Upstaging the bride

November 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Give groundskeeper Danny back his job! Petition to help handicapped warden back to work goes global: “A petition calling on a company to reinstate a sacked disabled groundsman – who hasn’t missed a day’s work in 27 years – has attracted support from around the world. Daniel White, 44, who has learning difficulties, has spruced up Collett Park in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, since being hired by the council at the age of 17. He has worked full time for the minimum wage, cutting the grass in the huge municipal park and clearing the paths – and has never had a day off or arrived late. But a new company took over the council’s contract and made Daniel redundant – despite keeping all his workmates in their jobs. Landscape Group said staff would now have to work across different sites including roadside and Daniel could not safely carry on.”

Polar bear PLAYS with a fishing net: “Maybe the smell fish was too much to resist and the bear was hoping to find an easy meal. But after spotting a net left behind by a subsistence fisherman, this polar bear took some time out to play in the snow with its new ‘toy’. The images of the usually fearsome predator enjoying itself were captured by wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski, 44, in the North Slope region of Alaska. ‘The bear was just playing with the net and at no time was it stuck or trapped,’ Steven said. ‘I thought it might but the more I watched, the more I could see the bear knew exactly what it was doing. The bear, believed to be between 4 and 6 years old, grappled with the net for nearly an hour before the novelty began to wear thin. ‘When it was done, it got out of the net and stood up and moved on,’ the photographer added.”

Aggressive dog that was due to be put-down mellows after falling in love with a goose: “A dangerous rescue dog which was on the verge of being put down due to its vicious nature has been saved after it settled down and found love… with a goose. Rex the German Shepherd was so vicious it would take two people to feed him, one to distract him and the other to throw a bowl of food into his enclosure. But his temper changed after Geraldine the goose arrived at the animal sanctuary where he was staying. At first the owners at the Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue centre feared Rex would attack the bird if it strayed into his territory. But the first time they got near one another, their reaction was one of affection more than aggression. The pair are now allowed to run free together and even sleep Rex’s bed every night. ‘It’s so comical to see them because they love each other to bits’, said Sheila Brislin, who runs the centre near Bridgwater, Somerset.

Vicar sues God: “A village vicar who says he was bullied by parishioners for four years and forced out of his job has won permission to ‘sue God’. Reverend Mark Sharpe, 47, claims his dog was poisoned, his telephone lines were cut and his tyres slashed because he was considered an ‘outsider’. The vicar, who likened local residents to characters out of the League of Gentleman, accused the church of failing to support him in the remote country parish in Teme Valley South, near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. He was refused permission to take legal action against the church when a tribunal judge upheld centuries old ecclesiastical laws which say the clergy are not employees but office holders ‘employed by God.’ But the decision was overturned yesterday by a judge yesterday at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London – paving the way for Rev Sharpe to sue the church.” The former Royal Navy chaplain – who once successfully sued the Ministry of Defence after just 24 days at sea – is now taking action against the Bishop and Diocese of Worcester.”

Parents charged with attempted murder after ‘making their daughter do too much SPORT’: “The parents of a 10-year-old girl have been charged with attempted murder after allegedly forcing her to practise too much sport. Prosecutors claim the girl was made to swim continuously in a dam near Bloemfontein in South Africa while her mother and father watched from the sidelines. When the girl became tired, she was reportedly assaulted and forced to carry on.The 38-year-old mother of the primary school pupil and her 31-year-old husband appeared in Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday charged with attempted murder and child neglect. The woman, who faces a further charge of assault, was warned she could face up to ten years in prison. Lawyers representing the parents have asked prosecutors for more details on the charges, which relate to an incident in October last year in the Krugerdrift Dam. The girl is now in foster care.

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – (a husband’s point of view)

November 29, 2013 at 5:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If you haven’t read the book.. 50 Shades of Grey, you can still get a chuckle from this poem. For any that do not know….a “zimmer” is another term for a senior’s walker

The missus bought a Paperback,
down Shepton Mallet way,
I had a look inside her bag;
T’was “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Well I just left her to it,
And at ten I went to bed.
An hour later she appeared;
The sight filled me with dread…

In her left she held a rope;
And in her right a whip!
She threw them down upon the floor,
And then began to strip.

Well fifty years or so ago;
I might have had a peek;
But Mabel hasn’t weathered well;
She’s eighty four next week!!

Watching Mabel bump and grind;
Could not have been much grimmer.
And things then went from bad to worse;
She toppled off her Zimmer!

She struggled back upon her feet;
A couple minutes later;
She put her teeth back in and said
I am a dominater !!

Now if you knew our Mabel,
You’d see just why I spluttered,
I’d spent two months in traction
For the last complaint I’d uttered.

She stood there nude and naked
Bent forward just a bit
I went to hold her, sensual like
and stood on her left tit!

Mabel screamed, her teeth shot out;
My god what had I done!?
She moaned and groaned then shouted out:
“Step on the other one”!!

Well readers, I can’t tell no more;
About what occurred that day.
Suffice to say my jet black hair,
Turned fifty shades of grey.

