Nevada deer picture

May 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“After a minute or two of staring through my scope, I dropped my rifle in the grass, fell to my knees, and prayed for this blessed creature.”

“I just couldn’t pull the trigger!”

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Salvationist returns $US125,000 dropped by truck: “A SALVATION Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $US125,000 that fell from an armoured truck. Joe Cornell told The Fresno Bee he found the cash on Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind. “I got on my radio and called my boss. ‘Hey, I found a bag of money.’ ” Cornell, 52, works in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham said he isn’t sure how the truck lost the money, and he called the incident a security issue. The company will give Cornell a $US5000 reward and make a separate $US5000 donation to the Salvation Army.”

American eggs would be ILLEGAL to sell in the UK… and vice versa: “If you’ve ever compared store-bought eggs in the U.S. with those in the UK, you’ll have noticed a few very significant differences in taste, color and quality. This is due to the differing ways the eggs are farmed, stored and treated in the two countries – techniques so contrasting that eggs from the UK would actually be considered illegal if they were sold in America, and vice versa. UK eggs, for instance – which typically have more orange yolks than their American counterparts – are stored at room temperature, while those in the U.S. are required by law to be stored at lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to prevent the risk of Salmonella spreading. British grocery stores and households do not refrigerate their eggs because 90per cent of store-bought eggs in the UK come from hens that have been vaccinated for salmonella.”

Mother-of-four, 33, died after British doctors missed her cancer THIRTY TIMES: “A mother-of-four died after doctors missed 30 chances to diagnose her cervical cancer, an inquest heard. Jeannine Harvey, 33, was left so ravaged by pain that she was unable to get out of bed without help. But despite consultations with her GP and doctors at three hospitals, her cervical cancer was repeatedly misdiagnosed as a potential torn ligament, protruding discs, sarcoma and ‘nerve pain’. At one point, Miss Harvey’s sister became so desperate for her sibling to be treated, she got down on her knees to beg doctors to admit her. By the time medics realised the accountancy student – whose youngest child was only two when she died – was suffering from advanced uterine cancer of the cervix, it was too late. She died at a hospice in July 2012 – eight months after a blood test first raised concerns.”

Repurposed fridge creates water out of thin air: “An undergraduate student is using repurposed fridges to create drinking water from thin air to help people in developing countries. The machine, which can be run by solar power, is designed for use in humid climates and can provide enough water to meet the daily needs of a small family. It works by drawing air into a cool fridge with reused computer fans and passing it through a cold copper tube. As the warm, humid air cools in the tube the vapour contents condense to form water. The water is then collected at the bottom of the fridge in a container and is stored at a low temperature to reduce any health risks or contamination. The project is being led by Dr Amin Al-Habaibeh, a reader in advanced design and manufacturing technologies at the university and the leader of the Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment Technologies (iSBET) Research Group.”

How to tell someone’s age from their name: Researchers reveal the average Britney is 20, Liam is a toddler, while Mildred is 78: “It is said you should never ask a woman her age – but researcher say that by simply knowing her name, it may actually be possible to work out how old people are. Researchers plotted hundreds of names and their popularity. They then created a series of graphs that reveal when each name hit its peak – showing when the person was most likely to have been born. Picture Mildred, Agnes, Ethel and Blanche. Perhaps you imagine the Golden Girls or your grandmother?s poker game. These are names for women of age, wisdom and distinction. The median living Mildred in the United States is now 78 years old. Researchers at website fivethirtyeight.com analysed data from the Social Security Administration, which records birth names dating back to 1880. On the younger names, they found Madison, Sydney, Alexa and Hailey were most likely to be between 9 and 12 years old. Young names include Liam, most likely to be under 5, Jayden and Aiden for boys, while for females Ava, Isabella and Lily were likely to be toddlers.”

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Medical wisdom

May 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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French town begs for a McDonald’s: “The French elite may scorn McDonald’s for what they see as an economic and gastronomic horror in the same bun, but citizens in a town in northern France have taken to the streets to demand a branch of the US fast food chain. Authorities in Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, near Lille, have been asked to reverse their decision to suspend construction of a new outlet. The McDonald’s was nearing completion on the edge of town when authorities suddenly decided it did not comply with zoning regulations and ordered building work to stop. The decision infuriated locals, who had been hoping the restaurant would provide badly needed jobs as well as adding to the small town’s social life. Despite vocal snobbery, the French have fallen in love with McDonald’s – the country is now the second-biggest consumer of Big Macs outside the United States. The campaigners behind Wednesday’s march have set up a Facebook page, which so far has garnered 4000 “likes”, to persuade the local authorities to let work resume on the restaurant.”

Does sour cream cause bike accidents? No, but it LOOKS like it does: “Scientists are constantly on the lookout for links between data to try and prove certain theories – but just because two sets of statistics match up, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re are closely tied. To prove a direct correlation does not always mean causation, a Harvard student has plotted various spurious links between randomly selected statistics. These include a correlation between sour cream and motorbike accidents, Nicolas Cage films and swimming pool deaths, and divorce rates and margarine. Using data from the U.S Census and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention research, Vigen was able to plot correlations between different subjects. Each Spurious Correlation consists of a graph that plots the development of both chosen statistics.”

