Why Indians don’t rob banks

December 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A very funny man — Gabriel Iglesias. The last line is the best

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The key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions? An early night: Lack of sleep wipes out willpower, study finds: “Planning on giving up smoking, losing weight or spending less money in 2015? Then get more sleep. A study has shown that our failure to stick to New Year’s resolutions each year is simply down to tiredness. Researchers found that those who got less than seven hours of sleep each night were far more likely to have weak willpower. Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, claims that tiredness erodes self-control. There have been a number of studies that have looked at the role that sleep can have on people’s ability to focus and concentrate. A group at the University of North Carolina found that nurses who slept less than seven hours of sleep tended to be less professional the next day, intentionally working slowly and engaging in discussions about confidential information. Another study from Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech found that students who went to bed later through the course of a week tended to cheat more in a trivia quiz.”

British bureaucratic logic again: “A cycling lane in Bristol has been likened to an obstacle course as it weaves its way round several trees and lamp posts. Bristol City Council painted white lines on a section of pavement in Nelson Street to create a contra-flow cycle lane, allowing bike riders to pedal against the prevailing traffic in relative safety. The council moved the cycle lane from the roadway due to building works which narrowed the width of the carriageway forcing them to move the facility which allowed riders to pedal the opposite way to traffic. However, the strangely shaped cycle lane is not the oddest in Britain, where there is one of just six feet in length.”

Who says crime doesn’t pay? The luxury yachts, cars and homes worth more than £22m were seized from some of Britain’s biggest drug dealers, fraudsters and tax dodgers: “It reads like a shopping list of a super-rich international playboy, from yachts, classic cars and jewellery to luxury homes in Knightsbridge, Dubai and Spain. But the £22million catalogue of riches have been seized by prosecutors this year from some of Britain’s biggest drug dealers, fraudsters and tax cheats. Investigators working around the globe have vowed to pursue criminals even after they have been caught and convicted, insisting they will ensure ‘crime does not pay’. The Crown Prosecution Service has released details of the vehicles, houses and property taken from just seven criminals which it is claimed could be used to fuel more crime. They include high-end properties worth millions of pounds”

Women happiest at 38 and men at 40: Study of over-70s finds loving relationships are more important than money or material gain: “You’d think the carefree days of childhood would rank as most people’s happiest. But in fact men are happiest at 40 while women are most content at 38 when they are fit and healthy and have good friends. A survey revealed that the best moments in life are the birth of a first child, your wedding day and the birth of grandchildren. The findings, from a poll of 1,000 people aged 70 and over by the insurance firm Beagle Street, show that loving relationships are more important than money or material gain. The most common regrets were choosing the wrong career and not pursuing lifelong dreams. The research involved quizzing 1,000 ‘life experts’ aged 70 or older who have the benefit of life experience and hindsight. They were asked about their happiest moments and their biggest regrets in life. Other happiest moments to make the top ten included the day you retire, moving into a new home, seeing your child’s first steps and meeting the man or woman of your dreams.

Is this the end of the bulb? The ‘lightpaper’ that can turn ANYTHING into a light: “Researchers have revealed lightpaper, a way to print sheets of ‘paper’ infused with tiny LEDs. They say it can be applied to walls, and even printed onto other objects – turning anything into a light. Lightpaper is manufactured by mixing ink and tiny LEDs together and printing them out on a conductive layer. That object is then sandwiched between two other layers and sealed. The tiny diodes are about the size of a red blood cell, and randomly dispersed on the material. When current runs through the diodes, they light up. The breakthrough has been likened to the emergence of 3D printing, and the firm behind it admits even it isn’t sure how it will be used. The world’s thinnest light, it is printed and flexible, Rohini, the firm behind it says. ‘Today’s lighting methods require soldering LED to circuit boards – now you can just print light on what you want’. The firm has shown off wallpaper , car logos and even snowboards with display using the paper built in.”

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Political correctness

December 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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There’s no such thing as bad publicity: “The Interview has become Sony’s highest grossing online release ever, taking in $15million in online rentals, as well as $2.8million from 331 theaters since opening on Christmas Day. The political comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, who also co-directed and co-wrote, was set for a wide release on Christmas Day on about 3,000 screens but was given a limited release in the wake of the Sony Pictures cyber attack. Sony also made the movie available onine via YouTube, Xbox Video and Google Play. The Interview has been rented or downloaded more than two million times since being released online on Tuesday, according to an article on Sunday by Variety. Netflix also was in talks to secure The Interview for the streaming service but a deal has not yet been reached, according to Variety.”

Bungling British health bureaucrats again: “A man has been left stunned after an ambulance arrived at his house to take his wife to a hospital appointment – three months after she died. Chris Davidson, from Swindon, Wiltshire, was preparing for the first Christmas without his wife, Valerie – who passed away in September – when the ambulance turned up on Christmas Eve. The 61-year-old said paramedics told him they had come to collect his wife of more than 21 years to take her to hospital for dialysis treatment. The widower was forced to explain to the driver, who had been sent by Arriva Transport Solutions – a firm which provides transport for NHS organisations – that his beloved partner had passed away. He said that while the staff couldn’t be more apologetic, he was disappointed by Arriva’s response. ‘It’s bad enough to make a mistake like that on any day, let alone on Christmas Eve. I just couldn’t believe it. ‘But I’m fuming with Arriva, because when I called them all I got was that it “wouldn’t happen again”, which made me madder. Ed Potter, head of South West Arriva Transport Solutions, has now apologised for the mistake and said he will work to ensure it does not happen again.”

