How one shoe can ruin a family photo

August 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Fury at Brazil job seeker pap smears, virginity tests: “Women seeking education jobs in Brazil’s most populous state should not be required to submit to gynaecological exams or prove their virginity, according to women’s rights advocates. The education department of Sao Paulo state requires female prospective teachers to undergo a pap smear to prove they are free of a variety of cancers, or to present a doctor’s statement verifying they have not been sexually active. Until recently, it also required women to have a colposcopy, a type of visual examination used to detect disease. The department since at least 2012 has required the exams to show that candidates for long-term teaching positions are in good health. Critics, however, have decried it as an invasion of privacy. “It violates women’s rights. It’s very intimate information that she has the right to keep. It’s absurd to continue with these demands,” said Ana Paula de Oliveira Castro, a public defender of women’s issues in Sao Paulo.

Old guitar worth a fortune: “A guitar used by pop star Alvin Stardust to collect the autographs of some of music’s biggest names is now worth more than £1 million. Stardust, 71, was 12 when he was given the instrument in 1955 by his father, who had bought it for £1 and two shillings. The youngster took it to a Buddy Holly and the Crickets concert in Doncaster where the band signed it – and the starstruck teen dubbed the guitar ‘Peggy Sue’ after Holly’s song. Those first autographs started a tradition and the guitar has since been signed by, among others, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Sir Cliff Richard and has been valued at £1.25 million. Stardust, who enjoyed a No 1 hit in 1974 with Jealous Mind, has no plans to sell but when a friend said he could get a decent price for it, he had it valued. The singer collected many of the signatures when he was a teenager performing as Shane Fenton and the Fentones in the early 1960s.

Wasp causes demolition derby: “A wasp may have set off a chain of unfortunate events that left a Coca Cola truck smashed up, several bus passengers injured and a beloved seafood store in Florida in shambles. A surveillance video has been released this week by the Jacksonville Transit Authority showing the moment on July 23 when a big red tractor trailer sideswept a city bus before plowing into a New Town fish market, which later had to be razed to the ground. The driver of the vehicle, Calvin Hollis, 45, told investigators that a wasp flew into his cab as he was driving down West Beaver Street in New Town, causing him to lose control and crash. However, the accident report cited by News 4 Jax points out responding officers observed that all the windows on the truck were closed at the time, thus calling into question Hollis’ explanation.”

Baby elephant gets lost: “They say that elephants never forget – but this confused baby certainly got himself in a muddle when he became separated from his herd. The young elephant and his family became mixed up with livestock belonging to the Samburu community in the remote Ndoto Mountains in Northern Kenya. But when panic set in, the tiny youngster – who was just hours old – became confused and wandered off with the herders and cows. Too young to know any different and with a fresh umbilical cord and pink ears, the tiny animal trotted off with the cattle. The Samburu community cared for the elephant, who had barely mastered how to walk, before one of them set off on a 24-hour journey by foot down the mountainside to find help. The area was so remote, that a helicopter had to be chartered so it could be transported to the safe haven of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant nursery, which specialises in caring for orphaned baby elephants.

Watch water run UP a wall: Material that allows liquid to defy gravity: “In what looks like an optical illusion, scientists have found a way to defy gravity by making water run uphill. The technique works using a material that has thousands of tiny electroplated metal bristles that move in response to a magnetic field. When the magnetic field changes, so do the bristles, forcing the liquid that sit against them into an unexpected direction. The scientists in Massachusetts hope the material could someday be used to create glare-resistant windows and rain-resistant clothing. Each microhair, made of nickel, is about 70 microns high and 25 microns wide – about one-fourth the diameter of a human hair. The researchers created an array of the microhairs onto an elastic, transparent layer of silicone. In tests, the magnetically-activated material directed not just the flow of fluid, but also light – much like window blinds tilt to filter the sun.”

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