The skater: As seen on an Old British Post Card

May 21, 2013 at 9:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Teenage burglar outwits bungling British justice: “A 16-year-old burglar sentenced to a home curfew pulled a fast one on the security company which was setting up his electronic tag, a court heard. A 16-year-old burglar sentenced to a home curfew pulled a fast one on the security company which was setting up his electronic tag, a court heard. The teenager was asked over the phone by an official from G4S to walk around the perimeter of his home so they could map the curfew zone they had to monitor. But the quick-thinking lad decided to give himself a lot more freedom – by running as fast as he could down the road and back. His speedy dash meant that the G4S official inadvertently gave him a much bigger area to roam around during his curfew hours. Normally a criminal who is electronically tagged has to stay indoors or in the immediate garden area of his home during curfew hours. The 16 year-old’s ploy meant he could still venture down the road without triggering the tag.”

Swarmageddon: America braces for cicada plague of Biblical proportions: “America’s East Coast is bracing for a cacophonous summer as hordes of flying insects emerge for the once-in-a-generation phenomenon popularly known as “Swarmageddon”. After 17 years underground growing from larva to bug, billions of cicadas are set to revel in the final four climactic weeks of their unusual life cycle. At some point over the next few weeks, when the temperature at eight feet below ground reaches a steady 64F, the nymphs, as juvenile cicadas are called, will scramble backwards out of the ground. Males flex their tymbals, drum-like organs in their abdomens, by rapidly tensing their muscles. The clicking sound is intensified by their mostly hollow abdomen. Female cicadas answer by snapping their wings. The suitors deliver three different songs and the targets of their attention offer three responses. The ear-splitting chorus can reach 90 decibels – a noise level comparable to a pneumatic drill.”

Couple flown to wrong continent after airline error: “Two US holidaymakers found themselves a long way from their intended destination after an airline confused two airport codes. Sandy Valdiviseo and her husband Triet Vo were intending to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar in Senegal with Turkish Airlines. However, instead they ended up almost 7,000 miles away – on an entirely different continent – in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, after the airport codes were mixed up, the Los Angeles Times reports. After arriving in Istanbul, the couple had boarded a connecting flight. It was only after seeing the route map of the flight’s progress, which showed the plane over the Middle East, that they realised the error. According to reports, the airline insisted on tracking down the recording of the initial booking before acknowledging the error and installing the couple on flights to West Africa”

$1,600 utility bill for home leveled during Hurricane Sandy: “Kiernan Burke, a resident in the Queens borough of New York City, was charged $1,600 for electricity and gas usage over the past seven months, and he would dutifully pay his debt — if his home had even existed in that time. The Burke family’s home was destroyed in October 2012 by a fire that swallowed a swath of the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens as a result of Hurricane Sandy. … Still, the Long Island Power Authority continued to bill the Burkes, NBC New York has reported. And here’s the rub: The Burkes said that they believe LIPA is responsible for the fire that ravaged the neighborhood because the utility company never cut off power to the area during Sandy.”

London woman says she’s ‘too attractive’ to work: “A LONDON woman says she has been unemployed for two years because her good looks caused “massive problems” in the workplace. Laura Fernee, who has a science PhD, says her last job was at a medical research lab where she earned £30,000 a year ($47,000) from 2008 until 2011. But Ms Fernee, 33, says she was left with no choice but to quit when comments from co-workers about her attractive physical appearance became too much. “I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo,” Ms Fernee told The Daily Mail. “The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment. It’s not my fault…I can’t help the way I look.” She was “constantly asked out” and felt traumatised when men left “romantic gifts” on her desk. “Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no make-up they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness. There was nothing I could do to stop it.”

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Watch those old ladies

May 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic Garbage bags behind her. One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while a $20 fell out onto the sidewalk.

Noticing this, a policeman stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag.”

“Oh, really? Darn it!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and See if I can find them. Thanks for telling me officer.

“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop. “ Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”

“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady. “You see, my back yard is right next to a Golf course.

A lot of Golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right Into my flower garden. It used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you Know. Then I thought, ‘why not make the best of it?

So, now, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my Hedge clippers. Every time some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I Surprise him, grab hold of it and say, ‘O.K., buddy! Give me $20, or off it comes.’

“Well, that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. “OK. Good luck!

Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?”

“Not everybody pays.”

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British Quiz show gets it wrong: “A couple who went away empty-handed from a TV quiz show have belatedly scooped £26,000 after Channel 4 admitted producers bungled the answers. In the final round, Miss Coyle, a financial analyst from Glasgow, had to name five of the world’s top ten ‘cities with the busiest airports’ in four minutes, as a possible £46,000 jackpot drained away. She quickly got Paris and London, and later Chicago and Beijing too. But other answers, including New York, were rejected, leaving her visibly upset at winning nothing. But after their game aired, friends urged them to challenge the decision to reject New York. Although none of its airports is among the world’s busiest, the question asked about cities, and overall the Big Apple would rank. There were also question marks over Dubai and Hong Kong, which could have ranked had researchers used more up-to-date figures than they did. A C4 spokesman said: ‘The contestants notified the production company [Victory Television]. They investigated and agreed to pay the couple their winnings.’”