Speedboat yacht: “A stunning luxury boat has combined the worlds of marine and aviation design by using an engine that originally powered an iconic British warplane. The £3million Aeroboat is propelled by a reconditioned, waterproofed 27-litre Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine. It’s the same engine that fitted to Britain’s Spitfire fighter plane during the Second World War. Just 10 Aeroboats with 1,100 horsepower on tap, able to propel the vessel to a top speed of between 75 and 95 knots, or 86-109 miles per hour, have been built. The boat is sculpted in carbon fiber Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer to keep the weight down and ensure it rides the waves with ease. Interior: The plush fittings in the Aeroboat are a far cry from the stark functionality of the Spitfire’s cockpit. A Claydon Reeves spokesman said: ‘The Aeroboat is one of the fastest and most elegant small yachts ever produced. ‘It is perfect for anyone wanting to breakfast in St Tropez, lunch in Antibes and dine at night in Monaco.”

Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditating: “The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son. However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive. According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, he simply went into a deep Samadhi or meditation and they have frozen his body to preserve it for when he wakes from it. His body is currently contained in a commercial freezer at their Ashram. According to one of his aides, who asked not to be named, “Maharaj has been in deep meditation. He has spent many years meditating in sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas, there is nothing unusual in it. He will return to life as soon as he feels and we will ensure his body is preserved until then”, he said.

Cynics ‘face far higher risk of Alzheimer’s’: “Cynics could be three times more likely to develop dementia, doctors have warned. The trait has already been linked to heart disease and heart attacks – but now a study suggests that those who mistrust others are at far greater risk of mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. Scandinavian researchers asked 1,449 people with an average age of 71 to undertake two different tests: one for dementia, and another to measure how cynical they were. Participants were asked how much they agree with statements such as ‘I think most people would lie to get ahead’ and ‘It is safer to trust nobody’, and then tracked for an average of eight years to see if they developed dementia. Once results were adjusted for other risk factors – such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, and smoking – the University of Eastern Finland team found those with high levels of ‘cynical distrust’ were three times more likely to develop dementia than their least cynical counterparts.

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Unusual friends

May 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Student lands an internship catching CROCODILES: “Everyone’s heard of the crocodile hunter, well meet the crocodile huntress – a school girl from Australia’s Top End. This Northern Territory 17-year-old has been posted on possibly the most dangerous internship any school student has ever faced, catching crocodiles with some of Australia’s most experienced reptile handlers in Darwin. It’s a job not for the faint-hearted and probably one most adults wouldn’t do if they were paid. But Rebekah Gesch, channeling the late Steve Irwin, is getting up close and personal with the river monsters while working on a school-based internship. And although she might seem young, those with an enthusiasm for taming wild animals seem to start at an early age. By the time Steve Irwin was nine years old, he was helping his dad catch small crocodiles in muddy creek beds and wrestling them back to his dinghy. It was a skill he carried on into in his adult years spawning the television series The Crocodile Hunter.”

The tiny $22,500 home that even comes with its own garden: “It has just 96 square feet of space, but this tiny homes claims to offer everything the modern apartment hunter could need – including a garden. Called the Salsa Box, the mini home is made by Oregon-based Shelter Wise, and costs $22,500. It has a living roof, and a fold-down window box to grow herbs and vegetables. The firm describes the house as a ‘A 96 sq. ft. instant cabin designed to be an efficient, durable and budget-friendly Tiny Home.’ ‘It is a cozy, compact cabin with a queen sized bed and lots of creative nooks and crannies for storage, and was designed to provide simple living in a natural setting.’ It comes with a full 30 Amp RV hookup and RV water connection. The bathroom boasts a mini tub/shower combo (8 cubic feet) and a flushing toilet. However, the firm says it can even be modified to be entirely self sufficient. ‘It can be modified to be off-grid for the coast, woods, high desert or in between since it is built to withstand a variety of weather conditions,’ the firm boasts.”

Google launches 25mph driverless auto – with no steering wheel – that will be on the roads within a year: “Google last night announced it will start building its self-driving car – and it plans to have the revolutionary vehicles on roads within a year. Co-founder Sergey Brin unveiled the car – which will be equipped only with a stop/go button and be capable of speeds up to 25mph – at a conference in California. Rather than reworking an existing car, the tech giant has built its own model and is working on around 100 prototypes to test out later this summer. The goal is for the car to ‘shoulder the entire burden of driving.’ Pictures show the car has been designed with a friendly face, to give it a non-threatening appearance and help people accept the new technology. A company video also showed test subjects taking a spin in the car, and their delighted reactions to the sensation of being transported without the need to control the car. ‘Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking.

Ride-on suitcase: “Dragging your suitcase through the airport or train station could become a thing of the past thanks to this new invention. Amateur inventor He Liangcai has created an electric suitcase, which not only transports your belongings, but allows the owner to sit on it and travel along at up to 12 mph. The reinforced suitcase, which weighs 15 pounds, comes with a small battery and is able to carry two adults for a distance of up to 37 miles on a full charge. The rider sits on top of the suitcase to reach over to the handlebars where the throttle, brakes and lights can be found. According to the Global Times, it took the inventor 10 years to develop the scooter, despite the fact he is a farmer by trade with little formal education. In 1999, he designed a car safety system, which earned him an award in the U.S. And when he forgot his luggage when travelling to America to collect the accolade, he came up with the idea for the suitcase.”

