One baby photo that got left out of the album

July 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Using DNA to find a perfect mate: “A new dating site is embracing genetic science to match young professionals together, by testing the DNA of their customers to find certain indicators that make a good match. The site, SingldOut.com, works by mailing out DNA testing kits to their customers, who then spit in a tube and send it back. The tube is then sent to a lab, where it is tested for the presence of two genetic markers. The two markers tested for are the serotonin uptake controller, which is involved in how people handle positive and negative emotions. The second marker tested for relates to the genes influencing the person’s immune system. According to research by Instant Chemistry, the maker of the testing kits used by SingldOut, there is a strong correlation between people in long-term relationships having different versions of the serotonin genes and different immune systems.”

A good put-down: “The [British] Prime Minister is increasingly fed up with the duplicity of European politicians who criticise him but, when confronted, claim they have been mistranslated. So, when he heard last week that the European Parliament president, Martin Schulz, had laid into the British nominee for the European Commission, Jonathan Hill, Cameron asked for a copy of the remarks before buttonholing Schulz in Brussels. Cameron read out Schulz’s comments in German – and then asked him which word had been mistranslated. The result: a very sheepish-looking Schulz.”

A glamorous lawn bowler: “It was once the sport of choice for retired gentlemen across Britain’s leafy villages. But 24-year-old Natalie Melmore hopes to transform the fusty image of lawn bowls this week when she steps out on to the green for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The glamorous sportswoman is England’s reigning champion after she became the surprise winner of the singles competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi. She is a law and criminology graduate who has worked as a waitress to support herself. Now, Miss Melmore says she hopes her presence on Team England this summer will inspire young women to take up a sport, which is traditionally played by people many decades older than herself.” Miss Melmore, who was taught to play when she was nine by her father, said she had never encountered any sexism in the sport and that, playing with older men, meant she largely encountered ‘chivalry rather than chauvinism’.”

French blogger fined £1,200 after negative review of restaurant: “A French blogger has been fined £1,200 after a judge ruled a negative restaurant review appeared too high on Google searches. Caroline Doudet was also ordered to amend the title of her review, written in August 2013, which described the restaurant as ‘the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret.’ Owners of the Il Giardino restaurant, in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France, sued Ms Doudet claiming the review, which appeared fourth in Google searches, was hurting their business. A judge in Bordeaux this month ordered the review’s title be altered and told Ms Doudet to pay the restaurant €1,500 in damages, along with €1,000 to cover the compainant’s costs. Ms Doudet told the BBC: ‘This decision creates a new crime of “being too highly ranked [on a search engine]”, or of having too great an influence. ‘What is perverse, is that we look for bloggers who are influential, but only if they are nice about people.'”

Vain British jihadist fighting in Syria tweets asking how he can stop his beard getting split ends and how much he misses hair conditioner: “A British jihadist is fighting a war of a very different kind in Syria – a battle to keep his beard looking pristine. Abu Fulan al-Muhajir has been begging fellow militants for advice on dealing with split ends in his beard. Female jihad sympathisers were quick to offer advice. One of his 5,654 followers, Umm Ammar wrote: ‘Not a beard expert but when we get split ends in our hair we trim half an inch or so. Another advised to ‘trim and oil it’, while user Khadija told Mr al-Muhajir to ‘stop straightening it’. Mr al-Muhajir’s beauty bothers didn’t end there. He appears to have contacted another rebel fighter, Israfil Yilmaz, to ask where he could buy hair conditoner.”

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