Yummy! I’ll have no. 3

September 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

No thanks for improving Philadelphia neighborhood: “THERE’S a lot of trouble brewing next to a coffee house in a fast-developing neighbourhood. Ori Feibush, a real estate developer, has turned a rubbish-strewn city-owned lot – vacant for roughly 30 years – into a welcoming spot for customers of his month-old corner cafe, where they can enjoy their fair trade organic java and pastries from local bakeries. It may sound like a win-win, but the now-sparkling urban respite has angered city officials. They say Feibush shouldn’t have done work on a lot he doesn’t own or rent, shouldn’t be using taxpayer-owned property to benefit his business and should have played by the rules. Feibush said the city has rebuffed his overtures to buy the 20-by-100-foot lot in Point Breeze, a rowhouse neighbourhood southwest of downtown Philadelphia where he has lived since 2006. So he said he spent at least $US20,000 to remove 40 tons of rubbish and to add planters, tables and landscaping to it.”

World’s first snowmobile: “Back in 1925, this Model T Ford with a crude set of bright blue skis and chains attached was at the forefront of winter travel. It was in 1913 that madcap U.S. inventor Virgil D White hit upon the idea of the ‘Snow Flyer’ kits, which – when attached to a Model T – transformed the popular motor car into the world’s first snowmobile. The inventor sold his kits for around $400 almost a century ago, and now this 1925 example is expected to fetch upwards of £10,000 when it goes under the hammer in Pennsylvania, U.S., next month. At the time the kits – which consisted of skis made of metal and wood and rear-mounted chain link tracks -were particularly popular with country doctors, who used them to battle the elements when visiting patients in rural areas in winter months. Today the souped-up cars are equally in demand among collectors, and there is even a Ford T snowmobile owners’ club.”

There’s still some Viking left in the Swedes: “These dramatic images showed the moment a motorist defied Swedish police – and the calamitous consequences. When the Audi tried to do a U-turn, the police rammed it off the road – causing the car to overturn. The sturdy Volvo, meanwhile, appeared to emerge from the collision unscathed. The police were chasing the Audi which tried to get away by doing a U-turn. As can clearly be seen, the officer wasn’t about to let the chase go on any more and used the nose of the tough Volvo to nudge the target car sideways. But then the officer keeps going and turns the Audi right over. It is understood that nobody was seriously hurt in this dramatic incident, which did wonders for the Volvo’s humdrum image.”

Canadian dentist flies 5,000 miles in quest for Irish beauty: “A lovesick Canadian dentist is aching for the mystery love of his life – and has travelled 5,000 miles to find the Irish woman he met for just two minutes over a year ago. Sandy Crocker is spending the next four weeks searching the country for his red-haired beauty who he briefly met in An Teach Bia café in Ennistymon, County Clare, on July 9, 2011. And though he spoke to her fleetingly, the lovelorn dentist wants to be reunited with the woman he met with his brother. Mr Crocker recalled: ‘We stopped in Ennistymon to grab a bite to eat. I noticed that she was leaving and I spoke to her then. I asked her for directions to the Cliffs of Moher. ‘I was leaving Ireland a day later so, at first, I didn’t see the point in pursuing things more. Back home in Canada, Sandy was unable to get the unknown Irish girl out of his mind. So he decided last month to return to Ireland and spend a month trying to track her down.”

Siberian lake monster?: “LOCALS call it the Devil. They say it lifts up boats and wails when it attacks. Now underwater sonar shows they might be telling the truth. Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova told The Siberian Times that on her mission to Lake Labynkyr in remote Siberia she recorded ‘several seriously big underwater objects’ with sonar readings. “It was our fourth or fifth day at the lake when our echo sounding device registered a huge object in the water under our boat,” Ms Emeliyanova told The Times.”The object was very dense, of homogeneous structure, surely not a fish nor a shoal of fish, and it was above the bottom. Lake Labynkyr is located 5000 kilometres east of Moscow. It is 60 kilometres away from town of Oymyakon – the coldest place on earth. But while every other lake in the area becomes an ice-skating rink in winter – this lake does not freeze over. Ever. It also has no plant life.”

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  1. “Yummy! I’ll have no. 3”

    Not if you’re in NYC.

    Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed that!


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