The latest health drink fad: “Super-hydrating coconut water may have been the health drink to be seen with this year. But in 2015, it’s birch water, a drink extracted from silver birch trees, that looks set to overtake it in the popularity stakes. Why? Well, it’s thanks to its array of potential health and beauty benefits. With only 18 calories per 100ml, birch water contains lots of important, naturally occurring nutrients, such as antioxidant vitamin C, rehydrating potassium, immune system-boosting zinc, and copper — thought to have anti-ageing benefits. The thin, watery sap is tapped from birch tree trunks in early spring and has been a popular drink and herbal remedy in Russia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and even some parts of Northern China for centuries. Credited with helping a range of maladies, from high cholesterol to flu, kidney stones, headaches, eczema, cellulite and dandruff, birch sap is also considered to have powerful hydrating and detoxifying effects.”

Two hospital workers spend FOUR HOURS pinned to MRI machine by metal oxygen tank that was catapulted across room when device’s giant magnet was turned on: “Two hospital workers spent four hours pinned between a highly magnetic MRI machine and a metal oxygen tank. The 4ft tank was pulled across the room by the machine’s magnetic field at Tata Memorial Hospital in New Delhi, India, leaving porter Sunil Jadhav and technician Swami Ramaiah seriously injured. Hospital authorities launched an investigation into the incident, which was reportedly exacerbated when staff found they were unable to demagnetise the machine. The incident last month was triggered while a patient was being wheeled in for a routine scan in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The 28-year-old porter was asked to fetch an oxygen mask but thought he was being asked to fetch a whole tank, the Mumbai Mirror reported. It was drawn across the room, pinning him and the technician to the machine and fracturing his elbow. Normally the incident could have been over within seconds, but the machine’s emergency shut-off switch failed to work, hospital authorities said.”

Hippo update: “A hippopotamus left with broken teeth and tears streaming down its face after jumping out of a moving lorry was killed when bungling zoo staff dropped him on the ground a second time while trying to rescue him. Ahe, a 32-year-old male hippopotamus, was hurt with a damaged leg and teeth but still alive after falling from the moving lorry which was ferrying him to a zoo in Taiwan. But he died when zoo staff hitched the 1.8 tonne animal into a harness that could not carry his weight – and he was dropped him for a second time. Medics said that the hippo died from injuries sustained as a result of being dropped the second time while being moved to a temporary shelter in the botched rescue attempt in Taichung city, a special municipality located in western Taiwan. The initial accident happened last Friday when the panicked hippo jumped from the truck in which it was being transported, breaking a leg. Ahe was a star attraction at its ranch and even appeared in a popular television soap opera several years ago.”

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Can you do this?

December 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Coins Stacked in Such a Way That They Extend Past the Edge of the Table

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Could hackers take control of your CAR?: “Drivers of luxury vehicles face being ‘hacked’ by criminal gangs even while driving down the road, according to a stark warning delivered today. AA president Edmund King said that permanent connections to the internet found in high-end luxury cars could provide criminals with the opportunity to interfere with a car’s safety systems, even while it is driving along the road. Mr King said next generation safety systems will include a ‘Co-operative Intelligent Transport System’ where cars will be able to talk to each other, reducing the chance of road traffic accidents. However, Mr King fears that car cyber criminals could hack into this network to deliberately compromise safety. He said in-car internet connections could also become infected by viruses. According to Mr King, modern technology has led increase in car crime, which has been on the decline since its peak in the early 1990s, when all thieves needed was a screwdriver.”

Ethical designer makes glamorous fur range using ROADKILL: “Glamorous in a red silk shirt and cosy fox fur stole, Pamela Paquin might look like your typical fashion fan – but in fact, she’s anything but. Instead of faux fur, Ms Paquin’s collar is made entirely from roadkill – and she has now set up a business producing everything from collars to coats using mangled mink and squashed foxes. Nevertheless, Ms Paquin, who lives near Boston in Massachusetts, says she expects the range to prove popular among ethical fur fans who don’t want to see animals killed purely for their pelts. ‘I’ve always loved animals and have always worked on a farm,’ explains the 39-year-old designer. ‘There’s a lot of roadkill in America – a lot more cars and a lot more animals than many other countries. ‘I knew the idea would be popular but I didn’t know when it would take off – they are a real statement piece.’ Every piece made for her company, Petite Mort, is created using animals killed on the road, with most supplied by the Highway Department and Animal Control who are licensed to collect them.”

Strange note in hotel room: “When you’re spending the night alone in a hotel room, a creepy note and a locked door are probably the worst things you could find. And the mysterious note Amy Jones found in the drawer of her Edinburgh hotel room is like something straight out of a horror movie. She wrote: ‘So I’m in a hotel in Edinburgh and I’ve just found this note in one of the drawers…’ And accompanying her tweet was a picture of the note, which said ‘Don’t open the locked door! Don’t trust its whispers! Leave, just lea [sic]’ She followed it up with a picture of the door, captioned: ‘This is the door they are referring to. It faces my bed. Cool.’ Amy, from Salford, told MailOnline: ‘I was so amused when I saw the note though a little shocked. But she added that she did not want to name the establishment because ‘it is a nice hotel and I would not want to damage their reputation’.