Baffling subtitles on British TV: “Errors appearing at the bottom of the screen have included describing Labour leader Ed Miliband as ‘Ed Miller Band’ and calling the head of the Church of England, ‘Arch bitch of Canterbury’. Ofcom highlighted two funny blunders – singer Engelbert Humperdinck was ‘engle Bert humper distinct’ on ITV’s Loose Women and a BBC weather report referred to ‘fox patches’ [fog patches?]. BBC bosses were left red-faced again when a reporter visiting a farm spoke of how the pigs ‘love to nibble anything that comes into the shed, like our wellies [gumboots]. The subtitles alongside the report changed the last word to ‘willies’ and the mistake became an internet sensation when a viewer pictured the screen blunder. During the Queen Mother’s funeral, the words ‘We’ll now have a moment’s silence for the Queen Mother’ became “We”ll now have a moment’s violence for the Queen Mother’.

Britain’s oldest shop which first opened for business during the reign of Henry V could finally close after 600 years: “It has been standing for 600 years, but the future of Britain’s oldest shop is shrouded in doubt today after it was put up for sale. Historians have discovered the post office and stores in a tiny community of Boxford, Suffolk, was originally used as a warehouse for buying and selling wool and fabric as long ago as 1420. Over the following centuries the building has been home for butchers, grocers, ironmongers and drapers and since the start of the last century it has been a successful general store and post office. Sub-postmaster Richard Gates said: ‘We all hope the new owner keeps the shop open. ‘It has become part of the village landscape and we get customers who have been coming in for all their lives. The heavily-timbered building – which has changed little in appearance for several centuries, also contains a remarkable unaltered two-storey barn.”

Horse fashion? “It is the bizarre fashion trend championed by everyone from Cheryl Cole to Nick Clegg. Now it seems the onesie has become a must-have item in the equine world as well. Customers in Britain and abroad have been chomping at the bit to buy the garments – which come in a range of colours and designs – since they went on sale just three weeks ago. Although the equine onesies were originally created to prevent horses suffering fly irritations, allergies, and other forms of skin conditions, they are also being snapped up by owners eager to keep their animals’ coats clean before a show. ‘All the designs led up to making the onesie, and as far as we know, we’re the only ones in the world making these products. They have been selling all over the place and have made our little company, Shwmae Products, international in just a matter of weeks. ‘They’re particularly popular in Australia and America.

1000-year-old coins found in Northern Territory may rewrite Australian history: “Five coins were found in the Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1000 years old, opening up the possibility that seafarers from distant countries might have landed in Australia much earlier than what is currently believed. How did 1000-year-old coins end up on a remote beach on an island off the northern coast of Australia? Did explorers from distant lands arrive on Australian shores way before the James Cook declared it “terra nullius” and claimed it for the British throne in 1770? They are African coins from the former Kilwa sultanate, now a World Heritage ruin on an island off Tanzania. Kilwa once was a flourishing trade port with links to India in the 13th to 16th century. The trade with gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian stone ware, Persian ceramics and Chinese porcelain made the city one of the most influential towns in East Africa at the time. The copper coins were the first coins ever produced in sub-Saharan Africa”

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Coolest Caterpillar EVER – Phyllodes Imperialis

May 19, 2013 at 6:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Dumb British cops again: “A teenager was arrested after his teacher overheard him talking about ‘buying a gun’ at school – when he was actually just discussing the computer game Call Of Duty with a friend. The 15-year-old’s school alerted police after misconstruing the conversation and officers raided the boy’s home. The teenager’s stunned mother Danielle McGill told how six officers and a police dog descended on her house in slough, Berks, and arrested her son on suspicion of firearm possession. Ms McGill said her son, who she has asked to remain anonymous, was chatting to a friend about buying a virtual weapon in the shooting game when a teacher overheard the gun reference. Her son, who has ADHD and severe learning difficulties, was arrested and released without charge. But mother-of-two Mrs McGill added: ‘I am still angry. It is so wrong they can overreact as quickly as they did – all because of an Xbox game.’ She insists the school and police should have asked more questions before making their decision.”

Chinese man abducted as a five-year-old is reunited with his parents 23 years later after using GOOGLE MAPS to find his way home: “A Chinese man has been reunited with his biological family more than 20 years after he was abducted as a little boy – and claims he has Google Maps to thank for finding his way home. Luo Gang, who was born in a small town in Sichuan province, but grew up some 1,500km away in Fujian province after being snatched on his way to kindergarten at the age of five. Luo’s stand-out recollection of the town where he was born was of two bridges. After deciding to go in search of where he came from, Luo posted sketched a rough map of his hometown from memory and posted it on a Chinese website set up to help locate missing children. He was contacted by a user who told him about a couple from a small town in Guangan city, Sichuan province, who had lost a son at the exact time Luo was abducted. The area looked familiar when Luo looked for pictures online, and his suspicions were confirmed when he searched it on Google Maps. After zooming in on satellite images of an area called Yaojiaba, an overcome Luo spotted the two bridges he remembered.”