Electric plane flies: “Spectators at air shows are usually impressed by the boom of fighter jets flying overhead. But aeroplane fans at the Berlin Air Show were also wowed by the eerily quiet flight of Airbus Group’s fully-electric aircraft. The prototype two-seater made its maiden flight in March but only took to the skies in front of the public last week. The E-Fan uses a pair of motors with ducted fans powered by a battery. The batteries fixed to the wings are the sole power source for the two motors. An electric motor in the main wheel provides extra power during acceleration and taxiing to prevent a drain of power while the plane is on the ground. It has a wingspan of 31.2 feet (9.5 metres) and weighs 1,212 pounds (550 kilograms). It can fly for about half an hour at 110 miles (177 kilometres) per hour. There is currently a back-up battery for landing and a parachute in case the pilot goes out of range. It was designed from scratch, from its electrical propulsion and energy management system to its safety features.”

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WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE BULL IS GOOD FOR………

May 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I recently spent $6,500 on a young registered Black Angus bull. I put him out with the herd but he just ate grass and wouldn’t even look at a cow. I was beginning to think I had paid more for that bull than he was worth. Anyhow, I had the Vet come and have a look at him. He said the bull was very healthy, but possibly just a little young, so he gave me some pills to feed him once per day.

The bull started to service the cows within two days, all my cows! He even broke through the fence and bred with all of my neighbor’s cows! He’s like a machine!

I don’t know what was in the pills the Vet gave him… but they kind of taste like peppermint.

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CA: Narconon program back in public schools: “Narconon is back in California public schools. The Scientology-linked anti-drug program visited classrooms freely for years until 2005, when medical experts and the state Department of Education determined it was promoting bogus science. The alarm went up a decade ago after The Chronicle revealed that Narconon’s anti-drug messages to students were based not on medical evidence, according to the experts, but on the practices of Scientology. Narconon officials say the program is secular and that a firewall exists between it and the Church of Scientology.”

Friday at 8pm is the diet danger zone: It’s the time women give in to temptation: “The stresses and pace of modern life can leave many feeling like they deserve a medal for just getting through the working week. But our urge to reward ourselves is scuppering efforts to shed unwanted pounds with Friday at 8pm revealed as the time women are most likely to give in to temptation. Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of British women are constantly on a diet, citing Friday at 8pm (22 per cent) as the day and time they struggle the most, closely followed by Saturday (21 per cent) making weekends a minefield for those attempting to diet. Tuesday poses the least threat to dieters, with only 2 per cent saying they are tempted to eat something they shouldn’t, with Wednesdays and Thursdays slightly higher risk. A third (32 per cent) of women are fighting a losing battle, experiencing three or more bad diet days a week. Registered Dietitian Helen Bond says ‘However much pressure we put on ourselves to eat healthy, get fit and lose weight during the week, good intentions often tend to fly out of the window at the weekend.”

Photographers capture rare pictures of threatened harpy eagles in the Amazon: “The harpy eagle may be the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, but it is also one of the rarest. Few people have seen a harpy eagle chick, but three lucky photographers managed to snap a mother with her fluffy offspring. The wildlife experts climbed into the rainforest canopy to observe two harpy eagles with their chick for two days and got so close that they were able to get the whole birds in frame. They have wingspans of up to 7ft (2.1metres) and are around the same height as a five-year-old child. The birds live in the rainforest canopy, which means they are hard to spot. They have talons comparable to a grizzly bear’s and a sharp beak which they use to dismember monkeys and sloths. Harpy eagles have large territories for hunting from 3,000 to 7,000 hectares. Despite their large size, seeing a harpy eagle is unusual as unlike other birds of prey they don’t soar, but instead prefer to lurk in the canopy of the forest, a little like a predatory cat.”

China’s Lord Conman: ‘Western looking’ fraudster who convinced his countrymen he was a British aristocrat pal of William and Harry – is caught out because he can’t speak English: “A Chinese man who claimed he was the son of an English lord and friends with the British royal family was caught out because he could not speak English. Apparently Jian Pan, 35 was apparently asked so often if he was English due to his supposedly ‘western features’ – that he decided to cash in by claiming to be the son of an English lord from London. He then took money from local people by creating stories involving investments in England and boasted of his connections with his ‘friends’ Prince William and Prince Harry. But he could not even speak English and had never been to London. The scheme came unstuck when the fame of the ‘English lord’ living in Nanjing city in east China’s Jiangsu province led to a group of English lovers seeking him out to practice their English. When he could not understand their questions, they were quick to realise he was a fraud.”

