Punishment indeed

September 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

According to the London Daily Telegraph; “Two American innocents have been cleared of rape and murder after 30 years in Britain”

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I didn’t think Britain was quite that bad.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Japan’s first ever roundabouts confuse drivers: “Drivers across Japan have been left confused at the introduction of roundabouts, a previously unheard of concept in a nation wedded to the idea of traffic lights at junctions. A pilot project that opened in northern Japan in February 2013 proved sufficiently encouraging for the transport ministry to reconfigure 15 junctions in seven cities, with the roundabouts going into operation on Monday. The new road designs left drivers and pedestrians scratching their heads, however, with one driver in the city of Suzuka asking a local TV crew, “I’m confused about how many times I have to stop. Is it just once?” A pedestrian added that traffic lights were better “since I know when to stop and when to go”. Undeterred at the confusion, the transport ministry is pushing ahead with the scheme to transform more junctions into roundabouts, with a further 34 to be introduced before the end of the year. Advocates of roundabouts over junctions regulated by lights say that as well as contributing to fewer traffic accidents, roundabouts do not come to a standstill in the event of a power blackout.”

‘Argentina loses squid war with Falklands’: “The Falkland Islands Fisheries Department has reported the largest annual catch of squid since records began. The record catch, which is worth more than £45m, will be a major boost to the island economy. But it is also likely to come as a blow to the Argentinian authorities. They had reportedly started a “squid war” against the Falklands two years ago, telling their fishermen in the south Atlantic to target catches of the local Illex squid before the squid reached the waters around the British territory. “Despite initial concern that the cold conditions would adversely affect the catch, catches of Illex have exceeded 270,000 tonnes, which is the highest since the fishery began in 1987,” said Colin Roberts, HM Governor of the Falkland Islands.”

Robot birds: “Called ‘Robirds’ the flying remote-controlled falcons and eagles can be used to make other birds leave an area, possibly for good if they think they are in the stomping ground of a predator. The Robirds project is being developed by Clear Flight Solutions in The Netherlands. They actually have two Robirds in development; the smaller Falcon and the larger Eagle, for small and big birds respectively. Both mimic their real-life counterparts to fool regular birds into thinking they are true birds of prey. To stay in the air the Robirds flap their wings just like regular birds. While they are remote-controlled for now, the team hope to eventually make them autonomous. The birds are 3D printed using glass fibre and nylon composite material, which is strong enough that they can be crashed into the ground without breaking. The Robird version of the Peregrine is just as intimidating to birds as the real deal. After a couple of flights, the bird population understands that they are living in a dangerous hunting territory, and will take their business elsewhere.”

Transparent animals that rely on their invisibility to protect them from predators: “From fish to frogs, many of the world’s most intriguing animals have transparent skin. While scientists are not entirely sure how the animals evolved, it is thought that transparent skin helps the creatures blend in with their habitat. The development of invisible skin gives these animals, which are often prey, an advantage because they are able to escape a predator’s gaze. Almost all ocean animals without teeth, toxins or the ability to speed away from predators have some degree of invisibility, said Sönke Johnsen, a scientist and writer for Scientific American. Many see-through creatures rely exclusively on their invisibility to keep them safe and the amount of light that is able to pass through their bodies ranges from between 20 per cent and 90 per cent. Fleischmann’s Glass Frog is native to the cloud forests of Central and South America. It has vivid green translucent skin and the majority of its vital organs are clearly visible.”

Teenager dangles a piece of rope and a hotdog into a SEWER… and emerges with a giant fish: “Most people would feel queasy at the thought of fishing in a sewer but 15 year-old Kyle Naegeli, who lives in the Houston area of Katy is a big advocate of the unusual fishing technique. Although this practice is unhygienic at best the sewer in question is a storm sewer and therefore it does not contain human waste material. Instead the storm sewer, which is just 40 feet from Mr Naegeli’s house, collects everything and anything that runs off the street such as torrential rain, motor oil and dog mess…. When the young man returns he looks surprised as he feels the weight on the end of his line. He looks downwards and lifts up the rope to discover a large mudcat fish on the end of the line. The student told odditycentral.com he has previously caught bass, catfish and bluegill in the same sewer. However the teen adds that he never eats the fish. ‘It’s catch and release – I don’t eat anything out of there. Most of the fish are just mudcats and stuff you’re not really supposed to eat, anyways.’

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