‘Dangerous’ custard pie fight cancelled because of health and safety fears: “A custard pie fight has been cancelled – because no insurer will cover the ‘dangerous’ event that is classified as a ‘sport’. The flan flinging free-for-all was scheduled to close the first Bakewell Baking Festival, held in the Derbyshire town which is home to the famous cherry-topped cake. But Mayor Paul Morgans has been unable to find an insurer to cover the event because it is ‘too dangerous’. He said: ‘I have rung round dozens of insurance companies – none of which will cover this event as it is classed as a sport. ‘But really – how can a paper plate and some custard foam be more dangerous than horse riding or rugby or even crossing the road? It’s a classic case of world gone mad. ‘These insurance companies are really damaging our country and taking all the pleasure out of being alive. ‘I’m surprised there isn’t rioting in the streets. It’s ridiculous.’

Cronuts the croissant-donut hybrid: “With a line 30-people deep before Dominique Ansel opened its doors this morning, it’s easy to see why the Manhattan bakery’s new invention, cronuts, are selling within an hour. The cronut – half croissant, half donut – was quietly unveiled last Friday, with a small batch of 50. Three days later, when 200 had sold out by 9.30am, one angry and disappointed customer ‘flipped the finger’ at staff on his way out of the pâtisserie. The cronut, which has already received interest from curious pastry chefs in Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, is made from thin layers of flaky croissant dough that are deep fried, rolled in rose sugar, and then filled with light Tahitian vanilla cream. Rose-flavored glaze thinly coats the top layer, which peels apart like those in a mille crepe cake; finally, crystallized rose petals add a garnish flourish.”

Escaping mugger hit by a bus: “A Colombian thief badly botched his getaway after swiping a woman’s mobile phone in a Bogota bus station. CCTV footage showed the mugger calmly walking up to his victim in a Bogota bus station and snatching her bag. A brief struggle ensues before the man attempts to make his getaway. As he dashes out of the station, a bus suddenly pulls in, knocking him over and dragging him underneath the bus. Remarkably, the mugger’s victim then helped rescue him from underneath the vehicle. After being treated in hospital, the man was arrested by police.”

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India — A true story

May 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indian mothers can give Yiddisher Mommas some competition

Neel Shah’s father, Kishor, came from a small village in Gujarat. The eldest of seven children, after graduating from an engineering college in India, in 1966 he made his way to America, to study for a masters in automotive engineering at Oklahoma State University, and then took a job at Ford in Detroit.

Five years later he returned to India to find a wife. Friends and relations had been alerted to look for a suitable candidate. Finally three were settled upon. Two were from prosperous families, highly suitable material. The third, Kishori, was a simple girl of great sweetness of character who had nursed her mother through a long and fatal illness.

Kishor and his family were unable to decide whom he should choose. Eventually his mother, Lalita, made a proposal: she would write the names of the girls on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Kishor dutifully reached in his hand and drew out the piece bearing the name… Kishori.

Shortly after the wedding, Kishor returned to America, to prepare a home for his new bride. For seven months they came to know each other only by letter, until she was able to join him. They have now been married for 41 years, a happy union that produced two children. It would be some years after their wedding that they discovered that Lalita had written Kishori’s name on all three pieces of paper.

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Philippines: Coin toss breaks tie in mayoral race: “A coin toss has decided the winner of the position of mayor in a central Philippines town after two candidates received the same number of votes. Marvic Feraren triumphed over Boyet Py from San Teodoro town in Mindoro Oriental province after both had received 3,236 votes in Monday’s poll.”

African technology: “Their project might not sound like much: The college students on Wednesday launched a tiny model of a satellite the size of a soda can on a big yellow balloon. It went aloft to a height of 165 meters (yards) and then came back down attached to a parachute. Yet in this developing West African country, ambitious organizers — who recently launched the Ghana Space Science and Technology Center — see the test as a sign of bigger things to come”

Burglar betrayed by his sweet tooth: “A burglar was betrayed by his own sweet tooth when he was unable to resist some Jaffa Cakes at a house in Birmingham. Reece O’Callaghan, who is starting a seven-and-a-half year jail term, helped himself to the cakes and a pasta meal after breaking into the home of an elderly couple. He was spotted at the property by a neighbour and police arrested him nearby, but denied he was the culprit. However, forensic experts found his middle finger imprint on the Jaffa Cake box which meant the evidence “literally pointed” at him, prosecutor Jason Pegg told the City’s Crown Court. The victims, aged 78 and 82, had been away on holiday in July last year when O’Callaghan broke into their home by smashing a window. Once inside he satiated his appetite before stealing the valuables, including three televisions.”

