In brief

September 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BUREAUCRACY:

Britain has invented a new missile. It’s called the civil servant – it doesn’t work and it can’t be fired — But the most odd thing about it is that it is very destructive nevertheless or, at least, very obstructive.

The British created a civil-service job in 1803, calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass. He was supposed to ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming. The job was abolished in 1945.”

NO SEX AFTER SURGERY

A recent article in the Kentucky Post reported that a woman, one Anne Maynard, has sued St Luke’s hospital, saying that after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied…

“Mr. Maynard was admitted in Ophthalmology – and all we did was correct his eyesight.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Woman in Ukraine dies having sex on railway tracks: “A UKRAINIAN couple’s inability to rein in their passion for each other ended in tragedy when a woman was killed by a train and her partner had his legs torn off during pre-dawn love-making on a railway track, police say. The accident took place in the southeastern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia early on Saturday. “Returning from our friends’, my girlfriend and I could not overcome our passionate nature and wanted to feel a sense of thrill near a railway track,” a police statement quoted the 41-year-old man as saying. A police spokesman separately said on Sunday that the pair was believed to have been drunk. The woman died on the spot while the man was hospitalised with his legs torn off below the knee.”

Indian High Commission to use typewriters for sensitive information: “The Indian High Commission in London has reverted to using typewriters to compose sensitive documents following the NSA spying scandal. Officials also apparently step out of the embassy’s premises in Aldwych to discuss sensitive matters in order to dodge “dedicated” satellites and possible bugs installed on the premises. “Top secret cables are now written on typewriters which cannot be tracked,” Jamini Bhagwati, the Indian High Commissioner to London, told the Times of India. Such protective measures follow the disclosure by the fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden that America’s National Security Agency had bugged India’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York and its embassy in Washington. The use of typewriters appears to have become something of a trend. Earlier this year, a source at the Russian service in charge of safeguarding the Kremlin’s communications claimed that it returned to typewriters in the wake of the NSA leaking scandal.”

EU’s £2.4bn ad budget higher than Coca-Cola’s: “The European Union spends more on advertising than the drinks giant Coca-Cola, according to a new analysis. Its budget for promoting itself and all its works comes to £2.4billion a year. That compares to the £2.13billion spent in the same year by the soft drinks company on promoting its brand around the world. The vast scale of the EU’s self-promotion was set down in a new ‘fiscal factbook’ designed to shed light on how Brussels spends the billions it receives from Britain and other member countries.”

Topless equality activist insisting on doing EVERYTHING including barbecuing and bike-riding half-naked: “A transsexual who bike rides, barbecues and bush walks half-naked to promote ‘topless equality’ was confronted by police following dozens of complaints about her public nudity. Stacey Schnee, 38, was pulled over by two police cruisers earlier this month after neighbors complained about her wearing nothing but shorts, shoes and a helmet as she cycled through Leicester, Massachusetts. Her public display didn’t just turn heads – traffic slowed down, motorists honked, some people took video, while others shouted they would call police. But officers didn’t arrest the single mom because she was wearing pasties over her nipples, meaning she wasn’t completely nude. However, Schnee said the officers weren’t really sure how to interpret the law as they stood next to her on the side of the road.”

Relationships that begin in the workplace most likely to result in marriage: “Those who meet after locking eyes over the water cooler are more likely to enjoy long lasting love, new research has revealed. Despite discouragement from companies and colleagues, office romances are more likely end in marriage than relationships that start in any other way – even meeting through friends. By contrast, relationships begun in a nightclub or pub almost always end in either a fling or a one-night stand. The trend emerged following a detailed study of 2,000 adults which also found the stresses and strains of work and the sheer number of hours we spend with colleagues to be key factors. 14 per cent of couples who met through work ended up married, compared to 11 per cent who were introduced by friends. Almost one in ten of those who became an item after a holiday romance also ended up walking down the aisle.”

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Some unusual crimes

September 29, 2013 at 11:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Women shouldn’t drive because it damages their ovaries and pelvis, warns Saudi sheikh: “A Saudi sheikh has warned women that driving could affect their ovaries and pelvises. Women are currently banned from driving in Saudi Arabia and many have protested against the statute. However, Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan has warned them that their health could be at risk if they get behind the wheel. He told Saudi news website sabq.org: ‘[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact. ‘Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis. ‘This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.’ The comments come two years after a ‘scientific’ report claimed that relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis – both men and women – turn to homosexuality and pornography.”

The very best of dogs: “A guide dog died after pushing a four-year-old child out of harm’s way from a speeding car that ran a stop sign in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday. Dave Furukawa, the visually-impaired owner of the 80-pound black boxer, was walking his son, Will, to school when the accident happened. As they crossed Brownwood Avenue in southeast Atlanta, witnesses saw a red Chrysler run a stop sign and strike Simon, the guide dog, then Furukawa. ‘Simon either got up or jumped out, and pushed my son out of the path of the car,’ Furukawa told WXIA. ‘This was true loyalty and courage,’ he added. ‘He loved my son.’ And while Simon was dying from internal bleeding, the faithful dog still followed them home to make sure the child and his owner were safe. ‘Once he was sure Will was okay, he laid down.’ Family members rushed Simon to an emergency vet clinic, but the boxer died on the way. Furukawa was hospitalised with a broken elbow, knee and heel and is recovering. His son, Will, was unhurt in the incident.”

