London Taxi Driver

August 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London. He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music because “in the time of the Prophet there was no music, especially Western music which is the music of the infidel.”

The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door.

The Arab Muslim asked him, “What are you doing?”

The cabbie answered, “In the time of the Prophet there were no taxis, so get out and wait for a camel!”

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THE NEWS

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The G-spot DOESN’T exist; Italian doctors define ‘new’ area of pleasure for women: “New research suggests that while the fabled G-spot may not exist, all is not lost. Italian doctors have now described in medical literature an ‘intimate area’ that creates increased sexual pleasure. It is more complex than one spot, however, and includes the clitoris, vagina and uterus – described as ‘highly dynamic and sensitive structures’ by the authors of the new report. Now, says Profesor Jannini, modern imaging techniques such as ultrasound have enabled gynaecologists and scientists to see what happens to different areas of the reproductive system during sexual activity. The report authors write: ‘The clitoris, urethra, and anterior (front) vaginal wall have led to the concept of a clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex.’ This, they say, defines a broader or ‘variable, multifaceted… area that, when properly stimulated during penetration, could induce orgasmic response’.

Frenchman who ‘covered himself with Dior perfume’ claims he was booted from American Airlines flight because he smelled bad: “A 27-year-old Frenchman claims he was kicked out of an American Airlines flight because he smelled bad — and was admonished to ‘take a shower’ by the crew. The passenger, identified only as an Algerian-born man named ‘Mehdi,’ says he was about to board the Dallas-bound plane at Paris’ Charles-de-Gaulle Airport when he was approached by flight attendants. ‘The crew and passengers complained of your smell,’ one flight attendant told the man, according to cell phone footage watched by Agence France-Presse. ‘You’re with an American company, this is American territory and the captain has the right to refuse you,’ the crew member added, according to AFP. ‘You will not be flying today.’ The crew member told the man to ‘take a shower,’ according to the report. ‘I covered myself with Dior perfume at the duty free shop,’ he told AFP by away of explanation.

Lesser-known Vitamin A2 develops infrared sight, study claims: “During World War II, the U.S. Navy wanted to boost sailors’ night vision so they could spot infrared signal lights. According to some reports, they fed volunteers supplements made from the livers of walleyed pikes, and over several months, the volunteers’ vision began seeing the infrared region. While this legendary tale may sound far-fetched, a crowd-funded group of scientists has recreated this experiment and claims to have had successful results. Infrared vision helps animals such as snakes see the heat signature of their prey, but without night goggles, humans don’t have this ability. They claim that by limiting Vitamin A1 in the diet and replacing it with A2, the human body increase its production of something called porphyropsin. This is the protein complex that grants near infrared (NIR) vision to freshwater fish – and so, they say, can give humans completely natural infrared vision.” After several weeks, four volunteers using an electroretinogram (ERG) noticed spikes in their vision to 950 nanometres (nm). Infrared falls between about 800nm to 2500nm on the electromagnetic spectrum, meaning they could pick up some heat signatures.”

A Doll Hospital: “It’s the hospital where the surgeons fix missing limbs, repaint eyes and grow back the hair on some of Australia and New Zealand’s most precious and well-loved possessions. The Doll Hospital in Sydney has restored more than three million beloved dolls and teddy bears across the country for more than 100 years. Geoff Chapman, 67, whose grandfather started the hospital in 1913, now continues the traditional family business –which restores a variety of toys from porcelain and antiques to the common rag doll – with the help of up to 12 other staff. ‘We’re one of the last ones that does everything, when it comes to dolls, there’s very few that are capable of that sort of work,’ Mr Chapman told Reuters. ‘We’ve had customers who’ve burst into tears when they saw their treasured doll or teddy as good as new.’ The hospital was first set up by Harold Chapman Senior when a shipping mishap led the rubber bands holding together some celluloid dolls from Japan tear, forcing Harold to find a way to repair them. The business blossomed from there”

Cambodian rat meat: A growing export market: “A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents. Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance in many societies, the rice field rats, Rattus argentiventer, of this small South-East Asian nation are considered a healthy delicacy due to their free-range lifestyle and largely organic diet. Rat-catching season reaches its height after the rice harvest in June and July when rats have little to eat in this part of rural Kompong Cham province, some 60km from the capital Phnom Penh. That lack of food coincides with seasonal rains that force the rodents onto higher ground, and into the 120 rat traps local farmer Chhoeun Chhim, 37, said he set each evening. “Wild rats are very different. They eat different food,” said Mr Chhim, explaining with a gourmand’s intensity the difference between rice-field rats and their urban cousins, which he considers vermin unfit for the cooking pot.”

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