Rio Tinto’s rare red diamonds on display: “Diamonds don’t just come in all shapes and sizes: they come in a rainbow of colours, from cherry blossom pinks and the deepest ruby reds to deep ocean blues and icy whites. Rio Tinto had 64 of them on show from its Argyle Diamond Mine as part of its annual tender process. For the first time in the mine’s 30-year history, the tender includes three extremely rare red diamonds. The 2013 collection also includes 58 pink and three blue diamonds. “Since mining began in 1983 only six diamonds certified as Fancy Red by the Gemmological Institute of America have been presented for sale at the annual tender,” Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson said. “To have three of these red diamonds on one tender is a very special moment in time.” Ms Johnson said that in 2008 the mine sold a red diamond for more than $1 million a carat. The largest red diamond on the 2013 tender is a 1.56 carat round gem”

Man finds $4.85 million in cookie jar: “A US man failed to claim $4.85 million in lottery winnings for three months because the lucky ticket was stuffed away in a cookie jar. Ricardo Cerezo purchased the winning ticket for a Lotto drawing on February 2. He put it in a rainy day fund, along with 10 other tickets, where it remained unchecked until May. “I can’t believe I had $4.85 million in a cookie jar for over three months,” Mr Cerezo told the Geneva Patch. Mr Cerezo’s wife eventually cajoled him into checking the hidden stash of tickets at the local 7-Eleven. The first seven tickets were duds, but the eighth scan prompted a deceptively bland message: “File a claim.” By May 15, Mr Cerezo was back at the 7-Eleven to receive a cheque for $4.85 million from lottery officials. Mr Cerezo and his wife will use the winnings to pay off the mortgage, help out their children and support a few of their favourite charities.”

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Have you ever seen a freaked-out cat?

May 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Baggy-trousered burglar caught by his pants: “A brave householder grabbed a young burglar by his leg and pulled down his trousers as he fled. Heating engineer Christopher Newbury, 56, clung on to the burglar’s baggy trousers after catching him red-handed during a break-in at his home. The villain was forced to flee in his underwear as Christopher was left holding his trousers to hand over to police as evidence to collar the burglar. Forensic scientists got to the bottom of crime by finding the burglar’s DNA on the pair of baggy trousers. Brave Christopher won a £100 bravery reward from a judge as burglar Mohammed Ali, 21, was jailed. ‘They were those baggy trousers that youngsters wear half way down their backsides these days. ‘He just stepped out of them and ran away in his underwear. But I was left holding the evidence. Ali – who has previous convictions for burglary, robbery and possessing an imitation firearm – handed himself in after realising his DNA was on his baggy trousers.

New gadget for pet owners fires tennis balls up to 100ft: “Dog owners who are bored of playing fetch have a new way to make the everyday pursuit more exciting – a tennis ball cannon. The K-9 Kannon helps kick walkies up a notch by adding real firepower to an amble in the park. And it is also an ideal remedy for the lazy pet owner, as it takes all the effort out of throwing a ball around. The innovative device costs £15, and is designed to fit tennis balls which it can propel up to 100ft. Even more usefully, it features a hands-free pick-up capability so owners do not have to handle chewed-up, slobbered-up and dirty tennis balls.”

Supermarket snobbery in Britain: “Wealthy residents on the millionaire’s row of Sandbanks were today planning to boycott a Tesco store which is set to open in the high-class neighbourhood. The supermarket giant unveiled its plans to turn a pub on the sandy peninsula in Poole Harbour, Dorset, into a store last year, which sparked uproar from horrified locals. Aghast residents said the store would look ‘like a filling in a set of teeth’ and thought a Waitrose or Marks and Spencer would be more suited to the affluent area. A petition was started in a bid to stop the convenience shop opening in Sandbanks, which is the fourth most expensive area in the world to live. But Tesco have now revealed that they are continuing with the controversial plans, and the store is expected to open in July. Under development rights regulations, the supermarket chain is able to convert the Sandacres pub into a shop without planning permission.”

Artist, 31, creates oil painting of dream husband – and weds his spitting image three years later: “An artist has married the man of her dreams four years after painting his lookalike in a prophetic piece of artwork. In 2009, Chloe Mayo, who was single at the time, quickly dashed off an oil painting of her holding hands with a handsome, dark bearded man. In her search for love, Chloe joined an online dating website, and began messaging Michael Goeman, 30. Two months later the pair met – and Chloe was shocked to find Michael was the spitting image of the man in her painting. In fear of putting off her new lover, Chloe hid the uncanny painting under her bed, only revealing it once she had been on more dates with Michael. Thankfully, he was not put off by the painting and they continued their relationship for a further 18 months until he proposed while they were holidaying in the south of France.”

Socialist country runs out of butt fodder: “First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities – toilet paper. Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government says it will import 50 million rolls to boost supplies. One supermarket in the capital on Wednesday was out of toilet paper. Another had just received a fresh batch, and it quickly filled up with shoppers as the word spread. Economists say Venezuela’s shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government’s controls on foreign currency. ‘State-controlled prices – prices that are set below market-clearing price – always result in shortages. ‘The shortage problem will only get worse, as it did over the years in the Soviet Union,’ said Steve Hanke, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University.

