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November 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

The black death is back: “An outbreak of bubonic plague has killed 40 people in less than three months, the World Health Organisation said. There have been 119 confirmed cases of the disease reported in Madagascar since late August and experts fear there is a risk of it spreading ‘rapidly.’ Two per cent of the cases recorded on the Indian Ocean island have been pneumonic plague, ‘one of the most deadly infectious diseases,’ that can kill within 24 hours. Health experts now fear the greatest risk could be in the capital, Antananarivo, where high population density and a weaknesses in the health care system could see it quickly spread. Plague is a bacterial disease that is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which swells the lymph node and can be treated with antibiotics. If the bacteria reach the lungs the patient develops pneumonic plague, which is passed from person-to-person through coughing. The first known case of the plague in Madagascar was identified in a man from Soamahatamana on August 31.He died on September 3.

‘Black Seadevil’ anglerfish caught on camera off the California coast: “In the dark waters off the California Coast an elusive and scary-looking fish has been caught on camera for only about the sixth time in history. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has captured video of an anglerfish. Only about half a dozen have been captured on film or video. The encounter occurred 2,000 feet beneath the surface and the peculiar-looking fish was observed and captured via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s remotely-operated vehicle. The anglerfish is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep, dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. Although it looks menacing, the fish in the video is only about 3.5 inches long. The small but scary-looking fish is named because of the manner by which it feeds: by dangling the luminescent tip at the end of a “fishing pole” projecting from its head, and using the “glowing lure” to attract unsuspecting prey. It then snatches that prey, usually a small fish or squid, with its long, sharp teeth. The fish had a role in Finding Nemo in which Marlin and Dory are enchanted by the glowing light and are almost caught!

Painting by Hitler sells for £103,000 at auction: “A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros (£103,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said. It had been expected to sell for £40,000. The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house. She said there had also been inquiries from Asia and America. The painting, entitled “Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen” (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), is one of about 2,000 works that Hitler painted between about 1905 and 1920 as a struggling young artist. Hitler’s Nazi party held mass rallies in Nuremberg between 1933 and 1938. In his autobiography “Mein Kampf”, he wrote that, as a young man, his hopes of becoming an artist had been dashed by repeated rejection by Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts.

The exotic ‘lost world’ island where time stands still: “A new documentary is lifting the veil on one of the most exotic travel destinations that very few people know exists. Socotra: The Hidden Land offers a revealing look at the remote island’s stunning landscapes and its people, whose ancient beliefs and lifestyles are under threat as they embrace modern practices and technology. With hundreds of endemic plants and animals the four-island archipelago of Socotra has been dubbed the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean and one of the most alien landscapes on Earth. The ‘lost world’ territory that belongs to Yemen is best known for having 800 rare species of flora and fauna – a third of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Located 155 miles east of Somalia and 210 miles south of Yemen, Socotra lures adventurers with its sandy beaches, limestone caves and towering mountains, in addition to its unusual wildlife and vegetation.”

Chinese students furious after university officials killed a dog which had become a campus mascot: “Casper the dog would regularly sit in on English and calculus at the Northwest A&F University in Yanglin County in the city of Xi’an, in north-western China’s Shaanxi province. The story of Casper began to circulate in local media and on social networks, however university officials did not appreciate the attention, and poisoned the dog. Student Xiong Hou, 21, said: ‘It was felt the dog had a really good influence on people, and as far as I know none of the lecturers objected. ‘Sometimes they would joke that only the dog was paying attention. I think he liked the English classes and calculus because the seats were best there for him to sleep on. Another student at the University, Xiao Wang, 23, added: ‘It wasn’t necessary to kill Casper, he would sit all day long in classes so he was hardly a threat to anyone. ‘They were just embarrassed that he made them look unprofessional. But actually I think having a pet in the class is actually progressive and forward-thinking. Many people are very sad.'”

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