May 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

AAARGH!

Daredevil tourists navigate a narrow 700 year old walkway on a sheer cliff face on a mountain in Shaanxi Province, China. Story here plus more gut-wrenching pics. And people DO die there

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Urine trouble: remote-controlled shower installed to stop public urinating in alley: “Tired of the alley outside of their shop being used by members of the public answering the call of nature, two men in the US have come up with a novel approach to ward them off. Reportedly installed by two men outside their locksmith store in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the remote-controlled shower is designed to prevent members of the public from urinating in an adjoining alley. Those responsible for the sprinkler system also installed security cameras to record those caught in the act and have been uploading videos of the soakings to YouTube since May 2012.” [Good video at link]

German man spends 15 years with pencil in head: “A German man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident. Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a four-inch pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket. The unnamed man said he did not know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child. The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered.”

Union president snoozes at his desk, works two hours a day: “UNION heavyweight Mark Rosenthal has a relaxing work routine. Mr Rosenthal sidles into the office at 2pm every day, eats lunch and then goes to sleep at his desk. “Then he wakes up, looks at his watch and says, ‘I have to get out before the traffic gets bad.’ He’s usually out by 4pm after being at the office two hours,” union vice president Marvin Robbins told The New York Post. Mr Rosenthal earns $156,000 a year as president of a local municipal workers union in New York – a job he has held since 1998. He has been in the news before. In 2009, Mr Rosenthal inspired a council bill requiring jumbo-sized ambulances for obese patients after he had a stroke at City Hall. Union officials say the 400-plus-pound (more than 180kg) president racks up $1400 in food bills every month at the union’s expense. Executive board members told The New York Post Mr Rosenthal significantly over-orders at eateries and takes the extra food back to his apartment. “He’s always walking off with a doggie bag or extra boxes of food,” said one board member.”

Absurd portrait of the Queen: “A new portrait of the Queen, commissioned by Royal Mail to adorn a stamp marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, has been derided by critics who said it looked more like Margaret Thatcher. The painting, by artist Nicky Philipps, was branded “abominable” by experts who said it did not bear a strong likeness to the monarch. The stamp is one of a series of six released to celebrate royal portraiture and will be available to buy from Thursday. Estelle Lovatt, an art critic and lecturer, said: “It’s Thatcher meets Rumpole of the Bailey meets Hogarth, in Hogarthian England all the worse or perhaps the better for a glug of gin. “It’s surely dreadful, embarrassing, monstrous. It looks more like my neighbour than the Queen.”

American WWII GIs were dangerous sex-crazed rapists who the French feared as much as the Germans, explosive book claims: “Professor Mary Louise Roberts, from the University of Wisconsin, said within months of D-Day ordinary French women came to fear their American ‘liberators’. She tells how, by the summer of 1944, large numbers of women in Normandy filed complaints about rapes by US soldiers. And their arrival prompted a wave of crime all over France, with American soldiers caught committing robberies and petty thefts. Professor Roberts said: ‘My book seeks to debunk an old myth about the GI, thought of as a manly creature that always behaved well. The GIs were having sex anywhere and everywhere. ‘In the cities of Le Havre and Cherbourg, bad behaviour was common. ‘Women, including those who were married, were openly solicited for sex. Parks, bombed-out buildings, cemeteries and railway tracks were carnal venues. The book also claims the US army ‘demonstrated a deep and abiding racism’, suggesting they pinned a disproportionate number of rapes on black GIs. Documents show that of 152 troops disciplined by the army for rape, 130 were black.”

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