Village of fire: How methane gas seeping out of the ground means that Chinese farmers working in the field can’t risk even a single spark from a tool in case the air bursts into flames: “Methane gas is coming up from the ground in a village in China causing the air to burst into balls of fire. The phenomenon is now so common that Nanjiawan village in south-west China has been dubbed the ‘Invisible Fire Village’. Lighting a cigarette or starting electrical equipment can have disastrous consequences. Superstitious locals called in priests at first believing they had been cursed by evil spirits. After that failed to drive away the methane gas explosions some of the more enterprising villagers dug tunnels under their homes and used the gas to create basic underfloor heating systems. The gas was discovered less than a year ago. ‘In fact the most logical explanation is staring them in the face every day. There is a natural gas mine not far from the village. ‘It’s likely that the gas leaks and goes underground to the village, causing the fires there. It is not witchcraft or sorcery but simple natural science.’

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A happy seal photobombs the penguins

May 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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New picture of hero cat

Its just a tabby but it streaked to the rescue of a little boy who was being attacked by a vicious dog. The dog fled. The dog has now been put down. Full story here.

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Chocolate bars come from the ground say children who don’t know what a spade is for… latest poll on how much British children don’t know: “One in 20 British children under the age of ten believe chocolate bars grow in the ground and even more think flowers are man-made, a new survey revealed today. A shocking poll also found one in three did not know that potatoes grew in the ground and one in four had no idea what a spade was used for. Their parents did not perform much better, with 12 per cent unable to recognise a conker when shown a picture. A survey of 2,000 parents and their children for home shopping channel QVC has revealed how little many know about the natural world. It also found that 27 per cent of children did not know what a trowel was for, and 20 per cent could not identify a tulip. A total of 15 per cent of Welsh children did not know know a daffodil was the country’s national flower and 38 per cent of English children did not know a rose was their national flower.”

British bank refuses to give customers their money unless they can prove a good reason for needing it: “HSBC has been restricting its customers from withdrawing large sums of cash if they can’t provide a good enough reason for why they need it. The policy was brought in to effect in November 2013 , but customers were not notified of it. The rule was uncovered after the BBC’s “Money Box” program began investigating complaints by customers that they were being refused access to their accounts unless they could demonstrate a need for their money. One customer, Stephen Cotton, who wished to withdraw $11,000 to repay his mother said, “When we presented them with the withdrawal slip, they declined to give us the money because we could not provide them with a satisfactory explanation for what the money was for. They wanted a letter from the person involved.” According to Cotton, nobody at the bank would tell him how much he could withdraw just that he could not have the $11,000. “So I wrote out a few slips. I said, ‘Can I have £5,000?’ They said no. I said, ‘Can I have £4,000?’ They said no. And then I wrote one out for £3,000 and they said, ‘OK, we’ll give you that.’”

Cheese rolling still going: “Broken bones and bruises were order of the day today when hundreds of people took part in cheese rolling – while it emerged that the winner of the traditional event doesn’t even like cheese. Several runners were injured during the annual Gloucestershire affair, where revellers hurtled down a 200-yard hill in a bid to become the first to catch a rolling wheel of cheese – including one man who broke his collarbone and another who snapped his wrist. The event has been staged since the 1800s but since 2009 it has been held unofficially because of spiralling insurance costs and health and safety fears. The annual event was held at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucester, today and the main race was won by local man Josh Shepherd. On the last event of the day, which saw a hundred people hurtle down the slope, one young man suffered a nasty fall and appeared to have badly broken his left leg.”

Weepy British liberal politician hasn’t twigged that his policies might be all wrong: “Pressure on Nick Clegg to quit as Lib Dem leader intensified last night after the party’s wipeout in the European elections. Following a catastrophic night, which cost him all but one of his MEPs, he was forced to admit he had lost the argument over Europe. In an emotional interview, in which his eyes appeared bloodshot, the Deputy Prime Minister said being beaten into fifth place by the Greens had been ‘gutting and heartbreaking’. Lib Dem MPs and activists broke cover to insist that Mr Clegg should resign, saying it would be ‘insanity’ to carry on without a change of leadership after such an ‘abysmal’ result. Leaked polling suggested the Lib Dem wipeout could be repeated at next year’s General Election, with Mr Clegg even set to lose his own seat. In a catastrophic night, the Lib Dems lost all their seats in every region apart from the South-East”

Antioxidants are actually BAD for you: “Think antioxidants will make you live longer? Think again: We spend millions on them but now researchers say supplements may make our bodies age FASTER. We all want to stay as healthy and young-looking as possible, which is why millions of us dutifully take antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, as well as splashing out on costly antioxidant ‘superfoods’ such as blueberries. The theory is that antioxidants reduce the ‘oxidising’ damage caused by free radicals. When free radicals interact with the cells, proteins and DNA in the body, they can cause damage by interfering with their chemical structure. Until now, it has been believed that, as a result, we inevitably suffer the ravages of ageing, from normal physical ageing to diseases such as cancer. But the Canadian study, published in the respected journal Cell, says the opposite. Researchers found that free radicals can make our cells live longer. Siegfried Hekimi, professor of biology at McGill University, who led the study, says: ‘The so-called free-radical theory of ageing is incorrect. We have turned this theory on its head.’ Professor Hekimi says that when he raised levels of free radicals in nematode worms (these simple roundworms are used because their nervous system performs many of the same functions as higher organisms), he got the creatures to live ‘a substantially longer life’. His study reinforces suspicions raised by other scientists.”