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Fifty SHEDS Of Grey

May 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We tried various positions – round the back, on the side, up against a wall…but in the end we came to the conclusion the bottom of the garden was the only place for a good shed.

She knelt before me on the shed floor and tugged gently at first, then harder until finally it came. I moaned with pleasure. Now for the other boot.

Ever since she read THAT book, I’ve had to buy all kinds of ropes, chains and shackles. She still manages to get into the shed, though.

“Put on this rubber suit and mask,” I instructed, calmly. “Mmmm, kinky!” she purred. “Yes,” I said, “You can’t be too careful with all that asbestos in the shed roof.”

“I’m a very naughty girl,” she said, biting her lip. “I need to be punished.” So I invited my mum to stay for the weekend.

“Harder!” she cried, gripping the workbench tightly. “Harder!” “Okay,” I said. “What’s the gross national product of Nicaragua?”

I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window. Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up a treat.

“Are you sure you can take the pain?” she demanded, brandishing stilettos. “I think so,” I gulped. “Here we go, then,” she said, and showed me the receipt.

“Hurt me!” she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over my workbench. “Very well,” I replied. “You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.”

“Are you sure you want this?” I asked. “When I’m done, you won’t be able to sit down for weeks.” She nodded. “Okay,” I said, putting the three-piece lounge suite on eBay.

“Punish me!” she cried. “Make me suffer like only a real man can!” “Very well,” I replied, leaving the toilet seat up.

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NH: City sues Robin Hood for feeding parking meters: “A city in New Hampshire is suing a group that signs letters ‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men’ that make a point of searching for expired parking meters and paying them before police can issue a ticket. The group, comprised of six ‘Robin Hooders,’ search the town of Keene for delinquent drivers and leave a note behind that says, ‘Your meter expired; however, we saved you from the king’s tariffs.’ The note is signed, ‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men,’ and urges recipients to consider ‘paying it forward,’ The Washington Times reported.”

A really charming Muslim: “The honeymoon is over for Mohammed Ahmed. The 21-year-old Illinois man was arrested for soliciting a prostitute last week while he was honeymooning with his new wife in Florida. Ahmed was among 92 people nabbed in a prostitution sweep conducted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged john answered an online ad, on website Backpage.com, which, to his horror, turned out to be planted by an undercover deputy as part of the four-day operation. Ahmed left his newlywed in their room at the Omni Hotel in Champions Gate when he went off on his sojourn to pay for sex. When he never returned, the worried bride called the sheriff’s office to report him missing. She was quickly told he was in fine health – but wouldn’t be resuming the vacation because he was in a jail cell having been booked on charges of soliciting prostitution. The catch of a husband was also charged with possession of marijuana.”

Nice doggie: “IN a case of life imitating the Henry Lawson story The Loaded Dog, a five-month-old puppy caused a police incident when he brought home what appeared to be a 20cm stick of dynamite. Mrs Evans put the explosive aside and took the kids to school before returning to investigate. She then took the explosive into the family’s road machinery factory at the rear of her property in Haven – south of Horsham in Victoria’s west. After emailing photos to friends and searching the internet, Mrs Evans was sure Harry had brought home either dynamite or gelignite. Police were called in and photos sent to the bomb squad. After a tense wait the explosive was revealed to be a large fire cracker.”

Is this the luckiest man in America? Retired postal worker wins lottery for the FOURTH time: “Winning the lottery just once would be the experience of a lifetime for most people. But retired postal worker Melvyn Wilson has managed it an astonishing four times. Mr Wilson, from Woodbridge, Virginia, first struck lucky in 2004 when he won $25,000 on a scratchcard. But his luck didn't stop there and he won another two scratchcard jackpots the following year. He picked up $1 million in his first win and then another $500,000 later that year. And now Mr Wilson has won for a fourth time – collecting $500,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Millionaire Mania scratch-off game. His winnings over the years total $2,025,000. Mr Wilson, who retired from the postal service in 2007, played down his lucky streak, stating: 'I'm just in the right place at the right time.'"

How listening to ‘sad songs’ heals the blues: “Listening to sad songs is best way to get over a break up as it has same soothing effect as a sympathetic friend, researchers find. Sir Elton John once sang that listening to Sad Songs was the perfect way to recover from a relationship breakdown. But now psychologists appear to have uncovered evidence to support the pop star’s conclusions that they really do “say so much”. A new international study has found listening to sad music was the best way to recover from a relationship break-up as it had the same soothing effect as a sympathetic friend. Researchers concluded that when consumers experienced serious emotional distress they turned to a surrogate to replace a lost personal bond and lift their mood. Their findings appear to contradict popular opinion that upbeat music or humorous movies were a better way to beat distress. “Like a sympathetic friend, music, movies, paintings, or novels that are compatible with our current mood and feelings are more appreciated when we experience broken or failing relationships.”