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Oddities from around the world

The latest wacky diet: “There are diets that involve substituting food for air and others that see slimmers consume alcohol instead of a meal. Now, there is also the so-called God diet. Officially known as the Daniel Fast, the diet sees people eat nothing but fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Followers only drink water and avoid eating meat, fish, bread and any sweetened or processed foods. The eating plan is based on that followed by the Old Testament prophet, Daniel. It is fasting in the sense that followers cut back, rather than stop eating food altogether – in a similar vein to the the 5:2 plan (where followers eat a restricted diet two days a week). Susan Gregory, author of The Daniel Fast, explained that the plan is based on his recorded fasting experiences.”

War widow dies leaving behind £100,000 treasure trove of designer clothes she collected over 70 years – and NEVER wore: “A £100,000 hoard of vintage clothing has been discovered in dusty old house after the death of a real-life Miss Havisham. Vervia Todd developed a secret obsession with fine clothing after the death of her fiance during the Second World War, travelling abroad each year to develope her collection, but keeping her amazing wardorbe before the discovery after her death last year. Vervia, who was 92 when she died last November, never remarried after the tragic loss of her husband in her early twenties, and instead took the annual holidays on her own until the very last years of her life. Each year she would buy a new suitcase and fill it with the finest specially-made clothing, only to stash it away unpacked upon her return. Vervia closed off rooms full of clothes in her three-story townhouse in Houghton Le-Spring, County Durham, hoarding her vast collection of couture and designer pieces over a period of seventy years.”

Mystery of how fire ants survive floods solved: Insects hook their legs together to form LIFE RAFTS that help them float: “The mystery of how groups of fire ants survive floods has baffled biologists for decades. But now scientists have worked out how the ants bind together in order to build a kind of raft that enables them to float ‘effortlessly’ for days. Biologists and engineers used mathematical modelling and time-lapse photography to unravel how the fire ants self-assemble into their life-preserving raft using different body parts, including their claws and mandibles. ants constructing rafts. The result is a viscous and elastic material that is almost like a fluid composed of ant ‘molecules,’ the researchers said. They found the tiny creatures linked their bodies together in a similar way to how waterproof fabric is woven.”

Mile-long floating CITY: “A Florida-based firm has designed a floating city called Freedom Ship that would spend its entire time at sea. The vessel is a mile long, 25-storeys-high and has enough room for 50,000 permanent residents. It features schools, hospitals, art galleries, shops, parks, an aquarium, casino and even an art gallery as well as an airport on the roof and a docking bay at the rear. Designed by the Florida-based Freedom Ship International (FSI), the floating city is set to cost $10 billion and weigh 2.7 million tonnes – making it too large to ever dock.” In addition to the permanent residents, the Freedom Ship would also have room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.”

Louis Vuitton’s two-storey suitcase booted off Red Square: “French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has been ordered to remove a giant trunk put up on Moscow’s iconic Red Square, after it triggered outrage among some Russians. The boxy brown suitcase – 30ft high, 100ft long and covered with the brand’s signature “LV” stencilling – was put up 10 days ago just outside GUM, a 19th century department store that faces the square. Louis Vuitton said it was designed to house an exhibit about travellers who used the brand’s luggage in the past and was a copy of a model owned by a Russian noble, Prince Vladimir Orlov. It was to mark Vuitton’s 150th anniversary and was to open on December 2. However, Russia’s Communist Party said it was too near Lenin’s tomb”

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Mongolian lamb?

November 28, 2013 at 9:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Cuba builds communism-free zone to woo capitalist businesses: “One country, two systems. The formula has worked for China’s business-minded communists. Can it succeed in Cuba? President Raul Castro’s government is building its own version of a Chinese-style economic zone on the banks of the Mariel Bay, 30 miles west of Havana, where the laws of scientific Marxism will not apply. Inside a 180-square-mile special economic zone, Cuban planners have envisioned a global capitalist enclave where foreign companies can install manufacturing plants, research centers and operational hubs. This island within an island will operate on the business principles of globalization — not tropical socialism — and like China’s 1980s reforms, it would offer communist authorities an expedient way to compartmentalize economics and ideology. The zone would lure foreign businesses with the guarantee of a 10-year tax holiday”

Banana peel fall: Black charged with fraud: “One night in early August, Maurice Owens was riding an elevator at a Washington Metro station when, he says, he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off, injuring his hip and leg. He sued the transit agency for $US15,000 ($16,500) – in part to cover $US4500 in chiropractor bills. Problem is, the whole incident was caught on tape – and the tape showed something different. The claim against Metro was thrown out, and Owens, 42, ended up being charged with second-degree fraud, a felony. About 9pm on August 8, Owens can be seen entering an empty elevator in the station. As the elevator doors open, Owens can be seen flipping something onto the floor behind him. According to a Metro Transit Police report “this object was later identified as a banana peel”. In a dramatic gesture, Owens falls to the ground – half his body inside the elevator, half outside. Owens reported his injuries to the station manager, Metro Transit Police was called, and he was taken to Howard University Hospital Centre for treatment. “What you will see in the camera footage is that the elevator, just prior to Mr Owens boarding, shows there’s nothing on the floor,” Stessel said.

