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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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

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.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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