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December 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Nutcase who glugged huge amounts of Coke blames sugar for his worsened health: “A protruding belly, high blood pressure and intense sugar cravings. This is what happens to the body after drinking 10 cans of Coca-Cola a day, according to one man who took up the challenge. George Prior, 50, decided to embark on a ‘Coke diet’ in order to show the harmful effects of the high levels of sugar found in the world’s most popular drink. In just 30 days he saw drastic changes to his formerly healthy and muscular physique. He developed a protruding stomach and waistline and his weight ballooned from 12 stone (168lb) to 14 stone (192 lb). His blood pressure soared from 129/77 to 145/96. This is way above the ideal level of 120/80 – and above this level, the risk of heart disease or stroke is greatly increased. ‘I also seemed to develop a craving for Cokes, or other sugars, during the time I was drinking Cokes.’

Independent mother of supermodel: “Her daughter makes millions every year walking the catwalk and fronting campaigns for the world’s most esteemed designers but the mother of supermodel Natalia Vodianova still makes a living selling pies on the streets of Russia. Natalia, 33, used to join her mother as a market trader in Nizhny Novgorod before being discovered at the age of 17 and whisked off to a life of luxury at the forefront of fashion. Since then, she has become one of the world’s most in-demand supermodels working with Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton and many others. But despite her daughter’s wealth and success, 52-year-old Larissa is insistent that she will continue to make her own living. She said: ‘I and my other daughter (Natalia’s sister) want to show others that we can achieve something in life by ourselves. Sixteen-years-ago Natalia was selling bananas in the market to help make ends meet. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.’

Chinese millionaire couple turns wedding tradition on its head: Newlyweds hand out £100,000 in cash: “A millionaire couple turned tradition on its head by handing out £100,000 cash in red envelopes to well-wishers during their lavish nuptials in China. The bride and groom, aged their mid-20s, arranged for ‘volunteers’ to hand out envelopes of money to onlookers lining the streets to watch their wedding convoy of supercars in Dongguan. It is Chinese tradition to give away ‘little red envelopes’ of cash at weddings, but it is the guests who gift the bride and groom with money, not the other way around. The bride and groom, both in their mid-20s, are believed to be multi-millionaires. The couple were not named, but the groom is reportedly the multimillionaire owner and manager of an e-commerce company that apparently only started trading a year ago. ‘I only started trading recently and we had a huge financial windfall, and I wanted to make everyone shared in my good fortune to bring luck for me and my bride in our future life together,’ the groom told local media.”

Would you pay £200 for jeans that have already been worn for SIX MONTHS? Fashion brand hires 50 ‘breakers’ to wear in its ‘artisanal’ denim: “Everyone loves a brand new pair of jeans but wearing them in can be a pain – literally. Now a Welsh denim brand has come up with an innovative solution. ‘Artisanal’ denim brand Hiut, which is based in Cardigan in west Wales, employs 50 ‘denim breakers’ who wear each pair of jeans for six months before they are sold. The first batch of pre-worn jeans, all of which have been thoroughly washed, are to be auctioned off today but more will follow should the venture prove a success. Hiut, which specialises in raw and selvage denim, says the wearing-in process will give the jeans a fashionably vintage look as well as making them soft and comfortable. The environmentally-friendly distressing method is the brainchild of David Hieatt, who, with his wife Clare, founded the company in 2011. ‘The idea is that they [the breakers] wear them in for us and then we sell them on,’ explained Mr Hieatt

Small island with millions of crabs: “A sea of red moves on Christmas Island, 2,500km north-west of Perth, from the forests to the Indian Ocean where the crustaceans will mate. IT specialist and amateur photographer Gary Tindale, 53, from Perth, captured the start of the migration two weeks ago and saw ‘the crabs just pour out of the jungle and take over’. The incredible sight attracts thousands of islanders to see the phenomenon, which lasts several weeks as the 14 different species of crabs take over the island, which has a large areas of monsoonal forest. ‘The speed with which everything on the island changes is incredible. On Tuesday (Nov 18) the weather started out fine and there was maybe one or two crabs around,’ said Mr Tindale. ‘In the afternoon, storms came through and that evening the red crabs were out in force. The island had evolved into a red carpet; a sea of red as the crabs started heading down to the Indian Ocean,’ he said. The crabs move in their crimson wave to and from their breeding ground and habitat, as the crabs gradually move down to the ocean to spawn.”

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