Arkansas man Larry Barnett pocket-dials victim while allegedly plotting murder: “Arkansas car dealer Larry Barnett was allegedly in the middle of organising a hit against his former employee James Macom when he called his target by mistake, ABC News reports. The butt dial occured after the 68-year-old looked up Macom’s contact details on his mobile phone, put it back in his pocket and sat on it, police said. As a horrified Macom listened to the call, Barnett discussed with another man how he should kill the 33-year-old. Macom then called the police. The pair had been in a dispute over the ownership of a vehicle, and Macom had also filed claims against Barnett for lost wages, Doug Formon, a spokesman for the Jonesboro Police Department, told ABC News. Barnett allegedly offered to pay the man $5000 for the job, saying: “I owe the little son of a b—- a bunch of money and if he’s gone, I don’t have to pay for it.” The car dealer was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, WSBTV.com reported.”

Hunt for UPS driver after prostitute posts sexy pic of interlude in company truck: “A United Parcel Service driver in Oklahoma City is in hot water with his bosses after a prostitute posted a picture of their afternoon encounter in the back of a company truck. Far from being discreet, the revealing photo showed the woman wearing an unbuttoned UPS shirt and was accompanied by the words: “Look at my naughty time from yesterday.” The prostitute posted the picture on a local online exchange this week, apparently to promote her members-only website. Identifying herself as “happiness consultant Mary Ann” she went on to graphically described her interlude with the driver. She also told how more explicit photos had been posted to the members section of her site. The original post, which has since been taken down, was spotted by JohnTV.com, a website devoted to “exposing prostitution” in Oklahoma City. Things escalated from there.

Rise of the female ‘flexi-sexual’: “It was good news for women when the results of the biggest and most respected sex study to be done in a decade were released today. The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles showed women are becoming far more adventurous, better educated about sex and less afraid to experiment. One of the most startling results was the increase in women having same sex experiences. In 1990, 4 per cent of women claimed they had experimented with another female, with 2 per cent saying it involved genital contact. Fast forward to 2010 and it’s shot up to 16 per cent and 8 per cent of those encounters involving intimate sex. It’s a radically different story for men. Six percent of men said they’d had a same sex experience (4 per cent involving genital contact) back in 1990; ten years on it’s risen by a tiny one percent on both counts.”

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Overheard

November 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A bus stops and two old Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation.

The lady sitting next to them ignores them at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say the following:

‘Emma come first.
Den I come.
Den two asses come together.
I come once-a-more.
Two asses, they come together again.
I come again and pee twice.
Then I come one lasta time.’

The lady can’t take this any more. ‘You foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed pig,’ she retorted indignantly. ‘In this country, we don’t speak aloud in public places about our sex lives.’

‘Hey, coola down lady,’ said the man. ‘Who talkin’ abouta sex? I’m a justa tellin’ my frienda how to spell “Mississippi”.’

TEN DOLLARS says you’re gonna read this again!

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Woman sues New York City for $7 million for saving her life: “A WOMAN who was saved by police officers as she tried to commit suicide is suing her city for $7 million for saving her life. Yasmin Rahman, of Queens in New York City was 15 when she tried to jump in front of a subway train. Now 27, she is seeking $7 million in compensation, stating that New York Police Department and the City of New York posted pictures, police reports and hospital records of her failed suicide attempt on a database open to the public, Fox 5 reported. As a result, she claims she has never been able to find a job. “It’s too my name and my background reports. When HR looks me up to see if im a good candidate for the position, they use that as a means to say I am not a good fit.” The problem with Rahman’s legal action might be that the NYPD said it does not keep a medical record database and neither Rahman or her attorney could provide Fox 5 news with information on how to find the alleged records online.”

Shoelaces save man: “Wanja Drees slipped and broke his leg climbing Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand. He tied his legs together and dragged himself part-way down the mountain to get help. The 19-year-old from Germany had been hiking alone about 11:30am on Sunday in an area called Te Heuheu Valley, near the summit, when he fell. Having seen his mobile phone tumble down the mountain as he slid, he knew he wouldn’t be able to call for help. His shouts went unanswered too. He decided to use his shoelaces to tie his legs together, then to slide down the mountain to where he knew there was a lift station and, maybe, help. “I pulled the laces out of my shoes and put them around my leg so this [left] leg can’t move. I put the left foot on top of the right foot so it can’t move and I have a little bit of control over my broken leg. He slid a further 200-300 metres before a man and his daughter heard his cries for help. They wrapped him in warm clothing, gave him food and water and alerted the emergency services.”

Hairy girl looks strange but wants to stay that way: “What if you naturally stood out from everyone? Would you still get in trouble for looking like yourself? That’s the dilemma faced by 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke from Orlando, who was threatened with expulsion because of her naturally puffy hair. It’s a glorious head of frizzy tresses that she’s grown to love and seems to be completely comfortable with. But the administrators at Faith Christian Academy have given her a week to “either straighten or cut her hair or find a new school”. According to The Gloss, the school’s dress code states that “hair must be a natural colour and not a distraction” — which usually refers more to things like Mohawks and experimental cuts. Interestingly, Vanessa has been sporting her natural hair since the start of the year but it has only become an issue when she complained to the school that other students have been bullying her because of her hair.”