Daredevil goes swimming through thousands of jellyfish in a lake… wearing just a BIKINI: “A bikini swim with jellyfish sounds like the most painful pastime on the planet. Toned female tour guide Mikki Docjez, 35, from Palau was demonstrating to excited tourists how safe these golden jellyfish are – despite their hazardous looks. Australian photographer David Kirkland travelled to the Jellyfish Lake of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean to capture the incredible scene of this bikini babe taking the plunge with thousands of jellyfish. ‘Mikki gave me a shock when she gamely jumped into this jellyfish-infested lake,’ said Mr Kirkland. ‘I knew in advance they were in fact harmless – but the sight of someone swimming with their bare skin exposed to jellyfish instinctively feels wrong.”

Church of England sets up an “ethical” bank: “The Church of England is among investors buying 314 bank branches from Royal Bank of Scotland for £600million under a deal that will see them rebranded as Williams & Glyn’s. The Church Commissioners, alongside financial firms Corsair Capital and Centerbridge Capital, will revive the dormant Williams & Glyn’s name but it is not yet known when the brand will start to appear on British high streets. RBS, which is 80 per cent state-owned following its near-collapse during the financial crisis, has been forced to sell the branches under European rules. The new business will operate ‘to the highest ethical standards’, according to the Church Commissioners. The Williams & Glyn business will return to the high street as a ‘challenger bank’ to the major players in the industry, with a particular focus on small business banking – a sector seen as vital to the UK’s recovery. Williams & Glyn’s used to be a subsidiary of RBS but it was absorbed into the main bank in the 1980s”

Experts say dolphins not so smart after all: “Dolphins may be more stupid than goldfish, chickens and even mealworms, new research suggests. Scientists say the idea that the animals have equal or superior intelligence to humans and apes is unfounded, and that many of the ‘skills’ attributed to them – such as the ability to use a tools and communicate with a complex ‘language’ – are either shared with other animals or are simply urban myths. Whereas goldfish placed in a bowl try to jump out to freedom, dolphins rarely try to escape when they are caught in nets. While zoologists have observed that dolphins can distinguish between the concepts ‘many’ and ‘few’, he suggests the same ability has also been demonstrated in yellow mealworms. While researchers have been able to teach bottle-nosed dolphins to recognise an ‘alphabet’ of as many as 40 symbols, Manger pointed out that African grey parrots and California sea lions have also managed the same feat.”

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Why I didn’t win the spot landing competition this summer…

September 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The common language of Europe is English (to French teeth-grinding): “English has squeezed out every other language in the competition to become the common tongue of Europe, an EU report confirmed yesterday. It found that English is the most popular foreign language in all but five European countries, and all of those are small nations that use the language of their larger neighbours. Two out of three people across the continent have at least a fair working knowledge of English. Not one country can be found where the preferred second language is French, once the language of international diplomacy and still the vehicle by which French governments try to promote their influence abroad. French remains the European common language only in the offices of European institutions. It is one of the three working languages of the European Commission in Brussels, alongside English and German, and the main language of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, alongside English.”

“Scouse” model punches feminist protester: “A Liverpool model tipped to be the next Kate Moss has described the moment she punched a topless feminist who attacked her as she strutted down the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week. Anfield-born Hollie-May Saker, 18, was modelling for Nina Ricci at a show in the Tuileries gardens yesterday when two half-naked female protesters invaded the stage, screaming. As one of the women, from the radical feminist group Femen, grabbed Miss Saker’s arm and tried to lift her skirt, the model lashed out, striking her squarely on the nose. Despite being badly shaken by the unwanted hiccup, Miss Saker continued her run as if nothing had happened. ‘That b**** ruined my walk’: Miss Saker later tweeted angrily about the incident. ‘I was so angry but I knew I had to be professional so I carried on walking with a bit of sassiness. ‘I had been looking forward to the Nina Ricci show for so long, whether I was modelling in it or not, it’s such a beautiful collection.” [Liverpudlians (“Scousers”) have a reputation as rough and aggressive]

Why a ballet dancer never gets dizzy: Scientists uncover differences in ballerina’s brains that mean they can do endless pirouettes: “Ballet dancers are not just twinkled-toed – they also appear to have pirouette-proof brains. A study has identified important differences in their brain structures that prevent them feeling dizzy during those endless spins. It implies that years of training can enable dancers to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear, which might otherwise make them fall over. Normally, the feeling of dizziness stems from the vestibular organs in the inner ear. These fluid-filled chambers sense rotation of the head through tiny hairs that sense the fluid moving. ‘Their brains adapt over years of training to suppress that input. Consequently, the signal going to the brain areas responsible for perception of dizziness in the cerebral cortex is reduced, making dancers resistant to feeling dizzy.”

