Yipes! Chiropractic Beauty Pagent, 1956. “Miss Beautiful Spine”

June 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Exclamation Marks have taken over on the internet: “A few weeks ago, I was trying to figure out a happy hour destination with a good friend who was in town for a short time. Every suggestion I sent was met with, “Sure” or “Okay,” unaccompanied by any punctuation. After a few rounds of this, I got pretty annoyed. Why does she seem so unenthusiastic? Does she even want to meet up with me? After a minute, I realized why the interaction bothered me: My friend didn’t use a single exclamation point(!). The exclamation mark, once reserved for expressing joy or excitement, now simply marks baseline politeness and when we see a text or email that lacks it, we instinctively wonder what’s up. This is partly explained, research suggests, by the fact that it’s a lot harder to get across tone in written conversation — particularly when it’s abbreviated — as compared to vocalized interaction.”

A real hog heaven in the Bahamas: “The swine like nothing more than a trot along the beach then a swim in the tropical surf. Pig Island, or Big Major Cay as it is officially known, is blessed with a natural water spring and is sheltered by a string of neighbouring islands that protects it from waves caused by tropical storms. The pigs are thought to have been introduced to the island by passing sailors who may have thought they would make a good food source. The pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats to get food from the occupants. ‘It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre.’ The pigs are so successful in their enterprise that they are now living the dream by raising their family of eight on a tropical island in the Caribbean with nothing to do but eat, sleep and swim.

Why Does Everyone Look Hotter in Sunglasses?: “Because they really do make your misshapen face look better. Put on a pair of sunglasses, and voilà – instant symmetry! The dark lenses cover up any asymmetrical oddities around your eyes, and research on facial attractiveness shows a clear link between symmetry and our perception of beauty. As an added bonus, Brown pointed out, sunglasses provide a kind of scaffolding effect, imposing the appearance of an external, extra-chiseled bone structure on top of your relatively softer-featured face. Mystery: Many of the snap judgments we form about people come from looking them in the eyes; shade yours, and you’re instantly a more intriguing presence. “The eyes are such a tremendous source of information — and vulnerability — for the human being,” Brown explained. Eye contact helps us form judgments about someone’s intelligence, confidence, and sincerity, and sunglasses keep us literally in the dark about forming those perceptions about a person.”

Facebook experiment finds that friends emotions affect ours even from a distance: “Facebook conducted an experiment among nearly 700,000 users to gauge how posts on the site affect people’s moods. The social media giant manipulated news feeds of just over 689,000 users to highlight either positive or negative items and then monitored responses over the course of a random week. It found that negative posts elicited a swell of positive responses, but also that a reduction in positive news led to more negative posts, according to the results of a study published this week in PNAS Journal. ‘This tested whether exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviors, in particular whether exposure to emotional content led people to post content that was consistent with the exposure,’ the study said. Researchers found that negative posts are met with encouragement, but a reduction in happy posts was met with a surprising amount of negativity.”

Hidden amid the foliage and scrap metal, abandoned fleet of WWII fighter planes lie rotting in the backwoods of Ohio: “With their livery almost obscured by rust and moss these abandoned metal skeletons are all that remains from a fleet of World War Two fighter planes. The aircraft lie rotting at an abandoned graveyard in Ohio, America, amongst overgrown foliage and scrap metal. They were lovingly collected by scrapyard worker Walter Soplata in his back garden in Newbury, Ohio, from the late 1940s, after he launched a one-man mission to save them from being dismantled and discarded. He began to buy up the former war planes in a bid to give them a more fitting final resting place. After Mr Soplata’s death in 2010 the aviation graveyard was kept a secret by relatives fearing scrappers. Around 50 engines and 30 aircraft currently lie in the cemetery of wreckage – concealed by foliage and shrubbery”

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Bats in churches

June 29, 2014 at 11:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Methodist Church minister said: “I’ve got bats in the belfry. Literally. I tried shooting them with a shotgun and I got was holes in the belfry roof.”

“I’ve got a similar problem,” said the Baptist minister. “They roof in the atttic of the church hall. I caught them in traps and drove them 100 km to the national park, but they were back before I was. I think they look forward to the trip.”

Then the Anglican priest told them: “I used to have them in the roof of the church, but they’re all gone now.”

“What did you do?” asked the others.

“It was simple,” he replied. “I just baptised and confirmed them. They haven’t been back since.

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Fresh chicken not allowed in Britain?: “The RSPCA has seized 26 live chickens from the backyard of an Indian restaurant following a remarkable discovery made during a health inspection. The birds were first discovered by Wyre Council staff behind the Indian restaurant Saffron, in Poulton, Lancashire after public tip-offs triggered the inspection. Officials found no evidence that poultry was being slaughtered on site. Mr Ullah said he was in the middle of transferring the lease to a new manager. ‘Then the RSPCA arrived and it was like a raid – they had three vans where they put all the chickens in cages. I had no idea what was happening.’ A spokesman for Wyre Council said: ‘Officers received reports of live chickens being kept at the rear of a food premises on June 19. ‘Environmental health officers visited the premises that day to investigate and carry out a food hygiene inspection. An investigation into the live chickens is still under way between the council and the RSPCA concerning animal welfare issues.’ A spokesman for the RSPCA confirmed an investigation was underway and said the chickens had since been rehomed.”