A Florida fisherman caught a 362kg sea monster: “A FLORIDA fisherman thought he was gonna need a bigger boat after snagging a rare 362kg sea monster off Miami Beach. Captain Mark Quartiano, better known as ‘Mark the Shark’, posted a photo of the bizarre catch on Instagram on November 23 with the caption, “rare deep water dactylobatus caught while filming a TV show soon to air at the end of the year.” Very little is known about the species of fish apart from the fact it mostly inhabits muddy bottoms of the continental slope at depths of up to 915 metres. Quartiano, who tagged and released the beast back into the ocean, told ABC news “it’s like a big gigantic whipping stingray.” “It’s a dinosaur,” he said. “It was very old. It had barnacles all over it.”

Christmas lights display too popular: “A CHRISTMAS lights display which draws up to 10,000 people a night will run for the last time this year after council and police asked a north Brisbane grandfather to reduce visitor numbers. Tim Brinums, who starts installing his display in July each year, will end his popular Everton Hills exhibit, which has been a regional winner of the 4KQ Christmas lights competition three of the past four years. It will not be entered in the annual challenge this year because Mr Brinums needs to keep crowds to a minimum. The display includes countless solar-powered LED lights, several dinosaurs in Christmas costume, acrylic reindeer and penguins, an illuminated cherry blossom tree and more, on his 1ha property. All proceeds from the display go to charity.”

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Old Guy And a Bucket of Shrimp

November 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is a wonderful story, and it is true. You will be pleased that you read it, and I believe you will pass it on. It is an important piece of American history.

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts…and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft…

Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it – a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait . .

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull… And he never stopped saying, ‘Thank you.’ That’s why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

You’ve got to be careful with old guys, You just never know what they have done during their lifetime.

Snopes mocks this story in a rather adolescent way but it appears to be basically true

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A joker who got his just desserts: “A YOUNG woman has been cleared of responsibility in a fatal car crash after a backseat passenger unfastened her bikini causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Brandon Berman, 19, untied the bathing suit top of Brittany Lahm, 24, as a prank as she was driving him and other friends back from a day at the beach. Attempting to save her blushes Ms Lahm took her hands off the wheel and lost control of the car. The vehicle left the road, hit a guardrail and flipped, the New York Daily News reported. Berman was killed. During an earlier civil trial brought by another injured passenger it emerged that Berman had been disruptive throughout the car ride from the Jersey Shore. He had opened an umbrella inside the car and stuck his feet in the driver’s face.”

Adolf puppy: “When Lynda Whitehead introduced her new puppy Patch to her family, she didn’t realise quite how much of a führer he would cause. For while the cute seven-week-old is quiet and cuddly, her daughter spotted his uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler. Owner Lynda Whitehead said no-one calls him by his real name any more and Patch is starting to obey orders – as ‘Adolf’ or ‘Hitler’ A dark mark on his top lip mirrors the Fuhrer’s famous moustache. And another large brown area over his left ear completes the look of the 20th Century dictator. But, according to his owner, the resemblance ends there as Patch – unlike Hitler – has a lovable temperament. The tiny puppy, a cross between French bulldog and a shih tzu, has two brothers and lives with owner Lynda in York. Mrs Whitehead added: ‘He is a lovely little thing. All of them are, but he is the gentlest of them all. He will sit on your lap and just look at you until he falls asleep.

Mushrooms create their own WEATHER: “Mushrooms have an extraordinary ability to control the weather, scientists have learned. By altering the moisture of the air around them, they are able to whip up winds that blow away their spores and help them disperse. Plants use a variety of methods to spread seeds, including gravity, forceful ejection, wind, water and animals. Mushrooms have long been thought of as passive seed spreaders, releasing their spores and then relying on air currents to carry them. But new research has shown that mushrooms are able to disperse their spores over a wide area even when there is not a breath of wind – by creating their own ‘weather’. U.S. scientists used high-speed filming techniques and mathematical modelling to show how oyster and Shitake mushrooms release water vapour to cool the air surrounding them, creating convection currents. This in turn generates miniature winds that lift their spores into the air.”

Black cop harasses cargo biker rider in London: “Mr Watson was pulled off the road by police this morning near Euston Junction, but was later released. The 57-year-old criticised the officer in question for not knowing the law, saying: ‘This policeman called me over and said “is that bike legal?” I thought “well you’re the policeman surely you should be telling me whether its legal or not”‘. ‘I know my lights, I know where I’m going. ‘I’ve been taking the kids to school on this route for four years, I know what I’m doing.’ [cargo bikes are common in the Netherlands]

British farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips: “This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream. And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either. Smallholder Michael Buck spent eight months constructing the house using the ancient technique of cob – building with a mixture of sand, clay, straw, water and earth. He taught himself the method by reading a book, even shaping the walls without a single power tool. He also made the simple wooden roof frame and thatched it himself with straw from his fields. The 300 sq ft of floor space features floorboards rescued from a skip, while an old windscreen from a lorry provided glass for the windows. With no central heating, you might think it would be a bit chilly, but he says the cob walls and thatched roof make it incredibly well insulated – and the ceiling is stuffed with sheep’s wool from a nearby farm to help keep the heat in further.”