Hippo in Taiwan jumps from truck, startling locals who think it’s a dinosaur: “PANICKED locals in a Taiwanese city called police with an incredible claim — they had seen a ‘dinosaur’ on the loose. But this was no Jurassic Park. Instead the dinosaur — which some callers to police insisted had been flying — was a hippo that had fallen out the back of a truck in central Miaoli county. The hippo, named “A Ho”, panicked while it was being transported and jumped from the vehicle. It broke its leg in the fall and the sound of the giant animal hitting the concrete startled residents who ran outside to see what the noise was. The hippo jumped through the truck window and landed on a parked car before eventually coming to rest on the road. The truck driver was quoted by the newspaper as saying that he saw the hippo “flying out” of the vehicle after getting spooked during the drive. The injured animal lay on the road for a few hours before being put into a cargo container and taken back to its farm. The hippo is expected to make a full recovery.

Another old Chinese vase sells for a fortune: “A chipped vase a couple kept artificial flowers in has sold for £634,000, after it was discovered to be an 18th century Chinese relic. The unnamed husband and wife inherited the damaged vase from the woman’s late father and were ‘completely oblivious’ about is origin and value. They emailed an auction house photos of some ‘modest’ antiques they were considering selling, including one of the 16 inch tall pea green vase. And an expert immediately identified the porcelain vase as unique and made in the 18th century for one of the palaces of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. It it not known how and when the famille rose and calligraphic vase left China but it was bought at a sale in the 1960s by the owner’s late father. She and her husband inherited it and kept it in the corner of their lounge to put fake flowers in. And with bidders lined up from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada on the day of the sale, the price soon shot up to £100,000 before escalating to a final hammer price of £520,000. With fees added on, the total price paid for the item was £634,400 – and it is thought the sale price would have been at least double the amount had the vase been in good condition.”

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Easy rider

December 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Chinese grinches ban Christmas: “A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a ‘kitsch’ foreign celebration unbefitting of the country’s own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead. The state-run Beijing News said that the Modern College of Northwest University, located in Xian, had strung up banners around the campus reading ‘Strive to be outstanding sons and daughters of China, oppose kitsch Western holidays’ and ‘Resist the expansion of Western culture’. An official microblog belonging to one of the university’s Communist Party’s committees posted comments calling for students not to ‘fawn on foreigners’ and pay more attention to China’s holidays, like Spring Festival. Christmas is not a traditional festival in officially atheist China but is growing in popularity, especially in more metropolitan areas where young people go out to celebrate, give gifts and decorate their homes.

Big money grab as van spills $2.4 million onto busy Hong Kong road: “CHRISTMAS came early for dozens of motorists after $2.4 million flew off the back of a van in a busy Hong Kong road. Boxes filled with more than $HK15 million in cash spilt out of the armoured van on Christmas Eve, sparking a frenzy as drivers and passers-by tried to get their hands on the notes. Traffic ground to a halt on Gloucester Road — the scene of recent protests — as taxi drivers rushed out of their cars to make a grab for the money. A witness told South China Morning Post they saw “a regular-looking Hong Kong lady” with “an armful of bricks of cash. It was as much as she could carry. She just disappeared into the depths of Wan Chai.” However police chief inspector Addy Li Chi-kin warned that anyone who took home banknotes should return them immediately, or be arrested for theft. Police Superintendent Wan Siu-hung said the driver of the van made it all the way to his destination, a half-hour’s drive away, oblivious to the fact that his back door was open and the cash boxes had fallen out.

Hybrid plane can only stay airborne for a few minutes: “The world’s first hybrid plane that can recharge itself mid flight has been successfully tested. The aircraft has been created by a team at Cambridge University, working with Boeing, who carried out the maiden flight at Sywell Aerodrome, in Northampton. But passengers won’t be boarding a hybrid plane any time soon, as a jetline would only be able to stay airborne for a matter of minutes. The demonstration aircraft is powered by parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system and is said to use 30 per cent less fuel than petrol only planes, Cambridge University said. During the tests the plane performed a series of ‘hops’ along the runway, before a flight at over 1,500 feet. During take off, when it needs most power, it uses both the petrol engine and the electric motor, but once cruising height is reached the electric motor can be switched onto generator mode. This will then recharge the batteries or it can be switched to motor assist mode to save fuel.

“Dangerous” Christmas crackers are banned for under-12s in Europe: “It’s the Christmas dinner table accessory that children take most delight in. But there’s one strange fact about the innocuous Christmas cracker that almost no one in Britain seems to realise: it’s illegal to sell them to anyone under 12. The bizarre regulation has led to a number of cases of check-out staff challenging teenagers buying Christmas crackers. Last week, a 16-year-old boy was turned away from a Sainsbury’s Local in Islington, North London, because he was unable to prove his age. When the box of crackers he wanted was swiped through the till, the supermarket’s ‘Think 25’ warning flashed up on the screen, indicating that it was an age-limited purchase, like alcohol, cigarettes and adult DVDs. A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: ‘Our corporate age restriction on Christmas crackers is 12, in line with trading standards policy. ‘But it is up to the discretion of store managers on whether to go ahead with a sale.’

Forgotten fairytales tell stories of wicked step-fathers, scared young princes and witch-slaying damsels: “Most fairytales are overrun with wicked witches, entrapped princesses and dashing young princes. But a new collection offers a different take on the classics – without the Happily Ever After. The stories were compiled by German historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1880s. And now the collection, which lay forgotten in a local archive for 150 years, is set to be published in English for the first time. While the well-known Grimm fairytales often feature a vulnerable princess and dragon-slaying hero, Schönwerth reverses their roles – offering readers powerful female and vulnerable male characters. In Schönwerth’s fantastical version Cinderella, for example, the heroine uses her golden – not glass – slippers to rescue her lover from beyond the moon. In 1885, Jacob Grimm said this about him: ‘Nowhere in the whole of Germany is anyone collecting [folklore] so accurately, thoroughly and with such a sensitive ear.'” But Schönwerth’s volumes never gained prominence”

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The little woman – can’t you just love her?