Black man saved by empty head: “A man working in his garden cheated death by millimetres after he swung a pickaxe which bounced off the washing line and flew into his forehead, entering his skull. The pick-axe swung back and the pointed end hit him in the middle of the head, missing his brain and entering a sinus – an empty space in the skull. Despite his injury he still took a bus to hospital where doctors were stunned the pickaxe had not killed him. After the accident, and with blood pouring from his head, Mr Mpofu called the non-emergency NHS 111 number for advice. They told him an ambulance was not necessary but he should go to hospital within an hour, so he bandaged the wound and took a bus to St James’s Hospital in Leeds. Mr Mpofu had five stitches under local anaesthetic and was kept in hospital overnight and given antibiotics and a tetanus injection. He has been suffering headaches but the wound is healing well and he has been told he does not need an operation.”

A crazy country: “Venezuela is determined to repeat all of the USSR’s mistakes. And that makes it the only country where used cars are worth more than new. On TuCarro.com, a popular used car website, a secondhand 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is more than double the price of a new one. Similarly, five-year-old Ford Fiestas and Explorers easily match factory sticker prices. But that’s because you can buy the used car. Good luck buying a new one. Just because the government sets a price, doesn’t mean the car will be available at that price. The premise may leave car enthusiasts in other parts of the world scratching their heads, but vehicles actually gain in value in Venezuela – as soon as they’re driven off the new or used lot. Shortages and government mandated currency controls have shot off preowned prices, as many consumers are desperate to find a car.”

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Another thought-provoker

September 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man googled heart attack symptoms only to be found dead hours later: “A MAN found dead inside his car at a university parking lot had googled chest pain symptoms just hours before he died. The 38-year-old was found dead inside his car, where he had been living, at Grand Valley State University, Michigan yesterday. Police said the man, identified as Phu Quoc Theiu Tran, had died overnight from cardiovascular disease. His body was found by a university security staff member. It is understood he was a student at Grand Rapids Community College and had been using the university’s computer lab just hours before he was found. Police confirmed he had been googling symptoms related to heart attacks. “It appears that he had been using the university’s computer lab and was researching health issues, actually specific symptoms of a health problem, which may give us an indication of what was going on, ” Lt. Patrick Merrill told CBS Local News. It is understood he then got back into his car before covering himself with a blanket and passing away, WoodTV reported.”

‘TomTato’ plant produces both potatoes and tomatoes: “An innovative new plant which grows both tomatoes and potatoes has gone on sale in Britain for the first time. The ‘TomTato’, described as ‘a veg plot in a pot’, produces sweet cherry tomatoes from its stem while growing potatoes with its roots underground. However, the bizarre hybrid is not the result of ‘Frankenstein’ genetic engineering, but was developed via techniques which have been used by gardeners for centuries. Horticultural mail-order company Thompson & Morgan is selling the plants for £14.99 each. The hybrid plants were produced by grafting the stem and branches of a tomato plant onto the roots of a potato plant. Canny gardeners have long been aware of the bizarre trick, but this is the first time that tomato-potato hybrids have been available commercially. Thompson & Morgan’s horticultural director Paul Hansord says he first had the idea for the plant during a visit to the U.S. 15 years ago, when he saw a potato planted under a tomato plant as a joke.”

Sportscars a turnoff: “Men may believe that whizzing around in an expensive set of wheels is the way to a woman’s heart, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The stereotype that women are turned on by flashy cars is in tatters as new research has shown that, while 48 per cent of men are convinced an expensive car makes them more attractive to the opposite sex, women actually labelled drivers of expensive sports cars as arrogant, self-centred and dangerous. Meanwhile, men tended to most associate negative personality traits with drivers of 4x4s, viewing owners of these vehicles as arrogant, rude, and self-centred. By comparison, women felt that saloon drivers (like Ford Mondeo, Renault Megane, VW Passsat) were likely to be hard working and safe drivers, while hatchback drivers were seen as being modest. Both sexes attributed the most positive personality types with eco- car drivers (such as Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius), naming them as the most likely to be conscientious, intelligent and also the safest drivers on the road.”

New celebrity trend? Armoured cars that can electrify paparazzi and withstand chemical attacks: “Rich and famous Americans are increasingly choosing to travel in armoured vehicles with features life electrified doorhandles and sealed ventilation systems to protect against gas attacks. An executive at one company catering to such security conscious clients says that demand in the U.S. has soared particularly in the past five years, as inequality has risen after the banking crisis. Many stars, particularly those involved in the gangster-fetishising mainstream rap music industry, may be mindful of the fate of Christopher Wallace. Wallace, better known by his artist name Biggie Smalls, was leaving a Vibe magazine party Los Angeles party in 1997 when a car pulled up beside his his. Its driver opened fire, spraying the door of Wallace’s Suburban with 9mm bullets. The star was hit four times and killed. He was just 24 years old.