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At home before the wedding

November 25, 2013 at 10:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Lost rings found via Facebook: “A wife who lost her engagement, wedding and eternity rings has told how she was reunited with them after her husband launched a Facebook appeal to find them. Mother-of-two Kate Hunter, 34, from Preston, Lancashire, had put the rings in her make-up bag and intended to put them on at work, but in the rush, lost them on her way in. Putting out a Facebook appeal, Chris set up a devoted email address for any finders to come forward and honestly put the rings monetary value in the appeal. The heartfelt appeal by husband Chris was re-posted over 2,300 times in 24 hours before a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, came forward saying he had found the sentimental objects which had a combined value of over £6,000. ‘We offered the finder a reward but he wouldn’t have any of it, the man just wanted to reunite me the rings which he could see meant so much to me.'”

The Norwegian male model who conquered the chess world: “Last week in India, Magnus, the son of a Norwegian engineer, became the new world chess champion, missing out by a few weeks on the distinction of being the youngest player ever to hold the title, but racking up the highest rating in the history of the game. Carlsen crushed the veteran Indian incumbent, Vishy Anand, and, with no close rivals and his skills still improving, appears set to rule the “royal game” for the foreseeable future. The age of Carlsen has arrived at a providential time for chess, when the game is still adapting to the uncomfortable reality that the best players are now machines, and that no human can hope to defeat a strong program. Many said that this shift of power would kill top-level chess by proving that computers are “cleverer”, but it hasn’t happened. Magnus is the first champion to have grown up in the age of software supremacy, and it has helped him to understand that computers aren’t really clever at all.”

Newspaper delivery man has lucky escape after bringing home a teddy bear with a BOMB inside : “Anthony Cannon, who works for The Shelby Star, said on Friday that he spotted the booby-trapped toy before dawn on Thursday along his route near Lattimore, a tiny town about 50 miles west of Charlotte. ‘I thought it was real unusual to be sitting in the middle of the road,’ Mr Cannon, 42, said. ‘It was pitch-black out there. When I picked the bear up some sort of container fell out.’ Not realizing he was holding an improvised explosive device, Cannon left the bear and put the cylindrical item in his car for the 20-minute drive back to Shelby. He drove to his cousin’s home, where he examined what he had found more closely in the light. Suspecting what he was holding might be dangerous, Cannon set the device down on the porch and dialed 911. Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said Cannon was very lucky. Though he said he couldn’t speak to the construction of the device or how it could be set off, the sheriff said it was capable of causing serious damage.”

Snake-handling Tennessee preacher vows to defy law: “As beads of sweat slithered down his temples, Andrew Hamblin stared in wide-eyed wonder at the three-foot timber rattlesnake he had thrust towards his congregation. “I am a soldier in the army of the Lord,” he boomed in a thick southern drawl, stomping a foot on the hardwood floor. “And the enemy has been fighting me this week harder than ever before”. In this shed tucked into a dark valley of the Appalachian Mountains, before 60 adoring followers speaking in tongues, throwing up their hands and dabbing tears from their eyes, Mr Hamblin was breaking the law. The 22-year-old preacher is facing up to a year in prison after being charged with illegally possessing 53 venomous snakes seized from his church by Tennessee wildlife agency officers earlier this month. Yet the charismatic young pastor, part of a century-old Pentecostal tradition in the region that takes literally an instruction in the Gospel of Mark that “they shall take up serpents”, remains piously defiant.”

Drinking doesn’t make you fat: “Professor Charles S. Lieber of Harvard University, who died in 2009, was probably the greatest expert on alcohol and health the world has ever seen. In the Seventies, he founded the first scientific journal on alcohol, and was also the first to establish a link between alcohol and liver disease. So he was no friend of alcohol. Yet in 1991 he firmly rejected the notion that alcohol has any significant effect on weight. In the Nineties, researchers at Harvard embarked on a survey of almost 20,000 middle-aged women, whose drinking habits and weight were tracked for almost 13 years. All other things being equal, you’d expect the fatties to be the drinkers. But they weren’t. In fact, the fatties were the women who didn’t drink, and the skinnies were the heaviest drinkers.”

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Hillbilly wedding cake

November 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Fatties charged for their fatness: “Larger women are being charged more for having their legs waxed at a beauty salon – because they use up more materials than skinnier women. Clients at the MM Bubbles salon in London’s upmarket South Kensington are being hit with a ‘fat tax’ of £5 if they are a size 12 or above. Larger women, who are a size 18 or more could be charged £10 more than the standard charge for the 45 minute treatment. According to The Sun, the price hike on the treatment, which is currently advertised at £21 due to a promotional offer, has left some women angry. The paper tested the additional charge by sending a size 22-24 model to the salon to see whether she was charged extra. She was charged £26 – an additional £5 to the advertised price. The salon owner reportedly told the model, named only as Helen: ‘I know maybe for you it is not very nice but I use more stuff.’ Helen told The Sun: ‘Luckily, I’m okay with my size. ‘But for other women worried about their weight this could really devastate them.'”