December 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Four old timers were playing their weekly game of golf, one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round.

His buddies all chimed in said, “Let’s do it! We’ll make it a priority; figure out a way and meet here early, Christmas morning.”

Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course. The first guy says, “Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife a diamond ring that she can’t take her eyes off of.”

The second guy says, “I spent a ton too. My wife is at home planning the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures.”

The third guy says “Well my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual.”

They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they have lost their minds. “I can’t believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I slapped my wife on the bottom and said, ‘Well babe, Merry Christmas! It’s a great morning — intercourse or golfcourse –‘

She said, “Don’t forget your hat.”

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Kim Dotcom saves Christmas: “December 25th has been quite an eventful day for gamers. Many new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners unwrapped their new devices, only to find out they couldn’t play online — both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network was down all day long thanks to a cyber-terrorist group called Lizard Squad. … Kim Dotcom, a self-proclaimed hacker and internet entrepreneur known for his Mega cloud storage service, offered special vouchers as a peace offering and Lizard Squad happily accepted it. The deal involved an undisclosed amount of lifetime Mega memberships with 500GB of storage. If the attacks on Xbox Live or PSN, for whatever reason, were to resurface, the Mega memberships would be terminated.”

Big fish: “A schoolboy has landed a catch of a lifetime – a monstrous 8ft catfish weighing the same as a champion boxer. The carnivorous catfish had snatched the live bait from 14-year-old Sam Lee’s line who was on a fishing holiday in Spain with his father Peter. Weighing in at 208lb, similar to that of boxing champion David Haye, it was never going to be an easy battle to pull him in. The giant catfish immediately bolted 100 metres downstream, but Sam, from Chester, hung on. And finally, after a 35 minute battle, Sam finally landed the 15 stone, 2.5 metre-long fish. In time honoured tradition, he then posed for the traditional photo to secure bragging rights before letting the creature swim back into the water at the River Ebro in Catalonia. But the biggest on record is the Mekong catfish, found in Southeast Asia, which was recorded as 8ft 9in long and just a sliver under 646 pounds.

Passenger taken off flight because being wished “Merry Christmas” enraged him: “A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas. The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes. The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.” The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?” “Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted before brushing past her. Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw. “Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas. The crew tried to calm the unidentified man, but he refused to back down and continued hectoring them. He was escorted off the plane as other fliers burst into cheers and applause.”

Adolf Hitler look-a-like travels everywhere with a copy of Mein Kampf and even charges £60 for photographs: “With a toothbrush moustache and jet black hair brushed over to one side, one Kosovan man believes he is the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler and travels everywhere with a copy of Mein Kampf. Emin Djinovci from Mitrovica earns a living as a Hitler look-a-like and even charges tourists £60 for taking a photograph with him. The 49-year-old has five daughters who he collectively calls ‘Hitler’s children’ and is proud of his likeness to the Nazi leader because he fought against the Serbs – his enemies. ‘I am proud of my likeness to the Fuhrer because, like him, I fought against the Serbs – my enemies,’ he told InSerbia News. In April 1941 Hitler gave the order for German forces – backed by Italian, Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian Axis allies – to invade Yugoslavia and Greece. There was a widespread persecution of Serbs during World War Two, referred to as the Serbian Genocide.

Dying man, 84, credits stray dog ‘Mahjong’ with curing him of cancer: “Call it a Christmas miracle, or a stroke of absolute luck, but a dying Alabama man believes a stray dog he picked up on the street has helped him fight off incurable cancer and live to see Christmas. In October he had surgery to remove three large tumors. After the surgery, Kathy went to pick up her husband from a rehabilitation center, she noticed a dog dangerously wandering down the road. She opened the door and let the dog get in, the continued to get her husband. They had little option but to keep the dog, and named him Mahjong after Kathy’s favorite card game, which is similar to solitaire. Mahjong fell in love with Hogencamp and rarely left his side. He would jump on Hogencamp’s lap at any chance and fall alseep with him during naps. Incredibly, doctors later informed the shocked couple that tests had deemed Hogencamp cancer-free. Hogencamp and his wife believe Mahjong found them in a time of need, and somehow understood it was his responsibility to help the man fight cancer.”

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An agonized dog

December 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

He hates his owner’s falsetto singing. I sympathize with him

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Prohibition lives on in Pennsylvania: “Earlier this year, after a months-long undercover investigation, Pennsylvania state police agents served a warrant on the home of Arthur Goldman, an attorney, and his wife, Melissa Kurtzman. The police, who had made undercover buys at the home before, easily found what they were looking for. And they found lots of it. In a raid that lasted twenty hours, police seized thousands of ounces of alleged contraband from the couple’s home. So just what was it that led police to target the homeowners? Cocaine? Marijuana? Meth? Raw milk? None of the above. This bizarre and infuriating case involves no illicit substance whatsoever. It’s a case about wine. Legally purchased wine, at that. Goldman and Kurtzman are now fighting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in court. They argue the state’s seizure of more than 2,400 bottles of fine wine is unconstitutional and are seeking to force Pennsylvania to return the entire collection. The state, on the other hand, has designs on destroying the wine.