Lost and found…rubies, emeralds, and sapphires worth up to £200,000 found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps: “A young French climber has discovered a treasure trove of 100 precious stones worth up to £200,000 in a metal case high up in the French Alps on Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. The mountaineer walked into gendarmerie headquarters earlier this month and reported his amazing find to officers. They immediately suspected that the rubies, emeralds and sapphires most likely belonged to one of the 117 passengers, who died when an Air India Boeing 707 en route from Bombay to New York, crashed on the mountain on January 24,1966, at an altitude of 4,750 metres. Gendarmes believe a second possibility is that the metal case and the treasure within, came from another plane, The Malabar Princess, which crashed on the mountain in November, 1950, with the loss of 58 lives. Since the two plane crashes, climbers have routinely found debris, baggage and even a jet engine.” The precious stones, found this month, were carefully packed inside the case in plastic sachets marked ‘Made in India’.”

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A way forward for the elderly

September 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you. So what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot four Politicians.

Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need!
Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a new hip, knees, kidney, lungs or heart? They’re all covered.

As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.

And who will be paying for all of this? It’s the same government that just told you that they cannot afford for you to go into a home.

And you can get rid of 4 useless politicians while you are at it.

Plus, you might not have to pay income taxes anymore.

Is this a great country or what?

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Family killed by a crisp packet: Father and two young children choked to death after bag got stuck in chimney and sent deadly fumes into their lounge: “A family was killed when a crisp packet blocked a chimney and deadly fumes filled their lounge, an inquest has heard. Trevor Wallwork, 50, and his children Kimberley, 12, and Harry, nine, were watching TV when an empty crisp packet was thrown on to the coal fire. It rose up ‘like a hot air balloon’ and then blocked the chimney, which prevented fumes from the coal fire from escaping. Lethal gases seeped back into the living room and the family was slowly overcome by carbon monoxide as they watched television. Their bodies were discovered the next day after Mr Wallwork failed to drop off the children ahead of a planned visit to his terminally ill wife Susan, 52, in hospital. At a Bolton inquest into their deaths a coroner said the accident was ‘unimaginable and unexpected’ and was one of the worst tragedies he had come across.”

American yacht wins America’s cup — with an Australian crew: “AFTER the longest and fastest regatta in history Australian James Spithill and his team on Oracle Team USA have won the America’s Cup after a miraculous comeback which has rewritten history. The famous sailing regatta was won by the Larry Ellison backed Oracle, the America’s Cup defenders, this morning when they beat Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds on the waters of San Francisco Bay. It signaled the end of almost three weeks of thrilling racing in the high-speed AC72 chosen as the weapon of choice in the battle for the 34th America’s Cup. “Good one guys,” Spithill said to his crew as he steered across the finish. “It is really about the team. On your own you are nothing.” “We faced the barrel of the gun at 8-1 and what did these guys do? They didn’t even flinch.’”

Tokyo’s amazing trains: “The vast train network that criss-crosses subterranean Tokyo can be a confusing and intimidating place for the uninitiated. It may not be pretty, but in a city where millions of commuters travel by train daily, it boasts the precision of a finely-crafted Swiss watch, keeping Tokyo moving – even if it means pushing hundreds of people into a single carriage at rush hour. Tokyo has two public subway operators: Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. Between them they carry nearly 10 million passengers daily. Huge banks of computing power link 13 lines and nearly 300 stations over 195 kilometres of track, putting one train on each line every two-to-three minutes at peak times. Subway officials say that Tokyo’s business culture and the value its people place on punctuality pushes them to achieve the kind of precision that foreign underground railways cannot easily replicate. “The subway is an integral part of everyday life in Tokyo. This level of safety and punctuality is expected by our passengers,” said Shogo Kuwamura, a spokesman for Tokyo Metro.”

An obit with a sting in the tail: “Thurman Winston, born in Oklahoma, seems to have lived a pleasant life, and his obituary lovingly made that clear. At least, in the first 38 lines. But in the final two sentences, for those keen beans who read right to the end, the note launched a stunning attack on his grandchildren. The obituary, which has stirred up the natives on Reddit, begins waxing lyrical: “Thurman moved his family home to Spencer so his kids could experience the love of their remaining grandparents. “He has a passion for cars, motorcycles and entertaining family and friends, hunting, fishing and remodelling. His motto: ‘Accomplish what you can because tomorrow ain’t promised’.” “He stayed busy. He leaves to cherish his memories of his wife, children and grandkids, a host of backstabbing mother f*****s that still owe him money.”

Premier Inn removes spherical bushes from plants outside new hotel that made topiary look like a phallus: “They were meant to be among the finishing touches designed to make a new hotel look more appealing to customers. But instead, attempts to brighten up the area around a new Premier Inn hotel in Woking with carefully groomed plants have left locals ‘in stitches’. The phallic-looking topiary sandwiched between two spherical bay trees raised a few eyebrows among local residents and workers who pointed out that they looked like erect penises. One amused Woking resident, who sent pictures of the plants to the GetSurrey website, said: ‘The bushes recently installed at Premier Inn’s new building in Woking on Church Street West… has us all in stitches.’ The unusual foliage also caused a bit of a stir on Twitter, with most seeing the funny side. Janet Mozelewski posted: ‘The landscape gardener clearly had a wicked sense of humour.’