Banana baby: “She was branded ‘deluded’ for eating a diet consisting of 20 bananas a day while pregnant but three months on from giving birth, Loni Jane Anthony says her baby is ‘thriving’. The 26-year-old Instagram sensation has hit back at her critics, who said her extreme vegan lifestyle could damage her child’s health. ‘It is a really good feeling to prove to a lot of people that what I was doing was the right thing,’ she told 9 Stories. Ms Anthony gave birth to baby boy Rowdy Nash, weighing 8lbs 7oz, on March 2. The first-time mother from Brisbane, Queensland, who was told her baby would be born ‘sick’ by some nutritionists, is now happy to reveal little Rowdy is ‘a strong boy’ who is ‘meeting all these milestones’. ‘I think for a lot of people they don’t want to believe that something so simple actually works,’ she said.

A Modern Bridge Designed by Da Vinci: “Called the “Mona Lisa of Bridges,” the Golden Horn bridge is one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s fascinating architectural and engineering designs. It was designed in 1501 to be built over Golden Horn, a natural inlet of the Bosphorus Strait dividing the city of Constantinople, present-day Istanbul, Turkey. However due to the complexity of the design, the Sultan Bajazet II doubted its integrity and rejected the proposal. In 1995, Norwegian architect Vebjørn Sand rediscovered the blueprint in an exhibition of da Vinci’s engineering designs. Sand fell in love with the bridge and took the plans back to Norway where he began its construction with the Norwegian Public Roads. But instead of a massive, full fledged bridge, Sand converted the design into a small pedestrian footbridge using wood and steel instead of stone. The Golden Horn footbridge was completed in 2001, andim is the first of all Leonardo Da Vinci’s architectural designs to be actualized. The miniature Golden Horn bridge is located on highway E-18 linking Oslo and Stockholm”

Another big bird escapes in Britain: “A ‘feisty’ giant rhea burst past its owner and went running down a busy main road causing bemusement, just six weeks after another of a massive birds escaped. Locals in Warminster Town, Wiltshire, took photographs of the bird as it fled having avoided the attempts of several women who tried to keep it under control. Police spent three hours chasing the flightless bird before it was cornered allowing the owner to safely collect it. The bird’s owner, who did not want give his name, said: ‘It’s a male bird and unfortunately he has taken a dislike to me so when I went to get the post yesterday afternoon he just burst at me. ‘He made a dash for it through the open gate and that was it. Unfortunately this time of year males can be really feisty and that’s what happened. ‘It wouldn’t ever hurt anyone else, they are lovely creatures, my 10-year-old can play with them just fine, it’s just me he doesn’t like. He made a run for it down the road and we had to wait for the police to corner it and bring it back.’ ‘They are a South American bird and they keep them rather than sheep”

Rare racer: “A rare Ferrari has become the second most expensive car sold at auction in Britain after it fetched a whopping £10.75 million. The Ferrari 375-Plus was the Italians’ ultimate weapon in the 1954 World Sportscar Championship. Just five were ever made and this model competed at Le Mans, Silverstone and the Mille Miglia races. But in 1986 a trailer containing the Ferrari, which was missing some major parts and the engine, was stolen, kicking off a 25-year tale involving the FBI, Interpol and, most recently, lawyers. After years of legal wrangling, the car was put up at auction at Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on Friday. The car, offered without a reserve, was the star lot with collectors from around the world registering their interest in it. Bidding started at £2 million and quickly increased as potential buyers battled it out in the auction room.”

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What Kings wear to dinner

June 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Flight crisis in Japan! Tourism is booming but airlines struggle to meet demand due to pilot shortage caused by ageing population: “As Japan’s in-bound tourism industry booms, the nation’s expanding airlines are struggling to meet demand due to a widespread shortage of pilots that is being blamed on the nation’s ageing population. Tourism is among Japan’s fastest-growing industries with a record high for foreign visitors record in April, up 33 per cent from last year to 1.2 million said the Japan National Tourism Organisation. The Japan Tourism Agency said in-bound tourists’ consumption had increased 31 per cent to 1.4 trillion yen in 2013. But at the same time the aviation industry is reeling with thousands of flights at risk of cancellation this summer. Japanese MP Yuriko Koike, who is working on policies to encourage an increase in birth rates in the country, said the issue is at crisis level. ‘We already know that the number of pilots is in crisis,’ Koike is quoted to have said in the Telegraph. ‘The baby boomer pilots are now going to retire – and the number of new young pilots hasn’t been well recruited.’

Bengal tiger leaps into boat and drags Indian fisherman into swamp: “A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, according to his son. The attack happened on Thursday as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in a stream in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi’s neck, said Sushil’s son, Jyotish. The tiger ‘quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest,’ said Jyotish from his village of Lahiripur in West Bengal state. All I saw a flash of yellow. It took me a moment to register the gruesome sight before me. My father was completely buried under the beast,’ he said. He said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect. His father was dragged away and was presumed dead. The national park is one of the largest reserves for the royal Bengal tiger

Google Glass wearers warned they face fines for secret filming under British data protection laws: “Google Glass users have been warned they risk breaking the law by using the devices to film people secretly. The data privacy watchdog has told buyers of the £1,000 ‘wearable technology’ that they could be prosecuted if they mis-use recordings, or face fines of up to £500,000. The Information Commissioner’s Office said wearers are effectively covered by the same rules as CCTV cameras, meaning they cannot record people on their glasses and show the films publicly unless they have consent. The warning comes after the devices went on sale in Britain for the first time this week. Much like a smartphone, the wearable Google Glass provides information and recordings via a display screen inside the glasses’ lens. By issuing the voice command ‘Ok, Glass’ – said to have been the brainchild of Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s new girlfriend – you can activate it and then issue voice commands, including recording video and taking photographs.

