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February 27, 2014 at 8:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

NY Post reports capture of largest handgun ever made!: “It never ceases to amaze me that reporters aren’t ripped to shreds by their editors for outlandish claims like this. Ariane Raymondo-Felton – who recently filed for divorce – brought the Belgian-made pistol, an FNH Five-Seven 28mm handgun to the 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side. A 28mm? Say, that’s impressive! If any one of the three journalists had bothered to follow their own link, they’d wind up at the FN-USA web site, where they would discover that the FN Five-SeveN pistol fires a 40-grain 5.7mm diameter bullet, roughly the same size as .22LR bullet used to train five-year-olds how to shoot. 28mm is not the diameter of the bullet, but the length of the case. Far from being “one of the largest made,” the 5.7x28mm is a scrawny thing, just a little longer that the common 9mm and .45 ACP pistol cartridges, and not even as effective in most types of targets. Layers of editors and fact-checkers, indeed.”

Scientists stunned to discover a new state of matter – in a chicken’s EYE: “A new state of matter has been discovered in the eye of a chicken. Never before seen in biology, ‘disordered hyperuniformity’ is an arrangement of particles that allows material to behave like both a crystal and a liquid. Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys the list of the humble rooster’s most lasting legacies may eventually include optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of a liquid. Materials in this state are like crystals in the way they keep the density of particles consistent across large spatial distances. But these systems are also like liquids because they have the same physical properties in all directions. Researchers say this may be the first time disordered hyperuniformity has been observed in a biological system. Previously it had only been seen in physical systems like liquid helium and simple plasmas. For chicken eyes, the researchers speculate this cone arrangement allows the birds to evenly sample incoming light.”

Horny old Spaniard: “A Spanish politician has been busted staring at pictures of naked women when he should have been focusing on a political debate. Miguel Angel Revilla, former President of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, was photographed ogling over a guitar-playing beauty during a regional parliamentary session on Monday. The 71-year-old was snapped by photographer Andres Fernandez from the local El diario Montañes newspaper. He appears to be covering up his copy of the magazine Interviu, which often features scantily-clad models, with official binders. Red-faced Revilla, however, has played down the incident. The Regionalist Party of Cantabria leader claimed he was simply flicking through the pages to find a specific article about the fate of former Caja Madrid bank President Miguel Blesa.”

Delicate British troops: “British soldiers are being banned by health and safety rules from training at a military base in the Arctic circle – because it’s too cold. Locals at the Allied Training Centre in Porsanger in Norway said they were stunned that while Norwegian troops were out in -25C weather, the Brits were being kept in the warm because of the army rules. The base commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Trond Thomassen confirmed: ‘British officers are not in a position to train with large divisions at Porsanger, where the temperature drops to 25 degrees below zero. ‘Basically, it’s a waste of time if they go there as it’s too cold. The British have rules for health and safety. ‘They would be sitting in the barracks, and receiving no training at all, whenever the mercury dropped below -20C.’ Local politician Ida Kathrine Balto from Porsanger where the military presence is a mainstay of the local economy said: ‘I have to admit I was stunned by the news. ‘I wonder what the British would do if there was a war in winter.”

British Keystone Kops spend more than four hours in armed stand-off outside EMPTY HOUSE: “Police spent more than four hours besieging a house in an armed stand-off before realising that it had been empty all along. Dozens of firearms officers, police dogs and a trained negotiator surrounded the building in Plymouth, Devon yesterday afternoon after reports of a man wielding a knife. They cordoned off the quiet cul-de-sac and stopped neighbours from going into their homes. But after several hours, the suspect was found in a supermarket car park a mile away, and officers quickly left the scene. The siege began at 2.30pm yesterday when Devon and Cornwall Police received reports that a gas worker had been threatened with a large knife.”

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