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May 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Catholic church says more exorcists needed: “THE Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil. An archdiocese spokeswoman said on Friday Madrid only has one exorcist priest and that it is considering a plan to train more. “The devil exists. That’s a fact,” she told The Associated Press. Only a priest authorised by a bishop can perform an exorcism and the brief rite involves blessings with holy water, prayers and an interrogation of the devil by the exorcist during which the demon is asked to leave the victim. ReligionenLibertad, a Catholic website, blames the growing secularisation of Spanish society for what it calls an increase in people asking for help with their demons.”

One camouflage deserves another: “Chameleons are famous for their ability to change colour to blend in with their environment. Fortunately this butterfly didn’t give the game away when it came to rest on a reptile’s head in Turkey – as its wings were an identical shade of bright green. The delicate Eastern Dappled White flitted on to the chameleon’s back as it clung to the stem of a plant in Kahramanmaras, before perching casually on the creature’s head. The quirky scene caught the attention of photographer Mehmet Karaca, 28, who fetched his camera after being struck by the creatures’ matching ‘strong green colour’. Mr Karaca took the shots at around 6pm near his home in the Turkish city.”

A man has walked over 300km to be reunited with his dog: “Logan City man Brian Railton, who walked almost 300km over eight weeks searching for his lost dog Benji, has been reunited with his companion. The kelpie-border collie cross escaped his yard at Kingston, south of Brisbane, when he was spooked by a storm on March 24. Every day since then, Mr Railton, 70, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, walked from his home to the council’s animal management centre in the hope of finding his best mate, who would usually be walking by his side. With the help of his son Malcolm, Mr Railton hung posters and searched high and low until receiving the call he had been waiting for last Friday. “I got the call from the pound and dad could hear me on the phone and was so excited to bring him home. “We had a celebration and took him to McDonald’s for an ice-cream and he stole half of dad’s as well.” Benji was bought as an eight-week-old pup and was registered and microchipped. Benji waits by the bus stop for Mr Railton when he takes trips to the shops.”

Chinese lady is the expert on a very British institution: “A freshly baked scone, a layer of fruity jam and lashings of cream – the ingredients for a traditional cream tea couldn’t be simpler. But according to one expert you will also need a tape measure, scales and perhaps a degree in maths. Dr Eugenia Cheng, of Sheffield University, claims to have devised a statistical formula for the perfect combination of jam, cream and scones. The mathematician concluded that the best weight ratio is 2:1:1, which means an average scone, weighing 70g, requires 35g of jam and 35g of cream. Dr Cheng set the ideal thickness of the scone, with all its elements added, at about 2.8cm, allowing a relaxed open width of the mouth when taking a bite. The equation also specifies the thickness of the cream and jam layers. Wrangles over whether it should be jam first or cream, and whipped cream or clotted, have been running for generations, with references to the sweet treat dating back to the 11th century.”


A cream tea

Cheese Rolling competition goes ahead despite health and safety fears: “An international field of daredevils have defied health and safety zealots to take part in the annual Cheese Rolling competition. Rebel cheese rollers staged their own unofficial event after the world-famous competition, which sees people chase an 8lb piece of Double Gloucester down a steep hill, was cancelled in 2010. The first race was won by American Kenny Rackers, who donned a US stars and stripes morph suit, to sprint down the hill. The bizarre annual event, which has been taking place since the 1800s, attracts participants, spectators and media from across the world. Around 2,000 watched as roughly a dozen athletes pursued the “cheese” 200 metres down the 1:2 gradient slope of grass, brambles and nettles today. Competitors slip, somersault and tumble their way to the bottom in spectacular fashion during the races – and the first person to grab the cheese wins.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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