Greedy fishOctober 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
A voracious pike died trying to swallow a big carp. The freshwater predator literally bit off more than it could chew, and choked to death..
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Man tries to turn his own faeces into gold<: "A MAN from Northern Ireland has been jailed after an experiment in which he attempted to turn his own faeces into gold went wrong and started a fire in a block of flats. Yahoo news reported that Paul Moran will now serve three months in jail and a further 12 months on license after the failed experiment caused a fire at his Housing Executive home in Derrin Park, Enniskillen. Moran admitted arson and endangering the lives of others in the fire, which reportedly caused over £3,000 worth of damage. It is thought that as part of the bizarre experiment Moran left his faeces, along with other waste products such as fertiliser, on a heater. In his ruling Judge McFarland told Moran: “Rather bizarrely you were attempting to make gold from human faeces and waste products. Moran’s barrister mentioned that his client was a man of ‘considerable intellectual ability’.
Rare Royal Navy uniform worn by survivor of Battle of Trafalgar: “A rare Royal Naval uniform worn by a British survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar has been unearthed after spending decades in the attic of one of the sailor’s descendants. William Hicks became famous for his gripping account of Trafalgar which told how, as a 17-year-old midshipman on HMS Conqueror, he helped British forces crush France and Spain in 1805 to end the threat of an invasion by Napoleon. Now a uniform worn by Hicks several years later when he reached the rank of lieutenant has been unearthed in a plastic bag in an attic, after being handed down through his family for 200 years. It went on display today at the National Maritime Museum in London on the anniversary of the battle off the Spanish coast. The museum also displays the uniform worn by Admiral Nelson that momentous day when he was shot and killed by a French sniper.”
Steve Jobs ‘regretted trying to beat cancer with alternative medicine for so long’: “The Apple chief executive, who died this month after a pancreatic tumour spread elsewhere, delayed having operations and chemotherapy for nine months after the disease was discovered in October 2003. In spite of pleas from family and friends, he tried to cure himself through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices, visiting “spiritualists” and using other treatments he found on the internet. Some cancer experts have said that Mr Jobs may have extended his life or even survived if he had promptly tackled his cancer aggressively with scientifically proven medical treatments. Walter Isaacson, whose much-anticipated authorised book on Mr Jobs’s life is to be released later this month, said that before he died the 56-year-old had come to realise that he had made a mistake.”
Strongman pulls ‘100 tonne’ train: “Crowds gathered at Kadam train station near the Syrian capital Damascus to watch Adnan Ismail al-Awad put his strength to the test. The onlookers came to watch him pull a train which he claimed weighed over 100 tonnes.” “Its length is 20 meters and it weighs 2.5 tonnes. But when we pull something on an incline it becomes heavier. So it becomes more than 100 tonnes.” said Awad. After getting into his harness, and positioning himself over the tracks, he began to tug the train. The wheels moved, and Awad managed to pull it along the rusty line. One of the engineers who works at the train station said the stunt needed incredible power. ”The difficulty is at the beginning with getting the carriages to move, this needs great strength, more than 100 horses,” said Mohamad Youssef.” [Video at link]
A French news-magnet: “The French are seriously existential about their politics and object to it being turned into soap opera but Carla Bruni-Sarkozy seems to turn her life into the stuff of Days of Our Lives with effortless grace. She gave birth to a daughter this week and while her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, was in urgent talks with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, about saving the euro, the first French presidential baby in history captured newspaper front pages. She has been the centre of attention in one way or another since she was hired as a 19-year-old model to be a derriere in a pair of Guess? jeans advertisements. The stepdaughter of an Italian tyre magnate and classical composer, Alberto Bruni Tedeschi, and Marisa Borini, a concert pianist, whose extramarital affair with grocery magnate Maurizio Remmert resulted in Bruni-Sarkozy’s birth in 1967, she is independently rich and well educated (in France, where her family fled to escape Red Brigade kidnappings). Her modelling career depended on the covers of women’s magazines (250 even before she met Sarkozy); her subsequent work as a musician and political wife assured a sort of celebrity that refuses to go away.”
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