British water company installs a life ring next to a stream just three INCHES deep: “The brook is so small it doesn’t even have a name. It is three inches deep, sometimes swelling to six after heavy rain, and not much longer across. So where better for the country’s largest water company to install a lifebelt? Thames Water officials were branded drips by residents yesterday for providing the life-saving equipment following a ‘health and safety review’ at the ditch in Cock Lane in Fetcham, Surrey. Resident Jonathan Brown said: ‘The stream is like a puddle – like someone left the tap on. There is no rhyme nor reason behind this ring. ‘I understand we have to be safe but even if someone fell over in the water, throwing a life ring at them wouldn’t do any good. It would just hit them on the head.’”

Huge deadly pink jellyfish : “A jellyfish with a powerfully toxic sting has been rediscovered more than 100 years after the last recorded sighting of it. The incredibly rare Crambione Cookii has not been seen since 1910 but has been recently spotted off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where it was captured. Not much is known about the mysterious species, which measures 50cm long and has a sting so powerful that it can be felt in the water surrounding the creature. It was found by an aquarist who was releasing a rescued sea turtle. Puk Scivyer, who works at UnderWater World aquarium in Mooloolaba, said: ‘As soon as I saw it I realised it was a species I’d never seen before. ‘But to then discover I was the first person to see this species in over a hundred years was just incredible.’ ‘It’s the biggest [jellyfish] I have seen in Australian waters.’ The Crambione Cookii was last seen by American scientist Alfred Gainsborough Mayor off Cookstown, Queensland, in 1910.”

Woofer trapped in South African ‘Big Hole’ rescued after eight days: “A dog trapped down the world’s largest man-made hole in South Africa for more than a week was rescued on Saturday. The poor pooch survived a dizzying plunge down the 200-metre “Big Hole” in Kimberley in Northern Cape province, managing to swim across the lake at the bottom and take refuge on one of its sides. “Big Hole”, Kimberley’s main tourist attraction, is a former diamond mine owned by the De Beers group and is claimed to be the world’s largest hand-dug excavation. Local media reported step-by-step on the five-hour operation to rescue the labrador-style dog. The animal was “doing well”, rescue service spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson told AFP after it was brought to safety. “We cannot confirm when the dog fell, it was apparently about seven days ago. That’s what people say. It was spotted by a tourist who was at the Big Hole on Friday.” There has been no sign yet of the dog’s owners.”

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is more popular than Obama and U.S. Congress, survey shows: “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and being a raging alcoholic, ranted about killing someone on tape and knocked down an elderly councilwoman – and yet he has a higher approval rating than the president of the United States. According to the latest poll carried out by Forum Research, the foul-mouthed, irascible Toronto mayor continues to enjoy a 42 per cent job performance rating. Although his approval rating has dropped two points from two weeks ago, right around the time Ford admitted that he had lied for six months about his crack habit, he is still more popular that President Obama and the U.S. Congress, according to the Los Angeles Times. In the wake of the disastrous Obamacare roll-out and embarrassing revelations about NSA eavesdropping on European leaders, Mr Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to an all-time low of 37 per cent”

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Redneck wedding cake

November 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Bungling British bureaucracy again: “A catering company makes a staggering 500 mile round trip every day of the school year to deliver lunches to pupils, it has been revealed. Meals for more than 100 schools in Dorset are prepared 230 miles away in Nottingham before they’re transported in refrigerated lorries across the country – a journey that takes up to four hours. Parents have branded the trip ‘ludicrous’ as it emerged the vehicles clock up a staggering 1,000 miles per week transporting food. The company, Cygnet Catering, supplies 118 schools in Dorset with 5,140 meals a day at a cost of up to £2.02 per lunch, which it says includes fuel and transportation costs. Parent groups have have raised concerns about how fresh the food is when it arrives in schools as well as the carbon footprint caused by the lengthy journeys.

Nutty Canadian city bans doorknobs, of all things: “Doorknobs are being phased out in Vancouver. The new building bylaw, to come into effect in March 2014, bans doorknobs in new homes, favouring the more accessible door handle instead. The ban not only applies to municipal buildings such as Vancouver City Hall, where most of the treasured art deco style doorknobs will be removed, but extends to all new homes built within city limits. The bylaw is not retroactive, so if residents won’t have to get rid of doorknobs they already have in their homes. Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs said residents who want doorknobs in their new homes cannot install them. “No, I don’t think so. They would be asked to put in an accessible doorknob,” Meggs said. “If they were really adamant I suppose they could go back later and retrofit them.” [How about banning meddling politicians?]

Poisonous snake refuses to budge from car windscreen: “How do you remove a snake from a car? That is the dilemma faced by two Australian men after they spotted a highly poisonous red-bellied black snake on the windscreen of their vehicle. The pair, who were driving near Brisbane, pull over as they try to decide how to get rid of the dangerous reptile. “Do we hit the wipers? I don’t want to hurt him,” the driver can be heard saying as they film the snake on a mobile phone. But the wiper removal strategy is quickly abandoned after the snake is swept back and forth across the glass prompting shouting and swearing inside the car. The snake then slithers onto the side mirror of the vehicle and along the passenger window ledge, tapping its head against the glass. “I don’t know what to do,” the driver confesses as they begin driving again to try to shake the reptile off. The red-bellied black snake finally loses its grip and falls onto the road, to cheers from inside the car.”