A gourmet Maccas!: “With dishes including brown rice salad, chipotle pulled pork and balsamic strawberry soda you may expect to be sitting in a hipster cafe in the inner-city. But this trendy lunch spot in Sydney’s Camperdown is actually a McDonald’s, the first McCafe in the world to re-brand as ‘The Corner’. The global fast food giant – best known for Big Macs, cheeseburgers and Happy Meals – is using the restaurant as a testing ground to trial different gourmet menu items as it undergoes a $1 billion remodelling. McDonald’s says it is a ‘learning lab’ where the fast food giant will test out never before seen menu items. The cafe has a menu board that changes daily, but is built around a base of salads and brown rice. These can be customised with ingredients like Morroccan roast chicken breast and a range of sauces including chutneys and chimichurri. Field service manager Cameron Newlands said the café also serves smoothies and craft sodas, along with the more traditional McCafe menu items”

Taking the wombat for a walk: “An adorable orphaned wombat has formed a very special bond with her surrogate mum – who just happens to be a human. The helpful wombat named Chloe, who is nine-months-old, follows her zoo keeper Evelyn Weston around Taronga Zoo’s grounds overlooking Sydney Harbour every day. ‘It’s a natural behaviour and something Chloe would be doing with her real mother if she’d survived,’ Evelyn said. ‘Wombats stay with their mothers for up to two years, walking by their side until they’re old enough to fend for themselves.’ The pair have been inseparable since Chloe came to the zoo three months ago after her mother was struck and killed by a car near Jenolan Caves, west of the Blue Mountains, in June. Her daily walks are part of her development before she can be safely released back into the wild. Keepers at the zoo have also built the joey a home where she can dig burrows and forage for her own food. ‘She’s really learning how to be a wombat. Her paws are already toughening up and she’s quite happy digging about on her own,’ said Evelyn.”

A REALLY crazy woman driver: “A California woman’s road rage landed her in jail twice in just five days. Deidre Orozco, 50, is back in Roseville Jail after she allegedly attempted to run two young women off I-80 just northeast of Sacramento on Saturday. Days earlier, she had been arrested and released because of another hit-and-run accident. The victims of Saturday’s event filmed Orozco yelling and honking as she swerved her huge silver truck into the women’s tiny Mazda. At one point, the video shows Orozco pulling her car in front of the victims — forcing them to stop — and claiming to be a highway deputy. One of the victims, passenger Delanie Strykul, says the incident started after Orozco cut them off twice, then slowed down to drive alongside their car. ‘When she did that, I threw up my hands and flipped her off,’ Strykul told CBS Sacramento. That got Orozco enraged, said the women, who ‘feared for their lives.’ Orozco allegedly hit the women’s car and tried to push them off the road, but they were able to get away again.”

Intelligent dog grabs a rope and attempts to scramble to safety after falling down a well… only to keep slipping when it nears the top – until it finally manages to climb free: “This brave little dog is the living proof that if at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again. The sandy coloured pet was at the centre of a dramatic rescue mission after plunging down a deep well. The intelligent pooch repeatedly managed to grab hold of a rope and scramble up the brickwork, only to slip and fall as it neared the top. A rescuer, desperate to retrieve the exhausted dog, shouted words of encouragement as time-and-time again it plunged back into the freezing water. In total nine attempts failed, but the little dog and the emergency worker refused to give up hope. On the tenth go, a rescuer managed to grab hold of the pets collar and drag the animal to safety. The whole ordeal lasted just under three minutes. The bedraggled dog appeared uninjured by the experience and was seen happily wagging its tail back on dry land.

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Wives

December 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Special Package for Businessmen: An Airline introduced a special package for Business men. Buy your ticket, get your wife’s ticket free. After great success, the company sent letters to all the wives asking how was the trip. All of them gave the same reply…”What trip?”

New SIM to Surprise Her Husband: Woman buys a new Sim Card. Puts it in her phone and decides to surprise her husband who is seated on the couch in the living room. She goes to the kitchen, calls her husband with the new number: “Hello Darling.” The husband responds in a low tone: “Let me call you back later Honey, my wife is in the kitchen.

Cool Message by a Wife: Dear Mother-in-law, “Don’t teach me how to handle my children, I’m living with one of yours & he needs a lot of improvement.”

Throwing Knives at Wife’s Picture: Husband was throwing knives at his wife’s picture. All the knives were missing the target! Suddenly he received a call from her “Hi, what are you doing?” His honest reply, “MISSING YOU.”

Habit of Talking in Sleep: A lady to doctor: My husband has a habit of talking in his sleep! What should I give him to cure it? Dr: Give him an opportunity to speak when he is awake..

Natural Disasters Just Happen: Nobody teaches volcanoes to erupt, tsunamis to devastate, hurricanes to swirl around and no one teaches a man how to choose a wife. Natural disasters just happen.

Your Husband Needs Rest: Doctor: Madam, your husband needs rest and peace, so here are some sleeping pills. Wife: Doc, when should I give them to him? Doctor: They are for you !

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Passenger’s lost luggage delivered, 20 years late: “An American artist has been reunited with her luggage 20 years after she lost it. Arizona resident Maria Dellos’ bag disappeared in the mid-1990s after taking a trip to Las Vegas for a trade show. The bag contained $US600 worth of art supplies she’d purchased from the show. The NY Daily News reported her luggage was found in a dusty storeroom at Tucson International Airport by TSA agents. Ms Dellos was “absolutely thrilled” to be reunited with her belongings, particularly since the two-decade-old paints were “still very creamy and usable”. The price tags for the paints at the time came at a less contemporary $US3.80. “The price is of the past,” Dellos says smiling. “I’m absolutely thankful to the TSA for calling me today and giving me great faith back into the airline industry”. About 21.8 million bags are mishandled by airlines each year, according to the latest figures for 2013 from air transport technology provider SITA.

