The road to the moon

March 21, 2014 at 10:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Enjoy a steak? You’re a Tory: Right eat more meat than their left-wing friends because of their belief in upholding traditions: “Your choice of a steak or a salad could give away your political views. People on the right eat more meat than their left-wing friends and colleagues, a study found. And it’s not just that they like meat more. According to the researchers it because of their belief in the importance of upholding traditions. The Belgian and Canadian researchers asked more than 500 adults a battery of questions designed to assess their political beliefs and their views about animals. They were also asked how much meat they ate and how much they liked it. The results linked meat-eating with right-wing views, as well as the beliefs that vegetarianism poses a threat to their culture and that people are superior to animals. Researcher Gordon Hodson, of Brock University in Ontario, said that while those with conservative views do like meat more, their ideology is also important.

Police descend on Maine man whose ‘gun’ turns out to be a tattoo: “Norridgewock, Maine: US police armed with assault rifles descended on a man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to leave his property in Maine reported that he had a gun. But it turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith was just a life-sized tattoo of a hand gun on his stomach. Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10am on Tuesday. He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband. Smith told a local newspaper the tattoo has never been a problem before. Police didn’t charge him.

Is this the first wearable computer? 300-year-old Chinese abacus ring was used during the Qing Dynasty to help traders: “Wearable technology is thought to be the latest trend sweeping the digital world. But the concept isn’t as new as you might think. Back in the 17th century, one pioneering designer in China created a functioning ‘smart ring’. Developed in the Qing Dynasty era (1644-1911), the ring features a 1.2cm long, 0.7cm wide abacus that sits on the finger. The Zhusuan, or China’s abacus, has seven rods with seven beads on each rod. Despite its small size, the rings still works as a counting tool, allowing traders to make quick calculations. The origins of the ring are unknown. However, the beads are far too small to be moved using fingers, according to ChinaCulture.org. ‘It seems that the beads can only be moved by small tools such as pins,’ the site writes. ‘However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user — the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.’

‘For $400,000, why WOULDN’T I auction my virginity?’: 27-year-old medical student defends her transition from ‘virgin to whore’: “When it comes to losing their virginity, most women wait for the right man, while others prefer to wait for the right price. Elizabeth Raine, 27, has decided to auction off her virginity online and hopes to get at least $400,000 for the exchange. ‘The reason mainly was the money,’ Miss Raine tells MailOnline. ‘I have no emotional attachment whatsoever to my virginity and never have, which is why it’s so easy for me to do this. ‘More to the point, why would I NOT want to do it? ‘It’s a compelling and easy way to make money.’ Miss Raine says she understand that, for some women, losing their virginity is a significant moment in their lives. But, according to her, it’s merely a physical act and this is nothing more than a business transaction. ‘Sex is just sex,’ she says. Miss Raine has never had any form of sex, including letting a man see her naked. Nor has she seen a naked man in the flesh.”

Drug addict who dialled 999 begging police to send him to prison because he was BORED (but was told he must commit a crime first, so he did): “This is the drug addict who was so bored of living in the ‘middle of nowhere’ that he dialled 999 and begged to be sent to jail. But officers told 30-year-old Lee Price he had to commit a crime first – so he went out and did just that. Price left the picturesque market town of Church Stretton in Shropshire, known for its natural beauty, scenic walks and historic rock formations, to go on a shoplifting spree at Waitrose. Price had told officers he was bored and the quaint town was an ‘alien environment’ to him. All his friends lived in this bustling market town of Shrewsbury 13 miles away, where he grew up, and he could no longer cope with rural life. Price followed a security guard around the store in his home town – before ‘blatantly’ bagging £128 worth of goods in a bid to be arrested. He was jailed for 12 weeks after pleading guilty to one charge of shoplifting at Telford Magistrates’ Court.”

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