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Get those hats!

May 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Voters in Hornberg-Reichenbach, Germany wore traditional dress to take part in the elections to the European Parliament

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Could pill wipe out our bad memories? Drug found to help us forget experiences that caused pain: “It sounds like the stuff of Hollywood fiction. But a pill that wipes out bad memories could eventually become reality, scientists believe. Experiments on mice found those given fingolimod, a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis, completely forgot about previous experiences that had brought them physical pain. The US study, at Virginia Commonwealth University, offers hope of a drug that could eradicate memories of traumatic events from years ago and help patients overcome phobias, eating disorders and even sexual hang-ups. When fed to mice, fingolimod crossed the blood brain barrier and helped them quickly forget recent unpleasant episodes. They were put in a chamber where their feet were exposed to a mild electric shock, and when returned to the cage their ‘freezing’ behaviour was recorded as a measure of anxiety. This complete lack of movement, a characteristic fear response in rodents providing a good readout of memory, subsided rapidly after receiving the drug.”

Finger wrestling: “It may seem like a deeply unusual fringe sport, probably arising from a few too may steins of ale, but competitors in the Alps Finger Wrestling championships take it sport incredibly seriously. Taking place in Reichertshofen, southern Germany, earlier today the athletes battled for the title in this traditional rural sport where the the participants put their finger – most choose the middle – through a leather band and try to pull their opponent over a marked line on the table. The origins of the sport, ‘fingerhakeln’ in German, are shrouded in mystery. It has been said it was once used to settle disputes in the Alpine region of southern Germany and neighboring Austria. The wrestlers undertake a gruelling training regimen. Many crush tennis balls with their hands, others do one-fingered pull-ups and it has been reported that some hardcore competitors can lift 50 kilogrammes with a single digit. Injuries are not uncommon”

Brand new £430million British hospital can’t get its air-conditioning to work: “Nearly 200 patients due to undergo surgery at a brand-new flagship PFI hospital have had their operations cancelled before it even opens its doors. Problems with the air conditioning at the new Southmead Hospital in Bristol mean it will be a month until regular operations can take place there. North Bristol NHS said adjustments needed to be made to a ‘high-tech air flow system’ which helps to eliminate infection risks. But despite the claims that everything was proceeding more or less according to plan, there have been anecdotal reports that the surgical schedule at Southmead is in fact in disarray. One patient told the Bristol Post that she had arrived for a spinal operation appointment at 7am earlier this week and was left to wait on a bed in a corridor until 11am. Only then was she told that the operating theatres were not ready and she finally was sent home at 1.30pm. North Bristol NHS admitted it had put back 180 operations.”

Mud race: “Hundreds of people gathered for the annual Maldon mud race in Essex – dashing across 400 metres of sludge in the Blackwater estuary at low tide. The event started out in 1975 among regulars of The Queen’s Head, Hythe Quay, who were were challenged to run across the estuary, down a pint from a barrel of ale served by a man dressed in a tuxedo, and then dash back. The tuxedo and ale are long gone but the dash raises thousands of pounds for a host of charities and attracted about 300 runners, plus 15,000 supporters. Competitors sported an array of colourful outfits and wigs as they set off – but soon became a mass of grey-brown figures struggling across the mud.”

Members of the public intervene when they see man attacking his girlfriend… but stand by and LAUGH when the roles are reversed: “A hard-hitting experiment has revealed how strangers react differently when seeing domestic abuse depending on the gender of the aggressor. A video filmed with hidden cameras at a London park shows a male actor attacking his ‘girlfriend’ in front of onlookers who immediately rush to help, with one shouting: ‘Oi mate, what’s wrong with you?’ The man is told ‘someone will call the police if you carry on doing that to someone’, before a passer-by says to the woman: ‘You don’t have to put up with that honey, he’s not worth it’. The experiment is then conducted with the same actors – but this time, the woman is the aggressor, attacking him and saying: ‘Don’t try to walk away – listen to me when I’m talking to you.’ However, instead of reacting with shock, nobody watching even attempts to help the man. They actually seem rather entertained by the incident, stopping to stare and laughing about it.”

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COMPUTER TECH ADVICE

May 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Crowdfunded team wants to revive NASA space probe: “A 36-year-old spacecraft that NASA once thought might be returned from space and put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks to the efforts of a private group. … On Wednesday, NASA announced it had signed an agreement with Skycorp, Inc. of Los Gatos, California, to allow the company and its partners Spaceref Interactive and the Space College Foundation to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, the all-but-abandoned spacecraft.”

TN: State brings back the electric chair for death sentences: “As the rest of the nation debates the feasibility and humanity of lethal injections against a backdrop of scarce drugs and botched executions, Tennessee has come up with an alternative: the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.”

