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November 7, 2014 at 10:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Would you believe that this piece of crap is worth $100 million? “A rare piece of artwork painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death sold for $61.8 million Tuesday and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti took in over $100 million at a sale kicking off New York City’s fall art auctions of impressionist and modern art. The big-ticket auction at Sotheby’s brought in $101 million for Giacometti’s ‘Chariot.’ The rare 1951 bronze sculpture features an elongated goddess-like figure perched atop a wheeled chariot. The price almost broke the $104.3 million record for the Swiss artist. The 1951 piece, embellished with paint to enrich the textural quality of the bronze, has been in the same collection for over 40 years. Giacometti made six casts of the ‘Chariot’during his lifetime. The one sold Tuesday is one of only two painted examples.”

Thrill-seekers risk their lives by hanging off the side of a cliff with just ONE HAND: “It’s a hair raising experience that could of had fatal consequences but two thrill seekers haven’t apologised for a jaw dropping stunt, that saw them hanging off a cliff, with a daunting one kilometre drop. Two Adelaide men, who were on a trip of a lifetime to Norway with friends, were both seen performing the stunt, which was all captured on video by a mate. The footage obtained by Nine News sees them holding on to a piece of metal embedded into a large rock in a bid to hang off the side of the cliff which has a very big drop. It’s believed the nail biting footage, which provided plenty of breath taking views, has also prompted concerns for young people on holiday who are going to the extreme just for a thrill. ‘Young people sometimes do things that are perhaps not very clever looking for some sort of impact,’ Dr Bill Griggs from Royal Adelaide hospital told Nine News. ‘They could easily have been killed … it’s pretty scary.’

Adolf Hitler lookalike spooks Berlin locals in movie stunt: “Berlin locals have reportedly been spooked by appearances around their city of a Hitler lookalike, who looks unnervingly convincing in full costume. The controversial stunt, which is intended to promote an upcoming movie, Look Who’s Back, has lit up social media. Little-known actor Oliver Masucci, who plays the central role in the film, has turned up in character in various locations, provoking Borat-style encounters with passers-by that have been captured on hidden cameras. In one bizarre episode, Masucci even appeared on the balcony of a hotel as a group of demonstrators from the neo-Nazi NPD marched below. He reportedly taunted the skinheads, calling them “wimps”. Look Who’s Back is a big-screen adaptation of a hugely popular novel of the same name by Timur Vermes. The book, which has sold more than 2 million copies in Germany, is a satire that imagines what would happen if Hitler returned to live in modern-day Germany.”

Baywash car wash proves a hit by employing bikini-clad women to clean vehicles: “An American car wash is employing women to soap down and rinse cars in their bikinis. Baywash Bikini Car Wash in Winter Park, Florida is open seven days a week and offers a variety of bikini-clad cleaning services ranging from $10 for a hand wash and dry to a $60 waxing. Owner Steve McMahon, 47, originally came up with the idea five years ago to help raise money for his daughter’s school – but it has proven so popular that he now plans to open a chain of bikini-based car washes across America. Not everybody is impressed however – the local police force has now banned its officers making repeat visits to the car wash, where they have been taking advantage of free services. Mr McMahon trains each employee in leather maintenance, how to dry windows with minimal streaking, wax coating and proper detailing methods.

Gardener ‘died after brushing past poisonous plant’: “A gardener collapsed and died after apparently handling a highly-poisonous plant on the £4 million estate of a wealthy businessman, a coroner has heard. Nathan Greenaway fell ill after brushing against the deadly flower aconitum, also known as Devil’s Helmet and Monkshood, which was growing in the grounds of Millcourt House, owned by retired venture capitalist Christopher Ogilvie Thompson and his wife Katherine. A pre-inquest hearing was told that Mr Greenaway, 33, died in hospital from multiple organ failure. The gardener was rushed to hospital but despite frantic analysis of his blood, doctors were unable to work out what was wrong with him and he died five days later. The coroner heard that it was only after Mr Greenaway’s father, Richard, carried out hours of tireless research in an effort to find out what happened, that the link with the aconitum plant became apparent. North Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley heard from histopathologist Asmat Mustajab, who concluded it was “more likely than not” that Mr Greenaway died after coming into contact with the deadly purple flowering plant.”

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