One in six women admits to owning at least 25 handbags … but 66% hide the habit from their partners: “One in six women admit to owning more than 25 handbags – and most of them keep their habit a secret from husbands and partners. More than half the women surveyed (53 per cent) owned up to having at least half-a-dozen bags, and one in 25 said they have more than 50. But it’s an obsession that doesn’t come cheap. Almost seven out of 10 women (69 per cent) spend more than £350 a year on handbags, according to new research. Two thirds of those quizzed (66 per cent) confessed to hiding the full extent of their handbag habit from partners, and just over half (53 per cent) claimed they were buying bags ‘as an investment’. Out of the 1,144 women and 734 men surveyed, a total of 52 per cent of women said they currently had up to 25 handbags stored in their homes, with 4 per cent admitting to having 50 or more. Surprisingly, 30 per cent of men confessed to owning up to five manbags.”

White van driver stopped by police for driving with her windscreen almost completely obscured by PLANKS: “A white van driver was pulled over by police today for driving through rush-hour traffic with her windscreen completely covered by planks. An image from inside the van shows how the driver – a 30-year-old woman – would have been able to see practically nothing from behind the wheel. She was stopped just after 8am today while driving through Aston, Birmingham. Police also found out that the van was uninsured, and the driver was given a court summons for driving without insurance. After pulling over the car, officers tweeted: ‘Not to all vehicle owners. Do NOT drive your motor when the windscreen is covered in plastic fascias!’ Passers-by spoke of the incredulity they felt on seeing the vehicle stopped by officers. ‘The officers were looking at the van in disbelief – it takes stupidity to a whole new level.’

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Breakfast launches dinner! Makes perfect sense to me

June 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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New Yorkers just want the cash: “A banquet for homeless New Yorkers, organised by Chinese recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao, descends into chaos as his guests discover free cash handouts are no longer on the menu. Mr Chen, who is worth an estimated $750 million, invited hundreds of homeless New Yorkers to the three course lunch party at The Loeb Boathouse restaurant in Central Park. His guests were treated to a menu of sesame tune, beef fillet and berries with creme fraiche, as well as a performance of “We Are The World,” sung by the recycling magnate himself. But the celebratory mood soon turned sour, as diners learned that they would not be receiving the $300 in cash that Mr Chen had originally promised everyone who attended after the meal. Shelter officials had urged the businessman not to give cash to the group because many were being treated for addictions and the money could be better used for their programmes. Security guards had to step in to stop furious guests from storming the podium, with many protesting that they had been duped into attending the event”

Sweet talk your way to success: Using taste-related words in speech makes you sound more influential: “A kind gesture may be ‘sweet’, and a bad break up ‘bitter’, but the reason we use these words goes far beyond what they mean. Taste-related words, such as ‘sour’, engage the emotional areas of the brain more so than literal words with the same meaning, such as ‘awful’, according to a new study. And using them in your speech could make you seem more influential by giving more weight to your words, researchers claim. A team of researchers from the U.S. and Germany revealed that brain processes that use everyday metaphors based on taste are different to literal language. The researchers found that the sentences containing words that invoked taste activated areas known to be associated with emotional processing, such as the amygdala. Metaphorical sentences sparked increased brain activity in emotion-related regions because they refer to physical experiences, said co-author Adele Goldberg, a Princeton professor of linguistics.”

Want to be better with money? Sit in a tall chair: Tricking your brain into feeling powerful motivates you to save more: “Research has discovered that making someone feel more powerful can result in them saving more of their hard-earned cash. Across five studies, people who were asked to sit in a tall chair were more thrifty and frugal than those who sat on a low ottoman. ‘We were interested in knowing whether the decision to save or not save money was affected by how someone was feeling during the time they were making a savings decision,’ wrote authors Emily N. Garbinsky and Jennifer Aaker, from Stanford University, and Anne-Kathrin Klesse from Tilburg University. During tests, the authors found that when made to feel powerful, the amount of money someone is willing to save for the future increases. In one study, participants were made to feel powerful and were asked to sit in a tall chair. Other participants were made to feel powerless and were asked to sit on a low ottoman.”

Meet the tiny mouse-like creature with a TRUNK: New species is more closely related to an elephant than a shrew: “It may seem hard to believe that such an unusual looking animal has remained hidden for so long. But scientists have only just discovered a new species of elephant shrew – or round-eared sengi – in the remote deserts of south western Africa. While it is the smallest known member of the 19 sengis in the order Macroscelidea, the small creature is in fact genetically more closely related to an elephant than a true shrew. It has rust-coloured fur, a large, hairless gland on the underside of its tail and lacks dark skin pigment. Sengis are restricted to Africa and despite their small size, are more closely related to elephants, manatees (known as sea cows) and aardvarks than they are to true shrews. Found in a remote area of Namibia, on the inland edge of the Namib Desert at the base of the Etendeka Plateau, scientists believe this new species went undescribed for so long because of the challenges of doing scientific research in such an isolated area.