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The complications of Redneck life

May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Road construction workers bulldoze Mayan pyramid: “ONE of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids has been bulldozed and its stonework crushed to extract rock for a road-building project. The construction company has essentially destroyed the pyramid with backhoes and bulldozers, authorities announced last night. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. The ceremonial centre dates back at least 2,300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico. Nohmul sat in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field, and lacked the even stone sides frequently seen in reconstructed or better-preserved pyramids. But Awe said the builders could not possibly have mistaken the pyramid mound, which is about 100 feet tall, for a natural hill because the ruins were well-known and the landscape there is naturally flat. “These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It’s just bloody laziness”, Awe said.”

Bonnet ride idiot in Australia’s wild North: “A MAN will be interviewed after flagging down a car – before climbing up the bonnet [hood] and windscreen, smashing it. The 32-year-man flagged down a green Toyota Camry on Elrundie Ave, Palmerston, about 6.15pm. Watch Commander Garry Smith said after the car had stopped, the man then climbed onto the bonnet of the car, before walking over the windscreen, when it smashed. The man was arrested and will be charged with criminal damages later this morning after sobering up. The male driver of the Camry was uninjured.”

Football fan juror halts rape trial because defendant supports rival team: “A football fan sitting on a jury cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds when he caused a rape trial to be halted just because the defendant supported a rival team. The Newcastle United fan told fellow jury members he could not give David Blake, from Sunderland, a fair trial as it was just 24 hours after the Tyne-Wear derby. In an outburst he branded the defendant a “Mackem rapist” – Mackem being a slang term for people from Sunderland. The juror claimed to have been left distraught by Newcastle’s 3-0 home defeat to their bitter Premier League foes last month. His bias meant Judge Penny Moreland had to halt the trial, dismiss the juror and swear in a new panel at Newcastle Crown Court – at a cost of £5,000 to the public purse. The case, which had heard the opening from the prosecution, had to be started again, meaning half a day was wasted.”

Pilot locked out of cockpit after door jammed shut: “An Air India flight to Bangalore was diverted to another city after the pilot returned from a toilet break and found the door to the cockpit jammed shut, the state-run carrier said Tuesday. The flight left Delhi for Bangalore on Monday but the plane had to be diverted to Bhopal in central India when the pilot realised he could not get back to the controls. “The commander of the flight had left the cockpit for a short while to visit the toilet and on returning to the cockpit found the door locked,” Air India said in a news release. The statement said that “all efforts to open the door, even from inside by the co-pilot, failed”. The airline said that during the time the door was locked, the cockpit was manned by the co-pilot and trainee pilot. The incident posed no danger to the aircraft passengers and the crew,” it said.”


1967 Toyota

The million-dollar Toyota: “A Toyota sports car has sold for more than $1 million to a collector in the United States. The mint condition Toyota 2000GT, one of only 351 built, was sold by RM Auctions for $US1.15 million. The 2000GT was Japan’s answer to the Jaguar E-Type. Co-developed with Yamaha, the low-slung sports car was powered by a 2.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that was good for 112kW and a top speed of 217km/h. With its aluminium body, disc brakes and double overhead camshafts, the car showcased Japanese technology to the rest of the world at a time when the nation was trying to establish itself as a global force in the automotive industry. Repected car magazine Road and Track said the 2000GT was “one of the most exciting and enjoyable cars we’ve drive”, comparing it favourably to the Porsche 911. At the time of its release, the car sold in the United States for about $7000, which was more than the 911 and E-Type.”

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Handy handrail

May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

How a lavish wedding could lead to divorce: “If you want your marriage to have a fairytale ending, don’t spend a fortune on a fairytale wedding. Because, according to a leading family lawyer, couples who overspend on their big day are headed for divorce. Amanda McAlister, head of family law at Slater and Gordon, said eight in ten couples who divorce within five years cite spending too much on the wedding as a reason. She said: ‘Young people are already under increasing financial pressure with tuition fees and high rents, and the prospect of a lavish wedding ceremony is a huge added strain. Miss McAlister said that young people are frequently drawn into spending over £30,000 on their wedding day. ‘However, after the honeymoon period, when reality bites, repaying such sums becomes a great strain on the relationship; along with the ever-increased costs of starting a family in the shadow of uncertain economic times.”

Highland games in Afghanistan: “They’re thousands of miles from Scotland but that didn’t stop soldiers, sailors and airmen stationed in Afghanistan letting off steam and celebrating their own Highland Games. They used rocks from the desert as improvised ‘shots’ at the fun event, held at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, with armed forces from the UK and the USA taking part. It came as a morale boost for the forces, taking place days after two soldiers from 2 SCOTS and another from the 51st Highland 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) were killed in Helmand Province. All the participants in the games were dressed in kilts which were shipped from home, purchased online, or homemade. A piper from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), played a range of traditional pipe music throughout the fun. Due to the busy work schedule in Afghanistan the games, which took place on May 3, were just two hours long with three events held – tossing the caber, the kettle bell throw, and shot putt using round Afghan rocks from the desert.”