Boy hits head, wakes up a musical genius: “SPORTS-mad Lachlan Connors was heartbroken when a concussion on the lacrosse field meant he would never be able to play contact sports again. Then he discovered he suddenly had a new talent. The Colorado teenager woke up with the ability to play musical instruments effortlessly. When he was younger he had no musical talents at all, according to his mother Elsie Hamilton. Mr Connors loved lacrosse and had ambitions to play professionally. But in the sixth grade he sustained a concussion during a game, CBS4 reports. He was told he could return to the field, but in subsequent games he sustained a number of hard hits. Mr Connors started to have epileptic seizures and hallucinations and was hospitalised for weeks. Doctors told him he would never be able to play contact sports again. But he discovered he suddenly had some serious musical talent. Now he can play more than 13 instruments by ear.”

Female Chairman Mao impersonator says she is adored by fans… but it has put her husband off having sex with her: “China’s first female Chairman Mao impersonator may be a hit with her fans but not with her husband who is refusing to have sex with her because he is put off by her likeness to the late communist leader. Chen Yan, 51, gave up her job as a shopkeeper and is now being paid a fortune by department stores and property developers to dress up as Mao and pose for pictures. But her whirlwind success had taken its toll on her marriage to the point her husband is now said to be ‘disgusted’ by her. She told the Global People magazine that he could no longer stand the feeling that ‘he is sleeping with [the] Chairman and that their sex life had been destroyed.'”

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Redneck spaghetti

November 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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Odd news from around the world

Man bleeds to death after broken wine glass cuts him through bin bag: “A retired photographer bled to death at home after accidentally cutting himself on a broken wine glass when taking out the rubbish. John Fozard tried to staunch the blood when the glass tore through the polythene bin bag and left a four-centimetre wound on his thigh before collapsing in the bathroom. Pathologist Dr Mark Lord found a deep, four-centimetre cut to the inside of the leg – and a femoral artery had been lacerated. “The femoral artery is a large vessel supplying the entire blood flow to the lower limb,” he explained. “If he had reached emergency services on the phone they may have been able to identify a pressure point. But the speed with which it bled may not have given him time to reach the phone.”

British women would rather give up sex than moisturiser: “According to a survey of 1000 women carried out by beauty company The Sanctuary , the majority of women in the UK would rather give up on their sex lives than their moisturiser. Sorry boys, it seems that 55 per cent of us would prefer to get that youthful rosy glow from a pot. And want it we do: when asked what we’d most like to change about our appearance the same survey revealed that a quarter of us long for a more youthful complexion. After a woman’s outfit, skin is, apparently, the second thing we notice about each other. Voted the number one age giveaway by 91 per cent of women, skin is something women like to invest in. But in secret. The average women spends £162 a year on skincare, but half of us keep schtum about just how much we’re spending to our partners.”

Prankster gets pranked: “THIS might just be one of the best YouTube pranks we’ve seen. Notorious YouTube prankster Roman Atwood set out to prank his girlfriend Britney by convincing her he’d cheated on her, and secretly film her reaction. The couple were holidaying in the Caribbean for their five year anniversary and Atwood set up a hidden camera in their hotel room, reports Gawker. “I gotta tell you something that’s gonna be the worst thing you’ve ever heard,” he begins saying. He says he cheated on Britney with another girl about three weeks ago. Britney breaks down, but eventually reveals she also cheated on Roman. He totally flips out, bashing a lamp and throwing stuff everywhere. “Yo what did you just say, you did not cheat on me? Yo be for real my heart’s killing me, did you cheat on me?” Turns out Britney was just giving her boyfriend a taste of his own medicine. “I saw you set up your camera you idiot!” she laughs, admitting the whole thing was a joke.”

Religious police arrest man for ‘exotic practices’ in Saudi Arabia after he gave out ‘free hugs’ to strangers: “A man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested for ‘exotic practices’ after offering free hugs to passers-by. Abdulrahman al-Khayyal, 21, and a friend were apprehended by the state’s religious police after they were seen walking down a street in Riyadh holding a placard which read ‘free hugs’. The two men are believed to have been inspired by a viral video of a campaign posted on YouTube earlier this week. In the original video, Bandr al-Swed was seen embracing men in a three-minute clip that garnered more than a million hits in three days. The Free Hugs Campaign is a movement that sees individuals offer hugs to strangers in public places, especially in big cities, ‘to brighten up their lives’. Al-Khayyal announced on Twitter that he would offer free hugs to the public on Tahlia street, a popular shopping area in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom’s capital. He and his friend were arrested there while waving banners marked ‘Free Hug’ in English, according to news website Sabq.org.”