Fake toplessness: “If you’re tempted to join the Free The Nipple movement but not quite brave enough to bare it all, a new bikini brand provides a happy compromise. Designed by Chicago-based feminists Robyn Graves and Michelle Lytle, the TaTa Top is a skin colored bikini adorned with nipples, giving the very convincing illusion of toplessness. The cheeky swimwear, which comes in its original nude hue as well as medium and dark skin tones, costs $28 per top, with $5 of each sale put towards a breast cancer research foundation. Robyn and Michelle write on their website that they launched the bikini top with the aim of desexualizing the nipple. ‘The only excitement that comes from seeing breasts is that you are conditioned to think they are something special, something to be protected and kept hidden,’ reads the website. ‘In reality they are excess breast tissue growing into varying sized balls that you have to buy expensive support for and that throw you off balance when you run.'”

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The good old days

June 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Women who give birth after the age of 33 live longer: Remaining fertile later in life is linked to a slower ageing process: “Women who give birth later in life live longer and as a result could provide an insight into slowing the ageing process, scientists have said. Genetic variants that mean women remain fertile for longer may be the key, researchers said today. The study found women who had their last child after the age of 33 were twice as likely to celebrate their 95th birthday, compared to those who gave birth for the last time by 29. Lead researcher Dr Thomas Perls, from Boston University Medical Center in the US, said the findings do not mean women should delay having children. He said: ‘Of course this does not mean women should wait to have children at older ages in order to improve their own chances of living longer. ‘The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is ageing slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body.'”

Green beach: “Sunbathers were forced to dig through seaweed to find sand after discovering an entire beach covered in algae. In the hope of enjoying the sunny weather, some families went to Preston Beach, near Torquay, Devon, but came across the half-mile stretch of seaweed covering. Although some families decided to leave the beach, others created a small space of sand to relax and sunbathe. Local resident Carol Greechan, who made her to the popular beach with her two grandchildren on Monday, said in the thirty years she had been going to the beach, she had never seen it “so bad”. She said: “It was crispy on top and slimy underneath. The smell was absolutely revolting but the colour was remarkable. “It was heartbreaking, we had to dig a little hole to find some sand in a pool of seaweed.” A spokesman for Torbay Council said the beaches were cleaned on a rota and Preston had not been scheduled for a clean-up that day.”

No free rides: Chinese government worker is sacked after picture emerges of him riding on employee’s back through flood: “A Chinese public official has been sacked after he was pictured ordering an employee to carrying through a flood to avoid getting his shoes wet. Wang Junhua was visiting an area where two young people had died as a result of recent flooding, when he ordered his subordinate carry him after realising the sodden ground would ruin his cream leather shoes. Mr Wang, the deputy director of the government office of Guixi city, Jiangxi province, has now been removed from his position, authorities confirmed. Hu Peng, a local who witnessed the incident, said: ‘The guy looked arrogant and bored. ‘It was clear that he came to the site in order to score some cheap publicity points. But when he saw that he might have to get his feet wet his real personality surfaced. ‘He ordered this guy to hoist him on his shoulders and he rode him like he was a donkey. I felt sorry for the guy – he was humiliated.’

The venomous ‘rocket ant’ with jaws like a beartrap that is invading the US: “It can open its jaw 180 degrees, and fire it like a beartrap at the ground to launch itself into the air. It also packs a venomous sting – and is invading the US. The giant Trap-jaw ants are spreading across the US, researchers warned today. Sorger and her co-authors were interested in the spread of an invasive and particularly aggressive species from South America called Odontomachus haematodus, which was first unofficially recorded in Alabama in 1956. Measuring upto 9.5mm long, they are commonly called trap-jaw ants due to their elongate mandibles, which can be opened to 180°, then snapped rapidly together on prey. These ants are amazing in their ability to control and time the mandibular movement. When necessary, an ant can forcibly close the mandibles against a surface or other organism and actually propel itself away for up to several inches… the researchers found that the species has now spread across the Gulf Coast, at least as far east as Pensacola, Florida.”

Mr Bushe and his hedge: “It’s not every day you spot two elephants meeting on a street corner, but this impressive topiary is not just turning heads. Creator Tim Bushe, 60, charges for his hedge art to fundraise for the Hft charity that supports his sister Martha, who has Down’s Syndrome. Appropriately-named Mr Bushe who lives in Highbury, north London, first discovered his talent for privet-hedge trimming four years ago when his wife Philippa asked him to trim the front garden bushes into the shape of a cat. The 60-year-old architect didn’t have time for a cat, but used his electric 42-inch Black & Decker hedge cutter to create a steam engine instead. Hehas since gone on to create several topiary works of art including those in the shapes of serpents, knots, owls, a chicken, a cannon and a Chinese dragon. Mr Bushe said he enjoys clipping sculptural hedges because they form new links in the community and create closer relationships with his neighbours.