School bans 10-year-old girl from going to her grandfather’s funeral AND threaten her parents with a £1,000 fine if she goes anyway: “A 10-year-old girl was refused time off school to attend her grandfather’s funeral because the reasons for her absence did not amount to ‘exceptional circumstances’. Gaynor Hodge, 39, and her husband Leigh, 41, from Tamworth, sent a leave of absence form to Hansbury Farm Primary School, Tamworth, asking for their daughter Demi to be allowed two days off during term time so she could attend the service. But the day before the funeral, the couple – who had sent the form one week earlier – received a letter from headmaster Peter Hollis refusing the request. In the letter, Mr Hollis said the reasons for the request did not amount to ‘exceptional circumstances’. He also warned the couple they could face a £1,000 fine if they took Demi out of school. Mr and Mrs Hodge decided to risk the fine and take Demi to the funeral. It was only once they contacted the school to see if they would be punished that Mr and Mrs Hodge were told the refusal had been a mistake.”

Precious family photos discovered intact on camera lost in shipwreck two years ago that had sea creatures living in it: “A camera lost in a shipwreck two years ago off the coast of Vancouver Island has been recovered – and the memories it contains are miraculously intact. Two students diving near Bamfield found the camera 40 feet underwater while diving for starfish as part of their research project. ne of them picked it up and put it in his pocket and kept counting the starfish,’ one of the professors overseeing the dive told ABC. Cote says they were fascinated by the many small marine creatures that had taken up residence in the camera. ‘I cleaned the contacts off of the (memory card) put it in my computer and it worked,’ she told the Vancouver Sun. They made posters of the video and tacked them up in the area in an effort to find the camera’s owners, and lo and behold, a member of the Coast Guard recogized one of the men in a cheery group shot.

George Clooney faces £100,000 tax bill on fiancee’s £415k ring… because she wore it at Heathrow airport: “It’s the romance that broke a million female hearts… and I disclosed last week how George Clooney has now set a date for his wedding to Amal Alamuddin. But now George could be suffering considerable anguish himself – because I’m told he may have to cough up nearly £100,000 to the UK taxman after buying his British bride a £415,900 seven-carat emerald-cut engagement ring. Why? Simply because Amal wore the ring as she strolled through customs at Heathrow on May 13, after celebrating her engagement in Malibu with friends including Cindy Crawford. British travellers such as human rights lawyer Amal, 36, who arrive in the UK from a non-EU country, have to pay customs duty and import VAT on all goods that exceed the stated allowances. And duty for a diamond ring like Amal’s would be 2.5 per cent of the total value, a painful £10,397.50, plus import VAT of 20 per cent of its value. That would leave the couple owing the taxman £93,577.

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As happy as a pig in mud?

May 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not this piggy. But he had friends on hand to help him

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Red wine is good for your TEETH: Study finds it can help prevent cavities: “Few people need an incentive to tuck into a glass of wine with their dinner. But, there is good news for anyone looking for an excuse to have a tipple. New research has today revealed red wine could protect against cavities. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed grape seed extract also prevents cavities. Research has previously suggested that grape seed extract and wine can slow the growth of bacteria prompting the research team to try and establish whether they could prevent cavities. They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases as a biofilm. They then dipped the biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without the alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, water and 12 per cent ethanol. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria.”

Japan’s Kinki University changes its name – to be taken more seriously by English speakers: “For years staff and students at Kinki university in Japan have had to endure sniggers from English speakers and jokes at their expense. But no longer, as the educational institution is to be renamed. The college, in Osaka, will now be known as Kindai University – which is a combination of ‘Kinki’ and ‘Daigaku’, which means university. The college’s Dean, Hitoshi Shiozaki said: ‘The word kinky also means perverted. ‘We have no other choice than to change the English name because we are serious about pursuing a more international school culture.’ The university told the Japan Times: ‘We aim to get more foreign students coming here, so we’ve decided to change our English name to ensure there is no misunderstanding.'”

An unusual revolution: “A hotel in Thailand has extended happy hour until midnight and offered its guests free wifi in a bid to compensate for the country’s coup d’etat. Le Meridien hotel in Chiang Mai sent a letter to its guests to explain that a nationwide curfew was in place following the military takeover, meaning they would not be able to leave the hotel between 10pm and 5am. But to make up for the inconvenience and lack of official information about the situation, the hotel reportedly offered free wifi so guests could access international news reports and extended the bar’s happy hour. The hotel’s note was posted to Facebook and reported by Business Insider as tourists were informed that they had to abide by the curfew imposed following the military takeover. However, the military has reassured travellers that they will be safe in the country. There have been no reports of violence as yet and there appear to be no tensions in Bangkok as tourists and locals talk to soldiers and even take photographs with them.”

An unusuual Ferrari: “A flop sportscar has started a new life as a super pick-up truck that can go from nought to 60 in five seconds. Two motor enthusiasts bought a 1989 Ferrari 412, usually regarded as one of the Italian car maker’s least desirable models, for £5,000 and then spent the next six weeks creating the first Ferrari pick-up truck. London Motor Museum boss Elo and his mechanic friend Will Trickett removed a foot (30cm) of the roof and shifted everything forward to create a four-and-a-half feet load bed at the back. They jacked up the rear suspension for extra load-carrying capability and taking inspiration from luxury yachts, they decided to use teak wood to panel the rear bed. As well as the flat bed and suspension the two car fanatics swapped the Ferrari’s 4.9-litre V12 engine for a 5.7-litre V8 from a Chevrolet to give it more oomph.”

