A real cutie — a pygmy hedgehog

June 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Becoming popular as a pet in Britain




Odd news from around the world

Want to lose weight? Choose porridge over cereal: Hot oatmeal breakfast keeps you fuller for longer and staves off hunger pangs: “One of the greatest challenges of dieting is to make low calorie meals that are filling enough to reduce the temptation to snack. And now it seems that porridge is a better breakfast option than cereal. New research suggests that calorie-for-calorie, a serving of porridge is more filling than a bowl of oat-based cereal. The researchers, who published their findings in the Nutrition Journal, found that eating porridge for breakfast is more satisfying helps manage hunger better than cereal. The study involved 43 people who, following an overnight fast, were given three different breakfasts in random order at least a week apart. It is thought that the viscosity of porridge makes it more filling than an equally calorific bowl of cereal”

The helmet that can cure BALDNESS (allegedly): $800 headgear uses lasers on the scalp to stimulate hair growth and thickness: “Now a company in California has come up with what it claims to be the solution – a helmet that fires cool lasers at the wearers scalp to stimulate hair growth. The Theradome headgear is said to be the only wearable, clinical-strength laser treatment that people can use at home, but it will set buyers back almost $800 (£475). The Theradome claims to reverse the shrinking of follicles using lasers with regular use, up to between 18 and 26 weeks. The company promises that such dedication results in cleaner, thicker and more manageable hair that is less oily. Hair shafts are larger and there is less fallout in the shower and on pillows. Between 28 and 52 weeks of use for 20 minutes twice a week, it regrows hair by increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles as well as boosting cell metabolism and reducing the effects of protein blocking enzymes.”

Ancient Anglo-Saxon coin that could explain murder of would-be king fetches £78,000 at auction
: “A rare silver coin has fetched £78,000 at auction – because it could be a clue to a 1,200-year-old murder. It was struck in the reign of East Anglian ruler Aethelberht II and describes him as king – the only time this title has been found on a coin of his. His ambition may explain his beheading in 794 on the orders of Offa, the more powerful king of Mercia. Darrin Simpson, who found the coin in a Sussex field in March using a metal detector, will split the sale price with the farmer who owns the land. A spokesman for international coin and medal specialists Dix Noonan Webb said ‘This find by Darrin changes our knowledge of Anglo Saxon coinage. ‘Saxon coins weren’t just used for day-to-day transactions, they were a way for rulers to project their image. ‘If Offa thought Aethelberht was getting too big for his boots, that might be why he was so brutally murdered.’

Australians stung by fake honey: “Breakfast lovers, don’t get stung reaching for that local honey to spread on your toast. It might not be Australian and it might not come from bees. Victoria Honey’, imported from Turkey, is one of four products identified by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council as potentially breaching labelling laws amid claims it isn’t made from honey. Tests have been sent to Germany for analysis, with the industry saying the result show the products do not contain honey and are most likely corn syrup. Australian Honey Bee Industry Council executive director Trevor Weatherhead became aware of the problem after noticing honey being imported pre-packed for nearly half the cost of what local farmers were getting. He said the low price of cheap imported honey was a problem, as was the potential for a “funny taste” to turn off consumers”

Naked!: “It is not the most elegant of haircuts – as this startled-looking alpaca has probably realised. But in the hot days of summer he may be grateful to be shorn of his winter coat. Farmers use the animals to keep the grass down and deter foxes trying to get their lambs, while the alpaca clippings are sold to make clothing. Waugh said: ‘Shearing an alpaca is not a doddle. It takes a long time to learn how to do it properly. ‘It takes two people to secure one to a board. We then fleece it and check their teeth, do their nails and give them any injections they are due. ‘The whole job takes between 10 and 20 minutes per alpaca, but with the relatively low numbers involved it’s not about speed. ‘After shearing, the fibre is used for making luxurious clothing,’ he explained. ‘There is a ready market for alpaca fibre. People pay between £10-12 per kilo for raw alpaca fibre.’ Yet alpacas are also useful in other ways, helping landowners keep their grounds in good condition while also warding off unwanted intruders.

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