Outdoor urinals? “The temporary installation of new outdoor urinals along a party street has been met with revolt. For more than 10 years, Gold Coast City Council has been trying to manage public urination in Surfers Paradise’s busy nightclub strip and hope these portable toilets will be the answer. The loos are aimed at longtime perpetrators – believed to be drunken men – who have been relieving themselves in front of businesses and alleyways, one councillor told Daily Mail Australia. But when two blocks of portable urinals were put up on Friday night, locals were ‘disgusted’ and ‘offended’ by what they could see. Councillor Lex Bell says public urination along Cavill Mall and Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, southeastern Queensland, has been an issue for 10 to 12 years. ‘I don’t like the urinals either but they’re are less offensive than the alternative. ‘These urinals are just a way for us to manage the problem as council simply doesn’t have the power to arrest people who urinate in public.'”

Miserable “health” bureaucrats in Australia too (and the person who complained about the girl would have to be an utter worm): “The devastated 11-year-old girl who was forced to shut down her lemonade stand by a local council got up at 4am to cook fresh goods for the stall and lay out furniture to make it look like a cafe. Chelsea Ruderforth, whipped up a delicious range of treats to sell on a quiet country road near her house to make some money before Christmas but someone reported her to the red-tape enforcers at Bunbury City Council, in Western Australia. The council complained the food she was selling was ‘high risk’ and that she ‘set up a marquee with a couch, chairs and tables in a location where it was unsafe for passing vehicles to pull over safely’. ‘It is such a sad day when a kid can’t make a bit of extra cash just selling a few cupcakes and lemonade,’ Chelsea’s mother Marissa told 720 ABC Perth. But someone reported her entrepreneurial plans to the council before the sale had even begun and before she’d even served her first customer.”

Contact lenses and booze don’t go together: “After a late night drinking, it’s easy to tumble into bed without taking out contact lenses. But experts have warned people who do so seriously risk going blind. Poor optical hygiene, usually due to drinking too much alcohol, can lead to serious eye infection and even abscesses on the cornea that can cause blindness, they warned. They predict a surge in eye infections over Christmas, as people take less care of their eyes when partying over Christmas and New Year. Dr David Allamby, a leading laser eye surgeon who runs Focus clinic in London, says he sees a 50 per cent surge in enquiries in the New Year from people who have suffered infections during the holidays and want a permanent solution to their sight problems. He warned: ‘Christmas and drinking are favourite bed-fellows. ‘Unfortunately, drinking and abuse of contact lenses also can come hand in hand, so there is an increased incidence of lens-related problems over the festive season.”

Truffles get you high: “The smell of a black truffle has been described as earthy, pungent, euphoric and even sexy. These delicacies, which can sell for £860 to £3,000 ($1,345 to $4,700) per kilogram, cause the pigs and dogs that hunt them to fall under a frantic spell. Now researchers in Italy have discovered that a ‘bliss molecule’, similar to the trahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in cannabis, may be behind black truffle’s potent powers. The molecule, named anandamide, behaves like the psychoactive ingredient found in majijuana to release mood-enhancing chemicals in the brain, according to a report. Anandamide is also used in humans to trigger the release of melanin.Scientists have dubbed the compound the ‘bliss molecule’ due to the way it can change mood, memory, appetite and depression. The research team said that bacteria from the surrounding soil becomes trapped inside the truffles as they grow, creating their distinctive smell. The compounds produced by the bacteria, which contain high levels of sulphur, can also be detected by humans causing their highly desirable flavour. Truffles are the fruiting body of a family of fungi”

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I present to you, the fully street legal Ford f650

December 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Automotive absurdity

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Newborn baby is found in a TOILET after his frightened Chinese mother abandoned him: “The police officers from Shenyang xiazhuang police station in China received a tip-off about the abandoned baby after neighbours heard it crying and sobbing in an apartment building. Police found the baby still covered in blood laying naked and alone in a small amount of toilet water. Eyewitnesses watched as a police officer scooped the crying baby out of the bowl. He then took the baby’s umbilical cord and placenta along with him. The tot’s hands were twitching as he let out sobs after laying in the shallow water for hours. The cold had turned his face purple and had made it difficult for him to breathe. But the officer wrapped the baby in a warm blanket and rushed him to Shenyang third People’s Hospital for treatment. According to police, the teenage mum lived with her boyfriend but became scared after she discovered she was pregnant. Her family rushed to her bedside after they learnt of the baby’s birth and will now help her to raise the baby.

Can this beer make you more creative? “While beer goggles often end in bad decisions, researchers have found that just enough alcohol can boost creativity. One enterprising Danish firm has now created a beer to boost creativity – and even a bottle that ensures you drink the perfect amount. Called the Problem Solver, it comes with a scale so you can drink the perfect ‘goldilocks’ amount based on your weight. University of Illinois at Chicago professor Jennifer Wiley recently concluded that the average man produces his most creative thinking with an alcohol level of 0.075%. Known as the creative peak, it’s considered the ideal state for problem solving, inventing and generally coming up with great ideas. Marketing agency CP+B Copenhagen worked with Rocket Brewing to engineer a beer that claims to enable the average person to reach the desired 0.075%. The craft IPA has a bottle indicator showing body weights, so the average man can get just the right amount. ‘The Problem Solver is a handcrafted Indian Pale Ale brewed to tickle taste buds and brain cells,’ the firm says. ‘It has a refined bitterness with a refreshing finish.”