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More golf wisdom

June 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Teen carjackers try to steal woman’s car in Seattle but flee scene after realising they can’t drive non-automatic: “THREE teens were left red-faced when they tried to steal a woman’s car, but couldn’t because none of them knew how to drive a manual. Nancy Fredrickson, 70, from Seattle, had walked around the back of her KIA sedan to get something from the boot when a male wielding a gun demanded her keys, komonews.com reports. The terrified woman dropped her keys and the trio jumped into her car. But the joke was on the wannabe carjackers when they realised Ms Fredrickson’s car was a manual — or stick shift as they are known in the US — and not an automatic. “I got a five speed in there,” Ms Fredrickson said. “They couldn’t figure out how to get it going!” When the teens realised none of them could drive the vehicle, they bolted.”

VietJet Air plane lands at wrong airport 100km away: “Vietnam’s aviation authority has suspended the crew of a plane operated by budget airline VietJet Air after a flight bound for the tourist hub of Da Lat landed at another airport more than 100 kilometres away. The scheduled flight VJ 8575 carrying 200 passengers landed at Cam Ranh airport near the coastal city of Nha Trang – another popular tourist destination – on Thursday night, instead of the Central Highlands town of Da Lat around 130 kilometres to the southwest. The incident occurred “because of the flight coordinators and crew members of VietJet Air, who did not correctly follow flight procedures”, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) in an online statement.”

Burglar busted after stopping to check FACEBOOK on victim’s computer and forgetting to log out: “When it comes to criminals and the stupid things they do, this one is right up there. A 26-year-old Minnesota man has been tracked down by police after leaving his Facebook profile logged in at a house he allegedly robbed. Authorities say Nicholas Wig burgled a home in South St. Paul on June 19 and must have decided to use the computer before he fled the property. But he forgot to sign out. When the owner, James Wood, arrived home and found his place had been ransacked, he reported it to police, CBS reported. Sometime later Mr Wood noticed a Facebook page on his computer he didn’t recognize. Realizing what must have happened, he shared a picture of Wig from Wig’s profile. Mr Wood announced Wig was a thief and shared his phone number, asking for anyone with information to call him. Wig faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.”

‘Hair loss pills made my penis shrink’: “Like many men in their thirties, Paul Innes was unhappy about his thinning hair. The doctor performed blood tests to rule out thyroid problems, and Mr Innes was recommended Propecia – an EU approved drug, also known as finasteride. But within about six weeks he says he began to have ‘strange thoughts’. ‘When I was trying to be intimate with Hayley I was practically impotent and I remember more or less waking up one morning and I had no connection between my brain and my genitals – it was unbelievable. Speaking to The Sun earlier in the week, he said: ‘My penis is totally different in size and girth. ‘It’s much shorter and thinner. It now functions about ten per cent of the time with Viagra. ‘Every time me and Hayley tried to make love, my head said yes but down there I felt nothing.”

Student gets stuck in giant stone vagina in Germany: “What was meant to be a funny dare turned into an utter embarrassment for an American exchange student, who found himself trapped in a giant stone vagina in Germany. Firefighters had to be called in to deliver the man, head-first, to safety after his feet became trapped in the large marble sculpture at Tubingen University in Germany. The unnamed man is believed to have been dared to climb inside the sculpture, which sits outside the university’s institute for microbiology and virology. But his legs soon became wedged in the carving and, despite labouring to free himself, the experts had to be summoned. A total of 22 firefighters, five fire engines and a number of paramedics were sent to the scene, and quickly freed the man “by hand without use of equipment”, the newspaper reported. “The fire department was not really amused, and he was really embarrassed.” The sculpture, by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara, has sat outside the university for 13 years and was not damaged.

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British holiday company Opodo reveals its most outrageous complaints

June 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. One customer called about the sand on the beach in Mexico claiming that it had too many pebbles, one of which had chipped her manicure.

2. An animal-loving customer requested that her cat be upgraded from cargo to first-class as she could not bear the idea of being parted from her beloved pet.

3. One man wanted to know whether he needed a passport for his pet python – he said he wanted to take the snake to Brazil so that he could reunite it with its family in the Amazon.

4. After booking a romantic trip to Rome, Georgia, instead of Rome, Italy, a man demanded that the company help him get back his furious girlfriend who had dumped him because of the mistake.

5. A man called about his Ocado grocery order. After 15 minutes of insisting that he had not dialled the wrong number he then asked Opodo staff to call Ocado to relay his complaint for him.

6. A thrill-seeker who had booked a trip to Universal Studios, Florida, requested a refund for his trip as one of the rides, the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster, had been too scary.

7. One customer flying to Bucharest, called to seek advice on which of the three – garlic, holy water or crosses – would be the best to ward off any vampires that she might encounter.

8. A caller who claimed to be the Queen asked for a free first class trip to Australia. Refusal would see the offending staff member put in jail for treason.

9. An irate customer called to ask the company to return his credit card which he had posted, along with a stamped addressed envelope, to their headquarters on order to pay for his holiday.

10. A customer wanted to know whether it was possible to take a plate of his mother’s roast dinner with him in his hand luggage, as no one could make a roast as good as his mum.

11. A water-averse customer called about the level of the tide on the beach on their Greek holiday, as Opodo did not inform them about it when they were booking.

12. When trying to assist a customer in rearranging a flight to Miami that had been cancelled, the customer asked to take the Eurostar instead of another flight.

13. A honeymooning couple asked for a full refund for their Maldives holiday as it had rained on one afternoon during their two-week trip and they had been told it would be “sunny day-in-day-out.”

