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June 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

SIX THOUSAND police raid South Korean church: “Thousands of South Korean police stormed a religious compound today as they searched for a fugitive businessman wanted in connection with April’s ferry disaster. Donning riot gear, officers forced their way into the sprawling church and complex in Anseong, 50 miles south of Seoul, at around 8am (12am GMT). They were hunting billionaire Yoo Byung-eun, who is believed to own the vessel that sank, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. It comes a day after 15 crew members of the doomed Sewol ferry, which sank off the southwest coast of South Korea on April 16, went on trial in Gwangju. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, and three senior crew members have been charged with homicide – a charge that could carry the death penalty. Authorities are offering a $500,000 (£300,000) reward for tips about the businessman, who is a member of the Evangelical Baptist Church, deemed a ‘cult’ by critics. The Sewol ferry sinking, one of South Korea’s deadliest disasters in decades, happened during a routine journey from Incheon on the mainland to the southern holiday island of Jeju.

Brave little piggy: “One little pig wasn’t ready to go to market, as a new video clearly demonstrates. The hoofed animal was filmed en route to a slaughterhouse in South America, by a motorist traveling behind its crammed delivery truck. First its head pops up, then it manages to prize its body to the surface. Finally, it leaps overboard at high-speed and rolls to the ground. Despite plummeting more than ten-feet, the brave hog picks itself back up and stumbles over to the grassy verge. The motorists who filmed it in action, are heard voicing their concern in Spanish as the camera continues to roll. The last shot of the pig shows it stood on all fours, looking a little dazed.”

Plumber finds 15,000 bees living in man’s boiler: “Colin Burbridge, 45, called a local workman when his central heating system stopped working just five months after being installed at his company’s office in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. But after opening up the boiler, the pair were stunned to find it was infested with thousands of bees. Mr Burbridge, who immediately fled the office after being stung, was forced to call on local beekeeper Stuart Palmer, 41, and his 39-year-old wife, Carol, to tackle the infestation. Donning protective white suits and parcel tape around their wrists and ankles, the couple managed to safely remove the colony by encouraging them into a nucleus box. Today, Mr Burbridge, who runs the heating engineering firm M8trix, said he had not noticed the bees’ buzzing because the boiler in his office’s kitchen area had ‘sealed in’ the noise. ‘We are an engineering firm as well so you can imagine there is a lot of noise.’ Mr Burbridge added that the swarm of insects had destroyed his £2,000 boiler”

Chihuahuas do more damage than any other breed of dog – and if you want a quiet life you should get a Staffie: “The chihuahua may be one of the smallest dog breeds but its appetite for destruction is larger than any other, a study has revealed. Over its lifetime, the tiny terrors will cause an average of £865 worth of damage by ripping or staining carpets, scratching or chewing sofas and digging up plants and flowerbeds. In contrast, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which are perceived as fierce by many people, make the best pets as they cause the least amount of damage, costing around £178 in total. ‘Chihuahuas may be tiny but it seems they will leave you with a bigger bill than any other dog,’ a spokesman for Sussex-based financial comparison site PayingTooMuch.com, said. ‘All pet owners expect a little damage from their dog from time to time, but when you add up the total amount spent on cleaning, repairing and replacing, it can be a huge amount. The study of 2,000 dog owners found that the Dalmatian, Bulldog, Great Dane, Husky, Beagle, Pointer and German Shepherd make up the rest of the top 10 most destructive dogs.”

‘Butter and cheese saved my son’: Boy, 6, who used to have 300 fits a DAY has his life transformed by a high fat diet: “An epileptic boy who had 300 fits a day has had his life transformed by a high fat diet. Six-year-old Charlie Smith from Epsom, Surrey, would lose consciousness when he had an attack. The youngster was taking a cocktail of drugs to control his severe seizures, but they left him drowsy and had little effect. So, when a neurologist suggested the family try a radical diet overhaul, Charlie’s parents, Debbie and Wayne, felt they had nothing to lose. Within three weeks of putting Charlie on a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet, Charlie had stopped having seizures completely. His parents have also managed to wean him off his anti-seizure drugs completely. The ketogenic diet works by changing the fuel the body uses. The diet forces the body to burn fats, instead of glucose from carbohydrates, putting it into a state of ketosis, which appears to reduce seizures, although it remains unclear how this works.”

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