Old lady is rescued after spending SIX DAYS stuck in her bath: “A pensioner has been rescued after spending six days trapped in her bath thanks to her postman who grew worried when she did not answer the door. The woman, named Huguette, who lives by herself in the southern French town of Saint-Antoine-de Breuilh in Dordogne, was about to use the toilet when she slipped and fell in her bathtub, according to The Local. When the woman, who is understood to be in her eighties, found herself unable to extract herself from the tub alone, she reached for her emergency alarm that she had left on the basin. As the days passed, nobody came to her rescue and she was forced to drink water from the tap to survive. Postal worker Silvette Villaud delivered her mail after three days, she noticed something strange about the house. ‘I said to myself ‘That’s enough, there’s a problem here,’ she said. ‘I hadn’t done that route for very long but I knew an elderly woman lived there, so I went to the Town Hall to alert them.'” Cristian Gallot, mayor of Saint-Antoine-de Breuilh, took it upon himself to investigate the alert and borrowed a spare set of keys from a neighbour. Upon entering the home he found Huguette lucid but exhausted.”

New creature found by amateur: “A retired teacher has discovered a new type of transparent sea anemone. Robert Durrant found the 6mm creature and posted a photograph on Facebook asking for help to identify it – but with no success. So he took a specimen from Hele Bay, near Ilfracombe, Devon, to his aquarium to observe it. Then he had a breakthrough after taking a backlit photo showing it was transparent with tiny tubercules. This helped French expert Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat to identify the tiny creature. He said it is a new variety of Aiptasiogeton pellucidus, an anemone found in Dorset in the 1970s before disappearing.

‘Dead’ grandfather comes ‘back to life’ moments before his family set fire to him on a funeral pyre in India: “A ‘dead’ grandfather came ‘back to life’ moments before his family set fire to him on a funeral pyre in India. Deepak Singh, 72, collapsed at his home in the city of Bhilwada in India’s north-western state of Rajasthan in front of his horrified relatives after he went to feed his cows. Soon after his family received confirmation that he was dead they prepared his burial pyre and began a traditional chant which caused the old man to stir, then wake up. Nalwa added: ‘As the volume of the wailing increased I suddenly saw my grandfather’s body move. At first I thought it was my imagination, but then he opened his eyes and sat up.’ Realising their mistake, Nalwa and his uncle Gulshan, 56, quickly helped the pensioner off the pyre. Stunned Singh said: ‘I know I can be a bit of a pain at times, but I hope they wait till I am actually dead before trying to set me on fire again.’

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Frustrated cat

December 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cat tries to catch fish under frozen pond

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Women protesters throw national dish of French Fries and mayonnaise at Belgian Prime Minister: “The prime minister of Belgium was today bombarded with one of his country’s national dishes – chips and mayonnaise. Charles Michel was attacked by activists protesting against austerity measures imposed by the European Union. The 39-year-old, who is the youngest premier in his country’s history, was about to make a speech in Namur, in the southern Wallonia region of Belgium, when he was covered in the gooey mess. ‘Chips were also flying towards his head. His security guards looked very worried, but he seemed to take it all in his stride, smiling broadly. The young premier, who took office in October, leads a coalition that is planning major public sector cutbacks while also raise the retirement age in Belgium to 67. After being covered in mayonnaise, he cleared himself up and carried on with his speech without his jacket. ‘I felt like a bit of mayonnaise,’ he joked.”

Apparently this does need to be said. If a man claiming to be a model agency talent scout contacts you via Facebook asking for nude photos, he’s not likely a model agency talent scout: “A Massachusetts man faces charges of possession of child pornography and enticing a child for sex after Prescott police uncovered an online modeling scam. John S. Gray, 28, of Mashpee, was arrested Tuesday and booked into a Massachusetts jail. According to Prescott police, Gray had been using Facebook to attempt to elicit nude photographs of underage girls while posing as a talent scout for a modeling agency. Lt. Amy Bonney said the parent of a Prescott teen contacted police after she found a suspicious message on her child’s phone. The message was from what appeared to be an adult male looking for “models.” The man offered to pay the teen money for a modeling job but first requested graphic images from the girl. Prescott police identified seven local victims. Detectives are working with investigators from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania to identify other victims and crimes related to Gray’s activity”

Naked cyclist gets pulled over by police, but not for the reason you might expect: “A naked cyclist has been ticketed by police in New Zealand, but amazingly, it was the lack of a helmet and not the absence of clothes that the cyclist was reprimanded for. The cyclist had also been drinking, but wasn’t charged for being on a bike under the influence of alcohol either. Senior police sergeant Randel Tikitiki has said that the man wasn’t charged with indecent exposure, because, perhaps vitally, ‘that would depend on what could be seen’. Although he was under the influence of alcohol, a New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman confirmed that no legal alcohol limit for cycling currently exists. She continued: ‘While impairment on its own would unlikely result in a conviction, impairment combined with erratic driving behaviour – weaving all over the road and getting in the way of other drivers -possibly could.’”