14. One passenger called to ask about the cancellation policy on his holiday. The trip was for him and his girlfriend and whilst things were fine he said he was thinking of leaving her.

15. A customer called about her holiday abroad as it was “too hot,” the food “too spicy” and “hardly anyone spoke English.”

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One man’s cure for a painful gut… eating stale bread: “Most of us think stale bread is only good for the bin. But not Roy Anderson. For after 40 years of failed treatments for his Crohn’s disease, Roy found that old bread was the only thing that helped. The 78-year-old former member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve is convinced that a remedy based on an old‑fashioned treatment for wounds and inflammation on the skin works on the inside, too. A poultice is a soft, moist mass of bread, clay or other binding ingredient which is usually heated, spread on cloth and applied to a sore area. For years Roy’s symptoms — stomach pains and frequently having to rush to the bathroom — had taken over his life. Seeing the film was a lightbulb moment. He cut slices from a loaf and left it for seven days, covered with a dishcloth. He then poured milk over the stale bread and heated it in the microwave before eating it (he’d fasted the previous day). ‘Afterwards I felt so different — I had no stomach pain and my motions were normal,’ he says. ‘I haven’t even had to eat it again. Having it that one time seems to have cured my gut.’

A magnet in my underwear cured my hot flushes: “Many women approaching the menopause are anxious about it — but singer Belinda Carlisle had perhaps more to worry about than most. When she was a teenager her mother Joanne suffered such severe menopausal symptoms that at one point doctors tried to commit her to a mental hospital. Belinda, 55, best known for her hits Heaven Is A Place On Earth and Circle In The Sand, was terrified that she might suffer as her mother had done. Fortunately, when Belinda did start becoming menopausal in her late 40s, she was spared the low moods her mother had suffered. However, she was badly affected by another symptom: hot flushes. Feeling desperate four years ago, she went to see a Harley Street doctor, who suggested she tried a magnet. The tiny, 10p-sized device had to be attached to her underwear and worn night and day. Without robust scientific evidence, most doctors and scientists would dismiss this as quackery — or at best the placebo effect. Even Belinda was ‘very sceptical’. But she says: ‘Within 48 hours, I went from having 30 to 40 hot flushes to having none at all. I felt like the old Belinda again — in fact better than that.”

Ostrich kebabs: Meat being added to barbecue range as hundreds of supermarkets as shoppers develop taste for exotic and unusual cuts: “Ostrich meat kebabs are being added to the barbecue range at hundreds of high street stores. Tesco is putting the free range ostrich meat on sale in 400 locations amid evidence the nation is developing a taste for exotic and unusual meat. ust last Christmas, Lidl was offering reindeer steaks and claimed it was unable to keep up with demand, while the discount chain Budgens has previously put squirrel on its shelves. Tesco is pushing the 300g packs of Mossel Bay ostrich kebabs for £5 on special in-store promotional displays. There are some ostrich farmers in the UK, however the meat being sold by Tesco comes from South Africa as the result of an exclusive deal with a farmer co-operative called Mosstrich. Ostrich is a particularly healthy red meat, coming in at just three per cent fat, compared to around 10.5per cent for beef, 15.2per cent pork. It even has less fat than chicken, which is typically 7.4per cent.”

Ancient pants revived: “A web-based fashion company has recreated the world’s oldest pants, which were discovered in China earlier this year, dating back to at least 1,000 B.C. They have modernized the drop-crotch style pants with lightweight fabric, utilizing the same groin patch, color, and pattern as the ancient original. The style will retail for somewhere between $75 and $100 – Betabrand owner Chris Lindland tells MailOnline. The original pants were discovered in Xinjiang (an autonomous region in Northwest China) on the bodies of two men approximately aged 40 (both suspected to be warriors as well as herders) who belonged to the nomadic Subeixi culture. As was previously long speculated by fashion historians, the pants’ discovery nearly confirms how the garment’s invention came about in an effort to protect the human form as it commuted on horseback. Their discovery was first announced in a May 22 edition of Qauternary International, with vivid imagery of the torn garments which have maintained a miraculous shape, despite their 3,000-year-old age.

Man struck by lightning strike so severe it blasted him out of his SHOES: “An Atlanta man had a lucky escape after he was struck by lightning and blown clean out of his shoes – leaving them behind in a plume of smoke. Sean O’Connor was working in his backyard on Saturday under clear skies when suddenly he heard a clap of thunder. ‘Just as I picked up the rake, I heard a loud crashing sound,’ O’Connor said. ‘A few moments later I was picking myself up off the ground. I had the taste of blood in my mouth. I noticed my leg was burning a little bit.’ ‘My leg hairs were singed. I could smell the burnt hair,’ he explained. ‘I looked across the driveway and I could see my boots over there. They were no longer on my feet, and one of them was smoking. ‘At that point I realized I had just been hit by lightning.’ He immediately called his wife to tell her and then took out his cellphone to record video of his smoking shoes and his bleeding tongue to prove it.”

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Some golf wisdom

June 23, 2014 at 10:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Yale scientists successfully use arthritis drug to regrow completely bald man’s hair: “Yale scientists have successfully used an arthritis medication to fully regrow the head and body hair of a almost totally hairless 25-year-old man. Researchers administered the drug tofacitinib citrate to the unnamed patient, who suffered from the autoimmune baldness disease alopecia universalis. Within eight months, the man had regrown scalp and facial hair he’d not had in seven years. There is currently no cure or long-term treatment for alopecia universalis, the disease that left the 25-year-old patient bare of hair. This is the first reported case of a successful targeted treatment for the rare, highly visible disease. The patient has also grown eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as facial, armpit, and other hair, which he lacked at the time he sought help.