Did the Portuguese discover Australia?: “A 16th-century-style Portuguese cannon, that was discovered by a 13-year-old boy off a remote beach in the Northern Territory in 2010, has reignited the debate over who first arrived in the country. Research has shown the lead that the cannon is made from is linked to an ancient Spanish mine, meaning the historic artifact could have arrived in Australia before Lieutenant James Cook stepped off HMS Endeavour in 1770. The Portuguese may have even brought the swivel gun to the country before the Dutch made the first official European sighting of Australia in early 1606. Teenager Christopher Doukas unearthed the historic swivel gun … an anti-personnel light artillery piece, poking out of mud, dug it out with his father and took it back to his home. Portugal occupied Timor from 1515 until 1975 and it has long been hotly debated whether Portuguese explorers made it all the way to Australia, about 700km away.”

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THE POPE AND A CROSSWORD PUZZLE

May 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A businessman is getting on a flight when he hears from another passenger that the Pope is going to be on the flight.

“WOW, great!”, he thinks, being a devout Christian, “What a great place to be today.”

Just before the aircraft doors are closed, the Pope enters the plane, and to the guy’s delight, sits next to him. “I am surely blessed”, the man thinks. Here I am, a good Catholic on a flight, with the Pope sitting next to me.

The plane takes off and after a few minutes the passengers take off their seat belts. The man looks sideways and sees the Pope reaching into his bag to take out a crossword book.

“Marvellous”, he thinks, “not only am I blessed with the Pope next to me but he does crosswords and so do I”.

He notices that the Pope is working his way through the puzzle, and that His Holiness is tapping his pencil, thinking.

After a little while of pencil tapping, the Pope turns to him and says, “I usually don’t talk to anyone on flights, but I wonder if you can help me?”

“Anything Your Holiness.. What is it?”

“Do you know a four letter word that ends in ‘u-n-t’ that means something associated with women?”

The man feels uncomfortable. He thinks and thinks. Finally he says, “The only word I can think of is aunt.”

The Pope looks at him and asks, “Do you have an eraser?”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Appalling British government hospitals: “Up to 12,500 patients are dying needlessly every year on NHS wards because of blunders by staff, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed last night. He also said errors considered so serious they should never happen occurred six times a week. One patient had heart surgery that was not needed after staff mixed up test results, a woman was left infertile because the wrong organs were removed, and feeding tubes were put into the lungs instead of the stomach on 14 separate occasions. Mr Hunt said: ‘These are utterly, utterly shocking things that are happening week in, week out in our NHS. ‘Every fortnight we put the wrong prosthesis on someone, every week we operate on the wrong part of someone’s body. ‘Twice a week we leave a foreign object like a swab inside someone’s body. Last spring, in one of our major hospitals with a good reputation, we removed someone’s fallopian tube instead of her appendix. ‘Last summer we amputated the wrong toes from someone. This spring we gave the wrong man a vasectomy.'”

Quack medicine promoted by top model: “With her lean toned body, long flowing locks and dewy skin, Elle Macpherson certainly makes a great poster girl for her Super Elixir. Unveiling the product yesterday she revealed it contains 45 ingredients including miatake mushrooms and Chinese herbs she claims will give all those who drink it feel happier, more energetic and less likely to crave sugar. The 50-year-old supermodel said just 10 grams of the powder, mixed with water and drunk daily, will ensure the immune, digestive and circulatory systems all work better, as well as encouraging hair and nail growth. Launching the product at Selfridges in London, Miss Macpherson said she wanted the bottle to look like a beauty item and added: ‘The Super Elixir balances and strengthens me, to enable me to be the woman and mother I want to be, and now I want to share it.’ They are claims, however, that have been dismissed by diet and food experts who have branded the £98-a-bottle Super Elixir as ‘an absolute joke’ that amounts to little more than a ‘money making scheme’. They said there appeared to be no scientific evidence to back up any of the health claims made.”

Park officials ban 50FT inflatable whale featuring in re-enactment of Jonah because it’s ‘too religious’ (even though Queen owns the land and is head of Church of England): “A 50ft inflatable whale model was today banned from the Royal Parks because it is ‘too religious’. The Bible Society organisation wanted to hold a children’s fun day at Hyde Park and Greenwich Park in London – and use the huge exhibit to help tell the Old Testament story of Jonah and the Whale. But park officials insisted they do not allow ‘events of a religious nature’ – despite the locations being owned by the Queen, who is the Church of England Supreme Governor and Bible Society patron. James Catford, chief executive of the Bible Society, said today: ‘Our mission is about inviting everyone to experience Scripture and consider it thoughtfully – we offer the Bible to the world. ‘Telling the story of Jonah to children, inside a giant inflatable whale, is intended to be a free, fun event over the summer. The Bible is packed full with some of the greatest stories ever told. ‘We believe that every child is entitled to encounter the Bible.”

