Somebody likes bananas

May 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Or are they setting up a banana republic?

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

World’s longest hangover: “IT may be the longest hangover in the history of binge beer drinking. A Glasgow man downed 60 pints leaving him with a four-week super-hangover. When a 37-year old man walked into a hospital emergency room in Glasgow, Scotland last October complaining of “wavy” vision and a non-stop headache that had lasted four weeks, doctors were at first stumped, the British journal The Lancet reported today. But when an eye specialist was called in, the fog began to clear, at least for the doctors. The patient, said the ophthalmologist, had swollen optical discs, greatly enlarged blind spots and what eye doctors call “flame haemorrhages,” or bleeding nerve fibres. This is when the man revealed he had consumed 60 pints – roughly 35 litres – of beer over a four day period, following a domestic crisis. It took more than six months of long-term blood-thinning treatment to restore the man’s normal vision – and to get rid of the headache, the doctors reported.”

Germany named most popular country in world: “Germany is the most popular country in the world, despite well-publicised protests against its insistence on austerity measures within the European Union, an annual poll for the BBC World Service reveals. More than 26,000 people from around the world were asked to rate 16 countries on whether their global influence was “mainly positive” or “mainly negative”. Some 59 per cent of those polled rated Germany as having a positive influence, while at the other end of the spectrum, Iran came last with only 15 per cent looking upon it favourably. Even in Spain, which is suffering from stringent austerity measures due to a German-led financial rescue package, 68 per cent said they felt Germany had “a mainly positive influence in the world”. Germany displaced Japan at the top of the table, with the Asian giant’s popularity falling from 58 per cent last year to 51 per cent. Canada and Britain scored second and third, both with 55 per cent”

Bride-to-be found guilty of killing fiance just hours before wedding: “A US woman [above] who stabbed her fiance to death with a large kitchen knife hours before their wedding last year folded her hands and rocked side to side as a Pennsylvania jury announced it had found her guilty of first-degree murder. The jury of five woman and seven men deliberated for just under three hours before reaching its decision during the third day of Na Cola Darcel Franklin’s trial. Franklin, wearing a black dress and black suit coat, did not cry as she had several times throughout the trial. Instead, she looked into the court audience briefly with tears in her eyes, before focusing back on the jury as the verdict was read on Thursday. Franklin, 32, will now spend the rest of her life in prison without a chance of parole for the slaying of her husband-to-be, truck driver Billy Brewster, 36.”

Another government computer meltdown: “The BBC has admitted it wasted almost £100million of licence fee payers’ money on a failed IT project. MPs branded the debacle an ‘outrage’ as the corporation suspended its chief technology officer and threatened disciplinary action to those responsible. BBC director general Tony Hall has now axed the Digital Media Initiative (DMI). The corporation’s governing body admitted it would be ‘throwing good money after bad’ to finish the project, which began five years ago. The DMI was supposed to allow BBC staff to access the entire archive from their computers, doing away with the need for audio and video tapes. It was expected to save the corporation £18million in production costs because staff could share and download material remotely instead of transporting tapes between headquarters.”

Man [above] tries to un-divorce dead wife! “A husband battling to have his divorce from his wife annulled more than two years after her death has had his hopes dashed by a top judge. Desmond McIntosh, who is dyslexic and has ‘severe difficulty in reading and writing’, insisted he didn’t realise his wife Jennifer had already divorced him as he cared for her during her final days. The carpenter said his literacy skills are so bad he had no idea he had signed divorce papers which left him ‘with absolutely no capital’ following her death from lung and brain cancer at the age of 71 in 2011. Mr McIntosh, 58, told London’s Appeal Court he spent the last two years of his wife’s life ‘caring for her in her dying days’ and was shocked to discover after she died that she had ended their marriage in 2009. He claimed his signature on the divorce document was unfairly procured by his late wife using ‘undue influence’. The court heard the couple, who ran a carpentry business together, married in 1993 and bought a house in Thamesmead, London, where they lived for 16 years. The property, which they bought for £78,000, is now worth around £350,000 and was in Mrs McIntosh’s sole name.”

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