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

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

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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