Has a nutty professor really invented booze that gets you drunk – without a hangover?: “The controversial former government drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt, has boasted that he is on the threshold of inventing what sounds like the answer to many a sandpaper-tongued Sunday-morning lament. The professor, an expert in how drugs affect the brain, says it should soon be possible to get drunk safely — by consuming ‘healthy alcohol’. He has been experimenting with laboratory-created substances that will supposedly allow people essentially to switch intoxication on and then off again. First, you drink a glass of his synthetic creation, designed to produce the same happy, fuzzy feeling engendered by a moderate amount of alcohol. Then, once you tire of being drunk, you simply swallow an antidote pill to sober you up instantly. Professor Nutt, who works at Imperial College London, and has spent most of his working life treating alcoholics, says harm-free booze would ‘revolutionise’ healthcare. ‘These ambitions are well within the grasp of modern neuroscience,’ he says.”

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David Letterman’s Top 10 Reasons why Golf is better than Sex

November 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

#10… A below par performance is considered damn good.
#09… You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers.
#08… It’s much easier to find the sweet spot.
#07… Foursomes are encouraged.
#06… You can still make money doing it as a senior.
#05… Three times a day is possible.
#04… Your partner doesn’t hire a lawyer if you play with someone else.
#03… If you live in Florida, you can do it almost every day.
#02… You don’t have to cuddle with your partner when you’re finished.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

And the NUMBER ONE reason why golf is better than sex -.

#01…When your equipment gets old you can replace it!

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tumbleweeds are actually Russian: “The plants are mostly associated with isolated desert areas of the United States, largely thanks to their regular appearances in Westerns. But North America’s most common tumbleweed, the Russian thistle, is not native to the continent – it seems to have been imported into America from Russia in the 19th century in shipments of flaxseed. Tumbleweed is the name given to a number of plants which detach from their roots at maturity, and are carried by the wind. National Geographic reports tumbleweed is an invader from the Eurasian steppes east of the Ural Mountains. Kali tragus or the Russian thistle grows best in dry and barren land – it has trouble taking root in areas such as cultivated lawns. Every winter the plants die, and the stems become brittle, breaking with a gust of wind.”

“Too friendly” elk put dows: “AN ELK that became a viral internet hit after gently butting heads with a photographer has been euthanised after he was deemed to be too tame. The video got almost 1 million hits and more than 1000 comments but officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee said the elk had become too used to ‘people food’. The Citizen-Times reports that the decision to euthanise the elk was a first for the park, spokeswoman Dana Soehn said. The video “was the first incident that we know of that the elk engaged in physical contact” with a visitor, she said. Ms Soehn said the footage “was a critical step in the decision-making” to euthanise. “This was not a one-time incident,” she said. “(The video) was a trigger; the physical contact escalated our decision.”S

Another stranger horror fish: “An extremely weird looking fish was snagged recently in the frigid artic waters off northern Canada and after some confused speculation about what it even is, researchers have identified it as the super rare long-nosed chimaera. The spooky, deep sea fish has a long nose, menacing mouth, and a venomous spine atop its gelatinous grey body and was caught near the northernmost province of Nunavut in Davis Straight. Researchers, who at first believed the odd fish was the similarly freakish goblin shark, say the long-nosed chimaera likely makes its home at depths not often visited by humans. ‘Potentially, if we fish deeper, maybe between 1,000 and 2,000 metres (3,000 to 6,000 feet), we could find that’s there’s actually quite a lot of them there,’ University of Windsor researcher Nigel Hussey told CBC. ‘We just don’t know.’ ‘Only one of these fish has previously been documented from the Hudson Strait,’ Hussey said.”

British caviar! “The caviar produced in DEVON!: “The exotic delicacy, known as black gold for its exorbitant price tag, is being made in Britain for the first time. Father and son team Patrick and George Noble used to breed sturgeon to sell as ornamental fish for garden ponds. Now, they have teamed up with caviar trader Kenneth Benning to produce caviar they hope will outdo the farmed European versions commonly sold in Britain. Producing caviar is a slow and complex process. Unfertilised roe – tiny eggs, which are the main ingredient – are extracted from female sturgeon when they reach reproductive maturity, which can be at anything from six to 25 years old, depending on the species. The Exmoor Caviar Farm in North Devon has between 20,000 and 30,000 fish, which enjoy a ‘semi-wild’, non-caged life in 700-hectare freshwater lakes. Among them are various types of sturgeon including Siberian, which produce 1.5kg (53oz) of caviar each, and a Beluga-Sterlet cross, which produces 400g (14oz).”

Norwegian army goes vegetarian: “The Norweigan army has announced it will feed soldiers a vegetarian diet once a week in an effort to cut down on ecologically unfriendly foods. ‘Meatless Mondays’ have been introduced at one of the country’s main bases and will soon be rolled out to all units in a boycott of food whose production contributes heavily to global warming. With livestock farming accounting for almost 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, the army’s proposal has been welcomed by environmental groups. ‘It’s a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment,” a Norweigan army spokesman said. Eystein Kvarving added: ‘It’s not about saving money. According to research carried out by the orgnisation, the average Norweigan adult eats more than 1,200 animals over the course of their life, including 1,147chickens, 22 sheep, six cattle and more than two deer.”

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