An English beach: Stones instead of sand

September 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Old lady who survived a 13-storey plunge down elevator shaft overcame her trauma to get back in elevator for first time in 15 years… and it gets STUCK: “A grandmother who survived a 13-storey plunge down an elevator shaft finally overcame her fears and got back in one for the first time in 15 years – only to get stuck. Pensioner Geraldine Tattam, now 65, her daughter and her then six-month-old granddaughter were lucky to escape with their lives when the cable snapped in the elevator in a council block in Romford, north-east London, in 1999. She vowed never to use an elevator again, but three weeks ago, after returning home with heavy shopping and facing a 196-step climb, she decided to chance it. Ms Tattam lives on the 14th floor of the Highfield Towers council block in Romford, north-east London. To her shock, the elevator dropped several feet and stopped working, leaving the unlucky grandmother trapped. Ms Tattam was stuck for more than two hours waiting for help to arrive because of a firefighters’ strike.”

Wife saves husband: “Many men have been known to experience a nauseating sinking feeling the moment they utter those two life-changing words – ‘I do’. For Peter Bolton, it wasn’t cold feet that left him feeling queasy – but the prospect of falling hundreds of metres to his death after he lost his balance during the cliff-top ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Strictly speaking, he was not getting married but renewing his vows with wife, Faith, when the seemingly terrifying incident happened. A select few friends looked on in horror as Mr Bolton suddenly leant backwards, appearing to lose his balance as he stood on the edge of the precipice while reading his vows. He shouts and fearfully flails his arms in the air as guests look on and display very little reaction. Luckily, Mrs Bolton was on hand to grab her husband and prevent the happy occasion from turning into a tragedy. She manages to get a solid grip on his left arm before pulling him to safety.”

240lb Seattle woman ‘broke into man’s apartment pinned him down and raped him while he slept’: “26-year-old Seattle woman Chantae Gilman is facing rape charges after a man alleged he woke up to find her on top of him in his apartment, pinning his arms down. Gilman has prior felon convictions for attempted robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, The Smoking Gun reports. According the the police report, on the night of the attack the man had attended a birthday party for a neighbor known to Gilman. ‘Once arriving home he fell asleep on his bed,’ reported Detective Roger Ishimitsu. ‘Victim slept very hard due to a long day.’ He woke at 2 a.m. to find the 5’7”. 240-pound Gilman on top of him with his erect penis inside of her. His hands had been ‘pinned down over his head,’ according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has since been charged with second-degree rape for assaulting a victim ‘incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse by reason of being physically helpless.'”

ANOTHER “superfood”: “They were once worshipped by the Aztecs for being food of the gods. And now, hundreds of years later, chia seeds are revered once again as the latest `superfood’ trend. Originally found in Mexico, the tiny seeds have been dubbed `the running food’ and hailed as the `ultimate superfood’ by athletes and health advocates. They contain a wealth of antioxidants and minerals such as calcium and have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3 has been shown to help protect against a range of illnesses including heart disease and dementia. The seeds are also thought to help dieters as they contain few calories but are high in protein, making people feel full. The craze has taken such a hold that Marks & Spencer has just launched a range of products – including bread and pitta – containing the ingredient to meet the rising demand. The chain’s nutritionist Helen Stevenson said: `Our customers are definitely becoming more aware of these hero health ingredients, and are actively looking for them.'”

Did a keyboard decide YOUR baby’s name? ‘Qwerty effect’ makes people choose names containing letters on right-hand keys: “A study suggests the layout of a Qwerty keyboard may play a key part in what parents’ name their new baby. The researchers suggest keys on the right hand side are viewed as more positive, while the left is more negative. And they found people tend to favour names with letters from the right side of a keyboard – but only since the rise in popularity of the Qwerty keyboard in 1990. Scientists believe this is because many people apparently tend to associate `good’ with their dominant side – and most people are right-handed. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the research, though, is that the researchers say baby names have been influenced by the rise of the Qwerty keyboard. Since 1990, which the team defines as the dawn of the ‘modern keyboard era’, baby names with more right-side keys have apparently been favoured.”

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