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July 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A very neat crash: “A driver lost control of his car and ploughed straight through the side of a house and into a living room, without leaving a single piece of debris on the road. The driver and all three passengers, as well as the homeowner and her daughter, had to be taken to hospital following the incident in the market town of Louth, Lincolnshire. Pictures taken at the scene show the red Seat Leon’s front end embedded in the side of the £120,000 detached house. The seriously injured 43-year-old owner of the property had to be airlifted to hospital with broken bones and internal injuries, where she is expected to remain ‘for some weeks’. A neighbour living near to the property today said: ‘I thought it was an optical illusion at the time – the car had gone straight through the wall but not a brick looked out of place. ‘I am amazed that nobody was killed. It must have been going at some speed to go straight through the wall like that.'”

At just FIVE INCHES tall, Pixel could be the world’s shortest cat: “This tiny feline could be about to enter the record books as the world’s shortest cat. Tiffani Kjeldergaard from Potrero, California, is confident that her cat Pixel is no more than five inches tall, although she’s yet to get official confirmation from Guinness. If it is verified, then Pixel snatch the title of shortest adult cat to have ever lived, from Cye, a 5.35in tall Napoleon Munchkin cat from Canada. The average house cat is nine to ten inches tall. She said: ‘Even people that aren’t cat people go crazy for them. They say about how cute they are and how they want to take them straight home with them.’ A relatively new breed which was only recognised by The International Cat Association in 1995, Munchkin cats are characterised by their short legs, which are caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

Grandfather still uses 78-year-old Hoover which has never been repaired: “A grandfather is still cleaning his house with an almost 80-year-old Hoover – built the same year Edward VIII abdicated and just four years younger than himself. Bernard Storey, 82, regularly vacuum cleans his carpets with the Hoover 825, which rolled off production lines in 1936 – the same year as the Summer Olympics in Berlin. The ahead-of-it’s time machine would have cost around £25 when it was new – the equivalent of around £1,200 to £1,500 in today’s money – and previously belonged to Mr Storey’s mother Emma, who was given it by the lady she used to clean for. He rediscovered the ancient machine when he was cleaning out his workshop and was stunned to discover it still worked. The upright silver and grey model was quite advanced for its day and boasts an adjustable handle with three positions, two speeds – with a lower setting for cleaning flexible, small lightweight rugs – as well as a light and a hose with attachments. The machine would have cost around £25 when it was new – the equivalent of around £1,200 to £1,500 in today’s money.”

Himalayan village’s colourful Buddhist festival: “A quiet Himalayan mountain village springs to life for a colourful Buddhist festival designed to expel evil spirits and bring happiness. The annual Torgya Festival in Tawang, in north-eastern India, is full of colourful dancing, music and theatre. The three day festival is held in the courtyard of the Tawang monastery, which is nestled on top of the hill overlooking the town. Guests at the festival, which took place on January 29th, 30th and 31st, gather in the main square of the monastery wearing their finest clothes. Monks dressed in colourful robes and traditional Buddhist masks carry out performances that involve chanting, dancing and acting. ‘The whole festival attracts people from many miles around. ‘Some people will walk for many days to get there and come from as far away as Tibet and Bhutan.”

Amazing sand art: “Forget those holiday sandcastles you spend hours building, you’re never likely to match these works of art, created by British globetrotter Paul Hoggard and his Dutch wife Remy. The sand artists have toured the world – from China, to Kuwait and Denmark – creating their massive monuments, which display surprisingly intricate detail. Their most impressive figures include a mass elephant graveyard – complete with skulls and tusks – and the Biblical battle between David and Goliath. The talented couple travel the globe making their impressive constructions for festivals, competitions and advertising campaigns. Paul, originally from Beverly, Yorkshire, said: ‘We love our work – we get to create huge sculptures out of sand and water together, travel, meet new people and experience other cultures. Paul, 49, and Remy, 43, have been sculpting since 1991 and 1999 respectively and both compete in solo and doubles competitions together. The pair, who now split their time between Holland and Bulgaria, only use wet sand and – in extreme circumstances – wooden frames to complete their creations.

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