at Ofunato police headquarters. Instead, hundreds of dented metal safes, swept out of homes and businesses by last month’s tsunami, crowd the long rectangular building. Safes are washing up along the tsunami-battered coast, and police are trying to find their owners – a unique problem in a country where many people, especially the elderly, still stash their cash at home. By one estimate, some £214 billion worth of yen doesn’t circulate. There’s even a term for this hidden money in Japanese, ‘tansu yokin.’ Or literally, ‘wardrobe savings.’ Goto couldn’t specify how many safes his department has collected so far, saying only that there were ‘several hundreds’ with more coming in every day.”

Coffee makes you pee? “Women who drink at least four caffeine drinks a day are more likely to develop frequent problems with bladder control. A new study of 65,000 American women found that those with the highest caffeine intake – equivalent to four or more cups of coffee or ten cans of soda a day – were more likely to develop urinary incontinence over four years. The study found no increased risk among women consuming about three cups of coffee or less per day. In the most highly caffeine group, caffeine was particularly related to urge incontinence, a type where leakage happens after a sudden, strong urge to urinate.”

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