Singer’s bathroom rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ gets her thrown off flight: “The repetitive rendition of the Whitney Houston song proved too much for the passengers and crew aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York. Footage filmed inside the aircraft shows airline staff and security guards escorting the woman out, as she continues to sing the Whitney Houston song out of tune, and at full blast. The American Airlines flight had been flying from Los Angeles to New York when it made an unscheduled stop in Kansas City so the woman could be removed. An airline spokesman told US news channel WBTV that the woman had to make her own travel arrangements for the remainder of her journey, after the airline refused to let her board another flight.”

Study finds exposure to cute puppies reduces reactions to cute babies: “IS THERE a secret war of cuteness being waged between your baby and your puppy? A team of researchers thinks so. The scientific journal PlosOne has published a study which suggests exposure to too many cute puppies can make you indifferent to human babies. The Swiss researchers write that everybody has embedded in their brain a “schema”, or expectation, of what features make up a cute baby face. But can this pre-programmed expectation be over-ridden? It appears it can. To test the idea an experiment was devised where separate groups of people were exposed to differing levels of very cute and less-cute babies, and very cute and less-cute puppies. When the groups were later presented with pictures of infant faces, those who had adored cute puppies had a noticeable fall in interest for human babies.”

Intrepid cat easily opens FIVE doors to get outside: “An intrepid cat was caught by his owners opening not one, not two, but FIVE closed doors to get outside. Animals with enough quick thinking and agility to open a single door are impressive. But five doors is just showing off. Nonetheless, that’s what Leon, a grey and white cat in Skopje, Macedonia has now proven to the world he’s capable of. Leon’s keeper follows his witty kitty through door number one, two, and three and can be heard laughing proudly as his furry charge conquers man-made obstacles. Past the stairs come two more doors. Leon breezes through them as easily as the first three. Then, freedom! Leon makes it all the way to the sunny, outside world without breaking a sweat. The video was posted to Youtube by user Marjan Kirovski, who also appears to be one of Leon’s proud owner. ‘He was found on a street in front of a market,’ Marjan writes, and goes on to say that Leon actually taught himself to open doors by watching his owner.”

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That’s a change

May 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Councillor ‘disowns’ daughter after she unseats him in election: “Malcolm Pritchard, who was an independent county councillor for Accrington North, lost his seat to his daughter Clare, who stood for Labour in recent Lancashire County Council elections. Mr Pritchard said she had “dishonoured” the family by standing against him. “I wasn’t disappointed with the result, I was disappointed with Clare and what she has done. “She has broken one of the ten commandments by dishonouring her mother and father. “She has put politics before family. “She could have stood anywhere else with our 100 per cent support. “She was used as a pawn against me. At least I have got my wife, my son and my mates. Clare has lost her mum and dad for what she’s done. “As far as I’m concerned she doesn’t exist anymore and that takes a lot of saying.”

Woman who woke from coma to discover she was four months pregnant gives birth to a boy: “A woman who woke from a coma to learn she was four months pregnant has told of her joy after giving birth to a ‘perfect’ baby boy. Doctors discovered car crash victim Gemma Holmes, 26, was four weeks pregnant when she was rushed to hospital after colliding with a parked car while driving a scooter last September. Ms Holmes – who has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident because her pregnancy prevented her from undergoing vital surgery – was given the shock news when she awoke from a coma around three months later. Five months on, Ms Holmes, from Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, has given birth to baby son Ruben. Not only did Ms Holmes have no idea she was expecting when she awoke from the coma, the amnesia she suffered as a result of the crash meant the three years leading up to it were wiped from her memory – including any recollection of baby Ruben’s father Luke Dicks.”

Chef creates $120 egg and bacon roll: “IT’S the egg and bacon roll that’s so extravagant even its creator isn’t sure she’d eat it. And at $120 a pop, every bite is expected to tantalise your tastebuds. The extreme breakfast roll will be on offer for one week at Surry Hills restaurant 4Fourteen as part of Bacon Week, which aims to promote quality Australian pork. Filled with award-winning bacon from Slade Point Meat Specialists in Mackay, Queensland, a pan-fried duck egg, semi-dried and smoked gourmet truss tomatoes, duck foie gras, caviar, creme fraiche, shaved truffles and English cheddar, squeezed between a handmade brioche bun and served with a side of chips and shaved truffle aioli, it’s probably not a burger recommended by cardiologists. But 4Fourteen head chef Carla Jones believes a few punters will order it.”