Waiting to see a doctor in socialist Britain: “Shivering in the cold before dawn yesterday, more than 30 patients queue in the desperate hope of seeing a doctor. The scene, a bleak picture of a health service in crisis, is one repeated daily in many parts of the country. The patients lined up from 6.30am because it was their only hope of a same-day appointment with their GP at a heavily oversubscribed practice. The Sunbury Health Centre in Surrey is one of the biggest in Britain. Originally designed for 6,000 patients, it now serves nearly 19,000. Residents say the extra demand is a result of new housing developments springing up while few improvements have been made to health services. The surgery has 12 GPs … But patients at Sunbury Health Centre say the phone is continuously engaged so it is ‘impossible’ to ring for an appointment.”

Ornate ‘mourning ring’ found buried in Wales: 17th century treasure: “An elaborate 300-year-old ring, discovered in mud in a maize field, has been officially classified as treasure. Metal detectorist Ron Pitman, of Swansea, found the gold and silver ring on farmland in Gower. The ring’s outer surface is engraved with a trellis-style pattern, while its inner surface is inscribed with the words ‘prepared bee to follow me’. The extra e in ‘be’ was said to have been a common feature during the mid to late 1600s. The estimated value of the ring was not disclosed, but Mr Pitman will receive a finder’s fee. This fee, will also be split with the landowners. Mr Pitman discovered the ring in a field used to grow maize that had been ploughed and rolled, in October 2010. This meant the jewellery sat just 5-inches (13cm) below the surface. It is said to be made up of around 81 per cent gold and 9 per silver and resembles a mourning ring.”

India to introduce secure ‘tourist carriages’ on trains amid concerns about harassment of foreign travellers: “India is stepping up its tourist provision by introducing dedicated carriages for visitors on trains. The government’s Ministry of Tourism announced that the new plans that will take effect on routes that travel through or terminate at the country’s more popular attractions. Research will be carried out prior to passengers setting foot on the tourist carriages, so that specific information can be passed out that can help guide the tourists. The ticket for this may be 5-10 per cent costlier than the regular coach fare. ‘We are also looking at the possibility of a surveillance camera in the tourist coach.’ ‘What we are planning is end-to-end tourism encompassing cleanliness, safety and security and high level of hospitality for tourists,’ he added. The idea of specific tourist train carriages follows several high profile cases of travellers being attacked in the country.”

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Cool Idea for a Bridge

December 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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How to get rid of a wheel clamp: “As it turns out, wheel clamps don’t actually do all that much. Or so an angry woman recently found after leaving an audition for reality TV series Bad Girls Club in Houston. The motorist, identified by TMZ as Chicquita Washington, came out to find a parking officer putting a Denver Boot on her BMW. But she wasn’t going to let that stop her from getting on her way. The woman backs out the spot, dragging the clamp along. While one would expect this move to ruin the car, as the man who recorded the video can be heard saying, what happened instead next was unexpected. After reversing out, dragging and driving over the clamp, Washington takes off, mounting the curb while doing so. A few meters down the road – and not captured on video – the clamp snaps off and Washington speeds away.”

Russian women advised to use BEETROOT instead of lipstick: “Siberian senator Igor Chernishev suggested women who could not afford expensive imported lipstick could opt for the ‘natural look’ or even use beetroot as an alternative to make-up. Mr Chernishev, who represents the city of Tomsk, wrote on a Russian website: ‘Women can live without imported lipstick, men like a natural look. ‘And if they really must use make-up on the lips – there’s no problem, they can use beetroot. It’s natural and chemicals don’t enter the body.’ The senator also claimed that Russian women had no need to buy expensive imported underwear. ‘Our women will look better in lingerie made in Moscow than in France,’ he said. It comes as Barack Obama warned President Vladimir Putin was at the centre of ‘a huge economic contraction’ due to the Ukraine crisis.”

Girl shooter wins right to have her gun in high school yearbook: “A US teenager has won an appeal to include a picture with a rifle as her portrait in her high school yearbook. Rebekah Rorick, a final-year student at Broadalbin-Perth High School, in New York, said the picture she submitted represented her two great loves: her dog, and hunting. “My family has always hunted,” she told News 10. “It’s something I do with my family, and my dog is my best friend. So I decided to put her in the photo. I fell in love with [the picture]. It’s my favourite photo of all time right now.” However, her school’s yearbook committee refused the photo because Rebekah was holding a gun. Rebekah’s dad this week took the case to the Board of Education, where he argued that the portrait was no different to many others because it showed student interests. Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said Rebekah’s photo fit with the board’s policy against weapons. It’s to me, in my opinion, a nice photograph of a young lady in the Adirondack region that enjoys hunting.” The photo will now appear in the yearbook.”

Facebook users find memory card owners within 15 minutes after police appeal: “FACEBOOK users solved the mystery of a lost memory card posted online by police within 15 minutes? Chelsey and Rikki Elliott were identified as the couple in the photographs by a user on Facebook within 12 minutes after the images were posted on Essex Police’s Facebook page. The memory card, which contained photographs of Mr and Mrs Elliott’s wedding in Kenya in 2012, was handed in to Clacton police station, the BBC reported. The appeal was reported more than 1200 times and after 12 minutes a friend of Mrs Elliot’s “tagged” her in a message below the post, writing: “Chelsey Elliott!!! This is you babe”. Mrs Elliot then contacted police to arrange for the card to be returned. She said she was a “very happy lady”. However, a number of Facebook users questioned the police’s detective work over the post. Matthew Kennedy posted: “Am I right in thinking that this mystery was solved by typing the information in the picture into Google? And now we are praising Essex police on their great work? Just so I’m clear.”

Sandra the orangutan granted limited human rights: “A shy orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognised the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person”. If there is no appeal, she will be transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil where she can enjoy greater space freedom.”

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