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May 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Why “Mayday” to indicate distress? “In 1923, a senior radio officer, Frederick Stanley Mockford, in Croydon Airport in London, England was asked to think of one word that would be easy to understand for all pilots and ground staff in the event of an emergency. The problem had arisen as voice radio communication slowly became more common, so an equivalent to the Morse code SOS distress signal was needed. Obviously a word like “help” wasn’t a good choice for English speakers because it could be used in normal conversations where no one was in distress. At the time Mockford was considering the request, much of the traffic he was dealing with was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. With both the French and English languages in mind, he came up with the somewhat unique word “Mayday”, the anglicized spelling of the French pronunciation of the word “m’aider” which means “help me”.

Fishermen rescue baby humpback whale tangled in cray pot lines: “Western Australia hasn’t been a good place for sharks and whales to visit recently, with the state government trialling their controversial shark cull program. But one baby humpback was lucky to have encountered a group of fishermen from New Zealand when it was caught in cray pot lines near Geraldton, off Australia’s western coast. It took serious guts for one of the boat’s crew members to swim out and free the baby whale, which looks more like a large shark. The whale appeared distressed to begin with – attempting to swim lower to get under the net, before releasing air from its blowhole. Once the ship’s skipper swam away from the boat towards the struggling whale and attempted to liberate it, the baby humpback remained near the man and appeared to be slightly more relaxed. With the men on the boat cheering him on, the skipper attempted to cut the baby humpback free from the net. Eventually, the whale swims free and the men on the boat congratulate the man who did the hard work of actually releasing the baby humpback.”

A female Rambo: “Mrs Ainsworth, a grandmother of four, had just arrived home after working a double shift in working-class Detroit on Saturday night when she noticed two men moving closer to her as she was preparing to exit her car, United Press International reports. Sensing possible danger, she pulled out her .45 calibre handgun and put it in her pocket. One of the men reportedly told her, “Don’t pull it,” and then started shooting. The gutsy grandma, whose siblings now jokingly refer to her as “Rambo” — after Sylvester Stallone’s tough guy movie character — then pulled her .45 and started blasting away at the violent thugs. Mrs Ainsworth was reportedly shot three times in the side and once in the hand in the shootout. But not before she got eight shots away. One of her would-be assailants was reportedly shot in both of his legs. A police source said the two men were arrested after showing up wounded at Sinai-Grace Hospital in west Detroit, the same place where Ainsworth was being treated.

Husband who tried to kill his wife with an axe but missed by inches is SPARED prison by judge who says sentence must not get in the way of couple’s possible reconciliation: “A husband who lashed out with an axe while angry at his wife has been spared jail – so the couple have the opportunity to reconcile their marriage. Axe-wielding Richard Naisbitt, 52, from Stockton, County Durham, missed hitting his wife by inches after telling her he planned to ‘unleash hell’. Naisbitt had previously followed his wife to where she was staying, threatened to set the house on fire and told her he would see her ‘in the afterlife’, after she tried to end their 18-year marriage. But Naisbitt was spared jail at Teesside Crown Court by a judge who thought there might be a chance of the pair making up. He said Naisbitt – described as a law-abiding, hard-working man – had been punished enough from the four months he had spent in jail on remand for the crime. Naisbitt, who had six previous offences including an assault, admitted affray against his wife.”

Restaurant for baldies: “Bald is beautiful at a new Tokyo restaurant, where follicularly challenged customers are welcomed with open arms and offered discounts not available to their hairier brethren. The Japanese-style pub in Tokyo’s Akasaka district, not far from the central government offices, encourages customers to embrace their loss of hair, not hide it. ‘Baldness is a very delicate issue in Japan, but in Hollywood there are a number of stars who completely ignore their hairless state and proudly carry out their work,’ said owner Yoshiko Toyoda. ‘I thought it would be nice to foster that spirit here.’ Baldness is not as prevalent in Japan as in the West but it still affects 26 percent of men, says Aderans, a leading Japanese hairpiece maker. Genetics plays a major role, but stress among the nation’s chronically overworked corporate ‘salarymen’ is also blamed.”

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