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A kid with lots of backup

September 25, 2013 at 10:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

World’s most honest cities revealed after researchers dropped purse containing £30 to see if it would be returned: “A total of 16 cities – including New York, London and Mumbai – were put to the test when 12 wallets were dropped in prominent places containing family photographs, contact details and the equivalent of £30 in cash. Of the 192 wallets, just under half were returned, but the results varied strikingly from city to city in the study, commissioned by Reader’s Digest. Finnish capital city Helsinki returned 11 of its wallets, while in Lisbon, Portugal, only one of the wallets was returned – by a couple on holiday from Holland. Mumbai in India scored second-best in the study by returning nine of the 12 wallets, despite the fact that the 3000 rupees they each contained would go a lot further than 43 francs in wealthy Zurich, Switzerland, where only four were returned. Closer to home, London came joint ninth of the 16 cities tested, returning only five of 12 wallets – the same result as Warsaw in Poland and one worse than Berlin in Germany.”

UK: Zimbabwean Bank robber turned in by his mother: “A 15-year-old schoolboy described as a ‘model pupil’ has admitted robbing a bank with an imitation firearm. He made off with more than £2,000 following the raid but was handed over to the police by his mother who was shocked to find a stash of cash, stained with dye, and a fake firearm in his bedroom. Debra Chan, prosecuting, told the court that the robbery was carried out at the bank at 11.45am on Friday when a man was seen walking into the bank wearing a black Parka-style coat, with the hood up and scarf pulled up to cover his face. She said the man produced a black handgun, went up to one of the cashiers and said ‘I’m not f****** messing around’, before handing a bag over to the cashier. The cashiers filled the bag with a ‘dummy bundle’ which is designed to detonate and spray dye over the cash when it leaves the building”. Esther Leach, defending, said the boy had dual nationality and had come to the UK from Zimbabwe when he was five-years-old.”

Welsh language campaigners want village of Varteg to be renamed ‘Farteg’ – but villagers not amused: “People living in the small Welsh village of Varteg are kicking up a stink about plans to rename it ‘Farteg’ – claiming it sounds like a ‘schoolboy’s playground insult’. Welsh language campaigners say the ancient name should be replaced because there is no ‘V’ in the ancient tongue of Wales. However, villagers fear they will be the butt of playground jokes if road signs are put up displaying the flatulent name. Sioned Jones, 42, who lives in the village near Pontypool, South Wales, said: ‘Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to have the word “fart” in your village’s name – never mind being followed by “egg”. ‘I just think it’s ridiculous – these Welsh language campaigners are a lot of gasbags, they’re full of hot air.'”

Treasure Island for sale: “For under $4million, a private island home off the coast of Connecticut can be yours along with the chance to discover a chest full of pirate’s gold rumored to be buried underneath. One of history’s most infamous swashbucklers, Captain Kidd, is said to have stashed a hefty treasure somewhere in the chain of rocky Thimble Islands in the Long Island Sound as he fled 17th century pirate hunters. If the 1-acre Belden Island happens to be where Kidd’s X marked the spot, then the $3.95million asking price is nothing short of a steal. The seven room cottage was built in 1912 and remains almost perfectly preserved, with floor-to-ceiling wainscoting that lends a maritime feel that would make Captain Kidd himself feel right at home.”

How did the driver survive THAT?: “A Chinese woman made a miraculous escape after her car was crushed by a giant container. The woman was driving alongside a lorry carrying the huge, orange box, which suddenly listed to one side. The container fell off the side of the lorry, flattening the top half of the car which came to a halt on the road in Zhangjiagang in the Jiangsu Province of China. Firefighters were called to the scene just 1pm on Saturday, but had to wait almost twenty minutes for a crane powerful enough to life the container off of the car. Rescuers and members of the crowd which had gathered were then astounded to hear a voice from inside the car shouting for help. They were able to cut the car open with tools and pull the woman, who had sustained no serious injuries, to safety.”

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Young hood tries to bully an old man

September 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

He decided to try to bully a rather plain-looking 54 year old.

But this wasn’t an ordinary 54 year old. Unbeknownst, perhaps, to the young bully, it was former WBA Featherweight Champion Rocky Lockridge (44-9, 36 KO).

Having last fought in 1992, Rocky turned pro in 1978 and faced notable pugilists such as Wilfredo Gomez, Tony ‘The Tiger’ Lopez, Roger Mayweather, Sharmba Mitchell, Rafael Ruelas and, of course, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Sadly, in the years following his retirement in the early 1990s, Lockridge was saddled with drug problems. He eventually went unemployed and homeless, and suffered a stroke that forced him to walk with a cane.

It’s believed Lockridge has been drug free and sober for the past several years, and what transpires in the video might be sobering for youths who think they can bully old boxing champs.

Those around him warned the antagonist not to approach the former champ who was seemingly minding his own business. Perhaps concerned for the bully’s safety, an onlooker yelled, “Don’t go down there, don’t go down there.”

But he proceeded anyway He got in the old boxing champ’s personal space…. and paid a price for his decision.