Ban all pressure cookers! “A Saudi student living in Michigan was questioned in his home by FBI agents after neighbours saw him carrying a pressure cooker and called the police. Talal al Rouki had been cooking a traditional Saudi Arabian rice dish called kabsah and was carrying it to a friend’s house. According to reports in a Saudi newspaper on Friday, the FBI are increasingly vigilant about ‘pressure cooker’ home-made bombs after the Boston bombers used one to make an explosive. While armed agents surrounded his apartment block, other agents, asked a ‘nervous’ Mr al Rouki if they could come in to question him. Officers said that two days earlier that a woman had seen him walking out of his apartment carrying the pressure cooker pot, which was described as ‘bullet coloured’. The young student showed them his pressure cooker and explained to them he used to make a rice dish. An FBI agent said: ‘You need to be more careful moving around with such things, Sir'”

Neighbour from hell brings the house down: “A logging contractor in the US took neighbourly score-settling to a new level when he jumped into his bulldozer and demolished two houses, flattened a truck and snapped an electricity pole, causing power cuts across a 30-kilometre radius. Neighbours in Port Angeles, 130 kilometres north-west of Seattle, said a boundary dispute was behind the rampage. Police said Barry Swegle, 51, was being held on suspicion of “malicious mischief in the first degree” after allegedly firing up his bulldozer with “skidder” attachment and setting to work. Aerial pictures showed that one property was ripped off its foundations and shunted more than 100 metres into a neighbouring plot. “He just went nuts,” said Keith Haynes, who lives near the wrecked homes. “He took a skidder and took out two houses. I mean demolished.” Jesse Major, 19, a student who said his grandmother lived in one of the damaged homes, said Mr Swegle was known locally for digging seemingly random holes late at night with his bulldozer. Police said no one was injured in the wrecking spree.”

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Mr. Anonymous

May 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Bungling thief targets four-star hotel filled with cops: “Breaking into a hotel room in Majorca as its occupants slept seemed like a good idea to thief Mohammed Boujida. Unfortunately he woke the guests – three British policemen. Moroccan Boujida, 21, had forced open the officers’ hotel window before climbing in and sifting through their belongings. After a struggle – in which the thief attempted to flee and fainted in the process – he was handed over to Spanish colleagues, who were not hard to find as the hotel in the Santa Ponsa area was packed with police taking part in an international football tournament. A source said: ‘The officers involved have managed to see the funny side of things. The thief definitely targeted the wrong room and the wrong town that night.’ Boujida pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in a court in Palma and was sentenced to eight months in prison.”

A humble Archbishop: “The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has revealed that he travels by bus and orders deliveries of pizza to his medieval London residence, Lambeth Palace. Speaking two months after being enthroned amid pomp and ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral, the former oil executive also admitted he buys most of his clothes from charity shops such as Oxfam. In an intriguing insight into his down-to-earth style, Archbishop Welby, 57, who has been a fierce critic of the banks’ bonus culture, said that though he is supplied with a car and a chauffeur as part of the job, he prefers taking the bus or Tube. But he said he is increasingly recognised by fellow passengers and has been asked: ‘Are you that Archbishop chap?’”

A meal for 9 pennies? “A single mother who has turned her 9p meals into a book deal has urged shoppers not to be put off value-brand food to make their money go further. Jack Monroe, 25, has been documenting her attempts at feeding herself and her three-year-old son Jonny on £10 a week for the past year. A 9p carrot, cumin and kidney bean burger, 30p chilli and 22p apricot curry are among the frugal and healthy recipes that have caught the attention of publisher Penguin, which has signed her up to produce a book packed with more than 100 ideas for making the most of a tight budget. Ms Monroe shops from the value and reduced ranges at Sainsbury’s, her nearest shop, and grows her own herbs to make the most of her £10, which is what she has left after paying bills and rent. She sang the praises of value ranges, where kidney beans and chopped tomatoes are a quarter of the price of the branded equivalents, and said shoppers shouldn’t be turned off by the ‘unattractive’ packaging of the bottom shelf products.”

Dhaka factory victim saved by biscuits she bought on her way to work: “A woman who was rescued after 17 days from under the rubble of a collapsed garments factory in Bangladesh has told how she survived on biscuits and bottles of water. Miss Begum, 19, said that on the day of the building’s collapse, she had rushed to work and did not have any breakfast. Instead, she bought four small packets of biscuits on her way into work. It was a decision that would save her life – as she then rationed her scarce supply over the next two weeks. Yesterday, Miss Begum told hospital staff and her rescuers that she lived on the biscuits and bottles of water for the first 15 days – as she lay holed-up inside a cavity in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building in the Savar area of Dhaka. It is believed the lifesaving bottles of water reached her after they were thrown down a hole by rescue workers. The rescuers had been told to push the bottles down every hole and cavity they stumbled across – in the hope those trapped underneath would receive them.”

A real cliffhanger!: “A rally car hangs precariously off a cliff-face after hurtling off the terrain during a race. Looking certain to roll further forward and plunge over the edge, the car, Citroen DS3 R3 2WD, miraculously comes to a halt and is heaved to safety by marshals and spectators at a contest in Jordan. Drivers Mohammed al-Sahlawi and Allan Harryman got away with their close encounter after falling foul of the race’s tough course and told of their scare in an interview afterwards. Al-Sahlawi said: ‘It was a blind corner and I was worried about it so I was slowing down. ‘But everyone had been cutting from the left and there weren’t any lines to follow. I stopped when I saw the water but the front right wheel went over the edge and we got stuck. ‘We just waited for someone to pull us back. We were scared we might fall off.'”

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