Football controversy

July 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As you are probably aware, the Washington Redskins football team has been getting a lot of flack, even in Congress for their use of the name and mascot of REDSKIN. Well, yielding to constant pressure, they decided to do something about the adverse publicity and came up with the following news bulletin.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Good looks signify good health: “Attractive people are less likely to get tinnitus — and asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to new research. The more physically attractive men and women are rated, the more unlikely they are to suffer from a wide range of health problems, from high cholesterol to depression. They also feel healthier, have less time off work and are diagnosed with fewer physical and mental health conditions during their lifetime. These extraordinary findings by U.S. researchers are based on a study of 15,000 men and women aged 24 to 35 who have been followed since they were ten. The new research is based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population. And, unlike earlier studies, this is based on the researchers’ ratings of the participants’ physical attractiveness done face-to-face, rather than assessments based on pictures, drawings or videos.”

Deadly island: “Fancy a trip to an island swarming with 4,000 of the world’s deadliest snakes that pluck birds out of the sky and kill them with a venom that can melt human flesh? That’s what awaits you if you travel to Ilha de Queimada Grande 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Sao Paolo, Brazil, which is home to the golden lancehead viper. In fact, the island is deemed so dangerous that visiting it was been banned by the Brazilian government – although not before numerous people foolishly ventured there in the past. Ilha de Queimada Grande, understandably nicknamed ‘Snake Island’, is a piece of land 4,630 square feet (430 square metres) in size. Ilha de Queimada Granda is the only place in the world where Bothrops insularis, also known as the golden lancehead viper, can be found. The species has a light yellowish brown colour on its underside. It grows to an average length of 28 inches (70 centimetres) but can reach a maximum of 46 inches (118 centimetres). The island is devoid of almost any human visitors, save for a few scientists granted permission to study the snakes each year, reports the Smithsonian.”

Meet the petite 17-year-old schoolgirl who can fight men who are TWICE her size and age: “When Lucy Garland first told her parents she wanted try out wrestling, they didn’t think she was serious. But now the petite blonde, at only 5ft 5ins tall, takes on men in the ring who are more than twice her age and size. The 17-year-old started training at the Ultimate British Wrestling (UBW) club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, just one year ago but has already progressed to a competitive level. Lucy, who has gained a reputation for her high-energy moves, will take on her 37-year-old trainer, Paul Ashe, in the ring during her first live match later this month (July 19). With her long blonde curly hair, small frame and studying production art and costume design at Btec level, Lucy is not your typical wrestler. Although Lucy has only been training for a year, her interest spans back over eight years, when she first became engrossed in the subject after watching a wrestling match on TV at the age of nine.”

Huntress criticized: “Global animal lovers are up in arms over a teenage Texas girl’s love of killing big African game, so much so that they’re even demanding she be banned from posting pictures of herself smiling alongside her trophies online. Nineteen-year-old Kendall Jones claims photos of dead hippos, elephants, lions and other beasts on Facebook are a testament to her hunting skills and dedication to game preservation. But critics are appalled by the teen’s beaming social media and are calling Kendall sick and depraved for killing the rare animals and boasting about it online. An online petition to force Kendall to remove her page because it promotes animal cruelty had gained over 40,000 signatures in just a week. Jones, whose Facebook indicates she ‘is looking to host a TV show in January 2015,’ maintains she is doing what’s best for the preserves, where there isn’t always space for even threatened species like elephants or lions. ‘Controlling the male lion population is important within large fenced areas like these,’ Jones writes”

Woman batters burglar: “Professor Brian Cox may be renowned for solving problems with his mind. His wife, it seems, prefers to use her fists. The spouse of the sky-gazing TV physicist has revealed she fought off a burglar who broke into their house at night – and left him seeing stars. In a dramatic showdown, Gia Milinovich used skills she learned in boxing self-defence lessons to punch the intruder so hard in the face he ran away. The 44-year-old American gave him a right hook fearing she was in a ‘life or death’ situation with someone who may have been armed or might rape her. Police officers who rushed to the scene later congratulated her on her bravery. They caught the man using CCTV cameras and he was later jailed for eight weeks. Miss Milinovich said she has taken boxing lessons for the past three years, which had taught her to approach self-defence with a ‘kill or be killed attitude’. So rather than run away or wait to see if the intruder would attack her, she immediately rushed at him.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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