Original story here

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Odd news from around the world

How a newborn baby really can smell good enough to eat: “The smell of a baby excites a woman in the same way an addict craving for drugs enjoys his fix, say scientists. A newborn’s odour is a chemical communication between mother and child and sparks the same reward circuits in the brain as when eating something nice – or having sex. Researchers say when a woman feels like ‘gobbling up’ a baby placed in her arms – even if it’s not hers – it’s a natural biological reaction linked to maternal functions. Dr Johannes Frasnelli, of Montreal University, said: ‘The olfactory – thus non-verbal and non-visual – chemical signals for communication between mother and child are intense. ‘What we’ve shown for the first time is the odour of newborns – which is part of these signals – activates the neurological reward circuit in mothers. Dr Frasnelli and colleagues presented two groups of 15 women – one that had given birth within six weeks and the other who had never had babies – with the pyjama scents of newborns while scanning their brains.”

It’s the end of the road for VW campervans. Now deemed “unsafe”: “Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the vehicle known by aficionados as the ‘bus’, but Volkswagen has said production will end there on December 31. More than 10million of them have been made since the model was introduced in Germany 63 years ago. In Brazil, 1.5 million have been produced since 1957. The vans were called the Type 2, because they were the second type to be offered by car maker Volkswagen, the first being the Beetle. Fans of the machine said its mechanical failures only reinforced its charm and, because its engine was so simple, it was easy to fix, imparting a deeper sense of ownership. Production in Germany was halted in 1979 because the van no longer met European safety requirements. Now safety regulations that come in to force from next year mandating that every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems will stop production there.

Rich Chinese couples paying as much as $120,000 for ‘designer’ American babies to help get Green Cards: “Wealthy Chinese are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business in $120,000 ‘designer’ American babies for China’s elite. Surrogacy agencies in China and the United States are catering to wealthy Chinese who want a baby outside the country’s restrictive family planning policies, who are unable to conceive themselves, or who are seeking U.S. citizenship for their children. Emigration as a family is another draw – U.S. citizens may apply for Green Cards for their parents when they turn 21. In China, where surrogacy is illegal, some clients keep the fact that their baby was born to a surrogate a secret, going so far as to fake a pregnancy, agents say. Chinese interest in obtaining U.S. citizenship is not new. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. constitution gives anyone born in the United States the right to citizenship. A growing number of pregnant Chinese women travel to America to obtain U.S. citizenship for their children by delivering there, often staying in special homes designed to cater to their needs.”

Woman has pet lion: “Playing around in the garden and snuggling up for a quick stroke, this is Timba – the pet cat. Except that Timba, weighing in at a whopping 120kg, is not your average tabby. Now a year and six months old, the white lion was adopted by owner Annel Snyman when he was just a tiny cub. The 31-year-old, from the Waterberg region of South Africa, welcomed him into her home last year in the spring, and now shares nearly everything with her unconventional pet. The animal-lover admitted some people struggled to adjust to her startling choice of pet. ‘And relationships used to be a challenge as there was often some jealousy issues about who was going to snuggle up with who on the couch.’ She added: ‘There are times when it is difficult to do day-to-day things but I do manage to live a normal life – well normal for me anyway.’ As a cub Timba could often be found snoozing in Annel’s bed but having outgrown the bedroom the friendly feline still trys to cuddle up with Annel on the sofa.

Tinned BUGS go on sale for £25 a pack: “From stomach-churning critters to a high end delicacy, bugs are now the must-have nibble in any kitchen. Bought in a tin for £25 each, dinner party hosts are spoilt for choice of flavours – from sour cream grasshoppers and bamboo worms to onion dung beetles. her baked bug bites on offer include seaweed flavoured scorpions, wasabi crickets and queen weaver ants. We are late to the trend – at least two million people worldwide supplement their diet with insects. They are lauded as superfoods in the far East for their high levels of protein, fibre and minerals. But this year, Brits finally caught on as providers saw a leap in online orders in the UK. Soon the ten-legged, pincered creatures could creep their way into our pub snack bowls or children’s lunch boxes, as experts claim bugs have higher nutritional value than nuts or dried fruit.”

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Motel Dog

September 23, 2013 at 11:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man has his penis amputated after deliberately overdosing on Viagra to impress his girlfriend: “A man from southern Colombia had to have his penis amputated after he allegedly overdosed on Viagra to impress his girlfriend. The 66-year-old man from Gigante, Colombia, whose name has not been released, told a local newspaper that he intentionally overdosed on the erectile dysfunction medicine. He then is said to have suffered an erection for several days before being forced to seek medical advice. According to news website Colombia Reports, the penis-enhancing drug caused the man, who is said to be a farmer and a former politician, to develop signs of gangrene. When he sought medical help, doctors in Gigante referred the man to a medical facility in Neiva, where medical staff noted that the man’s penis was inflamed and fractured. They informed the patient his only option was amputation so the inflammation and gangrene would stop spreading to other parts of his body.”

Undersea cookie monster: “The hilarious creature may bear an uncanny resemblance to one of Britain’s best loved children’s characters, but it’s not made of fur and it certainly doesn’t eat biscuits. In fact, this is a stove pipe sponge which is more likely to be found in warm Carribean waters than Sesame Street. And although it’s a chip off the old block for the permanently hungry puppet, this curious sea creature would much rather be eating plankton than anything with chocolate chips. With its bulging ‘eyes’, wide mouth and blue appearance, the bizarre looking organism is a dead ringer for the famous Jim Henson puppet. It was spotted by underwater photographer Mauricio Handler, while he was diving off the Dutch Carribbean.and voila.’