Four-year-old girl helps police solve home invasion: “The apartment where four-year-old Abby, from Ferndale, Washington, lives was robbed on Wednesday. Her babysitter claimed that two armed men of African American appearance committed the crime, Fox News reports. She said one of the men looked like Abby’s next door neighbour, so police handcuffed him and put him into the back of their car. But they had a feeling they had the wrong guy. Young Abby confirmed their suspicions and was thrilled to help them crack the case. She had witnessed the whole robbery, and insisted the robbers were actually white and that they had ordered her to get out of the house so they could “steal stuff”. The babysitter admitted she’s made up the story and had let her boyfriend and an accomplice into the house. She had even given them a list of items she was coveting, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said. That included laptops and even Abby’s piggy bank.
The thieves have been arrested”

Police concerned about gun-owner who wears a colander as a hat: “AN Adelaide man who had his gun licence photo taken with a colander on his head says it is significant to his religion — the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — and he should not have had to undertake a psychological test. Guy Albon, a 30-year-old disability worker in Adelaide, said his four guns and licence were confiscated by police after their attention was drawn to his firearms licence photo, which shows with him the colander. Mr Albon, of Port Noarlunga, successfully argued he should be allowed to wear the pasta draining utensil in his licence photo because it was a religious head piece. When he had his licence renewed last year, Mr Albon declared himself a Pastafarian and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster , a movement that promotes a lighthearted view of religion.”

Mother-of-two died from cancer after British doctors told her to cure a lump on her breast with primrose oil: “A young mother died from cancer after hospital doctors told her to cure a lump on her breast with primrose oil ointment. Samina Chaudhry, 33, from Northampton, went back several times to say the primrose oil treatment was not working. Two years later, doctors sent the biopsy for analysis but the cancer was so far advanced it could not be treated. A CT scan and MRI found multiple tumours on her brain. Her devastated husband Mohammed is now bringing up their two sons Zeeshan, 13, and Usman, 11, on his own. Following legal action Northampton General Hospital agreed to pay the family damages yesterday.

Potato road in Britain: “A huge spillage of mash potato brought a major road to a standstill as emergency services desperately tried to clear up the unusual incident. Motorists were urged to avoid the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire, after it was left covered in food when a lorry accidentally shed its load. The lorry dropped just over a quarter of its contents on the carriageway at about 3.30pm yesterday, which resulted in thousands of drivers being stuck in huge traffic jams. The lorry was travelling westbound towards York, before the road becomes a duel carriageway, when the incident happened. One witness, who wished not to be named, said: ‘It was like a sea of white. ‘I was about a mile away from where it happened but I could still see it. North Yorkshire Police said the road was closed after the incident created unsafe driving conditions. A spokesman said: ‘Instant mash is covering the road and cars have skidded as a result of the mash swelling up.’ Nobody was injured in the incident and the road was later re-opened on Saturday evening.”

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Lukewarm about Hillary

June 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Louisiana man receives 80 stitches after he and two friends try to move 11-foot alligator off road after several drinks: “A Louisiana man has learned it’s best not to make snap decisions after a few drinks – especially when they involve 11-foot alligators. Glen Bonin and some friends came across the reptile blocking a roadway just south of Sulphur and decided to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic. In an incident caught on camera, the ill-conceived idea resulted in Bonin narrowly avoiding losing his hand to the creature’s snapping jaws. ‘I’ve always been the kind of guy to learn the hard way,’ Bonin told KPLC. He received 80 stitches in his hand as he and two friends tried to pull the gator over to the side of the road. The men decided the best way to move the gator would be to cover its eyes so it couldn’t see and pull it by the tail. ‘Took our shirts off, threw it on his face, and we were going to come from behind it and jump on it,’ Bonin told KPLC.

British government medicine kills a beautiful toddler: “A damning investigation has found that a three-year old boy died after systemic and catastrophic failings by Britain’s out-of-hours NHS services. Sam Morrish was vomiting blood when staff at NHS Direct gave the case low priority and wrongly recorded crucial information provided by his parents. When they failed to help, his desperate mother contacted the local GP out-of-hours service, where an unqualified call handler wrongly informed her that a nearby “treatment centre” would be able to help, when in fact he should have been sent immediately to Accident and Emergency. An investigation by the Health Service Ombudsman is this week expected to lay bare a catalogue of failings in the treatment of the child, who died from an infection which was treated too late.”

Swarmed by flying termites: “This is the moment a swarm of termites descended upon a group of residents in a Chinese apartment block. Disturbing pictures show a group of people covering their mouths and running for cover in the lobby of the apartment block in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. Another woman can be seen calling a lift while holding what appears to be a fly swatter and a cloud of the insects buzz around her head. Eventually, one brave man attempts to kill the insects by squirting them with a bottle of insect repellant. And his tactics pay off – with a later image showing hundreds of dead termites lying on the rather dirty looking floor of the apartment lobby. It is not known how the insects got in to the building – or whether there is any suggestion the block of apartments is prone to this kind of infestation."