Chinese students rent out their legs for commercials: “More than a hundred students have responded a Chinese advertising company who wanted to hire space on girls’ legs for the day to advertise a product. According to the advertising firm, they managed to get dozens of girls to sign up for the campaign after visiting the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law campus in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. In exchange for payment the girls agreed to allow the advertisers to stick an advert for sanitary towels – including a bar code linking to a page with more information about the product – on their legs. Spokesman Yuan Kung added: ‘They also have to agree to stand still if anybody including a man wants to use their phone to scan in the code to get more information about the product. ‘We expected that it would be difficult to find someone, but in the end we easily found more than 100 who agreed to take part.'”

Astronomical opal: “At first glance, it looks like something from a sci-fi films – an entire nebula trapped inside a stone. However, in fact the incredible object is an opal, found in Oregon. It was sold by auction house Bonhams for $20,000, described as ‘suitable for mounting as a stunning and unique pendant.’ The clear, transparent crystal body having a fine, firey play-of-color that is gem quality,’ the auction house said. Contraluz is opal where you see the play of colors suspended inside by illuminating the back of the stone. In most opal the light has to fall on the front of the stone to see the play of fire. ‘The piece has a botryoidal jasper formation which forms a unique inclusion,’ Bonhams said. Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica, and its water content may range from 3% to 21%. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt.”

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A seriously mislocated elephant

May 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The baby elephant was trapped in a manhole in eastern Thailand. Rescuers spent 3 hours freeing the animal, which was unharmed
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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man left scarred for life after his stomach bursts into flames on the operating table: “A man has been left scarred for life after his stomach caught fire while on an operating table. Paul Hill, 43, from Stockton-on-Tees was burned after an alcohol-based body steriliser burst into flames while he was under general anaesthetic in an operating theatre at Stockton’s University Hospital of North Tees. The father-of-four is now awaiting answers from an internal investigation by hospital bosses into how the incident happened. It was only after his operation that Mr Hill was told the shocking news that his stomach had caught fire when a solution used to clean the skin ignited.” [This has happened before. It’s only in a cheapskate British hospital that an alcohol-based sterilant would still be used]

British treasure hunter finds $37,000 gold necklet during his lunch break: “A British treasure hunter stumbled on a $37,000 bronze age golden necklet during his smoko. After a frustrating morning of scouring the Dorset country side with his metal detector, finding nothing but junk, David Spohr decided to take a break. Setting out to secure his packed lunch, the 55-year-old’s discarded metal detector suddenly went off. Fortunately for him, he decided to postpone his cow-field snack to fossick in the soil for the source of the errant signal. In his fingers emerged the form of a bronze age lunula — a solid gold necklet in the shape of a crescent moon. It is believed to be anywhere between 2500 and 4500 years old. Finely engraved with zigzag and stripe patterns, it is one of only three of its style ever found in Britain. It has been valued at up to $37,000. The object will be examined by government archaeologists before being declared a treasure. Proceeds will be split between the Blandford, Dorset, land owner and Mr Spohr.”

Homeowner is denied insurance because of flood risk… despite living 250ft above sea on hillside: “A homeowner has been denied home insurance because of a flood risk despite living 250ft above sea on a hillside. Eric Brisley, 85, whose home overlooks North Sands beach in scenic Salcombe, Devon, couldn’t believe it when Lloyds told him it was too risky to insure his home. The retired ICI worker said it would be impossible for his home to flood because of its height and distance of 750ft from the sea. But the company which assesses risk on a postcode basis said all houses in his postcode are a flood risk and has placed a blanket ban on insuring them. Mr Brisley, a grandfather of three has lived at the house for 30 years”

The climbing cat: “When it comes to having a sense of adventure, there are few cats that can match Millie. Not even wild mountain cats. For Millie is a domestic feline who just loves scrambling up mountains and boulders in her native Utah with owner Craig Armstrong. The adorable feline was abandoned by her owners when she was just a few days old – but luckily climbing-mad Mr Armstrong adopted her. Millie soon came to love accompanying him on his hilly adventures and he even bought her a miniature harness. Now they hit the trails at weekends and camp overnight together, while Mr Armstrong’s other cat keeps his girlfriend company at home. Mr Armstrong, 37, said: ‘I just knew one day I would get a pet and when I did I would take it everywhere with me. Millie is perfect – she’s a natural in the mountains. I make sure she is kept on the best quality cat food. ‘Millie is an athlete, she trains hard, and diet is an important part of any athlete’s complete routine.’”

Carefree young driver: “A care worker slammed her car into a police roadblock while drunkenly driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway at 60mph, a court heard today. Perri Game, 21, ploughed into unmarked police vehicles, which had blocked the three lane carriageway to try to stop her dangerous driving. But instead of slowing down, Game – who was twice the legal alcohol limit for driving – ignored the patrol vehicles’ headlights and carried on with her journey on the A3 at Burpham, Surrey. She then crashed into the police cars, injuring the officers and writing off two vehicles, before ricocheting into the central reservation. A judge today jailed Game, of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, for four months after she admitted dangerous driving and drink driving. Judge Christopher Critchlow, sitting at Guildford Crown Court, was told that Game could not remember why she had got behind the wheel that night.

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