The inventor of Viagra creates a spray to combat premature ejaculation: “Mike Wyllie, one of the team of scientists who developed Viagra in the Nineties, is poised to launch a treatment for premature ejaculation. Tempe, a spray-on medication, has been judged safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency and is expected in bedroom cabinets early next year. Premature ejaculation is a problem that affects at least one in four men, making it more common than the impotence caused by Viagra. In trials, men who used the spray ahead of sex lasted on average five times longer. Women also benefited from longer love making, with both sexes expressing greater satisfaction with their sex life. The Tempe spray contains low doses of two anaesthetics which help give a man more control. It only takes around five minutes to get work, although those who like to be spontaneous will be pleased to know it can be sprayed on up to two hours before sex. A pocket-sized can will last a year, if a man has sex five or six times a month.

Could your tattoo give you cancer?: “Toxins from tattoo ink could be absorbed into the body and cause cancer, scientists have revealed. Experts believe ink nanoparticles could enter the bloodstream and accumulate in the spleen and kidneys, harming the body’s ability to filter impurities. Studies have found that some ink used in the UK contains known carcinogens and scientists want more regulation of the dyes used by the industry. Public Health England says that some inks contain substances such as cobalt and mercury. Scientists want similar regulations on tattoo dyes that have been introduced on the smoking and sunbathing industries.”

Eerie beauty of the squid: “The cephalopods have translucent skin with pigments called chromatophores, which appear as small patches or dots. They use the cells to transform so they can attract a mate or blend into their surroundings. Underwater photographer Todd Bretl took the incredible pictures during one of his many expeditions into the sea. ‘After taking over two thousand images in Palau, Todd returned home utterly addicted to the unique balance of art, science, technology, and adventure provided by the pursuit of underwater photography.’

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A rushed visit to the doctor

September 22, 2013 at 11:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor’s office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn’t have any time to spare. As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn’t going to be able to make the full effort.

So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I’m sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away.
I was a little surprised when the doctor said, “My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven’t we?” I didn’t respond.

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal .. Some shopping, cleaning, cooking. After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, “Mommy, where’s my washcloth?”

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

She replied, “No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it.”

Never going back to that doctor again……….. never.

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Shoe poisoning? “A JAPANESE court has jailed a man for slipping corrosive poison into the shoes of a colleague he was stalking, causing her to have the tips of her toes amputated, officials and media reports say. Tatsujiro Fukasawa, 41, was handed a seven-year sentence for assault, a court official confirmed on Friday. He poured the acid into the woman’s shoes late last year after she turned down his romantic overtures, media reports said. Hydrofluoric acid – which Fukasawa obtained from the laboratory where he and his victim worked – can result in death if absorbed through skin and into the bloodstream. The victim went to hospital complaining of pain and developed gangrene in one foot, forcing her to have the ends of her toes amputated, reports said.”

Eight-century-old British ale jug found in attic is predicted to fetch £50,000 at auction: “It started life 800 years ago as a humble ale jug, used to carry a refreshing pint or two into the countryside during the medieval harvest. Left behind, perhaps by a farm hand who had drunk one too many, the jug lay undiscovered in the grounds of Kedleston Estate until it was rediscovered in 1862. Now, after another 150 years spent gathering dust in an attic, the jug is going to auction and is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000. The large glazed jug, described ‘as one of the most important and early Medieval relics of the potters art ever discovered’, was originally made for use at Duffield Castle in Derbyshire between 1220 and 1250. Auctioneers speculate that it could have been used to carry cider or ale into the countryside to quench the thirst of workers who were gathering in the harvest.”

Cute white lion cubs: “They are five-week-old white lion cubs, which were born last month at Zoodoo Wildlife Park in Tasmania. The pair have just been allowed to meet their public – and are bound to be huge hit. Park officials will have to use ‘here, kitty’ to summon the fluffy brothers because they haven’t yet been named. And the job of deciding on their monikers is being left to the public. Zoodoo owner Trevor Cuttriss told the Herald Sun: ‘We are so excited here, especially to get two, because there are less than 300 white lions in the world and the species is extinct in the wild.”