Teacher giving sex offenders test attacked, raped in Arizona prison. Prison blames understaffing: “A teacher at an Arizona prison was alone in a room full of sex offenders before being stabbed and sexually assaulted by a convicted rapist. The attack occurred Jan. 30 at the Eyman prison’s Meadows Unit, which houses about 1,300 rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders. The teacher was administering a high school equivalency test to about a half-dozen inmates in a classroom with no guard nearby and only a radio to summon help. After the last of the other inmates left, Jacob Harvey asked the teacher if she could open the bathroom and then attacked her, records show. Harvey is accused of stabbing her in the head with a pen, forcing her to the ground and raping her. The teacher told investigators that she screamed for help, but none came. Carl ToersBijns, a former deputy warden at the prison, said the assault highlights chronic understaffing and lax security policies that put staff members at risk.”

Classic cars soaring in value: “Classic car owners could be at risk of losing thousands of pounds in insurance claims because the rising value of their vehicle means their cover is “woefully inadequate”, according to insurance brokers. An index of the most valuable cars compiled by the Historic Automobile Group International has risen about 500pc in the decade to December 2013. Ten years ago, a 1974 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Coupé was worth approximately £76,000, for example. It is now worth nearer £450,000. A 1960 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, worth £50,000 in 2003, is now valued at around £115,000. It is not only the top-end models driving the increase. According to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, more humble vintage cars including early VW Campers and Fiat 500s are also surging in value. Darren Campbell, a motor engineer from Surrey, bought a 1970 Porsche 911S 18 years ago for £8,000. He recently had the car valued and realised it was worth about £80,000.”

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Modern life

June 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Street light finally turned off by cash-strapped council after being left on 24 hours a day for six years: “A street light has finally been turned off – after being left on 24 hours a day for six years. The faulty lamp in Dronfield was fixed by council engineers after angry residents complained. Local resident Wendy Davies, 64, said: ‘It’s been shining into my house 24/7 for six years. What a waste of money over all that time. ‘I live in a semi-detached and the light would shine straight in to my bedroom window. I haven’t been very well recently and when I’d sit in the room and look out of the window all I could see was the bright light. ‘It’s been on for six solid years day and night. I’ve told the council over the years and they said they would sort it, but I think it just got put to the bottom of the pile.’ Richard Schumacher, from Sheffield based company Pro Spark Connextions, estimated keeping the light going for six years would have cost about £920. A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: ‘This was the first we heard about a problem with this light but an engineer has been out and fixed it.”

26ft-tall stainless steel Marilyn Monroe statue that took two years to make is left to languish in a Chinese tip: “She’s the quintessential American sex symbol. So it is perhaps very symbolic that the Chinese prepare to overtake the U.S. as the likely next global superpower, they’ve decided they don’t need her anymore. This giant statue of Marilyn Monroe was left at the dump site of a garbage collecting company in Guigang, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The 26ft-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about nine tons, was made by several Chinese artists for over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie The Seven Year Itch. The statue was transported to the garbage collecting company early this week for unknown reasons after being showed outside a business centre in the city for only 6 months, local media reported.”

Some women have got no taste: “Facebook users are so enamored with the man in a mugshot posted to the Stockton, California page Wednesday that they liked the felon’s police photo over 20,000 times in less than 24 hours. The ice blue-eyed, strong-jawed likeness of Jeremy Meeks was just as quickly plastered across Twitter as thousands of social media users have themselves been arrested…by the 30-year-old’s undeniable good looks. Meeks, already a convicted felon, was hauled in as part of a gang police sweep, but he’s the one sweeping internet denizens off their feet. Meeks was charged with illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public and criminal street gang activity, reports TMZ. The repeat offender is being held on $900,000 bail, but perhaps not for long. There’s talk amongst the commenters of raising the funds to set him free.

Non-spill cup: “See a problem, solve a problem. That is what the best inventions do. It was a very specific brief that started 11-year-old Lily Born on the path to her first design: her grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. When the family noticed that traditional cups and mugs simply weren’t suitable for him to use comfortably anymore – he was spilling his drinks – Lily took the initiative to make something better. The result was the original Kangaroo Cup: a three-legged, ceramic mug that Lily launched on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to great acclaim. Lily raised just over the $6,000 (£3,540) she needed for production in 30 days. So the Kangaroo became a reality. Not only was the cup more stable, but it stacked easily, needed no coaster and didn’t splash when carried around, thanks to the rim gently curving inwards.”

British grandmother, 60, bled to death after Arab surgeon cut through vein during botched hip operation: “A grandmother bled to death after a surgeon cut into a vein during a botched hip replacement operation. Eileen Brown, 60, was having a second hip replacement at Basildon Hospital in Essex, but after surgical screws drilled into her bones severed a vein and left her bleeding internally. Surgeons were left defending the decision to use screws in the operation at all – rather than surgical cement, which could have eliminated the risk, an inquest heard. Mrs Brown was especially vulnerable, the inquest was told, as she suffered from brittle bones and osteoporosis. At five feet tall and weighing around nine stone, she also had a slight frame. Medics tried to repair the tear, but she lost ‘a significant amount’ of blood and later died. Pathologist Dr Martin Goddard said she was given around six litres of blood in a bid to keep her alive. He gave the cause of death as a haemorrhage caused by the ruptured vein.”

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