Chatty monkeys: “The gelada monkey, also known as the bleeding heart baboon, makes a or wobble sound that is close to human speech — at least in how much facial coordination it requires. “They’re smacking their lips together, they’re changing their face — their facial structure — and they’re vocalizing at the same time,” says Morgan Gustison, a doctoral candidate and researcher with the University of Michigan. So the monkey can vocalize, but is it saying anything? Gustison hopes to find out. With the help of a Young Explorers grant from the National Geographic Society, she’s been going back and forth with her tape recorder to the University of Michigan gelada research site in the Simien Mountains National Park. To research geladas, just drive into one of their habitats in the Ethiopian highlands and get out of your car. You’ll find hundreds of them out in the open hills munching on grass. They hang together in large groups”

A nudist nation: “Naturism is big for Germans. Around 1 in 10 take a naked vacation at least once a year, according to Kurt Fischer, president of German Association for Free Body Culture. Lately, however, nudism has been getting some additional exposure with the circulation of a photo purporting to show a young Angela Merkel and a couple of friends out for waterside stroll in the buff. The photo’s authenticity is contested, but there’s no doubt that naturism was popular in East Germany when Merkel — who’s expected to stay on as chancellor after elections later this month — was growing up there in the 1960s and ’70s. But even in western Germany, attitudes to public nudity are more relaxed than in most countries. Polls show Germans bare all on vacation more than any other Europeans. Germany’s love of going au naturale dates back to the days of the Kaisers. In the late 19th century, when most of Europe was still shocked by the glimpse of an ankle, a back-to-nature movement growing up in Germany promoted the health benefits of running through forests and plunging into chilly lakes with nothing on.”

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Hey, guys, Christmas shopping solved!

September 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Rich monk: “THAILAND has seized nearly $US800,000 ($A852,100) worth of assets, including a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz, from a monk who was disrobed for a controversial trip in a private jet, authorities say. Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) said Wiraphon Sukphon was suspected of deceiving people to give him donations. “Monks can receive donations and must use them for the benefit of the public, not for private use and their own personal comforts,” Police Colonel Seehanat Prayoonrat, secretary of the AMLO, told AFP on Friday. The seized assets were worth a total of 24 million baht ($A820,152), according to the AMLO. They include 12.8 million baht of real estate as well as three cars, a Harley-Davidson motorbike, a Vespa scooter and more than 200,000 baht in 14 bank accounts. Wiraphon caused a scandal earlier this year in Buddhist-majority Thailand after footage emerged of him with two other monks travelling in a private jet, wearing sunglasses and carrying a Louis Vuitton luxury bag.

Mother sentenced over ‘I am a bomb’ t-shirt in France: “A FRENCH mother who sent her three-year-old son to school in a T-shirt reading “I am a bomb” and “Jihad, born on September 11″ has been given a suspended prison term for defending crime. Bouchra Bagour said she had simply wanted to mark the birthday of her son – who is named Jihad and was born on September 11 – and had not intended any connection with the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001. She was acquitted in April by another court on charges of defending terrorism but prosecutors had appealed the decision. On Friday, an appeal court in the southern city of Nimes reversed the ruling, fining Bagour 2,000 euros ($2,700) and giving her a suspended one-month jail term. Her brother Zeyad, who gave his nephew the T-shirt, was fined 4,000 euros and given a two-month suspended prison sentence.”

Magazine tells NYC that woman has AIDS — when she doesn’t: “A NEW York woman is suing a major stock photo company after she found her image splashed across ads in city newspapers about the rights of HIV-positive people. A perfectly healthy Avril Nolan, 25, was alerted by Facebook and her pilates instructor after a quarter-page colour ad ran in the free newspaper am New York on April 3, 2012. Next to her face were the words “I am positive (+)” and “I have rights.” The message, paid for by the New York State Division of Human Rights, continued that “people who are HIV positive are protected by the New York State Human Rights Law.” Nolan, who works in PR, says a New York photographer named Jena Cumbo took the snap, but “had no written release or authorisation” to use or sell the image, she said in the $450,000 Manhattan civil suit against Getty Images. “Upon learning of the publication, [Ms Nolan] became instantly upset and apprehensive that her relatives, potential romantic partners, clients as well as bosses and supervisors might have seen the advertisement,” she wrote in the court papers.”

The teenager who has never missed school: “Teenager Nicholas Short considered himself “lucky” when the doctor told him he had shingles on a Friday afternoon. At least the worst of his illness would be cleared up, he figured, in time for him to be back in the classroom first thing on Monday morning. Incredibly, he has never missed a day of school since he toddled off to kindergarten at Ulmarra Public School, just north of Grafton, 13 years ago. That’s about 2600 days of school, without faking a cough or taking a genuine day off for illness. Nicholas is one of a rare breed who listens to what his mother says, it seems. In kindergarten, she told him: “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to do anything.” “I’ve been tempted plenty of times [to have a sick day],” Nicholas said. “But I always remembered what Mom said.”

Guide dog saved owner’s baby by pushing pram away from car: “A guide dog saved the life of a baby after it broke free from its owner to push a pram out of the path of a car that had careered out of control. The dog managed to wrench herself free from the grip of her owner Jessica Cowley, who is registered blind, after she spotted the car heading for the pram, which had one-year-old Jacob in. Jet, a black Labrador who has been a guide dog for five years, pushed the pram out of the way of the car, which then hit Mrs Cowley, knocking her to the ground. “The pram toppled over but Jacob was out of danger and even while I was lying face down on the ground, I was happy to know he was safe. Mrs Cowley was knocked to the floor face down, and had her leg trapped on one side of a bollard. The pram was knocked on its side, but Jacob only suffered a cut to his lip. “She loves Jacob and thinks of him as her own. What she did was extremely brave and I am very proud of her.”

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